Samsung SC21F50 Series User manual

user manual
Memory Camcorder
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SMX-F50BN/SMX-F50RN/SMX-F50SN/SMX-F50UN
SMX-F53BN/SMX-F53RN/SMX-F53SN/SMX-F53UN
SMX-F54BN/SMX-F54RN/SMX-F54SN/SMX-F54UN
SMX-F500BN/SMX-F500RN/SMX-F500SN/SMX-F500UN
SMX-F530BN/SMX-F530RN/SMX-F530SN/SMX-F530UN
Before reading this user manual
SAFETY WARNINGS
What the icons and signs in this user manual mean;
WARNING
CAUTION
There is a potential risk of death or serious injury.
There is a potential risk of personal injury or damage
to the product.
About this user manual
Thank you for purchasing this Samsung Camcorder. Please read
this user manual carefully before you use the camcorder and keep
it handy for future reference. Should your camcorder fail to operate
correctly, refer to Troubleshooting.
To reduce the risk of fire, explosion, electric shock,
or personal injury when using your camcorder, follow
these basic safety precautions.
This User Manual covers models SMX-F0, SMX-F,
SMX-F4, SMX-F00 and SMX-F0.
Here are hints or page number references you will
find helpful when you operate the camcorder.
• The SMX-F50, SMX-F500 and SMX-F530 do not have built-in
flash memory and uses memory cards. Although some features
of the SMX-F50, SMX-F53, SMX-F54, SMX-F500 and SMX-F530
models are different, they operate in the same way.
• Illustrations of model SMX-F50 are used in this user manual.
• The displays in this user manual may not be exactly the same
as those you see on the LCD screen.
• Designs and specifications of the camcorder and other
accessories are subject to change without any notice.
• In this user manual’s function description tables, the icon
shown in the on-screen display column will appear on the
screen when you set the corresponding function.
• Ex) TV Super Fine - "Video Resolution" Submenu item
 page 4
Settings required before using a function.
These warning signs are here to prevent injury to you and others.
Please follow them explicitly. After reading this section, keep it in a
safe place for future reference.
PRECAUTIONS
Warning!
• When using the AC power adapter with your camcorder, connect the
adapter to an outlet with protective grounding.
• Do not expose the camcorder battery to direct sunlight, heaters,
radiators, fire, or any source of excessive heat.
Caution
If you replace the battery with the wrong battery, you can cause an
explosion. Replace only with the same battery or an equivalent type.
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON USE
If you plug the AC adapter into a 240V AC outlet, be sure to use a suitable
plug adapter.
Item
"TV Super
Fine"
Use
Videos recorded in 720x480 (60i) resolution at
super-fine image quality.
On-screen
display
Before reading this user manual
If you set TV Super Fine, the corresponding icon (
) will appear
on the screen.
• Descriptions of the “built-in memory” in this user manual apply
only to the following models: SMX-F53 (8GB), SMX-F54 (16GB).
The following terms are used in this manual:
• ‘Scene’ refers to the point where you press the Record Start/
Stop button to start recording until you press again to pause the
recording.
• The terms ‘photo’ and ‘still image’ are used interchangeably with
the same meaning.
Before using this camcorder
• This camcorder records video in H.264 (MPEG4 part10/AVC)
format and in Standard Definition Video (SD-VIDEO).
• You can play back and edit the video recorded by the
camcorder on a personal computer using the internal
software of this camcorder.
• Please note that this camcorder is not compatible with other
digital video formats.
• Before recording important video, make a trial recording.
Play back your trial recording to make sure the video and audio
have been recorded properly.
• Recorded contents may be lost due to a mistake when handling
this camcorder or memory card, etc. Samsung will not provide
compensation for damages due to the loss of recorded contents.
• Make a backup of important recorded data.
Protect your important recorded data by copying the files to
a PC. We also recommend you copy it from your PC to other
recording media for storage. Refer to the software installation and
USB connection guide.
• Copyrights: Please note that this camcorder is intended for
individual use only.
Data recorded on the storage media in this camcorder using
other digital/analog media or devices is protected by the
Copyright Act and cannot be used without permission of the
owner of the copyright, except for personal enjoyment. Even if
you record an event such as a show, performance, or exhibition
for personal enjoyment, we strongly recommend that you obtain
permission beforehand.
• For Open Source licences information, refer to the
“Opensource-F50.pdf” in the provided CD-ROM
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Before reading this user manual
Notes regarding trademarks
• All the trade names and registered trademarks mentioned in this
manual or other documentation provided with your Samsung
product are trademarks or registered trademarks of their
respective holders.
• The SD logo is a trademark. The SDHC logo is a trademark.
• Microsoft®, Windows®, Windows Vista® and DirectX® are either
registered trademarks or trademarks of the Microsoft Corporation
in the United States and/or other countries.
• Intel®, Core™, and Pentium® are the registered trademarks or
trademarks of the Intel Corporation in the United States and other
countries.
• Macintosh, Mac OS are either registered trademarks or
trademarks of Apple Inc. in the United States and/or other
countries.
• YouTube is a trademark of Google Inc.
• Flickr™ is a trademark of Yahoo.
• Facebook is a trademark of Facebook Inc.
• Twitter is a trademark of Twitter Inc.
• Picasa is a trademark of Google Inc.
• Adobe, the Adobe logo, and Adobe Acrobat are either registered
trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the
United States and/or other countries.
• All the other product names mentioned here in may be
the trademark or registered trademarks of their respective
companies. Furthermore, “TM” and “®” are not mentioned in
each case in this manual.
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Important safety instructions
CAUTION
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK,
DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK).
NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE
REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL.
This symbol indicates that dangerous voltage consisting a
risk of electric shock is present within this unit.
This symbol indicates that there are important operating
and maintenance instructions in the literature accompanying
this unit.
Warning
To Reduce The Risk Of Fire Or Electric Shock, Do Not Expose This Apparatus To Rain Or Moisture.
Caution
Apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping or splashing and no objects filled with liquids, such as vases, shall be placed on the apparatus.
To disconnect the apparatus from the mains, the plug must be pulled out from the mains socket, therefore the mains plug shall be readily operable.
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Read these instructions.
Keep these instructions.
Heed all warnings.
Follow all instructions.
Do not use this apparatus near water.
Clean only with dry cloth.
Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the
manufacturer’s instructions.
8. Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers,
stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
9. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-type
plug. A polarized plug has two blades with one wider than the other.
A grounding type plug has two blades and a third grounding prong.
The wide blade or the third prong are provided for your safety. If the
provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for
replacement of the obsolete outlet.
10.Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly
at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from
the apparatus.
11.Only use attachment/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
12.Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or
table specified by the manufacturer, or sold with the
apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution when
moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid
injury fromtip-over.
13.Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or
when unused for long periods of time.
14.Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required
when the apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as powersupply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects
have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to
rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped.
15.Apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping or splashing and no
objects filled with liquids, such as vases, shall be placed on the
apparatus.
16.VENTILATION:
Slots and openings in the cabinet are provided for ventilation to
ensure reliable operation of the CAMCORDER and to protect it from
overheating. These openings must not be blocked or covered. Never
place your CAMCORDER on a bed, sofa, rug, or other similar surface:
on or near a radiator or heat register. This CAMCORDER should not
be placed in a built-in installation such as a bookcase or rack unless
proper ventilation is provided or the manufacturer’s instructions have
been adhered to.
Important safety instructions
17. POWER SOURCES:
The CAMCORDER should be operated only from the type of power source
indicated on the label. If you are not sure of the type of power supply at
your home, consult your appliance dealer or local power company. A
CAMCORDER is intended to be operated from battery power, or other
sources, refer to the operating instructions.
18. GROUNDING OR POLARIZATION:
This CAMCORDER may be equipped with either a polarized 2-wire AC line
plug (a plug having one blade wider than the other) or a 3-wire grounding
type plug, a plug having a third (grounding) pin. If you are unable to insert
the plug fully into the outlet, try reversing the plug. If the plug still fails to
fit, contact your electrician to replace your outlet. Do not defeat the safety
purpose of the polarized plug.
19. POWER-CORD PROTECTION:
Power-supply cords should be routed so that they are not likely to be
walked on or pinched by items placed upon or against them, paying
particular attention to cords or plugs, convenient receptacles, and the
point where they exit from the unit.
20. OUTDOOR ANTENNA GROUNDING:
CAMCORDER, be sure the antenna or cable system is grounded to provide
some protection against voltage surges and built-up static charges, Section
810 of the National Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA No. 70-1984, provides
information with respect to proper grounding of the mast and supporting
structure, grounding of the lead-in wire and supporting structure, grounding
of the mast and supporting structure, grounding of the lead-in wire to
an antenna discharge unit, size of grounding to conductors, location
of antenna-discharge unit, connection to grounding electrodes and
requirements for the grounding electrode. See figure below.
ANTENNA
LEAD IN
WIRE
GROUND
CLAMP
ANTENNA
DISCHARGE UNIT
(NEC SECTION 810-20)
ELECTRIC
SERVICE
EQUIPMENT
GROUNDING CONDUCTORS
(NEC SECTION 810-21)
GROUND CLAMPS
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POWER SERVICE GROUNDING
ELECTRODE SYSTEM
(NEC ART 250, PART H)
NEC NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE
21. LIGHTNING:
For added protection of this CAMCORDER during a lightning storm or when
it is left unattended and unused for long periods of time, unplug it from the
wall outlet and disconnect the antenna or cable system. This will prevent
damage to the CAMCORDER due to lightning and powerline surges.
22. POWER LINES:
An outside antenna system should not be located in the vicinity of
overhead power lines or other electric light or power circuits where it can
fall into such power lines or circuits. When installing an outside antenna
system, extreme care should be taken to keep from touching such power
lines or circuits as contact with them might be fatal.
23. OVERLOADING:
Do not overload wall outlets and extension cords as this can result in a risk of
fire or electric shock.
24. OBJECTS AND LIQUIDS:
Never push objects of any kind into this CAMCORDER through openings
as they may touch dangerous voltage points or short out a part that could
result in a fire or electric shock. Never spill liquids of any kind onto the
CAMCORDER. Should spillage occur, unplug unit and have it checked by a
technician before use.
25. SERVICING:
Do not attempt to service this CAMCORDER yourself. Opening or removing
covers may expose you to dangerous voltage or other hazards. Refer all
servicing to qualified service personnel.
26. DAMAGE REQUIRING SERVICE:
Unplug this CAMCORDER from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified
service personnel under the following conditions:
a. When the power-supply cord or plug is damaged.
b. If any liquid has been spilled onto, or objects have fallen into the
CAMCORDER.
c. If the CAMCORDER has been exposed to rain or water.
d. If the CAMCORDER does not operate normally by following the
operating instructions, adjust only those controls that are covered by the
operating instructions. Improper adjustment of other controls may result
in damage and will often require extensive work by a qualified technician
to restore the CAMCORDER to its normal operation.Z
e. If the CAMCORDER has been dropped or the cabinet has been
damaged.
f. When the CAMCORDER exhibits a distinct change in
performance, this indicates a need for service.
Important safety instructions
27.REPLACEMENT PARTS:
When replacement parts are required, be sure the service technician
has used replacement parts specified by the manufacturer and
having the same characteristics as the original part. Unauthorized
substitutions may result in fire, electric shock or other hazards.
28.SAFETY CHECK:
Upon completion of any service or repairs to this CAMCORDER, ask
the service technician to perform safety checks to determine that the
CAMCORDER is in safe operating order.
29.To prevent damage which may result in fire or shock hazard, do not
expose this appliance to rain or moisture.
30.If this power supply is used at 240V ac, a suitable plug adaptor
should be used.
USER INSTALLER CAUTION:
Your authority to operate this FCC certified equipment could be voided if
you make changes or modifications not expressly approved by this party
responsible for compliance to part 15 FCC rules.
NOTE:
Hg LAMP(S) INSIDE THIS PRODUCT CONTAIN MERCURY AND MUST
BE RECYCLED OR DISPOSED OF ACCORDING TO LOCAL, STATE
OR FEDERAL LAWS. For details see lamprecycle.org, eiae.org, or
call 1-800-Samsung (7267864)
CALIFORNIA USA ONLY
This Perchlorate warning applies only to
primary CR (Manganese Dioxide) Lithium coin
cells in the product sold or distributed ONLY
in California USA
“ Perchlorate Material - special handling may
apply, See www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/
perchlorate.”
NOTE:
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the
limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC
Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection
against harmful interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy
and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions,
may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However,
there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular
installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to
radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning
the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct
the interference by one or more of the following measures:
- Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
- Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
- Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from
that to which the receiver is connected.
- Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for
help and for additional suggestions. The user may find the
following booklet prepared by the Federal Communications
Commission helpful: “How to Identify and Resolve Radio-TV
Interference Problems.” This Booklet is available from the U.S.
Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402, Stock
No. 004-000-00345-4.
FCC Warning
The user is cautioned that changes or modifications not expressly
approved by the manufacturer could void the user’s authority to
operate the equipment.
This device complies with Part 15 of FCC Rules.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions;
(1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) This device must accept any interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired operation.
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Safety information
The safety precautions illustrated below are to prevent personal injury or material damages. Heed all instructions carefully.
WARNING
Means that there is a potential
risk of serious personal injury.
Prohibited action.
Do not touch the product.
CAUTION
Means that there is a potential
risk of personal injury or damage
to the product.
Do not disassemble the product.
Unplug from the power supply.
This precaution must be
followed.
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Using the camcorder at temperatures
over 60℃ (140 ℉ ) may result in
fire. Keeping the battery at a high
temperature may cause an explosion.
Do not allow water or metal and
inflammable matter to enter the
camcorder or AC power adaptor.
Doing so may pose a fire hazard.
No sand or dust! Fine sand or dust
entering the camcorder or AC power
adaptor could cause malfunctions or
defects.
Do not bend the power cord or
damage the AC power adaptor by
pressing on it with a heavy object.
There may be a risk of fire or electric
shock.
Do not disconnect the AC adaptor
by pulling on its power-cord, as this
could damage the power-cord.
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or AC power adaptor could cause
electric shock, malfunctions or
defects.
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Do not aim the camcorder directly
into the sun. Doing so could cause
eye injuries, as well as lead to
malfunctioning of internal parts of the
product.
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Do not dispose of battery in a fire as it
may explode.
Never use cleaning fluid or similar
chemicals to clean the camcorder.
Do not spray cleaners directly on the
camcorder.
Keep the used lithium battery or
memory card out of the reach
of children. If the lithium battery
or memory card is swallowed
by a child, consult physician
immediately.
Do not plug or unplug the power cord
with wet hands. There is a risk of
electric shock.
Keep the power-cord unplugged
when not in use or during lightning
storms. There is a risk of fire.
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Keep the camcorder away from water
when using it near the beach or pool
or when it rains. There is a risk of
malfunction or electric shock.
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When cleaning the AC adaptor,
unplug the power-cord. There is a
risk of malfunction or electric shock.
If the camcorder emits an abnormal
sound or smell, or smokes, unplug
the power-cord immediately and
request service from a Samsung
service center. There is a risk of fire or
personal injury.
If the camcorder malfunctions,
immediately detach the AC adaptor
or battery from the camcorder.
There is a risk of fire or injury.
Do not attempt to disassemble,
repair, or modify the camcorder or
the AC adaptor to avoid a risk of fire
or electric shock.
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Do not drop or expose the camcorder,
battery, AC adaptor or other accessories
to severe vibrations or impact. This may
cause a malfunction or injury.
Do not use the camcorder on a tripod
(not supplied) in a place where it is
subject to severe vibrations or impact.
Do not use the camcorder near direct
sunlight or heating equipment. This may
cause a malfunction or injury.
Do not leave the camcorder in a closed
vehicle for a long time where the
temperature is very high.
Do not expose the camcorder to soot
or steam. Thick soot or steam could
damage the camcorder case or cause a
malfunction.
Do not use the camcorder near dense
exhaust gas generated by gasoline
or diesel engines, or corrosive gas
such as hydrogen sulphide. Doing so
may corrode the external or internal
terminals, disabling normal operation.
Do not expose the camcorder to
insecticide. Insecticide entering the
camcorder could cause the product
to fail to operate normally. Turn the
camcorder off and cover it with vinyl
sheet, etc. before using insecticide.
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Do not press the surface of the LCD
with force, or hit it with a sharp object.
If you push the LCD surface, display
unevenness may occur.
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Do not expose the camcorder to sudden
changes in temperature or high humidity.
There is also a risk of defect or electric
shock when using outdoors during
lightning storms.
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Do not place the camcorder down on
the open LCD screen.
Do not wipe the camcorder body with
benzene or thinner. The exterior coating
could peel off or the case surface could
deteriorate.
Do not leave the LCD screen open
when not using the camcorder.
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Do not use the camcorder near a
TV or radio. Interference from the
camcordercould cause noise on the
TV or in the radio broadcast.
Do not use the camcorder near
sources of strong radio waves or
magnetic fields such as speakers
and large motors. Noise from these
sources could distort the video or
audio you are recording.
Use Samsung-approved accessories
only. Using products from other
manufacturers may cause overheating,
fire, explosion, electric shock or personal
injuries caused by abnormal operation.
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LCD screen when lifting it. The
LCD screen could detach and the
camcorder may fall.
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Place the camcorder on a stable
surface that is well ventilated.
Keep important data separately.
Samsung is not responsible for data
loss.
Only plug the adaptor plug into a
socket that is easily accessible. If any
problem occurs with the product, you
must pull the plug out of the socket
to disconnect the power completely.
Turning off the power button on the
product does not completely.
Other manufacturers of optional
accessories compatible with this
camcorder are responsible for their own
products. Use the optional accessories
according to the safety instructions.
Samsung is not responsible for
any malfunction, risk of fire, electric
shock, or damages caused by using
unauthorized accessories.
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Contents
Quick start guide............................................ 05
You can record videos in H.264 format!........................................ 05
Getting to know the camcorder....................... 09
What's included with your camcorder........................................... 09
Location of controls...................................................................... 10
Identifying the screen displays...................................................... 12
Attaching the strap....................................................................... 17
Adjusting the LCD screen............................................................. 17
Using the battery.......................................................................... 18
Charging the battery..................................................................... 19
Checking the battery state............................................................ 20
Basic operation of the camcorder.................... 23
Turning your camcorder on/off..................................................... 23
Switching to the power saving mode............................................ 23
Setting the operation modes......................................................... 24
) button....................................................... 24
Using the display(
Using the back light button........................................................... 25
Using the Continuous Recording function..................................... 25
Shortcut menu (OK guide)............................................................ 26
Using the Smart BGM Function.................................................... 26
Shortcut function using the control buttons.................................. 27
Setting the time zone and date/time for the first time.................... 28
Selecting the languages................................................................ 29
About the storage media................................. 30
Selecting the storage media (SMX-F53/F54 only).......................... 30
Inserting and ejecting a memory card (not supplied)..................... 31
Selecting a suitable memory card (not supplied)........................... 32
Recordable time and capacity...................................................... 34
Basic recording.............................................. 35
Recording videos.......................................................................... 35
Recording photos......................................................................... 36
Quick view function in the record mode........................................ 37
Recording with ease for beginners (SMART AUTO)....................... 38
Zooming....................................................................................... 39
Basic playback............................................... 40
Changing the playback mode....................................................... 40
Playing videos.............................................................................. 41
Viewing photos............................................................................. 43
Recording options.......................................... 44
Changing the menu settings......................................................... 44
Menu items.................................................................................. 45
iSCENE........................................................................................ 46
Video Resolution........................................................................... 47
Photo Resolution.......................................................................... 48
16:9 Wide..................................................................................... 48
White Balance.............................................................................. 49
Aperture....................................................................................... 51
Shutter Speed.............................................................................. 52
EV (Exposure Value)..................................................................... 54
C.Nite........................................................................................... 55
Focus........................................................................................... 56
Contents
Anti-Shake(HDIS).......................................................................... 58
Digital Effect................................................................................. 59
Fader............................................................................................ 60
Wind Cut...................................................................................... 61
Zoom Type................................................................................... 62
Time Lapse REC.......................................................................... 63
Guideline...................................................................................... 65
Playback options............................................ 66
Menu items.................................................................................. 66
Multi View Option......................................................................... 67
Play Option................................................................................... 68
Smart BGM Option....................................................................... 68
Delete........................................................................................... 69
Protect......................................................................................... 70
Story-Board Print.......................................................................... 71
Using VIEW................................................................................ 72
Copy (SMX-F53/F54 only)............................................................. 73
Edit (Divide).................................................................................. 74
Edit (Combine).............................................................................. 75
Slide Show................................................................................... 76
Slide Show Option........................................................................ 77
File Info......................................................................................... 77
System setting............................................... 78
Menu items.................................................................................. 78
Storage Type (SMX-F53/F54 only)................................................ 79
Storage Info.................................................................................. 79
Format.......................................................................................... 80
File No.......................................................................................... 81
Time Zone ................................................................................... 82
Date/Time Set.............................................................................. 83
Date Type..................................................................................... 83
Time Type.................................................................................... 84
Date/Time Display........................................................................ 84
LCD Brightness............................................................................ 85
LCD Color.................................................................................... 85
LCD Enhancer.............................................................................. 86
Auto LCD Off................................................................................ 86
Menu Design................................................................................ 87
Transparency............................................................................... 87
Beep Sound................................................................................. 88
Shutter Sound.............................................................................. 88
Auto Power Off............................................................................. 89
PC Software................................................................................. 89
TV Display.................................................................................... 90
Default Set.................................................................................... 90
Version......................................................................................... 90
Language..................................................................................... 90
Demo........................................................................................... 91
Connecting to a TV......................................... 92
Connecting to a TV (16:9/4:3)....................................................... 92
Viewing on a TV screen................................................................ 93
Dubbing Videos.............................................. 94
Dubbing to VCR or DVD/HDD recorders....................................... 94
Contents
Using with a windows computer...................... 95
Checking your computer type....................................................... 95
What you can do with a Windows computer................................. 96
Using the intelli-studio program.................................................... 97
Using as a removable storage device......................................... 101
Troubleshooting............................................ 103
Troubleshooting.......................................................................... 103
Maintenance & additional information............. 112
Maintenance............................................................................... 112
Using your camcorder abroad.................................................... 113
Glossary..................................................................................... 114
Specifications............................................... 115
Quick start guide
This quick start guide introduces the basic operation and features of your camcorder. See the reference pages for more information.
You can record videos in H.264 format!
You can record videos in H.264 format that is convenient to email and share with your friends and family.
You can also take photos with your camcorder.
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STEP 1: Get ready
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Insert the battery into the battery slot. page 18
• Insert the battery into the battery slot until it softly clicks.
Insert a memory card. page 31
• You can use commercially available SDHC (SD High
Capacity) or SD memory cards with this camcorder.
• Set the appropriate storage media. page 30 (SMX-F53/F54
only)
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Charge the battery fully.
• The battery is fully charged when the CHG (charging)
indicator turns green. Page 20
STEP 2: Record with your camcorder
Zoom lever
PHOTO button
MODE button
Recording start/stop button
MODE indicator
Power (
) button
Recording start/stop button
LCD screen
Quick start guide
Recording videos
Recording photos
Your camcorder uses advanced H.264 compression technology to
give you the clearest video quality.
Your camcorder can record high quality photos with a 4:3 or 16:9
aspect ratio.
1.
1.
Open the LCD screen and press the Power ( ) button to turn
on the camcorder.
• Set the lens cover open/close switch to open ( ). page 11
2.
Fully press the PHOTO button when the subject is in focus.
Open the LCD screen and press the Power ( ) button to turn
on the camcorder.
• Set the lens cover open/close switch to open ( ). page 11
2.
Press the Recording start/stop button.
• To stop recording, press the Recording start/stop button.
0:00:00 [475Min]
• You can record videos in SD (standard definition) quality. The default setting is “TV Fine 720x480(60i).”  page 47
• You cannot take photos while you are recording videos.
Quick start guide
STEP 3: Play back videos or photos
Viewing videos or photos on the LCD screen
You can find recordings quickly by using the thumbnail index view.
1
Press the MODE button to select the Play mode.
• The thumbnail index view appears. The thumbnail of the latest created or played file is
highlighted.
2.
Select the Video or Photo thumbnail index view screen.
• You can easily switch between video and photo thumbnail view using the zoom lever.
3.
Use the Control (Up/Down/Left/Right) button to select a desired video or photo, and then press
the Control (OK) button.
Normal View
0:00:55
Photo
1/10
Move
Play
Viewing on a TV
You can enjoy detailed, brilliant quality videos on a connected TV.  pages 92~93
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STEP 4: Save recorded videos / photos
Simple and fun! Use the built-in Intelli-studio program with your
Windows computer to edit and share your videos and photos.
Using the Intelli-studio program built in to your camcorder, you can import videos and photos into
your computer and edit or share the videos and photos with your friends and family. For details, see
pages 97~100.
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Quick start guide
Importing and viewing videos/photos from the camcorder to your PC
1.
Launch the Intelli-studio program by connecting the camcorder to your PC with
a USB cable.
• A new file saving screen appears with the Intelli-studio main window. Click
“Yes”, and the uploading procedure starts.
2.
The new files are saved to your PC and registered to “Contents Manager”
on the Intelli-studio program.
• You can arrange the files by different options such as Face, Date, Location, etc.
3.
Double-click on the file you would like to playback.
Contents Manager
Saved files into your PC
Sharing the videos/photos onto YouTube/Flickr/Facebook
Share your contents with the world by uploading photos and videos directly to a
web site with a single click.
Click the “Share”  “Upload” tab on the browser. page 100
Folders directory on your PC
Intelli-studio runs automatically when you connect the camcorder to a
Windows computer (if you have set “PC Software: On”).  page 89
STEP 5: Delete videos or photos
If the camcorder’s storage media is full, you cannot record new videos or photos. Delete videos or photos you have saved to your
computer from the camcorder’s storage media. Then you can record new videos or photos on newly freed up space.
Press the MODE button to switch to Play mode, then  MENU button  "Delete." page 69
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WHAT'S INCLUDED WITH YOUR
CAMCORDER
Checking your accessories
Your new camcorder comes with the following accessories. If any
of these items is missing from your box, call Samsung’s Customer
Care Center.
Model name
Color
SMX-F50BN
SMX-F50RN
SMX-F50SN
SMX-F50UN
SMX-F53BN
SMX-F53RN
SMX-F53SN
SMX-F53UN
SMX-F54BN
SMX-F54RN
SMX-F54SN
SMX-F54UN
SMX-F500BN
SMX-F500RN
SMX-F500SN
SMX-F500UN
SMX-F530BN
SMX-F530RN
SMX-F530SN
SMX-F530UN
Black
Red
Silver
Blue
Black
Red
Silver
Blue
Black
Red
Silver
Blue
Black
Red
Silver
Blue
Black
Red
Silver
Blue
Built-in
memory
Memory
card slot
LCD
screen
Battery
IA-BP105R:SMX-F50/F500/F530
(AD43-00201A)
IA-BP210R:SMX-F53/F54
(AD43-00200A)
AC power adaptor
(AA-MA9 type)
(AD44-00151A)
Audio/Video cable
(AD39-00184A)
USB cable
(AD39-00169A)
User manual CD
(AD46-00369A)
Quick start guide
(AD68-05837A)
Memory card
External battery charger
(IA-BC9UA4)
Lens
-
Optional accessories
8GB
16GB
Yes
Color
52x (Optical),
65x (Intelli),
2200x (Digital)
-
Although some features of the models are different, they operate in the
same way.
Carrying case
(AD69-00929A)
• The exact appearance of each item may vary by model.
• The contents may vary depending on the sales region.
• Parts and accessories are available for purchase at your local
Samsung dealer. SAMSUNG is not responsible for reduced
battery life time or malfunctions caused by any unauthorized use of
accessories such as the AC adaptor or the batteries.
• You can purchase additional batteries(IA-BP210E/IA-BP420E) from
Samsung authorized service center.
• A memory card is not included. See page 32 for memory cards
compatible with your camcorder.
• Your camcorder includes a user manual CD and a quick start guide (printed).
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LOCATION OF CONTROLS
Front & Left
1
8
9 10 11 12
13
1
Lens
2
MENU button
3
Control (Up/Down/Left/Right/OK) button, Zoom (T/W)
button
4
Recording start/stop button
5
LCD screen
6
Memory card/Jack cover
ⓐ USB jack ( )
ⓑ Memory card slot
ⓒ AV jack (AV)
ⓓ CHG (charging) indicator
ⓔ DC IN jack (DC IN)
7
Built-in speaker
8
Display (
9
Continuous REC. (
10
Back Light (
11
SMART AUTO (
12
Power (
13
MODE button
7
2
3
4
5
6
) button
) button
) button / Smart BGM button
CA
RD
10
ⓐ
ⓑⓒ ⓓ
ⓔ
SMART
AUTO
) button
) button / VIEW button
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Right Top & Bottom
Rear
1
1
8
2
6
2
5
3
3
4
7
1
Mode indicator
: Record mode (Video/Photo)
: Play mode
Strap
2
Recording start/stop button
4
Strap hook
3
Battery slot
5
Lens cover open (
6
Internal microphone
7
Battery release switch (BATT.)
8
Tripod receptacle
1
Zoom lever (T/W)
2
PHOTO button
3
)/close (
) switch
Be careful not to cover the internal microphone and lens during
recording.
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IDENTIFIYING THE SCREEN DISPLAYS
The available functions vary depending on the selected operation mode. Different indicators appear depending on the setting values.
• The On Screen Display (OSD) below only appears when the camcorder is in Record (
• Press the MODE button to select the Record (
) mode. page 24
) mode.
Video and Photo record mode
Left of the LCD screen
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24Hr
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1.6M
Time Lapse Recording
F1.8
+0.3
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Indicator
STBY
/
00:00:00 [475Min]
SMART
AUTO
Operating mode (standby/
recording)
Time counter (Video recording
time: remaining recordable time)
SCENE / Smart Auto
Time Lapse REC *
•
•
•
•
•
•
The on-screen indicators are based on an 16GB
SDHC memory card capacity.
The settings for functions marked with * are not
retained when the camcorder is turned off and
on again.
For enhanced performance, the display
indications and the order are subject to change
without prior notice.
This camcorder provides one combined video
and photo record mode. You can easily record
videos or photos in the same mode without
having to change it.
The total number of recordable photos is based
on the available space on the storage media.
The maximum number the photo counter can
display is 9,999.
White Balance
Meaning
/
Storage media (Memory card or
built-in memory (SMX-F53/F54 only)
Battery info.
(Remaining battery level)
1.6M
/
Photo Resolution / Video Resolution
Anti-Shake (HDIS)
LCD Enhancer *
Back Light
,
Manual Focus*, Face Detection*
F1.8 /
1/60 /
1/30
Manual Aperture* /
Manual Shutter Speed */ C.nite *
+ 0.3
EV (Exposure Value)*
Zoom (Optical Zoom / IntelliZoom / Digital Zoom)
Digital Effect
Time Zone
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Indicator
Record mode (Video/Photo)
/
/
Meaning
Right of the LCD screen
Date/Time Display
Wind Cut
Fader *
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5
9999
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9999
1.6M
5
SCENE
4
4
3
3
1.6M
SCENE
EV
0
2
1
Video and Photo record mode :
Shortcut menu (OK Guide)
1
Quick View
2
Focus* (Auto Focus/Face Detection / Manual
Focus)
3
Shortcut menu (OK Guide) / Return
4
EV (Exposure Value)*
5
iSCENE
2
1
Video and Photo record mode : Shortcut menu (Manual)
Manual Control Bar/ Value
1
2
EV
Menu name
3
Shortcut menu (OK Guide) / Return
4
Value adjust (down)
5
Value adjust (up)
• The illustration above shows the EV (Exposure Value) screen.
• The settings for functions marked with * are not retained when the
camcorder is turned off and on again.
• The shortcut menu (OK guide) represents the most frequently accessed
functions for the selected mode. Pressing the OK button will display a
shortcut menu of frequently used functions on the LCD screen.
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Video Play mode
• The On Screen Display (OSD) below appears in Video play (
) mode only.
• Press the MODE button to select the Play (
) mode. page 24
1
2
Normal View
2
1/10
5
3
4
0:00:00/0:00:55
4
100-0006
0:00:55
12
1
3
5
6
11
7
11
6
8
7
10
8
1
Photo
9
Move
10
Video Play mode : Thumbnail View
3
100-0001
Video Play mode : Single View
9
4
1
Video Play mode
1
Video Play mode
2
Copy Selected (SMX-F53/F54 only)
2
3
Storage media (Memory card or built-in memory - SMX-F53/F54 only)
Play Status ( Play () / Pause ( ❙ ❙ ) / Search (
/
)/
Frame-by-frame (  /  ) / Slow motion (  / ))
4
Battery info (Remaining battery level)
5
1/10
7
Scroll bar
Delete Selected
8
Button Guide
9
10
1
Edit (Combine)
Protection
11
12
Now / Total file number
Error File
6
14
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Play
0:00:55
Recorded time
3
0:00:00/0:00:55
Time code (Elapsed time / Recorded time)
4
Storage media (Memory card or built-in memory (SMX-F53/F54 only)
5
Battery info (Remaining battery level)
6
Video Resolution
7
Protection
LCD Enhancer
8
9
100-0001
10
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File Name (File number)
Date/Time Display
Play Option
SCENE
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0:00:00/0:00:55
0:00:00/0:00:55
5
4
1
3
Multi View
2
2
100-0001
JAN/01/2011 12:00 AM
100-0001
1
Video Play mode : Shortcut menu (OK Guide)
1
Forward playback search page 42
(Skip/Search/Slow motion/Frame-by-frame)
2
Volume Down
3
Play () / Pause ( ❙ ❙ )
4
Reverse playback search page 42
(Skip/Search/Slow motion/Frame-by-frame)
5
Volume Up
Video Play mode : Single (Volume)
1
2
Volume Bar
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Date/Time Display
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SCENE
Photo play mode
) mode only
• This On Screen Display (OSD) below appears in Photo Play (
• Press the MODE button to select the Play (
) mode. page 24
1
2
2
3
3
Normal View
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1
4
1/10
5
1.6M
4
100-0001
1/10
5
6
6
7
12
8
11
7
10
8
Video
9
Move
Multi View
Full View
100-0001
10
Photo Play mode : Single View
Photo Play mode : Thumbnail View
Photo Play mode
2
2
Protection
3
3
Storage media (Memory card or built-in memory - SMX-F53/F54 only)
4
Battery info (Remaining battery level)
1/10
Error File
6
7
Scroll bar
Delete Selected
8
Button Guide
9
Copy Selected (SMX-F53/F54 only)
10
11
Now / Total file number
100-0001
File Name (File number)
Slide Show
1/10
5
Battery info (Remaining battery level)
1.6M
Photo Resolution
Protection
7
LCD Enhancer
8
9
Image counter (Current image / total number of recorded
images)
Storage media (Memory card or built-in memory (SMX-F53/F54 only)
4
6
4
Photo Play mode
1
1
5
16
4
9
100-0001
File Name (File number)
10
OK Guide (Next image)
11
Shortcut menu (OK Guide) / Return
12
OK Guide (Previous image)
Getting to know the camcorder
ATTACHING THE STRAP
ADJUSTING THE LCD SCREEN
Adjust the length of Strap so that the camcorder is stable when you
press the Recording start/stop button with your thumb.
The wide LCD screen on your camcorder offers high quality image
viewing.
Please note: If the hand strap is adjusted too tightly and you
use excessive force to insert your hand, the hand strap hook
of the camcorder may be damaged.
1.
2.
Open the LCD screen with your finger.
• The screen opens up to 90°.
Rotate the LCD screen towards the lens.
• You can rotate it up to 180° towards the lens and up to
90° backwards. To view recordings more conveniently, rotate
the screen by 180° towards the lens, then fold it back to the
body.
Excessive rotation may damage the connective hinge
between the screen and the camcorder.
• When the LCD screen is rotated by 180°, the left and right sides
of the subject are shown in reverse, which produces a horizontally
flipped image.
• Remove fingerprints or dust on the screen with a soft cloth.
• To adjust the LCD brightness and color, refer to the page 85.
• Samsung’s super fine LCD technology activates about 99.99%
pixels on the LCD screen. Although one or two black dots or bright
dots (red, blue, white) could appear on the screen, this is not a
malfunction and does not affect the recorded image.
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USING THE BATTERY
We recommend you purchase one or more additional batteries to
allow continuous use of your camcorder.
• Be sure to charge the battery before you start using your
camcorder.
• The battery may be charged a little at the time of purchase.
To eject the battery
1.
Gently push the Battery release switch in the direction shown in
the diagram to eject the battery.
2.
Push down, and then lift the battery out in the direction shown in
the diagram.
Battery insertion/ejection
To insert the battery
1.
Insert the battery into the battery slot until it softly clicks.
• Make sure that the SAMSUNG logo on the battery is facing
you when the camcorder is placed as shown in the figure.
• Use only Samsung-approved batteries. Do not use
batteries from other manufacturers. Otherwise, there is a
danger of overheating, fire or explosion.
• Samsung is not responsible for problems caused by
unapproved batteries.
• Remove the battery from the camcorder when the
camcorder is not in use.
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CHARGING THE BATTERY
Connecting the AC power adaptor
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• Charge the battery before using the camcorder.
• Use only the provided battery and AC adaptor.
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1.
Press the Power (
page 23
) button to turn off the camcorder.
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2.
Insert the battery into the camcorder. page 18
3.
Open the connector cover of the unit.
4.
Charge the battery using the AC power adaptor or USB cable.
• The CHG (charge) lamp lights up and charging starts. When
the battery is fully charged, the charging (CHG) lamp turns
green. page 20
Using the
AC power
adaptor
Connect the AC power adaptor to the camcorder properly,
and then plug the AC power adaptor into the wall outlet.
Using the
USB cable
Connect the USB cable to the camcorder properly, and then
connect the other end to a USB port of a PC.
CA
RD
Connecting the USB cable
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• Charging the battery at low temperature may take longer or the
battery may not charge fully (green indicator will not turn on).
• Please make sure that there are no foreign substances on the plug
or in the socket when you connect the AC power supply to the
camcorder.
• When using the AC power supply, place it close to the wall outlet. If
you experience a malfunction while using the camcorder, separate
the AC power supply immediately from the wall outlet.
• Do not use the AC power supply in a tight space, such as between
furnishings.
• When recording indoors with a wall outlet available, it is convenient to use
the AC power supply instead of the battery.
• We recommend you charge the battery in a place with an ambient
temperature between 10°C ~ 30°C (50˚F and 86˚F).
• When charging, if both the USB cable and AC power adaptor are
connected, the AC power adaptor will override the USB.
• If the camcorder is turned on, the battery will still charge, but more
charging time will be needed. We recommend you keep the camcorder
turned off while it charges.
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CHECKING THE BATTERY STATE
Battery level display
You can check the charging state and remaining battery capacity.
To check the charging state
The battery level display shows the amount of battery power
remaining in the battery.
The color of the CHG lamp indicates the power or charging state.
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Battery Level
Indicator
State
Message
Fully charged (100%~75%)
-
75%~50%
-
50%~25%
-
25%~5%
-
Charging (CHG) lamp
The color of the charging indicator shows the charging state.
Charging
state
LED color
Charge
Charging
(Orange)
Fully Charged
(Green)
Error
(Orange Blink)
-
less than 5%
-
Exhausted (fl ickers): The device will soon turn off.
Change the battery as soon as possible.
-
(fl ickers): The device will be forced to turn off after
3 seconds.
"Low
battery"
Above figures are based on a fully charged battery at normal
temperature. Low ambient temperature may affect the use time.
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Available charging and running time for the battery
Battery Type
Charging time
IA-BP105R
(SMX-F50/F500/F530)
IA-BP210R
(SMX-F53/54)
Using the AC power
approx. 110 min. approx. 240 min.
adaptor
Using the USB cable approx. 190 min. approx. 350 min.
Video Resolution
SD
Continuous recording time
approx. 120 min. approx. 240 min.
Playback time
approx. 135 min. approx. 270 min.
(Unit: minutes.)
Continuous Recording (without zoom)
The continuous recording time shows the available recording time
when you record without using any other function after recording
starts.
The battery may discharge 2-3 times faster than this reference if you
use the record start/stop, the zoom, and the play functions. Prepare
additional batteries with the expectation that the actual recording
time is about 1/3 to 1/2 of the times listed above.
Using an AC power source
We recommend that you use the AC power adaptor to power the
camcorder from a household AC outlet when recording and playing
the camcorder indoors. The connection is the same as that for
battery charging. page 19
• Charging time: Approximate time in minutes required to fully
charge a completely exhausted battery.
• Recording/Playback time: Approximate time available when you
have fully charged the battery.
‘HD’ stands for high definition image quality and ‘SD’ stands for
standard image quality.
• The time is only for reference. Times shown above are measured
under Samsung’s test conditions. Your times may differ,
depending on your usage and conditions.
• The recording and playback times will be shorter when you use
your camcorder in low temperatures.
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About the battery
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• Battery Properties
A lithium-ion battery is small-sized and has a high capacity. Low
ambient temperature (below 10ºC (50ºF)) may shorten its usage
time and affect its function. Before recording in low temperatures,
put the battery into your pocket to warm it, then install it in the
camcorder.
• Make sure to store the battery separately after use.
- A small amount of battery power is consumed when the
battery is stored in the camcorder even if the camcorder
power is off.
- The battery may be completely discharged, if it has been
installed and left in the camcorder for a long period of time.
If this occurs, the battery may not fully operate even if you
charge it.
- If the battery is not used for a long time, fully charge the
battery and then, using your camcorder, drain the charge
completely. Do this once every 3 months to keep the battery
functioning properly. To store the battery, remove it from your
camcorder and put it in a cool, dry place.
• Charge an extra battery before using the camcorder
outdoors in cold temperatures.
- The cold temperature may shorten the length of time you can
use the battery before needing to recharge it.
- Carry the supplied AC power adaptor to charge the battery
while travelling.
• Check whether the battery terminal is damaged if the battery
falls or is dropped.
- If you install a battery with the damaged terminal into the
camcorder, you can damage the camcorder.
• Remove the battery and the memory card from the
camcorder and disconnect the AC power adaptor after use.
- Store the battery in a stable, cool and dry place.
(Recommended temperature : 15ºC ~ 25ºC (59ºF ~ 77ºF),
recommended humidity: 40%~ 60%)
- Temperatures that are too high or too low shorten the battery
lifetime.
- The battery terminals can become rusty or malfunction if the
battery is stored in a smoky or dusty location.
• Recycle or dispose of your dead batteries properly.
• The battery lifetime is limited.
- Battery capacity decreases over time and through repeated
use. If decreased usage time between charges becomes
significant, it is probably time to replace the battery with a new
one.
- Each battery’s life is affected by storage, and operating and
environmental conditions.
• Make sure to turn off the camcorder before disconnecting the AC
power adaptor. Otherwise, you can damage the storage media or
data.
• Use a nearby wall outlet when using the AC power adaptor.
Disconnect the AC power adaptor from the wall outlet immediately if
any malfunction occurs while using your camcorder.
• Do not place the AC Adaptor in a confined space when you use it,
such as between a wall and a piece of furniture.
• Be sure to use the included AC power adaptor to power the
camcorder. Using other AC power adaptors could cause electric
shock or result in fire.
• You can use the AC power adaptor around the world. An AC plug
adaptor is required in some foreign countries. If you need one,
purchase it from your distributor.
• The charging time will vary depending on the charge remaining in the
battery.
• The battery is charged over 95% after about 2 hours, and the
indicator color changes to green. It takes about 2 hours and 40
minutes for the battery to charge 100%.
Basic operation of the camcorder
TURNING YOUR CAMCORDER ON/OFF
SWITCHING TO THE POWER SAVING MODE
1.
Open the LCD screen and press the Power ( ) button to turn
on the camcorder.
• Set the lens cover open/close switch to open ( ).
If you need to use camcorder for the extended time, the following
functions enable you to prevent unnecessary energy consumption.
2.
To turn off the camcorder, press the Power (
LCD screen
) button.
Power( ) button
The camcorder operates the self-diagnosis function when powered
on. If a warning message appears, refer to ‘warning indicators and
messages’ (pages 103~105) and take corrective action.
Auto Power Off Function
• To save battery power, you
can set the "Auto Power
Off" function, which turns off
the camcorder if there is no
operation for 5 minutes.
• To disable this option, change
the "Auto Power Off" setting
to "Off." page 89
After minutes
• The power saving mode does not work in the following situations:
- When the camcorder has a cable connection. (USB or AV)
- While recording, playing back, or the slideshow is being operated.
• The camcorder consumes less battery power in the power saving
mode (about 50% less power than in the standby mode). However,
if you plan to use the camcorder for the maximum length of time, we
recommend you turn off the camcorder by pressing the Power ( )
button when not using it.
When using this camcorder for the first time
• When you use your camcorder for the first time or reset it,
the time zone screen appears at start-up.
Select your geographical location, and then set the date and
time.
page 28
If you do not set the date and time, the time zone screen
appears every time you turn on the camcorder.
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Basic operation of the camcorder
SETTING THE OPERATION MODES
USING THE DISPLAY(
You can switch the operating mode in the following order each time
you press the MODE button.
Record mode (
/
)  Play mode ( )
• Each time the operation mode changes, the respective mode
indicator light turns on.
) BUTTON
Switching the information display mode
You can switch the on-screen information display mode.
) button.
Press the Display(
• The full and minimum display modes will alternate.
MODE
indicator
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Icon
Functions
Record mode
/
To record videos or photos.
Play mode
9999
STBY
1.6M
To play videos or photos, or edit them.
<Full display mode>
This camcorder provides one record mode for both video and photo
recordings. You can easily record videos or photos in the same mode
without having to switch modes.
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<Minimum display mode>
• Warning indicators and messages may appear depending on the
recording conditions.
• In the menu screen, the Display (
) button will be deactivated.
Basic operation of the camcorder
USING THE BACK LIGHT BUTTON
When a subject is lit from behind, this function compensates for
lighting so that the subject is not too dark.
) button to display the ( ) icon on the
Press the Back Light (
) button again.
screen. To cancel, press the Back Light (
USING THE CONTINUOUS RECORDING
FUNCTION
Using the Continuous Recording function when recording video, you
can combine desired scenes into one video file, and avoid recordiing
unwanted scenes.
1.
2.
Back lighting influences recording when the subject is darker
than the background:
•
•
•
•
•
The subject is in front of a window.
The subject is against a snowy background.
The subject is outdoors and the background is overcast.
The light sources are too bright.
The person to be recorded is wearing white or shiny clothes and
is placed against a bright background:
The person’s face is too dark to distinguish his/her features.
Press the Recording start/stop button.
• The recording () indicator appears, and recording starts.
Press Continuous REC button. The recording pauses and the
( ) indicator appears.
• To continue the recording, press Continuous REC button.
0:01:24 [475Min]
9999
Continuous Rec.
1.6M
Stop
• Your camcorder can record and save files no larger than 1.8GB.
If you are using Continuous Record and you resume recording, and
the recorded file exceeds 1.8GB, the camcorder will automatically
record to a new file.
• If you connect your camcorder to a PC using a USB cable when
recording is paused, the camcorder will connect to the PC after it
saves the video it has recorded up to the pause.
• If you remove the memory card when the camcorder is in Pause
mode, it will stop recording and will not save any of the video it has
recorded.
<Backlight off>
<Backlight on>
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Basic operation of the camcorder
3.
SHORTCUT MENU (OK guide)
The Shortcut menu (OK guide) displays the most frequently
accessed functions for a the selected mode.
An example: Setting EV (Exposure Value) in the Record mode using
the Shortcut menu (OK guide).
Press the OK button to confirm your
selection.
• Press the OK button to exit the
shortcut menu.
• The exposure value setting is
applied and the (
)
indicator and setting value are
displayed.
STBY 0:00:00 [475Min]
9999
1.6M
+1.0
• The Shortcut menu (OK guide) cannot be used in the SMART
AUTO mode.
• The example above shows how to set EV in the Record mode
using the Shortcut Menu. The setting procedure could be different
for other menu items.
USING THE SMART BGM FUNCTION
You can enjoy the music when it plays video.
1.
2.
Press the OK button in STBY mode.
• The Shortcut menu (OK guide) is
displayed.
Press the Control (Left) button to
select “EV” mode.
• Press the Control (Left/Right)
button to adjust the exposure
while viewing the image on the
LCD screen.
• This function works only in Video Play (
) mode.
• Press the MODE button to select the Play(
) mode. page 24
STBY 0:00:00 [475Min]
9999
1.6M
SCENE
Auto Exposure
STBY 0:00:00 [475Min]
9999
1.6M
SCENE
EV
+1.0
Select the desired video to play and then press the Back Light
) button / Smart BGM button to display.
(
) button / Smart BGM button
To cancel, press the Back Light (
again.
You can change the BGM in Smart BGM Option page 68.
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Basic operation of the camcorder
SCENE
SCENE
SHORTCUT FUNCTION USING THE CONTROL BUTTONS
Button
/
Record (
) mode
Play (
Video Play (
) mode
) mode
Photo Play (
) mode
Menu
selection
SCENE
OK
- Access the shortcut menu
- Confirm selection
- Exit the shortcut menu
Confirms
selection
- Shortcut menu (OK guide) is displayed
- Playback / Pause
Single image playback
- iSCENE
- Zoom (tele)
Increases the volume
Increases the volume
(during a slide show)
Moves
the
cursor up
- Focus
- Zoom (wide)
Decreases the volume
Decreases the volume
(during a slide show)
Moves
the
cursor
down
Previous image
Moves
to the
previous
menu
Next image
Moves to
the next
menu
UP
DOWN
EV
LEFT
Quick View
RIGHT
- Search playback RPS (Reverse Playback Search) rate:
x2→x4→x8→x16
- Previous Skip Playback
- Frame-by-frame playback
- Slow motion playback (Reverse slow playback) rate:
x1/2→x1/4→x1/8→x1/16
- Search playback FPS (Forward Playback Search) rate:
x2→x4→x8→x16
- Next Skip Playback
- Frame-by-frame playback - Slow motion playback (Forward
slow playback) rate: x1/2→
x1/4→x1/8→x1/16
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Basic operation of the camcorder
SETTING THE TIME ZONE AND DATE/TIME
FOR THE FIRST TIME
Set the date and time of your local area
when you turn on this camcorder for the
first time.
1.
2.
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Open the LCD screen and press the
Power ( ) button to turn on the
camcorder.
• The Time Zone (“Home”) screen
appears centered on London,
Lisbon (Greenwich Mean Time).
• You can also set the “Time
Zone: Home” from the Settings
) menu. page 82
(
Select your geographical area with
Control (Left/Right) button, then
press the OK button.
• The Date/Time Set screen
appears.
Built-in rechargeable battery
• Your camcorder includes a built-in rechargeable battery that retains the
date and time settings even after the power is turned off.
• Once this battery is depleted, the current date/time values are all reset
to defaults, and you need to recharge the built-in rechargeable battery.
The date/time must be set again.
Charging the built-in rechargeable battery
• The built-in battery is always recharged while your camcorder is
connected to the AC power or while the battery is attached. If you do
not connect the camcorder to AC power or do not attach the battery
• for about two months, the built-in battery fully discharges. If this occurs,
charge the built-in battery by connecting to the supplied AC adaptor for
24 hours.
Home
London, Lisbon
Home:[GMT 00:00]
Turning the date and time display on/off
JAN/01/2011 12:00 AM
Date/Time Set
• To switch the date and time display on or off, access the menu and
change the Date/Time Display mode. page 84
Date/Time Set
Home
Month Day Year Hour Min
JAN / 01 / 2011
12 : 00 AM
Simple setting of the clock by time difference
OFF
Visit : JAN/01/2011 12:00 AM
Back
Move
OK
3.
Select the date and time information, and change the setting
values by using the Control (Up/Down/Left/Right) button.
• To set the daylight saving, press the Control (Left/Right)
button to select the ( ) icon, and then press the Control
(Up/Down) button to set Daylight Saving on/off.
- Activating Daylight Saving forwards the time by 1 hour.
4.
Make sure the clock is correctly set, and then press the OK
button.
• The year can be set up to 2037.
• Set “Date/Time Display” to “On.” page 84
• After setting, the date and time are automatically recorded on a
special data area of the storage media.
• You can easily set the clock to the local time by setting a time difference
when using your camcorder abroad. Select "Time Zone" on the menu,
then set the time difference. page 82
Basic operation of the camcorder
SELECTING THE LANGUAGES
Submenu items
You can select the language that appears on the LCD screen. The
language setting is retained when the camcorder is powered off.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Press the MENU button  Control
(Left/Right) button  “Settings.”
Press the Control (Up/Down)
button to select “Language,” and
then press the OK button.
Press the Control (Up/Down)
button to select the desired OSD
language, and then press the OK
button.
STBY 0:00:00 [475Min]
English
한국어
Français
Deutsch
Italiano
Español
Português
Nederlands
Svenska
SCENE
Settings
Default Set
Version
Language
Exit
Select
STBY 0:00:00 [475Min]
Suomi
Norsk
Dansk
Polski
Čeština
Slovensky
Magyar
Română
Български
Ελληνικά
српски
Hrvatski
Українська
Русский
中文
ไทย
Türkçe
SCENE
Settings
Default Set
Version
English
Français
Language
Press the MENU button to exit the
Exit
Move
menu.
• The OSD language appears in the selected language.
Select
日本語
‫עברית‬
• “Language” options may be changed without prior notice.
• The selected language is retained even without the battery or the AC
power adaptor.
• The date and time format may change depending on the language
you selected.
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About the storage media
SELECTING THE STORAGE MEDIA
(SMX-F53/F54 only)
• You can record on the built-in memory or a memory card, so
you need to select the desired storage media before starting
recording or playback.
• You can use SD and SDHC cards on your camcorder. (Some
cards are not compatible depending on the memory card
manufacturer and memory card type.)
• Before inserting or ejecting a memory card, turn the camcorder
off.
1.
2.
3.
4.
0
Press the MENU button 
Control (Left/Right) button  “
Settings.”
Press the Control (Up/Down)
button to select “Storage Type,”
and then press the OK button.
STBY 0:00:00 [475Min]
SCENE
Settings
Storage Type
:
Storage Info
Format
Exit
Select
STBY 0:00:00 [475Min]
Press the Control (Up/Down) button
Settings
to select
Storage Type
“Int. Memory” or “Card,” and then
Storage Info
press the OK button.
Format
• “Int. Memory” : When using the
Exit
built-in memory.
• “Card” : When using a memory card.
SCENE
Press the MENU button to exit.
Int. Memory
Card
Move
Select
• Never format the built-in memory or memory card using a PC.
• If you insert a memory card when the camcorder is on, the pop-up
message will automatically prompt you to select the storage type.
(SMX-F53/F54 only)
• If there is no memory card inserted, only the built-in memory will be
available. (SMX-F53/F54 only)
• Do not eject a memory card while it is being used in the camcorder.
The memory card and its data may be damaged.
• Do not remove the power (battery or AC power adaptor) when
using storage media to recording, playback, format, delete, etc. The
storage media and its data may be damaged.
About the storage media
INSERTING AND EJECTING A MEMORY CARD (Not supplied)
CAR
D

CAR
D
To insert a memory card
To eject a memory card
1.
Turn the camcorder off.
1.
Turn the camcorder off.
2.
Open the memory card/jack cover as shown in the picture.
2.
Open the memory card/jack cover as shown in the picture.
3.
Insert the memory card into the card slot until it softly clicks.
• Make sure that the camcorder is placed as shown above and
the terminal portion of the card is facing up.
3.
Gently push the memory card to eject it.
4.
Pull the memory card out of the memory card slot and close the
cover.
4.
Close the cover.
• To avoid data loss, turn off the camcorder by pressing the Power ( ) button for one second before inserting or ejecting the memory card.
• Be careful not to push the memory card too hard. The memory card may suddenly pop out.
Your camcorder supports only SD (Secure Digital) and SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) cards.
Compatibility with this camcorder may vary depending on the card manufacturer and type.
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About the storage media
SELECTING A SUITABLE MEMORY CARD
(Not supplied)
Usable memory card (1GB~32GB)
Terminals
Terminals
Compatible memory cards
• You can use SD (Secure Digital) and SDHC (Secure Digital High
Capacity) cards with this camcorder. We recommend you use
an SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) card. This camcorder
supports SD cards up to 2GB. We cannot guarantee normal
operation with SD cards bigger than 2GB.
Protection
tab
Protection
tab
<SD>
<SDHC>
• MMC (Multi Media Card) and MMC Plus are not supported.
• Compatible memory card capacity:
SD: 1GB ~ 2GB
SDHC: 4GB ~ 32GB
• For video recording, use a memory card that supports faster write
speeds (above SDHC Class 6 card).
• SD/SDHC memory cards have a mechanical write-protection
switch. Setting the switch prevents accidental erasure of files
recorded on the card. To enable writing, move the switch up in
the direction of the terminals. To set write protection, move the
switch down.
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SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) cards
• An SDHC card is a higher version (Ver. 2.00) of the SD card and
supports capacities above 2GB.
• SDHC cards cannot be used with current SD enabled host
devices.
Common cautions for memory cards
• Damaged data may not be recoverable. We recommend you
make a back-up of important data separately on the hard disk of
your PC.
• Turning the power off or removing a memory card during an
operation such as formatting, deleting, recording, and playback
may cause data loss.
• If you modify the name of a file or folder stored in the memory
card with your PC, your camcorder may not recognize the
modified file.
About the storage media
Handling a memory card
• We recommend that you power off before inserting or removing
the memory card to avoid data loss.
• We cannot guarantee that you can use memory cards formatted
by other devices. When you format a card, be sure to format the
memory card using this camcorder.
• You must format newly-purchased memory cards, memory cards
with data that your camcorder cannot recognize, and cards with
data saved by other devices. Note that formatting erases all data
on the memory card.
• If you cannot use a memory card that has been used with another
device, format it with your camcorder. Note that formatting
erases all information on the memory card.
• A memory card has a certain life span. If you cannot record new
data, you have to purchase a new memory card.
• Do not bend, drop, or subject the card to strong impacts.
• Do not place foreign substances on the memory card terminals.
Use a soft, dry cloth to clean the terminals if required.
• Do not paste anything other than the label provided with the card
on the label pasting area of the card.
• Do not use a damaged memory card.
• Be careful to keep the memory card out of the reach of children
who might swallow it.
The camcorder supports SD and SDHC memory cards,
giving you a wider choice of cards to choose from!
The data storage speed of cards may differ, depending on the
manufacturer and production system.
• SLC (single level cell) system: faster write speed enabled.
• MLC (multi level cell) system: only lower write speed is
supported.
For best results, we recommend using a memory card that
supports a faster write speed.
Using a lower write speed memory card for recording video may
cause difficulties when storing.
You may even lose your video data during the recording. In an
attempt to preserve every bit of the recorded video on a low
speed card, the camcorder forcibly stores the video on the
memory card and displays a warning:
“Low speed card. Please record at a lower resolution.”
If you are unavoidably using a low speed memory card, the
resolution and quality of the recording may be lower than the
value you set. page 47
The higher the video resolution and quality, the more memory the
camcorder uses.
• Samsung is not responsible for data loss due to misuse, including
loss caused by any PC virus.
• We recommend using a memory card case to avoid data loss that
can be caused by moving the card or by static electricity.
• After a period of use, the memory card may get warm. This is normal
and is not a malfunction.
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About the storage media
RECORDABLE TIME AND CAPACITY
Recordable time available for video
Media
Capacity
TV Super Fine (
)
)
TV Fine (
TV Normal (
)
Web Fine (
)
Web Normal (
)
720x480(60i)
Built-in memory*
8GB
16GB
190min.
380min.
1GB
23min
2GB
47min
Memory Card
4GB
8GB
95min
190min
16GB
380min
720x480(60i)
240min.
480min.
30min
60min
120min
240min
480min
960min
720x480(60i)
310min.
620min.
38min
77min
155min
310min
620min
1,240min
640x480(30p)
240min.
480min.
30min
60min
120min
240min
480min
960min
640x480(30p)
310min.
620min.
38min
77min
155min
310min
620min
1,240min
(Unit: Approximate minutes of recording)
Recordable number of photos
Media
Capacity
Mode
4:3
16:9
32GB
760min
Built-in memory*
Resolution
1600x1200
800x600
1696x960
848x480
Memory Card
8GB
16GB
1GB
2GB
4GB
8GB
16GB
32GB
6,080
9,999
6,080
9,999
9,999
9,999
9,999
9,999
760
1,920
760
1,920
1,530
3,840
1,530
3,840
3,040
7,680
3,040
7,680
6,080
9,999
6,080
9,999
9,999
9,999
9,999
9,999
9,999
9,999
9,999
9,999
(Unit: Approximate minutes of images)
1GB ≒ 1,000,000,000 bytes : Actual formatted capacity may be less as the internal firmware uses a portion of the memory.
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•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
The figures in the table may differ depending on the actual recording conditions and subject.
The higher the quality and resolution, the more memory is used.
Recording at a lower resolution and quality increases the recording time, but the image quality may suffer.
The bit rate automatically adjusts to the recording image. Accordingly, the recording time may vary.
Memory cards bigger than 32GB may not operate normally.
The recording length of a Time Lapse REC may vary depending on settings.
A memory card that is used to store a video can have un-writable areas, which may result in reduced recording time and free memory space.
The maximum size of a video (H.264/AVC) file that can be recorded at one time is 1.8GB.
The camcorder can store up to 9,999 files of videos and photos in one memory card.
Video (or photo) images recorded by other equipment are not playable on this camcorder.
Features in the tables above marked with * are available in the 8GB SMX-F53 and16GB SMX-F54 models only.
Recording in the 16:9 aspect ratio will use more memory than the 4:3 aspect ratio. You can select the desired LCD display aspect ratio for recording or
playback (16:9 Wide/4:3 aspect ratio). page 48
Basic recording
Basic procedures to record a video or photo image are described below and on the following pages.
RECORDING VIDEOS
This camcorder features two Recording start/stop buttons.
One is on the rear side of the camcorder, the other is on
the LCD screen. Select the one that works best for you.
• Open the LCD screen and press the Power ( ) button to turn on
the camcorder.
• Set the appropriate storage media. page 30 (SMX-F53/F54 only).
(If you want to record on a memory card, insert a memory card.)
/
) mode by pressing the MODE button.
• Select the Record (
page 24
1.
Select a subject to record.
• Adjust the LCD panel to the best
angle for recording.
• Use the Zoom lever or Zoom
button to adjust the size of the
subject.
page 39
0:00:00 [475Min]
2.
Press the Recording start/stop button.
• The recording () indicator appears, and recording starts.
3.
To stop recording, press the Recording start/stop button again.
•
•
•
•
If power is interrupted or an error occurs during recording, the video may
not be recorded/edited.
Samsung is not responsible for any damage caused by a failure of normal
recording or playback operations caused by memory card error.
Note that damaged data cannot be recovered.
Do not turn off the camcorder or remove the memory card while accessing
the storage media. Doing so may damage the storage media or the data in
the storage media.
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
For on-screen information display: pages 12~13
Eject the battery when you have finished recording to prevent unnecessary
battery power consumption.
For various functions available when you record videos: page 46
During recording, some button operations are unavailable. (MODE button,
MENU button, etc.)
Sound is recorded from the internal stereo microphone on the top-front of
the camcorder.
Take care that this microphone is not blocked.
Before recording an important video, make sure to test the recording
function to check if there is any problem with the audio or video recording.
) button or remove a memory card while
Do not operate the Power (
accessing the storage media. Doing so may damage the storage media or
the data on the storage media.
LCD screen brightness and color can be adjusted from the menu. Adjusting
the brightness or color of the LCD screen does not affect the image to be
recorded. page 85
You cannot use a locked memory card for recording. You will see a
message saying recording is disabled due to the lock.
You can switch from the play mode to the record mode by pressing the
Recording start/stop or MODE button.
If the power cable/battery is disconnected or recording is disabled during
recording, the system is switched to the data recovery mode. While data
is being recovered, no other function is enabled. After data recovery, the
system will be switched to the STBY mode. When the recording time is
short, data recovery might fail.
Basic recording
RECORDING PHOTOS
You can take photos and store them on the storage media.
Set the desired resolution before recording.  page 48
• Open the LCD screen and press the Power ( ) button on the
camcorder.
• Set the appropriate storage media. page 30 (SMX-F53/F54 only) (If
you want to record on a memory card, insert a memory card.)
/
) mode by pressing the MODE button.
• Select the Record (
page 24
6
1.
Select a subject to record.
• Adjust the LCD panel to the best
angle for capturing.
• Use the Zoom lever or Zoom
button to adjust the size of the
subject. page 39
2.
Adjust the subject at the center of
the LCD screen.
3.
Fully press the PHOTO button.
• The shutter sound is heard (when “Shutter Sound: On” is
set).
• To continue capturing, wait until the current photo is
completely saved on the storage media.
Do not turn off the camcorder or remove the memory card when taking
photos as it may damage the storage media or data.
• This camcorder provides one combined video and photo record
mode. You can easily record videos or photos in the same mode
without having to change it.
• The recordable number of photos varies depending on the photo
size and quality. page 34
• Audio is not recorded when you take photos.
• For the on-screen display information, see pages 12~13.
• Photo files conform to the DCF (Design rule for Camera File system)
standard, established by JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information
Technology Industries Association).
• You can switch from the play mode to the record mode by pressing
the PHOTO or MODE button.
• Using the Quick View function, you can view the most recently
recorded video or photo image right after your recording. page 37
Basic recording
QUICK VIEW FUNCTION IN THE RECORD MODE
Using the Quick View function, you can view the most
recently recorded video or photo image right after you
have recorded it.
1.
2.
Press the OK button in STBY
mode right after you’ve
recorded.
• Shortcut menu (OK guide)
appears on the LCD screen.
STBY 0:00:00 [475Min]
9999
1.6M
SCENE
Auto Exposure
Press the Control (Right)
button to view the most recent video
(or photo) you have recorded.
• After the Quick view is finished, your camcorder switches
back to the STBY mode.
• During the Quick view, use the Control (Up/Left/Right/OK)
button for playback search or to delete the current file.
The Quick View function is not available and the Quick View icon is
dimmed in the Shortcut menu under the following conditions:
• If you have changed the mode after the recording or the camcorder
is connected to a PC with the USB cable.
• If the camcorder has been turned off and on again after the
recording.
• In the SMART AUTO mode.
• After you have used the Quick View function.
Basic recording
RECORDING WITH EASE FOR BEGINNERS (SMART AUTO)
User-friendly SMART AUTO optimizes your camcorder
to the recording conditions automatically, providing
beginners with the best performance.
Select the Record (
page 24
1.
2.
3.
8
/
) mode by pressing the MODE button.
Press the SMART AUTO ( ) button.
• The SMART AUTO ( SMART
AUTO ) and
Anti-Shake (HDIS) (
) icons
appear on the screen at the same
time.
SMART
AUTO
STBY 0:00:00 [475Min]
9999
4.
To cancel SMART AUTO mode, press the SMART AUTO ( )
button again.
• The SMART AUTO ( SMART
) icons
AUTO ) and Anti-Shake (HDIS) (
disappear from the screen.
SMART
AUTO
1.6M
SMART
STBY 0:00:00 [475Min]
AUTO
Adjust the subject on the LCD
screen.
• The camcorder detects the subject and automatically selects
a type of scene and adjusts the settings.
• The icon for the detected scene appears on the LCD screen.
: Appears when recording a landscape.
: Appears when recording with a very bright background.
: Appears when recording a night scene.
: Appears when recording a portrait outdoors at night.
: Appears when recording indoors.
: Appears when recording a portrait.
: Appears when recording a close-up.
Press the Recording start/stop button or PHOTO button.
pages 35~36
9999
•
•
•
•
•
1.6M
Buttons unavailable during SMART AUTO operation:
MENU button / OK button/ etc. Most settings are automatically adjusted in SMART
AUTO mode. To set or adjust functions on your own, release the SMART AUTO
mode first.
SMART AUTO must be set before recording.
When there is no detected scene, the ( SMART
AUTO ) icon appears.
The camcorder may not detect the Portrait mode when recording a face,
depending on the position of the face or brightness.
Depending on conditions such as lighting, shaking of the camcorder, or distance
to the subject, the camcorder may detect the image you see on the LCD screen
as a different scene type each time you apply Smart Auto.
Basic recording
ZOOMING
Use the zoom function for close-up or wide-angle
recording. This camcorder allows you to record
using 52x optical power zoom, 65x Intelli-zoom
and 2200x digital zoom.
To zoom in
To zoom out
Slide the Zoom lever towards T (telephoto).
(Or press the Control (Up) button on the LCD panel.)
W: Wide-angle
T: Telephoto
Slide the Zoom lever towards W (wide-angle).
(Or press the Control (Down) button on the LCD panel.)
STBY 0:00:00 [475Min]
9999
1.6M
• Zoom magnification over 65x is done through digital image processing, and is therefore called digital zoom. Digital zooming is possible up to 2200x. Set “
Zoom Type” to “Digital Zoom.” page 62
• To maintain sharp focus, the minimum possible distance between the camcorder and subject is about 1cm (about 0.39 inch) for wide-angle and 1m
(about 39.4 inches) for telephoto.
• Optical zoom preserves image quality, but the image quality may suffer when you use digital zoom.
• Fast zooming or zooming in a subject that is a good distance away may cause the camcorder to focus slowly. If this occurs, use “Manual Focus.”
page 56
• We recommend you use Anti-Shake (HDIS) for handheld recording when the subject is zoomed in and enlarged.
• Frequent use of the zoom function consumes more power.
• If you zoom when recording, the camcorder may record the sound of the zoom lever or zoom button operating.
• When you use the zoom function, you can decrease its speed by slowly moving the Zoom (T/W) lever. Moving the lever quickly increases the zoom speed.
However, you cannnot use the Zoom (T/W) button on the display to adjust the zoom speed.
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Basic playback
You can view recorded videos and photos in thumbnail index view and play them in various ways. In the thumbnail index view, you can
directly select and display a desired image without using fast forwarding and rewinding.
• This camcorder provides one combined video and photo record mode. You can easily record videos or photos in the same mode
without having to change it.
CHANGING THE PLAYBACK MODE
• Pressing the MODE button changes the operation mode to Record (
/
) and Play ( ) mode in turn.
• The recorded videos or photos are displayed in thumbnail index view. Depending on the record mode, recordings are stored in videos or
photos thumbnail index view, respectively. When switching to Play mode after recording a video, the videos thumbnail index view appears.
When switching to Play mode after recording a photo, the photos thumbnail index view appears.
How to change between video and photo thumbnail view
You can easily switch between video and photo thumbnail view using the zoom lever.
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Multi View Option lets you sort thumbnails of recorded videos and
photos by different display options (recording, recorded date).
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Play
<Video play mode>
Normal View
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Video
Move
1/10
Full View
<Photo play mode>
Basic playback
PLAYING VIDEOS
You can preview recorded videos in a thumbnail
index view, find your desired video quickly,
and playback directly.
• This function works only in Video Play (
) mode.
• You can find a desired video image quickly using the thumbnail index
view.
1.
Open the LCD screen and press the Power ( ) button to turn
on the camcorder. page 23
• Set the appropriate storage
Normal View
media. (SMX-F53/F54 only)
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page 30
(If you want to playback images
on a memory card, insert a
memory card.)
Move
Play
Photo
2.
Press the MODE button to select
the Play mode.
• The thumbnail index view
appears. The thumbnail highlight
is on the latest created or played
file.
3.
Select the Video thumbnail index view screen.
• You can easily switch between video and photo thumbnail
view using the zoom lever.
• The playing time of the selected file and the thumbnail
showing the video playback will appear on the screen.
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Multi View
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4.
Use the Control (Up/Down/Left/Right) button to select the
desired videos, and then press the OK button.
• If you set the Date/Time Display before video playback, the
date/time appears briefly for about a second and then the
selected video starts playing.
• The shortcut menu for playback appears for 3 seconds.
• The selected videos are played according to the Play Option
setting. page 68
• To stop playback and return to the thumbnail index view,
move the zoom lever.
Do not power off the camcorder or eject the memory card during video
playback. Doing so may damage the recorded data.
• The loading time of a video may vary depending on the video file's size
and video resolution.
• Video files may not play back on the camcorder in the following cases:
- The video files have been edited or renamed on a PC.
- The video files have been recorded by devices other than the camcorder.
- The video files are in formats that are not supported by the camcorder.
• The built-in speaker automatically turns off when the Audio/Video cable is
connected to the camcorder. (When the camcorder is connected to an
external device, adjust the volume using the connected external device.)
• You can playback recorded video files on a TV or a PC. pages 92, 97
• You can upload recorded videos or photos to YouTube, Flickr, and
Facebook using Intelli-studio page 100
• For various functions available during playback, see “playback options.”
pages 66~77
• Use the Quick View function if you want to preview the last recorded
video or photos. page 37
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Basic playback
Various playback operations
Playback (pause) (/
Frame-by-frame playback (  /  )
• In pause mode, use the Control (Left/Right) button to play the
video forward or backward one frame at a time.
- To resume normal playback, press the OK button.
)
• Press the OK button during
playback.
- To resume normal playback,
press the OK button again.
Search playback (
/
)
Slow motion playback (  /  )
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• During playback, press and hold the
Control (Right) button for forward
search, or to the left for reverse
Multi View
100-0001
search.
• Pressing the Control (Left/Right)
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button to repeatedly increases the
search speed for each direction.
- RPS (Reverse Playback Search)
rate: x2  x4  x8  x16
- FPS (Forward Playback Search)
100-0001
rate: x2  x4  x8  x16
• To resume normal playback, press the OK button.
Skip playback ( / )
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• During playback, press the Control (Right) button to locate the
start point of the next file. Pressing the Control (Right) button
repeatedly skips files in the forward direction.
• During playback, press the Control (Left) button to locate the
start point of the current file. Pressing the Control (Left) button
repeatedly skips files in the reverse direction.
• Press the Control (Left) button within 3 seconds from the start
point of the current file to skip back to the previous file.
• During pause, holding the Control (Left/Right) button reduces
the playback speed.
• During slow motion playback, pressing the Control (Left/Right)
button changes the playback speed.
- Forward slow playback rate: x1/2  x1/4  x1/8  x1/16
- Reverse slow playback rate: x1/2  x1/4  x1/8  x1/16
- To resume normal playback, press the OK button.
• The camcorder does not play recorded sound in slow motion
playback.
To adjust the volume
Press the Control (Up/Down) button to
increase or decrease the volume.
• The volume bar disappears after
3~4 seconds.
• You can hear the recorded sound
from the built-in speaker.
• The level can be set anywhere
between 0 and 10.
(If you close the LCD screen while
playing, you will not hear the sound
from the speaker.)
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Multi View
100-0001
0:00:00/0:00:55
100-0001
Basic playback
VIEWING PHOTOS
You can view recorded photos by
using various playback functions.
4.
• This function works only in Photo Play (
) mode.
• You can find and view desired photos quickly using the thumbnail
index view.
1.
2.
3.
Open the LCD screen and press the
Power ( ) button to turn on the
camcorder. page 23
• Set the appropriate storage
media. (SMX-F53/F54 only) a
page 30
(If you want to playback images
on a memory card, insert a
memory card.)
Press the MODE button to select
the Play mode.
• The thumbnail index view
appears. The thumbnail highlight
is on the latest created or played
file.
Normal View
100-0001
Video
1/10
Move
Full View
1/10
1/10
1.6M
100-0001
Select the Photo thumbnail index view screen.
• You can easily switch between video and photo thumbnail
view using the zoom lever.
Use the Control (Up/Down/Left/Right) button to select the
desired photos, and then press the OK button.
• The shortcut menu for playback appears for a short time.
• To view the previous/next photo, press the Control (Left/
Right) button.
• To return to the thumbnail index view, move the zoom lever.
• Do not power off or eject the memory card during photo playback.
Doing so may damage the recorded data.
• Your camcorder may not playback the following photo files normally;
- The photo was recorded on another device.
- The photo is in a file format not supported by this camcorder (a
format that does not conform to DCF standards).
• Loading time may vary depending on the size and quality of the
selected photo file.
• Use the Quick View function if you want to preview the last recorded
photos. page 37
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Recording options
CHANGING THE MENU SETTINGS
You can change the menu settings to customize
your camcorder. This chapter uses the "Aperture"
function in the Record mode as an example.
Using the MENU button
1.
2.
3.
4.
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Open the LCD screen and press
the Power ( ) button to turn on
the camcorder.
Press the MODE button to
select the Record (
/
)
mode.
Press the MENU button.
• The menu screen appears.
Press the Control (Left/Right)
button to select "Aperture."
• To return to the normal screen,
press the MENU button.
5.
Press the Control (Up/Down/OK) button to select the desired
submenu item.
• Depending on the mode selected, some menu items may not
be available to select and change.
• Adjust the value of the selected menu item. For example,
adjust the Aperture value by pressing the Control (Left/
Right/OK) button.
6.
When you finish making settings, press the MENU button to exit.
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Aperture
Auto
Manual
Exit
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Auto
Manual
Exit
• When you make a menu setting, some menu items may be dimmed
and not selectable. For details on the menu items you cannot access
at the same time, refer to the Troubleshooting chapter.
 page 111
• Starting on the next page are the basic instructions for using menu
items. These instructions will help you use each menu item easily.
Instructions may differ depending on the menu item you've selectd.
• You can also access the shortcut menu using the OK button.
pages 26~27
Recording options
MENU ITEMS
• Accessible items in the menu vary depending on the operating mode.
• For operation details, see the page listed in the Page column.
● : Accesible
Recording menu items
Default value
Page
iSCENE
●
Auto
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Video Resolution
●
TV Fine
47
Photo Resolution
●
1696x960 (16:9)
48
Items
Record (
/
) mode
16:9 Wide
●
On
48
White Balance
●
Auto
49
Aperture
●
Auto
51
Shutter Speed
●
Auto
52
EV
●
0
54
C.Nite
●
Auto
55
Focus
●
Auto
56
Anti-Shake(HDIS)
●
Off
58
Digital Effect
●
Off
59
Fader
●
Off
60
Wind Cut
●
Off
61
Zoom Type
●
Intelli-Zoom
62
Time Lapse REC
●
Off
63
Guideline
●
Off
65
Settings
●
-
78
Menu options and default values may be changed without prior notice.
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iSCENE
Submenu Items
This camcorder automatically sets the shutter speed and aperture
according to the subject and brightness for optimum recording.
Using iScene, you can also specify one of various modes depending
on the subject, recording environment, or purpose of filming.
Select the Record (
page 24
/
) mode by pressing the MODE button.
1.
Press the MENU button  Control
(Left/Right) button  “iSCENE.”
2.
Select the desired submenu item
with the Control (Up/Down)
button, and then press the OK
button.
3.
Items (Modes)
Auto
Sports
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iSCENE
Portrait
Auto
Sports
Portrait
Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
Exit
Spotlight
Beach
Snow
High Speed
Food
Waterfall
On-screen
display
Use
Use this setting for regular recording
conditions. The camcorder automatically
adjusts the aperture value and shutter
speed for optimum recording.
For recording rapidly moving subjects.
Example: When recording sports.
For recording a portrait image. Use this
setting to capture natural skin tones.
For recording subjects under strong
light. For example, under stage
spotlights in theaters.
Use where sunlight is intense. Ex: a beach.
Use where the reflection of light is
intense. Example: a snowfield.
Use to reduce the blurring of objects in
rapid motion. Example: an auto race.
For recording objects close-up in high
color saturation.
For recording a waterfall or fountain.
iSCENE also can be set in the shortcut
menu. page 26~27
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SCENE
Sports
Recording people or objects in
motion.
motion
Exit
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Select
Recording options
VIDEO RESOLUTION
Suitable Resolution
You can select the resolution of a video to be recorded.
Select the Record (
page 24
/
PC
) mode by pressing the MODE button.
Web
"Web Fine"
"Web Normal"
Mobile
1.
2.
3.
Press the MENU button  Control
(Left/Right) button  “Video
Resolution.”
Select the desired submenu item
with the Control (Up/Down)
button, and then press the OK
button.
Normal TV
SCENE
Video Resolution
TV Super Fine
TV Fine
TV Normal
• You can record a scene at five resolution levels: “TV Super Fine,” “TV
Fine,” “TV Normal,” “Web Fine” or “Web Normal.” However, the
better the resolution is, the more memory the camcorder uses.
• The recording times depend on the resolution of a video to be
recorded. page 34
• The “Web Fine” and “Web Normal” video resolution settings record
video in the 4:3 aspect ratio even when you set the aspect ratio to
16:9.
Exit
Submenu Items
TV Super Fine
TV Fine
TV Normal
Web Fine
Web Normal
Use
Record videos in 720x480(60i)
resolution at super-fine image quality.
Record videos in 720x480(60i)
resolution at fine image quality.
Record videos in 720x480(60i)
resolution at normal image quality.
Record videos in 640x480 (30p)
resolution at fine image quality.
Supports viewing at the optimal
resolution on a PC.
Record videos in the 640x480 (30p)
resolution at normal image quality.
Supports viewing at the optimal
resolution on a PC.
"TV Fine"
"TV Normal"
Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
Items
"TV Super Fine"
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On-screen
display
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Recording options
PHOTO RESOLUTION
16:9 WIDE
You can select the quality of photo images to be recorded.
You can select the desired LCD display aspect ratio for recording or
playback (16:9 Wide/4:3 aspect ratio).
Select the Record (
page 24
1.
2.
3.
/
) mode by pressing the MODE button.
Select the Record (
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Press the MENU button  Control
(Left/Right) button  “Photo
Photo Resolution
Resolution.”
1696X960(16:9)
848X480(16:9)
Select the desired submenu item
with the Control (Up/Down)
button, and then press the OK
Exit
button.
Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
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1.6M
0.4M
2.
3.
Submenu Items
Press the MENU button  Control
(Left/Right) button  “16:9 Wide.”
Select the desired submenu item
with the Control (Up/Down)
button, and then press the OK
button.
Press the MENU button to exit the
menu.
Use
1696x960 (16:9)
Record in 1696x960 resolution.
1.6M
848x480 (16:9)
Record in 848x480 resolution.
0.4M
1600x1200 (4:)
Record in 1600x1200 resolution.
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Off
On
Exit
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Off
On
Exit
Submenu items
Record in 800x600 resolution.
Items
48
) mode by pressing the MODE button.
On-screen
display
Items
800x600 (4:)
/
• Other devices may not display photos recorded by your camcorder if
those devices do not support high resolution.
• For photo development, the higher the resolution, the finer the image
quality.
• The number of recordable images varies depending on the recording
environment. page 34
• High resolution images occupy more memory space than low
resolution images. If you select a higher resolution for your photos,
you will have less space to store photos in the memory.
• The submenu items of Photo Resolution vary depending on whether
you select the 16:9 Wide function.
Off
On
Use
Disable the function. Display the image in 4:3
aspect ratio.
Select to use the standard display aspect ratio
of 4:3 on the screen.
Record and view in 16:9 aspect ratio.
On-screen
display
-
• Please set the aspect ratio before recording. The default setting is
“16:9 Wide : On.”
• The “Web Fine” and “Web Normal” video resolution settings record
video in the 4:3 aspect ratio even when you set the aspect ratio to 16:9.
Recording options
WHITE BALANCE
Using the White Balance function, you can select a setting that
matches the light illuminating the subject you are shooting (Daylight,
Fluorescent, etc.) or let the camcorder make all adjustments
automatically. Based on your selection, the camcorder automatically
adjusts the color of the subject so the colors in your recording look
natural.
Select the Record (
page 24
/
) mode by pressing the MODE button.
Submenu items
Items
Auto
Daylight
Cloudy
1.
2.
3.
Press the MENU button 
Control (Left/Right) button 
“White Balance.”
Select the desired submenu item
with the Control (Up/Down)
button, and then press the OK
button.
Press the MENU button to exit the
menu.
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Fluorescent
White Balance
Auto
Tungsten
Daylight
Cloudy
Exit
Custom WB
Use
To let the camcorder adjust
the white balance automatically
according to the lighting conditions.
For recording in clear, outdoor
lighting.
For recording in the shade or cloudy
weather.
For recording under white
fluorescent lights.
For recording under halogen lamps
and incandescent lights.
Lets you manually adjust the white
balance to match the light source or
situation.
On-screen
display
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White Balance
Auto
Daylight
Cloudy
Exit
Understanding White Balance:
The White Balance (WB) function removes unrealistic color casts,
so that objects which appear white are rendered white in your
photo. Proper white balance has to take into account the “color
temperature” of a light source, which refers to the relative warmth
or coolness of white light produced by the light source.
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Recording options
To set the white balance manually
1.
Select “Custom WB.”
• The indicator (
) and the
message “Set White Balance.”
are displayed.
2.
Frame a white object such as a
piece of paper so that it fills the
screen. Use an object that is not
transparent.
• If the object that fills the screen
is not focused, correct the focus
using “Manual Focus.”
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Set White Balance.
3. Press the OK button.
Exit
Set
• The white balance setting will be applied and the indicator
(
) appears.
4. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
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• A subject can be recorded under various types of lighting conditions
indoors (natural, fluorescent, candlelight, etc.). Because the color
temperature is different depending on the light source, the subject's
tint will differ, affecting the subject's white balance. Use this function
to correct the white balance and provide a more natural result.
• When you set the white balance manually, the object you frame must
be white otherwise, your camcorder may not detect an appropriate
setting value.
• The adjusted setting remains until you set the white balance again.
• During normal outdoor recording, setting to “Auto” may provide
better results.
• Cancel the digital zoom function for clear and precise setting.
• Reset the white balance if light conditions change.
Recording options
APERTURE
Setting the aperture manually:
The camcorder adjusts the aperture automatically depending on the
subject and recording conditions. You can also manually adjust the
aperture to your preference.
Select the Record (
page 24
/
) mode by pressing the MODE button.
1.
Press the MENU button  Control
(Left/Right)button  “Aperture”.
2.
Select the desired submenu item
with the Control (Up/Down)
button, and then press the OK
button.
3.
Press the MENU button to exit the
menu.
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Aperture
Auto
Manual
Exit
1.
Select "Manual."
2.
Adjust the aperture value with the
Control (Left/Right) button.
• Confirm your selection by
pressing the OK button.
• Exposure value can be set
between “F1.8” and “F22.”
• If you set Aperture to Manual,
the higher the aperture, the
darker the recorded picture will
be.
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Manual Aperture
F5.6
Exit
Adjust
OK
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Aperture
Auto
Manual
Understanding Aperture
Exit
Submenu Items
Items
Auto
Manual
On-screen
display
To let the aperture value be set automatically.
Use
To set the aperture value manually.
FX.X
The aperture of a photographic lens can be adjusted to control
the amount of light reaching the film or image sensor.
The aperture value needs to be adjusted in the following cases:
• When you shoot against the light or when the background is
too bright.
• When you shoot against a reflective natural background such
as at the beach or when skiing.
• When the background is overly dark (for example, night
scenes).
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Recording options
SHUTTER SPEED
Setting the shutter speed manually:
The camcorder automatically sets the shutter speed depending on
the scene's brightness. You can also manually adjust the shutter
speed to your preference.
Select the Record (
page 24
1.
/
) mode by pressing the MODE button.
Press the MENU button  Control
(Left/Right) button  “Shutter
Speed.”
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Shutter Speed
Auto
2.
3.
Select the desired submenu item
with the Control (Up/Down)
button, and then press the OK
button.
Manual
Press the MENU button to exit the
menu.
Shutter Speed
Exit
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Auto
Manual
Exit
Submenu Items
Items
Auto
Manual
2
Use
To let the camcorder automatically set the
appropriate shutter speed value.
Lets you set the shutter speed manually
to 1/60, 1/100, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000,
1/2000, 1/4000, or 1/10000.
On-screen
display
1/XXX
1.
Select "Manual."
2.
Adjust the shutter speed value with
the Control (Left/Right) button.
• Confirm the desired shutter
Manual Shutter
1/500
speed setting by pressing the
Exit
Adjust
OK
OK button.
• You can set the shutter speed value from 1/60 to 1/10000.
• To capture fast movements of a subject, set a fast shutter
speed value. To give the impression of fast movement overall,
set a slow shutter speed value.
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Recommended shutter speed when recording:
Shutter Speed
Use For
1/60
Stationary or slow moving subjects. The black bands that usually appear when shooting a TV screen become narrower.
1/100
Indoor sports such as basketball. The flickering that occurs when shooting under a florescent light or mercury-vapour lamp is
reduced.
1/250, 1/500, 1/1000
1/2000, 1/4000, 1/10000
Moving cars, trains, or other rapidly moving vehicles such as roller coasters.
Outdoor sports such as golf and tennis.
Do not aim at the sun. Doing so might cause your camcorder to malfunction. Take images of the sun only in low light conditions, such as at dusk.
• The image may not seem smooth when you select a high shutter speed.
• We recommmend higher shutter speeds for shooting a fast moving subjects. Note that higher shutter speeds produce a darker image. As the shutter
speed increases, the sensor receives less light.
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EV (Exposure Value)
Understanding EV(Exposure Value)
The camcorder usually adjusts the exposure automatically.
You can also manually adjust the exposure to your preference.
Exposure value is the total amount of light allowed to fall on the
photographic medium (Image sensor) during the process of taking
photos or videos.
Select the Record (
page 24
1.
/
) mode by pressing the MODE button.
Manual exposure is recommended in these situations:
Press the MENU button 
Control (Left/Right) button 
“EV.”
• When shooting using reverse lighting or when the background is
too bright.
• When shooting against a reflective natural background such as at
the beach or when skiing.
• When the background is overly dark or the subject is bright.
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EV
2.
Press the OK button.
3.
Press the Control (Left/Right)
button to adjust the exposure while
viewing the image on the LCD
screen.
• Exposure value can be set
between “-2.0” and “+2.0”
• If you set exposure to manual,
the higher the exposure,
the brighter the recorded picture
will be.
4.
4
Adjust
• The exposure also can be set in the shortcut menu. page 26
• The shutter speed also varies automatically depending on the EV
value.
Exit
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EV
0
Confirm your selection by pressing the OK button.
• Exposure value setting will be applied and the (
)
indicator and setting value appear.
• To cancel the exposure value manually adjusted, select "0" in
Step 3.
Recording options
C.Nite
Submenu Items
You can adjust the shutter speed when recording a slow
moving object, or record a brighter image in dark places without
compromising colors.
Select the Record (
page 24
1.
2.
3.
/
) mode by pressing the MODE button.
Press the MENU button 
Control (Left/Right) button 
“C.Nite.”
Select the desired submenu item
with the Control (Up/Down) button,
and then press the OK button.
Press the MENU button to exit the
menu.
Items
Off
Auto
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C.Nite
Off
1/0
1/1
Use
To disable the function.
To have the camcorder automatically
adjusts image brightness.
To record a brighter image by extending the
low shutter speed range to “1/0.”
To record a brighter image by fixing the
shutter speed to “1/1” in a dark location.
On-screen
display
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1/30
1/15
Auto
1/30
Exit
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When you use C.Nite, the image takes on a slow motion like effect. In
addition, the focus adjusts slowly and white dots may appear on the
screen. This is not a defect.
C.Nite
Off
Auto
1/30
Exit
Recording options
FOCUS
Face detection
The camcorder usually focuses on a subject automatically (auto
focus). When the camcorder is turned on, auto-focus will always be
set. You can also manually focus a subject.
Select the Record (
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) mode by pressing the MODE button.
Press the MENU button 
Control (Left/Right) button 
“Focus.”
Select the desired submenu item
with the Control (Up/Down)
button, and then press the OK
button.
Press the MENU button to exit the
menu.
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Focus
Auto
Face Detection
) and Face Detection frame (
)
• The Face Detection indicator (
are not recorded.
• When Face Detection frames a face, it also adjusts the focus and
exposure to optimal values for that face automatically.
• Face Detection may not operate depending on the recording
conditions. For example, the Face Detection frame may appear on a
'face-like' shape, even when the subject is not a person's face. If this
occurs, turn off the Face Detection feature.
• The Face Detection feature will not work on the side of a person's
face or if the illumination is too low. You must be facing subjects
"head-on" and have enough illumination.
Exit
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Focus
Auto
Manual
Exit
Submenu Items
Auto
Face
Detection
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Manual
Face Detection
Items
Face Detection detects and recognizes
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face-like shapes and adjusts focus,
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color, and exposure automatically.
Also, it adjusts recording conditions
so that they are optimized for the face
detected.
• Press the Control (Up/Down)
button to select “Face Detection,” and then press
the OK button.
- Detects a face and frames it in white. The detected face image
is optimised automatically.
Use
In most situations, it is better to use the automatic
focus feature, as it enables you to concentrate
on the creative side of your recording.
To let the camcorder automatically detect faces
and optimize settings and recording conditions.
To focus manually. Manual focusing may be
necessary under certain conditions that make
automatic focusing difficult or unreliable.
On-screen
display
-
Recording options
Focusing manually during recording:
Focusing on a further subject
This camcorder automatically focuses subjects from close-up to
infinity. However, the correct focus may not be obtained depending
on the recording conditions. In this case, use the manual focus
mode.
1.
2.
Press the Control (Up/Down)
button to select “Manual Focus.”
• The manual focus adjustment
indicator appears.
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Manual Focus
Press the Control (Left/Right)
button to select the desired
indicator to adjust focus, and then press the OK button.
• The manual focus setting will be applied and the (
)
indicator appears.
Focusing on a nearer subject
To focus on a nearer subject, press the Control (Left) button.
< Nearer subject >
To focus on a further subject, press the Control (Right) button.
• The nearer or further icon ( / ) appears between the
indicators when focus adjustment reaches the end.
• The adjusted value is applied right after you press the Control
(Left/Right) button to adjust the focus.
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Manual focus is recommended in the following situations :
• When the subject is dark.
• When the background is too bright.
• When you view the subject through a window that is stained or
wet.
• When the subject has dense horizontal or sloping stripes.
• When the subject is distant and behind a nearby wire fence.
• Walls, atmosphere and other low-contrast subject.
• When the subject is emitting or reflecting strong light.
• When you are ocusing on a subject near the boundary of the
frame.
• You can easily adjust the focus using the Shortcut MENU button.
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• Manual focusing focuses on a point in the framed scene while auto
focusing focuses on the center area automatically.
• Use the zoom function to frame the desired target before manually
adjusting the focus. If you use the zoom function after manual
focusing, refocusing is required.
• Before focusing manually, check if the “Digital Zoom” is turned off.
When “Zoom Type” is set to “Digital Zoom,” manual focusing will
not focus with accuracy. Turn the “Digital Zoom” off. page 62
Recording options
ANTI-SHAKE (HDIS)
Use the Anti-Shake (HDIS) function to compensate for unstable
images caused by shaking movements when holding the
camcorder.
Select the Record (
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) mode by pressing the MODE button.
Press the MENU button 
Control (Left/Right) button 
“Anti-Shake (HDIS).”
Select the desired submenu item
with the Control (Up/Down)
button, and then press the OK
button.
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Anti-Shake(HDIS)
Off
On
Exit
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3.
Press the MENU button to exit the
menu.
Anti-Shake(HDIS)
Off
On
Exit
Submenu Items
Items
Use
Off
To disable the function.
To enable the Anti-Shake (HDIS) function to
compensate for shaking movements.
On
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On-screen
display
-
Tip Use the Anti-Shake function in the following cases:
• When recording while using the zoom extensively.
• When recording a close up picture of a small object.
• When recording while walking, or moving.
• When recording through a window from inside a vehicle.
• The SMART AUTO mode automatically sets the Anti-Shake (HDIS) to
On.
• Gross camcorder shake may not be entirely corrected even if “AntiShake (HDIS): On” is set. Firmly hold the camcorder with both
hands.
• When this function is set to “On,” the actual movement of the subject
and the movement displayed on the screen may be slightly different.
• Recording in low lighting and at high magnification with this function
set to “On” may cause after images. If this occurs, we recommend
using a tripod (not supplied) and turning the “Anti-Shake (HDIS)” to
“Off.”
Recording options
DIGITAL EFFECT
Using the digital effect function gives your recording a creative look.
Select the Record (
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) mode by pressing the MODE button.
Press the MENU button  Control
(Left/Right)button 
“Digital Effect.”
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Digital Effect
Off
2.
3.
Select the desired submenu item
with the Control (Up/Down)
button, and then press the OK
button.
BLK&WHT
Sepia
Exit
Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
Examples of 10 digital effect options
Off
Disables the function.
Art ( )
Adds artistic effects to an image.
Emboss ( )
This mode creates a 3D effect (embossing).
Mosaic ( )
A mosaic overlay appears on the image.
Mirror ( )
This mode cuts the image in half and makes a
mirrored image on the other half.
Pastel ( )
This mode applies a pale pastel drawing effect to
an image.
Cosmetic ( )
This mode helps correct facial imperfections.
Step printing ( )
Records the image in segments.
BLK&WHT ( )
Changes the image into black and white.
Sepia ( )
This mode gives images a reddish brown
pigment.
The Mosaic, Step printing, Mirror function works only in 4:3 mode.
Negative ( )
Reverses the colors and the brightness, creating
the look of a negative.
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Recording options
FADER
Fade in (approx. 3 seconds)
You can give your video recording a professional look by using
special effects such as fade in at the beginning of a sequence or
fade out at the end of a sequence.
Select the Record (
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Press the MENU button 
Control (Left/Right) button 
“Fader.”
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Fade out (approx. 3 seconds)
Fader
Off
2.
3.
Select the desired submenu item
with the Control (Up/Down)
button, and then press the OK
button.
Press the MENU button to exit the
menu.
• This function is disabled after being used one time.
• The Fader function cannot be applied to video recorded using the
Continuous Recording function.
In
Out
Exit
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Fader
Off
In
Out
Exit
Submenu Items
Items
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Use
Off
To disable the function.
In
To set the recording to fade in when it starts.
Out
To set the recording to fade out when it stops.
In-Out
To set the recording to fade in when it starts
and fade out when it stops.
On-screen
display
-
Recording options
WIND CUT
Submenu Items
Using the Wind Cut function, you can reduce wind noise when
recording sound from the built-in microphone.
Select the Record (
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) mode by pressing the MODE button.
Items
Use
Off
To disable the function.
To reduce wind noise when recording sound
from the built-in microphone.
On
Press the MENU button 
Control (Left/Right) button 
“Wind Cut.”
Select the desired submenu item
with the Control (Up/Down)
button, and then press the OK
button.
Press the MENU button to exit the
menu.
On-screen
display
-
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SCENE
Wind Cut
Off
Using the Wind Cut function also removes some low-frequency sound
with the wind noise.
On
Exit
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Wind Cut
Off
On
Exit
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Recording options
ZOOM TYPE
Submenu Items
The camcorder offers three types of zoom: optical, intelligent, and
digital zoom when recording videos.
Select the Record (
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Items
Optical
Zoom
Press the MENU button  Control
(Left/Right) button  “Zoom
Type.”
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Zoom Type
IntelliZoom
Optical Zoom
2.
3.
Select the desired submenu item
with the Control (Up/Down)
button, and then press the OK
button.
Intelli-Zoom
Digital Zoom
Digital
Zoom
Exit
To use optical zoom, up to 52x.
• The camcorder zooms the full width of the
image sensor to obtain a larger zoom range
without any deterioration in image quality.
• Intelli-zoom is available up to 65x.
• When this option is selected, the camcorder will
switch automatically to the digital zoom if you
zoom in beyond the optical or intelligent zoom
range.
• Digital zoom is available up to 2200x.
Onscreen
display
-
-
-
Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
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Optical Zoom
Intelli-Zoom
Digital Zoom
Exit
The right side of the bar shows the
digital zooming zone. The zooming
zone appears when you move the
zoom lever.
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Use
• With the digital zoom, the image is digitally processed more than the
intelli or optical zoom modes. As a result, the image resolution may
deteriorate.
• The image quality may deteriorate depending on how much you
zoom in on the subject.
• Maximum zooming may result in lower image quality.
• The zoom range will change depending on the aspect ratio of the
video.
Recording options
TIME LAPSE REC
Using the time lapse feature, your camcorder can be programmed
to automatically record a number of frames over a period of time,
with a certain time interval between each frame. For instance, a
camcorder on a tripod (not supplied) in time lapse mode could be
set up to shoot frames of a flower opening or a bird building a nest.
The results is a time lapse video.
Select the Record (
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) mode by pressing the MODE button.
Press the MENU button 
Control (Left/Right) button 
“Time Lapse REC.”
Press the Control (Up/Down)
button to select "On," then press
the OK button.
• The recording interval and total
time for recording items are
displayed. (“Sec”: seconds,
“Hr”: hours)
Set a desired recording interval
(“Sec”) with the Control (Up/
Down) button.
4.
Move to the next setting, "Hr," by pressing the Control (Left/
Right) button, and then set a desired total recording time in the
same way.
5.
Press the OK button to finish the setting, and then press the
MENU button to exit the menu.
6.
After setting the Time Lapse REC mode, press the Recording
start/stop button.
• The Time Lapse REC starts.
• Depending on the selected total recording time and recording
interval, image frames are captured by each scene.
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Submenu items
Time Lapse REC
Off
On
: 1Sec
24Hr
Items
Exit
Off
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Time Lapse REC
Off
1
On
=
Exit
Sec
Hr
Hr
Move
Set
On
Use
To disable the function.
• Interval (“Sec”): To set the time interval
between image captures. Images are
automatically shot a frame at a time at the
specified interval and stored in the storage
media: 1  3  5  10  15  30 (Seconds)
• REC Limit (“Hr”): To set the total time from start
to finish of recording: 24  48  72  ∞ (Hours)
On-screen
display
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1 Sec /
Hr
Time Lapse Recording
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Recording options
Example of Time Lapse Recording
Total time of recording
Recording interval
Time for recording on the
storage media (a video of
the Time Lapse Recording.)
The Time Lapse Recording function records image frames at a predefined interval over the total recording time to produce a time-lapse video.
For example, the Time Lapse Recording is useful for filming in the following situations:
- Blooming flowers
- A bird building a nest
- Clouds rolling by in the sky
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100-0001
0:01:54/0:01:55
100-0001
100-0001
• Time Lapse Recording mode is released once recording has been finished. To start another Time Lapse Recording, repeat steps 1 to 6 on the previous
page.
• 25 captured images comprise a video 1 second long. Since the minimum length of a video that your camcorder can save is one second, the interval
defines the total minimum recording time for the Time Lapse Recording. For example, if you set the interval to “30 Sec,” you need to set the recording time
for the Time Lapse Recording to at least 13 minutes to record a minimum video length of 1 second (25 images).
• Press the Recording start/stop button if you want to stop the Time Lapse Recording.
• Audio is not recorded during Time Lapse Recording.
• When a video recording fills up 1.8GB of storage memory, a new recording file is automatically started at that point.
• If the battery charge is exhausted during the Time Lapse recording, the camcorder saves recording up to that point and switches to standby mode. After
a while, it displays a warning message, then turns off automatically.
• If the storage media becomes full during Time Lapse Recording, the camcorder switches to the standby mode after saving the recording up to to the
maximum memory available.
• We recommend using the AC power adaptor for a Time Lapse Recording instead of the battery.
• When a time lapse recording starts, the “Time Lapse Recording” message blinks on the screen and it appears as if the screen has stopped. This is normal
operation. Do not remove the power source or memory card from the camcorder.
Recording options
GUIDELINE
Submenu Items
This camcorder provides 3 types of guidelines to help you to set a
balanced image composition on the screen.
Select the Record (
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Items
Off
Cross
1.
2.
3.
Press the MENU button  Control
(Left/Right) button  “Guideline.”
Select the desired submenu item
with the Control (Up/Down) button,
and then press the OK button.
Press the MENU button to exit the
menu.
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Grid
Guideline
Off
Cross
Grid
Safety Zone
Exit
Use
To cancel the guideline function.
This is the basic guideline. Use this when
focusing a subject in the center.
Use this when recording a subject in
a horizontal or vertical composition,
or when shooting with the tele macro
function.
Positioning subjects within the Safety
Zone rectangle ensures they will be
recorded.
On-screen
display
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• Position a subject at a cross point of a guideline to balance the
image composition.
• Guidelines are not recorded.
SCENE
Guideline
Off
Cross
Grid
Exit
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Playback options
MENU ITEMS
• Accessible items in the menu vary depending on the operation mode.
• See pages 40~43 for playback information and button operation.
• See pages 66~77 for details on menu items during playback.
● : Accessible
✕ : Not possible
Playback menu items
Items
Edit
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Video Play (
)
Photo Play (
Multi View Option (Thumbnail index view only)
●
●
)
Default value
Page
Normal View
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Play Option
●
✕
Play All
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Smart BGM Option
●
✕
BGM 01
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Delete
●
●
-
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Protect
●
●
-
70
Story-Board Print
●
✕
-
71
Copy *
●
●
-
73
Divide
●
✕
-
74
Combine (Thumbnail index view only)
●
✕
-
75
Slide Show
✕
●
-
76
Slide Show Option
✕
●
-
77
File Info
●
●
-
77
Settings
●
●
-
78
• Menu options and default values may be changed without prior notice.
• Items marked with * are available only with models SMX-F53/F54.
• In general, functions in both the thumbnail display and full image display employ the same methods, while their detailed options may be different.
Playback options
MULTI VIEW OPTION
Submenu Items
The Multi View Option lets you sort thumbnails of recorded videos or
photos by different display options.
items
• Press the MODE button to select the Play(
) mode.
• Select the Video or Photo thumbnail index view screen. page 40
1.
2.
Normal View
Press the MENU button 
Control (Left/Right) button 
“Multi View Option."
Select the desired submenu item
with the Control (Up/Down) button,
and then press the OK button.
Normal View
SMART
Multi View Option
Date View
Normal View
Date View
Exit
3.
Uss
• To display the thumbnails of video
files sequentially by the length of the
files.
• The thumbnail of the last recorded or
played file is highlighted.
• To sort the thumbnails of recorded
files by the date the files were
recorded.
On-screen
display
-
-
You can use the Control (Up/Down/Left/Right) button to select
a sorted item.
Normal View
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Move
Photo
This function is available only in the thumbnail index view screen.
Play
<Normal View>
Date View
JAN/01/2011
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0:10:31
Photo
Date
Play
<Date View>
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Playback options
PLAY OPTION
SMART BGM OPTION
You can set a specific playback style according to your preference.
You can play a video with background music by selecting the
desired BGM.
• Press the MODE button to select the Play(
) mode.
• Select the Video thumbnail index view screen. page 40
1.
2.
3.
Press the MENU button 
Control (Left/Right) button 
“Play Option.”
Select the desired submenu item
with the Control (Up/Down) button,
and then press the OK button.
Press the MENU button to exit the
menu.
• Press the MODE button to select the Play(
) mode.
• Select the Video thumbnail index view screen. page 40
1.
Normal View
SMART
Play Option
Play All
Play One
Repeat All
2.
A
Exit
Normal View
Repeat All
Items
BGM 01
BGM 02
BGM 0
Random
Submenu Items
Repeat All
Repeat One
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BGM 02
BGM 03
3.
Use
On-screen
display
To play back from the selected video to the
last video.
To play the selected video only once.
To play all videos repeatedly.
To play the selected video repeatedly.
Use
A
Exit
Play All
BGM 01
Exit
Submenu Items
SMART
Play One
Play One
Select the desired submenu item
with the Control (Up/Down) button,
and then press the OK button.
Normal View
Smart BGM Option
Play Option
Play All
Items
Press MENU button  Control
(Left/Right) button 
“Smart BGM Option"
A
To play BGM 01.
To play BGM 02
To play BGM 03
To play BGM 01- 03 randomly.
On-screen
display
-
Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
• To play a BGM with a video, press the Back Light/Smart
BGM button before you start the video. To stop the BGM
from playing, press the Back Light/Smart BGM button again.
• If the original sound in the video is big, the BGM will be decreased
naturally. On the other hand, if the original sound in the video is
small, the BGM will be increased naturally.
• While playing the video if you turn on/off the background music, the
video start to play from the beginning.
• When you change BGM by pressing MENU button while the BGM is on,
the paused video will go back to from beginning and standby in Pause
mode. Press OK button to play it, then new BGM will be executed.
Playback options
DELETE
3.
If you selected Select Files, the
Delete
selection screen appears.The
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selected file is deleted.
a. Use the Control (Left/Right)
button to move to the photo or
video you want to delete.
Move
Cancel
Delete
b. Press the OK button to mark
the photo for deletion. The garbage can icon appears on the
photo or video.
c. Repeat Steps a and b for each photo or video you want to
delete.
d. Press the Menu button to delete the the photos and videos
you selected.
e. The “Delete Selected Files?” screen appears. Use the Control
button to select Yes, and then press the OK button.
4.
If you selected All Files, the “Delete all photo files in card?”
screen appears. Use the Control button to select Yes, and then
press the OK button.
You can erase your recordings one by one, or all at once.
• Press the MODE button to select the Play(
) mode.
• Select the Video or Photo thumbnail index view screen. page 40
1.
2.
Press the MENU button  Control
(Left/Right) button  “Delete.”
Select an option by pressing the
Control (Up/Down) button, and
then press the OK button.
Normal View
SMART
Delete
Select Files
All Files
Exit
Submenu Items
Items
Select Files
All Files
Use
To delete individual selected videos
or photos.
- To delete individual videos or
photos, select the desired videos
or photos by pressing the OK
button, then press the MENU
button to delete.
- The indicator ( ) appears on the
selected videos or photos.
- Pressing the OK button toggles
selection and release.
To delete all videos or photos.
On-screen
display
• A deleted file cannot be restored.
• Do not remove the AC power adaptor or memory card while deleting
files, otherwise the storage media may be damaged.
-
-
• To protect important images from accidental deletion, activate image
protection. page 70
• Protected images cannot be deleted. To delete a protected image,
cancel the protect function first.
• If the write protection tab on a memory card is set to lock, you
cannot delete. page 32
• You can also format the storage media to delete all the images at
once. Be aware that all files and data including protected files will be
erased.
• The Delete function does not operate if the battery charge is
insufficient. We recommend you use the AC power adaptor to avoid
power-loss while deleting.
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Playback options
PROTECT
3.
Protect
If you selected Select Files, the
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selection screen appears
a. Use the Control (Left/Right)
button to move to the photo or
video you want to protect.
Move
Cancel
Protect
b. Press the OK button to mark
the photo for protection. The
key icon appears on the photo
or video.
c. Repeat Steps a and b for each photo or video you want to
protect.
d. Press the Menu button to protect the the photos and videos
you selected.
e. The “Protect Selected Files?” screen appears. Use the
Control button to select Yes, and then press the OK button.
4.
If you selected All On, the "Protect all on?" screen appears. Use
the Control button to select Yes, and then press the OK button.
5.
If you selected All Off, the "Protect all off?" screen appears. Use
the Control button to select Yes, and then press the OK button.
You can protect important saved videos or photos from accidental
deletion. Protected images will not be deleted unless you release the
protection or format the memory.
• Press the MODE button to select the Play(
) mode.
• Select the Video or Photo thumbnail index view screen. page 40
1.
2.
Press the MENU button  Control
(Left/Right) button  “Protect.”
Select an option by pressing the
Control (Up/Down) button, and
then press the OK button.
Normal View
Protect
Select Files
All On
All Off
Exit
Submenu Items
Items
Select Files
All On
All Off
0
Use
To protect selected videos or photos
from deletion
- To protect individual videos
or photos, select the desired
videos or photos by pressing the
OK button, and then press the
MENU button to confirm.
) is displayed
- The indicator (
on the selected videos or photos.
- Pressing the OK button toggles
the video or photo between
protected and not protected.
To protect all videos or photos.
To remove protection from all videos
and photos.
On-screen
display
-
-
) when they
• Protected videos and photos will show the indicator (
are displayed.
• If the write protection tab on a memory card is set to lock, you
cannot set image protection.
Playback options
STORY-BOARD PRINT
This function captures 16 still images randomly from a selected
video, and then saves them to the storage media. It presents a
quick overview of your video, helping you to understand the overall
topic.
• Press the MODE button to select the Play(
) mode.
• Select the Video thumbnail index view screen. page 40
1.
2.
3.
Press the MENU button 
Control (Left/Right/OK) button 
“Story-Board Print” 
“Select File.”
Use the Control (Up/Down/Left/
Right) button to select the desired
video, and then press the OK
button.
• A message appears asking for
your confirmation.
Select “Yes.”
• 16 pictures are randomly
captured from the selected
video and saved to the storage
media.
• The printed storyboard image
file appears on the LCD screen
for about 3 seconds.
• Using the VIEW button, you can preview storyboard images to
be printed. page 2
• Storyboard images are displayed in 4:3 aspect ratio. Hence, the
camcorder may not display the entire image on its LCD screen. On a
computer, it will display the entire image.
• The storyboard printing may not show 16 i-Frame thumbnails in the
following case:
- The recorded video is too short. (To extract 16 i-Frame
thumbnails from a video, its recorded time should be longer than
8 seconds.)
Normal View
Story-Board Print
Select File
Exit
Story-Board Print
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Exit
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Select
1
Playback options
USING VIEW
The i-view function lets you preview a 16 image
storyboard of a video. The preview gives you a digest
of the video you recorded so you can see what’s in it
without having to watch the entire video.
• Press the MODE button to select the Play(
) mode.
• Select the Video thumbnail index view screen. page 40
1.
2
Use the Control (Up/Down/Left/
Right) button to select the desired
video, and then press the VIEW
button.
• 16 images from the selected
video are captured randomly.
• 16 i-Frame images appear on
the LCD screen.
• If you want to save the
storyboard image on the storage
media, press the PHOTO
button. You can then find the
saved storyboard image in the
photo play mode. page 43
• If the recorded video is less than 8 seconds long, all 16 i-Frame
thumbnails will not be extracted.
• This function is available only in the video thumbnail index view
screen.
Normal View
0:00:55
Photo
Exit
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Move
Play
Story-Board Print
Playback options
COPY (SMX-F53/F54 only)
3.
If you selected Select Files, the
Copy
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selection screen appears.
a. Use the Control (Left/Right)
button to move to the photo or
video you want to copy.
b. Press the OK button to mark
Move
Cancel
Copy
the photo for copying. The
copy icon appears on the
photo or video.
c. Repeat Steps a and b for each photo or video you want to
copy.
d. Press the Menu button to copy the photos and videos you
selected.
e. The “Copy Selected Files?” screen appears. Use the Control
(Left/Right) button to select Yes, and then press the OK
button.
4.
If you selected All Files, the “Copy all files to internal memory?
” screen appears. Use the Control (Left/Right) button to select
Yes, and then press the OK button.
Movies and photos stored in the built-in memory can be copied to
the external flash memory card.
Copying to the memory card does not delete originals in the built-in
memory.
• Press the MODE button to select the Play(
) mode.
• Select the Video or Photo thumbnail index view screen. page 40
1.
2.
Press the MENU button  Control
(Left/Right) button  “Copy.”
Normal View
Copy
Select Files
Select an option by pressing the
Control (Up/Down) button, and
then press the OK button.
All Files
Exit
Submenu Items
Items
Select Files
All Files
Use
To copy individual videos or photos.
- To copy individual videos or photos,
select the desired videos or photos
by pressing the OK button.
) is displayed on
- The indicator (
the selected videos or photos. Then,
press the MENU button to confirm.
- Pressing the OK button toggles
between applying and removing the
copy indicator.
To copy all the videos or photos.
Onscreen
display
-
-
• You cannot copy a file if the memory card has insufficient free space.
Remove unnecessary files before proceeding. page 69
• You can copy only as many files as will fit in the free space of the
memory card. If the size of the files that you want to copy is larger
than the free space, you will see an error message
• If a memory card is not inserted, you cannot perform the "Copy"
function.
• Copied videos or photos have no protection even if the original is set
to be protected.
• Copying may take a while depending on the number of files and file
sizes.
• Copying may not work if the battery charge is insufficient. If available,
use the AC adaptor while copying to prevent power disruption.
• Note that removing the battery or disconnecting the AC power
adaptor while you copy files may damage the storage media.
Playback options
EDIT (Divide)
4.
You can divide a video clip as many times as you want in order to
delete a section you no longer need or create sections to combine.
Each time you apply Divide, the video is divided into two parts.
5.
Press the MENU button to pause at the point of division.
• A message appears asking for your confirmation.
Select “Yes.”
• If you want to delete an unwanted section of a video clip,
divide the video first, and then delete the section you no
longer need.
After dividing the video clip, you can also combine the
sections with other desired videos. page 75
• The second image of the divided image will be displayed at
the end of the thumbnail index.
• Press the MODE button to select the Play(
) mode.
• Select the Video thumbnail index view screen. page 40
1.
2.
3.
Press the MENU button  Control
(Left/Right)button  “Edit” 
Control (Up/Down/OK) button 
“Divide.”
Select a desired video clip using
the Control (Up/Down/Left/Right/
OK) button.
• The selected video clip will be
paused.
Search the point of division by
pressing the Control (Left/Right/
OK) button.
Normal View
SMART
Edit
Divide
Combine
Example: You can divide a video clip into two in order to delete
a section you no longer need.
Exit
1.
Divide
0:00:55
Divide
Before dividing
2. Image is divided at 30 second point.
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Cancel
0~60seconds
•
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0~30seconds
31~60seconds
3. After deleting
first image.
0~30seconds
One video clip is divided into two video clips.
100-0001
Divide
Divide
4
Play
Frame
• The Divide function is not available under the following
conditions:
- If the total recorded time of the video is less than 6 seconds.
- If you try to divide sections without leaving 3 seconds at the
beginning and the end.
- If the storage media has less than approximately 40MB of free
memory space.
- If the videos were recorded or edited by other devices.
• You cannot devide a protected image. You must first release the
protect function to delete it. page 70
• The division point may drift before or after the designated point by
approximately 0.5 seconds.
Playback options
7.
EDIT (Combine)
You can combine two different video clips.
restored as one video clip.
• The first video clip will appear as the first part of the thumbnail
• Press the MODE button to select the Play(
) mode.
• Select the Video thumbnail index view screen. page 40
1.
2.
Press the MENU button 
Control (Left/Right) button  “
Edit”  Control (Up/Down/OK)
button  “Combine.”
Use the Control (Up/Down/Left/
Right/OK) button to move to the
first clip you want to combine. This
is the clip you want to appear first
in the combined clip.
of the combined clip.
Normal View
SMART
Edit
Divide
Combine
Exit
Combine
0:01:03
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1
3.
4.
Press the OK button.
The ( )indicator and the number
1 appears on the first clip.
• Pressing the OK button toggles
the Combine indicator and the
number on and off.
Use the Control (Up/Down/Left/
Right) button to move to the
second clip you want to combine.
This is the clip you want to appear
second in the combined clip.
Select Yes.
• The two video clips are combined in the selected order and
2
Combine
Move
Cancel
Normal View
0:01:58
Photo
2/9
Move
• The combine function is not available under the following conditions:
- If the videos are in different resolution formats. TV Super Fine/TV
Fine/TV Normal cannot be combined with Web Fine/Web Normal.
- If the videos are in different aspect ratios. 4:3 and 16:9 cannot be
combined.
- If one video file is a Time Lapse REC file and the other is a normal
file.
- If the total size of the two files to be combined exceeds
approx.1.8GB
- If the storage media has less than approximately 40MB of free
memory space.
- If the videos have been recorded or edited by other devices.
• You cannot combine protected images. You must first release the
protect function to paste it. page 70
• The original video clips will not be preserved.
• A maximum of 2 video clips can be combined at a time.
• This function is available only in the thumbnail index view screen.
• If you combine videos having the same resolution but different
qualities, the combined video will have the lower image quality for
playback. (For example, if you combine a video clip of “TV Super Fine
” with another video clip of “TV Fine,” which has the same resolution,
then the combined video will be in “TV Fine” resolution and quality.)
Play
5.
Press the OK button.
The ( )indicator and the number 2 appears on the second clip
6.
Press the MENU button.
• A message appears asking for your confirmation.
Playback options
SLIDE SHOW
• 4 background music files are stored in the camcorder by default.
When a slide show begins, the camcorder plays background music
in a random order.
• You can adjust the background music’s volume level using the
Control (Up/Down) button.
You can play back all the photos stored in the storage media
automatically.
• Press the MODE button to select the Play(
) mode.
• Select the Photo thumbnail index view screen. page 40
1.
Press the MENU button  Control
(Left/Right) button  “Slide Show”
 “Start.”
2.
Press the OK button.
• The ( ) indicator is displayed.
The Slide Show will start from the
current image.
• To end the slide show, press the
OK button again.
• To return to the thumbnail view,
move the Zoom lever.
Normal View
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Video
Move
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Full View
Normal View
Slide Show
Start
Exit
1/10
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100-0001
6
Playback options
SLIDE SHOW OPTION
FILE INFO
You can enjoy a slide show with various effects.
The camcorder shows you information about the recorded images.
• Press the MODE button to select the Play(
) mode.
• Select the Photo thumbnail index view screen. page 40
1.
2.
3.
Press the MENU button 
Control (Left/Right) button 
“Slide Show Option.”
Select an option by pressing the
Control (Up/Down/Left/Right)
button, and then press the OK
button.
Press the MODE button to select the Play(
1.
Normal View
Slide Show Option
Interval
: 1Sec
Effect
: Off
Music
: On
2.
Exit
Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
Submenu Items
Items
Interval
Effect
Music
Use
To set the slideshow’s image transition
interval. (1 sec or 3 sec)
If “Effect” is set to “On”, the slideshow
displays images consecutively.
If “Music” is set to “On”, the slideshow will
play back with background music. (The
background music is selected randomly
from 4 sample stored music files.)
On-screen
display
-
3.
Press the MENU button 
Control (Left/Right/OK) button 
“File Info”  “Select File.”
• The file selection screen
appears.
Select a desired video clip using
the Control (Up/Down/Left/Right/
OK) button, and then press the OK
key..
• The following information for the
selected file is displayed:
- Date
- Duration (Video only)
- Size
- Resolution
) mode. page 24
Normal View
SMART
File Info
Select File
Exit
File Info
100VIDEO SDV_0001.MP4
Date
: JAN/01/2011
Duration
: 00:00:55
Size
: 22.6MB
Resolution : TV Fine
Exit
OK
Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
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System setting
MENU ITEMS
You can setup the date/time, OSD language, and display settings of the camcorder.
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Setting menu items
Items
Storage Type *
Storage Info
Format
File No.
Time Zone
Date/Time Set
Date Type
Time Type
Date/Time Display
LCD Brightness
LCD Color
LCD Enhancer
Auto LCD Off **
Menu Design
Transparency
Beep Sound
Shutter Sound
Auto Power Off **
PC Software
TV Display
Default Set
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Language
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Menu options and default values may be changed without prior notice.
There are some functions you cannot activate simultaneously in the menu. These items are grayed out. You cannot select the gray menu items.
Items marked with * are available only with models SMX-F53/F54.
Items marked with ** are available only when the camcorder is powered by the battery.
System setting
STORAGE TYPE (SMX-F53/F54 only)
STORAGE INFO
You can record videos or photos on the built-in memory or a
memory card, so you should select the desired storage media
before starting recording or playback.
Storage Info shows you the storage information for the storage media. You can
view the storage media, used memory space, and available memory space.
1.
2.
3.
Press the MENU button  Control
(Left/Right) button 
“Settings”  Control (Up/Down/
OK) button  “Storage Type.”
Select the desired submenu item
with the Control (Up/Down)
button, and then press the OK
button.
1. Press the MENU button  Control (Left/
Right) button  “Settings”  Control
(Up/Down/OK) button  “Storage Info.”
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Settings
Storage Type
:
Storage Info
Format
Exit
Select
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SCENE
Settings
Press the MENU button to exit the
menu.
Storage Type
Storage Info
Format
Exit
Int. Memory
Card
Move
Select
Submenu Items
Items
Int. Memory
Card
Use
On-screen
display
To select the built-in memory as the
storage medium. You can record to or play
back images from the built-in memory.
To select a memory card as storage
medium. You can record to or play back
images from a memory card.
If there is no storage media inserted, it cannot be selected and will be
dimmed in the menu.
2. Select the desired submenu item with
the Control (Up/Down) button, and then
press the OK button.
• Press the Control (Up/Down) button
to select the desired storage type, then
press the OK button. (SMX-F53/F54
only)
3. Information on the selected storage type
appears.
• The screen displays the memory
capacity of the selected storage and
recordable time by video resolution.
• Press the Control (Up/Down) button
to scroll the screen and see additional
information.
• After checking the information, press
the OK button to return to the previous
menu screen.
4. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
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Settings
Storage Info
Format
File No.
:
Exit
Select
Storage Info
Storage : Card
• Used : 190MB
• Free
: 14.6GB
Exit
Move
OK
Storage Info
TV Super Fine
TV Fine
TV Normal
Web Fine
Web Normal
Exit
:
:
:
:
:
379Min
469Min
613Min
469Min
613Min
Move
OK
Submenu Items
Items
Use
Int. Memory
(SMX-F/F4 only)
To show the memory information of the built-in
memory.
To show the memory information of the inserted
memory card.
Card
•
•
On-screen
display
-
If there is no storage media inserted, it cannot be selected and will be dimmed on the menu.
In the Storage Info display, you can check the used and available memory as well as the
remaining recording time for each recording resolution. For the desired information, scroll the
screen using the Control (Up/Down) button.
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System setting
FORMAT
Use Format if you want to delete all files completely or to correct
problems on the storage media.
After formatting, the speed of the storage media becomes more stable.
However, ensure that formatting can delete all files on the storage media
including protected files and all settings can be restored.
1.
Press the MENU button  Control
(Left/Right) button  “Settings”
 Control (Up/Down/OK) button
 “Format.”
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Settings
Storage Info
Format
File No.
:
2.
Select the desired storage media
Exit
Select
with the Control (Up/Down)
button, and then press the OK button. (SMX-F53/F54 only)
3.
A message appears asking for your confirmation.
• Select "Yes" using the Control (Left/Right/OK) button.
4.
Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
Submenu Items
80
Items
Use
On-screen
display
Int. Memory
(SMX-F/F4 only)
“Card”
To format the built-in memory.
-
To format a memory card.
-
• Do not remove the recording medium or perform any other operation
(such as turning off the power) during formatting. Also, be sure to
use the provided AC adapter, as the recording medium may be
corrupted if the battery becomes exhausted during formatting.
• If the recording medium becomes corrupted, format it again.
• Do not format the storage media on a PC or other device.
Make sure to format the storage media on this camcorder.
• Format the memory card in the following cases:
- Before using a new memory card
- If the memory card was formatted on other devices
- If the memory card was used to record on other devices
- If the camcorder cannot read the memory card
• A memory card with the protection tab set to lock will not be
formatted.
• If there is no storage media inserted, it cannot be selected and will
be dimmed in the menu.
• You cannot format when the battery power is insuffi cient. We
recommend you use the AC power adaptor to avoid loss of power
while formatting.
System setting
FILE NO.
Submenu Items
File numbers are assigned to recorded files in the order they were
recorded.
1.
2.
3.
Press the MENU button  Control
(Left/Right) button  “Settings”
 Control (Up/Down/OK) button
 “File No.”
Select the desired submenu item
with the Control (Up/Down)
button, and then press the OK
button.
Press the MENU button to exit the
menu.
items
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Storage Info
Assigns file numbers in sequence even if you
have inserted a different memory card, formatted
the card, or deleted all files. The file number is
reset only when a new folder is created.
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Reset
Resets the file number to 0001.
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Format
File No.
:
Exit
on-screen
display
Series
SCENE
Settings
contents
Select
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SCENE
Settings
Storage Info
Format
File No.
Exit
Series
Reset
Move
Select
When you set “File No.” to “Series”, each file is assigned a different
number to avoid duplicating file names. It is convenient when you want
to manage your files on a computer.
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System setting
TIME ZONE
Setting the clock to the local time (“Visit”)
You can easily set the clock to the local time when using your
camcorder while travelling.
You can easily set the clock to the local time zone when travelling.
1.
1.
2.
3.
Press the MENU button  Control
(Left/Right) button  “Settings”
 Control (Up/Down/OK) button
 “Time Zone.”
Select the desired submenu item
with the Control (Up/Down)
button, and then press the OK
button.
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SCENE
Settings
Format
File No.
:
Time Zone
:
Exit
Select
2.
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SCENE
Settings
Press the MENU button to exit the
menu.
Format
Home
File No.
Visit
Time Zone
Exit
Move
Select
3.
Submenu Items
Items
Home
Visit
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Use
To have the clock display your home time, that
is, the time you set on the “Date/Time Set” menu.
Select Home when using this camcorder for the
first time or when returning the clock to your
hometown date/time setting.
When you visit a different time zone, to set the
clock to the local time without changing your
hometown time setting. The clock will be adjusted
in accordance with the time difference between
the two locations.
On-screen
display
-
Press the Control (Up/Down)
button to select the “Time Zone” in
Settings mode, and then press the
OK button.
• The Time Zone screen will be
displayed.
Select “Visit” with the Control (Up/
Down/OK) button, and then select
the area you are visiting using the
Control (Left/Right) button.
• You can check the time
difference between “Home” and
“Visit.”
Visit
London, Lisbon
Home:[Home 00:00]
JAN/01/2011 12:00AM
Back
OK
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1.6M
Press the OK button to confirm.
• The clock is set to the time zone of the place you are visiting.
You can set the date and time in “Date/Time Set” from the “Settings”
menu. page 83
System setting
DATE/TIME SET
DATE TYPE
By setting the date and time, you can display the date and time of a
recording during playback.
You can set the display type format for the date.
1.
2.
3.
Press the MENU button  Control
(Left/Right)button  “Settings” 
Control (Up/Down/OK) button 
“Date/Time Set.”
Select the date and time
information, and change the setting
values by using the Control (Up/
Down/Left/Right) button.
Make sure the clock is correctly
set, and then press the OK button.
1.
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Settings
File No.
:
Time Zone
:
Date/Time Set
Exit
Home
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SCENE
Settings
Time Zone
:
Date/Time Set
Date Type
2.
Select the desired submenu item
with the Control (Up/Down)
button, and then press the OK button.
3.
Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
Select
Date/Time Set
Press the MENU button  Control
(Left/Right) button  “Settings”
 Control (Up/Down/OK) button
 “Date/Type.”
Exit
Select
Month Day Year Hour Min
JAN / 01 / 2011
12 : 00 AM
OFF
Visit : JAN/01/2011 12:00 AM
Exit
• The year can be set up to 2037.
• Set “Date/Time Display” to on. page 84
• Activating the ( ) icon forwards the time by 1 hour.
Move
OK
Submenu Items
Items
2011/01/01
JAN/01/2011
01/JAN/2011
01/01/2011
Use
To display the date in the year/
month (two-digit)/day format.
To display the date in the month/
date/year format.
To display the date in the date/
month/year format.
To display the date in the date/
month (two-digit)/year format.
On-screen
display
2011/01/01
JAN/01/2011
01/JAN/2011
01/01/2011
This function depends on the “Date/Time Display” setting.
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System setting
TIME TYPE
DATE/TIME DISPLAY
You can set the display type format for the time.
You can have the date and/or time displayed on the LCD screen.
1.
1.
2.
3.
Press the MENU button 
Control (Left/Right) button  “
Settings”  Control (Up/Down/
OK) button  “Time Type.”
Select the desired submenu item
with the Control (Up/Down) button,
and then press the OK button.
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Settings
Date Type
Time Type
:
Date/Time Display
:
Exit
12
OFF
Select
Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
2.
Press the MENU button  Control
(Left/Right) button  “Settings” 
Control (Up/Down/OK) button  “
Date/Time Display.”
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Settings
Date Type
Time Type
:
Date/Time Display
:
12
OFF
Select the desired submenu and
Exit
Select
menu item with the Control (Up/
Down) button, and then press OK button.
• The date/time is displayed on the LCD screen according to
the selected option.
Submenu Items
Submenu Items
Items
12Hr
24Hr
Items
On-screen
display
To display the time information in 12 hour units 12:00 AM
To display the time information in 24 hour units
00:00
Use
Off
Date
Time
Date & Time
Use
To not display the current date/
time.
To display the current date.
On-screen display
To display the current time.
To display the current date and
time.
12:00 AM
JAN/01/2011
12:00 AM
JAN/01/2011
This function depends on the “Date/Time Display” setting.
The date/time will read “JAN/01/2011 12:00 AM” in the following cases:
- When the video or photo recording was made before you set the
date/time in the camcorder.
- When the built-in rechargeable battery is depleted.
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System setting
LCD BRIGHTNESS
LCD COLOR
You can adjust the brightness of the LCD screen to compensate for
ambient lighting conditions.
You can change the color of the LCD screen by adjusting the red
and blue color range.
1.
1.
Press the MENU button  Control
(Left/Right) button  “Settings” 
Control (Up/Down/OK) button  “
LCD Brightness.”
2.
Press the Control (Left/Right.OK)
button to adjust the LCD brightness
from -15 to 15.
3.
Press the MENU button to exit the
menu.
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SCENE
Settings
Time Type
:
Date/Time Display
:
LCD Brightness
: 0
Exit
12
OFF
2.
Select
STBY 0:00:00 [475Min]
9999
1.6M
3.
LCD Brightness
0
Exit
Adjust
Press the MENU button  Control
(Left/Right)button  “Settings” 
Control (Up/Down/OK) button 
“LCD Color.”
OK
• If the surrounding is too bright, adjust the brightness of the LCD
screen.
• Adjusting the LCD screen does not affect the image being recorded.
• A brighter LCD screen consumes more power.
• You can adjust the LCD Brightness from -15 to 15.
Press the Control (Up/Down/Left/
Right/OK) button to adjust the
LCD color (red/blue) from -15 to
15.
Press the MENU button to exit the
menu.
STBY 0:00:00 [475Min]
SCENE
Settings
Date/Time Display
:
LCD Brightness
: 0
12
OFF
LCD Color
Exit
Select
STBY 0:00:00 [475Min]
9999
LCD Color
Red
Blue
Exit
1.6M
0
0
Move
OK
• When you set the red and blue color range, the higher the numbers,
the brighter the LCD screen will be.
• You can adjust the LCD color (red/blue) from -15 to 15, using the
Control (Up/Down/Left/Right/OK) button.
• You can manipulate the color displayed on the LCD screen by
adjusting the color ratio of red and blue.
• Adjusting the color display of the LCD screen does not affect the
image to be recorded.
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System setting
LCD ENHANCER
AUTO LCD OFF
You can enhance the contrast on the LCD screen for a clearer and
brighter image. This effect also works outdoors in bright daylight.
You can also adjust the screen brightness in two-level increments,
which provides a brighter screen than using just a one-level
increment.
To reduce power consumption, the brightness of the LCD screen
is automatically dimmed if the camcorder is idle for more than 2
minutes.
1.
2.
Press the MENU button  Control
(Left/Right) button  “Settings” 
Control (Up/Down/OK) button 
“LCD Enhancer”
Select the desired submenu item
with the Control (Up/Down) button,
and then press the OK button.
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SCENE
Settings
LCD Brightness
2.
:0
LCD Color
LCD Enhancer
Exit
:
OFF
Select
Off
3.
Use
To disable the function.
Select the desired submenu item
with the Control (Up/Down) button,
and then press the OK button.
Items
On-screen
display
-
1
To turn on the 1st level of the LCD Enhancer.
1
2
To turn on the 2nd, brighter level of the LCD
Enhancer.
2
Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
• LCD enhancer function does not affect the quality of the image being
recorded.
• When you use the LCD Enhancer in low illumination, some stripes
may appear on the LCD screen. This is not a malfunction.
• Using the LCD Enhancer function may cause colors to look different
on the display.
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Press the MENU button  Control
(Left/Right) button  “Settings” 
Control (Up/Down/OK) button  “
Auto LCD Off.”
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SCENE
Settings
LCD Color
LCD Enhancer
:
Auto LCD Off
:
Exit
OFF
LCD
OFF
Select
Submenu Items
Submenu Items
Items
1.
Off
On
3.
Use
To disable the function.
When the camcorder is idle for more than
2 minutes in Video or Photo STBY mode, or for
more than 5 minutes when recording a video, the
power saving mode starts by dimming the LCD
screen.
On-screen
display
-
-
Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
• When the “Auto LCD Off” function is enabled, you can press any
button on the camcorder to return LCD brightness to normal.
• Auto LCD Off will be disabled in the following case:
- If the DC power cable (AC power adaptor, USB cable) is connected.
System setting
MENU DESIGN
TRANSPARENCY
You can select the desired menu design.
You can select the desired menu display transparency.
1.
2.
3.
Press the MENU button  Control
(Left/Right) button  “Settings” 
Control (Up/Down/ok) button 
“Menu Design.”
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1.
SCENE
Settings
LCD Enhancer
:
Auto LCD Off
:
Menu Design
:
Select the desired submenu item
with the Control (Up/Down) button,
and then press the OK button.
• “Misty White”  “Premium Black.”
Exit
Select
OFF
LCD
Press the MENU button  Control
(Left/Right) button  “Settings”
 Control (Up/Down/OK) button
 “Transparency.”
OFF
2.
Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
3.
Select the desired submenu item
with the Control (Up/Down)
button, and then press the OK
button.
• “0%”  “20%”  “40%”  “
60%”
Press the MENU button to exit the
menu.
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SCENE
Settings
Auto LCD Off
Menu Design
Transparency
Exit
0%
20%
40%
Move
Select
<Transparency 0%>
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SCENE
Settings
Auto LCD Off
Menu Design
Transparency
Exit
20%
40%
60%
Move
Select
<Transparency 60%>
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System setting
BEEP SOUND
SHUTTER SOUND
When Beep Sound is on, the camcorder sounds a beep when you
press a button.
You can turn the shutter sound the camcorder emits when you
press the PHOTO button on or off.
1.
1.
Press the MENU button  Control
(Left/Right) button  “Settings”
 Control (Up/Down/OK) button
 “Beep Sound.”
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SCENE
Settings
Beep Sound
:
Shutter Sound
:
Auto Power Off
:
2.
Select the desired submenu item
with the Control (Up/Down)
button, and then press the OK button.
3.
Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
Exit
Select
Submenu Items
Items
Off
On
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SCENE
Settings
Beep Sound
:
Shutter Sound
:
Auto Power Off
2.
Select the desired submenu item
with the Control (Up/Down)
button, and then press the OK button.
3.
Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
Exit
:
Select
Submenu Items
Use
Disables the function.
To have the camcorder beep every time you
press a button.
On-screen
display
-
The Beep Sound function is suspended in the following cases.
It resumes automatically when the case not longer applies.
- During recording and playback
- Pause while recording
- When the camcorder has a cable connection. (AV cable)
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Press the MENU button  Control
(Left/Right) button  “Settings”
 Control (Up/Down/OK) button
 “Shutter Sound.”
items
Off
On
contents
To turn the shutter sound off.
To turn the shutter sound on. It will sound when
you press the PHOTO button.
on-screen
display
-
System setting
AUTO POWER OFF
PC SOFTWARE
You can set your camcorder to turn off automatically if it is idle for 5
minutes without an operation. This function will prevent unnecessary
power consumption.
If you set PC Software to On, you can use the built-in PC software
easily by connecting a USB cable between the camcorder and your
PC. Using the software, you can download stored video and photo
images on the camcorder to your PC’s hard disk. You can also edit
video and photo files using the PC software.
1.
2.
3.
Press the MENU button 
Control (Left/Right) button  “
Settings”  Control (Up/Down/
OK) button  “Auto Power Off.”
Select the desired submenu item
with the Control (Up/Down)
button, and then press the OK button.
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SCENE
Settings
Shutter Sound
:
Auto Power Off
:
PC Software
:
Exit
1.
Select
Items
Off
Min
Use
To disable the function.
If the camcorder is idle for 5 minutes in STBY
mode, the power is automatically turned off.
On-screen
display
-
• Auto Power Off does not work in the following situations:
- If the DC power cable (AC power adaptor, USB cable) is
connected
- While the following functions are in operation; “Demo,” “Copy,”
“Delete: All Files,” “Protect: All On,” “Combine,” “Divide.”
- While recording, playing (except pause), pausing while recording,
or playing a photo slide show.
• To operate the camcorder again, press the Power ( ) button.
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SCENE
Settings
Shutter Sound
:
Auto Power Off
:
PC Software
2.
Select the desired submenu item
with the Control (Up/Down)
button, and then press the OK button.
3.
Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
Submenu Items
Press the MENU button  Control
(Left/Right)button  “Settings” 
Control (Up/Down/OK) button 
“PC Software.”
Exit
:
Select
Submenu Items
Items
Use
Off
To disable the function.
On
To launch the built-in editing software when you
connect the camcorder to a PC with a USB cable.
On-screen
display
-
The PC Software is compatible with Windows operating systems only.
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System setting
TV DISPLAY
DEFAULT SET
You can enable or disable the On Screen Display (OSD) that the
camcorder can display on a TV screen when you connect your
camcorder to a TV.
You can restore all menu settings to their defaults.
1.
2.
3.
Press the MENU button 
Control (Left/Right) button  “
Settings”  Control (Up/Down/
OK) button  “TV Display.”
Select the desired submenu item
with the Control (Up/Down)
button, and then press the OK button.
1.
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SCENE
Settings
Auto Power Off
:
PC Software
:
TV Display
Exit
Off
On
To show the OSD (On Screen Display) menus
only on the camcorder’s LCD screen.
To show the OSD menus on the LCD screen
and the TV screen as well.
(Connecting to a TV page 92)
SCENE
PC Software
:
TV Display
:
Select “Yes” if you want all the
Exit
Select
settings return to the default.
• The Time Zone screen appears after all settings return to their
defaults.
3.
Set the date and time again. page 28
:
Select
Default Set
• Do not turn off the power while using this function.
• After resetting the camcorder, set “Time Zone” and “Date/Time
Set.” page 28
• Storage type is not restored after default setting. (SMX-F53/F54 only)
page 79
Submenu Items
Use
STBY 0:00:00 [475Min]
Settings
2.
Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
Items
Press the MENU button  Control
(Left/Right) button  “Settings”
 Control (Up/Down/OK) button
 “Default Set.”
On-screen
display
-
VERSION
You can view the camcorder’s firmware version. To improve the
operation of the camcorder, the firmware version can be changed
without notice.
1.
2.
Press the MENU button  Control
(Left/Right) button  “Settings” 
Control (Up/Down/OK) button  “
Version.”
Press the MENU button to exit the
menu.
Version
Samsung Electronics Co., LTD.
S/W 0.26, Dec 29 2010, 13:54:44
Exit
OK
LANGUAGE
90
You can select a desired language to display the menu and
messages in. page 29
System setting
DEMO
Using the Demo function
Demo mode automatically shows you the major functions that are
included with your camcorder so that you can use them more easily.
The camcorder cancels the Demo mode in the following cases:
1.
2.
3.
Press the MENU button 
Control (Left/Right) button  “
Settings”  Control (Up/Down/
OK) button  “Demo.”
Select the desired submenu item
with the Control (Up/Down)
button, and then press the OK
button.
To return to the normal screen,
press the MENU button.
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SCENE
Settings
Version
The Demo function does not operate in the following case:
- If “Auto Power Off” is set to “ Min” when you are using the battery
as the main power, the Auto Power Off function will turn the cam
corder off before Demo can start.
Language
Demo
:
Exit
• If you press any button (Recording start/stop, PHOTO, SMART
AUTO, etc.) However, the camcorder will enter the Demo mode
automatically after 5 minutes in STBY mode if it is idle for 5
minutes without operation. If you don’t want the Demo function
to start, set “Demo” to “Off.”
Select
STBY 0:00:00 [475Min]
SCENE
Settings
Version
Language
Demo
Exit
Off
OFF
On
Move
Select
Submenu Items
Items
Off
On
Use
To disable the function.
To enable the Demo function.
On-screen
display
-
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Connecting to a TV
You can view the recorded videos and photos on a large screen by connecting the camcorder to a TV.
CONNECTING TO A TV (16:9/4:3)
To playback your recordings, the television must be NTSC-compatible. We recommend that you use the AC power adaptor as a power
source for the camcorder when you connect it to a TV. Check your TV’s input jacks and select the appropriate connection method according
to the jack type. For details, refer to your TV user manual.
Camcorder
TV
Signal flow
CARD
R
AUDIO
L
VIDEO
Audio/Video cable
Use the provided Audio/Video cable to connect the camcorder to a TV as follows:
1.
Connect the provided Audio/Video cable to the Audio/Video jack on the TV.
2.
Turn on your TV and set the TV’s input selector to the Input your camcorder is connected to.
• Refer to the TV’s instruction manual to see how to select the TV input.
Stereo Type
AUDIO
R
Mono Type
VIDEO
AUDIO
White
Yellow
Red
White
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•
•
•
•
•
VIDEO
L
If only a mono audio input is available on the TV set, use the white plug (audio L) on the audio cable.
Do not use excessive force when connecting the cables.
We recommend you use the AC power adaptor as the power source.
Before connecting, make sure that the volume on the TV is turned down. Forgetting to do this may cause feedback from the TV speakers.
Carefully connect the input and output cables to the corresponding connections on the TV.
Yellow
Connecting to a TV
VIEWING ON A TV SCREEN
1.
2.
Turn on your TV and set the TV’s input selector (source) to the input the camcorder is connected to. page 92
• Make sure the TV jacks are connected with the right cables.
• Make sure you’ve set the input source correctly to view the playback from the camcorder.
Select the playback mode on your camcorder, and then start to playback videos.
<LCD 16:9 wide>
<LCD 16:9 wide>
<LCD 4:3 wide>
<LCD 4:3 wide>
<TV 16:9 wide>
• Operate the camcorder using the camcorder’s buttons and OSD menus.
<TV 16:9 wide>
<TV 4:3 wide>
CARD
<TV 4:3 wide>
• Adjust the volume to a moderate level. If the volume is too high, the video may include the noise.
• If the “TV Display” is set “Off,” the TV screen will not display the OSD (On Screen Display) menus. page 90
• This camcorder does not output audio when the camcorder is connected to a TV in the video or photo record mode. The audio output signal is supported
only when the camcorder is connected in the video playback mode. This is not an error.
CARD
Image display depending on LCD and TV screen ratio
Icon
Video
Photo
<LCD 16:9
16:9 wide>
wide>
<LCD
LCD
Subject
TV
16:9
4:3
<LCD 4:3
4:3 wide>
wide>
<LCD 16:9
16:9 wide>
wide>
<LCD
<TV 16:9
16:9
16:9
wide>
wide>
<LCD
wide>
<LCD
<LCD16:9
16:9
4:3 wide>
wide>
wide>
<LCD
<TV 4:3
4:3 wide>
wide>
<LCD
4:3 wide>
wide>
<LCD
<TV 16:9
16:9
4:3 wide>
wide>
wide>
<TV
<TV
wide>
<TV
<TV16:9
16:9
4:3 wide>
wide>
<TV
<TV 4:3
4:3 wide>
wide>
<LCD
16:9wide>
wide>
<LCD
<TV 16:9
16:9 wide>
wide>
<TV 4:3
4:3 wide>
wide><TV 4:3 wide>
<LCD
<LCD
<TV
<LCD
<LCD
4:3
wide>
<TV
<LCD
<TV
4:3
wide>
<TV
<TV
4:3
<TV
<LCD 16:9 wide>
<LCD 16:9
4:3 wide>
<TV 16:9
<TV 16:9
4:3 wide>
16:9
4:3
Refer to page 48 for the “16:9 Wide” setting.
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Dubbing videos
DUBBING TO VCR OR DVD/HDD RECORDERS
You can dub images recordered on your camcorder to other recording devices, such as VCRs or DVD/HDD recorders. This is a convenient
way of distributing the dubbed media. Connect the camcorder as illustrated below and use the AC power adaptor to power the camcorder.
Refer to the instruction manuals supplied with your VCR, DVD, or HDD recorder for additional information about dubbing.
Camcorder
VCRs or DVD/ HDD recorders
Signal flow
CAR
D
Red
R
AUDIO
L
White
Audio/Video cable
VIDEO
Yellow
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1.
Turn on the camcorder and press the MODE button to select
the Play mode. page 24
2.
Insert the recording media in the recording device.
• If your recording device has an input selector, set it to the
input mode.
3.
Connect your camcorder to the recording device (VCR or DVD/
HDD recorders) with the supplied composite/AV cable.
4.
Start the playback on your camcorder, and record it on the
recording device.
• Refer to the instruction manuals supplied with your recording
device for details.
5.
When dubbing is finished, stop the recording device, and then
your camcorder.
• You can dub videos recorded on this camcorder by connecting it to
another recording device with the supplied composite/AV cable. All
the recorded videos will be dubbed in SD (standard definition) image
quality.
• Since dubbing is performed via analog data transfer, the image
quality may deteriorate.
• To hide the screen indicators (such as the counter, etc.) on the
screen of a connected monitor device, set “TV Display: Off.”
page 90
• To record the date/time, display it on the LCD screen. page 84
Using with a windows computer
CHECKING YOUR COMPUTER TYPE
This chapter explains how to connect the camcorder to a Windows computer using a USB cable and how to use the editing software built in
to your camcorder.
Check the type of computer you have before connecting the camcorder!!
The camcorder and its built in software are compatible with Windows computers only. Check your computer before you begin and make
make sure you have a Windows computer.
Using with Macintosh
Using with Windows
CARD
CAR
D
Connect your camcorder to the computer using the
USB cable.
• The built-in editing software, Intelli-studio, runs on the
PC automatically once the camcorder is connected
to a Windows computer. (When you specify “PC
Software: On”).  page 89
CAR
D
The built-in software on your
camcorder, ‘Intelli-studio’ is not
Macintosh compliant.
CAR
D
Play back or edit your recordings on the computer using
the built-in, Intelli-studio application.  page 97
You can also upload your recordings to YouTube or
other websites using the Intelli-studio.  page 100
CARD
CAR
D
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Using with a windows computer
WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH A WINDOWS
COMPUTER
You can perform the functions below by connecting your camcorder
to your Windows computer using a USB cable:
Main Functions
• Intelli-studio’s main functions:
- Playing back recorded videos or photos. page 99
- Editing recorded videos or photos. page 99
- Uploading the recorded videos and photos to YouTube,
Flickr or Facebook, etc. page 100
• You can transfer or copy the files (videos and photos) saved
on the storage media into your computer (the mass storage
function). page 101
System Requirements
Your computer must meet the following requirements to run Intellistudio:
Items
OS
System Requirements
Microsoft Windows XP SP2 , Vista, or Windows 7
CPU
Intel® Pentium® 4 3.0 GHz or higher is recommended
AMD Athlon™ FX 2.6 GHz or higher is recommended
RAM
1GB or higher is recommended
Video
Card
NVIDIA Geforce 7600GT or higher,
Ati X1600 series or higher
Display
USB
Direct X
1024 x 768, 16-bit color or higher
(1280 x 1024, 32-bit color recommended)
USB 2.0
DirectX 9.0c or higher
• System requirements mentioned above are recommendations. Even
on a system that satisfies the requirements, Intelli-studio may not
Intelli-studio may not operate optimally.
• On a slower than recommended computer, video playback may skip
frames or operate unexpectedly.
• If the version of DirectX on your computer is lower than 9.0c, install
DirectX 9.0c or higher.
• We recommended you transfer recorded videos to a PC before
playing back or editing the videos.
• To run Intelli-studio, a laptop computer requires faster and better
components than a desktop PC.
• Intelli-studio is not Macintosh compatible.
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Using with a windows computer
USING THE Intelli-studio PROGRAM
To disconnect the USB cable
Intelli-studio is a built-in program that allows you to play back and
edit files. You can upload files to web sites, such as YouTube
or Flickr. For details, select “Help”  “Help” on the Intelli-studio
screen.
1.
2.
.
4.
Step 1. Connecting the USB cable
1
2
Set “USB Connect: Mass
Storage” and “PC Software:
On”.
• These are the default settings.
To disconnect the USB cable after completing the file transfer, you must
follow these steps:
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Click the “Safely Remove Hardware” icon on the taskbar.
Select “USB Mass Storage Device”, and then click “Stop”.
If the “Stop a Hardware device” window appears, click “OK”.
Disconnect the USB cable from the camcorder and PC.
Settings
Shutter Sound
Off
Auto Power Off On
PC Software
Connect the camcorder to a PC
Exit
Move
with the USB cable.
• A new file saving window
appears along with the
Intelli-studio main window. If
your camcorder has no new
files, the pop-up window for
saving new files will not appear.
• Depending on your version of Windows, the Windows
removable disk window may also appear.
OFF
Select
• Use the provided USB cable. (Supplied by Samsung)
• Make sure you insert the USB plug into the USB jack with the plug
facing in the correct direction.
• Use the AC power adaptor to power the camcorder when
transferring files to your computer.
• When the USB cable is connected, turning the camcorder on or off
may cause the PC to malfunction.
• If you disconnect the USB cable from the PC or the camcorder while
transferring files, the data transmission will stop and the data may
be damaged.
• If you connect the camcorder to a PC via a USB HUB or
simultaneously connect the camcorder along with other USB
devices, the camcorder may not work properly. If this occurs,
remove all USB devices from the PC, and then reconnect the
camcorder.
• Intelli-studio may not automatically run. If this occurs, access My
Computer or Windows Explorer, open the drive that corresponds to
your camcorder, find Intelli-studio, and then run iStudio.exe.
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Using with a windows computer
Step 2. About the Intelli-studio main window
When the Intelli-studio starts up, video and photo thumbnails are
displayed in the main window.
1
2 3
4
5 6
7
%
$
#
8
9
@
0
!
• If you install Intelli-studio on your PC, the program will launch more
quickly. To install the program, select “Tool”  “Install Intelli-studio
on PC”.
• If you install the full version of Intelli-studio software, you can use
various functions. Start the installation by clicking on “Web Support”
 “Update Intelli-studio”  “Start Update”.
• The camcorder’s built-in Intelli-studio software is intended for
home use. It is not for precision or industrial productions. For these
applications, we recommend an editing software designed for
professional use.
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No.
Description
1
Menu items
2
Display files in the selected folder.
3
Switch to Photo edit mode.
4
Switch to Video edit mode.
5
Switch to Share mode.
6
Enlarge or reduce the thumbnails in the list.
7
Select a file type.
8
View videos and photos of the selected folder on your computer.
9
Show or hide videos and photos of the connected device.
0
View videos and photos of the selected folder on the device.
!
View files as thumbnails or on a map
@
Browse folders in the connected device.
#
Browse folders stored on your computer
$
Move to the previous or next folder
%
Print files, view files on a map, store files in Contents Manager, or
register faces.
Using with a windows computer
Step 3. Playing back videos or photos
You can play back the recordings conveniently using the Intellistudio application.
1
2
With Intelli-studio, click the desired folder to display your
recordings.
• Video or photo thumbnails appear on the screen, depending
on the folder you selected.
Choose the video or photo that you want to play.
Step 4. Editing videos or photos
You can edit the videos or photos in various ways with various
functions. (Change Size, Fine-Tuning, Image Effect, Insert Frame,
etc.) Before editing a video or photo in Intelli-studio, make a backup
copy of the video or photo file and store it on your computer for
safe-keeping using My Computer or Windows Explorer.
1
Choose the videos or photos you want to edit.
2
Click “Movie Edit” or “Photo Edit” according to the selected file
on the Intelli-studio browser.
• The selected file appears in the editing window.
3
Edit a video or photo with various edit functions.
• You can view the file information by moving the mouse over
the file.
• If you click a video thumbnail once, the video plays back
inside the thumbnail frame, allowing you to search for a
desired scene with ease.
3
After you select the video or photo you want, double-click to
play back.
• Playback starts and the controls appear.
Intelli-studio supports the following file formats:
-Video formats: MP4 (Video: H.264, Audio: AAC), WMV (WMV 7/8/9)
-Photo formats: JPG, GIF, BMP, PNG, TIFF
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Step 5. Sharing the videos/photos online
4
Click “Upload” to start uploading.
• A pop up window appears asking for your ID and password.
5
Enter your ID and the password to access.
• Access to the web site contents can be limited depending on
your web access environment.
Share your contents with the world by uploading photos and videos
directly to a web site with one click.
1
Choose the videos or photos you want to share.
2
Click “Share” on the Intelli-studio browser.
• The selected file appears in the sharing window.
Exporting the videos/photos to your computer
3
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Click the web site you would like to upload files to.
• You can choose “YouTube”, “twitter”, “Flickr”, “Facebook”,
“Picasa”, “Email”, or another web site you want to use for
your site management.
You can export the recorded videos/photos from your camcorder to
a PC.
1.
Select the desired files to export.
2.
Drag and drop the selected files to the My Computer library
window.
Using with a windows computer
USING AS A REMOVABLE STORAGE DEVICE
You can transfer recorded data to a Windows computer by
connecting the USB cable to the camcorder.
Viewing and transferring the contents of storage media
1.
Set “PC Software to Off”
page 89
2.
Check the storage media.
(If you have video or photos
recorded on a memory
card, insert a memory card.)
(SMX-F53/F54 only)
3.
Connect the camcorder to the
PC with the USB cable.
page 95
• The “Removable Disk” or “
Samsung” window appears
on the PC’s screen after a
moment.
• Select “Open folders to
view files using Windows
Explorer” and then click “
OK.”
4.
The folders in the storage
media appear.
• Different file types are stored in different folders.
5.
Copy and paste or drag and drop the files from the storage
media to your PC.
Photos
• If the “Removable Disk” window does not appear, confirm the
connection (page 95) or repeat steps 1 through 3 again.
• When the removable disk does not appear automatically, open the
removable disk folder of My Computer.
• If the connected camcorder’s disk drive does not open or the
context menu that appears when right-clicking your mouse (open
or browse) appears broken, your computer may be infected by an
Autorun virus. Be sure to update your antivirus software to the latest
version.
Videos
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Structure of folders and files on the storage media
File format
• The folder and file structure for built-in memory or memory card is
as follows.
• Don’t arbitrarily change or remove the folder or file name. It may
not be playable.
Video files
• Videos are compressed in H.264 format. The file extension is
“.MP4.”
• Refer to page 47 for video resolution.
Videos (H.264) ①
• The SD-quality videos have a “
SDV_####.MP4” format and Web
videos have a “WEB_####. MP4”
format.
• The file number automatically
increases when a new video clip
file is created.
• Up to 9,999 files can be stored in
one folder. A new folder is created
when the number offiles in a folder
exeeds 9,999.
Photo files
VIDEO
1
100VIDEO
SDV_0001.MP4
WEB_0002.MP4
SDV_0003.MP4
WEB_0004.MP4
DCIM
Group) format. The file extension is “.JPG.”
• Refer to page 48 for photo resolution.
2
100PHOTO
SAM_0001.JPG
SAM_0002.JPG
Photos ②
• As with video clip files, the file number automatically increases when a
new image file is created.
• Photo files have a SAM_####.JPG format. A new folder stores files
starting with SAM_0001.JPG.
• Folder names increase in this order:100PHOTO101PHOTO etc.
• Up to 9,999 files can be stored in one folder. A new folder is created
when the number of files in a folder exeeds 9,999.
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• Photos are compressed in JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts
Do not modfy the name of a movie file recorded by the camcorder.
Proper playback by the camcorder requires the original folder and file
name.
Troubleshooting
TROUBLESHOOTING
✪ B
efore contacting a Samsung authorised service center, perform the following simple checks. They may save
you the time and expense of an unnecessary call.
Warning indicators and messages
Power source
Message
Icon
Low Battery
Check authenticity of the
battery.
Informs that...
Action
-
The battery is almost
discharged.
• Replace with a charged battery or use the AC power adaptor. Charge the battery.
-
The battery failed to
authenticate.
• Check the battery’s authenticity. Change to an authentic, charged Samsung battery.
• Use only genuine Samsung batteries only with this camcorder.
Storage media
Message
Icon
Informs that...
Action
Memory Full
(SMX-F53/
F54 only)
There is not enough space to record in the built-in
memory.
• Delete unnecessary files in the built-in memory. Use a memory card.
• Back-up files to your PC or another storage media and delete files.
Insert Card
There is no memory card inserted in the card slot.
• Insert a memory card.
There is not enough space to record on a memory card.
• Delete unnecessary files on the memory card. Use the built-in memory.
(SMX-F53/F54 only)
• Back-up files to your PC or another storage media and delete files.
• Change to another memory card which has enough free space.
The memory card has some problem and cannot be
recognized.
• Format the memory card or replace it with a new one.
Card Locked
The write protection tab on an memory card has been
set to lock.
• Release the write protection tab.
Not
Supported
Card
The memory card is not supported in this camcorder.
• Change to a memory card that we recommended.
The memory card is not formatted.
• Format the memory card using the menu.
Card Full
Card Error
Please format
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Message
Icon
Informs that...
Action
Not formatted.
Format the Card? (Format
the Internal Memory?)
-
The format of the file is not
supported by this camcorder.
• The file format is not supported. Check supported file listing.
• Format the memory card using menu item.
Low speed card.
Please record a lower
resolution.
-
The memory card does not
have enough speed to record.
• Record video at a lower resolution.
• Change the memory card to a faster one. page 32
Recording
Message
Icon
Write Error
-
Release the Smart Auto
-
Recovering Data…
-
Informs that...
Action
Some problems occurred while • Format storage media using menus after backing-up important files to
your PC or another storage media.
writing data to storage media.
You cannot operate some
• Release the SMART AUTO function
functions manually when
SMART AUTO is activated.
The file was not created
normally.
• Wait until data recovery is finished.
• Never turn off the power and eject the memory card during recording.
Playback
Message
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Icon
Informs that...
Action
Read Error
-
Some problems occurred when
• Format the storage media using the menu after backing up important files
reading data from storage
to PC or another storage device.
media.
The Number of video files
is full.
Cannot copy videos.
-
Folder and files have reached
capacity and you cannot
record.
• F
ormat the storage media using the menu after backing up important files
to your PC or another storage device. Set “File No.” to “Reset.”
The Number of photo files
is full.
Cannot copy photos.
-
Folder and files have reached
their capacity and you cannot
take a picture.
• F
ormat the storage media using the menu after backing up important files
to your PC or another storage device. Set “File No.” to “Reset.”
Troubleshooting
Symptoms and solutions
If these instructions do not solve your problem, contact the nearest Samsung authorised service center.
Power
Symptom
The camcorder does not
turn on.
Explanation/Solution
•
•
•
•
The battery may not be installed on your camcorder. Insert a battery into the camcorder.
The inserted battery may be discharged. Charge the battery or replace it with a charged one.
If you use an AC power adaptor, make sure it is properly connected to the wall outlet.
Remove the battery or unplug the AC power adaptor, and then reconnect the power supply to the
camcorder before turning it on.
The power automatically
turns off.
• Is “Auto Power Off” set to “5 Min” ?
If no button is pressed for about 5 minutes, the camcorder is automatically turned off (“Auto Power Off
”). To disable this option, change the setting of “Auto Power Off” to “Off.” page 89
• The battery is almost discharged. Charge the battery or replace it with a charged one.
• Use the AC power adaptor.
Power cannot be turned off .
• Remove the battery or unplug the AC power adaptor, and then reconnect the power supply to the
camcorder before turning it on.
The battery is quickly
discharged.
• The temperature is too low.
• The battery is not fully charged. Recharge the battery.
• The battery has reached the end of its lifespan and cannot be recharged. Use another battery.
Displays
Symptom
Explanation/Solution
The TV screen or LCD
display has distorted images • This can occur when recording or viewing a 16:9-ratio image on a 4:3-ratio TV, or vice versa. For more
or has stripes at the top/
details, see the display specification.
bottom or on the left/right.
Unknown image appears on
the LCD screen.
• The camcorder is in Demo mode. If you do not want to see Demo images, change the setting of “Demo
” to “Off.” page 91
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Displays
Symptom
Explanation/Solution
Unknown indicator appears
on the screen.
• A warning indicator or message appears on the screen. pages 103~105
An after image remains on
the LCD screen.
• This occurs if you disconnect the AC power adaptor or remove the battery before turning the power off.
The image on the LCD
screen looks dark.
• Ambient light is too bright. Adjust the brightness and angle of the LCD.
• Use the LCD Enhancer function.
Storage media
Symptom
Explanation/Solution
Memory card functions are
not operable.
• Insert a memory card into your camcorder properly. page 31
• If you use a memory card formatted on a computer, format it again directly on your camcorder. page 80
Image cannot be deleted.
• You cannot delete the images protected by another device. Release the protection of the image on the
device. page 70
• Release the lock on the write-protect tab of the memory card (SDHC memory card, etc.), if any. page 32
You cannot format the
memory card.
• Release the lock on the write-protect tab of the memory card (SDHC memory card, etc.), if any. page 32
• Copy all important recorded files to your PC before formatting. Samsung shall not be responsible for any
loss of data. (You should copy the data to your PC or other storage media.)
The data file name is not
indicated correctly.
• The file may be corrupted.
• The file format is not supported by your camcorder.
• Only the file name is displayed if the directory structure does not comply with the international standard.
Does not charge or operate • Check whether you're using a Samsung battery. A non-Samsung battery may not be recognized
even if the battery is inserted.
properly by the camcorder.
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Troubleshooting
Recording
Symptom
Pressing the Recording
start/stop button does not
start recording.
Explanation/Solution
• There is not enough free space to record on the the storage media.
• Make sure the memory card is inserted and write-protect tab is set to unlock.
• The internal temperature of your camcorder is unusually high.
Turn off your camcorder and leave it for a while in a cool place.
• Your camcorder is damp and moist inside (condensation).
Turn off your camcorder and leave it for about 1 hour in a cool place.
• The estimated recording time may vary depending on the contents and the features you use.
The actual recording time is
• Recording a fast-moving subject increases the bit rate and consequently the amount of storage space
less than the estimated time.
required for the recording, which can lead to a shorter available recording time.
The recording stops
automatically.
• There is no more free space for recording on the storage media.
Back up important files to your PC, and then format the storage media or delete the unnecessary files.
• If you frequently record or delete files, the performance of the built-in memory will deteriorate.
In this case, reformat the built-in memory.
• If you use a memory card with a low writing speed, the camcorder automatically stops recording the
videos and the corresponding message appears on the LCD screen.
When recording a subject
illuminated by bright light,
vertical lines appear.
• The camcorder is unable to record these levels of brightness.
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Symptom
Explanation/Solution
When the screen is exposed
to direct sunlight during
• Do not expose the LCD screen to direct sunlight.
recording, the screen turns
red or black for an instant.
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During recording, the date/
time does not display.
• Set “Date/Time Display” to on. page 84
The beep sound is not
heard.
• Set the "Beep Sound" to “On.”
• The beep sound is temporally off while the camcorder records videos.
• When the Audio/Video cable jack is connected to the camcorder, the beep sound will automatically turn
off.
There is a time difference
between the point where
you press the Recording
start/stop button and the
point where the recorded
video starts/stops.
• On your camcorder, there may be a slight time delay between the point where you press Recording
start/stop button and the actual point where the recorded video starts/stops. This is not an error.
The recording stops.
• The internal temperature of your camcorder is unusually high. Turn off your camcorder and leave it for a
while in a cool place.
• Your camcorder is damp and moist inside (condensation). Turn off your camcorder and leave it for
about 1 hour in a cool place.
You cannot record a photo
image.
• Set your camcorder to Record mode. page 24
• Release the lock on the write-protection tab of the memory card if set.
• The storage media is full.
Use a new memory card or format the storage media. page 80
Remove unnecessary images. page 69
Troubleshooting
Adjusting the image during recording
Symptom
Explanation/Solution
Focus does not adjust automatically.
• Set “Focus” to “Auto.” page 56
• The recording conditions are not suitable for auto focus.
Adjust the focus manually. page 57
• The lens is dusty on the surface. Clear the lens and check the focus.
• You are recording in a dark place. Increase the brightness.
The image appears too bright or flickering, or
changes in color.
• This occurs when recording images under a fluorescent lamp, sodium lamp, or
mercury lamp. Cancel “iSCENE” to minimise these phenomena. page 46
Playback on your camcorder
Symptom
Explanation/Solution
Pressing the playback (Play/Pause) button did not
start playing.
• Press the MODE button to set Video Play mode.
• Image files recorded on another camcorder may not play on your camcorder.
• Check out memory card compatibility. page 32
The Skip or Search function does not work properly.
• If the temperature inside the camcorder is too high, it cannot function properly.
Turn the camcorder off, wait for a few moments, and turn it on again.
Playback is interrupted unexpectedly.
• Check if the AC adaptor or battery is properly connected and stable.
You cannot hear sound when playing a Time Lapse
recording.
• The Time Lapse REC function does not record sound. page 63
Photos stored on a storage media are not displayed
in the actual size.
• Photos recorded on other devices may not appear at actual size.
This is not an error.
Playback on other devices (TV, etc.)
Symptom
You cannot view the image or hear the sound on the
connected device.
Explanation/Solution
• Connect the audio line of the Audio/Video cable jack to your camcorder and
the connected device (TV, DVD recorder, etc). (Red color- right,
White color- left)
• The Audio/Video cable jack is not connected properly. Make sure that the
Audio/Video cable jack is connected to the proper jack. page 94
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Troubleshooting
Connecting to a computer
Symptom
Explanation/Solution
When accessing videos,
a computer does not
recognize your camcorder.
• Disconnect the USB cable from the computer and camcorder, restart the computer, then reconnect it
correctly.
Cannot play a video file
properly on a PC.
• A video codec is needed to play the file recorded on your camcorder. Install or run the built-in edit
software (Intelli-studio).
• Make sure you insert the connector in the correct direction, and connect the USB cable to the USB jack
on your camcorder firmly.
• Disconnect the cable from the computer and camcorder, restart the computer. Reconnect it properly.
• Your computer may not have the necessary performance specifications to playback a video file. Check
the recommended computer specifications.
Intelli-studio does not
function properly.
•
•
•
•
Exit the Intelli-studio application, and restart the Windows computer.
Intelli-studio is not Macintosh compliant.
Set “PC Software” to “On” in the Settings menu.
The Intelli-studio program may not run automatically. If this occurs, open the CD-ROM drive that has the
Intelli-studio program on it in My Computer, and then run iStudio.exe.
The image or sound on your
camcorder is not played on
your computer properly.
• Video playback or sound may stop temporarily depending on your computer. The video or sound of files
copied to your computer are not affected.
• If your camcorder is connected to a computer that does not support Hi-speed USB (USB2.0), the
images or sound may not be played back correctly.
The video and sound files copied to your computer are not affected.
The playback screen is
paused or distorted.
• Check the system requirements to play a video. page 96
• Exit all other applications running on the computer.
• If a recorded video is played on your camcorder when it is connected to a computer, the image may not
play smoothly, depending on the transfer speed. Please copy the file to your PC, and then play it back.
Connecting to a computer
Symptom
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Explanation/Solution
• The Audio/Video cable is not connected properly. Make sure that the Audio/Video cable is connected to
You cannot dub correctly
the proper jacks, i.e. to the input jacks of the device used for dubbing an image from your camcorder.
using the Audio/Video cable.
page 94
Troubleshooting
General operations
Symptom
Explanation/Solution
The date and time are
incorrect.
• Has the camcorder been left unused for a long period of time?
The backup built-in rechargeable battery may be discharged. page 28
Pressing a button will not
turn on or operate the
computer.
• Remove the battery or unplug the AC power adaptor, and then reconnect the power supply to the
camcorder before turning it on.
Menu
Symptom
Explanation/Solution
• You cannot select grayed items in the current recording/playback mode.
• Most of the menu items cannot be selected when you set the SMART AUTO function.
• If there is no storage media inserted, it cannot be selected and storage media functions will be dimmed
on the menu : “Storage Type,” “Storage Info,” “Format,” etc.
• There are some functions you cannot activate simultaneously. The following list shows examples of
unworkable combinations of functions and menu items.
If you want to set the desired functions, do not set the following items first.
Menu items are
grayed out.
<Cannot Use>
"Anti-Shake(HDIS)"
"Back Light"
"C.Nite"
"Focus : Face Detection"
"Digital Effect : Mirror, Mosaic, Step printing"
"Fader"
"Shutter Speed : Manual"
"Aperture : Manual"
"Zoom Type : Intelli-Zoom"
"Zoom Type : Digital Zoom"
"16:9 Wide"
"White Balance"
<Because of the following setting>
"Video Resolution : Web Fine, Web Normal"
"C.Nite"
"iSCENE"
"C.Nite", "iSCENE", "Aperture : Manual",
"Shutter Speed : Manual", "Digital Effect",
"Video Resolution : Web Fine, Web Normal"
"C.Nite", "16:9 Wide: On", "Anti-Shake(HDIS): On." "Intelli-Zoom"
"Time Lapse REC"
"C.Nite", "Aperture : Manual"
"C.Nite", "Shutter Speed : Manual"
"16:9 Wide : Off", "Video Resolution : Web Normal, Web Fine"
" Digital Effect : Mirror, Mosaic, Step printing"
"C.Nite", "Digital Effect : Mirror, Mosaic, Step printing",
"Anti-Shake(HDIS)", "Video Resolution : Web Fine, Web Normal"
"Video Resolution : Web Fine, Web Normal"
"Digital Effect : Sepia"
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Maintenance & additional information
MAINTENANCE
The suggestions below will help you fulfill any warranty obligations
and allow you to enjoy this product for many years.
Cautions when storing
• For safekeeping of the camcorder, turn off the camcorder.
- Remove the battery and AC power adaptor.
- Remove the memory card.
Cleaning the camcorder
Before cleaning, turn off the camcorder and remove the battery
and AC power adaptor.
• To clean the exterior
- Wipe gently with a soft dry cloth. Do not apply excessive force
when cleaning. Gently rub the surface.
- Do not use benzene or thinner to clean the camcorder. The
exterior coating could peel off or the case could deteriorate.
• To clean the LCD screen
Wipe very gently with a soft dry cloth. Be careful not to damage
the screen.
• To clean the lens
Use a blower brush to remove dust, and then wipe the lens gently
with a soft cloth.
If necessary, wipe gently with lens paper or tissue.
- Mould may form if the lens is left dirty.
- If the lens looks dim, turn off the camcorder and leave it off for
about 1 hour.
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To prolong its service life, do not rub the LCD screen with a
coarse cloth.
• Be aware of the following LCD screen phenomena. They are
not malfunctions.
- When you use the camcorder, the surface around the LCD
screen may heat up.
- If you leave the power on for a long time, the surface around
the LCD screen becomes hot.
- When using the camcorder in cold conditions, an afterimage
may appear on the LCD screen.
• An LCD screen is manufactured using advanced technology
which creates screens with pixel failure rates of less than 0.01%.
However, a black or bright spot (red, blue, white) may appear in
the center of the LCD screen and up to two spots may appear
outside the center. These spots, which are normally incurred
during the manufacturing process, do not affect the recorded
images.
When there is dew condensation, put the
camcorder aside for a while before using
• What is dew condensation?
Dew condensation happens when a camcorder is moved to a location
where there is a significant temperature difference from the previous
location. The dew condenses on the external or internal parts of the
camcorder, and on the reflection lens. If there is dew on or in your
camcorder, it may cause the camcorder to malfunction or damage the
camcorder when you turn the power on.
• Exactly when does dew condensation occur?
When you move the camera to a location with a higher temperature
than the previous location, or when you move it to a hot area suddenly.
Examples:
-You record outside in cold weather during the winter and then
move the camera in indoors.
-You record outside in hot weather after being indoors or inside
a car where the A/C was running.
• What can I do?
-Turn the power off, detach the battery, and leave the camcorder
in a dry area for 1~2 hours before using it.
• Use the camcorder only after dew condensation has completely
disappeared.
• Be sure to use the recommended accessories supplied with the
camcorder. For service, contact your nearest Samsung authorized
service center.
Maintenance & additional information
USING YOUR CAMCORDER ABROAD
• Each country or region has its own electric and color systems.
• Before using your camcorder abroad, check the following items.
Power sources
The AC adaptor provided lets you power, recharge, and use your
camcorder in any country/region that has AC power in the 100 V to
240 V, 50/60 Hz range. You may need a commercially available AC
plug adaptor depending on the design of local wall outlets.
On TV color systems
Your camcorder is an NTSC based camcorder. If you want to view
your recordings on a TV or copy them to an external device, it must
be an NTSC based TV or external device and have the appropriate
Audio/Video jacks. Otherwise, you may need to use a separate
video format transcoder (For example, an NTSC to PAL format
converter).
NTSC-compatible countries/regions
Bahamas, Canada, Central America, Japan, Korea, Mexico,
Philippines, Taiwan, United States of America, etc.
PAL-compatible countries/regions
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, CIS, Czech
Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,
Great Britain, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Iran,
Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia, Mauritius, Norway, Romania,
Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden,
Switzerland, Syria, Thailand, Tunisia, etc.
You can make recordings with your camcorder and view pictures
on the LCD screen anywhere in the world.
The format transcoder is not provided by Samsung.
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GLOSSARY
AF (Auto Focus)
A system that automatically focuses the camcorder lens on the subject. Your
camcorder uses the contrast to focus automatically.
Aperture
The aperture controls the amount of light that reaches the camcorder’s sensor.
Camcorder shake (Blur)
If the camcorder is moved while the shutter is open, the entire image may appear
blurred. This occurs more often when the shutter speed is slow. Prevent camcorder
shake by raising the sensitivity, using a faster shutter speed. Alternately, use a tripod,
the DIS or OIS function to stabilize the camcorder.
Composition
Composition in photography means arranging objects in a photo. Usually, abiding by
the rule of thirds leads to a good composition.
Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor (CMOS)
CMOS is an image sensor producing images approaching the quality of CCD
(charge coupled device) sensors. It consumes less power, meaning a longer battery
life on your camcorder.
Digital zoom
A feature that artificially increases the amount of zoom available with zoom lens
(Optical zoom). When using the Digital zoom, the image quality will deteriorate as the
magnification increases.
The distance from the middle of the lens to its focal point (in millimeters). Longer focal
lengths result in narrower angles of view and the subject is magnified. Shorter focal
lengths result in wider angles of view.
F. No (F-Number)
The f-number defines the brightness of lens. Smaller number lens has generally
brighter image. The f-number is directly proportional to the focal length and inversely
proportional to the lens diameter.
*F.No=focal length/diameter of lens aperture
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 defines the latest video coding format standardized by the
ISOIEC and the ITU-T, in 2003. Compared with the conventional MPEG-2 format,
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 has more than twice the efficiency. Your camcorder employs
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 to encode high definition videos.
Optical zoom
This is a general zoom which can enlarge images with a lens and does not
deteriorate quality of images.
Quality
An expression of the rate of compression used in a digital image. Higher quality
images have a lower rate of compression, which usually results in a larger file size.
Resolution
The number of pixels present in a digital image. High resolution images contain more
pixels and typically show more detail than low resolution images.
Effective Pixel Count
Shutter speed
Unlike the total pixel count, this is the actual number of pixels used to capture an
image.
Shutter speed refers to the amount of time it takes to open and close the shutter,
and it is an important factor in the brightness of a photo, as it controls the amount
of light which pass through the aperture before it reaches the image sensor. A fast
shutter speed allows less time to let light in and the photo becomes darker and more
easily freezes subjects in motion.
EV (Exposure Value)
All the combinations of the camcorder’s shutter speed and lens aperture that result
in the same exposure.
Exposure
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Focal length
The amount of light allowed to reach the camcorder’s sensor. Exposure is controlled
by a combination of the shutter speed, the aperture value, and ISO sensitivity.
White balance (color balance)
An adjustment of the intensities of colors (typically the primary colors red, green, and
blue), in an image. The goal of adjusting the white balance, or color balance, is to
correctly render the colors in an image.
Specifications
Model name
SMX-F50BN/SMX-F50RN/SMX-F50SN/SMX-F50UN
SMX-F53BN/SMX-F53RN/SMX-F53SN/SMX-F53UN
SMX-F54BN/SMX-F54RN/SMX-F54SN/SMX-F54UN
SMX-F500BN/SMX-F500RN/SMX-F500SN/SMX-F500UN
SMX-F530BN/SMX-F530RN/SMX-F530SN/SMX-F530UN
Video signal
Picture compression format
Audio compression format
Recording resolution
System
LCD screen
Connectors
General
Image device
Effective pixels
Total pixels
Lens
Focal length
Size/dot number
LCD screen method
Composite video out
Audio output
USB output
Power source
Power source type
Power consumption
Operating temperature
Operating humidity
Storage temperature
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Weight
Internal MIC
NTSC
H.264/AVC Format
AAC (Advanced Audio Coding)
TV Super Fine (about 5.0Mbps), TV Fine (about 4.0Mbps), TV Normal
(about 3.0Mbps), Web Fine (about 4.0Mbps), Web Normal (about 3.0Mbps)
1/6” CCD (Charge Coupled Device)
630K
680K
F1.8 to 4.9, 52x (Optical), 65x (Intelli), 2200x (Digital) Electronic zoom lens
2.1mm~109.2mm
2.7 inches wide, 230k
TFT active matrix system
1.0V (p_p), 75Ω, analog
-7.5dBm 47KΩ, analog, stereo
mini USB-B type (USB2.0 High Speed)
5.0V (Using AC adaptor), 3.7V (Using Lithium Ion battery)
Power supply (100V~240V) 50/60Hz, Lithium Ion battery
1.7W, 2.0W( LCD on)
0˚C~40˚C (32˚F~104˚F)
10% ~80%
-20˚C ~ 60˚C (-4˚F ~ 140˚F)
Approx. 2.05''×2.3''×4.43'' (53.9mm×56.4mm×119.0mm)
Approx. 220g (0.485lb) (without battery and memory card)
Omni-directional stereo microphone
※These technical specifications and design may be changed without notice.
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Warranty
SAMSUNG
LIMITED WARRANTY
SAMSUNG Electronics America Inc. (SEA), warrants that this product is free from defective material and workmanship.
SEA further warrants that if product fails to operate properly within the specified warranty period and the failure is due to
improper workmanship or defective material, SEA will repair or replace the product at it’s option.
All warranty repairs must be performed by a SEA authorized service center. The name and address of the location nearest
you can be obtained by calling toll free: 1-800 SAMSUNG (1-800-726-7864).
Labor
1 year
Parts
1 year
On carry-in models, transportation to and from the service center is the customer’s responsibility.
The original dated sales receipt must be retained by the customer and is the only acceptable proof of purchase.
It must be presented to the authorized service center.
EXCLUSIONS (WHAT IS NOT COVERED)
This warranty does not cover damage due to accident, fire, flood and/or other acts of God; misuse, incorrect line voltage,
improper installation, improper or unauthorized repairs, commercial use, or damage that occurs in shipping.
Exterior and interior finish, lamps, and glass are not covered under this warranty.
Customer adjustments which are explained in the instruction manual are not covered under the terms of this warranty.
This warranty will automatically be voided for any unit found with a missing or altered serial number. This warranty is valid
only on products purchased in the United States and Puerto Rico.
Some States do not allow the exclusions or limitations of incidental or consequential damages, or allow limitations on how long
an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from State to State.
QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?
COUNTRY
CALL
IN THE US
1-800-SAMSUNG
(726-7864)
OR VISIT US ONLINE AT
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www.samsung.com
Samsung Electronics America, lnc.
85 Challenger Road Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660-2112
RoHS compliant
Our product complies with “The Restriction Of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment”, and we
do not use the 6 hazardous materials- Cadmium(Cd), Lead (Pb), Mercury (Hg), Hexavalent Chromium (Cr +6), Poly Brominated Biphenyls
(PBBs), Poly Brominated Diphenyl Ethers(PBDEs)- in our products.