Sony DCR-HC33E Download Manual

DCR-HC32E/HC33E/HC39E/HC42E/HC43E 2-584-907-13(1) DCR-HC32E/HC33E/HC39E/HC42E/HC43E 2-584-907-13(1)
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Digital Video Camera Recorder
Operating Guide
DCR-HC32E/HC33E/
HC39E/HC42E/HC43E
2-584-907-13 (1)
Using the Menu
Dubbing/Editing
Using a Computer
Troubleshooting
Additional Information
34
57
68
80
102
Getting Started
Recording/
Playback
7
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Read this ?rst
Before operating the unit, please read this manual thoroughly, and retain it for future reference.
WARNING
To prevent ?re or shock hazard, do not expose the unit to rain or moisture.
FOR CUSTOMERS IN THE
UNITED KINGDOM
NOTICE ON THE SUPPLIED AC
ADAPTOR
A moulded plug complying with BS1363 is
?tted to this equipment for your safety and convenience.
Should the fuse in the plug supplied need to be replaced, a fuse of the same rating as the supplied one and approved by ASTA or BSI to BS1362
(i.e., marked with or mark) must be used.
If the plug supplied with this equipment has a detachable fuse cover, be sure to attach the fuse cover after you change the fuse. Never use the plug without the fuse cover. If you should lose the fuse cover, please contact your nearest Sony service station.
FOR CUSTOMERS IN EUROPE
ATTENTION
The electromagnetic ?elds at the speci?c frequencies may in?uence the picture and sound of this camcorder.
This product has been tested and found compliant with the limits set out in the EMC Directive for using connection cables shorter than 3 meters
(9.8 feet).
Notice
If static electricity or electromagnetism causes data transfer to discontinue midway (fail), restart the application or disconnect and connect the communication cable (USB, etc.) again.
Disposal of Old Electrical
& Electronic Equipment
(Applicable in the
European Union and other European countries with separate collection systems)
This symbol on the product or on its packaging indicates that this product shall not be treated as household waste. Instead it shall be handed over to the applicable collection point for the recycling of electrical and electronic equipment. By ensuring this product is disposed of correctly, you will help prevent potential negative consequences for the environment and human health, which could otherwise be caused by inappropriate waste handling of this product. The recycling of materials will help to conserve natural resources.
For more detailed information about recycling of this product, please contact your local city of?ce, your household waste disposal service or the shop where you purchased the product.
Applicable Accessories: “Memory Stick Duo” and Remote Commander
Notes on use
Your camcorder is supplied with two kinds of operations guides.
– “Operating Guide” (This manual)
– “First Step Guide” for using the supplied software (stored on the supplied CD-
ROM)
On the types of recording media you can use in your camcorder
• A mini DV cassette marked with
(mini DV cassettes with Cassette Memory are incompatible) (p. 103).
• “Memory Stick Duo” marked with
,
(p. 104).3
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On using the camcorder
• Do not hold the camcorder by the following parts.
View?nder LCD panel
Battery pack
• Before connecting your camcorder to another device with a USB or i.LINK cable, be sure to insert the connector plug in the proper direction. If you insert the connector plug forcibly in the wrong direction, the terminal may be damaged, or this may cause a malfunction of your camcorder.
On the menu items, LCD panel, view?nder, and lens
• A menu item that is grayed out is not available under the current recording or playback conditions.
• The LCD screen and the view?nder 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 black points and/or bright points (white, red, blue, or green in color) that appear constantly on the LCD screen and the view?nder. These points are normal results of the manufacturing process and do not affect the recording in any way.
• Exposing the LCD screen, the view?nder, 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 pictures 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 picture 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, storage media, etc.
• TV color systems differ depending on the countries/regions. To view your recordings on a TV , you need a PAL system-based TV .
• Television programs, ?lms, video tapes, and other materials may be copyrighted.
Unauthorized recording of such materials may be contrary to the copyright laws.
On this manual
• The images of the LCD screen and the view?nder used in this manual for illustration purposes are captured using a digital still camera, and therefore may appear different.
• 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. 14).
• The illustrations used on this manual are based on the model DCR-HC42E.
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.
* MTF stands for Modulation Transfer Function.
The number value indicates the amount of light from a subject coming into the lens.4
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Table of Contents
Getting Started
Step 1: Checking supplied items .............7
Step 2: Charging the battery pack ...........8
Step 3: Turning the power on and holding your camcorder ?rmly ...........12
Step 4: Adjusting the LCD panel and view?nder ...........13
Step 5: Using the touch panel .............14
Changing the language setting .......14
Checking the screen indicators (Display guide) ............14
Step 6: Setting the date and time ..........15
Step 7: Inserting a tape or a “Memory Stick Duo” ..........16
Step 8: Selecting the aspect ratio (16:9 or 4:3) of the recording picture
(DCR-HC39E/HC42E/HC43E) ..........17

Recording/Playback
Recording/Playback with ease (Easy Handycam) .........18
Recording ........20
Playback ..........21
Functions used for recording/playback, etc. ......22
Recording
To use zoom
To record in dark places (NightShot plus)
To adjust the exposure for backlit subjects
To adjust the focus for an off center subject (SPOT FOCUS)
To ?x the exposure for the selected subject (Flexible spot meter)
To record in mirror mode
To use a tripod
Playback
To play back the images in sequence
To use PB zoom
Recording/playback
To check the remaining battery (Battery Info)
To turn off the operation con?rmation beep
To use special effects
To initialize the settings
Other part names and functions
Indicators displayed during recording/playback .............265
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Continued ?
Searching for the starting point .............29
Searching for the last scene of the most recent recording
(END SEARCH) ......29
Searching manually (EDIT SEARCH) ...........29
Reviewing the most recently recorded scenes (Rec review) ............29
Remote Commander ...........30
Searching quickly for a desired scene (Zero set memory) ..........30
Searching for a scene by date of recording (Date search) .........31
Playing the picture on a TV .......32
Using the Menu
Using the menu items ..........34
Menu items ......36
CAMERA SET menu ............38
Settings to adjust your camcorder to the recording conditions (EXPOSURE/
WHITE BAL./STEADYSHOT, etc.)
MEMORY SET menu ...........43
Settings for the “Memory Stick Duo” (QUALITY/IMAGE SIZE/BURST/ALL
ERASE/NEW FOLDER, etc.)
PICT.APPLI. menu .........46
Special effects on pictures or additional functions on recording/playback
(PICT. EFFECT/SLIDE SHOW/INT.REC-STL, etc.)
EDIT/PLAY menu .........50
Settings for editing or playing back in various modes (VAR.SPD PB/END
SEARCH, etc.)
STANDARD SET menu ......51
Settings while recording on a tape or other basic settings (REC MODE/
MULTI-SOUND/LCD/VF SET/DISP OUTPUT/USB, etc.)
TIME/LANGU. menu ...........54
(CLOCK SET/WORLD TIME/LANGUAGE)
Customizing Personal Menu ......55
Dubbing/Editing
Connecting to a VCR or TV .......57
Dubbing to other recording devices .............58
Recording pictures from a VCR or TV
(DCR-HC32E/HC33E/HC42E/HC43E) ...........59
Dubbing pictures from a tape to a “Memory Stick Duo” .........60
Dubbing sound to a recorded tape .........61
Deleting recorded pictures from the “Memory Stick Duo” ...........636
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Marking images on the “Memory Stick Duo” with speci?c information
(Image protection/Print mark) ............64
Printing recorded images (PictBridge compliant printer) ............65
Jacks to connect external devices ..........67
Using a Computer
Before referring to the “First Step Guide” on your computer ......68
Installing the software and “First Step Guide” on a computer ...........70
Viewing “First Step Guide” .........74
Creating a DVD (Direct Access to “Click to DVD”) .........75
Connecting an analog VCR to the computer via your camcorder (Signal convert function) (DCR-HC32E/HC33E/HC42E/HC43E) .........78
Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting ............80
Warning indicators and messages .........97
Additional Information
Using your camcorder abroad .............102
Usable cassette tapes .............103
About the “Memory Stick” ........104
About the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack ............106
About i.LINK ..........107
Maintenance and precautions .............108
Using the Strap Belt as a wrist strap .........112
Attaching the Shoulder Strap ............112
Speci?cations .............113
Index .............1167
Getting Started
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Step 1: Checking supplied items
Make sure that you have following items supplied with your camcorder.
The number in the parentheses indicates the number of that item supplied.
“Memory Stick Duo” 16MB (1) (p. 16, 104)
(DCR-HC33E/HC43E)
Memory Stick Duo adaptor (1) (p. 105)
(DCR-HC33E/HC43E)
AC Adaptor (1) (p. 8)
Mains lead (1) (p. 8)
Handycam Station (1) (p. 8)
Wireless Remote Commander (1)
(p. 30)
A button-type lithium battery is already installed.
A/V connecting cable (1) (p. 32, 57)
USB cable (1) (p. 68)
Shoulder Strap (1) (p. 112)
Rechargeable battery pack (1) (p. 8, 106)
NP-FP30 (DCR-HC32E/HC33E)
NP-FP50 (DCR-HC39E/HC42E/HC43E)
CD-ROM “Picture Package Ver.1.5” (1)
(p. 68)
21-pin adaptor (1)
For the models with the mark printed on their bottom surfaces only.
Shoe cover (1)
Attached to the camcorder.
Operating Guide (This manual) (1)8
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Step 2: Charging the battery pack
You can charge the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (P series) (p. 106) after attaching it to your camcorder.
POWER switch
DC plug
Handycam
Station
DC IN jack
AC Adaptor
To the wall socket
1 Attach the battery pack by sliding it in the direction of the arrow until it clicks.
2 Slide the POWER switch up to
OFF (CHG). (The default setting.)
3 Connect the AC Adaptor to the
DC IN jack on the Handycam
Station.

With the • Mark facing up
DC IN jack
4 Connect the mains lead to the AC
Adaptor and the wall socket.
5 Insert the camcorder into the
Handycam Station securely, all the way to the bottom.
CHG (charge) lamp
The CHG (charge) lamp lights up and charging starts.
• When inserting the camcorder into the
Handycam Station, close the DC IN jack cover.9
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6 The CHG (charge) lamp turns off when the battery is fully charged.
Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the DC IN jack.
Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the
DC IN jack holding both the Handycam
Station and the DC plug.
To charge the battery pack using only the AC Adaptor
Turn off the power, then connect the
AC Adaptor to the DC IN jack on your camcorder.
• You can operate your camcorder connected to a power source such as a wall socket as shown in the illustration.
The battery pack will not lose its charge in this case.
DC IN jack
With the • Mark facing down
AC Adaptor
To the wall socket
To remove your camcorder from the
Handycam Station
Turn off the power, then remove the camcorder from the Handycam Station holding both your camcorder and the
Handycam Station.
To remove the battery pack
Turn off the power, then slide the battery pack in the direction of the arrow while pressing the PUSH button.
PUSH button

POWER switch
When storing the battery pack
Fully discharge the battery before storing it for an extended period (p. 107).
Continued ?10
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Charging time
Approximate time (min.) required when you fully charge a fully discharged battery pack.
Battery pack Charging time
NP-FP30 (supplied with DCR-HC32E/
HC33E)
115
NP-FP50 (supplied with DCR-HC39E/
HC42E/HC43E)
125
NP-FP70 155
NP-FP90 220
Recording time
Approximate time (min.) available when you use a fully charged battery pack.
For DCR-HC32E/HC33E:Battery pack
Continuous recording time
Typical recording time*
NP-FP30
(supplied)
80
95
40
45
NP-FP50 110
135
55
65
NP-FP70 235
280
115
140
NP-FP90 415
500
205
250
• All times measured under the following conditions:Top: Recording with LCD screen.
Bottom: Recording with view?nder while the
LCD panel closed.
For DCR-HC39E/HC42E/HC43E:Battery pack
Continuous recording time
Typical recording time*
NP-FP50
(supplied)
95
110
110
50
60
60
Battery pack
Continuous recording time
Typical recording time*
NP-FP70 200
235
235
110
130
130
NP-FP90 355
415
415
195
230
230
• All times measured under the following conditions:Top: When the LCD backlight turns on.
Middle: When the LCD backlight turns off.
Bottom: Recording time when recording with the view?nder while the LCD panel is closed.
* Typical recording time shows the time when you repeat recording start/stop, turning the power on/off and zooming.
Playing time
Approximate time (min.) available when you use a fully charged battery pack.
For DCR-HC32E/HC33E:Battery pack
LCD panel opened
LCD panel closed
NP-FP30
(supplied)
85 105
NP-FP50 120 150
NP-FP70 255 310
NP-FP90 455 550
For DCR-HC39E/HC42E/HC43E:Battery pack
LCD panel opened*
LCD panel closed
NP-FP50
(supplied)
105 135
NP-FP70 225 280
NP-FP90 400 500
* When the LCD backlight turns on.
Step 2: Charging the battery pack (continued)11
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On the battery pack
• Before changing the battery pack, slide the
POWER switch up to OFF (CHG).
• The CHG (charge) lamp ?ashes during charging, or the battery information (p. 24) 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 fully discharged. (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 or the
Handycam Station, even when the mains lead is disconnected from the wall socket.
On the charging/recording/playback time
• Times measured with the camcorder at
25 °C (77 °F). (10 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 socket when using the AC
Adaptor. Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the wall socket 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.
PRECAUTION
• Even if your camcorder is turned off, AC power
(mains) is still supplied to it while connected to the wall socket via the AC Adaptor.12
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Step 3: Turning the power on and holding your camcorder ?rmly
To record or play back, slide the POWER switch repeatedly to turn on the respective lamp.
When using it for the ?rst time, the
[CLOCK SET] screen appears (p. 15).
LENS COVER switch
POWER switch
1 Slide the LENS COVER switch to
OPEN.
2 Slide the POWER switch repeatedly in the direction of the arrow to turn on the respective lamp.
If the POWER switch is set to OFF, slide it down while pressing the green button.
Lamps that light up
CAMERA-TAPE: To record on a tape.
CAMERA-MEMORY: To record on a
“Memory Stick Duo.”
PLAY/EDIT: To play or edit pictures.
• When you slide the POWER switch to turn on the CAMERA-TAPE or CAMERA-
MEMORY lamp, the current date and time will be displayed on the LCD screen for about 5 seconds.
3 Put your wrist through the Strap
Belt.
The length of the Strap Belt is adjustable.
4 Hold the camcorder as illustrated.
To turn off the power
• Slide the POWER switch up to OFF
(CHG) while pressing the green button.
• Set the LENS COVER switch to CLOSE.
• At the time of purchase, the power will be set to turn off automatically if you leave your camcorder without any operation attempted for approximately 5 minutes, to save battery power.
([A.SHUT OFF], p. 54).13
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Step 4: Adjusting the LCD panel and view?nder
The LCD panel
Open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the camcorder ( ?), then rotate it to the best angle to record or play ( ?).
DISP/BATT INFO
2
1
180 degrees
(max.)
90 degrees (max.)

90 degrees to the camcorder
• Do not press the buttons on the LCD frame accidentally when you open or adjust the LCD panel.
• If you rotate the LCD panel 180 degrees to the lens side, you can close the LCD panel with the LCD screen facing out. This is convenient during playback operations.
• If you rotate the LCD panel 180 degrees to the lens side, you can see the image in the view?nder.
For DCR-HC39E/HC42E/HC43E: To darken the LCD screen
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 where you want to save battery power. The recorded picture 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.
• See [LCD BRIGHT] (p. 51) to adjust the brightness of the LCD screen.
The view?nder
You can view images using the view?nder when you close the LCD panel to avoid wearing down the battery, etc.
View?nder
View?nder lens adjustment lever
Move it until the picture is clear.
• You can adjust the brightness of the view?nder backlight by selecting [LCD/VF SET] - [VF
B.LIGHT] (p. 52).14
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Step 5: Using the touch panel
You can play back recorded pictures (p.
21), or change the settings (p. 34) using the touch panel.
Place your hand on the rear side of the LCD panel to support it. Then, touch the buttons displayed on the screen.
DISP/BATT INFO
Touch the button on the LCD screen.
• Perform the same actions as explained above when you press the buttons on the LCD frame.
• Be careful not to press buttons on the LCD frame accidentally while using the touch panel.
To hide the screen indicators
Press DISP/BATT INFO to toggle the screen indicators (such as time code, etc.) on or off.
Changing the language setting
You can change the on-screen displays to show messages in a speci?ed language. Select the screen language in [LANGUAGE] on the (TIME/
LANGU.) menu (p. 34, 54).
Checking the screen indicators
(Display guide)
You can easily check the meaning of each indicator that appears on the LCD screen.
1 Touch .
Touch [MENU] during Easy Handycam operation.
M E NU
E X P O -
S U R E
1 / 3
0 : 0 0 : 0 0 6 0 m i n
T E L E
M A CR O
F A D E R
D I S P
G U ID E
S P O T
F OCUS
2 Touch [DISP GUIDE].
The indicators vary depending on the settings.
S e l e c t a r e a f o r g u i d e .
DISP G U I D E E N D
3 Touch the area including the indicator that you want to check.
The meanings of the indicators in the area are listed on the screen. If you cannot ?nd the indicator you want to check, touch / to toggle.
When you touch , the screen returns to the area selecting display.
D I S P G U I D E
E N D
F O C U S :M A N U A L
P R O G R A M A E :S P O T L I G H T
W I D E S E L E C T :1 6 : 9 W I D E
1 / 2
4 Touch [END].15
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Step 6: Setting the date and time
Set the date and time when using this camcorder for the ?rst 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.
• 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 rechargeable battery and then set the date and time again (p. 111).

POWER switch
Skip to step 4 when you set the clock for the ?rst time.
1 Touch ? [MENU].
O K
6 0 m i n
P R O G R A M A E
C A M E R A S E T
S P O T M E T E R
E X P O S U R E
– : – – : – –
2 Select (TIME/LANGU.) menu with / , then touch .
O K
6 0 m i n
C L O C K S E T
A . S H U T O F F
W O R L D
M E N U R O T A T E
L A N G U A G E
D I S P L A Y
P R O G R A M A E
– – : – – : – –
– : – – : – –
3 Select [CLOCK SET] with / , then touch .
OK
C L O C K S E T
D A T E
2 0 0 5 Y 1 M 1 D 0 : 0 0
– : – – : – –
4 Set [Y] (year) with / , then touch .
You can set any year up to the year
2079.
OK
C L O C K S E T
D A T E
2 0 0 5 Y 1 M 1 D 0 : 0 0
– : – – : – –
5 Set [M] (month), [D] (day), hour and minute, then touch .
The clock starts.16
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Step 7: Inserting a tape or a “Memory Stick
Duo”
Cassette tape
You can use mini DV cassettes only
(p. 103).
• The recordable time varies depending on [REC
MODE] (p. 51).
1 Slide and hold the OPEN/EJECT
lever in the direction of the arrow and open the lid.
OPEN/EJECT lever Lid
The cassette compartment automatically comes out and opens up.
2 Insert a cassette with its window facing up, then press .

Window-side
Push the center of the back of the cassette lightly.
The cassette compartment automatically slides back in. Do not force the cassette into the compartment. This may cause a malfunction.
3 Close the lid.
To eject the cassette
Proceed with the same steps as you would when inserting a cassette tape.
“Memory Stick Duo”
You can use only a “Memory Stick
Duo” marked with or
(p. 104).
• The number and time of recordable pictures varies depending on the image quality or the image size. For details, see page 43.
Insert the “Memory Stick Duo” into the “Memory Stick Duo” slot in the right direction until it clicks.
Access lamp
With the • Mark in the left
• 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.
To eject a “Memory Stick Duo”
Lightly push the “Memory Stick Duo” in once.
• When the access lamp is lit or ?ashing, 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.17
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Step 8: Selecting the aspect ratio (16:9 or 4:3) of the recording picture
(DCR-HC39E/HC42E/HC43E)
By recording in the 16:9 (wide) mode, you can enjoy wide-angle, high-resolution pictures.
• If you intend to view pictures on a wide
TV , recording in the 16:9 (wide) mode is recommended.
WIDE SELECT button
POWER switch
Selecting the aspect ratio for recording movies on a tape
Be sure to set the POWER switch to
CAMERA-TAPE.
Press WIDE SELECT repeatedly to select the desired screen aspect ratio.
16:9* 4:3*
* When viewing on the LCD screen. It may be different in the view?nder.
• Differences in the angle of view between 4:3 and 16:9 vary depending on the zoom position.
• If you play back a picture on a TV , set [TV
TYPE] for playback in the aspect ratio of the
TV (p. 32).
• When viewing pictures recorded in 16:9 aspect ratio with [TV TYPE] set to [4:3], pictures may appear rough depending on the subject (p. 32).
Recording a moving picture or still image on the “Memory Stick Duo”
• Set the POWER switch to [CAMERA-
MEMORY].
The aspect ratio of the picture switches to 4:3.
• Press WIDE SELECT repeatedly to select the desired screen aspect ratio.
• Still images will be ?xed to image size 1152 ×
648 ( ) in the 16:9 (wide) mode. In the 4:3 mode, you can select up to 1152 × 864 ( ).
• If you record movies (MPEG MOVIE EX) in the 16:9 (wide) mode, black bands appear at the top and bottom of the picture when they are played back.
• For the number of recordable pictures, see page
43.18
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Recording/Playback with ease
(Easy Handycam)
With this Easy Handycam operation, most of the camera settings are automatically adjusted optimally, which frees you from detailed adjustment.
Since only basic functions become available and screen font size increases for easy viewing, even
?rst time users can enjoy easy operation.
Go through the procedures described in steps 1 to
8 (p. 7 to 17) before operation.
E
A
C
D
B

Open the lens cover.
DCR-HC32E/
HC33E:Recording with ease
1 Slide the POWER switch • In the direction of the arrow repeatedly to turn on the respective lamp to select a recording medium.
If the POWER switch • Is set to
OFF, slide it down while pressing the green button.

Recording movies : Light up the
CAMERA-TAPE lamp.
Recording still images : Light up the
CAMERA-MEMORY lamp.
2 Press EASY ?.
The EASY lights up in blue.
E a s y H a n d y c a mo p e r a t i o n
O N
3 Start recording.

Movies
Press REC START/STOP ? (or
?).
Still images (4:3)
Press PHOTO ?.
[STBY] ? [REC] Flashing • Lights up
To stop recording, press ? (or ?) again.
Press and hold lightly to adjust the focus.
Press fully to record.19
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Recording/Playback
Playing back with ease
1 Slide the POWER switch • In the direction of the arrow repeatedly to turn on the PLAY/EDIT lamp.
2 Press EASY ?.
The EASY lights up in blue.
E a s y H a n d y c a mo p e r a t i o n
O N
3 Start playing back.
Movies
Touch , then touch to start playback.
Slow playback is available on the Remote Commander.
A
B
C
• Stop
• Play/Pause toggles as you touch it
• Rewind/Fast forward
Still images
Touch ? / to select a picture.
M E NU
A B C
• Tape playback
• Previous/Next
• Delete (p. 63)
To cancel Easy Handycam operation
Press EASY • Again.
The EASY lamp turns off and all the settings are returned to the previous situation.
• The recording mode for tape, and the image size (DCR-HC39E/HC42E/HC43E) and quality for “Memory Stick Duo” return to the default settings.
• What you can do during Easy Handycam operation
– Adjust some menu settings (p. 36)
If you touch [MENU], adjustable items will be displayed. Items not displayed return to the default settings.
– Zoom (during recording) (p. 22)
– NightShot plus (p. 22)
– Turn the screen indicators on/off (p. 14)
– “Playing the picture on a TV” (p. 32)
– “Dubbing to other recording devices” (p. 58)
• [Invalid during Easy Handycam operation] appears if operations not available during Easy
Handycam are attempted.20
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Recording

Open the lens cover.
PHOTO
DCR-HC32E/HC33E: POWER switch
REC START/
STOP ?
REC START/
STOP ?
1 Slide the POWER switch in the direction of the arrow repeatedly to turn on the respective lamp to select a recording medium.

On a tape: Light up the CAMERA-
TAPE lamp.
If the POWER switch is set to OFF, slide it down while pressing the green button.
On a “Memory Stick Duo”: Light up the CAMERA-MEMORY lamp.
2 Start recording.
Movies
Press REC START/STOP ? (or
?).
[STBY] (tape only) ? [REC]
• The sound of a movie (MPEG MOVIE EX) recorded on a “Memory Stick Duo” will be monaural.
Still images
Press and hold PHOTO lightly to adjust the focus (?), then press it fully (?).
A B
Flashing • Lights up
A shutter sound is heard. When
disappears, the image has been recorded.
To stop movie recording
Press REC START/STOP again.
• You can record a still image on a “Memory
Stick Duo” while recording movies on a tape or in standby mode.
For DCR-HC39E/HC42E/HC43E: Still images will be ?xed to image size [640 ×
360] for 16:9 pictures and [640 × 480] for 4:3 pictures during recording in CAMERA-TAPE.
To check the latest recording on a
“Memory Stick Duo”
Touch . To delete the picture, touch
? [YES]. Touch to return to the standby mode.21
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Playback
1 Slide the POWER switch in the direction of the arrow repeatedly to turn on the PLAY/EDIT lamp.
2 Start playing back.
Movies
On a Tape:Touch , then touch to start playback.
A
B
C
• Stop
• Play/Pause toggles as you touch it
• Rewind/Fast forward
• Playback automatically stops if pause is engaged for more than 3 minutes.
On a “Memory Stick Duo” :Touch ? / to select a picture with , then touch .
Still images
Touch .
The most recently recorded image is displayed.
A B C
• Tape playback
• Previous/Next
• Index screen display
• You can delete unnecessary pictures in a
“Memory Stick Duo” (p. 63).

To adjust the volume
Touch ? [VOLUME], then
/ to adjust the volume.
• If you cannot ?nd [VOLUME] in , touch
[MENU].
To search for a scene during playback
Touch and hold / during playback
(Picture Search), or / while fast forwarding or rewinding the tape (Skip
Scan).
• You can play back in various modes ([V AR.
SPD PB], p. 50).
To display pictures on a “Memory
Stick Duo” on the Index screen
Touch . Touch the picture you want to display in the single display mode.
To view pictures in other folders, touch
? ? [PB FOLDER], select a folder with / , then touch (p.
45).
A
B
C
• Previous/Next 6 pictures
• The picture displayed before switching to the index screen.
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Functions used for recording/playback, etc.
1
3
2
For DCR-HC39E/HC42E/HC43E: 4
5
6
7
For DCR-HC32E/HC33E: 7
6
4
5
8
Recording
To use zoom ..........? ?
Move the power zoom lever • Slightly for a slower zoom. Move it further for a faster zoom.
Wider range of view: (Wide angle)
Close view: (Telephoto)
• You cannot change the zoom speed with the zoom buttons • On the LCD frame.
• The minimum distance required between your camcorder and the subject to get a sharp focus is about 1 cm (about 1/2 in.) for wide angle and about 80 cm (about 2 5/8 feet) for telephoto.
• You can set [DIGITAL ZOOM] if you want to zoom to a level greater than the following (p
42):– 20 times (DCR-HC32E/HC33E)
– 12 times (DCR-HC39E/HC42E/HC43E)
To record in dark places (NightShot plus) ..........?
Set the NIGHTSHOT PLUS switch • To ON. ( and [“NIGHTSHOT PLUS”] appear.)
• To record an image brighter, use Super
NightShot plus function (p. 41).
To record an image more faithful to the original colors, use Color Slow Shutter function (p. 41).
• The NightShot plus and Super NightShot plus function use infrared light. Therefore, do not cover the infrared port • With your ?ngers or other objects.
• Adjust the focus manually ([FOCUS], p. 40) when it is hard to focus automatically.
• Do not use these functions in bright places. This may cause a malfunction.23
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To adjust the exposure for backlit subjects ......?
To adjust the exposure for backlit subjects, press BACK LIGHT • To display ?. To cancel the back light function, press BACK
LIGHT again.
To adjust the focus for an off center subject (SPOT FOCUS) .........?
See [SPOT FOCUS] on page 40.
To ?x the exposure for the selected subject (Flexible spot meter) .......?
See [SPOT METER] on page 38.
To record in mirror mode ............?
Open the LCD panel ? 90 degrees to the camcorder (?), then rotate it 180 degrees to the lens side (?).
2
1
• A mirror-image of the subject appears on the
LCD screen, but the picture will be normal when recorded.
To use a tripod ...........?
Attach the tripod (optional: the length of the screw must be less than 5.5 mm (7/32 inches) to the tripod receptacle • Using a tripod screw.
Playback
To play back the images in sequence
............?
See [SLIDE SHOW] on page 47.
To use PB zoom ......? ?
You can magnify pictures from about 1.1 to
5 times the original size.
• Play back the picture you want to magnify.
• Magnify the picture with T (Telephoto).
• Touch the screen at the point you want to magnify within the displayed frame.
• Adjust the magni?cation with W (Wide angle)/T (Telephoto).
To cancel, touch [END].
• You cannot change the zoom speed with the zoom buttons • On the LCD frame.
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9qa
3qs
0
6q d
Recording/playback
To check the remaining battery
(Battery Info) .............?
Set the POWER switch up to OFF (CHG), then press DISP/BATT INFO ?. The battery information appears for about 7 seconds. Keep the button pressed to view it for about 20 seconds.
Remaining battery (approx.)
Recording capacity (approx.)
To turn off the operation con?rmation beep ..........?
See [BEEP] (p. 54) to set the operation beep.
To use special effects ..........?
See (PICT.APPLI.) menu (p. 46).
To initialize the settings .............?
Press RESET • To initialize all the settings, including the setting of the date and time.
(Menu items customized on Personal Menu are not initialized.)
Other part names and functions
• Speaker
Sounds come out from the speaker.
• For how to adjust the volume, see page 21.
• REC lamp
The REC lamp lights up in red during recording (p. 53).
• Remote sensor
Point the Remote Commander (p. 30) towards the remote sensor to operate your camcorder.
• Internal stereo microphone
For DCR-HC39E/HC42E/HC43E: When an external microphone is connected, the audio input from the external microphone takes precedence over others.
Functions used for recording/playback, etc. (continued)25
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Indicators displayed during recording/playback
Recording movies
On a tape
1 3 2 4 5
7 6
?
Remaining battery (approx.)
?
Recording mode (.. or ..) (51)
?
Recording status ([STBY] (standby) or
[REC] (recording))
?
Time code (hour: minute: second: frame)/Tape counter (hour: minute: second)
?
Recording capacity of the tape
(approx.) (53)
?
END SEARCH/EDIT SEARCH/Rec review display switch button (29)
?
Personal Menu button (34)
On a “Memory Stick Duo”
A B
C
D
E
• Recording folder (45)
• Recording capacity (approx.)
• Movie size (44)
• Recording start indicator
(appears for about 5 seconds)
• Review button (20)
Recording still images
3 0
P - M E N U
6 0 m i n F I N E 1 1 5 2
10 1
8 1 9 0 q a
7 q s
?
Recording folder (45)
?
Image size (20 , 43)
?
Quality ([FINE] or [STD]) (43)
?
“Memory Stick Duo” indicator and the number of images that can be recorded
(approx.)
?
Review button (20)
Data code during playback
The date/time data and the camera setting data will be recorded automatically.
They do not appear on the screen during recording, but you can check them as
[DATA CODE] during playback (p. 53).27
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( ) is a reference page.
The indicators during recording will not be recorded.
Viewing movies
On a tape
1 2 q d 4 5
7 q f
?
Tape transport indicator
?
Video operation buttons (21)
When there is a “Memory Stick Duo” inserted in the camcorder, (STOP) changes to (“Memory Stick Duo” playback) if a tape is not used for playback.
On a “Memory Stick Duo”
0 : 0 0 : 0 0 A
B
C
D
F
E
• Data ?le name
• Play/Pause button (21)
• Previous/Next image button (21)
• Image size (44)
• Playing time
• Previous/Next scene button
A movie ?le will be divided into a maximum of 60 scenes. The number of scenes divided depends on the length of the movie. After selecting a scene from which to start the playback, touch to play back.
Viewing still images
M EM O R Y P LA Y
11 5 2
1 q g 9 q h q jq kq l
7 w sw d w fw a w ;
?
Data ?le name
?
Picture number/Total number of recorded pictures in the current playback folder
?
Playback folder (45)
?
Previous/Next folder icon
The following indicators appear when the
?rst or last picture of the current folder is displayed and when there are multiple folders on the same “Memory Stick Duo.”: Touch to move to the previous folder.: Touch to move to the next folder.: Touch / to move to either the previous or the next folder.
?
Image delete button (63)
?
Tape playback select button (21)
?
Previous/Next image button (21)
?
Index screen display button (21)
?
Image protection mark (64)
?
Print mark (64)
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Indicators when you made changes
You can use [DISP GUIDE] (p. 14) to check the function of each indicator that appears on the LCD screen.
Upper left

Upper right
Bottom

Center
Upper left
Indicator Meaning
EXT SUR MIC (51)
AUDIO MODE (51)

Continuous photo recording (43)
Self-timer recording (41)
Interval photo recording
(49)
This indicator appears when you use video ?ash light (optional). (40)
Upper right
Indicator Meaning
A/V?DV OUT (52)
DV input (59)
Zero set memory (30)

Slide show (47)
LCD backlight off (13)
Center
Indicator Meaning
NightShot plus (22)
Super NightShot plus (41)
Color Slow Shutter (41)
PictBridge connecting
(65)
.. Warning (97)
Bottom
Indicator Meaning
Picture effect (48)
Digital effect (47)
?
Manual focus (40)

PROGRAM AE (38)
?

Backlight (23)

?

White balance (39)
WIDE select (17)
SteadyShot off (42)
Tele macro (40)
Flexible spot meter (38)/
EXPOSURE (39)
Indicators displayed during recording/playback (continued)
( ) is a reference page.29
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Searching for the starting point
Make sure that the CAMERA-TAPE lamp lights up.
Searching for the last scene of the most recent recording (END SEARCH)
[END SEARCH] will not work once you eject the cassette after you have recorded on the tape.
Touch ? .
E N D S E A R C H
E X E C U T I N G
C A N C E L
0 : 0 0 : 0 0 1 6 0 m i n
Touch here to cancel the operation.
The last scene of the most recent recording is played back for about 5 seconds, and the camcorder enters the standby mode at the point where the last recording has ?nished.
• [END SEARCH] will not work correctly when there is a blank section between recorded sections on the tape.
• You can also select [END SEARCH] from the menu. When the PLAY/EDIT lamp lights up, select the [END SEARCH] short-cut in Personal Menu (p. 34).
Searching manually (EDIT
SEARCH)
You can search for the start point to start the next recording while viewing the pictures on the screen. The sound is not played back during the search.
1 Touch .
0 : 0 0 : 0 0 S T B Y 6 0 m i n
E D I T
2 Touch and hold (to go backward)/ (to go forward) and release it at the point where you want the recording to start.
Reviewing the most recently recorded scenes (Rec review)
You can view about 2 seconds of the scene recorded just before you stopped the tape.
Touch ? .
0 : 0 0 : 0 0 S T B Y 6 0 m i n
E D I T
The last 2 seconds (approx.) of the most recently recorded scene are played back.
Then, your camcorder is set to the standby.30
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Remote Commander
Remove the insulation sheet before using the Remote Commander.
Insulation sheet
6
1q ;
2
3
4
5
7
8
9
• PHOTO (p. 20)
The on-screen image when you press this button will be recorded as a still image.
• SEARCH M.* (p. 29)
? ? ?*
• Video control buttons (Rewind,
Playback, Fast-forward, Pause, Stop,
Slow) (p. 21)
• ZERO SET MEMORY*
• Transmitter
• REC START/STOP (p. 20)
• Power zoom (p. 23)
• DISPLAY (p. 14)
• Memory control buttons (Index*, –/+,
Memory playback) (p. 21)
* These buttons are not available during Easy
Handycam operation.
• Aim the Remote Commander towards the remote sensor to operate your camcorder (p.
24).
• To change the battery, see page 111.
Searching quickly for a desired scene (Zero set memory)
1 During playback, press ZERO
SET MEMORY • At a point you want to locate later on.
The tape counter is reset to “0:00:00” and appears on the screen.
0 : 0 0 : 0 0 6 0 m i n
P - M E N U
If the tape counter is not displayed, press DISPLAY ?.
2 Press STOP • When you want to stop playback.
3 Press ?REW ?.
The tape stops automatically when the tape counter reaches “0:00:00.”
4 Press PLAY ?.
Playback starts from the point designated “0:00:00” on the tape counter.
• There may be a discrepancy of several seconds between the time code and the tape counter.
• Zero set memory will not function correctly if there is a blank section between recorded sections on the tape.
To cancel the operation
Press ZERO SET MEMORY • Again.31
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Searching for a scene by date of recording (Date search)
You can locate the point where the recording date changes.
1 Slide the POWER switch down to turn on the PLAY/EDIT lamp.
2 Press SEARCH M. ?.
3 Press ?(previous)/?(next) • To select a recording date.
3 0 m i n
D A T E - 01
S E A C H
6 0 m i n 0 : 0 0 : 0 0 : 0 0
P - M E N U
To cancel the operation
Press STOP ?.
• The Date search will not function correctly when there is a blank section between recorded sections on the tape.32
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Playing the picture on a TV
Connect your camcorder to the wall socket using the supplied AC Adaptor for this operation
(p. 8). Refer also to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected.
1
2

A/V or A/V OUT jack
(Yellow) (White) (Red)
IN
VCRs or TVs: Signal ?ow
• A/V connecting cable (supplied)
Connect to the input jack of the other device.
• A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO
(optional)
When connecting to another device via the S VIDEO jack, by using the A/V connecting cable with an S VIDEO cable
(optional), pictures can be reproduced more faithfully than with the supplied A/V cable connection.
Connect the white and red plugs
(left/right audio) and S VIDEO plug (S
VIDEO channel) of an A/V connecting cable (optional). In this case, the yellow
(standard video) plug connection is not necessary. S VIDEO connection only will not output audio.
When your TV is connected to a VCR
Connect your camcorder to the LINE IN input on the VCR. Set the input selector on the VCR to LINE.
For DCR-HC39E/HC42E/HC43E: To set the aspect ratio according to the connected TV (16:9/4:3)
Change the setting according to the screen size of the TV you will view pictures on.
• Slide the POWER switch down to turn on the PLAY/EDIT lamp.
• Touch ? ? [MENU] ?
(STANDARD SET) ? [TV TYPE] ?
[16:9] or [4:3] ? .
• When you set [TV TYPE] to [4:3], or when the picture’s aspect ratio switches between 16:9 and
4:3, the image may jitter.
• On some 4:3 TVs, the still image recorded in
4:3 aspect ratio may not appear in full screen.
This is not a malfunction.33
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• When you play back a picture recorded in 16:9 aspect ratio on a 4:3 TV not compatible with the 16:9 signal, set [TV TYPE] to [4:3].
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 the red (right channel) plug to the audio input jack of your TV or VCR.
• Do not connect A/V connecting cables to both your camcorder and the Handycam Station at the same time. The image and the sound might be distorted.
• You can display the time code on the TV screen by setting [DISP OUTPUT] to [V-OUT/
PANEL] (p. 54).
If your TV/VCR has a 21-pin adaptor
(EUROCONNECTOR)
Use the 21-pin adaptor supplied with your camcorder (For models with the mark printed on their bottom surfaces only). This adaptor is designed for output use only.
TV/VCR34
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Using the menu items
Follow the instructions below to use each of the menu items listed after this page.
1 Slide the POWER switch down to turn on the respective lamp.
[CAMERA-TAPE] lamp: settings on a tape
[CAMERA-MEMORY] lamp: settings on a “Memory
Stick Duo”
[PLAY/EDIT] lamp: settings for viewing/editing

2 Touch the LCD screen to select the menu item.
Unavailable items will be grayed out.
• To use the short-cuts of Personal Menu
On Personal Menu, short-cuts for frequently used menu items are added.
• You can customize Personal Menu as you like (p. 55).
• Touch .
1 / 3
0 : 0 0 : 0 0 : 0 0 6 0 m i n
M E N U
V O L U M E
E N D
S E A R C H
D I S P
GU I DE
R E C
C T R L
V A R .
S P D P B
• Touch the desired item.
If the desired item is not displayed on the screen, touch / until the item is displayed.
• Select the desired setting, then touch .
• To use menu items
You can customize menu items that are not added to Personal Menu.

? ? ? ?
B URN D V D
B URN V CD
E N D S E A RC H
• Touch ? [MENU].
The menu index screen appears.
• Select the desired menu.
Touch / to select the item, then touch . (The process in step • Is the same as that in step ?.)
• Select the desired item.
• You can also touch the item directly to select it.
• Customize the item.35
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After ?nishing the settings, touch ? (close) to hide the menu screen.
If you decide not to change the setting, touch to return to the previous screen.36
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Menu items
*
1
DCR-HC32E/HC33E
*
2
DCR-HC39E/HC42E/HC43E
*
3
DCR-HC32E/HC33E/HC42E/HC43E
*
4
DCR-HC39E
Position of lamp: TAPE MEMORY PLAY/EDIT
CAMERA SET menu (p. 38)
PROGRAM AE ? ? ×
SPOT METER ? ? ×
EXPOSURE ? ? ×
WHITE BAL. ? ? ×
AUTO SHUTTER ? × ×
SPOT FOCUS ? ? ×
FOCUS ? ? ×
TELE MACRO ? ? ×
FLASH SET ? ? ×
SUPER NSPLUS ? × ×
NS LIGHT ? ? ×
COLOR SLOW S ? × ×
SELF-TIMER ? ?* ×
DIGITAL ZOOM ? × ×
WIDE SELECT*
1
? × ×
STEADYSHOT ? × ×
MEMORY SET menu (p. 43)
STILL SET × ? ?
MOVIE SET × ? ?
ALL ERASE* × × ?
FORMAT × ? ?
FILE NO. × ? ?
NEW FOLDER × ? ?
REC FOLDER × ? ?
PB FOLDER × × ?
PICT.APPLI. menu (p. 46)
FADER ? × ×
SLIDE SHOW × × ?
D. EFFECT ? × ?
PICT. EFFECT ? × ?
SMTH INT. REC*
2
? × ×
INT.REC-STL × ? ×
DEMO MODE ? × ×
PRINT × × ?37
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Available menu items ( ?) vary depending on the position of the lamp.
*These functions are available during Easy Handycam operation.
Position of lamp: TAPE MEMORY PLAY/EDIT
EDIT/PLAY menu (p. 50)
VAR. SPD PB × × ?
REC CTRL × × ?
AUD DUB CTRL × × ?
REC MOVIE × × ?
BURN DVD × × ?
BURN VCD × × ?
END SEARCH ? × ?
STANDARD SET menu (p. 51)
REC MODE*
3
? × ?
REC MODE*
4
? × ×
AUDIO MODE ? × ?
VOLUME* × × ?
MULTI-SOUND × × ?
AUDIO MIX × × ?
EXT SUR MIC*
2
? × ×
LCD/VF SET ? ? ?
A/V • DV OUT*
3
× × ?
VIDEO INPUT*
3
× × ?
TV TYPE*
2
? ? ?
USB-CAMERA ? × ×
USB-PLY/EDT × × ?
DISP GUIDE* ? ? ?
DATA CODE* × × ?
REMAINING ? × ?
REMOTE CTRL ? ? ?
REC LAMP ? ? ×
BEEP* ? ? ?
DISP OUTPUT ? ? ?
MENU ROTATE ? ? ?
A.SHUT OFF ? ? ?
CALIBRATION × × ?
TIME/LANGU. menu (p. 54)
CLOCK SET* ? ? ?
WORLD TIME ? ? ?
LANGUAGE ? ? ?38
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CAMERA SET menu
Settings to adjust your camcorder to the recording conditions (EXPOSURE/WHITE
BAL./STEADYSHOT, etc.)
The default settings are marked with ?.
The indicators in parentheses appear when the items are selected.
See page 34 for details on selecting menu items.
PROGRAM AE
You can record pictures effectively in various situations with the PROGRAM AE function.
• AUTO
Select to automatically record pictures effectively without the [PROGRAM AE] function.
SPOTLIGHT*( )
Select to prevent people's faces from appearing excessively white when subjects are lit by strong light.
PORTRAIT (Soft portrait) ( )
Select to bring out the subject such as people or ?owers while creating a soft background.
SPORTS* (Sports lesson) ( )
Select to minimize shake when shooting fast moving subjects.
BEACH&SKI*( )
Select to prevent people's faces from appearing dark in strong light or re?ected light, such as at a beach in midsummer or on a ski slope.
SUNSET&MOON**( )
Select to maintain the atmosphere of situations such as sunsets, general night views or ?reworks.
LANDSCAPE**( )
Select to shoot 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.
• Items with one asterisk (*) can be adjusted to focus on subjects only a short distance away. Items with two asterisks (**) can be adjusted to focus on subjects farther away.
SPOT METER (Flexible spot meter)
You can adjust and ?x 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.
1
2
• Touch the point where you want to ?x and adjust the exposure on the screen.
appears.
• Touch [END].
To return the setting to automatic exposure, touch [AUTO] ? [END].

• If you set [SPOT METER], [EXPOSURE] is automatically set to [MANUAL].39
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EXPOSURE
You can ?x the brightness of a picture manually. When recording indoors on a clear day, for instance, you can avoid backlight shadows on people next to the window by ?xing the exposure to that of the wall side of the room.
2
1
3
• Touch [MANUAL].
• Adjust the exposure by touching
/ .
• Touch .
appears.
To return the setting to automatic exposure, touch [AUTO] ? .
• You can adjust [EXPOSURE] and [FADER] while using the view?nder by having the LCD panel rotated 180 degrees and closed with the screen facing out (p. 46).
WHITE BAL. (White balance)
You can adjust the color balance to the brightness of the recording environment.
• AUTO
The white balance is adjusted automatically.
OUTDOOR ( )
The white balance is set to be appropriate for shooting outdoors or under daylight
?uorescent light.
INDOOR (?)
The white balance is set to the brightness of warm white ?uorescent lamps.
ONE PUSH ( )
The white balance will be adjusted according to the ambient light.
• Touch [ONE PUSH].
• Frame a white object such as a piece of paper, to ?ll the screen under the same lighting conditions as you will shoot the subject.
• Touch [ ].
?ashes quickly. When the white balance has been adjusted and stored in the memory, the indicator stops
?ashing.
• Do not shake your camcorder while is ?ashing quickly.
• ?ashes slowly if white balance could not be set.
• If keeps ?ashing even after you have touched , set [WHITE BAL.] to [AUTO].
• When you have changed the battery pack while [AUTO] is selected, or you bring your camcorder outdoors from inside the house while using ?xed exposure, select [AUTO] and aim your camcorder at a nearby white object for about 10 seconds for better color balance adjustment.
• Redo the [ONE PUSH] procedure if you change the [PROGRAM AE] settings, or bring your camcorder outdoors from inside the house, or vice versa.
• Set [WHITE BAL.] to [AUTO] or [ONE
PUSH] under white or cool white ?uorescent lamps.
• The setting returns to [AUTO] when you have the power source disconnected from your camcorder for more than 5 minutes.
AUTO SHUTTER
Automatically activates the electronic shutter to adjust the shutter speed when recording in bright conditions if you set it to [ON] (the default setting).
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SPOT FOCUS
You can select and adjust the focal point to aim it at a subject not located in the center of the screen.
1
2
• Touch the subject on the screen.
• Appears.
• Touch [END].
To adjust the focus automatically, touch
[AUTO] ? [END].
• If you set [SPOT FOCUS], [FOCUS] is automatically set to [MANUAL].
FOCUS
You can adjust the focus manually. Select this when you want to focus on a certain subject intentionally.
• Touch [MANUAL].
• Appears.
• Touch (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.
• Touch .
To adjust the focus automatically, touch
[AUTO] • In step ?.
• 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 close-up image of a subject, move the power zoom lever towards W (wide angle) to fully magnify the image, then adjust the focus.
• The minimum distance required between your camcorder and the subject to get a sharp focus is about 1 cm (about 1/2 in.) for wide angle and about 80 cm (about 2 5/8 feet) for telephoto.
TELE MACRO
This is useful to shoot small subjects, such as ?owers or insects. As you can take close-ups from a distance, your shadow does not disturb the picture and the subject stands out clearer.
When you set [TELE MACRO] to [ON]
, the zoom (p. 22) moves to the top of the T (Telephoto) side automatically and allows for recording subjects at a close distance as follows:For DCR-HC32E/HC33E: down to about
39 cm (15 3/8 in.).
For DCR-HC39E/HC42E/HC43E: down to about 35 cm (13 7/8 in.).
To cancel, touch [OFF], or zoom to wide-angle (W side).
• When recording a distant subject, it may dif?cult to focus on and take time for focusing.
• Adjust the focus manually ([FOCUS], p. 40) when it is hard to focus automatically.
FLASH SET
Note that these settings will not function with unsupported ?ashes.
• FLASH MODE
• ON
Flashes every time.
ON (DCR-HC39E/HC42E/HC43E)
Flashes to reduce the red-eye phenomenon.
AUTO
Flashes automatically.
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AUTO (DCR-HC39E/HC42E/HC43E)
Flashes automatically to reduce the red-eye phenomenon.
• If the ?ash is not capable of preventing the red-eye phenomenon, you can select only [ON] or
[AUTO].
• FLASH LEVEL
HIGH( )
Makes the ?ash level higher.
• NORMAL( )
LOW( )
Makes the ?ash level lower.
• The setting returns to [NORMAL] when you disconnect the power source from your camcorder for more than 5 minutes.
SUPER NSPLUS (Super NightShot plus)
The picture will be recorded at a maximum of 16 times the sensitivity of NightShot plus recording if you set [SUPER
NSPLUS] to [ON] while the NIGHTSHOT
PLUS switch (p. 22) is also set to ON.
and [“SUPER NIGHTSHOT PLUS”] appear on the screen.
To return to the normal setting, set the
NIGHTSHOT PLUS switch to OFF.
• Do not use NightShot plus/[SUPER NSPLUS] in bright places. This may cause a malfunction.
• Do not cover the infrared port with your ?ngers or other objects.
• Adjust the focus manually ([FOCUS], p. 40) when it is hard to focus automatically.
• The shutter speed of your camcorder changes depending on the brightness. The motion of the picture may slow down at this time.
NS LIGHT (NightShot Light)
When using either the NightShot plus (p.
22) or [SUPER NSPLUS] (p. 41) function to record, you can record clearer pictures by setting [NS LIGHT], which emits infrared light (invisible), to [ON] (the default setting).
• Do not cover the infrared port with your ?ngers or other objects.
• The maximum shooting distance using [NS
LIGHT] is about 3 m (10 feet). If you record subjects in dark places, such as night scenes or in moonlight, set [NS LIGHT] to [OFF]. You can make the image color deeper this way.
COLOR SLOW S
(Color Slow Shutter)
When you set [COLOR SLOW S] to [ON], you can record an image more faithful to the original colors.
and [COLOR SLOW SHUTTER] appear on the screen.
To cancel [COLOR SLOW S], touch
[OFF].
• The shutter speed of your camcorder changes depending on the brightness. The motion of the picture may slow down at this time.
• Adjust the focus manually ([FOCUS], p. 40) when it is hard to focus automatically.
SELF-TIMER
The self-timer starts recording after about
10 seconds.
• Touch ? [SELF-TIMER] ? [ON]
? .
appears.
• Press REC START/STOP to record movies, or PHOTO to record still images.
To cancel the count down, touch [RESET].
To cancel the self-timer, select [OFF] in step ?.
• You can also use the self-timer with the Remote
Commander (p. 30).
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DIGITAL ZOOM
You can select the maximum zoom level in case you want to zoom to a level greater than 20 × (DCR-HC32E/HC33E) or 12
× (DCR-HC39E/HC42E/HC43E) while recording on a tape. Note that the image quality decreases when you are using the digital zoom.
The right side of the bar shows the digital zooming factor. The zooming zone appears when you select the zooming level.
For DCR-HC32E/HC33E: • OFF
Up to 20 × zoom is performed optically.
40 ×
Up to 20 × zoom is performed optically, and after that, up to 40 × zoom is performed digitally.
800 ×
Up to 20 × zoom is performed optically, and after that, up to 800 × zoom is performed digitally.
For DCR-HC39E/HC42E/HC43E: • OFF
Up to 12 × zoom is performed optically.
24 ×
Up to 12 × zoom is performed optically, and after that, up to 24 × zoom is performed digitally.
480 ×
Up to 12 × zoom is performed optically, and after that, up to 480 × zoom is performed digitally.
WIDE SELECT
(DCR-HC32E/HC33E)
You can record a picture in a ratio suitable for the screen on which it will be displayed.
? 4:3
Standard setting (to record pictures to be played back on a 4:3 TV).
16:9 WIDE ( )
Records pictures to be played back on a
16:9 wide TV in full screen mode.
When viewed on the LCD screen/view?nder with [16:9 WIDE ( )] selected.
When viewed on a 16:9 wide screen TV*
When viewed on a standard
TV**
*Picture appears in full screen mode when the wide-screen TV switches to full mode.
**Played in 4:3 mode. When you play a picture in the wide mode, it appears as you have seen on the LCD screen or in the view?nder.
STEADYSHOT
You can compensate for camera shake
(the default setting is [ON]). Set
[STEADYSHOT] to [OFF] ( ) when using a tripod (optional) or the conversion lens (optional).
CAMERA SET menu (continued)43
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MEMORY SET menu
Settings for the “Memory Stick Duo”
(QUALITY/IMAGE SIZE/BURST/ALL ERASE/
NEW FOLDER, etc.)
The default settings are marked with ?.
The indicators in parentheses appear when the items are selected.
See page 34 for details on selecting menu items.
STILL SET
• For DCR-HC39E/HC42E/HC43E: BURST
You can record several still images one after another by pressing PHOTO.
• OFF
Select this when not recording continuously.
NORMAL ( )
Records from 4 (1152 × 864 image size) to 13 (640 × 480 image size) images continuously at about 0.5 second intervals.
The maximum number of images are recorded when you press and hold PHOTO fully.
EXP . BRKTG ( )
Records 3 images consecutively with different exposures at about 0.5 second intervals. You can compare the 3 images and select an image recorded at the best exposure.
• The ?ash (optional) will not function during
[BURST].
• The maximum number of images will be recorded in the self-timer mode or when you are operating with the Remote Commander.
• [EXP. BRKTG] will not function when you have space for fewer than 3 images remaining on the “Memory Stick Duo.”
• QUALITY
• FINE ( )
Records still images at the ?ne image quality level.
STANDARD ( )
Records still images at the standard image quality level.
• For DCR-HC39E/HC42E/HC43E: IMAGE SIZE
? 1152 × 864 ( )
Records still images clearly.
640 × 480 ( )
Allows for the maximum number of images to be recorded.
• If you set 16:9 (wide) ratio of the screen,
[IMAGE SIZE] is set to [1152 × 648] automatically (p. 17).
Capacity of the “Memory Stick Duo”
(MB) and the number of recordable pictures
In 4:3 aspect ratio
1152 × 864
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