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Digital HD Video Camera Recorder


Adding 1080-24p/30p Image Capture to the Sony HDV Family of Camcorders the HVR-V1N HDV Camcorder
Since their sensational debut in 2004, Sony HDVTM products adopting the HDV 1080i specification have provided and continue to provide cost-effective HD program production. With high picture performance and superb functionality, they are trusted around the world for a wide range of HD applications. In line with its commitment to the HDV format, Sony introduces the HVR-V1N a stunning new model that extends the HDV line-up into the world of digital cinema and drama productions. The HVR-V1N offers 24p and 30p progressive scanning, in addition to 60i interlaced. The images captured at 24p are recorded on tape at a 60i field rate through means of 2-3 pull-down. Using a compatible nonlinear editor*1, this 2-3 sequence is recognized, allowing precise 24p editing of the HDV material. The 2-3 pull-down approach also allows the HVR-V1N to be easily integrated into existing HDV systems operating in 60i mode. In its compact, lightweight, and ergonomically designed chassis, the HVR-V1N camcorder integrates advanced technologies such as the newly developed 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor imaging system which is only made possible by Sonys industry-leading semiconductor technology and a stunning optical 20x Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens. Such features enable operators to capture vibrant, highly detailed HDV images with an extreme level of mobility, ease of use, and operational comfort suited for any shooting scenario. In addition to HDV 1080i recording and playback, the camcorder also offers DVCAMTM/DV recording and playback capabilities, as well as digital down-conversion of recordings made in HDV 1080i. These bridges between HD and SD allow the camcorder to be used in any DV-compatible system, whether it uses the HDV, DVCAM, or DV format. And for even greater power, the optional HVR-DR60 Hard Disk Recording Unit which is optimized for use on the HVR-V1N camcorder streamlines the subsequent editing and archiving processes. Adding this unit allows images captured by the camcorder to be simultaneously recorded to tape and hard disk. After a shoot is complete, simply connecting the HVR-DR60 to a compatible nonlinear editing system provides quick access to files from the editing software and completely eliminates the time-consuming digitizing process. With a maximum recording time of 4.5 hours on the HVR-DR60, this hybrid tape and hard disk recording system offers a multitude of benefits for shooting, editing, and archiving SD and HD material. Available at a price comparable to Sony DVCAM handheld camcorders, the HVR-V1N offers new creative shooting opportunities to both the HD and SD worlds.
*1 Please contact your nearest Sony office or authorized dealer for information on compatible nonlinear editors.


From the outset, the HDV 1080i specification of the HDV*2 format was developed to record stunning HD images with 1080 active scanning lines on DV cassette tapes. It adopts the MPEG-2 compression format, using 8-bit digital component recording at approximately 25 Mb/s, which is the same data rate as the DVCAM/DV format, enabling a long recording time on compact DV cassettes. For example, more than 60 minutes of high-quality HD images can be recorded on a mini DV cassette. As with the DVCAM and DV formats, the HDV format allows an i.LINKTM connection to compatible nonlinear editors, enabling a cost-effective
HD production system. The sheer volume of HDV 1080i professional and consumer equipment used around the world is a clear indication that HDV 1080i has become one of the most popular HD formats. *2 Although not used in Sony HDV products, the HDV format also defines the
HDV 720p specification, which features 720 effective scanning lines (progressive scanning system).

Long Recording Time

The HVR-V1N uses mini cassette tapes and provides a maximum recording time of 63 minutes with the PHDVM-63DM.


3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor Imaging System
The ClearVid CMOS Sensor has been developed using the most advanced technologies in the semiconductor industry. Thanks to the unique grid arrangement of the photo diode sensors, in which each is rotated by 45 degrees, sensor resolution has been optimized and the photosensitive surface area has been maximized.
Enhanced Imaging Processor (EIP) Technology
The EIP is a newly developed imaging processor that brings out the full power of the 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor imaging system. It handles video data in 1920 x 1080p and 4:2:2 color space for high-quality signal processing before recording it to tape in the HDV format*3. Combined use of the EIP and 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor imaging system allows the camcorder to provide extremely high image quality with a high level of gradation and detailed image reproduction. *3 The HDV recording is in 1440 x 1080i and 4:2:0 color space.
The HVR-V1N employs a 3-chip ClearVid CMOS Sensor imaging system, which processes high-resolution (1920 x 1080) images with rich and natural colors. The combined use of the 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor imaging system and the Enhanced Imaging ProcessorTM technology has enabled a most precise interpolation scheme, which concludes within each R, G, and B channel. This allows a higher resolution for each R, G, and B channel than is offered by equivalent-class camcorders that resort to spatial offset techniques to improve resolution. Unlike CCD sensors, there is no vertical smear in the ClearVid CMOS Sensor imaging system when shooting high-intensity subjects, further reducing shooting-condition constraints.
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T * Lens
The HVR-V1N is equipped with a high-quality Carl Zeiss VarioSonnar T * lens. Thanks to its multi-layer coating and extra-low dispersion glass, this lens offers excellent spectral characteristics, which result in virtually negligible chromatic aberrations.
Optical 20x Lens and Optional 0.8x Wide Conversion Lens
The Vario-Sonnar T * lens of the HVR-V1N features a 20x zoom function. Moreover, the built-in digital extender*4 increases the zoom ratio to approximately 30x. The optional VCL-HG0868K 0.8x wide conversion lens uses the bayonet mount system for instant attachment or detachment. Combining these lens features, operators can effortlessly capture close-up or wide-angle shots as their video production requires. *4 The digital extender function is not available in progressive scan modes.

ClearVid CMOS Sensor

. Larger pixel size. Unique 45 angle pixel layout
Super SteadyShot System (Optical)
The HVR-V1N employs the Super SteadyShotTM system, which has sensors that detect horizontal and vertical movements independently. It uses a prism system located behind the lens to adjust and optically compensate for unsteady camera handling.


Switchable Recording and Playback HDV 1080i/DVCAM/DV
The HVR-V1N can switch between HDV 1080i, DVCAM, and DV*5 recording, providing the full flexibility to record in either standard- or highdefinition format according to different production needs. *5 The HVR-V1N supports DV SP mode only;
DV LP mode is not available.
Down-conversion Playback Capabilities
The HVR-V1N has a built-in down-conversion capability, allowing 1080i recordings to be output as 480i signals. The 480i signals can be output from the i.LINK*6 connector. In addition, these signals can also be output from either the analog component, composite, or S-Video connectors. This allows 1080i recordings to be edited using nonlinear editing systems running DV editing software, and viewing the 1080i recording on an SD monitor. When down-converting these signals, the aspect ratio displayed can be converted from 16:9 to 4:3. Display modes can be selected from Squeeze, Letterbox*7, or Edge crop.*8
DVCAM/DV (4:3) HDV 1080i (16:9)
16:9 Widescreen Acquisition in DVCAM and DV Formats
When recording in DVCAM and DV formats, standarddefinition images can be captured in either 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio.
2-channel XLR Audio Input
The HVR-V1N has two XLR audio input connectors for connecting professional microphones or for receiving external-line audio sources. Microphone power of approximately 48 V can be supplied for the external condenser microphone. INPUT 1 audio can be recorded either on CH1 only or on both CH1 and CH2 audio tracks.



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Recording, Playback and Down-conversion Formats
Recording Format Playback/ Down Conversion Format 1080/60i HDV1080i DVCAM/DV (480/60i)

: Available

Output i.LINK

Analog Component

Analog Composite

S-Video 3

480/60i (SQ/EC) 480/60i (LB) 480/60i
: Either 1 or 2 or 3 connection is available. When cables are connected to these outputs, the connection with a smaller number has priority. SQ=Sqeeze, EC=Edge Crop, LB=Letter Box u
*6 i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains
an IEEE 1394 connector. Not all products with an i.LINK connector will necessarily communicate with each other. For information on compatibility, operating conditions, and proper connection, please refer to the documentation supplied with any device with an i.LINK connector. For information on devices that include an i.LINK connection, please contact your nearest Sony office.

Time Code Preset

Picture ProfileTM Feature
Up to six different picture-tonal settings can be saved in the memory with custom 12-character names as picture profiles on the HVR-V1N and displayed on the LCD monitor at the touch of a button. This allows operators to easily call up customized picture-tonal settings to suit particular shooting conditions, rather than having to readjust the camera each time. The factory default setting includes six pre-loaded picture profiles for typical shooting conditions.
TC LINK Function for Multi-camera Operations
Using the TC LINK function, the time code of the HVR-V1N can be synchronized with another camcorder such as the HVR-Z1N, DSR-PD170, or a second HVR-V1N. By connecting the HVR-V1N to another i.LINK compatible camcorder via an i.LINK cable and activating this function, the HVR-V1Ns time code generator will switch to free-run mode and reset its time code to that provided from the connected camcorder. Once the time code of the HVR-V1N is synchronized*10, the i.LINK cable can be disconnected, and the next HVR-V1N that needs synchronized time code can be set up. TC LINK is a convenient function when using the HVR-V1N in multi-camera operations, such as live-event recording and stage-shooting applications. *10 The synchronization accuracy is within one frame.

Last Scene Review

At the touch of a button, the video and audio of the last shot can be instantly played back on the LCD monitor. This is achieved without even having to switch from "Camera mode" to "VTR mode". After playback, the tape is automatically cued up to the end of the last shot to continue back space editing. These features allow operators to seamlessly shoot and review material.

Long Operating Time

With the optional NP-F970 InfoLiTHIUMTM Rechargeable Battery Pack attached, the HVR-V1N can operate continuously for up to 7 hours.

Battery Life

Continuous Recording Time* NP-F570 (supplied) NP-F770 (optional) NP-F970 (optional) With LCD** Viewfinder On HDV 135 min 280 min 415 min DVCAM/DV 135 min 290 min 430 min With LCD** Monitor On HDV 135 min 280 min 415 min DVCAM/DV 135 min 290 min 430 min With LCD** Viewfinder and Monitor On HDV 130 min 265 min 395 min DVCAM/DV 130 min 275 min 410 min

Playback Zoom

Using the playback zoom function, a selected area of the recorded HD images can be enlarged and played back on the LCD monitor and viewfinder, allowing operators to perform a detailed evaluation of the material. These enlarged images can also be output in SD format via the i.LINK and analog connectors, allowing operators to cut out parts of the HD image and use them as SD material.

* Continuous recording time, indoors at 25C. **With the LCD backlight on


Compact and Lightweight Design
The HVR-V1N is designed to be very compact and lightweight, for a high level of mobility in the field. It weighs approximately 1.5 kg (3 lb 6 oz) (camcorder only).

Carrying Handle

A rubber coating is used on the bottom of the handle for slip resistance. A large space of 34.3 mm (1 3/8 inches) is offered below the handle for secure carrying of the camcorder, even when wearing gloves.

Ergonomic Design

The design of the HVR-V1N is based on years of Sony experience in camera ergonomics, and provides ease of use and operational comfort.
On-handle Zoom Lever and Rec Start/Stop Button
In order to facilitate zoom control and recording operations during low-angle shooting, an additional zoom lever and a rec start/stop button are available on the carrying handle.

Audio Level Dials

Two audio level dials are located on the carrying handle where they are easy to adjust, while avoiding inadvertent operation. The microphone power can be easily turned on and off via the mechanical switches.

Two Audio Cable Clamps

Zoom Ring and Focus Ring
The motorized zoom ring and focus rings provide a smooth and natural operational feel for fine adjustments of zoom and focus settings.


The EXPOSURE/IRIS dial is located near the zoom and focus rings for convenient camera operations. The dial can be used to set the iris, AE shift, and exposure compensation functions, giving operators manual exposure control during auto exposure mode. The rotation direction and response for controlling these functions can be selected via the menu according to operators preference.

One-push AF Button

The one-push auto focus button, which is used for temporary auto focus adjustments, is located near the EXPOSURE/IRIS dial and the zoom and focus rings.
Camera Setting Storage on Memory Stick Duo Media
The HVR-V1N provides a convenient function to store camera setting data. It can store and recall 20 different setting configurations using Memory Stick DuoTM media, and a further two using its built-in memory. This is useful for sharing the same setting configurations among multiple cameras.

Side Grip

The side grip is located near the camcorders center of gravity. By tilting it to the front by approximately 10 degrees, it lightens the load on the operators wrist during shooting.
3.5-inch Type Widescreen, Clear Photo LCD plusTM Monitor
The HVR-V1N is equipped with a 3.5-inch*11 type widescreen color LCD monitor, which provides enhanced brightness and a high level of color reproduction.
*11 Viewable area, measured diagonally.
Color Viewfinder with Large-size Eye Cup
The HVR-V1N is equipped with a high-resolution color LCD viewfinder of approximately 211,000 pixels in a widescreen aspect ratio of 16:9. Operators can choose to display pictures in color or in black and white. In addition to a standard-size eye cup, a large-size eye cup is also supplied. This can be attached to the standard-size eye cup to provide superb light-blocking capability, easy focusing, and more comfortable use of the viewfinder.

With the Optional SH-L35WBP LCD Hood


When shooting in 16:9 aspect ratio mode, markers such as 4:3, 13:9, 14:9, and 15:9 can be displayed on the LCD monitor and viewfinder, allowing scenes to be captured to match the aspect ratio of the edited master.

Six Assign Buttons

Functions frequently used in the field can be assigned to six Assign Buttons (push buttons), allowing operators to make rapid changes depending on the shooting conditions. The assignable functions include: Last Scene Review, Marker, Hyper Gain, Digital Extender, All Scan Mode, Spot Light, Focus Infinity, Rec Review, End Search, Index, Peaking, SteadyShot, Color Bar, Back Light, Fader, Display, and Picture Profile.

Headphone Connector

Manual/Auto Setting Switches
Iris, gain, shutter speed, white balance, and menu buttons are located on the left side of the rear panel to avoid them being accidentally pressed during operation.
HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) Output Connector
The HDMI output connector transfers non-compressed, high-definition digital video and audio signals to other HDMI-equipped devices, such as consumer HDTV monitors, via a single cable.

Video Connectors

Video connectors such as i.LINK, analog component output, and multi-AV output connectors are located on the right side of the rear panel where they do not get in the way of camera operations during shooting.
Progressive Shooting Capability Including 24p with 2-3 Pull-down and 30p
Thanks to the 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor imaging system and Enhanced Imaging Processor (EIP) technology, the HVR-V1N supports 24p (23.978 fps)*12, the frame rate of film and 30p (29.97 fps) progressive scan modes, in addition to typical 60i. The signals generated by the 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor imaging system are processed in the progressive domain as 1920 x 1080p signals, allowing high-resolution progressive footage to be captured. The 24p progressive scan signals are recorded to tape as 60i signals through means of 2-3 pull-down. This 2-3 sequence HDV material can be reverted to its original 24p form, as captured by the camera, using a compatible nonlinear editor*13. Similarly, a 30p signal is recorded as a 60i signal by dividing each frame into two fields. This approach allows 24p and 30p progressive footage to be played back or fed to an editing suite using any of the thousands of Sony HDV solutions already in use throughout the world.

24p Mode (2-3 Pull-down)

24p Capturing 60i Recording

30p Mode

30p Capturing 60i Recording
*12 The 24p (progressive scan) images captured with the HVR-V1N are recorded using a method that allows them to be viewed on existing Sony HDV (60i) devices. Two recording modes can be selected depending on your editing requirements.
The "24A" mode should be selected when the material is intended for 24p progressive editing - such as for film productions - using a nonlinear editor compatible with this mode. Interruptions in time code and video may appear between recordings when viewed on an HDV device. These interruptions do not occur after the recording is copied to an i.LINK compatible nonlinear editor system via the i.LINK connection, and the recordings can be correctly edited as normal 24p video clips. Recordings made in this mode can also be edited as typical 60i material. The "24" mode should be selected when a 24p (motion) look is desired on 60i material, such as for TV program content. In this case, there are no interruptions in the time code or video between recordings. Recordings made in this mode can be edited as typical 60i material.
*13 Please contact your nearest Sony office or authorized dealer for information on compatible nonlinear editors.
A Variety of Gamma Settings
The HVR-V1N offers a choice of various gamma setting functions, which makes it ideal for use in creative productions such as cinema films and drama programs.
Cinematone Color Function
The Cinematone ColorTM function has been developed based on a thorough analysis of the color tone of cinema film, and the voices of colorists engaged in digital cinema productions. The Cinematone Color function provides cinematic color for deep-color and high-contrast images approaching cinema film. In combined use with the Cinematone Gamma function, more cinema-quality images can be captured.

Cinematone Gamma Feature

The HVR-V1N provides a special gamma feature Cinematone GammaTM which allows operators to quickly set up and load a gamma curve with similar contrast characteristics to a film gamma curve. Three gamma curves can be selected from OFF (normal gamma), TYPE1, or TYPE2.

Gamma Characteristics

Output (%)

Cinematone Color OFF

Cinematone Color ON


Easy Operation for Cinematographers
The HVR-V1N can display setting values in a format that film camera operators are familiar with.

Input (%)

Normal Gamma Cinamatone Gamma Type1 Cinamatone Gamma Type2
Focal Length Display in Meters or Feet
The focal length can be displayed on the LCD monitor and viewfinder in either feet (ft) or meters (m).

Shutter Speed Display in Units of Rotation Angles
Black Stretch and Black Compress
Black Stretch: Enhances the video signal levels in dark picture areas for clear reproduction of dark contrast, without sacrificing highlight contrast of the same picture. Black Compress: Suppresses video signal levels in dark picture areas to emphasize the depth of dark picture tones.
Shutter speeds can also be displayed on the LCD monitor and viewfinder in units of rotation angles converted from shutter speeds.

Knee Correction

The knee correction function compresses the wide dynamic range acquired by the CMOS sensors into the standard videolevel range. The knee point is the video level from which the signal is compressed. By changing the knee point, the image contrast above the knee point can be changed. The HVR-V1N can select knee points from high, middle, low, and auto modes to meet various production needs. Still Picture Recording to Memory Stick Duo Media, 2-channel Independent Audio Level Control with Audio Level Meter on LCD Monitor, Simultaneous Operation of LCD Monitor and Viewfinder, AE Shift, Hyper Gain, All Scan Mode, AF Assist, Expanded Focus, Peaking, Status Check, Battery Info, Histogram Indicator, Zebra Patterns (100% to 70%)
Mountable on Sony HDV and DVCAM camcorders, the HVR-DR60 Hard Disk Recording Unit can streamline the entire production process.
Long Recording Time of 4.5 Hours
Via its i.LINK connection, the HVR-DR60 Hard Disk Recording Unit developed by Sony allows recording of HDV 1080i signals from a compatible HDV camcorder, or DV signals from a compatible DVCAM camcorder. The internal 1.8-inch hard disk drive (HDD) offers a large capacity of 60 GB, which translates into a long recording time of 4.5 hours (270 minutes) for both formats. HDV 1080i signals are recorded as native HDV files (.m2t)*14, while DVCAM or DV signals are recorded as DV-AVI (type1)*14 or RAW-DV*14 files.
HDV Files Stored on the HVR-DR60 Displayed on a PC Monitor
Hybrid Operation for Reliable Recording and Archiving
The HVR-DR60 offers a hybrid recording function, in which video and audio material is recorded simultaneously to the hard disk and tape, limiting the possibility that important shots could get lost or accidentally deleted. This hybrid function also facilitates instant archiving of source footage which in many cases does not allow for retakes. After a shoot, operators can immediately archive the source tape and use the HVR-DR60 material as work footage. This saves the time and effort required to copy the original data to a separate high-capacity medium.


Feed movie files


HD/SD Tape HD/SD Optical Disc HD/SD Movie File

1 HVR-DR60

Archiving Repurposing
1 Simultaneous recording 2 Feed movie files 3 Edit the files 4 Format HVR-DR60 for next shoot 5 Archive recorded tape for repurposing
*14 During playback, interruptions in video may appear between recordings. These interruptions do not occur after the recordings are copied to an i.LINK compatible nonlinear editor system via the i.LINK connection, and the recordings can be correctly edited. For information on compatible nonlinear editors, please contact your nearest Sony office or authorized dealer.
Direct File Access from a Computer
When connected to a computer via an i.LINK connection, the HVR-DR60 is recognized by the computer as a standard external drive, and its recorded footage can be accessed directly like any normal video file. This saves the time previously required for digitizing material from the tape to a computer. Furthermore, video files stored on the HVR-DR60 can be transferred to a computer running compatible nonlinear editing software at a high speed of approximately 80 Mb/s (around three times faster than real time), which drastically reduces the time needed to copy source material to the editors local drive. These features allow operators to focus on more creative and productive editing tasks.
HDD Smart Protection Robust Recording and Shock Resistance
Three advanced technologies are used in the HVR-DR60 to provide reliable recording performance: 1) Rubber shock absorbers hold the HDD unit in place, helping to prevent external shock from being transmitted when the HVR-DR60 chassis is subject to impact.

Shock Absorbers

Ideal Companion for the HVR-V1N
The HVR-DR60 can be used with existing HDV/DVCAM camcorders equipped with an i.LINK interface such as the HVR-Z1N and DSR-PD170. However, when used with the HVR-V1N, it offers some additional features only available in this combination.
2) A 3G sensor detects gravitational acceleration in three dimensions, so however the HVR-DR60 may be oriented, the sensor can detect if it has been dropped. Should this occur, power to the HDD is shut off and the recording heads are 3G Sensor retracted from the disk platter, pausing read/write operations. This helps protect the HDD from being damaged when the unit is accidentally dropped and subject to strong impact. 3) A buffer memory can store approximately 14 seconds of video and audio footage. Recordings are made by first writing the data to the buffer, and then writing the buffer data to the disk platter. Consequently, if the 3G sensor temporarily interrupts disk writes, video footage is not lost. Thanks to such advanced technologies, the HVR-DR60 should continue to record stably even when dropped from as high as 100 cm (39 3/8 inches) (based on Sonys testing).

Checking the Operational Status on the HVR-V1N
On the LCD monitor and viewfinder of the HVR-V1N, the operational status of the HVR-DR60 such as connection, recording format, battery level, remaining recording time, recording folder name, etc. can be checked. This keeps operators informed of both the camcorder and hard drive status, without taking their eyes away from what is being shot.
Long Operating Hours Using Common Camcorder Batteries
The HVR-DR60 uses the same infoLITHIUM L Series batteries as the HVR-V1N, HVR-Z1N, and DSR-PD170 camcorders. With the smallest capacity NP-F570 battery, the HVR-DR60 can run continuously for up to 5.5 hours (330 min), and with the largest capacity NP-F970, this increases to up to 18 hours (1080 min). Long operating hours are offered using such camcorder batteries that HDV operators already have at hand.

HVR-DR60 Status Check

Tapeless Recording
To trigger recording of the HVR-DR60, most HDV camcorders require a tape to be loaded. However, this is not the case with the HVR-V1N. The HVR-V1N sends the same rec start/stop trigger that controls its tape transport to the HVR-DR60. This feature offers operators the choice of tapeless operation or hybrid operation.
Compact and Perfect Balance
The HVR-DR60 measures just 81 x 45 x 100 mm (3 1/4 x 1 3/4 x 4 inches) in size and only about 230 g (8 oz) in weight. It can be mounted on a camcorders cold shoe using the supplied shoe adapter, or attached using an optional VCT-1BP Bracket.


ECM-673 UWP-C1 HVL-LBP HVR-DR60 NP-F970/F770/F570*
(on cold shoe) VF-62CPK AC-VQ1050B


(on LCD monitor)
SH-L35WBP Battery adapter for HVL-LBP VCT-1BP


*The NP-F570 is not available for the HVL-LBP.




3/5 1/5 3/14 3/17 Unit: mm (inches)


A range of accessories for the HVR-V1N broadens shooting opportunities.


LED Light
Brightness of 600 lx (1 m), life of approx. 10,000 hours (whole unit), and power consumption of 16 W Ideal for wide-angle shooting Uniform lighting over the entire projected area Spotlight projection with supplied condensing lens attached Light diffuser attached to soften shadows and reduce contrast Compatible with HVR-V1N batteries, such as the NP- F770/F970 Long operating time: approximately 3 hours with the NP-F970 (at maximum brightness)
0.8x Wide Conversion Lens
Bayonet mount for easy attachment and detachment Lens hood supplied 86 mm filter available without attaching the lens hood


InfoLITHIUM Rechargeable Battery Pack



Filter Kit (62 mm)


LANC Remote Controller

Video Tripod with RM-1BP Remote Control


LCD Hood




Soft Carrying Case


Hard Carrying Case


DigitalMaster Mini Cassette Tape
UHF Synthesized Wireless Microphone Package


Electret Condenser Microphone


Battery Charger
i.LINK Cable (4-pin to 4-pin)


i.LINK Cable (4-pin to 6-pin)


HDMI Cable (1.5/3/5 m)


Camera section Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens, 20x (optical), f = 3.9 to 78 mm, f = 37.4 to 748 mm* at 16:9 mode f = 45.7 to 914 mm* at 4:3 mode, F = 1.6 to 2.8, filter diameter: 62 mm 1/4 ND, 1/16 ND Auto, manual (focus ring/one push auto/infinity) 1/4-inch type, 3 ClearVid CMOS Sensor system Approx. 1,037,000 pixels (effective), approx. 1,120,000 pixels (total) Auto, one-push auto (2 positions), indoor (3200 K), outdoor (5800 K +15steps) 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/90, 1/100, 1/125, 1/180, 1/250, 1/350, 1/500, 1/725, 1/1000, 1/1500, 1/2000, 1/3000, 1/4000, 1/6000, 1/10000 s 1/3, 1/6, 1/12, 1/24, 1/40, 1/48, 1/50, 1/60, 1/96, 1/100, 1/120, 1/144, 1/192, 1/200, 1/288, 1/400, 1/576, 1/1200, 1/2400, 1/4800, 1/10000 s Auto, manual (Type1/Type2) 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 dB 4 lx with F1.6 at 18 dB 1080/60i, 480/60i (NTSC) 1080/60i, 480/60i (NTSC) Max. 18.812 mm/s Max. 28.218 mm/s Max. 63 min with PHDVM-63DM cassette Max. 41 min with PHDVM-63DM cassette Approx. 1 min 45 s with PHDVM-63DM cassette (AC adaptor) Approx. 2 min 40 s with PHDVM-63DM cassette (battery pack) A/V OUT jack, 10-pin connector Composite video: 1 Vp-p, 75 unbalanced, sync negative Y: 1 Vp-p, 75 unbalanced C: 0.286 Vp-p (burst signal), 75 unbalanced Audio: 461 mV input impedance more than 47 k , output impedance less than 2.2 k COMPONENT OUT jack Y: 1 Vp-p, 75 unbalanced Pr/Pb (Cr/Cb): 700 mVp-p, 75 unbalanced i.LINK interface (IEEE 1394, 4-pin connector S100) XLR 3-pin female x 2, 327 mV, -60 dBu: 3 k , +4 dBu: 10 k , power supply: approx. 48 V Stereo mini jack (3.5 mm) Stereo mini-mini jack (2.5 mm) Mini-B connector HDMI connector 0.54-inch** type, approx. 252,000 dots, 16:9 aspect ratio 3.5-inch** type, Clear Photo LCD plus , approx. 211,200 dots, hybrid type, 16:9 aspect ratio 16mm Approx. 1.5 kg (3 lb 6 oz) (camcorder only) DC 7.2 V (battery pack), DC 8.4 V (AC adaptor) Approx. 6.8 W (recording mode with LCD viewfinder or monitor on) Approx. 6.6 W (recording mode with LCD viewfinder or monitor on) 0 to 40 C (32 to 104 F) -20 to +60 C (-4 to +140 F) AC-L15 AC adaptor Power cord NP-F570 infoLITHIUM rechargeable battery pack A/V connecting cable, component video cable, USB cable lens hood with lens cover RMT-831 wireless Remote CommanderTM ECM-NV1 monaural electolet condenser microphone Operating instructions(CD-ROM) Printed operationg instructions * These values are calculated to be equivalent to the 35 mm film. ** Viewable area, measured diagonally.

Built-in filter Focus Imaging system Picture elements White balance Manual shutter speed

60i/30p mode 24p mode

Exposure Gain Minimum illumination VTR section Recording format Play out/Down conversion format Tape speed Playback/Recording time Fast forward/Rewind time Input/Output connectors Audio/Video output

Component video output

HDV/DV input/output XLR audio input Headphone LANC USB HDMI output Built-in output devices LCD viewfinder LCD monitor Speaker General Mass Power requirements Power consumption Operating temperature Storage temperature Supplied accessories


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The recordable time varies depending on [DV REC MODE] (p. 75).

To eject the cassette

Open the lid following the same procedure as described in step 1 and remove the cassette.

Memory Stick Duo

You can use only a Memory Stick Duo marked with or (p. 118).
The cassette compartment automatically comes out and opens up.
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 jack cover.

Jack cover

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 b Note

If you insert 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.
To eject a Memory Stick Duo
Lightly push the Memory Stick Duo once.
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. When inserting or ejecting the Memory Stick Duo, be careful with the Memory Stick Duo from popping out and dropping.


Rec lamp REC START/STOP button B Lens hood

Rec lamp

This camcorder records movies on tape and still images on Memory Stick Duo. The procedure for recording movies is below.
This camcorder can record movies in HDV or DVCAM (DV) format. The factory setting is HDV format ([REC FORMAT] p. 75).
1 Open the shutter of the lens hood.
2 While pressing the green button, set the POWER switch to CAMERA.
3 Press the REC START/STOP button A (or B).

410min REC

00:04:50:04 60min

[STBY] t [REC]

The Rec lamp lights up during recording. To stop the movie recording, press the REC START/STOP button again.
When recording in HDV format, the aspect ratio is fixed to 16:9. When recording in DVCAM (DV) format, you can switch the aspect ratio to 4:3 ([DV WIDE REC] p. 76). You can change the screen display during recording (p. 48). Indicators displayed on the screen during recording are shown on page 137. The recording lamp can be set to stay off ([REC LAMP] p. 84). You cannot record the movie on a Memory Stick Duo.

To record in mirror mode

Open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the camcorder (1), then rotate it 180 degrees toward the lens (2).

The shutter speed can be stored temporarily by setting the AUTO LOCK switch A to HOLD after the manual adjustment. When [PROG. SCAN] is set to [24], you can adjust the shutter speed in the range of 1/3 second to 1/10000 second.
This is convenient for adjusting the brightness while a histogram (p. 71) is displayed.

Adjusting the gain

You can adjust the gain manually when shooting blackish or dark objects if you do not want the AGC (auto gain control) to be activated. 1 During recording or standby, set the AUTO LOCK switch A to the center position to release the auto lock. 2 Press the GAIN button B. The current gain value appears. 3 Adjust the gain by turning the SEL/ PUSH EXEC dial D. The gain can be adjusted between 0dB and 18dB by every 3dB.
The gain value can be stored temporarily by setting the AUTO LOCK switch A to HOLD after the manual adjustment.
Press the SHUTTER SPEED button C, or set the AUTO LOCK switch A to AUTO LOCK.
If you set the AUTO LOCK switch A to AUTO LOCK, other manually adjusted items (iris, gain, white balance) also become temporarily automatic.
Press the GAIN button B, or set the AUTO LOCK switch A to AUTO LOCK.
If you set the AUTO LOCK switch A to AUTO LOCK, other manually adjusted items (iris, shutter speed, white balance) also become temporarily automatic.
It is difficult to focus automatically at a lower shutter speed. Manual focusing with your camcorder attached to a tripod is recommended. The picture may flicker or change colors under fluorescent lamps, sodium lamps, or mercury lamps.
Adjusting to Natural Color (White balance)


Shooting conditions White balance values adjusted for light sources can be stored in memory A and memory B. Follow the steps below Recording a sunset/ sunrise, just after sunset, just before sunrise, neon signs, or fireworks. Under daylight color fluorescent lamps


n (Indoor)
You can adjust the white balance according to the light of the recording environment. You can set two sets of white balance adjustment data separately in memory A and memory B for two different recording conditions with A and B. During recording, you can select the setup data with the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. The setup data will be retained as long as it is not readjusted even if the power is disconnected.
Under the lighting condition that changes quickly Under strong light such as in a photography studio Under sodium lamps or mercury lamps
You can change the white balance value for (Outdoor) by pressing and turning the SEL/ PUSH EXEC dial when (Outdoor) is selected. The value can be set between 7(bluish) and +7 (reddish). The default value is 0.
To save the adjusted white balance value in memory A or B
1 Select A or B according to step 3 of Adjusting to Natural Color (White Balance). 2 Shoot something white (such as a sheet of paper) full-screen under the same lighting conditions as the subject. 3 Press the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial C. Pressing the dial switches between blinking A and B. When the white balance is adjusted, A or B stops blinking and remains on. The adjusted value is now saved in the selected A or B memory.

You can adjust the volume of a microphone connected to INPUT1/INPUT2.
You can find how to attach the supplied microphone on page 14.
use the device while the +48V switch is set to ON, the device may be damaged.
1 Set the AUTO/MAN switch A of
the channel to be adjusted to MAN. appears on the screen.
2 Turn the AUDIO LEVEL dial B to
adjust the volume. You can adjust the volume of the microphone connected to INPUT1 by CH1, and that of the microphone connected to INPUT2 by CH2.
Set the AUTO/MAN switch A of the manually adjusted channel to AUTO.
If you are connecting a device other than a 48-V microphone, set the +48V switch to OFF. If you
Assigning the functions to the ASSIGN buttons
You may need to assign some functions to the ASSIGN buttons. You can assign a single function to each the ASSIGN button 1 to 6. Functions you can assign to the ASSIGN buttons
LAST SCN RVW (p. 45) MARKER (p. 71) HYPER GAIN (p. 67) D.EXTENDER (p. 67) ALLSCAN MODE (p. 72) FOCUS INFNTY (p. 44) REC REVIEW (p. 45) END SEARCH (p. 45) INDEX MARK (p. 44) PEAKING (p. 70) STEADYSHOT (p. 63) COLOR BAR (p. 63) FOCUS MACRO (p. 64) SPOTLIGHT (p. 67) BACK LIGHT (p. 67) FADER (p. 68) DISPLAY (p. 48) Picture profile (p. 38) SHOT TRANS (p. 46)

ASSIGN button 1-3

ASSIGN button 4-6
1 Press the MENU button A. 2 Select the
The ASSIGN buttons 4 to 6 are exclusively used for memory playback when the POWER switch is set to VCR, and cannot be used as ASSIGN buttons. You cannot assign functions to the ASSIGN buttons 4 to 6 while the POWER switch is set to VCR.
3 Select the number of the ASSIGN
button (ASSIGN 1-6, [SHOT TRANS]) you want to assign the function by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial B, then press the dial.
[------] is displayed at the number that no function is assigned. When you select [SHOT TRANS], select [YES], then proceed to step 6.
4 Select the function to be assigned
by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial B, then press the dial.
Assigning the functions to the ASSIGN buttons (Continued)
5 Select [OK] by turning the SEL/
PUSH EXEC dial B, then press the dial.
The index function will make it easier to check the transition of recording or edit your pictures using index signals.
6 Press the MENU button A to hide

the menu.

1 Assign [INDEX MARK] to one of
the ASSIGN buttons in advance (p. 43).
Shot transition is assigned to the ASSIGN buttons 1, 2 and 3 (p. 46). Cancel the shot transition assignment to return to the pre-setting assignment. To cancel the shot transition, select [SHOT TRANS] t [YES] in step 3.
2 Press the ASSIGN button
assigned to [INDEX MARK]. When pressed during recording appears for about 7 seconds and an index signal is recorded. When pressed during standby flashes. After you press the REC START/STOP button to start recording, appears for about 7 seconds and an index signal is recorded.

2 Prepare your VCR/DVD device for
recording. When dubbing to the VCR, insert a cassette for recording. When dubbing to the DVD recorder, insert a DVD for recording. If your recording device has an input selector, set it to the appropriate input (such as video input1 and video input2).
3 Connect your VCR/DVD device to
your camcorder as a recording device. See page 85 for connection details.
To record the date/time and camera settings data when connected by the A/V connecting cable, display them on the screen. When you use an i.LINK cable, the video and sound signals are transmitted digitally, producing high quality pictures. When an i.LINK cable is connected, the format of the output signal ( or ) will be indicated on the LCD screen of your camcorder.
4 Start playback on the camcorder,
and recording on the VCR/DVD device. Refer to the operating instructions supplied with your recording device for details.
5 When dubbing is complete, stop
your camcorder and the VCR/DVD device.
Recording pictures from a VCR
You can record pictures from a VCR on a tape. You can record a scene as a still image on a Memory Stick Duo. You can record pictures in the HDV format by connecting an HDV1080i specification compatible device. Be sure to insert a cassette or a Memory Stick Duo for recording in your camcorder beforehand. You can connect your camcorder to a VCR device using an i.LINK cable. Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation (p. 16). Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected.
You need an i.LINK cable for this operation. You cannot perform this operation with the A/V connecting cable. Your camcorder has a 4-pin i.LINK terminal. Select a cable that fits the terminal on the device to be attached.
HDV1080i compatible device
AV device with i.LINK jack

t HD quality

t SD quality

To i.LINK connector

To HDV/DV interface (i.LINK)
* An i.LINK jack which is compatible with HDV1080i specification is required.

Recording movies

1 Set the POWER switch to VCR. 2 Set the input signal of your
camcorder. Set [VCR HDV/DV] to [AUTO] when recording from an HDV format compatible device. Set [VCR HDV/DV] to [DV] or [AUTO] when recording from a DVCAM (DV) format compatible device (p. 75).
Recording pictures from a VCR (Continued)
3 Connect your VCR as a player to
your camcorder. When an i.LINK cable is connected, the format of the input signal ( or ) will be indicated on the LCD screen of your camcorder (This indicator may appear on the screen of the playback device, however, it will not be recorded).

4 Select [EXEC] t [YES] with the
SEL/PUSH EXEC dial. When printing is finished, [Printing.] disappears and the image selection screen appears again. Press the MENU button when printing is completed.
We do not guarantee proper operation when a PictBridge incompatible device is connected. Refer also to the operating instructions for the printer to be used. Do not attempt the following operations when the printer is connected ( is on the screen). The operations may not be performed properly. Operate the POWER switch. Disconnect the USB cable from 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. Depending on your printer, the top, bottom or side edges may be cut. Particularly when printing a wide (16:9) image, the sides may be cut significantly. Some printer models may not support the date/ 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.

Connecting to a computer

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

System requirements

For Windows users
OS: Windows 2000 Professional/Windows Millennium Edition/Windows XP Home Edition/Windows XP Professional Standard installation is required. Operation is not assured if the above OS has been upgraded. CPU: MMX Pentium 200MHz or faster Others: USB port (provided as standard).

t p. 95

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

t p. 98

Copying the movie on a tape in the DVCAM (DV) format to the computer

For Macintosh users

OS: Mac OS 9.1/9.2 or Mac OS X (v10.1/v10.2/ v10.3/v10.4) Others: USB port (provided as standard).

About connection

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

USB cable

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

If images are copied in HDV format but not recognized, your editing software may not support HDV format. Convert the images to DVCAM (DV) format according to step 4 and copy again. A tape recorded in DVCAM (DV) format cannot be copied to a computer in HDV format. Continued ,
Copying movies on a tape to a computer (Continued)
When images recorded in HDV format are copied to a computer, the file size is about 2GB (almost the same as a DV file) for a 10-minute movie if the video compression format is MPEG2.
When copying the movie in the HDV format from the computer to your camcorder
Set [VCR HDV/DV] to [HDV] and [i.LINK CONV] to [OFF] (p. 75, 77).
To copy an HDV format movie edited on a computer back onto a tape in HDV format is possible so long as your editing software supports copying HDV movies onto tape. For details, contact the software manufacturer.
When copying the movie in the DVCAM (DV) format from the computer to your camcorder
Set [VCR HDV/DV] to [DV] (p. 75).
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. Power sources/LCD screen/Remote Commanderp. 101 Cassette tapes/Memory Stick Duop. 102 Recordingp. 103 Playbackp. 105 Connecting to TVp. 107 Dubbing/Editing/Connecting to other devicesp. 108 Connecting to a computerp. 109
Power sources/LCD screen/Remote Commander
The power does not turn on or abruptly turns off.
Attach a charged battery pack to the camcorder (p. 16). Use the AC Adaptor to connect to a wall outlet (p. 16).
The camcorder does not operate even when the power is set to on.
Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall outlet or remove the battery pack, then reconnect it after about 1 minute. Press the RESET button (p. 134) using a sharp-pointed object.
The camcorder gets warm. Troubleshooting
The camcorder may get warmer while you use it. This is not a malfunction.

The CHARGE lamp does not light while the battery pack is being charged.
Slide the POWER switch to OFF (CHG) (p. 16). Attach the battery pack to the camcorder correctly (p. 16). Connect the power cord to the wall outlet properly. The battery charge is completed (p. 16).
The CHARGE lamp flashes while the battery pack is being charged.
Attach the battery pack to the camcorder correctly (p. 16). If the problem persists, disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall outlet and contact your Sony dealer. The battery pack may be damaged.
The remaining battery time indicator does not indicate the correct time.
Ambient temperature is too high or too low, or the battery pack has not been charged enough. This is not a malfunction. Fully charge the battery again. If the problem persists, the battery may be worn-out. Replace it with a new one (p. 16, 120). The indicated time may not be correct in certain circumstances. For example, when you open or close the LCD panel, it takes about 1 minute to display the correct remaining battery time.
Troubleshooting (Continued)
The battery pack discharges too quickly.
Ambient temperature is too high or low, or the battery pack has not been charged enough. This is not a malfunction. Fully charge the battery again. If the problem persists, the battery may be worn-out. Replace it with a new one (p. 16, 120).
The picture remains on the LCD screen.
This occurs if you disconnect the DC plug or remove the battery pack without turning off the power first. This is not a malfunction.
The picture in the viewfinder is not clear.
Move the viewfinder lens adjustment lever until the picture appears clearly (p. 20).
The picture in the viewfinder has disappeared.
If you change [VF POWERMODE] to [AUTO], the finder light remains off while the LCD panel is open (p. 73).
The supplied Remote Commander does not function.
Set [REMOTE CTRL] to [ON] (p. 84). Remove any obstructions between the Remote Commander and the remote sensor. Keep strong light sources, such as sunlight or overhead lighting, away from the remote sensor, otherwise the Remote Commander may not function properly. Insert a fresh battery in the compartment with its +/ terminals matching those of the compartment (p. 136).
Another VCR malfunctions when you use the supplied Remote Commander.
Select a commander mode other than VTR 2 for your VCR. Cover the sensor of your VCR with black paper.
Cassette tapes/Memory Stick Duo
The cassette cannot be ejected from the compartment.
Make sure the power source (battery pack or AC Adaptor) is connected correctly (p. 16). Moisture condensation has occurred inside the camcorder (p. 123).
The Cassette Memory indicator or title display does not appear while using a cassette with Cassette Memory.

This camcorder does not support Cassette Memory, so the indicator does not appear.
The remaining tape indicator is not displayed.
Set [ REMAINING] to [ON] to always display the remaining tape indicator (p. 74).
The cassette is noisier during rewinding or fast-forwarding.
When using the AC Adaptor, rewind/fast forward speed increases (compared with battery operation) and therefore increases noise. This is not a malfunction.
You cannot delete pictures or format the Memory Stick Duo.
Release the lock on the write-protect tab of the Memory Stick Duo if there is one (p. 118). The pictures are protected. Release the protect function on your computer, etc.
The recording does not start when you press the REC START/STOP button.
Slide the POWER switch to CAMERA (p. 26). The tape has reached the end. Rewind it, or insert a new cassette. Set the write-protect tab of the cassette to REC or insert a new cassette (p. 114). 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. 123).
The handle zoom does not work.
Set the handle zoom switch to H or L (p. 31).
You cannot record on the Memory Stick Duo.
Release the lock on the write-protect tab of the Memory Stick Duo if there is one (p. 118). The Memory Stick Duo is full. Delete unnecessary pictures recorded on the Memory Stick Duo (p. 92). Format the Memory Stick Duo on your camcorder (p. 81) or insert another Memory Stick Duo (p. 24). You cannot record still images on the Memory Stick Duo with: While executing [FADER] [SMTH SLW REC] When the shutter speed is set to slower than 1/60 While checking/executing shot transition When [PROG. SCAN] is set to [24] or [30] Set [PHOTO/EXP.FOCUS] to [PHOTO](p. 83).
You cannot record a smooth transition on a tape from the last recorded scene to the next.
Perform End search (p. 45). Do not remove the cassette (the picture will be recorded continuously without a break even when you turn the power off). Do not record pictures in the HDV and DVCAM (DV) formats on the same tape. Do not record pictures in DVCAM mode and DV SP mode on the same tape. When [QUICK REC] is set to [ON], you cannot record a smooth transition (p. 83).

The screen picture is bright, and the subject does not appear on the screen.
Cancel the BACK LIGHT function (p. 67).
The screen picture is dark, and the subject does not appear on the screen.
Press and hold the DISPLAY/BATT INFO button for a few seconds to turn on the backlight (p. 20).
The picture appears too bright, or horizontal bands or changes in color occurs.
This occurs when recording pictures under a fluorescent lamp, sodium lamp, or mercury lamp. This is not a malfunction.
Black bands appear when you record a TV screen or computer screen.
This can be improved by changing the shutter speed (p. 36).
Fine patterns flicker, diagonal lines look jagged.
Adjust [SHARPNESS] to [0] side (p. 39).
If you are playing back pictures stored on a Memory Stick Duo, refer also to the Cassette tapes/Memory Stick Duo section (p. 102). You cannot play back tape.
Slide the POWER switch to turn on the VCR. Rewind the tape (p. 29).
Image data stored on a Memory Stick Duo cannot be played back correctly.
Image data cannot be played back if you have modified file names or folders, or have edited the data on a computer (In this case, the file name flashes). This is not a malfunction (p. 119). Pictures recorded on other devices may not be played back correctly. This is not a malfunction.
The data file name is displayed incorrectly, or flashing.
The file is damaged. The file format is not supported on your camcorder (p. 118). Only the file name is displayed if the directory structure does not conform to the universal standard.
Horizontal lines appear on the picture. The displayed pictures are not clear or do not appear.
Video head is dirty. Clean the head using the cleaning cassette (optional) (p. 124).
You cannot hear the sound recorded with 4CH MIC REC on another camcorder.
Set [DV AUDIO MIX] (p. 70).
No sound or only a low sound is heard.
Turn up the volume (p. 30). Set [DV AUDIO MIX] (p. 70). Pictures recorded using [SMTH SLW REC] do not have sounds.

Maintenance and precautions

On use and care

Do not use or store the camcorder and accessories in the following locations. Anywhere extremely hot or cold. Never leave them exposed to temperatures above 60 C (140 F), such as under direct sunlight, near heaters or in a car parked in the sun. They may malfunction or become deformed. Near strong magnetic fields or mechanical vibration. The camcorder may malfunction. Near strong radio waves or radiation. The camcorder may not be able to record properly. Near AM receivers and video equipment. Noise may occur. On a sandy beach or anywhere dusty. If sand or dust gets in your camcorder, it may malfunction. Sometimes this malfunction cannot be repaired. Near windows or outdoors, where the LCD screen, the viewfinder, or the lens may be exposed to direct sunlight. This damages the inside of the viewfinder or the LCD screen. Anywhere very humid. Operate your camcorder on DC 7.2 V (battery pack) or DC 8.4 V (AC Adaptor). For DC or AC operation, use the accessories recommended in these operating instructions. Do not let your camcorder get wet, for example, from rain or sea water. If your camcorder gets wet, it may malfunction. Sometimes this malfunction cannot be repaired. If any solid object or liquid gets inside the casing, unplug your camcorder and have it checked by a Sony dealer before operating it any further. Avoid rough handling, disassembling, modifying, physical shock, or impact such as hammering, dropping or stepping on the product. Be particularly careful of the lens. Keep the POWER switch setting to OFF (CHG) when you are not using your camcorder. Do not wrap your camcorder with a towel, for example, and operate it. Doing so might cause heat to build up inside. When disconnecting the 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 on the camcorder and play a cassette for about 3 minutes. Use up the battery pack completely before storing it.

Moisture condensation

If your camcorder is brought directly from a cold place to a warm place, moisture may condense inside your camcorder, on the surface of the tape, or on the lens. In this state, the tape may stick to the head drum and be damaged or your camcorder may not operate correctly. If there is moisture inside your camcorder, [Moisture condensation. Eject the cassette] or [Moisture condensation. Turn off for 1H.] appears. The indicator will not appear when the moisture condenses on the lens.

x 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).
The playback The playback screen screen pauses. goes blank. (Solid blue screen)
The following phenomenon occurs in DVCAM (DV) format.

Block-noise appears.

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.
The playback screen goes blank. (Solid blue screen)
The video heads will be worn after long use. If you cannot obtain a clear image even after using a cleaning cassette (optional), the video heads may be worn out. Please contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility to have the video heads replaced.

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.
On charging the pre-installed rechargeable battery
Your camcorder has a pre-installed rechargeable battery to retain the date, time, and other settings even when the POWER switch is set to OFF (CHG). The preinstalled rechargeable battery is always charged while your camcorder is connected to the wall outlet via the AC Adaptor or while the battery pack is inserted. The rechargeable battery will be fully discharged in about 3 months if you do not use your camcorder at all without the AC Adaptor connected or the battery pack attached. Use your camcorder after charging the pre-installed rechargeable battery. However, even if the pre-installed rechargeable battery is not charged, the camcorder operation will not be affected as long as you are not recording the date. x Procedures Connect your camcorder to a wall outlet using the supplied AC Adaptor, and leave it with the POWER switch set to OFF (CHG) for more than 24 hours.

Battery may explode if mistreated. Do not recharge, disassemble or dispose of in fire.
When the lithium battery becomes weak, the operating distance of the Remote Commander may shorten, or the Remote Commander may not function properly. In this case, replace the battery with a Sony CR2025 lithium battery. Use of another battery may present a risk of fire or explosion.
B Memory control buttons (Index, /+, Memory/playback) (30) C SEARCH M. (50) D. > E Video control buttons (Rewind, Playback, Fast-forward, Pause, Stop, Slow) (29) F ZERO SET MEMORY This button is invalid with your camcorder. G Transmitter H START/STOP (26) I Power zoom (31) J DISPLAY (48)
Indicators for the LCD screen and viewfinder
The numbers in ( ) are reference pages. The indicators will not be recorded on the tape during recording.


00:04:50:04 12min


A Recording format ( , ) (75) B Remaining battery (approx.)
G Recording folder (81) H Image size (80) I Quality ([FINE] or [STD]) (80) J Recording indicator (28)
C Recording status ([STBY] (standby) or [REC] (recording)) D During recording: Tape counter (hour: minute: second: frame) During playback: Time code (hour: minute: second: frame) E Recording capacity of the tape (approx.) F Audio level display (72)
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 (73).
Indicators for the LCD screen and viewfinder (Continued)

Viewing movies


Viewing still images

125min 101-0011


K Tape transport indicator
Recording mode (DVCAM or DV SP) appears when a tape recorded in the DVCAM or DV SP format is played back.DV.
L Data file name M Picture number/Total number of recorded pictures in the current playback folder N Playback folder (81) O Previous/Next folder icon
The , , 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. You can move to Previous/Next folder with the VOLUME/ MEMORY button.



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