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4-542-974-11(1)
Digital HD Video Camera
Recorder
Handbook
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© 2014 Sony Corporation
HDR-AS20

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  • Page 1 4-542-974-11(1) Digital HD Video Camera Recorder Handbook © 2014 Sony Corporation HDR-AS20...
  • Page 2: How To Use This Handbook

    How to use this handbook Click on a button on the right to jump to the corresponding page. This is convenient when searching for a function you want to view. Search for information by function. Search for information by operation. Search for information in a listing of Settings items.
  • Page 3: Notes On Using The Camera

    Recording Mode change accordingly. Settings content or recording failure values for both [NTSC] and [PAL] are shown in Sony cannot compensate for failure to record or this manual. loss or damage of recorded content due to a malfunction of the camera or memory card, etc.
  • Page 4 For details, check your wireless LAN administrator and/or service provider. • Sony makes no guarantees whatsoever in the provision of a network service. Sony bears absolutely no responsibility for damages that may arise from the use of a network service even in the case of claims made by a third-party.
  • Page 5: How To Enjoy The Camera

    How to enjoy the camera Enjoy more using the accessories Handlebar Mount & Waterproof Case Wrist Mount Strap & Waterproof Case Handheld Grip with LCD Screen...
  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Table of contents Notes on using the camera How to use this handbook····································· 2 Notes on using the camera ··································· 3 How to enjoy the camera ······································ 5 Operation Search ·················································· 9 Settings Search··················································· 10 Identifying parts··················································· 12 Getting started Checking the bundled items································...
  • Page 7 Shooting Shooting ······························································ 39 Viewing Viewing images on a TV ····································· 41 Wireless Network (Wi-Fi) Preparation for connecting to your smartphone ························································· 43 Connecting to your smartphone ·························· 44 Connecting with the Live-View Remote ·············· 47 Wi-Fi Remote Control·········································· 49 Copy····································································...
  • Page 8 Specifications ······················································ 67 Index Index ··································································· 70...
  • Page 9: Operation Search

    Operation Search Shooting movies and Shooting ································································· 39 photos Changing the movie file Recording Mode ·················································· 19 size Deleting images You can delete each image file from a computer connected to the camera. Changing the date, Date & Time Setting ············································...
  • Page 10: Settings Search

    Settings Search Setting items Click each item to jump to the corresponding page. Items Display Default setting Recording Mode VIDEO HQ (1920×1080/30p) SteadyShot STEDY Flip FLIP Scene SCENE NORML Interval Photo Recording LAPSE 5sec Wi-Fi Remote Control Wi-Fi Copy* SHARE —...
  • Page 11 1 Press the NEXT or PREV button to turn on the power. To power off, select [PwOFF] and press the ENTER button. 2 Press the NEXT button to display [SETUP], then press the ENTER button. 3 Press the NEXT button to display the setting item, then press the ENTER button.
  • Page 12: Identifying Parts

    Identifying parts A REC/access lamp B REC (Movie/Photo) button ENTER (Menu execute) button C b REC HOLD switch* D Display panel E Speaker F PREV button G NEXT button H Microphones I Lens J Connector cover K m (Mic) jack* L Expansion connector* M CHG (Charge) lamp N HDMI OUT jack...
  • Page 13: Checking The Bundled Items

    Checking the bundled items Make sure that you have following bundled items. The number in parentheses indicates the quantity of that item bundled. • Camera (1) • Micro USB cable (1) • Rechargeable battery pack (NP-BX1) (1) • Waterproof Case (SPK-AS2) (1) •...
  • Page 14: Inserting The Battery Pack

    Inserting the battery pack 1 Slide the battery pack/memory card cover in the direction of the arrow, then open the cover. 2 Insert the battery pack. Make sure the direction of the battery pack is correct, then insert it pushing against the battery ejection lever, until the lever locks.
  • Page 15: Charging The Battery Pack

    Charging the battery pack 1 Turn off the power of the camera. Charging is not possible when the camera is turned 2 Connect the camera to the computer that CHG (Charge) lamp is turned on with the micro USB cable (supplied).
  • Page 16 How long does it take to charge the camera? Charging time Battery pack Via a computer Via AC-UD20* (sold separately) NP-BX1 (supplied) Approx. 245 min. Approx. 175 min. • Time required to charge a fully depleted battery pack at a temperature of 25°C (77°F). Charging may take longer under certain circumstances or conditions.
  • Page 17: Inserting A Memory Card

    Inserting a memory card 1 Slide the Battery pack/memory card cover in the direction of the arrow, then open the cover. 2 Insert the memory card until it clicks. microSD card: Insert in the direction of A. “Memory Stick Micro (M2)” media: Insert in the direction of B.
  • Page 18 Notes • In order to stabilize memory card operation, it is recommended that you format the memory card when you use it with the camera for the first time (page 32). All data recorded on the memory card will be erased by formatting, and cannot be recovered. •...
  • Page 19: Recording Mode

    Recording Mode Setting display You can set the image resolution and frame rate for shooting movies. To make the setting, select [SETUP] first. 1 Press the NEXT button to display [SETUP], then press the ENTER button. 2 While [VIDEO] (Recording Mode) is displayed, press the ENTER button. 3 Press the NEXT button to select the Recording Mode, then press the ENTER button.
  • Page 20: Steadyshot

    SteadyShot Setting display You can activate the camera-shake reduction when shooting. To make the setting, select [SETUP] first. 1 Press the NEXT button to display [SETUP], then press the ENTER button. 2 Press the NEXT button to display [STEDY] (SteadyShot), then press the ENTER button.
  • Page 21: Flip

    Flip Setting display You can record the image upside down. This function is useful when the camera is attached upside down. To make the setting, select [SETUP] first. 1 Press the NEXT button to display [SETUP], then press the ENTER button. 2 Press the NEXT button to display [FLIP] (Flip), then press the ENTER button.
  • Page 22: Scene

    Scene Setting display You can select suitable image quality according to the shooting scene. To make the setting, select [SETUP] first. 1 Press the NEXT button to display [SETUP], then press the ENTER button. 2 Press the NEXT button to display [SCENE] (Scene), then press the ENTER button.
  • Page 23: Interval Photo Recording

    Interval Photo Setting display Recording You can set the interval period of the interval photo recording. To make the setting, select [SETUP] first. 1 Press the NEXT button to display [SETUP], then press the ENTER button. 2 Press the NEXT button to display [LAPSE] (Interval), then press the ENTER button.
  • Page 24: Airplane Mode

    Airplane Mode Setting display When you are in an airplane or another restricted place, you can set the camera to disable all functions related to the wireless applications such as Wi-Fi. If you set the airplane mode to [ON], an airplane mark will be displayed on the display panel. 1 Press the NEXT button to display [SETUP], then press the ENTER button.
  • Page 25: Auto Power Off

    Auto Power Off Setting display You can change the setting of the Auto Power Off function. To make the setting, select [SETUP] first. 1 Press the NEXT button to display [SETUP], then press the ENTER button. 2 Press the NEXT button to display [A.OFF] (Auto Power Off), then press the ENTER button.
  • Page 26: Beep

    Beep Setting display You can set the audible notification of operations to ON/OFF. To make the setting, select [SETUP] first. 1 Press the NEXT button to display [SETUP], then press the ENTER button. 2 Press the NEXT button to display [BEEP] (Beep), then press the ENTER button.
  • Page 27: Date & Time Setting

    Date & Time Setting Setting display You can set the year/month/day and region. To make the setting, select [SETUP] first. 1 Press the NEXT button to display [SETUP], then press the ENTER button. 2 Press the NEXT button to display [DATE] (Date Time), then press the ENTER button.
  • Page 28: Daylight Saving Time (summer Time) Setting

    Daylight Saving Time Setting display (Summer Time) Setting You can set the camera’s clock to the Daylight Saving Time. To make the setting, select [SETUP] first. 1 Press the NEXT button to display [SETUP], then press the ENTER button. 2 Press the NEXT button to display [DST] (Daylight Saving Time), then press the ENTER button.
  • Page 29: Usb Power Supply

    USB Power Supply Setting display When connecting the camera to a computer or USB device with the micro USB cable (supplied), the camera can be set so the connected device supplies power to it. To make the setting, select [SETUP] first. 1 Press the NEXT button to display [SETUP], then press the ENTER button.
  • Page 30: Switching Ntsc/pal

    Switching NTSC/PAL Setting display You can select NTSC/PAL, depending on the TV system of the country or region where you use this camera. To make the setting, select [SETUP] first. 1 Press the NEXT button to display [SETUP], then press the ENTER button. 2 Press the NEXT button to display [V.SYS] (Video System), then press the ENTER button.
  • Page 31: Resetting The Settings

    Resetting the Settings Setting display You can reset the settings to their defaults. If you activate [RESET], images are not deleted. 1 Press the NEXT button to display [SETUP], then press the ENTER button. 2 Press the NEXT button to display [RESET] (Reset), then press the ENTER button.
  • Page 32: Format

    Format Setting display Formatting is the process of deleting all images in the memory card, and restoring the memory card to its initial state. To make the setting, select [SETUP] first. 1 Press the NEXT button to display [SETUP], then press the ENTER button. 2 Press the NEXT button to display [FORMT] (Format), then press the ENTER button.
  • Page 33: Using Accessories

    Using accessories Refer to the website of this camera for the latest information on accessories. Waterproof Case (SPK-AS2) By inserting the camera in the Waterproof Case, you can shoot movies in the rain or at a beach. HOLD lever Case body REC button NEXT button PREV button...
  • Page 34 4 Insert the tab of the case body into the slot of the case cover. 5 Hook the buckle over the tab on the lower part of the case cover 1, then close the buckle in the direction of 2, until it clicks into place. •...
  • Page 35: Notes On Use

    Water leakage If water happens to leak in, stop exposing the Waterproof Case to water immediately. • If the camera gets wet, take it to the nearest Sony dealer immediately. Repair costs must be borne by the customer. • In the unlikely event that a malfunction of the Waterproof Case causes damage due to water leakage, Sony does not guarantee against damages to the equipment contained in it (camera, battery pack, etc.)
  • Page 36 Maintenance • After recording in a location with a sea breeze, wash this unit thoroughly in fresh water with the buckle fastened to remove salt and sand, then wipe with a soft dry cloth. It is recommended that you submerge the Waterproof Case in fresh water for about 30 minutes.
  • Page 37 Adhesive Mount (VCT-AM1) The Adhesive Mount is used for fixing the Waterproof Case to an item you intend to use. The Adhesive Mount is a general term for the Attachment Buckle, Flat Adhesive Mount, and Curved Adhesive Mount. Insert the camera in the Waterproof Case before attaching. Attachment Buckle Flat Adhesive Mount Curved Adhesive Mount...
  • Page 38 Notes • The Flat Adhesive Mount and Curved Adhesive Mount cannot be used again once they are detached from the location surface. • When detaching, peel off slowly. If peeled off forcibly, the surface on which the mount is fixed might be damaged.
  • Page 39: Shooting

    Shooting Display About the b REC HOLD switch The b REC HOLD switch can prevent accidental operation. Slide the b REC HOLD switch in the direction of b to lock. To release the lock, slide it in the opposite direction of b. •...
  • Page 40 Notes on long-time recording • When you continue to shoot for a long time, the temperature of the camera rises. If the temperature reaches above a certain level, shooting stops automatically. Leave the camera for 10 minutes or longer to allow the temperature inside the camera to decrease to a safe level.
  • Page 41: Viewing Images On A Tv

    • Some devices may not work properly. Image and sound may not be output. • Use a micro HDMI cable (sold separately) with the HDMI logo. • It is recommended that you use an authorized cable with HDMI logo or a Sony HDMI cable. Continued r...
  • Page 42 To control a content being played back • Viewing the previous/next image: Press the PREV/NEXT button. • Fast-rewind/fast-forward (movies only): Press and hold the PREV/NEXT button. • Pause (movies only): Press the PREV and NEXT buttons simultaneously. If you press and hold the PREV or NEXT button during pause, slow rewind or slow forward can be performed.
  • Page 43: Preparation For Connecting To Your

    For the latest information and functional detail of “PlayMemories Mobile”, refer to the following website. http://www.sony.net/pmm/ Android OS Search for “PlayMemories Mobile” on Google Play, then install it. Search for “PlayMemories Mobile” on App Store, then install it.
  • Page 44: Smartphone

    Connecting to your Setting display smartphone Perform preparation for connecting to your smartphone before connecting (page 43). 1 Select [SETUP] t [Wi-Fi] t [ON] on the camera (page 49). 2 Confirm that the camera is in the shooting mode (page 39). MOVIE: Movie mode PHOTO: Photo mode INTVL: Interval photo recording mode...
  • Page 45 iPhone/iPad 1 Select [Settings] on the smartphone, then select [Wi-Fi] and the SSID of the camera. 2 Input the password, as printed on the sticker attached to the Operating Guide (First time only). 3 Confirm the connection to the SSID, as printed on the sticker attached to the Operating Guide.
  • Page 46: Sample Smartphone Screen Display

    Sample smartphone screen display Features of the Wi-Fi remote control function • To check the field of view before and while recording • To monitor images while recording Start/stop recording Various settings Shooting mode settings • [SHARE] • [MOVIE] • [VMODE] •...
  • Page 47: Connecting With The Live-view Remote

    Notes • Update the Live-View Remote to the latest firmware version before using. For details, visit the website below. www.sony.net/SonyInfo/Support/ Connecting the Live-View Remote to the camera 1 Turn on the power of the Live-View Remote. For details on operation, refer to the operating guide of the Live-View Remote.
  • Page 48 3 When [AWAIT] is displayed on the display panel of the camera, register the camera on the Live-View Remote. When connecting completes, [DONE] is displayed on the display panel of the camera. Connect each camera by performing steps 2 and 3. Notes •...
  • Page 49: Wi-fi Remote Control

    Wi-Fi Remote Control Setting display By connecting the camera and a Live-View Remote or smartphone through Wi-Fi, you can operate the camera by the Live-View Remote or smartphone. 1 Press the NEXT button to display [SETUP], then press the ENTER button. 2 Press the NEXT button to display [Wi-Fi] (Wi-Fi), then press the ENTER button.
  • Page 50: Copy

    Copy Setting display You can copy movies and photos shot by the camera by operating a smartphone. 1 Turn on the power of the camera, then press the NEXT button and select a shooting mode. MOVIE: Movie mode PHOTO: Photo mode INTVL: Interval photo recording mode 2 Start “PlayMemories Mobile”...
  • Page 51: Computer

    • Use the micro USB cable (supplied) when connecting the camera to your computer. • Functions of “PlayMemories Home” that can be used differ for Windows and for Mac. • For details on other applications, visit the following URL. Windows: http://www.sony.co.jp/imsoft/Win/ Mac: http://www.sony.co.jp/imsoft/Mac/ To check the computer environment For information about the computer environment for the software, refer to the following website.
  • Page 52: Preparing A Computer

    • For details on “PlayMemories Home” select (“PlayMemories Home” Help Guide) on the software or visit the PlayMemories Home support page (http://www.sony.co.jp/pmh-se/). • You can play movies recorded with the camera on the screen of the computer, when the camera is connected to a computer which has “PlayMemories Home”...
  • Page 53 To delete the USB connection Windows7/Windows8 1 Click on the task tray. 2 Click the disconnect icon in Customize. 3 Click the device to remove. Disconnect icon Windows Vista Perform the procedure from step 1 to 3 below before: • Disconnecting the micro USB cable (supplied). •...
  • Page 54: Starting The "playmemories Home" Software

    2 For how to use “PlayMemories Home,” refer to the help of the “PlayMemories Home.” Please register your product • Sony asks you to register your product for enhanced support. • For Mac users, use the Mac application “Product registration software.”...
  • Page 55: Troubleshooting

    If you experience trouble with the camera, try the following solutions. 1 Check the items on pages 56 to 60. 2 Turn the power off and then on again. 3 Consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. Continued r...
  • Page 56: Memory Card

    • When usable battery life becomes half the usual time, even after charging the battery pack fully, the battery pack may need to be replaced. Consult your nearest Sony dealer. Cannot charge the camera.
  • Page 57: Viewing Images

    Cannot insert dates on images. • The camera does not have a feature for superimposing dates on images. Viewing images Cannot play back images. • The folder/file name has been changed on your computer. • Connect a micro HDMI cable (sold separately). The image does not appear on the TV.
  • Page 58 Others The lens gets fogged. • Moisture condensation has occurred. Turn off the camera and wait about an hour for the moisture to evaporate. The camera becomes warm when you use it for a long time. • This is not a malfunction. The date or time is incorrect.
  • Page 59: Warning Indicators And Messages

    Warning indicators and messages If the following messages appear, follow the instructions. • The battery level is low. Charge the battery pack immediately. ERROR • Turn the power off and then on again. HEAT • The camera temperature has risen. The power may turn off automatically, or you may be unable to record images.
  • Page 60 PLANE • When the airplane mode is set to [ON], Wi-Fi cannot be used (page 24).
  • Page 61: Recordable Time

    MP4AVC 2ch Average (Units: minutes) Recording 16GB 32GB Mode SSLOW SLOW 1205 • In the SLOW/SSLOW setting, the above figure indicates the recordable time when shooting and differs from actual playback time. • When using a Sony memory card. Continued r...
  • Page 62: Estimated Number Of Recordable Photos

    2650 5300 • When using a Sony memory card. • The number of recordable photos for the memory card shown is for the maximum image size for your camera. The actual number of recordable photos is displayed on the LCD screen during shooting.
  • Page 63: Battery Pack

    Battery pack On charging the battery pack • Charge the battery pack before using the camera for the first time. • We recommend charging the battery pack in an ambient temperature of between 10°C to 30°C (50°F to 86°F) until the CHG (Charge) lamp turns off. The battery pack may not be effectively charged in temperatures outside this range.
  • Page 64: Using The Camera Abroad

    Using the camera abroad On TV color systems To view images shot by the camera on a TV, you need a TV (or monitor) with an HDMI jack and a micro HDMI cable (sold separately). Before shooting, be sure to set [V.SYS] to the TV system of the country and region where you will view recordings.
  • Page 65: Precautions

    Precautions Do not use/store the camera in the following places • In an extremely hot, cold or humid place In places such as in a car parked in the sun, the camera body may become deformed and this may cause a malfunction.
  • Page 66: Notes On Optional Accessories

    (after about 1 hour). Notes on optional accessories • Genuine Sony accessories may not be available in some countries/regions. Note on disposal/transfer of the memory card Even if you delete data in the memory card or format the memory card on the camera or a computer, you may not delete data from the memory card completely.
  • Page 67: Specifications

    Specifications Camera Charging time: Via a computer NP-BX1 (supplied): Approx. 245 min [System] Via a AC-UD20 (sold separately) Video signal NP-BX1 (supplied): Approx. 175 min NTSC color, EIA standards Power consumption: 1.8 W (when the movie HDTV 1080/60i, 1080/60p specification image size is [1920×1080/30p]) PAL color, CCIR standards Operating temperature: –10°C to 40°C (14°F to...
  • Page 68 Curved Adhesive Mount Dimensions: Approx. 50.0 mm × 16.0 mm × 58.5 mm (2 in. × 21/32 in. × 2 3/8 in.) (W/H/D, excluding protrusions) Mass: Approx. 16 g (0.6 oz) Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
  • Page 69 GPL/LGPL. Source code is provided on the web. Use the following URL to download it. When downloading the source code, select HDR-AS20 as the model for your camera. http://www.sony.net/Products/Linux/ We would prefer you do not contact us about the contents of source code.
  • Page 70 Index A.OFF MOVIE ..................25 .................39 Airplane mode Multi/Micro USB Terminal ..............24 .........52 Auto power off ..............25 NEXT button ..............10 Battery pack Number of recordable photos ................63 ........62 BEEP ..................26 Beep ..................26 PHOTO .................39 PLANE ..................24 Charging PLAY ................15 ..................41 CHG (Charge) lamp PREV button ............15 ...............10...
  • Page 71 V.SYS ..................30 VIDEO ..................19 View Movies ................41 Still image ..............41 Warning messages ............59 Wi-Fi ..................44 Wi-Fi Remote control .............49...

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