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Comments to date: 5. Page 1 of 1. Average Rating:
chp 10:21am on Saturday, September 25th, 2010 
Happy with Camcorder! I agree with a few people who rated this camera, that it would not work with a UBS. Anyway after buying an ilink I was OK.
dvlopez 7:50am on Saturday, July 24th, 2010 
The Sony Handycam DCR-HC45 is a really good, small handheld video camera that produces some really good video.
wipcha 1:22pm on Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 
Small compact with stand for charging and T output, touch screen controls for vcr. Combination of manual/auto tape loading
Lysander 8:32am on Thursday, July 1st, 2010 
Compact and good value A great little standard definition dv camcorder which fits comfortably in the palm of the hand and produces good quality footag...
syrius 4:28am on Sunday, April 4th, 2010 
the sony dcr-hc45 I loved this camcorder because it was cheap,small and light. Happy with Camcorder! I agree with a few people who rated this camera, that it would not work with a UBS. Anyway after buying an ilink I was OK.

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Battery pack

LCD panel

The camcorder is not dustproof, dripproof or waterproof. See On use and care (p. 60). Before connecting your camcorder to another device with a USB or i.LINK cable, be sure to insert the connector plug the correct way, and not forcibly, to avoid damaging the terminal or cause a malfunction of your camcorder. For DCR-HC45E: Connect the A/V connecting cable to the A/V OUT jack of the Handycam Station when using your camcorder attached to the Handycam Station to output audio and video signals. For DCR-HC45E: Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the Handycam Station holding both the Handycam Station and the DC plug.
Black point White, red, blue or green point
Exposing the LCD screen, the viewfinder, or the lens to direct sunlight for long periods of time may cause malfunctions. Do not aim at the sun. Doing so might cause your camcorder to malfunction. Take pictures of the sun only in low light conditions, such as at dusk.

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Read this first (Continued)
About the language setting
The on-screen displays in each local language are used for illustrating the operating procedures. Change the screen language before using your camcorder if necessary (p. 12).
About the Carl Zeiss lens
Your camcorder is equipped with a Carl Zeiss lens, which was developed jointly by Carl Zeiss, in Germany, and Sony Corporation, and produces superior images. It adopts the MTF* measurement system for video cameras and offers a quality typical of a Carl Zeiss lens.
* MTF stands for Modulation Transfer Function. The number value indicates the amount of light from a subject coming into the lens.

On recording

Before starting to record, test the recording function to make sure the picture and sound are recorded without any problems. Compensation for the contents of recordings cannot be provided, even if recording or playback is not possible due to a malfunction of the camcorder, storage media, etc. TV color systems differ depending on the country/region. To view your recordings on a TV, you need a PAL system-based TV. Television programs, films, video tapes, and other materials may be copyrighted. Unauthorized recording of such materials may be contrary to the copyright laws.

Reviewing the most recently recorded scenes (Rec review)
You can view a few seconds of the scene recorded just before you stopped the tape.
This operation is also available when the POWER switch is set to PLAY/EDIT.
Searching manually (EDIT SEARCH)
You can search for the start point to start the next recording while viewing the pictures on the screen. The sound is not played back during the search.

5 Touch

The last few seconds of the most recently recorded scene are played back. Then, your camcorder is set to standby.
Playing the picture on a TV
You can connect your camcorder to the input jack of a TV or a VCR using the A/V connecting cable (1) or the A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO (2). Connect your camcorder to the wall socket using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p. 8). Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected.


Device without an S VIDEO jack Device with an S VIDEO jack


(White) A/V OUT jack (Red)

(White) (Red) (Yellow)


: Signal flow

VCRs or TVs


A A/V connecting cable (supplied)
For DCR-HC45E: The Handycam Station and your camcorder are both equipped with A/V OUT jacks (p. 70, 71). Connect the A/V connecting cable either to the Handycam Station or to your camcorder, depending on your setup.
If your TV/VCR has a 21-pin adaptor (EUROCONNECTOR)
You need the 21-pin adaptor to connect your camcorder to a TV for viewing recorded images. This adaptor is designed for output use only. This output only adaptor is supplied with the DCR-HC45E model but not with DCR-HC37E/HC38E models.
B A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO (optional)
When connecting to another device via the S VIDEO jack, by using the A/V connecting cable with an S VIDEO cable, pictures can be reproduced more faithfully than with the supplied A/V cable connection. Connect the white and red plugs (left/right audio) and S VIDEO plug (S VIDEO channel) of an A/V connecting cable. In this case, the yellow (standard video) plug connection is not necessary. S VIDEO connection only will not output audio.


For DCR-HC45E: Do not connect A/V connecting cables to both the Handycam Station and your camcorder at the same time, as image disturbance may occur.
You can display the time code on the TV screen by setting [DISP OUT] to [V-OUT/LCD] (p. 40).
When connecting your camcorder to a TV through a VCR
Connect your camcorder to the LINE IN input on the VCR. Set the input selector on the VCR to LINE (VIDEO 1, VIDEO 2, etc.), if the VCR has an input selector.

1 Touch [MANUAL]. appears. 2 Adjust the exposure by touching.
To return the setting to automatic exposure, touch [AUTO].


BEACH** ( )
Select to prevent peoples faces from appearing dark in strong light or reflected light, such as at a beach in midsummer.
You can add the following effects to currently recording pictures.
1 Select the desired effect in standby mode (to fade in) or recording mode (to fade out), then touch t. 2 Press REC START/STOP. The fader indicator stops flashing and disappears when the fade is complete.
* Adjusted to focus on subjects farther away only. **Adjusted not to focus on subjects a short distance away.


See page 22.
To cancel [FADER] before starting the operation, touch [OFF] in step 1. If you press REC START/STOP once, the setting is canceled.


You can fix the brightness of a picture manually. Adjust the brightness when the subject is too bright or too dark.

Fading out

Fading in


2 Frame a white object such as a piece of paper, to fill the screen under the same lighting conditions as you will shoot the subject. 3 Touch. flashes quickly. When the white balance has been adjusted and stored in the memory, the indicator stops flashing. b Notes
Set [WHT BAL] to [AUTO] or [ONE PUSH] under white or cool white fluorescent lamps. When you select [ONE PUSH], keep framing white object while is flashing quickly. flashes slowly if [ONE PUSH] could not be set. When [ONE PUSH] was selected, if keeps flashing after touching , set [WHT BAL] to [AUTO].
MONOTONE When fading in, the picture gradually changes from black and white to color. When fading out, it gradually changes from color to black and white.

WHT BAL (White balance)

You can adjust the color balance to the brightness of the recording environment. B AUTO
The white balance is adjusted automatically.
If you have changed the battery pack while [AUTO] was selected, or taken your camcorder outdoors after inside use with the [EXPOSURE] set (or vice versa), select [AUTO] and aim your camcorder at a nearby white object for about 10 seconds for better color balance adjustment. When the white balance has been set with [ONE PUSH], if you change the [SCENE SEL.] settings, or bring your camcorder outdoors from inside the house, or vice versa, you need to redo the [ONE PUSH] procedure to readjust the white balance.

4 Touch / to adjust the balance of the original sound (ST1) and the new sound (ST2), then touch [EXEC]. b Notes
The original sound (ST1) is output at the default setting.
REC CTRL (Recording control) (DCR-HC38E)

See page 44.

See page 31.

Menu items

Available menu items (z) vary depending on which lamp is lit. During Easy Handycam operation, the following settings are automatically applied (p. 15). CAMERA PLAY/EDIT Easy Handycam

MANUAL SET menu (p. 35)

P EFFECT z z z z z z z OFF OFF 4:3 ON OFF ON

CAMERA SET menu (p. 36)

PLAYER SET (DCR-HC37E/HC45E)/ VCR SET (DCR-HC38E) menu (p. 37)
AUDIO MIX z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z z BRT NORMAL BRT NORMAL SP SP 12BIT AUTO OFF z ON * 5min ON LCD

LCD/VF SET menu (p. 38)


TAPE SET menu (p. 39)


SETUP MENU menu (p. 39)


OTHERS menu (p. 40)

* The value set before Easy Handycam operation will be retained during Easy Handycam operation.


P EFFECT The default setting is marked with B. The indicators in parentheses appear when the items are selected. See page 26 for details on selecting menu items. MOSAIC*
Pictures appear mosaic-patterned.
P EFFECT (Picture effect)
You can add special effects to a picture during recording or playback. appears. B OFF
Does not use [P EFFECT] setting.
* Not available during playback.
Effects added to the playback pictures are not output via the DV Interface (i.LINK). Only the original pictures can be output. For DCR-HC38E: You cannot add effects to externally input pictures.


The color and brightness are reversed.
You can record pictures edited with special effects on another VCR/DVD device, etc. (p. 41).
Pictures appear in sepia.


Pictures appear in black and white.


Pictures appear as an illustration with strong contrast.


Pictures appear as a pale pastel drawing.


D ZOOM/WIDE SEL/STEADYSHOT, etc. The default settings are marked with B. The indicators in parentheses appear when the items are selected. See page 26 for details on selecting menu items. B 4:3

AUDIO MIX The PLAYER SET menu is for the DCRHC37E/HC45E, and the VCR SET menu is for the DCR-HC38E.


See page 33.
If you record subjects in dark places, such as night scenes or in moonlight, set [N.S.LIGHT] to [OFF]. You can make the image color deeper this way.


LCD B.L./LCD COLOR/VF B.L., etc The default settings are marked with B. See page 26 for details on selecting menu items.
When you connect your camcorder to outside power sources, [BRIGHT] is automatically selected for the setting. When you select [BRIGHT], battery life is slightly reduced during recording.
LCD B.L. (LCD back light)
You can adjust the brightness of the LCD screens backlight. The recorded picture will not be affected by this operation. B BRT NORMAL

Standard brightness.

WIDE DISP (Wide display)
You can select how a 16:9 aspect ratio picture appears in the viewfinder and the LCD screen by setting [WIDE SEL] to [16:9 WIDE]. The recorded picture will not be affected by this operation. B LETTER BOX
Normal setting (standard type of display)


Brightens the LCD screen. b Notes


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


You can adjust the color on the LCD screen with /. The recorded picture will not be affected by this operation.

Low intensity

High intensity
VF B.L. (Viewfinder back light)
You can adjust the brightness of the viewfinder. The recorded picture will not be affected by this operation. B BRT NORMAL
Brightens the viewfinder screen.


REC MODE/AUDIO MODE/REMAIN The default settings are marked with B. The indicators in parentheses appear when the items are selected. See page 26 for details on selecting menu items.


6 Touch [REC START] at the point
you want to start recording.

7 Stop recording.

Touch (Stop) or [REC PAUSE].

8 Touch [

The indicator appears when you connect your camcorder and other devices via an i.LINK cable. (This indicator may also appear on the connected device.)
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.
You cannot install the supplied software, Picture Motion Browser, on 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. 47), 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.

Main functions

x Importing/Viewing movies taken with your camcorder
You can manage movies by date and time of shooting, and select movies you want to view as thumbnails. These thumbnails can be enlarged and played in a slide show.

System requirements

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 800 MHz 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 movies imported to a computer
You can edit imported movies on a computer.
x Exporting movies from your computer to your camcorder

A rippling effect appears on the LCD screen when you touch it.
This is not a malfunction. Do not press hard on the LCD screen.
The buttons do not appear on the touch panel.
Touch the LCD screen lightly. Press DISP/BATT INFO on your camcorder (or DISPLAY on the Remote Commander supplied with the DCRHC45E) (p. 69, 71).
The CHG (charge) lamp flashes while the battery pack is being charged.
Attach the battery pack to the camcorder correctly (p. 8). If the problem persists, disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall socket and contact your Sony dealer. The battery pack may be worn-out.
The buttons on the touch panel do not work correctly or do not work at all.
Adjust the touch panel ([CALIBRATION]) (p. 62).
Menu items are grayed out. 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 wornout. Replace it with a new one (p. 8, 58). The indicated time may not be correct in certain circumstances. For example, when You cannot select grayed items in the current recording/playback situation.
The picture in the viewfinder is not clear.
Move the viewfinder lens adjustment lever until the picture appears clearly (p. 13).
Troubleshooting (Continued)
The picture in the viewfinder has disappeared.
Close the LCD panel. The picture is not displayed in the viewfinder when the LCD panel is open (p. 13).
The tape does not start when you press REC START/STOP.
Slide the POWER switch repeatedly to turn on the CAMERA lamp (p. 17). The tape has reached the end. Rewind it, or insert a new cassette. Set the write-protect tab to REC or insert a new cassette (p. 58). The tape is stuck to the drum due to moisture condensation. Remove the cassette and leave your camcorder for at least 1 hour, then re-insert the cassette (p. 61).
Dots in lines appear on the LCD screen.
This is not a malfunction. These dots are not recorded.

System Used in

To prevent a blank section from being created on the tape
Go to the end of the recorded section using END SEARCH (p. 22) before you begin the next recording in the following cases:
You have played back the tape. You have used EDIT SEARCH.
Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, etc. Brazil Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay. Bulgaria, France, Guiana, Iran, Iraq, Monaco, Russia, Ukraine, etc. Bahama Islands, Bolivia, Canada, Central America, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Peru, Surinam, Taiwan, the Philippines, the U.S.A., Venezuela, etc.

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 For DCR-HC38E: 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.


x When not using your camcorder for a long time Remove the cassette and store it.
Simple setting of the clock by time difference
You can easily set the clock to the local time abroad by entering the time difference between where you live and where you are. Select [WORLD TIME] in the (OTHERS) menu, then set the time difference (p. 40).
Maintenance and precautions (Continued)
x To prevent accidental erasure Slide the write-protect tab on the cassette to set it to SAVE.
About the InfoLITHIUM battery pack
This unit is compatible with an InfoLITHIUM battery pack (H series). Your camcorder operates only with an InfoLITHIUM battery pack. InfoLITHIUM H series battery packs have the mark.

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 i.LINK

The DV Interface on this unit is an i.LINKcompliant DV Interface. This section describes the i.LINK standard and its features.

What is i.LINK?

i.LINK is a digital serial interface for transferring digital video, digital audio, and other data to other i.LINK-compatible devices. You can also control other devices using the i.LINK. i.LINK-compatible devices can be connected using an i.LINK cable. Possible applications are operations and data transactions with various digital AV devices. When two or more i.LINK-compatible devices are daisy-chained with the unit, operation becomes possible from any device in the chain. Note that operation method may vary, or data transactions may not be possible, depending on specifications and characteristics of the connected devices.
Normally, only one device can be connected to this unit with an i.LINK cable. When connecting this unit to an i.LINK-compatible device having two or more DV Interfaces, refer to the operating instructions of the device to be connected. i.LINK is a more familiar term for the IEEE 1394 data transport bus proposed by Sony, and is a trademark approved by many corporations. IEEE 1394 is an international standard standardized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
About the remaining battery time indicator
When the power goes off even though the remaining battery time indicator indicates that the battery pack has enough power to operate, charge the battery pack fully again. Remaining battery time will be indicated correctly. Note, however, that the battery indication will not be restored if it is used in high temperatures for a long time, or if left in a fully charged state, or when the battery pack is frequently used. Use the remaining battery time indication as a rough guide only. The E mark that indicates low battery flashes even if there are still 5 to 10 minutes of battery time remaining, depending on the operating conditions or ambient temperature.

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, [%Z 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 % or Z flash when a cassette is inserted and video operation buttons are touched.
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).

Video head

If the video heads are dirty, video or sound distortion may be apparent. If the following problem occurs, clean the video heads for 10 seconds with the Sony DVM12CLD cleaning cassette (optional). Mosaic-pattern noise appears on the playback picture or the screen is displayed in blue.
Playback pictures do not move. Playback pictures do not appear or the sound breaks off.
[x Dirty video head. Use a cleaning cassette.] appears on the screen during recording/playback. The video heads will wear after long use. If you cannot obtain a clear image even after using a cleaning cassette (optional), it might be because the video heads are worn. Please contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility to have the video heads replaced.
2 Touch the displayed on the screen with the corner of the Memory Stick or the like.

LCD screen

Do not exert excessive pressure on the LCD screen, as it may cause damage. If your camcorder is used in a cold place, a residual image may appear on the LCD screen. This is not a malfunction. While using your camcorder, the back of the LCD screen may heat up. This is not a malfunction.
The position of the changes. If you did not press the right spot, start from step 2 again.
You cannot calibrate the LCD screen if it is rotated.

On handling the casing

If the casing is soiled, clean the camcorder body with a soft cloth lightly moistened with water, and then wipe the casing with a dry soft cloth. Avoid the following to avoid damage to the finish. Using chemicals such as thinner, benzine, alcohol, chemical cloths, repellent, insecticide and sunscreen. Handling with above substances on your hands. Leaving the casing in contact with rubber or vinyl objects for a long period of time.

To change the battery of the Remote Commander (DCR-HC45E)
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.


Video recording system 2 rotary heads, Helical scanning system Audio recording system Rotary heads, PCM system Quantization: 12 bits (Fs 32 kHz, stereo 1, stereo 2), 16 bits (Fs 48 kHz, stereo) Video signal PAL color, CCIR standards Usable cassette Mini DV cassette with the mark printed Tape speed SP: Approx. 18.81 mm/s LP: Approx. 12.56 mm/s Recording/playback time SP: 60 min (using a DVM60 cassette) LP: 90 min (using a DVM60 cassette) Fast forward/rewind time Approx. 2 min 40 s (using a DVM60 cassette and rechargeable battery pack) Approx. 1 min 45 s (using a DVM60 cassette and AC Adaptor) Viewfinder Electric viewfinder (color) Image device 3.0 mm (1/6 type) CCD (Charge Coupled Device) Gross: Approx. pixels Effective (movie): Approx. pixels Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 40 (Optical), (Digital) Focal length f=1.9 ~ 76 mm (3/32 ~ 3 in.) When converted to a 35 mm still camera In CAMERA: 36 ~ mm (1 7/16 ~ 56 3/4 in.) F1.8 ~ 4.1 Filter diameter: 30 mm (1 3/16 in.)
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.
Color temperature [AUTO], [ONE PUSH], [INDOOR] (K), [OUTDOOR] (K) Minimum illumination 5 lx (lux) (F 1.8) 0 lx (lux) (during NightShot plus function)


Power requirements DC 6.8 V/7.2 V (battery pack) DC 8.4 V (AC Adaptor) Average power consumption During camera recording using the viewfinder 1.8 W During camera recording using the LCD 2.1 W 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.) 114 mm (2 1/3/1/2 in.) (w/h/d) including the projecting parts 115 mm (2 1/3/5/8 in.) (w/h/d) including the projecting parts with supplied battery pack NP-FH30 attached Mass (approx.) 390 g (13 oz) main unit only 450 g (15 oz) including the NP-FH30 rechargeable battery pack and DVM60 cassette. Supplied accessories See page 7.

Identifying parts and controls
The numbers in ( ) are reference pages.
A NIGHTSHOT PLUS switch (18) B Power zoom lever (18) C OPEN/EJECT lever (14) D Hooks for a shoulder belt Attach a shoulder belt (optional). E Grip belt (13) F Lens (Carl Zeiss Lens) (4) G LENS COVER switch (13) H For DCR-HC45E: Remote sensor Point the Remote Commander (71) towards the remote sensor to operate your camcorder. I Internal stereo microphone (32) J Infrared port (18)
A DISP/BATT INFO button (10, 13) B EASY button (15) C RESET button Initializes all the settings, including the setting of the date and time. D LCD screen/touch panel (13, 72) E Zoom buttons (18) F REC START/STOP button (15, 17) Quick Reference G Speaker Playback sounds comes out from the speaker. For how to adjust the volume, see page 20. H BATT (battery release) PUSH button (10) I CHG (charge) lamp (8) J For DCR-HC37E/HC38E: (USB) jack K BACK LIGHT button (19)
Identifying parts and controls (Continued)
A POWER switch (12) B Viewfinder (13) C Eyecup (63) D Viewfinder lens adjustment lever (13) E For DCR-HC37E: DV OUT interface (41) For DCR-HC38E: DV interface (41, 44) F DC IN jack (8) G A/V OUT jack (24, 41) H CAMERA, PLAY/EDIT lamp (12) I REC START/STOP button (15, 17) J Tripod receptacle Attach the tripod (optional: the length of the screw must be less than 5.5 mm (7/32 in.)) to the tripod receptacle using a tripod screw. K For DCR-HC45E: Interface connector
For DCR-HC45E: Handycam Station
A Interface connector B C (USB) jack DV OUT interface (42)
D DC IN jack (8) E A/V OUT jack (24, 42)
For DCR-HC45E: Remote Commander
A Transmitter B REC START/STOP button (15, 17) C Power zoom buttons (18) D Video control (Rewind, Playback, Fastforward, Pause, Stop, Slow) buttons (16, 20) E DISPLAY button (13) Press this button to hide the screen indicators.
Remove the insulation sheet before using the Remote Commander. Aim the Remote Commander towards the remote sensor to operate your camcorder (p. 68). To change the battery, see page 64.

Insulation sheet

Indicators displayed during recording/playback

Indicators when you made changes
You can use [DISP GUIDE] (p. 73) to check the function of each indicator that appears on the LCD screen.
Some of the indicators may not appear when you use [DISP GUIDE].

Upper left

Upper right

0:00:00 60min

A Remaining battery (approx.) B Recording mode (SP or LP) (39) C Recording status ([STBY] (standby) or [REC] (recording)) D Recording: Tape counter (hour: minute: second) Playback: Time code (hour: minute: second: frame) E Recording capacity of the tape (approx.) (39) F Function button (26) G Guide button (21)



Indicator Meaning





DV input (44)
NightShot plus (18) %Z Warning (55)
H Tape transport indicator I Video operation buttons (20)
Flexible spot meter (28)/ Manual exposure (29) 9 Manual focus (27) Backlight (19)
You can also operate by touching [DISP GUIDE]. t


Picture effect (35) n White balance (30) Wide select (36) SteadyShot off (36)


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 (p. 31).
Checking the screen indicators (Display guide)
You can easily check the meaning of each indicator that appears on the LCD screen.
1 Touch [GUIDE] t [DISP GUIDE].
2 Touch the area including the indicator that you want to check. The meanings of the indicators in the area are listed on the screen. If you cannot find the indicator you want to check, touch [PAGE r]/[PAGE R] to toggle.
To finish the operation, touch [END].


12BIT.39 16BIT.39 16:9 WIDE..36 21-pin adaptor..25 4:3...36 DEMO MODE. 39 DISP GUIDE (Display guide).. 73 DISP OUT (Display output). 40 Display indicators. 72 Dubbing. 41 LCD B.L. (LCD back light).38 LCD COLOR.. 38 LCD screen..13 LCD/VF SET menu. 38 LETTER BOX..38 LP (Long Play). 39
A DUB CTRL (Audio dubbing).32 AC Adaptor..8 AUDIO MIX.33 AUDIO MODE..39 A.SHUT OFF (Auto shut off)..40 A/V connecting cable..25, 42
Easy Handycam. 15, 26 EDITSEARCH.. 22, 36 END SCH (END SEARCH). 22, 52 EXPOSURE.. 29
MANUAL SET menu.. 35 Menu.26, 34 Mirror mode..19 Moisture condensation.61 MONOTONE.. 30 MOSAIC.. 35 MOSC. FADER. 30
FADER.. 29 First Step Guide. 46, 49 Flexible spot meter.. 28 FOCUS.. 27, 52 Frame-by-frame Playback. 32
BACK LIGHT.19, 53 Battery..8, 58 BEACH..29 BEEP.30 BLACK..30 B&W.35
NEG.ART..35 NightShot plus..18 NTSC.57 N.S.LIGHT (NightShot Light).. 37

Getting started. 7



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