Using the GPS function (HDR-TD30VE)

The following features are available if you use the GPS (Global Positioning System) function.
  • Recording location information on movies or photos ([On] is the default setting.)

  • Playing movies and photos by searching for them from a map

  • Displaying a map of your current location

GPS triangulating status

A: Number of dots changes while the camcorder is searching for the satellites.
B: Triangulating meters appear when the satellites are found.

When the camcorder cannot triangulate

A: The camcorder does not have location information.
B: The camcorder displays the location information that was previously obtained.

If you do not want to record location information

Select [Setup] [General Settings] [GPS Setting] [Off].
  • It may take a while before the camcorder starts triangulating.

  • Use the GPS function outdoors and in open areas, as the radio signals can best be received in such areas.

  • The map always displays the north at the top.

To obtain a map of the current location (triangulating priority mode)

This feature is useful for checking a map of your current location while traveling.
As the camcorder turns other functions off to search for satellites, obtaining triangulating information can take priority.
  1. Select [Setup] [General Settings] [Your Location].

A: A marker that indicates your current location
B: Displays the triangulating information
  • If you select a certain point on the screen, the map shows an area with that point at the center. Select to move your current location back to the center again.

  • If the camcorder cannot acquire current location information, the triangulating information appears.

  • If the location information that was previously obtained is invalid, the marker does not appear.

  • To close the current location screen, select .

To check the triangulating status

The camcorder displays the status of the GPS signal reception when you are unable to obtain the triangulating information.
  1. Display your current location.

If your current location appears on the LCD screen, you do not need to continue this operation.
  1. Select .

A: Satellite map
B: Satellite icons
C: Triangulating gauge
D: Information for the location that was previously obtained.

  • To close the triangulating information screen, select .

On the satellite map and triangulating gauge

The center of the satellite map shows your current location. You can check the direction (north/south/east/west) of the satellites with the satellite icons () that appear on the satellite map.
When the camcorder succeeds in triangulating your location, the triangulating gauge turns to green.

How to check the GPS satellite icons/triangulating gauge

The color of the GPS satellite icons and the triangulating gauge change according to the current status of triangulation.

GPS satellite icons/triangulating gauge
/ (black)
No signal, but orbit information for the satellite is available.
/ (gray)
Part of the satellite orbit information has been obtained.
/ (brown)
About a half of the satellite orbit information has been obtained.
/ (ocher)
Most of the satellite orbit information has been obtained.
/ (green)
Triangulating is completed and the satellite is currently being used.

If data on your current location cannot be obtained

A display that allows you to triangulate the location again appears. In this case, follow the instruction that appears on the LCD screen.

Hints for better reception

  • Use the GPS function outdoors and in open areas.
    For details on locations or situations where radio signals cannot be received, see “About GPS (HDR-TD30VE).”

  • Rotate the LCD panel to direct the GPS antenna toward the sky. Do not place your hand on the GPS antenna.

  • Select [Your Location] in the menu to use the triangulating priority mode.

  • Use GPS Assist Data. If you import GPS Assist Data from your computer to your camcorder using the “PlayMemories Home” software, the time it takes the camcorder to acquire your location information can be shortened. Connect the camcorder to a computer that is connected to the Internet. The GPS Assist Data will be updated automatically.

  • In the following situations, the current location of the camcorder shown on the map may be different from the actual location. The margin of error can be as wide as several hundred meters.

  • When the camcorder receives GPS signals that have been reflected off the surrounding buildings

  • When the GPS signal is too weak

  • The GPS Assist Data may not function in the following cases:

  • When the GPS Assist Data are not updated for about 30 days or more

  • When the date and time of the camcorder are not correctly set

  • When the camcorder is moved for a long distance

Related topics
GPS antenna: see Parts and controls
Locations or situations where radio signals cannot be received: see About GPS (HDR-TD30VE)