Video Camcorder Features
Digital Still Camera Features
Input and Output Notes
Software and Computer Information
2.7" Touch Panel SwivelScreen LCD Screen: The 2.7"
(16:9) LCD screen provides excellent viewing clarity with improved resolution.
The high resolution 123,200 pixel (560 x 220) LCD screen rotates up to 270
degrees for multiple viewing angles providing sharp and detailed images for
monitoring or playback. Mirror mode allows you to view a mirror-image of the
subject you are shooting in the LCD screen when the screen is rotated 180
degrees, but the image will still be normal when recorded. In addition, the LCD
doubles as an "on-screen" touch panel, allowing you to navigate through the menu
system by touching the LCD screen. The LCD also features an adjustable
brightness and color level. You can
also power on this camcorder by simply opening its LCD display.
Note: This camcorder does
not include a viewfinder.
Hybrid recording technology delivers a new level of flexibility for transferring
your video footage and digital photos from the camcorder to compatible viewing
devices. Hybrid Recording allows you to record to the camcorder's internal hard
disk drive, or choose instead to record to removable Memory Stick PRO Duo media.
You can even select from various dubbing functions to easily copy video or still
images from the hard disk drive to Memory Stick media without using a PC. Images
recorded or transferred to Memory Stick media can then be played directly on
Camcorder: The Sony DCR-SR47 has an internal 60 GB hard drive which will allow you to
record video and still images. When recording video, the camcorder records in stereo audio using the built-in microphone.
The video can be shot in either a 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio.
Drop Sensor: The Sony HDD Handycam DCR-SR47 is equipped with a Drop
Sensor to protect the camcorder's internal hard disc drive. When the drop sensor
has detected that the camcorder has been dropped, recording or playback may be
disabled to protect the internal hard disk.
Advanced HAD CCD:
The DCR-SR47 features a 1/8" (2.5mm) Advanced HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD
imager with 680,000 gross pixels. The 410,000 effective video pixels in 16:9
mode or 340,000 effective pixels in
mode provide excellent detail and clarity for exceptional digital video up to
500 lines of horizontal resolution while The 340,000 effective still pixels in
4:3 and 250,000 effective still pixels in16:9 mode provide exceptional digital
still photography performance.
Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens: The camcorder features a
Carl Zeiss lens which has
an advanced optical multi-layer coating that offers less glare and flare with
increased contrast. This results in vivid image brilliance, true-to-life color
saturation, and perfect renditions of subtle tones.
Zoom: The camcorder has a
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
SteadyShot Picture Stabilization: SteadyShot picture stabilization system uses motion sensors to remove unwanted
picture shake without compromising picture quality like some other digital
Focus Modes: The Sony Handycam DCR-SR47 features Manual,
Auto Focus, Spot Focus, and Tele Macro 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.
Spot Meter: You can adjust and fix the exposure to the subject, so that it is recorded in
suitable brightness even when there is strong contrast between the subject and
the background, such as subjects in the spotlight on a stage.
Exposure Modes: The Sony Handycam DCR-SR47 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.
White Balance Adjustment: Sets the color balance to the brightness of the recording environment.
Your choices are:
- Auto: The white balance
is adjusted automatically.
- Outdoor: The white
balance is adjusted for the following conditions: Outdoors, night views,
neon signs and fireworks, sunrise, sunsets, under daylight fluorescent
- Indoor: The white balance
is adjusted for the following conditions: Indoors, party scenes and studios
where lighting conditions change quickly, and under the video lamps or
incandescent-like color lamps.
- One Push: The
white balance will be adjusted according to the present ambient light.
Back Light: You can use the
Back Light function to adjust the exposure for backlit subjects.
Auto Slow Shutter:
The Auto Slow Shutter automatically activates
the electronic shutter to adjust the shutter speed when recording in bright
conditions. The shutter speed is automatically reduced to 1/30 second.
Guideframe: The Guideframe displays a frame
around the recorded images and allows you to check the subject's horizontal and
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.
Saving Video: Due to the limited capacity
of the internal hard disk (60GB), you should save the video data to some type of
external media such as a DVD-R or a computer. You can save the videos recorded
on the camcorder as described below.
- Memory Stick Pro Duo: You can copy the images recorded on the
camcorder's internal HDD to an inserted Memory Stick Pro Duo card within the
camcorder, without the use of a PC.
- Picture Motion Browser
Software: By using the software of the supplied CD-ROM you can save
images on a DVD or the hard disk of your computer. You can use several
methods to do this.
- One Touch DVD Burn: You can save images and files with ease
by pressing DVD Burn button on the camcorder and using the supplied Picture Motion Browser
software. This feature allows you to backup what is on the hard drive with the
still images being recorded first.
- Saving Images To Your
Computer: You can also transfer and save video files that are too
large for a DVD to the hard disk of your computer.
- Creating a DVD With
Selected Images: In addition, you can save images imported to your
computer on a DVD. You can also edit those images.
- VCR and DVD Recorders/Writers: You can dub images played back on your camcorder to other recording devices,
such as VCRs or DVD recorders/writers. You can connect the device in either of
the following ways.
- A/V Output: The
camcorder features a proprietary audio/video output, that when used with
the supplied composite A/V cable or optional S-vide/Audio cable, allows
you to transfer content to your VCR or DVD/HDD recorder.
- USB Port: You can dub to movie dubbing compatible DVD writers
using the camcorder's USB port and supplied USB cable.
Hard Disk Information: This
feature allows the camcorder to display the hard disk information so you can
check the approximate amount of free hard disk space left for recording.
Formatting: You can delete all
the images on the hard disk of camcorder to recover recordable free space to
allow you to write in by formatting the camcorder.
Empty: The Empty feature allows
you to write non important data onto the hard disk of the camcorder. By doing
this, it makes it more difficult to recover any original data from the hard
drive. When you dispose or transfer the camcorder to someone, it is recommended
that you perform this function. You must use the AC adapter for this function to
Protect: You can protect movies and photos to avoid deleting them by
The camcorder allows you to select between English,
Simple English, French, Spanish and Portuguese for the unit's menu language.
Easy Handycam: When the Easy
Handycam mode is activated, most of the camera settings are set to the automatic
mode, only basic functions are 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.
Lens Cap: The built-in lens cap opens manually with a switch located on the front of the
Video Recording: The Sony DCR-SR47 has a
60 GB hard disk drive and supports Memory Stick Pro Duo media (sold separately) which will allow you to
record video. When recording video, the camcorder records in
stereo audio using the built-in microphone. You can select a 4:3 or 16:9 aspect
ratio for your video recordings. You have three choice of video recording resolution
- HQ (9M): records in high quality mode and gives you approximately
hours and 10 minutes of
recording time on the camcorder's internal 60GB hard disk drive
- SP (6M):
records in standard quality mode and gives you approximately 21 hours and 50 minutes
of recording time on the camcorder's internal 60GB hard disk drive
- LP (3M): increases the recording time to approximately
45 hours and 40 minutes
on the camcorder's internal 60GB hard disk drive
|When Recording Video To Memory
Stick Pro Duo Media: |
|Recording Mode/Memory Card
Size ||9M (HQ) ||6M (SP) ||3M (LP) |
|512MB ||6 minutes ||9 minutes ||20 minutes |
| 1GB ||10 minutes ||20 minutes ||40 minutes |
|2GB ||25 minutes ||40 minutes ||85 minutes |
|4GB ||55 minutes ||80 minutes ||170 minutes |
|8GB ||115 minutes ||170 minutes ||355 minutes |
|16GB ||235 minutes ||340 minutes ||715 minutes |
Movie Dubbing: You can dub movies recorded on the hard disk of your
camcorder to an inserted Memory Stick Pro Duo card within the camcorder without
the use of a PC or other external dubbing device.
Auto Remaining: This feature
displays the remaining hard disk space indicator for about 8 seconds on the LCD
screen in certain operating situations. You can also set the hard disk 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.
Fader Modes: You can record a transition with the following effect adding to the interval
- White Fader: fades to and from a white screen
- Black Fader: fades to and from a black screen
Built-In Zoom Mic: The Built-in Zoom Microphone allows you
to record sound with directivity as you move the power zoom lever. The
camcorder's microphone level can be set to Low or Normal.
Face Index: Face Index makes it easy to find and play back
the right video scene. Using Face Detection technology, Face Index indexes your
video footage according to the faces detected in each scene. When it's time to
play back video, simply search for what you want by selecting from among the
detected faces displayed in the index
Film Roll Index: Like chapters in a book, Film Roll Index helps you easily find desired scenes in video footage. When using this feature, the camcorder
previews the beginning of scenes and can create scene indexes set at specified display intervals (3, 6, or 12
seconds and 1 or 5 minutes).
Create Playlist: You can create
a playlist of your favorite videos for playback using the internal HDD or
optional Memory Stick Pro Duo card. A Playlist is a list showing
thumbnails of the movies that you have previously recorded and selected. The
original movies are not modified even though you edit or delete the movies in
Divide Movies: The Divide
Movies feature allows you to divide movies on the hard disk drive of the
camcorder or on an inserted Memory Stick Pro Duo card. You cannot restore movies once they are divided.
Digital Still Camera Features
Digital Still Image Recording: The DCR-SR47 can record still images on
either the unit's built-in 60GB hard disk drive or on an optional Memory Stick Pro Duo memory
card (sold separately). Still images are recorded on the hard disk in the
Image Resolution: Still images are recorded in an aspect ratio of 4:3
with a resolution of 640 x 480 or an aspect ratio of 16:9 with a resolution of
640 x 360 for easy image transfer to your computer so you can e-mail or print
your still photos.
Image Capacity: The DCR-S47
features the following image capacities when using Memory Stick Duo memory
Stick Pro Duo/Internal HDD ||VGA-0.3M |
|512MB ||2,800 images |
|1GB ||5,700 images |
|2GB ||11,500 images |
|4GB ||23,000 images |
|8GB ||47,000 images |
|16GB ||94,000 images |
|60GB (internal HDD) ||9,999 images |
Copying Still Images: You
can coy still images from the camcorder's internal hard disk drive to an
inserted Memory Stick Pro Duo card within the camcorder.
Capturing Still Images From Video: You can copy still images from video of the hard disk drive to an optional Memory Stick
Pro Duo card or vice-versa.
This feature starts to record your still image in about 10 seconds after the "Photo" button is depressed.
Visual Index: The Visual Index
allows you to view back either six of your still images at one time on
the LCD screen from the camcorder's hard disk or optional memory stick.
Date Search: You can locate the point on the internal HDD or inserted Memory Stick Pro Duo card where the recording date changes.
Slide Show: You can
automatically play back images stored on the hard drive of the DCR-SR47 or from an optional Memory
Stick Pro Duo.
Playback Zoom: You can magnify still images from about 1.1
to 5x the original size during playback on the camcorder's LCD monitor.
Image Delete: Images may be deleted one at
a time or all at once.
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.
Battery: This unit comes with an
NP-FH30 InfoLithium battery. The InfoLithium system exchanges data about its
actual power consumption with the camcorder for a more accurate estimate of
recording time available. Cold temperatures will increase battery consumption.
Battery Life: The approximate
charging, recording and play back times using the supplied battery (NP-FH30) or
optional battery are as follows.
|Battery Pack ||Charging Time ||Continuous
Recording Time Using HDD (Memory Stick Pro Duo) |
|Typical Recording Time Using HDD (Memory
Stick Pro Duo) |
|Playback Time Using HDD (Memory Stick Pro Duo)
|NP-FH30 (supplied) ||115 minutes ||90 (95) minutes ||45 (45) minutes ||105 (120) minutes |
|NP-FH50 ||135 minutes ||145 (155) minutes ||70 (70) minutes ||170 (195) minutes |
|NP-FH70 ||170 minutes ||315 (330) minutes ||155 (155) minutes ||370 (415) minutes |
|NP-FH100 ||390 minutes ||710 (745) minutes ||355 (350) minutes ||830 (925) minutes |
Note: Typical recording time
shows the time when you repeat recording start/stop, turning thee
power on/off and zooming.
Auto Shut Off: When powered by the battery the camcorder can be set to turn off automatically
if not used for 5 minutes.
Input and Output Notes
A/V Output: This
camcorder features a proprietary Audio/Video connection for use with the
supplied A/V connecting cable for displaying the camcorder's contents on your
television. You can
change the aspect ratio of the camcorder's video output from 16:9 or 4:3
according to the screen aspect ratio of the TV you will view your video or
You can also choose to display the camcorders information, such as the time code on
the screen of your TV during playback from the camcorder. The supplied A/V 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.
USB Port: The
a mini-USB version 2.0 jack for connecting to a PC via the supplied USB cable. Connecting the hard drive
camcorder to a PC via USB allows the computer to access the
information on the camcorder's hard drive. You will be able to download still images and
video files to your computer. You will be able perform the One Touch DVD Burn.
This will also allow you to back up the files recorded on the hard drive onto a
DVD. You can edit and save your video files onto your computer, then make DVD's
of them using the Picture Motion Browser software that is supplied with the DCR-SR47.
The camcorder can also be used as an external storage
device, convenient for archiving, storing and transporting your videos and still
Memory Card Slot: The camcorder features a memory card slot for recording
video or still images using Memory Stick Pro Duo memory cards. Still images are recorded
on the hard disk in the default setting.
DC In Jack: The DC In Jack
is for use with the supplied AC adapter and charger.
Software and Computer Information
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.
- Handycam Handbook
- Product Registration
Picture Motion Browser Software: You can enjoy the following functions after installing the supplied Picture
Motion Browser Software to your PC.
- Creating a DVD with one touch operation.
- Importing images to a computer.
- Editing the imported images.
- Creating a DVD.
| || Picture Motion Browser |
| Operating System || |
Microsoft Windows XP SP3/Windows Vista SP1 (64-bit editions and
Starter editions are not supported)
| CPU ||
Intel Pentium III 1 GHz or
| 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 |