©2001 Sony Corporation
Before operating the unit, please read this manual thoroughly,
and retain it for future reference.
The model and serial numbers are located on the bottom. Record the
serial number in the space provided below. Refer to these numbers
whenever you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this product.
Model No. DCR-TRV
Model No. AC-
Congratulations on your purchase of this Sony Digital Handycam camcorder. With your Digital
Handycam, you can capture life's precious moments with superior picture and sound quality. Your Digital
Handycam is loaded with advanced features, but at the same time it is very easy to use. You will soon be
producing home video that you can enjoy for years to come.
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do
not expose the unit to rain or
Never expose the battery pack to temperatures
above 60°C (140°F) such as in a car parked in
the sun or under direct sunlight.
This symbol is intended to alert
the user to the presence of
uninsulated "dangerous voltage"
within the product's enclosure
that may be of sufficient
magnitude to constitute a risk of
electric shock to persons.
This symbol is intended to alert
the user to the presence of
important operating and
instructions in the literature
accompanying the appliance.
For customers in the U.S.A. and
DISPOSAL OF LITHIUM ION BATTERY.
LITHIUM ION BATTERY.
DISPOSE OF PROPERLY.
You can return your unwanted lithium ion batteries
to your nearest Sony Service Center or Factory
In some areas the disposal of lithium ion
batteries in household or business trash may
For the Sony Service Center nearest you call
1-800-222-SONY (United States only).
For the Sony Factory Service Center nearest you call
416-499-SONY (Canada only).
Caution: Do not handle damaged or leaking lithium
For the Customers in the U.S.A.
If you have any questions about this product, you
may call :
Sony Customer Information Center 1-800-222-SONY
The number below is for the FCC related matters
Declaration of Conformity
Responsible Party:Sony Electronics Inc.
680 Kinderkamack Road,
Oradell, NJ07649 U.S.A.
This device complies with Part 15 of the
FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions.: (1) This device
may not cause harmful interference, and
(2)this device must accept any interference
received, including interference that may
cause undesired operation.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
(1) This device may not cause harmful interference,
and (2) this device must accept any interference
received, including interference that may cause
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in this
manual could void your authority to operate
This equipment has been tested and found to
comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses, and can radiate
radio frequency energy and, if not installed
and used in accordance with the instructions,
may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no
guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this equipment does
cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined
by turning the equipment off and on, the user
is encouraged to try to correct the interference
by one or more of the following measures:
-- Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
-- Increase the separation between the
equipment and receiver.
-- Connect the equipment into an outlet on a
circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
-- Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/
TV technician for help.
For customers in CANADA
TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK, MATCH WIDE
BLADE OF PLUG TO WIDE SLOT, FULLY INSERT.
This Class B digital apparatus complies with
Taking moving or still images, and playing them back
·Recording a picture (p. 21)
·Recording a still image on a tape (p. 38)
·Playing back a tape (p. 31)
·Recording still images on "Memory Stick"s (p. 112) (DCR-TRV17 only)
·Recording moving pictures on "Memory Stick"s (p. 120) (DCR-TRV17 only)
·Viewing a still image recorded on "Memory Stick" (p. 129) (DCR-TRV17 only)
·Viewing a moving picture recorded on "Memory Stick" (p. 132) (DCR-TRV17 only)
Capturing images on your computer
·Using with analog video unit and your computer (p. 79)
·Viewing images recorded on "Memory Stick" using USB cable (p. 134) (DCR-TRV17
Functions to adjust exposure in the recording mode
· Back light (p. 26)
· NightShot/Super NightShot (p. 27)
· PROGRAM AE (p. 49)
· Adjusting the exposure manually (p. 52)
Functions to give images more impact
· Digital zoom (p. 24) The default setting is set to OFF. (To zoom greater than 10
the digital zoom power in D ZOOM in the menu settings.)
· Fader (p. 43)
· Picture effect (p. 45)
· Digital effect (p. 46)
· Digital program editing (p. 68)
· Title (p. 89, 92)
· MEMORY MIX (p. 124) (DCR-TRV17 only)
Functions to give a natural appearance to your recordings
· Landscape mode (p. 49)
· Sports lesson mode (p. 49)
· Manual focus (p. 53)
Functions to use after recording
· END SEARCH/EDITSEARCH/Rec review (p. 30)
· DATA CODE (p. 32)
· SUPER LASER LINK (p. 36)
· Tape PB ZOOM (p. 59)/Memory PB ZOOM (p. 140) (DCR-TRV17 only)
· Zero set memory (p. 60, 83)
· Title search (p. 61)
· HiFi SOUND (p. 98)
Checking supplied accessories
Make sure that the following accessories are supplied with your camcorder.
Wireless Remote Commander (1)
AC-L10A/L10B/L10C AC power adaptor
(1), Power cord (1) (p. 13)
Size AA (R6) battery for Remote
Commander (2) (p. 178)
NP-FM30 battery pack (1) (p. 12, 13)
A/V connecting cable (1) (p. 35, 66)
Shoulder strap (1) (p. 173)
Lens cap (1) (p. 21)
"Memory Stick" (1) (p. 103)
USB cable (1) (p. 135)
CD-ROM (SPVD-004, USB Driver) (1)
(p. 135) DCR-TRV17 only
Contents of the recording cannot be compensated if recording or playback is not made due to a
malfunction of the camcorder, storage media, etc.