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The images of the LCD screen and the viewnder used in this manual for illustration purposes are captured using a digital still camera, and therefore may

Table of Contents

Step 1: Checking supplied items...8 Step 2: Charging the battery pack...9 Step 3: Turning the power on and holding your camcorder rmly.13 Step 4: Adjusting the LCD panel and viewnder..14 Step 5: Using the touch panel...15
Changing the language setting...15 Checking the screen indicators (Display Guide)..15
Step 6: Setting the date and time..16 Step 7: Inserting a cassette...17

Recording/Playback

Recording/Playback with ease (Easy Handycam)..18 Recording...20 Playback...21 Functions used for recording/playback, etc..22
Recording To use zoom To record in dark places (NightShot plus) To adjust the exposure for backlit subjects To adjust the focus for an off center subject (SPOT FOCUS) To x the exposure for the selected subject (Flexible spot meter) To record in mirror mode To use a tripod Playback To play back the images with added special effects Recording/Playback To check the remaining battery (Battery Info) To turn off the operation conrmation beep To initialize the settings Other part names and functions
Indicators displayed during recording/playback..24 Searching for the starting point...26
Searching for the last scene of the most recent recording (END SEARCH)....26 Searching manually (EDIT SEARCH)...26

Continued

Reviewing the most recently recorded scenes (Rec review)..26
Remote Commander (DCR-HC19E/HC21E/HC22E)..28
Searching quickly for a desired scene (Zero set memory)..28 Searching for a scene by date of recording (Date search)..29 Searching for a still image (Photo search)...29 Playing back still images in sequence (Photo scan)..29
Playing the picture on a TV...30

Using the Menu

Using the menu items..32
Operation button items...33 Menu items....38 MANUAL SET menu..40
PROGRAM AE/P EFFECT, etc.

CAMERA SET menu...42

D ZOOM/WIDE SEL/STEADYSHOT, etc.

PLAYER SET/

VCR SET menu..43

HiFi SOUND/AUDIO MIX

LCD/VF SET menu...44
LCD B.L./LCD COLOR/VF B.L., etc

TAPE SET menu...45

REC MODE/AUDIO MODE/REMAIN

SETUP MENU menu...45

CLOCK SET/USB STREAM/LANGUAGE, etc.

OTHERS menu...46

WORLD TIME/BEEP, etc.

Dubbing/Editing

Connecting to a VCR or TV...47 Dubbing to other recording devices..48 Recording pictures from a VCR (DCR-HC21E/HC22E).49 Dubbing sound to a recorded tape...50 Jacks to connect external devices...52

Using a Computer

Before referring to the First Step Guide on your computer.53 Installing the software and First Step Guide on a computer..55 Viewing First Step Guide...59

4 Press PLAY.

Playback starts from the point designated 0:00:00 on the tape counter.
There may be a discrepancy of several seconds between the time code and the tape counter. Zero set memory will not function correctly if there is a blank section between recorded sections on the tape.

To cancel the operation

Press ZERO SET MEMORY again.
Searching for a scene by date of recording (Date search)
You can locate the point where the recording date changes.

EDIT lamp.

2 Press SEARCH M. to select

[PHOTO SEARCH].

1 Slide the POWER switch down 2 Press SEARCH M. to select

[DATE SEARCH].

repeatedly to turn on the PLAY/ EDIT lamp.
3 Press (previous)/(next)
to select a photo. Each time you press or , your camcorder searches for the still image before or after the current point on the tape. Recording/Playback
to select a recording date. Each time you press or , your camcorder searches for the previous or next date from the current point on the tape.

Press STOP.

The Photo search will not function correctly if there is a blank section between recorded sections on the tape.

0:00:00:00

30min DATE -01 SEARCH
Playing back still images in sequence (Photo scan)
You can locate still images one after another and display each image for 5 seconds automatically.
1 Slide the POWER switch down
The Date search will not function correctly when there is a blank section between recorded sections on the tape.

[PHOTO SCAN].

Searching for a still image (Photo search)
Your camcorder can search for the still image automatically, regardless of the recording date.
3 Press (previous)/(next).
The Photo scan will not function correctly if there is a blank section between recorded sections on the tape.
repeatedly to turn on the PLAY/
Playing the picture on a TV
Use any of the connection as shown in the following illustration. Connect your camcorder to the wall socket using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p. 9). Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected.

A/V OUT jack

(Yellow) IN

(White)

VCRs or TVs

: Signal ow

A/V connecting cable (supplied)
Connect to the input jack of the other device.

the VCR to LINE.

A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO (optional)
When connecting to another device via the S VIDEO jack, by using the A/V connecting cable with an S VIDEO cable (optional), pictures can be reproduced more faithfully than with the supplied A/V cable connection. Connect the white and red plugs (left/right audio) and S VIDEO plug (S VIDEO channel) of an A/V connecting cable (optional). In this case, the yellow (standard video) plug connection is not necessary. S VIDEO connection only will not output audio.

When your TV is monaural (When your TV has only one audio input jack)
Connect the yellow plug of the A/V connecting cable to the video input jack and connect the white (left channel) or the red (right channel) plug to the audio input jack of your TV or VCR.
If your TV/VCR has a 21-pin adaptor (EUROCONNECTOR)
You need the 21-pin adaptor to connect your camcorder to a TV for viewing recorded images. This output only adaptor is supplied with the DCR-HC22E model with the label on the bottom panel but not with DCR-HC17E/HC19E/HC21E models.
When your TV is connected to a VCR
Connect your camcorder to the LINE IN input on the VCR. Set the input selector on

TV/VCR

For DCR-HC22E: You can also connect the A/V connecting cable to the A/V OUT jack of your camcorder (p. 52), but do not connect the A/V connecting cables to both your camcorder and the Handycam Station at the same time. The image might be distorted. You can display the time code on the TV screen by setting [DISP OUT] to [V-OUT/LCD] (p. 46).

Using the menu items

Follow the instructions below to use each of the items listed after this page.
1 Slide the POWER switch down to turn on the respective lamp.
[CAMERA] lamp: settings for recording on a tape [PLAY/EDIT] lamp: settings for viewing/editing
2 Touch the LCD screen to select the item.
Unavailable items will be grayed out.
To use the operation buttons on PAGE1/PAGE2/PAGE3
For details of the button items, see page 33. Touch. Touch the desired page. Touch the desired button. Select the desired setting, then touch
With some settings, you do not have to touch

(Close).

To use menu items
For details of the items, see page 40.
MANUAL SET PROGRAM AE P EFFECT FLASH MODE FLASH LVL AUTO SHTR STBY
OTHERS WORLD TIME BEEP A.SHUT OFF COMMANDER DISP OUT REC LAMP STBY 0 HR
OTHERS WORLD TIME BEEP A.SHUT OFF COMMANDER DISP OUT REC LAMP STBY

ON OFF

Touch
[MENU] on PAGE1. The menu index screen appears. Select the desired menu. Touch / to select the item, then touch [EXEC]. (The process in step and is the same as that in step.) Select the desired item. Customize the item. After nishing the settings, touch (Close) to hide the menu screen. Each touch of [ RET.] takes you to the previous screen.

Operation button items

Available operation buttons vary depending on the position of the lamp and the display (PAGE). The default settings are marked with. The indicators in parentheses appear when the items are selected. The available functions during Easy Handycam operation are marked with *. See page 32 for details on selecting button items.

Keep touching

(focusing on close subjects)/ (focusing on distant subjects) until correct focus is achieved. appears when the focus cannot be adjusted any closer, and appears when the focus cannot be adjusted farther away.

Copying tape to Video CD

You can import the entire contents of a tape to create a video CD as a backup.

Save the images on CD-R

You can save pictures copied onto a computer to a CD-R.

Burning Video CD

You can compose a video CD with a menu of videos and slide shows. ImageMixer VCD2 is compatible with high resolution still pictures.
For details on connection, see First Step Guide.

USB Streaming Tool

You can view the picture your camcorder is playing back on tape or is currently seeing on a computer.

Video Capturing Tool

You can import the entire contents of a tape to a computer.
The CD-ROM (supplied) includes the following software. USB Driver First Step Guide ImageMixer VCD2 Picture Package Ver.1.5
Viewing video and pictures on a computer
You can view the pictures copied from your camcorder by selecting from thumbnails. Still images and movies are saved in folders by date.
Music Video/Slideshow Producer
You can select your favorite movies and

About First Step Guide

First Step Guide is an instruction manual you can refer to on your computer. This First Step Guide describes basic operations, from initial hookup of your camcorder and computer and making settings, to general operation the rst time you use the software stored on the CDROM (supplied). After installing the CDROM, reading Installing the software and First Step Guide on a computer (p. 55), start the First Step Guide, then follow the instructions.
Application: DirectX 9.0c or later (This product is based on DirectX technology. It is necessary to have DirectX installed.) Windows Media Player 7.0 or later Macromedia Flash Player 6.0 or later Sound system: 16 bit stereo sound card and stereo speakers Memory: 64 MB or more Hard disk: Available memory required for installation: 500 MB or more Available free hard disk space recommended: 6 GB or more (depending on the size of the image les edited) Display: 4 MB VRAM video card, Minimum dots, High color (16 bit color, colors), DirectDraw display driver capability (This product will not operate correctly at less than dots, and less than 256 colors.) Others: USB port (This must be provided as standard), DV Interface (IEEE1394, i.LINK) (to connect via an i.LINK cable), disc drive (You need a CD-R drive to create a video CD. For the compatible drive, visit the follog URL: http://www.ppackage.com/)

About the help function of the software
The Help guide explains all the functions of all the software applications. Refer to the Help guide for further detailed operations after reading the First Step Guide thoroughly. To display the Help guide, click the [?] mark on the screen.

System requirements

For Windows users
When using Picture Package OS: Microsoft Windows 98, Windows 98SE, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows XP Home Edition or Windows XP Professional Standard installation is required. Operation is not assured if the above OS has been upgraded. In Windows 98, USB Streaming is not supported. In Windows 98 and Windows 98SE, DV capturing is not supported. CPU: Intel Pentium III 500 MHz or faster (800 MHz or faster recommended) (For using ImageMixer VCD2, Intel Pentium III 800 MHz or faster recommended)

For Macintosh users

When using ImageMixer VCD2 OS: Mac OS X (v10.1.5 or later) CPU: iMac, eMac, iBook, PowerBook, PowerMac G3/G4/G5 series Memory: 128 MB or more Hard disk: Available memory required for installation 250 MB or more Available free hard disk space recommended: 4 GB or more (depending on the size of the image les edited) Display: Minimum 768 dots, colors (This product will not
operate correctly at less than 768 dots or 256 colors.) Application: QuickTime 4 or later (QuickTime 5 recommended) Other: Disc drive
When you connect your camcorder to a Macintosh computer using a USB cable, you cannot copy pictures recorded on a tape to the computer. To copy recordings from a tape, connect your camcorder to the computer with an i.LINK cable and use the standard software in the OS.
Installing the software and First Step Guide on a computer
You need to install the software etc., with the supplied CD-ROM on your computer before connecting your camcorder and your computer. Once you install it, the installation is not required thereafter. The software to be used varies depending on the OS system you are using. Windows computer: Picture Package (including ImageMixer VCD2) Macintosh computer: ImageMixer VCD2 For the details on the software, refer to First Step Guide.
Installing on a Windows computer
Log on as Administrators for installation for Windows 2000/Windows XP. Using a Computer

6 Then, install ImageMixer VCD2. 7 Copy [IMXINST.SIT] in the [MAC]
folder of the CD-ROM to a folder of your choice.
8 Double-click [IMXINST.SIT] in the

folder it was copied to.

9 Double-click the unzipped
[ImageMixerVCD2_Install].
10 When the user acceptance

Viewing First Step Guide

Displaying First Step Guide
Starting up on a Windows computer
Viewing with Microsoft Internet Explorer Ver.6.0 or later is recommended. Double-click the icon on the desktop.
For inquires about this software
Pixela User Support Center
Pixela Home Page Windows: http://www.ppackage.com/ Macintosh: http://www.ImageMixer.com/ North America (Los Angeles) Telephone: +1-213-341-0163 Europe (U.K.) Telephone: +44-1489-564-764 Asia (Philippines) Telephone: +63-2-438-0090
You can also start by selecting [Start], [Programs] ([All Programs] for Windows XP), [Picture Package], and [First Step Guide], then start up [First Step Guide].
To view First Step Guide in HTML without using automatic installation, copy the desired language folder from the [FirstStepGuide] folder on the CD-ROM, and then double-click index.html. Refer to FirstStepGuide.pdf in the following cases: When printing First Step Guide When First Step Guide is not displayed correctly due to the browser setting even in recommended environment. When the HTML version of First Step Guide is not installed automatically.

On Copyrights

Music works, sound recording or other third party musical contents you may acquire from CDs, the Internet or other sources (the Music Contents) are the copyrighted work of the respective owners thereof and are protected by copyright laws and other applicable laws of each country/ region. Except to the extent expressly permitted by applicable laws, you are not permitted to use (including, without limitation, copying, modifying, reproducing, uploading, transmitting or placing to the external network accessible to the public,transferring, distributing, lending, licensing, selling and publishing) any of the Music Contents without obtaining authorization or approval of the respective owners thereof. License of Picture Package by Sony Corporation would not be construed as conferring to you by implication, estoppel or otherwise, any license or right to use the Music Contents.

The remaining tape indicator is not displayed.
Set [ REMAIN] to [ON] to always display the remaining tape indicator (p. 45).
Refer also to Adjusting the image during recording (p. 66). The tape does not start when you press REC START/STOP.
Slide the POWER switch down to turn on the CAMERA lamp (p. 18, 20). The tape has reached the end. Rewind it, or insert a new cassette. Set the write-protect tab to REC or insert a new cassette (p. 77). The tape is stuck to the drum due to moisture condensation. Remove the cassette and leave your camcorder for at least 1 hour, then re-insert the cassette (p. 81).
You cannot record a smooth transition on a tape from the last recorded scene to the next.
Note the following. Perform END SEARCH (p. 26). Do not remove the cassette. (The picture will be recorded continuously without a break even when you turn the power off.) Do not record pictures in SP mode and LP mode on the same tape. Avoid stopping then recording a movie in the LP mode.
The shutter sound is not heard when you record a still image.
Set [BEEP] to [ON] (p. 46).
The external ash (optional) does not work.
The power of the ash is not turned on, or the ash is not attached correctly. Two or more ashes are attached. Only one external ash can be attached.

[END SCH] does not work.

The cassette was ejected after recording (p. 26). The cassette is new and has nothing recorded.
[END SCH] does not work correctly.
There is a blank section in the beginning or middle of the tape. This is not a malfunction.
Adjusting the image during recording
Refer also to Menu (p. 69).
The auto focus does not function.
Set [FOCUS] to [ AUTO] (p. 33). The recording conditions are not suitable for auto focus. Adjust the focus manually (p. 33).
[STEADYSHOT] does not function.
Set [STEADYSHOT] to [ON] (p. 42).
The BACK LIGHT function does not function.
The BACK LIGHT function is canceled when you set [EXPOSURE] to [MANUAL] (p. 34) or select [SPOT METER] (p. 33). The BACK LIGHT function does not work during Easy Handycam operation.

If one days recording is less than 2 minutes, your camcorder may not accurately nd the point where the recording date changes. There is a blank section in the beginning or middle of the tape. This is not a malfunction.
The supplied Remote Commander does not function.
Set [COMMANDER] to [ON] (p. 46). Remove any obstructions between the Remote Commander and the remote sensor. Point the remote sensor away from strong light sources such as direct sunlight or overhead lighting. Otherwise, the Remote Commander may not function properly. Insert a new battery. Insert a battery into the battery holder with the +/ polarities correctly matching the +/ marks. (p. 83).
Another VCR malfunctions when you use the supplied Remote Commander.
Select a commander mode other than VTR 2 for your VCR, or cover the sensor of your VCR with black paper.
Menu items are grayed out.
You cannot select grayed items in the current recording/playback situation.
You cannot use [SPOT METER].
You cannot use [SPOT METER] together with NightShot plus. If you set [PROGRAM AE], [SPOT METER] is automatically set to [ AUTO].
You cannot use [EXPOSURE].
You cannot use [EXPOSURE] together with NightShot plus.
You cannot use [WHT BAL].
You cannot use [WHT BAL] when you use NightShot plus.
You cannot use [SPOT FOCUS]. Troubleshooting
You cannot use [SPOT FOCUS] together with [PROGRAM AE].
You cannot use [PROGRAM AE].
You cannot use [PROGRAM AE] when the NIGHTSHOT PLUS switch is set to ON.
Dubbing/Editing/Connecting to other devices
The picture, which is outputted from your camcorder, is not displayed on the screen of the device connected to the camcorder.
Close the DC IN jack cover of your camcorder and insert it into the Handycam Station securely, all the way to the bottom when you connect the camcorder to the Handycam station (p. 10).
Time code and other information appears in the display of the connected device.
Set [DISP OUT] to [LCD] while connected with an A/V connecting cable (p. 46).
You cannot dub correctly using the A/V connecting cable.
Set [DISP OUT] to [LCD] (p. 46). The A/V connecting cable is not connected properly. Make sure that the A/V connecting
cable is connected to the input jack of another device for dubbing a picture from your camcorder.
New sound added to a recorded tape is not heard.

Adjust [AUDIO MIX] from the [ST1] (original sound) side until the sound is heard appropriately (p. 51).
Pictures from connected devices are not displayed correctly. (DCR-HC21E/ HC22E)
The input signal is not PAL.
The picture appears distorted or dark. (DCR-HC22E)
A/V connecting cables are connected to both your camcorder and the Handycam Station. Disconnect one of the A/V connecting cables.

Connecting to a computer

The computer does not recognize your camcorder.
Disconnect the cable from the computer and camcorder, then connect it again securely. For DCR-HC22E: Set the (USB) ON/OFF switch on the Handycam Station to ON. For DCR-HC22E: Connect the Handycam Station to the camcorder securely. Disconnect USB devices other than the keyboard, the mouse, and the camcorder from the computer. Disconnect the cable from the computer and camcorder, restart the computer, then connect them again correctly.
An error message appears when you place the supplied CD-ROM in your computer.
Set the computer display as follows: Windows: dots or more, High Color (16 bits, colors) or more Macintosh: 768 dots or more, colors or more
You cannot view the pictures the camcorder is seeing on the computer.
Disconnect the cable from the computer, turn on the camcorder, then connect it again. Slide the POWER switch down to turn on the CAMERA lamp, set [USB STREAM] to [ON] (p. 45). (Only when connecting to the Windows computer with a USB cable)
You cannot view the pictures recorded on a tape on the computer.
Disconnect the cable from the computer, then connect it again. Slide the POWER switch down to turn on the PLAY/EDIT lamp, set [USB STREAM] to
[ON] (p. 45). (Only when connecting to the Windows computer with a USB cable)
The image does not appear on the screen of the Windows computer when using the USB cable.
The USB driver has been registered incorrectly as the computer was connected to your camcorder before the installation of the USB driver was completed. Follow the procedure below to install the USB driver correctly. For Windows 98/Windows 98SE/Windows Me When copying or playing the pictures on a tape using a computer, the operation is not guaranteed on Windows 98. 1 Check that your camcorder is connected to a computer. 2 Right-click [My Computer], then click [Properties]. The [System Properties] screen appears. 3 Click the [Device Manager] tab. 4 If the devices below are already installed, right-click them, then click [Remove] to delete them. For copying and viewing pictures recorded on a tape [USB Audio Device] in the [Sound, video and game controllers] folder [USB Device] in the [Other devices] folder [USB Composite Device] in the [Universal Serial Bus Controller] folder 5 When the [Conrm Device Removal] screen appears, click [OK]. 6 Turn off the power of your camcorder, disconnect the USB cable, then restart the computer. 7 Place the supplied CD-ROM in the disc drive of your computer. 8 Follow the steps below and try to install the USB driver again. 1 Double-click [My Computer]. 2 Right-click [PICTUREPACKAGE] (Disc drive)*. * Drive names (such as (E:)) may vary depending on the computer. 3 Click [Open]. 4 Double-click [Driver]. 5 Double-click [Setup.exe]. Deleting anything other than [USB Audio Device], [USB Device] and [USB Composite Device] may cause a malfunction of your computer.

For Windows 2000

Log on as Administrator. 1 Check that your camcorder is connected to a computer. 2 Right-click [My Computer], then click [Properties]. The [System Properties] screen appears. 3 Click the [Hardware] tab [Device Manager] [View] [Devices by type]. 4 If the devices below are already installed, right-click them, then click [Uninstall] to delete them.
For copying and viewing pictures recorded on a tape [USB Composite Device] in the [Universal Serial Bus Controller] folder [USB Audio Device] in the [Sound, video and game controller] folder [Composite USB Device] in the [Other devices] folder When the [Conrm Device Removal] screen appears, click [OK]. Turn off the power of your camcorder, disconnect the USB cable, then restart the computer. Place the supplied CD-ROM in the disc drive. Follow the steps below and try to install the USB driver again. 1 Double-click [My Computer]. 2 Right-click [PICTUREPACKAGE] (Disc drive)*. * Drive names (such as (E:)) may vary depending on the computer. 3 Click [Open]. 4 Double-click [Driver]. 5 Double-click [Setup.exe]. Deleting anything other than [USB Composite Device], [USB Audio Device] and [Composite USB Device] may cause a malfunction of your computer.

For Windows XP

Log on as Administrator. 1 Check that your camcorder is connected to a computer. 2 Click [Start]. 3 Right-click [My Computer], then click [Properties]. The [System Properties] screen appears. 4 Click and choose the [Hardware] tab [Device Manager] [View] [Devices by type]. 5 If the devices below are already installed, right-click them, then click [Uninstall] to delete them. For copying and viewing pictures recorded on a tape [USB Composite Device] in the [Universal Serial Bus Controller] folder [USB Audio Device] in the [Sound, video and game controller] folder [USB Device] in the [Other devices] folder 6 When the [Conrm Device Removal] screen appears, click [OK]. 7 Turn off the power of your camcorder, disconnect the USB cable, then restart the computer. 8 Place the supplied CD-ROM in the disc drive of your computer. 9 Follow the steps below and try to install the USB driver again. 1 Double-click [My Computer]. 2 Right-click [PICTUREPACKAGE] (Disc drive)*. * Drive names (such as (E:)) may vary depending on the computer. 3 Click [Open]. 4 Double-click [Driver]. 5 Double-click [Setup.exe].
Deleting anything other than [USB Composite Device], [USB Audio Device] and [USB Device] may cause a malfunction of your computer.
There is no sound when the camcorder is connected to the Windows computer via a USB cable.
Change the settings for your computer environment as described in the following procedures: 1 Select [Start][Programs]([All Programs] for Windows XP)[Picture Package] [Handycam Tools][USB Streaming Tool]. 2 Select another device on the [Select audio device] screen. 3 Follow the on-screen instructions, click [Next], then click [Done]. Sound is not supported on Windows 98.

The tape has run out.*
Clean the head using a cleaning cassette (optional) (p. 82).
(Eject cassette warning)*
The write-protect tab on the cassette is set to lock (p. 77).

C:31: / C:32:

Symptoms that are not described above have occurred. Remove and insert the cassette, then operate your camcorder again. Do not perform this procedure if moisture starts to condense (p. 81). Remove the power source. Reconnect it again and operate your camcorder again. Change the cassette. Press RESET (p. 23), and operate your camcorder again.
Moisture condensation has occurred (p. 81). The self-diagnosis display code is displayed (p. 74).
(Warning indicator pertaining to the external ash) Slow ashing:

Still charging

E:61: / E:62:
Contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. Inform them of the 5-digit code, which starts from E.
The self-diagnosis display code is displayed (p. 74).* There is something wrong with the ash.

(Battery level warning)

The battery pack is nearly used up. Depending on the operating,
* You hear a melody when the warning indicators appear on the screen (p. 46).
The tape has reached the end.
Rewind or change the tape.
Description of warning messages
If messages appear on the screen, follow the instructions.

Flash

Charging Cannot record still images.
You are trying to record a still image while charging the ash (optional).

Battery

Use the InfoLITHIUM battery pack. (p. 78) Battery level is low.
Change the battery (p. 9, 78)

Others

Cannot record due to copyright protection. (p. 77) Cannot add audio. (p. 50) Cannot add audio. Disconnect the i.LINK cable. (p. 50) Troubleshooting Not recorded in SP mode. Cannot add audio. (p. 50) Not recorded in 12-bit audio. Cannot add audio. (p. 50) Cannot add audio on the blank portion of a tape. (p. 50)
Old battery. Use a new one. (p. 78)

Re-attach the power source. (p. 9)

Moisture condensation

Moisture condensation. Eject the cassette. (p. 81) Moisture condensation. Turn off for 1H. (p. 81)

Cassette/Tape

Insert a cassette. (p. 17) Reinsert the cassette.
Check if the cassette is damaged.
Dirty video head. Use a cleaning cassette. (p. 82)
Cannot start Easy Handycam / Cannot cancel Easy Handycam. (p. 63) Cannot start Easy Handycam with USB connected
The tape is locked - check the tab. (p. 77)
You cannot start the Easy Handycam settings while the USB cable is connected. Disconnect the USB cable from your camcorder rst.
USB invalid during Easy Handycam
You cannot connect the USB cable during Easy Handycam. Touch.
HDV recorded tape. Cannot playback.
Your camcorder cannot play back this format. Play back the tape with the equipment that recorded it.
HDV recorded tape. Cannot add audio.
Your camcorder does not allow you to add audio on a section of a tape recorded in HDV format.

Disconnect one AV cable.

A/V connecting cables are connected to both the camcorder and the Handycam Station. Disconnect one of them. When the A/V connecting cable is connected only to your camcorder, your camcorder is not attached to the Handycam Station correctly. Attach the Handycam Station correctly.
Using your camcorder abroad

Power supply

You can use your camcorder in any countries/regions using the AC Adaptor supplied with your camcorder within the AC 100 V to 240 V, 50/60 Hz range.

Usable cassette tapes

You can use mini DV format cassettes only. Use a cassette with the mark. is a trademark. Your camcorder is not compatible with cassettes with Cassette Memory.

On TV color systems

Your camcorder is a PAL system-based camcorder. If you want to view the playback picture on a TV, it must be a PAL system based TV (see the following list) with an AUDIO/VIDEO input jack.

System Used in

To prevent a blank section from being made on the tape
Go to the end of the recorded section using END SEARCH (p. 26) before you begin the next recording in the following cases: You have played back the tape. You have used EDIT SEARCH.
Bahama Islands, Bolivia, Canada, Central America, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Peru, Surinam, Taiwan, the Philippines, the U.S.A., Venezuela, etc. Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, etc. Brazil Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay. Bulgaria, France, Guiana, Iran, Iraq, Monaco, Russia, Ukraine, etc.

The position of the changes. If you did not press the right spot, start from step again.
You cannot calibrate the LCD screen if it is rotated.
charged, the camcorder operation will not be affected as long as you are not recording the date.

Procedures

On handling the casing
If the casing is soiled, clean the camcorder body with a soft cloth lightly moistened with water, and then wipe the casing with a dry soft cloth. Avoid the following to avoid damage to the nish. Using chemicals such as thinner, benzine, alcohol, chemical cloths, repellent and insecticide. Handling with above substances on your hands. Leaving the casing in contact with rubber or vinyl objects for a long period of time.
Connect your camcorder to a wall socket using the supplied AC Adaptor, and leave it with the POWER switch set to OFF (CHG) for more than 24 hours.
To change the battery of the Remote Commander (DCR-HC19E/HC21E/ HC22E)
While pressing on the tab, inset your
ngernail into the slit to pull out the battery case. Place a new battery with the + side facing up. Insert the battery case back into the Remote Commander until it clicks.
About care and storage of the lens
Wipe the surface of the lens clean with a soft cloth in the following instances: When there are ngerprints on the lens surface. In hot or humid locations When the lens is exposed to salty air such as at the seaside. Store in a well-ventilated location subject to little dirt or dust. To prevent mold, periodically clean the lens as described above. It is recommended that you operate your camcorder about once a month to keep it in optimum state for a long time.
WARNING Battery may explode if mistreated. Do not recharge, disassemble or dispose of in re. Caution Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Discard used batteries according to the manufacturers instructions.
A button-type lithium battery (CR2025) is used in the Remote Commander. Do not use batteries other than the CR2025. When the lithium battery becomes weak, the operating distance of the Remote Commander may shorten, or the Remote Commander may not function properly. In this case, replace the battery with a Sony CR2025 lithium battery. Use of another battery may present a risk of re or explosion.
To charge the pre-installed rechargeable battery
Your camcorder has a pre-installed rechargeable battery to retain the date, time, and other settings even when the POWER switch is set to OFF (CHG). The pre-installed rechargeable battery is always charged while you are using your camcorder but it will get discharged gradually if you do not use your camcorder. The rechargeable battery will be fully discharged in about 3 months if you do not use your camcorder at all. However, even if the pre-installed rechargeable battery is not
Using the Strap Belt as a wrist strap

 

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