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2015-03-13

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US
Digital HD Video Camera Recorder
Operating Guide
HDR-UX5/UX7
Enjoying Your
Camcorder
13
Getting Started 20
Recording/Playback
30
Editing 48
Utilizing Recording Media 56
Customizing Your
Camcorder 65
Using a Computer 86
Troubleshooting 91
Additional Information 103
Quick Reference 118
Spanish Quick Guide/
Guía rápida en español 130
2
To reduce fire or shock hazard, do
not expose the unit to rain or
moisture.
This symbol is intended to alert
the user to the presence of
uninsulated “dangerous
voltage” within the product’s
enclosure that may be of
sufficient magnitude to
constitute a risk of electric
shock to persons.
This symbol is intended to alert
the user to the presence of
important operating and
maintenance (servicing)
instructions in the literature
accompanying the appliance.
WARNING
3
IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS
For your protection, please read these safety
instructions completely before operating
the appliance, and keep this manual for
future reference.
Carefully observe all warnings, precautions
and instructions on the appliance, or the one
described in the operating instructions and
adhere to them.
Power Sources
This set should be operated only from the type of
power source indicated on the marking label. If
you are not sure of the type of electrical power
supplied to your home, consult your dealer or
local power company. For those sets designed to
operate from battery power, or other sources, refer
to the operating instructions.
Polarization
This set may be equipped with a polarized ac
power cord plug (a plug having one blade wider
than the other).
This plug will fit into the power outlet only one
way. This is a safety feature. If you are unable to
insert the plug fully into the outlet, try reversing
the plug. If the plug should still fail to fit, contact
your electrician to have a suitable outlet installed.
Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized
plug by forcing it in.
Overloading
Do not overload wall outlets, extension cords or
convenience receptacles beyond their capacity,
since this can result in fire or electric shock.
Object and Liquid Entry
Never push objects of any kind into the set
through openings as they may touch dangerous
voltage points or short out parts that could result
in a fire or electric shock. Never spill liquid of any
kind on the set.
Attachments
Do not use attachments not recommended by the
manufacturer, as they may cause hazards.
Cleaning
Unplug the set from the wall outlet before
cleaning or polishing it. Do not use liquid cleaners
or aerosol cleaners. Use a cloth lightly dampened
with water for cleaning the exterior of the set.
Water and Moisture
Do not use power-line operated sets near water –
for example, near a bathtub, washbowl, kitchen
sink, or laundry tub, in a wet basement, or near a
swimming pool, etc.
Power-Cord Protection
Route the power cord so that it is not likely to be
walked on or pinched by items placed upon or
against them, paying particular attention to the
plugs, receptacles, and the point where the cord
exits from the appliance.
Accessories
Do not place the set on an unstable cart, stand,
tripod, bracket, or table. The set may fall, causing
serious injury to a child or an adult, and serious
damage to the set. Use only a cart, stand, tripod,
bracket, or table recommended by the
manufacturer.
Ventilation
The slots and openings in the cabinet are provided
for necessary ventilation. To ensure reliable
operation of the set, and to protect it from
overheating, these slots and openings must never
be blocked or covered.
– Never cover the slots and openings with a cloth
or other materials.
– Never block the slots and openings by placing
the set on a bed, sofa, rug, or other similar
surface.
– Never place the set in a confined space, such as
a bookcase, or built-in cabinet, unless proper
ventilation is provided.
– Do not place the set near or over a radiator or
heat register, or where it is exposed to direct
sunlight.
Use
Installation
Continued ,
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IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS (Continued)
Lightning
For added protection for this set during a lightning
storm, or when it is left unattended and unused for
long periods of time, unplug it from the wall
outlet and disconnect the antenna or cable system.
This will prevent damage to the set due to
lightning and power-line surges.
Damage Requiring Service
Unplug the set from the wall outlet and refer
servicing to qualified service personnel under the
following conditions:
– When the power cord or plug is damaged or
frayed.
– If liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen
into the set.
– If the set has been exposed to rain or water.
– If the set has been subject to excessive shock by
being dropped, or the cabinet has been
damaged.
– If the set does not operate normally when
following the operating instructions. Adjust
only those controls that are specified in the
operating instructions. Improper adjustment of
other controls may result in damage and will
often require extensive work by a qualified
technician to restore the set to normal operation.
– When the set exhibits a distinct change in
performance – this indicates a need for service.
Servicing
Do not attempt to service the set yourself as
opening or removing covers may expose you to
dangerous voltage or other hazards.
Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
Replacement parts
When replacement parts are required, be sure the
service technician has used replacement parts
specified by the manufacturer that have the same
characteristics as the original parts.
Unauthorized substitutions may result in fire,
electric shock, or other hazards.
Safety Check
Upon completion of any service or repairs to the
set, ask the service technician to perform routine
safety checks (as specified by the manufacturer)
to determine that the set is in safe operating
condition.
Service
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Read this before operating your camcorder
Before operating the unit, please read this
manual thoroughly, and retain it for future
reference.
CAUTION
The use of optical instruments with this product
will increase eye hazard. Use of controls or
adjustments or performance of procedures other
than those specified herein may result in
hazardous radiation exposure.
Replace the battery with the specified type only.
Otherwise, fire or injury may result.
Owner’s Record
The model and serial numbers are located on the
bottom. Record the serial number in the space
provided below. Refer to these numbers whenever
you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this
product.
RECYCLING LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES
Lithium-Ion batteries are
recyclable. You can help preserve
our environment by returning
your used rechargeable batteries
to the collection and recycling
location nearest you.
For more information regarding recycling of
rechargeable batteries, call toll free 1-800-822-
8837, or visit http://www.rbrc.org/
Caution: Do not handle damaged or leaking
Lithium-Ion batteries.
If you have any questions about this product, you
may call:
Sony Customer Information Center
1-800-222-SONY (7669).
The number below is for the FCC related matters
only.
Regulatory Information
CAUTION
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in this
manual could void your authority to operate this
equipment.
Model No. HDR-
Serial No.
Model No. AC-
No.
For customers in the U.S.A. and
CANADA
For customers in the U.S.A.
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name: SONY
Model No.: HDR-UX5
Responsible Party:Sony Electronics Inc.
Address: 16530 Via Esprillo, San Diego, CA
92127 U.S.A.
Telephone No.: 858-942-2230
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC
Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) This device may not cause
harmful interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired operation.
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name: SONY
Model No.: HDR-UX7
Responsible Party:Sony Electronics Inc.
Address: 16530 Via Esprillo, San Diego, CA
92127 U.S.A.
Telephone No.: 858-942-2230
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC
Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) This device may not cause
harmful interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired operation.
Continued ,
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Read this before operating your camcorder (Continued)
Note
This equipment has been tested and found to
comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable
protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This equipment generates,
uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and,
if not installed and used in accordance with the
instructions, may cause harmful interference to
radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference
will not occur in a particular installation. If this
equipment does cause harmful interference to
radio or television reception, which can be
determined by turning the equipment off and on,
the user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following
measures:
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
– Increase the separation between the equipment
and receiver.
– Connect the equipment into an outlet on a
circuit different from that to which the receiver
is connected.
– Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV
technician for help.
The supplied interface cable must be used with the
equipment in order to comply with the limits for a
digital device pursuant to Subpart B of Part 15 of
FCC Rules.
For the State of California, USA only
Perchlorate Material - special handling may
apply. See
www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/perchlorate
Perchlorate Material: Lithium battery contains
perchlorate.
Your camcorder is supplied with two
kinds of operations guides.
“Operating Guide” (This manual)
“First Step Guide” for using your
camcorder with the computer connected
(stored on the supplied CD-ROM)
Types of the disc you can use in your
camcorder
You can use the following discs only.
8cm DVD-RW
8cm DVD+RW
8cm DVD-R
8cm DVD+R DL
Use the discs with marks listed below. See
page 15 for details.
For reliability and durability of recording/
playback, we recommend that you use Sony
discs or discs with an *(for
VIDEO CAMERA) mark for your
camcorder.
Using a disc other than above may cause the
unsatisfactory recording/playback or you may
not be able to remove the disc from your
camcorder.
*Depending on the place you bought, the disc has
a mark.
Notes on use
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Types of “Memory Stick” you can use
in your camcorder
You can use “Memory Stick Duo” marked
with or
(p. 107).
“Memory Stick Duo”
(This size can be used with your
camcorder.)
“Memory Stick”
(You cannot use it in your camcorder.)
You cannot use any type of memory card
except “Memory Stick Duo.”
“Memory Stick PRO” and “Memory Stick
PRO Duo” can be used only with
“Memory Stick PRO” compatible
equipment.
Do not attach a label or the like on a
“Memory Stick Duo” or a Memory Stick
Duo Adaptor.
When using a “Memory Stick Duo”
with “Memory Stick” compatible
equipment
Be sure to insert the “Memory Stick Duo
into the Memory Stick Duo Adaptor.
Memory Stick Duo Adaptor
Using the camcorder
Do not hold the camcorder by the
following parts.
The camcorder is not dustproofed,
dripproofed or waterproofed. See
“Handling your camcorder” (p. 109).
To prevent discs from being broken or
recorded images from being lost, do not
do the following when either of the
respective lamps of the POWER switch
(p. 24) or the ACCESS lamp (p. 27) is on:
to remove the battery pack or AC
Adaptor from the camcorder.
to apply mechanical shock or vibration to
the camcorder.
When connecting your camcorder to
another device with an HDMI cable, a
component video cable, or a USB cable,
be sure to insert the connector plug in the
correct way. Pushing the plug forcibly
into the terminal will damage the terminal
and may result in a malfunction of your
camcorder.
About menu items, LCD panel,
viewfinder, and lens
A menu item that is grayed out is not
available under the current recording or
playback conditions.
The LCD screen and the viewfinder are
manufactured using extremely high-
precision technology, so over 99.99% of
the pixels are operational for effective
use. However, there may be some tiny
Viewfinder LCD screen
Battery
Continued ,
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Read this before operating your camcorder (Continued)
black points and/or bright points (white,
red, blue, or green in color) that appear
constantly on the LCD screen and the
viewfinder. These points are normal
results of the manufacturing process and
do not affect the recording in any way.
Exposing the LCD screen, the viewfinder,
or the lens to direct sunlight for long
periods of time may cause malfunctions.
• Do not aim at the sun. Doing so might
cause your camcorder to malfunction.
Take images of the sun only in low light
conditions, such as at dusk.
On recording
Before starting to record, test the
recording function to make sure the image
and sound are recorded without any
problems. You cannot delete images once
you record them on a DVD-R/DVD+R
DL. Use a DVD-RW/DVD+RW for trial
recording (p. 15).
• Compensation for the contents of
recordings cannot be provided, even if
recording or playback is not possible due
to a malfunction of the camcorder, storage
media, etc.
TV color systems differ depending on the
countries/regions. To view your
recordings on a TV, you need an NTSC
system-based TV.
• Television programs, films, video tapes,
and other materials may be copyrighted.
Unauthorized recording of such materials
may be contrary to the copyright laws.
About language setting
The on-screen displays in each local
language are used for illustrating the
operating procedures. Change the screen
language before using your camcorder if
necessary (p. 25).
On playing the disc on other devices
You can play back, or format discs recorded
with HD (high definition) image quality
only on AVCHD format compatible
devices.
About this manual
The images of the LCD screen and the
viewfinder used in this manual for
illustration purposes are captured using a
digital still camera, and therefore may
appear different from the actual images of
the LCD screen and the viewfinder.
Design and specifications of recording
media and other accessories are subject to
change without notice.
Disc in this Operating Guide refers to 8cm
DVD discs.
The illustrations used on this manual are
based on the model HDR-UX7.
About the Carl Zeiss lens
Your camcorder is equipped with a Carl
Zeiss lens, which was developed jointly by
Carl Zeiss, in Germany, and Sony
Corporation, and produces superior images.
It adopts the MTF measurement system for
video cameras and offers a quality typical
of a Carl Zeiss lens. Also, the lens for your
camcorder is T -coated to suppress
unwanted reflections and faithfully
reproduce colors.
MTF= Modulation Transfer Function. The
number value indicates the amount of light
from a subject coming into the lens.
Black point
White, red, blue or
green point
9
About the marks used in this manual
The operations available depend on the
disc used. The following marks are used
to indicate the type of disc you can use
for a particular operation.
These marks indicate the discs that can
be used when recording with HD (high
definition) image quality.
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Table of Contents
IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS ........ 3
Read this before operating your
camcorder ...................................... 5
Subject examples and solutions ... 12
Operation flow .............................. 13
Selecting the right disc ................. 15
HOME” and “ OPTION”
- Taking advantage of two types of
menus .......................................... 17
Step 1: Checking supplied items .. 20
Step 2: Charging the battery pack 21
Step 3: Turning the power on and
setting the date and time .............. 24
Changing the language setting ..... 25
Step 4: Adjusting your camcorder to
suit you ......................................... 26
Step 5: Inserting a disc or a “Memory
Stick Duo” ..................................... 27
Easy Recording/Playback (Easy
Handycam) ................................... 30
Recording the images .................. 33
Zooming ........................................ 35
Recording sound with more presence
(5.1ch surround recording) ........... 35
Using the flash .............................. 36
Recording high quality still images
during movie recording (Dual Rec)
....................................................... 36
Recording in dark places
(NightShot) .................................... 37
Adjusting the exposure for backlit
subjects ......................................... 37
Recording in mirror mode ............. 37
Recording the fast action in slow-
motion (SMTH SLW REC) .............. 38
Controlling the image settings
manually with the camera control dial
(HDR-UX7) .................................... 38
Viewing the images ......................40
Using PB zoom .............................. 42
Playing back a series of still images
(Slide show) ................................... 42
Playing the image on a TV ........... 43
(OTHERS) category ............... 48
Deleting images ............................ 48
Dividing the image ........................ 50
Creating the Playlist ..................... 51
Dubbing to VCR or DVD/HDD
recorders ......................................53
Printing recorded images (PictBridge
compliant printer) ..........................54
(MANAGE DISC/MEMORY)
category ........................................56
Making the disc compatible with
playback on other devices or DVD
drives (Finalizing) .........................56
Playing a disc on other devices .... 60
Finding the right disc - DISC SELECT
GUIDE ..........................................61
Deleting all scenes on the disc
(Formatting) .................................. 62
Recording additional scenes after
finalizing .......................................64
What you can do with the
(SETTINGS) category of the
HOME MENU ............................... 65
Using the HOME MENU ................ 65
Enjoying Your Camcorder
Getting Started
Recording/Playback
Editing
Utilizing Recording Media
Customizing Your Camcorder
11
List of the (SETTINGS) category
items ............................................. 65
MOVIE SETTINGS .......................67
(Items for recording movies)
PHOTO SETTINGS ......................70
(Items for recording still images)
VIEW IMAGES SET .....................73
(Items to customize the display)
SOUND/DISP SET .......................75
(Items to adjust the sound and the
screen)
OUTPUT SETTINGS ....................76
(Items for when connecting other
devices)
CLOCK/ LANG ...........................77
(Items to set clock and language)
GENERAL SET ............................78
(Other setup items)
Activating functions using the
OPTION MENU .......................79
Using the OPTION MENU ............. 79
Recording items on the OPTION
MENU ............................................ 80
Viewing items on the OPTION
MENU ............................................ 80
Details on the OPTION MENU
items .............................................81
What you can do with Windows
computer .......................................86
Installing the “First Step Guide” and
software ........................................88
Viewing “First Step Guide” ............90
Using a Macintosh computer ........90
Troubleshooting ............................91
Warning indicators and
messages ...................................100
Using your camcorder abroad ....103
Precautions and maintenance ....105
About the Disc ............................ 105
About the AVCHD format ............ 106
About the “Memory Stick .......... 107
About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery
pack ............................................ 108
About the x.v.Color ..................... 109
Handling your camcorder ........... 109
Specifications ..............................112
Identifying parts and controls ......118
Indicators displayed during
recording/playback ......................122
Glossary ......................................125
Index ...........................................126
Using a Computer
Troubleshooting
Additional Information
Quick Reference
Spanish Quick Guide/
Guía rápida en español 130
12
Subject examples and solutions
Checking your
golf swing
Getting a good
shot of a ski slope
or beach
BSMTH SLW REC ....................... 38 BBacklight................................... 37
BBEACH ...................................... 83
BSNOW....................................... 83
Capturing still
images during
movie recording
A child on the
stage under a
spot light
BDual Rec ................................... 36 BSPOTLIGHT .............................. 83
Flowers in close-
up
Fireworks with all
its splendor
BPORTRAIT................................. 83
BFOCUS ...................................... 81
BTELE MACRO............................ 81
BFIREWORKS ............................. 83
BFOCUS ...................................... 81
Focusing on the
dog on the left
side of the screen
A sleeping child
under dim light
BFOCUS ...................................... 81
BSPOT FOCUS ............................ 81
BNightShot ................................. 37
BCOLOR SLOW SHTR................. 84
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Enjoying Your Camcorder
Operation flow
BPrepare the right disc (p. 15).
You can consult the [DISC SELECT GUIDE] (p. 61)
displayed on the screen to select the right disc.
BInitialize the disc (p. 27).
When you format the disc, you can select the recording image quality, HD (high
definition) or SD (standard definition).
HD (high definition) image quality SD (standard definition) image quality
bNotes
Your camcorder is compatible with the “1440 × 1080/60i” standard of AVCHD format (p. 125).
“AVCHD 1080i format” is abbreviated as “AVCHD” in this manual, except when it must be
described in more detail.
BShoot using your camcorder (p. 33).
Movies are recorded on a disc, and still images are
recorded on a “Memory Stick Duo.”
AVCHD format
Image resolution: about 4.5 times of
that of SD (standard definition)
The disc can be played on the
devices compatible with the AVCHD
format (p. 60).
DVD format
The recorded disc can be played on
DVD devices.
Enjoying Your Camcorder
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14
Enjoying movies recorded with the HD (high definition)
image quality
BViewing movies on a HD (high definition) TV
(p. 44)
You can enjoy movies with HD (high definition)
image quality, with the same image quality as they
were recorded.
BViewing movies on a non-HD (high
definition) TV (p. 45)
You can enjoy movies recorded with HD (high
definition) image quality, but they will be converted to SD (standard definition) image
quality.
zTips
You can consult the [TV CONNECT Guide] (p. 43) displayed on the screen on connecting your TV
and camcorder.
BPlaying discs on AVCHD format compatible devices (p. 60)
If your device is compatible with AVCHD format, you can play a disc with HD (high
definition) image quality on the device.
Important notice regarding discs recorded in the AVCHD format
This camcorder captures high definition footage in the AVCHD format. DVD media
containing AVCHD footage should not be used with DVD based players or recorders, as
the DVD player/recorder may fail to eject the media and may erase its contents without
warning. DVD media containing AVCHD footage may be played on a compatible Blu-ray
Disc player/recorder or other compatible device.
BDubbing disc contents by connecting your
camcorder to a DVD device (p. 53)
The dubbed images will be recorded with SD (standard
definition) image quality.
BEditing the disc on a computer (p. 86)
Using a computer, you can edit or copy images recorded
with HD (high definition) image quality. Install the
supplied application software on the computer in advance.
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Enjoying Your Camcorder
Selecting the right disc
You can use DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-R, and DVD+R DL discs of 8 cm in diameter with
your camcorder. What you can do with the recorded images depends on the image recording
quality, HD (high definition) or SD (standard definition), and the type of disc you selected.
( ) indicates the reference page.
*1 There are 2 recording formats, VIDEO mode and VR mode, for DVD-RW.
*2 Finalizing is required to play the disc in a DVD drive on a computer. A DVD+RW that is not finalized
may cause the computer to malfunction.
HD (high definition) image quality
Disc type DVD-
RW
DVD+
RW
DVD-R DVD+R
DL
Disc symbols
Deleting or editing images on your camcorder
(48, 50) aa --
Finalizing required to play on other devices (56) aaaa
Making additional recordings on a finalized disc
(64) aa --
Formatting the used disc to use it again (62) aa --
Making longer recordings on a side of a disc ---a
SD (standard definition) image quality
Disc type DVD-RW*1DVD+
RW
DVD-R DVD+R
DL
VIDEO VR
Disc symbols
Deleting the last movie recorded (49) aaa --
Deleting or editing images on your
camcorder (48, 50) -a---
Finalizing required to play on other
devices (56) aa-*2aa
Making additional recordings on a
finalized disc (64) aaa --
Formatting the used disc to use it again
(62) aaa --
Making longer recordings on a side of a
disc ----a
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Approximate recordable time in minutes on one side of a disc. Recordable time differs
depending on the recording mode (p. 65).
( ): the minimum recording time
bNotes
The aspect ratio of images recorded with HD (high definition) image quality is 16:9 (wide).
zTips
Figures such as 12M and 9M in the table show the average bit rate. M stands for Mbps.
If you use a double-sided disc, you can record on both sides of the disc (p. 105).
[DISC SELECT GUIDE] will help you select a right disc (p. 61).
Recording time
Disc type DVD-RW/DVD+RW/DVD-R DVD+R DL
HD (high definition) image quality
AVC HD 12M (HQ+)
(highest quality) 15 (14) 27 (26)
AVC HD 9M (HQ)
(high quality) 20 (14) 35 (26)
AVC HD 7M (SP)
(standard quality) 25 (18) 45 (34)
AVC HD 5M (LP)
(long play) 32 (26) 60 (50)
SD (standard definition) image quality
SD 9M (HQ) (high
quality) 20 (18) 35 (32)
SD 6M (SP) (standard
quality) 30 (18) 55 (32)
SD 3M (LP) (long
play) 60 (44) 110 (80)
Your camcorder uses the VBR (Variable Bit Rate) format to automatically adjust image quality to suit the
recording scene. This technology causes fluctuations in the recording time of a disc.
Movies containing quickly moving and complex images are recorded at a higher bit rate, and this reduces
the overall recording time.
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Enjoying Your Camcorder
HOME” and “ OPTION”
- Taking advantage of two types of menus
BCategories and items of the HOME MENU
(CAMERA) category
(VIEW IMAGES) category
(OTHERS) category
(MANAGE DISC/MEMORY)
category
(SETTINGS) category
To customize your camcorder (p. 65)*.
*You can set these items during Easy Handycam
operation (p. 30). On the items in the
(SETTINGS) category you can use during
Easy Handycam operation, see page 80.
HOME MENU” - the starting point for operations with your
camcorder
(HELP)
Displays a description of
the item (p. 18).
Category (p. 17)
Items Page
MOVIE* 34
PHOTO* 34
SMTH SLW REC 38
Items Page
VISUAL INDEX* 41
PLAYLIST 51
Items Page
DELETE* 48
EDIT 50
PLAYLIST EDIT 51
PRINT 54
COMPUTER 48
TV CONNECT Guide* 43
Items Page
FINALIZE* 56
DISC SELECT GUIDE 61
FORMAT* 62
FORMAT* 63
UNFINALIZE 64
DISC INFO 56
Enjoying Your Camcorder
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1Slide the POWER switch to turn
on your camcorder.
2Press (HOME) A or B.
3Touch the desired category.
Example: (OTHERS) category
4Touch the desired item.
Example: [EDIT]
5Perform the operation, following
the instructions on the screen.
To turn off the HOME MENU
Touch .
BWhen you want to know something
about the function of each item on
the HOME MENU - HELP
1Press (HOME).
The HOME MENU appears.
2Touch (HELP).
The bottom of the (HELP) button
turns orange.
Using the HOME MENU
(HOME) A
(HOME) B
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Enjoying Your Camcorder
3Touch the item you want to know
the content.
When you touch an item, its explanation
appears on the screen.
To apply the option, touch [YES],
otherwise, touch [NO].
To deactivate the HELP
Touch (HELP) again in step 2.
Just a touch on the screen during shooting
or playback displays the functions available
at that moment. You will find it easy to
make various settings. See page 79 for
further details.
Using the OPTION MENU
(OPTION)
20
Getting Started
Step 1: Checking supplied items
Make sure that you have the following
items supplied with your camcorder.
The number in the parentheses indicates the
number of that item supplied.
AC Adaptor (1) (p. 21)
Power cord (1) (p. 21)
Component video cable (1) (p. 44)
A/V connecting cable (1) (p. 44, 53)
USB cable (1) (p. 54)
Wireless Remote Commander (1)
(p. 121)
A button-type lithium battery is already installed.
Rechargeable battery pack NP-FH60
(HDR-UX5), NP-FH70 (HDR-UX7) (1)
(p. 21)
CD-ROM “Handycam Application
Software” (1) (p. 86)
Operating Guide (This manual) (1)
21
Getting Started
Step 2: Charging the battery pack
You can charge the “InfoLITHIUM”
battery pack (H series) (p. 108) after
attaching it to your camcorder.
bNotes
You can use only the H series of
“InfoLITHIUM” battery pack with your
camcorder.
1Slide the POWER switch in the
direction of the arrow to OFF
(CHG) (The default setting).
2Raise the viewfinder, then attach
the battery pack by sliding it in
the direction of the arrow until it
clicks.
3Connect the AC Adaptor to the
DC IN jack of your camcorder.
Open the jack cover, and connect the
DC plug of the AC Adaptor.
Match the v mark on the DC plug with
the v mark on your camcorder.
4Connect the power cord to the AC
Adaptor and the wall outlet.
The CHG (charge) lamp lights up and
charging starts. The CHG (charge) lamp
turns off when the battery is fully
charged.
5Disconnect the AC Adaptor from
the DC IN jack on your
camcorder.
bNotes
Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the DC IN
jack holding both the camcorder and the DC
plug.
To the wall
outlet
Power cord
AC Adaptor
Battery
POWER switch
DC IN jack
CHG (charge)
lamp
DC plug
Jack cover
22
Step 2: Charging the battery pack (Continued)
To remove the battery pack
1Slide the POWER switch to OFF
(CHG).
2Raise the viewfinder.
3Press the BATT (battery release) button
and remove the battery pack.
bNotes
When you remove the battery pack or the AC
Adaptor, make sure that the (Movie) lamp/
(Still) lamp (p. 24) is turned off.
When storing the battery pack
Fully discharge the battery before storing it
for an extended period (see page 109 for the
details of storage).
To use an outside power source
Make the same connections as you do when
charging the battery pack. The battery pack
will not lose its charge in this case.
To check the remaining battery
(Battery Info)
Set the POWER switch to OFF (CHG), then
press DISP/BATT INFO.
After a while, the approximate recordable
time and battery information appear for
about 7 seconds. You can view the battery
information for up to 20 seconds by
pressing DISP/BATT INFO again while the
information is displayed.
Charging time
Approximate time (min.) required when
you fully charge a fully discharged battery
pack.
Recording time
Approximate time (min.) available when
you use a fully charged battery pack.
HDR-UX5
Battery pack Charging time
NP-FH50 135
NP-FH60 (supplied with
HDR-UX5)
135
NP-FH70 (supplied with
HDR-UX7)
170
NP-FH100 390
Battery pack
Continuous
recording
time
Typical
recording
time*
Image
quality**
HD SD HD SD
NP-FH50 60 70 30 35
60 75 30 35
60 75 30 35
NP-FH60
(supplied)
75 95 35 45
75 100 35 50
90 100 45 50
Remaining battery (approx.)
Recording capacity (approx.)
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Getting Started
HDR-UX7
*Typical recording time shows the time when
you repeat recording start/stop, turning the
power on/off and zooming.
**HD” stands for high definition image quality,
andSD” stands for standard image quality.
bNotes
All times measured with recording mode [SP]
under the following conditions:
Top: When the LCD backlight turns on.
Middle: When the LCD backlight turns off.
Bottom: When recording with the viewfinder
while the LCD panel is closed.
Playing time
Approximate time (min.) available when
you use a fully charged battery pack.
HDR-UX5
HDR-UX7
*When the LCD backlight is on.
**HD” stands for high definition image quality,
and “SD” stands for standard image quality.
On the battery pack
Before changing the battery pack, slide the
POWER switch to OFF (CHG) and turn off the
(Movie) lamp/ (Still) lamp (p. 24).
The CHG (charge) lamp flashes during
charging, or Battery Info (p. 22) will not be
correctly displayed under the following
conditions:
The battery pack is not attached correctly.
The battery pack is damaged.
The battery pack is worn-out (For Battery
Info only).
The power will not be supplied from the battery
as long as the AC Adaptor is connected to the
DC IN jack of your camcorder, even when the
power cord is disconnected from the wall outlet.
NP-FH70 130 155 65 75
130 165 65 80
135 165 65 80
NP-FH100 305 360 150 180
310 375 155 185
320 375 160 185
Battery pack
Continuous
recording
time
Typical
recording
time*
Image
quality**
HD SD HD SD
NP-FH50 55 65 25 30
55 65 25 30
55 65 25 30
NP-FH70
(supplied)
115 140 55 70
120 145 60 70
120 145 60 70
NP-FH100 275 325 135 160
285 335 140 165
300 335 150 165
Battery pack
Continuous
recording
time
Typical
recording
time*
Battery pack LCD panel
opened*
LCD panel
closed
Image
quality**
HD SD HD SD
NP-FH50 90 105 100 120
NP-FH60
(supplied)
125 140 135 160
NP-FH70 200 230 220 255
NP-FH100 455 515 500 580
Battery pack LCD panel
opened*
LCD panel
closed
Image
quality**
HD SD HD SD
NP-FH50 90 100 95 110
NP-FH70
(supplied)
195 220 205 235
NP-FH100 440 500 470 535
Continued ,
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When attaching an optional video light, it is
recommended that you use an NP-FH100
battery pack.
We do not recommend using an NP-FH30,
which only allows short recording and playback
times, with your camcorder.
On the charging/recording/playback time
Times measured when using the camcorder at
25 °C (77 °F) (10 °C to 30 °C (50 °F to 86 °F) is
recommended).
The recording and playback time will be shorter
when you use your camcorder in low
temperatures.
The recording and playback time will be shorter
depending on the conditions under which you
use your camcorder.
On the AC Adaptor
Use the nearby wall outlet when using the AC
Adaptor. Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the
wall outlet immediately if any malfunction
occurs while using your camcorder.
Do not use the AC Adaptor placed in a narrow
space, such as between a wall and furniture.
Do not short-circuit the DC plug of the AC
Adaptor or battery terminal with any metallic
objects. This may cause a malfunction.
Even if your camcorder is turned off, AC power
(house current) is still supplied to it while
connected to the wall outlet via the AC Adaptor.
Step 3: Turning the
power on and setting
the date and time
Set the date and time when using this
camcorder for the first time. If you do not
set the date and time, the [CLOCK SET]
screen appears every time you turn on your
camcorder or change the POWER switch
position.
1While pressing the green button
in the center, slide the POWER
switch repeatedly in the direction
of the arrow to turn on the power.
(Movie): To record movies
(Still): To record still images
The [CLOCK SET] screen appears.
2Select the desired geographical
area with v/V, then touch [NEXT].
POWER switch
Touch the buttons on the
screen.
Step 2: Charging the battery pack
(Continued)
25
Getting Started
3Set [DST SET] or [SUMMERTIME],
then touch [NEXT].
4Set [Y] (year) with v/V.
5Select [M] with b/B, then set the
month with v/V.
6Set [D] (day), hour and minute in
the same way, then touch [NEXT].
7
Make sure that the clock is
correctly set, then touch .
The clock starts.
You can set any year up to the year
2037.
For midnight, set it to 12:00 AM.
For midday, set it to 12:00 PM.
To turn off the power
Slide the POWER switch to OFF (CHG).
To reset the date and time
Touch (HOME) t (SETTINGS)
t [CLOCK/ LANG] t [CLOCK
SET], and adjust the date and time.
bNotes
If you do not use your camcorder for about 3
months, the built-in rechargeable battery gets
discharged and the date and time settings may
be cleared from the memory. In that case,
charge the built-in rechargeable battery and then
set the date and time again (p. 112).
It takes a few seconds for your camcorder to be
ready to shoot after the power is turned on. You
cannot operate your camcorder during this time.
The lens cover opens automatically when the
power is turned on. It closes when the playback
screen is selected, or the power is turned off.
In the setting at the time of purchase, the power
turns off automatically if you leave your
camcorder without any operation attempted for
approximately 5 minutes, to save battery power
([A.SHUT OFF], p. 78).
zTips
The date and time does not appear during
recording, but they are automatically recorded
on the disc, and can be displayed during
playback ([DATA CODE], p. 73).
Refer to page 104 for information concerning
“World time difference.”
Instead of [DST SET], [SUMMERTIME] is
displayed for some models.
If the buttons on the touch panel do not work
correctly, adjust the touch panel
(CALIBRATION) (p. 111).
You can change the on-screen displays to
show messages in a specified language. To
select the screen language, touch
(SETTINGS) t [CLOCK/ LANG] t
[ LANGUAGE SET] (p. 66).
Changing the language setting
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Step 4: Adjusting your camcorder to suit you
Open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the
camcorder (1), then rotate it to the best
angle to record or play (2).
To turn off the LCD backlight to make
the battery last longer
Press and hold DISP/BATT INFO for a few
seconds until appears.
This setting is practical when you use your
camcorder in bright conditions or you want
to save battery power. The recorded image
will not be affected by the setting. To turn
on the LCD backlight, press and hold DISP/
BATT INFO for a few seconds until
disappears.
bNotes
Do not press the buttons below the LCD screen
accidentally when you open or adjust the LCD
panel.
zTips
If you open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the
camcorder, then rotate it 180 degrees to the lens
side, you can close the LCD panel with the LCD
screen facing out. This is convenient during
playback operations.
On the HOME MENU, touch (SETTINGS)
t [SOUND/DISP SET] t [LCD BRIGHT]
(p. 75) to adjust the brightness of the LCD
screen.
Pressing DISP/BATT INFO toggles the screen
indicators (such as time code) on or off.
You can view images using the viewfinder
to avoid wearing down the battery, or when
the image seen on the LCD screen is poor.
zTips
You can adjust the brightness of the viewfinder
backlight by selecting (SETTINGS) t
[SOUND/DISP SET] t [VF B.LIGHT] on the
HOME MENU (p. 75).
LCD panel
190 degrees to
the camcorder
2180 degrees
(max.)
290 degrees
(max.)
DISP/BATT INFO
Viewfinder
Viewfinder lens
adjustment lever
Move it until the
image is clear.
Viewfinder
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Getting Started
Step 5: Inserting a disc or a “Memory Stick
Duo”
A new 8 cm DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-
R, or DVD+R DL is required for recording
(p. 15).
bNotes
Remove dust or fingerprints from the disc
beforehand, using a soft cloth (p.106).
1Check that the power of your
camcorder is on.
2Slide the disc cover OPEN switch
in the direction of the arrow
(OPEN B).
[PREPARING TO OPEN] appears on
the LCD screen, then the disc cover
opens slightly, automatically.
3Set the disc with the recording
side facing your camcorder, then
press the center of the disc until it
clicks.
4Close the disc cover.
[DISC ACCESS] appears on the LCD
screen.
It may take some time for the camcorder
to recognize the disc, depending on the
disc type and condition.
Skip to step 7 when you use a DVD-R/
DVD+R DL.
5When you use a DVD-RW/
DVD+RW, touch [Use DISC
SELECT GUIDE].
bNotes
You cannot use [Use DISC SELECT GUIDE]
during Easy Handycam operation (p. 30).
Format the disc, following the instructions on
the screen.
6Touch [Record HD (high
definition) images.].
Disc
Disc cover OPEN switch
Pickup lens
When the disc cover opens slightly,
open it further.
ACCESS lamp (Disc)
Set the disc with the label side facing
out when using a single-sided disc.
Continued ,
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Step 5: Inserting a disc or a “Memory Stick Duo” (Continued)
Touch [Record SD (standard definition)
images.] to record with SD (standard
definition) image quality.
Items displayed vary depending on the
status of your camcorder, or the type of
disc inserted.
7Touch the option that is right for
you on the screen.
The disc will be formatted with the
image recording quality and mode you
selected. When the formatting is
completed, you can start recording on
the disc.
If you select SD (standard definition)
image quality
• When you use a DVD-RW, select a
recording format, [VIDEO] or [VR],
(p. 15). If you format a disc during Easy
Handycam operation (p. 30), the
recording format is fixed to [VIDEO].
• When you use a DVD+RW, select the
aspect ratio, [16:9 WIDE] or [4:3].
To remove the disc
1Perform steps 1 and 2 to open the disc
cover.
2While holding the disc fastener at the
center, tip up the edge of the disc.
bNotes
You cannot change the image quality (HD (high
definition) or SD (standard definition), p. 13) of
a disc midway.
Be careful not to obstruct the operation with
your hand or other objects, etc., when opening
or closing the disc cover. Move the belt to the
bottom of the camcorder, then open or close the
disc cover.
If you catch the belt when closing the disc
cover, it may cause your camcorder to
malfunction.
Do not touch the disc with the recording side or
pickup lens (p. 111).
When using a double-sided disc, take care not to
smudge the surface with fingerprints.
If you close the disc cover with the disc set
incorrectly, it may cause your camcorder to
malfunction.
Do not disconnect the power sources during
formatting.
Do not apply shock or vibration to your
camcorder:
while the ACCESS lamp is on
while the ACCESS lamp is flashing
while [DISC ACCESS] or [PREPARING TO
OPEN] is displayed on the LCD screen
It may take some time to remove the disc
depending on the disc condition or recorded
materials.
It may take up to 10 minutes to remove a disc if
it is damaged or is dirty with fingerprints, etc. In
that case, the disc might be damaged.
zTips
You can remove the disc when a power source
is connected to your camcorder even when your
camcorder is turned off. However, the disc
recognition process (step 4) does not start.
To delete all of the previously recorded images
from a DVD-RW/DVD+RW, then to use it
again to record new images, see “Deleting all
scenes on the disc (Formatting)” on page 62.
You can check the right disc using [DISC
SELECT GUIDE] on the HOME MENU
(p. 61).
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Getting Started
You can use only a “Memory Stick Duo”
marked with or
(p. 107).
zTips
The number of recordable images vary,
depending on the image quality or the image
size. For details, see page 70.
1Open the LCD panel.
2Insert the “Memory Stick Duo
into the “Memory Stick Duo” slot
in the right direction until it clicks.
To eject a “Memory Stick Duo”
Open the LCD panel, lightly push the
“Memory Stick Duo” in once.
bNotes
When the access lamp is lit or flashing, your
camcorder is reading/writing data. Do not shake
or knock your camcorder, turn the power off,
eject the “Memory Stick Duo,” or remove the
battery pack. Otherwise, image data may be
damaged.
If you force the “Memory Stick Duo” into the
slot in the wrong direction, the “Memory Stick
Duo,” the “Memory Stick Duo” slot, or image
data may be damaged.
When inserting or ejecting the “Memory Stick
Duo,” be careful so that the “Memory Stick
Duo” does not pop out and drop.
“Memory Stick Duo”
Access lamp
(“Memory Stick Duo”)
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Recording/Playback
Easy Recording/Playback (Easy Handycam)
With this Easy Handycam operation, most of the camera settings are automatically optimally
adjusted, which frees you from detailed adjustments. The screen font size increases for easy
viewing.
1Slide the POWER switch G to
light up the (Movie) lamp.
2Press EASY A.
3Press START/STOP H or E to
start recording.*
To stop recording, press it again.
1Slide the POWER switch G to
light up the (Still) lamp.
2Press EASY A.
3Press PHOTO F to record.**
*Movies are recorded in [SP] mode. **Still images are recorded in [FINE] quality.
HDR-UX5
Movies
If the POWER switch is set
to OFF (CHG), slide it
while pressing the green
button.
appears on the screen.
[STBY] t [REC]
Still images
If the POWER switch is set
to OFF (CHG), slide it
while pressing the green
button.
appears on the screen.
Flashing t Lit
P
ress an
d
h
o
ld
li
g
h
t
l
y
to adjust the focus.
P
ress
f
u
ll
y to
record.
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Recording/Playback
1Slide the POWER switch G to turn on your camcorder.
2Press (VIEW IMAGES) I or D.
The VISUAL INDEX screen appears on the LCD screen. (It may take some time to
display the VISUAL INDEX screen.)
3Start playback.
Viewing movies:
Touch the tab and the movie to be played back.
Viewing still images:
Touch the tab and the still image to be played back.
*[DATA CODE] is fixed to [DATE/TIME] (p. 73).
Playing back movies/still images
Previous 6 images
Next 6 images
Disc type
Appears with the image on
each of the tab that was
lastly played back/recorded
(B for the still image).
Returns to the recording
screen
Displays the movies
Displays the still images
Returns to the recording
screen
Beginning of the scene/
previous scene
Toggles Play or Pause as
you touch
Next scene
Stop (go to the VISUAL
INDEX screen) Reverse/ Forward
Return (to the VISUAL
INDEX screen)
Date/time of recording*
Previous/Next
Go to the VISUAL INDEX
screen
Return (to the VISUAL
INDEX screen)
Date/time of recording*
Slide show (p. 42)
Recording media
Continued ,
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Easy Recording/Playback (Easy Handycam) (Continued)
zTips
When all movies from the selected one to the
last one are played back, the screen returns to
the VISUAL INDEX screen.
Touch / during pause to play back
movies slowly.
To adjust the sound volume, touch (HOME)
t (SETTINGS) t [SOUND
SETTINGS] t [VOLUME], then adjust the
volume with / .
To cancel Easy Handycam
operation
Press EASY A again. disappears
from the screen.
Adjustable menu settings during
Easy Handycam operation
Touch (HOME) B or C to display
adjustable menu settings (p. 17, 65).
bNotes
You can neither delete nor edit movies on the
disc during Easy Handycam operation.
Most of the settings return to the default setting
automatically. However, some menu items are
fixed to certain settings. For details, see page 91.
When formatting DVD-RW discs with SD
(standard definition) image quality, the
recording format is fixed to VIDEO (p. 62).
(OPTION) does not appear on the screen.
Cancel Easy Handycam operation if you want to
add effects to the images, or if you want to make
various settings.
Unavailable buttons during Easy
Handycam operation
During Easy Handycam operation, you
cannot use some buttons/functions, since
most of the items are set automatically
(p. 91). If you press a button that does not
work, [Invalid during Easy Handycam
operation.] may appear on the screen.
To make the disc compatible
with playback on other devices
(Finalizing)
You need to finalize a recorded disc to
make it compatible with playback on other
devices or computers. See page 56 on
finalizing operation.
bNotes
You cannot make additional recordings on
DVD-R/DVD+R DL discs once you finalize the
disc, even if there is free space on the disc.
The disc menu is fixed to [STYLE1].
You cannot record additional materials on a
finalized disc during Easy Handycam operation
(p. 64).
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Recording/Playback
Recording the images
Fasten the grip belt in the order shown
below, then hold your camcorder securely.
bNotes
If the ACCESS lamp (p. 27, 29) is on after
recording is finished, it means that data is still
being written onto the disc or “Memory Stick
Duo.” Do not apply shock or vibration to your
camcorder, and do not disconnect the battery or
AC Adaptor.
POWER switch A
If the POWER
switch is set to OFF
(CHG), slide it
while pressing the
green button.
PHOTO F
(HOME) D
START/STOP C
START/STOP B
Lens cover
Opens in accordance with
the setting of the POWER
switch.
(HOME) E
(Movie) lamp
(Still) lamp
Fastening the grip belt
Recording/Playback
Continued ,
34
Recording the images (Continued)
Movies are recorded on the disc. See page
16 for the recording time.
Slide the POWER switch
A in the direction of the
arrow to light up the
(Movie) lamp.
Press START/STOP B or
C.
To stop recording, press START/STOP
again.
To record high resolution still images
on the “Memory Stick Duo” during
shooting a movie (Dual Rec)
See page 36.
Still images are recorded on the “Memory
Stick Duo.” See page 71 for the number of
recordable images.
Slide the POWER switch
A in the direction of the
arrow to light up the
(Still) lamp.
Press PHOTO F lightly to
adjust the focus A (a
beep sounds), then press
it fully B (a shutter click
sounds).
The red appears beside . When the
red disappears, the image is recorded.
To switch the recording mode using
the (HOME) button D or E
On the HOME MENU, touch
(CAMERA) t [MOVIE] or
[PHOTO].
Movies
[STBY] t [REC]
Still images
Flashing t Lit
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Recording/Playback
You can magnify images to 10 times the
original size with the power zoom lever or
the zoom buttons below the LCD screen.
Move the power zoom lever slightly for a
slower zoom. Move it further for a faster
zoom.
bNotes
Be sure to keep your finger on the power zoom
lever. If you move your finger off the power
zoom lever, the operation sound of the power
zoom lever may also be recorded.
You cannot change the zoom speed with the
zoom buttons below the LCD screen.
The minimum possible distance between
camcorder and subject while maintaining sharp
focus is about 1 cm (about 13/32 in.) for wide
angle and about 80 cm (about 2 5/8 feet) for
telephoto.
zTips
You can set [DIGITAL ZOOM] (p. 68) if you
want to zoom to a level greater than 10 ×.
Sound picked up by the built-in microphone
is converted to 5.1ch surround sound and
recorded.
Your camcorder has Dolby Digital 5.1
Creator installed for recording 5.1ch
surround sound. Enjoy realistic sound when
playing the disc on devices that support 5.1ch
surround sound.
Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator, 5.1ch surround sound
Glossary (page 125)
bNotes
To play the disc recorded with HD (high
definition) image quality and enjoy the sound in
5.1ch surround, you need an AVCHD format
device compatible with 5.1ch surround (p. 60).
5.1ch sound is converted to 2ch when played back
on your camcorder.
is displayed on the screen during 5.1ch
recording/playback.
Zooming
Close view: (Telephoto)
Wider range of view:
(Wide angle)
Recording sound with more
presence (5.1ch surround
recording)
Built-in microphone
Continued ,
36
Recording the images (Continued)
Press (flash) repeatedly to select an
appropriate setting.
No indication (Auto flash): Automatically
flashes when there is insufficient ambient
light.
r
(Forced flash): Always uses the flash
regardless of the surrounding brightness.
r
(No flash): Records without flash.
bNotes
The recommended distance to the subject when
using the built-in flash is approximately 0.3 to
2.5 m (1 to 8 feet).
Remove any dust from the surface of the flash
lamp before using it. Flash effect may be
impaired if heat discoloration or dust obscures
the lamp.
The flash charge lamp flickers while charging
the flash, and remains lit when the battery
charge is complete.
If you use the flash in bright places such as
when shooting a backlit subject, the flash may
not be effective.
When attaching a conversion lens (optional) or a
filter (optional) to your camcorder, the flash
light does not emit light.
zTips
You can change the brightness of the flash by
setting [FLASH LEVEL] (p. 73), or you can
prevent the redeye by setting [REDEYE
REDUC] (p. 73).
You can record high quality still images on
the “Memory Stick Duo” while recording a
movie on the disc.
1Set the POWER switch to (movie),
then press START/STOP to start movie
recording.
2Press PHOTO fully.
After you start recording, and before you
finish, you can capture up to 3 frames of
still images from your movie.
3Press START/STOP to stop movie
recording.
Stored still images appear one by one, and
the images are stored onto the “Memory
Stick Duo.” When disappears, the
images are recorded.
bNotes
Do not eject the “Memory Stick Duo” before
recording is finished and the still images are
stored on the “Memory Stick Duo.”
You cannot use the flash during Dual Rec.
zTips
When the POWER switch is set to
(Movie), the size of still images becomes:
2.3M (16:9 wide) or 1.7M (4:3) (HDR-
UX5)
Using the flash
Flash
Flash charge
lamp
Recording high quality still
images during movie recording
(Dual Rec)
Orange color
boxes indicate the
number of
recorded images.
When recording is
finished, the color
changes to orange.
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Recording/Playback
4.6M (16:9 wide) or 3.4M (4:3) (HDR-
UX7)
You can record still images during recording
standby in the same way as when the POWER
switch is set to (Still). You can also record
with the flash.
Set the NIGHTSHOT switch to ON. (
appears.)
bNotes
The NightShot and Super NightShot functions
use infrared light. Therefore, do not cover the
infrared port with your fingers or other objects.
and remove the conversion lens (optional).
Adjust the focus manually ([FOCUS], p. 81)
when it is hard to focus automatically.
Do not use the NightShot and Super NightShot
functions in bright places. This may cause a
malfunction.
zTips
To record an image brighter, use Super
NightShot function (p. 84). To record an image
more faithfully to the original colors, use Color
Slow Shutter function (p. 84).
To adjust the exposure for backlit subjects,
press BACK LIGHT to display .. To
cancel the back light function, press BACK
LIGHT again.
Open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the
camcorder (1), then rotate it 180 degrees
to the lens side (2).
zTips
A mirror-image of the subject appears on the
LCD screen, but the image will be normal when
recorded.
Recording in dark places
(NightShot)
Infrared port
Adjusting the exposure for
backlit subjects
Recording in mirror mode
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Recording the images (Continued)
Fast moving subjects and actions, which
cannot be captured under the ordinary
shooting conditions, can be shot in smooth
moving slow-motion for about 3 seconds.
This is useful to shoot fast actions such as a
golf or tennis swing.
1Slide the POWER switch to turn on the
camcorder.
2Press (HOME) A or B to display the
HOME MENU.
3Touch (CAMERA).
4Touch [SMTH SLW REC].
5Press START/STOP.
An about 3 second-movie is recorded as a
12 second-slow-motion-movie.
When [Recording...] disappears, recording
is finished.
Touch to cancel the smooth slow
recording.
To change the setting
Touch (OPTION) t , then select
the setting you want to change.
• [TIMING]
Select the recording start point after
START/STOP is pressed. The default
setting is [3sec AFTER].
[RECORD SOUND]
Select [ON] ( ) to superimpose sounds
such as conversation on the slow motion
pictures. (The default setting is [OFF].)
Your camcorder records sounds for about
12 seconds while [Recording...] is
displayed in step 5.
bNotes
Sounds are not recorded during the about 3
second-movie shooting.
Image quality of [SMTH SLW REC] is not as
good as that of normal recording.
You can assign one menu item you use
often to the camera control dial.
Since the focus adjustment is assigned to
the camera control dial in the default
setting, the operation below is described as
adjusting the focus using the dial.
1Press MANUAL to activate the manual
adjustment mode.
Pressing MANUAL switches the setting
mode between automatic and manual.
Recording the fast action in
slow-motion (SMTH SLW REC)
(HOME) B
(HOME) A
Controlling the image settings
manually with the camera
control dial (HDR-UX7)
[3sec AFTER]
[3sec BEFORE]
MANUAL
Camera control dial
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Recording/Playback
2Rotate the camera control dial to adjust the
focus.
Item you can assign to the camera
control dial
One of following items:
[FOCUS] (p. 81)
[EXPOSURE] (p. 82)
–[AE SHIFT] (p.67)
[WB SHIFT] (p. 68)
To assign a menu item to the camera
control dial
1Press and hold MANUAL for a few
seconds.
The [DIAL SETTING] screen appears.
2Rotate the camera control dial and select
the item to be assigned.
3Press MANUAL.
bNotes
Manual settings will be retained even if you
change the assigned item of the camera control
dial. However, if you set [EXPOSURE] after
setting [AE SHIFT] manually, [EXPOSURE]
will override [AE SHIFT].
If you select [RESET] in step 2, all the items
adjusted manually are reset to the default
settings.
zTips
The functions of the items that can be assigned
to the camera control dial are the same as those
of menu operation.
You can assign the menu item to the camera
control dial in the HOME MENU by selecting
(SETTINGS) t [MOVIE SETTINGS]/
[PHOTO SETTINGS] t [DIAL SETTING]
(p. 70).
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Viewing the images
Slide the POWER switch A to turn on your camcorder.
Press (VIEW IMAGES) B or C.
The VISUAL INDEX screen appears on the LCD screen. (It may take some time to
display the VISUAL INDEX screen.)
zTips
Moving the zoom lever F changes the number of thumbnails on the VISUAL INDEX screen between 6
and 12. You can fix the number of thumbnails by touching (SETTINGS) t [VIEW IMAGES SET]
t [ DISPLAY] on the HOME MENU (p. 74).
Lens cover
Closes in accordance with
(VIEW IMAGES).
POWER switch A
(VIEW IMAGES) B
(HOME) D
(VIEW IMAGES) C
(HOME) E
Zoom lever F
Previous 6 images
Next 6 images
Disc type
Appears with the image
on each of the tab that
was lastly played back/
recorded (B for the still
image).
Returns to the
recording screen
Displays the movies Displays the still images
(OPTION)
Returns to the
recording screen
Recording/Playback
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Recording/Playback
Start playback.
Touch the tab and the movie to be played back.
When all movies from the selected one to the last one are played back, the screen returns to the
VISUAL INDEX screen.
Touch the tab and the still image to be played back.
To switch to the playback mode using
the (HOME) button D or E
On the HOME MENU, touch (VIEW
IMAGES) t [VISUAL INDEX].
To adjust the sound volume of movies
Touch (OPTION) t tab t
[VOLUME], then adjust the volume with
/.
zTips
Touch / during pause to play back
movies slowly.
A touch of / makes the reverse/fast
forward approximately 5 times faster, 2 touches
makes it approximately 10 times faster
(approximately 8 times faster using DVD+RW
with SD (standard definition) image quality).
Movies
Beginning of the scene/
previous scene
Toggles Play or Pause as you touch.
Next scene
Stop (go to the VISUAL
INDEX screen) Reverse/ Forward
(OPTION)
Return (to the VISUAL
INDEX screen)
Still images
Previous/Next
Go to the VISUAL INDEX
screen (OPTION)
Return (to the VISUAL
INDEX screen)
Slide show (p. 42)
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Viewing the images (Continued)
You can magnify still images from about
1.1 to 5 times the original size.
Magnification can be adjusted with the
power zoom lever or the zoom buttons
below the LCD screen.
1Play back the still images you want to
magnify.
2Magnify the still image with T
(Telephoto).
The screen is framed.
3Touch the screen at the point you want
to display in the center of the displayed
frame.
4Adjust the magnification with W (Wide
angle)/T (Telephoto).
To cancel, touch .
Touch on the still image playback
screen.
The slide show begins from the selected
image.
Touch to stop the slide show. To
restart, touch again.
bNotes
You cannot operate playback zoom during slide
show.
zTips
You can set continuous slide show playback by
touching (OPTION) t tab t
[SLIDE SHOW SET]. The default setting is
[ON] (continuous playback).
Using PB zoom Playing back a series of still
images (Slide show)
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Recording/Playback
Playing the image on a TV
Connection methods and quality of the
image viewed on the TV screen differ
depending on what type of TV is connected,
and the connectors used.
Use the supplied AC Adaptor as the power
source (p. 21).
Refer also to the instruction manuals
supplied with the device to be connected.
You can make sure that you are connecting
the TV correctly using [TV CONNECT
Guide] displayed on the LCD screen.
Jacks on your camcorder
Open the jack cover and connect the cable.
Your camcorder will advise you of the most
advantageous way of connecting your TV.
1Turn on your camcorder, and
press (HOME).
2Touch (OTHERS).
3Touch [TV CONNECT Guide].
4Touch the option that is right for
you on the screen.
Meanwhile, you can make the relevant
connection between your camcorder and
the TV.
Operation flow
Switch the input on the TV to the
connected jack.
Refer to the instruction manuals of the
TV.
r
Connect your camcorder and TV
referring to [TV CONNECT Guide].
r
Make the required output settings
on your camcorder (p. 44).
Selecting the most
advantageous connection - TV
CONNECT Guide
Continued ,
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Playing the image on a TV (Continued)
Images recorded with HD (high definition) image quality are played back with HD (high
definition) image quality. Images recorded with SD (standard definition) image quality are
played back with SD (standard definition) image quality.
Connecting to a high definition TV
: Signal flow
Type Camcorder Cable TV HOME MENU setting
(SETTINGS) t
[OUTPUT SETTINGS]
t [COMPONENT] t
[1080i/480i] (p. 77)
An A/V connecting cable is also needed to output audio signals. Connect the white and red plugs of the A/
V connecting cable to the audio input jack of your TV.
Component video cable
(supplied)
A/V connecting cable
(supplied)
(Green) Y
(Blue) P
B
/C
B
(Red) P
R
/C
R
(Red)
(White)
(Yellow)
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Recording/Playback
Images recorded with HD (high definition) quality is converted to SD (standard definition)
and played back. Images recorded with SD (standard definition) image quality are played back
with SD (standard definition) image quality.
To set the aspect ratio according to the connected TV (16:9/4:3)
Set [TV TYPE] to [16:9] or [4:3] according to your TV (p. 76).
bNotes
When you play back a movie recorded with SD (standard definition) image quality on a 4:3 TV that is not
compatible with the 16:9 signal, display the HOME MENU, then select (SETTINGS) t [MOVIE
SETTINGS] t [WIDE SELECT] t [4:3] on your camcorder when recording an image (p. 68).
Use an HDMI cable with the HDMI logo (see the cover).
Images are not output from the HDMI OUT jack, if copyright protection signals are recorded in the
images.
Some TVs may not function correctly (e.g., no sound or image) with this connection.
Do not connect the HDMI OUT jack of your camcorder and HDMI OUT jack of the external device with
the HDMI cable. This may cause a malfunction.
: Signal flow
Type Camcorder Cable TV HOME MENU setting
HDMI cable (optional)
Connecting to a non-high-definition 16:9 (wide) or 4:3 TV
Continued ,
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Playing the image on a TV (Continued)
: Signal flow
Type Camcorder Cable TV HOME MENU setting
(SETTINGS) t
[OUTPUT SETTINGS]
t [COMPONENT] t
[480i] (p. 77)
(SETTINGS) t
[OUTPUT SETTINGS]
t [TV TYPE] t [16:9]/
[4:3] (p. 76)
An A/V connecting cable is also needed to output audio signals. Connect the white and red plugs of the A/
V connecting cable to the audio input jack of your TV.
(SETTINGS) t
[OUTPUT SETTINGS]
t [TV TYPE] t [16:9]/
[4:3] (p. 76)
When the S VIDEO plug (S VIDEO channel) is connected, audio signals are not output. To output audio
signals, connect the white and red plugs of an A/V connecting cable with the S VIDEO cable to the audio
input jack of your TV.
This connection produces higher resolution images compared with the A/V connecting cable (Type ).
(SETTINGS) t
[OUTPUT SETTINGS]
t [TV TYPE] t [16:9]/
[4:3] (p. 76)
Component video cable
(supplied)
A/V connecting cable
(supplied)
(Green) Y
(Blue) P
B
/C
B
(Red) P
R
/C
R
(Red)
(White)
(Yellow)
A/V connecting cable with
S VIDEO (optional)
(Red)
(White)
(Yellow)
A/V connecting cable
(supplied)
(Red)
(White)
(Yellow)
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Recording/Playback
When connecting to your TV via a VCR
Connect your camcorder to the LINE IN
input on the VCR using the A/V connecting
cable. Set the input selector on the VCR to
LINE (VIDEO 1, VIDEO 2, etc.).
When your TV is monaural (When your
TV has only one audio input jack)
Connect the yellow plug of the A/V
connecting cable to the video input jack and
connect the white (left channel) or red
(right channel) plug to the audio input jack
of your TV or VCR.
bNotes
When you output images using the A/V
connecting cable, images are output with SD
(standard definition) image quality.
When recording, set [X.V.COLOR] to [ON] to
play back on an x.v.Color-compliant TV (p. 69).
Some settings may need to be adjusted on the
TV when playing back. Refer to the instruction
manual of your TV for details.
zTips
If you connect your camcorder to your TV using
more than one type of cable to output images,
the order of priority of the output signal is as
follows:
HDMI t component video t S VIDEO t
audio/video.
HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface)
is an interface to send both video/audio signals.
The HDMI OUT jack outputs high quality
images and digital audio.
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Editing
(OTHERS) category
This category enables you to edit the
images on a disc or a “Memory Stick Duo.”
In addition, this category enables you to
utilize your camcorder by connecting it to
other devices.
DELETE
You can delete the images on a disc or a
“Memory Stick Duo” (p. 48).
EDIT
You can edit the movies on a disc or a
“Memory Stick Duo” (p. 50).
PLAYLIST EDIT
You can create and edit a Playlist (p. 51).
PRINT
You can print still images on a connected
PictBridge printer (p. 54).
COMPUTER
You can connect your camcorder to your
computer (p. 86).
TV CONNECT Guide
Your camcorder advises you of the most
advantageous way of connecting your TV
to view images on the TV (p. 43).
Deleting images
You can delete the images recorded on a
disc or a “Memory Stick Duo” using your
camcorder.
Insert a recorded disc or “Memory Stick
Duo” into your camcorder.
bNotes
Images cannot be restored once they are deleted.
During Easy Handycam operation, you cannot
delete movies. Cancel Easy Handycam
operation.
zTips
You can select up to 100 images at one time.
You can delete an image when viewing it by
touching (OPTION) t tab t
[DELETE].
1On the (HOME MENU), touch
(OTHERS) t [DELETE].
2Touch [ DELETE].
3Touch [ DELETE].
4Touch the image to be deleted.
The selected scene is marked with .
Press and hold the image on the LCD
screen to confirm the image.
Touch to return to the previous
screen.
Item list
(OTHERS) category
Deleting the movies on the disc
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Editing
5Touch t [YES] t .
To delete all movies on the disc at one
time
In step 3, touch [ DELETE ALL] t
[YES] t [YES] t .
To delete the last recorded movie
In step 3, touch [ LAST SCENE DEL]
t t [YES] t .
To delete SD (standard definition)
image quality movies
You can delete movies on DVD-RW (VR
mode) discs without any restrictions.
You can perform only [ LAST SCENE
DEL] on DVD-RW and DVD+RW discs.
bNotes
Do not remove the battery pack or the AC
Adaptor from your camcorder while editing
images. It may damage the disc.
If the deleted movie is included in the Playlist
(p. 51), the movie is deleted also from the
Playlist.
Even if you delete unnecessary images from the
disc, the remaining disc capacity may not
increase as much as you can make additional
recording.
To delete all images recorded in the disc and
restore the original capacity of the disc, format
the disc (p. 62).
zTips
A movie recorded by your camcorder onto a
disc is called an “original.”
1On the (HOME MENU), touch
(OTHERS) t [DELETE].
2Touch [ DELETE].
3Touch [ DELETE].
4Touch the still image to be
deleted.
The selected still image is marked with
.
Press and hold the still image on the LCD
screen to confirm the still image.
Touch to return to the previous
screen.
5Touch t [YES] t .
To delete all still images on the
“Memory Stick Duo”
In step 3, touch [ DELETE ALL] t
[YES] t [YES] t .
bNotes
You cannot delete still images when:
a “Memory Stick Duo” with the write-protect
tab is set to the write-protect position (p. 107)
the selected image is protected.
zTips
To delete all images recorded on the “Memory
Stick Duo,” format the “Memory Stick Duo”
(p. 63).
Deleting the still images in the
“Memory Stick Duo”
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Dividing the image
bNotes
During Easy Handycam operation, you cannot
divide movies. Cancel Easy Handycam
operation.
1On the (HOME MENU), touch
(OTHERS) t [EDIT].
2Touch [DIVIDE].
3Touch the movie to be divided.
The movie is played back.
4Touch at the point where
you want to divide the movie into
the scenes.
The movie pauses.
Play and pause toggles as you press
.
5Touch t [YES] t .
bNotes
Movies cannot be restored once they are
divided.
Do not remove the battery pack or the AC
Adaptor from your camcorder while editing
images. It may damage the disc.
You can do this operation only with DVD-RW
(VR mode) for the SD (standard definition)
image quality.
Even if the divided movie is included in the
Playlist, the movie is not divided in the Playlist.
A slight difference may occur from the point
where you touch and the actual dividing
point, as your camcorder selects the dividing
point based on about half-second increments.
Returns to the beginning of
the selected movie.
Adjusts the dividing point more
precisely after the dividing point has
been selected with .
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Editing
Creating the Playlist
A Playlist is a list showing thumbnails of
the movies that you have selected. The
original scenes are not changed, even if you
edit or delete the scenes in the Playlist.
Make sure to insert the recorded disc into
your camcorder.
bNotes
You can do this operation only with DVD-RW
(VR mode) for the SD (standard definition)
image quality.
During Easy Handycam operation, you can
neither add movies to the Playlist, nor edit
movies in the Playlist. Cancel Easy Handycam
operation.
1On the (HOME MENU), touch
(OTHERS) t [PLAYLIST
EDIT].
2Touch [ ADD].
3Touch the scene to be added to
the Playlist.
.
The selected scene is marked with .
Press and hold the image on the LCD
screen to confirm the image.
Touch to return to the previous
screen.
4Touch t [YES] t .
To add all the movies on the disc in
the Playlist
In step 2, touch [ ADD ALL] t [YES]
t [YES] t .
bNotes
Do not remove the battery pack or the AC
Adaptor from your camcorder while editing the
Playlist. It may damage the disc.
zTips
You can add a maximum of 999 movies to the
Playlist.
You can add a movie when viewing it using
[ ADD] on (OPTION).
Make sure to insert the disc on which the
Playlist is added into your camcorder.
1On the (HOME MENU), touch
(VIEW IMAGES) t
[PLAYLIST].
2Touch the scene from which you
want to play back.
The Playlist is played back from the
selected scene to the end, then the
screen returns to the Playlist screen.
To erase unnecessary scenes from the
Playlist
1On the (HOME MENU), touch
(OTHERS) t [PLAYLIST EDIT].
Playing the Playlist
Continued ,
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Creating the Playlist (Continued)
2Touch [ERASE].
To erase all the scenes from the Playlist,
touch [ERASE ALL] t [YES] t [YES]
t .
3Select the scene to be deleted from the list.
The selected scene is marked with .
Press and hold the image on the LCD
screen to confirm the image.
Touch to return to the previous
screen.
4Touch t [YES] t .
zTips
The original scenes are not changed even if you
erase the scenes from the Playlist.
To change the order within the Playlist
1On the (HOME MENU), touch
(OTHERS) t [PLAYLIST EDIT].
2Touch [MOVE].
3Select the scene to be moved.
The selected scene is marked with .
Press and hold the image on the LCD
screen to confirm the image.
Touch to return to the previous
screen.
4Touch .
5Select the destination with [T]/[t].
Press and hold the image on the LCD
screen to confirm the image.
6Touch t [YES] t .
zTips
When you select multiple scenes, the scenes are
moved following the order appeared in the
Playlist.
To divide a movie within the Playlist
1On the (HOME MENU), touch
(OTHERS) t [PLAYLIST EDIT].
2Touch [DIVIDE].
3Select the scene to be divided.
The playback of the selected scene starts.
4Touch at the point where you want
to divide the movie into scenes.
The movie pauses.
5Touch t [YES] t .
bNotes
A slight difference may occur from the point
where you touch and the actual dividing
point, as your camcorder selects the dividing
point based on about half-second increments.
zTips
The original movies are not changed even if you
divide the movie in the Playlist.
Destination bar
Play and pause toggles as you press
.
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Editing
Dubbing to VCR or DVD/HDD recorders
You can dub images played back on your camcorder to other recording devices, such as VCRs
or DVD/HDD recorders. Connect the device in either of the following ways.
Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation
(p. 21). Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected.
bNotes
Movies recorded with HD (high definition) image quality will be dubbed with SD (standard
definition) image quality.
Since dubbing is performed via analog data transfer, the image quality may deteriorate.
To copy a disc recorded with HD (high definition) image quality, install the application software
(supplied) on your computer (p. 88), and copy the images to a disc in the computer.
AA/V connecting cable (supplied)
Connect to the input jack of the other
device.
BA/V connecting cable with S
VIDEO (optional)
When connecting to another device via
the S VIDEO jack, by using an A/V
connecting cable with an S VIDEO
cable (optional), higher quality images
can be produced than with an A/V
connecting cable. Connect the white and
red plug (left/right audio) and the S
VIDEO plug (S VIDEO channel) of the
A/V connecting cable with an S VIDEO
cable (optional). The yellow plug
connection is not necessary. S VIDEO
connection only will not output audio.
bNotes
You cannot dub to recorders connected with an
HDMI cable.
To hide the screen indicators (such as a counter,
etc.) on the screen of the monitor device
connected, set (SETTINGS) t [OUTPUT
SETTINGS] t [DISP OUTPUT] t [LCD
PANEL] (the default setting) on the HOME
MENU (p. 77).
To record the date/time and camera settings
data, display them on the screen (p. 73).
When you are connecting your camcorder to a
monaural device, connect the yellow plug of the
A/V connecting cable to the video input jack,
and the red (right channel) or the white (left
channel) plug to the audio input jack on the
device.
VCRs or DVD/HDD
recorders
: Video/Signal flow
A/V OUT jack
S VIDEO VIDEO
IN (Yellow) (White) (Red)
AUDIO
(Yellow)
(White) (Red)
VIDEO AUDIO
IN
Devices without an
S VIDEO jack
Devices with an S VIDEO
jack
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1Insert the recorded disc into your
camcorder.
2Turn on your camcorder, and
press (VIEW IMAGES).
Set [TV TYPE] according to the display
device (p. 76).
3Insert the recording media in the
recording device.
If your recording device has an input
selector, set it to the input mode.
4Connect your camcorder to the
recording device (VCR or DVD/
HDD recorder) with the A/V
connecting cable (supplied) 1 or
an A/V connecting cable with S
VIDEO (optional) 2.
Connect your camcorder to the input
jacks of the recording device.
5Start the playback on your
camcorder, and record it on the
recording device.
Refer to the instruction manuals
supplied with your recording device for
details.
6When dubbing is finished, stop
the recording device, and then
your camcorder.
Printing recorded
images (PictBridge
compliant printer)
You can print out still images using a
PictBridge compliant printer, without
connecting the camcorder to a computer.
Connect your camcorder to the AC Adaptor
to obtain power from the wall outlet (p. 21).
Insert the “Memory Stick Duo” containing
still images into your camcorder, and turn
on the printer.
1Turn on your camcorder.
2Connect the (USB) jack of your
camcorder to the printer using
the USB cable (p. 118).
[USB SELECT] appears on the screen
automatically.
3Touch [ PRINT].
One of the still images stored on the
“Memory Stick Duo” will be displayed.
bNotes
We can guarantee the operation of only models
that are PictBridge compatible.
Connecting your camcorder to
the printer
When connection is complete,
(PictBridge connecting) appears on
the screen.
Dubbing to VCR or DVD/HDD
recorders (Continued)
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Editing
1Touch the still image to be
printed.
The selected image is marked with .
Press and hold the image on the LCD
screen to confirm the image.
Touch to return to the previous
screen.
2Touch (OPTION), set the
following options, then touch
.
[COPIES]: Set number of copies of a
still image to be printed. You can set up
to 20 copies.
[DATE/TIME]: Select [DATE],
[DAY&TIME], or [OFF] (no date/time
printed).
[SIZE]: Select the paper size.
If you do not change the setting, go to
step 3.
3Touch [EXEC] t [YES] t .
The image selection screen appears
again.
To finish printing
Touch on the image selection screen.
bNotes
Refer also to the instruction manual of the
printer to be used.
Do not attempt the following operations when
is on the screen. The operations may not be
performed properly.
To operate the POWER switch.
To press (VIEW IMAGES)
To disconnect the USB cable from the printer.
To 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.
You can select only the paper sizes that the
printer can print.
On some printer models, the top, bottom, right,
and left edges of images may be trimmed. If you
print a still image recorded in a 16:9 (wide)
ratio, the left and right ends of the image may be
trimmed widely.
Some printer models may not support the date
printing function. Refer to your printer’s
instruction manual for details.
The following types of images may not be
printed:
images edited on a computer
images recorded on other devices
images larger than 3 MB
images larger than 2848 × 2136 pixels
zTips
PictBridge is an industry standard established
by the Camera & Imaging Products Association
(CIPA). You can print still images without using
a computer by connecting a printer directly to a
digital video camera or digital still camera,
regardless of model or manufacturer.
You can print a still image when viewing it by
touching (OPTION) t tab t
[PRINT].
Printing
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Utilizing Recording Media
(MANAGE DISC/
MEMORY) category
This category enables you to use a disc or a
“Memory Stick Duo” for various purposes.
FINALIZE
You can enable discs to be played on other
devices by finalizing them (p. 56).
DISC SELECT GUIDE
Your camcorder advises you of the right
disc for your purpose (p. 61).
FORMAT
You can format and use the disc again
(p. 62).
FORMAT
You can format and use the “Memory Stick
Duo” again (p. 63).
UNFINALIZE
You can unfinalize a disc and record more
images on it (p. 64).
DISC INFO
You can display the disc information.
Making the disc
compatible with
playback on other
devices or DVD drives
(Finalizing)
Finalizing makes the recorded disc
compatible for playback with other devices
and DVD drives of computers.
Before finalizing, you can select a type of
DVD menu that enables you to select a
particular scene (p. 58).
Discs recorded with HD (high
definition) image quality
Discs of all kinds should be finalized.
Discs recorded with SD (standard
definition) image quality
Finalize DVD-RW/DVD-R/DVD+R DL.
Finalize DVD+RW in the following
cases:
To create the DVD menu
To playback in the DVD drives of
computers
Recorded time is short (5 minutes or less
in HQ mode, 8 minutes or less in SP
mode and 15 minutes or less in LP mode)
bNotes
Playback compatibility with all device is not
guaranteed.
Only the devices compatible with the AVCHD
format can play the discs recorded with HD
(high definition) image quality (p. 60).
Currently available DVD devices cannot play
these discs.
In the case of SD (standard definition) image
quality, a DVD menu is created instead of a disc
menu.
No DVD menu is created for DVD-RW (VR
mode).
Item list
(MANAGE DISC/MEMORY)
category
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The following operations are for the discs recorded with HD (high definition) image quality.
To play back a disc on another device for the first time (p. 58)
To add recordings to a finalized disc (p. 64)
bNotes
During Easy Handycam operation, you cannot add recordings to a finalized disc even if you use DVD-
RW or DVD+RW. To do so, cancel Easy Handycam operation.
Operation flow
Finalize
Make a desired disc
menu.
Playback on
other device
AVCHD-compatible
device
Computer
Make a new
recording
Recordings cannot be
added.
Recordings cannot be
added.
If a disc menu has been created,
a confirmation screen prompts
you to confirm that you wish to
add a recording.
Continued ,
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Making the disc compatible with playback on other devices or DVD drives
(Finalizing) (Continued)
To play back a disc on another device after adding a recording (p. 58)
bNotes
It takes from a minute to a maximum of several
hours to finalize a disc. The shorter the amount
of material recorded on the disc, the longer it
takes for finalizing.
Use the AC Adaptor as the power source to
prevent your camcorder from running out of
power during finalizing.
When you finalize a double-sided disc, you
must finalize each side of the disc individually.
1Place your camcorder in a stable
position, and connect the AC
Adaptor to the DC IN jack on your
camcorder.
2Turn on the power by sliding the
POWER switch.
3Insert the disc to be finalized.
4On the (HOME MENU), touch
(MANAGE DISC/MEMORY) t
[FINALIZE].
To select a disc menu style, touch
(OPTION) t [DISC MENU]
(p. 59).
Go to step 5 if you want to finalize the
disc using [STYLE1] (default setting).
5Touch [YES] t [YES].
Finalizing starts.
6When [Completed.] appears,
touch .
Playback on
other device
AVCHD-compatible
device
Computer
Make a desired disc
menu.
Finalize
Finalizing a disc
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bNotes
Do not apply shock or vibration to your
camcorder, and do not disconnect the AC
Adaptor during finalizing.
When you need to disconnect the AC Adaptor,
make sure that the power of your camcorder is
set to off and disconnect the AC Adaptor after
the (Movie) or (Still) lamp goes off.
Finalizing restarts when you connect the AC
Adaptor and turn on your camcorder again.
You cannot remove the disc until the finalizing
operation is completed.
When using the following discs, Z flashes
after finalizing is completed on the recording
standby screen of your camcorder. Remove the
disc from your camcorder.
Discs recorded with HD (high definition)
image quality
Discs recorded with SD (standard definition)
image quality, except DVD-RW (VR mode)
zTips
When you set to create a disc menu (or DVD
menu) and finalize the disc, the disc menu
appears for a few seconds while finalizing the
disc.
After the disc is finalized, “ ” is attached
at the bottom of the disc type/recording format
indicator, such as “ ” in the case of DVD-
RW.
To select a disc menu style
1In step 4, touch (OPTION) t
[DISC MENU].
2Select the desired style from 4 types of
pattern with [T]/[t].
Select [NO MENU] if you do not create
a disc menu.
3Touch .
bNotes
During Easy Handycam operation, the disc
menu is fixed to [STYLE1].
You cannot do this operation with DVD-RW
(VR mode) for the SD (standard definition)
image quality.
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Playing a disc on other devices
The kind of device you can play a disc on
depends on the image quality (HD (high
definition) or SD (standard definition))
selected when the disc was recorded. For
details, refer to the instruction manual
supplied with your device or consult your
dealer.
Discs recorded with HD (high
definition) image quality
This camcorder captures high definition
footage in the AVCHD format.
DVD media containing AVCHD footage
should not be used with DVD based players
or recorders, as the DVD player/recorder
may fail to eject the media and may erase
its contents without warning. DVD media
containing AVCHD footage may be played
on a compatible Blu-ray Disc player/
recorder or other compatible device.
Discs recorded with SD (standard
definition) image quality
You can play these discs back on DVD
devices. However, we do not guarantee
playback on all DVD devices.
bNotes
Make sure that you finalize a recorded disc.
However, when you record movies with SD
(standard definition) image quality on a
DVD+RW disc, you can play the disc without
finalizing it (p. 56).
Do not use an 8 cm CD adaptor with an 8 cm
DVD as it may cause a malfunction.
Make sure that a vertically installed device is
placed in a position such as that the disc can be
placed horizontally.
If you have inserted a disc recorded in the
AVCHD format in a DVD device, there is a risk
that you can neither record nor play back the
disc correctly on your camcorder.
Some discs cannot be played back, may freeze
for an instant between scenes. Some functions
may be disabled on some devices.
zTips
Devices that support subtitles can display the
recording date and time where the subtitles
normally appear (p. 69). Refer to the instruction
manual of your device.
If you have created a disc menu (p. 58), you can
select the desired scene in the menu.
You can also play the playlist back on other
devices if the discs were recorded with HD
(high definition) image quality (p. 51).
Create the playlist on your camcorder in
advance, then select on the disc menu.
To play a disc recorded with HD (high
definition) image quality
Install “Picture Motion Browser” on the
supplied CD-ROM on the computer to play
movies (p. 88).
To play a disc recorded with SD
(standard definition) image quality
You can play a disc on a computer if a
DVD playback application is installed on
the computer.
Insert the finalized disc into the DVD drive
of your computer. Play back the disc using
a DVD playback application.
bNotes
You must finalize the disc (p. 56). Otherwise, a
malfunction may occur.
Make sure that the DVD drive of the computer
can play an 8 cm DVD.
Do not use an 8 cm CD adaptor with an 8 cm
DVD as it may cause a malfunction.
The disc may not be played back, or the movies
may not be played smoothly on some
computers.
You cannot copy movies directly to the hard
disk of your computer to play back or edit them
on your computer.
zTips
For details on operations and procedures, see the
“First Step Guide” on the supplied CD-ROM
(p. 90).
Playing a disc on other devices
Playing a disc on a computer
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Utilizing Recording Media
The volume label of the disc recorded
with SD (standard definition) image
quality
The date when the disc was first used is
recorded.
<e.g.>
When the disc was first used at 6:00 pm on
January 1st 2007:
2007_01_01_06H00M_PM
zTips
Images in discs recorded with SD (standard
definition) image quality are stored in the
following folders:
DVD-RW (VR mode)
DVD_RTAV folder
Other discs and modes
VIDEO_TS folder
Volume
label
Finding the right disc
- DISC SELECT GUIDE
Select the option that is right for you on the
screen, then you will be informed of the
appropriate disc for your purposes.
1On the (HOME MENU), touch
(MANAGE DISC/MEMORY).
2Touch [DISC SELECT GUIDE].
3Touch the option that is right for
you on the screen.
When you answer all the questions, you
will be informed of the right disc for
you.
When you insert the same type of disc
as that indicated in the results of the
guide, the disc is formatted with the
options you selected.
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Deleting all scenes on the disc
(Formatting)
Formatting makes the recorded disc new
and reusable by deleting all the data
recorded on the disc. The recording
capacity of the disc is recovered by
formatting it.
A DVD-R/DVD+R DL cannot be
formatted. Replace it with a new
disc.
If you format a finalized disc
Formatting deletes all images on a finalized
disc. One of the following icons, or
, appears on the screen, but there is no
need to finalize the disc again before
playing the disc on an AVCHD format
compatible player.*
When formatting a disc of the SD
(standard definition) image quality
• In the case of a DVD-RW (VIDEO
mode), the disc is unfinalized and it has to
be finalized again to enable the disc to be
played on another device.
• In the case of a DVD-RW (VR mode)/
DVD+RW, formatting deletes all images
on a finalized disc. One of the following
icons, or , appears on the
screen, but there is no need to finalize the
disc again before playing the disc on other
devices.*
*To create a disc menu (DVD menu) on a
DVD+RW or DVD-RW with HD (high
definition) image quality, finalize the disc again
(p. 56).
1Connect the AC Adaptor to the
DC IN jack on your camcorder,
then connect the power cord to
the wall outlet.
2Turn on your camcorder.
3Insert the disc to be formatted
into your camcorder.
4On the (HOME MENU), touch
(MANAGE DISC/MEMORY) t
[FORMAT].
bNotes
The screen message will be different if the disc
was formatted with SD (standard definition)
image quality at the previous formatting. Follow
the procedures on the screen.
5Touch [YES].
To record with SD (standard definition)
image quality, touch [SD].
bNotes
You cannot change the recording format of a
disc midway.
For details on AVCHD format/DVD format, see
page 13.
6Touch the option that is right for
you on the screen.
Formatting the disc
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Utilizing Recording Media
The disc will be formatted in the
recording image quality and format you
selected.
When the disc is formatted, you can
start recording on the disc.
To format a disc with SD (standard
definition) image quality
Select the recording format, VIDEO mode
or VR mode, for DVD-RW (p. 15). If you
format DVD-RW during Easy Handycam
operation (p. 30), the recording format is
fixed to VIDEO.
Select the aspect ratio, [16:9 WIDE] or
[4:3], for DVD+RW.
bNotes
Use the AC Adaptor as the power source to
prevent your camcorder from running out of
power during formatting.
Do not apply shock or vibration to your
camcorder, and do not disconnect the AC
Adaptor during formatting.
When you use a double-sided disc, formatting is
required on each side. You can format each side
in the different recording format.
In the case of DVD+RW with SD (standard
definition), you cannot change the movie aspect
ratio midway. Format the disc again to change
the aspect ratio.
You cannot format a disc that has been
protected on other devices. Cancel the
protection with the original device, and then
format it.
Formatting deletes all images on a
“Memory Stick Duo.”
1Turn on your camcorder.
2Insert the “Memory Stick Duo” to
be formatted into your
camcorder.
3On the (HOME MENU), touch
(MANAGE DISC/MEMORY) t
[FORMAT].
4Touch [YES] t [YES].
5When [Completed.] appears,
touch .
bNotes
Even the still images protected with another
device against accidental deletion are also
deleted.
Do not attempt the following operations when
[Executing...] is on the screen:
To operate the POWER switch or buttons
To remove the “Memory Stick Duo”
Formatting the “Memory Stick
Duo”
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Recording additional scenes after finalizing
You can record additional material on the
finalized DVD-RW/DVD+RW after the
following steps, if there is space to record
on the disc.
1Connect the AC Adaptor to the
DC IN jack on your camcorder,
then connect the power cord to
the wall outlet.
2Slide the POWER switch to turn
on the (Movie) lamp.
3Insert the finalized disc into your
camcorder.
A confirmation screen appears to
prompt you to confirm that you wish to
record additional scenes.
4Touch [YES] t [YES].
5When [Completed.] appears,
touch .
For the discs recorded with SD
(standard definition) image quality
• When using finalized DVD-RW (VR
mode) discs, you can record additional
material on the disc without any
additional steps.
To unfinalize DVD-RW (VIDEO mode),
perform (MANAGE DISC/
MEMORY) t [UNFINALIZE] on the
HOME MENU.
If you have created a DVD menu (p. 58)
when finalizing the DVD+RW, a dialog
appears to confirm that you wish to record
additional scenes when you slide the
POWER switch and turn on the
(Movie) lamp.
bNotes
Use the AC Adaptor as power source to prevent
your camcorder from running out of power
during the operation.
Do not apply shock or vibration to your
camcorder, and do not disconnect the AC
Adaptor during the operation.
A disc menu created during finalizing are
deleted.
When you use a double-sided disc, perform this
operation on each side.
You cannot record additional scenes on a
finalized DVD-R/DVD+R DL disc.
You cannot record additional scenes on a
finalized disc during Easy Handycam operation.
To do so, cancel Easy Handycam operation.
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Customizing Your Camcorder
Customizing Your Camcorder
What you can do with the (SETTINGS)
category of the HOME MENU
You can change the recording functions and
the operating settings for your convenience.
1Turn on your camcorder, then
press (HOME).
2Touch (SETTINGS).
3Touch the desired setup item.
If the item is not on the screen, touch v/
V to change the page.
4Touch the desired item.
If the item is not on the screen, touch v/
V to change the page.
5Change the setting, then touch
.
MOVIE SETTINGS (p. 67)
Using the HOME MENU
(SETTINGS) category
(HOME)
(HOME)
List of the (SETTINGS)
category items
Items Page
REC MODE 67
REC MODE 67
AE SHIFT*1 67
WB SHIFT*1 68
NIGHTSHOT LIGHT 68
WIDE SELECT 68
DIGITAL ZOOM 68
Continued ,
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PHOTO SETTINGS (p. 70)
VIEW IMAGES SET (p. 73)
SOUND/DISP SET*3 (p. 75)
OUTPUT SETTINGS (p. 76)
CLOCK/ LANG (p. 77)
GENERAL SET (p. 78)
*1 HDR-UX7
*2 You can set these items also during Easy
Handycam operation (p. 30).
*3 [SOUND SETTINGS] during Easy Handycam
operation.
STEADYSHOT 68
AUTO SLW SHUTTR 68
X.V.COLOR 69
GUIDEFRAME 69
ZEBRA 69
REMAINING 69
SUB-T DATE 69
FLASH LEVEL 73
REDEYE REDUC 73
DIAL SETTING*1 70
Items Page
IMAGE SIZE*270
QUALITY 72
FILE NO. 72
AE SHIFT*1 67
WB SHIFT*168
NIGHTSHOT LIGHT 68
STEADYSHOT *1 68
GUIDEFRAME 69
ZEBRA 69
FLASH LEVEL 73
REDEYE REDUC 73
DIAL SETTING *1 70
Items Page
DATA CODE 73
DISPLAY 74
Items Page
VOLUME*275
BEEP*275
LCD BRIGHT 75
Items Page
LCD BL LEVEL 75
LCD COLOR 75
VF B.LIGHT 75
Items Page
TV TYPE 76
DISP OUTPUT 77
COMPONENT 77
Items Page
CLOCK SET*224
AREA SET 77
DST SET/SUMMERTIME 77
LANGUAGE SET*277
Items Page
DEMO MODE 78
REC LAMP 78
CALIBRATION 111
A.SHUT OFF 78
REMOTE CTRL 78
Items Page
What you can do with the (SETTINGS) category of the HOME MENU
(Continued)
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Customizing Your Camcorder
MOVIE SETTINGS
(Items for recording movies)
Touch 1, then 2.
If the item is not on the screen, touch v/V
to change the page.
How to set
(HOME MENU) t page 65
(OPTION MENU) t page 79
The default settings are marked with B.
You can select a recording mode to record a
movie with HD (high definition) image
quality from 4 levels.
HD HQ+
Records in the highest quality mode.
(AVC HD 12M (HQ+))
HD HQ
Records in high quality mode.
(AVC HD 9M (HQ))
BHD SP
Records in standard quality mode.
(AVC HD 7M (SP))
HD LP
Increases the recording time (Long Play).
(AVC HD 5M (LP))
bNotes
If you record in the LP mode, details in scenes
with quick movements may appear rough when
you play the disc back.
zTips
See page 16 on the expected recording time of
each recording mode.
REC MODE
You can select a recording mode to record a
movie with SD (standard definition) image
quality from 3 levels.
SD HQ
Records in high quality mode.
(SD 9M (HQ)).
BSD SP
Records in standard quality mode.
(SD 6M (SP)).
SD LP
Increases the recording time (Long Play).
(SD 3M (LP))
bNotes
If you record in the LP mode, the quality of
scenes may be degraded, or scenes with quick
movements may appear with a block noise when
you play back the disc.
zTips
See page 16 on the expected recording time of
each recording mode.
Select [ON] to adjust the exposure using
(dark)/ (bright). and the
setting value appear when [AE SHIFT] is
anything other than the default setting.
zTips
Touch if the subject is white or the
backlight is bright, or touch if the subject
is black or the light is dim.
You can adjust the automatic exposure level to
brighter or darker when [EXPOSURE] is set to
[AUTO].
You can also adjust the setting manually using
the camera control dial (p. 38).
REC MODE
AE SHIFT (HDR-UX7)
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MOVIE SETTINGS (Continued)
Select [ON] to adjust the white balance to
the desired setting using / .
and the setting value appear when [WB
SHIFT] is anything other than the default
setting.
zTips
When the white balance is set to a lower value,
images appear bluish, and when set to a higher
value, images appear reddish.
You can also adjust the setting manually using
the camera control dial (p. 38).
When using either the NightShot (p. 37) or
[SUPER NIGHTSHOT] (p. 84) function to
record, you can record clearer images by
setting [NIGHTSHOT LIGHT], which
emits infrared light (invisible), to [ON] (the
default setting).
bNotes
Do not cover the infrared port with your fingers
or other objects (p. 37).
Remove the conversion lens (optional).
The maximum shooting distance using
[NIGHTSHOT LIGHT] is about 3 m (10 feet).
When recording with SD (standard
definition) image quality, you can select the
aspect ratio according to the TV connected.
Refer also to the instruction manuals
supplied with your TV.
B16:9 WIDE
Records images to the full screen on a 16:9
(wide) TV screen.
4:3 ( )
Records images to the full screen on a 4:3
TV screen.
bNotes
Set [TV TYPE] correctly according to the TV
connected for playback (p. 76).
You can select the maximum zoom level in
case you want to zoom to a level greater
than 10 × (the default setting) during
recording. Note that the image quality
decreases when you use the digital zoom.
BOFF
Up to 10 × zoom is performed optically.
20 ×
Up to 10 × zoom is performed optically,
and after that, up to 20 × zoom is
performed digitally.
80 × (HDR-UX5)
Up to 10 × zoom is performed optically,
and after that, up to 80 × zoom is
performed digitally.
You can compensate for camera shake (the
default setting is [ON]). Set
[STEADYSHOT] to [OFF] ( ) when
using a tripod (optional), then the image
becomes natural.
The shutter speed becomes 1/30 seconds
automatically when shooting in dark places
(the default setting is [ON]).
WB SHIFT (White
Balance Shift) (HDR-
UX7)
NIGHTSHOT LIGHT
WIDE SELECT
DIGITAL ZOOM
STEADYSHOT
AUTO SLW SHUTTR
(Auto Slow Shutter)
The right side of the bar shows the digital
zooming factor. The zooming zone
appears when you select the zooming
level.
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When recording, set to [ON] to capture
wider range of colors. Various colors such
as the brilliant color of flowers and
turquoise blue of the sea can be more
faithfully reproduced.
bNotes
Set [X.V.COLOR] to [ON] only when the
recorded content will be played back on an
x.v.Color-compliant TV. Otherwise, set to
[OFF] (the default setting).
If the movies recorded with this function [ON]
is played back on an non-x.v.Color-compliant
TV, the color may not be reproduced correctly.
[X.V.COLOR] cannot be set to [ON]:
when the disc is not formatted with HD (high
definition) image quality.
while recording a movie.
You can display the frame and check that
the subject is horizontal or vertical by
setting [GUIDEFRAME] to [ON].
The frame is not recorded. Press DISP/
BATT INFO to make the frame disappear.
zTips
Positioning the subject at the cross point of the
guide frame makes a balanced composition.
Diagonal stripes appear in portions of the
screen where brightness is at a preset level.
This is useful as a guide when adjusting the
brightness. When you change the default
setting, is displayed. The zebra pattern
is not recorded.
BOFF
The zebra pattern is not displayed.
70
The zebra pattern appears at a screen
brightness level of about 70 IRE.
100
The zebra pattern appears at a screen
brightness level of about 100 IRE or
higher.
bNotes
Portions of the screen where brightness is about
100 IRE or above may appear overexposed.
zTips
IRE represents the screen brightness level.
BAUTO
Displays the remaining disc indicator for
about 8 seconds in situations such as those
described below.
When your camcorder recognizes the
remaining disc capacity with the POWER
switch set to (Movie).
When you press DISP/BATT INFO to
switch the indicator from off to on with
the POWER switch set to (Movie).
When you select the movie recording
mode on the HOME MENU.
ON
Always displays the remaining disc
indicator.
bNotes
When the remaining recordable time for movies
is less than 5 minutes, the indicator stays on the
screen.
Select [ON] (the default setting) to display
the recording date and time when you play
back a disc on a device with a subtitle
display function. Also refer to the
instruction manual of the playback device.
bNotes
Discs recorded with HD (high definition) image
quality can be played on AVCHD format
compatible devices only (p. 60).
X.V.COLOR
GUIDEFRAME
ZEBRA
REMAINING
SUB-T DATE
Continued ,
70
You can set this function when you shoot
still images using the built-in flash, or an
external flash (optional) that is compatible
with your camcorder.
HIGH( )
Makes the flash level higher.
BNORMAL( )
LOW( )
Makes the flash level lower.
You can set this function when you shoot
still images using the built-in flash, or an
external flash (optional) that is compatible
with your camcorder.
You can prevent redeye by activating the
flash before recording.
Set [REDEYE REDUC] to [ON], then press
(flash) (p. 37) repeatedly to select a
setting.
(Auto redeye reduction): Pre-flashes to
reduce redeye before the flash automatically
flashes when there is insufficient ambient
light.
r
(Forced redeye reduction): Always
uses the flash and the redeye reducing pre-
flash.
r
(No flash): Records without flash.
bNotes
The redeye reduction may not produce the
desired effect due to individual differences and
other conditions.
You can select an item you want to set to
the camera control dial. For details, see
page 38.
FLASH LEVEL
REDEYE REDUC
DIAL SETTING (HDR-
UX7)
PHOTO SETTINGS
(Items for recording still images)
Touch 1, then 2.
If the item is not on the screen, touch v/V
to change the page.
How to set
(HOME MENU) t page 65
(OPTION MENU) t page 79
The default settings are marked with B.
HDR-UX5
B4.0M ( )
Records still images clearly.
3.0M ( )
Records still images clearly in the 16:9
(wide) ratio.
1.9M ( )
Allows you to record more still images in
relatively clear quality.
VGA (0.3M) ( )
Allows the maximum number of still
images to be recorded.
HDR-UX7
B6.1M ( )
Records still images clearly.
4.6M ( )
Records still images clearly in the 16:9
(wide) ratio.
3.1M ( )
Allows you to record more still images in
relatively clear quality.
VGA (0.3M) ( )
IMAGE SIZE
4.0M
3.0M
6.1M
4.6M
3.1M
MOVIE SETTINGS (Continued)
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Allows the maximum number of still
images to be recorded.
bNotes
[ IMAGE SIZE] can be set only during
recording standby.
Capacity of the “Memory Stick Duo”
(MB) and the number of recordable
images
When the POWER switch is (Still)
HDR-UX5
HDR-UX7
When the POWER switch is
(Movie)*
HDR-UX5
*The image size is fixed depending on the aspect
ratio of the image recorded:
[ 2.3M] with HD (high definition) image
quality
[ 2.3M] in the aspect ratio 16:9 with SD
(standard definition) image quality
[1.7M] in the aspect ratio 4:3 with SD
(standard definition) image quality
4.0M
2304 ×
1728
3.0M
2304 ×
1296
1.9M
1600 ×
1200
VGA
640 ×
480
64MB 32
81
42
105
65
160
390
980
128MB 64
160
85
215
130
325
780
1970
256MB 115
295
150
395
235
590
1400
3550
512MB 235
600
310
800
480
1200
2850
7200
1GB 480
1200
640
1600
980
2450
5900
14500
2GB 990
2500
1300
3350
2000
5000
12000
30000
4GB 1950
4900
2600
6600
3950
9500
23500
59000
6.1M
2848 ×
2136
4.6M
2848 ×
1602
3.1M
2048 ×
1536
VGA
640 ×
480
64MB 21
53
28
70
40
100
390
980
128MB 42
105
56
135
80
205
780
1970
256MB 76
190
100
250
140
370
1400
3550
4.0M 3.0M
6.1M 4.6M 3.1M
512MB 155
390
205
510
295
760
2850
7200
1GB 315
800
420
1050
600
1550
5900
14500
2GB 650
1600
860
2150
1200
3150
12000
30000
4GB 1250
3200
1700
4250
2400
6300
23500
59000
2.3M
2016 × 1134
1.7M
1512 × 1134
64MB 56
135
72
175
128MB 110
280
145
355
256MB 200
500
260
640
512MB 410
1000
530
1300
1GB 840
2100
1050
2650
2GB 1700
4300
2200
5500
4GB 3400
8500
4400
10500
6.1M
2848 ×
2136
4.6M
2848 ×
1602
3.1M
2048 ×
1536
VGA
640 ×
480
6.1M 4.6M 3.1M
1.7M
Continued ,
72
PHOTO SETTINGS (Continued)
HDR-UX7
*The image size is fixed depending on the aspect
ratio of the image recorded:
[ 4.6M] with HD (high definition) image
quality
[ 4.6M] in the aspect ratio 16:9 with SD
(standard definition) image quality
[3.4M] in the aspect ratio 4:3 with SD
(standard definition) image quality
bNotes
All numbers measured at the following setting:
Top: [FINE] is selected for image quality.
Bottom: [STANDARD] is selected for image
quality.
All numbers measured when using a “Memory
Stick Duo” made by Sony Corporation. The
number of recordable images varies depending
on the recording environment.
The unique pixel array of Sony’s ClearVid
CMOS Sensor and image processing system
(new Enhanced Imaging Processor) allows the
still image resolution equivalent to the sizes
described.
BFINE ( )
Records still images at the fine image
quality level.
STANDARD ( )
Records still images at the standard image
quality level.
BSERIES
Assigns file numbers in sequence even if
the “Memory Stick Duo” is replaced with
another one.
RESET
Assigns file numbers individually for each
“Memory Stick Duo.”
See page 67.
See page 68.
See page 68.
See page 68.
See page 69.
4.6M
2848 × 1602
3.4M
2136 × 1602
64MB 28
70
37
93
128MB 56
135
74
185
256MB 100
250
130
335
512MB 205
510
270
690
1GB 420
1050
550
1400
2GB 860
2150
1100
2850
4GB 1700
4250
2250
5700
QUALITY
4.6M 3.4M FILE NO.
AE SHIFT (HDR-UX7)
WB SHIFT (White
Balance Shift) (HDR-
UX7)
NIGHTSHOT LIGHT
STEADYSHOT (HDR-
UX7)
GUIDEFRAME
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Customizing Your Camcorder
See page 69.
See page 70.
See page 70.
See page 70.
ZEBRA
FLASH LEVEL
REDEYE REDUC
DIAL SETTING (HDR-
UX7)
VIEW IMAGES SET
(Items to customize the display)
Touch 1, then 2.
If the item is not on the screen, touch v/V
to change the page.
How to set
(HOME MENU) t page 65
(OPTION MENU) t page 79
The default settings are marked with B.
During playback, displays the information
(data code) recorded automatically at the
time of recording.
BOFF
Data code is not displayed.
DATE/TIME
Displays the date and time.
CAMERA DATA (below)
Displays camera setting data.
DATE/TIME
ADate
BTime
DATA CODE
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74
VIEW IMAGES SET (Continued)
CAMERA DATA
CSteadyShot off
DBrightness
EWhite balance
FGain
GShutter speed
HAperture value
IExposure
zTips
appears for an image recorded using a flash.
The data code is displayed on the TV screen if
you connect your camcorder to a TV.
The indicator toggles through the following
sequences as you press DATA CODE on the
Remote Commander: [DATE/TIME] t
[CAMERA DATA] t [OFF] (no indication).
Depending on the disc condition, bars [--:--:--]
appear.
You can select the number of thumbnails
that appear on the VISUAL INDEX screen.
Thumbnail Glossary (p. 125)
BZOOM LINK
Change the number of thumbnails (6 or 12)
with the zoom lever on your camcorder.*
6IMAGES
Displays thumbnails of 6 images.
12IMAGES
Displays thumbnails of 12 images.
*You can operate with the zoom buttons on the
LCD frame or on the Remote Commander.
Movie
Still image
DISPLAY
75
Customizing Your Camcorder
SOUND/DISP SET
(Items to adjust the sound and the screen)
Touch 1, then 2.
If the item is not on the screen, touch v/V
to change the page.
How to set
(HOME MENU) t page 65
(OPTION MENU) t page 79
The default settings are marked with B.
Touch / to adjust the volume
(p. 41).
BON
A melody sounds when you start/stop
recording, or operate the touch panel.
OFF
Cancels the melody or shutter sound.
You can adjust the brightness of the LCD
screen.
1Adjust the brightness with / .
2Touch .
zTips
This adjustment does not affect the recorded
images in any way.
VOLUME
BEEP
LCD BRIGHT
You can adjust the brightness of the LCD
screen’s backlight.
BNORMAL
Standard brightness.
BRIGHT
Brightens the LCD screen.
bNotes
When you connect your camcorder to outside
power sources, [BRIGHT] is automatically
selected for the setting.
When you select [BRIGHT], battery life is
slightly reduced during recording.
If you open the LCD panel 180 degrees to face
the screen outside and close the LCD panel to
the camcorder body, the setting becomes
[NORMAL] automatically.
zTips
This adjustment does not affect the recorded
images in any way.
You can adjust the color of the LCD screen
with / .
zTips
This adjustment does not affect the recorded
images in any way.
You can adjust the brightness of the
viewfinder.
BNORMAL
Standard brightness.
BRIGHT
Brightens the viewfinder screen.
LCD BL LEVEL
LCD COLOR
VF B.LIGHT
Low intensity High intensity
Continued ,
76
bNotes
When you connect your camcorder to outside
power sources, [BRIGHT] is automatically
selected for the setting.
When you select [BRIGHT], battery life is
slightly reduced during recording.
zTips
This adjustment does not affect the recorded
images in any way.
OUTPUT SETTINGS
(Items for when connecting other devices)
Touch 1, then 2.
If the item is not on the screen, touch v/V
to change the page.
How to set
(HOME MENU) t page 65
(OPTION MENU) t page 79
The default settings are marked with B.
You need to convert the signal depending
on the TV connected when playing back the
image. The recorded images are played
back as following illustrations.
B16:9
Select to view your images on a 16:9
(wide) TV.
4:3
Select to view your images on a 4:3
standard TV.
bNotes
When you connect your camcorder to a TV
compatible with the ID-1 system and play back
a disc, set [TV TYPE] to [16:9]. The TV
TV TYPE
Wide (16:9)
images 4:3 images
Wide (16:9)
images 4:3 images
SOUND/DISP SET (Continued)
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Customizing Your Camcorder
automatically switches the aspect ratio
according to the playback picture. Refer also to
the manual supplied with your TV.
BLCD PANEL
Shows displays such as the time code on
the LCD screen and in the viewfinder.
V-OUT/PANEL
Shows displays such as the time code on
the TV screen, LCD screen, and in the
viewfinder.
Select [COMPONENT] when connecting
your camcorder to a TV with the
component input jack.
480i
Select when connecting your camcorder to
a TV with the component input jack.
B1080i/480i
Select when connecting your camcorder to
a TV that has the component input jack
and is capable of displaying the 1080i
signal.
DISP OUTPUT
COMPONENT
CLOCK/ LANG
(Items to set clock and language)
Touch 1, then 2.
If the item is not on the screen, touch v/V
to change the page.
How to set
(HOME MENU) t page 65
(OPTION MENU) t page 79
See page 24.
You can adjust a time difference without
stopping the clock.
Set your local area using v/V when using
your camcorder overseas.
Refer to the world time difference on page
104.
You can change this setting without
stopping the clock.
Set to [ON] to move the time forward
1 hour.
You can select the language to be used on
the LCD screen.
zTips
Your camcorder offers [ENG[SIMP]]
(simplified English) for when you cannot
find your native tongue among the
options.
CLOCK SET
AREA SET
DST SET/SUMMERTIME
LANGUAGE SET
78
GENERAL SET
(Other setup items)
Touch 1, then 2.
If the item is not on the screen, touch v/V
to change the page.
How to set
(HOME MENU) t page 65
(OPTION MENU) t page 79
The default settings are marked with B.
The default setting is [ON], allowing you to
view the demonstration in about 10
minutes, after you slide the POWER switch
to (Movie).
zTips
The demonstration will be suspended when:
you press START/STOP or PHOTO
you touch the screen during the
demonstration. (The demonstration starts
again after about 10 minutes.)
you slide the disc cover open switch.
you remove or insert a “Memory Stick Duo.”
you set the POWER switch to (Still).
you press (HOME)/ (VIEW
IMAGES).
The camera recording lamp will not light up
during recording when you set this to
[OFF]. (The default setting is [ON].)
See page 111.
DEMO MODE
REC LAMP (Recording
lamp)
CALIBRATION
B5 min
The camcorder is automatically turned off
when you do not operate your camcorder
for more than approximately 5 minutes.
NEVER
The camcorder is not automatically turned
off.
bNotes
When you connect your camcorder to a wall
outlet, [A.SHUT OFF] is automatically set to
[NEVER].
The default setting is [ON], allowing you to
use the supplied Remote Commander
(p. 121).
zTips
Set to [OFF] to prevent your camcorder from
responding to a command sent by another VCR
remote control unit.
A.SHUT OFF (Auto shut
off)
REMOTE CTRL (Remote
control)
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Customizing Your Camcorder
Activating functions using the OPTION MENU
The OPTION MENU appears just like the
pop-up window that appears when you
right-click the mouse on a computer.
Various functions are displayed in the
context of the operation.
1While using your camcorder,
touch (OPTION) on the screen.
2Touch the desired item.
If you cannot find the desired item,
touch another tab to change the page.
3Change the setting, then touch
.
When the item you want is not on the
screen
Touch another tab. If you cannot find the
item anywhere, the function does not work
under the situation.
bNotes
The tabs and items that appear on the screen
depend on the recording/playback status of your
camcorder at the time.
Some items appear without a tab.
You cannot use the OPTION MENU during
Easy Handycam operation.
Using the OPTION MENU
(OPTION)
Tab
Continued ,
80
See
See page 79 for setting operation. See page 79 for setting operation.
*Items that are included in the HOME MENU
also.
**[DVD MENU] for SD (standard definition)
image quality
Recording items on the OPTION
MENU
Items *Page
tab
FOCUS -81
SPOT FOCUS -81
TELE MACRO -81
EXPOSURE -82
SPOT METER -82
AE SHIFT (HDR-UX7) a67
SCENE SELECTION -82
WHITE BAL. -83
WB SHIFT (HDR-UX7) a68
COLOR SLOW SHTR -84
SUPER NIGHTSHOT -84
tab
FADER -84
D.EFFECT -85
PICT.EFFECT -85
tab
REC MODE a67
REC MODE a67
MICREF LEVEL -85
IMAGE SIZE a70
QUALITY a72
SELF-TIMER -85
TIMING -38
RECORD SOUND -38
Viewing items on the OPTION
MENU
Items *Page
tab
DELETE a48
DELETE ALL a49
tab
DIVIDE a50
ERASE a51
ERASE ALL a52
MOVE a52
-- (A tab depends on the situation)
ADD a51
ADD ALL a51
PRINT a54
SLIDE SHOW -42
VOLUME a41
DATA CODE a73
SLIDE SHOW SET -42
ADD a51
ADD ALL a51
-- (No tab)
COPIES a55
DATE/TIME a55
SIZE a55
DISC MENU** a59
Activating functions using the OPTION MENU (Continued)
81
Customizing Your Camcorder
Details on the OPTION MENU items
Items you can set only on the OPTION
MENU will be described below.
The default settings are marked with B.
You can adjust the focus manually. You can
select this function also when you want to
focus on a certain subject intentionally.
1Touch [MANUAL].
9 appears.
2Touch (focusing on close subjects)/
(focusing on distant subjects) to
sharpen the focus. appears when the
focus cannot be adjusted any closer, and
appears when the focus cannot be adjusted
farther away.
3Touch .
To adjust the focus automatically, touch
[AUTO] t in step 1.
bNotes
The minimum possible distance between
camcorder and subject while maintaining sharp
focus is about 1 cm (about 13/32 in.) for wide
angle and about 80 cm (about 2 5/8 feet) for
telephoto.
zTips
It is easier to focus on the subject by moving the
power zoom lever towards T (telephoto) to
adjust the focus, then towards W (wide angle) to
adjust the zoom for recording. When you want
to record a subject at close range, move the
power zoom lever to W (wide angle), then
adjust the focus.
The focal distance information (the distance at
which the subject is focused on; to be referred
when it is dark and hard to adjust focus) appears
for a few seconds in the following cases. (It will
not be displayed correctly if you are using a
conversion lens (optional).)
When the focus mode is switched from
automatic to manual.
When the focus is adjusted manually.
You can also adjust the focus manually using
the camera control dial (p. 38) (HDR-UX7).
You can select and adjust the focal point to
aim it at a subject not located at the center
of the screen.
1Touch the subject on the screen.
9 appears.
2Touch [END].
To adjust the focus automatically, touch
[AUTO] t [END] in step 1.
bNotes
If you set [SPOT FOCUS], [FOCUS] is
automatically set to [MANUAL].
This is useful to shoot small subjects, such
as flowers or insects. You can blur out
backgrounds and the subject stands out
clearer.
When you set [TELE MACRO] to [ON]
( ), the zoom (p. 35) moves to the top of
the T (telephoto) side automatically and
allows recording subjects at a close
distance, down to about 37 cm (14 5/8 in.)
(HDR-UX5), or 45 cm (17 3/4 in.) (HDR-
UX7).
To cancel, touch [OFF], or zoom to wide-
angle (W side).
FOCUS
SPOT FOCUS
TELE MACRO
Continued ,
82
Details on the OPTION MENU items (Continued)
bNotes
When recording a distant subject, focusing may
be difficult and can take some time.
Adjust the focus manually ([FOCUS], p. 81)
when it is hard to focus automatically.
You can fix the brightness of a picture
manually. Adjust the brightness when the
subject is too bright or too dark.
1Touch [MANUAL].
appears.
2Adjust the exposure by touching /
.
3Touch .
To return the setting to automatic exposure,
touch [AUTO] t in step 1.
zTips
You can also adjust the setting manually using
the camera control dial (p. 38) (HDR-UX7).
You can adjust and fix the exposure to the
subject, so that it is recorded in suitable
brightness even when there is strong
contrast between the subject and the
background, such as subjects in the
spotlight on stage.
1Touch the point where you want to fix and
adjust the exposure on the screen.
appears.
2Touch [END].
To return the setting to automatic exposure,
touch [AUTO] t [END] in step 1.
bNotes
If you set [SPOT METER], [EXPOSURE] is
automatically set to [MANUAL].
You can record images effectively in
various situations.
BAUTO
Select this to automatically record images
effectively without the [SCENE
SELECTION] function.
TWILIGHT* ( )
Shoots night scenes at a distance without
losing the dark atmosphere of the
surroundings.
TWILIGHT PORT.( )
Shoots portraits with background using a
flash in still image recording mode.
CANDLE ( )
Shoots candlelit scenes, without spoiling
the atmosphere.
SUNRISE&SUNSET* ( )
Shoots sunrises or sunsets full of
atmosphere.
EXPOSURE
SPOT METER (Flexible
spot meter)
SCENE SELECTION
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Customizing Your Camcorder
FIREWORKS* ( )
Fireworks are recorded in all their
splendor.
LANDSCAPE*( )
Shoots distant subjects clearly. This setting
also prevents your camcorder from
focusing on glass or metal mesh in
windows that comes in between the
camcorder and the subject.
PORTRAIT ( )
Brings out the subject such as people or
flowers while creating a soft background.
SPOTLIGHT**( )
Prevents people’s faces from appearing
excessively white when subjects are lit by
strong light.
BEACH**( )
Shoots seaside or lake side; the blue of the
water will be recorded clearly.
SNOW**( )
Prevents people’s faces from appearing
dark in strong light or reflected light, such
as on a ski slope.
*Adjusted to focus only on objects farther away.
**Adjusted not to focus on objects a short distance
away.
bNotes
If you set [SCENE SELECTION], [WHITE
BAL.] setting is canceled.
You can adjust the color balance to the
brightness of the recording environment.
BAUTO
The white balance is adjusted
automatically.
OUTDOOR ( )
The white balance is adjusted to be
appropriate for the following recording
conditions:
– Outdoors
– Night views, neon signs and fireworks
– Sunrise or sunset
– Under daylight fluorescent lamps
INDOOR (n)
The white balance is adjusted to be
appropriate for the following recording
conditions:
– Indoors
– At party scenes or studios where the lighting
conditions change quickly
– Under video lamps in a studio, or under
sodium lamps or incandescent-like color
lamps
ONE PUSH ( )
The white balance will be adjusted
according to the ambient light.
1Touch [ONE PUSH].
2Frame a white object such as a piece of
paper, to fill the screen under the same
lighting conditions as you will shoot
the subject.
3Touch [ ].
flashes quickly. When the white
balance has been adjusted and stored in
the memory, the indicator stops
flashing.
WHITE BAL. (White
balance)
Continued ,
84
Details on the OPTION MENU items (Continued)
bNotes
Set [WHITE BAL.] to [AUTO], or adjust the
color in [ONE PUSH] under white or cool white
fluorescent lamps.
When you select [ONE PUSH], keep shooting a
white object while is flashing quickly.
flashes slowly if [ONE PUSH] could not
be set.
When [ONE PUSH] was selected, if keeps
flashing after touching . set [WHITE BAL.]
to [AUTO].
If you set [WHITE BAL.], [SCENE
SELECTION] is set to [AUTO].
zTips
For better color balance adjustment, select
[AUTO] and aim your camcorder at a nearby
white object for about 10 seconds, if:
you changed the battery pack when [AUTO]
was selected,
you moved your camcorder to or from
outdoors after using it.
You need to redo [ONE PUSH], if:
you changed the [SCENE SELECTION]
settings.
you moved your camcorder to or from
outdoors after using it.
When you set [COLOR SLOW SHTR] to
[ON], you can record an image brighter in
color even in dark places.
appears on the screen.
To cancel [COLOR SLOW SHTR], touch
[OFF].
bNotes
Adjust the focus manually ([FOCUS], p. 81)
when it is hard to focus automatically.
The shutter speed of your camcorder changes
depending on the brightness, which may result
in a slowdown of the motion of the image.
The image will be recorded at a maximum
of 16 times the sensitivity of NightShot
recording if you set [SUPER
NIGHTSHOT] to [ON] while the
NIGHTSHOT switch (p. 37) is also set to
ON. appears on the screen.
To return to the normal setting, set [SUPER
NIGHTSHOT] to [OFF].
bNotes
Do not use [SUPER NIGHTSHOT] in bright
places. This may cause a malfunction.
Do not cover the infrared port with your fingers
or other objects (p. 37).
Remove the conversion lens (optional).
Adjust the focus manually ([FOCUS], p. 81)
when it is hard to focus automatically.
The shutter speed of your camcorder changes
depending on the brightness, which may result
in a slowdown of the motion of the image.
You can record a transition with the
following effects adding to the interval
between scenes.
1Select the desired effect in [STBY] (during
fading in) or [REC] (during fading out)
mode, then touch .
2Press START/STOP.
The fader indicator stops flashing and
disappears when the fade is complete.
To cancel the fader before starting the
operation, touch [OFF] in step 1.
If you press START/STOP, the setting is
canceled.
WHITE FADER
COLOR SLOW SHTR
(Color Slow Shutter)
SUPER NIGHTSHOT
FADER
STBY REC
Fading out Fading in
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BLACK FADER
If you select [OLD MOVIE], appears.
You can add an old movie effect to images.
To cancel [D.EFFECT], touch [OFF].
You can add special effects to an image
during recording or playback. appears.
BOFF
Does not use [PICT.EFFECT] setting.
SEPIA
Images appear in sepia.
B&W
Images appear in black and white.
PASTEL
Images appear as a pale pastel drawing.
You can select the microphone level for
recording sound.
Select [LOW] when you want to record
exciting and powerful sound in a concert
hall, etc.
BNORMAL
Records various surround sounds,
converting them into the certain level.
LOW ( )
Records surround sound faithfully. This
setting is not suitable for recording
conversations.
The self-timer records a still image after
about 10 seconds.
Press PHOTO to record still images when
[SELF-TIMER] is set to [ON] and
appears.
To cancel the count down, touch [RESET].
To cancel the self-timer, select [OFF].
zTips
You can also operate by pressing PHOTO on
the Remote Commander (p. 121).
D.EFFECT (Digital effect)
PICT.EFFECT (Picture
effect)
MICREF LEVEL
SELF-TIMER
86
Using a Computer
What you can do with Windows computer
When you install the “Picture Motion
Browser” on a Windows computer from the
supplied CD-ROM, you can enjoy the
following operations.
zTips
See page 90 when you use a Macintosh
computer.
xPlaying a disc in AVCHD format
t Player for AVCHD
You can view movies with HD (high
definition) image quality recorded on a
disc using your camcorder by inserting the
disc into the DVD drive of your computer.
bNotes
Even in a computer environment where the
operations are guaranteed, some frames may be
dropped from movies.
xImporting movies taken with your
camcorder
You can import the movies recorded with
HD (high definition) image quality as they
are.
xViewing movies imported to a
computer
You can manage movies and still images
by date and time of shooting, and select
movies or still images you want to view as
thumbnails. These thumbnails can be
enlarged and played in a slide show.
xCreating a disc in AVCHD format
Selected from the movies imported, you
can create a disc consisting of movies with
HD (high definition) image quality.
xCopying a disc
t Video Disc Copier
You can copy all the images on a disc
taken with your camcorder.
The “First Step Guide” is an instruction
manual you can refer to on your computer.
This describes basic operations, from initial
hookup of your camcorder and computer
and making settings, to general operation
the first time you use the software “Picture
Motion Browser” stored on the CD-ROM
(supplied).
Referring to “Installing the “First Step
Guide”” (p. 88), start the “First Step
Guide”, then follow the instructions.
The Help guide explains all the functions of
all the software applications. Refer to the
Help guide for further detailed operations
after reading the “First Step Guide”
thoroughly.
To display the Help guide, click the [?]
mark on the screen.
For the support information of Picture
Motion Browser, visit the following URL:
http://www.sony.net/support-disoft/
When using “Picture Motion Browser”
OS: Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional,
Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP
Professional or Windows XP Media Center
Main functions
About “First Step Guide
About the help function of the
software
System requirements
87
Using a Computer
Edition
Standard installation is required.
Operation is not assured if the above OS
has been upgraded or in a multi-boot
environment.
CPU: Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz CPU or faster
(Intel Pentium 4 3.6 GHz or faster, Intel
Pentium D 2.8 GHz or faster, or Intel Core
Duo 1.66 GHz or faster is recommended.)
For processing SD (standard definition)
image quality content only, an Intel
Pentium III 1 GHz or faster is necessary.
Application: DirectX 9.0c or later (This
product is based on DirectX technology. It
is necessary to have DirectX installed.)
.Net Framework 1.1 (installed with Picture
Motion Browser, depending on your
computer environment)
Sound system: Direct Sound compatible
sound card
Memory: 512 MB or more (1 GB or more is
recommended.)
For processing SD (standard definition)
image quality content only, 256 MB of
memory or more is necessary.
Hard disk:
Disc volume required for installation:
Approximately 800 MB (10 GB or more
may be necessary when creating AVCHD
format discs.)
Display: DirectX 7 or later-compatible video
card, Minimum 1024 × 768 dots, High
Color (16 bit color)
Others: USB port (this must be provided
as standard, Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0
compatible) is recommended), DVD burner
(CD-ROM drive is necessary for
installation)
When playing still images recorded
on a “Memory Stick Duo” on a
computer
OS: Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional,
Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP
Professional or Windows XP Media Center
Edition
Standard installation is required.
Operation is not assured if the above OS
has been upgraded.
CPU: MMX Pentium 200 MHz or faster
Others: USB port (this must be provided
as standard)
bNotes
Operations are not guaranteed on all the
recommended environments.
For example, other open or background
applications running on currently may limit
product performance.
Even in a computer environment where the
operations are guaranteed, frames may be
dropped from movies with HD (high definition)
image quality, resulting in uneven playback.
However, imported images and images on discs
created subsequently will not be affected.
zTips
If your computer has a Memory Stick slot, insert
the “Memory Stick Duo” on which still images
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.
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Installing the “First Step Guide” and software
Before connecting your camcorder
to the computer, you need to install the
“First Step Guide” and software to your
Windows computer. The installation is
required only for the first time.
Contents to be installed and procedures
may differ depending on your OS.
zTips
See page 90 when you use a Macintosh
computer.
1Confirm that your camcorder is
not connected to the computer.
2Turn on the computer.
bNotes
Log on as Administrators for installation.
Close all applications running on the computer
before installing the software.
3Place the supplied CD-ROM in the
disc drive of your computer.
The installation screen appears.
If the screen does not appear
1Click [Start], then click [My
Computer]. (For Windows 2000,
double-click [My Computer].)
2Double-click [SONYPICTUTIL (E:)]
(CD-ROM) (disc drive).*
*Drive names (such as (E:)) may vary
depending on the computer.
4Click [FirstStepGuide].
5Select the desired language and
the model name of your
camcorder from the pull-down
menu.
6Click [FirstStepGuide(HTML)].
Installation starts.
When [Save is complete] appears, click
[OK] to finish the installation.
To install the First Step Guide in PDF
In step 6, click [FirstStepGuide(PDF)].
To install the software “Adobe
Reader” to display the PDF file
In step 6, click [Adobe(R) Reader(R)].
1Perform steps 1 to 3 in “Installing
the “First Step Guide”” (p. 88).
2Click [Install].
3Confirm the language for the
application to be installed, then
click [Next].
Installing the “First Step Guide
Installing the software
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4Confirm the area and country/
region you live in, then click
[Next].
The software to be installed will be
configured according to your country/
region.
5Read [License Agreement], check
[I accept the terms of the license
agreement] if you agree, then
click [Next].
6Connect your camcorder to your
computer via a USB cable, then
click [Next] on the connection
confirmation screen.
Even if a screen prompting you to
restart your computer appears, you do
not need to restart it at this time. Restart
your computer after completing the
installation.
7Follow the instructions on the
screen to install the software.
Restart the computer if required to
complete the installation.
The following installation screens may
be displayed, depending on your
operating environment. In this case,
follow the instructions on the screen to
install the software.
Sonic UDF Reader - Software
required to recognize an AVCHD
format mode discs
Windows Media Format 9 Series
Runtime (Windows 2000 only) -
Software required to create DVD video
discs
Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 -
Software required to create AVCHD
format discs
Microsoft DirectX 9.0c - Software
required for handling movies
8After the computer restarts,
remove the CD-ROM from the
disc drive of your computer.
The short-cut icons, such as [ ]
(Picture Motion Browser), appear on the
desktop.
zTips
See “First Step Guide” on disconnecting the
USB cable.
After you install the
software, a shortcut icon for
the customers registration
website is created on the
desktop.
Once you register on the website, you
can get secure and useful customer
support.
http://www.sony.net/registration/di/
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Viewing “First Step
Guide”
zTips
See page 90 when you use a Macintosh
computer.
To view “First Step Guide” on your
computer, Microsoft Internet Explorer
Ver.6.0 or later is recommended.
Double-click the shortcut icon of [First Step
Guide] on the desktop.
zTips
You can also start by selecting [Start],
[Programs] ([All Programs] for Windows XP),
[Sony Picture Utility], [First Step Guide], your
camcorder model name, then “First Step Guide”
in HTML.
To view “First Step Guide” in HTML without
installing, copy the desired language folder from
the [FirstStepGuide] folder on the CD-ROM,
and then double-click [Index.html].
Refer to “First Step Guide” in PDF (p. 88) in the
following cases:
When printing the desired topics of “First
Step Guide”
When “First Step Guide” is not displayed
correctly due to the browser setting even in
recommended environment.
When the HTML version of “First Step
Guide” cannot be installed.
Using a Macintosh
computer
You can copy the still images from the
“Memory Stick Duo” to the Macintosh.
Install “First Step Guide” in the supplied
CD-ROM.
bNotes
The supplied software “Picture Motion
Browser” does not operate on Mac OS.
Refer to “First Step Guide” for the details on
connecting your camcorder to the computer and
copying the still images.
To copy still images from a “Memory
Stick Duo”
OS: Mac OS 9.1/9.2 or Mac OS X (v10.1/
v10.2/v10.3/v10.4).
Others: USB port (this must be provided
as standard)
The “First Step Guide” is an instruction
manual you can refer to on your computer.
This describes basic operations, from initial
hookup of your camcorder and computer
and making setting.
Referring to “Installing the “First Step
Guide””, start the “First Step Guide”, then
follow the instructions.
Copy “FirstStepGuide(PDF),” stored in the
desired language in the [FirstStepGuide]
folder, to your computer.
Double-click “FirstStepGuide(PDF)”.
If a software to view PDF is not installed on
your computer, you can download Adobe
Reader from the following web page:
http://www.adobe.com/
System requirements
About “First Step Guide
Installing “First Step Guide”
Viewing “First Step Guide”
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Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting
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.
Overall operations/Easy Handycam/
Remote Commander..........................p. 91
Batteries/Power sources ....................p. 92
LCD screen/viewfinder.....................p. 93
Discs/“Memory Stick Duo” ..............p. 93
Recording ..........................................p. 94
Playing back a disc on your camcorder
...........................................................p. 96
Playing back a disc on other devices
...........................................................p. 97
Editing movies on the disc ................p. 97
Viewing images on a TV...................p. 98
Dubbing/Connecting to other devices
...........................................................p. 98
Connecting to a computer .................p. 99
Functions that cannot be used
simultaneously...................................p. 99
The power does not turn on.
Attach a charged battery pack to the
camcorder (p. 21).
Connect the plug of the AC Adaptor to the
wall outlet (p. 21).
The camcorder does not operate
even when the power is set to on.
It takes a few seconds for your camcorder
to be ready to shoot after the power is
turned on. This is not a malfunction.
Disconnect 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 (p. 119) using a sharp-
pointed object. (If you press the RESET
button, all settings, including the clock
setting, are reset.)
The temperature of your camcorder is
extremely high. Turn off your camcorder
and leave it for a while in a cool place.
Buttons do not work.
During Easy Handycam operation (p. 30),
you cannot use following buttons/
functions.
BACK LIGHT (p. 37)
Camera control dial (p. 38) (HDR-UX7)
Playback zoom (p. 42)
Switching on/off the LCD backlight
(p. 26)
(OPTION) does not appear on the
screen.
During Easy Handycam operation, you
cannot use the OPTION MENU.
Menu settings have changed
automatically.
During Easy Handycam operation, most of
the menu settings return to their defaults.
During Easy Handycam operation, some
menu items are fixed as follows.
Movie recording mode: [SP]
Still image quality: [FINE]
[DATA CODE]: [DATE/TIME]
Recording format of DVD-RW:
[VIDEO] (for SD (standard definition)
image quality)
Following menu items return to the default
settings when you set the POWER switch
to OFF (CHG) for more than 12 hours.
–[FOCUS]
[SPOT FOCUS]
– [EXPOSURE]
[SPOT METER]
[SCENE SELECTION]
[WHITE BAL.]
[MICREF LEVEL]
Overall operations/Easy
Handycam/Remote Commander
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Even if you press EASY, menu
settings do not switch to their
defaults automatically.
Following menu settings remain as they
were set even during Easy Handycam
operation.
[FILE NO.]
– [VOLUME]
–[TV TYPE]
– [ DISPLAY]
–[BEEP]
[SUB-T DATE]
[CLOCK SET]
[AREA SET]
[DST SET]/[SUMMERTIME]
[ LANGUAGE SET]
[ IMAGE SIZE]
[WIDE SELECT]
– [COMPONENT]
[DEMO MODE]
[DIAL SETTING] (HDR-UX7)
[TIMING] and [RECORD SOUND] in
[SMTH SLW REC]
– [X.V.COLOR]
Your camcorder vibrates.
Vibration occurs depending on the
condition of the disc. This is not a
malfunction.
A vibration is felt in your hand or a
faint sound is heard during
operation.
This is not a malfunction.
A motor sound is heard in the
camcorder when the disc cover is
closed without a disc.
Your camcorder is trying to recognize the
disc. This is not a malfunction.
Your camcorder gets warm.
This is because the power has been turned
on for a long time. This is not a
malfunction. Turn off your camcorder and
leave it for a while in a cool place.
The supplied Remote Commander
does not function.
Set [REMOTE CTRL] to [ON] (p. 78).
Insert a battery into the battery holder with
the +/– polarities correctly matching the +/
– marks (p. 121).
Remove any obstructions between the
Remote Commander and the remote
sensor.
Point the remote sensor away from strong
light sources such as direct sunlight or
overhead lighting. Otherwise, the Remote
Commander may not function properly.
Another DVD device malfunctions
when you use the supplied Remote
Commander.
Select a commander mode other than DVD
2 for your DVD device, or cover the sensor
of your DVD device with black paper.
The power abruptly turns off.
When approximately 5 minutes have
elapsed while you do not operate your
camcorder, the camcorder is automatically
turned off (A.SHUT OFF). Change the
setting of [A.SHUT OFF] (p. 78), or turn
on the power again, or use the AC Adaptor.
Charge the battery pack (p. 21).
The CHG (charge) lamp does not
light while the battery pack is being
charged.
Slide the POWER switch to OFF (CHG)
(p. 21).
Attach the battery pack to the camcorder
correctly (p. 21).
Connect the power cord to the wall outlet
properly.
The battery charge is completed (p. 21).
The CHG (charge) lamp flashes while
the battery pack is being charged.
Batteries/Power sources
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Attach the battery pack to the camcorder
correctly (p. 21). 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.
The temperature of the environment is too
high or too low. This is not a malfunction.
Fully charge the battery again. If the
problem persists, replace the battery pack
with a new one (p. 21).
The indicated time may not be correct
depending on the environment of use.
The battery pack is quickly
discharged.
The temperature of the environment is too
high or low. This is not a malfunction.
Fully charge the battery again. If the
problem persists, replace the battery pack
with a new one (p. 21).
The buttons do not appear on the
touch panel.
Touch the LCD screen lightly.
Press DISP/BATT INFO on your
camcorder (or DISPLAY on the Remote
Commander) (p. 26).
The buttons on the touch panel do
not work correctly or do not work at
all.
Adjust the touch panel ([CALIBRATION])
(p. 111).
Menu items are grayed out.
You cannot select grayed items in the
current recording/playback situation.
There are some functions you cannot
activate simultaneously (p. 99).
The image in the viewfinder is not
clear.
Move the viewfinder lens adjustment lever
until the image appears clearly (p. 26).
The image in the viewfinder has
disappeared.
No image is displayed in the viewfinder
when the LCD panel is open (p. 26).
The disc cannot be removed.
Make sure the power source (battery pack
or AC Adaptor) is connected correctly
(p. 21).
The disc is damaged or is dirty with
fingerprints, etc. In this case, it may take up
to 10 minutes to remove the disc.
The temperature of your camcorder is
extremely high. Turn off your camcorder
and leave it for a while in a cool place.
Finalizing is interrupted by turning off your
camcorder. Turn on your camcorder and
remove the disc after finalizing is
completed (p. 58).
Images cannot be deleted.
The maximum number of images that you
can delete on the index screen at one time
is 100.
Images cannot be deleted depending on the
type and mode of a disc (p. 15).
Remaining disc space indicator is
not displayed.
Set [ REMAINING] to [ON] to always
display the remaining disc space indicator
(p. 69).
The indicators of the disc type and
the recording format on the LCD
screen are grayed out.
The disc may have been createdwith a
device other than your camcorder. You can
LCD screen/viewfinder
Discs/“Memory Stick Duo”
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play back the disc with your camcorder,
but you cannot record additional scenes.
You cannot operate functions using
the “Memory Stick Duo.”
If you use a “Memory Stick Duo”
formatted on a computer, format it again on
your camcorder (p. 63).
You cannot delete images, or format
the “Memory Stick Duo.”
The maximum number of images that you
can delete on the index screen at one time
is 100.
You cannot delete the images protected on
another device.
The data file name is incorrect or
flashing.
The file is broken.
Use the file format that is compatible with
your camcorder (p. 107).
Refer also to “Discs/“Memory Stick Duo””
(p. 93).
Pressing START/STOP does not
record movies on the disc.
The playback screen is displayed. Set your
camcorder to recording standby (p. 34).
Your camcorder is recording the scene you
have just shot on the disc.
The disc has run out of space. Use a new
disc or format the disc (DVD-RW/
DVD+RW only, p. 62). Or delete the
unnecessary images (p. 48).
When you are using one of the following
discs after finalizing it, make the disc to be
able to record additional scenes (p. 64). Or
use a new disc.
– DVD+RW
DVD-RW recorded with HD (high
definition) image quality
DVD-RW (VIDEO mode) recorded with
SD (standard definition) image quality
The temperature of your camcorder is
extremely high. Turn off your camcorder
and leave it for a while in a cool place.
Moisture condensation has occurred with
the disc. Turn off your camcorder and
leave it for about 1 hour in a cool place
(p. 110).
You cannot record a still image.
The playback screen is displayed. Set your
camcorder to recording standby (p. 34).
The “Memory Stick Duo” has run out of
space. Use a new “Memory Stick Duo” or
format the “Memory Stick Duo” (p. 63). Or
delete the unnecessary images (p. 49).
You cannot record a still image together
with:
[SMTH SLW REC]
[FADER]
[D.EFFECT]
[PICT.EFFECT]
You cannot record a still image on a disc
on your camcorder.
The ACCESS lamp lights up even
when you stop recording.
Your camcorder is recording the scene you
have just shot on the disc.
The recording angle looks different.
The recording angle may look different
depending on the mode of your camcorder.
This is not a malfunction.
The flash does not work.
You cannot record with the flash with:
Capturing still images while shooting a
movie
The conversion lens (optional) attached
Even if auto flash or (Auto redeye
reduction) is selected, you cannot use the
flash with:
– NightShot
[SUPER NIGHTSHOT]
Recording
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[TWILIGHT], [CANDLE],
[SUNRISE&SUNSET], [FIREWORKS]
[LANDSCAPE], [SPOTLIGHT],
[BEACH] or [SNOW] in [SCENE
SELECTION]
[MANUAL] in [EXPOSURE]
[SPOT METER]
The actual recording time for movie
is less than the expected
approximate recording time of a
disc.
Depending on an object, such as a fast
moving object, the time available for
recording may shorten (p. 16).
The recording stops.
The temperature of your camcorder is
extremely high. Turn off your camcorder
and leave it for a while in a cool place.
Moisture condensation has occurred with
the disc. Turn off your camcorder and
leave it about 1 hour in a cool place
(p. 110).
There is a time difference between
the point where you press START/
STOP and the point that the
recorded movie starts/stops.
On your camcorder, there may be a slight
time difference between the point where
you press START/STOP and the actual
point that recording movie starts/stops.
This is not a malfunction.
The movie aspect ratio (16:9/4:3)
cannot be changed.
You cannot change the aspect ratio when:
recording movies with HD (high
definition) image quality.
recording movies on DVD+RW with SD
(standard definition) image quality.
there is no disc in your camcorder.
The auto focus does not function.
Set [FOCUS] to [AUTO] (p. 81).
The recording conditions are not suitable
for auto focus. Adjust the focus manually
(p. 81).
[STEADYSHOT] does not function.
Set [STEADYSHOT] to [ON] (p. 68).
[STEADYSHOT] may not be able to
compensate for excessive vibrations.
The BACK LIGHT function does not
function.
The BACK LIGHT function does not work
during Easy Handycam operation.
The subjects passing by the frame
very fast appear crooked.
This is called the focal plane phenomenon.
This is not a malfunction. Because of the
way the image device (CMOS sensor)
reads out image signals, the subjects
passing by the frame rapidly might appear
crooked depending on the recording
conditions.
Tiny spots in white, red, blue, or
green appear on the screen.
The spots appear when you are recording
with [SUPER NIGHTSHOT] or [COLOR
SLOW SHTR]. This is not a malfunction.
The color of the image is not
correctly displayed.
Set the NIGHTSHOT switch to OFF
(p. 37).
The screen image is bright, and the
subject does not appear on the
screen.
Set the NIGHTSHOT switch to OFF
(p. 37).
The screen image is dark, and the
subject does not appear on the
screen.
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Press and hold DISP/BATT INFO for a
few seconds to turn on the backlight
(p. 26).
Horizontal stripes appear on the
image.
This occurs when recording images 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.
Set [STEADYSHOT] to [OFF] (p. 68)
(HDR-UX5).
[SUPER NIGHTSHOT] cannot be
operated.
Set the NIGHTSHOT switch to ON.
[COLOR SLOW SHTR] does not
operate correctly.
[COLOR SLOW SHTR] may not operate
correctly in total darkness. Use NightShot
or [SUPER NIGHTSHOT].
You cannot adjust [LCD BL LEVEL].
You cannot adjust [LCD BL LEVEL]
when:
The LCD panel is closed on your
camcorder with the LCD screen facing
out.
The power is supplied from the AC
Adaptor.
You cannot play back a disc.
Slide the POWER switch to turn on your
camcorder and press (VIEW
IMAGES).
On the HOME MENU, touch (VIEW
IMAGES), then [VISUAL INDEX].
Check out the disc compatibility (p. 15).
Insert a disc with the recording side facing
your camcorder (p. 27).
The disc that was recorded, formatted, of
finalized on other devices may not be
played back on your camcorder.
The playback image is distorted.
Clean the disc using a soft cloth (p. 106).
Still images stored on a “Memory
Stick Duo” cannot be played back.
Still images cannot be played back if you
have modified files or folders, or have
edited the data on a computer. (The file
name flashes in that case.) This is not a
malfunction (p. 108).
Still images recorded on other devices may
not be played back, or may be displayed in
wrong size. This is not a malfunction
(p. 108).
” is indicated on an image in the
VISUAL INDEX screen.
Loading of the data may have failed. It may
be indicated correctly when you turn off
the power and then turn it on again, or
repeat removing and inserting the
“Memory Stick Duo” a couple of times.
This may appear on still images recorded
on other devices, edited on a computer, etc.
No sound or only a quiet sound is
heard when playing back a disc.
Turn up the volume (p. 41).
Sound is not output when the LCD screen
is closed. Open the LCD screen.
When you record sound with [MICREF
LEVEL] (p. 85) set to [LOW], the recorded
sound may be difficult to hear.
In case of [SMTH SLW REC], you cannot
record sounds during shooting (about 3
seconds).
Playing back a disc on your
camcorder
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You cannot play back the disc, or the
disc is not recognized.
To play back a disc recorded with HD
(high definition) image quality, you need a
device compatible with AVCHD format
(p. 60).
Clean the disc using a soft cloth (p. 106).
Finalize the disc (p. 56).
A disc recorded in VR mode cannot be
played back on a device that does not
support VR mode. Check the compatibility
in the instruction manual of the playback
device.
The playback image is distorted.
Clean the disc using a soft cloth (p. 106).
” is indicated on an image in the
disc menu/DVD menu.
Loading of the data may have failed when
the disc was finalized. For the following
discs, make the disc capable of additional
recording (p. 64), then remake the disc
menu by finalizing the disc again (p. 58).
The disc menu/DVD menu may be
displayed correctly.
– DVD+RW
DVD-RW recorded with HD (high
definition) image quality
DVD-RW (VIDEO mode) recorded with
SD (standard definition) image quality
Playback freezes for an instant
between the scenes.
The image may freeze for an instant
between scenes depending on the device
being used. This is not a malfunction.
In case of DVD+R DL, the image may
freeze for an instant when the recording
layer changes. This is not a malfunction.
Playback does not move to the
previous scene when you press
..
If playback crosses 2 titles made
automatically by your camcorder when
. is pressed, playback may not move to
the previous scene. Select the desired scene
from the menu screen. Refer to the
instruction manual of the playback device
for further information.
Unable to edit.
You cannot edit the disc on your camcorder
(p. 15).
There are no images recorded on the disc.
You cannot edit because of the condition of
the image.
You cannot edit an image protected on
another device.
You cannot copy or move the images
between a disc and a “Memory Stick Duo.”
Scenes cannot be added in the
Playlist.
The disc is full, or the added scenes exceed
999. Delete unnecessary scenes (p. 48).
You cannot add still images in the Playlist.
A movie cannot be divided.
A movie that is too short cannot be divided.
A movie protected on another device
cannot be divided.
A scene cannot be deleted.
You are using a disc that forbids a scene to
be deleted (p. 15).
You cannot delete a scene during Easy
Handycam operation.
A scene protected on another device cannot
be deleted.
Playing back a disc on other
devices
Editing movies on the disc
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Unable to copy the images from a
disc to a “Memory Stick Duo.”
You cannot copy a movie from a disc to a
“Memor