4-170-892-14(1) Table of contents HDR-CX110/CX150/XR150 Digital HD Video Camera Recorder Getting started 12 Recording/Playback 20 Making good use of your camcorder 40 Saving images with an external device 49 Customizing your camcorder 58 Additional information 80 “Handycam” Handbook Quick reference 2010 Sony Corporation 9 103
Read this first Supplied items The numbers in ( ) are the supplied quantity. AC Adaptor (1) Power cord (Mains lead) (1) Component A/V cable (1) A/V connecting cable (1) USB cable (1) Rechargeable battery pack NP-FV50 (1) CD-ROM “Handycam” Application Software (1) “PMB” Menu items, LCD panel, and lens A menu item that is grayed out is not available under the current recording or playback conditions.
Before starting to record, test the recording function to make sure the image and sound are recorded without any problems. Compensation for the contents of recordings cannot be provided, even if recording or playback is not possible due to a malfunction of the camcorder, recording media, etc. TV color systems differ depending on the country/region. To view your recordings on a TV, you need a NTSC system-based TV. Television programs, films, video tapes, and other materials may be copyrighted.
If you cannot record/play back images, perform [MEDIA FORMAT] If you repeat recording/deleting images for a long time, fragmentation of data occurs on the recording media. Images cannot be saved or recorded. In such a case, save your images on some type of external media first, and then perform [MEDIA FORMAT] by touching (MENU) [Show others] [MEDIA FORMAT] (under [MANAGE Confirm the model name of your camcorder MEDIA] category) the desired medium (HDR-CX150/XR150) [YES] [YES] .
On the drop sensor (HDR-XR150) To protect the internal hard disk from shock by dropping, the camcorder has a drop sensor function (p. 79). When a drop occurs, or under a non-gravity condition, the block noise made when this function is activated by the camcorder may also be recorded. If the drop sensor catches a drop repeatedly, recording/ playback may be stopped.
Operation flow Getting started (p. 12) Prepare the power source and memory card. Recording movies and photos (p. 20) Recording movies p. 22 Changing the recording mode (p. 26) Expected recording time (MEDIA INFO, p. 74) Shooting photos p. 24 Playing movies and photos Playback on the camcorder p. 29 Playing images on a TV p. 37 Saving images Saving movies and photos with a computer Saving movies and photos in external media p. 49 Saving images with a DVD writer/recorder p.
Advice for successful recording To get good results in recording Stabilizing your camcorder When you hold the camcorder, keep your upper body upright, and hold your arms close to your body. The SteadyShot function is effective against camera-shake, however, it is essential that you not move the camcorder. Zooming smoothly Zoom in and out slowly and smoothly. And, use zooming sparingly. Excessive zooming will make movies that may make the viewer feel tired when viewing them.
Useful recording techniques Capturing images beautifully without troublesome setting Focusing on the child on the left side of the screen INTELLIGENT AUTO(25) Prioritizing the subject(27) SPOT FOCUS(65) Capturing photos during movie recording Dual Rec(28) Smile Shutter (28) Capturing fireworks, or a sunset in all its splendor FIREWORKS(63) SUNRISE&SUNSET(63) US Recording in a dimly-lit room LOW LUX(68) Checking your golf swing SMTH SLW REC(66)
Table of contents Read this first.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Notes on use.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Operation flow.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Making good use of your camcorder Deleting movies and photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Protecting recorded movies and photos (Protect).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dividing a movie.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Additional information 80 86 90 90 90 92 93 95 95 95 96 98 98 Table of contents Troubleshooting.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Self-diagnosis display/Warning indicators. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Recording time of movies/number of recordable photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Getting started Step 1: Charging the battery pack HDR-CX110/CX150 DC IN jack Battery pack DC plug AC Adaptor CHG (charge) lamp Power cord (Mains lead) To the wall outlet (wall socket) HDR-XR150 DC IN jack Battery pack DC plug AC Adaptor CHG (charge) lamp US 12 Power cord (Mains lead) To the wall outlet (wall socket)
You can charge the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (V series) after attaching it to your camcorder. Notes You cannot attach any “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack other than the V series to your camcorder. 1 2 3 Turn off your camcorder by closing the LCD screen. Attach the battery pack by sliding it in the direction of the arrow until it clicks. 4 Getting started Connect the AC Adaptor and the power cord (mains lead) to your camcorder and the wall outlet (wall socket).
To remove the battery pack Close the LCD screen. Slide the BATT (battery) release lever () and remove the battery pack (). To use a wall outlet (wall socket) as a power source Make the same connections as “Step 1: Charging the battery pack.” Even if the battery pack is attached, the battery pack is not discharged. Charging the battery pack abroad You can charge the battery pack in any countries/regions using the AC Adaptor supplied with your camcorder within the AC 100 V - 240 V, 50 Hz/60 Hz range.
Step 2: Turning the power on, and setting the date and time 1 Open the LCD screen of your camcorder. Your camcorder is turned on. To turn on your camcorder when the LCD screen is open, press POWER. MODE lamp POWER button / Getting started 2 Select the desired geographical area with , then touch [NEXT]. Touch the button on the LCD screen 3 To set the date and time again, touch (MENU) [Show others] [CLOCK/ LANG] [GENERAL SET] category) [CLOCK SET].
Notes The date and time does not appear during recording, but they are automatically recorded on the recording media, and can be displayed during playback. To display the date and time, touch [PLAYBACK] category) [DATA (MENU) [Show others] [PLAYBACK SET] (under . CODE] [DATE/TIME] You can turn off the operation beeps by touching (MENU) [Show others] [SOUND/DISP [GENERAL SET] category) [BEEP] [OFF] .
Step 3: Preparing the recording media The recording media that can be used differs depending on your camcorder. The following icons are displayed on the screen of your camcorder. HDR-CX110 Memory card HDR-CX150 * Internal memory HDR-XR150 Memory card Getting started * Internal hard disk Memory card * In the default setting, both movies and photos are recorded on this recording media. You can perform recording, playback and editing operations on the selected medium.
Touch the desired recording media. Touch [YES] . The recording medium is changed. To check the recording media settings In either movie recording mode or photo recording mode, the media icon of the selected recording media is displayed at the top right corner of the screen. Recording media icon The icon displayed may vary depending on your model. Inserting a memory card Notes Set the recording medium to [MEMORY CARD] to record movies and/or photos on a memory card (HDR-CX150/XR150).
Size of memory card you can use with your camcorder “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media, half the size of “Memory Stick”, or standard size SD cards can be used for this camcorder. Do not attach a label or the like on memory card or memory card adaptor. Doing so may cause a malfunction. Open the cover, and insert the memory card with the nothched edge in the direction as illustrated until it clicks. Close the cover after inserting the memory card.
Recording/Playback Recording In the default setting, movies are recorded with high definition image quality (HD) on the following media. HDR-CX110: Memory card HDR-CX150: Internal memory HDR-XR150: Internal hard disk Tips To change the recording media, see page 17 (HDR-CX150/XR150). To open the lens cover Slide the LENS COVER switch to open. Tips When you finish recording or when you play back images, close the len cover. 1 Fasten the grip belt.
HDR-XR150 2 Open the LCD screen of your camcorder. Your camcorder is turned on. Recording/Playback To turn on your camcorder when the LCD screen is already open, press POWER (p. 15). You can switch recording modes by pressing MODE. Press MODE to light up the desired recording mode lamp.
Recording movies Press START/STOP to start recording. You can start recording also by touching in the bottom left of LCD screen. START/STOP button [STBY] [REC] To stop recording, press START/STOP again. You can stop recording also by touching in the bottom left of LCD screen. The icons and indicators on the LCD panel will be displayed for about 3 seconds, then disappear after turning on your camcorder or switching the recording (movie/photo)/playback modes.
The following states will be indicated if data is still being written onto the recording media after recording has finished. During this time, do not apply shock or vibration to the camcorder, or remove the battery or AC Adaptor. Access lamp (p. 19) is lit or flashing The media icon in the upper right of the LCD screen is flashing Tips See page 90 on the recordable time of movies. You can record photos during movie recording by pressing PHOTO fully (Dual Rec, p. 28).
Shooting photos In the default setting, photos are recorded on the following recording media. HDR-CX110: Memory card HDR-CX150: Internal memory HDR-XR150: Internal hard disk Tips To change the recording media, see page 17 (HDR-CX150/XR150). Press MODE to turn on the (Photo) lamp. The LCD screen display switches for photo recording mode, and the screen aspect ratio becomes 4:3. Press PHOTO lightly to adjust the focus, then press it fully.
Useful functions for recording movies and photos Zooming You can magnify images up to 25 times the original size with the power zoom lever. You can magnify images also with the / on the LCD screen. Tips You can set [ DIGITAL ZOOM] (p. 70) if you want to zoom to a greater level. Recording better images automatically (INTELLIGENT AUTO) Recording/Playback By pressing , you can record images using the INTELLIGENT AUTO function.
does not occur, and makes the optimum setting for tripod. Note The camcorder may not detect the expected scene or subject, depending on the recording conditions. To cancel INTELLIGENT AUTO Press . or the detection mode icons disappear, and you can record with the preferred settings. Also, the INTELLIGENT AUTO setting is canceled if you change the following settings: [SMTH SLW REC] [SCENE SELECTION] [WHITE BAL.
(MENU) [Show Touch others] [ REC MODE] (under [SHOOTING SET] category). Touch a desired setting. If you want to record high quality images with the high definition image quality (HD), select the FX or FH mode. If you want to record longer movies, select the LP mode. Touch . The recording mode of the standard image quality (STD) is limited to the following value. “9M” is an average bit-rate. [STD HQ] (STD 9M (HQ)) “M,” such as in “24M,” means “Mbps.
Tips The double-lined frame around a face targeted for possible smile detection shot turns orange. If the face you touched disappears from the LCD screen, the subject selected in [PRIORITY SETTING] (p. 69) has priority. If the face you touched returns to the screen, the face has priority. Capturing smiles automatically (Smile Shutter) In the default setting, a photo is recorded automatically when the camcorder detects the smile of a person during movie recording.
Playback on the camcorder In the default setting, movies and photos that are recorded on the following recording media are played. HDR-CX110: Memory card HDR-CX150: Internal memory HDR-XR150: Internal hard disk Tips To change the recording media, see page 17 (HDR-CX150/XR150). 1 2 Open the LCD screen of your camcorder. Your camcorder is turned on. To turn on your camcorder when the LCD screen is already open, press POWER (p.15). (VIEW IMAGES).
Displays the screen to select the index type ([DATE INDEX]/[ FILM ROLL]/ [ FACE]) (p. 32, 32, 33). / : Displays movies recorded on the previous/next date.* / : Displays the previous/next movie. Returns to the recording screen. * is displayed when is touched. appears when the standard definition image quality (STD) movie is selected with [ / SET] (p. 26). You can scroll the display by touching and dragging or . appears with the movie or photo that was most recently played or recorded.
To adjust the sound volume of movies While playing back movies, touch adjust with You can also adjust the sound volume by using / / in the OPTION MENU. . Viewing photos Your camcorder displays the selected photo. Previous To the VISUAL INDEX screen Tips When viewing photos recorded on the memory card, To start/stop slide show Next OPTION MENU (playback folder) appears on the screen.
Useful functions for playing movies and photos Searching for desired images by date (Date Index) You can search for desired images by date efficiently. Notes You cannot use the Date Index function for photos on the memory card. Press (VIEW IMAGES). The VISUAL INDEX screen appears. Touch [DATE INDEX]. On the Film Roll Index/Face Index screen, you can display the Date Index by touching the date in the upper right corner of the screen.
Tips You can also display the Film Roll Index by (MENU) [Show others] touching [PLAYBACK] [VIEW IMAGES] (under category) [ FILM ROLL]. Searching for desired scene by face (Face Index) The face images detected or touched during movie recording are displayed on the INDEX screen. You can play back the movie from the selected face image. Press (VIEW IMAGES). Touch [ FACE]. Returns to the VISUAL INDEX screen / to select the Touch desired movie.
To stop Highlight Playback To pause, touch To stop, touch . or . To change the settings for Highlight Playback After touching [ HIGHLIGHT], touch [HIGHLIGHT SET] before the Highlight Playback starts. You can set following items. [PLAYBACK RANGE] Set the range of movies to be played by selecting .
To erase the saved Highlight Playback scenario Touch (MENU) [Show others] [EDIT] [ SCENARIO ERASE] (under category) [ERASE] and select a scenario / , then touch you want to erase with [YES] . To erase all scenarios, touch (MENU) [Show others] [ SCENARIO ERASE] [EDIT] category) [ERASE ALL] (under . [YES] [YES] You can erase also by touching (OPTION) during Highlight Scenario Playback or on the scenario selection screen.
Playing back a series of photos (Slide show) Touch screen. on the photo playback The slide show begins from the selected photo. To stop the slide show Touch . To restart the slide show Touch again. Notes You cannot operate playback zoom during slide show. Tips You can set continuous slide show playback (OPTION) tab by selecting [SLIDE SHOW SET] while playing photos. The default setting is [ON] (continuous playback).
Playing images on a TV Connection methods and the image quality (high definition (HD) or standard definition (STD)) viewed on the TV screen differ depending on what type of TV is connected, and the connectors used. Connecting a TV using [TV CONNECT Guide] You can connect your camcorder to the TV easily following the instructions displayed on the LCD screen, [TV CONNECT Guide]. Refer to the instruction manuals of the TV. The connection medhod is displayed.
Touch A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO (sold separately) [YES]. When the A/V connecting cable is used to output movies, movies are output with standard definition image quality (STD). (White) (Red) Play back movies and photos on your camcorder (p. 29).
When you connect with HDMI cable Use an HDMI cable with the HDMI logo. Use an HDMI mini connector on one end (for the camcorder), and a plug suitable for connecting your TV on the other end. Copyright-protected images are not output from the HDMI OUT jack of your camcorder. Some TVs may not function correctly (e.g., no sound or image) with this connection. Do not connect the camcorder HDMI OUT jack to an external device HDMI OUT jack, as malfunction may result.
Making good use of your camcorder Deleting movies and photos You can free media space by deleting movies and photos from recording media. Notes You cannot restore images once they are deleted. Save important movies and photos in advance. Do not remove the battery pack or the AC Adaptor from your camcorder while deleting the images. It may damage the recording media. Do not eject memory card while deleting images from the memory card. You cannot delete protected movies and photos.
Touch / to select the recording date of the desired movies/photos, then . touch Touch the image on the LCD screen to to return confirm the image. Touch to the previous screen. Touch [YES] . Protecting recorded movies and photos (Protect) Protect movies and photos to avoid deleting them by mistake. Tips You can protect movies and photos on the OPTION MENU. playback screen from 1 Touch (MENU) [Show others] [PROTECT] (under [EDIT] category).
Dividing a movie To undo the protection of movies and photos Touch the movie or photo marked with in step 3. disappears. To protect all the movies and photos recorded on the same day at one time Notes You cannot select [ PRT. by date] for still images recorded on the memory card. 1 Touch (MENU) [Show others] [ DIVIDE] (under [EDIT] category). 2 3 Touch the movie to be divided. Touch at the point where you want to divide the movie into scenes. In step 2, touch [ PROTECT] PRT.
Capturing a photo from a movie Do not remove the battery pack or the AC Adaptor from your camcorder while dividing the movie. It may damage the recording media. Also, do not eject the memory card while dividing movies on the memory card. A slight difference may occur from the point and the actual dividing where you touch point, as your camcorder selects the dividing point based on about half-second increments.
5 Touch . Notes The image size is fixed depending on the image quality of the movie: 2.1M] with high definition image quality [ (HD) 0.2M] in 16:9 (wide) with standard [ definition image quality (STD) [VGA(0.3M)] in 4:3 with standard definition image quality (STD) The recording medium where you want to save photos should have enough free space. The recording date and time of captured photos is the same as the recording date and time of the movies.
Touch the type of dubbing. [DUB by select]: To select movies and dub [DUB by date]: To dub all movies of a specified date DUB ALL]: To dub the high [ definition image quality (HD) Playlist DUB ALL]: To dub the standard [ definition image quality (STD) Playlist When you select the Playlist as the source of dubbing, follow the on-screen instructions to dub the Playlist. Select the movie to be dubbed.
Using the Playlist of movies Select the photo to be copied. [COPY by select]: Touch the photo to be copied, and mark with . You can select multiple photos. The Playlist is a list showing thumbnails of the movies that you have selected. The original movies are not changed even if you edit or erase the movies added to the Playlist. Creating the Playlist Notes High definition image quality (HD) movies and standard definition image quality (STD) movies are added to an individual Playlist.
To add all the movies recorded on the same day at one time In step 2, touch [ ADD by date]/ ADD by date]. [ The recording dates of movies are displayed on the screen. Touch / to select the recording date of the desired movie, then touch . Touch the image on the LCD screen to to return confirm the image. Touch to the previous screen. Touch [YES] .
Touch . [YES] Tips Even if you erase a movie from a Playlist, the original movie is not deleted. To change the order within the Playlist Touch (MENU) [Show others] [PLAYLIST EDIT] (under [EDIT] category). MOVE]/[ MOVE]. Touch [ Select the movie to be moved. The selected movie is marked with . Touch the image on the LCD screen to to return confirm the image. Touch to the previous screen. Touch . Select the destination with / . Destination bar Touch .
Saving images with an external device Saving images in external media (DIRECT COPY) You can save movies and photos on external media (USB storage device), such as an external hard disk drive. You can also play back images on the camcorder or another playback device. Tips You can import images saved in the external media by using the supplied software “PMB.” Connect the AC Adaptor and the power cord (mains lead) to the DC IN jack of your camcorder and the wall outlet (wall socket).
HDR-CX150/XR150: Movies and photos in the internal recording media of the camcorder that have not yet been saved on to external media can be saved. 6 This screen will appear only when there are newly recorded images. After the operation is completed, on the camcorder touch screen. Notes The number of scenes you can save on the external media are as follows. However, even if the external media has free space, you cannot save scenes exceeding the following number.
Creating a disc with a DVD writer, recorder To play back images in the external media on the camcorder Touch [Play without copying.] in step 5 above. The VISUAL INDEX screen of the external media is displayed. Play back the image (p. 29). You can also view images on a TV connected to your camcorder (p. 37). You can play back the high definition image quality (HD) movies on your computer using [Player for AVCHD].
Ordinary DVD device Player DVD player Computer that can play DVDs, etc. Creating device DVD writer, DVDirect Express (p. 52) DVD writer, other than DVDirect Express (p. 55) Disc recorder, etc. (p. 56) Disc type Standard definition image quality (STD) disc Notes Always maintain your PlayStation3 to use the latest version of the PlayStation3 system software. The PlayStation3 may not be available in some countries/regions.
Insert an unused disc into the DVD writer, and close the disc tray. The [DISC BURN] screen appears on the camcorder screen. Press writer. Perform this operation in the following cases: When When disc dubbing a desired image creating multiple copies of the same When (DISC BURN) on the DVD Movies that have not been saved on any discs will be recorded onto the disc (HDR-CX110).
Touch screen. [YES] on the camcorder To create another disc of the same contents, insert a new disc and touch [CREATE SAME DISC]. After the operation is completed, touch [EXIT] [END] on the camcorder screen. Disconnect the USB cable from your camcorder. Notes Do not do any of the following when creating a disc.
tips If you cannot play back created standard definition (STD) image quality discs on any DVD player, connect the camcorder to the DVD writer, and then play back. Creating a high definition image quality (HD) disc with a DVD writer, etc., other than DVDirect Express Use USB cable to connect your camcorder to a disc creation device, which is compatible with high definition image quality (HD) movies, such as a Sony DVD writer.
Disconnect the USB cable. A/V Remote Connector ** Creating a standard definition image quality (STD) disc with a recorder, etc. You can dub images played back on your camcorder on a disc or video cassette, by connecting your camcorder to a disc recorder, a Sony DVD writer, etc., other than DVDirect Express, with the A/V connecting cable. Connect the device in either way of or . Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected.
connecting cable with S VIDEO (sold separately). Connect your camcorder to the input jacks of the recording device. Start playback on your camcorder, and record it on the recording device. When you connect a monaural device, connect the yellow plug of the A/V connecting cable to the video input jack, and the white (left channel) or the red (right channel) plug to the audio input jack on the device. Refer to the instruction manuals supplied with your recording device for details.
Customizing your camcorder Using menus Using the menus, you can perform useful functions and change various settings. If you make good use of menu operations, you can enjoy using your camcorder. The camcorder has various menu items under each of eight menu categories. MANUAL SETTINGS (Items to adjust for scene condition) p. 63 SHOOTING SET (Items for customized shooting) p. 67 PHOTO SETTINGS (Items for recording photos) p. 71 PLAYBACK (Items for playback) p. 72 EDIT (Items for editing) p.
Notes You may not be able to set some menu items, depending on the recording or playback conditions. Grayed out menu items or settings are not available. Tips Depending on the menu items being changed, your camcorder switches between playback mode and recording mode (movie/photo). Using MY MENU You can use the menu items more easily by registering the menu items you use most often on MY MENU. You can register 6 menu items on each MY MENU of the MOVIE, PHOTO, and PLAYBACK.
Using the OPTION MENU The OPTION MENU appears just like the pop-up window that appears when you right-click is displayed at bottom-right of the screen, you can use the mouse on a computer. When , and the menu items you can change in the context the OPTION MENU. You touch appear. Menu item Tab Touch (OPTION). Touch the desired tab the item to change the setting. . After completing the setting, touch Notes Grayed out menu items or settings are not available.
Menu lists (MANUAL SETTINGS) category SCENE SELECTION FADER WHITE BAL. SPOT MTR/FCS SPOT METER SPOT FOCUS EXPOSURE FOCUS TELE MACRO SMTH SLW REC 63 63 64 65 65 65 65 66 66 66 29 32 FILM ROLL 32 FACE 33 PLAYLIST HIGHLIGHT SCENARIO PLAYBACK SET / SET 47 33 34 26 DATA CODE (SHOOTING SET) category 26 26 67 68 68 68 68 69 69 69 MICREF LEVEL 69 69 OTHER REC SET DIGITAL ZOOM 70 AUTO BACK LIGHT 70 X.V.
(OTHERS) category CLOCK/ LANG CLOCK SET 55 AREA SET 78 USB CONNECT*2 55 DST SET/SUMMERTIME 78 USB CONNECT 55 DISC BURN Operating Guide TV CONNECT Guide MUSIC TOOL EMPTY MUSIC DOWNLOAD MUSIC BATTERY INFO 37 35 79 CALIBRATION 99 CTRL FOR HDMI 79 DROP SENSOR*2 79 17 74 74 HDD*2 74 MEMORY CARD*1*2 74 84, 88 HDD*2 84, 88 MEMORY CARD*1*2 84, 88 (GENERAL SET) category US 78 78 74 17 SOUND/DISP SET VOLUME 78 OTHER SETTINGS DEMO MODE PHOTO MEDIA SET*1*2 REPAIR IMG.DB F. INT.
MANUAL SETTINGS (Items to adjust for scene condition) See “Using menus” (p. 58) on the operation. The default settings are marked with . SCENE SELECTION You can record images effectively in various situations. AUTO SPOTLIGHT** ( ) Prevents people’s faces from appearing excessively white when subjects are lit by strong light. BEACH** ( ) Takes the vivid blue of the ocean or a lake. SNOW** ( ) Takes bright pictures of a white landscape.
BLACK FADER INDOOR () Fades in/out with the black effect. Out The white balance is appropriately adjusted 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 In To cancel the fader before starting the operation, touch [OFF]. ONE PUSH ( Tips When you press START/STOP, the setting is cleared.
When the white balance has been set with [ONE PUSH], if the lighting conditions changed by bringing your camcorder outdoors from inside the house, or vice versa, you need to redo the [ONE PUSH] procedure to readjust the white balance. SPOT MTR/FCS (Spot meter/ focus) You can adjust the brightness and focus for the selected subject simultaneously. This function enables you to use [SPOT METER] (p. 65) and [SPOT FOCUS] (p. 65) at the same time.
FOCUS You can adjust the focus manually. You can select this function also when you want to focus on a certain subject intentionally. TELE MACRO This is useful to shoot small subjects, such as flowers or insects. You can blur out backgrounds and the subject stands out clearer. OFF Cancels TELE MACRO. (TELE MACRO is also canceled when you move the zoom lever to the W side.) Touch (nearby subject)/ (distant subject) to adjust the focus. To adjust the focus automatically, touch [AUTO].
SHOOTING SET Touch recording. to cancel the smooth slow To change the setting Touch (OPTION), 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]. The point when START/STOP is pressed. (Items for customized shooting) See “Using menus” (p. 58) on the operation. The default settings are marked with . / SET See page 26. REC MODE (Recording mode) See page 26.
STEADYSHOT You can compensate for camera shake. Set [ STEADYSHOT] to [OFF] ( ) when using a tripod (sold separately), then the image becomes natural. LOW LUX You can record bright color images, even in dim light. OFF The LOW LUX function is not used. ACTIVE ON ( ) Provides a more powerful SteadyShot effect. The LOW LUX function is used. STANDARD Provides the SteadyShot effect under relatively stable recording conditions. OFF ( ) The SteadyShot function is not used.
PRIORITY SETTING Selects the priority subject for the face detection or the smile shutter. Adjusts focus/color/exposure automatically for the selected faces. AUTO Detects faces automatically. CHILD PRIORITY Detects with priority on a child’s face. ADULT PRIORITY Detects with priority on an adult’s face. Tips When you specify the priority subject by touching the detection frame on the LCD screen, the face with a double-lined frame has priority (p. 27).
LOW ( ) Records ambient sound faithfully. Select [LOW] when you want to record an exciting and powerful sound in a concert hall, etc. (This setting is not suitable for recording conversations.) You can 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. Refer to the instruction manuals of the TV. OTHER REC SET OFF Records in ordinary color range.
PHOTO SETTINGS (Items for recording photos) See “Using menus” (p. 58) on the operation. The default settings are marked with . SELF-TIMER Press PHOTO to start the count down. A photo is recorded after about 10 seconds. OFF Cancels the self-timer. ON ( ) Starts the self-timer recording. To cancel the recording, touch [RESET]. IMAGE SIZE You can select a photo size to be shot. 3.1M ( FILE NO. (File number) You can select the way to assign file number of photos.
PLAYBACK (Items for playback) See “Using menus” (p. 58) on the operation. VISUAL INDEX See page 29. VIEW IMAGES DATE INDEX See page 32. FILM ROLL See page 32. DATA CODE During playback, your camcorder displays the information (Date/time, Camera data) recorded automatically at the time of recording. OFF Data code is not displayed. DATE/TIME Displays the date and time. CAMERA DATA Displays camera setting data. DATE/TIME FACE See page 33. PLAYLIST See page 46. HIGHLIGHT See page 33.
EDIT (Items for editing) White balance Gain Shutter speed Aperture value Exposure Tips The data code is displayed on the TV screen if you connect your camcorder to a TV. Depending on the recording media condition, bars [--:--:--] appear. See “Using menus” (p. 58) on the operation. DELETE See page 40. SCENARIO ERASE See page 35. PROTECT See page 41. DIVIDE See page 42. PHOTO CAPTURE See page 43. MOVIE DUB (HDR-CX150/ XR150) Customizing your camcorder See page 44.
OTHERS MANAGE MEDIA (Items for other settings) (Items for recording media) See “Using menus” (p. 58) on the operation. The default settings are marked with . See “Using menus” (p. 58) on the operation. USB CONNECT See page 51. MEDIA SETTINGS (HDR-CX150/ XR150) See page 17. TV CONNECT Guide See page 37. MUSIC TOOL See page 35. BATTERY INFO You can check the estimated remaining capacity of the battery.
recording media. Protected movies and photos will also be deleted. While [Executing…] is displayed, do not close the LCD screen, operate the buttons on the camcorder, disconnect the AC Adaptor, or eject the memory card from your camcorder (The access lamp is lit or flashing while formatting memory card.).
GENERAL SET (Other setup items) See “Using menus” (p. 58) on the operation. The default settings are marked with . SOUND/DISP SET VOLUME You can adjust the volume of playback / . sound by touching BEEP ON 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. Tips This adjustment does not affect the recorded images in any way. LCD COLOR You can adjust the color of the LCD screen / .
OUTPUT SETTINGS TV TYPE You need to convert the signal depending on the TV connected when playing back movies and photos. The recorded movies and photos are played back as following illustrations. 16:9 Select this to view your movies on a 16:9 (wide) TV. The recorded movies and photos are played back as shown below. Movies and photos Movies and photos recorded in 16:9 recorded in 4:3 mode (wide) mode 4:3 Select this to view your movies and photos on a 4:3 standard TV.
STD CONTENTS Set the output image resolution recorded with standard definition image quality (STD). OFF Does not set the DST SET. ON AUTO Normal setting (outputs the signal according to the TV automatically). 480p Outputs the 480p signal. 480i Outputs the 480i signal. Sets the DST SET. LCD PANEL Shows displays such as the time code on the LCD screen. V-OUT/PANEL Shows displays such as the time code on the LCD screen, and on the TV screen. CLOCK/ LANG POWER SETTINGS A.
OFF DROP SENSOR (HDR-XR150) The camcorder does not turn on and off when the LCD screen opens and closes. Your camcorder detects that it is dropping, and protects the internal hard disk. OTHER SETTINGS ON Activates the drop sensor. When it is detected that the camcorder is dropping, you may not be able to record or play back images correctly, to protect the internal hard disk. appears.
Additional information Troubleshooting If you run into any problems using your camcorder, follow the steps below. Check the list (p. 80 to 89), and inspect your camcorder. Disconnect the power source, attach the power source again after about 1 minute, and turn the camcorder on. Overall operations The power does not turn on. Press RESET (p. 105) using a pointed object, and turn the camcorder on. If you press RESET, all settings, including the clock setting, are reset.
[WHITE BAL.] MTR/FCS] [SPOT METER] [SPOT FOCUS] [EXPOSURE] [FOCUS] [LOW LUX] [BLT-IN ZOOM MIC] [MICREF LEVEL] [AUTO BACK LIGHT] [DROP SENSOR] (HDR-XR150) The following menu items return to the default settings when you switch between movie recording and photo recording and playback modes. [ FADER] [TELE MACRO] [ SELF-TIMER] [SPOT The CHG (charge) lamp flashes while the battery pack is being charged. The remaining battery time indicator does not indicate the correct time.
The buttons on the touch panel do not work correctly or do not work at all. Adjust the touch panel ([CALIBRATION]) (p. 99). The buttons on the touch panel quickly disappear. Set [DISPLAY SET] to [ON] (p. 76). Memory card Operations using the memory card cannot be performed. If you use the memory card formatted on a computer, format it again on your camcorder (p. 74). Images stored on the memory card cannot be deleted.
The camcorder stops operating. The temperature of your camcorder is extremely high. Turn off your camcorder and leave it for a while in a cool place. The temperature of your camcorder is extremely low. Turn off your camcorder and take it to a warm place. Leave the camcorder there for a while, then turn on the camcorder. If you keep applying vibration on the camcorder, recording may stop.
Photos cannot be played back. Photos 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. is indicated on an image on the VISUAL INDEX screen. This may appear on an image recorded on other devices, edited on a computer, etc.
Playback on the TV Neither image nor sound is played on the connected TV. When you are using the component A/V cable, set [COMPONENT] according to the requirements of the connected device (p. 77). When you are using the component video plug, make sure the red and white plugs of the A/V connecting cable are connected (p. 38). Images are not output from the HDMI OUT jack, if copyright protection signals are recorded in the images.
Examples of functions that cannot be used simultaneously The following list shows examples of unworkable combinations of functions and menu items. Cannot use Because of following settings INTELLIGENT AUTO [SMTH SLW REC] [FACE DETECTION] [SMTH SLW REC], [ DIGITAL ZOOM], [SPOT MTR/FCS], [SPOT METER], [SPOT FOCUS], [EXPOSURE], [FOCUS], [TWILIGHT], [SUNRISE&SUNSET], [FIREWORKS], [LANDSCAPE], [SPOTLIGHT], [BEACH], [SNOW], [WHITE BAL.
(Battery level warning) Slow flashing The battery pack is nearly used up. Depending on the operating environment or battery conditions, may flash, even if there are about 20 minutes remaining. (Warning indicator pertaining to battery pack temperature) The battery pack temperature is high. Change the battery pack or place it in a cool place. (High temperature warning) Slow flashing The temperature of your camcorder is getting higher.
(Warning indicator pertaining to photo recording) The recording media is full. Photos cannot be recorded during processing. Wait for a while, then record. When [ REC MODE] is set to [HD FX], you cannot record photos while recording movies. The Image Database File is damaged. Do you want to create a new file? HD movie management information is damaged.
Buffer overflow You cannot record because the drop sensor senses a drop of the camcorder repeatedly. If you are at risk of dropping the camcorder constantly, set [DROP SENSOR] to [OFF], and you may be able to record the image again (p. 79). Recovering data. Writing data onto the media of the camcorder has failed. Attempts were made to recover the data, but they were unsuccessful. No further selection is possible. Reinsert the memory card a few times.
Recording time of movies/number of recordable photos “HD” stands for high definition image quality, and “STD” stands for standard image quality. Playing time Expected time of recording and playback with each battery pack Approximate time available when you use a fully charged battery pack.
Standard definition image quality (STD) in h (hour) and m (minute) Recording mode [STD HQ] Recording time 3 h 55 m Internal hard disk High definition image quality (HD) in h (hour) and m (minute) Recording time 11 h 20 m 14 h 50 m 29 h 40 m 50 h 30 m Standard definition image quality (STD) in h (hour) and m (minute) Recording mode [STD HQ] High definition image quality (HD) (unit: minute) 1GB HDR-XR150 Recording mode [HD FX] [HD FH] [HD HQ] [HD LP] Memory card Recording time 30 h 30 m 2GB 4GB 8GB
Expected number of recordable photos Internal recording media (HDR-CX150/ XR150) You can record the maximum 9,999 photos. Memory card 3.1M 1GB 2GB 4GB 8GB 16GB 32GB 580 1150 2300 4700 9300 18500 The selected image size is effective when the (Photo) lamp is lit. The number of recordable photos of memory card shown is for the maximum image size of your camcorder. The actual number of recordable photos is displayed on the LCD screen during recording (p. 103).
Using your camcorder abroad Power supply On TV color systems You can use your camcorder in any countries/regions using the AC Adaptor supplied with your camcorder within the AC 100 V to 240 V, 50 Hz/60 Hz range. Your camcorder is a NTSC-system-based camcorder. If you want to view the playback image on a TV, it must be a NTSC-systembased TV with an AUDIO/VIDEO input jack.
Setting to the local time You can easily set the clock to the local time by setting a time difference when using your (MENU) [Show others] [CLOCK/ LANG] (under camcorder abroad. Touch [GENERAL SET] category) [AREA SET] and [DST SET]/[SUMMERTIME] (p. 78).
Maintenance and precautions About the AVCHD format What is the AVCHD format? The AVCHD format is a high definition digital video camera format used to record a high definition (HD) signal of either the 1080i specification*1 or the 720p specification*2 using efficient data compression coding technology. The MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format is adopted to compress video data, and the Dolby Digital or Linear PCM system is used to compress audio data. The MPEG-4 AVC/H.
Do not use or keep the memory card in the following locations: Places subject to extremely high temperature, such as a car parked outside in the summer Places under direct sunlight Places with extremely high humidity or subject to corrosive gases On the memory card adaptor When using memory card with memory card compliant device inserting memory card into memory card adaptor, make sure the memory card is inserted facing in the correct direction. Note that improper use may cause a malfunction.
To charge the battery pack Be sure to charge the battery pack before you start using your camcorder. We recommend charging the battery pack in an ambient temperature of between 10 C to 30 C (50 °F to 86 °F) until the CHG (charge) lamp turns off. If you charge the battery pack outside of this temperature range, you may not be able to charge it efficiently.
About x.v.Color x.v.Color is a more familiar term for the xvYCC standard proposed by Sony, and is a trademark of Sony. xvYCC is an international standard for color space in video. This standard can express a wider color range than the currently used broadcast standard. About handling of your camcorder On use and care US 98 Do not use or store the camcorder and accessories in the following locations: Anywhere extremely hot, cold or humid.
You bring your camcorder from an air conditioned car or room into a hot place outside. You use your camcorder after a squall or a shower. You use your camcorder in a hot and humid place. How to prevent moisture condensation When you bring your camcorder from a cold place into a warm place, put your camcorder in a plastic bag and seal it tightly. Remove the bag when the air temperature inside the plastic bag has reached the surrounding temperature (after about 1 hour).
On charging the pre-installed rechargeable battery Note on disposal/transfer of the memory card Your camcorder has a pre-installed rechargeable battery to retain the date, time, and other settings even when the LCD screen is closed. The preinstalled rechargeable battery is always charged while your camcorder is connected to the wall outlet (wall socket) via the AC Adaptor or while the battery pack is attached.
On trademarks All other product names mentioned herein may be the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Furthermore, and are not mentioned in each case in this Handbook. Additional information “Handycam” and are registered trademarks of Sony Corporation. “AVCHD” and “AVCHD” logotype are trademarks of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation.
Notes on the License On GNU GPL/LGPL applied software ANY USE OF THIS PRODUCT OTHER THAN CONSUMER PERSONAL USE IN ANY MANNER THAT COMPLIES WITH THE MPEG-2 STANDARD FOR ENCODING VIDEO INFORMATION FOR PACKAGED MEDIA IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED WITHOUT A LICENSE UNDER APPLICABLE PATENTS IN THE MPEG-2 PATENT PORTFOLIO, WHICH LICENSE IS AVAILABLE FROM MPEG LA, L.L.C., 250 STEELE STREET, SUITE 300, DENVER, COLORADO 80206.
Quick reference Screen indicators Upper right Upper left Center Upper right Bottom Upper left Indicator Indicator 0:00:00 Counter (hour:minute: second) (30) [00min] Estimated recording remaining time (22) Meaning MENU button (58) Self-timer recording (71) MICREF LEVEL low (69) 9999 9999 9999 WIDE SELECT (70) BLT-IN ZOOM MIC (69) 60 min Remaining battery 100/112 Recording folder Return button (58) Indicator Meaning [STBY]/[REC] Recording status (22) Photo size (71) Slide show set (36) War
Parts and controls Indicator Meaning OPTION button (60) VIEW IMAGES button (29) Slide show button (36) 101-0005 Figures in ( ) are reference pages. HDR-CX110/CX150 Data file name (31) Protected image (41) Index button (31) Indicators and their positions are approximate and may differ from what you actually see. Some indicators may not appear, depending on your camcorder model.
RESET button Press RESET using a pointed object. Press RESET to initialize all the settings including the clock setting. HDMI OUT jack (37) (USB) jack (52, 55) MODE button (21) LCD screen/Touch panel (15, 28) If you rotate the LCD panel 180 degrees, you can close the LCD panel with the LCD screen facing out. This is convenient during playback operations.
HDR-XR150 Power zoom lever (25, 35) PHOTO button (24) Battery pack (12) START/STOP button (22) CHG (charge) lamp (12) DC IN jack (12) A/V Remote Connector (37) Grip belt (20) Hook for a shoulder belt Memory card slot (19) BATT (battery) release lever (14) Memory card access lamp (19) While the lamp is lit or flashing, the camcorder is reading or writing data.
Index Symbols 1080i/480i.....................................77 16:9................................................77 4:3..................................................77 480i................................................77 A A.SHUT OFF...............................78 A/V connecting cable...........38, 56 Abroad..........................................93 AREA SET....................................78 AUDIO REC SET........................69 AUTO BACK LIGHT.................70 AVCHD format...........
O S V ONE PUSH..................................64 Operation flow...............................6 OPTION MENU.........................60 Original.........................................44 OTHER REC SET........................70 OTHERS.......................................74 OTHER SETTINGS....................79 OUTDOOR..................................64 OUTPUT SETTINGS.................77 Saving images in external media.............................................49 SCENARIO............................
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