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Sony HDR-FX1e Digital Camcorder & Video Recorder, size: 3.8 MB
GOS TECH: Sony& 39;s HDR FX1 Video camera
User reviews and opinions
|esaya||2:36am on Sunday, August 15th, 2010|
|Excellent High Quality Camcorder with digital HD capability The only drawback in my opinion is the weight. HDV at a good price point 4:3|
|andyhull||8:25pm on Monday, August 9th, 2010|
|I had mixed feelings after reading the review... Very realistic colors, sharp images, time saving custom settings. I had mixed feelings after reading the reviews about this camcorder until I luckily found a demo from a professional camera man who made a fashion mov... I had mixed feelings after reading the reviews about this camcorder until I luckily found a demo from a professional camera man who made a fashion mov...|
|pdg1966||8:20am on Thursday, June 10th, 2010|
|This is a great camcorder packed with awesome features. Focus Ring and Zoom Ring, several buttons for on the fly adjustments and High Definition! This is a great camcorder packed with awesome features. The quality is breathtaking when played on HDTV.|
|TorryJens||5:29am on Thursday, June 3rd, 2010|
|Other Cameras to look at would be Panasonic HVX (shoots progressive and requires expensive cards).|
|SerialModel||7:26pm on Sunday, March 28th, 2010|
|I had mixed feelings after reading the reviews about this camcorder until I luckily found a demo from a professional camera man who made a fashion mov...|
|rose99||2:04pm on Thursday, March 18th, 2010|
|Excellent High Quality Camcorder with digital HD capability The only drawback in my opinion is the weight.|
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z Tip Your camcorder offers [ENG [SIMP]] (simplified English) for when you cannot find your native tongue among the options.
You can record movies in either the HDV or the DV format. Before recording, follow steps 1 to 7 in Getting started (p. 10 - p. 18). Movies will be recorded along with stereo sound.
Camera recording lamp Format lamps
While pressing the green button, set the POWER switch to CAMERA.
The HDV format lamp lights up and your camcorder is set to recording standby (the default setting). It takes some time for your camcorder to be set to recording standby.
Select the recording format.
To record in the HDV format Select the (IN/OUT REC) menu, [REC FORMAT], then [HDV1080i] (the default setting)(p. 60). appears on the LCD screen and your camcorder is set to recording standby. To record in the DV format Select the (IN/OUT REC) menu, [REC FORMAT], then [DV] (p. 60). appears on the LCD screen, the DV format lamp lights up, and your camcorder is set to recording standby.
Camera recording lamp
POWER switch and REC START/STOP
Open the shutter of the lens hood.
Press REC START/STOP.
Recording starts. [REC] appears on the LCD screen and the Camera recording lamps light up. Press REC START/STOP again to stop recording.
Open the LCD panel and adjust the angle.
To turn the power off
To record from a low-angle
Use the REC START/STOP button on the handle after releasing the HOLD lever. To view the picture during recording, face the LCD panel or the viewfinder upward, or face the LCD screen down, then close and restore the LCD panel to the original position with the LCD screen facing out.
C Recording status ([STBY] (standby) or [REC] (recording)) D Time code or tape counter (hour: minute: second) The time code of this camcorder utilizes the drop-frame system. E Recording capacity of the tape (p. 64) F Microphone volume level (p. 36) G Center marker (p. 55) The center marker appears at the center of the screen when [CENTER MARKR] on the (CAMERA SET) menu is set to [ON]. It helps composing pictures on the screen. H ND filter If [ND1] or [ND2] flashes on the screen, activate the ND filter (p. 30).
Recording for a longer time
On the (IN/OUT REC) menu, select [ REC MODE], then [LP] (p. 60). In the LP mode, you can record 1.5 times longer than you can when recording in the SP mode. A tape recorded in the LP mode should be played back only on this camcorder.
Using the handle zoom
You can adjust the zoom speed with the handle zoom switch when using the handle zoom lever.
Handle zoom lever Handle zoom switch
Zoom levers are mounted on the camera itself and on the handle. Occasional use of the zoom is effective, but use it sparingly for the best results.
1 cm (approx. 1/2 inch)*
Zoom ring 80 cm (approx. 2 5/8 feet)*
1 Set the ZOOM switch to LEVER/
2 Set the handle zoom switch to H (high) or
* The minimum distance required between your camcorder and the subject to get a sharp focus with that side of the lever.
L (low). You can set the zoom speed of H or L of the handle zoom lever in [HANDLE ZOOM] on the (CAMERA SET) menu. In the default setting, [H] is set to 6, and [L] is set to 3 (p. 54).
3 Press the handle zoom lever to zoom in or
b Note You cannot adjust the zoom speed by pressing the handle zoom lever. Change the zoom speed by setting [HANDLE ZOOM] (p. 54). You cannot use the handle zoom lever when the handle zoom switch is set to OFF. You cannot change the zoom speed of the power zoom lever on the camera itself by switching the handle zoom switch.
Recording in mirror mode
Using the zoom ring
You can zoom at the desired speed. Fine adjustment is also possible.
You can turn the LCD panel towards the subject so that you and your subject can share the image being recorded. You can also utilize this function when recording yourself, or to keep the attention of small children attracted to the camcorder while you record them.
Up to about 100 degrees
1 Set the ZOOM switch to RING. 2 Rotate the zoom ring to zoom.
b Note Rotate the zoom ring at an appropriate speed. Zooming may not be able to catch up the rotating speed of the ring if it is rotated too fast. When you zoom using the Remote Commander, set the ZOOM switch to LEVER/REMOTE. Zoomed position and picture angle change when the ZOOM switch is switched from LEVER/REMOTE to RING. If you rotate the zoom ring fast, motor noise will become louder as the zoom motor rotates at high speeds. If the motor noise is so loud that can be recorded, use the zoom lever or the Remote Commander.
Open the LCD panel 180 degrees, then rotate it towards the subject until it clicks.
A mirror-image of the subject appears on the LCD screen, but the picture will be normal when recorded.
Displaying the recording setup information Status check
You can check the setup value of the following items in the standby mode or during recording.
Audio setup such as microphone volume level (p. 36) Output setup ([COMPONENT], [i.LINK CONV], and [TV TYPE] settings) (p. 60) Functions assigned to the ASSIGN buttons (p. 68) Picture profile setup (p. 34)
b Note Information of the picture profile setup does not appear when it is set to [OFF].
Press STATUS CHECK. Turn the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial to display the desired item.
Each time you turn the dial, the items appear in the following order: AUDIO t OUTPUT t ASSIGN t PICT. PROFILE
To turn off the display of the recording setup information
Press STATUS CHECK.
Adjusting the exposure
The exposure is adjusted automatically in the default setting. If you want to record brighter or darker pictures than those of the auto exposure adjustment, use the manual adjustment function (p. 27), or customize the picture quality by using the PICTURE PROFILE function (p. 34).
You cannot use the back light function if 2 or more items out of iris, gain, and shutter speed are adjusted manually.
Recording the subject lit by strong light SPOT LIGHT
When the subject is lit by strong light, such as in a theater, use the spot light function to prevent peoples faces from appearing excessively white.
Adjusting the exposure for backlit subjects
When your subject has its back to the sun or other light, you can adjust the exposure to prevent the subject from becoming shadowed.
During recording or in the standby mode, press SPOT LIGHT.
appears. To cancel the spot light function, press SPOT LIGHT again.
Press BACK LIGHT during recording or in the standby mode.
b Note The spot light function is canceled when you press BACK LIGHT. You cannot use the spot light function if 2 or more items out of iris, gain, and shutter speed are adjusted manually.
To cancel the back light function, press BACK LIGHT again.
b Note The back light function is canceled when you press SPOT LIGHT.
Adjusting the white balance
the same lighting condition as that of the subject.
GSTANDARD SOFT WIDE CONV.
GON OFF Select to record under normal conditions. Flickering of the screen under a light source such as fluorescent lamps will be reduced. Select when you do not want to reduce flickering of the screen.
b Note Flickering may not be reduced depending on the light source.
Select this item to set the zoom speed of position H and L of the handle zoom switch (p. 22).
1 Select [H] or [L] by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial, then press the
2 Select a zoom speed by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial, then press the
Speeds 1 through 8 are available. The larger the number, the faster the zoom speed.
See page 31 for details.
GOFF ON Select when you do not want to display the center marker on the screen (p. 21). Select to display the center marker on the screen.
b Note The center marker and its position do not affect the adjustment, setting, or recording in any way.
You can record pictures with a stop-motion animated effect by alternately recording a few frames and then moving the subject a little. Operate your camcorder using the Remote Commander to prevent camera shake.
GOFF ON ( ) Select to record in the standard recording mode. Select to record pictures using the FRAME REC function.
1 Select [ON], then press the dial. 2 Press MENU to hide the menu screen. 3 Press REC START/STOP.
A picture (approximately 6 frames) is recorded, and your camcorder enters the standby mode.
4 Move the subject and repeat step 3.
b Note When you use frame recording continuously, the remaining tape time will not be indicated correctly. The last scene will be longer than other scenes. You cannot record index signals during frame recording.
DV WIDE REC
See page 40 for details.
Using the (AUDIO SET) menu AUDIO MIX, etc.
You can select the items listed below on the AUDIO SET menu. For details on how to select items, see Selecting menu items (p. 51). The default settings are marked with G. The indicators in parentheses appear when the setting is selected. The settings you can adjust
Using the (OTHERS) menu CLOCK SET/WORLD TIME,
You can select the items listed below on the OTHERS menu. For details on how to select these items, see Selecting menu items (p. 51). The default settings are marked with G. The indicators in parentheses appear when the
OTHERS RETURN ASS I GN BTN CLOCK SET WORLD T I ME LANGUAGE BEEP FORMAT LAMP DATA CODE [ MENU ] : END
You can assign functions to the ASSIGN buttons (p. 68).
You can set the date and time (p. 16).
You can adjust the time difference when using your camcorder abroad. Set the time difference by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial, the clock will be adjusted in accordance with the time difference. If you set the time difference to 0, the clock returns to the originally set time.
You can select or change the language used for the on-screen display (p. 18). You can select from English, Simplified English, Canadian-French, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian-Portuguese, Traditional-Chinese, or Korean.
GMELODY NORMAL OFF Select to play a melody when you start/stop recording, or when an unusual condition occurs on your camcorder. Select to sound a beep instead of the melody. Select to cancel the melody, the beep sound, and the shutter sound.
GON OFF Select to turn on the camera recording lamps on the front and rear of your camcorder during recording. Select this setting in the following recording situations. The camera recording lamps on the front and rear will not light up during recording. When you do not want the subject to be nervous about being recorded. When you are recording close to the subject. When the subject reflects the light of the recording lamp.
GON Select to turn on the format lamp. The lamp of the format that is selected in [REC FORMAT] lights up when the POWER switch is set to CAMERA. The lamp of the format that is selected in [VCR HDV/ DV] lights up when the POWER switch is set to VCR. Select when you do not want to turn on the format lamp. The i.LINK lamp also does not light up.
b Note If you change the settings of [VCR HDV/DV] and [i.LINK CONV] with the i.LINK cable connected, the video device may not be able to recognize the video signal from the camcorder at the time of dubbing. If [i.LINK CONV] is set to [OFF] while [VCR HDV/DV] is set to [AUTO], pictures recorded in the HDV mode will be recorded as blank portions, so neither picture nor sound will be recorded. When [VCR HDV/DV] is set to [HDV], the connected DV device cannot recognize pictures, so pictures will be dubbed as blank portions.
When [VCR HDV/DV] is set to [AUTO] and the signal switches between HDV and DV, the picture and sound disappear temporarily.
To dub to an AV device
Connect your camcorder to a VCR using the A/ V connecting cable (supplied).
When you have an S video jack on your VCR *
S video cable (optional) VCRs
AUDIO/VIDEO jack A/V connecting cable (supplied)
* When there is an S video jack on the device to be connected, connect an S video cable (optional) to that jack instead of using the yellow video plug of the A/V connecting cable (supplied). This connection produces higher quality DV format pictures. The audio will not be output if you connect with the S video cable alone. b Note Select the (OTHERS) menu, [DISP OUTPUT], then [LCD PANEL] (the default setting) (p. 64). When you connect your camcorder to a monaural device, connect the yellow plug of the A/V connecting cable to the video jack, and the red or the white plug to the audio jack on the VCR or the TV. z Tip To record the date/time and camera settings data, first have them displayed on screen (p. 44).
Connect the recording device to your camcorder (p. 70). Prepare the recording device.
Insert a cassette for recording. If the recording device has an input selector, set it to the input mode.
Prepare your camcorder for playback.
Insert the recorded cassette. Set the POWER switch to VCR.
Start the playback on your camcorder, and record it on the VCR.
Refer to the operating instructions supplied with your VCR for details.
When the dubbing is finished, stop your camcorder and the VCR.
b Note When you use an i.LINK cable, the recorded picture becomes rough when a picture is paused on your camcorder while recording it to a VCR. Pictures recorded in the HDV format are not output from the HDV/DV jack during playback pause or in playback modes other than normal playback. When you use an i.LINK cable, you cannot record the picture and sound separately. z Tip The i.LINK lamp, HDV or DV, on the HDV/DV jack holder will light up and indicate the format of the output signal when you use an i.LINK cable. When you use an i.LINK cable, the video and sound signals are transmitted digitally, producing high quality pictures.
Recording pictures from a VCR or TV
Connecting a VCR or TV
You can record pictures or TV programs from a VCR or TV on a tape inserted in your camcorder.
Press MENU. Select the (IN/OUT REC) menu by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial, then press the dial. Select [A/V t DV OUT] by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial, then press the dial. Select [ON] by turning the SEL/PUSH EXEC dial, then press the dial. Press MENU to hide the menu screen. Start playback on the analog device. Start importing on the computer.
Refer to the manual supplied with the program software or its on-line help for details.
After importing the picture and sound
Stop importing on the computer, and stop playback on the analog device.
b Note Your camcorder may not be able to output the signal to the computer correctly depending on the video signal input to your camcorder. You cannot import pictures that have been recorded using a copyright protection signal to a computer via your camcorder.
If you run into any problem using your camcorder, use the following table to troubleshoot the problem. If the problem
persists, remove the power source and contact your Sony dealer. If C:ss:ss is displayed on the LCD screen or the viewfinder, the self-diagnosis display function is activated. See page 88 for details.
The power does not turn on.
Cause and/or Corrective Actions
The battery pack is discharged, running low, or not attached to the camcorder. cAttach a charged battery pack to the camcorder (p. 11). cUse the AC Adaptor to connect to the wall outlet (p. 14). cDisconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall outlet or remove the battery pack, then reconnect it after about 1 minute. If the functions still do not work, press the RESET button using a sharp-pointed object. If you press the RESET button, all settings including the clock setting (except the Personal Menu and Picture Profile settings) are reset.
The camcorder does not operate even when the power is set to on.
A clattering noise is heard when the camcorder is handled with the POWER switch set to OFF (CHG) or VCR. The supplied Remote Commander does not function.
This is because some lens functions on the camcorder use a linear mechanism. This is not a malfunction.
cSet [REMOTE CTRL] on the (OTHERS) menu to [ON] (p. 64). cInsert batteries into the battery compartment with the + polarities correctly matching the + marks. If this still does not solve the problem, insert new batteries since the batteries are dead (p. 105). cRemove any obstructions between the Remote Commander and the remote sensor. This is because the power has been turned on for a long time. This is not a malfunction.
Cannot play back.
cIf the tape has reached the end, rewind the tape (p. 42).
Cannot play back in reverse direction. cReverse playback is not possible with the tape recorded in the HDV format. Horizontal lines appear on the picture. The displayed pictures are not clear or do not appear. Fine patterns flicker, diagonal lines look jagged. No sound or only a low sound is heard. cClean the head using the cleaning cassette (p. 96).
cAdjust [SHARPNESS] to the (soften) side in the PICTURE PROFILE function (p. 34). cSet [MULTI-SOUND] to [STEREO] on the (AUDIO SET) menu (p. 56). cTurn up the volume (p. 42). cOn the (AUDIO SET) menu, adjust [AUDIO MIX] from the [ST2] (additional sound) side until the sound is heard appropriately (p. 56). cWhen you are using an S VIDEO cable or a component video cable, make sure the red and white plugs of the A/V connecting cable are connected as well (p. 46). cClean the head using the cleaning cassette (p. 96). There is a blank section at the beginning or in the middle of the tape. This is not a malfunction. The tape you are playing was recorded without setting the date and time. A blank section on the tape is being played. The data code on a tape with a scratch or noise cannot be read. The POWER switch is set to CAMERA. The cassette was ejected after recording (p. 44). The cassette is new and has nothing recorded. There is a blank section at the beginning or in the middle of the tape. This is not a malfunction. The tape was recorded in both HDV and DV formats. This is not a malfunction.
The sound breaks off. The date search and index search do not work. --- is displayed on the screen.
END SEARCH does not work.
END SEARCH does not work correctly. No picture appears during END SEARCH or Rec Review.
Cannot view the picture or hear the sound on the TV connected with the component video cable. The picture appears distorted on the 4:3 TV.
cSet [COMPONENT] on the (IN/OUT REC) menu according to the requirements of the connected device (p. 60). cWhen you are using the component video cable, make sure the red and white plugs of the A/V connecting cable are connected (p. 46). This happens when viewing a picture recorded in the 16:9 wide mode on a 4:3 TV. cTo play back the picture, set [TV TYPE] on the (IN/OUT REC) menu (p. 61). cBefore recording, set [DV WIDE REC] on the (CAMERA SET) menu to [OFF] (p. 40). The tape was recorded in a TV color system other than that of your camcorder. This is not a malfunction (p. 90). This appears when you play back a tape recorded on other recording devices using a 4-channel microphone. This camcorder does not comply with the 4-channel microphone recording standard.
Noises appear and or displayed on the screen. appears on the LCD screen.
Your camcorder can play back pictures in both the DV format and HDV1080i specification. Your camcorder can play back a picture recorded in the 720/30p system of the HDV format but cannot output it from the HDV/ DV jack.
When you play back If the cassette you play back on your camcorder contains copyright signals, you cannot copy it to a tape in another video device connected to your camcorder. When you record You cannot record software on your camcorder that contains copyright control signals for copyright protection of software. [Cannot record due to copyright protection.] appears on the LCD screen, or on the TV screen if you try to record such software. Your camcorder does not record copyright control signals on the tape when it records.
After using the cassette Rewind the tape to the beginning to avoid distortion of the picture or the sound. The cassette should then be put in its case, and stored in an upright position.
When cleaning the gold-plated connector Generally, clean the gold-plated connector on a cassette with a cotton-wool swab after every 10 times it has been ejected. If the gold-plated connector on the cassette is dirty or dusty, the remaining tape indicator may not be indicated correctly.
About the InfoLITHIUM battery pack
This unit is compatible with the InfoLITHIUM battery pack (L series). Your camcorder operates only with the InfoLITHIUM battery pack. InfoLITHIUM L series battery packs have the mark.
What is the InfoLITHIUM battery pack?
The InfoLITHIUM battery pack is a lithiumion battery pack that has functions for communicating information related to operating conditions between your camcorder and an optional AC Adaptor/charger. The InfoLITHIUM battery pack calculates the power consumption according to the operating conditions of your camcorder, and displays the remaining battery time in minutes. With an AC Adaptor/charger (optional), the remaining battery time and charging time appear.
b Note Your camcorder is not compatible with Cassette Memory.
are trademarks. HDV and are trademarks of Sony Corporation and JVC. 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.
To charge 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 10C to 30C (50F to 86F) until the CHG (charge) lamp turns off. If you charge the battery pack outside of this temperature range, you may not be able to charge it efficiently. After charging is complete, either disconnect the cable from the DC IN jack on your camcorder or remove the battery pack.
To use the battery pack effectively
Battery pack performance decreases when the surrounding temperature is 10C (50F) or below, and the length of time you can use the battery pack becomes shorter. In that case, do one of the following to use the battery pack for a longer time.
Put the battery pack in a pocket to warm it up, and insert it in your camcorder right before you start taking shots. Use a large capacity battery pack: NP-F770/ F970 (optional). Frequent use of the LCD screen or a frequent playback, fast forward or rewind operation wears out the battery pack faster. We recommend using a large capacity battery pack: NP-F770/F970 (optional). Be sure to set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG) when not recording or playing back on your camcorder. The battery pack is also consumed when your camcorder is in recording standby or playback pause. Have spare battery packs ready for 2 or 3 times the expected recording time, and make trial recordings before making the actual recording. Do not expose the battery pack to water. The battery pack is not water resistant.
leave your camcorder in tape recording standby until the power goes off.
About battery life
The battery life is limited. Battery capacity drops little by little as you use it more and more, and as time passes. When the available battery time is shortened considerably, a probable cause is that the battery pack has reached the end of its life. Please buy a new battery pack. The battery life varies depending on how it is stored and the operating conditions and environment for each battery pack. InfoLITHIUM is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
About remaining battery time indicator
When the power goes off even though the remaining battery time indicator indicates that the battery pack has enough power to operate, charge the battery pack fully again. The indication on the remaining battery time will be indicated correctly. Note, however, that the battery indication will not be restored if it is used in high temperatures for a long time, or if left in a fully charged state, or when the battery pack is frequently used. Use the remaining battery time indication as a guide to the approximate shooting time. The E mark that indicates low battery flashes even if there are still 5 to 10 minutes of battery time remaining, depending on the operating conditions or ambient temperature and environment.
About storage of the battery pack
If the battery pack is not used for a long time, fully charge the battery pack and use it on your camcorder once a year to maintain the proper function. To store the battery pack, remove it from your camcorder and put it in a dry, cool place. To discharge the battery pack on your camcorder completely, eject a cassette and
The i.LINK Interface on this unit is an i.LINKcompliant Interface. This section describes the i.LINK standard and its features.
What is i.LINK?
i.LINK is a digital serial interface for transferring digital video, digital audio, and other data to other i.LINK-compatible device. You can also control other device using the i.LINK. i.LINK-compatible device can be connected using an i.LINK cable. Possible applications are operations and data transactions with various digital AV devices. When 2 or more i.LINK-compatible device are connected to this unit in a daisy chain, operations and data transactions are possible with not only the device that this unit is connected to but also with other devices via the directly connected device. Note, however, that the method of operation sometimes varies according to the characteristics and specifications of the device to be connected. Also, operations and data transactions may not be possible on some connected device.
b Note Normally, only one device can be connected to this unit with the i.LINK cable. When connecting this unit to an HDV/DV compatible device having two or more i.LINK Interfaces, refer to the operating instructions of the device to be connected. z Tip i.LINK is a more familiar term for the IEEE 1394 data transport bus proposed by Sony, and is a trademark approved by many corporations. IEEE 1394 is an international standard standardized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
device. It is also indicated near the i.LINK interface on some device. The maximum baud rate for device that does not have any indication (such as this unit) is S100. The baud rate may differ from the indicated value when the unit is connected to device with a different maximum baud rate.
* What is Mbps? Mbps stands for megabits per second, or the amount of data that can be sent or received in 1 second. For example, a baud rate of 100 Mbps means that 100 megabits of data can be sent in 1 second.
To use i.LINK functions on this unit
For details on how to dub when this unit is connected to other video device having a i.LINK Interface, see page 70. This unit can also be connected to other i.LINK compatible device made by Sony (e.g. a VAIO series personal computer) as well as to video device. Some i.LINK compatible video device such as Digital Televisions, DVD recorders/players, and MICROMV recorders/players are not compatible with this unit. Before connecting to other device, be sure to confirm whether the device is compatible with HDV/DV or not. For details on precautions and compatible application software, refer also to the operating instructions for the device to be connected.
If your camcorder is brought directly from a cold place to a warm place, moisture may condense inside your camcorder, on the surface of the tape, or on the lens. In this state, the tape may stick to the head drum and be damaged or your camcorder may not operate correctly. If there is moisture inside your camcorder, [%Z Moisture condensation. Eject the cassette] or [% Moisture condensation. Turn off for 1H.] appears. The indicator will not appear when the moisture condenses on the lens. If moisture condensation has occurred None of the functions except cassette ejection will work. Eject the cassette, turn off your camcorder, and leave it for about 1 hour with the cassette lid open. Your camcorder can be used again if % or Z does not appear when the power is turned on again. If moisture starts to condense, your camcorder sometimes cannot detect condensation. If this happens, the cassette is sometimes not ejected for 10 seconds after the cassette lid is opened.
Additional Information 95
This is not a malfunction. Do not close the cassette lid until the cassette is ejected. Note on moisture condensation Moisture may condense when you bring your camcorder from a cold place into a warm place (or vice versa) or when you use your camcorder in a humid place as shown below. When you bring your camcorder from a ski slope into a place warmed up by a heating device. When you bring your camcorder from an airconditioned car or room into a hot place outside. When you use your camcorder after a squall or a shower. When you use your camcorder in a hot and humid place. How to prevent moisture condensation When you bring your camcorder from a cold place into a warm place, put your camcorder in a plastic bag and seal it tightly. Remove the bag when the air temperature inside the plastic bag has reached the surrounding temperature (after about 1 hour).
after using a cleaning cassette, it might be because the video head is worn. Please contact your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service facility to have the video head replaced.
Do not add excessive pressure on the LCD screen, as it may cause damage. If your camcorder is used in a cold place, a residual image may appear on the LCD screen. This is not a malfunction. While using your camcorder, the back of the LCD screen may heat up. This is not a malfunction. To clean the LCD screen If fingerprints or dust make the LCD screen dirty, it is recommended to use an LCD cleaning cloth (optional) to clean it. When you use the LCD Cleaning Kit (optional), do not apply the cleaning liquid directly to the LCD screen. Use cleaning paper moistened with the liquid.
A LCD screen (p. 3, 15) B IRIS dial (p. 28) C RESET button If you press RESET, all settings including the clock setting (except the Personal Menu and Picture Profile settings) return to the default. D VOLUME /+ buttons* (p. 42) E DATA CODE button (p. 44) F DISPLAY/BATT INFO button (p. 12) G END SEARCH (VCR) button (p. 44) H Handle zoom lever (p. 22) I Video control buttons (Rewind, Playback*, Fast-forward, Pause, Stop, Slow, Record) (p. 42) J LCD BRIGHT /+ buttons (p. 15) K LCD BACKLIGHT switch (p. 15) L ZERO SET MEMORY button (p. 49) M BARS button (p. 21) N REC START/STOP button and HOLD lever (p. 21) O AUTO/MAN (manual) audio switch (p. 36) P CHG (charge) lamp (p. 11) Q DC IN jack (p. 11) R AUDIO LEVEL dial (p. 36)
* Each of the buttons has a raised tactile dot. (The VOLUME button has it on the + side.) Use it to identify the location of the buttons.
LANC jack (blue) The LANC control jack is used for controlling the tape transport of video device and peripherals connected to it.
B i (headphones) jack When you use headphones, the speaker on your camcorder is silent. C Hook for the shoulder strap (p. 101) D HDV/DV jack (p. 46, 70, 71, 74, 75, 77) E S VIDEO jack (p. 46, 48, 72, 75) F COMPONENT OUTPUT jack (p. 46, 48) G 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. H AUDIO/VIDEO jack (p. 46, 48, 72, 75, 78) I MIC (PLUG IN POWER)/LINE jack (red) (p. 78) J Microphone (p. 78) K Front camera recording lamp (p. 20) L Front remote sensor M Speaker
N Lens (Carl Zeiss Lens) Your camcorder is equipped with a Carl Zeiss lens which can reproduce fine images. The lens for your camcorder was developed jointly by Carl Zeiss, in Germany, and Sony Corporation. It adopts the MTF measurement system for video cameras and offers a quality as fine as a Carl Zeiss lens. The lens for your camcorder is also T*coated to suppress unwanted reflection and faithfully reproduce colors. MTF stands for Modulation Transfer Function.The value number indicates the amount of light from a subject coming into the lens.
World's FIRST Recording & Playback Consumer HDV 1080i Camcorder.
3-1/3" 16:9 Advanced HAD CCD Imagers 1,120K Pixels Gross Advanced HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD imagers with 1,120K effective (video) pixels provides excellent detail and clarity with exceptional digital video performance. Using a 3 chip Advanced HAD CCD system and dichroic prism to separate color information, colors are extremely accurate, and color "bleeding" and "smearing" are greatly reduced. Advanced HAD CCD Technology Enhanced CCD design allows more light to reach the imager which reduces video noise to improve signal-to-noise ratio by up to 6db (2x better than a standard CCD). Particularly effective when shooting in dark situations. HDV Recording Format From the innovators in camcorder technology, Sonys HDR-FX1 camcorder is the worlds first HDV1080i consumer level camcorder and player. Now you can record all your memories in true high-definition video. Switchable HDV/DV Format Recording The HDR-FX1 is capable of recording and playing back both High Definition and Standard Definition video recorded on standard MiniDV cassettes. Real-time HD Codec Engine A Sony developed Real Time MPEG Encode/Decode system with reduced in energy consumption and compact size to fit inside a personal camcorder. Provides efficient MPEG2 compression, and recording and playback of clear HD images at the same bit rate of the DV format, so that High Definition video can be recorded on the same cassettes as are used for MiniDV recording.
12X Optical Carl ZeissVario-SonnarT Lens From the authority in lens technology, the Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens provides a high quality 12x optical zoom which maintains image clarity and color while reducing glare and flare. 3.5" Wide Precision Hybrid SwivelScreen LCD Display3 (250K Pixels) Provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution. The 250K pixel LCD display makes images sharp and detailed during playback or when monitoring recording. The Hybrid ReflectiveTransmissive LCD Screen provides accurate viewing in sunlight or bright light, virtually eliminating the "washout" common with traditional LCD Screens. Super SteadyShotOptical Stabilization System An advanced form of Sonys SteadyShot Image Stabilization system that controls an even higher range of shake and vibration frequencies. This optical stabilization system achieves an even higher level of smoothness without degradation of video like some digital stabilization systems. Analog/Digital Conversion with PassThrough Convert and/or record any analog NTSC video source to digital video via the analog inputs. Analog NTSC video can also be passed through the digital Handycam camcorder directly into a PC via the i.LINK2 interface in real-time for easy PC editing of your analog footage. Manual Zoom and Manual Focus Ring Dual independent Zoom and Focus rings provide precise and detailed control over the amount of zoom and the overall focus of the image with just a turn of the rings. Fast, intuitive framing when zooming, and finely detailed focusing is easy with the natural "feel" of the rings.
Expanded Focus Indicator The camera LCD image is magnified, s temporarily, up to 4X its original size without any loss of distortion. This allows the user more finite control while focusing the camera for greater detail and clarity. Picture Profile Allows the user to set manual adjustments for a scene (color, sharpness, white balance, etc) into any one of six presets, so they can be called up at just the touch of a button. Useful when shooting under the same conditions repeatedly, as options do not have to be re-set each time. Settings for various shooting conditions are offered as defaults. CineFrame Recording Provides the option of recording video at either 30 fps or with a feeling of "film-like" 24 fps. Assignable Buttons Three buttons on the exterior of the camcorder are user-assignable so that they can be set to the options most commonly utilized, for ease of recording. i.LINK2 DV Interface (IEEE1394) A high speed bi-directional digital video/audio communication between two compatible devices equipped with an IEEE1394 interface, including camcorders, digital VCRs, and PCs. Shot Transition Allows for a smooth automatic scene transition. Settings for focus, zoom, iris, gain, shutter, and white balance can be set to the A/B button and a smooth transition will take place according to the set time. This function enables the focus to gradually shift from the front of the screen to a deeper part of the screen. Thus the iris enables a smooth change of depth of field.
Imaging Device: 3- 1/3" 16:9 Advanced HAD CCD Pixel Gross: 1120K Recording Media: MiniDV Cassette Recording and Playback Times: HDV: 60 min. (with DVM60 cassette), DV: SP: 60 min., LP: 90 min. Video Actual: 1070K Pixels Still Actual: N/A
Focus: Full Range Auto, Manual (Ring), One Touch Progressive Shutter Mode: N/A Shutter Speed: 1/4-1/10,000 (AE Mode) Optical Zoom: 12X Digital Zoom: N/A
Power Consumption: 7.4W/8.0W/8.4W (VF/LCD/VF LCD) Battery Type: InfoLithium with AccuPower Meter System (NP-F570) Power Requirements: 7.2V (battery pack); 8.4V (AC Adaptor)
Dolby Digital Output: MPEG1 Audio Layer 2-Stereo (HDV), PCM (DV) Recording Format: Stereo
Service and Warranty Information
Limited Warranty: 1 Year Parts; 90 Days Labor
USB Streaming: N/A SteadyShot Image Stabilization: Yes (Super; Optical) Accessory Shoe: Cold White Balance: Auto, A/B Preset, One-Push Memory Stick PRO Media Compatibility: N/A Still Image Mode(s): N/A Minimum Illumination: 3 Lux Low Light Capability: N/A
Operating System Compatibility: N/A Supplied Software: N/A
Video Recording System: Real-Time HD Codec Engine, HDV/DV Recording Video Signal System: NTSC color, EIA standards Analog-to-Digital Converter: Yes (Signal Convert with DV only)
Easy Operation: Assignable Buttons, End Search Fader Effects: Black, White Multiple Language Display: Yes Remote Control: Yes Slide Show Mode: N/A Titling: N/A Light/Flash: N/A Movie Mode(s): MPEG2 Scene Mode(s): Picture Profile (upto 6 pre-set conditions) Picture Effect(s): CineFrame Recording, Shot Transition Digital Picture Effect(s): N/A
Weight: 4 lbs, 6.5 oz (2000g) main unit only; 4 lbs,10 1/8 oz (2.1 kg) including the NP-F570 rechargeable battery pack, DVM60 cassette and lens hood Measurements: 5 15/16" x 7 1/8" x 14 3/8" (151 x 181 x 365mm)
Power Adaptor/ In Camera Charger (AC-L15) InfoLithium Rechargeable Battery (NP-F570) Wireless Remote Commander Remote Control (RMT840) AA Battery Lens Hood Lens Cap A/V Cable Component Video Cable Cleaning Cassette Shoe Adapter Large Eye Cup Shoulder Strap
Inputs and Outputs
LANC Terminal: Yes (Stereo Mini) Analog Audio/Video Input(s): Yes (Mini Plug) Analog Audio/Video Output(s): Yes (Mini Plug) Digital Audio/Video Input(s): Yes (via i.LINK)2 Digital Audio/Video Output(s): Yes (via i.LINK)1 USB Port(s): N/A i.LINK Interface: Yes1 Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr) Output(s): Yes Headphone Jack: Yes (Stereo Mini) Microphone Input: Yes (Stereo Mini) Remote Jack: N/A S-Video Input(s): Yes S-Video Output(s): Yes
High Grade Wide Angle Lens (VCL-HG0872) Polarizing Filter Kit (VCL-72CPK) Carrying Case (LCS-VCB) Hard Carrying Case (LCH-FXA) Tripod (VCT-FXA) Video Light (HVL-20DW2) Remote Control Tripod (VCT-870RM) Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-F570/770/970) Color: Charcoal UPC Code: 027242654815
1.Actual battery life may vary based on product settings, usage patterns and environmental conditions. Designed for use with compatible Sony InfoLithium batteries. 2. i.LINK is a trademark of Sony, used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE1394 connector. All products with an IEEE1394 connector may not communicate with each other. 3. Viewable area measured diagonally. 2006 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. All rights reserved. Sony, Advanced HAD, CineFrame, Handycam, i.LINK, InfoLithium, like.no.other, NightShot, Remote Commander, SteadyShot, SwivelScreen and worryfreedigital are trademarks of Sony. Carl Zeiss and Vario-Sonnar are trademarks of Carl Zeiss. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. Features and specifications subject to change without notice. Non-metric weights and measures are approximate. Screen Images Simulated
LCD: 3.5" (250K Pixels Wide Precision Hybrid SwivelScreen LCD Display)3 Lens Type: Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T Viewfinder: Color (252K Pixel, Precision 16:9) Docking Station: N/A Microphone: Yes (Built-in)
35mm Equivalent: 32.5-390mm (Camera Mode), 40480mm (4:3 TV Mode) Aperture: f1.6-f2.8 Exposure: N/A Filter Diameter: 72mm Focal Distance: 4.5-54.0mm
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Last Updated: 03/16/2007
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