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Welcome! Congratulations on your purchase of this Sony Digital Handycam camcorder. With your Digital Handycam, you can capture life’s precious moments with superior picture and sound quality. Your Digital Handycam is loaded with advanced features, but at the same time it is very easy to use. You will soon be producing home video that you can enjoy for years to come. For customers in the U.S.A. WARNING CAUTION You are cautioned that any changes or modifications To prevent fire or shock hazard, do
Getting started Table of contents Quick Start Guide ............................. 4 Advanced Playback Operations Playing back a tape with picture effects ........................................................... 42 Getting started Playing back a tape with digital effects Using this manual ................................... 6 ........................................................... 43 Checking supplied accessories .............. 7 Quickly locating a scene using the zero Step 1 Preparing th
EJECT Quick Start Guide Quick Start Guide This chapter introduces you to the basic features of your camcorder. See the page in parentheses “( )” for more information. Connecting the power cord (p. 12) Use the battery pack when using your camcorder outdoors (p. 8). Open the DC IN jack cover. Connect the plug with its 4 mark facing up. AC power adaptor (supplied) Inserting a cassette (p. 13) 1 Slide EJECT in the 2 Insert a cassette 3 Close the cassette direction of the arrow into the cassette comp
Quick Start Guide S S T T A A N N D D B B Y Y K K Recording a picture (p. 14) 1 Remove the lens cap. 4 Turn STANDBY to STANDBY. The picture appears on the LCD screen. 2 Set the POWER switch to CAMERA while pressing the small green POWER button. CAMERA OFF START/STOP VTR 5 Press the red button. Your camcorder starts recording. To stop recording, press the red button again. START/STOP Viewfinder 3 Open the LCD panel When the LCD panel is closed, use the while pressing OPEN. viewfinder placing your
— Getting started — Using this manual The instructions in this manual are for the four models listed in the table below. Before you start reading this manual and operating your camcorder, check the model number by looking at the bottom of your camcorder. The DCR-TRV315 is the model used for illustration purposes. Otherwise, the model name is indicated in the illustrations. Any differences in operation are clearly indicated in the text, for example, “DCR-TRV315 only.” As you read through this man
Getting started Checking supplied accessories Make sure that the following accessories are supplied with your camcorder. 12 3 45 6 7 8 9 1 Wireless Remote Commander (1) 5 Size AA (R6) battery for Remote (p. 81) Commander (2) (p. 81) 2 AC-L10A/L10B/L10C AC power adaptor 6 A/V connecting cable (1) (p. 25) (1), Power cord (1) (p. 9) 7 Shoulder strap (1) (p. 78) 3 NP-F330 battery pack (1) (p. 8, 9) 8 Lens cap (1) (p. 14) 4 CR2025 lithium battery (1) (p. 62) The lithium battery is already installed 9
Step 1 Preparing the power supply Installing the battery pack Install the battery pack to use your camcorder outdoors. Slide the battery pack down. To remove the battery pack Slide the battery pack out in the direction of the arrow while pressing BATT RELEASE down. BATT RELEASE After installing the battery pack Do not carry your camcorder by holding the battery pack. If you do so, the battery pack may slide off your camcorder unintentionally, damaging your camcorder. 8
Getting started Step 1 Preparing the power supply Charging the battery pack Use the battery pack after charging it for your camcorder. Your camcorder operates only with the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (L series). “InfoLITHIUM” is a trademark of Sony Corporation. (1) Open the DC IN jack cover and connect the AC power adaptor supplied with your camcorder to the DC IN jack with the plug’s 4 mark facing up. (2) Connect the power cord to the AC power adaptor. (3) Connect the power cord to a wall outl
Step 1 Preparing the power supply Charging time Battery pack Full charge (Normal charge) NP-F330 (supplied) 150 (90) NP-F530/F550 210 (150) NP-F730/F730H/F750 300 (240) NP-F930/F950 390 (330) Approximate number of minutes to charge an empty battery pack Recording time DCR-TRV203/TRV210 Recording with Recording with Battery the viewfinder the LCD screen pack Continuous* Typical** Continuous* Typical** NP-F330 (supplied) 100 (90) 55 (50) 70 (80) 45 (40) NP-F530 165 (150) 90 (85) 130 (115) 75 (65)
Getting started Step 1 Preparing the power supply Playing time DCR-TRV203/TRV210 Battery Playing time Playing time pack on LCD screen with LCD closed NP-F330 (supplied) 80 (70) 95 (85) NP-F530 125 (115) 160 (145) NP-F550 155 (140) 195 (175) NP-F730 275 (250) 325 (290) NP-F730H/F750 325 (285) 395 (355) NP-F930 430 (385) 515 (465) NP-F950 495 (450) 610 (550) DCR-TRV310 Battery Playing time Playing time pack on LCD screen with LCD closed NP-F330 (supplied) 70 (65) 95 (85) NP-F530 115 (105) 160 (14
Step 1 Preparing the power supply Connecting to a wall outlet When you use your camcorder for a long time, we recommend that you power it from a wall outlet using the AC power adaptor. (1) Open the DC IN jack cover, and connect the AC power adaptor to the DC IN jack on your camcorder with the plug’s 4 mark facing up. (2) Connect the power cord to the AC power adaptor. (3) Connect the power cord to a wall outlet. 2, 3 1 WARNING The power cord must only be changed at a qualified service shop. PRE
Getting started EJECT Step 2 Inserting a cassette We recommend using Hi8 video cassettes H . If you use standard 8 h tape, be sure to play back the tape on this camcorder. Your camcorder records in the Digital8 system. (1) Slide EJECT in the direction of the arrow while pressing the small blue button. The cassette compartment automatically lifts up and opens. (2) Insert a cassette with its window facing out and the tab on the cassette up. (3) Close the cassette compartment by pressing the “PU
S S T T A A N N D D B B Y Y K K — Recording – Basics — Recording a picture Your camcorder automatically focuses for you. (1) Remove the lens cap by pressing both knobs on its sides and attatch the lens cap to the grip strap. (2) Install the power source and insert a cassette. See “Step 1” and “Step 2” for more information (p. 8 to 13). (3) Set the POWER switch to CAMERA while pressing the small green button. (4) Open the LCD panel while pressing OPEN. The viewfinder automatically turns off. (5)
Recording – Basics Recording a picture Adjusting the LCD screen To adjust the brightness of the LCD screen, press either of the two buttons on LCD BRIGHT. The LCD panel moves about 90 degrees to the viewfinder side and about 210 degrees to the lens side. If you turn the LCD panel over so that it faces the other way, the indicator appears in the viewfinder and on the LCD screen (Mirror mode). 210° to brighten to dim 90° When closing the LCD panel, set it vertically until it clicks, and swing it
Recording a picture To record pictures with the viewfinder – adjusting the viewfinder If you record pictures with the LCD panel closed, check the picture with the viewfinder. Adjust the viewfinder lens to your eyesight so that the indicators in the viewfinder come into sharp focus. Lift up the viewfinder and move the viewfinder lens adjustment lever. 16
Recording – Basics Recording a picture Using the zoom feature Move the power zoom lever a little for a slower zoom. Move it further for a faster zoom. Using the zoom function sparingly results in better-looking recordings. “T” side: for telephoto (subject appears closer) “W” side: for wide-angle (subject appears farther away) W T W T W T Zoom greater than 20× is performed digitally, if you set D ZOOM to ON in the MENU settings. The digital zoom function is set OFF at the factory. (p. 54). W T Th
Recording a picture START/STOP MODE setting : Recording starts when you press START/STOP, and stops when you press it again (factory setting). ANTI GROUND SHOOTING : The camcorder records only while you press START/ STOP. Use this mode to avoid recording unnecessary scenes. 5SEC: When you press use this mode to START/STOP, your camcorder records for 5 seconds and then stops automatically. START/STOP MODE 5SEC ANTI GROUND SHOOTING Notes •You cannot use the fader function in the 5SEC or mode. •Th
Recording – Basics Recording a picture Shooting backlit subjects (BACK LIGHT) When you shoot a subject with the light source behind the subject or a subject with a light background, use the backlight function. Press BACK LIGHT in the recording or standby mode. The c indicator appears in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen. To cancel, press BACK LIGHT again. BACK LIGHT If you press EXPOSURE when shooting backlit subjects The backlight function will be canceled. Shooting in the dark (NightShot) Th
Recording a picture Using +SLOW SHUTTER The NightShot +Slow shutter mode makes subjects more than four times brighter than those recorded in the NightShot mode. (1) Slide NIGHTSHOT to ON in the standby mode. indicator appears. (2) Press +SLOW SHUTTER until the desired NIGHTSHOT indicator flashes. The indicator changes as follows: (NIGHTSHOT) n (NIGHTSHOT1) n (NIGHTSHOT2) n (NIGHTSHOT) To cancel the NightShot +Slow shutter mode, slide NIGHTSHOT to OFF. Using the NightShot Light The picture w
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