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Sony NXCAM NEX-EA50UH Operating Manual

Interchangeable lens digital hd video camera recorder.
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Interchangeable Lens Digital HD
Video Camera Recorder
Operating Guide
Table of Contents
Getting Started
Using the Menu
Connecting with another
Additional Information


Table of Contents

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  • Page 1 4-438-981-11(1) Interchangeable Lens Digital HD Table of Contents Video Camera Recorder Getting Started Recording Operating Guide Playback E-mount Editing Using the Menu Connecting with another device Troubleshooting Additional Information NEX-EA50UH/EA50EH/EA50H/EA50UK/EA50EK/EA50K...
  • Page 2: Read This First

    Microphone holder viewfinder The internal parts of the camcorder may be damaged. If sunlight is focused on a * NEX-EA50UH/EA50EH/EA50H only nearby object, it may cause a fire. When b Notes you must place the camcorder under direct sunlight, attach the front lens cap.
  • Page 3 On the temperature of your camcorder be notable in displays having high motion resolution.) and battery pack – Horizontal lines appear on the LCD screen Your camcorder has a protective function during recording under fluorescent lights, that disables recording or playback if the sodium lamps or mercury lamps.
  • Page 4 Read this first (Continued) this happens, save images on a separate recordable media, such as a disc or computer, then format the recording media (p. 78). About the operation of the camcorder You can operate the camcorder using the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial (p. 28, 80), V/v/B/ b/EXEC buttons (p.
  • Page 5: Identifying Parts And Controls

    Identifying parts and controls Body The numbers in ( ) are reference pages. A IRIS button* (45) * IRIS button, WHT BAL button, ASSIGN 2 (HISTOGRAM) button, and ASSIGN 5 B Iris ring (45) (MARKER) button have raised tactile dots for C IRIS PUSH AUTO button (45) your convenience in locating the buttons.
  • Page 6 Identifying parts and controls (Continued) A Image sensor position index (40) B INPUT 1 switch (51) C CH1 (INT MIC/INPUT 1) switch (51) D CH1 (AUTO/MAN) switch (51) E AUDIO LEVEL (CH1) dial (51) F INPUT 2 switch (51) G CH2 (INT MIC/INPUT 1/INPUT 2) switch (51) H CH2 (AUTO/MAN) switch (51) I AUDIO LEVEL (CH2) dial (51)
  • Page 7 A PHOTO button (33) To attach a shoulder strap B Cable clamp Attach a shoulder strap (sold separately) to the hooks for a shoulder strap. C INPUT 1 jack (26) D INPUT 2 jack E HDMI OUT jack (70) F (USB) jack (104) G EXPANDED FOCUS button H Grip belt I Zoom lever...
  • Page 8 For details of compatible accessories, check Accessory sockets on top of the the dedicated support web site or consult your local authorized Sony service facility. shoulder mount C Zoom lever A counterbalance or accessories up to 1 kg D START/STOP button (33) can be attached to the sockets.
  • Page 9 A HEADPHONE MONITOR switch (53) N VISUAL INDEX button (63) B MODE button (33) O RESET button If you press the RESET button, all settings C VOLUME buttons* (63) including the clock setting (except the picture D REMOTE jack profile settings) return to the default. The REMOTE jack is used for controlling P MENU button (28, 80) playback, etc.
  • Page 10: Lens E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 Oss (nex-ea50uk/ea50ek/ Ea50k Only)

    G Mounting index (22) H Focal-length scale I Focal-length index J Lens contacts Do not touch or dirty the lens contacts. For NEX-EA50UH/EA50EH/EA50H users For details of the high-magnification power zoom lens (E PZ 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS), refer to the accompanying instruction...
  • Page 11: Wireless Remote Commander

    Wireless Remote Commander may shorten, or the Wireless G DISPLAY button (68) Remote Commander may not function properly. In this case, replace the battery with a Sony H Transmitter CR2025 lithium battery. Use of another battery I START/STOP button (33) may present a risk of fire or explosion.
  • Page 12: Screen Indicators

    Screen indicators Indicator Meaning Center Upper right 00:00:00:00 Time code Upper left (hour:minute:second: frame) Movie still image capture display >9999 Number of recordable still images Playback folder of Bottom memory card Upper left Bottom Indicator Meaning Indicator Meaning 100% Remaining battery GPS triangulating status SET (45), (59)
  • Page 13 Indicator Meaning Red Eye Reduction (89) z Tips • Indicators may look different or appear at different positions. Data code during recording The recording date, time and condition are recorded automatically on the recording media. They are not displayed while recording.
  • Page 14: Table Of Contents

    Step 1: Checking supplied items ............18 All models.................... 18 NEX-EA50UK/EA50EK/EA50K only ............. 19 NEX-EA50UH/EA50EH/EA50H only ............ 19 Step 2: Charging the battery pack ............19 Step 3: Attaching the lens ..............22 Step 4: Attaching the microphone ............26 Step 5: Turning on the camcorder and setting the date and time ..
  • Page 15 Adjusting the brightness .................45 Adjusting the iris ................. 45 Adjusting the gain/ISO sensitivity ............46 Adjusting the shutter speed..............47 Adjusting the color tone ................49 Adjusting the white balance..............49 Audio setup ....................51 Using the internal microphone ............51 Recording sound via the supplied microphone........51 Recording sound from an external audio device........
  • Page 16 Table of Contents (Continued) Using the Menu Operating the menu ................80 Menu items .................... 82 (CAMERA SET) menu ..............85 Settings to adjust your camcorder to the recording conditions (GAIN SET/ STEADYSHOT, etc.) (REC/OUT SET) menu ..............90 Recording settings, input and output settings (REC SET/VIDEO OUT, etc.) (AUDIO SET) menu ................
  • Page 17 Specifications ..................128 Index .....................133...
  • Page 18: Getting Started

    Getting Started Step 1: Checking supplied items Make sure that you have following items USB Adaptor Cable (1) (p. 104) supplied with your camcorder. The number in the parentheses indicates the number of that item supplied. Large LCD viewfinder (1) (p. 30) Memory cards are sold separately.
  • Page 19: Nex-ea50uk/ea50ek/ea50k Only

    High-magnification zoom lens (E 18- 200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS) (1) (p. 22) AC Adaptor/Charger Set the mode switch to CHARGE. Connect the power cord (mains NEX-EA50UH/EA50EH/EA50H lead) to the AC Adaptor/Charger and the wall outlet (wall socket). only High-magnification power zoom lens (E PZ 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS) (1)
  • Page 20: Charging Time

    Step 2: Charging the battery pack (Continued) After charging the battery To remove the battery pack The charge lamp turns off (normal charge). Slide the POWER switch to OFF. Push the If you continue charging 1 more hour after BATT RELEASE (battery release) button the charge lamp turns off, you can use the and slide the battery pack in the direction of battery a little longer (full charge).
  • Page 21 Using an outside power source On the AC Adaptor/Charger • Use the nearby wall outlet (wall socket) when By using the AC Adaptor/Charger and the using the AC Adaptor/Charger. Disconnect the connecting cord DK-415 (supplied), you AC Adaptor/Charger from the wall outlet (wall can use the camcorder on AC power, socket) immediately if any malfunction occurs without worrying about running out of...
  • Page 22: Step 3: Attaching The Lens

    Step 3: Attaching the lens This manual explains how to attach a lens using the E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS lens that comes with NEX-EA50UK/EA50EK/ EA50K. When using a different lens, refer to the instruction manual of that lens. Hold the camcorder body with the front end downward, and quickly change the lens somewhere away from dusty locations so as to keep dust or debris from getting inside...
  • Page 23 • If you cannot clean the glass surface of the mount by the above procedure, consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. Align the marks. Before you attach caps, remove dust from them.
  • Page 24 Step 3: Attaching the lens (Continued) To attach the lens hood Mount adaptor Align the red line of the lens hood to that of Using a mount adaptor (sold separately), the lens and mount the lens hood on the you can attach an A-mount lens (sold lens.
  • Page 25 E-mount lens. (When an A-mount lens is attached, the autofocus speed will be about 2 seconds to 7 seconds, when shooting under Sony measurement condition. The speed may vary depending on the subject, ambient light, etc.) Operations when using LA-EA2 When using the LA-EA2 •...
  • Page 26: Step 4: Attaching The Microphone

    Step 4: Attaching the microphone Attaching the microphone (NEX- Using the accessory shoe EA50UH/EA50EH/EA50H only) When attaching an accessory other than the handle, attach the accessory shoe plate to Attach the microphone to the handle. the accessory shoe. To mount the accessory shoe Mount the accessory shoe on the accessory shoe mount as illustrated.
  • Page 27: Step 5: Turning On The Camcorder And Setting The Date And Time

    Step 5: Turning on the camcorder and setting the date and To remove the accessory shoe time Remove the shoe plate in the same way as step 1 of “To mount the accessory shoe.” Loosen the 4 screws and remove the Turning on the camcorder accessory shoe from the accessory shoe mount.
  • Page 28: Changing The Language Setting

    Step 5: Turning on the camcorder and setting the date and time (Continued) Setting the date and time Set [SUMMERTIME], [Y] (year), [M] (month), [D] (day), hour and Set the date and time when you use your camcorder for the first time. minute, by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial, then press the dial.
  • Page 29: Setting [60i/50i Sel]

    Step 6: Adjusting the LCD screen Setting [60i/50i SEL] Using the LCD screen In the default setting, [60i/50i SEL] is set as The LCD screen can be rotated in the range follows: as illustrated below, allowing a person other NEX-EA50UK/EA50UH: [60i] than the camera operator to see the image.
  • Page 30 Step 6: Adjusting the LCD screen (Continued) Adjusting the viewfinder lens Using the LCD screen with the large LCD viewfinder attached Turn the viewfinder lens adjustment ring so that you can see the image in the viewfinder You can use the LCD screen as a clearly.
  • Page 31: Step 7: Preparing The Recording Media

    Step 7: Preparing the recording media Memory card Open the cover, and insert the memory card with the notched edge Types of memory cards you can use in in the direction as illustrated until it your camcorder clicks. Capacity (operation verified) “Memory Stick PRO Duo”...
  • Page 32: Flash Memory Unit

    Step 7: Preparing the recording media (Continued) Flash memory unit You can attach a flash memory unit HXR- FMU128 (sold separately) to your camcorder for recording movies. While sliding the RELEASE lever in the direction of the arrow, remove the flash memory unit jack cover.
  • Page 33: Recording

    Recording Recording Front recording lamp START/STOP button Rear recording lamp PHOTO button MODE button POWER switch, START/STOP button Recording movies Your camcorder records movies on a memory card and/or a flash memory unit. The factory setting of recording movies is high definition image quality (HD). Do the following steps to record movies.
  • Page 34 Recording (Continued) Press the START/STOP button. [STBY] t [REC] The recording lamps light up during recording. To stop the movie recording, press the START/STOP button again. b Notes • When the access lamp is lit or flashing in red, your camcorder is reading or writing data on recording media.
  • Page 35: Recording Still Images

    • When [ SIMULTANEOUS REC] is [ON], movies are recorded on both media, irrespective of the [MEDIA SELECT] setting. To record movies only on the memory card or the flash memory unit 1 Press MENU t select (REC/OUT SET) t [REC SET] t [ SIMULTANEOUS REC] ] with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
  • Page 36: Recording Using The Shoulder Mount

    Recording (Continued) Recording using the shoulder mount You can keep the correct supporting position during recording, and reduce camera shake by using the shoulder mount. b Notes • When pulling out the shoulder mount, hold the shoulder mount itself. Do not pull out the shoulder mount while holding the shoulder mount lock lever.
  • Page 37: Adjusting The Zoom By The Zoom Ring

    Adjusting the zoom by the zoom ring If the lens has a zoom ring, you can adjust the magnification by turning it to the right or left. Magnification setting by the zoom ring can only be performed within the optical range of the lens.
  • Page 38: Adjusting The Zoom With The Zoom Lever

    Recording (Continued) Adjusting the zoom with the zoom lever Adjust the magnification with the zoom lever. Move the zoom lever slightly for a slower zoom. Move it further for a faster zoom. Optical power zoom You can enlarge the image without deterioration. A compatible optical power zoom lens is required.
  • Page 39: Adjusting The Focus

    Adjusting the focus You can adjust the focus manually for different recording conditions. During recording or standby, set Use this function in the following cases. the FOCUS switch B to MAN. – To record a subject behind a window covered appears.
  • Page 40: Using Automatic Focus/fixed Focus Temporarily (push Auto Focus/focus Hold)

    Adjusting the focus (Continued) To measure the precise recording Focus hold distance Set the FOCUS switch B to AUTO, then press and hold the FOCUS HOLD/PUSH mark AUTO button C. The image is shot with the focus fixed at the point you start to press the FOCUS HOLD/PUSH AUTO button.
  • Page 41: Focusing By Touching The Lcd Screen (spot Focus)

    b Notes Focusing on a detected face • Even though the image appears expanded on the (Face detection) LCD screen, the recorded image is not expanded. The camcorder detects the face and focuses z Tips on it (The default setting is [OFF]). You can use this function when the FOCUS switch •...
  • Page 42: Using Focus Transition

    Adjusting the focus (Continued) To cancel face detection Assign [FOCUS TRANSITION] to Move the selection cursor (orange colored an ASSIGN button (p. 61). frame) onto the frame (double frame) on the priority face, using the SEL/PUSH EXEC Focus transition is assigned to the dial D, then press the dial.
  • Page 43 • If you perform any of the following operations, registered focal positions on FOCUS-A and Record with focus transition. FOCUS-B are reset. 1 Press the ASSIGN 4 button repeatedly – Set the POWER switch to OFF. to show the [EXEC] screen. –...
  • Page 44: Changing The Recording Setting/image Size

    Changing the recording setting/image size • Bit-rate Selecting the recording format PS: max. 28 Mbps for high definition image quality FX: max. 24 Mbps FH: approx. 17 Mbps (average) (HD) HQ: approx. 9 Mbps (average) LP: approx. 5 Mbps (average) You can select the recording format (bit- •...
  • Page 45: Selecting High Definition Image Quality (hd) Or Standard Definition Image Quality (sd)

    Adjusting the brightness You can adjust the brightness by Selecting high definition image controlling the amount of light, etc., using quality (HD) or standard iris, gain, ISO sensitivity or shutter speed. definition image quality (SD) You can select the desired image quality from the high definition image quality (HD) or the standard definition image quality (SD) ([...
  • Page 46: Adjusting The Gain/iso Sensitivity

    Adjusting the brightness (Continued) z Tips Press the IRIS button A. • The range of focus, an important effect of the aperture, is called the depth of field. The depth next to the iris value disappears. of field gets shallower as the aperture is opened, and deeper as the aperture is closed.
  • Page 47: Adjusting The Shutter Speed

    Set the gain switch F to H, M or Press the SHUTTER SPEED button E to highlight the shutter speed value. The gain value or ISO value set for the selected gain switch position appears on the LCD screen. You can set the gain value or ISO value for each gain switch position from [GAIN SET] or [ISO SET] of the...
  • Page 48 Adjusting the brightness (Continued) z Tips Level 60i/60p/30p 50i/50p/25p • It is difficult to focus automatically at a lower shutter speed. Manual focusing with your 1000 1000 camcorder attached to a tripod is recommended. • When recording under fluorescent lamps, 1500 1250 sodium lamps, or mercury lamps, the picture...
  • Page 49: Adjusting The Color Tone

    Adjusting the color tone Adjusting the white balance Set the white balance memory switch C to any one of PRESET/A/B. x Setting the A/B value Select A or B for recording with the white balance setting stored in memory A or B. See page 50 on how to store the adjusted value.
  • Page 50 Adjusting the color tone (Continued) To adjust the white balance z Tips automatically • You can change the outdoor white balance setting by setting an offset value. Press Press the WHT BAL button A. (one push) button B while (outdoor) is selected and turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial E b Notes to select an offset value from -7 (bluish) to 0...
  • Page 51: Audio Setup

    Audio setup The following jacks, switches and dials Using the internal microphone allow you to set the sound to be recorded. See page 26 on connecting the The sound will be recorded in stereo when microphones. using the internal microphone. Set the CH1 (INT MIC/INPUT1) and CH2 (INT MIC/INPUT1/INPUT2) switches to INT MIC.
  • Page 52: Recording Sound From An External Audio Device

    TRIM] in the menu (p. 93). [0dB] will be appropriate for the supplied microphone (ECM-XM1*). INPUT 1 INPUT 2 * NEX-EA50UH/EA50EH/EA50H only • You can set an input level between -60 dBu (+12dB) and -30 dBu (-18dB) by 6dB. The default setting is -48 dBu (0dB).
  • Page 53: Adjusting The Volume

    Useful functions z Tips Customizing the picture quality • When you use a stereo microphone (2 XLR (Picture profile) plugs), connect the L (left) channel plug to the INPUT 1 jack, and the R (right) channel plug to the INPUT 2 jack. Set the CH1 switch to INPUT 1, and the CH2 switch to INPUT 2.
  • Page 54 Useful functions (Continued) To cancel the picture profile recording Picture profile Example setting number Select [OFF] in step 2 with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial B, then press the dial. Example settings of a color tone with To change the picture profile [STANDARD] gamma You can change the settings stored in [PP1] Example settings of a...
  • Page 55: Black Gamma

    BLACK LEVEL To set the black level. Item Description and settings Sets the black level. -15 to +15 GAMMA To select a gamma curve. Item Description and settings [STANDARD] Standard gamma curve for movies [STILL] Standard gamma curve for still images [CINEMATONE1] Gamma curve 1 for producing tone of film camera images [CINEMATONE2]...
  • Page 56 [CINEMATONE2] : Film camera image-like colors good with [GAMMA] set to [CINEMATONE2]. [PRO] : Similar color tones to the standard image quality of Sony professional cameras (when combined with ITU-709) [ITU709 MATRIX]: Colors corresponding to ITU-709 [LEVEL] Sets a level of coloring difference between the standard color and the selected color, when you set [TYPE] to a setting other than [STANDARD].
  • Page 57: Color Phase

    COLOR LEVEL To set the color level. Item Description and settings -8: black and white, -7 (light) to +7 (dark) COLOR PHASE To set the color phase. Item Description and settings -7 (greenish) to +7 (reddish) COLOR DEPTH To set the color depth for each color phase. This function is more effective for chromatic colors and less effective for achromatic colors.
  • Page 58 Useful functions (Continued) DETAIL To set items for the detail. Item Description and settings [LEVEL] Sets the detail level. -7 to +7 [MANUAL SET] [ON/OFF] : Turns on and off the manual detail adjustment. Set to [ON] to enable the manual detail adjustment (automatic optimization will not be performed).
  • Page 59: Acquiring Location Information (gps)

    To copy the picture profile setting to Acquiring location information another picture profile number (GPS) See page 53 for the location of the buttons. 1 Press the PICTURE PROFILE button Press the MENU button during standby. 2 Select the picture profile number that you want to copy from with the SEL/ PUSH EXEC dial B, then press the Select...
  • Page 60: Setting Time Data

    Useful functions (Continued) 3 Select the first 2 digits with the SEL/ Tri- PUSH EXEC dial, then press the dial. angulating GPS reception status indicators You can set the time code within the status following range. Tri- The camcorder is When selecting [60i] angulating receiving a GPS...
  • Page 61: Reviewing The Most Recently Recorded Scene (last Scene Review)

    Assigning the functions to the ASSIGN buttons Reviewing the most recently Some functions can be assigned to the recorded scene (Last Scene ASSIGN buttons for use. You can assign a Review) single function to any one of the ASSIGN 1 to 6 buttons.
  • Page 62 Assigning the functions to the ASSIGN buttons (Continued) Select the ASSIGN button to which you want to assign a function with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial A, then press the dial. • [--------] appears if no function is assigned to the ASSIGN button. •...
  • Page 63: Playback

    Playback Playback VISUAL INDEX button VOLUME buttons POWER switch, START/STOP button Playing back movies Slide the POWER switch, START/STOP button to ON while pressing the green button. Press the VISUAL INDEX button. The VISUAL INDEX screen appears after a few seconds. Recording media Playback mode Previous...
  • Page 64 Playback (Continued) Play back movies. 1 Touch the recording media you want to play back. : Memory card : Flash memory unit 2 Touch the playback mode, and select the desired image quality of movies. Playback mode : High definition image quality (HD) : Standard definition image quality (SD) 3 Touch twice the thumbnail of the movie you want to play back.
  • Page 65 Your camcorder starts playing the selected movie. Stop Next Previous Slow/Fast forward Play/Pause Slow/Fast reverse b Notes • If you touch the thumbnail and press the PLAY button, the most recently recorded or played scene is played back. z Tips •...
  • Page 66: Playing Back Still Images

    Playback (Continued) Playing back still images Touch the recording media you want to view on the VISUAL INDEX screen. : Memory card : Flash memory unit Touch the playback mode, then select (still image). Playback mode Touch twice the thumbnail of the still image you want to view. The first touch of the thumbnail will show the information on the still image at the lower part of the LCD screen.
  • Page 67 Your camcorder displays the selected still image. Next Previous To enlarge Touch (playback zoom) when playing back a still image. You can adjust the zoom with , or with the zoom lever. When you touch the enlarged image, the touched point will be displayed at the center of the screen.
  • Page 68: Changing/checking The Settings In Your Camcorder

    Changing/checking the settings in your camcorder Displaying recording data (Data code) You can display information, including date, time, camera data and GPS triangulation data automatically stored during recording on the screen during playback. Press the DATA CODE button A during playback or pause. The screen changes in the order, date and time display t camera data display t GPS triangulation data t no display with...
  • Page 69: Checking The Settings In Your Camcorder (status Check)

    F SteadyShot b Notes • The exposure correction value (EV), shutter speed, iris, ISO sensitivity, flash on/off and white balance are displayed during viewing still images. • When you play back the memory card on other Press the STATUS CHECK button devices, the camera data may be displayed incorrectly.
  • Page 70: Connecting A Monitor Or A Tv

    Connecting a monitor or a TV Playback image quality depends on the type of monitor or TV, or the jacks used to make the connection. Monitor/TV To audio/video input jacks A/V connecting cable (supplied) To component input jacks Component video cable (sold separately) To HDMI input jack...
  • Page 71 Output resolution Output resolution depends on the settings of [HDMI/COMPONENT]. When selecting [60i] Output resolution [HDMI/COMPONENT] HD/SD setting HDMI OUT COMPONENT OUT VIDEO OUT 1080p/480i 1080p 1080p No output 720p/480i 720p 720p No output 1080i/480i 1080i 1080i No output 480p 480p 480p No output...
  • Page 72 Connecting a monitor or a TV (Continued) • During recording with [ REC FORMAT] set to [1080/60p PS] ([60i]) or [1080/50p PS] ([50i]), the camcorder does not output 720p or 480p ([60i]) or 576p ([50i]) signals. Therefore, if [HDMI/ COMPONENT] is set to [720p/480i] ([60i]) or [720p/576i] ([50i]), or either [480p] ([60i]) or [576p] ([50i]), the screen of the connected device becomes blank.
  • Page 73: Editing

    Editing Protecting recorded movies and still images (Protect) Protect movies and still images to avoid deleting them by mistake. Press the MENU button when the VISUAL INDEX screen is displayed. (EDIT) t [PROTECT] Select with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. Touch the movies or still images to be protected.
  • Page 74: Dividing A Movie

    Dividing a movie z Tips You can divide a movie at a designated point. • Only simple editing is available on this camcorder. Use commercially available editing software for more advanced editing. Press the MENU button while playing back movies. Select (EDIT) t [DIVIDE] with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial.
  • Page 75: Deleting Movies And Still Images

    Deleting movies and still images • You can select up to 100 images at one time. You can free media space by deleting movies and still images from recording • - appears at the upper right corner on the thumbnail of protected images. media.
  • Page 76: Copying Movies And Still Images

    Copying movies and still images You can copy movies and still images between following recording media: Touch the movies or still images Memory card y Flash memory unit to be copied. Memory card t External media device is displayed on the selected image. Flash memory unit t External media device Get the recording media ready before the...
  • Page 77: Capturing Still Images From A Movie

    Capturing still images from a movie • The recording media where you want to save You can save a selected frame from a still images should have enough free space. recorded movie as a still image. • The recording date and time of captured still images is the same as the recording date and time of the movies.
  • Page 78: Formatting The Recording Media

    Formatting the Preventing data on recording media recording media from being recovered Formatting deletes all data from the recording media to recover recordable free Unintelligible data can be written on space. recording media. Thus, it may become b Notes more difficult to recover any original data. It is impossible to delete all data •...
  • Page 79: Repairing The Image Database File

    Repairing the image database file This function checks the database Touch [Empty] t information and the consistency of movies and still images on the recording media, and repairs if any inconsistencies found. b Notes b Notes • Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall •...
  • Page 80: Using The Menu

    Using the Menu Operating the menu You can change various settings or make detailed adjustments using the menu items Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial displayed on the LCD screen. until the icon of the desired menu is highlighted, then press the dial V/v/B/b/EXEC buttons to select the menu.
  • Page 81 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial until the desired setting is highlighted, then press the dial to confirm the setting. Press the MENU button to hide the menu screen. To return to the previous screen, select RETURN]. b Notes • The available menu items vary depending on the context of your camcorder during recording or playback.
  • Page 82: Menu Items

    Menu items The function and setting value of each menu item are as follows. The default settings are marked with B. ZOOM SET DIGITAL ZOOM BON, OFF (CAMERA SET) (p. 85) ZOOM LEVER GAIN/ISO SEL BGAIN, ISO BDIGITAL ZOOM, GAIN SET POWER ZOOM, 0dB - 30dB (B18dB)
  • Page 83 VIDEO OUT HDMI/COMPONENT [60i] (REC/OUT SET) (p. 90) 1080p/480i, REC SET 720p/480i, B1080i/480i, 480p, 480i REC FORMAT [60i] [50i] B1080/24p FX, 1080p/576i, 1080/24p FH, 720p/576i, 1080/30p FX, B1080i/576i, 576p, 1080/30p FH, 576i 1080/60p PS, DOWN CONVERT 1080/60i FX, TYPE 1080/60i FH, BSQUEEZE, 1080/60i HQ, LETTER BOX(16:9),...
  • Page 85: (camera Set) Menu

    (CAMERA SET) menu Settings to adjust your camcorder to the LANGUAGE recording conditions (GAIN SET/ GPS SETTING BON, OFF STEADYSHOT, etc.) GPS INFORMATION AUTO CLOCK ADJ BON, OFF The default settings are marked with B. AUTO AREA ADJ BON, OFF See page 80 for details on selecting DATE REC BOFF, ON...
  • Page 86: Agc Limit

    Press the MENU button t select (CAMERA SET) with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. z Tips AGC LIMIT • The setting is available when [GAIN/ISO SEL] is set to [GAIN] in movie mode. You can select the upper limit for the Auto •...
  • Page 87 z Tips • The value can be set separately from the one set in [AGC LIMIT]. • You can assign [ON/OFF] to an ASSIGN button (p. 61). WB PRESET ZOOM SET You can use the preset white balance. For more details, see page 49. DIGITAL ZOOM B ON WB OUTDOOR LEVEL...
  • Page 88 Press the MENU button t select (CAMERA SET) with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. 3.5sec, B 4.0sec, 4.5sec - 15.0sec STEADYSHOT (0.5sec increments), 20.0sec, 30.0sec, 45.0sec, 60.0sec, 90.0sec Only when attaching the lens with SteadyShot. START TIMER You can set the camera shake reduction in You can set the time to start the transition movie mode.
  • Page 89: Af Micro Adjustment

    “redeye” phenomenon. • If you perform AF micro adjustment with the lens of another manufacturer, the adjustment values of Sony, Minolta, and Konica Minolta lenses may be affected. Do not use this function with lenses of any other manufacturer. Continued ,...
  • Page 90: (rec/out Set) Menu

    Recording settings, input and output settings (REC SET/VIDEO OUT, etc.) • You cannot perform individual AF micro adjustment for Sony, Minolta, or Konica The default settings are marked with B. Minolta lenses of the same specifications. See page 80 for details on selecting menu items.
  • Page 91 LETTER BOX(16:9) b Notes Outputs a vertically compressed image • [FILE NUMBER] is effective only when while maintaining its original aspect ratio. recording photos. EDGE CROP z Tips Outputs the central portion of the original • When the capacity of a file number exceeds image by cropping its right and left edges.
  • Page 92: (audio Set) Menu

    (AUDIO SET) menu Press the MENU button t select (REC/OUT SET) with the SEL/PUSH Settings for the audio recording EXEC dial. AUDIO FORMAT/XLR SET, etc.) The default settings are marked with B. See page 80 for details on selecting Overlaps the time code information on menu items.
  • Page 93: Input1 Trim

    INPUT1 TRIM INT MIC SET You can adjust the input signal level from INPUT 1. INT MIC SENS You can set the recording sensitivity when -18dB, -12dB, -6dB, B0dB, +6dB, using the internal microphone. +12dB B NORMAL b Notes Sensitivity generally used for professional- •...
  • Page 94: (display Set) Menu

    (DISPLAY SET) menu Display settings (MARKER/DISPLAY ZEBRA OUTPUT, etc.) You can display a zebra pattern as a guide The default settings are marked with B. for adjusting brightness. See page 80 for details on selecting ON/OFF menu items. B OFF Press the MENU button t select Does not display the zebra pattern.
  • Page 95: Expanded Focus Mag

    z Tips • You can focus more easily using this function in combination with the expanded focus function GUIDEFRAME (p. 40). • You can assign [ON/OFF] to an ASSIGN button B OFF (p. 61). Does not display the guide frame. MARKER Displays the guide frame.
  • Page 96: Zoom Display

    Press the MENU button t select (DISPLAY SET) with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. z Tips CAMERA DATA DISPLAY • You can assign this function to an ASSIGN button (p. 61). display the iris, gain, ISO Does not ZOOM DISPLAY sensitivity and shutter speed settings B ON B BAR Constantly displays the iris, gain, ISO...
  • Page 97 – With a frame rate of 50 selected in b Notes REC FORMAT], when the shutter • Only the time code, zebra, peaking and the speed is 1/50, the shutter angle is 360 frame on the face are output when [MARKER] degrees.
  • Page 98: (tc/ub Set) Menu

    (TC/UB SET) menu Time code settings (TC PRESET/UB PRESET/TC FORMAT, etc.) TC RUN The default settings are marked with B. You can select how the time code advances. See page 80 for details on selecting menu items. B REC RUN Press the MENU button t select Advances the time code only during recording.
  • Page 99: (others) Menu

    (OTHERS) menu Settings while recording or other basic settings (AREA SET/GPS SETTING/BEEP, UB TIME REC etc.) B OFF The default settings are marked with B. Does not save the actual time in the user See page 80 for details on selecting bit code.
  • Page 100: Gps Setting

    Press the MENU button t select (OTHERS) with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. b Notes SUMMERTIME • A camera profile saved on a camcorder with different model name, or edited on a computer You can change this setting without cannot be loaded. stopping the clock.
  • Page 101 How to check the triangulating AUTO CLOCK ADJ information The camcorder can maintain accurate time Color of the automatically by acquiring time satellites/ information from the GPS system. Status triangulating B ON gauge Maintains accurate time automatically. z/x (black) No signal, but orbit information for the satellite is available.
  • Page 102: Date Rec

    Press the MENU button t select (OTHERS) with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. • The camcorder may not compensate for the time REC LAMP[R] (Recording lamp difference automatically, depending on the [rear]) country/region selected for your camcorder. In this case, set [AUTO AREA ADJ] to [OFF]. B ON Turns on the rear camera recording DATE REC...
  • Page 103 b Notes • Recording media formatted or recorded at 60i (50i) cannot be recorded or played back at 50i (60i), and vice versa. If [A movie with a different video signal format from this device has been recorded. Movie recording disabled.] appears on the LCD screen after switching 60i to 50i, or 50i to 60i, try another recording media or perform [MEDIA FORMAT].
  • Page 104: Connecting With Another Device

    Saving images on an external media device You can save movies and still images on an • For details on available external media devices, go to the Sony support website in your country/ external media device (USB storage region. devices), such as an external hard disk drive.
  • Page 105 Playing back images in the Select [MEMORY CARD] or [FMU] external media device on the that contains the images you camcorder want to save. When the camcorder is connected to the Images that have not yet been saved on external media device, the images saved in an external media device are saved on the external media device are displayed on the connected media device at this time.
  • Page 106: Creating A Standard Definition Image Quality (sd)

    Creating a standard definition image quality (SD) disc with a recorder, etc. You can copy images on your camcorder onto a disc or video cassette, by connecting Connect your camcorder to the your camcorder to a disc recorder with the recording device (a disc recorder, A/V connecting cable.
  • Page 107: Troubleshooting

    3 Press the RESET button (p. 9) with a pointed object, then turn on your camcorder. This operation will reset the date, time and area settings. 4 Consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. • Power sources/LCD screen/Wireless Remote Commander···p. 107 •...
  • Page 108 Troubleshooting (Continued) The battery pack discharges too quickly. • Ambient temperature is too high or low, or the battery pack has not been charged enough. This is not a malfunction. • Fully charge the battery again. If the problem persists, the battery may be worn-out. Replace it with a new one (p.
  • Page 109 Memory card/flash memory unit The camcorder does not operate with the memory card inserted. • The memory card was formatted on a computer. Format it on this camcorder (p. 78). The data file name is incorrect, or flashing. • The file is damaged. •...
  • Page 110 Troubleshooting (Continued) The camcorder does not keep the setting changes. • Some menu items return to the default setting when the power is turned off. • The [EXPANDED FOCUS] setting is not stored. • The power sources have been disconnected when the POWER switch was set to ON. Before disconnecting the battery or the AC Adaptor/Charger, set the POWER switch to OFF and make sure that the access lamp is turned off.
  • Page 111 Tiny spots in white, red, blue, or green appear on the LCD screen. • This phenomenon appears when using a slow shutter speed (p. 47). This is not a malfunction. The subjects passing by the frame very fast appear crooked. •...
  • Page 112 Troubleshooting (Continued) Playback Refer also to the “Memory card/flash memory unit” section (p. 109). The desired images cannot be found. Images cannot be played back. • Select the recording media and image quality of the image you want to play back on the VISUAL INDEX screen (p.
  • Page 113 Connecting to TV Neither image nor sound is played back on the TV connected with the component video cable. • Set [VIDEO OUT] according to the requirements of the connected device (p. 91). • When you are using the component video cable, make sure that you connect the red and white plugs of the A/V connecting cable (p.
  • Page 114 Troubleshooting (Continued) Copy cannot be done correctly using the HDMI cable. • You cannot copy movies using the HDMI cable. The camcorder is not receiving a GPS signal. • Your camcorder may not be able to receive radio signals from GPS satellites because of obstructions.
  • Page 115: Warning Indicators And Messages

    If the problem (Warning indicator pertaining to persists even after you have tried a couple memory cards) of times, contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. Slow flashing • Free spaces for recording images are C:04:ss running out.
  • Page 116: Warning Messages

    Warning indicators and messages (Continued) (Warning indicator pertaining to * When [BEEP] is set to [ON] (p. 102), you hear a a flash memory unit) melody when the warning indicators appear on the LCD screen. Slow flashing • Free spaces for recording images are Warning messages running out.
  • Page 117: Additional Information

    10 °C to 30 °C (50 °F to 86 °F). • The recording and playback time will be shorter depending on the conditions under which you use your camcorder. * NEX-EA50UH/EA50EH/EA50H only Playing time (unit: minute) Battery pack NP-F770...
  • Page 118 64 GB 920 (845) PS: max. 28 Mbps 1,920 × 1,080/16:9, FX: max. 24 Mbps 1,920 × 1,080/16:9, • When using Sony memory card. 1,280 × 720/16:9 FH: approx. 17 Mbps (ave.) b Notes 1,920 × 1,080/16:9, 1,280 × 720/16:9 •...
  • Page 119: Using Your Camcorder Abroad

    Using your camcorder abroad Power supply You can use your camcorder in any country/region using the AC Adaptor/ Charger supplied with your camcorder within the AC 100 V to 240 V, 50 Hz/ 60 Hz range. Viewing on TV Before recording a movie with your camcorder for viewing on a TV, set [60i/50i SEL] to the appropriate TV system for the country/region in which you intended to...
  • Page 120: File/folder Structure On The Memory Card And The Flash Memory Unit

    File/folder structure on the memory card and the flash memory unit The file/folder structure is shown below. You do not usually need to acknowledge the file/ folder structure, when recording/playing back movies and still images on the camcorder. * “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media, flash 9999, another folder is created to store memory unit new still image files.
  • Page 121: Maintenance And Precautions

    Maintenance and precautions About the AVCHD format About GPS The GPS (Global Positioning System) is a What is the AVCHD format? system that calculates geographical location The AVCHD format is a high definition from highly accurate US space satellites. digital video camera format used to record This system allows you to pinpoint your an HD (high definition) signal, using exact location on the earth.
  • Page 122: About The Memory Card

    Maintenance and precautions (Continued) On triangulating errors About the memory card • If you move to another location right after • A memory card formatted by a computer setting [GPS SETTING] to [ON] in the menu, it (Windows OS/Mac OS) does not have may take a longer time for the camcorder to start guaranteed compatibility with your camcorder.
  • Page 123: About The "infolithium" Battery Pack

    On image data compatibility About the “InfoLITHIUM” • Image data files recorded on a memory card by battery pack your camcorder conform to the “Design rule for Camera File system” universal standard Your camcorder operates only with an established by the JEITA (Japan Electronics and “InfoLITHIUM”...
  • Page 124 Maintenance and precautions (Continued) About battery life • Be sure to set the POWER switch to OFF when not recording or playing back on your • Battery capacity decreases over time and camcorder. The battery pack is also consumed through repeated use. If decreased usage time when your camcorder is in recording standby or between charges becomes significant, it is playback pause.
  • Page 125: About Handling Of Your Camcorder

    Sony dealer before operating it • When you bring your camcorder from a ski any further.
  • Page 126 Maintenance and precautions (Continued) How to avoid moisture condensation 2 Touch “×” displayed on the LCD screen with the corner of memory card or the When you bring your camcorder from a cold place like 3 times. into a warm place, put your camcorder in a plastic bag and seal it tightly.
  • Page 127 Charging the pre-installed Note on disposal/transfer of the rechargeable battery recording media Your camcorder has a pre-installed rechargeable Even if you format the recording media or delete battery to retain the date, time, and other settings data from the recording media using your even when the POWER switch is set to OFF.
  • Page 128: Specifications

    Specifications System Lens E-mount lens Video signal 11 × (Optical) NTSC color, EIA standards Filter diameter: 67 mm (2 3/4 in.) HDTV 1080/60i, 1080/60p, 720/60p F3.5 ~ 6.3 specification Focal length: PAL color, CCIR standards f=18 mm ~ 200 mm HDTV 1080/50i, 1080/50p, 720/50p (23/32 in.
  • Page 129 Camcorder body only: LCD screen 1 720 g (3 lb 12.7 oz) When recording: Picture NEX-EA50UH/EA50EH/EA50H: 8.8 cm (3.5 type, aspect ratio 16:9) 2 980 g (6 lb 9.1 oz) (With the Total dot number accessories (battery pack (NP-F770), 921 600 (1 920 × 480)
  • Page 130 Specifications (Continued) Dimensions (approx.) Minimum f-stop 136 mm × 51 mm × 90 mm f/22 - f/40 (5 3/8 in. × 2 1/8 in. × 3 5/8 in.) (w/h/d) Filter diameter excluding the projecting parts 67 mm (2 3/4 in.) Mass (approx.) Dimensions (approx.
  • Page 131 On trademarks Notes on the License • “NXCAM” logo is a trademark of Sony ANY USE OF THIS PRODUCT OTHER THAN Corporation. CONSUMER PERSONAL USE IN ANY MANNER THAT COMPLIES WITH THE • “AVCHD Progressive” and “AVCHD MPEG-2 STANDARD FOR ENCODING Progressive”...
  • Page 132 URL to download it. When downloading the source code, select NEX-EA50 as the model for your camcorder. We would prefer you do not contact us about the contents of source code. Please read the files in the “LICENSE” folder on the CD-ROM.
  • Page 133 Additional Information Index Numeric CLOCK SET ......27 COLOR BAR ....90, 110 60i/50i SEL......102 Gain ........46 COLOR DEPTH ....57 GAIN SET ......85 COLOR LEVEL ....57 GAIN/ISO SEL ....85 COLOR MODE ....56 Accessory shoe .....26 GAMMA ......55 COLOR PHASE ....
  • Page 134 Index (Continued) STEADYSHOT....88 Still image ......35, 77 LANGUAGE......100 PEAKING....94, 110 SUMMERTIME....100 Large eyecup ......30 PHOTO CAPTURE..... 77 Supplied items ......18 Last Scene Review ....61 Picture profile ...... 53 LCD BRIGHT ......97 Playback....... 63 Lens ......22, 126 Power cord (mains lead) ..21 TC FORMAT .......
  • Page 135 Wireless Remote Commander ..........11 XLR AGC LINK ....93 XLR SET ......93 ZEBRA ......94, 110 ZOOM DISPLAY....96 ZOOM SET ......87 Zooming........38...
  • Page 136 Printed on 70% or more recycled paper using VOC (Volatile Organic Compound)-free vegetable oil based ink. © 2012 Sony Corporation Printed in Japan...

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