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Sony DCR-PC101Sony Handycam DCR PC101 Camcorder - 1.0 Megapixel - 10 x optical zoom - Black, metallic silver

Mini DV, x 8 MB, English, 1y warranty, up to 150 min battery, F/1.8-2.0

The DCR-PC101 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder combines improved battery capacity, megapixel image quality, MPEG EX movie capability, 8MB MS and USB streaming without compromising the compact and functional design of its award-winning predecessors. Weighing in at only one pound and four ounces, the DCR-PC101 doesn't come up short on features. With a 10X optical/120X digital zoom and a 1/4.7", 1 megapixel CCD imager, this lightweight MiniDV Handycam Camcorder offers stunning digital video quali... Read more

 

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SunWuKung 6:26am on Thursday, August 5th, 2010 
Convenience of burning to DVD format you WILL damage a disk and be very dissapointed...
akloeckner 9:03am on Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 
im satisfied with it.im not a pro but just love to take parties with friends.ive noticed a memory card slot? You people are doing a fantastic job with your numerous wonderful products. All my appliaces are sony.
rickah 4:01pm on Thursday, July 15th, 2010 
Being a sony and all, of course it is going to be insanely expensive, but also, being a sony.
pilop i9i 7:29am on Monday, July 12th, 2010 
The size and features are what attracted me to purchasing this unit. Convenience, size. Picture quality
Adam 8:39am on Saturday, July 10th, 2010 
This camcorder is a very nice camera, very quick to auto zoom to the subject and good in low light.
adsundar 8:08am on Sunday, June 27th, 2010 
I love everything about this camcorder, except when I have to copy my recordings to DVD, since this software is not provided. Small, um... Poor performance, bad zoom
kerry49 4:42am on Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 
Excellent camera The Sony DVD101E has excellent features, great quality and sexy design.

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(1) Remove the lens cap and pull the lens cap string to fix it. (2) Install the power source and insert a cassette. See Step 1 to Step 3 for more information (p. 14 to 21). (3) Pull down the Holding Grip. Hold your camcorder firmly as illustrated. (4) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA while pressing the small green button. Your camcorder is in standby. (5) Press OPEN to open the LCD panel. The picture appears on the LCD panel. (6) Press START/STOP. Your camcorder starts recording. The REC indicator appears. The camera recording lamp located on the front of your camcorder lights up. To stop recording, press START/STOP again.

Microphone

Camera recording lamp

REC 0:00:01

After recording
(1) (2) (3) (4) Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHARGE). Close the LCD panel and set the Holding Grip back to the previous position. Eject the cassette. Remove the battery pack.
Notes Fasten the grip strap firmly. Do not touch the built-in microphone during recording. The recording data (date/time or various settings when recorded) are not displayed during recording. However, they are recorded automatically onto the tape. To display the recording data, press DATA CODE during playback. You can also use the Remote Commander for this operation (p. 39). Note on Recording mode Your camcorder records and plays back in the SP (standard play) mode and in the LP (long play) mode. Select SP or LP in the menu settings (p. 190). In the LP mode, you can record 1.5 times as long as in the SP mode. When you record a tape in the LP mode on your camcorder, we recommend playing the tape on your camcorder. Note on the LOCK switch When you slide the LOCK switch to the left, the POWER switch can no longer be set to MEMORY accidentally. The LOCK switch is set to the right as a default setting. To enable smooth transition Transition between the last scene you recorded and the next scene is smooth as long as you do not eject the cassette even if you turn off your camcorder. However, check the following: Do not mix recordings in the SP mode and in the LP mode on one tape. When you change the battery pack, set the POWER switch to OFF (CHARGE). When you use a tape with cassette memory, you can make the transition smooth even after ejecting the cassette by using the END SEARCH function (p. 36). If you leave your camcorder in tape recording standby for five minutes while the cassette is inserted Your camcorder automatically turns off. This is to save battery power and to prevent battery and tape wear. To resume tape recording standby, set the POWER switch to OFF (CHARGE), and to CAMERA again. To start recording, press START/STOP again without switching the POWER switch. However, your camcorder does not turn off automatically while the cassette is not inserted. When you record in the SP and LP modes on one tape or you record in the LP mode The transition between scenes is not smooth. The playback picture may be distorted or the time code may not be written properly between scenes. The battery life when you record using the LCD screen The battery time is slightly shorter than the shooting time using the viewfinder.

Using the viewfinder

Pull out the viewfinder until it clicks, and then turn the LCD panel over and move it back to your camcorder body with the LCD screen facing out. You can operate with the touch panel using the viewfinder. Use the viewfinder in the following case: When operating camera brightness and the fader (only in CAMERA) on the touch panel using the viewfinder.
(1) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA or MEMORY. Pull out the viewfinder until it clicks, and then turn the LCD panel over and move it back to your camcorder body with the LCD screen facing out. OFF. The message PANEL OFF appears on the screen. (2) Press (3) Press OK. The LCD screen is turned off. (4) Using the viewfinder, press the LCD screen. EXPOSURE, OK, ON and FADER (only in CAMERA) appear. OK. (5) Select a desired item, then press EXPOSURE: adjust the exposure by pressing /+. FADER: press FADER until the desired fader mode is displayed. The indicator changes as follows: FADER t M. FADER t BOUNCE t MONOTONE (no indicator) T DOT T WIPE T OVERLAP ON: The LCD screen lights up, then becomes Mirror Mode.

In CAMERA Viewfinder

EXPO SURE OK

In MEMORY

To make the buttons on the LCD screen disappear

Press OK.

Notes Do not touch the LCD screen with wet hands. Do not press the LCD screen with sharp objects such as a pen. In VCR or memory playback, you cannot operate with the touch panel using the viewfinder. To operate the items that are not displayed Set the LCD screen and the viewfinder back to the previous position. Operate the items using the LCD screen. FN and OFF in the viewfinder These buttons appear mirror-reversed. Available recording time This is the time when you record pictures using the viewfinder (p. 16).
Advanced Playback Operations
Playing back a tape with picture effect
During playback, you can process a scene using the picture effect functions: NEG.ART, SEPIA, B&W and SOLARIZE.
(1) In playback or playback pause, press FN to display PAGE1. (p. 185). (2) Press MENU, then set P EFFECT to the desired mode in See page 56 for details of each picture effect function.

MANUAL SET P EFFECT

EXIT OFF NEG. ART SEPIA B&W SOLARIZE
Set P EFFECT to OFF in the menu settings. Notes You cannot process externally input scenes using the picture effect function. You cannot record images on a tape on your camcorder while you are processing the image using the picture effect function. Record images on a Memory Stick (p. 127, 139), or on a VCR using your camcorder as a player. Pictures processed by the picture effect function Pictures processed by the picture effect function are not output through the DV Interface. When you set the POWER switch to OFF (CHARGE) or stop playing back The picture effect function is automatically canceled.

V I DEO ED I T ED I T SET CONTROL ADJ TEST CUT - I N CUT -OUT I R SETUP PAUSEMODE PAUSE I R TEST
Buttons that cancel recording pause on the VCR The buttons vary depending on your VCR. To cancel recording pause of your VCR: Select PAUSE if the button to cancel recording pause is X. Select REC if the button to cancel recording pause is z. Select PB if the button to cancel recording pause is N.
(3) Locate the infrared rays emitter of your camcorder and face it towards the remote sensor of the VCR
Set the devices about 30 cm (12 in.) apart, and remove any obstacles between the devices. VCR Infrared rays emitter

Remote sensor

A/V connecting cable (supplied)
(4) Confirming the VCR operation
1 Insert a recordable tape into the VCR, then set the VCR to recording pause. 2 Press r/R to select IR TEST, then press EXEC. 3 Press r/R to select EXECUTE, then press EXEC. If the VCR starts recording, the setting is correct. The indicator you selected to cancel recording pause on the VCR flashes on the LCD screen. When finished, the indicator changes to COMPLETE.
ENGAGE REC PAUSE RETURN EXECUTE
END V I DEO ED I T ED I T SET CONTROL ADJ TEST CUT - I N CUT -OUT I R SETUP PAUSEMODE COMPLETE I R TEST EXEC RET.
When the VCR does not operate correctly After checking the code in About the IR SETUP code, set the IR SETUP or the PAUSEMODE again. Place your camcorder at least 30 cm (12 in.) away from the VCR. Refer to the operating instructions of your VCR.
Step 2: Setting the VCR to operate with the i.LINK cable
When you connect using the i.LINK cable (optional), follow the procedures below.
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR on your camcorder. (2) Turn the power of the connected VCR on, then set the input selector to DV input. When you connect a digital video camera recorder, set its power switch to VCR/VTR. (3) Press FN to display PAGE1. , then press EXEC (p. 192). (4) Press MENU, then select VIDEO EDIT in (5) Press r/R to select TAPE, then press EXEC. (6) Press EDIT SET. (7) Press r/R to select CONTROL, then press EXEC. (8) Press r/R to select i.LINK, then press EXEC.
V I DEO ED I T ED I T SET i. L I NK CONTROL ADJ TEST CUT - I N CUT -OUT I R SETUP PAUSEMODE I R TEST
V I DEO ED I T MARK IN START
0:32:30:14 ED I T SET UNDO
Note When you connect with an i.LINK cable, you may not be able to operate the dubbing function correctly, depending on the VCR. Set CONTROL to IR in the menu settings of your camcorder. When you connect using i.LINK cable You cannot dub the titles, display indicators.

Inserting a scene from a VCR Insert editing
You can insert a new scene from a VCR onto your originally recorded tape by specifying the insert start and end points. Use the Remote Commander for this operation. Connections are the same as on page 97 or 98. Insert a cassette containing the desired scene to insert into the VCR. [a] [A]

[b] [B]

[A]: A tape that contains the scene to be superimposed [B]: A tape before editing [C]: A tape after editing
(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR. (2) On the VCR, locate just before the insert start point [a], then set the VCR to playback pause. (3) On your camcorder, locate the insert end point [c] by pressing m or M. Then set it to playback pause. (4) Press ZERO SET MEMORY on the Remote Commander. The ZERO SET MEMORY indicator flashes and the end point of the insert is stored in memory. The tape counter shows 0:00:00. (5) On your camcorder, locate the insert start point [b] by pressing m. Press FN and select PAGE3, then press REC CTRL. And press REC PAUSE. (6) First press X on the VCR, and after a few seconds press REC START on your camcorder to start inserting the new scene. Inserting automatically stops near the zero point on the tape counter. Your camcorder automatically stops recording.

0:00:00 ZERO SET MEMORY

REC PAUSE

REC START

To change the insert end point
Press ZERO SET MEMORY again after step 5 to erase the ZERO SET MEMORY indicator and begin from step 3. Note The picture and sound recorded on the section between the insert start and end points will be erased when you insert the new scene. If you insert scenes on the tape recorded with other camcorder (including other DCR-PC101) The picture and sound may be distorted. We recommend that you insert scenes on a tape recorded with your camcorder. When the inserted picture is played back The picture and sound may be distorted at the end of the inserted section. This is not a malfunction. The picture and sound at the start point and the end point may be distorted in the LP mode. To insert a scene without setting the insert end point Skip step 3 and 4. Press x on the Remote Commander or you want to stop inserting. If you press FN The ZERO SET MEMORY indicator is not displayed.

on your camcorder when

Audio dubbing
You can record additional audio to the original sound on a tape by connecting audio equipment or a microphone. If you connect the audio equipment, you can add sound to your tape already recorded in the 12-bit mode by specifying starting and ending points. The original sound will not be erased. Select one of the following connections to add additional audio.
Connecting the microphone with the MIC jack

MIC (PLUG IN POWER)

Microphone (optional)
: Signal flow You can check the recorded picture and sound by connecting the A/V jack to a TV. The recorded sound is not output from a speaker. Check the sound by using the headphones or TV.

OUT S VIDEO VIDEO AUDIO

If your VCR is a monaural type Connect the yellow plug of the A/V connecting cable to the video input jack and the white or the red plug to the audio input jack on the VCR or the TV. When the white plug is connected, the left channel audio is output, and when the red plug is connected, the right channel audio is output. If your TV or VCR has an S video jack Pictures can be reproduced more faithfully by using an S video cable (optional). With this connection, you do not need to connect the yellow (video) plug of the A/V connecting cable. Connect an S video cable (optional) to the S video jacks of both your camcorder and the TV or VCR.
DV OUT i.LINK cable (optional) : Signal flow
Note In the following instances REC ERROR appears and recording is canceled: When recording from a tape in poor condition, for example, a tape worn out from repeated dubbing. When attempting to input images distorted by radio wave interference, emanating from a TV tuner, radio set, etc. When the input signal is cut off.
Recording edited pictures from a tape as a moving picture Digital program editing (on Memory Sticks)
You can duplicate selected scenes (programs) for editing onto Memory Sticks.

Making the program

(1) Set the POWER switch to VCR. (2) Insert the tape for playback, and a Memory Stick for recording into your camcorder. (3) Press FN to display PAGE1. , then press EXEC (p. 192). (4) Press MENU, then select VIDEO EDIT in (5) Press r/R to select MEMORY, then press EXEC. (6) Repeat pressing IMAGESIZE to select the desired size. (7) Search for the beginning of the first scene you want to insert, then pause playback. You can fine-adjust one frame at a time with /. (8) Press MARK IN. The IN point of the first program is set, and the upper part of the program mark changes to light blue. (9) Search for the end of the first scene you want to insert, then pause playback. /. You can fine-adjust one frame at a time with (10) Press MARK OUT. The OUT point of the first program is set, then the lower part of the program mark changes to light blue. (11) Repeat steps 7 to 10, then set the programs. When one program is set, the program mark changes to light blue. You can set 20 programs in maximum.

V I DEO ED I T

0:32:30:14

MARK IN

IMAGE SIZE

TOTAL 0:00:00 SCENE 0

0:08:55:06

0:09:07:06

0:10:01:23

MARK OUT

TOTAL 0:07:01 SCENE 1

TOTAL 0:30:11 SCENE 3

Erase OUT first and then IN from of the last program.
(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Press MENU, then select VIDEO EDIT in , then press EXEC (p. 192). Press r/R to select MEMORY, then press EXEC. Press UNDO. Press ERASE ALL. All the set program marks flash, then DELETE ? appears. Press EXEC. All the set programs are deleted.
To cancel erasing all programs Press CANCEL in step 5. To cancel a program you have set END. Press The program is stored in memory until the tape is ejected. Notes You cannot dub the titles, display indicators, or the contents of cassette memory. You cannot operate recording during the digital program editing on Memory Sticks. On a blank portion of the tape You cannot set IN or OUT on a blank portions of the tape. If there is a blank portion between IN and OUT on the tape The total time code may not be displayed correctly. During making a program If you eject the cassette, the program will be erased.
Recording edited pictures from a tape as a moving picture Digital program editing (on Memory Sticks) Performing the program (Dubbing a Memory Stick)
(1) (2) (3) (4) Press MENU, then select VIDEO EDIT in , then press EXEC (p. 192). Press r/R to select MEMORY, then press EXEC. Press START. Press EXEC. Your camcorder searches for the beginning of the first program, then starts dubbing. The program mark flashes. The SEARCH indicator appears during search, the EDITING indicator appears during writing of data on your camcorder, and REC appears during dubbing on the screen. The program mark changes to light blue after dubbing is complete. When the dubbing ends, your camcorder automatically stops.

To stop dubbing

Press CANCEL. The program you made is recorded on a Memory Stick up to the place where you pressed CANCEL.
To end the Digital program editing function
Your camcorder stops when the dubbing ends. Then the display returns to VIDEO EDIT in the menu settings. Press END to end the program editing function. When the program has not been set You cannot press START. When the available recording time of Memory Stick is not enough LOW MEMORY appears on the screen. However, you can record pictures up to the time indicated. When available recording time is not left on the Memory Stick MEMORY FULL appears. When the Memory Stick is not inserted NO MEMORY STICK appears. When the write-protect switch on the Memory Stick is set to LOCK MEMORY STICK LOCKED appears.
Copying still images from a tape PHOTO SAVE
Using the search function, your camcorder automatically takes in only still images from tapes and record them on a Memory Stick in sequence. Before operation Insert a recorded tape into your camcorder and rewind the tape. Insert a Memory Stick into your camcorder.

Deleting images DELETE

You can delete images stored in a Memory Stick. You can delete all images or selected images.

Deleting selected images

Before operation Insert a Memory Stick into your camcorder.
(1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to the right (unlock) position. (2) Play back the image you want to delete. (3) Press FN to display PAGE1. (4) Press DELETE. DELETE? appears on the screen. (5) Press OK. The selected image is deleted.

DELETE 1000010

3 / 40

DELE TE

DELETE?
To cancel deleting an image
Press CANCEL in step 5. Notes To delete a protected image, first cancel image protection. Once you delete an image, you cannot restore it. Check the images to delete carefully before deleting them. If the write-protect switch on the Memory Stick is set to LOCK You cannot delete images.
Deleting images DELETE Deleting selected images on the index screen
(1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to the right (unlock) position. (2) Press INDEX to display the index. (3) Press DEL. Then press the image you want to delete. The number of the selected image is highlighted. (4) Press EXEC. DELETE? appears on the screen. (5) Press OK. The selected images are deleted.
Deleting images DELETE Deleting all the images
You can delete all the unprotected images in a Memory Stick. Before operation Insert a Memory Stick into your camcorder.
(1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to the right (unlock) position. (2) Press FN to display PAGE1. (3) Press MENU, then select DELETE ALL in , then press EXEC (p. 189). (4) Press r/R to select OK, then press EXEC. OK changes to EXECUTE. (5) Press r/R to select EXECUTE, then press EXEC. DELETING appears on the screen. When all the unprotected images are deleted, COMPLETE is displayed.
EXIT MEMORY SET STILL SET MOVIE SET SL I DE SHOW FILE NO. DELETE ALL READY FORMAT
EXIT MEMORY SET STILL SET MOVIE SET SL I DE SHOW FILE NO DELETE ALL RETURN FORMAT OK
To cancel deleting all the images in the Memory Stick
Select RETURN in step 5, then press EXEC. While DELETING appears Do not turn the POWER switch or press any buttons.
Writing a print mark PRINT MARK
You can specify the recorded still image to print out by putting marks. This function is useful for printing out still images later. Your camcorder conforms with the DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) standard for specifying the still images to print out. Before operation Insert a Memory Stick into your camcorder.
(1) Set the POWER switch to MEMORY. Make sure that the LOCK switch is set to the right (unlock) position. (2) Press INDEX to display the index. MARK. The screen to write a print mark appears. (3) Press (4) Press the image you want to write a print mark. The appears on the selected image.

Connecting to your computer with USB port For Windows users
Complete installation of the USB driver before connecting your camcorder to your computer. If you connect your camcorder to your computer first, you will not be able to install the USB driver correctly.
You must install a USB driver onto your computer in order to connect your camcorder to your computers USB port. The USB driver can be found on the CD-ROM supplied, along with the application software required for viewing images. If you connect your camcorder and your computer using the USB cable, you can view pictures live from your camcorder and pictures recorded on a tape on your computer (USB streaming function). Furthermore, if you download pictures from your camcorder to your computer, you can process or edit them in image processing software and append them to e-mail. You can also view images recorded on a Memory Stick with your computer.
Recommended computer usage environment when connecting USB cable and viewing tape images on the computer
OS: Microsoft Windows 98 SE, Windows Me, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Home Edition or Windows XP Professional Standard installation is required. However, operation is not assured if the above environment is an upgraded OS. You cannot hear sound if your computer is running Windows 98, but you can read still images. CPU: Minimum 500 MHz Intel Pentium III or faster (800 MHz or faster recommended) Application: DirectX 8.0a or later Sound system: 16 bit stereo sound card and speakers Memory: 64 MB or more Hard disk: Available memory required for installation: at least 200MB Available hard disk memory recommended: at least 1GB (depending on the size of the image files edited) Display: 4 MB VRAM video card, Minimum dot Hi color (16 bit color, 65,000 colors), Direct Draw display driver capability (At dot or less, 256 colors and less, this product will not operate correctly.) Others: This product is compatible with DirectX technology, so it is necessary to install DirectX. The USB port must be provided as standard. You cannot use this function in the Macintosh environment.
Connecting to your computer with USB port For Windows users Recommended computer usage environment when connecting USB cable and viewing Memory Stick images on the computer
OS: Microsoft Windows 98, Windows 98 SE, Windows Me, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Home Edition or Windows XP Professional Standard installation is required. However, operation is not assured if the above environment is an upgraded OS. CPU: MMX Pentium 200 MHz or faster The USB port must be provided as standard. Windows Media Player must be installed (to play back moving pictures). Notes Operations are not assured for the Windows environment if you connect two or more USB equipment to a single computer at the same time, or when using a hub. Some equipment may not operate depending on the type of USB equipment that is used simultaneously. Operations are not assured for all the recommended computer environments mentioned above. Windows and Windows Media are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Pentium is either trademark or registered trademark of Intel Corporation. All other product names mentioned herein may be the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Furthermore, and are not mentioned in each case in this manual.

A/V t DV OUT z OFF ON LCD/VF SET LCD B.L.
To output digital images and sound in analog format using your camcorder To output analog images and sound in digital format using your camcorder (p. 183)
z BRT NORMAL To set the brightness on the LCD screen normal BRIGHT To brighten the LCD screen To adjust the color on the LCD screen with /+
VCR CAMERA MEMORY VCR CAMERA MEMORY

LCD COLOR

Low intensity
VF B.L. z BRT NORMAL BRIGHT

High intensity

VCR CAMERA MEMORY
To set the brightness on the viewfinder screen to normal To brighten the viewfinder screen
Notes on LCD B.L. and VF B.L. When you select BRIGHT, battery life is reduced by about 10 percent during recording. When you use power sources other than the battery pack, BRIGHT is automatically selected. Even if you adjust LCD B.L., LCD COLOR and VF B.L. The recorded picture will not be affected.
Icon/item MEMORY SET STILL SET BURST

z OFF NORMAL EXP BRKTG

Not to record continuously To record from four to 13 images continuously (p. 124) To record three images continuously with different exposure
MULTI SCRN To record nine images continuously, display the images on a single page divided into nine boxes QUALITY z SUPER FINE FINE STANDARD IMAGESIZE MOVIE SET IMAGESIZE REMAIN z z AUTO To record moving pictures in size (p. 120) To record moving pictures in size To display the remaining capacity of the Memory Stick in the following cases: for five seconds after setting the POWER switch to VCR or MEMORY and inserting a Memory Stick when the remaining capacity of the Memory Stick is less than one minute after setting the POWER switch to MEMORY for five seconds from the start of moving picture recording for five seconds after completing moving picture recording To always display the remaining capacity of the Memory Stick VCR MEMORY VCR MEMORY z To record still images in the finest image quality mode (p. 118) To record still images in the fine image quality mode To record still images in the standard image quality mode To record still images in size (p. 120) To record still images in size MEMORY VCR MEMORY
When you select image quality The number of images you can shoot in the currently selected image quality appears on the screen.

POWER switch VCR MEMORY

Icon/item OTHERS DATA CODE (On the Remote Commander)

Mode z DATE/CAM

Meaning To display date, time and various settings during playback when you press the DATA CODE button on the Remote Commander (p. 39) To display date and time during playback when you press the DATA CODE button on the Remote Commander To set the clock to the local time. Press r/R to set a time difference. The clock changes by the time difference you set here. If you set the time difference to 0, the clock returns to the originally set time. To output the melody when you start/stop recording or when an unusual condition occurs on your camcorder To output the beep instead of the melody To cancel melody, the beep sound and shutter sound To activate the Remote Commander supplied with your camcorder To deactivate the Remote Commander to avoid remote control misoperation caused by other VCRs remote control To show the display on the LCD screen and viewfinder

WORLD TIME

CAMERA MEMORY

z MELODY

NORMAL OFF COMMANDER z ON OFF

DISPLAY

V-OUT/LCD To show the display on the TV screen, LCD screen and viewfinder REC LAMP z ON OFF VIDEO EDIT z RETURN TAPE MEMORY To light up the camera recording lamp at the front of your camcorder To turn the camera recording lamp off so that the person is not aware of the recording To cancel video editing To make programs and perform video editing (p. 85) To make programs and perform MPEG editing (p. 143)
VCR CAMERA MEMORY CAMERA MEMORY
Note If you press DISPLAY/TOUCH PANEL with DISPLAY set to V-OUT/LCD in the menu settings, the picture from a TV or VCR will not appear on the LCD screen even when your camcorder is connected to the output jacks on the TV or VCR. When recording a close subject When REC LAMP is set to ON, the red camera recording lamp on the front of your camcorder may reflect on the subject if it is close. In this case, we recommend you set REC LAMP to OFF. In more than five minutes after removing the power source The PROGRAM AE, FLASH LVL, AUDIO MIX, WHT BAL, HiFi SOUND and COMMANDER items are returned to their default settings. Other menu items are held in memory even when the battery is removed.

Charging the battery pack
Be sure to charge the battery pack before you start using your camcorder. We recommend charging the battery pack in an ambient temperature of between 10 C to 30 C (50 F to 86 F) until the CHARGE lamp goes off. If you charge the battery outside of this temperature range, you may not be able to efficiently charge the battery pack. After charging is completed, either disconnect the cable from the DC IN jack on your camcorder or remove the battery pack.
Effective use of the battery pack
Battery pack performance decreases in low-temperature surroundings. So, the time that the battery pack can be used becomes shorter. We recommend the following to use the battery pack longer: Put the battery pack in a pocket to warm it up, and insert it in your camcorder immediately before you start taking shots. Use the large capacity battery pack (NP-FM70/QM71/FM90/FM91/QM91, optional). Frequently using the LCD panel or frequently operating playback, fast forward or rewind wears out the battery pack faster. We recommend using the large capacity battery pack (NP-FM70/QM71/FM90/FM91/QM91, optional). Be certain to turn the POWER switch to OFF (CHARGE) when not taking shots or playing back on your camcorder. The battery pack is also consumed when your camcorder is in tape recording standby or playback pause. Have spare battery packs handy for two or three times the expected recording time, and make trial recordings before taking the actual recording. Do not expose the battery pack to water. The battery pack is not water resistant.
Remaining battery time indicator
If the power goes off although the remaining battery time indicator indicates that the battery pack has enough power to operate, charge the battery pack fully again so that the indication on the remaining battery time indicator is correct. Note, however, that the correct battery indication sometimes will not be restored if it is used in high temperatures for a long time or left in a fully charged state, or the battery pack is frequently used. Regard the remaining battery time indication as the approximate shooting time. The E mark indicating little remaining battery time sometimes flashes depending on the operating conditions or ambient temperature and environment even if the remaining battery time is about five to 10 minutes.

About the name i.LINK

i.LINK is a more familiar term for IEEE 1394 data transport bus proposed by SONY, and is a trademark approved by many corporations. IEEE 1394 is an international standard standardized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

i.LINK Baud rate

i.LINKs maximum baud rate varies according to the equipment. Three maximum baud rates are defined: S100 (approx. 100Mbps*) S200 (approx. 200Mbps) S400 (approx. 400Mbps) The baud rate is listed under Specifications in the instruction manual of each equipment. It is also indicated near the i.LINK on some equipment. The maximum baud rate of equipment on which it is not indicated such as this unit is S100. When units are connected to equipment having a different maximum baud rate, the baud rate sometimes differs from the indicated baud rate. *What is Mbps? Mbps stands for megabits per second, or the amount of data that can be sent or received in one second. For example, a baud rate of 100Mbps means that 100 megabits of data can be sent in one second.
About i.LINK i.LINK functions on this unit
For details on how to dub when this unit is connected to other video equipment having DV Interface, see page 84 and 98. This unit can also be connected to other i.LINK (DV Interface) compatible equipment made by SONY (e.g. VAIO series personal computer) other than video equipment. Before connecting this unit to your computer, make sure that application software supported by this unit is already installed on your computer. For details on precautions when connecting this unit, also refer to the instruction manuals for the equipment to be connected.

Required i.LINK Cable

Use the Sony i.LINK 4-pin-to-4-pin cable (during DV dubbing). i.LINK and are trademarks.
Using your camcorder abroad
You can use your camcorder in any country or area with the AC power adaptor supplied with your camcorder within 100 V to 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz. When charging the battery pack, use a commercially available AC plug adaptor [a], if necessary, depending on the design of the wall outlet [b]. AC-L10A/L10B/L10C
Your camcorder is a NTSC system based camcorder. If you want to view the playback picture on a TV, it must be a NTSC system based TV with AUDIO/VIDEO input jack. The following shows TV color systems used overseas. NTSC system Bahama Islands, Bolivia, Canada, Central America, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Peru, Surinam, Taiwan, the Philippines, the U.S.A., Venezuela, etc. PAL system Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, etc. PAL-M system Brazil PAL-N system Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay SECAM system Bulgaria, France, Guiana, Iran, Iraq, Monaco, Russia, Ukraine, etc.

ed i (headphones) jack (green) When you use headphones, the speaker on your camcorder is muted. ef PHOTO button (p. 44, 47, 122) eg Power zoom lever (p. 29, 74, 154) eh DISPLAY/TOUCH PANEL button (p. 39) ej RESET button (p. 199) ek Access lamp (p. 115)
Notes on the intelligent accessory shoe The intelligent accessory shoe supplies power to optional accessories such as a video light or microphone. The intelligent accessory shoe is linked to the POWER switch, allowing you to turn the power supplied by the shoe on and off. Refer to the operating instructions of the accessory for further information. The intelligent accessory shoe has a safety device for fixing the installed accessory securely. To connect an accessory, press down and push it to the end, and then tighten the screw. To remove an accessory, loosen the screw, and then press down and pull out the accessory.

r; rd rf ra rg

el Grip Strap r; Memory Stick slot ra Viewfinder lens adjustment lever (p. 28) rs Cassette lid (p. 21)
rd MEMORY EJECT lever (p. 115) rf OPEN/ZEJECT lever (p. 21)
rg Tripod receptacle Make sure that the length of the tripod screw is less than 5.5 mm (7/32 inch). Otherwise, you cannot attach the tripod securely and the screw may damage your camcorder.

Fastening the grip strap

Fasten the grip strap firmly.
Identifying the parts and controls Remote Commander
Buttons that share the same name on the camcorder and Remote Commander share the same function.
1 PHOTO button (p. 45, 48, 123) 2 DISPLAY button (p. 39) 3 SEARCH MODE button (p. 77, 78, 80) 4./> buttons (p. 77, 78, 80) 5 Video control buttons (p. 41)
6 Transmitter Point toward the remote sensor to control your camcorder after turning on your camcorder. 7 ZERO SET MEMORY button (p. 76) 8 START/STOP button (p. 24) 9 DATA CODE button (p. 39) q; Power zoom button (p. 29)
To prepare the Remote Commander
Insert two size AA (R6) batteries by matching the + and polarities on the batteries to the + marks inside the battery compartment.
Notes on the Remote Commander Point the remote sensor away from strong light sources such as direct sunlight or overhead lighting. Otherwise, the Remote Commander may not function properly. Your camcorder works in the commander mode VTR 2. Commander modes 1, 2 and 3 are used to distinguish your camcorder from other Sony VCRs to avoid remote control misoperation. If you use another Sony VCR in the Commander mode VTR 2, we recommend changing the commander mode or covering the sensor of the VCR with black paper.
Identifying the parts and controls Operation indicators
LCD screen and viewfinder

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0 min ST I LL : 9W I DE NEG. ART STBY + 0:1 2:min Z ERO S E T M E MO R Y END SEARCH

 

Technical specifications

Full description

The DCR-PC101 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder combines improved battery capacity, megapixel image quality, MPEG EX movie capability, 8MB MS and USB streaming without compromising the compact and functional design of its award-winning predecessors. Weighing in at only one pound and four ounces, the DCR-PC101 doesn't come up short on features. With a 10X optical/120X digital zoom and a 1/4.7", 1 megapixel CCD imager, this lightweight MiniDV Handycam Camcorder offers stunning digital video quality and digital still capture capability to Memory Stick Media. Additionally, this camcorder features Carl Zeiss optics, a precision color viewfinder and a 2-1/2" precision SwivelScreen LCD with touchscreen controls, all in one tiny package.

General
Product TypeCamcorder
Width2.2 in
Depth3.9 in
Height4.1 in
Weight1.3 lbs
Enclosure ColorBlack, metallic silver
LocalizationEnglish
Main Features
Resolution1.0 Megapixel
Media TypeMini DV
Color SupportColor
Horizontal Resolution520 lines
Optical Sensor TypeCCD
Total Pixels1,000,000 pixels
Effective Sensor Resolution690,000 pixels
Optical Sensor Size1/4.7"
Min Illumination0 lux
Digital Zoom120 x
Recording SpeedSP, LP
Shooting ModesDigital photo mode, frame movie mode
Shooting ProgramsSpotlight, sunset & moon, landscape, portrait mode, beach & ski, night mode, macro, sports mode
Special EffectsStill, Solarization, Black & White, Sepia, Mosaic, Stretch, Trail, Slim, Pastel, Old Movie, Flash Motion, Luminance Key, Negative Art
Digital Scene TransitionOverlap fader, white fader, random, monotone fader, scroll wipe, window wipe, black fader
Image StabilizerElectronic (Super Steady Shot)
Max Shutter Speed1/4000 sec
Camcorder Slow Shutter Modes1/4sec
Exposure ModesProgram, manual
White BalanceCustom, automatic, presets
White Balance PresetsIndoor, outdoor
Digital Video FormatMPEG EX
Still Image FormatJPEG
Remote ControlRemote control - infrared
Video CaptureMPEG - 320 x 240 - 15 sec - max clip duration MPEG - 160 x 112 - 60 sec - max clip duration MPEG - 320 x 240 - 80 sec - with 8MB card MPEG - 160 x 112 - 320 sec - with 8MB card
Memory / Storage
Flash Memory1 x 8 MB flash - Memory Stick
Image StorageSuper-fine JPEG 1152 x 864 : 12 - with 8MB card Fine JPEG 1152 x 864 : 25 - with 8MB card Standard JPEG 1152 x 864 : 37 - with 8MB card Super-fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 40 - with 8MB card Fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 81 - with 8MB card Standard JPEG 640 x 480 : 122 - with 8MB card
Lens System
TypeZoom lens - 3.7 mm - 37 mm - f/1.8-2.0
Focal Length3.7 mm - 37 mm
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera50 - 500mm
Focus AdjustmentAutomatic, manual
Lens ApertureF/1.8-2.0
Optical Zoom10 x
Zoom AdjustmentMotorized drive
Filter Size30 mm
Lens ManufacturerCarl Zeiss
Additional Features
DV inputYes
Edit FunctionsAudio dubbing
Low Lux / Night ModeYes
16:9 ModeYes
Digital Still Camera FunctionYes
Search ModesEdit search, date search, photo search, end search
LP RecordingYes
Wireless ConnectionYes (LaserLink)
Flash TerminalHot shoe
Additional FeaturesTouch-screen control, built-in speaker, progressive scan CCD system, date/time stamp, analog to digital conversion with pass through, NightShot system
Viewfinder
Viewfinder TypeLCD
Viewfinder Color SupportColor
Viewfinder Resolution180,000 pixels
Display
TypeLCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5" - color
Display Form FactorRotating
Display Format211,000 pixels
Microphone
TypeMicrophone - built-in
Microphone TechnologyElectret condenser
Microphone Operation ModeStereo
Connections
Connector Type1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK) 1 x USB 1 x Control-L (LANC) 1 x composite video/audio (input/output) 1 x S-Video input / output 1 x microphone 1 x headphones
Expansion Slot(s)1 x Memory Stick
Software
SoftwareDrivers & Utilities, PIXELA Image Mixer 1.0
Miscellaneous
Included AccessoriesCleaning cloth, lens cap
Cables Included1 x USB cable 1 x A/V cable
Power
Power DevicePower adapter - external
Battery
Supported Battery Details1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )
Run Time (Up To)150 min
Manufacturer Warranty
Service & Support1 year warranty
Service & Support DetailsLimited warranty - labor - 90 days Limited warranty - parts - 1 year
Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature32 °F
Max Operating Temperature104 °F
Universal Product Identifiers
BrandSony
Part NumberDCR-PC101
GTIN04901780767670

 

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