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Sony DCR DVD108 DVD Handycam Camcorder
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Choosing a disc
Your camcorder is compatible with 8cm DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-R and DVD+R DL. It does not support 12cm discs.
Expected recordable time on one side of the disc. The recordable time varies depending on type of discs or recording mode.
Apporoximate recordable time ( ) : the minimum recording time
9M (HQ) (high quality) 6M (SP) (standard quality) 3M (LP) (long play) z Tips
20 (18) 30 (18) 60 (44)
35 (32) 55 (32) 110 (80)
Figures such as 9M and 6M in the table show the average bit rate. M stands for Mbps. If you use a double-sided disc, you can record on both sides of the disc (p.100). Your camcorder uses the VBR (Variable Bit Rate) format to automatically adjust image quality to suit the recording scene. This technology causes fluctuations in the recording time of a disc. Movies containing quickly moving and complex images are recordedat a higher bit rate, and this reduces the overall recording time.
Recording format for DVD-RW
When you use a DVD-RW, you can choose the recording format from VIDEO mode or VR mode. In this manual, VIDEO mode is indicated as and VR mode as.
A recording format that is compatible with most DVD devices, especially after finalizing. In VIDEO mode, only the most recent image can be erased. A recording format that enables editing with your camcorder (deleting and rearranging the order of images). A finalized disc can be played back in DVD devices that support VR mode.
VIDEO mode and VR mode Glossary (p.118)
Disc format features
Disc types and symbols
Figures in parentheses ( ) indicate page numbers.
DVD-RW DVD+RW DVD-R DVD+R DL
Symbols used in this manual Both 16:9 (wide) and 4:3 movie can be recorded on the same disc (37) Deleting the most recent recording (49) Deleting or editing recordings on your camcorder
z z z z z
z z z z
z z z
z z z z
Using a disc repeatedly even if the disc becomes full by formatting*2 (59) Finalizing required to play on other devices (44) Creating the DVD menu when you finalize the disc
Making longer recordings on a side of a disc
*1 Refer to the instruction manual of your DVD device to see whether it supports the VR mode of DVD-RW. *2 Formatting deletes all recordings and returns the recording medium to its original empty state (p.59). Even when using a new disc, format it with your camcorder (p.28). *3 Finalizing is required to play the disc in a DVD drive on a computer. A DVD+RW that is not finalized may cause the computer to malfunction.
Using your camcorder
(See page 21 to 30.) Select the disc that best suits your needs. Do you want to delete or edit images on your camcorder? Yes No Do you want to delete images and reuse the disc? Yes No
To view movies on a disc on other devices (Finalize)
To view movies stored on a disc on a DVD device or a computer, you need to "finalize" the disc. For details on finalize operation, see page 44.
For DVD-R, DVD+R DL, you cannot reuse the disc or record additional movies onto the disc once you finalize the disc even if the disc has free space. During Easy Handycam operation, the DVD menu is fixed to [STYLE1]. You cannot record additional scenes on a finalized disc during Easy Handycam operation (p. 60).
To cancel Easy Handycam operation
Press EASY B again. from the screen. disappears
Menu settings during Easy Handycam operation
Press (HOME) H(or I) to display the menu items available for setup changes (p.18, 62).
You can neither delete nor edit movies on the disc during Easy Handycam operation. Most of the menu items automatically return to the default settings. The settings of some menu items are fixed. For more details, see page 85. DVD-RW are formatted in VIDEO mode (p. 14). (OPTION) will not appear. Cancel Easy Handycam operation if you want to add effects to images or change settings.
POWER switch A (HOME) E PHOTO F
Open the Lens cover (p. 27)
(HOME) D START/STOP B
Adjusting the grip belt
Adjust and fasten the grip belt as illustrated, and hold your camcorder properly.
If the access lamps (page 28, 29) is on after recording is finished, it means data is still being written onto the disc or Memory Stick Duo. Do not apply shock or vibration to your camcorder, and do not disconnect the battery or AC Adaptor.
Movies are recorded on the disc. For recordable time, see page 14.
Still images are recorded on the Memory Stick Duo. For the number of recordable still images, see page 66.
switch A until the (Still) lamp turns on. Recording/Playback
2 Press START/STOP B (or C).
2 Press PHOTO F.
FlashingtLights up Press slightly Press full to to focus record
appears next to. When disappears, the image has been recorded.
To switch to the movie recording mode using the (HOME) button D (or E)
Touch (CAMERA) of HOME MENU t [MOVIE] or [PHOTO].
You can zoom in up to the magnifications shown in the following table.
(optical zoom) DCR-DVD108/DVD608 DCR-DVD308/DVD25
zoom lever, the operation sound of the power zoom lever may also be recorded. You cannot change the zoom speed with the zoom buttons on the LCD frame. The minimum possible distance between camcorder and subject while maintaining sharp focus is about 1 cm (about 13/32 in.) for wide angle and about 80 cm (about 2 5/8 feet) for telephoto.
You can adjust the magnification with the zoom lever or the zoom button on the LCD frame.
Using [DIGITAL ZOOM] (p. 65) let you zoom in further than the magnification shown in the table.
1 Place your camcorder in a stable
position, and connect the AC Adaptor to the DC IN jack on your camcorder.
2 Turn on the power by turning the
3 Insert the disc that you want to
When you set to create a DVD menu and finalize the disc, the DVD menu appears for a few seconds while finalizing the disc. After the disc is finalized, the disc type/ recording format indicator changes as shown below: DVD-RW (VIDEO mode) DVD-RW (VR mode) DVD+RW
(MANAGE DISC/ MEMORY) of the (HOME) menu t [FINALIZE].
To select a DVD menu style, touch (OPTION) t [DVD MENU] (p. 47). Go to step 5 if you want to finalize the disc using [STYLE1] (default setting).
DVD-R DVD+R DL
To select a DVD menu style
1 In step 4, touch [DVD MENU].
2 Select the desired style from 4 types of pattern with [T]/[t].
Select [NO MENU] if you do not create a DVD menu. 3 Touch
The DVD menu style is fixed to [STYLE1] during the Easy Handycam operation.
This category enables you to edit or print images on a disc or "Memory Stick Duo," or copy them onto your computer for viewing, editing or creating an original DVD.
You can delete the images recorded on a disc or a Memory Stick Duo using your camcorder. Insert a recorded disc or Memory Stick Duo into your camcorder.
You cannot retrieve the deleted images. You cannot delete movies during Easy Handycam operation. Cancel the Easy Handycam operation first.
You can select up to 100 images at once. You can delete images on the playback screen from [DELETE] under (OPTION) t tab.
You can delete images on a disc or a "Memory Stick Duo" (p. 48).
Deleting the movies on the disc
You can edit the images on a disc or a Memory Stick Duo (p. 50).
You can create and edit a Playlist (p. 51).
(OTHERS) of the (HOME) menu t [DELETE].
You can print still images on a connected PictBridge printer (p. 55).
2 Touch [ 3 Touch [
You can connect your camcorder to a computer (p. 80).
4 Touch the image that you want to
The selected image is marked with. Press and hold the image on the LCD screen to confirm the image.
to return to the previous
Deleting the still images in the Memory Stick Duo
t [YES] t
To delete all movies on the disc at one time
In step 3, touch [ DELETE ALL] t [YES] t [YES] t.
To delete the most recently recorded movie
4 Touch the still image that you
want to delete.
You cannot add or edit movies during Easy Handycam operation. Cancel the Easy Handycam operation first.
(OTHERS) of the (HOME) menu t [PLAYLIST EDIT].
2 Touch [
3 Touch the scene that you want to
add to the Playlist.
The selected scene is marked with. Press and hold the image on the LCD screen to confirm the image. Touch to return to the previous screen.
Creating the Playlist (Continued)
To add all the movies on the disc in the Playlist
In step 2, touch [ ADD ALL] t [YES] t [YES] t.
Do not remove the battery pack or the AC Adaptor from your camcorder while editing the Playlist. It may damage the disc.
2 Touch [ERASE].
To erase all images at a time, touch [ERASE ALL] t [YES] t [YES] t.
3 Touch the image that you want to erase from the Playlist.
You can add a maximum of 999 movies to the Playlist. You can add a movie when viewing it using [ ADD] on (OPTION) t tab.
The selected image is marked with Press and hold the image on the LCD screen to confirm the image. Touch screen.
4 Touch z Tips
Playing the Playlist
Make sure to insert the disc on which the Playlist is added into your camcorder.
t [YES] t.
(VIEW IMAGES) of the (HOME) menu t [PLAYLIST].
The original images are not changed even if you erase the images from the Playlist.
The images added to the Playlist are displayed on the screen.
Changing the order within the Playlist
1 Touch (OTHERS) of the (HOME) menu t [PLAYLIST EDIT]. 2 Touch [MOVE]. 3 Select the image that you want to move.
2 Touch the scene from which you
want to play back. The Playlist is played back from the selected scene to the end, then the screen returns to the Playlist screen. The selected scene is marked with. Press and hold the image on the LCD screen to confirm the image. Touch screen.
To erase added images from the Playlist at a time
1 Touch (OTHERS) of the (HOME) menu t [PLAYLIST EDIT].
5 Select the destination with [T]/[t].
Do not cover the infrared port with your fingers or other objects (p. 112). Remove the conversion lens (optional). The maximum shooting distance using [NIGHTSHOT LIGHT] is about 3 m (10 feet).
Touch 1, then 2. If the item is not on the screen, touch v/V to change the page.
How to set
(HOME MENU) t page 62 (OPTION MENU) t page 73 The default settings are marked with B.
REC MODE (Recording mode)
You can select an image quality of the movie from three levels. HQ
Records in high quality mode. (9M (HQ))
WIDE SELECT (DCRDVD108/DVD608)
You can select the aspect ratio according to the TV connected.Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with your TV. B 4:3
Records images to the full screen on a 4:3 TV screen.
Records in standard quality mode. (6M (SP))
16:9 WIDE (
Records images to the full screen on a 16:9 (wide) TV screen. b Notes
When you connect your camcorder to a TV compatible with the ID-1/ID-2 system and play back the disc, set [TV TYPE] to [16:9]. The TV switches to full mode automatically. Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with your TV. Set [TV TYPE] correctly according to the TV connected for playback (p. 70).
Increases the recording time (Long Play). (3M (LP)) b Notes
If you record in the LP mode, the quality of scenes may be degraded, or scenes with quick movements may appear with a block noise when you play back the disc.
See page 14 on the expected recording time of each recording mode.
You can select the maximum zoom level in case you want to zoom greater than optical zoom magnification (p. 36). Note that the image quality decreases when you use the digital zoom.
You can compensate for camera shake (the default setting is [ON]). Set [STEADYSHOT] to [OFF] ( ) when using a tripod (optional), then the image becomes natural.
AUTO SLW SHUTTR (Auto slow shutter)
The right side of the bar shows the digital zooming factor. The zooming zone appears when you select the zooming level.
When this is set to [ON] (the default setting), the shutter speed is automatically reduced to 1/30 second when recording in dark conditions.
For DCR-DVD108/DVD608 B OFF
Up to 40 zoom is performed optically.
Displays the remaining disc indicator for about 8 seconds in situations such as those described below. When your camcorder recognizes the remaining disc capacity with the POWER switch set to (Movie). When you press DISP/BATT INFO to switch the indicator from off to on with the POWER switch set to (Movie). When you select the movie recording mode on the HOME MENU.
Assigns file numbers for each Memory Stick Duo
See page 64.
VIEW IMAGES SET
FLASH LEVEL (DCRDVD308/DVD708)
You can set this function when you use an external flash (optional) that is compatible with your camcorder. HIGH( )
Makes the flash level higher.
B NORMAL( ) LOW( )
Makes the flash level lower.
REDEYE REDUC (Redeye reduction) (DCR-DVD308/DVD708)
You can set this function when you use an external flash (optional) that is compatible with your camcorder. You can prevent redeye by activating the flash before recording. Set [REDEYE REDUC] to [ON] to use this function.
The redeye reduction may not produce the desired effect due to individual differences and other conditions.
During playback, displays the information (data code) recorded automatically at the time of recording. B OFF
Data code is not displayed.
Displays the date and time.
Displays camera setting data.
A Date B Time
VIEW IMAGES SET (Continued)
You can select the number of thumbnails that appear on the VISUAL INDEX screen. B ZOOM LINK
Change the number of thumbnails (6 or 12) with the zoom lever on your camcorder.*
Displays thumbnails of 6 images. Still image
Displays thumbnails of 12 images.
* You can operate with the zoom buttons on the LCD frame or on the Remote Commander (For DCR-DVD308/DVD708).
C SteadyShot off D Brightness E White balance F Gain G Shutter speed H Aperture value I Exposure z Tips
appears in the following cases: during displaying still images recorded using an external flash (DCR-DVD308/DVD708). during displaying still images recorded by another device using a flash. The data code is displayed on the TV screen if you connect your camcorder to a TV. The indicator toggles through the following sequences as you press DATA CODE on the Remote Commander: [DATE/TIME] t [CAMERADATA] t [OFF] (no indication)(DCR-DVD308/DVD708). Depending on the disc condition, bars [--:--:--] appear.
(Items to adjust beep and the screen) B NORMAL
touch (OPTION) on the screen.
2 Touch the desired item.
If you cannot find the desired item, touch another tab to change the page.
3 Change the setting, then touch
OPTION MENU (Continued)
Recording items on the OPTION MENU
See page 73 for setting operation.
Viewing items on the OPTION MENU
Items * Page
tab FOCUS SPOT FOCUS TELE MACRO EXPOSURE SPOT METER SCENE SELECTION WHITE BAL. COLOR SLOW SHTR S. NIGHTSHOT PLS tab FADER D.EFFECT PICT.EFFECT tab REC MODE MICREF LEVEL IMAGE SIZE** QUALITY SELF-TIMER FLASH MODE**
a a a 78 78
tab DELETE DELETE ALL tab DIVIDE ERASE ERASE ALL MOVE
a a a a a a 48 49
-- (A tab depends on the situation) ADD ADD ALL PRINT SLIDE SHOW VOLUME DATA CODE SLIDE SHOW SET ADD ADD ALL -- (No tab) COPIES DATE/TIME SIZE DVD MENU
a a a a a a a 52
* Items that are included also in the HOME MENU. ** DCR-DVD308/DVD708
* Items that are included also in the HOME MENU.
Functions set in the OPTION MENU
Items you can set only on the OPTION MENU will be described below.
displayed correctly if you are using a conversion lens (optional).) When the focus mode is switched from automatic to manual. When you set focus manually
You can select and adjust the focal point to aim it at a subject not located at the center of the screen.
You can adjust the focus manually. You can select this function also when you want to focus on a certain subject intentionally.
1 Touch [MANUAL]. 9 appears. 2 Touch (focusing on close subjects)/ (focusing on distant subjects) to sharpen the focus. appears when the focus cannot be adjusted any closer, and appears when the focus cannot be adjusted farther away. 3 Touch.
1 Touch the subject on the screen. 9 appears. 2 Touch [END].
To adjust the focus automatically, touch [AUTO] t [END] in step 1.
If you set [SPOT FOCUS], [FOCUS] is automatically set to [MANUAL].
To adjust the focus automatically, touch [AUTO] t in step 1.
The minimum possible distance between camcorder and subject while maintaining sharp focus is about 1 cm (about 13/32 in.) for wide angle and about 80 cm (about 2 5/8 feet) for telephoto.
This is useful to shoot small subjects, such as flowers or insects. You can blur out backgrounds and the subject stands out clearer. When you set [TELE MACRO] to [ON] ( ), the zoom (p. 36) moves to the top of the T (telephoto) side automatically and allows recording subjects at a close distance as follows; DCR-DVD108/DVD608 down to about 43 cm (17 in.) DCR-DVD308/DVD708 down to about 38 cm (15 in.)
It is easier to focus on the subject by moving the power zoom lever towards T (telephoto) to adjust the focus, then towards W (wide angle) to adjust the zoom for recording. When you want to record a subject at close range, move the power zoom lever to W (wide angle), then adjust the focus. The focal distance information (the distance at which the subject is focused on, for when it is dark and hard to adjust focus) appears for a few seconds in the following cases. (It will not be
When you set [COLOR SLOW SHTR] to [ON], you can record an image brighter in color even in dark places. appears on the screen. To cancel [COLOR SLOW SHTR], touch [OFF].
Adjust the focus manually ([FOCUS], p. 75) when it is hard to focus automatically. The shutter speed of your camcorder changes depending on the brightness, which may result in a slowdown of the motion of the image.
To cancel the fader before starting the operation, touch [OFF] in step 1. If you press START/STOP, the setting is canceled.
S. NIGHTSHOT PLS (Super NightShot plus)
The image will be recorded at a maximum of 16 times the sensitivity of NightShot plus recording if you set [S. NIGHTSHOT PLS]
D.EFFECT (Digital effect)
When [OLD MOVIE] is selected, appears on the screen and you can record with an old movie-type atmosphere to your movies. To cancel [D.EFFECT], touch [OFF].
Press PHOTO to record still images when [SELF-TIMER] is set to [ON] and appears. To cancel the count down, touch [RESET]. To cancel the self-timer, select [OFF].
You can also operate by pressing PHOTO on the Remote Commander (p. 114) (DCRDVD308/DVD708).
PICT.EFFECT (Picture effect)
You can add special effects to an image during recording or playback. appears. B OFF
Does not use [PICT.EFFECT] setting.
FLASH MODE (DCRDVD308/DVD708)
You can set this function when you use an external flash (optional) that is compatible with your camcorder. Attach the external flash to the Active Interface Shoe (p. 112). B ON ( )
Flashes every time.
Images appear in sepia.
Images appear in black and white.
Images appear as a pale pastel drawing.
You can select the microphone level for recording sound. Select [LOW] when you want to record exciting and powerful sound in a concert hall, etc. B NORMAL
Records various surround sounds, converting them into the certain level.
Records surround sound faithfully. This setting is not suitable for recording conversations.
The self-timer records a still image about 10 seconds after being set.
What you can do with Windows computer
When you install the Picture Motion Browser on a Windows computer from the supplied CD-ROM, you can enjoy the following operations.
See page 84 when you use a Macintosh computer.
About First Step Guide
The First Step Guide is an instruction manual you can refer to on your computer. This describes basic operations, from initial hookup of your camcorder and computer and making settings, to general operation the first time you use the software Picture Motion Browser stored on the CD-ROM (supplied). Referring to Installing the First Step Guide (p. 81), start the First Step Guide, then follow the instructions.
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.
x Importing movies taken with your camcorder x Viewing movies imported to a computer
You can manage movies and still images by date and time of shooting, and select movies or still images you want to view as thumbnails. These thumbnails can be enlarged and played in a slide show.
When using Picture Motion Browser
OS: Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional or Windows XP Media Center Edition Standard installation is required. Operation is not assured if the above OS has been upgraded or in a multi-boot environment. CPU:Intel Pentium III 1 GHz or faster. Application: DirectX 9.0c or later (This product is based on DirectX technology. It is necessary to have DirectX installed.) Sound system: Direct Sound compatible sound card Memory: 256 MB or more
x Editing images imported to a computer x Creating an original DVD
You can create an original DVD from image data imported from your camcorder.
x Copying a disc t Video Disc Copier
You can copy all the images on a disc taken with your camcorder.
Hard disk: Disc volume required for installation: Approximately 600 MB (5 GB or more may be necessary when creating DVD videos.) Display: DirectX 7 or later-compatible video card, Minimum dots, High Color (16 bit color) Others: USB port (this must be provided as standard, Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0 compatible) is recommended), Disc drive that can burn DVDs (CD-ROM drive required for software installation)
Installing the First Step Guide and software
You need to install the First Step Guide and software to your Windows computer before connecting your camcorder to the computer. The installation is required only for the first time. Contents to be installed and procedures may differ depending on your OS.
When playing still images recorded on a Memory Stick Duo on a computer
The supplied software Picture Motion Browser does not operate on Mac OS. Refer to First Step Guide for the details on connecting your camcorder to the computer and copying the still images.
To copy still images from a Memory Stick Duo
OS: Mac OS 9.1/9.2 or Mac OS X (v10.1/ v10.2/v10.3/v10.4). Others: USB port (this must be provided as standard)
The First Step Guide is an instruction manual you can refer to on your computer. This describes basic operations, from initial hookup of your camcorder and computer and making setting. Referring to Installing the First Step Guide, start the First Step Guide, then follow the instructions.
Installing First Step Guide
Copy FirstStepGuide(PDF), stored in the desired language in the [FirstStepGuide] folder, to your computer.
Double-click FirstStepGuide(PDF). If no software for viewing PDF files is installed on your computer, you can download Adobe Reader from the following website: http://www.adobe.com/
If you run into any problems using your camcorder, use the following table to troubleshoot the problem. If the problem persists, disconnect the power source and contact your Sony dealer.
Overall operations/Easy Handycam operation/ Remote Commander.. 85 Batteries/Power sources.. 86 LCD screen/viewfinder.. 87 Discs/Memory Stick Duo. 87 Recording.. 88 Playing back on your camcorder. 90 Playing back a disc on other devices. 91 Editing movies on the disc.. 91 Dubbing/Editing/Connecting to other devices.. 92 Connecting to a computer.. 92 Functions that cannot be used simultaneously... 92
Buttons do not work.
During Easy Handycam operation, the following buttons/functions are not available. BACK LIGHT button (p.37) Playback zoom (p.41) Turning the LCD backlight on and off (pressing and holding the DISP BATT/ INFO button for a few seconds) (p.27)
The (OPTION) button is not displayed.
The OPTION MENU cannot be used during Easy Handycam operation.
The menu settings have been changed.
Most menu items automatically return to their default settings during Easy Handycam operation. The following menu items are fixed during Easy Handycam operation: Movie recording mode: [SP] QUALITY] for still images: [FINE] [ [DATA CODE]: [DATE/TIME] Recording format for DVD-RW: [VIDEO] The following menu items return to their default settings if the POWER switch is set to OFF (CHG) for more than 12 hours: [FOCUS] [SPOT FOCUS] [EXPOSURE] [SPOT METER] [SCENE SELECTION] [WHITE BAL. ] [MICREF LEVEL]
[OLD MOVIE] [PICT.EFFECT] [AUTO SLW SHUTTR]
[TELE MACRO] [SCENE SELECTION] [S. NIGHTSHOT PLS], [SCENE SELECTION], [COLOR SLOW SHTR], [D.EFFECT] [OLD MOVIE]
* DCR-DVD308/DVD708 ** DCR-DVD108/DVD608
Warning indicators and messages
Self-diagnosis display/Warning indicators
If indicators appear on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder, check the following. Some symptoms you can fix by yourself. If the problem persists even after you have tried a couple of times, contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility.
E:20:ss / E:31:ss / E:61:ss / E:62:ss / E:91:ss / E:94:ss
A malfunction that you cannot service has occurred. Contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility. Inform them of the 5-digit code, which starts from E.
101-0001 (Warning indicator pertaining to files) Slow flashing
The file is damaged. The file is unreadable.
C:(or E:) ss:ss (Self-diagnosis display) C:04:ss
The battery pack is not an InfoLITHIUM battery pack. Use an InfoLITHIUM battery pack (p.103). Connect the DC plug of the AC Adaptor to the DC IN jack of your camcorder securely (p.22).
(Warning indicator pertaining to discs) Slow flashing
A disc is not inserted.* Less than 5 minutes remains for recording movies. A disc that cannot be read or written is inserted, such as the single-sided disc inserted inside out.
An unrecognizable disc is inserted.* A finalized DVD-RW (VIDEO mode)/ DVD+RW is inserted into your camcorder during recording standby. The disc is fully recorded.* The disc recorded in the different TV color system from your camcorder is inserted when (Movie) is selected.*
The disc is faulty. Use a compatible disc with your camcorder (p.14). The disc is dirty or has scratches on it. Clean the disc with the supplied cleaning cloth (p.101).
Symptoms that are not described above have occurred. Remove the disc and insert it again, then operate your camcorder again. Remove the power source. Reconnect it again and operate your camcorder again. Turn on your camcorder again.
Z (You need to remove the disc)* Fast flashing
An unrecognizable disc is inserted. The disc is fully recorded. An error might have occurred with the disc drive in your camcorder. A finalized disc is inserted.
Battery capacity decreases over time and through repeated use. If decreased usage time between charges becomes significant, it is probably time to replace it with a new one. Each batterys life is governed by storage, operating and environmental conditions.
About handling of your camcorder
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 6.8 V/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 power cord, pull it by the plug and not the cord. Do not damage the power cord such as by placing anything heavy on it. Keep metal contacts clean. Keep the Remote Commander and button-type battery out of childrens reach. If the battery is accidentally swallowed, consult a doctor immediately. If the battery electrolytic liquid has leaked: consult your local authorized Sony service facility. wash off any liquid that may have contacted your skin. if any liquid gets in your eyes, wash with plenty of water and consult a doctor.
x When not using your camcorder for a long time
Periodically turn it on and let it run such as by playing back discs or recording for about 3 minutes. Remove a disc from your camcorder. Use up the battery pack completely before storing it.
If your camcorder is brought directly from a cold place to a warm place, moisture may condense inside your camcorder, on the surface of the disc, or on the pickup lens. This may cause a malfunction to your camcorder. x If moisture condensation has occurred Leave your camcorder for about 1 hour without turning it on. x Note on moisture condensation Moisture may condense when you bring your camcorder from a cold place into a warm place (or vice versa) or when you use your camcorder in a humid place as follows: You bring your camcorder from a ski slope into a place warmed up by a heating device. You bring your camcorder from an air conditioned car or room into a hot place outside. You use your camcorder after a squall or a shower. You use your camcorder in a hot and humid place. x How to prevent moisture condensation When you bring your camcorder from a cold place into a warm place, put your camcorder in a plastic bag and seal it tightly. Remove the bag when the air temperature inside the plastic bag has reached the surrounding temperature (after about 1 hour).
x To clean the LCD screen If fingerprints or dust make the LCD screen dirty, it is recommended you use a soft cloth to clean it. When you use the LCD Cleaning Kit (optional), do not apply the cleaning liquid directly to the LCD screen. Use cleaning paper moistened with the liquid. x On adjustment of the touch panel (CALIBRATION) The buttons on the touch panel may not work correctly. If this happens, follow the procedure below. It is recommended that you connect your camcorder to the wall outlet using the supplied AC Adaptor during the operation.
1 Turn on your camcorder, then press (HOME). 2 Touch (SETTINGS) t [GENERAL SET] t [CALIBRATION].
3 Touch displayed on the screen with the corner of the Memory Stick Duo or the like. The position of changes. Touch [CANCEL] to cancel.
DVD Handycam Camcorder
Record directly to DVD with the DCR-DVD108. Its compatible with DVD-R/-RW/+RW/+R DL (Dual Layer) media formats. This affordable, high-quality camcorder is ideal for those looking to enter the realm of recording directly to a 3" (8cm) DVD.
1/6" Advanced HAD CCD Imager, 680K Pixels Gross 1/6" Advanced HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD with 340K (effective) pixels provides stunning detail and clarity with exceptional video (up to 500 lines of horizontal resolution) and still image performance. 40X Optical/2000X Digital Zoom The optical zoom helps to bring the action close up from far away. In addition the Digital Zoom Interpolation means that extreme digital zooming is clearer, with less distortion than previous types of digital zooms. Professional Quality Carl ZeissVarioTessarLens Carl Zeiss lenses have an advanced optical multi-layer coating that offers less glare and flare with increased contrast. This results in vivid image brilliance, true-to-life color saturation and perfect renditions of subtle tones. DVD Format Video Recording The DVD recording format delivers digital picture and sound quality comparable to that of MiniDV, but on DVD. Playback of the DVDs couldn't be simpler. After finalizing the disc in the camcorder, the disc can play back in most DVD Players, computers and even PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 video game consoles2. DVD-R/-RW/+RW and +R DL (Dual Layer) Compatible4 The DCR-DVD108 is compatible with a variety of DVD formats allowing the easy of use and simplicity found in DVD Media. With DVD+RW media there is not a need to finalize the disc (minimum recording required). Simply remove the disc and insert the media into a compatible DVD Player. 2.5" Touch Panel SwivelScreen LCD Display5 (123K Pixels) Provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution. The high resolution 123K pixel LCD screen rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles providing sharp, detailed images for monitoring or playback. Memory Stick Duo Media Slot7 Capture still images up to 640 x 480 resolution, directly onto Memory Stick Duo media for easy transfer to PCs for emailing, printing or sharing with other compatible Memory Stick devices. Visual Index Screen Shows thumbnail images of video clips and still images when playing back on your camcorder or DVD player, making your selection easier. Super SteadyShotImage Stabilization System An advanced version of Sony's SteadyShot Image Stabilization system that controls an even higher range of shake and vibration frequencies, to achieve an even higher level of smoothness without degradation of video like some other image stabilization systems. InfoLithiumBattery with AccuPower Meter System Charge the battery at anytime because unlike NiCad (Nickel Cadmium) batteries, Sony's rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries are not subject to a life shortening "memory effect". Sony's exclusive AccuPower meter displays the battery time remaining in minutes, in either the viewfinder or on the LCD screen. Manual Focus Allows the user to manually adjust the focus of the camcorder using the touch panel. Manual focusing also allows the user to control the focus in difficult situations where either the environment or the subject does not allow the camcorder's auto focus to perform optimally, such as when shooting through a window or in a crowded environment. Super NightShotPlus Infrared System With Sony's Super NightShot Infrared System you can capture natural looking video, even when shooting in low light. Record subjects up to 20 feet away using the built-in infrared system, but without the overall monochrome color common with earlier low-light recording systems. StaminaBattery Power Management System1 Using the optional NP-FH1000 InfoLithium Battery, the DCR-DVD108 can continuously record for up to 9 hours (LCD or viewfinder) on a single full charge, providing extra long battery life. Scene Selection Modes Scene Selection modes make recording easy even when filming in challenging situations. Choose from Beach, Candle, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Spotlight, Sunrise & Sunset and Twilight. Picture Effects Get creative when recording or playing back your videos with Sony's Picture Effect Modes. Effects available in Camera mode: Monotone, Pastel, Sepia. Effects available in Playback mode: Monotone, Pastel, Sepia. ADDITIONAL FEATURES Fader Effects Battery Information Easy Handycam Button Multi-Language Menu
Imaging Device: 1/6" CCD Pixel Gross: 680K Recording Media: 3" (8cm) DVD (DVD-R/DVDRW/DVD+RW/DVD+R DL)6 Recording and Playback Times: Single Layer - HQ: 20 min., SP: 30 min., LP 60 min. Dual Layer - HQ: 35 min., SP: 55 min., LP: 110 min. Video Actual: 260K Pixels (16:9), 340K Pixels (4:3) Still Actual: 340K Pixels (4:3)
Aperture: f1.8 - 4.1 Exposure: Touch Panel (30 steps) Filter Diameter: 30mm Focal Distance: 1.9 - 76mm; Telemacro Mode 430mm Focus: Full Range Auto, Manual (Touch Panel) Progressive Shutter Mode: N/A Shutter Speed: Auto, 1/6-1/4000 (Scene Selection Mode) Optical Zoom: 40X Digital Zoom: 2000X
USB Streaming: N/A SteadyShot Image Stabilization: Yes (Super; Electronic) Accessory Shoe: N/A White Balance: Auto, Indoor, One-push, Outdoor Memory Stick PRO Media Compatibility: Tested to support up to 4GB media capacity; does not support high speed transfer function; does not support Access Control security function. Still Image Mode(s): JPEG Minimum Illumination: 3 Lux (0 Lux with Super NightShot Plus Infrared System Low Light Capability: Super NightShot Plus
Power Consumption: 2.7W/2.9W (VF/LCD) Battery Type: InfoLithium with AccuPower Meter System (NP-FH40) Power Requirements: 7.2V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
Service and Warranty Information
Limited Warranty: 1 Year Parts; 90 Days Labor
Operating System Compatibility: Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, XP Home, XP Professional Supplied Software: Picture Motion Browser v. 2.0
Easy Operation: Yes Fader Effects: Black, White Multiple Language Display: Yes Remote Control: N/A Slide Show Mode: Yes Titling: N/A Light/Flash: N/A Scene Mode(s): Beach, Candle, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Spotlight, Sunrise & Sunset and Twilight Picture Effect(s): Monotone, Pastel, Sepia Digital Picture Effect(s): Old Movie PictBridge Compatible: N/A
Video Recording System: DVD-Video/DVD-VR Modes Video Signal System: NTSC color, EIA standards Analog-to-Digital Converter: N/A Format(s) Supported: MPEG2 (SD)
Weight: 16 oz. (440g) Measurements: 2 1/4" x 3 5/8" x 5 1/4" (54.5 x 89 x 130.5mm)
Power Adapter/In-Camera Charger (AC-L200) Rechargeable InfoLithium Battery (NP-FH40) Stereo AV Cable Enjoy Handycam DVD
Inputs and Outputs
Analog Audio/Video Input(s): N/A Analog Audio/Video Output(s): Yes (Multi A/V) Digital Audio/Video Input(s): N/A Digital Audio/Video Output(s): Yes (via USB) USB Port(s): Yes (2.0 compliant)6 Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr) Output(s): N/A Headphone Jack: N/A Microphone Input: N/A Remote Jack: N/A S-Video Input(s): N/A S-Video Output(s): Yes (optional accessory)
High Grade A/V Cable with S-Video (VMC-30FS) UPC Code: 027242701786
1. Actual battery life may vary based on product settings, usage patterns, battery and environmental conditions. Designed for use with compatible Sony InfoLithium batteries. 2. Playback on all home DVD players, computers, DVD drives, and PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 consoles cannot be guaranteed. Some players drives, and video game consoles lack the ability to read due to the optical reflection standard of DVD-R/RW disks and/or due to encoding incompatibilities. Refer to the specifications of your playback equipment for additional compatibility information. 3. Image size and files size may vary based upon the type and complexity of the image recorded. 4.Use of Sony DVD-R/-RW/ RW/ R DL Media recommended. For third party media, confirm compatibility with manufacturer. 5. Viewable area measured diagonally. 6. Not all prodcuts with a USB 2.0 connector may communicate with each other due to chipset variations. 7. Available storage capacity of Memory Stick and Memory Stick PRO media may vary. A portion of the memory is used for data management functions. Actual available memory in MB is: 8-7.5, 16=15, 32=30, 64=61, 128=123, 256=220, 512=460, 1GB=940, 2GB=1.85GB, 4GB=3.66GB. 2007 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Sony, AccuPower, Advanced HAD, Handycam, i.LINK, InfoLithium, like.no.other, NightShot, PlayStation, Remote Commander, SteadyShot and SwivelScreen are trademarks of Sony. Carl Zeiss and Vario-Tessar are trademarks of Carl Zeiss. PictBridge is a trademark of CIPA. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. PlayStation is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment of America. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. Features and specifications subject to change without notice. Non-metric weights and measures are approximate and may vary. Screen Images Simulated
LCD: 2.5" (123K Pixels) SwivelScreen LCD Display5 Lens Type: Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Viewfinder: Color (123K Pixels) Docking Station: N/A Microphone: Yes (Built-in; Stereo)
35mm Equivalent: 39-1560mm (16:9 Camera Mode); 36-1440mm (4:3 Camera Mode); 36-1440 (4:3 Memory Mode)
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Last Updated: 12/19/2006
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