Sony DSC-P51 Manual

Product codes
Page of 108
3-074-351-13(1)
Digital Still Camera
Operating Instructions
Before operating the unit, please read this manual 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-P71/P51/P31
Serial No.                                              
DSC-P71/P51/P31
© 2002 Sony Corporation
Getting started
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Shooting still images
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Viewing still images
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Deleting still images
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Copying still images to your computer
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Before advanced operations
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Advanced still image shooting
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Advanced still image viewing
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Still image editting ____________________
Enjoying movies
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Troubleshooting
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Additional information
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Index

Summary of Contents of manual for Sony DSC-P51

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    3-074-351-13(1) Getting started ________________________ Digital Still Camera Shooting still images __________________ Viewing still images ___________________ Operating Instructions Before operating...

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    If you have any questions about this product, WARNING you may call: Declaration of Conformity Sony Customer Information Services...

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    Note: This equipment has been tested and found to For the Customers in the U.S.A. NOTICE FOR THE comply with...

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    Trademarks Attention for the Customers in Notice • “Memory Stick,” , “MagicGate Memory Europe Stick,” and , are trademarks...

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    Before using your camera Trial recording Do not shake or strike the camera The auto zoom lens (for the DSC-P71...

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    Table of contents Before using your camera ......................... 5 Shooting according to scene conditions Copying still images to your...

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    Deleting on the Index (triple-image) Before advanced operations Advanced still image viewing screen ..............................................77 How to setup and operate...

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    Identifying the parts (DSC-P71) 1 2 3 6 Attaching the strap 4 5 7 8 A POWER ON/OFF lamp...

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    L Mode dial (21) 1 qs : To shoot still images 2 qd : To view or edit images...

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    Identifying the parts (continued) (DSC-P51) 1 2 3 6 Attaching the strap 4 5 7 8 A POWER ON/OFF...

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    L Mode dial (21) 1 : To shoot still images 2 qs : To view or edit images 3...

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    Identifying the parts (continued) (DSC-P31) 1 2 3 5 Attaching 6 the strap 7 4 8 A POWER ON/OFF...

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    L Mode dial (21) 1 : To shoot still images 2 qs : To view or edit images 3...

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    Getting started Preparing batteries Charging the batteries Use the following batteries in this camera. BC-CS1 (supplied) Acceptable batteries R6...

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    Charging the Nickel-Metal Precautions to be observed Charging time Hydride batteries when charging the batteries Getting started Nickel-Metal Charging time...

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    Charging the Nickel-Metal hydride batteries (continued) Battery remaining indicator The POWER SAVE function When the POWER SAVE function is...

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    Inserting the batteries Getting started 1 2 3 , Open the Battery cover. , Insert the batteries. , Close the...

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    Inserting the batteries (continued) Battery life and the number of Shooting* still images images that can be recorded/ R6...

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    Using an external power source Using your camera abroad Power sources 2 To the wall outlet (mains) You can use...

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    Turning on/off your camera How to use the control button POWER ON/ OFF lamp The Auto Power Off 0EV...

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    Setting the date and time Mode dial Getting started CLOCK SET Y/M/D CLOCK SET Y/M/D M/D/Y M/D/Y D/M/Y D/M/Y 2002...

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    Setting the date and time (continued) CLOCK SET Y/M/D CLOCK SET Y/M/D CLOCK SET Y/M/D M/D/Y M/D/Y M/D/Y D/M/Y...

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    Shooting still images Inserting and removing a “Memory Stick” Label side Access Connector lamp side Shooting still images Bottom...

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    Deciding the still image size and quality FINE 2048x1536 2048 (3 : 2) 1600x1200 1600x1200 1600 (3 : 2)...

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    Image size and quality The number of images* that can be saved in a “Memory Stick” You can choose image...

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    Basic still image shooting (using auto adjustment mode) Mode dial 2048 4 F2.8 30 Flashes in 1 2 3...

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    Checking the last shot image (Quick Review) 2048 About Auto Focus 2048 8/8 REVIEW When you try to shoot...

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    Using the zoom feature Shooting close-ups (Macro) (DSC-P71 only) W (wide-angle) T (telephoto) Digital zoom W T 2048 4...

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    Using the self-timer 2048 2048 2048 4 4 Shooting still images 1 2 1 , Set the mode dial...

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    Selecting a flash mode 2048 Each time you press the button, the display 2048 4 changes as follows. 3...

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    To reduce “red-eye” when Shooting with the AF • The light from the AF illuminator may miss the center of...

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    Shooting with the finder Shooting with the date and time inserted When the LCD screen display is off (only...

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    CAMERA CAMERA MOVING IMAGE : DAY&TIME MOVING IMAGE : MPEG MOVIE DATE/TIME : DATE DATE/TIME : DAY&TIME DIGITAL ZOOM...

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    Shooting according to scene conditions (SCENE SELECTION) Twilight mode Twilight portrait mode Landscape mode 0EV 0EV SCN EV WB...

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    NR slow shutter In Twilight or Twilight portrait mode, when the shutter speed becomes a 1/2 second or slower,...

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    Viewing still images Viewing images on the LCD screen of your Viewing single images camera Single Index Index 640...

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    Viewing Index (nine- or triple-image display) 640 11/18 APERTURE VALUE : F2.8 SHUTTER SPEED : 1/125 EXPOSURE VALUE :...

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    Viewing images on a TV screen 640 11/18 VIDEO OUT jack 100-0028 2002 7 4 10:30PM FILE BACK/NEXT Video...

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    Deleting still images Deleting images 2048 Watching the playback picture 2048 11/18 11/18 on TV If you want to...

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    Deleting images (continued) Deleting on the Index (nine-image) screen 2048 11/18 DELETE O K CANCEL DELETE PROTECT PRINT DELETE...

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    Deleting on the Index (triple- image) screen APERTURE VALUE : F2.8 SHUTTER SPEED : 1/125 EXPOSURE VALUE : 0.0...

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    Deleting on the Index (triple- image) screen (continued) PRINT DELETE PROTECT O K DELETE CANCEL 100-0028 2002 7 4...

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    Formatting a “ Memory Stick” SETUP 1 FORMAT : OK FORMAT FILE NUMBER : CANCEL ALL DATA WILL BE ERASED...

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    Copying still images to your computer Copying still images to your computer Follow the steps below to copy the...

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    1 Installing the USB driver Click here Opening window 1 2 3 Click here , Turn on your computer, and...

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    2 Preparing your camera “Memory To the Stick” wall outlet (mains) 3 1 1 AC power 2 adaptor 4...

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    3 Connecting your camera to your computer Removing the USB cable from your computer or the “Memory Stick” from your...

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    4 Copying images 1 2 3 , Double-click [My Computer], , Double-click [DCIM], then , Drag and drop the...

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    4 Copying images When a removable disk icon is not shown 1 1 Right-click [My Computer], then click [Property]....

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    4 Copying images (continued) 1 1 1 2 2 3 4 5 2 , Click to remove the ,...

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    Image file storage destinations and file names The image files recorded with your camera are grouped as folders in...

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    Image file storage destinations and file names (continued) Folder File name File meaning 100MSDCF DSC0ssss.JPG • Still image files...

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    5 Viewing the images on your computer 1 2 , Double-click [My Documents] , Double-click the desired image Copying still...

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    For Macintosh users Follow the steps below, according to your 6 When the message “Do you want to put...

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    Before advanced operations b Select the setting item you How to setup and ∞ 7.0m want to change using...

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    Advanced still image shooting The value of the exposure adjustment Adjusting the is displayed. Shooting techniques In normal shooting,...

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    Incandescent ( ) To return to automatic settings Adjusting color tones • Used when shooting, for example, at a...

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    a Set the mode dial to either , • When you are shooting movies (MPEG Choosing a focus SCN,...

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    Shooting with the AF lock a Compose the shot so that the b Return to the fully composed using Center...

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    You can select from the following Setting the distance distance settings. Adding special effects 0.5m, 1.0m, 3.0m, 7.0m, ∞...

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    a Set the mode dial to , SCN, For the DSC-P71 or . Spot light-metering a Set the mode dial...

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    To cancel Spot light-metering For the DSC-P51/P31 Press the MENU button again, select a Set the mode dial to...

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    Before using Clip Motion d Shoot one frame. To delete shot images in the In [MOVING IMAGE] in SET UP,...

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    a Set the mode dial to . • When Multi Burst images are played back on a Shooting in...

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    Deleting shot images d Shoot your image. When using this mode, you cannot delete Shooting still images only certain frames....

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    Advanced still image viewing Enlarging an image – Playback e Press the T zoom button Enlarging a portion of...

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    Recording an enlarged a Set the mode dial to . image – Trimming Playing back b Press the MENU button....

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    To stop the playback of the slide a Set the mode dial to , and show Rotating still images...

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    Still image editting For single images For Index (nine-image) Protecting images screen a Set the mode dial to ....

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    f To protect other images, To protect all of your images For Index (triple-image) repeat Step 5. In Step...

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    To remove protection from c Press the MENU button. previously protected images Changing image size The menu appears. In Step...

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    For single images For index (nine-image) Choosing images to screen a Set the mode dial to . print a...

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    f To print other images, repeat For index (triple-image) To delete a Print mark Step 5 for each of them....

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    Enjoying movies c Select (Image size) using b/ The message displayed on the Shooting movies B, and select the...

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    c Press the center z. Messages displayed on the Viewing movies on The movie is played back. screen while...

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    Deleting on the single Deleting on the Index (nine- Deleting movies screen image) screen Mode dial: a Set the...

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    f Repeat Step 5 of the Deleting on the Index (triple- To cancel the deletion procedure to delete other image)...

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    <Example> Cutting a file numbered Cutting movies Editing movies MOV00002.MPG Control button MOV00001.MPG MOV00003.MPG Mode dial: MENU button With...

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    e Decide on a cutting point. • You cannot cut the following files. Deleting unnecessary – Clip Motion files Press...

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    For Windows 98, 98SE, 2000, For Windows XP users Copying movies to Me users a On the Copy Wizard...

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    e Click [Nothing. I’m finished For Macintosh users working with these pictures], 1 Double-click the newly recognized icon then click...

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    Troubleshooting 2 Press the RESET button (pages 9, 11, 3 Consult your Sony dealer or local Troubleshooting 13) on...

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    Shooting Still images/Movies Symptom Cause Solution The LCD screen does not • The power was turned off with the LCD...

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    Symptom Cause Solution Vertical streaks appear • The smear phenomenon is occurring. p This is not a malfunction. when...

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    Viewing images Symptom Cause Solution The image cannot be • The mode dial is not set to . p Set...

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    Computers Symptom Cause Solution You do not know the OS of — p Check “Recommended computer environment” (page 44)....

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    Computers (continued) Symptom Cause Solution The image is affected by • You are playing back the file directly from the...

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    Symptom Cause Solution The power is on, but the • The built-in microcomputer is not working p Remove, and...

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    Warnings and messages The following messages appear on the LCD screen. Message Meaning/ Corrective Action NO MEMORY STICK • Insert...

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    Code Cause Countermeasure Self-Diagnostics C:32: ss There is trouble with your • Turn the power off and on again...

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    Additional information E-mail Multi Burst The number of images (Units: images) (Units: images) that can be saved/ 8M 16M...

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    Menu items Menu items that can be changed differ depending on the position of the mode dial. The LCD...

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    When the mode dial is set to , SCN. (continued) Item Setting Description (P.QUALITY) xFINE / STANDARD Records images with...

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    When the mode dial is set to (MOVING IMAGE is set to CLIP MOTION in the SET UP settings.)...

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    When the mode dial is set to (when MOVING IMAGE in SET UP is set to Multi Burst) Item Setting...

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    When the mode dial is set to Item Setting Description DELETE OK Deletes the displayed image (page 39). CANCEL...

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    SET UP items Set the mode dial to SET UP. The setup When shooting movies/Clip Motion/Multi screen appears. Burst, the...

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    SETUP 2 Item Setting Description LCD BRIGHT/ Selects the LCD brightness. This has no effect on the recorded images....

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    On moisture condensation The internal rechargeable button Precautions If the camera is brought directly from a cold battery to...

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    • You cannot record or delete images when the The “ Memory Stick” write-protect tab is set to LOCK....

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    Battery life Camera • The battery life is limited. Battery Specifications Effective pixels number of camera capacity decreases little by...

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    LCD screen DSC-P31 External dimensions 106 × 58 × 39.5 mm (4 1/4 × 2 3/8 × 105 ×...

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    I Low battery warning (16) The LCD screen J AF range finder (58) K Spot light-meter aiming point For...

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    For shooting movies 1 7 2 8 160 3 STBY 9 q; 4 SOLARIZE qa 5 + qs 6...

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    For still image playback For movie playback 1 q; 5 qa qd 2 640 11/12 6 7 320 qf x1.3...

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    D I Index DC plug ............................................................ 19 Image Deleting images ............................................... 39 Copying images .......................................... 48 A DIVIDE ..............................................................

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    Cutting movies .............................................78 Setting Shooting close-ups (Macro) ........................ 28 Deleting movies ...........................................76 Changing menu ........................................... 55 Shooting with the...

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    3 0 7 4 3 5 1 1 3 Printed on recycled paper using VOC (Volatile Organic Compound)-free vegetable oil...

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