Hi had same problem - solution offered by guest to your problem is right. the 'flower' symbol or macro button is the one that actually doubles as the play/pause button which is why there is a very small play/pause symbol underneath the menu button. the other main play button simply puts the camera into playback mode.
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Press RECORD/PLAY Button to switch from Record Mode to Playback Mode.
The Playback Mode is for viewing and managing movies and pictures as well as listening to voice and
music on the built-in memory or on an optional memory card.
Operation Display Screen
Press RECORD/PLAY Button ( ) to switch
from Record Mode to Playback Mode Main Menu.
• There are 4 options in the Playback Mode, movie,
picture, music and voice.
• Direction Buttons can be used to select the
• Press OK Button to view movies/pictures, listen to
voice or music.
You will get sound when you transfer recorded movie clips in your computer and playback in computer.
DSC-S500 Sony Cybershot has built-in mic to record sound but doesn't have speaker to give sound during playback in camera. You need to import movie files in your PC and playback in PC to hear sound.
Make sure you are shooting your movies in "Standard" mode. If you have the mode set to something else, especially "Time Lapse", the playback may not match 'natural' motion.
In any case, you can control the speed of the playback. When you first enter the movie playback mode, there should be a movie control bar along the bottom of the LCD. Instead of the "Play" button, select the "Slow Motion Playback" button (single arrow with single bar next to the normal Play button), and control the speed with the left or right arrows on the multi-controller.
This camera does record sounds. But, it doesnt look like it has a speaker in it to play them. So, yes unfortunately you wont be able to hear what you record unless you are using something else to playback what you have recorded.
Playing Back Movie Clips
You can play back the recorded movie clips on the LCD monitor screen. However, the
sound recorded with movie clips can only be played back on a computer.
1. Press the button.
2. Use the four-way controller () to go
through the images until the movie clip you
want to play back is displayed.
To view the previous image, press the
four-way controller ().
To view the next image, press the
four-way controller ().
3. Press the button to start playing back
the movie clips.
To pause or resume movie playback, press the button again.