I bought myself a new video camera today. It's a sweet little gadget, but the manual leaves something to be desired, which is surprising considering that Sony isn't some rinky-dink little company. Here are a few snippets of particularly delectable Engrish from the manual:
On the drop sensor
To protect the internal hard disk from the shock by dropping, the camcorder has the drop sensor function. When a drop occurs, or under a non-gravity condition, the block noise to protect the camcorder may also be recorded. If the drop sensor catches a drop repeatedly, recording/play back may be stopped.
Save all your recorded image data
In the case of your image data being damaged, save all your recorded images. It is recommended that you save the image data on a DVD using your computer. Also, you can save it using VCR/DVD device.
Note on operational temperatures
When the temperature of the camcorder becomes extremely high or extremely low, you may not record or playback the camcorder to provide protection to the camcorder. In case of this, a message appears on the LCD screen.
Note on using the camcorder in highlands
Do not turn on the camcorder in a low-pressure area, where its altitude is more than 3,000 meters (9,800 feet). This may damage the hard disk drive of your camcorder.
By pressing the EASY button, most of the settings on the camcorder will be automatically operated. In this way, you can use the camcorder with simple operation (Easy Handycam operation). During Easy Handycam operation, you may not use some of the buttons on the camcorder.
Note before sending your camcorder for repair
Your camcorder may be required to initialize or change the current hard disk of the camcorder, depending on the problem. In the event of this, the data stored on the hard disk will be deleted. Be sure to save (backup) the data on the hard disk (see "Handycam Handbook" (PDF)) on the other media before sending your camcorder to repair. We cannot guarantee any loss of your hard disk data.
On use and care
Avoid rough handling, disassembling, modifying, physical shock, or impact such as hammering, dropping or stepping on the product. Be particularly careful of the lens.