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Mobile HD Snap Camera
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How to use this handbook
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Marks and notations used in this handbook
In this handbook, the sequence of
operations is shown by arrows (t ).
Operate the camera in the order indicated.
Marks are shown as they appear in the
camera’s default setting.
The default setting is indicated by .
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to the correct oper ation of the camera.
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Notes on using the camera
Internal memory back up
Be sure to make a backup copy to protect your
Notes on recording/playback and
Before you start recording, make a trial
recording to make sure that the camera is
The camera is neither dust-proof, nor splash- proof, nor water-proof. Read “Precautions”
(page 70) before operating the camera.
Avoid exposing the camera to water. If water enters inside the camera, a malfunction may
occur. In some cases, the camera cannot be
Do not aim the camera at the sun or other bright light.
Do not use the camera near a location that generates strong radio waves or emits radiation.
Otherwise, the camera may not properly record
or play back images.
Using the camera in sandy or dusty locations may cause malfunctions.
If moisture condensation occurs, remove it before using the camera (page 70).
Do not shake or strike the camera. It may cause
a malfunction and you may not be able to record
images. Furthermore, the recording media may
become unusable or image data may be
When connecting your camera to another device with a cable, be sure to insert the connector plug
in the correct way. Pushing the plug forcibly
into the terminal will damage the terminal and
may result in a malfunction of your camera.
Playback of movies other than those shot, edited or composed on this camera is not guaranteed.
On camera’s temperature
The camera may get warm due to continuous use,
but it is not a malfunction.
On the overheat protection
Depending on the camera and battery temperature,
you may be unable to record movies or the power
may turn off automatically to protect the camera.
A message will be displayed on the LCD screen
before the power turns off or you can no longer
Notes on the battery pack
The battery pack is built into the camera. Charge the camera before using for the first time.
You can charge the battery pack even if it is not completely discharged. In addition, even if the
battery pack is not fully charged, you can use the
partially charged capacity of the battery pack as
For details on the usable battery pack, see page
Notes on the LCD screen and lens
The LCD screen is manufactured using extremely high-precision technology so over
99.99% of the pixels are operational for
effective use. However, some tiny black and/or
bright dots (white, red, blue or green) may
appear on the LCD screen. These dots are a
normal result of the manufacturing process and
do not affect the recording.
Exposing the LCD screen 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.
Black, white, red, blue or
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On image data compatibility
This camera supports “MP4 format” as movie
file format. Therefore, movies recorded by this
camera cannot be played on devices that do not
support “MP4 format”.
This camera does not support “AVCHD format” and therefore is not compatible with the
playback and recording of movies in “AVCHD
format” like a Digital HD Video camera
Still images recorded by this camera are compressed/recorded in JPEG format. The file
extension is “.JPG”.
The camera conforms with DCF (Design rule for Camera File system) universal standard
established by JEITA (Japan Electronics and
Information Technology Industries
Sony does not guarantee that the camera will
play back images recorded or edited with other
equipment, or that other equipment will play
back images recorded with the camera.
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.
No compensation for damaged
content or recording failure
Sony cannot compensate for failure to record or
loss or damage of recorded content due to a
malfunction of the camera or recording media, etc.
The images used in this handbook
The images used as examples in this handbook are reproduced images, and are not actual
images shot using the camera.
Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
Notes on playing back movies on
The camera is compatible with MPEG-4 AVC/
H.264 Main Profile for HD (high definition) image
quality recording. Therefore, you cannot play back
images recorded with HD (high definition) image
quality on the camera with the devices which are
not compatible with the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264.
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Life with “Bloggie”
Capture your life
At a party
Record still images at maximum 12M (4128 ×
3096) and movies at maximum 1920 × 1080
30p full high-vision (page 36, 37). Also, you
can record still images during movie
recording (page 31).
During a walk
Take compact “Bloggie” with you anywhere,
anytime. Take it out, and record casually.
On a trip
Attach the 360 Video Lens to “Bloggie” and
shoot exciting 360-degree panoramic images
of the world around you. Enjoy 360-degree
panoramic images by playing back with the
Bloggie Software pre-loaded on the internal
memory (page 34). (MHS-TS20K only)