Digital Still Camera Features
Inputs and Outputs Notes
Software and Computer Information
2.7" Wide Touch Panel
SwivelScreen LCD Screen: The 2.7" Wide (16:9) LCD
screen provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution. The high
resolution 123,200 pixel LCD screen rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple
viewing angles providing sharp, detailed images for monitoring or playback, and
the widescreen format makes shooting in 16:9 mode and composing shots even
easier. In addition, the
LCD doubles as an "on-screen" touch panel, allowing you to navigate through the
menu system by touching the LCD screen. You can adjust the brightness of the LCD
screen, the brightness of the LCD screen's backlight and the color intensity of
the LCD screen. You can even rotate the
LCD screen around 180-degrees until it faces your subject and a mirror-image of
the subject appears on the LCD screen, but the image you shoot will be normal
when recorded. When recording in mirror mode, the image is not displayed in the viewfinder.
Viewfinder: The Sony DCR-DVD850
also features an electronic color 123,000 pixel viewfinder that allows to view and record
images while using less battery power compared to viewing images on the LCD
screen. The viewfinder has an adjustment lever to help you see through the
viewfinder more clearly. The viewfinder pulls out about an 1" to access the
viewfinder adjustment lever. You can also adjust the brightness of the
viewfinder from Normal to Bright.
Hybrid Plus Recording: Hybrid Plus recording technology
delivers a new level of flexibility for transferring your video footage and
digital photos from the camcorder to compatible viewing devices. Hybrid Plus
allows you to record to your choice of DVD media, an internal 16GB flash memory
drive, or removable Memory Stick Duo media or Memory Stick PRO Duo media (sold
separately). You can even select from various dubbing functions to easily copy
video or still images from Memory Stick media or built in flash memory media to
DVD without using a PC. Images recorded or transferred to DVD media can then be
played directly in most DVD Players, computers, Blu-ray Disc players, and even
PlayStation 3 video game consoles.
Advanced HAD CCD: The DCR-DVD850 features a 2.25mm (1/8")
Advanced HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD imager with 680,000 gross pixels. The
enhanced CCD design allows more light to reach the imager which reduce video
noise to improve signal-to-noise ratio by up to 6dB (2x better than a standard
CCD). This really helps when shooting in dark places. The number of effective
pixels changes, depending on the mode:
- Movie (16:9): 410,000
- Movie (4:3): 340,000
- Still (4:3): 340,000
- Still (16:9): 250,000
Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens:
This camcorder features a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with an advanced
multi-layer coating system, resulting in less glare and lens flare with
increased contrast compared to other systems. The result is vivid image
brilliance, true-to-life color saturation and perfect renditions of subtle
SteadyShot Picture Stabilization: SteadyShot picture
stabilization system uses motion sensors to remove unwanted picture shake
without compromising picture quality like some other digital stabilization
Zoom: The camcorder has a 60x Optical Zoom for bringing your
subject up close. It also features a selectable 120x or 2,000x digital zoom.
Because the picture is processed digitally, the picture quality deteriorates the
more you zoom in. The power zoom lever can be moved slightly for a slow zoom, or
moved further for a faster zoom. The LCD Screen also has zoom buttons on the
Focus Modes: The Sony Handycam DCR-DVD850 features a Manual
and Auto Focus modes.
- Manual Focus: With manual focus, you can manually
adjust the focus of the camcorder using the touch panel. Manual focusing
also allows you to control the focus in difficult situations where either
the environment or the subject does not allow the camcorder's auto focus to
perform optimally, such as when shooting through a window or in a crowded
- Auto Focus: You can also select automatic focusing.
When using autofocus, you can choose to focus on a subject in the center of
the screen or with Spot Focus, focus on an off-centered object.
- Spot Focus: You can select and adjust the focal point
to aim it at a subject not located at the center of the screen.
- Tele Macro: This feature is useful when shooting small
subjects, such as flowers or insects. You can blur out backgrounds and the
subject stands out clearer. You can recorded subjects as close as 19-3/4
inches in Tele-Macro mode.
Exposure Modes: The Sony Handycam DCR-DVD850 features the
following Auto, Manual and Scene Select Exposure Modes.
- Manual Exposure: Manual Exposure allows you to fix the
brightness of your picture manually. You can adjust the brightness when the
subject is much brighter or darker than the background
- Auto: Select this mode to automatically record pictures
effectively without the preset scene select modes
- Scene Select Modes: The following Scene Select modes
are available to suit your specific shooting requirements -
- Twilight Mode: maintains the darkening atmosphere
of the distant surroundings in twilight scenes
- Candle Mode: maintains the dim atmosphere of a
- Sunrise/Sunset Mode: maintains the atmosphere of
situations such as sunset and sunrises
- Landscape Mode: allows you to shot distant subject
- Fireworks Mode: select to record all the splendor
- Portrait Mode: brings out the subject such as
people or flowers while creating a soft background
- Spotlight Mode: prevents people's faces from
appearing excessively white when subjects are lit by strong light
- Sport Mode: minimizes shake when shooting fast
- Snow Mode: help with shooting in very bright white
- Beach Mode: prevents people's faces from appearing
dark in strong light or reflected light.
Spot Meter: This
feature allows you to adjust and fix the exposure to the subject, so that it is
recorded in suitable brightness even when there is a strong contrast between the
subject and the background.
White Balance: You
can adjust the color balance to the brightness of the recording environment. You
can choose from the following.
white balance is adjusted automatically
white balance is adjusted to be appropriate for the following recording
conditions - outdoors, night views, sunrise, sunsets and fluorescent lamps
Indoor: the white balance
is adjusted to be appropriate for the following recording conditions -
indoors, at parties or studios where the lighting conditions change quickly
and under video lamps in a studio, or under sodium lamps or
incandescent-like color lamps
One Push: the
white balance will be adjusted according to the ambient light
Auto Slow Shutter: When this
feature is activated the shutter speed of the camcorder is automatically reduce
to 1/30 second when recording in dark conditions.
Backlight: When you shoot a
subject with the light source behind the subject or a subject with a light
background, you can use the backlight function.
Visual Index Screen: The Visual
Index Screen shows thumbnail images of movies and still images when
playing back on your camcorder or DVD player, making scene selection simple. You
can choose from 6 or 12 images at a time.
Guideframe: The Guideframe displays a frame around the
recorded images and allows you to check the subject's horizontal and vertical
Data Code Function: The camcorder automatically records time
codes along with the images you shoot, so you can display the date and time
during playback or editing.
Playback Zoom (PB ZOOM): This
feature lets you enlarge images during playback. The magnification can be
adjusted from 1.1x to 5x.
Easy Handycam: When
the Easy Handycam mode is activated, most of the camera settings are set to the
automatic mode, only basic functions become available, and the screen font size
increases for easy viewing. This mode makes recording and playing back
recordings less intimidating, even for first time users.
Multi-Language Menu: The camcorder allows you to select between English,
Simple English, French, Spanish and Portuguese for the unit's menu language.
Built-In Lens Cover: The
mini-DVD camcorder features an integrated lens cover that opens and closes with
the slide of one simple switch to protect the camcorders lens from damage when
not in use.
DVD Format Video Recording: This innovative camcorder records movies to mini DVD-Rs, DVD-RWs, DVD+RWs and
DVD+R Dual Layer discs. The DVD recording format delivers digital video and sound quality comparable to that of
Mini DV. Playback of the DVD media is simple and convenient. After finalizing
the disc in the camcorder, the DVD disc will playback in most DVD Players and computers. The camcorder records in
high-quality DVD-Video and DVD-VR formats (DVD-Video is MPEG-2; DVD-VR is a
modification that works only with DVD-RWs and permits functions like playlists
and editing). You can also choose to record video onto the unit's built-in 16GB
flash memory or a Memory Stick Pro Duo
card (sold separately). Video can be recorded in a 4:3 or 16:9 aspect
Recording Mode: You can select
one of the following recording modes: HQ (High Quality), SP (Standard Play), or
LP (Long Play). Using a single-sided mini DVD-R, DVD-RW, or DVD+RW, you can record
approximately 20 minutes of video in HQ mode, 30 minutes of video in SP mode,
and 60 minutes of video in LP mode. When using a Dual Layer mini DVD+R disc, you
can record approximately 35 minutes in HQ mode, 55 minutes in SP mode and 110
minutes in LP mode. The DCR-DVD850 is capable of supporting 720 x 480 lines of
resolution. The following chart lists the approximate recording time (in
minutes) when you to choose to record video onto a Memory Stick Pro Duo card or
the unit's built-in flash memory.
|Memory Card Size
(built-in flash memory)
Movie Dubbing: You can even dub movies from the camcorder's
internal Flash memory or an inserted Memory Stick Pro Duo card to a mini-DVD
within the camcorder.
Disc Select Guide: The camcorder features a Disc Select Guide that helps you
choose the appropriate mini-DVD for your application.
Fader Modes: You can select from "Black Fader" or "White Fader." You can add these modes to
currently recorded pictures for fading in or out.
Dolby Digital 5.1ch Recording: The
DCR-DVD850 will record in Dolby Digital 5.1ch surround sound with the built-in
microphone. By recording in 5.1 channel surround sound, you can experience your
home movies with active sounds coming from all directions. The
camcorder's microphone level can be set to Low or Normal.
Built-In Zoom Mic: The Built-in Zoom Mic feature allows you
to record sound with directivity as you move the power zoom lever.
Finalizing: In order to play
back your recordings on DVD players or computers with DVD-ROM drives, you need
to finalize the disc. Once a mini DVD-R, DVD-RW or DVD+R DL is finalized, you cannot record on the
disc again. You can however "unfinalize" a mini DVD-RW, allowing you to use it
again for recording. You can also record additional material onto a mini DVD+RW.
A DVD+RW does not require finalization to be played back on other DVD devices.
Face Index: Detected face images during recording are displayed on the
camcorder's Index Screen. You can ply back the movie from the selected face
Playlist: Playlists can be
created on DVD-RW discs recorded by the camcorder in DVD-VR mode. By creating a
Playlist, you can rearrange your recorded scenes, cut and divide scenes, and
create the playback order that tells your story in the most effective way.
Note: Performing these
functions within a playlist does not affect the actual data recorded on
camcorder allows you to divide a recorded video into specific scenes. Movies cannot be
restored once they are divided.
This feature displays the remaining disc indicator for about 8 seconds on the
LCD screen and Viewfinder in certain operating situations. You can also set the
disc indicator to always stay on. When the remaining recordable time for movies
is less than 5 minutes, the indicator stays on the screen regardless if this
function is set to Auto or On.
Digital Still Camera Features
Digital Still Memory Mode: Digital Still Memory mode
captures high quality still images directly to Memory Stick Pro Duo media. You
can choose one of the following resolutions: 640 x 480 for 4:3 aspect ratio or
640 x 360 for 16:9 aspect ratio. Images are stored in the JPEG format providing
easy transfer to PCs for e-mailing, printing, or sharing with family and
Note: Still images cannot be captured onto mini-DVD.
Approximate number of still images that you can record on a Memory Stick
Pro Duo or Camcorder Internal Memory:
||Memory Stick Duo
|640 x 480 (4:3)
Photo Capture: You can capture still images onto the
camcorder's flash memory or a Memory Stick Pro Duo card from video during
playback of mini-DVD within the DCR-DVD850.
Self-Timer: If you want to take a picture of yourself, the
self-timer feature will automatically fire 10 seconds after being activated.
Flash Modes: When using an optional external compatible Flash, you can
choose one of three flash levels: High, Normal, or Low. You can also set the
camcorder for one of the following flash modes:
- On: flashes every time
- Auto: flashes automatically when needed
- Redeye Reduction: prevents redeye by activating the flash before
Slide Show: This function
allows you to play back all the still images on a Memory Stick in sequence.
PictBridge: You can print
directly from the camcorder to a PictBridge-compliant printer via USB cable,
even if you don't have a computer. PictBridge is an industry standard
established by the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA). Through the
camcorder, you can select the number of copies to be printed, up to 20, and
choose to print the date and time on each picture.
InfoLithium Battery With
AccuPower Meter System: You can charge the
battery at any time because unlike NiCad (Nickel
Cadmium) batteries, Sony's rechargeable lithium ion
batteries are not subject to a life shortening "memory
effect." The AccuPower meter system displays the battery
time remaining in minutes, in either the viewfinder or
on the LCD screen. The battery is charged while on the
Battery Life: The approximate
recording, charging and playback times using the
supplied and optional batteries are: (in minutes)
- Charging and Playback Times:
||Charging Times (in minutes)
||Internal Memory or Memory
|| LCD screen
Internal Memory or Memory Stick Playback
|Viewfinder: Continuous (Typical)
||LCD: Continuous (Typical)
||Viewfinder: Continuous (Typical)
||LCD: Continuous (Typical)
Note: Typical recording includes
approximate number of minutes elapsed while
repeating record start/stop, zooming, and turning
the power on/off. The actual battery life may be
Auto Shut Off: The camcorder
will automatically tune itself off when you do not operate the camcorder for
more than approximately 5 minutes.
Inputs and Outputs Notes
Analog Outputs: This camcorder features a proprietary Audio/Video output connection for use
with the supplied A/V connecting cable. The cable has a proprietary plug on one
end and male stereo RCA audio and RCA composite video connections on the other
end. You can also use an optional proprietary S-video cable with this jack. You can convert
the signal output of the camcorder depending on the TV connected when playing
back your video or images. You can choose from a 16:9 or 4:3 video output. You can also choose
to display the camcorder's recorded information on the your TV along with your
image or video.
High-speed USB 2.0 Interface: The camcorders USB
2.0 interface provides an easy way to connect the mini-DVD Handycam camcorder to
your PC for fast transfer of video and still images to your computer for
editing using the supplied software. The camcorder can also be used as an external DVD burner, convenient
for making copies of your DVDs or burning edited movies.
DC In: The camcorder DC input
is for use with the supplied AC power adapter/battery charger.
Software and Computer
Included Software: The included software allows you to
transfer images and video from the camcorder to a computer hard drive and view
and store transferred images/videos. The supplied CD-ROM includes:
- Picture Motion Browser ver. 4.2.00
- Product Registration
Picture Motion Browser Software: You can enjoy the following
functions after installing the supplied Picture Motion Browser Software to your
- importing and viewing movies and still images taken with your camcorder
on your PC
- editing movies and still images imported to a computer
- creating an original DVD - you can create an original DVD from image
data imported from you camcorder
- you can copy all the images on a disc taken with your camcorder
Computer Requirements: Picture Motion
- Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP SP3/Windows Vista SP1 (64-bit editions and
Starter editions are not supported)
- CPU: Intel Pentium III 1 GHz
- Memory: 256 MB or more
- Hard Disk: Available free hard disk space for installation is required:
approximately 500 MB (for creating a DVD, 5 GB or more may be
- Display/Graphics: Minimum of 1024 x 768
- Applications: DirectX 9.0c or later
(This product is based on Direct X technology. It is necessary to
have DirectX installed)
- Others: Pre-installed USB 2.0
Hi-Speed port, DVD writeable disc drive, CD-ROM drive