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Sony DCR-HC62Sony Handycam DCR HC62 Camcorder - 1070 KP - 25 x optical zoom

Sony - Non-HD - MiniDV - 25 x optical zoom - 13.8 ounce

Enjoy exceptional video performance and versatile performance with the DCR-HC62 MiniDV Handycam camcorder. The Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens and Super SteadyShot image stabilization capture sharp, clear, detailed video so you can see every detail of every frame. Shooting, composing, and reviewing video or still images is made easy with the clarity of the 2.7" wide LCD screen. Super NightShot Plus technology lets you shoot color video in total darkness.
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pagalmes 2:02am on Saturday, September 11th, 2010 
I am very fond of Sony products and bought Sony Handy cam DCR-HC62 immediately in the first week of its release.
slates 1:59pm on Monday, August 30th, 2010 
IR is cool I like the IR on this. I only gave 3 stars for Picture Quality only for cpature to Computer. There is a loss of color. Great Features Watch Video Here:
davidjoyner 10:12pm on Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 
This is very best handycam in the world. sony handy cam dcr hc62 has big screen resolution with best picture quality.
barleyman 5:06pm on Sunday, July 18th, 2010 
Great performance overall. Its biggest weakness in the shrinking class of budget miniDV camcorders is the lack of manual shutter speed control.
kumachan 7:40pm on Thursday, July 1st, 2010 
My main reason for purchase is the Eye Level Viewfinder which is a great help in following distant moving subjects A larger capacity battery provided ... Compact, good quality and extremely easy to use. Initially I had difficulty manipulating the switches while holding the camera in my hand.
abpandey 8:53pm on Sunday, June 20th, 2010 
So how did John from Dorset resolve the USB problem? John from Dorset. Not good camcorder I have bought Sony DCR HC62E Mini DV Handycam after that I found that the video quality was not good and the USB connection and web...
Kreolinnn 1:59pm on Monday, June 7th, 2010 
I think this is a great camera for someone who just wants to be able to capture the special...
gyokusai 5:43pm on Friday, June 4th, 2010 
love this camera This camera has very good video and sound quality. A long lasting battery life, and the timelapse mode is awesome.
ncho 5:28pm on Saturday, April 24th, 2010 
1  selection on the basis of need A clear choice before the cameras after their purchase of the main purposes are. Simple and affordable DCR-HC62E is perfect for video fun. It offers Megapixel quality movies with powerful 25x Carl Zeiss lens.
rshri 10:56am on Monday, April 5th, 2010 
QVC Todays Special Value on 11/23/08 price is 299.95 plus shipping. Ebay has several at 239 including shipping (new). Great performance overall. Its biggest weakness in the shrinking class of budget miniDV camcorders is the lack of manual shutter speed control.

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MiniDV Handycam camcorder
Enjoy exceptional video performance and versatile features with the DCR-HC62. Clear, detailed video is possible with the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens and Super SteadyShot image stabilization. Shooting, composing, and sharing video or still images is made easy with the 2.7" wide1 LCD screen and Memory Stick PRO Duo media slot.
1.0 Megapixel (Gross) Advanced HAD CCD Imager 1/6" Advanced HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD with 690K (effective) pixels provides stunning detail and clarity with exceptional video (up to 520 lines of horizontal resolution) and still image performance. The Megapixel technology enhances your digital videos and digital still photography performance. MiniDV Recording Offers up to 520 lines of horizontal resolution, 3X the color bandwidth and a significantly higher signal/noise ratio, to provide spectacular video performance. 25X Optical / 2000X Digital Zoom The optical zoom helps to bring the action close up from far away. In addition, Digital Zoom Interpolation means that extreme digital zooming is clearer, with less distortion than previous types of digital zoom. Professional Quality Carl Zeiss VarioTessar Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lenses are designed specifically for compact camcorders, and utilize precision ground optics to maintain the sharpness and contrast found with larger lenses. 2.7"1 Touch Panel SwivelScreen LCD Display (123K Pixels) The 2.7"1 LCD screen provides exceptional viewing clarity with 123K pixels resolution. The display rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles, as well as provides sharp, detailed images for monitoring or playback. Super SteadyShot Picture Stabilization System Picture stabilization system that uses motion sensors to detect and compensate for camera "shake" without compromising picture quality like some other digital stabilization systems. InfoLITHIUM Battery with AccuPower Meter System Unlike NiCad (Nickel Cadmium) batteries, Sony's rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries are not subjected to a life shortening "Memory Effect," so youre free to charge the battery at any time. Additionally, Sony's exclusive AccuPower meter displays the battery time remaining in minutes, in either the viewfinder or on the LCD screen. Stamina Battery Power Management System When using the Sony InfoLITHIUM Battery, the Stamina Battery Power Management System helps the camcorder prolong battery life for extra long continuous recording times from a single charge1. Tele Macro Function Images shot in the Tele Macro Mode help your subject stand out by properly focusing the subject while leaving the background unfocussed. The Tele Macro Mode is useful for shooting close-up shots, especially when you need to prevent the camcorder from casting a shadow on the subject. Manual Focus 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 NightShot Plus Infrared System The Super NightShot Plus Infrared System uses a slow shutter mode to let you shoot video with improved color and contrast, even in total darkness (0 lux). Scene Selection Modes Scene Selection modes make recording easy even when filming in challenging situations. Choose from Beach, Candle, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Sports Lesson, Spotlight, and Sunrise & Sunset. Picture Effects Get creative when recording or playing back your videos with Sony's Picture Effect Modes. Effects available in Camera mode: Monotone, Pastel and Sepia. Effects available in Playback mode: Monotone, Pastel and Sepia. Fader Effects Enhance your personal videos by adding professional looking fader effects. Choose from Black and White. On Screen Zoom and Record Buttons For additional control of the camcorder, Zoom and Record buttons are features on the frame of the LCD screen. This allows for more flexibility when holding the camcorder, especially in overhead or low angle shots. USB Streaming Stay connected to family and friends by broadcasting live video with audio over the internet using the USB interface. You can even playback your favorite recorded scene on the camcorder's tape. It's like having your own video conferencing system. Easy Handycam Button Using a camcorder can be intimidating for some people. With a press of the Easy Handycam Button, most of the advanced features of the camcorder are "locked out," letting you focus only the buttons essential for recording.


Imaging Device: 1/6" Advanced HAD CCD Imager Pixel Gross: 1070K Recording Media: MiniDV Recording and Playback Times: SP: 60min/80min., LP: 90min/120min. Video Actual: 690K Pixels (4:3), 670K Pixels (16:9) Still Actual: 1000K Pixels (4:3), 750K Pixels (16:9) Processor: N/A Video Resolution: N/A Still Picture Resolution: 1 megapixel S-Video Output(s): Included in A/V Remote HDMI Connection Output(s): N/A Audio/Video Remote Terminal: Video/S Video/Audio/LANC Active Interface Shoe: N/A


LCD Screen: 2.7"1 wide (16:9) hybrid touch panel LCD display (123k pixels) Viewfinder: Color Wide 16:9 (123K Pixels)


Flash: N/A Memory Stick slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo Media Manual / Auto Lens Cover: Manual Assignable Dial: N/A S/S & Zoom button on LCD: Yes
Audio Format: PCM Digital Stereo (12/16bit) Microphone: Yes


35mm Equivalent: 43 - 1075mm (4:3 Camera Mode), 41 - 1189mm (16:9 Camera Mode) Aperture: F1.8 - 3.2 Exposure: Touch Panel (27 steps) Filter Diameter: 30mm Focal Distance: 2.5 - 62.5mm Focus: Full range auto / Manual (Touch Panel) Progressive Shutter Mode: N/A Shutter Speed: Auto, 1/2 - 1/4000 (Scene Selection Mode) Optical Zoom: 25x Digital Zoom: 2000x Lens Type: Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Minimum Illumination: 8lux (Auto Slow Shutter ON, Shutter Speed 1/30)


Memory Stick PRO Media Compatibility: Tested to support up to 8GB media capacity; does not support high speed transfer function; does not support Access Control security function. Face Detection: N/A Hybrid: N/A Hybrid Plus: N/A Quick On: N/A BRAVIA Sync : N/A Dual Record: N/A

Convenience Features

Easy Operation: Yes Multiple Language Display: Yes Slide Show Mode: Yes Scene Mode(s): Auto, Twilight, Candle (movie only), Sunrise & Sunset, Fireworks (movie only), Landscape, Portrait, Spotlight, Sports (movie only), Beach, Snow Picture Effect(s): Mosaic, Solarization, Monotone, Sepia, Neg. Art, Pastel Digital Picture Effect(s): Still, Flash Motion, Luminance Key, Slow Shutter, Trail, Old Movie PictBridge Compatible: Yes Dynamic Range Optimizer: N/A SteadyShot Image Stabilization: S-SS Low Light Capability: S-NS plus White Balance: Auto / outdoor / indoor / Onepush (Touch Panel) Fader Effect(s): Black, White, Mosaic, Overlap, Wipe, Monotone, Dot Face Index: N/A Film Roll Index: N/A Photo Capture from Movie: Yes Still Image Mode(s): JPEG Dubbing Button: N/A USB Streaming: Yes PhotoTVHD: N/A x.v.Color : N/A
Power Consumption: 2.5W / 2.8W (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: Limited Warranty --- 1 Year Parts; 90 Days Labor


Operating System Compatibility: Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, XP Home, XP Professional, Windows Vista Supplied Software: Picture Motion Browser


Weight: 13 oz (390 g) without Tape and Battery, 1lb (455g) with Tape and Battery Measurements: 2 1/2 x 3 3/8 x 4 5/8 inch (63x85x115mm) with battery, 2 1/2 x 3 3/8 x 4 1/2 inch (63x85x114mm) without battery

Supplied Accessories

Power Adapter/In-Camera Charger (ACL200) InfoLITHIUM Rechargeable Battery (NP-FH30) Remote Commander Remote Control (RMT-831) Multi A/V Cable (Stereo) USB Cable Enjoy Handycam DVD
Video Signal System: NTSC color, EIA standards Format(s) Supported: DV (AVI)

Inputs and Outputs

LANC Terminal: Accesible via A/V Remote Terminal Analog Audio/Video Output(s): Included (via A/V Remote Terminal) Digital Audio/Video Output(s): N/A USB Port(s): Yes (ver 1.1) i.LINK Interface: Yes (DV only) Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr) Output(s): N/A Headphone Jack: N/A Microphone Input: N/A

Optional Accessories

LCS-X20 Case Rechargeable InfoLITHIUM Batteries (NPFH50/FH70/FH100) BC-TRP travel charger VCT-50AV Remote tripod AC-VQH10 AC Adaptor/Charger for H series batteries UPC Code: 027242727397
1. Viewable area measured diagonally. 5. i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE1394 connection. The i.LINK connection may vary depending on the software applications, operating system and compatible i.LINK devices. All products with an i.LINK connection may not communicate with each other 6. Not all products with USB connectors may communicate with each other due to chipset variations. 7. Actual battery life will vary based on product settings, usage patterns, battery and environmental conditions. 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,, 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

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A/V connecting cable (1) (p. 32, 56)

USB cable (1) (p. 62)

Step 2: Charging the battery pack

DC plug

Battery pack DC IN jack To the wall outlet (wall socket) POWER switch

AC Adaptor

Power cord (Mains lead)
You can charge the InfoLITHIUM battery pack (H series) (p. 81) after attaching it to your camcorder.

b Notes

You cannot attach any InfoLITHIUM battery pack other than the H series to your camcorder.
4 Connect the power cord (mains
lead) to the AC Adaptor and the wall outlet (wall socket).
1 Align the terminals of the battery
pack and your camcorder 1, then attach the battery pack and click it into place 2.

CHG (charge) lamp

2 Slide the POWER switch in the
direction of the arrow to OFF(CHG) (The default setting).
The CHG (charge) lamp lights up and charging starts. The CHG (charge) lamp turns off when the battery is fully charged. Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the DC IN jack.
Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the DC IN jack holding both the camcorder and the DC plug.
3 With the v mark on the DC plug
facing down, connect the AC Adaptor to the DC IN jack on your camcorder.
To use an outside power source
You can operate your camcorder using the power from the wall outlet (wall socket) by making the same connections as you do when charging the battery pack. The battery pack will not lose its charge in this case.
To check the remaining battery (Battery Info)
Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG), then press DISP/BATT INFO.
To remove the battery pack
Getting Started 1 Turn off the power, then press PUSH. 2 Remove the battery pack in the direction of the arrow.
POWER switch DISP/BATT INFO button
After a while, the approximate recordable time and battery information appear for about 7 seconds. You can view the battery information for up to 20 seconds by pressing DISP/BATT INFO again while the information is displayed.
Remaining battery (approx.) PUSH
When storing the battery pack
Fully discharge the battery before storing it for an extended period (p. 82).
Recording capacity (approx.)
You can check the remaining battery charge on the LCD screen.

Indicator Status

Sufficient power remaining Battery low, recording/ playback will stop soon. Replace the battery with a fully charged one, or charge the battery.
Step 2: Charging the battery pack (Continued)

Charging time

Approximate time (min.) required when you fully charge a fully discharged battery pack.

After recording, set the LENS COVER switch to CLOSE, to close the lens cover.

The LCD panel

Open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the camcorder (1), then rotate it to the best angle to record or play (2).
DISP/BATT INFO 180 degrees (max.)
Viewfinder lens adjustment lever Move it until the picture is clear. z Tips
You can adjust the brightness of the viewfinder backlight by selecting [LCD/VF SET] - [VF B.LIGHT] (p. 51).

The grip belt

90 degrees (max.) b Notes
90 degrees to the camcorder
Fasten the grip belt and hold your camcorder correctly.
Do not press the buttons below the LCD frame accidentally when you open or adjust the LCD panel.
If you rotate the LCD panel 180 degrees to the lens side, you can close the LCD panel with the LCD screen facing out. This is convenient during playback operations. See [LCD/VF SET] - [LCD BRIGHT] (p. 51) to adjust the brightness of the LCD screen. Press DISP/BATT INFO to toggle the screen indicators (such as Battery Info) on or off.
Step 5: Inserting a tape or a Memory Stick Duo

Cassette tape

You can use mini DV (p. 79). cassettes only
Do not force the cassette compartment closed by pressing the portion marked {DO NOT PUSH} while it is sliding in. It may cause a malfunction.

1 Slide and hold the

OPEN/ EJECT lever in the direction of the arrow and open the lid.


3 Close the lid.

To eject the cassette

Open the lid following the same procedure as described in step 1 and remove the cassette.
The recordable time varies depending on [ REC MODE] (p. 50).
The cassette compartment automatically comes out and opens up.

Memory Stick Duo

2 Insert a cassette with its window
facing outwards, then press.
Push the center of the back of the cassette lightly. Window

1 Open the LCD panel.

Cassette compartment
The cassette compartment automatically slides back in.
2 Insert the Memory Stick Duo
into the Memory Stick Duo slot in the right direction until it clicks.

Access lamp

With the v mark facing to the LCD screen
To eject a Memory Stick Duo
Lightly push in once and slide out the Memory Stick Duo alongside the camcorder body.
When the access lamp is lit or flashing, your camcorder is reading/writing data. Do not shake or knock your camcorder, turn the power off, eject the Memory Stick Duo, or remove the battery pack. Otherwise, image data may be damaged. If you force the Memory Stick Duo into the slot in the wrong direction, the Memory Stick Duo, the Memory Stick Duo slot, or image data may be damaged. Do not remove the Memory Stick Duo forcibly with the fingers as it may be damaged. When inserting or ejecting the Memory Stick Duo, be careful that the Memory Stick Duo does not pop out and drop.

The number of recordable pictures varies depending on the image quality or the image size. For details, see page 42.
Easy Recording/Playback (Easy Handycam)
With this Easy Handycam operation, most of the camera settings are automatically optimally adjusted, which frees you from detailed adjustments. The screen font size increases for easy viewing.
Open the lens cover (p. 17).
If the POWER switch is set to OFF (CHG), slide it while pressing the green button.


Still images (4:3)

1 Slide the POWER

switch E to turn on the CAMERA-TAPE lamp.
switch E to turn on the CAMERAMEMORY lamp.

2 Press EASY A.

appears on the screen B.
3 Press REC START/STOP F (or

C) to start recording.*

3 Press PHOTO D to record.**

60min EASY

The indicator changes from [STBY] to [REC].
Flashing t Lit Press and hold lightly Press fully to record. to adjust the focus.
To stop recording, press REC START/ STOP again.
* Movies are recorded in SP (Standard Play) mode on a cassette. ** Still images are recorded in [FINE] quality on a Memory Stick Duo.
Playing back movies/still images
Slide the POWER switch E to turn on the PLAY/EDIT lamp. Touch the buttons on the screen B as follows.
Touch , then touch to start playback.

Still images

Touch t / to select a picture.
A GUIDE (p. 28) B Rewind/Fast forward C Stop D Play/Pause toggles
A GUIDE (p. 28) B Tape playback C Previous/Next D Delete (p. 60)
x To cancel Easy Handycam operation
Press EASY A again. disappears from the screen.
x Adjustable menu settings during Easy Handycam operation
Touch [MENU] to display adjustable menu settings. See page 34 for details on settings.
Almost all the settings return to their defaults automatically (p. 35). is not displayed during Easy Handycam operation. Cancel Easy Handycam operation if you want to add any effects or settings to the images.
x Unavailable buttons during Easy Handycam
During Easy Handycam operation, the following buttons are unavailable. [Invalid during Easy Handycam operation.] may appear if operations not available during Easy Handycam are attempted. . (back light) button (p. 25)
WIDE SELECT button (in the CAMERA-MEMORY mode) (p. 25) PHOTO button (in the CAMERA-TAPE mode) (p. 22)





The last scene of the most recent recording is played back for about 5 seconds, and the camcorder enters the standby mode at the point where the last recording has finished.
[END SEARCH] will not work correctly when there is a blank section between recorded sections on the tape.
You can also select [END SEARCH] from the menu. When the PLAY/EDIT lamp lights up, select the [END SEARCH] short-cut in Personal Menu (p. 34).
Searching for the starting point (Continued)
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. Make sure that the CAMERA-TAPE lamp lights up (p. 22).
The last 2 seconds (approx.) of the most recently recorded scene are played back. Then, your camcorder is set to standby.
Searching quickly for a desired scene (Zero set memory)
Make sure that the PLAY/EDIT lamp lights up (p. 26).

1 Touch

STBY 0:00:00



2 Touch and hold

(to go backward)/ (to go forward) and release it at the point where you want the recording to start.
1 During playback, press ZERO
SET MEMORY on the Remote Commander at a point you want to locate later on. The tape counter is reset to 0:00:00 and appears on the screen.

60min 0:00:00

Reviewing the most recently recorded scenes (Rec review)
You can view about 2 seconds of the scene recorded just before you stopped the tape. Make sure that the CAMERA-TAPE lamp lights up (p. 22). Touch t
If the tape counter is not displayed, press DISPLAY.
2 Press STOP when you want to

stop playback.

3 Press mREW.
The tape stops automatically when the tape counter reaches 0:00:00. The tape counter returns to the time code display, and the zero set memory display disappears.
1 Press SEARCH M. on the Remote


2 Press.(previous)/>(next) to

select a recording date.

60 min 0:00:00:min

4 Press PLAY.

Playback starts from the point designated 0:00:00 on the tape counter.


To cancel the operation To cancel the operation
Press ZERO SET MEMORY again before rewinding.
There may be a discrepancy of several seconds between the time code and the tape counter. Zero set memory will not function correctly if there is a blank section between recorded sections on the tape.

Press STOP.

The Date search will not function correctly when there is a blank section between recorded sections on the tape.
Searching for a scene by date of recording (Date search)
You can locate the point where the recording date changes. Make sure that the PLAY/EDIT lamp lights up (p. 26).


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 outlet (wall socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p. 12). 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 Remote Connector (Red)


(Red) (Yellow)


: Signal flow
A A/V connecting cable (supplied)
Connect to the input jack of another device.
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.
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.

All numbers measured at the following settings: Top: [FINE] is selected for image quality. Bottom: [STANDARD] is selected for image quality. When using the Memory Stick Duo made by Sony Corporation. The number of pictures you can record varies depending on the recording environment and the recording media.
MEMORY SET menu (Continued)


Assigns file numbers in sequence even if the Memory Stick Duo is replaced with another one. The file number is reset when a new folder is created or the recording folder is replaced with another.


Special effects on pictures or additional functions on recording/playback The default settings are marked with B. The indicators in parentheses appear when the items are selected. See page 34 for details on selecting menu items.
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. When [OVERLAP], [WIPE] or [DOT FADER] is selected, the screen turns to blue while storing the image, then the image on a tape is stored as a still image. 2 Press REC START/STOP. The fader indicator stops flashing and disappears when the fade is complete.
Resets the file number to 0001 each time the Memory Stick Duo is changed.


You can create a new folder (102MSDCF to 999MSDCF) on a Memory Stick Duo. When 9,999 images are stored in the current folder, a new folder is automatically created for storing subsequent images. Touch [YES] t
You cannot delete the created folders using your camcorder. You will have to format the Memory Stick Duo (p. 43), or delete them using your computer. The number of recordable pictures on a Memory Stick Duo may decrease as the number of folders increases.
To cancel [FADER] before starting the operation, touch [OFF] in step 1. If you press REC START/STOP once, the setting is canceled.


Fading out

Fading in

REC FOLDER (Recording folder)
Select the folder to be used for recording with / , then touch.
As the default setting, pictures are saved in the 101MSDCF folder. Once you record a picture in a folder, the same folder will be set as the default folder for playback.


PB FOLDER (Playback folder)
Select the playback folder with then touch. / ,
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.

(Red) (Red) (Yellow)

To DV Interface (i.LINK) : Signal flow

To i.LINK jack

VCRs or DVD/HDD recorders
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.
C i.LINK cable (optional)
Use an i.LINK cable to connect your camcorder to another device equipped with an i.LINK jack. The video and audio signals are transmitted digitally, producing high quality pictures and sound. Note that you cannot output picture and sound separately.
When you are connecting your camcorder to a monaural device, connect the yellow plug of the A/V connecting cable to the video input jack, and the red (right channel) or the white (left channel) plug to the audio input jack on the device. When you connect a device via an A/V connecting cable, set [DISP OUTPUT] to [LCD PANEL] (the default setting) (p. 52). While your camcorder is sending signals to another device via an i.LINK cable, appears on the LCD screen on your camcorder.
Refer to the operating instructions supplied with your recording device for details.
5 When dubbing is complete, stop
your camcorder and the recording device.
Set [TV TYPE] according to the playback device (TV, etc.) when connecting with the A/V connecting cable. To record the date/time and camera settings data when connected by the A/V connecting cable, display them on the screen (p. 51). The following cannot be output via the DV Interface (i.LINK): Indicators Pictures edited using [PICT.EFFECT] (p. 46), [D.EFFECT] (p. 45) or PB zoom (p. 28). When connected using an i.LINK cable, the recorded picture becomes rough when a picture is paused on your camcorder while recording. When connected using an i.LINK cable, data code (date/time/camera settings data) may not be displayed or recorded depending on the device or application.
1 Prepare your camcorder for
playback. Insert the recorded cassette. Slide the POWER switch repeatedly to turn on the PLAY/EDIT lamp.
2 Insert the recording media in the
recording device. If your recording device has an input selector, set it to the appropriate input (such as video input1, video input2).

When printing is finished, [Printing.] disappears and the image selection screen appears again. Touch [END] when printing is completed.
Refer also to the operating instructions for the printer to be used. Do not attempt the following operations when is on the screen. The operations may not be performed properly. Operate the POWER switch. Disconnect the power cord (mains lead). Disconnect the USB cable from your camcorder or the printer. Remove the Memory Stick Duo from your camcorder. If the printer stops working, disconnect the USB cable, turn the printer off and on again and restart the operation from the beginning. On some printer models, the top, bottom, right, and left edges of images may be trimmed. If you print a still image recorded in a 16:9 (wide) ratio, the left and right ends of the image may be trimmed widely. Some printer models may not support the date and time printing function. Refer to your printers operating instructions for details. We cannot guarantee the printing of images recorded with a device other than your camcorder. PictBridge is an industry standard established by the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA). You can print still images without using a computer by connecting a printer directly to a digital video camera or digital still camera, regardless of model or manufacturer.
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.
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. 65), 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.
System requirements Main functions
x Importing/Viewing movies taken with your camcorder
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: Windows 2000 Professional SP4, Windows XP SP2*, Windows Vista* *64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported. Standard installation is required. Operation is not assured if the above OS has been upgraded or in a multiboot 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 Hard disk: Disc volume required for installation: Approximately 350 MB Display: Minimum dots

% (Moisture condensation warning)*
Eject the cassette, remove the power source, and then leave it for about 1 hour with the cassette lid open (p. 84).


Moisture condensation has occurred. Remove the cassette and leave your camcorder for at least 1 hour, then reinsert the cassette (p. 84).
(Warning indicator pertaining to Memory Stick Duo)
A Memory Stick Duo is not inserted (p. 18).


Clean the head using a cleaning cassette (optional) (p. 85).

C:31:ss / C:32:ss

Symptoms that are not described above have occurred. Remove and insert the cassette, then operate your camcorder again. Do not perform this procedure if moisture condensation has occurred (p. 84). Remove the power source. Reconnect it and operate your camcorder again. Change the cassette. Press RESET (p. 91), and operate your camcorder again.
(Warning indicators pertaining to Memory Stick Duo formatting)*
The Memory Stick Duo is damaged. The Memory Stick Duo is not formatted correctly (p. 43, 80).
(Warning indicator pertaining to incompatible Memory Stick Duo)*
An incompatible Memory Stick Duo is inserted (p. 80).
Warning indicators and messages (Continued)
Q (Warning indicators pertaining to the tape) Slow flashing:
There is less than 5 minutes remaining on the tape. No cassette is inserted.* The write-protect tab on the cassette is set to lock (p. 79).*
Examples of warning messages
If messages appear on the screen, follow the instructions.
When is displayed, the message can be turned into by touching. Touch to display the message again.

Fast flashing:

The tape has run out.*
%Z Moisture condensation. Eject the cassette (p. 84) % Moisture condensation. Turn off for 1H. (p. 84) Z Reinsert the cassette. (p. 18)
Check if the cassette is damaged.
Z (Eject cassette warning)* Slow flashing:
The write-protect tab on the cassette is set to lock (p. 79).
Moisture condensation has occurred (p. 84). The self-diagnosis display code is displayed (p. 75).
QZ The tape is locked - check the tab. (p. 79) Reinsert the Memory Stick. (p. 18, 80)
Reinsert the Memory Stick Duo a few times. If even then the indicator flashes, the Memory Stick Duo might be damaged. Try with another Memory Stick Duo.

Gold-plated connector

Maintenance and precautions (Continued)

About the Memory Stick

A Memory Stick is a compact, portable IC recording medium with a large data capacity. You can use the following types of Memory Stick listed below on the camcorder. However, we do not guarantee the operation of all types of Memory Stick on your camcorder. (See the list below for more details.)
Types of Memory Stick Recording /Playback
Memory Stick Duo (with MagicGate) Memory Stick PRO Duo Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
This product does not support high speed data transfer via a parallel interface. This product cannot record or play data that uses MagicGate technology. MagicGate is a copyright protection technology that records and transfers the contents in an encrypted format. This product is compatible with Memory Stick Micro (M2). M2 is the abbreviation for the Memory Stick Micro. Still image format: Your camcorder compresses and records image data in the JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) format. The file extension is.JPG. A Memory Stick Duo formatted by a computer (Windows OS/Mac OS) does not have guaranteed compatibility with your camcorder. Data read/write speed may vary depending on the combination of the Memory Stick Duo and Memory Stick Duo compliant product you use. You can prevent accidental erasure of images when you slide the write-protect tab on the Memory Stick Duo with a small tapered object, to the write-protect position. Damaged or lost image data will not be compensated for, and may occur in the following cases: If you eject the Memory Stick Duo, turn the power off on your camcorder, or remove the battery pack for replacement while your camcorder is reading or writing image files on
the Memory Stick Duo (while the access lamp is lit or flashing). If you use the Memory Stick Duo near magnets or magnetic fields. It is recommended to make a back-up of important data on the hard disk of a computer. Be careful not to apply excessive force when writing on a memo area on a Memory Stick Duo. Do not attach a label or the like on a Memory Stick Duo or a Memory Stick Duo adaptor. When you carry or store a Memory Stick Duo, put it in its case. Do not touch, or allow metallic objects to come into contact with the terminals. Do not bend, drop or apply strong force to the Memory Stick Duo. Do not disassemble or modify the Memory Stick Duo. Do not let the Memory Stick Duo get wet. Be careful to keep Memory Stick Duo media out of the reach of small children. There is danger that a child might swallow it. Do not insert anything other than a Memory Stick Duo into the Memory Stick Duo slot. Doing so may cause a malfunction. Do not use or keep the Memory Stick Duo in the following locations: Places subject to extremely high temperature, such as a car parked outside in the summer. Places under direct sunlight. Places with extremely high humidity or subject to corrosive gases.

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.
CALIBRATION 1/3 Touch the "x"
3 Touch the displayed on the screen with the corner of the Memory Stick Duo or the like. The position of the changes.

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.
To cancel [CALIBRATION], touch [CANCEL]. If you did not press the right spot, start from step 3 again.
You cannot calibrate the LCD screen if it is rotated.
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)

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. Continued ,
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 exposed to salty air such as at the seaside. Store in a well-ventilated location subject to little dirt or dust. To prevent mold, periodically clean the lens as described above. It is recommended that you operate your camcorder about once a month to keep it in optimum state for a long time.

To change the battery of the Remote Commander
1 While pressing on the tab, inset your fingernail into the slit to pull out the battery case. 2 Place a new battery with the + side facing up. 3 Insert the battery case back into the Remote Commander until it clicks.
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.
Specifications (Continued)
In CAMERA-TAPE: 41 ~ mm (1 5/8 ~ 46 7/8 in.) (16:9) 43 ~ mm (1 3/4 ~ 42 3/8 in.) (4:3) In CAMERA-MEMORY: 36 ~ 900 mm (1 7/16 ~ 35 1/2 in.) (4:3) 39 ~ 975 mm (1 9/16 ~ 38 1/2 in.) (16:9) F1.8 ~ 3.2 Filter diameter: 30 mm (1 3/16 in.) Color temperature [AUTO], [ONE PUSH], [INDOOR] (K), [OUTDOOR] (K) Minimum illumination 8 lx (lux) (AUTOSLW SHTR ON, Shutter speed 1/30 s) 0 lx (lux) (during NightShot plus function)
* Exif is a file format for still images, established by the JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association). Files in this format can have additional information such as your camcorders setting information at the time of recording.
Total dot number (560 220)


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 2.5 W During camera recording using the LCD 2.8 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-FH40 attached Mass (approx.) 390g(13oz) main unit only, 455g(1lb) including the NP-FH40 rechargeable battery pack and DVM60 cassette Supplied accessories See page 11.

Input/Output connectors

A/V Remote Connector 10-pin connector Video signal: 1 Vp-p, 75 (ohms) Luminance signal: 1 Vp-p, 75 (ohms) Chrominance signal: 0.286 Vp-p, 75 (ohms) Audio signal: 327 mV (at load impedance 47 k (kilohms)), Output impedance with less than 2.2 k (kilohms) USB jack mini-B DV input/output jack i.LINK Interface (IEEE1394, 4-pin connector S100)

AC Adaptor AC-L200/L200B

Power requirements AC 100 V - 240 V, 50/60 Hz Current consumption 0.35 - 0.18 A Power consumption 18 W Output voltage DC 8.4 V* Operating temperature 0 C to 40 C (32 F to 104 F)
Picture 6.7 cm (2.7 type, aspect ratio 16:9)
Storage temperature -20 C to + 60 C (-4 F to + 140 F) Dimensions (approx.) 81 mm (1 15/3/1/4 in.) (w/h/d) excluding the projecting parts Mass (approx.) 170 g (6.0 oz) excluding the power cord (mains lead) * See the label on the AC Adaptor for

Remote Commander

6 q; 8 9

A PHOTO button* (20, 23)

The on-screen image when you press this button will be recorded onto the Memory Stick Duo as a still image.
B Memory control buttons (Index**, /+, Memory playback) (21, 27) C SEARCH M. button (31)** D. > (Previous/Next) buttons (31)** E Video control buttons (Rewind, Playback, Fast-forward, Pause, Stop, Slow) (21, 26) F ZERO SET MEMORY button (30)** G Transmitter H REC START/STOP button (20, 22) I Power zoom buttons (24, 28) J DISPLAY button
Toggles the screen indicators (such as Battery Info) on or off. * Not available during Easy Handycam operation with the POWER switch set to CAMERATAPE. ** Not available during Easy Handycam operation.

Insulation sheet

Remove the insulation sheet before using the Remote Commander. Aim the Remote Commander towards the remote sensor to operate your camcorder (p. 90). To change the battery, see page 87.
Indicators displayed during recording/playback
A Remaining battery (approx.) B Recording mode (SP or LP) (50) C Recording status ([STBY] (standby) or [REC] (recording)) D Recording: Tape counter (hour: minute: second) Playback: Tape counter (hour: minute: second)/Time code (hour: minute: second: frame) E Recording capacity of the tape (approx.) (52)


F END SEARCH/EDIT SEARCH/Rec review display switch button (30) G GUIDE button (28) H Personal Menu button (34) I Recording folder (44) J Image size (25, 42) K Quality ( or ) (42) L Memory Stick Duo indicator and the number of images that can be recorded (approx.) M Review button (23) N Tape transport indicator O Video operation buttons (26) P Data file name Q Picture number/Total number of recorded pictures in the current playback folder R Playback folder (44) S Previous/Next folder icon
The following indicators appear when the first or last picture of the current folder is displayed and when there are multiple folders on the same Memory Stick Duo.


qd 7 8

Viewing movies

qf 4 5

1 qh q;

: Touch

folder. : Touch

to move to the previous to move to the next folder.
/ to move to either the previous or the next folder.
T Image delete button (60) U Tape playback select button (27)
V Previous/Next image button (27) W Index screen display button (27) X Image protection mark (61) Y Print mark (61)


Indicator Meaning
Slide show (45) NightShot plus (24) Super NightShot plus (40) Color Slow Shutter (40) PictBridge connecting (62) EZ Warning (75)
Indicators when you made changes
You can use the [DISP GUIDE] (p. 96) to check the function of each indicator that appears on the LCD screen.


Technical specifications

Product TypeCamcorder
Width2.5 in
Depth4.5 in
Height3.3 in
Weight13.8 oz
Main Features
Camcorder Sensor Resolution1070 Kpix
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution690 Kpix
Camcorder Effective Still Resolution1.0 Mpix
Widescreen Video CaptureYes
Media TypeMini DV
Color SupportColor
Optical Sensor TypeAdvanced HAD CCD
Optical Sensor Size1/6"
Digital Zoom2000 x
Recording SpeedSP, LP
Shooting ModesDigital photo mode
Shooting ProgramsSpotlight, landscape, portrait mode, sports mode, twilight mode, sunset, beach, snow, sunrise
Special EffectsStill, Solarization, Sepia, Mosaic, Trail, Pastel, Monotone, Old Movie, Flash Motion, Luminance Key, Negative Art
Digital Scene TransitionWipe fader, overlap fader, white fader, random, monotone fader, mosaic fader, black fader
Image StabilizerElectronic (Super Steady Shot)
Max Shutter Speed1/4000 sec
Min Shutter Speed1/2 sec
Exposure ModesProgram, automatic
White BalanceCustom, automatic, presets
White Balance PresetsIndoor, outdoor
Still Image FormatJPEG
Remote ControlRemote control - infrared
Memory / Storage
Image StorageJPEG 1152 x 864 JPEG 640 x 480
Lens System
TypeZoom lens - 2.5 mm - 62.5 mm - f/1.8-3.2
Focal Length2.5 mm - 62.5 mm
Focus AdjustmentAutomatic, manual
Auto FocusTTL contrast detection
Lens ApertureF/1.8-3.2
Optical Zoom25 x
Zoom AdjustmentMotorized drive
Filter Size30 mm
Lens ManufacturerCarl Zeiss
Additional Features
DV inputYes
Edit FunctionsAudio dubbing
Low Lux / Night ModeYes
Digital Still Camera FunctionYes
Additional FeaturesTouch-screen control, built-in speaker, demonstration mode, backlight compensation, auto power save, PictBridge support
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Viewfinder Color SupportColor
Viewfinder Resolution123,200 pixels
Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders)16:9
TypeLCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.7" - color
Display Form FactorRotating
Display Format123,200 pixels
TypeMicrophone - built-in
Microphone TechnologyElectret condenser
Microphone Operation ModeStereo
Connector Type1 x composite video/audio output 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK) 1 x S-Video output 1 x USB 1 x Control-L (LANC)
Expansion Slot(s)1 x Memory Stick PRO Duo
SoftwareDrivers & Utilities, Sony Picture Motion Browser
System Requirements for PC Connection
Operating System SupportMS Windows XP, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows 2000 Professional
Cables IncludedA/V cable USB cable
Power DevicePower adapter - external
Supported BatterySony NP-FH40
Supported Battery Details1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )
Universal Product Identifiers
Part NumbersDCR-HC62, DCRHC62/1
GTIN00027242727397, 00027242734654



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