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Additional information on this product and answers
to frequently asked questions can be found at our
Customer Support Website.
© 2005 Sony Corporation
Printed in Japan
Printed on 100% recycled paper using VOC (Volatile
Organic Compound)-free vegetable oil based ink.
Digital Still Camera
User's Guide/
Operating Instructions
Before operating the unit, please read this manual and
"Read This First" (separate volume) thoroughly, and retain
it for future reference.
Owner's Record
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. DSC-W5/W7/W15/W17
Serial No. ___________________________
"Read This First" (separate volume)
Explains the set-up and basic operations
for shooting/playback with your camera.
Enjoying the
Using the menu
Using the Setup screen
Using your computer
Printing still images
Connecting your
camera to your TV

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To prevent fire or shock hazard, do
not expose the unit to rain or
If you have any questions about this product, you
may call:
Sony Customer Information Services Center
1-800-222-SONY (7669)
The number below is for the FCC related matters
Regulatory Information
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in this
manual could void your authority to operate this
For Customers in the U.S.A.
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 appliance.
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name: SONY
Model No.: DSC-W5
Responsible Party: Sony Electronics Inc.
Address: 16450 W. Bernardo Dr,
San Diego, CA 92127U.S.A.
Telephone No.: 858-942-2230
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
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name: SONY
Model No.: DSC-W7
Responsible Party: Sony Electronics Inc.
Address: 16450 W. Bernardo Dr,
San Diego, CA 92127U.S.A.
Telephone No.: 858-942-2230
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

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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.
The supplied interface cable 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.
Nickel Metal Hydride
batteries are recyclable.
You can help preserve our
environment by returning
your used rechargeable
batteries to the collection
and recycling location
nearest you.
For more information regarding recycling of
rechargeable batteries, call toll free
1-800-822-8837, or visit
Caution: Do not handle damaged or leaking
Nickel Metal Hydride batteries.
A moulded plug complying with BS 1363 is fitted
to this equipment for your safety and convenience.
Should the fuse in the plug supplied need to be
replaced, a fuse of the same rating as the supplied
one and approved by ASTA or BSI to BS 1362,
(i.e., marked with an
mark) must be
If the plug supplied with this equipment has a
detachable fuse cover, be sure to attach the fuse
cover after you change the fuse. Never use the
plug without the fuse cover. If you should lose the
fuse cover, please contact your nearest Sony
service station.
This product has been tested and found compliant
with the limits set out in the EMC Directive for
using connection cables shorter than 3 meters (9.8
The electromagnetic fields at the specific
frequencies may influence the picture and sound
of this camera.
If static electricity or electromagnetism causes
data transfer to discontinue midway (fail), restart
the application or disconnect and connect the
communication cable (USB, etc.) again.
For Customers in the U.S.A. and
Notice for customers in the
United Kingdom
For Customers in Europe

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Notes on using your camera
Types of "Memory Stick" that can be
used (not supplied)
The IC recording medium used by this
camera is a "Memory Stick". There are two
types of "Memory Stick".
· "Memory Stick": you can use a "Memory Stick"
with your camera.
· "Memory Stick Duo": you can use a "Memory
Stick Duo" by inserting it into a Memory Stick
Duo Adaptor.
Memory Stick Duo Adaptor
· For details on "Memory Stick", see page 89.
Notes on the Nickel-Metal Hydride
· Charge both of the supplied Ni-MH batteries
before using the camera for the first time. (t
step 1 in"Read This First")
· The batteries can be charged even if they are not
completely discharged. Also, even if batteries
are not fully charged, you can use the partially
charged capacity of the batteries as is.
· If you do not intend to use the batteries for a
long time, use up the existing charge and
remove them from your camera, then store them
in a cool, dry place. This is to maintain the
batteries' functions (page 91).
· For details on the usable batteries, see page 91.
Carl Zeiss lens
This camera is equipped with a Carl Zeiss lens
which is capable of reproducing sharp images
with excellent contrast.
The lens for this camera has been produced under
a quality assurance system certified by Carl Zeiss
in accordance with the quality standards of Carl
Zeiss in Germany.
No compensation for contents of the
· The contents of the recording cannot be
compensated for if recording or playback is not
possible due to a malfunction of your camera or
recording media, etc.
Back up recommendation
· To avoid the potential risk of data loss, always
copy (back up) data to other medium.
Back up of the internal memory
· If you turn off the power by opening the battery/
"Memory Stick" cover, etc. during the access
lamp is lit, the data in the internal memory may
be corrupted. Be sure to back up the data to
avoid the potential risk of data loss. See page 23
on how to back up the data.
Notes on recording/playback
· This camera is neither dust-proof, nor splash-
proof, nor water-proof. Read "Precautions"
(page 93) before operating the camera.
· Before you record one-time events, make a trial
recording to make sure that the camera is
working correctly.
· Be careful not to get the camera wet. Water
entering the inside of the camera may cause
malfunctions which in some cases may not be
· Do not aim the camera at the sun or other bright
light. This may cause irrecoverable damage to
your eyes. Or it may cause the malfunction of
your camera.
· Do not use the camera near a location that
generates strong radio waves or emits radiation.
The camera may not be able to record or play
back properly.
· Using the camera in sandy or dusty locations
may cause malfunctions.
· If moisture condensation occurs, remove it
before using the camera (page 93).
· Do not shake or strike the camera. In addition to
malfunctions and an inability to record images,
this may render the recording medium unusable,
or cause image data breakdown, damage or loss.
· Clean the flash surface before use. The heat of
flash emission may cause dirt on the flash
surface to become discolored or to stick to the
flash surface, resulting in insufficient light

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Notes on the LCD screen, LCD finder
(for models with an LCD finder) and
· The LCD screen and the LCD finder are
manufactured using extremely high-precision
technology so over 99.99% of the pixels are
operational for effective use. However, there
may be some tiny black points and/or bright
points (white, red, blue, or green in color) that
constantly appear on the LCD screen and the
LCD finder. These points are normal in the
manufacturing process and do not affect the
recording in any way.
· Exposing the LCD screen, the finder, or the lens
to direct sunlight for long periods may cause
malfunctions. Be careful when placing the
camera near a window or outdoors.
· Do not press against the LCD screen. The screen
may be discolored and that may cause a
· Images may trail across on the LCD screen in a
cold location. This is not a malfunction.
· This camera is equipped with a power zoom
lens. Be careful not to bump the lens, and be
careful not to apply force to it.
On image data compatibility
· This camera conforms with DCF (Design rule
for Camera File system universal standard)
established by JEITA (Japan Electronics and
Information Technology Industries
· Playback of images recorded with your camera
on other equipment and playback of images
recorded or edited with other equipment on your
camera are not guaranteed.
Warning on copyright
Television programs, films, videotapes, and other
materials may be copyrighted. Unauthorized
recording of such materials may be contrary to the
provisions of the copyright laws.
The pictures used in this manual
The photographs used as examples of pictures in
this manual are reproduced images, and are not
actual images shot using this camera.