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Comments to date: 10. Page 1 of 1. Average Rating:
ginestre 8:34am on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 
Repair Cost I just wanted to post a review that I would have liked to be aware of before buying this camera. I bought this camera in March 2006. Repair Cost I just wanted to post a review that I would have liked to be aware of before buying this camera. I bought this camera in March 2006.
Pascal_ 7:25am on Thursday, October 28th, 2010 
3.5" screen ; 10x optical zoom and comfort in hand 606 price tag Great zoom and quality of video and still shots. Excellent battery life Included software was poor.
Arturaseonertiret 10:50pm on Friday, September 17th, 2010 
Fully featured but somewhat bulky, it matches its MiniDV competitors in most areas, while offering the convenience of direct-to-disc recording.
schuetzm 7:48pm on Wednesday, September 8th, 2010 
I bought it in Dec for $799 new with some fre...  Great video and I love the fact that I can take stills while using the video. I love this camcorder. I bought it for the bi...  Vidoe quality, futures, sound and still photos. sound is so good it picks up everything.
mwpnl 10:50am on Saturday, August 28th, 2010 
Handy,Plays directly to most home DVD players. Large LCD, 4.0 Megapixel still image recording Nothing precisely Have nice movie capturing experience, too good to have 4MP while capturing photos, price is little high even though with CMOS sensor. 3.00 MP.
XRumer836 12:27pm on Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 
nice small size, durable, easy to use and sounds is good price, touch screen not calibrated correctly, not able to record on video on memory stick Easy to use, very nice picture quality expensive
magician 8:55am on Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 
Disc and battery :~: GENERAL :~: This Sony Handycam is the latest upgrade in a long line of Sony upgrades! The Sony Handycam DCR DVD505E is a digital camera which was designed for people to use with their hands.
mstern 1:12pm on Tuesday, August 17th, 2010 
Sony DCR DVD505 Please think before you spend your money on this unit. Disappointment My camcorder worked pretty good app. 18 months. Suddenly I got unresponsive touch screen. Camcorder become useless - ($1,000!
gee 2:48am on Monday, July 26th, 2010 
Fully featured but somewhat bulky, it matches its MiniDV competitors in most areas, while offering the convenience of direct-to-disc recording.
hapclem 3:11pm on Monday, May 24th, 2010 
I purchased this camera because my old camera was lost on a plane going to Hawaii, and I wanted to get something that did not have tapes. Well.. we know nothing about cameras and this one truly has an easy button that remind me a lot of office max ads.

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On recording

Before starting to record, test the recording function to make sure the picture and sound are recorded without any problems. You cannot delete images once you record them on a DVD-R. Use a DVD-RW/DVD+RW for trial recording (p.16). Compensation for the contents of recordings cannot be provided, even if recording or playback is not possible due to a malfunction of the camcorder, storage media, etc. TV color systems differ depending on the countries/regions. To view your recordings on a TV, you need a NTSC system-based TV. Television programs, films, video tapes, and other materials may be copyrighted. Unauthorized recording of such materials may be contrary to the copyright laws. You cannot dub copyright protected software on your camcorder.
About the Carl Zeiss lens
Your camcorder is equipped with a Carl Zeiss lens, which was developed jointly by Carl Zeiss, in Germany, and Sony Corporation, and produces superior images. It adopts the MTF* measurement system for video cameras and offers a quality typical of a Carl Zeiss lens. Also, the lens for your camcorder is T coated to suppress unwanted reflections and faithfully reproduce colors. * MTF stands for Modulation Transfer Function. The number value indicates the amount of light from a subject coming into the lens.

On this manual

The images of the LCD screen and the viewfinder used on this manual are captured using a digital still camera, and thus may appear different from what you see. Design and specifications of recording media and accessories are subject to change without notice. Disc in this Operating Guide refers to 8cm DVD discs. Available operations depend on the disc used. The following marks are used for the different DVD formats.
The on-screen displays in each local language are used for illustrating the operating procedures. Change the screen language before using your camcorder if necessary (p.81).

Table of Contents

Enjoying with your DVD Handycam
What you can do with your DVD Handycam.. 14 Choosing a disc... 16 Using your DVD Handycam... 18

Getting Started

Step 1: Checking supplied items... 20 Step 2: Charging the battery pack... 21 Step 3: Turning the power on, and holding your camcorder. 24 Step 4: Adjusting the LCD screen and viewfinder.. 25 Step 5: Using the touch panel... 26 Step 6: Setting the date and time.. 27 Step 7: Inserting a disc or a Memory Stick Duo.. 28 Step 8: Selecting the aspect ratio (16:9 or 4:3) of the recording picture.... 31

Easy Handycam - using your camcorder with automatic settings
Using Easy Handycam operation.. 33 Recording with ease... 34 Playing back with ease... 36 Preparation for playing back on a DVD player (Finalizing). 38


Recording... 40 Playback.... 42 Functions used for recording/playback, etc.. 44
Recording To use zoom To record sound with more presence (5.1ch surround recording) To use the flash To record the high resolution still images during recording a movie (Dual Rec)
To record in dark places (NightShot) To adjust the exposure for backlit subjects (BACK LIGHT) To adjust the focus for an off center subject To fix the exposure for the selected subject To record in mirror mode To add special effects To attach the shoulder belt To use a tripod Playback To use Playback zoom To play back a series of still images (Slide show) Recording/playback To check the remaining battery To turn off the operation confirmation beep To initialize the settings (RESET) Other part names and functions
Checking/Deleting the last scene (Review/Review deleting).48 Indicators displayed during recording/playback..49 Remote Commander...51 Playing the picture on a TV...52

Playback on DVD devices

Making the disc compatible with playback on DVD devices or DVD drives (Finalizing)...54 Playing back a disc on DVD devices, etc..58 Playing back a disc on a computer with a DVD drive installed.59
Using the Recorded disc (DVD-RW/DVD+RW)
Recording additional scenes after finalizing..61 Deleting all of the scenes on the disc (Formatting)..62

Using the Setup items

Using the Setup items....64 Setup items...66 CAMERA SET...68
Settings to adjust your camcorder to the recording conditions (EXPOSURE/WHITE BAL./STEADYSHOT, etc.)


Settings for still images (QUALITY/IMAGE SIZE, etc.)
Table of Contents (continued)


Special effects on pictures or additional functions on recording/playback (PICT.EFFECT/D.EFFECT/SMTH SLW REC, etc.)

On the battery pack Before changing the battery pack, slide the POWER switch to OFF (CHG). The CHG (charge) lamp flashes during charging, or BATTERY INFO (p.47) will not be correctly displayed under the following conditions. The battery pack is not attached correctly. The battery pack is damaged. The battery pack is fully discharged. (For BATTERY INFO only.) The power will not be supplied from the battery as long as the AC Adaptor is connected to the DC IN jack of your camcorder, even when the power cord is disconnected from the wall outlet. We recommend that you use an NP-FP70, NPFP71 or NP-FP90 battery pack when a video light (optional) is attached. On the charging/recording/playback time Times measured with the camcorder at 25 C (77F). (10-30C (50-86F) is recommended.) Available recording and playback time will be shorter when you use your camcorder in low temperatures. The available recording and playback time will be shorter depending on the conditions under which you use your camcorder. On the AC Adaptor Connect the AC Adaptor to an easily accessible wall outlet close by. If any trouble occurs while using the adaptor, immediately shut off the power by disconnecting the plug from the wall outlet. Do not use the AC Adaptor placed in a narrow space, such as between a wall and furniture. Do not short-circuit the DC plug of the AC Adaptor or battery terminal with any metallic objects. This may cause a malfunction. PRECAUTION The set is not disconnected from the AC power source (house current) as long as it is connected to the wall outlet, even if the set itself has been turned off.
Step 3: Turning the power on, and holding your camcorder
To record, slide the POWER switch to turn on the respective lamp. When using it for the first time, the [CLOCK SET] screen appears (p.27).

POWER switch Lens cover

2 Hold your camcorder correctly.
3 Ensure a good grip, then fasten the
1 Turn on the power by sliding the
POWER switch in the direction of the arrow while pressing the green button in the center. When you record, switch the power mode by sliding the POWER switch in the direction of the arrow until the respective lamp lights up.

Green button

To turn off the power
Slide the POWER switch to OFF (CHG).
At the time of purchase, the power will be set to turn off automatically if you leave your camcorder without any operation attempted for approximately 5 minutes, to save battery power. ([A.SHUT OFF], p.81).

Now try recording

page 34
Complete the preparations described in steps 1 to 8 (p.20 to 31) before operation.
When inserting a new DVD-RW, it is formatted with VIDEO mode. When using a DVD-RW disc formatted in VR mode, you cannot use the editing function on your camcorder (p.87).
If you do not intend to use Easy Handycam operation, go to page 40.

Recording with ease

Slide the POWER switch in the direction of the arrow while pressing the green button only when the POWER switch is in the OFF (CHG) position.
To record movies To record still images
1 Slide the POWER switch A in the direction of the arrow to light up the

(Movie) lamp.

2 Press START/STOP B (or C).
The default settings is [SP] (p.77).


To stop recording, press START/STOP again.
To record the next images

Perform step 2.

You can continue recording if you have not finalized the disc (p.54) and there is remaining space to record on the disc when: you turn off the power, then turn it on again. you remove a disc from your camcorder, then insert it again.
To record the high resolution still images during recording a movie (Dual Rec)
Press PHOTO D fully while recording a movie. The still image can be written up to 3 during recording a movie at once. After finishing recording a movie, the written still images will be recorded on the Memory Stick Duo or disc.
For details on Dual Rec, refer to page 45.
Before Easy Handycam operation
Turn on your camcorder and press EASY to set to Easy Handycam operation (p.33). [Easy Handycam operation ON.] appears, then appears on the LCD screen.


2 Select the recording destination for still images.
1 Touch [SETUP] t [STILL MEDIA]. 2 Select the media for recording still images, then touch. The recording screen returns with the selected recording media displayed at the top right.
The number of recordable still images and recording media
3 Press PHOTO D lightly to adjust the focus A, then press it fully B.
The deault setting is [FINE] (p.72).

Flashing bLights up

A shutter sound is heard. When
disappears, the image has been recorded.

Playing back with ease

1 Press


You can also use the self-timer with PHOTO on the Remote Commander (p.51).
NS LIGHT (NightShot Light)
You can record clearer pictures with the light which emits infrared light while using NightShot. The default setting is [ON].
Do not cover the infrared port with your fingers or other objects (p.45). Remove the conversion lens (optional). The maximum shooting distance using [NS LIGHT] is about 3 m (10 feet).


You can select the maximum zoom level in case you want to zoom to a level greater than 10(the default setting) while recording on a disc or Memory Stick Duo. Note that the image quality decreases when you are using the digital zoom.
COLOR SLOW S (Color Slow Shutter)
You can record an image brighter in color even in dark places. Set [COLOR SLOW S] to [ON]. and [COLOR SLOW SHUTTER] flash on the screen. To cancel [COLOR SLOW S], touch [OFF].
Adjust the focus manually ([FOCUS], p.70) when it is hard to focus automatically. The shutter speed of your camcorder changes depending on the brightness. The motion of the picture may slow down at this time. The right side of the bar shows the digital zooming factor. The zooming zone appears when you select the zooming level.
Up to 10 zoom is performed optically.
Up to 10 zoom is performed optically, and after that up to 20 zoom is performed digitally.


The default settings are marked with B. The indicators in parentheses appear when the items are selected. See page 64 for details on selecting setup items.
Up to 10 zoom is performed optically, and after that, up to 120 zoom is performed digitally.


You can record pictures using [STEADYSHOT] (the default setting is [ON]). Set [STEADYSHOT] to [OFF] ( ) when using a tripod or the conversion lens (optional).


B FINE ( )
Records still images at the fine image quality level.


Records still images at the standard image quality level.
The size of still images (Approx. kB)

When the POWER switch is

4.0M 1.9M VGA (0.3M) 150 060

3.0M 1500 0640

3.0M 2.3M 1150 0480


When the Memory Stick Duo is formatted, all the data will be deleted.
1 Format the Memory Stick Duo by touching [YES] t [YES]. 2 Touch when [Completed.] appears.
Even still images protected with another equipment against accidental deletion are deleted. Do not attempt the following operations when [Executing.] is on the screen. Operate the POWER switch or buttons Remove the Memory Stick Duo


See page 35, 41.


See page 43.

STANDARD SET (continued)

You can select whether to play back audio recorded using other devices with dual sound or stereo sound. B STEREO
Plays back with main and sub sound (or stereo sound).


The recorded picture will not be affected even when you change the setting.


You can adjust the brightness of the LCD screen.
1 Adjust the brightness with 2 Touch. /.
Plays back with main sound or the left channel sound.


You can adjust the brightness of the LCD screens backlight. B NORMAL

Standard brightness.

Plays back with sub sound or the right channel sound.
The setting returns to [STEREO] when you set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG) for more than 12 hours.


Brightens the LCD screen.
When you use the AC Adaptor as the power source, [BRIGHT] is automatically selected for the setting. When you select [BRIGHT], battery life is slightly reduced during recording.


You can select the microphone level for recording sound. Select [LOW] when you want to record exciting and powerful sound in a concert hall, etc. B NORMAL
Records various surround sounds, converting them into the same level.


You can adjust the color on the LCD screen with /.
Records surround sound faithfully. This setting is not suitable for recording conversations.
The setting returns to [NORMAL] when you set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG) for more than 12 hours.

Low intensity

High intensity


You can adjust the brightness of the viewfinder. B NORMAL


You can display the direction from which the recording sound comes when recording in 5.1ch mode.
Brightens the viewfinder screen.
When you connect your camcorder to the AC Adaptor, [BRIGHT] is automatically selected for the setting. When you select [BRIGHT], battery life is slightly reduced during recording.


You can select how a 16:9 (wide) aspect ratio picture appears in the viewfinder. B LETTER BOX
Normal setting (standard type of screen)


SQUEZE (Squeeze)
Expands the picture vertically if black bands at the top and bottom in 16:9 (wide) aspect ratio are undesirable.

1Date 2Time



See page 52.


You can select data transfer speed used to transfer data to your computer. B AUTO
Sends data by switching automatically between the Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) and the speed corresponding to USB 1.1 (full speed transfer). Still image


Sends data corresponding to USB 1.1 (full speed transfer).


You can check the information recorded automatically (data code) during playback. B OFF
Data code is not displayed.
3SteadyShot off 4Exposure 5White balance 6Gain 7Shutter speed 8Aperture value 9Exposure value
appears for an image recorded using a flash. The data code is displayed on the TV screen if you connect your camcorder to a TV. The indicator toggles through the following sequences as you press DATA CODE on the Remote Commander: DATE/TIME t CAMERA DATA t OFF (no indication). Depending on the disc condition, bars [--:--:--] appear.
Displays the date and time of recorded images.
Displays the camera setting data of recorded images.


You can select the number of thumbnails that appear on the VISUAL INDEX screen. Thumbnail Glossary (p.143) B ZOOM LINK
Change the number of thumbnails (6 or 12) with the zoom lever on your camcorder.*
REMOTE CTRL (Remote control)
The default setting is [ON] so that you can use the supplied Remote Commander (p.51).
Set to [OFF] to prevent your camcorder from responding to a command sent by other devices remote control.


Displays thumbnails of 6 images.
REC LAMP (Recording lamp)
The camera recording lamp will not light up during recording when you set this to [OFF]. (The default setting is [ON].)

Dividing a movie

your camcorder and press PLAY/EDIT. Editing on DVD Handycam
3 Touch [DELETE]. 4 Select the image to be deleted.

tab t [EDIT].

3 Touch [DIVIDE]. 4 Touch the scene to be divided.
The playback of the selected movie starts.
at the point where you want to divide the movie into scenes. The movie pauses.
Editing the original data (continued)
When you touch , it changes to and the operational buttons below appear.
Returns to the beginning of the selected movie. Adjust the volume

Creating the Playlist

A Playlist is a list showing thumbnails of the still images and movies that you have selected. The original scenes are not changed even though you edit or delete the scenes in the Playlist. Playlist Glossary (p.143) Make sure to insert the recorded disc into your camcorder.
Do not remove the battery pack or the AC Adaptor from your camcorder while editing the Playlist. It may damage the disc. You can add up to 999 scenes in the Playlist.
Adjusts the dividing point with more precision after the dividing point has been selected with.
Play and pause toggles as you press. A slight difference may occur from the point where you touch and the actual dividing point, as your camcorder selects the dividing point based on half-second increments.
tab or tab that includes the scene you want to add to the Playlist, then touch [EDIT].
Once you divide a movie, you cannot return it to the state it was in before you divided it.
If the movie is added in the Playlist, dividing the original movie does not affect the movie in the Playlist.

3 Touch [

ADD] when
Touch / to display [ [ ADD] is not displayed.
4 Select the scene to be added to the


3 Touch [ERASE]. 4 Select the scene to be deleted from

the list.

Touch [YES] to see the Playlist or tab. [NO] to return to or The selected scene is marked with. Press and hold the image on the LCD screen to confirm the image. Touch to return to the previous screen.
To add all the movies on the disc at the same time
Touch [ ADD ALL] in step 3.
To add all the still images on the disc in a Playlist
It is recommended that you create a Photomovie (p.90) beforehand, then add it in a Playlist.
When you add still images in a Playlist, they are converted automatically to a movie and added to tab. A movie converted from still images is shown with. The original still images remain on the disc. The resolution of the converted movie may be lower than that of the original still images.

You cannot use [PICT.EFFECT].
You cannot use [PICT.EFFECT] together with [OLD MOVIE].
You cannot use [SMTH SLW REC].
You cannot use [SMTH SLW REC] together with: [SUPER NS] [COLOR SLOW S] [D. EFFECT] [PICT. EFFECT]
You cannot set [STILL MEDIA].
You cannot set [STILL MEDIA] while recording a movie.
You cannot view [SUR MONITOR].
You cannot view the [SUR MONITOR] either you are not recording in 5.1ch surround recording or together with [FADER].
You cannot adjust [LCD BL LEVEL].
You cannot adjust [LCD BL LEVEL] when power is supplied from the AC Adaptor, or when you turn the LCD panel facing out on your camcorder when the POWER switch is set to (movie) or (Still).
Editing for movies and still images on the disc (DVD-RW:VR mode)
You cannot edit a DVD-R/DVD-RW (VIDEO mode)/DVD+RW with your camcorder. Unable to edit.
There are no images recorded on the disc. Unable to edit because of the condition of the image. You cannot edit an image protected on another device.
Scenes cannot be added in the Playlist.
The disc is full, or the added scenes exceed 999. Delete unnecessary scenes or add all the still images by converting them to a movie (Photomovie, p.90).
A movie cannot be divided.
A movie that is too short cannot be divided. A movie with a mark cannot be divided (p.87, 90). A movie protected on another device cannot be divided.
A scene cannot be deleted.
A scene protected on another device cannot be deleted.
Dubbing/Connecting to other devices
The aspect ratio of the playback is not correct when connecting your camcorder to the TV.
Set [TV TYPE] depending on your TV (p.52).
Pictures from connected devices are not displayed on the LCD screen or the viewfinder.
Touch t [REC CTRL] (p.94).
Pictures from connected devices cannot be zoomed.
You cannot zoom scenes input from the other device on your camcorder.
No sound is heard when playing back a disc.
The audio will not be output when you connect a device via the S VIDEO plug only. Connect the white and red plugs of the A/V connecting cable, too (p.94).
You cannot dub correctly using the A/V connecting cable.
The A/V connecting cable is not connected properly. Make sure that the A/V connecting cable is connected to the proper jack, i.e. to the output jack of a device you are dubbing a picture from, or to the input jack of another device for dubbing a picture from your camcorder (p.92, 94).
You cannot copy the disc to the 12cm DVD.
Use the supplied software, Nero Express 6. Refer to the instruction manual supplied with Nero Express 6 for details.
Prints cannot be made using a PictBridge printer.
Your printer may not print images recorded using other devices. This is not a malfunction.

Do not eject the Memory Stick during writing. Insert a Memory Stick or change STILL MEDIA to DVD. (p.30, 35, 41) Cannot record still pictures. No more still pictures during movie recording.
You are trying to record three or more still images, the maximum number that can be recorded at one time, in recording with the Dual Rec function (p.45).
This is a read-only Memory Stick.
Insert a writable Memory Stick Duo.
Incompatible type of Memory Stick.
A type of Memory Stick Duo incompatible with your camcorder is inserted (p.132).
This Memory Stick is not formatted correctly.
Check the format, then format the Memory Stick Duo with your camcorder if necessary (p.77, 132).
No more still pictures during movie recording
When using the Dual Rec function, do not eject the Memory Stick Duo from your camcorder from after recording a movie is finished until the still images are recorded on the Memory Stick Duo.
Cannot record. The Memory Stick is full.
Delete unnecessary images (p.86).
Cannot save still picture.
When using the Dual Rec function, do not remove the still image recording media from the camcorder until disc recording is finished and still image recording is complete (p.45).
Cannot record still images on Memory Stick. (p.132) - The Memory Stick is locked. Check the tab. (p.132) Cannot playback. Reinsert the Memory Stick. (p.30) Cannot record. Reinsert the Memory Stick. (p.30) Memory Stick has been removed. Process canceled.
x PictBridge compliant printer
Check the connected device.
Switch off the printer and switch it on again, then disconnect the USB cable (supplied) and reconnect it.
Not connected to PictBridge compatible printer.
No recording in Easy Handycam operation. (p.33)
The DVD+RW has been finalized. Make a disc to be able to record additional scenes (p.61).

Error. Cancel the task.

Check the printer.

x Other

E Please connect AC adaptor.
You are trying to finalize or format a disc, or making a disc available for additional recording after finalizing with the battery capacity low. Use the AC Adaptor as the power source to prevent the battery from wearing out in the middle of those operations.
Cannot print. Check the printer.

x Flash

Charging. Cannot record still images.
You are trying to record a still image while the flash is charging.
Use new AC adapter or reinsert. (p.21) Playlist full.
You cannot create the playlist exceeding 999 scenes. There is not enough available space on the disc or Memory Stick Duo.

Charging the battery pack
Be sure to charge the battery pack before you start using your camcorder. It is recommended that you charge the battery pack in an ambient temperature of between 10C to 30C (50F to 86F) until CHG (Charge) lamp turns off. If you charge the battery pack outside of this temperature range, you may not be able to charge the battery pack efficiently. After charging is complete, either disconnect the cable from the DC IN jack on your camcorder or remove the battery pack.
How to store the battery pack
If the battery pack is not used for a long time, fully charge the battery pack and discharge it on your camcorder once a year to maintain the proper function. To store the battery pack, remove it from your camcorder and put it in a dry, cool place. To use the battery pack up on your camcorder, leave your camcorder in the recording standby without a disc inserted with the [A. SHUT OFF] to [NEVER] in the STANDARD SET in the SETUP screen until the power goes off (p.81).
Effective use of the battery pack
Battery pack performance decreases when the surrounding temperature is 10C (50F) or below, and the length of time you can use the battery pack becomes shorter. In that case, do one of the following to use the battery pack for a longer time. Put the battery pack in a pocket to warm it up, and insert it in your camcorder right before you start taking shots. Use a large capacity battery pack: NP-FP71/ NP-FP90 (optional). Frequent use of the LCD screen or a frequent playback, fast forward or reverse operation wears out the battery pack faster. It is recommended that you use a large capacity battery pack: NP-FP71/ NP-FP90 (optional).

Battery life

The battery life is limited. Battery capacity drops little by little as you use it more and more, and as time passes. When the available battery time is shortened considerably, a probable cause is that the battery pack has reached the end of its life. Please buy a new battery pack. The battery life varies according to how it is stored, the operating conditions, and environment in which each battery pack is used.
Maintenance and precautions

On use and care

Do not use or store the camcorder and accessories in the following locations. Anywhere extremely hot or cold. Never leave them exposed to temperatures above 60C (140F), such as under direct sunlight, near heaters or in a car parked in the sun. They may malfunction or become deformed. Near strong magnetic fields or mechanical vibration. The camcorder may malfunction. Near strong radio waves or radiation. The camcorder may not be able to record properly. Near AM receivers and video equipment. Noise may occur. On a sandy beach or anywhere dusty. If sand or dust gets in your camcorder, it may malfunction. Sometimes this malfunction cannot be repaired. Near windows or outdoors, where the LCD screen, the viewfinder, or the lens may be exposed to direct sunlight. This damages the inside of the viewfinder or the LCD screen. Anywhere very humid. Operate your camcorder on DC 7.2 V (battery pack) or DC 8.4 V (AC Adaptor). For DC or AC operation, use the accessories recommended in these instruction manual. Do not let your camcorder get wet, for example, from rain or sea water. If your camcorder gets wet, it may malfunction. Sometimes this malfunction cannot be repaired. 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. Be particularly careful of the lens. Keep the POWER switch setting to OFF (CHG) when you are not using your camcorder. Do not wrap your camcorder with a towel, for example, and operate it. Doing so might cause heat to build up inside. When disconnecting the power cord, pull it by the plug and not the cord. Do not damage the power cord such as by placing anything heavy on it. Keep metal contacts clean. Keep the Remote Commander and button-type battery out of childrens reach. If the battery is accidentally swallowed, consult a doctor immediately. If the battery electrolytic liquid has leaked, consult your local authorized Sony service facility. wash off any liquid that may have contacted your skin if any liquid gets in your eyes, wash with plenty of water and consult a doctor.

x When not using your camcorder for a long time
Occasionally turn it on and let it run such as by playing back discs or recording for about 3 minutes. Remove a disc from your camcorder. Use up the battery pack completely before storing it.

Moisture condensation

If your camcorder is brought directly from a cold place to a warm place, moisture may condense inside your camcorder, on the surface of the disc, or on the pickup lens. This may cause a malfunction to your camcorder. If there is moisture inside your camcorder, [% Moisture condensation. Turn off for 1H.] or [% Condensation. Cannot open. Try later.] appears. The indication will not appear when the moisture condenses on the camera lens. x If moisture condensation has occurred Turn off your camcorder, and leave it for about an hour. x Note on moisture condensation Moisture may condense when you bring your camcorder from a cold place into a warm place (or vice versa) or when you use your camcorder in a humid place as follows:
You bring your camcorder from a ski slope into a place warmed up by a heating device. You bring your camcorder from an air conditioned car or room into a hot place outside. You use your camcorder after a squall or a shower. You use your camcorder in a hot and humid place.
x How to prevent moisture condensation When you bring your camcorder from a cold place into a warm place, put your camcorder in a plastic bag and seal it tightly. Remove the bag when the air temperature inside the plastic bag has reached the surrounding temperature (after about one hour).
CALIBRATION 1/3 Touch the "x"


On the LCD screen
Do not exert excessive pressure on the LCD screen. Blurs appear and it may cause a malfunction of your camcorder. If your camcorder is used in a cold place, a residual image may appear on the LCD screen. This is not a malfunction. While you are using your camcorder, the back of the LCD screen may heat up. This is not a malfunction.
4 Touch the displayed on the screen with a thin object such as a corner of Memory Stick Duo. The position of the changes. Touch [CANCEL] to cancel.
If you did not press the right spot, try the calibration again.
Do not use a sharp-pointed tool to calibrate the LCD screen. Doing so may damage the surface of the screen. You cannot calibrate the LCD screen if you have rotated it, or if you have set it with the LCD screen side facing out.

x 5.1ch surround sound

A system that plays back sound on 6 speakers, 3 at the front (left, right and center) and 2 at the rear (right and left) with an additional low-pass subwoofer counted as a 0.1 channel for frequencies of 120Hz or lower. The subwoofer is only counted as 0.1 channel because its playback band is narrow. The all-round audio reproduction is more realistic than stereo, which only reproduces movement of sound from side to side.


A DVD format that does not enable rerecording. It is mostly used for saving data that does not need to be edited. It is characterized by excellent playback compatibility with other DVD devices. Before finalizing, you can additionally record onto the discs free space. Once the disc is finalized, however, you cannot record onto it even if it has some free space left.

x 8cm disc

A disc with a diameter of 8cm. You can use 8cm discs with DVD Handycam.


A re-recordable DVD format. You can choose from two kinds of recording mode: VIDEO mode, which stresses high playback compatibility with other DVD devices, and VR mode, which enables various editing with DVD Handycam after recording.

x Disc title

The title (name) given to a recorded disc.

x Dolby Digital

An audio encoding (compression) system developed by Dolby Laboratories Inc. Sound can be recorded in various formats, from 5.1ch surround to 2ch stereo or monaural audio.


A re-recordable DVD format providing high playback compatibility with other DVD devices. Discs do not require finalizing so they can be re-recorded anytime.
x Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator
Sound compression technology developed by Dolby Laboratories Inc. which compresses audio efficiently while preserving high sound quality. It enables recording of 5.1ch surround sound while using disc space more efficiently. Discs created by Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator can be played back on a DVD recorder or device compatible with the disc on DVD Handycam. If you own a 5.1ch system (such as a home theater system) you can enjoy a powerful sound.

x Finalizing

The process of making discs recorded on DVD Handycam compatible for playback on other DVD devices. DVD-R/DVD-RW discs must be finalized before being played on another DVD device.

x Formatting

The process of deleting all recorded movies from a disc and restoring its original storage capacity so that it can be rerecorded onto.


JPEG stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group, a still image data compression (data capacity reduction) standard. DVD Handycam records still images in JPEG format.

x Double-sided disc

Disc that can be recorded on both sides.

x DVD menu



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