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OPERATION MANUAL
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Before using the VIEWCAM,
especially
please read this operation
manual carefully,
page 5.
WARNING
CAUTION
TO PREVENT SHOCK
HAZARD, DO NOT EXPOSE
THIS APPLIANCE TO RAIN
OR MOISTURE.
To prevent shock, do not open the
cabinet. No user serviceable parts
inside. Refer servicing to qualified
dealer or service centre.
This equipment should be used with
DC 3.6 V = only or recommended AC
adapter.
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CAUTION
To prevent electric shocks and fire
hazards, do NOT use any other power
source.
Important:
Audio-visual material may consist of
copyrighted works which must not be
recorded without the authority of the
owner of the copyright. Please refer to
relevant laws in your country.
Power supply:
This unit can be operated by
connecting it to either the AC adapter,
battery pack, or optional car battery
adapter/battery charger. The AC
adapter incorporates the AUTO
VOLTAGE (AC 1 IO-240 V, 50/60 Hz)
function.
Your VIEWCAM is designed to record in SP mode only. It will not perform normal
playback for programmes prerecorded in LP mode.
This VIEWCAM does not have a PCM recording or playback function. PCM
recordings made using other VCRs or audio dubbing cannot be played back on this
unit.
If you record on a tape on which PCM sound has already been recorded, the audio
track of the new VIEWCAM recording may not come out if the tape is played back on
a PCM-capable VCR. If this occurs, set the VCR’s audio monitor select switch to the
“Standard”
position.
NOTE
The VIEWCAM’s LCD panel is a very high technology product with more than
112,000 thin-film transistors*, giving you fine picture detail. Occasionally, a pixel may
appear on the screen as a fixed point of blue, green, red, or black. Please note that
this does not affect your VIEWCAM’s performance.
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*Specifications
are subject to change
without
notice.
Information for Australia/New Zealand Only
WARNING:
This Camcorder must be supplied with D.C. 3.6 volts only from a BT-H21 or BTNl battery, the AC adapter (UADP-0208TAZZ) or the optional VR-33CH car
battery adapter/battery charger or the optional VR-41OCA car battery adapter.
CAUTION:
As there are no user-serviceable parts inside the Camcorder or AC adapter, do
NOT remove their cabinets as touching parts inside could result in electric
shock. Please refer servicing to a qualified dealer or a Camcorder service
centre approved by Sharp.
NOTE
This VIEWCAM is a high technology product.
The LCD Panel comprises 112,320 TFT Transistors. Due to the high density of
transistors, it is possible that some pixels may fail.
Important:
Copyright may exist in material you wish to record.
Copying such material without permission of the relevant licensees or owners of the
copyright is prohibited by law.
Sharp is not in a position to authorize the recording of copyright works and nothing
in this operation manual should be read or implied as giving that authority.
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Contents
Important
Information
Supplied Accessories .. . . .. .. .. . ..*...*...*...........*........ 3
Optional Accessories .. . . . .... . ..a......*....................... 4
Precautions . .. .. . .. . .. . .. . . .. . .. .. . . ... . .. . .. ... . . . ... .. . . . . ... . . . . . . 5
Part Names . ... .. . . . ...I.............................................
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Preparation
Charging the Battery Pack .................................
Battery Pack Refreshing ....................................
Inserting and Removing the Battery Pack .........
Powering the VIEWCAM from an AC Outlet.. .......
Powering the VIEWCAM from Your Car Battery ...
Inserting and Removing a Cassette ..................
Installing the Memory Backup Battery ...............
Installing the Battery in the Remote Control ......
Setting the Date and Time .................................
Monitor Display ..................................................
Using the Hand Strap and the Lens Cap.. .........
Attaching the Shoulder Strap .............................
Handling the LCD Monitor .................................
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Basic Operations
Camera Recording
Easy Camera Recording with Full Auto .............
Zooming .............................................................
Tips on Recording Positions ..............................
Hints for Better Shooting ....................................
Quick Return ......................................................
Edit Search.. .......................................................
Setting the VIEWCAM to Full Auto Mode ...........
Macro Shots .......................................................
Recording the Date and Time ............................
Remaining Recording Time Display ..................
Remaining Battery Power Display .....................
Playback
Playback ............................................................
Volume Control ...................................................
Video Search ......................................................
Still.. ....................................................................
Using the Remote Control ..................................
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Useful Features
Camera Recording
Self Recording ...................................................
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Removing the Lens Hood ..................................
Turning Off the LCD Monitor Backlight ..............
Fade In and Fade Out ........................................
Wide Screen ......................................................
Block Shot (1 O-second Recording) ....................
Backlight Compensation (BLC) .........................
Gain-up (Cat’s Eye) ............................................
Superimposing a Title ........................................
Changing the Preset Titles .................................
Auto/Manual Focus ............................................
Scene Menu (Programme AE) ...........................
Picture/Backlight Adjustments ...........................
Lighting ..............................................................
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Playback and Editing
Programme Search ............................................
Tape Counter Feature ........................................
Connection to a TV ............................................
Connection to a TV via a VCR ............................
Editing ................................................................
Recording from an External Source ...................
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Before Requesting Service . .. .. .. . .. ..I...................
Specifications ..,.......................,..........................
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Others
Supplied Accessories
Battery pack
BT-H21
AC adapter/
battery charger
Audio/video cable
Lithium battery x 2
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DC output cable
(2.0 m)
Infrared remote control
Shoulder strap
Lens cap
Optional Accessories
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Battery pack
BT-N 1
Battery pack
BT-H21
Car battery adapter/
battery charger
VR-33CH
Car battery adapter
VR-41 OCA
Sun hood
VR-39BF
Accessory
shoe adapter
VR-30AD
Tripod adapter
for 180” recording
VR-33FA
Soft case
VR-33SC
Note: Some of these accessories may not be available in selected areas.
Precautions
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Use & Care
After operation, remove the battery pack
from the unit.
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When shooting in dark places, avoid sudden
brightly lit objects or light sources, such as
the sun. Otherwise, the image may white out.
Should this happen, point the camera in a
different direction until the picture returns to
normal.
Avoid situations where water, sand, dust or
other foreign matter could get on or inside
the VIEWCAM, and do not use or leave
your VIEWCAM in areas with excessive
smoke, steam or moisture.
Such environments can
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cause mildew to form
on the lenses. Be sure
to keep the unit in a
well-ventilated location.
Avoid magnetic
sources.
Using the VIEWCAM
near strong fluorescent
lights, motors,
televisions, or other
magnetic sources may
adversely affect recorded images.
Some small, portable
tripods may be difficult to
attach and may not be
sturdy enough to support
your VIEWCAM. Be sure to
use only a strong, stable
tripod.
Remember to remove the cassette tape,
turn off the power, and remove the battery
pack when the VIEWCAM is not in use.
Avoid shocks and
dropping.
Do not drop or otherwise
subject the VIEWCAM to
hard shocks or strong
vibrations. Bumping or
striking the unit during
recording will generate ! noise
in the recorded image.
Avoid placing the
VIEWCAM in close
proximity to lighting
equipment.
The heat from
incandescent lights may
deform the VIEWCAM, or
cause it to malfunction.
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Be aware of the temperature and humidity.
You can use your VIEWCAM at O°C to
+ 40°C and at 30% to 80% relative humidity.
Do not store the unit in an unventilated car in
the summer, in direct
sunlight, or near strong
heat sources; this can
result in severe damage
to the unit’s casing and
circuitry.
Do not aim the lens at the sun.
Do not allow direct sunlight to strike the
VIEWCAM lens or LCD panel, whether
recording is in progress or not, as it may
damage the CCD sensor or LCD panel
surface. Be particularly careful when
recording outside.
Using the VIEWCAM near a broadcasting
station or other powerful transmission
source may cause buzzing or picture
deterioration.
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Always respect prohibitions or restrictions
on the use of electronic equipment on
commercial flights or in other sensitive
areas.
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When using your VIEWCAM in a cold
environment, the colour LCD view screen
often appears less bright immediately after
the power is turned on.This is not a
malfunction. To prevent the VIEWCAM from
becoming too cold, wrap it in a thick cloth
(a blanket, etc.).
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Dew Formation
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When
drops
water
When dew forms in your VIEWCAM.
Dew will gradually form on the head drum of
your VIEWCAM and make the video tape stick
to the head. This causes damage both to the
head and the tape. When dew formation
occurs, recording and playback may not
function properly.
Dew is likely to form in the following circumstances:
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is “dew formation”?
cold water is poured into a glass, dew
form on the glass. This clinging of
drops is called dew formation.
If the word “DEW” flashes on the LCD
monitor, remove the cassette, leave the
cassette compartment
open, and wait
several hours to allow the VIEWCAM to
acclimate to the surrounding temperature.
To use the VIEWCAM again, turn on the
power after waiting for several hours. Be
sure that the word “DEW” has disappeared
from the monitor screen.
Do not insert a cassette while the word
“DEW” is flashing; this may result in damage
to the tape.
Since dew forms gradually, it may take IO to
15 minutes before the dew warning feature
engages.
when moving the VIEWCAM from a cold
place to a warm place,
when placing the VIEWCAM in a cold room
which is then heated rapidly,
when moving the VIEWCAM outdoors from
an air conditioned
room,
when placing the
VIEWCAM in the direct
path of air blowing from
an air conditioner,
when placing the
VIEWCAM in a humid
room.
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When using the VIEWCAM in a place where
dew formation is likely to occur, allow the
VIEWCAM and the video tape to acclimate to
the surroundings for about one hour.
Plastic bag
Be sure to tightly seal the plastic bag
containing the VIEWCAM.
Remove the bag when the air temperature
inside it reaches the temperature of the surroundings.
How to maintain high recording quality.
If used in a variety of places, eventually your
VIEWCAM may not function properly due to
accumulation
of dirt on the head drum. Avoid
the following as much as possible when using
your VIEWCAM.
1) Dew formation on the head drum.
2) Using a damaged or soiled video tape.
3) Use in a humid or dusty place.
How to prevent trouble due to dew
formation.
For example, when bringing the VIEWCAM
indoors after skiing, place it in a plastic bag
and allow it to adapt to room conditions for
some period of time.
“Dew” warning feature
If dew forms, the word “DEW” flashes on the
LCD monitor, and the power will automatically
turn off in approximately 10 seconds.
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When the video heads become clogged.
Using the VIEWCAM when the video tape is
dirty may cause the head to clog, producing
noise on the recorded image or preventing
the image from being recorded at all.
Under such circumstances,
contact the
nearest SHARP service centre or your dealer
for further advice.
Note: Video head cleaning can be done by
using a commercially available cleaning tape.
However, excessive use of the cleaning tape
may also cause damage to the video heads.
Please read the instructions accompanying the
cleaning tape carefully, before using it.
Precautions
AC Adapter/Battery Charger
How to use the battery pack cover
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The AC adapter/battery charger may interfere
with reception if used near a radio.
Prevent flammables, liquids, and metal objects
from entering the adapter/charger.
The adapter/charger is a sealed unit. Do not
attempt to open or modify it.
Do not damage, drop, or subject the adapter/
charger to vibration.
Do not leave the adapter/charger in direct
sunlight.
Avoid using the adapter/charger in humid or
extremely hot places.
Battery
pack
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Battery Pack
Battery pack consumption
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Recording with many starts and stops, frequent
zooming, and recording in low temperatures will
somewhat shorten actual recording times.
Accordingly, be sure to turn off the power when
not recording. Use of an auxiliary battery pack is
recommended to prevent undesirable interruptions in your recording.
Do not use an insufficiently charged or weak battery pack. Such battery packs may cause the
power to automatically stop during VIEWCAM
operation to protect both the battery pack and
the unit.
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hydride) type or Ni-Cd (nickel-cadmium) type
battery pack. Use only the SHARP BT-H21 or BTNl battery packs. They are designed specifically
for use with this VIEWCAM.
Battery pack life
The battery pack has a limited service life. If
the period of use becomes noticeably shorter
with a normal charge, the battery pack is at the
end of its service life. Replace it with a new
battery pack.
Extending battery pack life
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We recommend that you use the battery pack
until its charge is fully drained and the VIEWCAM is inoperable before recharging the pack.
Recharge the battery pack right before recording. A battery pack stored for an extended time
will naturally wear down, resulting in decreased
recording time.
Do not try to recharge a fully charged battery
pack before it has been discharged, as this will
cause deterioration of the battery’s capacity.
Store the battery pack in a dry, cool place.
After the battery pack is charged, put the cover
on it so that the “CHARGE” mark printed on the
label is seen through the window, as shown.
Window
Cover
Before the battery pack is charged, put the
cover upside down so that only the battery pack
casing is seen through the window.
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VEWCAM’s power is turned off. If you are not
going to use your VlEWCAM immediately,
remove the battery pack. (See page 12.)
Temperature during charging
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The Ni-MH (nickel-metal hydride) type BT-H21
battery pack can be charged at temperatures of
15°C to 30°C.
The Ni-Cd (nickel-cadmium) type BT-N1 battery
pack can be charged at temperatures of 15°C to
40°C but, to utilize their full capacity, it is
recommended that charging take place at
temperatures of 15°C to 35°C.
Caution:
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pack in its
protective cover when it is not being used. If
the metal parts of the battery pack come in
contact with other metal items, there is a
danger that a short circuit may occur.
Replacing the Fluorescent
Lamp
This VIEWCAM uses a fluorescent lamp backlight
which has a limited service life. If the monitor
becomes dark or difficult to view, the fluorescent
lamp may need to be replaced. Contact the
nearest SHARP service centre or your dealer for
further advice.
Video Cassette Tapes
Use only those tapes with the q mark.This
VIEWCAM is designed to operate with MP
tapes. Playing back ME tapes will result in
“noisy” pictures. Use MP-type tapes
whenever possible.
To protect recordings against erasure
When a previously recorded cassette is used
again for recording, the previously recorded
material is erased. To protect a recording
against accidental erasure, slide the tab on the
cassette to cover the hole. (A red mark will be
exposed.) To record, slide the tab to open the
hole.
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l Do not insert anything into the erasureprotection hole in the cassette.
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bottom of the cassette.
l Do not store or place your video tapes in
direct sunlight, near heaters, or in places with
excessive moisture or dust.
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objects as they may erase the recording.
l Do not drop or subject the tapes to excessive
shocks.
l Uneven tape winding will damage the tape. If
the tape is not properly wound, reinsert it in
the VIEWCAM and rewind the tape.
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in their cases and stand
them on edge.
Care
Cleaning and maintenance
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Many plastic parts are used in the VIEWCAM
casing. Do not use thinners, benzenes or
other strong chemical cleaners. These may
cause discoloration and damage to the
casing.
Clean the casing with a soft, dry cloth. If the
casing is particularly dirty, wipe the casing
with a tightly wrung cloth dampened with a
diluted, neutral detergent. Then wipe it again
with a soft, dry cloth.
Use a soft cloth to wipe finger marks and
other soiling off the LCD monitor.
Use a soft cloth, or compressed air and lens
papers designed for photographic lenses to
clean the lens.
Using Your VIEWCAM
Abroad
Television signal standards and electrical
voltages and frequencies vary substantially
from country to country. When you are abroad,
check the sections below before using the AC
adapter or connecting the VIEWCAM to a TV.
The supplied AC adapter is compatible with 50
Hz and 60 Hz electrical systems in the range of
1 IO V to 240 V AC.
This adapter can be used with 12 V and 24 V
negative-ground system cars only. Do not use it
with positive-ground
system cars.
In any country, you can always watch the video
picture by using the LCD monitor screen.
However, if you want to watch the picture on a
TV screen, the TV must be PAL system
compatible. PAL is used in the following
countries:
Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, Denmark,
Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Spain,
Holland, Finland, Portugal, Norway, Hong
Kong, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand,
Singapore, Kuwait, China, etc.
Part Names
For details on the use of each control, refer to the page number indicated in the brackets.
Microphone
Zoom lens
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Cassette c ompartment door
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Inside the cassette compartment door
Cassette comoartment
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Cassette
compartment
door [p. 151
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Memory backup
battery compartment
[Pa 161
Battery compartment door
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Tripod socket
RECord START/STOP button [pp. 20, 471
LCD monitor [p. 191
Shoulder strap loop [p
Power Zoom Widenelephoto
control lever [p. 211
VOLume control lever [p. 271
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Photoreceptor
[P. 291
Shoulder strap
loop [p. 191
AUDIO/VIDEO
jack [pp. 45-471
Hand strap
[P* 191
J ack cover [p. 451
FADE button
[P* 331
MENU button
[pp. 17, 21, 2
24, 25, 291
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MODE DISPLAY bu tton
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Power switch
(CAMERA/VCR select
switch) [pp. 20, 271
CAMERA mode
Forward Edit Search
VCRmode
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Stop button
Play button
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VCR
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Quick Return
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Rewind/Reverse
Search button
Fast Forward/Forward
Search button
Still/Search/
Pause button
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[pp. 27, 28, 423
[pp. 28, 42, 471
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The button functions listed above are those for normal recording and playback operations.
The other functions for advanced
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operations
are explained
on later pages.
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P,reparation
Charging the Battery Pack
Battery Pack Refreshing
This VIEWCAM uses a Ni-MH (nickel-metal
hydride) or Ni-Cd (nickel-cadmium) type battery
which requires “refreshing” from time to time;
otherwise the operating time of the battery pack
may be shortened. Please refresh your battery
pack(s) once for every ten rechargings.
Disconnect the DC output cable from the
AC adapter/battery charger if it is connected. Insert the AC plug into a power
outlet. The POWER indicator will light.
Align the V mark on the battery pack
with the A mark on the charger (3).
Next, press the other side of the battery
pack down (g) until it clicks into place.
The CHARGE indicator will light.
How to Refresh the Battery Pack
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Connect the AC adapter/battery charger
to a power outlet and mount the
depleted battery pack on it. The POWER
and CHARGE indicators will light.
Press the REFRESH button.
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The CHARGE indicator blinks while the
battery is being refreshed. When refreshing
is completed, charging starts automatically,
and the indicator is continuously lit.
Note:
POWER indi&tor
(red)
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REFRESH button
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Do not refresh a fully-charged
battery pack.
CHARGE indicator (orange)
When the battery pack is charged, the
CHARGE indicator will go off. Slide the
battery release in the direction of the
arrow (1s) and remove the battery (L?).
Then, unplug the charger’s AC plug from
the power outlet.
Charging time, refresh time, and maximum
continuous
camera recording and playback
times
BT-H21 ;ptrrox.
BT-N1
approx. approx.
1 hr. 30 min.
1 hr.
approx.
approx. approx.
55 min.
1 hr. IO min. 1 hr.
approx.
2 hr. 5 min.
approx.
1 hr. 15 min.
* When using the AC adapter/battery charger
- Time required to refresh a depleted battery
CHARGE indicator
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only SHARP model BT-H21 or BT-N1 battery
packs. Other types of battery packs may burst,
causing personal injury and damage.
Notes:
Using the zoom (see page 21) and other
functions or turning the power on and off
frequently will increase power consumption.
This may result in a decrease of more than 50%
in the actual recording time per battery pack
compared to the maximum continuous recording
time listed above.
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pack and charger become warm
during charging.This is not a malfunction.
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time and recording time may vary
depending on the ambient temperature and the
condition of the battery pack.
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on using the
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Inserting and Removing the
Battery Pack
Removing the Battery Pack
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Perform step 1 in the above procedure.
Inserting the Battery Pack
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With the VIEWCAM facing down, press
the battery release as shown (j), and
remove the battery pack ( p).
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Slide the battery compartment door
release on the bottom of the VIEWCAM
in the direction of the arrow (x), to open
the battery compartment door (2 ).
Insert the battery pack into the compartment with its bottom facing the
battery compartment door (IQ), and
push it in completely until it locks into
place @).
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battery compartment if it does not go in
easily.
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Close the door, pressing it firmly in the
centre until it clicks.
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Cautions:
BEFORE REMOVING THE BATTERY PACK,
ALWAYS STOP THE TAPE AND TURN THE
POWER OFF. If you remove the battery pack
during recording or playback, the tape will
remain wound around the video head drum and
may be damaged. Should the power source
(battery or adapter) become disconnected
during operation, reconnect it again immediately.
Do not expose the battery compartment door to
strong force, as it may come off.
Make sure the battery compartment door is
closed firmly during operations. If it is not, the
battery pack may come off or VIEWCAM
operation may fail because of the poor contact
pressure.
Remove the battery pack from the VIEWCAM or
disconnect the VIEWCAM from the AC adapter if
the VIEWCAM will not be used for a long time.
When removing the battery pack, do not tilt the
VIEWCAM so that the battery compartment faces
down. The battery pack may fall out.
Battery Pack Handling
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Make sure that you take enough battery
packs with you to provide two to three times
your estimated recording time. See page 11.
Recording time will be reduced in cold
weather.
The battery will drain in Recording Standby
mode. Turn off the power if you will not be
recording again soon.
Preparation
Powering the VIEWCAM from
an AC Outlet
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The supplied AC adapter/battery charger is
specially designed for use with the VIEWCAM,
and should not be used as a power supply for
other camcorders.
Insert the DC cable plug into the DC
OUT jack on the supplied AC adapter.
Plug the adapter power cord into a
power outlet. The POWER indicator on
the AC adapter will light.
Slide the battery compartment door
release on the bottom of the VIEWCAM
in the direction of the arrow (,7), to open
the battery compartment door (2:).
POWER indicator
To power outlet
DC cable
DC OUT jack
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Insert the DC cable connecting plate into
the compartment (X), and push it in
completely until it locks into place @).
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the AC adapter is used to power the
VIEWCAM, it cannot be used to charge the
battery pat k.
Removing the DC Cable from the
VIEWCAM
1
Slide the battery compartment
release and open the door.
2
Remove the cable from the cable notch,
press the release as shown ( I), and
then remove the DC cable ( z).
door
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plate
Pass the DC cable through the cable
notch, and then close the door pressing
it firmly in the centre until it clicks.
Cautions:
l Turn the Power switch
off before removing the
DC cable.
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the DC cable, grasp the
connecting plate, not the cable itself, and pull it
out of the compartment.
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during recording or
playback, the tape will remain wrapped around
the drum, potentially causing damage to the
tape. Reconnect the power source to the main
unit immediately.
Powering the VIEWCAM from
Your Car Battery
Car battery adapter/battery charger
VR-33CH (optional accessory)
Use the optional VR33CH car battery adapter/
battery charger (or the VR-41OCA car battery
adapter) when you want to power the VIEWCAM
from the battery of your car.
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Open the battery compartment door (z)
and insert the DC cable connecting
plate into the VIEWCAM (~2 ).
DC OUT jack
Car battery adapter VR-41 OCA
(optional accessory)
2
Pass the DC cable through the cable
notch, then close the battery
compartment door pressing it firmly in
the centre until it clicks.
DC cable
DC OUT jack
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Insert the DC cable plug into the DC
OUT jack on the VR-33CH (or VR41 OCA).
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Start the car engine and leave it idling,
then insert the power cord plug of the
car battery adapter into the cigarette
lighter socket.
(The POWER indicator on the VR-33CH
will light.)
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operation
manual for details.
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the battery pack with the VR33CH, but not with the VR-410CA. See the VR33CH operation manual for detailed instructions
on how to use the battery charger.
Cautions:
l Use in only DC 12 V or 24 V negative-ground
system cars. Positive-ground car batteries
CANNOT BE USED. Check your car operation
manual or consult a local car dealer.
l Use the VR-33CH (or VR-410CA)
only when the
car engine is running. Otherwise, the car’s
battery will be drained.
l Charge
only SHARP model BT-H21 or BT-N1
battery pack. Other types of battery packs may
burst, causing personal injury and damage.
l Before starting
the car engine, the VR-33CH (or
VR-41OCA) must be unplugged from the
cigarette lighter socket.
l Before removing
either the DC plug or the
cigarette lighter plug, the VIEWCAM’s Power
switch should be set to OFF.
14
q
Preparation
Inserting and Removing a
Cassette
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retract. Close the compartment door
pressing its centre until it clicks into
place.
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Insert the battery pack, or connect the
VIEWCAM to the AC adapter or car
battery adapter, then slide the release
and open the cassette compartment
door.
l
The cassette holder extends and opens
automatically.
Cassette compartment
door release
Press here.
Removing a Cassette
Perform step 1 in the above procedure,
take out the cassette.
2
Insert the cassette fully with the window
facing outwards, and with the erasure
protect tab facing upwards.
Erasure protect tab
3
Press the “PUSH” mark gently until the
cassette holder clicks into place.
l
The cassette holder retracts automatically.
“PUSH” mark
\-
then
Cautions:
l Do not try to close the door while the cassette
holder is extending or retracting.
l Be careful
not to get your fingers caught in the
cassette compartment.
l Do not apply
force to the cassette compartment
except for pressing the “PUSH” mark to close it.
l Do not tilt the VIEWCAM or hold it upside
down
when you are inserting or removing a cassette. It
may damage the tape.
l Remove the cassette
if you will not use the
VIEWCAM for a long time.
l If you do not press the cassette
holder closed
correctly in step 3 above, the VIEWCAM’s
cassette protection mechanism might eject the
cassette. If this happens, repeat the insertion
procedure.
l Do not attempt to pick up the VIEWCAM by the
cassette compartment door.
To protect recordings from accidental
erasure
Slide the red projection on the tape cassette in
the direction of the arrow until the red indicator
is visible. When you want to record on the tape
again, slide the red projection in the reverse
direction.
Red indicator
q 15
Installing the Memory Backup
Battery
1
Insert the battery pack, or connect the
VIEWCAM to the AC adapter or car battery
adapter, then slide the release and open
the cassette compartment door.
l
The cassette holder extends and opens
automatically.
Cassette compartment
door release
2
Pull out the battery holder using a pointed
object such as the tip of a ballpoint pen.
CAUTION: Danger of explosion if battery is
incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the
same or equivalent type CR2025 recommended
by the equipment manufacturer.
B
KEEP THIS BATTERY AWAY FROM
CHILDREN. IF SWALLOWED, CONSULT A
PHYSICIAN IMMEDIATELY FOR EMERGENCY
TREATMENT.
B
BATTERY MAY EXPLODE IF MISUSED OR INSTALLED WITH POLARITY
REVERSED. DO NOT RECHARGE,DISAS-
SEMBLE OR DISPOSEOF IN FIRE.
Cautions:
l If the lithium
battery is installed with polarity
reversed, the backup function will fail.
l Do not short-circuit,
recharge, disassemble, or heat
the battery.
l Should
the battery leak, wipe the battery
compartment clean, and then insert a new battery.
Notes:
l The lithium
battery is used to back up the calendar
and other memory functions.
l The battery
will last about one year of normal usage.
l Replace
the battery with a new CR2025 cell when
the VIEWCAM’s time indicator starts to fall behind
the correct time.
Battery’ holder
3
Insert the supplied lithium
battery
into
the
holder
Place a pointed object such as
the tip of a ballpoint pen into the
small opening on the battery
holder and lift out the battery.
with
the + side facing down.
4
5
nstalling the Battery in the
qemote Control
Insert the battery holder back
into its compartment and push it
in completely.
Close the cassette holder gently pressing
the “PUSH” mark.
l The cassette
holder retracts automatically.
Wait for the cassette holder to fully retract,
and then close the cassette compartment
door pressing its center until it clicks into
place.
“PUSH”
Press here.
Removing the Lithium Battery from the
Ba ttery Holder
mark
1
Hold the remote control
facing down, then pull out the
battery holder while pressing
the tab toward the center.
2
Install the supplied CR2025 lithium battery
with its + side matching the @ marked
side of the battery holder.
3
Insert the holder in the direction of the
arrow. Make sure that the @ side faces the
back of the remote control.
Preparation
Setting the Date and Time
4
Example:
Setting the date to 2 June 1998 (2. 6.1998) and
the time to IO:30 am (10:30).
Notes:
l
l
HETTING
5
Check that the memory backup lithium battery has
been installed before setting the date and time.
The date and time, once set, are stored in memory.
Power switch
Press the v or * button to select “2.”
(day), and press the SET button.
Press the v or * button to select “6.”
(month), and press the SET button.
FSETTING
6
I MODE DISPLAY button
1
Hold down the Lock
button and slide the
Power switch to
CAMERA.
Lot k button
8
VCR
OFF
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2
Press the MENU button until W
appears on the monitor.
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The date and time settings are now
complete.
Changing to the 12 hour-time mode
After performing step 8 above, press the v or
A button to move the b pointers to “DATE/
TIME” and “12H/24H” ( < ), and then press the
SET button (m) ( 2‘ ) to select “12H”.
bDATE/TIME
.OISPLAY
*SELECT
*SETTING
b12H/24H
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OFF
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lo:30 AM
12H
OFF
STANDARD
OFF
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SPEED
1 *
1’
24H
OFF
STANDARD
Press the v or * button to move the b
pointers to “DATE/TIME” and “SETTING”
(‘iJ, then press the SET button (m)
( ‘S ) .
l When the
memory backup
is not operating,
e.g. when the
VIEWCAM is first
received from
the factory, the
pointers automatically point at
these items.
.
.
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Press the v or * button to select “30"
(minutes), and press the SET button.
bSETTING
9
.
Press the v or * button to select “10”
(hour), and press the SET button.
FSETTING
MENU button
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Press the v or A button to select
“1998” (year), and press the SET button.
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OFF
STANDARD
To turn off the menu display
Press the MODE DISPLAY button.
1 SET i,':i;l
Note:
l The internal
clock starts operating when the SET
button is pressed in step 8 above.
Monitor Display
-
Recording
Date/time indicators
Fade indicators
Large-character warning displays/
Quick return indicators
Tape counter display
Remaining battery power/
Low battery/Dew warnings
are recorded on the tape along with the
Warning Indicators
THE
CASSETTE,
The video cassette is defective
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BATTERY
IS
TOO LOW.
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INSERT
A CASSETTE.
Recording/playback
operationrelated button indicators are
normally displayed in white.
They are displayed in blue when
selected functions are in
progress. The functions of each
button are further explained on
later pages.
and should be removed.
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DEW
4
EDIT/AUTO indicators
Picture/volume adjustment
indicators/Zoom
indicators/Tape
warnings/Remaining
recording
time indicator/Clogged
heads
warning
EJECT
TheVIEWCAM
IS in Recorcmg Standby
fiI
Lighting (LIGHT)/Backlight
compensation (m)/Gain-up
(-)/Backlight-off
indicators
Note:
l Only the date/time
indicators
subject.
mode indicators
I ‘,
-~;ASS,ETTE.
Dew has formed inside the VIEWCAM. Wait tor a tew hours until the
dew disappears (see page 6).
About IO seconds after this warning appears, VIEWCAM turns off,
and the display goes off too.
The battery is almost depleted.
battery.
The video heads are clogged
Replace it with a fully charged
and should be cleaned (see page 6).
There is no tape cassette in the VIEWCAM.
Load a cassette.
The red erasure protect tab in the video cassette has been slid to the
position, preventing recording.
CASSETTE NOT__P.@TECT.fA:B-record-protect
RECORDABLE.
THE TAPE
ENDS SOON.
CHANGE
THE
CASSETTE.
,
-TApE END-
TAPE
END
LAMP
LAMP
0!
0!
Note: -1::- indicates
a blinking display.
The tape is about to end. Get ready to load a new cassette
The tape has reached its end.
Replace it with a new cassette.
The fluorescent lamp behind the LCD monitor IS close to the end of tts
service life. Call your local authorized Sharp dealer to have It
replaced.
In Self Recording mode, all warnings will be indicated by “@”
displayed in the centre of the monitor. To check the meaning of the
warning, rotate the monitor back to the normal position.
18 H
Preparation
Using the Hand Strap and the
Lens Cap
1
2
Attaching the Shoulder Strap
1
Open the hand strap flap ((2) and grip
strap (Z), and pass the grip strap
through the loop at the end of the lens
cap cord (3).
Hold one end of the strap and thread it
through the loop on the left side of the
monitor.
2
Loosen the strap in the buckle, then feed
it through the end of the strap, as
shown.
3
Draw the strap in the direction of the
arrow.
4-6
Use the same procedure to attach the
other end of the strap to the ring on the
lens side.
Hold the VIEWCAM against your chest.
Then put your thumb close to the Power
Zoom lever, pull the grip strap tight until
it fits snugly, seal the velcro closures
(g), and close the hand strap flap ( z ).
Monitorside
Caution:
l Do not swing the VIEWCAM by its hand strap.
Attaching and Removing the Lens Cap
When attaching or removing the lens cap, press
both tabs on the sides of the cap.
Lens cap
Handling the LCD Monitor
l
Notes:
l Always replace the
lens cap on the lens
when the VIEWCAM is
not in use.
l Attach the lens cap to
the hand strap so it will
not get in the way
during recording.
l
l
9
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--
Do not let anything press against the monitor
screen, and do not expose it to shock, as it
may break.
Do not put the VIEWCAM on a table, or any
other surface, with the monitor screen facing
down.
Use a soft cloth to clean the monitor screen.
Basic Operations
Camera Recording
Unlike conventional camcorders, this model frees
you from having to peer into a small viewfinder.
You can watch the subject on the large LCD
monitor screen for easier, more enjoyable videoshooting.
Easy Camera Recording with
Full Auto
To Pause Recording
Press the REC START/STOP button again.
Recording
REC
pauses,
START/
STOP
and the
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enters
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Recording
Standby mode.
Before you start recording, perform the operations
described on pages 11 through 19 to prepare your
VI EWCAM for recording.
1
Remove the tens cap. (See page 19.)
2
Hold down the Lock button and slide the
Power switch to CAMERA.
The picture from the
lens is now displayed
on the LCD monitor.
Lock button
Full Auto mode
indicator
3
Make sure that the Full Auto mode indicator “AUTO” is displayed on the monitor
screen.
Note:
l If, at this time, “AUTO” does not appear,
set
the VIEWCAM to Full Auto mode by following
the procedure described on page 24.
4
Press the REC START/STOP
start recording.
To turn the Power switch to
off, slide the switch to OFF
without pressing the Lock
button.
Notes:
If you hold down the Lock button when setting the
Power switch to OFF, you may slide it from CAMERA
to VCR, or vice versa, failing to turn off the power.
This will result in continuous power consumption, or
may cause accidental playback or recording if
operation buttons are pressed.
To leave Camera Recording mode, set the Power
switch to OFF.
1During Camera Recording mode. the speaker is off.
If the VIEWCAM is kept in Recording Standby mode
for more than approximately 5 minutes the power
will automatically turns off to save battery power and
to protect the tape from being damaged. To
continue recording after this, set the Power switch to
OFF, and then back to CAMERA again.
If you will not be recording again for a while, turn off
the power by sliding the Power switch to OFF. This
will make the battery last longer.
Maximum Time for Continuous Camera
Recording and Actual Recording Time
button to
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REC
BT-N1
approx.
55 min.
approx.
25 mm.
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Notes:
Using the zoom (see page 21) and other functions
or turning the power on and off frequently will
increase power consumption which may result in
a decrease of more than 50% in the actual
recording time per battery pack compared to the
maximum continuous recording time listed
above.
The recording times listed above are approximations.
Basic Operations
Camera Recording
Zooming
Selecting the Zoom Speed
Zooming allows you to move visually closer to
or farther from a subject without physically
changing your position.
You can select between two different zoom
speeds to match the type of subject you are
recording.
Power switch
Zooming in (when you want to centre
attention on the subject)
Telephoto
Zooming out (when you want to
show the surroundinqs)
To
Zoom
In
MENU b
Push the Power Zoom lever to the T (telephoto)
side to get a close-up view (f;).
To
Zoom
I
1, bul :on
v button
Out
1
Hold down the Lock
button and slide the
Power switch to
CAMERA.
Push the Power Zoom lever to the W (wide
angle) side to get a wide field of view (2 ).
Lock button
OFF
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Power Zoom
2
Press the MENU button until
appears.
MENU
(
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The on-screen display shows you the current
zoom setting.
bDATE/TIME
@DISPLAY
*SELECT
bSETTING
.ZOOM
3
SPEED
OFF
DATE+TIME
2. 6.1996
10:30
24H
OFF
STANDARD
Press the v or A button (J,) to move
the b pointer to “ZOOM SPEED”, then
press the SET button (w)
( .t ) to select
“STANDARD” or “FAST”.
-
STANDARD
t4
FAST
4
When setting is completed, press the
MENU button to turn off the menu.
Note:
l
q 21
The zoom speed selected above is also used
when you zoom with the remote control.
Tips on Recording Positions
The rotating LCD monitor screen lets you enjoy
easy video recording in relaxed postures.
l You can record
using more natural body postures since you can see the subject on-screen,
without having to hold the VIEWCAM against
your eye. h
l The LCD monitor
also makes high-angle and
low-angle shots easy.
l In hand-held
recording, the VIEWCAM has to be
steadied to prevent image shake.
l Use a tripod
for very stable recording.
Notes:
l Take care not to touch
the monitor screen with
your fingers, as perspiration and dirt will smudge
it.
l Unless you intend to create a special
effect,
keep the VIEWCAM level with the horizontal
plane.
l Take care not to touch
the microphone with your
fingers when the VIEWCAM is recording. It will
cause noise on the audio track.
Hints for Better Shooting
l
Basic Recording Positions
Put the fingers of your right hand through the hand
strap, and place your right thumb close to the REC
START/STOP button and Power Zoom lever. Place
your left thumb in the indentation on the left side of
the LCD monitor.
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Position the subject in the centre of the screen.
When you are using auto focus whatever is in
the centre of the screen is kept in focus.
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Basic Posture
Focus manually when
you need to position the
subject off centre (see
page 38).
Position the subject in
the centre.
Look at the
monitor with
both eyes.
l
Press your elbows
against your sides.
Kneeling
Place your feet at a
45” angle and take
a firm stance.
Light from 1
You can record
and still see the
monitor screen.
This is convenient
when you want to
record over a
When kneeling, put
one knee on the
ground
Avoid backlit subjects. For the best picture, have
the light source behind you.
When the background is brighter than the subject, the subject often becomes too dark. If you
have to record with this lighting, use the
backlight compensation feature to improve the
picture (see page 35).
l
l
l
for the best
l
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Before zooming, think about how to best frame
the shot. Stop zooming when the shot is well
framed.
When image shake is noticeable during zoomedin telephoto shooting, use a tripod. or push the
Power Zoom lever to the W side to zoom out.
Screw the tripod into the tripod socket on the
bottom of the VIEWCAM.
Horizontal panning (lateral movement) and tilting
(vertical movement) should be done slowly to
emphasize the wide expanse of a scene or the
height of a building, and to make them easy to
watch on playback.
Use wide-angle settings for fast-moving
subjects.
Note:
l It may take longer to focus when zooming
and
panning are used frequently.
VIEWCAM.
22 H
Basic Operations
Camera Recording
Quick Return
Edit Search
When you have been playing back what you
have recorded, and wish to quickly return to
recording again from the end of the last
recorded scene, use the quick return function.
This VIEWCAM lets you search, without
switching from Camera Recording mode to
VCR mode, for the point on the tape where you
wish to start recording next.
Hold down the Lock
button and slide the
Power switch to
CAMERA.
Lock button
VCR
a
OFF
i
1
1
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b
‘,’,‘.
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‘1
Press the MENU button until m
appears.
MENU
Search button 1
I
MODE DISPLAY button
Forward Edit Search button
Using the Edit Search Function
3
Press the RETURN button (w). The
tape will begin winding or rewinding to
the end of the last recorded scene._
1
RE!-ITURN
button.
2
l
4
In Recording Standby mode, make sure
that no button control indicators are displayed on the monitor.
l If they are displayed
on the monitor, turn
them off by pressing the MODE DISPLAY
To cancel, press the RETURN button again.
Press and hold down the Forward Edit
Search button (H) or Reverse Edit
Search button (a) to begin search.
Forward
When the tape reaches the end of the
last recorded scene, the VIEWCAM
enters Recording Standby mode.
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3
Note:
q 23
If the cassette has been removed since the last
recording, if no recording has been made since
the cassette was loaded, or if the power source
has been interrupted, the RETURN button
indicator will not appear and the quick return
function cannot be used.
PLAY FF
1
Reverse
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l
/
[ REW PLAY
1
When you find the point where you want
to begin recording, release the button.
Notes:
l The picture
becomes monochrome and some
picture noise appears during forward and
reverse edit searches.
l Forward edit search
is performed at the same
speed as normal playback, and reverse edit
search at three times the normal playback
speed.
Setting theVIEWCAM
Auto Mode
to Full
This VIEWCAM is equipped with auto focus,
auto white balance, auto exposure, and auto
shutter speed functions. Set the VIEWCAM to
Full Auto mode and you can record high-quality
pictures
4
Press the MODE DISPLAY button. The
button control indicators disappear, and
the “AUTO” indicator is displayed on the
monitor.
II---
MODE
DISPLAY
AUTO
easily.
Macro Shots
MENU
)
1
button
DISPLAY
button
While the VIEWCAM is in Camera
mode, press the MENU button until m
appears.
MENU
I
I
2
If “MAN’L FOCUS” is displayed, press
the ) button to change it to “FOCUS”.
The auto focus function is now
operating.
3
If “SCENE MENU” is not displayed
above the n button, press that button
until “SCENE MENU” appears. The auto
white balance, auto exposure, and auto
shutter speed functions are now
operating.
ISPORT I
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MbDE
I
n button
I
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This VIEWCAM lets you shoot close-up images
of small objects such as flowers and insects, or
make title frames for your videos. When you
want to record a magnified image of a subject
which is within approximately
1.5 m of the
VIEWCAM, do not zoom in on it. Instead, zoom
out all the way by pushing the Power Zoom
lever to the W side, and then move the
VIEWCAM closer to the subject until you obtain
the desired angle of view. The VIEWCAM will
automatically focus on the subject when the
lens is set for the widest angle.
Notes:
l When
you are recording a macro shot. be sure
that the subject receives sufficient illumination.
l It is recommended
that you use a tripod for
recording macro shots, to prevent image shake.
Basic Operations
Camera Recording
When “AUTO” is selected, the date/time
Recording the Date and Time
is displayed and recorded for IO
seconds at the beginning of the first
recording of each day.
When “ON” is selected, the date/time is
continuously
displayed and recorded
along with the subject.
When “OFF” is selected, the date/time is
neither displayed nor recorded.
Follow the procedure shown below to record
the date and time, or the date only, along with
the subject.
REC START/STOP button
Power switch
1
Notes:
l
l
v button
I
5
MODE DISPLAY button
Select “AUTO” if continuous date/time
display annoys you during recording or
playback.
In “AUTO”, if you wish to record the date/
time a second time that day, repeat the
procedure described above and re-select
“AUTO”.
Press the - button to move the b
pointer to “SELECT”.
SET button
* button
1
2
Hold down the Lock button
and slide the Power switch
to CAMERA. The
VIEWCAM enters
Recording Standby mode.
.ZOOM
6
Press the MENU button until m
appears.
I
MENU
bDATE/TIME
*DISPLAY
*SELECT
bSETTING
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v
3
Lock button
SPEED
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bDATE/T
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bSELECT
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When “DATE + TIME” is selected, both
t A
1 SET
the date and the time are displayed and
recorded.
When “DATE” is selected, only the date
is displayed and recorded.
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7
bDATE/TIME
bDISPLAY
.SELECT
*SETTING
l12Hl24H
l16:9
4
I
-
Press the v or A button to move the b
pointers to “DATUTIME” and “DISPLAY”.
*ZOOM
STANDARD
Press the SET button (m) to select
“DATE + TIME” or “DATE”.
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OFF
DATE+T IME
2. 6. 1998
10:30
24H
OFF
STANDARD
SPEED
SPEED
Press the SET button (w)
“AUTO”, “ON”, or “OFF”.
OFF
DATE+T I ME
2. 6. 1998
10:30
24H
OFF
STANDARD
to select
Press the MODE DISPLAY button to
turn off the menu display, and then press
the REC START/STOP button to start
recording.
MODE DISPLAY
2.
6.1998
Remaining Recording Time
Display
Remaining Battery Power
Display
When the VIEWCAM is recording in Camera
mode, about 10 minutes before the tape
reaches its end, an on-screen indicator will
begin to show how much time you have left.
You might want to get a new tape ready at this
time.
To turn off the remaining recording time display,
press the MODE DISPLAY button.
When you turn on the VIEWCAM, the remaining
battery power display automatically appears on
the monitor. By pressing the MODE DISPLAY
button, you can turn the display on and off.
The remaining power is displayed in three
levels, as shown.
If the battery power is very low, a warning
message will appear. Replace the battery
pack.
mh
1
8
6
4
2
1
min.-6
min.-4
min.-Z
min.-l
min.
min.
min.
min.
min.-O min.
0 min.
(The tape has
reached its end.)
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rc
1
TAPEDOOOC
TAPEDl@ilD
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(Gree
Free
3-level display
(Red)
THE TAPE
ENDS SOON.
a
-TAPE ENDCHANGE THE
CASSETTE.
4
TAPE END
Notes:
l
l
Notes:
The time-remaining indicators only show
approximate time left. Also, they vary slightly
depending on the length of tape used. (This
function’s design is based on the P5-90 tape
standard.)
If you press the MODE DISPLAY button to turn
off the remaining recording time display, this
display will reappear after a short interval to
indicate the new time remaining.
l
Use the remaining battery power display only as
an indication.
Battery consumption may vary depending on the
condition of use.
The battery power display may change to either
a higher or lower level if you set the Power
switch to OFF and then back to CAMERA or VCR
again.
The time-remaining
indicator appears after 5
seconds from the time you press the REC
START/STOP
button to start recording.
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Basic Operations
Playback
Auto Tape Rewind
Playback
The LCD monitor makes it possible to play back
and see what you have just recorded. Nothing
needs to be connected, allowing instant on-screen
playback. You can hear the sound through the
built-in speaker. You can also watch prerecorded 8
mm video tapes on this VIEWCAM.
The tape is automatically rewound when the end
of the tape is reached during playback.
Notes:
l
Power switch
l
If you wish to turn off the operation button
indicators on the monitor (e.g. because they
interfere with your view of the picture), press the
MODE DISPLAY button. The buttons will still
function as indicated even after their indicators
are turned off.
To use the infrared remote control, make sure
that the remote control menu item (“REMOTE”)
on the m screen is set to “ON”. The remote
control cannot be used to operate the VIEWCAM
when this menu item is set to “OFF”. See page
29.
Volume Control
MdDE
I
STOP button
While the VIEWCAM is in the VCR mode, push the
Volume control lever to the A or v side to
increase or decrease the volume to your
preference.
DISPLAY button
The volume control indicator will appear on the
monitor. After adjusting the volume, if the Volume
control lever is left unused, the indicator will
disappear by itself shortly.
Hold down the Lock
button and slide the
Power switch
to VCR.
Lock button
2
If the tape is not at the desired point,
press the REW (a) (or FF [w]) button
to rewind (or fast forward) the tape.
[ ::PLAY,
3
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Press the PLAY
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To Stop Playback
Press the STOP
button
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Decrease t)
Increase
Volume c\ontrol
lever
I
Video Search
Still
Searching for and Playing Back a Scene
Near the One Currently Being Played Back
This function makes it possible to freeze the
picture. Press the STILL button ( DH) during
playback. To return to normal playback, press
the STILL button once again, or press the PLAY
button ( b).
1
During playback, press the Forward
Search (w)
(or Reverse Search [+r])
button. The fast forward (or reverse)
playback picture is displayed on-screen.
2
When you find the desired scene, press
the PLAY button (b) to return to normal
playback.
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1
Forward Search button
I
PLAY button
Reverse Search button
Searching for and Playing Back a Scene
Far from the Current One
1
During fast forward (or rewind), press
and hold down the Forward Search (m)
(or Reverse Search [+r]) button. The
fast forward (or reverse) playback picture
is displayed on-screen.
2
If the desired scene is still rather far
from that point, release the Forward
Search (or Reverse Search) button to
return to Fast Forward (or Rewind)
mode, and repeat the operation.
3
When you finally find the desired scene,
press the STOP button ( w ) and then
the PLAY button (b) to start normal
playback.
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I~TOPI~TILL
/
STOP button
Reverse
Search
button1 Forward Search button
PLAY button
Notes:
l The sound
is off during these searches.
l During
these searches, the picture on the LCD
monitor screen (and connected TV screen) become
monochrome and some picture noise appears. This
is not a malfunction.
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Basic Operations
Playback
Using the Remote Control
Operating the Remote Control
Use the remote control to operate the VIEWCAM from a distance, such as when you want
to record yourself in a scene, or when the
VIEWCAM is connected to a TV for use as a
VCR.
Aim the remote control at the photoreceptor of the
VIEWCAM, and press the control buttons for
operation.
Preparation
Hold down the Lock
button and slide the
Power switch to VCR.
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Approximate operating
range of remote control
Lot k button
Press the MENU button until m
appears on the monitor.
Press the v or * button (3’) to move
the F pointer to “REMOTE”, and then
press the SET button (m) ( z) to select
“ON” .
@EDIT
OFF
HIEMOTE
ON
RECord START/
STOP button
t
PLAY button
mm
v
MENU
0
t *
1 SET
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0n
Power Zoom
Telephoto/Wide
control buttons
- PAUSE/STILL
button
- Fast Forward/
Forward Search
button
REWind/Reverse
Search button
STOP button
VOLUME Down 445=??&
VW
button
- VOLUME Up
button
Press the MODE DISPLAY button to
turn off the menu display.
Notes:
l Be careful not to allow direct sunlight or bright
light from interior illumination to fall onto the
VIEWCAM’s photoreceptor, as this may prevent
the remote control from operating properly.
l Be sure that there are no obstacles
between the
remote control and the VIEWCAM’s photoreceptor.
* The lithium battery normally lasts about one year.
Its life may be shorter under some operating
conditions. When the lithium battery is dead and
the remote control does not operate, replace the
battery
with a new one by following
tions on page 16.
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Useful Features
Camera Recording
Self Recording
2
The LCD monitor can be rotated 180” vertically
so that the monitor screen faces the subject.
This lets you record yourself while watching
yourself on the screen.
Enjoy recording your own portrait by yourself,
or recording yourself and your friend together,
at a party. The supplied remote control is useful
for such occasions.
Press the WIDE (*)
or TELE ( 4)
button to obtain the desired angle of
view.
0w
MES-
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3
Press the REC START button
start recording.
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to
Example of recording in Self Recording mode
Tripod adapter
for 180”
recording
VR-33FA
(optional
accessory)
Normal Self Recording
1
Rotate the VIEWCAM’s monitor section
180” vertically. The screen image will be
inverted to show a mirror image of the
subject. The self recording mode button
indicators will be displayed at the top of
the monitor.
To pause
recording,
press the REC STOP
button (w).
Cautions:
l Do not rotate the monitor to the self recording
position while the VIEWCAM is recording or playing
back.
l For recording
in Self Recording mode, be sure to
rotate the monitor, NOT the lens. If you hold the
VIEWCAM upside down with Its lens at the bottom,
the subject will be recorded upside down.
Note:
l You will need the VR-33FA tripod
adapter for 180”
recording (optional accessory) if you want to use a
tripod when recording in Self Recording mode.
Useful Features
Camera Recording
Self Recording Message OSD
3
begin flashing.
In Self Recording mode, by following some simple
instructions that appear on the monitor screen,
you can easily record a short video message for
somebody. This feature is especially convenient
for editing video letters.
l
When the remaining recording time
reaches 5 seconds, “EXTEND” will
l
Complete steps 1 and 2 of “Normal Self
Recording” on page 30, then perform the
procedure below.
When you want to extend the recording
time, press the EXTEND button ( n ) within
5 seconds. After pressing the button, you
may continue to record for 10 more
seconds.
EXTEND button
MESSAGE button
REC STARTbutton/
Osec
20sec
1111
L
4
1
Press the MESSAGE button (w). The
instruction “PRESS REC START FOR
LEAVING YOUR MESSAGE” appears
on the monitor, and the “REC START”
indicator starts flashing.
*))I))
At the end of recording, “THANK YOU” is
displayed, the screen fades out, and
recording stops automatically. The
VIEWCAM returns to Recording
Standby mode, and “PRESS REC
START FOR LEAVING YOUR MESSAGE” is displayed again.
THANKYOU
PRESS REC START FOR
LEAVING
YOUR MESSAGE
2
Press the REC START button (b).
“PLEASE START SPEAKING” appears
on the monitor, and recording begins.
Say your message while facing the lens
of the VIEWCAM.
l
l
PRESS REC START FOR
LEAVING
YOUR MESSAGE
As time passes, the bar on the monitor
screen diminishes in length from right to left.
The recording time is preset for 20
seconds.
PLEASE
START SPEAKING
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Osec
20sec
11111-111-111111111
0~~~~)
Note:
l When you want to stop recording
before
message recording stops automatically, press
the REC STOP button (m). The screen fades
out immediately and the VIEWCAM returns to
Recording Standby mode.
More information on self recording
*The screen image is automatically inverted
when the monitor rotation is between 140”
and 200”. When the monitor is turned back
to the normal position, the image returns to
normal.
l
l
In Self Recording mode, all standard onscreen warning indicators are replaced by
a flashing “0”. To check the meaning of
the warning, turn the monitor back to the
normal position.
In Self Recording mode, it is not possible
to record using manual recording modes,
change picture adjustments, display
menus, record the date and time, or use
the quick return and some of the other
features.
Turning Off the LCD Monitor
Backlight
This VIEWCAM’s LCD monitor uses a fluorescent lamp for backlighting (see page 7). In
order to reduce battery consumption,
you can
turn off the lamp when backlighting
is not
necessary (e.g. when continuously
recording at
a fixed angle of view with the VIEWCAM
attached to a tripod).
While the VIEWCAM is in Camera or VCR
mode, hold down the MODE DISPLAY button.
Three seconds later, “LCD LAMP OFF” starts
flashing on the monitor screen. Keep the
MODE DISPLAY button down for 3 more sec-
onds, and the backlight turns off.
*You can set the VIEWCAM to the VCR
mode for playback by setting the Power
switch to VCR, even while the monitor is
rotated 180”. The buttons above the
monitor still retain their functions as during
normal playback. (For example, the 4
button still works as the PLAY button.)
However, the button indicators will not be
displayed on the monitor.
MODE DISPLAY button
I
Power switch
Removing the Lens Hood
To turn it on again, press the MODE DISPLAY
The lens hood can be removed (e.g. for
cleaning the lens) by rotating it in a
anticlockwise direction ( < ) and then gently
pulling it off ( 2 ).
button or the REC START/STOP button, or set
the Power switch to OFF and then back to
CAMERA or VCR.
Note:
l When the VIEWCAM is in Self Recording
mode.
you cannot turn off the monitor backlight.
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Useful Features
Camera Recording
Fade In and Fade Out
-
With the fade function, it is possible to fade in
or fade out scenes smoothly. It is effective
especially for indicating a dramatic change in
scenery.
Fade Out
1
2
REC START/STOPbutton
FADE button
I
While the VIEWCAM is recording, press
the FADE button to display “FADE” on
the monitor screen.
Press the REC START/STOP button at
the point where you wish to stop
recording. The picture and sound fade
out as the screen gradually turns white.
The VIEWCAM then returns to
Recording Standby mode.
FADE OUT
\”
1
While the VIEWCAM is in Recording
Standby mode, press the FADE button.
“FADE” appears on the monitor.
I-
FADE
2
Press the REC START/STOP button.
The screen turns white. Recording then
begins, and the picture and sound fade
into the monitor screen.
FADE IN
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Block Shot
(1 O-second Recording)
Wide Screen
This feature allows you to record scenes with
the wide-screen feel of a movie shown in a
theatre. The top and bottom of the picture are
masked with black bands to produce an
effective screen aspect ratio of 16:9.
I
A button
While sightseeing during a vacation, or when
touring places on a field trip, you can easily
record a scene for ten seconds as if you were
taking a picture with a camera. The screen
fades out automatically.
10 set REC button/REC STOP button
SET button
1
Setting the Wide Screen Mode
1
While the VIEWCAM is in Recording
Standby mode, press the MENU button
until m appears on the monitor.
MENU
2
While in Recording Standby mode,
press the MENU button until @!
appears on the monitor.
.16:9
@ZOOM
SPEED
OFF
STANDARD
Press the ror A
I%+ : zE,E;E;;;O
button (~7) to
move the b
pointer to “16:9”
+ 0
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, .
and press the
SET button
(*)
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(z,) to select “ON”. The screen changes
to Wide Screen mode.
Press the MODE DISPLAY button to
turn off the button indicators.
The monitor now displays the picture
with the top and bottom portions
masked.
Normal
Screen
mode
Wide Screen
mode
To return to the normal picture, set the “16:9”
menu item to “OFF” in step 2 above.
I
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2
00000
Press the “IO set REC” button (m).
Recording begins, and the recording
indicator (a ) ) JJ>>) and remaining time
bar display appear on the monitor.
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3
I
As time passes,
the bar display
diminishes in
length from right
to left.
At the end of recording, “FADE OUT” is
displayed, and the screen fades out. The
“0 ) ) ) ) )” indicator changes to “I I-- - - -”
and recording stops. The VIEWCAM
returns to Recording Standby mode.
Note:
. If you wish to discontinue recording before it
automatically stops, press the REC STOP button
(w). “FADE OUT” appears on the monitor screen,
the screen turns white, then recording stops. The
VIEWCAM returns to Recording Standby mode.
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Useful Features
Camera Recording
Backlight Compensation
WC)
When the subject is backlit, the image will be
darkened if it is recorded normally. Use the
backlight compensation
(BLC) feature to
improve the picture.
Gain-up (Cat’s Eye)
When you are recording in a dark or poorly illuminated location, “LIGHT” (warning of too little
ambient illumination) is
displayed on
the monitor.
Use the gainup feature to
record a
brighter
picture.
GAIN&P
button
Press the MENU button until m
on the monitor.
BLC button
MENU
appears
I
I
Press the MENU button until m
appears on the monitor.
Note:
l At locations
where lighting is insufficient,
“LIGHT” appears on the monitor. “GAINUP” instead of “BLC” appears above the n
button indicating the BLC function cannot
be used.
Note:
l At locations
where lighting is adequate, the
“LIGHT” indicator will not appear. “BLC”
instead of “GAIN-UP” appears above the n
button indicating the gain-up function
cannot be used.
2
Press the GAIN-UP button (m). The
“LIGHT” display changes to the gain-up
(cat’s eye) display “YDuY’, indicating that
the gain-u 1fut&ti-on is now working.
Press the BLC button (m).The backlight
compensation indicator “ m ” appears
on the monitor, indicating that the BLC
function is now working.
I
GAIN
I -UP
,
I BLC
To turn off the gain-up function, press the
GAIN-UP button again. The I’-”
display
changes to the “LIGHT” display.
Notes:
To turn off the BLC function, press the BLC button again. The “m” indicator goes off.
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l
l
If the VIEWCAM is moved to a bright location
after it is engaged in Gain-up mode, the Gain-up
mode will disengage automatically.
There is more picture noise in Gain-up mode.
Superimposing
Press the v or A button (.f ) to select
the desired title and then press the SET
button (H) (g;) to superimpose it.
a Title
Use the “Title” feature to superimpose titles on
your videos when recording. There are eight
titles preset for your convenience which you
can choose from.
TITLE*SUPERSTAR
@HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
*HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
*WEDDING DAY
.CONGRATULATIONS
FNEW BABY
4;; ;;;ATlON
Power switch
mm
v
I*
I SET IEXITI~~T
MENU
v button
II
* button
I
Tl?LE button
I
EXIT button
SET button
Lock button
1
Hold down the Lock
button and slide the
Power switch to
CAMERA.
2
Press the MENU button until m
appears on the monitor.
Notes:
l If you wis 1 to cancel
the title screen without
setting the title, press the EXIT button (w)
instead of the SET button.
l When the title is displayed
on the monitor,
the date and time will not be displayed.
5
Press the REC START/STOP
start recording
l
button to
with the title.
The title will be displayed and recorded for
the first ten seconds after recording starts.
MENU
3
Press the TITLE button ( w ) to display
the eight preset titles.
ITI-TLE
I
TITLEMUPERSTAR
*HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
lHAPPY HOLIDAYS!
*WEDDING
DAY
.CONGRATULATIONS
.NEW BABY
*OUR VACATION
*THE
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Useful Features
Camera Recording
4
Changing the Preset Titles
You can make a new title of your own by
changing any of the eight preset titles. The
maximum
number of title characters
Press the 4 or F button ( 1)) to select
the desired character (or “spc” for
space) and press the SELECT button
W (1).
is fifteen.
TITLE:
Example: Changing “WEDDING DAY” to “IN
HAWAII”.
Notes:
l When you press the SELECT button, the
selected character will appear and the
cursor will automatically move to the right.
l If you input the wrong character,
press the
0 button to move the cursor to that
character and perform step 4.
MENU bu
v button/ 6
rbutton/d
button
I
EXI? button/SELECT button
SET button/F
1
button
5
Press the MENU button until W
appears on the monitor, and then press
the TITLE button (w ) to display the title
list.
TITLE
!-J
TITL
EbSUPERSTAR
*HAPPY
BIRTHDAY!
aHAPPY
HOLIDAYS!
lWEDD I NG DAY
lCDNGRATULATlDNS
*NEW BABY
4;‘:
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ON
A
I SET
Repeat step 4 until you finish the title.
Then press the SET button (~).The
new title will be displayed on the title
screen.
I SET
I
TI TLEaSUPERSTAR
aHAPPY
BIRTHDAY!
.HAPPY
HOLIDAYS!
bIN
HAWAII
*CONGRATULATIONS
*NEW BABY
4;;
:/;ATION
Ial=
IEXITI~~T
v
Press the v or A button to select the
title that you wish to change.
*CONGRATULATIONS
*NEW BABY
*OUR
*THE
Iallv
I *
VACATION
END
I SET
IEXITI~~T
Note:
l If you want to cancel
the title screen, press
the EXIT button (m).
Press the RESET button (w) to display
the character board.
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TITLE+
.\I ,
qBCDEFGH
I J KLMNDP
_.._
QRSTUVWXYZAOU~spc
1234567890
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)
IKCTISET
I A I SET
IEXITI~~T
Note:
l To change
another title, perform steps 2 to
5 again.
1
TITLE.SUPERSTAR
.HAPPY
BIRTHDAY!
*HAPPY
HOLIDAYS!
FWEDD I NG DAY
3
IN HAWi&
ABCDEFGHOJKLMNOP
.. _ .
QRSTUVWXYZADU~spc
1234567890
.-/;:‘I
6
If you wish to record the new title
immediately, press the SET button (w).
If you wish to record the new title at a
later time, press the EXIT button (B) to
go back to the normal @I screen.
Auto/Manual
Focus
1
Press the MENU button until Pa
appears on the monitor.
2
Press the FOCUS button (b) to set the
VIEWCAM to Manual Focus mode
(“MAN’L FOCUS”).
Auto Focus
The auto focus feature is designed to focus on
most types of subjects. In Auto Focus mode,
the VIEWCAM automatically focuses on whatever is in the centre of the scene. Always keep
the subject in the centre of the screen.
Notes:
l
l
If no subject is in the centre of the monitor, the
focus area will expand and the subject nearest
the centre will be focused on.
If no subject is displayed on the monitor, the
VIEWCAM will automatically zoom out until some
subject comes into the frame.
IFOCUSI
Manual Focus
The auto focus may not be able to focus on the
subject in the situations shown in the following
chart. In such situations, set the VIEWCAM to
Manual Focus mode and focus manually.
Subject
Push the Power
Zoom lever to the T
(telephoto) side to set
the zoom power to
the maximum.
4
Press the MAN’L
FOCUS F (4)
and N (w) buttons to focus on
the subject.
5
Push the Power Zoom lever to frame the
subject as you desire.
Lack of contrast. e.g. snow
scene.
is too dark
Fast-moving
3
subject
Background
IS too bright.
gg
OH
z;.f
5@
film
To go back to auto focus
jubject
has hortzontal
I
I
Light reflects
Subject
stripes.
Subject is being shot through
a dlrtv or wet window.
off the subject.
has fine. repeated
patterns
Subjects at different distances
appear In the centre of the scene
at the same time
Perform step 1 above and press the b button
to set the VIEWCAM to Auto Focus mode
(“FOCUS”).
Notes:
l When recording
in Manual Focus mode, you may
not be able to focus correctly if the subject is wrthin
approxrmately 1.5 m of the VIEWCAM. In such a
case, shift the zoom control toward wide angle. and
then try focusing again.
l If you focus on a subject
without first setting the
zoom power to the maximum, the subject may go
out of focus when you zoom in on it iater.
l If the lens is dirty or fogged,
you may not be able to
obtain correct focus.
l If the VIEWCAM
is set to Manual Focus mode and
thepower sourceisinterrupted,
thefocus mode WIII
return to Auto Focus mode.
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Useful Features
Camera Recording
Scene Menu (Programme AE)
You can set the VIEWCAM to the shooting mode that
will bring the best results for a specific type of shooting
situation. Just select one of the four scene settings
shown below. The VIEWCAM will automatically set the
exposure, white balance, and shutter speed to produce
the optimum picture quality for the selected situation.
n
Scene
.
VtEWCAM Adjustment
situatiun
To record a fast-moving subject.
The shutter speed is set to l/500 sec. for a
clear, unblurred picture of fast-moving objects.
The white balance is set for outdoor sunlight.
When the background
The aperture is adjusted to maintain the
appropriate brightness. The white balance is
set for outdoor sunlight.
SPORT
SNOW
.
is too
. SAND
br’ght*
TWI LIGHT
The white balance is fixed to optimize the red
When you want to faithfully
record the red of the setting sun, of the sunset. Light sensitivity and contrast are
reduced to reproduce the surrounding twilight.
and the surrounding twilight.
PARTY
When the illumination is from a
spotlight or candles.
Press the MENU button until L5m
appears on the monitor.
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MODE DISPLAY button
I
button
Brightness is adjusted to reduce white flaring
(overexposure) from faces when the spotlight
or candles are too bright.
To Go Back to Auto Mode
Select “SCENE MENU” in step 2, and then
press the MODE DISPLAY button to turn off
the control button indicators.
Notes:
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2
Press the n button to select the scene
setting that best fits the recording
situation.
Each time you press the w button, the
scene indicator changes as shown.
Even after you turn off the mode display, the
selected shooting mode will remain in effect.
When “SPORT” is selected, recording under
the light of fluorescent lamps, mercury lamps,
or sodium lamps may cause colour shifts or
fluctuations in picture brightness.
When “TWILIGHT” is selected, the picture may
not be satisfactory if the lighting is very dim.
We recommend that you use Auto mode
(“SCENE MENU”) to record outdoor parties.
The shooting mode will return to Auto mode
(“SCENE MENU”) if the power source is
interrupted.
4
Picture/Backlight
Adjustments
Press the 7 or A button to adjust the
picture or backlight to your preference.
BACKLIGHT
NORMAL
If the picture is difficult to see due to ambient
lighting, etc., adjust the monitor picture.
Normal
+
Power switch
4
BACKLIGHT
BRIGHT
Bright
MODE DISPLAY button
* button
PICTURE button
I EXIT button
5
SELECT button
Hold down the Lock
button and slide the
Power switch to
CAMERA or VCR.
Lot k button
Press the MENU button until “PICTURE”
appears.
Press the PICTURE button (m) to display
the adjustment screen. Then press the
SELECT button (w) until the item you
wish to adjust appears.
PIC-
ITURE
_
When you are finished, press the EXIT
button (m) to turn off the adjustment
screen.
Notes:
l In bright
daylight, the monitor picture will be
easier to see if you set the backlight mode
(“BACKLIGHT”) to “BRIGHT”.
l The picture
adjustments have been factory
preset to neutral settings, and the backlight
mode (“BACKLIGHT”) has been factory preset to
normal (“NORMAL”).
l When the colour
is adjusted, the picture on the
screen may differ from the picture actually
recorded. Do not change the colour setting
unless it is necessary.
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Useful Features
Camera Recording
Lighting
For clear. good-quality recording, 500 to 100,000
lux is needed. Recording is also possible with less
light, but the picture quality may suffer. Adequate
lighting is also essential for correct white balance.
:utour
Tsmpwafure
(degrees
Keitinf
10,000
Blue
Clear day
9.000
8,000
Cloudy day
7,000
Rainy day
6,500
Daylight fluorescent light
Clear day at 10 am (65,000)
6,000
Cameraflashbulb
Clear day at 3 pm (35,000)
5,500
Blue sky
100,000 Cleardayat noon (100,000)
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Cloudy
Cloudy
day at noon (32,000)
day at 10 am (25,000)
10,000
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1,000
Cloudy day, one hour after sunrise (2,000)
Clear day, one hour before sunset (1,000)
Fluorescent light near window (1,000)
Blue photolamp
4,500
White fluorescent
3,500
Off-white fluorescent light
Tungsten photolamp
3,200
Halogen lamp
2,800
Tungsten lamp
Iodine lamp
2,500
Acetylene lamp
Kerosene lamp
2.000
Candlelight
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100
Factory floor (700-800)
Sales counter in department store (500-700)
Bowling alley (500)
Library (400-500)
Office with fluorescent lighting (400-500)
Fluorescent desk lamp (400)
Flashlight at 1 m (250)
Shop stairway (100)
During intermission
at movie theatre (15-35)
Cigarette lighter at 30 cm (15-20)
Candles on birthday cake at 20 cm (10-15)
Candlelight
Reference
is not only one of the most important
areas in producing
home videos, but also one of
the most overlooked. Good lighting can often
mean the difference between a great picture and a
poor one. Lighting is also essential for correct
white balance.
In most outdoor, daytime scenes, natural lighting
is adequate for home videos. Indoors, the situation
becomes more complicated. Artificial lighting is
required. and halogen lamps provide the most
natural artificial light while maintaining a constant
colour temperature over a long operating life.
Good lighting is difficult to achieve. There are
many problems waiting to catch the unwary.
Simply mounting one light or several lights on
either side of the VIEWCAM will only make your
subject look flat and two-dimensional. To make a
subject more interesting, use the lighting to model
your subject and to add or create emphasis in a
scene.
Lighting
q 41
light
Yellow
Red
Notes:
l
10
White
5.000
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The figures in the charts are approximations.
The auto white balance operates automatically
within the range of “AUTO” shown in the chart.
However, it will satisfactorily operate from 2,500 K
up to 8,000 K. although the picture may take on a
red or blue tint.
Lighting indicator (“LIGHT”)
When the “LIGHT” indicator appears on the monitor, it means that there is not enough illumination
for recording. Either move to a brighter location or
increase the light. You can also use the Gain-up
mode to correct the problem (see page 35).
Useful Features
Playback and Editing
4
Programme Search
Press the REW (4) (or FF [m])
button. The tape rewinds (or fast
forwards) to the beginning of a scene
immediately before (or after) the current
The programme search feature automatically finds
the beginning of a number of previously recorded
scenes. Up to IO different scenes can be found on
one taoe.
1
Hold down the Lock
button and slide the
Power switch to VCR.
tape position; playback then starts
automatically.
The button indicators automatically
disappear after about 10 seconds.
VCR
OFF
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2
Press the MENU button until BI
appears on the monitor.
To continue searching, press the REW
(or FF) button while its indicator is still
displayed.
Notes:
3
Press the SEARCH button (w). The
VIEWCAM enters the Programme
Search mode. “PROG. SEARCH” is
displayed on the monitor, and one of or
both the “REW” and “FF” indicators will
start flashing.
To cancel, press the SEARCH button
again.
IPROG. SEARCH
Example:
To find the beginning
Monitor display
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Use this feature when the tape is stopped or
being played back.
This function finds the beginning of the scene
immediately before or after the current tape
position, stopping at every scene. It is not possible to skip a scene.
This function cannot spot recordings that are
shorter than 10 seconds in length.
In steps 3 and 5. if the tape is at a point ahead of
the most recent (or before the oldest) recording,
only the “REW” (or “FF”) indicator will flash, and
the “FF” (or “REW”) indicator will not appear.
This feature does not function if no recording has
been made since the cassette was loaded, if the
cassette has been removed after the recordings
were made, or if the power source has been
interrupted.
of five different scenes.
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Current tape position
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Most recent recording
When you are at this position,
Press the REW button (4)
to rewind the tape to 5 and begin playback.
Press the FF button ( w) to forward the tape to 4 and begin playback.
Useful Features
Playback and Editing
Tape Counter Feature
4
During playback, jot down the counter
readings of the scenes that you want to
return to later for easy, fast replay.
Counter Display
The counter display shows elapsed recording
time in hours, minutes and seconds. (The
counter continues to count internally even while
it is not being displayed.)
It is available in both
VCR and Camera modes.
Notes:
l The counter
reading may differ slightly from the
actual time. This is especially noticeable when
the tape has been rewound or fast forwarded a
number of times, in which case there can be a
difference of several seconds.
l The counter
will reset to zero if the power source
is interrupted.
To turn off the counter display
After completing step 1 above, press the
COUNTER button.
MEN1
MODE DISPLAY button
Using the Counter
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The illustrations on this page are for VCR mode
on Iy.
1
2
Press the MENU button until
“COUNTER” appears on the monito r.
Press the COUNTER button to display
the tape counter. The “MEMORY” and
“RESET” button indicators will be
displayed.
To reset the counter to zero
During playback or recording, perform steps 1
and 2 above, then press the RESET button at
the point where you wish to reset the counter to
zero. The counter will indicate O:OO.OO.
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Counter display
Press the MODE DISPLAY button to
clear the counter control button
indicators.
MODE DISPLAY
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Note:
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to zero while in
Counter Memory mode (see page 44).
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Using the Counter Memory
Use the counter memory when you want to
return to the beginning of a particular scene.
The position where the counter was reset
(O:OO.OO)
is stored in memory to make it easier
to return the tape to that point.
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Stop playback (or recording).
l If you have been recording, set the
Power switch to VCR.
Then press the REW button (4). The
tape will automatically stop when the
counter reaches O:OO.OO.Press the
PLAY button ( b) to view the desired
scene.
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PLAY button
STOP button
FF button
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1
The illustrations
only.
During playback (or recording), press
the MENU button to display the counter
control button indicators on the monitor.
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If “MEMORY” is not displayed,
COUNTER button.
MENU
2
press the
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Press the MEMORY button to set the
counter to Counter Memory mode. “M”
will be displayed to the left of the
counter.
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3
on this page are for VCR mode
Notes:
l The FF button (w)
can be used in the same
way.
l This function
does not work during video
searches.
To cancel Counter Memory mode
Perform step 1 above. Then press the MEMORY button to turn off the “M” to the left of the
counter display. The Counter Memory mode is
now cancelled.
To turn off the counter dis Ilay, press the
COUNTER button.
Memory indicator
Press the RESET button to reset the
counter to zero (see page 43) at the
beginning of a scene that you want to
return to later. Then press the MODE
DISPLAY button to turn off the button
indicators.
Press the MODE DISPLAY button to turn off the
counter button indicators.
MODE DISPLAY
44 I_E
Useful Features
Playback and Editing
Connections
for Playback on a TV
Although you can enjoy playback on the VIEWCAM’s LCD monitor, you can also watch playedback tapes on your TV screen.
Connection to aTV
1
Connection to aTV via a VCR
1
Pull off the top of the AUDIOAIIDEO
cover and rotate it to the left.
2
Connect the VIEWCAM to your VCR
with the supplied audio/video cable, as
shown.
3
Set the VCR to its “AV” or “LINE” input
channel. Operate the TV as you
normally do to see the signal from the
VCR. (See the operation manuals for
your TV and VCR.)
Pull off the top of the AUDIO/VIDEO jack
cover ( 1 ) and rotate it to the left ( 2‘).
2
Connect the VIEWCAM to your TV with
the supplied audio/video cable, as
shown.
3
Set the input select switch on the TV to
“AV” or “VIDEO”. (For details, consult the
operation manual supplied with your TV.)
jack
TV rear
VCR rear
TV rear
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White: To AUDIO IN (L) jack
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Yellow: To VIDEO IN jack
White: To AUDIO IN (L) jack
To AUDIO/VIDEO
To AUDIO
jack cover
Automatic switching of the AUDIO/
VIDEO jack’s input/output mode
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Make sure that the VIEWCAM, TV and other
equipment
to be connected
have been turned
off before you make connections.
Making connections with any of the components
left turned
on may cause picture noise or malfunction.
When the VIEWCAM is connected
to a TV for
playback, the picture on the TV screen may
flicker if the volume on the VIEWCAM is set to
maximum. Should this occur, turn the volume
down (see page 27).
The AUDIO/VIDEO
jack’s mode is normally set to
input. It automatically
switches to output when the
VIEWCAM is playing back.
Note:
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Replace
the AUDIO/VIDEO
jack cover after use.
5
Editing
Video editing lets you refine your videos by
removing unwanted sequences from your tape,
or transposing
one sequence with another.
This VIEWCAM lets you monitor the source programme on the built-in LCD monitor without
having to connect it to an external TV or video
monitor.
Connect the VIEWCAM to a VCR with the
supplied audio/video cable.
Playback
Press the VCR’s Pause/Still (or REC)
button to resume recording when the
source tape reaches the end of the
sequence to be cut.
To stop editing
Press the Stop buttons
the VCR.
Notes:
Some of the transitions between edited sequences may be slightly off.
The picture may be disturbed during video
search or still picture playback. This does not
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imply a defect
in the VIEWCAM.
The tape counter display is convenient when
cutting unwanted sequences (see page 43).
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To AUDIO/VIDEO
jack
on the VIEWCAM and
Menu Edit Setting
Picture quality inevitably declines during
dubbing from the VIEWCAM to a VCR. To minimize the quality reduction, set the “EDIT” menu
item to “ON”. Use this when editing videos.
(supplied)
1
Yellow: To VIDEO IN jack
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Set the VIEWCAM to VCR mode and
press the MENU button until @! is
displayed.
MENU
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VCR rear
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Cutting Unwanted Sequences
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PICTURE
Play back the tape to be edited, and
locate the beginning and end of the
sequence you wish to cut. Write down
the tape counter readings at the
beginning and end of that sequence
(see page 43). Then rewind the tape to
the beginning of the portion that you
wish to keep.
2
2
Load a blank cassette into the recording
VCR.
3
Press the VIEWCAM’s PLAY button (F)
and the VCR’s REC (Record) button at
the same time.
4
Press the VCR’s Pause/Still button to
pause recording when the source tape
reaches the beginning of the sequence
to be cut.
Press the v or A button ( l) to move
the b pointer to “EDIT”, then press the
SET button (m) ( .2.) to select “ON”.
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The “EDIT” setting is ineffective when the VIEWCAM is recording.
After you finish dubbing, set the “EDIT” menu
item back to “OFF”.
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Useful Features
Playback and Editing
Recording from an External
Source
To Record from an External Source
1
Set the Power switch to
VCR.
You can use this VIEWCAM to record or edit video
from another source, such as a VCR, TV. or video
disc player.
Connect the VIEWCAM to the source equipment,
using the supplied audio/video cable, as shown.
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CAMERA
2
Start sending audio/video signals from
the source equipment connected to the
VIEWCAM. Check the VIEWCAM’s
monitor to see if the picture is being
properly received.
3
Press the REC START/STOP button on
the VIEWCAM to start recording.
Recording
To AUDIO/VIDEO
jack
Audio/video
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cable
Playback
TV with monitor output
VCR
REC START/STOP button
Video disc player
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Automatic switching of the AUDIO/
VIDEO jack’s input/output mode
The AUDIO/VIDEO jack’s mode is normally set to
input. It automatically switches to output when the
VIEWCAM is playing back.
PAUSE button
Notes:
l To pause recording,
press the PAUSE button
(FM) on the VIEWCAM. Press the button again to
resume recording.
l The REC START/STOP button on the remote
control has no effect when the VIEWCAM’s
Power switch is set to VCR.
To Stop Recording
Press the STOP button ( w ) on the VIEWCAM.
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Before Requesting Service
Before calling for service, please check the following troubleshooting
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table.
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Set Power switch to OFF and remove
Safety devices are functioning.
No power
battery pack; wait for two seconds,
then re-install battery pack and turn
on power (p. 12).
Charge battery pack sufficiently
(P. 11).
Battery pack is not charged.
Power source is not properly
netted.
Power goes off soon
after coming on.
Power on but no image
on monitor.
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Cannot record.
Depleted
Connect power source properly
(pp. 12-14).
con-
Use a fully charged
battery pack.
battery pack
(P. 11).
Dew in VIEWCAM.
Wait until dew dries (p. 6).
VIEWCAM is in VCR mode.
Set Power switch to CAMERA
(P. 20).
Erasure protection
Slide red projection
hole is covered.
to open hole
(P. 8).
Poor colour
Inappropriate
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Adjust picture (p. 40).
picture adjustments
Press Scene Menu button to select
appropriate scene setting (p. 39).
Inappropriate scene setting (Scene
Menu) selected.
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Dust or other foreign matter on lens.
Clean lens.
Not properly focused.
Adjust focus manually or set VIEWCAM to Auto Focus mode (pp. 24,
38 ).
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Monitor picture
too dark.
No image appears on
connected TV’s screen.
Improperly
for scene setting
connected
to TV.
Select “SCENE MENU” (Auto mode)
for scene setting (p. 39).
Reconnect
properly
(p. 45).
Video input channel on TV or TV
channel is not selected properly.
Select the video input channel
channel properly (p. 45).
Poor colour
Inappropriate
Adjust picture (p. 40).
VEWCAM does not Play
back in colour on connected TV.
Dirty video heads
Call for service.
Video noise in image.
Worn video heads
Call for service.
Old or worn tape
Use a new tape cassette (pp. 8, 15).
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“SPORT” selected
(Scene Menu).
picture adjustments
or TV
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Before Requesting Service
Possible cause
Symptom
Infrared remote control does
not function.
“REMOTE”
“OFF”.
Suggested solution
menu item is set to
Set “REMOTE”
menu item to “ON”
(P. 29).
Remote control’s
run down.
lithium battery has
Replace remote control’s lithium
battery with a new one (p. 16).
Remote control being used beyond
its operating range.
Use remote control within its
operating range (p. 29).
Intense daylight falling on VIEWCAM’s photoreceptor.
Avoid lettrng intense daylight fall on
VIEWCAM’s photoreceptor
(p. 29).
Obstacle between remote control
and VIEWCAM’s photoreceptor.
Remove obstacle or use remote
control from different angle (p. 29)
Cassette cannot be inserted.
Cassette is not right side up, or is
backwards.
Check cassette positionrng
reinsert (p. 15).
Cassette won’t eject.
VIEWCAM
Press REC START/STOP (or STOP)
button to stop tape, and try again
is in Recording
mode.
and
(P. 20).
in an incorrect
Battery pack cannot be
ejected.
Battery pack inserted
manner.
No tape movement
Forward mode.
in Fast
Tape already completely
wound.
No tape movement
mode.
in Rewind
Tape already completely
rewound.
Call for service.
Rewind tape to desrred point (p. 27).
Fast forward tape to desired
point
(P. 27).
Notes:
l This unit is equipped
with a microprocessor. Its performance could be adversely affected by external
electrical noise or interference. If this should happen, turn off the power and disconnect the unit from
any power sources, including lithium batteries, etc. Then reconnect the power sources (to resume
operation).
l If the characters
displayed on the monitor screen appear to malfunction, disconnect the power source
and remove the lithium battery, then reconnect the power source, insert the lithium battery, and turn the
power on again. The characters on the monitor should be normal. Set the date and time, then resume
operation.
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Specifications
VIEWCAM VL-E89E
Signal System:
Recording System:
Cassette:
Recording/Playback Time:
Tape Speed:
Pickup Device:
Lens:
Lens Filter Diameter:
Monitor:
Microphone:
Colour Temperature Compensation:
Minimum Illumination:
Video Output Level:
Audio Output Level:
Speaker Output:
Power Requirement:
Power Consumption:
Operating Temperature:
Operating Humidity:
Storage Temperature:
Dimensions (approx.):
Weight (approx.):
PAL standard
2 rotary heads, helical scanning system
8 mm video tape, MP type
120 minutes (P5-120)
20.051 mm/second
l/4” (6.4 mm, effective size: 4.5 mm) CCD image sensor (with
approx. 320.000 pixels including optical black)
16 x power zoom lens (F1.4, f = 4.0-64.0 mm), and full-range
auto focus
46 mm
4 ” (IO. 1 cm) full-colour LCD screen (TFT active matrix)
Electret monaural microphone
Auto white balance
1.O Iux* (with gain-up, F1.4)
1.O Vp-p 75ohm unbalanced
-8 dBs, impedance less than 2.2 kohms
200 mW
DC 3.6 V
5.0 W (during camera recording in full auto mode with zoom
motor off, backlight in normal mode)
0°C to i- 40°C
30% to 80%
- 20°C to t 60°C
180 mm (W) x 114 mm (H) x 98 mm (D)
750 g (without battery pack, lithium battery, video cassette, and
lens cap)
AC Adapter/Battery
Power Requirement:
DC Output:
Power Consumption:
Dimensions (approx.):
Weight (approx.):
Specifications
Charger
AC 1 IO-240 V, 50/60 Hz
4.5 v
27 W
75 mm (W) x 51 mm (H) x 135 mm (D)
For Asia/Middle East (UADP-0232TAZZ): 360 g
For Hong Kong (UADP-0223TAZZ): 425 g
For Australia/New Zealand (UADP-0208TAZZ): 385 g
are subject to change without notice.
*Minimum illumination:
Since there is no widely accepted testing procedure for determining minimum
illumination capability, Iux ratings are comparable only between models from the
same manufacturer.