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  • Brand: Sony
  • Product: Camcorder
  • Model/name: HDR-CX115E
  • Filetype: PDF
  • Available languages: English, Dutch, German, French, Italian

Table of Contents

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4-170-893-14(1)
Digital HD Video Camera Recorder
“Handycam”Handbook
 2010 Sony Corporation
HDR-CX110E/CX115E/CX116E/
CX150E/CX155E/XR150E/XR155E
Table of contents 9
Getting started 12
Recording/Playback 20
Making good use of your
camcorder
40
Saving images with an
external device
49
Customizing your
camcorder
58
Additional information 80
Quick reference 103
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Read this first
Supplied items
The numbers in ( ) are the supplied
quantity.
 AC Adaptor (1)
 Power cord (Mains lead) (1)
 Component A/V cable (1) 
 A/V connecting cable (1) 
 USB cable (1) 
 Rechargeable battery pack NP-FV50 (1)
 CD-ROM “Handycam” Application
Software (1)
“PMB” (software, including “PMB Help”)
“Handycam” Handbook (PDF)
 “Operating Guide” (1)
See page 18 for the memory card you can use
with this camcorder.
Using the camcorder
Do not hold the camcorder by the following
parts, and also do not hold the camcorder by
the jack covers.
LCD Screen
Battery pack
The camcorder is not dustproofed, dripproofed
or waterproofed. See “About handling of your
camcorder” (p. 98).
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Menu items, LCD panel, and lens
A menu item that is grayed out is not available
under the current recording or playback
conditions.
The LCD screen is 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. These points are normal results of
the manufacturing process and do not affect the
recording in any way.
Exposing the LCD screen or the lens to direct
sunlight for long periods of time may cause
malfunctions.
Do not aim at the sun. Doing so might cause
your camcorder to malfunction. Take images
of the sun only in low light conditions, such as
at dusk.
About language setting
The on-screen displays in each local language
are used for illustrating the operating
procedures. Change the screen language before
using the camcorder if necessary (p. 16).
On recording
To ensure stable operation of the memory card,
it is recommended to initialize the memory
card with your camcorder before the first use
(p. 74). Initializing the memory card will erase
all the data stored on it and the data will be
irrecoverable. Save your important data on your
PC etc.
Before starting to record, test the recording
function to make sure the image and sound are
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White, red, blue or green points
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recorded without any problems.
Compensation for the contents of recordings
cannot be provided, even if recording or
playback is not possible due to a malfunction of
the camcorder, recording media, etc.
TV color systems differ depending on the
country/region. To view your recordings on a
TV, you need a PAL system-based TV.
Television programs, films, video tapes,
and other materials may be copyrighted.
Unauthorized recording of such materials may
be contrary to the copyright laws.
Notes on playing back
The camcorder is compatible with MPEG-4
AVC/H.264 High Profile for high definition
image quality (HD) recording. Therefore, you
cannot play back images recorded with high
definition image quality (HD) on the camcorder
with the following devices;
Other AVCHD format compatible devices
which are not compatible with High Profile
Devices which are not compatible with the
AVCHD format
You may not be able to play back normally
images recorded on your camcorder with other
devices. Also, you may not be able to play back
images recorded on other devices with your
camcorder.
Standard (STD) image quality movies recorded
on SD memory cards cannot be played on AV
equipment of other manufacturers.
Discs recorded with HD image quality
(high definition)
This camcorder captures high definition footage
in the AVCHD format. DVD media containing
AVCHD footage should not be used with DVD
based players or recorders, as the DVD player/
recorder may fail to eject the media and may
erase its contents without warning. DVD media
containing AVCHD footage may be played on
a compatible Blu-ray Disc player/recorder or
other compatible device.
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Save all your recorded image data
To prevent your image data from being lost,
save all your recorded images on external media
periodically. It is recommended that you save
the image data on a disc such as DVD-R, etc.
using your computer. Also, you can save your
image data using a VCR, or a DVD/HDD
recorder (p. 51).
You cannot make a AVCHD disc from the
image data recorded with (MENU) 
[Show others]  [ REC MODE] (under
[SHOOTING SET] category) set to [HD
FX]. Save them on a Blu-ray Disc or using an
external media (p. 49).
Notes on battery pack/AC Adaptor
Be sure to remove the battery pack or the AC
Adaptor after turning off the camcorder.
Disconnect the AC Adaptor from the
camcorder, holding both the camcorder and the
DC plug.
Note on the camcorder/battery pack
temperature
When the temperature of the camcorder
or battery pack becomes extremely high or
extremely low, you may not be able to record
or play back on the camcorder, due to the
protection features of the camcorder being
activated in such situations. In this case, an
indicator appears on the LCD screen (p. 86).
When the camcoder is connected to a
computer or accessories
Do not try to format the recording media of the
camcorder using a computer. If you do so, your
camcorder may not operate correctly.
When connecting the camcorder to another
device with communication cables, 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 the camcorder.
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If you cannot record/play back images,
perform [MEDIA FORMAT]
If you repeat recording/deleting images for
a long time, fragmentation of data occurs on
the recording media. Images cannot be saved
or recorded. In such a case, save your images
on some type of external media first, and then
perform [MEDIA FORMAT] by touching
(MENU)  [Show others] 
[MEDIA FORMAT] (under [MANAGE
MEDIA] category)  the desired medium
(HDR-CX116E/CX150E/CX155E/XR150E/
XR155E)  [YES]  [YES]  .
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= Modulation Transfer Function. The
number value indicates the amount of light
from a subject coming into the lens.
Notes on optional accessories
We recommend using genuine Sony accessories.
Genuine Sony accessories may not be available
in some countries/regions.
About this manual, illustrations and
on-screen displays
The example images used in this manual for
illustration purposes are captured using a
digital still camera, and therefore may appear
different from images and screen indicators that
actually appear on your camcorder. And, the
illustrations of your camcorder and its screen
indication are exaggerated or simplified for
understandability.
In this manual, the internal memory (HDR-
CX116E/CX150E/CX155E) and the hard disk
(HDR-XR150E/XR155E) of the camcorder and
the memory card are called “recording media.”
In this manual, the DVD disc recorded with
high definition image quality (HD) is called
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AVCHD disc.
Design and specifications of your camcorder
and accessories are subject to change without
notice.
Confirm the model name of your
camcorder
The model name is shown in this manual when
there is a difference in specification between
models. Confirm the model name on the
bottom of your camcorder.
The main differences in specification of this
series are as follows.
Recording
media
Capacity
of internal
recording
media
USB
jack
HDR-
CX110E
Memory
card
— Input/
output
HDR-
CX115E
Output
only
HDR-
CX116E
Internal
memory +
memory
card
8GB Output
only
HDR-
CX150E
16GB Input/
output
HDR-
CX155E
Output
only
HDR-
XR150E
Internal
hard disk
+ memory
card
120GB Input/
output
HDR-
XR155E
Output
only
Notes on use
Do not do any of the following. Otherwise, the
recording media may be damaged, recorded
images may be impossible to play back or may
be lost, or other malfunctions could occur.
ejecting the memory card when the access
lamp (p. 19) is lit or flashing
removing the battery pack or AC Adaptor
from the camcorder, or applying mechanical
shock or vibration to the camcorder when the
(Movie)/ (Photo) lamps (p. 21) or the
access lamp (p. 19) are lit or flashing
When using a shoulder belt (sold separately), do
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not crash the camcorder against an object.
Do not use your camcorder in very loud areas.
On the drop sensor (HDR-XR150E/
XR155E)
To protect the internal hard disk from shock
by dropping, the camcorder has a drop sensor
function (p. 79). When a drop occurs, or
under a non-gravity condition, the block noise
made when this function is activated by the
camcorder may also be recorded. If the drop
sensor catches a drop repeatedly, recording/
playback may be stopped.
Note on using the camcorder at high
altitudes (HDR-XR150E/XR155E)
Do not turn on the camcorder in a low-pressure
area, where the altitude is more than 5,000
meters (16,000 feet). Doing so may damage the
internal hard disk drive of your camcorder.
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Operation flow
Getting started (p. 12)
Prepare the power source and memory card.
Recording movies and photos (p. 20)
Recording movies  p. 22
 Changing the recording mode (p. 26)
 Expected recording time (MEDIA INFO, p. 74)
Shooting photos  p. 24
Playing movies and photos
Playback on the camcorder  p. 29
Playing images on a TV  p. 37
Saving images
Saving movies and photos with a computer
Saving movies and photos in external media  p. 49
Saving images with a DVD writer/recorder  p. 51
Deleting movies and photos (p. 40)
If you delete the image data that has been saved on your
computer or a disc, you can record new images on the free
media space again.
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Advice for successful recording
 To get good results in recording
Stabilizing your camcorder
When you hold the camcorder, keep your upper body upright,
and hold your arms close to your body.
The SteadyShot function is effective against camera-shake,
however, it is essential that you not move the camcorder.
Zooming smoothly
Zoom in and out slowly and smoothly. And, use zooming
sparingly. Excessive zooming will make movies that may make
the viewer feel tired when viewing them.
Evoking a feeling of spaciousness
Use the panning technique. Stabilize yourself, move your
camcorder horizontally as you turn your upper body slowly. Stay
still at the end of panning for a while to make the scene look
stable.
Accentuating movies with narration
Consider the sound to be recorded with your movies. Narrate
the subject, or talk to the subject during shooting.
Aim for a balanced volume of voices, since the recording person
is closer to the microphone than the recorded person.
Using accessories
Make good use of camcorder accessories.
For example, using a tripod, you can make a time-lapse
recording or record subjects in dim light, such as scenes of
fireworks, or night views. By always carrying spare batteries, you
can continue recording without worrying about battery power
shortages.
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 Useful recording techniques
Capturing images beautifully without
troublesome setting
INTELLIGENT AUTO(25)
Focusing on the child on the left side of
the screen
Prioritizing the subject(27)
SPOT FOCUS(65)
Capturing photos during movie
recording
Dual Rec(28)
Smile Shutter (28)
Recording in a dimly-lit room
LOW LUX(68)
Capturing fireworks, or a sunset in all
its splendor
FIREWORKS(63)
SUNRISE&SUNSET(63)
Checking your golf swing
SMTH SLW REC(66)
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Table of contents
Read this first.
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Notes on use.................................................................................. 4
Operation flow.. ...................................................................................... 6
Advice for successful recording................................................................... 7
Getting started
Step 1: Charging the battery pack.............................................................. 12
Step 2: Turning the power on, and setting the date and time............................ 15
Changing the language setting.
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Step 3: Preparing the recording media........................................................ 17
Selecting the recording media for movies (HDR-CX116E/CX150E/CX155E/
XR150E/XR155E).. ......................................................................... 17
Selecting the recording media for photos (HDR-CX116E/CX150E/CX155E/
XR150E/XR155E).. ......................................................................... 17
Inserting a memory card................................................................. 18
Recording/Playback
Recording............................................................................................ 20
Recording movies.. ....................................................................... 22
Shooting photos.. ......................................................................... 24
Useful functions for recording movies and photos......................................... 25
Zooming.. ................................................................................... 25
Recording better images automatically (INTELLIGENT AUTO).. .................. 25
Selecting high definition image quality (HD)
or standard image quality (STD).. ...................................................... 26
Selecting the recording mode.. ........................................................ 26
Prioritizing the subject.. ................................................................. 27
Capturing smiles automatically (Smile Shutter) .................................... 28
Recording high quality photos during movie recording (Dual Rec)............. 28
Recording in mirror mode.. ............................................................. 28
Playback on the camcorder...................................................................... 29
Useful functions for playing movies and photos............................................ 32
Searching for desired images by date (Date Index).. ............................... 32
Searching for desired scene by pinpoint (Film Roll Index)........................ 32
Searching for desired scene by face (Face Index).. ................................. 33
Playing back a digest of your movies (Highlight Playback)....................... 33
Using PB zoom with photos.. ........................................................... 35
Playing back a series of photos (Slide show)......................................... 36
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Playing images on a TV........................................................................... 37
Connecting a TV using [TV CONNECT Guide]........................................ 37
Using“BRAVIA”Sync....................................................................... 39
Making good use of your camcorder
Deleting movies and photos..................................................................... 40
Protecting recorded movies and photos (Protect).......................................... 41
Dividing a movie................................................................................... 42
Capturing a photo from a movie (HDR-CX110E/CX116E/CX150E/CX155E/XR150E/
XR155E).............................................................................................. 43
Dubbing/copying movies and photos from the internal recording media to memory
card (HDR-CX116E/CX150E/CX155E/XR150E/XR155E)..................................... 44
Dubbing movies........................................................................... 44
Copying photos............................................................................ 45
Using the Playlist of movies.. .................................................................... 46
Creating the Playlist ...................................................................... 46
Playing the Playlist.. ...................................................................... 47
Saving images with an external device
Saving images in external media (DIRECT COPY).
........................................... 49
Creating a disc with a DVD writer, recorder................................................... 51
Selecting the method for creating a disc............................................. 51
Creating a disc with the dedicated DVD writer, DVDirect Express............... 52
Creating a high definition image quality (HD) disc with a DVD writer, etc.,
other than DVDirect Express............................................................ 55
Creating a standard definition image quality (STD) disc
with a recorder, etc........................................................................ 56
Customizing your camcorder
Using menus........................................................................................ 58
Operating menus.......................................................................... 58
Using MY MENU.. .......................................................................... 59
Using the OPTION MENU............................................................ 60
Menu lists.. .......................................................................................... 61
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MANUAL SETTINGS (Items to adjust for scene condition)...................................... 63
SHOOTING SET (Items for customized shooting)................................................ 67
PHOTO SETTINGS (Items for recording photos).................................................. 71
PLAYBACK (Items for playback)................................................................... 72
EDIT (Items for editing)............................................................................ 73
OTHERS (Items for other settings).................................................................. 74
MANAGE MEDIA (Items for recording media).................................................... 74
GENERAL SET (Other setup items)................................................................ 76
Additional information
Troubleshooting................................................................................ 80
Self-diagnosis display/Warning indicators........................................... 86
Recording time of movies/number of recordable photos.. ............................... 90
Expected time of recording and playback with each battery pack.. ............ 90
Expected recording time of movies.................................................... 90
Expected number of recordable photos.. ............................................ 92
Using your camcorder abroad................................................................... 93
Maintenance and precautions................................................................... 95
About the AVCHD format.. .............................................................. 95
About the memory card.................................................................. 95
About the“InfoLITHIUM”battery pack.. .............................................. 96
About x.v.Color............................................................................. 98
About handling of your camcorder.................................................... 98
Quick reference
Screen indicators.................................................................................. 103
Parts and controls.. ............................................................................... 104
Index................................................................................................. 107
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Getting started
Step 1: Charging the battery pack
HDR-CX110E/CX115E/CX116E/CX150E/CX155E
HDR-XR150E/XR155E
Power cord (Mains lead)
To the wall outlet (wall
socket)
AC Adaptor
DC plug
DC IN jack
CHG (charge) lamp
Battery pack
CHG (charge) lamp
DC IN jack
Power cord (Mains lead)
To the wall outlet (wall
socket)
AC Adaptor
DC plug
Battery pack
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You can charge the “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack (V series) after attaching it to your
camcorder.
Notes
You cannot attach any “InfoLITHIUM” battery pack other than the V series to your camcorder.
1		
Turn off your camcorder by closing the LCD screen.
2		
Attach the battery pack by sliding it in the direction of the arrow until it
clicks.
3		
Connect the AC Adaptor and the power cord (mains lead) to your
camcorder and the wall outlet (wall socket).
Align the  mark on the DC plug with that on the DC IN jack.
The CHG (charge) lamp lights up and charging starts. The CHG (charge) lamp turns off
when the battery pack is fully charged.
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When the battery is charged, disconnect the AC Adaptor from the DC IN
jack of your camcorder.
Tips
See page 90 on recording and playing time.
When your camcorder is on, you can check the approximate amount of remaining battery power with the
remaining battery indicator at the upper left on the LCD screen.
Charging time
Approximate time (min.) required when you fully charge a fully discharged battery pack.
Battery pack Charging time
NP-FV50(supplied) 155
NP-FV70 195
NP-FV100 390
Times measured with the camcorder at 25 C (77 °F).
10 C to 30 C (50 °F to 86 °F) is recommended.
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To remove the battery pack
Close the LCD screen. Slide the BATT (battery) release lever () and remove the battery
pack ().
To use a wall outlet (wall socket) as a power source
Make the same connections as “Step 1: Charging the battery pack.” Even if the battery pack is
attached, the battery pack is not discharged.
Charging the battery pack abroad
You can charge the battery pack in any countries/regions using the AC Adaptor supplied with
your camcorder within the AC 100 V - 240 V, 50 Hz/60 Hz range.
Notes
Do not use an electronic voltage transformer.
Notes on the battery pack
When you remove the battery pack or disconnect the AC Adaptor, close the LCD screen and make sure
that the (Movie)/ (Photo) lamps (p. 21), the access lamp (p. 19) are turned off.
The CHG (charge) lamp flashes during charging under the following conditions:
The battery pack is not attached correctly.
The battery pack is damaged.
The temperature of the battery pack is low.
Remove the battery pack from your camcorder and put it in a warm place.
The temperature of the battery pack is high.
Remove the battery pack from your camcorder and put it in a cool place.
We do not recommend using an NP-FV30, which only allows short recording and playback times, with
your camcorder.
In the default setting, the power turns off automatically if you leave your camcorder without any
operation for about 5 minutes, to save battery power ([A.SHUT OFF], p. 78).
Notes on the AC Adaptor
Use the nearby wall outlet (wall socket) when using the AC Adaptor. Disconnect the AC Adaptor from
the wall outlet (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.
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Step 2: Turning the power on, and setting the
date and time
1		
Open the LCD screen of your camcorder.
Your camcorder is turned on.
To turn on your camcorder when the LCD screen is open, press POWER.
2		
Select the desired geographical area with / , then touch [NEXT].
To set the date and time again, touch (MENU)  [Show others]  [CLOCK/ LANG]
(under [GENERAL SET] category)  [CLOCK SET]. When an item is not on the screen, touch
/ until the item appears.
3		
Set [SUMMERTIME], date and time, then touch .
The clock starts.
If you set [SUMMERTIME] to [ON], the clock advances 1 hour.
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LCD screen
MODE lamp
POWER button
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Notes
The date and time does not appear during recording, but they are automatically recorded on the
recording media, and can be displayed during playback. To display the date and time, touch
(MENU)  [Show others]  [PLAYBACK SET] (under [PLAYBACK] category)  [DATA
CODE]  [DATE/TIME]    .
You can turn off the operation beeps by touching (MENU)  [Show others]  [SOUND/DISP
SET] (under [GENERAL SET] category)  [BEEP]  [OFF]    .
If the button you touch does not react correctly, calibrate the touch panel (p. 99).
To turn off the power
Close the LCD screen. The (Movie) lamp flashes for a few seconds and the power is turned
off.
Tips
You can turn off your camcorder also by pressing POWER.
When [POWER ON BY LCD] (p. 78) is set to [OFF], turn off your camcorder by pressing POWER.
Changing the language setting
You can change the on-screen displays to show messages in a specified language.
Touch (MENU)  [Show others]  [CLOCK/ LANG] (under [GENERAL SET]
category)  [ LANGUAGE SET]  a desired language    .
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Step 3: Preparing the recording media
The recording media that can be used differs depending on your camcorder. The following
icons are displayed on the screen of your camcorder.
HDR-CX110E/CX115E
Memory
card
HDR-CX116E/CX150E/CX155E
*
Internal
memory
Memory
card
HDR-XR150E/XR155E
*
Internal hard
disk
Memory
card
*	 In the default setting, both movies and photos are recorded on this recording media. You can perform
recording, playback and editing operations on the selected medium.
Tips
See page 90 for the recordable time of movies.
See page 92 for the number of recordable photos.
Selecting the recording media for movies (HDR-CX116E/CX150E/CX155E/
XR150E/XR155E)
	 Touch (MENU)  [Show others]  [MEDIA SETTINGS] (under
[MANAGE MEDIA] category)  [MOVIE MEDIA SET].
The [MOVIE MEDIA SET] screen appears.
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Touch the desired recording media.
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Touch [YES]  .
The recording medium is changed.
Selecting the recording media for photos (HDR-CX116E/CX150E/CX155E/
XR150E/XR155E)
	 Touch (MENU)  [Show others]  [MEDIA SETTINGS] (under
[MANAGE MEDIA] category)  [PHOTO MEDIA SET].
The [PHOTO MEDIA SET] screen appears.
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Touch the desired recording media.
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Touch [YES]  .
The recording medium is changed.
To check the recording media settings
In either movie recording mode or photo recording mode, the media icon of the selected
recording media is displayed at the top right corner of the screen.
The icon displayed may vary depending on your model.
Inserting a memory card
Notes
Set the recording medium to [MEMORY CARD] to record movies and/or photos on a memory card
(HDR-CX116E/CX150E/CX155E/XR150E/XR155E).
Types of memory card you can use with your camcorder
You can use the following memory cards for this camcorder; “Memory Stick PRO Duo” (Mark2) media,
“Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo” media, SD memory cards, SDHC memory cards, SDXC memory cards
(Speed Class 4 or faster is required for each SD card). However, operation with all memory cards is not
assured.
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media of up to 32 GB and SD cards of up to 64 GB have been verified to
operate with your camcorder.
In this manual, “Memory Stick PRO Duo” (Mark2) media and “Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo” media are
called “Memory Stick PRO Duo” media. SD memory card, SDHC memory card and SDXC memory card
are called SD card.
Notes
A MultiMediaCard cannot be used with this camcorder.
Movies recorded on SDXC memory cards cannot be imported to or played back on computers or A/V
devices not supporting the exFAT* file system by connecting the camcorder to these devices with the
USB cable. Confirm in advance that the connecting equipment is supporting the exFAT system. If you
connect an equipment not supporting the exFAT system and the format screen appears, do not perform
the format. All the data recorded will be lost.
* The exFAT is a file system that is used for SDXC memory cards.
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Size of memory card you can use with your camcorder
					
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” media, half the size of “Memory Stick”, or standard size SD cards can be used
for this camcorder.
Do not attach a label or the like on memory card or memory card adaptor. Doing so may cause a
malfunction.
		
Open the cover, and insert the memory card with the nothched edge in the
direction as illustrated until it clicks.
Close the cover after inserting the memory card.
The [Create a new Image Database File.] screen may appear if you insert a new memory
card. In that case, touch [YES]. If you record only photos on the memory card, touch
[NO].
Confirm the direction of the memory card. If you forcibly insert the memory card in the wrong
direction, the memory card, memory card slot, or image data may be damaged.
Notes
If [Failed to create a new Image Database File. It may be possible that there is not enough free space.]
is displayed, format the memory card by touching (MENU)  [Show others]  [MEDIA
FORMAT] (under [MANAGE MEDIA] category)  [MEMORY CARD] (HDR-CX116E/CX150E/
CX155E/XR150E/XR155E)  [YES]  [YES]  .
To eject the memory card
Open the cover and lightly push the memory card in once.
Do not open the cover during recording.
When inserting or ejecting the memory card, be careful so that the memory card does not pop out and
drop.
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Access lamp
Note direction of notched corner.
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Recording/Playback
Recording
In the default setting, movies are recorded with high definition image quality (HD) on the
following media.
HDR-CX110E/CX115E: Memory card
HDR-CX116E/CX150E/CX155E: Internal memory
HDR-XR150E/XR155E: Internal hard disk
Tips
To change the recording media, see page 17 (HDR-CX116E/CX150E/CX155E/XR150E/XR155E).
To open the lens cover
Slide the LENS COVER switch to open.
Tips
When you finish recording or when you play back images, close the lens cover.
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Fasten the grip belt.
HDR-CX110E/CX115E/CX116E/CX150E/CX155E
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HDR-XR150E/XR155E
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Open the LCD screen of your camcorder.
Your camcorder is turned on.
To turn on your camcorder when the LCD screen is already open, press POWER (p. 15).
You can switch recording modes by pressing MODE. Press MODE to light up the desired recording
mode lamp.
HDR-CX110E/CX115E/CX116E/CX150E/CX155E
HDR-XR150E/XR155E
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MODE button
(Movie): When recording a movie
(Photo): When recording a photo
MODE button
(Movie): When recording a movie
(Photo): When recording a photo
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Recording movies
Press START/STOP to start recording.
You can start recording also by touching  in the bottom left of LCD screen.
To stop recording, press START/STOP again.
You can stop recording also by touching  in the bottom left of LCD screen.
The icons and indicators on the LCD panel will be displayed for about 3 seconds, then disappear after
turning on your camcorder or switching the recording (movie/photo)/playback modes. To display the
icons and indicators again, touch anywhere on the screen except the rec & zoom buttons on the LCD.
Notes
If you close the LCD screen while recording movies, the camcorder stops recording.
The maximum continuous recordable time of movies is about 13 hours.
When a movie file exceeds 2 GB, the next movie file is created automatically.
It will take several seconds until you can start recording after you turn on the camcorder. You cannot
operate your camcorder during this time.
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START/STOP button
[STBY]  [REC]
about 3sec
after
Rec & zoom buttons on LCD
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The following states will be indicated if data is still being written onto the recording media after recording
has finished. During this time, do not apply shock or vibration to the camcorder, or remove the battery or
AC Adaptor.
Access lamp (p. 19) is lit or flashing
The media icon in the upper right of the LCD screen is flashing
Tips
See page 90 on the recordable time of movies.
You can record photos during movie recording by pressing PHOTO fully (Dual Rec, p. 28).
When a face is detected, a white frame appears and the image quality around the face is optimized
automatically ([FACE DETECTION], p. 68).
You can specify the priority face by touching it (p. 27).
In the default setting, a photo is recorded automatically when the camcorder detects the smile of a person
during movie recording (Smile Shutter, p. 28).
You can capture photos from recorded movies (HDR-CX110E/CX116E/CX150E/CX155E/XR150E
/XR155E)(p. 43).
You can check the recordable time, estimated remaining capacity, etc., by touching (MENU) 
[Show others]  [MEDIA INFO] (under [MANAGE MEDIA] category).
The LCD screen of your camcorder can display recording images across the entire screen (full pixel
display). However, this may cause slight trimming of the top, bottom, right and left edges of images when
played back on a TV which is not compatible with full pixel display. In this case, set [GUIDEFRAME] to
[ON] (p. 67), and record images using the outer frame displayed on the screen as a guide.
To adjust the angle of the LCD panel, first open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the camcorder (), and
then adjust the angle ().
[ STEADYSHOT] is set to [ACTIVE] in the default setting.
Data code during recording
The recording date, time and condition are recorded automatically on the recording media.
They are not displayed during recording. However, you can check them as [DATA CODE]
during playback. To display them, touch (MENU)  [Show others]  [PLAYBACK
SET] (under [PLAYBACK] category)  [DATA CODE]  a desired setting  
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Shooting photos
In the default setting, photos are recorded on the following recording media.
HDR-CX110E/CX115E: Memory card
HDR-CX116E/CX150E/CX155E: Internal memory
HDR-XR150E/XR155E: Internal hard disk
Tips
To change the recording media, see page 17 (HDR-CX116E/CX150E/CX155E/XR150E/XR155E).
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Press MODE to turn on the (Photo) lamp.
The LCD screen display switches for photo recording mode, and the screen aspect ratio
becomes 4:3.
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Press PHOTO lightly to adjust the focus, then press it fully.
You can record photos also by touching on the LCD screen.
When disappears, the photo is recorded.
Tips
See page 92 on the recordable number of photos.
To change the image size, touch (MENU)  [Show others]  [ IMAGE SIZE] (under
[PHOTO SETTINGS] category)  a desired setting   .
You cannot record photos while is displayed.
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Useful functions for
recording movies and
photos
Zooming
You can magnify images up to 25 times the
original size with the power zoom lever.
You can magnify images also with the /
on the LCD screen.
Move the power zoom lever slightly for a
slower zoom. Move it further for a faster
zoom.
Notes
SteadyShot may not reduce image blurring as
desired when the power zoom lever is set to the
T (Telephoto) side.
Be sure to keep your finger on the power zoom
lever. If you move your finger off the power
zoom lever, the operation sound of the power
zoom lever may also be recorded.
You cannot change the zoom speed with the
/ on the LCD screen.
The minimum possible distance between
camcorder and subject while maintaining sharp
focus is about 1 cm (about 13/32 in.) for wide
angle and about 80 cm (about 31 1/2 in.) for
telephoto.
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Tips
You can set [ DIGITAL ZOOM] (p. 70) if you
want to zoom to a greater level.
Recording better images
automatically (INTELLIGENT AUTO)
By pressing , you can record images
using the INTELLIGENT AUTO function.
When you turn the camcorder toward
the subject, the camcorder records using
the optimum combination of the three
detection modes: Face detection, Scene
detection and Camera-shake detection.
When the camcorder detects the subject,
the icons that correspond to the detected
condition are displayed.
Tips
In the default setting, INTELLIGENT AUTO
is set to ON.
Face detection
(Portrait), (Baby)
The camcorder detects faces, and adjusts
the focus, color, and exposure.
Scene detection
 (Backlight), (Landscape),
(Twilight), (Spotlight), (Low light),
(Macro)
The camcorder selects the most effective
setting automatically, depending on the
scene.
Camera-shake detection
(Tripod)
The camcorder detects that camera-shake
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does not occur, and makes the optimum
setting for tripod.
Notes
The camcorder may not detect the expected
scene or subject, depending on the recording
conditions.
To cancel INTELLIGENT AUTO
Press .
or the detection mode icons disappear,
and you can record with the preferred
settings.
Also, the INTELLIGENT AUTO setting
is canceled if you change the following
settings:
[SMTH SLW REC]
[SCENE SELECTION]
[WHITE BAL.]
[SPOT MTR/FCS]
[SPOT METER]
[SPOT FOCUS]
[EXPOSURE]
[FOCUS]
[TELE MACRO]
[ STEADYSHOT]
[AUTO BACK LIGHT]
[LOW LUX]
[FACE DETECTION]
[SMILE PRIORITY]
Notes
Above settings are reset to the default settings
when INTELLIGENT AUTO is set to ON.
Selecting high definition image
quality (HD) or standard image
quality (STD)
You can select the desired image quality
from the high definition image quality
(HD) that enables you to record fine
images, or the standard definition image
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quality (STD) that has more compatibility
with various playback devices. Change the
image quality according to the recording
situation or the playback device.
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Touch (MENU)  [Show
others]  [ / SET] (under
[SHOOTING SET] category).
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Touch [ HD QUALITY] to
record high definition image
quality (HD) images, or touch
[ STD QUALITY] to record
standard definition image quality
(STD) images.
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Touch [YES]  .
Recording image quality is changed.
Tips
You can record, play, or edit movies in the
selected image quality only. To record, play, or
edit movies in another image quality, change
this setting.
Selecting the recording mode
You can select a recording mode to record
the high definition image quality (HD)
movies from 4 levels. The recording time
of the media is changed depending on
recording mode.
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Touch (MENU)  [Show
others]  [ REC MODE] (under
[SHOOTING SET] category).
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Touch a desired setting.
If you want to record high quality
images with the high definition image
quality (HD), select the FX or FH
mode. If you want to record longer
movies, select the LP mode.
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Touch  .
Notes
You cannot create an AVCHD disc from a
movie recorded with [HD FX] mode of
[ REC MODE]. Save a movie recorded with
[HD FX] mode onto Blu-ray discs or external
storage devices (p. 49).
Tips
Movies are recorded with AVCHD 1920 
1080/50i format when the FX or FH mode
of the high definition image quality (HD) is
selected. And when the HQ or LP mode of the
high definition image quality (HD) is selected,
movies are recorded with AVCHD 1440 
1080/50i format. Movies are recorded with
MPEG-2 format when the standard image
quality (STD) is selected.
You can select the following high definition
image quality (HD) recording mode. “24M”
of [HD FX] is the maximum bit-rate, and the
value other than of [HD FX], such as “17M,” is
an average bit-rate.
[HD FX] (AVC HD 24M (FX))
[HD FH] (AVC HD 17M (FH))
[HD HQ] (AVC HD 9M (HQ)) (the default
setting)
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[HD LP] (AVC HD 5M (LP))
The recording mode of the standard image
quality (STD) is limited to the following value.
“9M” is an average bit-rate.
[STD HQ] (STD 9M (HQ))
“M,” such as in “24M,” means “Mbps.”
Prioritizing the subject
When [FACE DETECTION] (p. 68) is set
to [ON] (the default setting), and several
faces are detected, touch the face you want
to record as priority. Focus/color/exposure
are adjusted automatically for the selected
face. Since the face you touched has priority
also with the Smile Shutter function, your
camcorder records a photo automatically
when it detects the smiling face.
Touch the face with the double-lined frame
again to cancel.
Notes
The face you touched may not be detected,
depending on the surrounding brightness or
hairstyle of the subject. In this case, touch the
face again when you record.
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Tips
The double-lined frame around a face targeted
for possible smile detection shot turns orange.
If the face you touched disappears from the
LCD screen, the subject selected in [PRIORITY
SETTING] (p. 69) has priority. If the face you
touched returns to the screen, the face has
priority.
Capturing smiles automatically
(Smile Shutter)
In the default setting, a photo is recorded
automatically when the camcorder detects
the smile of a person during movie
recording. An orange frame appears around
a face targeted for possible smile detection
shot.
Notes
Smiles may not be detected depending on
recording conditions, subject conditions, and
the setting of your camcorder.
When [ REC MODE] is set to [HD FX], you
cannot use the Smile Shutter function.
Tips
You can select the subject that has priority
for face detection and smile detection with
[PRIORITY SETTING] (p. 69). When you
specify the priority subject by touching the
detection frame on the LCD screen, the face
with a double-lined frame has priority.
If a smile is not detected, set the [SMILE
SENSITIVITY] (p. 69).
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Recording high quality photos
during movie recording (Dual Rec)
You can record photos during movie
recording by pressing PHOTO.
Notes
may appear when the capacity of the
recording media is not enough or when you
record photos continuously. You cannot record
photos while is displayed.
When [ REC MODE] is set to [HD FX], you
cannot use Dual Rec.
Tips
When the MODE lamp is set to (Movie), the
size of photos becomes [ 2.7M] (16:9 wide)
or [2.1M] (4:3).
You can record photos during recording
standby in the same way as when the (Photo)
lamp is turned on.
Recording in mirror mode
Open the LCD panel 90 degrees to the
camcorder (), then rotate it 180 degrees
to the lens side ().
Tips
A mirror-image of the subject appears on the
LCD screen, but the image will be normal when
recorded.
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Playback on the camcorder
In the default setting, movies and photos that are recorded on the following recording media
are played.
HDR-CX110E/CX115E: Memory card
HDR-CX116E/CX150E/CX155E: Internal memory
HDR-XR150E/XR155E: Internal hard disk
Tips
To change the recording media, see page 17 (HDR-CX116E/CX150E/CX155E/XR150E/XR155E).
1			
Open the LCD screen of your camcorder.
Your camcorder is turned on.
To turn on your camcorder when the LCD screen is already open, press POWER (p.15).
2			
Press (VIEW IMAGES).
The VISUAL INDEX screen appears after some seconds.
You can display the VISUAL INDEX screen also by touching (VIEW IMAGES) on the LCD
screen.
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Touch or ()  a desired movie () to playback a movie.
Touch the (Photo) ()  a desired photo () to view a photo.
Movies are displayed and sorted by recording date.
 Switches operating button display.
 To MENU screen
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 Displays the screen to select the index type ([DATE INDEX]/[ FILM ROLL]/
[ FACE]) (p. 32, 32, 33).
 / : Displays movies recorded on the previous/next date.*
 / : Displays the previous/next movie.
 Returns to the recording screen.
*	  is displayed when  is touched.
appears when the standard definition image quality (STD) movie is selected with [ /
SET] (p. 26).
You can scroll the display by touching and dragging  or .
 appears with the movie or photo that was most recently played or recorded. If you touch the
movie or photo with , you can continue playback from the previous time. ( appears on the
photo recorded on the memory card.)
Playing movies
Your camcorder starts playing the selected movie.
Notes
You may not be able to play back the images with other devices than camcorder.
Tips
When playback from the selected movie reaches the last movie, the screen returns to the INDEX screen.
Touch / during pause to play back movies slowly.
As you repeat touching / during playback, movies are played as fast as about 5 times 
about 10 times  about 30 times  about 60 times.
You can also display the VISUAL INDEX by touching (MENU)  [Show others]  [VISUAL
INDEX] (under [PLAYBACK] category).
The recording date, time, and shooting conditions are recorded automatically during recording. This
information is not displayed during recording, but you can display it during playback by touching
(MENU)  [Show others]  [PLAYBACK SET] (under [PLAYBACK] category)  [DATA
CODE]  a desired setting    .
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To pause/play
To fast-forward
OPTION
Next
To fast-reverse
To stop
Previous
Volume adjustment
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To adjust the sound volume of movies
While playing back movies, touch  adjust with /  .
You can also adjust the sound volume by using / in the OPTION MENU.
Viewing photos
Your camcorder displays the selected photo.
Tips
When viewing photos recorded on the memory card, (playback folder) appears on the screen.
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To start/stop slide
show
Next
OPTION MENU
Previous
To the VISUAL INDEX
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Useful functions for
playing movies and
photos
Searching for desired images by
date (Date Index)
You can search for desired images by date
efficiently.
Notes
You cannot use the Date Index function for
photos on the memory card.
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Press (VIEW IMAGES).
The VISUAL INDEX screen appears.
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Touch  [DATE INDEX].
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Touch / to select the date
of the desired image, then touch
.
The images of the selected date are
displayed on the VISUAL INDEX
screen.
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Tips
You can also display Date Index by touching
(MENU)  [Show others]  [VIEW
IMAGES] (under [PLAYBACK] category)
 [DATE INDEX].
On the Film Roll Index/Face Index screen, you
can display the Date Index by touching the date
in the upper right corner of the screen.
Searching for desired scene by
pinpoint (Film Roll Index)
Movies can be divided by a set time and the
first scene of each division is displayed on
the INDEX screen. You can start playing
back a movie from the selected thumbnail.
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Press (VIEW IMAGES).
The VISUAL INDEX screen appears.
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Touch  [ FILM ROLL].
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Touch / to select the
desired movie.
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Touch / to search for the
desired scene, then touch the
scene you want to play back.
Playback starts from the selected
scene.
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Returns to the VISUAL INDEX screen
Sets the interval at which to create
thumbnails of scenes in a movie.
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Tips
You can also display the Film Roll Index by
touching (MENU)  [Show others] 
[VIEW IMAGES] (under [PLAYBACK]
category)  [ FILM ROLL].
Searching for desired scene by face
(Face Index)
The face images detected or touched during
movie recording are displayed on the
INDEX screen.
You can play back the movie from the
selected face image.
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Press (VIEW IMAGES).
The VISUAL INDEX screen appears.
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Touch  [ FACE].
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Touch / to select the
desired movie.
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Touch / to search for the
desired face image, then touch
the desired face image to view
the scene.
Playback starts from the beginning of
the scene with the selected face image.
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Notes
Faces may not be detected depending on
recording conditions.
Example: People wearing glasses or hats, or who
do not face towards the camera.
Make sure that you set [FACE DETECTION]
to [ON] (p. 68) (the default setting) prior to
recording, to search movies on the Face Index.
Tips
You can also display the Face Index by touching
(MENU)  [Show others]  [VIEW
IMAGES] (under [PLAYBACK] category)
 [ FACE].
Playing back a digest of your
movies (Highlight Playback)
Your camcorder selects Highlight Playback
scenes at random, puts them together, and
plays them back as a digest of your high
definition image quality (HD) movies
with music and visual effects. Scenes
for Highlight Playback differ each time
Highlight Playback is selected. You can save
the desired Highlight Playback scenario.
	
Touch (MENU)  [Show
others]  [ HIGHLIGHT] (under
[PLAYBACK] category).
The settings for Highlight Playback appear.
The Highlight Playback starts after several
seconds.
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To stop Highlight Playback
To pause, touch .
To stop, touch or .
To change the settings for Highlight
Playback
After touching [ HIGHLIGHT], touch
[HIGHLIGHT SET] before the Highlight
Playback starts. You can set following items.
[PLAYBACK RANGE]
Set the range of movies to be played by selecting
the from and to date, then touch .
If no range is set, your camcorder plays the
movies starting from those of the date displayed
on the VISUAL INDEX screen until the most
recently recorded movie.
[THEME]
Select one of the following: [SIMPLE],
[NOSTALGIC], [STYLISH], [ACTIVE] (the
default setting)
The music category is selected automatically
according to the theme.
[MUSIC]
From the music category, you can add one or
more of the following: [MUSIC1] - [MUSIC4]
(the default setting), [MUSIC5] - [MUSIC8]
(the desired music* for HDR-CX110E/CX150E/
XR150E).
* To change music files, for details, see page 35.
[AUDIO MIX]
The original sound is played back with the
music.
Touch / to adjust the balance between
the original sound and the music.
[SHUFFLE]
To play back movies in random order, select
[ON].
Notes
The [PLAYBACK RANGE] setting is cleared
when the Highlight Playback stops.
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Tips
You can change the settings for Highlight
Playback during Highlight Playback by
touching (OPTION).
If you change the settings for Highlight
Playback, Highlight Playback scenes are
re-selected.
If you change [MUSIC] after you select
[THEME], the music will be selected
automatically for the theme from next time.
To save a scenario for Highlight
Playback
Touch (OPTION)  [ SCENARIO
SAVE]  [YES] during Highlight
Playback.
You can save a maximum of 8 scenarios.
If 8 scenarios have already been saved,
[HIGHLIGHT SCENARIO full. HIGHLIGHT
SCENARIOS may be erased when the
SCENARIO ERASE button is pressed.]
appears on the LCD screen. Touch
[ SCENARIO ERASE] to delete unwanted
scenarios.
To play back a saved Highlight Playback
scenario
Touch (MENU)  [Show others] 
[ SCENARIO] (under [PLAYBACK]
category) and select a scenario you want to
play back with / and touch .
Notes
If movies included in the Highlight Playback
scenario you are going to play are deleted or
divided, the scenario is played back with those
movies skipped.
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To erase the saved Highlight Playback
scenario
Touch (MENU)  [Show others] 
[ SCENARIO ERASE] (under [EDIT]
category)  [ERASE] and select a scenario
you want to erase with / , then touch
 [YES]   .
To erase all scenarios, touch (MENU)
 [Show others]  [ SCENARIO ERASE]
(under [EDIT] category)  [ERASE ALL]
 [YES]  [YES]   .
You can erase also by touching
(OPTION) during Highlight Scenario Playback
or on the scenario selection screen.
To change music files (HDR-CX110E/
CX150E/XR150E)
You can transfer music files from audio CDs
or MP3 files to your camcorder, and play them
with Highlight Playback. To transfer music files,
you need to install the supplied software “PMB”
on your computer. Turn on your camcorder and
computer, connect them with the supplied USB
cable, then touch [DOWNLOAD MUSIC] on
the camcorder screen. (If the [USB SELECT]
screen does not appear, touch (MENU)
 [Show others]  [MUSIC TOOL] (under
[OTHERS] category)  [DOWNLOAD
MUSIC]).
After the music file is transferred to the
camcorder, if you cannot play the music,
the music file may be damaged. Delete the
music file by touching (MENU) 
[Show others]  [MUSIC TOOL] (under
[OTHERS] category)  [EMPTY MUSIC],
then transfer the music file again. If you delete
music files using [EMPTY MUSIC], the music
data recorded on your camcorder at the factory
will be deleted too. In this case, you can restore
them using Music Transfer, a software installed
together with “PMB.” To start Music Transfer,
click [Start]  [All Programs]  [PMB]
 [PMB Launcher]  [Export]  [Music
Transfer]. For operating instructions, see
[Music Transfer] help.
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Using PB zoom with photos
You can magnify photos from about 1.1 to 5
times the original size.
Magnification can be adjusted with the
power zoom lever.
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Play back the photo you want to
magnify.

		
Magnify the photo with T
(Telephoto).
The screen is framed.

		
Touch the screen at the point you
want to display in the center of
the displayed frame.
The point where you touched on the
screen is moved to the center of the
display frame.

		
Adjust the magnification with W
(Wide angle)/T (Telephoto).
To cancel, touch .
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Playing back a series of photos
(Slide show)
Touch on the photo playback
screen.
The slide show begins from the selected
photo.
To stop the slide show
Touch .
To restart the slide show
Touch again.
Notes
You cannot operate playback zoom during slide
show.
Tips
You can set continuous slide show playback
by selecting (OPTION)  tab 
[SLIDE SHOW SET] while playing photos. The
default setting is [ON] (continuous playback).
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Playing images on a TV
Connection methods and the image
quality (high definition (HD) or standard
definition (STD)) viewed on the TV screen
differ depending on what type of TV is
connected, and the connectors used.
Connecting a TV using [TV
CONNECT Guide]
You can connect your camcorder to the TV
easily following the instructions displayed
on the LCD screen, [TV CONNECT
Guide].

		
Switch the input on the TV to the
connected jack.
Refer to the instruction manuals of the TV.

		
Turn on your camcorder, and
touch (MENU)  [Show
others]  [TV CONNECT Guide]
(under [OTHERS] category) on
the LCD screen.
Use the supplied AC Adaptor as the power
source (p. 14).

		
Touch [High Definition TV].
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
		
Touch / to select the input
jack of your TV, then touch .
The connection medhod is displayed.
If you touch [HINT], you can see tips for
the connection or change the settings of
your camcorder.

		
Connect your camcorder to the
TV.
*	 HDR-CX110E/CX115E/CX116E/CX150E/
CX155E
**	 HDR-XR150E/XR155E
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HDMI OUT jack
A/V Remote
Connector
**
*
Connectors on your
camcorder
Input connectors
on the TV
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
		
Touch [YES].
When the A/V connecting cable is used
to output movies, movies are output with
standard definition image quality (STD).

		
Play back movies and photos on
your camcorder (p. 29).
Types of connection cables between
your camcorder and TV
Connecting to a high definitionTV
Component A/V Cable (supplied)
HDMI Cable (sold separately)
Connecting to a non-high-definition 16:9 (wide) or 4:3
TV
Component A/V Cable (supplied)
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A/V connecting cable with S VIDEO (sold
separately)
A/V connecting cable (supplied)
When connecting to your TV via a VCR
Connect your camcorder to the LINE IN input
on the VCR using the A/V connecting cable. Set
the input selector on the VCR to LINE (VIDEO
1, VIDEO 2, etc.).
To set the aspect ratio according to the
connected TV (16:9/4:3)
Set [TV TYPE] to [16:9] or [4:3] according to
your TV (p. 77).
When your TV is monaural (When your
TV has only one audio input jack)
Connect the yellow plug of the A/V connecting
cable to the video input jack and connect the
white (left channel) or red (right channel) plug
to the audio input jack of your TV or VCR.
When you connect with component
A/V cable
If you connect only component video plugs,
audio signals are not output. Connect the white
and red plugs to output audio signals.
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(Yellow)
(White)
(Red)
(White)
(Red)
(Yellow)
(Green) Y
(Blue)PB/CB
(Red)PR/CR
(White)
(Red)
(Green) Y
(Blue)PB/CB
(Red)PR/CR
(White)
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When you connect with HDMI cable
Use an HDMI cable with the HDMI logo.
Use an HDMI mini connector on one end
(for the camcorder), and a plug suitable for
connecting your TV on the other end.
Copyright-protected images are not output
from the HDMI OUT jack of your camcorder.
Some TVs may not function correctly (e.g., no
sound or image) with this connection.
Do not connect the camcorder HDMI OUT
jack to an external device HDMI OUT jack, as
malfunction may result.
When you connect with A/V
connecting cable with S VIDEO
When the S VIDEO plug (S VIDEO channel)
is connected, audio signals are not output. To
output audio signals, connect the white and red
plugs to the audio input jack of your TV.
This connection produces higher resolution
images compared with the A/V connecting
cable.
Notes
When you play back standard definition image
quality (STD) movies on a 4:3 TV that is not
compatible with the 16:9 signal, record movies
with 4:3 aspect ratio. Touch (MENU)
 [Show others]  [OTHER REC SET]
(under [SHOOTING SET] category) 
[ WIDE SELECT]  [4:3]  
 (p. 70).
If your TV/VCR has a 21-pin adaptor
(EUROCONNECTOR)
Use a 21-pin adaptor (sold separately) to
view playback pictures.
Tips
If you connect your camcorder to the TV using
more than one type of cable to output images,
the order of priority of the TV input jacks is as
follows:
HDMI  component  S VIDEO  video
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
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HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface)
is an interface to send both video/audio signals.
The HDMI OUT jack outputs high quality
images and digital audio.
Using“BRAVIA”Sync
You can operate your camcorder with
the remote commander of your TV by
connecting your camcorder to a “BRAVIA”
Sync compatible TV launched in 2008 or
later with the HDMI cable.
You can operate the menu of your
camcorder by pressing the SYNC MENU
button of the remote commander of your
TV. You can display index screens such
as VISUAL INDEX, play selected movies
or display selected photos by pressing up/
down/left/right/enter buttons of the remote
commander of your TV.
Notes
There may be some operations you cannot do
with the remote commander.
To set your camcorder, touch (MENU)
 [Show others]  [OTHER SETTINGS]
(under [GENERAL SET] category) 
[CTRL FOR HDMI]  [ON] (the default
setting)    .
Also set your TV. Refer to the instruction
manual of the TV for details.
The operation of “BRAVIA” Sync differs
according to each model of BRAVIA. Refer to
the instruction manual of your TV for details.
Tips
If you turn off the TV, your camcorder is turned
off simultaneously.
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
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TV/VCR
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Deleting movies and
photos
You can free media space by deleting
movies and photos from recording media.
Notes
You cannot restore images once they are
deleted. Save important movies and photos in
advance.
Do not remove the battery pack or the AC
Adaptor from your camcorder while deleting
the images. It may damage the recording media.
Do not eject memory card while deleting
images from the memory card.
You cannot delete protected movies and photos.
Undo the protection of the movies and photos
to delete them, before you try to delete them
(p. 41).
If the deleted movie is included in the Playlist
(p. 46), the movie added to the Playlist is
deleted also from the Playlist.
If the deleted movie is included in the saved
Highlight Playback scenario (p. 35), the movie
is also deleted from the scenario.
Tips
You can delete an image on the playback screen
from OPTION MENU.
To delete all images recorded in the recording
media, and recover all the recordable space of
the media, format the media (p. 74).
Reduced-size images which enable you to view
many images at the same time on an index
screen are called “thumbnails.”
1		
Touch (MENU)  [Show
others]  [DELETE] (under
[EDIT] category).
2		
To delete movies, touch
[ DELETE]  [ DELETE] or
[ DELETE].
To delete photos, touch [ DELETE] 
[ DELETE].
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3		
Touch and display the mark
on the movies or photos to be
deleted.
Press and hold the image down on the
LCD screen to confirm the image. Touch
to return to the previous screen.
4		
Touch  [YES] 
 .
To delete all movies/photos at one time
In step 2, touch [ DELETE] 
[ DELETE ALL]/[ DELETE ALL]
 [YES]  [YES]   .
To delete all photos at one time, touch
[ DELETE]  [ DELETE ALL]  [YES]
 [YES]   .
To delete all the movies/photos
recorded on the same day at one time
Notes
You cannot delete photos on memory card by
recording date.
	In step 2, touch [ DELETE] 
[ DELETE by date]/[ DELETE
by date].
To delete all photos on the same day at one
time, touch [ DELETE]  [ DELETE
by date].
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	Touch / to select the recording
date of the desired movies/photos, then
touch .
Touch the image on the LCD screen to
confirm the image. Touch to return
to the previous screen.
	Touch [YES]   .
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Protecting recorded
movies and photos
(Protect)
Protect movies and photos to avoid deleting
them by mistake.
Tips
You can protect movies and photos on the
playback screen from OPTION MENU.
1		
Touch (MENU)  [Show
others]  [PROTECT] (under
[EDIT] category).
2		
To protect movies, touch
[ PROTECT] 
[ PROTECT]/[ PROTECT].
To protect photos, touch [ PROTECT]
 [ PROTECT].
3		
Touch the movies and photos to
be protected.
 is displayed on the selected images.
Press and hold the image down on the
LCD screen to confirm the image. Touch
to return to the previous screen.
4		
Touch  [YES] 
 .
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To undo the protection of movies and
photos
Touch the movie or photo marked with 
in step 3.
 disappears.
To protect all the movies and photos
recorded on the same day at one time
Notes
You cannot select [ PRT. by date] for still
images recorded on the memory card.
	In step 2, touch [ PROTECT] 
[ PRT. by date]/[ PRT. by date].
To protect all photos on the same day at
one time, touch [ PROTECT] 
[ PRT. by date].
	Touch / to select the recording
date of the desired movies/photos, then
touch .
Touch the image on the LCD screen to
confirm the image. Touch to return
to the previous screen.
	Touch [PROTECT]   .
To undo the protection of movies and
photos recorded on the same day at
one time
In step  above, select the recording date
of the desired movies/photos, then touch
 [UNPROTECT]  
.
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Dividing a movie
1		
Touch (MENU)  [Show
others]  [ DIVIDE] (under
[EDIT] category).
2		
Touch the movie to be divided.
The selected movie starts playback.
3		
Touch at the point where
you want to divide the movie into
scenes.
The movie pauses. Play and pause
toggles as you press .
4		
Touch  [YES]  .
Notes
You cannot restore movies once they are
divided.
You cannot divide protected movie. Undo the
protection of the movie to divide it, before you
try to divide it (p. 41).
Do not remove the battery pack or the AC
Adaptor from your camcorder while dividing
the movie. It may damage the recording media.
Also, do not eject the memory card while




Adjusts the dividing point with more
precision after you selected the dividing
point with .
Returns to the beginning of the selected
movie
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dividing movies on the memory card.
A slight difference may occur from the point
where you touch and the actual dividing
point, as your camcorder selects the dividing
point based on about half-second increments.
If you divide the original movie, the movie
added to the Playlist will also be divided.
If the divided movie is included in the saved
Highlight Playback scenario (p. 34), the movie
is deleted from the scenario.
Only simple editing is available on the
camcorder. Use the supplied software “PMB”
for more advanced editing.
Tips
You can divide a movie on the playback screen
from OPTION MENU.
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
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
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Capturing a photo
from a movie (HDR-
CX110E/CX116E/
CX150E/CX155E/
XR150E/XR155E)
1		
Touch (MENU)  [Show
others]  [PHOTO CAPTURE]
(under [EDIT] category).
The [PHOTO CAPTURE] screen
appears.
2		
Touch the movie to be captured.
The selected movie starts playback.
3		
Touch at the point where
you want to capture.
The movie pauses. Play and pause
toggles as you press .
4		
Touch .
When capturing is finished, the screen
returns to pause.
The captured photo is saved on the
recording media selected in [PHOTO
MEDIA SET] (HDR-CX116E/CX150E/
CX155E/XR150E/XR155E) (p. 17).

Adjust the capturing point with more
precision after you selected the point with
.
Returns to the beginning of the selected
movie
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To continue capturing, touch , then
repeat steps from step 3.
To capture a photo from another movie,
touch , then repeat steps from step 2.
5		
Touch  .
Notes
The image size is fixed depending on the image
quality of the movie:
[ 2.1M] with high definition image quality
(HD)
[ 0.2M] in 16:9 (wide) with standard
definition image quality (STD)
[VGA(0.3M)] in 4:3 with standard definition
image quality (STD)
The recording medium where you want to save
photos should have enough free space.
The recording date and time of captured photos
is the same as the recording date and time of
the movies.
If the movie you are capturing from has no data
code, the recording date and time of the photo
will be the date and time you captured from
the movie.
You cannot capture a photo from a movie
recorded on memory card (HDR-CX116E/
CX155E/XR155E).
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Dubbing/copying
movies and photos
from the internal
recording media to
memory card (HDR-
CX116E/CX150E/
CX155E/XR150E/
XR155E)
Dubbing movies
You can dub movies recorded on the
internal recording media of your camcorder
to memory card.
Insert memory card into your camcorder
before the operation.
Notes
When you record a movie on the memory card
for the first time, create the image database file
by touching (MENU)  [Show others]
 [REPAIR IMG.DB F.] (under [MANAGE
MEDIA] category)  [MEMORY CARD].
Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet
(wall socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor to
prevent your camcorder from running out of
power during dubbing.
Tips
The original movie will not be deleted after
dubbing.
All included images in a Playlist will be dubbed.
The images recorded by this camcorder and
stored onto the recording media are called
“original.”
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Touch (MENU)  [Show
others]  [MOVIE DUB] (under
[EDIT] category).
The [MOVIE DUB] screen appears.

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Touch the type of dubbing.
[DUB by select]: To select movies and
dub
[DUB by date]: To dub all movies of a
specified date
[ DUB ALL]: To dub the high
definition image quality (HD) Playlist
[ DUB ALL]: To dub the standard
definition image quality (STD) Playlist
When you select the Playlist as the
source of dubbing, follow the on-screen
instructions to dub the Playlist.

		
Select the movie to be dubbed.
[DUB by select]: Touch the movie to be
dubbed, and mark it with . You can
select multiple movies.
Press and hold the image down on the
LCD screen to confirm the image. Touch
to return to the previous screen.
[DUB by date]: Select the recording
date of the movie to be dubbed, then
touch . You cannot select multiple
dates.
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
		
Touch  [YES] 
 .
Tips
To check the dubbed movies after dubbing is
finished, select [MEMORY CARD] on [MOVIE
MEDIA SET] and play them back (p. 17).
Copying photos
You can copy photos from the internal
recording media of the camcorder to
memory card.
Insert a memory card into your camcorder
before the operation.
Notes
Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet
(wall socket) using the supplied AC Adaptor to
prevent your camcorder from running out of
power during copying.

		
Touch (MENU)  [Show
others]  [PHOTO COPY] (under
[EDIT] category).
The [PHOTO COPY] screen appears.

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
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Remaining capacity of the
memory card
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Touch the type of copying.
[COPY by select]: To copy selected
photos
[COPY by date]: To copy all photos of
a specified date

		
Select the photo to be copied.
[COPY by select]: Touch the photo to
be copied, and mark with . You can
select multiple photos.
Press and hold the image down on the
screen to confirm the image. Touch
to return to the previous screen.
[COPY by date]: Select the recording
date of the photo to be copied, then
touch . You cannot select multiple
dates.

		
Touch  [YES] 
 .
Tips
To check the copied photos after copying
is finished, select [MEMORY CARD] on
[PHOTO MEDIA SET] and play them back
(p. 17).
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Using the Playlist of
movies
The Playlist is a list showing thumbnails of
the movies that you have selected.
The original movies are not changed even
if you edit or erase the movies added to the
Playlist.
Creating the Playlist
Notes
High definition image quality (HD) movies and
standard definition image quality (STD) movies
are added to an individual Playlist.

		
Touch (MENU)  [Show
others]  [PLAYLIST EDIT]
(under [EDIT] category).

		
Touch [ ADD] or [ ADD].

		
Touch the movie to be added to
the Playlist.
The selected movie is marked with .
Press and hold the image down on the
LCD screen to confirm the image. Touch
to return to the previous screen.

		
Touch  [YES] 
 .
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To add all the movies recorded on the
same day at one time
	In step 2, touch [ ADD by date]/
[ ADD by date].
	 The recording dates of movies are
displayed on the screen.
	Touch / to select the recording
date of the desired movie, then touch
.
Touch the image on the LCD screen to
confirm the image. Touch to return
to the previous screen.
	Touch [YES]   .
Notes
Do not remove the battery pack or the AC
Adaptor from your camcorder while adding
movies to the Playlist. It may damage the
recording media. Also, do not eject the memory
card while editing movies on the memory card.
You cannot add photos to the Playlist.
You cannot create a Playlist which contains
both high definition image quality (HD) movies
and standard definition image quality (STD)
movies.
Tips
You can add a maximum of 999 high definition
image quality (HD) movies, or 99 standard
definition image quality (STD) movies to the
Playlist.
You can add a movie on the playback screen
or the Playlist screen by touching
(OPTION).
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
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Playing the Playlist
	Touch (MENU)  [Show
others]  [PLAYLIST] (under
[PLAYBACK] category).
Movies added to the Playlist appear.

		
Touch the movie you want to
play back.
The Playlist is played back from the
selected movie to the end, then the
screen returns to the Playlist screen.
To erase unnecessary movies from the
Playlist
	Touch (MENU)  [Show others]
 [PLAYLIST EDIT] (under
[EDIT] category).
	Touch [ ERASE]/[ ERASE].
	 To erase all the movies from the Playlist,
touch [ ERASE ALL]/[ ERASE
ALL]  [YES]  [YES]  
.
	Select the movie to be erased from the
list.
	 The selected movie is marked with .
Press and hold the image down on the
LCD screen to confirm the image. Touch
to return to the previous screen.
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	Touch  [YES]  
.
Tips
Even if you erase a movie from a Playlist, the
original movie is not deleted.
To change the order within the Playlist
	Touch (MENU)  [Show others]
 [PLAYLIST EDIT] (under
[EDIT] category).
	Touch [ MOVE]/[ MOVE].
	Select the movie to be moved.
	 The selected movie is marked with .
Touch the image on the LCD screen to
confirm the image. Touch to return
to the previous screen.
	Touch .
	Select the destination with / .
	Touch  [YES]  
.
Tips
When you select multiple movies, the movies
are moved following the order appearing in the
Playlist.

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
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Saving images with an external device
Saving images in
external media
(DIRECT COPY)
You can save movies and photos on external
media (USB storage device), such as an
external hard disk drive. You can also play
back images on the camcorder or another
playback device.
Notes
For this operation, you need the USB Adaptor
Cable VMC-UAM1 (sold separately).
The USB Adaptor Cable VMC-UAM1 may not
be available in some countries/regions.
You cannot use the following devices as an
external media.
media with a capacity exceeding 2 TB
ordinary disc drive such as CD or DVD drive
media connected via USB hub
media with built-in USB hub
card reader
You may not be able to use external media with
a code function.
FAT file system is available for your camcorder.
If the external media was formatted to NTFS
file system, etc., format the external media on
your camcorder before use. The format screen
appears when the external media is connected
to your camcorder. However, the format screen
may appear even if you use the external media
of FAT file system.
Operation is not assured with every device
satisfying requirements for operating.
Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet (wall
socket) using the supplied AC adaptor (p. 14).
Refer to the instruction manual supplied with
the external media.
For details on available external media, go to the
Sony support website in your country/region.
Tips
You can import images saved in the external
media by using the supplied software “PMB.”
1		
Connect the AC Adaptor and the
power cord (mains lead) to the
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DC IN jack of your camcorder and
the wall outlet (wall socket).
2		
If the external media has the AC
power cable, connect it to the
wall outlet (wall socket).
3		
Connect the USB Adaptor Cable
to the external media.
4		
Connect the USB Adaptor Cable
to the  (USB) jack of your
camcorder.
When the [Create a new Image
Database File.] screen appears, touch
[YES].
5		
Touch [Copy.] on the camcorder
screen.
HDR-CX110E/CX115E:
Movies and photos that have not yet
been saved on to external media can
be saved.
HDR-CX116E/CX150E/CX155E/
XR150E/XR155E:
USB Adaptor
Cable (sold
separately)
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Movies and photos in the internal
recording media of the camcorder that
have not yet been saved on to external
media can be saved.
This screen will appear only when there
are newly recorded images.
6		
After the operation is completed,
touch on the camcorder
screen.
Notes
The number of scenes you can save on the
external media are as follows. However, even if
the external media has free space, you cannot
save scenes exceeding the following number.
High definition image quality (HD) movies:
Max. 3,999
Standard definition image quality (STD)
movies: 9,999
Photos: 9,999 frames × 899 folders
The number of scenes may be smaller
depending on the type of images recorded.
When connecting an external media
The images saved in the external media
are displayed on the LCD screen. The
movie display and photo display buttons
on the VISUAL INDEX screen change as
illustrated below.
You can make menu settings of the external
media such as deleting images. Touch
(MENU)  [Show others] on the VISUAL
INDEX screen.
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To save desired movies and photos
You can save images from the memory
cards to the external media.
Notes
You cannot copy or search photos by date which
are recorded on the memory card.
	Touch [Play without copying.] in step 5
above.
The VISUAL INDEX screen of the
external media is displayed.
	Touch (MENU)  [Show others]
 [MOVIE DUB] (when selecting
movies)/[PHOTO COPY] (when
selecting photos).
	Follow the on-screen instructions to
select the recording media (HDR-
CX116E/CX150E/CX155E/XR150E/
XR155E) and image selection methods.
	When you selected [DUB by select],
touch the image to be saved.
appears.
When you selected [DUB by date], select
the date of the images to be dubbed with
/ , then touch and go
to step .
Press and hold the image down on the
LCD screen to confirm the image. Touch
to return to the previous screen.
By touching date, you can search for
images by date.
	Touch  [YES]  on the
camcorder screen.
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