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Comments to date: 9. Page 1 of 1. Average Rating:
monkeyBox 11:32pm on Monday, November 1st, 2010 
The FX-7 feels good in your hand, and considering most of my work involves hand held shots, this is very important for me. This was the sweetest video camera I ever had in my hands.
SmartCat 9:16am on Monday, October 25th, 2010 
Can you record video onto the memory stick, or can you only record to the mini cassettes? can lose focus if the you are in a very load place. Please tell us... Weight for features, on-camera screen A windsock for the mic would be nice. No need for in-camera editing features?
Shaw45 11:03am on Friday, August 27th, 2010 
In 2004, SONY launched landmark FULL support 1080i HD first high-definition DV video FX1 - after the HDR two years has launched by the media. Sony compromised on the location of frequently--but not ubiquitously--used options.
akauppi 1:21am on Friday, July 30th, 2010 
Lasted just out of warranty, Trying to get service from sony is the worst. It stopped working in the middle of a very important shoot. This camera can do some great day time shooting at a park or maybe of the kids but once the lights go down, the picture can just be way to dark.
kershaw 4:15am on Monday, May 31st, 2010 
I have shot literally hundreds of videos and short films with my HVR-V1U cameras. I own 2, and have had no problems with either camera. Some may label a camcorder at this low price Comfortable to Operate,Great Features,Great Picture Quality,Great Sound Menu Wheel Too Sensitive
lazar 2:41pm on Sunday, May 9th, 2010 
la mejor camara en su clase nada mas que decir antes de usar esta camara estaba usando la 2100 tambien de sony. Great Option! This adapter accuratey addresses one of the two drawdacks of the HDR-FX7 Camcorder.
blminformatio 3:43pm on Monday, April 19th, 2010 
This camera has a wide variety of settings for exposure, focus and every sort of tweak. It has a powerful 20x optical zoom, which has a 1.
dali 5:27am on Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 
This camera is a mixed-bag in terms of performance. It needs a lot of light to produce its best picture. Shooting outdoors, with sunlight.
co1injames 4:50pm on Saturday, March 20th, 2010 
This camera can do some great day time shooting at a park or maybe of the kids but once the lights go down, the picture can just be way to dark.

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Very high quality imaging with pro-style controls and advanced features
Full HD on tape, 3ClearVid CMOS Sensor, 20x optical zoom Overview Features Technical specifications Accessories Manuals

Technical specifications

Audio Audio System HDV ; MPEG1 Audio Layer2 Stereo / DV ; PCM NO Stereo YES NO 1/4" 3ClearVid CMOS Sensor Progressive NO NO 1120 x 3 16:9 Mode ; 1037 x 3 / 4:3 Mode ; 778 x 3 16:9 Mode ; 1037 x 3 / 4:3 Mode ; 778 x3 YES YES Ring NO NO 4.0 Yes, Optical YES 1/3-1/10000 Auto / Outdoor / Indoor/ Onepush NO YES YES NO Black, White 322.0 156.0 145.0 NO Audio Dubbing 12bit Built in Microphone Built in Speaker Surround Recording Camera Image Device: Size Image Device: System 14bit DXP Advanced HAD technology Number of Pixels Gross (K) Number of Pixels Act Camera mode (K) Number of Pixels Act Memory mode (K) Focus: Full Range Auto Focus: Manual Manual Focus Key Spot Focus (Touch Panel) Spot Meter Minimum Illumination (lux) SteadyShot (Image Stabilisation) Camera Noise Reduction Shutter Speed White Balance Program AE Backlight Compensation Smooth Slow Rec Interval Rec. Fader Dimensions Depth (mm) Height (mm) Width (mm) Flash / Light Flash
Flash Automatic Pop Up Hologram AF Jacks Audio Input Audio Output Video Input Video Output S-Video Input S-Video Output i.LINK (DV) Input i.LINK (DV) Output USB Terminal Component Video Output HDMI Output Lens / Zoom Lens F f (Focal Distance) (mm) f (35mm conversion): Camera mode (mm) Filter Diameter (mm) Zoom Ratio (Optical) Precision Digital Zoom Zoom Key Colour Slow Shutter: Camera Mode Still Image Recording Compression of still image Recording Media Memory Stick PRO Compatibility Progressive Scan Progressive Shutter System Image Size: Max Still Image Recording Mode Fine Still Image Recording Mode Standard Burst Record Auto Exposure Bracketing Burst Record Multi 9 Pictures Index Playback Memory Mix PictBridge compatibility Still Recording during Movie (Dual Rec) Network Album Function Email Function Network Function USB Network Function Web Browser Wireless Communication with Bluetooth Function Others 16:9 Wide (Full) Recording Wide Select Button Start / Stop Rec button on LCD Zoom button on LCD Accessory Shoe Battery Info Built in Light Demonstration Mode InfoLITHUM System Max. Continuous Recording Time with Optional Battery and Viewfinder (min) Power Consumption : LCD (W)
NO NO NO YES NO YES NO YES (with optional accessory cable) YES YES YES YES YES Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 1.6-2.8 3.9-78 16:9 Mode ; 37.4-748 / 4:3 Mode ; 45.7-914 62.0 20.0 NO Seesaw / Ring NO JPEG Memory Stick DUO YES NO NO 16:9 Mode ; 1440 x 810 / 4:3 Mode ; 1080 x 810 1/4.0 1/10.0 NO YES YES NO YES YES NO NO NO NO NO NO YES YES NO NO YES YES NO NO YES 480.0 5.9
Power Consumption : VF (W) Continuous Recording Time with Supplied Battery and Viewfinder (min) Progressive Recording Mode USB Streaming Weight without Tape/Battery (g) Supplied Accessories AC Adaptor AV Cable Lens Cap Rechargeable Battery Pack Handycam Station USB Cable USB Driver Stylus Pen Shoulder Strap Wrist Strap Tape / Cleaning Tape Wireless Remote Commander 21 Pin Adaptor View Finder / LCD Monitor Hybrid LCD Screen LCD: Size (inch) LCD: Pixels (dots) Touch Panel Viewfinder Viewfinder: Pixel (K dots) Recorder/ Player Format Hi8/Video8 Playback LP Recording NTSC Playback on PAL TV Playback Zoom Signal Convert Function
5.9 155.0 NO NO 1400.0 Yes (AC-L15) Yes (Multi) / Component Video Cable YES NP-F570 NO YES NO NO NO NO NO RMT-831 NO YES 3.5 211200.0 YES Colour 252.0 HDV / DV NO YES NO NO NO

In the box

The following items are provided with this product:


Close view: (Telephoto) z Tips
The minimum distance required between your camcorder and the subject for focus is about 1 cm (about 13/32 in.) for wide angle and about 80 cm (about 2 5/8 feet) for telephoto. The focus may not be adjusted at certain zoom positions if the subject is within 80 cm (about 2 5/8 feet) from your camcorder. Be sure to keep your finger on the power zoom lever. If you move your finger off the power zoom lever, the operation sound of the power zoom lever may also be recorded.
Adjusting the focus manually
2 Rotate the focus ring D and
adjust the focus. when the focus cannot be adjusted any farther. 9 changes to when the focus cannot be adjusted any closer.

9 changes to

The setting returns to automatic adjustment (default) when you set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG) for more than 12 hours.

For focusing manually

It is easier to focus on the subject when you use the zoom function. Move the power zoom lever towards T (telephoto) to adjust the focus, and then, towards W (wide angle) to adjust the zoom for recording. When you want to record a close-up image of a subject, move the power zoom lever towards W (wide angle) to fully magnify the image, then adjust the focus.
You can adjust the focus manually for different recording conditions. Use this function in the following cases.
To record a subject behind a window covered with raindrops. To record horizontal stripes. To record a subject with little contrast between the subject and its background. When you want to focus on a subject in the background.
To restore automatic adjustment
Press the FOCUS button A once again. 9 disappears and AUTO FOCUS is restored.
To use AUTO FOCUS temporarily (One push auto focus)
To record a stationary subject using a tripod.
1 During recording or standby,
press the FOCUS button A.

9 appears.

Record the subject while pressing and holding the PUSH AUTO FOCUS button C. If you release the button, the setting returns to manual focusing. Use this function to shift the focus on one subject to another. The scenes will shift smoothly.


Settings to adjust your camcorder to the recording conditions (EXPOSURE/IRIS/ STEADYSHOT/BACK LIGHT, etc.) The default settings are marked with B. The indicators in parentheses appear when the items are selected. See page 53 for details on selecting menu items. Press the MENU button t select the (CAMERA SET) by turning the SEL/ PUSH EXEC dial.
SMTH SLW REC (Smooth slow recording)
Fast moving subjects and actions, which cannot be captured under the general shooting conditions, can be shot in smooth moving slow-motion. This is useful to shoot fast actions such as a golf or tennis swing. Select [EXECUTE], and press the REC START/STOP button on the [SMTH SLW REC] screen. An about-6-second movie is recorded as a 24-second slow-motion movie. When [Recording] disappears, recording is finished. Select [TIMING] to select one of the following start points for recording before pressing the REC START/STOP button.


x DIAL ASSIGN You can select assign settings with the EXPOSURE/IRIS dial from [EXPOSURE] (default settings), [IRIS] and [AE SHIFT] (p. 32).
If you change the assign function from EXPOSURE/IRIS to other function, manually adjusted items (iris, gain, shutter speed) also become automatic.

[6sec AFTER]*

x DIAL SENS You can select the EXPOSURE/IRIS dial sensitivity from [HIGH], [MIDDLE] (default settings) or [LOW]. x DIAL ROTATE You can select the rotation direction of the EXPOSURE/IRIS dial. B NORMAL
You can change the screen brightness by turning the dial up.

[6sec BEFORE]

* The default setting is [6sec AFTER].
To cancel [SMTH SLW REC], press the MENU button.
Sounds cannot be recorded. [SMTH SLW REC] settings are automatically canceled when you switch off your camcorder. Recording time is estimated time. The recording time may be shorter than the set time according to recording condition.


You can change the screen brightness by turning the dial down.


Since the default setting is [ON], high contrast images, such as backlit scene images, are detected and unexposed shadows of the images are automatically reduced
When you set [BACK LIGHT] to [ON], [CNTRST ENHCR] is temporarily turned off.


x ON/OFF You can display the color bar or record it on the tape by setting to [ON]. It is convenient to adjust the color on the monitor connected (the default setting is [OFF]).
This is automatically set to [OFF] the next time you switch on the camcorder.


x ON/OFF You can compensate for camera shake (the default setting is [ON]). Set [ON/OFF] to [OFF] ( ) when using a tripod (optional), then the image becomes natural. x TYPE You can select the type of the SteadyShot function that compensates for camerashake. HARD
Select to activate the SteadyShot function with stronger effect. This mode is not recommended for recording with camera pan, tilt technique.
x TYPE You can select the color bar type.




Select to activate the standard SteadyShot function.
Select to activate the SteadyShot function so that it leaves a slight unsteadiness on the picture so the picture looks natural. TYPE 3


Select when a wide conversion lens (optional) is attached. This mode is the most effective with Sony VCL-HG0862 wide conversion lens.


When you set [AF ASSIST] to [ON], you can briefly focus manually by turning the focus ring during the auto focus. (The default setting is [OFF]).
Press the MENU button t select the dial.
(CAMERA SET) by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC


You can adjust the exposure between -7 (dark) and +7 (bright) using the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. and the setting value appear when [AE SHIFT] is set to anything other than the default setting.
If you adjust all of the iris, gain, shutter speed manually, you cannot obtain the effect of [AE SHIFT].


Adjustment is automatically performed to achieve a natural atmosphere according to the brightness of the scene.
Redness or blueness will decrease.


Redness or blueness will increase. b Notes
This is only effective when white balance is adjusted automatically. [AWB SENS] is not effective under a clear sky or the sun.


You can select the speed to adjust the exposure automatically, in accordance with the brightness of the subject. [FAST], [MIDDLE], and [SLOW] are available (the default setting is [FAST]).


Select to record under normal conditions. Flickering of the screen under a light source such as fluorescent lamps will be reduced.


You can select the upper limit for the Auto Gain Control (AGC) from [OFF] (18dB, the default setting), [12dB], [6dB] or [0dB].
If you adjust the gain manually, you cannot obtain the effect of [AGC LIMIT].
Select when you do not want to reduce flickering of the screen. b Note
Flickering may not be reduced depending on the light source.


You can select the highest iris value for the automatic adjustment from [F11] (the default settings), [F5.6], [F4].
If you adjust the iris manually, you cannot obtain the effect of [AT IRIS LMT].


You can change the zoom speed of handle zoom switch positions H and L (p. 30). x H You can select the zoom speed of position H of the handle zoom switch from 1 (slow) through 8 (fast) (the default setting is 6). x L You can select the zoom speed of position L of the handle zoom switch from 1 (slow) through 8 (fast) (the default setting is 3).


You can set the auto white balance operation under a reddish light source such as an incandescent lamp or candle, or under a blueish light source such as in outdoor shade.


Select this setting to set the transition time and curve. See page 42 for details on using the shot transition function. x TRANS TIME Select transition time ([3.5 sec] to [15.0 sec] seconds, the default setting is [4 sec]). x TRANS CURVE Select the transition curve. The transition curve changes as follows. *1: parameter level *2: transition of time LINEAR
Make the transition linearly.
ASSIGN button 1 several times before changing [TRANS TIME] or [TRANS CURVE] setting.


You can record pictures with a stop-motion animated effect by alternately recording a few frames and then moving the subject a little. Operate your camcorder using the Remote Commander to prevent camera shake. B OFF
Select to record in the standard recording mode.

) Using the Menu

Make the transition slowly at the end.
Select to record pictures using the DV FRAME REC function. 1 Select [ON] by the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. 2 Press the MENU button to hide the menu screen. 3 Press the REC START/STOP button. A picture (approximately 5 frames) is recorded, and your camcorder enters the standby mode. 4 Move the subject and repeat step 3. b Note

You can set the number up to 20.
3 To print the date/time on the
image, set as follows. If you do not want to print the date/time, go to step 4.
Printing recorded images (PictBridge compliant printer) (Continued)
PictBridge is an industry standard established by the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA). You can print still images without using a computer by connecting a printer directly to a digital video camera or digital still camera, regardless of model or manufacturer.

Connecting to a computer

When connecting your camcorder to a computer, the following operations are available:
Copying the still images on a Memory Stick Duo to the computer
Copying still images to a computer

System requirements

For Windows users
OS: Windows 2000 Professional/Windows Millennium Edition/Windows XP Home Edition/Windows XP Professional/Windows Vista* *Except for 64-bit version It is necessary that your OS is factory-installed. Operations are not guaranteed if your OS has been upgraded or is being used in a multi-boot environment. CPU: MMX Pentium 200MHz or faster Others: USB port (provided as standard).

t p. 83

Copying the movie on a tape in the HDV format to the computer

t p. 86

Copying the movie on a tape in the DV format to the computer

About connection

There are 2 ways to connect your camcorder to a computer:

USB cable

For Macintosh users
OS: Mac OS 9.1/9.2 or Mac OS X (v10.1/v10.2/ v10.3/v10.4) Others: USB port (provided as standard).
To copy still images on a Memory Stick Duo

i.LINK cable

Step:1 Using the USB cable
You can do this operation with the standard driver on your computer. You do not need to install any software. If your computer has a Memory Stick slot, insert the Memory Stick Duo on which pictures are recorded into the Memory Stick Duo adaptor (optional), then insert it into the Memory Stick slot on your computer to copy still images to the computer. When using a Memory Stick PRO Duo and your computer is not compatible with it, connect your camcorder with the USB cable instead of using the Memory Stick slot on the computer.

To copy movies on a tape

Notes on connecting to a computer
When you are using a USB cable or an i.LINK cable to connect your camcorder to a computer, make sure to connect the connector in the correct direction. If you insert the connector forcibly, it may be damaged, and cause a malfunction of your camcorder. You cannot do the following: Copying pictures on a tape to a computer with a USB cable. Copying pictures on a Memory Stick Duo to a computer with an i.LINK cable. Remove the USB cable according to the correct procedure when disconnecting it from the computer (p. 85).
Copying still images to a computer (Continued)
4 Set the POWER switch to VCR. 5 Press the MENU button.

To USB jack

The menu index screen is displayed.

6 Select

(OTHERS) t [USB SELECT] t [ Memory Stick] with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial (p. 71).
7 Connect the USB cable to the
(USB) jacks on your camcorder and your computer.
Do not connect your camcorder to the computer at this point. The computer may not recognize the camcorder if you connect them with the USB cable before turning on your camcorder. See page 86 for the recommended connection.
It may take a while until your computer recognizes your camcorder for the first time.
Step:2 Copying the pictures
Double-click the [Removable Disk] icon displayed in [My Computer]. Then, drag and drop a picture in the folder onto the hard disk drive of your computer.

1 Turn on the computer.

Close down all applications running on the computer. For Windows 2000/Windows XP/ Windows Vista Log on as an Administrator.
2 Insert a Memory Stick Duo into

your camcorder.

3 Prepare the power source for
your camcorder. Use the supplied AC Adaptor to obtain AC power (p. 15).
Disconnecting the USB cable
If [USB CONNECTING] appears on the LCD screen, follow the procedure below to disconnect the USB cable.
1 Click the [Unplug or eject hardware] icon on the task tray. Click this icon. 3
A Folder containing image files recorded by other camcorders without the folder creation function (for playback only). B Folder containing image files recorded by your camcorder when no new folders have been created, only [101MSDCF] is displayed. C Folder containing movie data recorded by other camcorders without the folder creation function (for playback only)

Attach the battery pack to the camcorder correctly (p. 15). If the problem persists, disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall socket and contact your Sony dealer. The battery pack may be damaged.
The remaining battery time indicator does not indicate the correct time.
Ambient temperature is too high or too low, or the battery pack has not been charged enough. This is not a malfunction. Fully charge the battery again. If the problem persists, the battery may be worn-out. Replace it with a new one (p. 15, 105). The indicated time may not be correct in certain circumstances. For example, when you open or close the LCD panel, it takes about 1 minute to display the correct remaining battery time.
Troubleshooting (Continued)
The battery pack discharges too quickly.
Ambient temperature is too high or low, or the battery pack has not been charged enough. This is not a malfunction. Fully charge the battery again. If the problem persists, the battery may be worn-out. Replace it with a new one (p. 15, 105).
The picture remains on the LCD screen.
This occurs if you disconnect the DC plug or remove the battery pack without turning off the power first. This is not a malfunction.
The picture in the viewfinder is not clear.
Move the viewfinder lens adjustment lever until the picture appears clearly (p. 19).
The picture in the viewfinder has disappeared.
If you change [VF POWERMODE] to [AUTO], the finder light remains off while the LCD panel is open (p. 64).
The supplied Remote Commander does not function.
Set [REMOTE CTRL] to [ON] (p. 72). Remove any obstructions between the Remote Commander and the remote sensor. Keep strong light sources, such as sunlight or overhead lighting, away from the remote sensor, otherwise the Remote Commander may not function properly. Insert a fresh battery in the compartment with its +/ terminals matching those of the compartment (p. 120).
Another VCR malfunctions when you use the supplied Remote Commander.
Select a commander mode other than VTR 2 for your VCR. Cover the sensor of your VCR with black paper.
Cassette tapes/Memory Stick Duo
The cassette cannot be ejected from the compartment.
Make sure the power source (battery pack or AC Adaptor) is connected correctly (p. 15). Moisture condensation has occurred inside the camcorder (p. 108).
The Cassette Memory indicator or title display does not appear while using a cassette with Cassette Memory.
This camcorder does not support Cassette Memory, so the indicator does not appear.
The remaining tape indicator is not displayed.
Set [ REMAINING] to [ON] to always display the remaining tape indicator (p. 65).
The cassette is noisier during rewinding or fast-forwarding.
When using the AC Adaptor, rewind/fast forward speed increases (compared with battery operation) and therefore increases noise. This is not a malfunction.


HDV format and recording/playback
Your camcorder is capable of recording in both HDV and DV formats. You can use mini DV format cassettes only. Use a cassette with the mark. Your camcorder is not compatible with the Cassette Memory function.

Copyright signal

x When you play back If the cassette you play back on your camcorder contains copyright signals, you cannot copy it to a tape in another video camera connected to your camcorder. x When you record You cannot record software on your camcorder that contains copyright control signals for copyright protection of software. [Cannot record due to copyright protection.] appears on the LCD screen, or on the viewfinder if you try to record such software. Your camcorder does not record copyright control signals on the tape when it records.
The HDV format is a video format developed to record and play back digital high definition (HD) video signals on a DV cassette. Your camcorder adopts the Interlace mode with 1,080 effective scan lines of screen ruling (1080i, number of pixels 1,440 1,080 dots). The video bit rate for recording is about 25 Mbps. i.LINK is adopted for the digital interface, enabling a digital connection with an HDV compatible TV or computer.
HDV signals are compressed in MPEG2 format, which is adopted in BS (broadcast satellite) digital, terrestrial digital HDTV broadcastings, in Blu-ray Disc recorders, etc.
x When not using your camcorder for a long time Remove the cassette and store it. x To prevent accidental erasure Slide the write-protect tab on the cassette to set it to SAVE.
Your camcorder can play back pictures in both the DV format and HDV1080i specification. Your camcorder can play back pictures recorded in the HDV 720/30p format, but cannot output it from the HDV/DV interface (i.LINK).
To prevent a blank section from being created on the tape
Go to the end of the recorded section using [END SEARCH] (p. 41) before you begin the next recording when you have played back the tape.
REC: The cassette can be recorded. SAVE: The cassette cannot be recorded (write-protected).


About the Memory Stick
x When labeling the cassette Be sure to place the label only on the locations shown in the following illustration so as not to cause a malfunction of your camcorder.
Do not put a label along this border.
A Memory Stick is a compact, portable IC recording medium with a large data capacity. You can use only a Memory Stick Duo, which is about the half size of a standard Memory Stick in your camcorder. However, we do not guarantee the operation of all types of Memory Stick Duo on your camcorder. (See the list below for more details.)

About the InfoLITHIUM battery pack
This unit is compatible with an InfoLITHIUM battery pack (L series). Your camcorder operates only with an InfoLITHIUM battery pack. InfoLITHIUM L series battery packs have the mark.
What is an InfoLITHIUM battery pack?
An InfoLITHIUM battery pack is a lithium-ion battery pack that has functions for communicating information related to operating conditions between your camcorder and an optional AC Adaptor/ charger. The InfoLITHIUM battery pack calculates the power consumption according to the operating conditions of your camcorder, and displays the remaining battery time in minutes. With an AC Adaptor/charger, the remaining battery time and charging time appear.
To charge the battery pack
Be sure to charge the battery pack before you start using your camcorder. We recommend charging the battery pack in an ambient temperature of between 10 C to 30 C (50 F to 86 F) until the CHARGE lamp turns off. If you charge the battery pack outside of this temperature range, you may not be able to charge it efficiently. After charging is complete, disconnect the cable from the DC IN jack on your camcorder or remove the battery pack.
To use the battery pack effectively
Battery pack performance decreases when the surrounding temperature is 10 C (50 F) 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.
About the InfoLITHIUM battery pack (Continued)
Use a large capacity battery pack: NP-F770/ F970 (optional). Frequent use of the LCD screen or a frequent playback, fast forward or rewind operation wears out the battery pack faster. We recommend using a large capacity battery pack: NP-F770/F970. Be sure to set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG) when not recording or playing back on your camcorder. The battery pack is also consumed when your camcorder is in recording standby or playback pause. Have spare battery packs ready for two or three times the expected recording time, and make trial recordings before making the actual recording. Do not expose the battery pack to water. The battery pack is not water resistant.

About battery life

Mbps stands for megabits per second, or the amount of data that can be sent or received in one second. For example, a baud rate of 100 Mbps means that 100 megabits of data can be sent in one second.
To use i.LINK functions on this unit
For details on how to dub when this unit is connected to other video devices having an i.LINK interface, see page 75. This unit can also be connected to other i.LINK-compatible devices made by Sony (for example, a VAIO series personal computer) as well as to video devices. Some i.LINK compatible video devices, such as Digital Televisions, DVD, MICROMV or HDV recorders/players are not compatible with this unit. Before connecting to other devices, be sure to confirm whether the device is compatible with an HDV/DV device or not. For details on precautions and compatible application software, refer also to the operating instructions for the device to be connected.
When connecting a device with an i.LINK terminal to your camcorder via an i.LINK cable, switch off the device and unplug it from the power socket before plugging in or unplugging the i.LINK cable.
About the i.LINK Baud rate
i.LINKs maximum baud rate varies according to the device. There are 3 types. S100 (approx. 100Mbps*) S200 (approx. 200Mbps) S400 (approx. 400Mbps) The baud rate is listed under Specifications in the operating
About the required i.LINK cable
Use the Sony i.LINK 4-pin-to-4-pin cable (during HDV/DV dubbing).
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 60 C (140 F), 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 operating instructions. 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 mains lead, pull it by the plug and not the lead. Do not damage the mains lead 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
Periodically turn on the camcorder and play a cassette for about 3 minutes. 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 tape, or on the lens. In this state, the tape may stick to the head drum and be damaged or your camcorder may not operate correctly. If there is moisture inside your camcorder, [Moisture condensation. Eject the cassette] or [Moisture condensation. Turn off for 1H.] appears. The indicator will not appear when the moisture condenses on the lens. x If moisture condensation has occurred None of the functions except cassette ejection will work. Eject the cassette, turn off your camcorder, and leave it for about one hour with the cassette lid open. Your camcorder can be used again when both of the following conditions are met:
The warning message does not appear when the power is turned on. Neither % nor Z flashes when a cassette is inserted and the video operation buttons are pressed.
If moisture starts to condense, your camcorder sometimes cannot detect condensation. If this happens, the cassette is sometimes not ejected for 10 seconds after the cassette lid is opened. This is not a malfunction. Do not close the cassette lid until the cassette is ejected.
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 shown below.
When you bring your camcorder from a ski slope into a place warmed up by a heating device. When you bring your camcorder from an air conditioned car or room into a hot place outside. When you use your camcorder after a squall or a shower. When you use your camcorder in a hot and humid place.
[x Dirty video head. Use a cleaning cassette.] appears on the screen during recording. The following phenomenon occurs in HDV format.
The playback The playback screen screen pauses. goes blank. (Solid blue screen)
The following phenomenon occurs in DV format.
x How to avoid 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).

Block-noise appears.

Video head
If you play back a tape recorded in HDV format, the image and sound may freeze for a while (about 0.5 seconds). This occurs if the HDV signals cannot be recorded or played back correctly because of dirt on the tape or video head. Depending on the cassette, this fairly infrequently occurs even if the cassette is brand new or is not used a lot. If this freezing point is created while playing back, you can solve this problem and see the pictures by rewinding after slightly forwarding. Such a freezing point cannot be recovered if it was created while recording. To prevent such a problem, use the Sony mini DV cassette.

Aim the Remote Commander towards the remote sensor to operate your camcorder. Point the remote sensor away from strong light sources such as direct sunlight or overhead lighting. Otherwise, the Remote Commander may not function properly. When you are operating with the Remote Commander supplied with your camcorder, your VCR may also operate. In that case, select a commander mode other than VTR 2 for your VCR, or cover the sensor of your VCR with black paper.
To change the battery of the Remote Commander
1 While pressing on the tab, inset your fingernail into the slit to pull out the battery case. 2 Place a new battery with the + side facing up. 3 Insert the battery case back into the Remote Commander until it clicks.

A PHOTO (27)

The on-screen image when you press this button will be recorded onto the Memory Stick Duo as a still image.
Battery may explode if mistreated. Do not recharge, disassemble or dispose of in fire.
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 fire or explosion.
B Memory control buttons (Index, /+, Memory/playback) (29) C SEARCH M. (46) D.> E Video control buttons (Rewind, Playback, Fast-forward, Pause, Stop, Slow) (28) F ZERO SET MEMORY (46) G Transmitter H START/STOP (25, 46) I Power zoom (30) J DISPLAY (44)
Indicators for the LCD screen and viewfinder
The numbers in ( ) are reference pages. The indicators will not be recorded on the tape during recording.


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A Recording format ( (66) B Remaining battery (approx.)
G Recording folder (70) H Image size (68) I Quality ([FINE] or [STD]) (68) J Recording indicator
Recording mode (SP or LP) is also displayed in the DV format.
C Recording status ([STBY] (standby) or [REC] (recording)) D During recording: Tape counter (hour: minute: second) During playback: Time code (hour: minute: second: frame) E Recording capacity of the tape (approx.) F Audio level display (64)
Data code during recording
The date/time during recording and the camera setting data will be recorded automatically. They do not appear on the screen during recording, but you can check them as [DATA CODE] during playback (64). Quick Reference
Indicators for the LCD screen and viewfinder (Continued)

Viewing movies


Viewing still images

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CAM DATA DSP (Camera data display).. 63 CAMERA DATA. 64 CAMERA PROF. (Camera profile). 70 CAMERA SET menu.. 56 Cassette Insert/Eject.. 23 Tape.. 102 Cassette compartment.. 23 CHARGE lamp.. 15 Charging time.. 16 CINEMA.. 36 CINEMATONE GAMMA.. 37 CLOCK SET. 21, 71 CNTRST ENHCR.. 57, 92 COLOR BAR.. 57 COLOR LEVEL. 37 COLOR PHASE. 37 COMPONENT. 67 COMPONENT OUT jack. 49 Component video cable. 49 Computer.. 83 Connect TV.. 48 VCR.. 73 COPY.. 38 CURRNT FOLDER. 69
AC Adaptor.15 Access lamp.24 AE RESPONSE..58 AE SHIFT..33, 58 AF ASSIST..57 AGC LIMIT..58 ALL ERASE..69 ALL FILES..69 ASSIGN BTN..71 ASSIGN buttons.39 AT IRIS LMT..58 AUDIO REC LV.61 AUDIO SET menu..61 AUTO LOCK switch.33 AU.LVL DISP (Audio level display).64 AWB SENS.58 A/V connecting cable..49, 73 A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO.52, 73 A/V OUT jack..49
End search.41, 92, 94 Expanded focus..32 EXPOSURE..32 EXPOSURE/IRIS.32, 56 EXPOSURE/IRIS button..32 EXPOSURE/IRIS dial..32 EXP.FOCUS TYPE.63
BACK LIGHT.59, 92 BATT RELEASE (battery release) button..16 Battery Battery Info.45 Battery pack.15 BEEP.72
FADER..60 FILE NO. (File number). 69 FINE..68 FLCKR REDUCE. 58 Focus.31 FOCUS button..31 Focus infinity.40
DATA CODE.. 64 DATE.. 64 Date search.. 46 DATE/TIME. 22, 121 DC IN jack.. 15 DC plug.. 15
Focus ring..31 Folder NEW FOLDER.70 PB FOLDER (Playback folder)..70 REC FOLDER (Recording folder)..70 FORMAT..69
INTELLIGENT.. 58 IN/OUT REC menu. 66 IRIS.. 32 i.LINK.. 107 i.LINK cable. 50, 76, 86 i.LINK CONV. 48, 67
Memory Stick PRO Duo.104 MEMORY/DELETE button...79 MEMORY/INDEX button.28 MEMORY/PLAY button..28 Menu AUDIO SET menu.61 CAMERA SET menu.56 DISPLAY SET menu.62 IN/OUT REC menu.66 MEMORY SET menu..68 Menu items..54 OTHERS menu.70 Using the menu.53 MENU button..21 Menu items..54 MIC jack..118 Microphone..118 Mirror mode.26 MIX..61 Moisture condensation.108 MONOTONE..36 MPEG2..88 MULTI-SOUND.61
Jack cover.. 23 JPEG.. 103
Gain..34 GAIN button..34 Grip belt..18 GUIDEFRAME..63
LANC jack.. 116 LANGUAGE.. 71 Large eyecup. 20 LCD.. 19 LCD backlight.. 19 LCD BL LEVEL. 64 LCD BRIGHT.. 64 LCD COLOR.. 64 Lens hood fixing screw. 14 Lens hood with lens cover. 14 LETTER SIZE. 65 LINEAR. 59 LP (Long Play). 67
HANDLE ZOOM..58 Handle zoom..30 HD (high definition) image quality..48 HDMI cable.50 HDMI jack.116 HDMI OUT jack.49 HDV..66 HDV format..9, 101 HDV1080i..66 Headphones jack..117 High definition TV..48 HISTOGRAM.62, 92 Hook for the shoulder strap.117, 118
Macintosh.. 83 Mains lead.. 15 Maintenance.. 108 MARKER.. 63 MEMORY SET menu.. 68 Memory Stick.. 3, 103 Memory Stick Duo. 23, 104 Insert/Eject.. 23 Number of recordable pictures. 68 Write-protect tab. 104 Memory Stick Duo adaptor.. 104 Memory Stick Duo slot. 24



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