© 1995 by 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-VX1000
Model No. AC-V615
Welcome to digital video
Congratulations on your purchase of this Sony Digital Handycam® camcorder. With your Handycam,
you can capture life's precious moments with superior picture and sound quality. Your Handycam is
loaded with advanced features, but at the same time it is very easy to use. You will soon be producing
home video that you can enjoy for years to come.
For Customers in the U.S.A.
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
- Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
- Increase the separation between the equipment and
- Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit
different from that to which the receiver is
- Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV
technician for help.
You are cautioned that any changes or modifications
not expressly approved in this manual could void
your authority to operate this equipment.
The shielded interface cable recommended in this
manual must be used with the equipment in order to
comply with the limits for a digital device pursuant
to Subpart B of Part 15 of FCC Rules.
For customers in CANADA
TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT USE
THIS POLARIZED AC PLUG WITH AN
EXTENSION CORD, RECEPTACLE OR OTHER
OUTLET UNLESS THE BLADES CAN BE FULLY
INSERTED TO PREVENT BLADE EXPOSURE.
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do
not expose the unit to rain or
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 maintenance
(servicing) instructions in the
literature accompanying the
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
Note: 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 Factory Service Center nearest you call 416-
499-SONY (Canada only)
Caution: Do not handle damaged or leaking lithium
As you read through this manual, buttons and
settings on the camcorder are shown in capital
e.g. Set the POWER switch to CAMERA.
The beep sound is indicated with
Table of Contents
Before You Begin
Notes and Precautions 4
Checking Supplied Accessories 5
Charging and Inserting the Battery Pack 6
Inserting a Cassette 9
Camera Recording 10
Hints for Better Shooting 13
Checking the Recorded Picture 14
Connections for Playback 15
Playing Back a Tape 16
Using Alternate Power Sources 18
Changing the Mode Settings 20
< for Camera Recording >
Fader and Overlap 23
Re-recording a Picture in the Middle of a Recorded Tape 25
Photo Recording 27
Interval Recording 28
Cut Recording 29
Self-timer Recording 30
< for Automatic/Manual Adjustment >
Selecting Automatic Mode and Manual Adjustment 31
Focusing Manually 32
Using the PROGRAM AE Function 34
Adjusting the Exposure 38
Adjusting the Shutter Speed 40
Using the ND Filter 41
Using with the Zebra Pattern 42
Adjusting the White Balance 43
Adjusting the Recording Sound 46
Releasing the Steady Shot Function 48
Presetting the Adjustment for Picture Quality 49
< for Playback/Editing >
Searching the Recorded Picture 51
Checking the Information for the Recorded Picture 53
Editing onto Another Tape 54
Replacing Recording on a Tape 56
Using Your Camcorder Abroad 57
Replacing the Lithium Battery in the Camcorder 58
Resetting the Date and Time 60
Video Cassettes 61
Tips for Using the Battery Pack 63
Maintenance Information and Precautions 65
Trouble Check 68
Identifying the Parts 72
Warning Indicators 82
Index (back cover)
Before You Begin
Notes and Precautions
Note on TV Color Systems
TV color systems differ from country to country. To view your recordings on a TV, you need an NTSC
system based TV. Please check the list to see the TV color system of your country (p. 57).
Precaution on Copyright
Television programs, films, video tapes, and other materials may be copyrighted.
Unauthorized recording of such materials may be contrary to the provision of the copyright laws.
Precautions on Camcorder Care
· Do not let the camcorder get wet. Keep the camcorder from rain or sea water. It may cause a
malfunction and sometimes the malfunction cannot be repaired. [a]
· Do not let sand get into the camcorder. When you use the camcorder on a sandy beach or
dusty place, protect it from the sand or dust. Sand or dust may cause the unit to malfunction
and sometimes the malfunction cannot be repaired. [b]
· Never leave the camcorder under temperatures above 140 °F (60° C), such as in a car parked in the
sun or under direct sunlight. [c]
Contents of the recording cannot be compensated if recording or playback is not made due to a
malfunction of the camcorder, video tape, etc.
See "Precautions" as well (p. 67).
Checking Supplied Accessories
Check that the following accessories are supplied with your camcorder.
1 Wireless Remote Commander (1) (p. 76)
2 NP-720/F730 Battery Pack (1) (p.6)
3 AC-V615 AC power adaptor and DK-715 connecting cord (1) (p. 6)
4 A/V connecting cable (1) (p. 15)
5 S video connecting cable (1) (p. 15)
6 Shoulder strap (1) (p. 76)
7 R6 (size AA) batteries for Remote Commander (2) (p. 77)
8 Eyecup (1) (p. 11)
9 Mini DV cassette (1) (p. 9)