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Sony Handycam FDR-AX30 Operating Manual

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  • Page 1 4-566-277-11(2) Digital 4K Video Getting started Camera Recorder Recording/Playback Saving images Operating Guide Customizing your camcorder “Help Guide” (Web manual) Others Refer to “Help Guide” for in-depth instructions on the many functions of the camera. FDR-AX30/AX33/AXP33/AXP35...
  • Page 2: Read This First

    Record the SAVE THESE serial number in the space provided below. Refer to these numbers INSTRUCTIONS. whenever you call your Sony dealer DANGER - TO REDUCE regarding this product. THE RISK OF FIRE OR Model No. FDR- ___________________ Serial No.
  • Page 3 for replacement of the obsolete outlet. • Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the apparatus. • Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer. • Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table specified by the manufacturer, or sold with the apparatus.
  • 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 (British (British (CEE (CEE (Ocean Type) Type) Type) Type) Type) 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 Asia Countries/regions Voltage Frequency (Hz) Plug type China Hong Kong 200/220 India 230/240 Indonesia 127/230 Japan 50/60 Korea (rep) Malaysia Philippines 220/230 Singapore Taiwan Thailand C/BF Vietnam Oceania Countries/regions Voltage Frequency (Hz) Plug type Australia New Zealand 230/240 North America Countries/regions Voltage Frequency (Hz)
  • Page 6 South America Countries/regions Voltage Frequency (Hz) Plug type Argentina C/BF/O Brazil 127/220 Chile Colombia Peru Venezuela Middle East Countries/regions Voltage Frequency (Hz) Plug type Iran C/BF Iraq C/BF Israel Saudi Arabia 127/220 A/C/BF Turkey C/BF Africa Countries/regions Voltage Frequency (Hz) Plug type Algeria 127/220...
  • Page 7  RECYCLING LITHIUM-ION lithium ion batteries. BATTERIES • Be sure to charge the battery pack Lithium-Ion batteries using a genuine Sony battery are recyclable. charger or a device that can charge You can help the battery pack. preserve our • Keep the battery pack out of the environment by reach of small children.
  • Page 8 If you have any questions about this CAUTION product, you may call: You are cautioned that any changes Sony Customer Information Center or modifications not expressly 1-800-222-SONY (7669). approved in this manual could void The number below is for the FCC your authority to operate this related matters only.
  • Page 9 If For EU product compliance: Sony this equipment does cause harmful Deutschland GmbH, Hedelfinger interference to radio or television Strasse 61, 70327 Stuttgart, Germany reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on,...
  • Page 10  Disposal of waste batteries product or battery, please contact your local Civic Office, your household and electrical and electronic waste disposal service or the shop equipment (applicable in the where you purchased the product or European Union and other battery.
  • Page 11: Table Of Contents

    Viewing images using the built- Refer to it for in-depth instructions on in projector (FDR-AXP33/ the many functions of the camcorder. AXP35) ........ 32 Saving images .... 33 Access the Sony support page. Using PlayMemories Home™ ..........33 Connecting an external media 1510/h_zz/ device .........
  • Page 12: Selecting The Recording Format For Movies

    Selecting the recording format for movies The camcorder is compatible with the XAVC S format.  What is XAVC S? XAVC S is a recording format that allows high-resolution images, such as 4K, to be highly compressed with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 and recorded in the MP4 file format.
  • Page 13 External media AVCHD device • See the following website for the latest storage environment. • You can store images by connecting to a recorder with an analog AV cable (sold separately). Movies are copied with standard definition image quality.
  • Page 14: Getting Started

    Getting started Supplied items • “Operating Guide” (This manual) • Rechargeable battery pack NP- The numbers in ( ) indicate the FV70 (1) supplied quantity. All models • Camcorder (1) • AC Adaptor (1) • Power cord (mains lead) (1) •...
  • Page 15: Charging The Battery Pack

    Charging the battery pack Turn off your camcorder by closing the LCD monitor, retract the viewfinder*, and attach the battery pack. Battery pack * Models with the viewfinder (FDR-AX33/AXP33/AXP35) only Connect the AC Adaptor and the power cord (mains lead) to your camcorder and the wall outlet (wall socket).
  • Page 16: Charging The Battery Using Your Computer

     Charging the battery using your computer Turn off your camcorder and connect the camcorder to a running computer using the Built-in USB Cable (page 52). • Change the setting of your computer so that it would not enter the sleep (hibernation) state before charging your camcorder.
  • Page 17: To Remove The Battery Pack

     To remove the battery pack Turn off your camcorder. Slide the BATT (battery) release lever () and remove the battery pack ().  To charge the battery pack abroad You can charge the battery pack in any countries/regions using the AC Adaptor supplied with your camcorder within the AC 100 V - 240 V, 50 Hz/60 Hz range.
  • Page 18: Turning The Power On

    Turning the power on Open the LCD monitor of your camcorder and turn the power on. • You can also turn on the camcorder by pulling out the viewfinder (models with the viewfinder (FDR-AX33/AXP33/AXP35) only). Following the instructions on the LCD monitor, select the language, the geographical area, Daylight Savings or Summer Time, date format, and the date and time.
  • Page 19: Inserting A Memory Card

    Inserting a memory card Open the cover, and insert the memory card until it clicks. Access lamp Insert the card with the notched corner in the direction as illustrated. • The [Preparing image database file. Please wait.] screen appears if you insert a new memory card.
  • Page 20 Recording images in a format other than XAVC S Capacity (operation SD Speed Class verified) SD memory card/SDHC Class 4 or faster Up to 128 GB memory card/SDXC memory card Memory Stick PRO Duo™ – Up to 32 GB (Mark2) media/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™...
  • Page 21: Recording/Playback

    Recording/Playback Recording Recording movies Open the LCD monitor, and press START/STOP to start recording. Power zoom lever • To stop recording, press START/STOP again. • Items on the LCD monitor disappear if you do not operate the camcorder for a few seconds. To display items again, touch anywhere except the buttons on the LCD monitor.
  • Page 22 File Format]: [ XAVC S 4K], [ REC Mode]: [60Mbps ], [Dual Video REC]: [Off] • When using a Sony memory card. • The actual recording time or number of recordable photos is displayed on the LCD monitor during recording.
  • Page 23: Shooting Photos

    Shooting photos Open the LCD monitor and select [MODE]  (Photo). • You can also switch between (Movie) and (Photo) by pressing (Shooting Mode) button (FDR-AX33/AXP33/AXP35). Press PHOTO lightly to adjust the focus, then press it fully. Power zoom lever •...
  • Page 24: Using The Manual Adjustment Features

    Using the manual adjustment features Assigning a menu item to the MANUAL ring Press and hold MANUAL button (page 51) for a few seconds. • he menu items you can control with the MANUAL ring will appear on the [Manual Ring Setting] screen. Rotate the MANUAL ring (page 51) to select the item to be assigned, and then press MANUAL button.
  • Page 25: Playback

    Playback Open the LCD monitor and press the (View Images) button on the camcorder to enter the playback mode. • The Event View screen appears after some seconds. Select to move the desired event to the center, and then select the part circled () in the figure.
  • Page 26: Playback Operations

    Select the image. Recorded time/ Switch number of Event name Image Type photos To go back to button the Event View (Visual screen index) Previous Movie Next Photo Change to the movie/photo Last played image recording mode  To switch between movies and photos (Visual index) Select the desired type of images.
  • Page 27  To delete the images  Select  [Image Quality/Size]  [ File Format]  format of images to be deleted. • The available format varies depending on the [ File Format] setting.  Select [Edit/Copy]  [Delete]  [Multiple Images]  image type to be deleted.
  • Page 28: Viewing Images On A Tv

    Viewing images on a TV Playing back images Playable images may be restricted depending on the combination of the movie format at the time of recording, the type of playback images selected on the Event View screen, and the HDMI output settings.
  • Page 29 Movie [HDMI Visual index Playback format Resolution] (page 26) image quality XAVC S 4K TV or [Auto], [2160p/ MOVIE High definition High 1080p], [1080p], MOVIE/ image quality definition [1080i], [720p] PHOTO (HD) AVCHD PHOTO 4K image quality (when connected to a 4K TV)* * The resolution will be the HDMI Resolution set on your camcorder.
  • Page 30 Playing back trimmed movies (Trimming Playback) recorded in XAVC S 4K format You can play back the movies recorded in XAVC S 4K file format while magnifying and trimming the part you want to watch, and also while zooming the scene up to the full high definition image quality. Change the HDMI output setting to output 4K movies.
  • Page 31 Notes • Playback of trimmed movies is not available on the LCD monitor of the camcorder.
  • Page 32: Viewing Images Using The Built-In Projector (Fdr-Axp33/Axp35)

    Viewing images using the built-in projector (FDR-AXP33/AXP35) Press the PROJECTOR button (page 51). Select [Image Shot on This Device]. Follow the operating guide on the LCD monitor, and then select [Project]. Power zoom lever/PHOTO PROJECTOR FOCUS lever Adjust the focus of the projected image. Use the power zoom lever to move the selection frame that appears on the projected image, then press the PHOTO button.
  • Page 33: Saving Images

    Calendar discs network services  To download PlayMemories Home PlayMemories Home can be downloaded from the following URL.  To check the computer system You can check the computer requirements for the software at the following URL.
  • Page 34: Connecting An External Media Device

    Connecting an external media device How to store movies and photos to an external media device is explained here. Also refer to the instruction manual supplied with the external media device. Store movies to a computer using PlayMemories Home software (page 33).
  • Page 35  External media device Connect an external media device to the Multi/Micro USB Terminal of your camcorder using VMC-UAM2 USB Adaptor Cable (sold separately). Signal flow • Movies are copied with 4K/high definition image quality (HD).
  • Page 36: Using The Wi-Fi Function

    • The Wi-Fi function of the camcorder cannot be used connected to a public wireless LAN. • To use the One-touch functions (NFC) of the camcorder, a smartphone or tablet supporting the NFC function is required.  • The operation methods and Android OS...
  • Page 37 Touch the camcorder to the Transferring MP4 movies smartphone. and photos to your smartphone  One-touch connection with an Android supporting NFC On the smartphone, select [Settings], then, select [More...] to check that [NFC] is enabled. Notes • Cancel the sleep mode or unlock the screen on the smartphone beforehand.
  • Page 38  Return to Home, and start up Select the image you want to PlayMemories Mobile. transfer, and add , and  then select • The SSID and a password are displayed, and the camcorder is ready to be connected with the smartphone.
  • Page 39 If you know the SSID and software in your computer the password of your (first time only). wireless access point Windows: PlayMemories Home  On your camcorder, select  [Wireless]  Mac: Wireless Auto Import Setting]  [Access point settings]. Mac/ ...
  • Page 40 Start sending images from the camcorder to the computer.  Press the (View Images) button on your camcorder.  Select  [Wireless]  [ Function]  [Send to Computer]. • Images are automatically transferred to and saved on the computer. •...
  • Page 41: Customizing Your Camcorder

    Customizing your camcorder Using the menus Menu lists Select Shooting Mode Movie Photo Smth Slw REC Golf Shot High Speed REC Camera/Mic Select a category. Manual Settings White Balance Spot Meter/Fcs Spot Meter Spot Focus Exposure Focus Select a desired menu item.
  • Page 42 Face Send to Computer Face Detection View on TV Smile Shutter Setting Smile Sensitivity Airplane Mode Flash Multi Camera Ctrl Set Flash Vid REC during strm. Flash Level WPS Push Red Eye Reduction Access point settings Microphone Edit Device Name My Voice Canceling Disp MAC Address Blt-in Zoom Mic...
  • Page 43 FDR-AX30/AXP35 Connection The feature may not be available TV Type depending on the countries/ HDMI Resolution regions. FDR-AXP33/AXP35 CTRL FOR HDMI FDR-AX30 USB Connect 1080 50i-compatible models USB Connect Setting USB LUN Setting General Settings Beep Monitor Brightness Auto Keystone ADJ REC Lamp Power ON w/monitor Language Setting...
  • Page 44: Others

    Others Precautions • Television programs, films, video tapes, and other materials may be copyrighted. Unauthorized AC Adaptor recording of such materials may Do not short-circuit the battery be a violation of the copyright terminal with any metallic objects. laws. This may cause a malfunction. •...
  • Page 45: Troubleshooting

    • It is important to set security camcorder gets very warm. This is when using the wireless network not a malfunction. function. • Sony makes no guarantees and is Overheat protection not responsible for any damage Depending on the camcorder and resulting from having inadequate...
  • Page 46: Specifications

    Specifications SDXC Memory Card (Class 10 or faster) XAVC S 4K (100Mbps) System SDXC Memory Card (UHS-I U3 Signal format: or faster) UHDTV The capacity that a user can HDTV use (Approx.): 62.4 GB NTSC color, EIA standards 1 GB equals 1 billion bytes, a (1080 60i-compatible models) portion of which is used for PAL color, CCIR standards...
  • Page 47 NightShot: 0 lx (lux) (shutter Approx. 2 h. 25 min. speed 1/60 second) Wireless LAN The unique image Supported standard: processing system of Sony’s IEEE 802.11 b/g/n BIONZ-X allows still image Frequency: 2.4 GHz resolution equivalent to the Supported security protocols: sizes described.
  • Page 48: Rechargeable Battery

    Mass (approx.): During camera recording using LCD monitor at normal FDR-AX30: brightness: 4K: 5.6 W, HD: 585 g (1 lb 4 oz) main unit only 3.9 W* 685 g (1 lb 8 oz) including the * in AVCHD FH mode supplied rechargeable battery Operating temperature: 0 °C to pack NP-FV70...
  • Page 49 Forum, Inc. in the United States Corporation. and in other countries. • XAVC S and • Facebook and the “f” logo are registered trademarks of Sony trademarks or registered Corporation. trademarks of Facebook, Inc. • Memory Stick and • YouTube and the YouTube logo...
  • Page 50: Parts And Controls

     PROJECTOR FOCUS lever (32) For details on compatible (FDR-AXP33/AXP35) accessories of the Multi  LCD monitor/Touch panel interface shoe, visit the Sony  Speaker web site in your area, or  Projector lens (FDR-AXP33/ consult your Sony dealer or...
  • Page 51  Built-in microphone  MANUAL ring Manual functions can be  (Shooting Mode) assigned to the button and the button (23) (FDR-AX33/ dial. AXP33/AXP35)  Lens (ZEISS lens)   MANUAL button (My Voice Canceling) button Suppresses the voice of the person recording the movie.
  • Page 52  To fasten the grip belt  Viewfinder (FDR-AX33/ AXP33/AXP35) The camcorder is turned on when the viewfinder is pulled out.  Viewfinder lens adjustment dial (FDR-AX33/AXP33/ AXP35) If the indications in the viewfinder appear blurred, turn the viewfinder lens adjustment dial.
  • Page 53: Index

    Index LCD monitor 15 AC Adaptor 15 Manual recording 24 Android 36 Memory card 19 App Store 36 Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark2) Assigning a menu item 24 media 20 AVCHD 12, 13 Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo media 20 Battery pack 15 Memory Stick XC-HG Duo media Beep 18 Built-in USB Cable 16...
  • Page 54 Software 33 Specifications 46 Supplied items 14 Touch panel 23 Trimming Playback 30 Tripod 52 Troubleshooting 45 TV 28 Wall outlet (wall socket) 16 Wi-Fi 36 Windows 33 Wireless access point 39 XAVC S 4K 12, 13 XAVC S HD 12, 13 Zoom 21...
  • Page 56 Additional information on this product and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at our Customer Support Website. © 2015 Sony Corporation Printed in China...

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