Sony – Bloggie MHS-FS3 – Handbook

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© 2011 Sony Corporation 4-276-890-11(1)
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Handbook
Mobile HD Snap Camera
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How to use this handbook
Click on a button on the right to jump to the corresponding page.
This is convenient when searching for a function you want to view.
Search for information by function.
Search for information by operation.
Search for information in a listing of
menu/setting items.
Search for information by keyword.
Marks and notations used in this handbook
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In this handbook, the sequence of
operations is shown by arrows (t).
Operate the camera in the order indicated.
Marks are shown as they appear in the
camera’s default setting.
The default setting is indicated by .
Indicates cautions and limitations relevant
to the correct operation of the camera.
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Notes on using the camera
Internal memory back up
Be sure to make a backup copy to protect your
data.
Notes on recording/playback and
connection
� Before you start recording, make a trial
recording to make sure that the camera is
working correctly.
� The camera is neither dust-proof, nor splash-
proof, nor water-proof. Read “Precautions”
(page 76) before operating the camera.
� Avoid exposing the camera to water. If water
enters inside the camera, a malfunction may
occur. In some cases, the camera cannot be
repaired.
� Do not aim the camera at the sun or other bright
light.
� Do not use the camera near a location that
generates strong radio waves or emits radiation.
Otherwise, the camera may not properly record
or play back images.
� Using the camera in sandy or dusty locations
may cause malfunctions.
� If moisture condensation occurs, remove it
before using the camera (page 76).
� Do not shake or strike the camera. It may cause
a malfunction and you may not be able to record
images. Furthermore, the recording media may
become unusable or image data may be
damaged.
� When connecting your camera to another device
with a cable, be sure to insert the connector plug
in the correct way. Pushing the plug forcibly
into the terminal will damage the terminal and
may result in a malfunction of your camera.
� Playback of movies other than those shot, edited
or composed on this camera is not guaranteed.
On camera’s temperature
The camera may get warm due to continuous use,
but it is not a malfunction.
On the overheat protection
Depending on the camera and battery temperature,
you may be unable to record movies or the power
may turn off automatically to protect the camera.
A message will be displayed on the LCD screen
before the power turns off or you can no longer
record movies.
Notes on the battery pack
� The battery pack is built into the camera. Charge
the camera before using for the first time.
� You can charge the battery pack even if it is not
completely discharged. In addition, even if the
battery pack is not fully charged, you can use the
partially charged capacity of the battery pack as
is.
� For details on the usable battery pack, see page
75.
Notes on the LCD screen and lens
� The LCD screen is manufactured using
extremely high-precision technology so over
99.99% of the pixels are operational for
effective use. However, some tiny black and/or
bright dots (white, red, blue or green) may
appear on the LCD screen. These dots are a
normal result of the manufacturing process and
do not affect the recording.
� Exposing the LCD screen or the lens to direct
sunlight for long periods may cause
malfunctions. Be careful when placing the
camera near a window or outdoors.
� Do not press against the LCD screen. The screen
may be discolored and that may cause a
malfunction.
� Images may trail across on the LCD screen in a
cold location. This is not a malfunction.
On viewing 3D image
When you view 3D images shot with this camera
on a 3D-compliant monitors, you may experience
discomfort in the form of eye strain, fatigue, or
nausea. To prevent these symptoms, we
recommend that you take regular breaks.
However, you need to determine for yourself the
length and frequency of breaks you require, as they
vary according to the individual. If you experience
any type of discomfort, stop viewing the 3D
images until you feel better, and consult a
physician as necessary. Also, refer to the operating
instructions supplied with the device or software
you have connected or are using with this camera.
Note that a child’s eyesight is still at the
development stage (particularly children below the
age of 6). Consult a pediatrician or
ophthalmologist before letting your child view 3D
Black, white, red, blue or
green dots
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images, and make sure he/she observes the above
precautions when viewing such images.
The view of a 3D movie differs according to the
individual’s eyesight.
On image data compatibility
� This camera supports “MP4 format” as movie
file format. Therefore, movies recorded by this
camera cannot be played on devices that do not
support “MP4 format”.
� This camera does not support “AVCHD format”
and therefore is not compatible with the
playback and recording of movies in “AVCHD
format” like a Digital HD Video camera
recorder.
� The camera conforms with DCF (Design rule
for Camera File system) universal standard
established by JEITA (Japan Electronics and
Information Technology Industries
Association).
� Sony does not guarantee that the camera will
play back images recorded or edited with other
equipment, or that other equipment will play
back images recorded with the camera.
Warning on copyright
Television programs, films, videotapes, and other
materials may be copyrighted. Unauthorized
recording of such materials may be contrary to the
provisions of the copyright laws.
No compensation for damaged
content or recording failure
Sony cannot compensate for failure to record or
loss or damage of recorded content due to a
malfunction of the camera or recording media, etc.
The images used in this handbook
� The images used as examples in this handbook
are reproduced images, and are not actual
images shot using the camera.
� Design and specifications are subject to change
without notice.
Notes on playing back movies on
other devices
The camera is compatible with MPEG-4 AVC/
H.264 Main Profile. Therefore, you cannot play
back images on the camera with the devices which
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Life with “Bloggie”
Capture your life
At a party
Record still images at maximum 5M (2592 ×
1944) and movies at maximum 1920 × 1080
30p full high-vision (page 48, 50). Also, you
can record still images during movie
recording (page 32).
During a walk
Take compact “Bloggie” with you anywhere,
anytime. Take it out, and record casually.
On a trip
Attach the 360 Video Lens to “Bloggie” and
shoot exciting 360-degree panoramic images
of the world around you. Enjoy 360-degree
panoramic images by playing back with the
Bloggie Software pre-loaded on the internal
memory (page 36). (MHS-FS3K only)
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Share your life
Connect to TV
Connect your “Bloggie” to a TV with an
HDMI cable (sold separately), and enjoy
images on the big screen (page 65).
You can still enjoy 2D movies with a TV that
does not support 3D.
Import and upload captured
moments
You can upload images easily and intuitively,
using the Bloggie Software pre-loaded on the
internal memory (page 25, 47).
You can also choose the images and the
sharing site to upload in advance (Share it
Later) (page 53).
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View in 3D
You can view the images shot in 3D on a TV
which supports 3D by connecting an HDMI
cable (sold separately).
The images allow you to enjoy the feeling of
really being there.
See page 39 about the way to view.
Shoot in 3D
You can shoot still images and movies in 3D
with this camera.
This camera allows you to record any scene in
3D, recreating the feeling of really being
there.
See page 29, 31 about the way to shoot.
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Notes on using the camera
How to use this handbook····································· 2
Notes on using the camera ··································· 3
Life with “Bloggie”·················································· 5
Operation Search················································ 11
About operation buttons of the camera ··············· 12
Menu/Settings Search········································· 13
Identifying parts··················································· 16
List of icons displayed on the screen ·················· 17
How to hold the camera ······································ 19
Getting started
Checking the accessories supplied····················· 21
Charging the camera··········································· 22
Installing the software ········································· 25
Setting the language and clock ··························· 28
Shooting
3D shooting (Still images) ··································· 29
3D shooting (Movies) ·········································· 31
Zoom··································································· 33
Light ···································································· 34
Self-Timer···························································· 35
Shooting 360 Video images
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Viewing
Viewing································································ 39
Playback zoom···················································· 41
Volume control ···················································· 42
Computer
Recommended computer environment ··············· 43
Using the Bloggie Software································· 45
Importing images to a computer·························· 46
Uploading images to a media service ················· 47
Settings
Menu items·························································· 13
Setting items ······················································· 14
TV
Viewing images on a TV ····································· 65
Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting ·················································· 68
Warning indicators and messages ······················ 7210
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Number of still images and recordable time of
movies································································· 74
Built-in battery pack············································· 75
Precautions ························································· 76
Specifications ······················································ 77
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Shooting still images Shooting (Still images)······································· 29
Shooting movies Shooting (Movies) ··············································· 31
Changing image size Photo Size ····························································· 48
Movie Size ····························································· 50
Deleting images Delete······································································ 51
Format ···································································· 62
Displaying enlarged
images
Playback zoom····················································· 41
Changing clock
settings
Date & Time ·························································· 63
Daylight Savings ·················································· 64
Initializing settings Initialize··································································· 59
Viewing on TVs Connecting with an HDMI cable
(sold separately) ·················································· 65
Marking the images to
upload
Share it Later ························································ 53
Shooting a 360-degree
view (MHS-FS3K only)
360 Video Lens ···················································· 3612
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About operation buttons of the
camera
You can use the multi-selector buttons (v/V/b/B) to activate functions such as zooming when
shooting or playing back images.
The function that is allocated to each multi-selector button is displayed on the LCD screen of the
camera. The display changes according to how the camera is held (vertically or horizontally).
Button function varies depending on when shooting or playing back images. The function that is
allocated to a function button is displayed on the LCD screen of the camera.
As illustrated below, press the A’ function button when you want to use the A function , or
press the B’ function button for the B function [Menu].
In this handbook, the phrase “Press the function button ([Menu])” is used to explain a [Menu]
function.
� Press the C’ 3D/2D button to select 3D shooting or 2D shooting.
Multi-selector buttons
Function buttons
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In the table below, indicates settings that can be changed, while – indicates settings that
cannot be changed.
Click an item to jump to the corresponding page.
1 Press the ON/OFF (Power) button.
2 Press the function button ([Menu]) to display the
menu screen.
Menu items
Items Shooting mode Playback mode
Photo Size –
Movie Size –
Delete –
Protect –
Share it Later –
3D Adjust –
ON/OFF (Power) button
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3 Select the desired menu item by using
v/V to set.
4 Select the desired setting item by using b/B, then press the MOVIE/
ENTER button.
Press the function button ( ) to exit the menu screen.
In the table below, indicates settings that can be changed, while – indicates settings that
cannot be changed.
Click an item to jump to the corresponding page.
1 Press the ON/OFF (Power) button.
2 Press the function button ([Menu]) to display the menu screen.
3 Select (Settings) by using v/V, then press the MOVIE/ENTER button.
4 Select the desired setting item by using v/V, then press the MOVIE/
ENTER button.
The selected item will be highlighted.
Press the function button ( ) to exit the setting screen.
Press b repeatedly to go back to the menu screen from the setting screen.
Setting items
Items Shooting mode Playback mode
Flicker Reduction –
Beep
Language Setting
Demo Mode
Initialize
LUN Setting
HDMI Output
Format
Date & Time
Daylight Savings
MOVIE/ENTER
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zTo cancel changing settings
Select [Cancel], then press the MOVIE/ENTER button. If [Cancel] does not appear on the
screen, directly set back to the previous setting.
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Identifying parts
A Light
B Lens
C Hook for wrist strap
D LCD screen
E Function buttons
F 3D/2D button
G MOVIE/ENTER button
Multi-selector buttons (v/V/b/B)
H Speaker
I Stereo microphone
J ON/OFF (Power) button
� Press and hold the ON/OFF (Power) button
for at least 7 seconds to force-quit the
camera.
K Charge lamp
L (Shutter) button
M Tripod receptacle
� Do not hold the camera when attaching the
tripod.
N HDMI OUT jack (65)
O Jack cover
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List of icons displayed on the
screen
Icons are displayed on the screen to indicate the camera status.
When in standby for shooting
When shooting movies
When playing back
Icons
Display Indication
Battery remaining
Low battery warning
Photo Size (aspect ratio/
resolution)

Movie Size (resolution vertical
shooting/frame rate)
Self-timer
3000 Number of recordable still
images
3D mode
z (green)
AE/AF lock
00:00:12
Recordable time
0:12
Recording time (m:s)
2011-1-1
9:30 AM
Recorded date/time of the
playback image
z (red) During movie recording
Share it Later
Protect
Overheating warning
00:00:12 Counter
Zoom scaling
Light
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Adjusting volume
Portion of 360 Video image
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� Indicators and their positions are approximate
and differ from what you actually see.
� The screen display shifts both horizontally and
vertically depending on the camera aspect.
� The screen display disappears automatically
after about 5 seconds.
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� Be careful not to block the lens or microphone with your finger when shooting.
� Do not hold the USB jack or HDMI OUT jack cover. Also, do not hold the 360 Video Lens
when it is attached to the camera.
� Attach the strap and place your hand through its loop to prevent the camera from damage by
being dropped.
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zHolding the camera vertically when you shoot
movies
Portrait images are recorded. Black bands appear on the left and right of the screen during
playback on TV or computer. This is useful when shooting portrait objects.
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� USB connection support cable (1)
Use this if the USB jack of the camera cannot be connected to the computer (page 22).
� 360 Video Lens VCL-BPP3 (1) / 360 Video Lens case (1)
(only for MHS-FS3K)
� Wrist strap (1)
� Software (page 25, 45)
The following contents are included on the internal memory of this camera.
– Bloggie Software (application software)
– Bloggie Handbook (this manual)
� Instruction Manual (1)
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Charging the camera
The camera’s battery is continuously charged whenever the camera is connected to a running
computer.
1 Press the ON/OFF (Power) button to turn off
the camera.
2 Slide the slide lever at the side of the camera.
The USB jack comes out as shown in the illustration.
3 Connect the camera to the computer that is
turned on.
The charge lamp lights up in orange, and charging starts.
When the charge lamp turns off, charging is finished.
� The charge lamp may turn off when the temperature is outside
of the recommended operating temperature (10°C to 30°C
(50°F to 86°F)).
ON/OFF (Power)
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4 When charging is finished, disconnect the USB connection between the
camera and computer (page 23).
Install Bloggie Software (pre-loaded on the internal memory) after completing the procedure
above.
� While the camera is connected to a computer, you cannot operate the camera. Be sure to disconnect the
camera before operation.
� Do not apply force to the camera, when you connect the camera to a computer. This may cause damage to
the camera or the computer.
� When you connect the camera to a notebook computer that is not connected to an AC power source, the
battery of the notebook computer may be depleted rapidly. Do not leave the camera connected to the
computer for a long time.
� Charging the battery or the connection with customized or hand-built computers is not guaranteed.
Depending on the type of the USB device used, charging may not function properly.
� If you do not intend to use the camera for an extended period, charge the camera once every 6 to 12
months to maintain battery performance.
Perform the procedures from step 1 to 3 below before:
� Disconnecting the USB connection support cable.
� Turning off the camera.
1 Double-click the disconnect icon on the
tasktray.
2 Click (USB Mass Storage Device) t [Stop].
3 Confirm the device on the confirmation
window, then click [OK].
� Drag and drop the drive icon to the “Trash” icon beforehand when you use a Macintosh computer, and
the camera is disconnected from the computer.
Notes
Disconnecting the USB connection
Note
Windows Vista
Disconnect icon
Windows XP
zTo retract the USB jack
Push the USB jack back in the direction
of the arrow until it clicks.
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zHow long does it take to charge the camera?
Charging time
� Time required to charge a fully depleted battery at a temperature of 25°C (77°F). Charging may take
longer under certain circumstances or conditions.
Full charge time
Approx. 200 min.
zHow long can I record or play back images?
Standard battery life
*
1
Recording time is the time when shooting movies in 3D.
*
2
Continuous recording time shows the approximate time available of a fully charged battery pack.
Continuous recording of movies is possible for approximately 29 minutes. Also, recording stops
automatically to prevent the file size from exceeding 2 GB.
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3
Typical recording time shows the approximate time available of a fully charged battery pack when
you repeatedly execute operations, such as setting to shooting mode, turning on/off the power, or
zooming.
Recording time*
1
Continuous recording time*
2
Approx. 60 min.
Typical recording time*
3
Approx. 40 min.
Playback time
Approx. 120 min.
zChecking the remaining battery charge
A remaining charge indicator appears on the upper right of the LCD screen.
� The displayed battery remaining indicator may not be correct under certain circumstances.
� If the camera is running on battery power and you do not operate the camera for about 5 minutes,
the camera turns off automatically to prevent wearing down the battery (Auto power off function).
� The Language/Clock Setting screen appears when the camera is turned on for the first time
(page 28).
� It takes about one minute until the correct battery remaining indicator appears.
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Installing the software
You can do the following using the Bloggie Software (pre-loaded on the internal memory).
– Import images shot with the camera to a computer, and play back.
– Upload images to a network service.
1 Press the ON/OFF (Power) button to turn on
the camera.
2 Slide the slide lever at the side of the camera.
3 Connect the camera to the computer that is
turned on.
When the USB connection is completed, the Mass Storage
screen appears on the LCD screen of the camera.
ON/OFF (Power)
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4 Activate the installer.
Windows 7
1 Click [Open folder to view files] on the AutoPlay
screen.
2 Double-click “Setup_Bloggie_Windows.exe” in the
folder.
Windows Vista/Windows XP
1 Click [Setup Bloggie Software] on the AutoPlay
screen.
� If the AutoPlay screen does not appear, click [Start] t [Computer] (in Windows XP, [My
Computer]), then double-click [Bloggie Software] t “Setup_Bloggie_Windows.exe.”
Macintosh
1 Double click the [BLOGGIE_SW] icon.
2 Double click [Setup Bloggie Mac.dmg].
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3 Double click the “Bloggie” icon.
5 Click [Install], and follow the instructions on the
screen to complete the installation.
6 Disconnect the USB connection between the camera and computer after
the installation is completed (page 23).
� For details on the Bloggie Software, see page 45.
� If you turn on or restart the computer while the camera is connected to the computer, the camera may
malfunction. In this case, press and hold the ON/OFF (Power) button for at least 7 seconds, and force-
quit the camera. Disconnect the camera from the computer before you turn on or restart the computer.
� Even if you delete files such as “Setup_Bloggie_Windows.exe”/“Setup Bloggie Mac.dmg” in the
[Bloggie Software]/[BLOGGIE_SW] folder, the recording capacity of the camera does not increase.
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1 Press the ON/OFF (Power) button.
The camera is turned on.
The demonstration movie plays back when you turn on the
camera for the first time.
2 Select the desired language by using v/V/b/B, then press the function
button ([OK]).
3 Set the clock by using v/V/b/B.
1 Select the desired date display format by using v/V,
then press the MOVIE/ENTER button.
2 Select the year, month, or day by using b/B and
numeric value by using v/V, then press the MOVIE/
ENTER button.
3 Press the function button ([OK]).
ON/OFF (Power)
button
zTo set the date and time again
Press the function button ([Menu]) t Select (Settings) t [Date & Time Setting]
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Hold the camera horizontally when shooting.
1 Press the ON/OFF (Power) button.
After turning on the camera, confirm that it is in 3D mode
(shown by the icon).
2 Compose the shot.
Be sure not to place fingers on the lens.
When shooting 2D images, press v to zoom in or V to
zoom out.
3 Press the (Shutter) button halfway
down.
The z indicator (AE lock) lights on the top of the
display.
4 Press the (Shutter) button fully down.
Recorded images are saved in mp format.
� The still image size is fixed to (1920 × 1080). Size selection is not available.
Note
ON/OFF (Power) button
AE lock indicator
(Shutter) button
zTo best shoot an image
� Hold the camera horizontally.
� Hold the camera securely so it does not move.
� Keep a distance between the camera and the subject of approximately 1.2 m to 5.0 m (approx. 3 feet
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zTo shoot a 2D still image
� Press the 3D/2D button to select 3D shooting or 2D
shooting while the camera is on.
� You can shoot in either the vertical or horizontal position.
�The z indicator (AE/AF lock) lights on the top of the
display when the image is in focus by pressing the
(Shutter) button half way down.
zIf you shoot a still image of a subject that is difficult
to focus on
� The shortest shooting distance is approximately 10 cm (4 inches).
� If the camera cannot focus on a subject automatically, the AE/AF lock indicator changes to slow
flashing and the beep does not sound. Recompose the shot.
� Focusing may be difficult in the following situations:
– It is dark and the subject is distant.
– The contrast between the subject and the background is poor.
– The subject is seen through glass.
– The subject is moving quickly.
– There is reflective light or shiny surfaces.
– The subject is flashing.
– The subject is backlit.
zWhen shooting portrait
� When the camera detects faces, the white frames
appear, and the focus and exposure are adjusted to the
faces automatically.
� The frames turn green when the faces are in focus by
pressing the (Shutter) button half way down.
� The camera may not detect faces depending on the
shooting condition.
zFunctions not available when 3D shooting
You cannot use the following functions in 3D mode.
�AF
� Face detection
�Zoom
� Anti-blur
� Shooting with the supplied 360 Video Lens attached to the camera (MHS-FS3K only)
� Still image shooting during movie shooting
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Hold the camera horizontally when shooting.
1 Press the ON/OFF (Power) button.
After turning on the camera, confirm that it is in 3D mode
(shown by the icon).
2 Compose the shot.
Be sure not to place fingers on the lens.
3 Press the MOVIE/ENTER button.
Press the MOVIE/ENTER button again to finish shooting the
movie.
� Continuous recording is possible for approximately 29 minutes.
� The maximum size of a single movie file is approximately 2 GB. Recording stops before 29 minutes if
the file size reaches approximately 2 GB during movie recording.
� 3D shooting is only available for 1920×1080 size images.
� You cannot select 3D shooting or 2D shooting while shooting movies.
� 3D shooting is not possible with the 360 Video Lens (supplied). (MHS-FS3K only)
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MOVIE/ENTER button
zTo best shoot an image
� Hold the camera horizontally.
� Hold the camera securely so it does not move.
� Do not swing the camera.
� Keep a distance between the camera and the subject of approximately 1.2 m to 5.0 m (approx. 3 feet
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zTo shoot the 2D movie
� Press the 3D/2D button to select 3D shooting or 2D
shooting while the camera is on.
� You can shoot in either the vertical or horizontal position.
zTo shoot still images during movie recording (2D
only)
� Press the (Shutter) button fully down during movie recording.
� The recorded still image appears small on the LCD screen of the camera.
� The still image sizes are as follows, depending on the movie size.
– 1920 × 1080 30p: (1920 × 1080)
– 1280 × 720 30p/60p: (1280 × 720)
– 480 × 270 30p: (480 × 270)
zAbout the HD (High Definition) recording method of
this camera
For MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, the camera supports high definition images with an effective
total number of scanning lines of 1080 or 720. The number of recorded image pixel is
1920 × 1080 or 1280 × 720, approximately 30 or 60 frames per second, and the image is
recorded in progressive mode.
� MPEG: Moving Picture Experts Group
� AVC: Advanced Video Codec
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 is a standard of video camera, which uses highly efficient image
compression encoding technology to record HD (high definition) images. Compared with
the existing image compression encoding technology, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 is able to
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Zoom
The zoom function is allowed only for 2D shooting.
You can enlarge the image when shooting. The camera’s zoom function can enlarge images up
to 4 times.
1 Press and hold v or V.
Press and hold v to zoom in or V to zoom out.
� Only Digital zoom is available with this camera.
� You may not be able to zoom in or out images smoothly when using zoom function.
� Image quality decreases as the images are digitally processed.
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Light
You can shoot with the light of the camera turned on.
1 Press b on the shooting screen.
Press b again to turn off the light.
� You can only use the light in shooting mode. Note that you cannot use it when the 360 Video Lens is
attached to the camera.
� The camera emits very bright light. Do not aim directly at eyes at close range.
� Battery power wears down faster when the light is turned on.
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1 Press B on the shooting standby screen.
2 Select the desired mode by using B.
(Off) Does not use the self-timer.
(2sec) Sets the 2-second delay self-timer.
When you press the (Shutter) button or the MOVIE/ENTER
button, a self-timer icon flashes, and after rapid beep sounds are
heard, the camera will shoot.
(10sec) Sets the 10-second delay self-timer.
When you press the (Shutter) button or the MOVIE/ENTER
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By attaching the supplied 360 Video Lens to the camera, you can
shoot 360-degree images of the area around the camera.
1 Take out the 360 Video Lens from its case.
� Press and hold the f mark of the 360 Video Lens case to open it.
2 Press the ON/OFF (Power) button.
3 Press and hold both sides of the 360 Video
Lens (1), then attach it to the camera in the
direction (2).
� Attach the hooks of the 360 Video Lens to the attaching parts of
the camera, as shown in the illustration.
� The camera shifts to the “360 Video” mode automatically, and
the ring-shaped image appears on the LCD screen.
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4 Start shooting (page 29, 31).
� Do not attach or remove the 360 Video Lens during shooting.
� The still image size is fixed to 3M (16:9), and the movie size is fixed to 1920 × 1080 30p.
� When you attach the 360 Video Lens to the camera, you cannot operate zooming or settings.
� Do not hold the camera by the 360 Video Lens only.
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zTo place the camera vertically
Attach the bottom part of the 360 Video Lens case to
the bottom of the camera.
zTo remove the 360 Video Lens
Press and hold both sides of the 360 Video Lens (1),
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You can play back 360 Video images on the computer using the Bloggie Software. For details on
the installation of the Bloggie Software, see page 25.
� You can play back each 1/4 portion of the 360-degree panoramic view image, scene by scene, on the
camera in 360 playback mode (page 40).
� When playing back converted 360 Video images, the resolution of the played back images is lower than
that of normal images.
Viewing 360 Video images
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1 Press the function button ( ) to switch to playback mode.
The index screen appears.
2 Select an image by using v/V/b/B, then
press the MOVIE/ENTER button.
A single movie plays back when a movie is selected.
The movie will be paused if you press the MOVIE/
ENTER button.
appears at the upper left in the index of a 3D image.
Hold the camera horizontally when viewing 3D images.
Movie
Still image 3D image
zTo show the previous/next images
Press b/B.
Press b/B for the movies while playback is paused.
zFast forward/Fast rewind the movie
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zTo go back to the shooting screen
Do one of the following:
– Press the function button ( ).
– Press the (Shutter) button.
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zTo go back to the index screen
Press v during playback of the still images or movies.
zViewing the 360 Video images (MHS-FS3K only)
You can play back each 1/4 portion of the 360-degree panoramic view image, scene by
scene, on the camera in 360 playback mode.
In playback mode, select an image that was shot with the 360 Video Lens.
While the 360 Video image is paused, press V to set 360 playback mode, then press the
MOVIE/ENTER button to play back.
Press the function button ( ) or ( ) to play back another portion of the 360 Video
image.
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Playback zoom
Enlarges recorded 2D still images.
This function is allowed only in 2D mode.
1 Press the function button ( ) to switch to playback mode.
2 Select a still image, then press the MOVIE/ENTER button.
3 Press the MOVIE/ENTER button.
4 Adjust the magnification and the part to
enlarge.
The image can be enlarged up to 8 times from its
original size by pressing the function button ( ).
Press v/V/b/B to change the part to enlarge.
Press the MOVIE/ENTER button to cancel playback
zoom.
� You cannot operate playback zoom when an HDMI cable (sold separately) is connected.
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Volume control
You can adjust the volume for playback movies.
1 Press the function button ( ) to switch to playback mode.
2 Select a movie, then press the MOVIE/ENTER button.
3 Press V.
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The following computer environment is recommended when using the Bloggie Software, and
importing images via a USB connection.
*
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Windows XP 64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported.
*
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Starter (Edition) is not supported.
The following computer environment is recommended when using the Bloggie Software or
importing images via a USB connection.
� Operation is not assured in an environment based on an upgrade of the operating systems described
above or in a multi-boot environment.
� If you connect two or more USB devices to a single computer at the same time, some devices, including
the camera, may not operate, depending on the types of USB devices you are using.
� Connecting the camera using a USB interface that is compatible with Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0
compliant) allows advanced transfer (high speed transfer), as the camera is compatible with Hi-Speed
USB (USB 2.0 compliant).
� When your computer resumes activity from suspend or sleep mode, communication between the camera
and your computer may not recover at the same time.
Windows
OS (pre-installed) Microsoft Windows XP*
1
SP3/Windows Vista*
2
SP2/
Windows 7
Others CPU: Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz or faster, Intel Core 2 Duo
1.20 GHz or faster
Memory: 1 GB or more
Hard Disk: Disk space required for installation:
approximately 200 MB
Display: 1,024 × 768 dots or more
Macintosh
OS (pre-installed) USB Connection: Mac OS X (v10.3 to v10.6)
The Bloggie Software: Mac OS X (v10.5 to v10.6)
Others CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.6 GHz or faster (PowerPC is not
supported.)
Memory: 1 GB or more
Application: QuickTime 7 (The latest version is
recommended.)
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To play back and edit movie files (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) recorded by the camera on your
computer, you need to install the software compatible with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 or the Bloggie
Software.
� Even in a PC environment where operations are guaranteed, images may not play back smoothly due to
dropped frames, etc. Note that the imported image itself is not affected.
� If you are using a notebook PC, be sure to use the PC with the AC adaptor plugged in. Sometimes normal
operations are not possible due to the power savings function of the PC.
� A PC that supports 3D can be used to view movies.
� Operations are not guaranteed, even on computers fulfilling the above system requirements. For example,
other open or background applications currently running may limit product performance.
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Using the Bloggie Software
1 Double-click the Bloggie Software (pre-loaded on the
internal memory) shortcut icon on the desktop.
A Sharing site: Drag and drop the thumbnail.
B Displays the images in the camera.
C Displays imported images in the computer.
D Thumbnails: Double-click to play. (movie), (imported)
� Press and hold the Ctrl key (for Windows)/command key (for Macintosh) for multiple selections.
E Creates an album/Deletes images/Shares images
F Imports images from the camera.
G Switches the screen display.
� The actual screen items or layout may differ depending on the software version.
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To connect the camera to your computer, see page 43.
When using the Bloggie Software
See page 45.
When not using the Bloggie Software
When the AutoPlay Wizard appears after making a USB connection between the camera and a
computer, click [Open folder to view files] t [OK] t [DCIM] or [MP_ROOT] t copy the
desired images to the computer.
When using the Bloggie Software
See page 45.
When not using the Bloggie Software
1Connect the camera to your Macintosh computer first. Double-click the newly
recognized [BLOGGIE] icon t [DCIM] or [MP_ROOT] t the folder where the
images you want to import are stored.
2Copy the images you want to import to your computer.
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Uploading images to a media
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1 Choose images and the sharing site to upload with the camera in advance
(page 53).
2 Connect the camera to a computer in which the Bloggie Software (pre-
loaded on the internal memory) is already installed.
Bloggie Software starts automatically and the confirmation screen for uploading images
appears.
� Set [LUN Setting] to [Multi].
� When uploading images over the Internet, the cache may remain in the computer being used depending
on the service provider. This is also true when the camera is used for this purpose.
In order to use Bloggie Software to enjoy the benefits of the image uploading service or other
services (the “services”) provided by these and other websites, you must consent to the
following.
� Some websites require registration procedures and/or fees to use their services. In using such services,
you must comply with the terms and conditions established by the websites concerned.
� Services may be terminated or changed in accordance with the convenience of the website operators.
Sony will not be held responsible for any trouble occurring between the users and third parties or any
inconvenience caused to users relating to the utilization of the services inclusive of the termination of or
changes to such services.
� To view a website, you will be redirected to it by the Sony server. There may be times when you cannot
access the website because of server maintenance or for other reasons.
� If the operation of the Sony server is to be terminated, you will be notified of the termination ahead of
time on Sony’s website, etc.
� The URLs to which you are redirected by the Sony server and other information may be recorded for the
purposes of improving Sony’s future products and services. However, no personal data will be recorded
on such occasions.
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Photo Size
The photo size determines the size of the image file that is recorded when you take an image.
The larger the photo size, the more detail will be reproduced when the image is printed on large-
format paper. The smaller the photo size, the more images can be recorded.
1 Press the function button ([Menu]) to display the menu screen.
2 Select [Photo Size] by using v/V and the desired size by using b/B.
Then press the MOVIE/ENTER button to decide.

� When you print still images recorded with 16:9 aspect ratio, both edges may be cut off.
� 3D shooting is only available for (1920×1080) size images.
Photo Size Usage guidelines No. of
images
Printing
(2592×1944) Suitable for prints
(2356×1324) Suitable for playback on a computer
(854×480) Suitable for faster WEB upload
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Fine
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zWhen you select (2592×1944)
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zOn “image quality” and “image size”
A digital image is made up of a collection of small dots called pixels.
If it contains a large number of pixels, the image becomes large, it takes up more memory,
and the image is displayed in fine detail. “Image size” is shown by the number of pixels.
Although you cannot see the differences on the screen of the camera, the fine detail and data
processing time differ when the image is printed or displayed on a computer screen.
Description of the pixels and the image size
1 Image size: 5M
2,592 pixels × 1,944 pixels = 5,038,848 pixels
2 Image size: 0.4M
854 pixels × 480 pixels = 409,920 pixels
Many pixels
(Fine image quality and large file size)
Few pixels
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Movie Size
The larger the movie size, the higher the movie quality.
The movies shot with the camera will be recorded in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Main Profile,
approximately 30 or 60 frames per second, Progressive, AAC LC, “MP4 format”.
1 Press the function button ([Menu]) to display the menu screen.
2 Select [Movie Size] by using v/V and the desired size by using b/B.
Then press the MOVIE/ENTER button to decide.
� 3D shooting is only available for (1920×1080 30p) size images.
Movie Size Usage guidelines
(1920×1080 30p) Suitable for playback on a full high definition TV
(1280×720 60p) Suitable for recording fast-moving objects
(1280×720 30p) Suitable for playback on a computer
(480×270 30p) Suitable for faster WEB upload
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zProgressive playback
The camera supports progressive mode*, which is used in computers, and therefore is suited
for playing back images on computers.
* Progressive and Interlaced modes are types of movie recording method. Progressive mode reads out
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Delete
Allows you to select unwanted images for deletion.
1 Press the function button ( ) to switch to playback mode.
2 Press the function button ([Menu]) to display the menu screen.
3 Select (Delete) by using v/V. Then press the MOVIE/ENTER button to
decide.
(This Image) Deletes the image that is being selected.
(Multiple
Images)
Deletes more than two images at once. Can be selected from only
the index screen.
1Select an image, then press the MOVIE/ENTER button.
Repeat this step for images you want to delete.
If you select the image with again, will be released.
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Protect
Protects recorded images against accidental erasure.
The mark is displayed when playing back registered images.
1 Press the function button ( ) to switch to playback mode.
2 Press the function button ([Menu]) to display the menu screen.
3 Select (Protect) by using v/V. Then press the MOVIE/ENTER button
to decide.
(This Image) Protects the image that is being selected.
(Multiple
Images)
Protects more than two images at once. Can be selected from only
the index screen.
1Select an image, then press the MOVIE/ENTER button.
Repeat this step for images you want to protect.
If you select the image with again, will be released.
2Press the function button ([OK]).
zTo cancel the protection
Press the function button ([Menu]) and select [Protect] during playback of the protected
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Share it Later
You can install the Bloggie Software (pre-loaded on the internal memory) to upload images for
sharing. You can also choose images and the sharing site to upload in advance.
For information on how to upload images, see page 47.
1 Press the function button ( ) to switch to playback mode.
2 Press the function button ([Menu]) to display the menu screen.
3 Select (Share it Later) by using v/V. Then press the MOVIE/ENTER
button to decide.
� You cannot create the share list with the camera. Use Bloggie Software to create.
� The maximum number of share lists the camera can display is 14.
(This Image) Shares the image that is being selected.
Select the sharing site and press the function button ([OK]).
(Multiple Images) Shares more than two images at once. Can be selected from only
the index screen.
1Select an image, then press the MOVIE/ENTER button.
Repeat this step for images you want to upload.
If you select the image with again, will be released.
2Press the function button ([Next]) and select sharing site from
the share list.
3Press the function button ([OK]).
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During playback of the image you want to cancel sharing, press the function button
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Adjusts the parallax of a 3D image.
1 Press the function button ( ) to switch to playback mode.
2 Press the MOVIE/ENTER button to select the image you want to adjust.
3 Press the function button ([Menu]) to display the menu screen.
4 Select (3D Adjust) by using v/V and the desired size by using b/B.
Then press the MOVIE/ENTER button to decide.
Black bars are displayed after adjustment.
� 3D Adjust cannot function when the index is being played back.
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Curbs the flicker generated by fluorescent by using the electro-shutter.
1 Press the function button ([Menu]) t Select (Settings) t [Flicker
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Sets the sound for when you operate the camera.
1 Press the function button ([Menu]) t Select (Settings) t [Beep] t
desired mode.
On Turns on the beep sound when you press the (Shutter) button or
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Selects the language to be used in the menu items, warnings and messages.
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Performs a demonstration of the camera.
1 Press the function button ([Menu]) t Select (Settings) t [Demo
Mode] t desired mode.
� The demonstration stops when operating any of the following.
– Press the (Shutter) button or the MOVIE/ENTER button.
– Turn off the power.
On Performs a demonstration.
Off Does not perform a demonstration.
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Initialize
Initializes the setting to the default setting.
Even if you execute this function, the images are retained.
1 Press the function button ([Menu]) t Select (Settings) t [Initialize]
t Press the function button ([OK]).
� Perform initialization after charging the camera to prevent the camera from turning off during the
process.
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Press and hold the ON/OFF (Power) button for at least 7 seconds, and force-quit the camera
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LUN Setting
Sets the display method for the recording media displayed on a computer screen or other monitor
when the camera is connected with a computer or AV component using a USB connection.
1 Press the function button ([Menu]) t Select (Settings) t [LUN
Setting] t desired mode.
Multi Select this setting when you connect the camera to a computer.
Single Select this setting in cases where the images are not displayed when
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HDMI Output
Selects the type of signal to be output to a TV from the HDMI OUT jack. If images are not
displayed on the TV clearly, changing the setting may improve the display.
1 Press the function button ([Menu]) t Select (Settings) t [HDMI
Output] t desired mode.
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Format
Formats the internal memory.
1 Press the function button ([Menu]) t Select (Settings) t [Format] t
Press the function button ([OK]).
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Sets the date and time again.
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Sets the camera for Daylight Saving Time.
1 Press the function button ([Menu]) t Select (Settings) t [Daylight
Savings] t desired mode
The time advances by one hour after setting to On.
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Connect the camera to a TV which has an HDMI jack with an HDMI cable (sold separately).
Refer also to the instruction manuals of the TV.
1 Turn off both the camera and the TV.
2 Open the jack cover and connect the camera to the TV with the HDMI
cable (sold separately).
3 Turn on the camera.
4 Turn on the TV and set the input.
Images shot with the camera appear on the TV.
5 Select the images to play back.
3D TV
Allows 3D images shot by this camera to be played back in 3D.
For TVs that do not support 3D
The 3D images are played back in 2D.
� Connect the mini-HDMI jack of the HDMI cable (sold separately) to the HDMI OUT jack of the camera.
� Do not connect the output jack of the camera to that of other devices. This may result in malfunction.
� Some devices may not work properly. Image and sound may not be output.
� Use an HDMI cable with the HDMI logo.
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You can use the camera as a Web camera by connecting it to a computer (USB streaming).
You can switch between 3D and 2D during use.
1 Connect the camera to a computer.
2 Press the function button ([Menu]) t Select [Web Camera].
� The movie size is fixed to 640 × 480.
� Use the computer’s microphone during Web camera mode.
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If you want to view images on a TV screen, you need a TV with an HDMI jack and an HDMI
cable (sold separately). The color system of the TV must match that of the camera. Check the
following lists for the TV color system of the country or region where the camera is used, and set
[HDMI Output] (page 61).
NTSC system
Bahama Islands, Bolivia, Canada, Central America, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Jamaica, Japan,
Korea, Mexico, Peru, Surinam, Taiwan, the Philippines, the U.S.A., Venezuela, etc.
PAL system
Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany,
Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway,
Poland, Portugal, Rumania, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand,
Turkey, United Kingdom, Viet Nam, etc.
PAL-M system
Brazil
PAL-N system
Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay
SECAM system
Bulgaria, France, Greece, Guiana, Iran, Iraq, Monaco, Russia, Ukraine, etc.
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If you experience trouble with the camera, try the following solutions.
Be aware that by sending the camera for repair, you give consent that the contents of the internal
memory, music files may be checked.
Cannot turn on the camera.
� The battery pack is discharged. Charge the camera.
The power turns off suddenly.
� Depending on the camera and battery temperature, the power may turn off automatically to protect
the camera. In this case, a message is displayed on the LCD screen before the power turns off.
� If you do not operate the camera for a certain period of time while the power is on, the camera turns
off automatically to prevent wearing down the battery pack. Turn the camera on again.
Battery life is short.
� Charge the battery until the charge lamp disappears.
� You are using the camera in an extremely hot or cold location, or the charging is insufficient. This is
not a malfunction.
� If you have not used the camera for a prolonged period, the efficiency of the battery will be improved
by repeatedly charging and discharging it.
� When usable battery life becomes half the usual time, even after charging the battery fully, the battery
may need to be replaced. Consult your nearest Sony dealer.
1 Check the items on pages 68 to 73.
2 Turn the power off and then on again.
3 Press and hold the ON/OFF (Power) button for at least 7
seconds, and force-quit the camera. Then turn the camera on
again (page 16).
4 Consult your Sony dealer or local authorized Sony service
facility.
Additional information on this product and answers to frequently asked questions can
be found at our Customer Support Website.
http://www.sony.net/
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Cannot charge the camera.
� Turn off the camera and make the USB connection.
� Disconnect the USB connection support cable, and then reconnect it.
� Use the USB connection support cable (supplied).
� Charge the battery in an ambient temperature of 10°C to 30°C (50°F to 86°F).
� Turn on the computer and connect the camera.
� Release the computer from sleep or hibernation status.
� Connect the camera directly to a computer using the supplied USB connection support cable.
� Connect the camera to a computer with the operating system that is supported by the camera.
� After trying the remedies above, if the problem still persists, press and hold the ON/OFF (Power)
button for at least 7 seconds, and force-quit the camera. Then reconnect it to the computer using the
supplied USB connection support cable.
The remaining charge indicator is incorrect.
� This phenomenon occurs when you use the camera in an extremely hot or cold location.
� A discrepancy arose between the remaining charge indicator and the actual remaining battery charge.
Fully discharge the battery pack once, then charge it to correct the indication.
� The battery pack is dead (page 75). Consult your nearest Sony dealer.
Cannot record images.
� Check the free capacity of the internal memory. If it is full, delete unnecessary images (page 51).
The date and time are not displayed on the LCD screen.
� While shooting, the date and time are not displayed. They are displayed only during playback.
Cannot insert dates on images.
� The camera does not have a feature for superimposing dates on images.
Dots appear and remain on the screen.
� This is not a malfunction. These dots are not recorded.
Cannot play back images.
� The folder/file name has been changed on your computer.
� Playback on the camera cannot be guaranteed if files contain images processed on a computer, or
images shot by another camera.
� The camera is in USB mode. Disconnect the USB connection (page 23).
The image appears rough right after playback starts.
� This may happen due to image processing. This is not a malfunction.
The image does not appear on the TV.
� Set [HDMI Output] to [60Hz] in NTSC region, [50Hz] in PAL region (page 61).
� Check whether the connection is correct (page 65).
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The top and bottom edges of images are trimmed slightly on a connected TV.
� The LCD screen o

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