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Sony CCD-TRV68Sony Handycam CCD TRV68 Camcorder - 320 KP - 20 x optical zoom - Silver

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Be First. Buy Sony's CCD-TRV68 Handycam now. This Vision Camcorder catches the moments you miss. This product's Hi8 Video Recording delivers detailed picture quality as you witness up to 400 lines of resolution. Additional features include Steady Shot. It features the Picture Stabilization and a NightShot 0 Lux System and an improved 20X Optical / 460 Digital zoom. So record your precious moments with the CCD-TRV68, and relive each one as you watch.

 

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Functions to give images more impact (in the recording mode)
Smooth transition between scenes Digital processing of images Creating a soft background for subjects Superimposing a title FADER (p. 36) PICTURE EFFECT (p. 38) Soft portrait mode (p. 39) TITLE (p. 43)
Functions to give a natural appearance to your recordings (in the recording mode)
Preventing deterioration of picture quality in digital zoom The default setting is set to OFF. (To zoom greater than 20, select the digital zoom power in D ZOOM in the menu settings. ) Focusing manually Shooting distant subjects Recording fast-moving subjects D ZOOM [MENU] (p. 52)
Manual focus (p. 42) Landscape mode (p. 39) Sports lesson mode (p. 39)
Functions to use in editing (in the recording mode)
Watching the picture on a wide-screen TV Playing back the picture on a TV without connecting a cord Recording with the date/time Enhancing old tapes Wide mode (p. 34) SUPER LASER LINK (p. 33) (CCD-TRV98 only) Date and time (p. 27) ORC [MENU] (p. 54)
Functions to use after recording (in the playback mode)
Correcting jitter Correcting color noise TBC [MENU] (p. 53) DNR [MENU] (p. 53)

Table of contents

Main Features.. 4

Editing

Dubbing a tape.. 50
Quick Start Guide. 6 Getting started
Using this manual.. 8 Checking supplied accessories. 10 Step 1 Preparing the power supply. 11 Installing the battery pack. 11 Charging the battery pack. 12 Connecting to a wall outlet. 16 Step 2 Setting the date and time. 17 Step 3 Inserting a cassette. 19
Customizing Your Camcorder
Changing the menu settings. 51

Troubleshooting

Types of trouble and their solutions... 57 Self-diagnosis display. 61 Warning indicators and messages. 62
Additional Information Recording Basics
Recording a picture.. 20 Shooting backlit subjects BACK LIGHT. 25 Shooting in the dark NightShot. 26 Superimposing the date and time on pictures.. 27 Checking the recording END SEARCH.. 28 Usable cassettes and playback modes... 64 About InfoLITHIUM battery. 65 Using your camcorder abroad. 66 Maintenance information and precautions.. 67 Specifications... 72

Quick Reference

Identifying the parts and controls. 73 Index.. Back cover

Playback Basics

Playing back a tape. 29 Viewing the recording on TV. 32
Advanced Recording Operations
Using the wide mode.. 34 Using the fader function.. 36 Using special effects Picture effect.. 38 Using the PROGRAM AE function. 39 Adjusting the exposure manually. 41 Focusing manually.. 42 Superimposing a title.. 43 Making your own titles. 45 Using the built-in light.. 47

Quick Start Guide

This chapter introduces you to the basic features of your camcorder. See the page in parentheses ( ) for more information.
Connecting the power cord

(p. 16)

Use the battery pack when using your camcorder outdoors (p. 11). Open the DC IN jack cover. Quick Start Guide AC power adaptor (supplied)

Playing time

Battery pack NP-F330 (supplied) NP-F530 NP-F550 NP-F730 NP-F730H/F750 NP-F930 NP-F950 NP-F960 Playing time on LCD screen Playing time with LCD closed 930 1090
Approximate number of minutes when you use a fully charged battery pack The battery life will be shorter if you use your camcorder in a cold environment. What is InfoLITHIUM? The InfoLITHIUM is a lithium ion battery pack which can exchange data such as battery consumption with compatible electronic equipment. This unit is compatible with the InfoLITHIUM battery pack (L series). Your camcorder operates only with the InfoLITHIUM battery. InfoLITHIUM L series battery packs have the mark. InfoLITHIUM is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
Step 1 Preparing the power supply Connecting to a wall outlet
When you use your camcorder for a long time, we recommend that you power it from a wall outlet using the AC power adaptor.
(1) Open the DC IN jack cover, and connect the AC power adaptor to the DC IN jack on your camcorder with the plugs v mark facing up. (2) Connect the power cord to the AC power adaptor. (3) Connect the power cord to a wall outlet.
PRECAUTION The set is not disconnected from the AC power source (wall outlet) as long as it is connected to the wall outlet, even if the set itself has been turned off. Notes The AC power adaptor can supply power even if the battery pack is attached to your camcorder. The DC IN jack has source priority. This means that the battery pack cannot supply any power if the power cord is connected to the DC IN jack, even when the power cord is not plugged into a wall outlet. Place the AC power adaptor near a wall outlet. While using the AC power adaptor, if any trouble occurs with this unit, disconnect the plug from the wall outlet as soon as possible to cut off the power. Using a car battery Use Sony DC Adaptor/Charger (optional).
Step 2 Setting the date and time
Set the date and time settings when you use your camcorder for the first time. If you do not use your camcorder for about 4 months, the date and time settings may be released (bars may appear) because the built-in rechargeable lithium cell in your camcorder will have been discharged. First, set the year, then the month, the day, the hour and then the minute.
(1) While your camcorder is in CAMERA mode, press MENU to display the menu. , then press the dial. (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select (3) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select CLOCK SET, then press the dial. (4) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to adjust the desired year, then press the dial. (5) Set the month, day and hour by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial and pressing the dial. (6) Set the minute by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial and pressing the dial by the time signal. The clock starts to move. (7) Press MENU to make the menu disappear. The time indicator appears.

Recording Basics

Recording a picture
Your camcorder automatically focuses for you.
(1) Remove the lens cap by pressing both knobs on its sides and attach the lens cap to the grip strap. (2) Install the power source and insert a cassette. See Step 1 to Step 3 for more information (p. 11 to 19). (3) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA while pressing the small green button. Your camcorder is set to the standby mode. (4) Open the LCD panel while pressing OPEN. The viewfinder automatically turns off. (5) Press START/STOP. Your camcorder starts recording. The REC indicator appears. The camera recording lamp located on the front of your camcorder lights up. To stop recording, press START/STOP again. The recording lamp lights up in the viewfinder when you record with the viewfinder.
PLAYER PLAYER OFF (CHARGE) CAMERA
Camera recording lamp Microphone

REC 0:00:01

Note Fasten the grip strap firmly. Do not touch the built-in microphone during recording. To enable smooth transition You can make the transition between the last scene you recorded and the next scene smooth as long as you do not eject the cassette even if you turn off your camcorder. When you change the battery pack, set the POWER switch to OFF (CHARGE). If you leave your camcorder in the standby mode for 5 minutes while the cassette is inserted Your camcorder automatically turns off. This is to save battery power and to prevent battery and tape wear. To resume the standby mode, set the POWER switch to OFF (CHARGE) once, then turn it to CAMERA again. To set the counter to 0:00:00 Press COUNTER RESET (p. 76).

Recording Basics

After recording
(1) (2) (3) (4) Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHARGE). Close the LCD panel. Eject the cassette. Attach the lens cap.
After using your camcorder Remove the battery pack from your camcorder to avoid turning on the built-in light accidentally.

Adjusting the LCD screen

The LCD panel moves about 90 degrees to the viewfinder side and about 180 degrees to the lens side. If you turn the LCD panel over so that it faces the other way, the indicator appears on the screen (Mirror mode).
90 When closing the LCD panel, set it vertically until it clicks, and swing it into the camcorder body.
Note When using the LCD screen except in the mirror mode, the viewfinder automatically turns off. When you use the LCD screen outdoors in direct sunlight The LCD screen may be difficult to see. If this happens, we recommend that you use the viewfinder. Picture in the mirror mode The picture on the LCD is a mirror-image. However, the picture will be normal when recorded. During recording in the mirror mode DATE and TIME on your camcorder do not work. Indicators in the mirror mode The STBY indicator appears as Xz and REC as z. Some of the other indicators appear mirror-reversed and others are not displayed. The date appears mirror-reversed when the auto date function is working. However, the date will be normal when recorded.

Adjusting the brightness of the LCD screen
Adjust the brightness of the LCD screen with LCD BRIGHT in in the menu settings.
L CD S E T L C D B R I GH T

[ ME N U ] : E N D

LCD screen backlight You can adjust the brightness of the backlight. Select LCD B.L. in the menu settings (p. 53). Even if you adjust the LCD screen backlight The recorded picture will not be affected.
Recording a picture Using the zoom feature
Move the power zoom lever a little for a slower zoom. Move it further for a faster zoom. Using the zoom function sparingly results in better-looking recordings. T side: for telephoto (subject appears closer) W side: for wide-angle (subject appears farther away)
Zoom greater than 20 is performed digitally. To activate digital zoom, select the digital zoom power in D ZOOM in the menu settings. (p. 52) The picture quality deteriorates as the picture is processed digitally.
The right side of the bar shows the digital zooming zone. The digital zooming zone appears when you select the digital zoom power in D ZOOM in the menu settings. When you shoot close to a subject If you cannot get a sharp focus, move the power zoom lever to the W side until the focus is sharp. You can shoot a subject that is at least about 80 cm (about 2 feet 5/8 inch) away from the lens surface in the telephoto position, or about 1 cm (about 1/2 inch) away in the wide-angle position. Notes on digital zoom Digital zoom starts to function when zoom exceeds 20. The picture quality deteriorates as you go toward the T side.
Recording a picture To record pictures with the viewfinder adjusting the viewfinder
If you record pictures with the LCD panel closed, check the picture with the viewfinder. Adjust the viewfinder lens to your eyesight so that the indicators in the viewfinder come into sharp focus. Lift up the viewfinder and move the viewfinder lens adjustment lever.
Recording a picture Indicators displayed in the recording mode
The indicators are not recorded on tape. Hi8 format indicator This appears while playing back or recording in Hi8 format.
Recording mode indicator STBY/REC indicator

0:00:01

Tape counter indicator Remaining tape indicator This appears after you insert a cassette and record or play back for a while.
Remaining battery time indicator Note on the remaining battery time indicator The remaining battery time indicator roughly indicates the recording time. The indicator may not be correct, depending on the conditions in which you are recording. When you close the LCD panel and open it again, it takes about 1 minute for the correct remaining battery time in minutes to be displayed.
Shooting backlit subjects BACK LIGHT
When you shoot a subject with the light source behind the subject or a subject with a light background, use the backlight function. Press BACK LIGHT in CAMERA mode. The. indicator appears on the screen. To cancel, press BACK LIGHT again.

Viewing the recording on TV
Connect your camcorder to your TV with the A/V connecting cable supplied with your camcorder to watch the playback picture on the TV screen. You can operate the playback control buttons in the same way as when you monitor playback pictures on the LCD screen. When monitoring the playback picture on the TV screen, we recommend that you power your camcorder from a wall outlet using the AC power adaptor (p. 16). Refer to the operating instructions of your TV. Open the jack cover. Connect your camcorder to the TV using the A/V connecting cable. Then, set the TV/VCR selector on the TV to VCR.
Yellow S VIDEO OUT IN A/ V OUT S VIDEO VIDEO AUDIO : Signal flow Black
If your TV is already connected to a VCR
Connect your camcorder to the LINE IN input on the VCR by using the A/V connecting cable supplied with your camcorder. Set the input selector on the VCR to LINE.
To connect to a TV without Video/Audio input jacks
Use an NTSC system RFU adaptor (optional). Refer to the operating instructions of your TV and the RFU adaptor. If your TV has an S video jack Connect using an S video cable (optional) to obtain high-quality pictures. With this connection, you do not need to connect the yellow (video) plug of the A/V connecting cable. Connect the S video cable (optional) to the S video jacks on both your camcorder and the TV.
Viewing the recording on TV Using the AV cordless IR receiver

CCD-TRV98 only

Once you connect the AV cordless IR receiver (optional) to your TV or VCR, you can easily view the picture on your TV. For details, refer to the operating instructions of the AV cordless IR receiver.

SUPER LASER LINK

Super laser link emitter Before operation Attach the power supply such as the AC power adaptor to your camcorder, and insert the recorded tape.
(1) After connecting your TV and AV cordless IR receiver, set the POWER switch on the AV cordless IR receiver to ON. (2) Set the POWER switch to PLAYER. (3) Turn the TV on and set the TV/VCR selector on the TV to VCR. (4) Press SUPER LASER LINK. The lamp of SUPER LASER LINK lights up. (5) Press N on your camcorder to start playback. (6) Point the super laser link emitter at the AV cordless IR receiver. Adjust the position of your camcorder and the AV cordless IR receiver to obtain clear playback pictures.

To cancel the super laser link function
Press SUPER LASER LINK. The lamp on the SUPER LASER LINK button goes out. If you turn the power off The super laser link function turns off automatically. Note When the super laser link function is activated (the SUPER LASER LINK button is lit), your camcorder consumes power. Press SUPER LASER LINK to turn off the super laser link function when it is not needed. is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
Advanced Recording Operations

Using the wide mode

You can record a cinema-like picture (CINEMA) or a 16:9 wide picture to watch on the 16:9 wide-screen TV (16:9FULL). Refer to the operating instructions of your TV.

CINEMA

Black bands appear on the screen during recording in the CINEMA mode [a], playing back on a normal TV [b] or a wide-screen TV [c]. If you set the screen mode of the widescreen TV to the zoom mode, a picture without black bands appears [d].

16:9FULL

The picture during recording in the 16:9FULL mode [e], or playing back on a normal TV [f] or a wide-screen TV [g] is horizontally compressed. If you set the screen mode of the wide-screen TV to the full mode, you can watch pictures of normal images [h].

CINEMA [a]

16:9FULL [e]
In CAMERA mode, set 16:9WIDE to CINEMA or 16:9FULL in (p. 52). in the menu settings

To cancel the wide mode

Set 16:9WIDE to OFF in the menu settings. If the wide mode is set to 16:9FULL (CCD-TRV68/TRV78/TRV88/TRV98 only) The SteadyShot function does not work. If you select 16:9FULL in the menu settings when the SteadyShot function is working, flashes and the SteadyShot function does not function. In the wide mode You cannot select the bounce function with FADER. Date or time indicator When you record in the 16:9FULL mode, the date or time indicator will be widened on wide-screen TVs. During recording You cannot change or cancel the wide mode. When you cancel the wide mode, set your camcorder to the standby mode and then set 16:9WIDE to OFF in the menu settings.

(1) In CAMERA mode, press FOCUS. The 9 indicator appears. (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to sharpen focus.
To return to the autofocus mode
Press FOCUS. To focus precisely Adjust the zoom by first focusing at the T (telephoto) position and then shooting at the W (wide-angle) position. This makes focusing easier. When you shoot close to the subject Focus at the end of the W (wide-angle) position. 9 changes to the following indicators: when recording a distant subject. when the subject is too close to focus on.

Superimposing a title

You can select one of eight preset titles and two custom titles (p. 45). You can also select the language, color, size and position of titles.

VACATION

(1) In CAMERA mode, press TITLE to display the title menu. , then press the dial. (2) Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select (3) Select the desired title in the menu settings, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. The titles are displayed in the language you selected. (4) Change the color, size, or position, if necessary. 1 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the color, size, or position, then press the dial. The item appears. 2 Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select the desired item, then press the dial. 3 Repeat steps 1 and 2 until the title is laid out as desired. (5) Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial again to complete the setting. (6) Press START/STOP to start recording. (7) When you want to stop recording the title, press TITLE.

S I ZE

T I TLE
PRESE T T I T L E HE L LO ! H A P P Y B I R T HD A Y H A P P Y HO L I D A Y S CONGR A T U L A T I ON S ! OUR SWE E T B A B Y WE DD I NG V A C A T I ON T H E E ND [ T I T L E ] : E ND
PRESE T T I T L E HE L LO ! H A P P Y B I R T HD A Y H A P P Y HO L I D A Y S CONGR A T U L A T I ON S ! OUR SWE E T B A B Y WE DD I NG V A C A T I ON T H E E ND R E T URN [ T I T L E ] : E ND

[ T I T L E ] : E ND

SMA L L

L A RGE

VACATION VACATION
To superimpose the title while you are recording
Press TITLE while you are recording, and carry out steps 2 to 5. When you press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial at step 5, the title is superimposed.
To select the language of a preset title
If you want to change the language, select language and return to step 2. before step 2. Then select the desired

To change a title you have stored
In step 3, select CUSTOM1 SET or CUSTOM2 SET, depending on which title you want to change, then press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to select [C], then press the dial to delete the title. The last character is erased. Enter the new title as desired. If you take 5 minutes or longer to enter characters in the standby mode while a cassette is in your camcorder The power automatically turns off. The characters you have entered remain stored in memory. Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHARGE) once, and turn it to CAMERA again, then proceed from step 1. We recommend setting the POWER switch to PLAYER or removing the cassette so that your camcorder does not automatically turn off while you are entering title characters. If you select [ ] The menu for selecting alphabet and Russian characters appears. Select [ to the previous screen. To delete the title Select [C]. The last character is erased. To enter a space Select [ Z& ? ! ], then select the blank part.

] to return

Using the built-in light
You can use the built-in light to suit your shooting situation. The recommended distance between the subject and camcorder is about 1.5 m (5 feet). indicator appears on the screen while your camcorder is Press LIGHT until the in CAMERA mode. The built-in light turns on. If you turn the POWER switch to OFF (CHARGE), the built-in light turns off simultaneously. You cannot turn the built-in light on by turning the POWER switch to CAMERA again. To turn on the built-in light again, press LIGHT again in CAMERA mode. LIGHT
To turn off the built-in light
Press LIGHT until no indicator appears on the screen.
To turn on the built-in light automatically
Press LIGHT until the indicator appears on the screen. The built-in light automatically turns on and off according to the ambient brightness.
Be careful not to touch the lighting section, because the plastic window and surrounding surfaces are hot while the light is on. It remains hot for a while after the light is turned off.

DANGER

Not to be handled by children. Emits intense heat and light. Use with caution to reduce the risk of fire or injury to persons. Do not directly light at persons or materials from less than 1.22 m (4 feet) during use and until cool. Turn the built-in light off when not in use. When you press LIGHT The indicator changes as follows: no indicator

Notes The built-in light turns off automatically in the following cases: When it stays on in the AUTO mode for more than 5 minutes When you leave it on for more than 5 minutes with no cassette inserted or after the tape has run out. To turn the built-in light on again, press LIGHT again. The battery pack is quickly discharging while the built-in light is turned on. Turn it off when not in use. When you do not use your camcorder, turn the built-in light off and remove the battery pack to avoid turning on the built-in light accidentally. When flickering occurs while shooting in the AUTO mode, press LIGHT until the indicator appears. The built-in light may turn on/off when you use the PROGRAM AE or backlight function while shooting in the AUTO mode. The built-in light may be turned off when inserting or ejecting a cassette. While the end search function is working, the built-in light is turned off. When you use the conversion lens (optional), light from the built-in light is blocked and may not illuminate the subject properly.

Replacing the bulb

Use the Sony XB-3D halogen lamp (optional). The supplied halogen lamp is not on the market. Purchase the Sony XB-3D halogen lamp. Remove the power source before replacing the bulb.
(1) Remove the built-in light unit while pushing the hole under the built-in light unit using a wire. (2) Turn the bulb housing counterclockwise and detach from the built-in light unit. (3) Replace the bulb using a dry cloth. (4) Attach the bulb housing turning it clockwise, then replace the built-in light unit.
Using the built-in light CAUTION
When replacing the bulb, use only the Sony XB-3D halogen lamp (optional) to reduce the risk of fire. To prevent possible burn hazard, disconnect the power source before replacing and do not touch the bulb until the bulb becomes cool enough to handle (for about 30 minutes or more). Note To prevent the bulb from being smudged with finger prints, handle it with a dry cloth, etc. If the bulb is smudged, wipe it completely.

Editing

Dubbing a tape
Using the A/V connecting cable
Connect your camcorder to the VCR using the A/V connecting cable supplied with your camcorder. You can record and edit a picture with the connected VCR by using your camcorder as a player. Make the indicators disappear by pressing DISPLAY. If you do not make the indicators disappear, they are recorded on tapes.
(1) Insert a blank tape (or a tape you want to record over) into the VCR, and insert the recorded tape into your camcorder. (2) Set the input selector on the VCR to LINE. Refer to the operating instructions of your VCR for more information. (3) Set the POWER switch to PLAYER. (4) Play back the recorded tape on your camcorder. (5) Start recording on the VCR. Refer to the operating instructions of your VCR for more information.

If you are unable to rectify the problem even if you try corrective actions a few times, contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.
Warning indicators and messages
If indicators and messages appear on the screen, check the following: See the page in parentheses ( ) for more information.

Warning indicators

The video heads are dirty Slow flashing: You need to clean the heads using the Sony V8-25CLD cleaning cassette (optional) (p. 68). The battery is dead or nearly dead Slow flashing: The battery is nearly dead. Depending on conditions, the environment or the battery pack, the warning indicator may flash, even if there are 5 to 10 minutes battery remaining. Fast flashing: The battery is dead (p. 12) The battery is completely dead, and cannot be recharged. Warning indicator as to tape Slow flashing: The tape is near the end. No tape is inserted.* The write-protect tab on the cassette is out (red) (p. 19).* Fast flashing: The tape has run out.* Self-diagnosis display (p. 61)
Moisture condensation has occurred* Fast flashing: Eject the cassette, turn off your camcorder, and leave it for about 1 hour with the cassette compartment open (p. 67). You need to eject the cassette Slow flashing: The write-protect tab on the cassette is out (red) (p. 19).* Fast flashing: Moisture condensation has occurred (p. 67). The tape has run out.* The self-diagnosis display function is activated (p. 61).* Warning indicator as to tape or battery Slow flashing: The battery is nearly dead. The tape is near the end. Fast flashing: The battery is dead The tape has run out.*
* You hear the melodh or beep sound

Warning messages

CLOCK SET Set the date and time. (p. 17) For InfoLITHIUM Use an InfoLITHIUM battery pack. (p. 65) BATTERY ONLY CLEANING CASSETTE The video heads are dirty. (p. 68) Press the START/STOP button to activate the ORC setting. This message is displayed in white. (p. 54) The ORC setting is working. This message is displayed in white. (p. 54) Insert a cassette tape.* The tape has reached the end of the tape.*

Maintenance information and precautions Maintenance information

Cleaning the video head

To ensure normal recording and clear pictures, clean the video heads. The video head may be dirty when: The x indicator and CLEANING CASSETTE message appear one after another or the x indicator flashes on the screen. Playback pictures contain noise. Playback pictures are hardly visible. Playback pictures do not appear. If this happens, clean the video heads with the Sony V8-25CLD cleaning cassette (optional).
[a] Slightly dirty [b] Very dirty
Note on video heads When the playback pictures still contain noise even if you have cleaned the video heads with a cleaning cassette, the video heads may have worn down due to long use. If this is the case, they must be replaced with new heads. Contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.
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 fingerprints on the lens surface In hot or humid locations When the lens is used in environments susceptible to salt such as the seaside Store the lens in a well-ventilated location subject to little dirt or dust. To prevent mold from occurring, periodically perform the above. We recommend turning on and operating your camcorder about once per month to keep your camcorder in an optimum state for a long time.

Cleaning the LCD screen

If fingerprints or dust make the LCD screen dirty, we recommend using a LCD Cleaning Kit (optional) to clean the LCD screen.
Removing dust from inside the viewfinder
(1) 1 Remove the screw with a screwdriver (not supplied). 2 Then, while holding the RELEASE knob up, 3 turn the eyecup in a counterclockwise direction and pull it out. (2) Clean the surface with a commercially available blower for a still camera. (3) Turn the eyecup in a clockwise direction, then replace the screw.
Caution Do not remove any other screws. You may remove only the screw to remove the eyecup.
Charging the built-in rechargeable lithium cell
Your camcorder is supplied with a built-in rechargeable lithium cell so as to retain the date and time, etc., regardless of the setting of the POWER switch. The rechargeable lithium cell is always charged as long as you are using your camcorder. The cell, however, will get discharged gradually if you do not use your camcorder. It will be completely discharged in about 4 months if you do not use your camcorder at all. Even if the rechargeable lithium cell is not charged, it will not affect the camcorder operation. To retain the date and time, etc., charge the cell if the cell is discharged. Charging the rechargeable lithium cell: Connect your camcorder to house current using the AC power adaptor supplied with your camcorder, and leave your camcorder with the POWER switch turned off for more than 24 hours. Or install the fully charged battery pack in your camcorder, and leave your camcorder with the POWER switch turned off for more than 24 hours.

Power requirements 100 - 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz Power consumption 23 W Output voltage DC OUT: 8.4 V, 1.5 A in operating mode Operating temperature 0 C to 40 C (32 F to 104 F) Storage temperature 20 C to +60 C (4 F to +140 F) Dimensions (approx.) 62 mm (9/1/2 in.) (w/h/d) excluding projecting parts Mass (approx.) 280 g (9.8 oz ) excluding power cord
Maximum output voltage DC 8.4 V Output voltage DC 7.2 V Capacity 5.0 Wh (700 mAh) Dimensions (approx.) 38.4 20.6 70.8 mm (1 9/16 13/7/8 in.) (w/h/d) Mass (approx.) 70 g (2.5 oz) Operating temperature 0 C to 40 C (32 F to 104 F) Type Lithium ion Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Quick Reference

Identifying the parts and controls

Camcorder

6 qs 0 qa
1 Eyecup (p. 69) 2 Viewfinder lens adjustment lever (p. 24) 3 Eyecup RELEASE knob (p. 69) 4 v (earphone) jack When you use earphone, the speaker on your camcorder is silent. 5 OPEN button (p. 20)
6 SEL/PUSH EXEC dial (p. 35, 51) 7 Power zoom lever (p. 23) 8 BATT RELEASE lever (p. 11) 9 POWER switch (p. 20) q; START/STOP button (p. 20) qa Hooks for shoulder strap (p. 75) qs DC IN jack (p. 12, 16)
This mark indicates that this product is a genuine accessory for Sony video products. When purchasing Sony video products, Sony recommends that you purchase accessories with this GENUINE VIDEO ACCESSORIES mark.

qd qf qk ql w; wa

qj Infrared rays emitter (p. 26, 33) qk NIGHTSHOT switch (p. 26) ql Camera recording lamp (p. 20) w; Display window (p. 79) wa Tripod receptacle (base) Make sure that the length of the tripod screw is less than 6.5 mm (9/32 inch). Otherwise, you cannot attach the tripod securely and the screw may damage your camcorder.

qg qh qj

qd Video control buttons (p. 29, 31) x STOP (stop) m REW (rewind) N PLAY (playback) M FF (fastforward) X PAUSE (pause) qf SUPER LASER LINK button (CCD-TRV98 only) (p. 33) qg Microphone qh Remote sensor (CCD-TRV49/TRV78/ TRV98 only) (p. 78)
Attaching the lens cap Attach the lens cap to the grip strap as illustrated.

wh ws wj wk wf wg

ws Speaker wd LCD screen (p. 21) wf MENU button (p. 51) wg RESET button (p. 60) wh EXPOSURE button (p. 41) wj FADER button (p. 37) wk BACK LIGHT button (p. 25) wl FOCUS button (p. 42)
Attaching the shoulder strap Attach the shoulder strap supplied with your camcorder to the hooks for the shoulder strap.
ef eg eh e; ej ea ek es ed
e; DATE button (p. 27) ea DISPLAY button (p. 30) es TITLE button (p. 43) ed VOLUME buttons (p. 29) ef LIGHT button (p. 47) eg TIME button (p. 27) eh Viewfinder (p. 24) ej COUNTER RESET button (p. 21) ek CHG lamp (p. 12) el END SEARCH button (p. 28)

rd rf rg

r; EJECT button (p. 19) ra Cassette compartment (p. 19) rs Grip strap rd S VIDEO OUT jack (p. 32) rf Built-in light (p. 47)

AC power adaptor. 12 Adjusting viewfinder. 24 A/V connecting cable.. 32, 50 BACK LIGHT. 25 Battery pack.. 11 Beep.. 56 BOUNCE.. 36
Manual focus.. Menu settings. Mirror mode.. Moisture condensation.. MONOTONE. Mosaic fader.. NIGHTSHOT. NTSC system.. 26 66
Self-diagnosis display. 61 Shoulder strap.. 75 Skip scan.. 31 Slow playback.. 31 Standard 8 mm system.. 64 STEADYSHOT. 52 STRIPE.. 36 Superimposing the date and time.. 17 SUPER LASER LINK. 33 S VIDEO OUT jack. 32, 50
Charging battery. Charging the built-in rechargeable lithium cell. Clock set.. DEMO.. DISPLAY.. DNR.. Dubbing a tape. 50

O, P, Q

Operation indicators. ORC.. Picture effect.. Picture search. Playback pause. Power zoom.. PROGRAM AE. 39

T, U, V

Tape counter.. TBC.. Telephoto.. Title.. Transition.. TV color systems. 28 66
Earphone jack. 73 EDIT.. 53 END SEARCH. 28, 31 Exposure.. 41
Recording and playback systems.. Recording mode.. Recording time. Remaining battery time indicator.. Remaining tape indicator. RESET.. RFU adaptor.. 32

W, X, Y, Z

Warning indicators.. Wide-angle.. Wide mode.. WORLD TIME.. Write-protect tab. Zoom.. 19 23

F, G, H

Fade in/out.. FADER.. FOCUS.. Grip strap.. Heads.. Hi8 system. 68 64

I, J, K, L

InfoLITHIUM battery. 65 Infrared rays emitter. 26, 33 LCD screen.. 21 LP mode.. 54

Sony Corporation

Printed in Japan

 

Technical specifications

General
Product TypeCamcorder
Width4.1 in
Depth8.8 in
Height4.3 in
Weight2 lbs
Enclosure ColorSilver
LocalizationEnglish
Main Features
Camcorder Sensor Resolution320 Kpix
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution200 Kpix
Media TypeHi8, Video8
Color SupportColor
Horizontal Resolution400 lines
Optical Sensor TypeCCD
Optical Sensor Size1/4"
Min Illumination0 lux
Analog Video FormatNTSC
Digital Zoom460 x
Recording SpeedSP, LP
Shooting ProgramsSpotlight, sunset & moon, landscape, portrait mode, beach & ski, sports mode
Special EffectsSolarization, Sepia, Mosaic, Stretch, Slim, Pastel, Monotone, Negative Art
Digital Scene TransitionBounce fader, monotone fader, mosaic fader, black fader
Image StabilizerElectronic
Max Shutter Speed1/4000 sec
Min Shutter Speed1/60 sec
Exposure ModesAutomatic
White BalanceAutomatic
Lens System
TypeZoom lens - 3.6 mm - 72 mm - f/1.4
Focal Length3.6 mm - 72 mm
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera41 - 820mm
Focus AdjustmentAutomatic, manual
Lens ApertureF/1.4
Optical Zoom20 x
Filter Size37 mm
Additional Features
Low Lux / Night ModeYes
16:9 ModeYes
Title GeneratorYes
Search ModesEnd search
LP RecordingYes
Built-in LightYes
Additional FeaturesBuilt-in speaker, backlight compensation, TBC, digital noise reduction, NightShot system
Viewfinder
Viewfinder TypeLCD
Viewfinder Color SupportBlack & white
Display
TypeLCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5" - color
Display Form FactorRotating (270°)
Display Format61,000 pixels
Microphone
Type1 x microphone - built-in
Microphone TechnologyElectret condenser
Microphone Operation ModeMono
Connections
Connector Type1 x composite video/audio output ( RCA phono x 2 ) 1 x headphones ( mini-phone mono 3.5 mm ) 1 x S-Video output ( 4 pin mini-DIN )
Miscellaneous
Included AccessoriesCamcorder shoulder strap, lens cap, clock battery
Cables Included1 x A/V cable
Power
Power DevicePower adapter - external
Voltage RequiredAC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Battery
Supported Battery Details1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )
Run Time (Up To)140 min
Manufacturer Warranty
Service & Support1 year warranty
Service & Support DetailsLimited warranty - labor - 90 days Limited warranty - parts - 1 year
Universal Product Identifiers
BrandSony
Part NumberCCD-TRV68

 

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