Sony® Camcorder Compatibility with Microsoft® Windows Vista® Operating System

Posted: 11/13/2009


The compatibility information for the Sony camcorders is broken into two parts, one for the camcorder itself and the other for the digital imaging software that came on the CD bundled with the camcorder. Please note that it is possible for the camcorder to be compatible with a computer running the Windows Vista operating system while the originally provided digital imaging software is not.

Camcorder & Driver Compatibility

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  • Not all models are sold in all countries.
  • The drivers required to connect most Sony® cameras and camcorders to a computer are already included in the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system.
    Note: In some instances, the camera or camcorder may not be recognized by the computer when connected. In this case, check to see if there is an updated driver available for your model.
  • Not all Sony camcorders are compatible:
  • Camcorders and software released after July 2007 are compatible with Windows Vista.
  • Windows Vista Starter edition is not supported.
  • The USB streaming feature is not supported with 64-bit Windows Vista operating systems.

Check the chart below to see if your Sony camcorder model is compatible for use with the Windows Vista operating system.

Legend:
    Ο = Compatible
    Ν = Not Applicable
    – = Non-Compatible (not guaranteed)

Digital Video Camcorders
Models USB (Memory Stick) i.Link
DCR-HC1000 Ο Ο
DCR-HC15 Ν Ο
DCR-HC20 Ν Ο
DCR-HC21 Ν Ο
DCR-HC26 Ν Ο
DCR-HC28 Ν Ο
DCR-HC30 Ο Ο
DCR-HC32 Ο Ο
DCR-HC36 Ο Ο
DCR-HC38*5 Ν Ο
DCR-HC40 Ο Ο
DCR-HC42 Ο Ο
DCR-HC43 Ο Ο
DCR-HC46 Ο Ο
DCR-HC48*5 Ο Ο
*5 The USB streaming function is supported by the driver included in the supplied CD-ROM for 32-bt editions only.
Digital Video Camcorders
Models USB (Memory Stick) i.Link
DCR-HC65 Ο Ο
DCR-HC85 Ο Ο
DCR-HC88 Ο Ο
DCR-HC90 Ο Ο
DCR-HC96 Ο Ο
DCR-PC1000 Ο Ο
DCR-PC101 Ν Ο
DCR-PC105 Ο Ο
DCR-PC108 Ο Ο
DCR-PC109 Ο Ο
DCR-PC110 Ο
DCR-PC115 Ο
DCR-PC120BT Ο
DCR-PC330 Ο Ο
DCR-PC350 Ο Ο
 
Digital Video Camcorders
Models USB (Memory Stick) i.Link
DCR-PC5 Ν Ο
DCR-PC55 Ο Ο
DCR-PC9 Ο
DCR-TRV11 Ν Ο
DCR-TRV15 Ν Ο
DCR-TRV16 Ν Ο
DCR-TRV17 Ο
DCR-TRV18 Ο Ο
DCR-TRV19 Ν Ο
DCR-TRV20 Ν Ο
DCR-TRV22 Ο Ο
DCR-TRV25 Ο Ο
DCR-TRV27 Ο Ο
DCR-TRV30 Ο
DCR-TRV33 Ο Ο
 
Digital Video Camcorders
Models USB (Memory Stick) i.Link
DCR-TRV38 Ο Ο
DCR-TRV39 Ο Ο
DCR-TRV40 Ο Ο
DCR-TRV50 Ο Ο
DCR-TRV6 Ν Ο
DCR-TRV60 Ο Ο
DCR-TRV70 Ο Ο
DCR-TRV75 Ο Ο
DCR-TRV80 Ο Ο
DCR-TRV940 Ο Ο
DCR-TRV950 Ο Ο
DCR-VX2000 Ν Ο
DCR-VX2100 Ν Ο
GV-D1000 Ο
 
Digital8® Camcorders
Models USB (Memory Stick) i.Link
DCR-TRV120 Ν Ο
DCR-TRV130 Ν Ο
DCR-TRV140 Ν Ο
DCR-TRV230 Ν Ο
DCR-TRV240 Ν Ο
DCR-TRV250 Ν Ο
DCR-TRV260 Ν Ο
DCR-TRV265 Ν Ο
DCR-TRV280 Ν Ο
DCR-TRV320 Ν Ο
DCR-TRV330 Ο
DCR-TRV340 Ο Ο
DCR-TRV350 Ο Ο
DCR-TRV351 Ο Ο
DCR-TRV360 Ο Ο
 
Digital8® Camcorders
Models USB (Memory Stick) i.Link
DCR-TRV361 Ο Ο
DCR-TRV380 Ο Ο
DCR-TRV460 Ο Ο
DCR-TRV480 Ο Ο
DCR-TRV520 Ν Ο
DCR-TRV525 Ν Ο
DCR-TRV530 Ο
DCR-TRV620 Ν Ο
DCR-TRV720 Ν Ο
DCR-TRV730 Ο
DCR-TRV740 Ο Ο
DCR-TRV820 Ν Ο
DCR-TRV828 Ο
DCR-TRV830 Ο
DCR-TRV840 Ο Ο
 
DVD Camcorders
Model USB (DVD) USB (Memory Stick)
DCR-DVD100 *2 Ν
DCR-DVD101 *2 Ν
DCR-DVD103 Ο*3 Ν
DCR-DVD108 Ο Ο
DCR-DVD200 *2 Ν
DCR-DVD201 *2 Ν
DCR-DVD203 Ο*3 Ν
DCR-DVD300 *2 Ν
DCR-DVD301 *2 Ν
DCR-DVD305 Ο*3 Ο
DCR-DVD308 Ο Ο
DCR-DVD403 Ο*3 Ν
DCR-DVD405 Ο*3 Ο
DCR-DVD408 Ο Ο
*2 The supplied ImageMixer Ver. 1.5 for DVD Camcorders software is not supported with Windows Vista.
*3 The supplied Picture Package™ software Ver. 1.8 software is not supported with Windows Vista. Update to the latest sofware version.
DVD Camcorders
Model USB (DVD) USB (Memory Stick)
DCR-DVD505 Ο*3 Ο
DCR-DVD508 Ο Ο
DCR-DVD608 Ο Ο
DCR-DVD653 Ο*3 Ν
DCR-DVD7 Ο*3 Ν
DCR-DVD703 Ο*3 Ν
DCR-DVD708 Ο Ο
DCR-DVD755 Ο*3 Ο
DCR-DVD803 Ο*3 Ν
DCR-DVD805 Ο*3 Ο
DCR-DVD808 Ο Ο
DCR-DVD905 Ο*3 Ο
DCR-DVD908 Ο Ο
HDR-UX1 Ο Ο
HDR-UX5 Ο Ο
HDR-UX7 Ο Ο
*3 The supplied Picture Package™ software Ver. 1.8 software is not supported with Windows Vista. Update to the latest sofware version.
Hard Disc Drive Camcorders (HDD)
Model USB (HDD) USB (Memory Stick)
DCR-SR100 Ο*1 Ν
DCR-SR200 Ο Ο
DCR-SR300 Ο Ο
DCR-SR40 Ο*1 Ν
DCR-SR42 Ο Ο
DCR-SR60 Ο*1 Ν
DCR-SR62 Ο Ο
DCR-SR80 Ο*1 Ν
DCR-SR82 Ο Ο
HDR-SR1 Ο Ο
HDR-SR5 Ο Ο
HDR-SR7 Ο Ο
HDR-SR8 Ο Ο
*1 The supplied ImageMixer™ software for HDD Camcorders is not supported with Windows Vista. Update to the latest sofware version.
High Definition Video Camcorders
Models USB (Memory Stick) i.Link
HDR-FX1 Ν Ο*4
HDR-FX7 Ο Ο*4
HDR-HC1 Ο Ο*4
HDR-HC3 Ο Ο*4
HDR-HC5 Ο Ο
HDR-HC7 Ο Ο
QUALIA 002 Ν Ο*4
*4 When using Movie Maker™ software:
  • It is not possible to write video in the HDV format back to the tape from Movie Maker.
  • It is necessary to import an entire movie from the tape, you will not be able to import partial segments of a movie.
  • Movie Maker is not compatible with the Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic, Business, and Enterprise editions.
Memory Stick Camcorders
Models USB (Memory Stick)
HDR-CX7 Ο
 
MICROMV™ Camcorders
Models USB (Memory Stick) i.Link
DCR-IP1 Ο Ο*6
DCR-IP210 Ο Ο*6
DCR-IP220 Ο Ο*6
DCR-IP45 Ο Ο*6
DCR-IP5 Ν Ο*6
DCR-IP55 Ο Ο*6
DCR-IP7BT Ο*6
*6 The supplied MovieShaker™ software Ver 3.1 for MICROMV is not supported with the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system.
    When using Movie Maker:
  • It is not possible to write video to the tape from Movie Maker.
  • Scenes in the 16:9 video format will be vertically stretched to the 4:3 video format.
  • It is necessary to import an entire movie from the tape, you will not be able to import partial segments of a movie.
  • Movie Maker is not compatible with the Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic, Business, and Enterprise editions.

Software Compatibility with Microsoft® Windows Vista™ 32-bit Operating System

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This chart provides compatibility information for software that ships with Sony digital cameras and camcorders.
Note: Not all software applies to all models. If uncertain, please refer to your product manual to determine which software came with your model.

Software Compatible Additional Comments
Movie Shaker™ software Ver 3.1 for MICROMV camcorders No N/A
Nero® Express 6 No N/A
Pixela ImageMixer™ for HDD Camcorder No Please update to Picture Motion Browser Ver. 4.3.02
Note: This software is not applicable to all models.
Pixela ImageMixer Ver 1.0 No N/A
Pixela ImageMixer Ver 1.5 No N/A
Picture Motion Browser Ver 1.1 Yes Some behavior may be different from that of the previous Windows XP operating system environment. *3
Please update to Picture Motion Browser Ver. 4.2.10.
Picture Motion Browser Ver 2.0.01 – 2.0.06 Yes Some behavior may be different from that of the previous Windows XP operating system environment. *3
Please update to Picture Motion Browser Ver. 4.2.10.
Picture Motion Browser Ver 2.1.00 – 2.1.01 Yes N/A
Pixela Picture Package™ software Ver. 1.0 – 1.7 No Please update to Picture Motion Browser Ver. 4.3.03
Note: This software is not applicable to all models. *2
Pixela Picture Package™ software Ver. 1.8 No Please update to Picture Motion Browser Ver. 4.3.03
Note: This software is not applicable to all models.
    *1 It is not possible to save RAW files in the SRF format with the Image Data Converter SR software.
    *2 It is not possible to create a Video CD using Picture Motion Browser.
    *3 Examples of behavior variances:
    Display -
    • The Picture Motion Browser short-cut icon may become a Windows-standard icon.
    • The tooltip information window may not be transparent.
    • Images may not be displayed properly in the browser window while playing back movies.
    • Some images, character, and icons may not be displayed properly.
    Sound -
    • The volume control bar in the browser may not be operational when playing back movies.
    • While playing back movies the sound may not be output.
    Other -
    • Some folders, such as public folders, cannot be registered as Viewed folders.


Software Compatibility with Microsoft® Windows Vista™ 64-bit Operating System

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This chart provides compatibility information for software that ships with Sony digital cameras and camcorders.
Note: Not all software applies to all models. If uncertain, please refer to your product manual to determine which software came with your model.

Software Compatible Additional Comments
Picture Motion Browser
Ver 1.1
No Do NOT install on a computer running the Windows Vista 64-bit operating system as it may cause fatal errors such as a blue screen.
Please use the Picture Motion Browser Software Download Tool and then update to Picture Motion Browser Ver 4.2.10.
Picture Motion Browser
Ver 2.0.11
No Do NOT install on a computer running the Windows Vista 64-bit operating system as it may cause fatal errors such as a blue screen.
Please update to Picture Motion Browser Ver. 4.3.02
Picture Motion Browser
Ver 2.0.13
No Do NOT install on a computer running the Windows Vista 64-bit operating system as it may cause fatal errors such as a blue screen.
Please update to Picture Motion Browser Ver. 4.3.03
Picture Motion Browser
Ver 2.0.16 - 2.1.04
No Do NOT install on a computer running the Windows Vista 64-bit operating system as it may cause fatal errors such as a blue screen.
Please use the Picture Motion Browser Software Download Tool and then update to Picture Motion Browser Ver 4.2.10.
Picture Motion Browser
Ver 3.0.00 - 3.0.06
No Please update to Picture Motion Browser Ver. 4.2.10.
Picture Motion Browser
Ver 3.2.00 - 4.2.10
Yes Operates in the 32-bit compatible mode, there is no native support for 64-bit operation.
* The compatibility of the following programs is equivalent to the version of Picture Motion Browser with which they are included:
  • Album Editor
  • Music Transfer
  • Player for AVCHD
  • Video Disc Copier
  • GPS Image Tracker
  • Et Cetera

* Use the following URL to determine which version of Picture Motion Browser is supplied with your Sony camera.
http://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/www/disoft/int/pmb/check/index.html