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LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY CAMCORDER
MODEL
VL-Z1H
OPERATION MANUAL
SHARP CORPORATION
SHARP ELECTRONICS (U.K.) LTD.
Sharp House, Thorp Road, Newton Heath
Manchester M40 5BE
Please read this operation manual
carefully before using the camcorder.
If you require any advice or assistance
regarding your Sharp product, please
visit our web-site www.sharp.co.uk/
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This equipment complies with the requirements of Directives 89/336/EEC and 73/
23/EEC as amended by 93/68/EEC.
Dieses Gerät entspricht den Anforderungen der EG-Richtlinien 89/336/EWG und
73/23/EWG mit Änderung 93/68/EWG.
Ce matériel répond aux exigences contenues dans les directives 89/336/CEE et
73/23/CEE modifiées par la directive 93/68/CEE.
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Este aparato satisface las exigencias de las Directivas 89/336/CEE y 73/23/CEE,
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Appendix
ii
75
WARNING
To prevent fire or shock hazard,
do not expose this apparatus to
dripping or splashing. No
objects filled with liquids, such
as vases, should be placed on
the apparatus.
This equipment should be used with the
recommended AC adapter or battery
pack.
CAUTION
To prevent electric shocks and fire
hazards, do NOT use any other power
source.
Important:
Recording and playback of any material
may require consent. Please refer
particularly to the provisions of the
Copyright Act 1956, the Dramatic and
Musical Performers Protection Act 1958,
the Performers Protection Acts 1963 and
1972 and to any subsequent statutory
enactments and orders.
CAUTION
To prevent shock, do not open the
cabinet. No user serviceable parts
inside. Refer servicing to a qualified
dealer or service centre.
Power supply:
WARNING: THIS AC ADAPTER
IS NOT FOR USE WITH TOYS.
THIS AC ADAPTER IS FOR USE
WITH SHARP CAMCORDER
MODEL VL-Z1H ONLY.
This unit can be operated by
connecting it to either the AC adapter
or battery pack. The AC adapter
incorporates the AUTO VOLTAGE (AC
110–240 V, 50/60 Hz) function.
iii
SPECIAL NOTE FOR USERS IN THE U.K.
The mains lead of this product is fitted with a non-rewireable (moulded) plug
incorporating a 3A fuse. Should the fuse need to be replaced, a BSI or ASTA
approved BS 1362 fuse marked or
and of the same rating as above, which
is also indicated on the pin face of the plug, must be used.
Always refit the fuse cover after replacing the fuse. Never use the plug without the
fuse cover fitted.
In the unlikely event of the socket outlet in your home not being compatible with
the plug supplied, cut-off the mains plug and fit an appropriate type.
DANGER: The fuse from the cut-off plug should be removed and the cut-off plug
destroyed immediately and disposed of in a safe manner.
Under no circumstances should the cut-off plug be inserted
elsewhere into a 13A socket outlet, as a serious electric shock may
occur.
To fit an appropriate plug to the mains lead, follow the instructions below:
IMPORTANT: The wires in the mains lead are coloured in accordance with the
following code:
Blue: Neutral
Brown: Live
As the colours of the wires in the mains lead of this product may not correspond
with the coloured markings identifying the terminals in your plug, proceed as
follows:
— The wire which is coloured blue must be connected to the plug terminal which
is marked N or coloured black.
— The wire which is coloured brown must be connected to the plug terminal
which is marked L or coloured red.
Ensure that neither the brown nor the blue wire is connected to the earth terminal
in your three- pin plug.
Before replacing the plug cover make sure that:
— If the new fitted plug contains a fuse, its value is the same as that removed
from the cut-off plug.
— The cord grip is clamped over the sheath of the mains lead and not simply
over the lead wires.
IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBT, CONSULT A QUALIFIED ELECTRICIAN.
iv
NOTE:
The LCD panel of this camcorder is a very high technology product with more
than 215,000 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 the performance of your camcorder.
*Specifications are subject to change without notice.
v
Contents
Supplied Accessories ........................................................................................ ix
Optional Accessories ......................................................................................... ix
Precautions ......................................................................................................... x
vi
Operation References
Part Names ............................................................. 1
Warning Indicators .................................................. 4
Preparation
Attaching and Removing the Battery Pack ............. 5
Charging the Battery Pack ...................................... 7
Powering the Camcorder from an AC Outlet .......... 8
Inserting and Removing a Cassette ....................... 9
Installing the Lithium Batteries .............................. 10
Setting the Date and Time .................................... 12
Using the Lens Cap .............................................. 13
Adjusting the Hand Strap ..................................... 14
Using the Grip ....................................................... 14
Detaching the Lens Hood ..................................... 15
Using the Viewfinder ............................................. 15
Using the LCD Monitor ......................................... 17
Tips on Recording Positions ................................. 18
Basic Operations
Camera Recording
Easy Camera Recording in Full Auto Mode .......... 19
Zooming ................................................................ 20
Power Standby Mode ........................................... 21
Turning on/off the Backlight .................................. 21
Auto Focus ............................................................ 22
Macro Shots .......................................................... 22
Remaining Recording Time Display ..................... 23
Remaining Battery Power Display ........................ 23
Playback
Playback ............................................................... 24
Volume Control ...................................................... 25
Still ........................................................................ 25
Video Search ......................................................... 25
Watching Playback on a TV .................................. 26
Useful Features
Control Buttons ..................................................... 27
Using the Mode Screens ...................................... 27
Using the Menu Screens ....................................... 28
Camera Recording
Setting the Digital Zoom ....................................... 29
Backlight Compensation (BLC) ............................ 30
Gain-up ................................................................. 31
Fade in and Fade out ............................................ 32
Quick Return ......................................................... 33
Edit Search ............................................................ 34
Still Recording ....................................................... 34
Digital Image Stabilization (DIS) ........................... 35
Self Recording ...................................................... 36
Wide Screen (16:9) ............................................... 38
Recording in LP (Long Play Recording) Mode ..... 39
Windbreak ............................................................. 40
Selecting the 16-bit Audio Recording Mode ......... 41
Playback
Using the Remote Control
(Not supplied) ..................................................... 42
Playback Functions with the Remote Control
(Not supplied) ..................................................... 43
Selecting the Date and Time of Recording
Display ................................................................ 44
Picture Effect Playback ......................................... 45
Rotate Playback .................................................... 46
Advanced Features
Camera Recording
Manual Focus ....................................................... 47
Returning to Auto Focus ....................................... 48
Displaying the Manual Setting Screen .................. 48
White Balance Lock .............................................. 49
Manual Iris ............................................................ 50
Manual Gain .......................................................... 51
Setting the Camcorder to Full Auto Mode ............. 52
Scene Menu (Program AE) ................................... 53
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Contents
Advanced Features
Playback
Using the Time Code ............................................ 54
Editing ................................................................... 55
Editing with the DV Terminal (IEEE1394) .............. 56
Audio Dubbing Feature ......................................... 57
Selecting the Audio Playback Mode ..................... 59
Appendix
Picture/Backlight Adjustments .............................. 60
Turning off the Confirmation Sound ...................... 62
Setting the Camcorder to Factory Presettings ...... 63
Demonstration Mode ............................................ 64
Useful Information ................................................. 65
Troubleshooting .................................................... 70
Specifications ....................................................... 73
On-screen Display Index ...................................... 74
Note:
• Before requesting service, please read “Troubleshooting” carefully. (See pages 70–
72.)
viii
Supplied Accessories
Battery pack
BT-L226
CR1216 type
lithium battery
AC adapter
Power cord
Audio/video/S-video
cable
Lens cap
Optional Accessories
Standard-life
battery pack
BT-L226
External battery with
hand strap
BT-LCA1
ix
Precautions
• Before recording an important scene,
please perform the recording test, then
playback to check if the scene was recorded properly. If noise occurs, use a
commercially available cleaning tape to
clean the video heads (see page xii).
• When the camcorder is not in use, remember to remove the cassette tape,
turn off the power, and disconnect the
camcorder from the power source.
• Do not aim the lens at the sun.
Do not allow direct sunlight to strike the
camcorder lens, whether or not recording
is in progress, as it may damage the CCD
sensor. Be particularly careful when recording outside.
• Avoid magnetic sources.
Using the camcorder near
strong fluorescent lights,
motors, televisions, or
other magnetic sources
may adversely affect recorded images.
• Using the camcorder near a broadcasting station or other powerful transmission source may cause buzzing or
picture deterioration.
x
• Always respect prohibitions or restrictions on the use of electronic equipment
on commercial flights or in other sensitive areas.
• Be aware of the temperature and humidity.
You can use your camcorder at 0°C to
L40°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
casing and circuitry.
• Avoid situations where water, sand, dust
or other foreign matter could get on or
inside the camcorder, and do not use or
leave your camcorder in areas with excessive smoke, steam or moisture.
Such environments can cause malfunctions or cause mildew to form on the
lenses. Be sure to
keep the unit in a
well-ventilated location.
• Avoid shocks and dropping.
Do not drop or otherwise subject the camcorder to hard
shocks or strong vibrations.
Bumping or striking the unit
during recording will generate noise in the recorded image.
• Some small, portable tripods may be difficult to
attach and may not be
sturdy enough to support your camcorder. Be
sure to use only a
strong, stable tripod.
• Avoid placing the
camcorder in close
proximity to lighting
equipment.
The heat from incandescent lights
may deform the
camcorder, or
cause it to malfunction.
• When using your camcorder in a cold
environment, the LCD monitor screen often appears less bright immediately after the power is turned on. This is not a
malfunction. To prevent the camcorder
from becoming too cold, wrap it in a
thick cloth (a blanket, etc.).
Dew Formation
• What is “dew formation”?
For example, when bringing the
camcorder indoors after skiing, place it in
a plastic bag.
When cold water is poured into a glass,
dew drops form on the glass. This clinging
of water drops is called dew formation.
• When dew forms in your camcorder.
Dew will gradually form on the head drum
of your camcorder and make the video
tape stick to the head. This causes
damage both to the head and the tape.
When dew forms, recording and playback
may not function properly.
Dew is likely to form in the following
circumstances:
— When moving the camcorder from a
cold place to a warm place.
— When placing the camcorder in a cold
room which is then heated rapidly.
— When moving the camcorder outdoors
from an air conditioned room or car.
— When placing the camcorder in the
direct path of air
blowing from an air
conditioner.
— When placing the
camcorder in a
humid room.
Plastic bag
1 Be sure to tightly seal the plastic bag
containing the camcorder.
2 Remove the bag when the air temperature inside it reaches the temperature of the room.
• “Dew” warning feature
If dew forms, the word “DEW” flashes on
the screen, and the power will automatically turn off in approximately 10 seconds.
• How to prevent trouble.
When using the camcorder in a place
where dew is likely to form, allow the
camcorder and the video tape to
acclimatise to the surroundings for about
one hour.
1 If “DEW” flashes, remove the cassette,
leave the cassette compartment open,
and wait for a few hours to allow the
camcorder to acclimatise to the
surrounding temperature.
2 To use the camcorder again, turn on the
power after waiting for a few hours. Be
sure that “DEW” has disappeared.
3 Do not insert a cassette while “DEW” is
flashing; this may result in damage to
the tape.
4 Since dew forms gradually, it may take
10 to 15 minutes before the dew
warning feature engages.
xi
Precautions
Dirty Video Heads
When the video heads have become
clogged with dirt (dust and tape coating
particles),
Striped noise
Mosaic noise
• mosaic-like noise appears on the
playback picture. (see illustrations above)
• playback pictures do not move.
• during playback, the whole screen
becomes blue.
Causes of video head clogging
• High-temperature and high-humidity
environment
• A lot of dust in the air
• Damaged tape
• Worn tape
• Long-time use
• Dew formation
Using a Cleaning Tape (Commercially Available)
You can clean the video head with a
commercially available cleaning tape.
Notes:
• Excessive use of the cleaning tape may
cause damage to the video heads. Please
read the instructions accompanying the
cleaning tape carefully before using it.
• The fast forward and rewind functions cannot
be used when the cleaning tape is in the
camcorder.
• If the video heads again become clogged
with dirt soon after cleaning, this might be
caused by a damaged tape. In this case,
stop using that cassette immediately.
1
Insert a cleaning tape into the
camcorder.
2
Hold down the Lock button and set
the Power switch to w.
• The video head cleaning screen
appears.
3
Press m on the Operation button to
begin video head cleaning.
• “NOW CLEANING” flashes during
cleaning.
CL EAN I NG
NOW C LE AN I NG
START
If the video heads become clogged, the
v indicator appears on the screen. Contact
your SHARP dealer for further advice or
refer to page 70 “Troubleshooting”.
STOP
• After about 20 seconds, video head
cleaning automatically finishes, and
“EJECT THE CASSETTE.” displays.
4
Remove the cleaning tape.
To cancel cleaning, press l.
xii
Operation References
Part Names
Front view
Operation References
For details on the use of each part, refer to the page number indicated in
parentheses.
Operation button (p. 27)
Zoom lens
DISPLAY button (p. 27)
Monaural microphone
LCD LAMP button (p. 21)
1
Operation References
Operation References
Left view
LCD monitor
(p. 17)
DC IN jack (pp. 7, 8)
Terminal cover
(pp. 26, 55, 56)
AV terminal
(pp. 26, 55)
DV terminal (p. 56)
Lithium battery cover (p. 10)
Dioptre adjustment dial (p. 16)
Tripod socket*
Battery release (pp. 6, 10)
* When attaching a tripod
with a guide pin, do not
attach the pin to the bottom
of the camcorder.
2
Right view
PHOTO button
(p. 34)
Power Zoom Wide angle/
Telephoto control (p. 20)/
VOLume control (p. 25)
Viewfinder (pp. 15, 16)
Operation References
Window cleaning cover
(p. 68)
STANDBY indicator
(p. 21)
STANDBY button
(p. 21)
POWER/CHARGE
(RED) indicator
(pp. 7, 8, 19)
Speaker
DC IN jack cover
(pp. 7, 8)
Start/Stop button
(p. 19)
Power switch (v Camera
Hand strap (p. 14)
Recording mode/w Playback
mode select switch) (pp. 19, 24)
Cassette holder (p. 9)
Cassette compartment
door release (p. 9)
Cassette compartment door (p. 9)
3
Operation References
Operation References
Warning Indicators
If a warning indicator appears on the screen, follow the specified instructions.
Displayed for the
first 3 seconds
Displayed after
3 seconds
Description of warning
There is no video cassette in the camcorder.
Insert a cassette (see page 9).
I NSE R T
A C AS S E T T E .
E J E C T THE
CAS SE T T E .
E J E C T THE
CAS SE T T E .
The video cassette is defective and should be
removed (see page 9).
CAS S E T T E NOT
RE CORDA B L E.
P RO T E C T . T AB
The erasure protect tab on the video cassette
has been slid to the record-protect position,
preventing recording (see page 66).
T HE T A P E
E NDS SOON.
T APE END
The tape is about to end. Prepare a new
cassette.
CHANGE T HE
CAS SE T T E .
T A PE E ND
The tape has reached the end. Replace it with a
new cassette (see page 9).
BAT T ERY I S
TOO LOW.
The battery is almost depleted. Replace it with
a fully charged battery pack (see pages 5, 6).
DEW
Dew has formed inside the camcorder. Wait a
few hours for the dew to dry away (see page
xi).
About 10 seconds after this warning appears,
the camcorder automatically turns off.
DEW
The video heads are clogged and should be
cleaned (see page xii).
L AMP
L AMP
Note:
• N indicates a flashing display.
4
The fluorescent lamp behind the LCD monitor is
close to the end of its service life. Call your local
authorized Sharp dealer to have it replaced.
Preparation
Attaching and
Removing the Battery
Pack
3
Slide the battery pack in the direction
of the arrow with the “m” mark facing
out.
Attaching
Preparation
Power switch
1
2
Make sure that the Power
switch is set to OFF.
“m” mark
4
Push the battery pack in the direction
of the arrow until it clicks.
Open the LCD monitor to a 90° angle
to the camcorder body.
90˚
5
Preparation
Removing
Preparation
1
Make sure that the Power switch is
set to OFF, then open the LCD
monitor to a 90° angle to the
camcorder body.
90˚
2
Slide the battery release in the
direction of the arrow.
Battery release
3
6
Take the battery pack out.
Notes:
• BEFORE REMOVING THE BATTERY PACK,
ALWAYS STOP RECORDING OR PLAYBACK AND TURN THE POWER OFF.
Removing the battery pack while shooting or
during playback may damage the tape by
causing it to wrap around the video head
drum.
• Remove the battery pack from the camcorder
if you will not use the camcorder for a long
period of time.
• Make sure that the battery pack is firmly
attached during operation. If it is not, the
battery pack may come off or camcorder
operation may fail because of the poor
contact pressure.
• To prevent damage to the battery pack when
removing, be sure to firmly hold the battery
pack while pressing the release.
• Use only SHARP model BT-L226 battery
packs with this camcorder. Use of other
batteries may create a risk of fire or
explosion.
• Before closing the LCD monitor, make sure
the battery pack is properly attached to the
camcorder, otherwise the monitor may be
damaged.
Charging the Battery
Pack
1
2
Attach the battery pack on the
camcorder, and make sure that the
Power switch is set to OFF.
Open the DC IN jack cover.
Remove the DC plug from the DC IN
jack, then remove the AC adapter
from the power outlet.
Charging time and maximum
continuous recording and playback
times
Max.
Max.
continuous
Battery Charging recording time continuous
playback time
time
pack
LCD
LCD
on LCD
closed open
BT-L226
3
4
Connect the supplied power cord
to the AC power socket on the AC
adapter, and insert the AC plug
into a power outlet.
120
120
105
Preparation
DC IN jack cover
5
105
• The chart specifies the approximate times in
minutes.
Notes:
• Charge the battery pack between 10°C and
30°C. The battery pack may not charge
properly at temperatures too low or too
AC power socket
high.
• The battery pack and AC adapter become
warm during charging. This is not a
malfunction.
• Using the zoom (see page 20) and other
functions or turning the power on and off
To power
frequently will increase power consumpoutlet
tion. This may result in a decrease in the
actual recording time compared to the
maximum continuous recording time listed
Insert the DC plug into the DC IN
above.
jack of the camcorder.
• The charging time and recording time may
• The POWER/CHARGE (RED)
vary depending on the ambient temperaindicator lights up red.
ture and the condition of the battery pack.
POWER/CHARGE (RED) • See pages 67 and 68 for more information on
using the battery pack.
indicator
• Charge only SHARP model BT-L226 battery
packs. Other types of battery packs may
burst, causing personal injury and damage.
• When attaching the supplied audio/video/Svideo cable, remove the DC plug, open the
terminal cover and connect it.
DC IN jack
DC plug
• The POWER/CHARGE (RED) indicator
turns off when the battery is charged.
7
Preparation
Powering the
Camcorder from an
AC Outlet
4
Insert the DC plug into the DC IN
jack of the camcorder.
POWER/CHARGE (RED)
indicator
Preparation
You can also power the camcorder from a
power outlet by using the supplied AC
adapter.
Note:
• The supplied AC adapter is specially
designed for use with this camcorder, and
should not be used as a power supply for
other camcorders.
1
Make sure that the Power switch is
set to OFF.
2
Open the DC IN jack cover.
DC IN jack cover
3
Connect the supplied power cord
to the AC power socket on the AC
adapter, and insert the AC plug
into a power outlet.
AC power socket
To power
outlet
8
DC IN jack
DC plug
5
Hold down the Lock button and set
the Power switch to v or w.
• The POWER/CHARGE (RED)
indicator lights up green.
Notes:
• BEFORE REMOVING THE DC PLUG,
ALWAYS STOP RECORDING OR PLAYBACK AND TURN THE POWER OFF.
Removing the DC plug while shooting or
during playback may damage the tape by
causing it to wrap around the video head
drum.
• Disconnect the AC adapter from the
camcorder if you will not use the camcorder
for a long period of time.
Inserting and
Removing a Cassette
Inserting
1
4
Wait for the cassette holder to fully
retract. Close the compartment door
by pressing its centre until it clicks
into place.
• After confirmation sound, the
cassette holder extends and opens
automatically.
Cassette compartment door release
Preparation
Attach the power source to the
camcorder, then slide and hold the
cassette compartment door release
as you open the cassette compartment door.
Removing
Perform step 1 above, then take out the
cassette.
2
Insert a commercially available Mini
DV cassette fully with the window
facing outwards, and with the erasure
protect tab facing upwards.
Erasure protect tab
SAVE
REC
3
Press the “PUSH” mark gently until
the cassette holder clicks into place.
• The cassette holder retracts
automatically.
“PUSH” mark
Notes:
• Do not try to close the cassette compartment
door while the cassette holder is extending or
retracting.
• Be careful not to get your fingers caught in
the cassette holder.
• Do not apply force to the cassette holder
except when pressing the “PUSH” mark to
close it.
• Do not tilt the camcorder or hold it upside
down when you are inserting or removing a
cassette. It may damage the tape.
• Remove the cassette if you will not use the
camcorder for a long period of time.
• If you do not correctly close the cassette
holder in step 3, the cassette protection
mechanism of the camcorder might eject the
cassette. If this happens, repeat the insertion
procedure.
• Do not attempt to pick up the camcorder by
the cassette compartment door.
• If the battery power is too low, you may not
be able to eject the cassette. Replace the
battery pack with a fully charged one.
• You can only use Mini DV cassettes. Large
DV cassettes cannot be used. Be sure to use
Mini DV cassettes with the i mark.
• See page 66 for more information on the
video cassette tapes intended for use with
this camcorder.
9
Preparation
Installing the Lithium
Batteries
5
Insert the CR 1216 type lithium
battery into the compartment with the
H side of the battery facing out.
Installing the Memory Battery
CR 1216 type
lithium battery
Preparation
The supplied CR 1216 type lithium battery is
used to store the memory of the date and
time settings.
1
Make sure that the Power switch is
set to OFF.
2
Open the LCD monitor to a 90° angle
to the camcorder body.
3
Slide the battery release in the
direction of the arrow, then take the
battery pack out.
6
Close the lithium battery cover firmly
until it clicks into place.
Removing the Memory
Battery
Perform steps 1 to 4 above,
then lift out the battery by
using a pointed object such
as the tip of a ballpoint pen.
Battery release
4
Pull out the lithium battery cover in
the direction of the arrow.
Lithium
battery cover
10
Installing the Battery to
Remote Control (Not Supplied)
1
Hold the remote control facing down,
and pull out the battery holder while
pressing the tab toward the centre.
Tab
2
Insert the CR 2025 type lithium
battery into the battery holder with
the H side of the battery facing the
m side of the holder.
CAUTION: Danger of explosion if
battery is incorrectly replaced. For
camcorder, replace only with same or
equivalent type CR1216, for remote
control unit, replace only with same or
equivalent type CR2025, both recommended by the equipment manufacturer.
X KEEP THIS BATTERY
AWAY FROM CHILDREN. IF SWALLOWED, CONSULT A PHYSICIAN
IMMEDIATELY FOR EMERGENCY
TREATMENT.
Z BATTERY MAY EXPLODE
IF MISUSED OR INSTALLED WITH
POLARITY REVERSED. DO NOT
RECHARGE, DISASSEMBLE OR
DISPOSE OF IN FIRE.
Preparation
The remote control (RRMCGA149WJSA)
is not supplied with this camcorder.
Contact the nearest SHARP service
centre or your dealer for purchasing as
specified part.
The CR 2025 type lithium battery is used
to power the remote control unit.
Notes on the Use of the Lithium
battery
• Do not short-circuit, recharge, disassemble,
or heat the lithium battery.
• Should the lithium battery leak, wipe the
battery compartment clean, and then insert a
new battery.
• The lithium batteries will last about one year
under normal usage.
H side, CR 2025 type
lithium battery
“m” side
3
Insert the battery holder back into
position.
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Preparation
Setting the Date and
Time
4
O T H E RS 2
T I ME C OD E
T C OUT
12H / 24H
S E T T I NG
R E T UR N
Example: Setting the date to 2 June 2004
(2. 6. 2004) and the time to 10:30 am
(10:30).
Operation button
Preparation
Press m or l to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
OF F
OF F
24H
1 . 1. 2 0 0 3
0 : 00
5
Press the centre of the Operation
button.
6
Press m or l to select “2” (day),
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
Power switch
DISPLAY button
Note:
• Before performing the steps below, make
sure that the CR1216 type lithium battery has
been installed (see page 10).
1
SE T T I NG
Hold down the Lock
button and set the
Power switch to v.
7
Lock button
2
Press the DISPLAY button until the
mode screen appears.
BLC / GA I N
OF F
FADE
ME NU
SC E N E M E NU
3
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “MENU”, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
BLC / GA I N
FADE
ME NU
EXECUTE
SC E N E M E N U
Press m or l to select “6” (month),
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
SE T T I NG
8
2. 6 . 2 0 0 4
0 : 00
Press m or l to select “10” (hour),
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
SE T T I NG
12
2. 6 . 2 0 0 3
0 : 00
Press m or l to select “2004” (year),
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
SE T T I NG
9
2. 1 . 2 0 0 3
0 : 00
2. 6 . 2 0 0 4
10 : 0 0
10 Press m or l to select “30” (minute),
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
SE T T I NG
2. 6 . 2 0 0 4
10 : 3 0 : 0 0
Using the Lens Cap
Attach the strap of the lens cap to the hand
strap as shown below.
• The internal clock now starts
operating with the seconds display.
Preparation
11 Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
Note:
• If the date and time have been set, the
SETTING 1 screen (T) appears in step 4.
Select “SETTING” in the OTHERS 2 screen
(~) using the Operation button.
When attaching or removing the lens cap,
grasp the indents on both sides of the cap.
Changing to the 12-hour
Time Mode
1
After performing step 10 above, press
l or m to select “12H/24H”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
O T H E RS 2
T I ME C O D E
T C OUT
12H / 24H
S E T T I NG
R E T URN
2
When recording, remove the lens cap and
attach the lens cap cord to the fastener so
that the cap will not get in the way.
Press l or m to select “12H”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
1 2 H 2 4H
3
Indents
2 4H
1 2H
1 2H
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
Notes:
• The date and time, once set, are internally
recorded even when not displayed on the
screen.
• The menu screen automatically turns off if no
settings are made within 5 minutes.
Fastener
Note:
• Always attach the lens cap over the lens
when not using the camcorder.
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Preparation
Adjusting the Hand
Strap
Open the hand strap flap (1) and grip
strap (2).
Preparation
1
Grip strap
Using the Grip
Rotate the grip 135° forward or 90°
downward so that you can record images
easily from high or low angle (see page 18).
135°
Hand strap flap
2
Loosen the grip strap, pass your right
hand through the hand strap, and put
your thumb close to the Start/Stop
button and your index finger on the
Power Zoom control. Then, pull the
grip strap tight until it fits snugly.
90°
3
14
Seal the Velcro® fasteners of the grip
strap and the hand strap flap.
Note:
• The grip cannot rotate when a tripod is
attached.
Detaching the Lens
Hood
Before using a commercially available
conversion lens, detach the lens hood as
shown below.
Using the Viewfinder
You can record the subject using the
electronic viewfinder. You can also watch
playback through the viewfinder.
Viewfinder
Preparation
Power switch
Note:
• You cannot attach the supplied lens hood or
lens cap to a conversion lens.
1
Pull out the viewfinder completely.
2
Hold down the Lock
button and set the
Power switch to v or
w.
Lock button
(Continued on the next page)
15
Preparation
Preparation
16
Closing the viewfinder
Adjusting the dioptre
Push in the viewfinder completely.
Adjust the dioptre according to your
eyesight when the picture in the viewfinder
or the characters on the on-screen display
is not clear.
Notes:
• Do not use excessive force when moving
the viewfinder.
• Do not pick up the camcorder by the
viewfinder.
• The viewfinder automatically turns off when
the LCD monitor is opened. If the vertical
rotation of the monitor is 180° when in
Camera mode, however, the viewfinder is on
and the subject is displayed both in the
viewfinder and on the monitor (see page 36).
• You can adjust the settings on the MENU
screen through the viewfinder by using the
Operation button (see page 27 for use of the
Operation button).
• Be sure to close the viewfinder after use.
1
2
Pull out the viewfinder completely.
3
While looking through the viewfinder,
turn the dioptre adjustment dial until
the indicators in the viewfinder are
clearly visible.
Hold down the Lock button and set
the Power switch to v.
Dioptre adjustment dial
Note:
• For cleaning the viewfinder, see page 68.
Using the LCD
Monitor
• You can also fold the LCD monitor
into the camcorder with the screen
facing out for watching playback on
the monitor.
You can use the LCD monitor to play back
recordings that you have made or to watch
the subject during recording.
Power switch
LCD monitor
1
Open the LCD monitor to a 90° angle
to the camcorder body.
Preparation
3
Hold down the Lock
button and set the
Power switch to v or
w.
• A picture displays on
the LCD monitor.
Lock button
Note:
• Battery consumption is larger when the LCD
monitor is opened. Use the viewfinder instead
of the LCD monitor when you want to save
the battery power.
Closing the LCD monitor
Return the LCD monitor to the vertical 90°
position with the screen facing in, and fold it
into the camcorder into place.
90˚
2
Adjust the LCD monitor to an angle
that allow easy viewing of the onscreen picture.
• The LCD monitor rotates 270°
vertically.
180
90
Notes:
• Do not use excessive force when moving
the LCD monitor.
• When closing the LCD monitor, do not tilt
it; otherwise the monitor may not close
properly and may become damaged.
• Do not pick up the camcorder by the LCD
monitor.
• Do not place the camcorder with the LCD
monitor screen facing down.
• Close the LCD monitor completely with the
screen facing in when not in use.
• Before closing the LCD monitor, make sure
the battery pack is properly attached to the
camcorder, otherwise the monitor may be
damaged.
Note: Do not try to rotate the LCD
monitor vertically until the monitor is
completely opened.
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Preparation
Tips on Recording
Positions
To create images that are easy to watch during playback, try to record with an upright
posture and steady hands to prevent a shaky image.
Preparation
Holding the camcorder
Put your right hand through the hand strap, and place your left hand under the camcorder
for support.
Basic posture
Shooting from a high angle
Place the viewfinder
eyecup firmly against
your eye.
Turn the LCD
monitor so that the
screen faces
downward.
Place your elbows
against your sides.
Shooting from a low angle
Balance your
weight on both
legs.
Turn the LCD
monitor so that the
screen faces
upward.
Note:
• Take care not to touch the microphone with your fingers during recording. It will cause noise on
the audio track.
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Basic Operations
Camera Recording
Easy Camera
Recording in Full
Auto Mode
3
Press the Start/Stop button to begin
recording.
REC
• Before you start recording, perform the
operations described on pages 5 through
18 to prepare your camcorder for
recording.
Start/Stop button
1
2
Remove the lens cap.
Hold down the Lock button and set
the Power switch to v.
• The picture from the lens now
displays and the POWER/CHARGE
(RED) indicator lights up green.
• The camcorder is now ready to
record (Recording Standby mode).
POWER/CHARGE
(RED) indicator
AU TO
Maximum continuous recording and
actual recording times
Max. continuous
recording time
Battery
pack
BT-L226
Basic Operations
Power switch
Note:
• Before recording an important scene,
please perform the recording test, then
playback to check if the scene was
recorded properly. If noise occurs, use a
commercially available cleaning tape to
clean the video heads (see page xii).
Actual
recording time
LCD
closed
LCD
open
LCD
closed
LCD
open
120
105
60
55
Note:
• Using the zoom (see page 20) and other
functions or turning the power on and off
frequently will increase power consumption. This may result in a decrease in the
actual recording time compared to the
maximum continuous recording time listed
above.
Lock button
Note:
• If “AUTO” is not displayed at this time,
set the camcorder to Full Auto mode
(see page 52).
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Basic Operations
Camera Recording
Zooming
To pause recording
Press the Start/Stop button again. Recording pauses, and the camcorder enters
Recording Standby mode.
PAUSE
Zooming allows you to move visually closer
to or farther from a subject without physically changing your position.
When using the optical zoom, you can
enlarge the subject up to 10K.
Basic Operations
Zooming in (when you want to centre
attention on the subject)
To turn the power off
Set the Power switch to OFF without
pressing the Lock button.
Note:
• If the camcorder remains in Recording
Standby mode for more than 5 minutes, the
power will automatically turn off to save
battery power and to protect the tape from
being damaged. To resume recording, set
the Power switch to OFF and then back to v.
(The camcorder will make a confirmation
sound when it is left in Recording Standby
mode for about 4 minutes.)
Zooming out (when you want to include
the surroundings)
Zooming in
Push the Power Zoom control to the T
(telephoto) side to get a close-up view (1).
Zooming out
Push the Power Zoom control to the W (wide
angle) side to get a wide field of view (2).
W
T ZOOM
3
Power Zoom
control
Zoom range indicator
• The zoom range indicator shows you the
current zoom setting.
• The zoom speed depends on how far you
push the Power Zoom control.
Notes:
• The camcorder is unable to focus when
zooming in on subjects within 1.5 m.
• See page 29 for how to use the digital zoom.
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Power Standby Mode
Power Standby mode allows you to prevent
accidental recording by locking all
operations except cancelling the mode.
Turning on/off the
Backlight
You can see the on-screen display outdoors
on a sunny day or in a location with bright
lighting even when the backlight turns off.
Also, this function is useful when watching
playback on a TV.
Hold down the STANDBY button for more
than 2 seconds when you pause recording.
• The screen turns off and the STANDBY
indicator lights up.
LCD LAMP button
Hold down the LCD LAMP button for
more than 2 seconds to turn off the
backlight.
Basic Operations
STANDBY button
• “BACKLIGHT OFF” will flash for two seconds,
then H appears on the LCD screen.
STANDBY indicator
To turn on the backlight
Press the LCD LAMP button.
To resume operation
Press the STANDBY button again to
return to the Recording Standby mode.
Note:
• The BACKLIGHT OFF mode will cancel when
you close the LCD monitor.
• It takes about 2 seconds to be able to start
recording.
Notes:
• Power Standby will cancel and the STANDBY
indicator will turn off in these situations below:
— When the camcorder remains in Power
Standby mode more than 5 minutes
— When the camcorder is set to Playback
mode
— When removing the battery pack
— When removing a cassette
• The camcorder will turn off automatically in 5
minutes after setting Power Standby mode if
it remains in Recording Standby mode after
canceling Power Standby mode.
— When Power Standby mode, for example,
is cancelled after 3 minutes, the
camcorder will turn off if recording is not
started within 2 minutes.
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Basic Operations
Camera Recording
Auto Focus
Basic Operations
The camcorder is preset to Auto Focus
mode, which is designed to focus on most
types of subjects. In Auto Focus mode, the
camcorder automatically focuses on the
subject in the centre of the scene. Always
keep the subject in the centre of the scene.
Notes:
• If no subject is in the centre of the scene, the
focus area will expand and the subject
nearest the centre will be focused on.
• Auto Focus may not work in the situations
described on page 47. In these situations,
use the manual focus function.
• The camcorder may not be able to focus
correctly if the subject is closer than
approximately 1.5 m. Set the zoom control to
wide angle, and try refocusing again.
• If the lens is dirty or fogged, the camcorder
may not be able to focus correctly.
Macro Shots
This camcorder 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 camcorder, do not zoom in on
it. Instead, zoom out all the way by pushing
the Power Zoom control to the W side, and
then move the camcorder closer to the
subject until you obtain the desired angle of
view. The camcorder will automatically
focus on the subject when the lens is set for
the widest angle.
Power Zoom
control
Note:
• When you are recording a macro shot, be
sure that the subject receives sufficient
illumination.
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Remaining Recording
Time Display
When the camcorder is recording, an onscreen indicator displays the approximate
remaining tape time in minutes.
Remaining
recording time
indicator
Notes:
• The remaining recording time indicator
appears when the on-screen indicators are
turned on.
• The remaining recording time indicator
appears 10 seconds after pressing the
Start/Stop button to begin recording.
• The remaining recording time indicator only
shows the approximate time left. Also, it
varies slightly depending on the length of the
tape used. (This function is based on the
DVM60 tape standard.)
When the remaining recording time reaches
1 minute, a warning indicator will appear.
Prepare a new cassette.
Warning indicator
Approx. remaining
time
THE T APE
ENDS SOON.
Less than 1 min.
T APE END
CHANGE T HE
CAS SE T T E .
When using the camcorder with the battery
pack as the power source, the remaining
battery power indicator is displayed. If the
battery power becomes very low, a warning
indicator appears. Replace the battery
pack.
The tape has reached
the end.
(Green)
(Green)
(Red)
BAT T ERY I S
TOO LOW.
Remaining
battery power
indicator
Basic Operations
3 0 min
Remaining Battery
Power Display
Warning
indicator
Notes:
• The remaining battery power indicator
appears when the on-screen indicators are
turned on.
• Use the remaining battery power indicator
only as an approximate indication.
• The remaining battery power indicator may
change to either a higher or lower level if you
set the Power switch to OFF and then back to
v or w.
• In cold environments, the red remaining
battery power indicator may appear sooner.
• Use of the zoom functions when the warning
indicator is displayed may cause the
camcorder to suddenly lose power.
T APE END
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Basic
Operations
Basic Operations
Camera Recording
Playback
Playback
To stop playback
The LCD monitor screen functions as a
handy playback monitor. Nothing needs to
be connected, allowing instant on-screen
playback with the sound through the built-in
speaker.
Press l.
To turn the power off
Basic Operations
Set the Power switch to OFF without
pressing the Lock button.
Power switch
Operation button
1
Hold down the Lock
button and set the
Power switch to w.
Watching the playback in
the viewfinder
Lock button
24
Note:
• The tape automatically rewinds when
playback reaches the end of the tape.
2
Press j (or k) on the Operation
button to rewind (or fast forward) the
tape to the desired point.
3
Press m to begin playback.
You can also watch the playback in the
viewfinder by closing the LCD monitor with
the screen facing in. You cannot monitor the
sound through the speaker when watching
the playback in the viewfinder.
Volume Control
Video Search
When the camcorder is in Playback mode,
push the Volume control to the L or + side
to increase (1) or decrease (2) the
volume.
The volume level indicator will appear on
the LCD screen during adjustment only.
Once the Volume control is released, the
volume level indicator will disappear shortly
afterwards.
The video search function makes it easy to
search for a desired scene on the tape.
Searching for a Scene Near
the Current Tape Position
1
• The playback picture fast forwards
(or reverses).
Decrease
Volume
control
Increase
Still
Searching for a Scene Far
from the Current Tape Position
1
To return to normal playback, press m
again.
Notes:
• The sound is off in Still mode.
• To protect the tape, the camcorder automatically returns to normal playback if it is left in
Still mode for more than 5 minutes.
During fast forward (or rewind), press
and hold k (or j) on the Operation
button.
• The fast forward (or rewind) picture
displays.
The still function allows you to pause
playback.
During playback, press m on the Operation
button.
When you find the scene, press m to
return to normal playback.
Basic Operations
2
VOLUME
During playback, press k (or j) on
the Operation button.
2
If the scene is still rather far from the
current tape position, release the
Operation button to normal fast
forward (or rewind).
3
Repeat steps 1 and 2 above until you
find the scene.
4
Press m to begin normal playback.
Notes:
• The sound is off during search.
• You may experience picture noise during
search. This is not a malfunction.
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Basic Operations
Playback
Watching Playback
on a TV
Note:
• Check that the camcorder, TV, VCR and
other equipment to be used are turned
off before making any connections.
Picture noise or malfunction may occur
if any of the above is left on while
making a connection.
You can connect the camcorder to a TV to
allow a larger audience to enjoy playback.
Basic Operations
1
Open the terminal cover on the
camcorder (see page 2).
3
Turn on the TV and set it to the “AV”
or “VIDEO” channel. (See the
operation manual of your TV.)
• When connecting to a TV via a VCR,
turn on the VCR and set it to the “AV”
or “LINE” input channel. Operate the
TV as you normally do to view the
signal from the VCR. (See the
operation manuals of your TV and
VCR.)
Terminal cover
2
Connect the camcorder to your TV (or
VCR) with the supplied audio/video/Svideo cable, as shown.
TV or VCR
S-VIDEO
VIDEO (MONO) L-AUDIO-R
AV-IN
Black: To S-video input socket
Yellow: To video input jack
White: To audio input (L) jack
Red: To audio input (R) jack
4
Set the Power switch on the
camcorder to w, and begin playback
(see page 24).
Notes:
• If your TV or VCR has a 21-pin Euro-SCART
connector, use the RCA/21-pin Euro-SCART
conversion connector (QSOCZ0033TAZZ)
available from our main parts distributor
detailed on page 70.
21-pin Euro-SCART on TV or VCR
0
VIDEO
Audio/video/S-video cable (supplied)
Video
AUDIO
AUDIO
(L/MONO)
(R)
RCA/21-pin Euro-SCART
conversion connector
(QSOCZ0033TAZZ)
Audio R
Audio L
• If your TV or VCR has only one audio input
jack, use the white plug for the audio
connection on the TV or VCR.
• If your TV or VCR has an S-video input
socket, you do not need to connect the
yellow video plug.
• Close the terminal cover after use.
To AV
terminal
: The arrow shows the signal flow.
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About the S-video socket
S-video sockets are used to separately pass
the chroma (colour) and luminance
(brightness) components of video signals.
They serve to improve the picture quality in
both recording and playback.
Useful Features
Control Buttons
Operation button
Using the Mode Screens
In the mode screens, you can adjust the
camcorder settings by using the Operation
button.
1
• See pages 74 and 75 for the mode
items you can select in each mode.
• Steps 2 to 4 show how to change the
SCENE MENU setting in Camera
mode.
Power switch
DISPLAY button
2
Operation button
Use the Operation button to select and set
the desired setting.
Each time you press the DISPLAY button,
the screen changes as shown below.
Example
• The example screens shown are for Camera
mode.
BLC / GA I N
FADE
ME NU
SC E N E M E N U O F F
Information
display on
4
6. 2 00 4
10 : 30
Press l or m to select the desired
mode setting (DUSK), then press the
centre of the Operation button.
Example
Mode screen
OF F
BLC /GA I N
FADE
ME NU
S C E N E ME NU
AU TO
3 0min
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select the desired mode
item (SCENE MENU), then press the
centre of the Operation button.
Useful Features
DISPLAY button
2.
Press the DISPLAY button until the
mode screen appears.
BLC / GA I N
OF F
FADE
ME NU
SC E N E M E N U
3
AU TO
3 0min
Hold down the Lock button and set
the Power switch to v or w.
SEL ECT
BLC / GA I N
FADE
ME NU
S C E N E M E N U DU S K
To turn off the mode screen
SET
Information
display off
Press the DISPLAY button.
Note:
• Items that are not selectable are greyed out.
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Useful Features
Using the Menu Screens
5
Use the menu screens to adjust the various
camcorder settings.
Press l or m to select the desired
menu screen (T), then press the
centre of the Operation button.
Example
S E T T I NG 1
S T AR T
Q K . R E T U RN
DG T L Z O OM O F F
TAPE SPEE D SP
RE T URN
Operation button
• You can press k, instead of the
centre of Operation button.
Power switch
DISPLAY button
1
6
Hold down the Lock button and set
the Power switch to v or w.
Example
• See pages 74 and 75 for the menu
items you can select in each mode.
S E T T I NG 1
Q K . R E T U RN
DG T L Z O OM O F F
TAPE SPEE D 4 0
RE T URN
500
Useful Features
• Steps 2 to 8 show how to change the
DGTL ZOOM menu setting in
Camera mode.
2
Press the DISPLAY button until the
mode screen appears (see page 27).
3
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “MENU”, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
4
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
• You can press k, instead of the
centre of the Operation button.
7
28
40
• You can press j, instead of the
centre of the Operation button.
• To adjust another menu item, press
l or m to select “RETURN” and
press the centre of the Operation
button, then perform steps 5 to 7.
BLC / GA I N
FADE
EXE CUT E
ME NU
S C E N E ME N U
Note:
• The menu screen does not appear
during recording.
Press l or m to select the desired
menu setting (40), then press the
centre of the Operation button.
DG T L ZOOM
Example
S E T T I NG 1
START
QK . R E T URN
D G T L Z O OM O F F
TAPE SPEE D SP
RE T URN
Press l or m to select the desired
menu item (DGTL ZOOM), then press
the centre of the Operation button.
8
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
Notes:
• Certain menu items are common in both
Camera and Playback modes. If the BEEP
menu item, for example, is set to “OFF” in
Camera mode, it will be automatically set to
“OFF” in Playback mode.
• The menu screen automatically turns off if no
settings are made within 5 minutes.
• Items that are not selectable are greyed out.
Useful Features
Camera Recording
Setting the Digital
Zoom
5
Press l or m to select “DGTL
ZOOM”, then press the centre of the
Operation button.
S E T T I NG 1
Q K . R E T U RN
DG T L Z O OM O F F
TAPE SPEE D 4 0
RE T URN
500
You can select three different zoom ranges:
1–10K (optical zoom), 10–40K (digital
zoom) or 10–500K (digital zoom). The
digital zoom allows you to record powerful
close-up pictures with the same operation
as normal zooming.
Notes:
• The digital zoom is in addition to the optical
zoom giving a combined maximum zoom
range of 1–500K.
• As the image is enlarged digitally, the
picture quality decreases when higher
digital zoom settings are used.
1
In Camera mode, press the DISPLAY
button until the mode screen appears.
2
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “MENU”, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
3
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
4
Press l or m to select T, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
Press l or m to select “40” or “500”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
DG T L ZOOM
7
40
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
The “D” digital zoom indicator is displayed
during digital zooming.
Useful Features
BLC / GA I N
OF F
FADE
ME NU
SC E N E M E N U
6
W
T D- ZOOM 2 5
Power Zoom
control
Digital zoom indicator
To use optical zoom only
Select “OFF” in step 6 above.
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Useful Features
Camera Recording
Backlight
Compensation (BLC)
When the subject is backlit, the image will
appear dark if it is recorded normally. Use
the backlight compensation (BLC) function
to improve the picture.
1
Useful Features
3
30
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the mode screen.
• “x” appears when on-screen
indicators are turned on, indicating that
the backlight compensation is now
working.
In Camera mode, press the DISPLAY
button until the mode screen appears.
BLC / GA I N
OF F
FADE
ME NU
SC E N E M E NU
2
4
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “BLC/GAIN”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
Press l or m to select “ON x”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
BLC / GA I N
ON
AU TO
3 0min
To cancel the backlight compensation function
Select “OFF” in step 3 above.
To cancel the gain-up function
Gain-up
When you are recording in a dark or poorly
illuminated location, “LIGHT” is displayed
on the screen. Use the gain-up function to
record a brighter picture.
Note:
• At locations where lighting is adequate,
“LIGHT” will not appear. The gain-up function
cannot be used in this case.
1
In Camera mode, press the DISPLAY
button until the mode screen appears.
Select “OFF” in step 3 above.
Notes:
• You may experience some picture noise in
Gain-up mode, which increases when the
e appears.
• When the e indicator appears, you may
get a shadow image behind a subject that is
moving around a lot.
• Fine brightness adjustments are possible
when using manual iris (see page 50).
• The e indicator will disappear and
Gain-up mode will cancel if you aim the
camcorder in a bright location.
BLC / GA I N
OF F
FADE
ME NU
SC E N E M E N U
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “BLC/GAIN”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
3
Press l or m to select “ON e”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
BLC / GA I N
4
ON
Useful Features
2
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the mode screen.
• “e” appears when on-screen
indicators are turned on, indicating that
the gain-up function is now working.
AU T O
3 0min
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Useful Features
Camera Recording
Fade In and Fade Out
4
Press the DISPLAY button until onscreen indicators appear.
The fade function allows you to gradually
bring the image and sound in or out at the
beginning or end of a scene for creating
scene transitions. This is especially effective
in creating a dramatic change in scenery.
5
Press the Start/Stop button to begin
recording.
• The picture turns white, and the
image and sound fade in.
Operation button
REC
FADE I N
AU TO
3 0min
Start/Stop button
6
DISPLAY button
• The image and sound fade out as the
picture gradually turns white. The
camcorder then returns to Recording
Standby mode.
Fade in
Useful Features
Press the Start/Stop button at the
point where you wish to stop
recording.
REC
F A D E OUT
Fade out
Using
1
In Camera mode, press the DISPLAY
button until the mode screen appears.
2
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “FADE”, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
AU TO
2 7min
7 min
To cancel Fade mode
Select “OFF” in step 3 above.
To use Fade Out only
BLC / GA I N
FADE
OF F
ME NU
SC E N E M E NU
3
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Press l or m to select “ON”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
1
During camera recording, press the
DISPLAY button until the mode
screen appears.
2
3
Perform steps 2 and 3 in “Using”.
Press the Start/Stop button at the
point where you wish to stop
recording.
Note:
• Fade mode automatically cancels after Fade
Out.
Quick Return
6
If while playing back your tape you want to
quickly return to the last recorded scene
and start recording again, use the quick
return function.
In Recording Standby mode, press
the DISPLAY button until the mode
screen appears.
2
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “MENU”, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
3
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
4
Press l or m to select T, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
5
Press l or m to select “QK.
RETURN”, then press the centre of
the Operation button.
S E T T I NG 1
S T AR T
QK . R E T URN
D G T L Z O OM S T O P
TAPE SPEE D
RE T URN
• “SEARCH” flashes, and the tape
begins fast forwarding or rewinding
to the end of the last recorded scene.
SE ARCH
• When the tape reaches the end of
the last recorded scene, “FINISHED”
is displayed, and the camcorder
enters Recording Standby mode.
7
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
Notes:
• To cancel the quick return function while
“SEARCH” is flashing, press the centre of
Operation button twice.
• Quick return will not work if you remove the
cassette and reload it after recording or if
nothing has been recorded since loading.
Useful Features
1
Press l or m to select “START”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
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Useful Features
Camera Recording
Edit Search
The edit search function lets you search,
without switching from Camera mode to
Playback mode, for the point on the tape
where you wish to start recording next.
Still Recording
You can record continuous still images of
subjects.
1
In Recording Standby mode,
press the PHOTO button fully.
• A still image of the subject is
displayed.
2
Operation button
Useful Features
1
2
In Recording
Standby mode,
press and hold
down j (reverse
edit search) or k
(forward edit
search) on the
Operation button.
When you find the point where you
want to begin recording, release the
button.
Notes:
• The sound is off during search.
• Forward edit search is performed at the same
speed as normal playback, and reverse edit
search at 6.5 times the normal playback.
• You may experience picture noise during
reverse edit search.
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Press the Start/Stop
button.
• The still image of the
subject will be recorded.
To pause recording
Press the Start/Stop button.
To cancel the still image
Press the PHOTO button fully.
Notes:
• Still Recording can also be used during
recording by pressing the PHOTO button
fully.
• The picture quality in Still Recording function
will be slightly lower than normal pictures.
Digital Image
Stabilization (DIS)
The digital image stabilization (DIS) function
allows you to stabilize the image by
electronically compensating for relatively
minor image shaking that is often annoying
in close-up shots.
1
In Camera mode, press the DISPLAY
button until the mode screen appears.
2
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “MENU”, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
4
Press l or m to select Y, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
5
Press l or m to select “DIS”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
S E T T I NG 2
ON
DIS
16 : 9
OF F
A U D I O MO D E
W I ND
R E T URN
6
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
• The DIS indicator only appears when
the on-screen indicators are turned
on.
DIS indicator
TAPE
To cancel DIS function
Select “OFF” in step 6 above. The z
indicator will disappear.
Notes:
• The DIS function cannot compensate for
excessive image shaking.
• When image shaking does not occur (e.g.
when using the camcorder on a tripod), turn
off the DIS function. The picture will appear
more natural when the DIS function is off.
Useful Features
3
7
Press l or m to select “ON”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
DIS
ON
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Useful Features
Camera Recording
Self Recording
2
Set the Power switch to v.
• The subject is displayed in the
viewfinder, and a mirror image of the
subject is displayed on the LCD
monitor.
Normal self recording
Open the LCD monitor and rotate it 180°
vertically so that the screen faces the other
way and the subject can monitor the shot
while you are recording with the viewfinder.
If the camcorder is steadied, you can record
yourself in the scene by watching yourself
on the LCD monitor.
Useful Features
3
Note:
• You can play back images while the monitor
is in the self recording position. Set the
camcorder to Playback mode.
1
Pull out the viewfinder completely.
Open the LCD monitor to a 90° angle
to the camcorder body (1), and then
rotate it 180° vertically (2).
180˚
90˚
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Press the Start/Stop button to begin
recording.
Self recording with reversed
grip
3
Open the LCD monitor to a 90° angle
to the camcorder body (1), and then
rotate it 180° vertically (2).
Rotate the grip 90° and the LCD monitor
180° vertically so that you can record
yourself while holding the grip.
90˚
180˚
1
Rotate the lens section 90° vertically
as shown below.
4
5
Set the Power switch to v.
Press the Start/Stop button to begin
recording.
Notes:
• Do not rotate the monitor section to the self
recording position during recording or
playback.
• During self recording, the mode or menu
screen cannot be displayed.
• All of the manual settings are set to AUTO
and some other settings will set to OFF in self
recording.
• You may experience image noise when using
self recording.
• To operate self recording with reversed grip
correctly, make sure to turn the grip and the
lens section so that the Start/Stop button and
the tripod socket face upward, and the lens
faces toward you. The I indicator will
appear.
• Be sure that the LCD monitor rotation is
exactly 180°, otherwise the image recorded
will be rotated 180° upside-down.
• The viewfinder does not work in self
recording with reversed grip.
Useful Features
2
Turn the camcorder downward as
shown below.
90°
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Useful Features
Camera Recording
Wide Screen (16:9)
5
The wide screen function lets you 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.
Normal screen
Press l or m to select “16:9”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
S E T T I NG 2
DIS
16 : 9
OF F
A UD I O MO D E ON
W I ND
R E T U RN
Wide screen
6
Press l or m to select “ON”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
• The picture is displayed with the top
and bottom portions masked.
1
In Camera mode, press the DISPLAY
button until the mode screen appears.
Useful Features
BLC / GA I N
OF F
FADE
ME NU
SC E N E M E N U
38
16 : 9
7
ON
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
To return to normal screen
Select “OFF” in step 6 above.
2
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “MENU”, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
3
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
4
Press l or m to select Y, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
Recording in LP (Long
Play Recording) Mode
This camcorder allows you to record in LP
(Long Play Recording) mode for approximately 50% more recording time with the
same picture quality as that in SP (Standard
Play Recording) mode.
1
In Camera mode, press the DISPLAY
button until the mode screen appears.
6
Press l or m to select “LP”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
T AP E SP E E D LP
7
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
• The long play recording mode
indicator only appears when the onscreen indicators are turned on.
LP
TAPE
BLC / GA I N
OF F
FADE
ME NU
SC E N E M E NU
2
3
Long play recording mode indicator
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “MENU”, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
4
Press l or m to select T, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
5
Press l or m to select “TAPE
SPEED”, then press the centre of the
Operation button.
S E T T I NG 1
QK . R E T URN
D G T L Z O OM
TAPE SPEE D SP
RE T URN
LP
Select “SP” in step 6 above.
Notes on the use of LP
mode
• To record in LP mode, be sure to use a
Mini DV cassette labelled for use with LP
mode.
• Frozen images, mosaic-pattern picture
noise, audio interruptions or audio loss
may occur in the following cases:
—When using a tape which is not
designated for use with LP mode.
—When a tape recorded in LP mode
under high temperature conditions is
played back.
—When a tape recorded in LP mode with
the camcorder is played back on a Mini
DV player or camcorder from another
manufacturer.
—When a tape recorded in LP mode is
played back on a Mini DV player or
camcorder without an LP function.
• Audio dubbing is not possible with LP
mode recording.
Useful Features
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
To return to SP mode
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Useful Features
Camera Recording
Windbreak
To cancel Windbreak
The windbreak function allows you to
reduce annoying noise from strong winds
when recording.
In Camera mode, press the DISPLAY
button until the mode screen appears
(see page 27).
2
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “MENU”, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
3
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
4
Press l or m to select Y, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
5
Press l or m to select “WIND”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
Useful Features
1
S E T T I NG 2
DIS
16 : 9
A U D I O MO D E
OF F
W I ND
R E T URN
ON
6
Press l or m to select “ON”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
W I ND
7
40
ON
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
Select “OFF” in step 6 above.
Note:
• Keep the windbreak function off during
normal recording. If left on, the recorded
audio may sound somewhat muffled when
played back.
Selecting the 16-bit
Audio Recording
Mode
The camcorder normally records audio in
the 12-bit audio recording mode. For higherquality audio recording, select the 16-bit
audio recording mode.
1
In Camera mode, press the DISPLAY
button until the mode screen appears
(see page 27).
2
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “MENU”, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
3
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
4
Press l or m to select “AUDIO
MODE”, then press the centre of the
Operation button.
S E T T I NG 2
DIS
16 : 9
A U D I O MO D E 1 2 bit
1 6 bit
W I ND
R E T URN
Press l or m to select “16bit”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
AUD I O MODE 1 6 bit
7
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
• The 16-bit audio recording mode
indicator only appears when the onscreen indicators are turned on.
TAPE
1 6 bit
16-bit audio recording mode indicator
To return to 12-bit audio recording
mode
Select “12bit” in step 6 above.
Note:
• When using Audio Dubbing with 16-bit audio
recordings, both the dubbed and original
sounds will be recorded in mono (see page
57).
Useful Features
5
Press l or m to select Y, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
6
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Useful
Features
Useful Features
Playback
Playback
Using the Remote
Control
(Not supplied)
Operating
Aim the remote control at the remote sensor
of the camcorder, and press the control
buttons to operate.
The remote control (RRMCGA149WJSA) is
not supplied with this camcorder. Contact
the nearest SHARP service centre or your
dealer for purchasing as specified part.
Useful Features
• The example screens shown are for
Playback mode.
1
Press the DISPLAY button until the
mode screen appears.
2
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “MENU”, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
3
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
4
Press l or m to select Z, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
5
5m
Activating
Remote sensor
SLOW button
TAPE REC START/STOP button
* CARD REC button
ZOOM (W/T) buttons
PAUSE/STILL
button
STOP button
PLAY button
FF button
Press l or m to select “REMOTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
OTHE RS 1
DE F AUL T
R EMO T E
BEEP
R E T U RN
REW button
T/C (Time
Code) button
DATE button
ON
OF F
* Shift buttons
6
Press l or m to select “ON”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
REMOT E
7
42
ON
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
* CARD PLAY/MULTI button
VOLUME +/L buttons
Advance/reverse buttons
Notes:
• Be careful not to expose the remote sensor to
direct sunlight or strong interior lighting, as
this may prevent the remote control from
operating properly.
• Be sure that there are no obstacles between
the remote control and the remote sensor.
• The buttons with an asterisk mark (*) do
not work with this camcorder.
Playback Functions
with the Remote
Control
(Not supplied)
You can use the following playback
functions with the remote control (not
supplied), if you purchase it as a specified
part by contacting the nearest SHARP
service centre or your dealer. (See page 42
for use of the remote control.)
SLOW button
PAUSE/STILL
button
Advance/reverse
buttons
The reverse playback function allows you to
play back images in reverse.
During playback, press the j
button.
To return to normal playback, press the
PLAY button (t).
Note:
• The camcorder automatically returns to
normal playback if it is left in reverse
playback for more than 30 minutes.
The slow function allows you to play back
images in slow motion.
During playback, press the SLOW
button (f).
Then, select the tape direction using
the advance/reverse buttons (j or
h).
To return to normal playback, press the
PLAY button (t).
Note:
• To protect the tape, the camcorder automatically returns to normal playback if it is left in
Slow mode for more than 10 minutes.
Frame Advance
The frame advance function allows you to
play back still images frame by frame.
1
During playback, press the
PAUSE/STILL button (g) to
pause playback.
2
Press the h (or j)
button.
Useful Features
Reverse Playback
Slow
• Each time you press the
button, the picture
advances one frame
forward (or backward).
To return to normal playback, press the
PLAY button (t).
Notes:
• The sound is off during reverse, slow, and
frame advance playback.
• If you use the slow or frame advance function
with the tape recorded in LP mode, the
picture may advance several frames at a
time.
• The reverse frame advance moves about 30
frames.
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Useful Features
Playback
Selecting the Date
and Time of
Recording Display
5
Press the DISPLAY button until the
date (or date and time) appears.
2.
Follow the procedure below to select the
date, or both the date and time, of recording
display on the screen. You can display the
date and time during both recording and
playback.
• The example screens shown are for Playback
mode.
1
Hold down the Lock button and set
the Power switch to v or w.
2
Press the DISPLAY button until the
mode screen appears.
Useful Features
P I C. E F F E C T OF F
AU D I O DUB
ME NU
D A T E D I S P.
3
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “DATE DISP.”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
P I C. EF F ECT
AUD I O DUB
ME NU
D A T E D I S P . D A T E + T I ME
4
Press l or m to select the desired
setting, then press the centre of the
Operation button.
DATE D I S P. DA T E
• Each time you press l or m, the
setting changes as shown below.
DA T E + T I ME
OFF
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DATE
PLAY
STOP
R EW
6. 2004
FF
Notes:
• The date (or date and time) appears when
the on-screen indicators are turned on.
• Before recording, make sure that the date
and time have been correctly set. If they have
not been set, the display will be left blank
when playing back the recording. (The
display will also be left blank for unrecorded
or damaged portions of the tape.)
• In Playback mode, the current date and time
are displayed when the tape is not being
played back.
Picture Effect
Playback
These picture effects let you play back
images with a more dramatic effect.
Types
B/W: The picture is displayed in
black-and-white.
SEPIA: The picture is displayed in
sepia colour similar to that of an old
photograph.
SOLARI: The contrast of the subject
is enhanced, creating an unique
artistic image.
NEGA: The blacks and whites of the
image are reversed and colours of
the image are inverted.
During playback, press the DISPLAY
button until the mode screen appears.
2
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “PIC. EFFECT”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the mode screen.
To cancel Picture Effect Playback
Select “OFF” in step 3 above.
Note:
• Video images in Picture Effect Playback
mode cannot be transferred via DV cable to a
personal computer.
Useful Features
1
4
P I C . E F F E C T OF F
AUD I O DUB
ME NU
DA T E D I S P.
3
Press l or m to select the desired
picture effect, then press the centre of
the Operation button.
P I C. E F F E C T B W
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Useful Features
Playback
Rotate Playback
This function allows you to play back
images rotated 180°.
In Playback mode, press the DISPLAY button until the mode screen
appears.
2
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “MENU”, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
3
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
4
Press l or m to select V, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
5
Press l or m to select “ROTATE
PB”, then press the centre of the
Operation button.
Useful Features
1
P L AY BACK SE T
E X E C UT E
ROTA T E PB
AUD I O
R E T U RN
R E T U RN
6
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
• Rotate Playback indicator appears.
AUDIO1 + 2
RO T A T E P B
Rotate Playback indicator
7
Press m to begin Rotate Playback.
• The image is rotated 180° upside
down.
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To cancel Rotate Playback
Press the centre of the Operation button
in step 7 above.
Notes:
• When executing Rotate Playback during
playback, playback will stop. Press m to
begin Rotate Playback.
• Even if the camcorder is in Rotate Playback
mode, the image output via a DV connection
will display as normal playback.
• The camcorder will stop and cancel Rotate
Playback when the LCD monitor is closed.
• When you want to display the menu screen
during Rotate Playback, press the centre of
the Operation button.
• In Rotate Playback mode, you cannot
perform frame advance, slow, or picture
effect playback.
Advanced Features
Camera Recording
Manual Focus
Operation button
Power Zoom control
Auto Focus may not be able to focus on the
subject in the situations shown below. In
such situations, set the camcorder to
Manual Focus mode and focus manually.
Subject is too dark.
DISPLAY button
Lack of contrast, e.g.
snow scene.
Background is too bright.
Subject has horizontal
stripes.
Subject is being shot through a
dirty or wet window.
Light reflects off the
subject.
Two subjects at different distances
overlap in the same scene.
In Camera mode, press the DISPLAY
button until the mode screen appears.
2
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “FOCUS”, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
M E NU
S C E N E ME NU
M A NU A L S E T
F OCUS
/
3
Adjust the Power Zoom control to
frame the subject as you desire.
4
Press l or m to focus on the
subject.
p: To focus on a closer subject
o: To focus on a more distant subject
Subject has fine, repeated Subjects at different distances
appear in the centre of the scene
patterns.
at the same time.
5
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the mode screen.
• “MF” appears when the on-screen
indicators are turned on.
Advanced Features
Fast-moving subject.
1
Manual focus indicator
Fast-speed shutter being
used under fluorescent
lighting.
MF
3 0min
Note:
• When “MF” is displayed, you can manually
adjust the focus by pressing l or m, even if
the focus setting screen is not displayed.
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Advanced Features
Camera Recording
Returning to Auto
Focus
Displaying the Manual
Setting Screen
You can set Manual Focus mode to Auto
Focus mode with the operation below.
You can manually adjust these settings as
shown below in the manual setting screen.
1
In Camera mode, press the DISPLAY
button until the mode screen appears.
• White Balance (see page 49)
• Manual Iris (see page 50)
• Manual Gain (see page 51)
2
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “AUTO FOCUS”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
1
In Camera mode, press the DISPLAY
button until the mode screen appears.
2
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “MANUAL SET”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
S C E N E ME N U
MANU A L S E T
F OCUS
AUTO F OCUS EX E CUT E
3
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
• The FOCUS setting returns to Auto
Focus mode.
Advanced Features
4
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Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the mode screen.
FADE
ME NU
S C E N E ME N U
M A NU A L S E T E X E C U T E
3
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
FULL AUTO
WH I T E B A L .
IRIS
GA I N
R E T U RN
EXE CUT E
AUTO
AUTO
AUTO
Note:
• Items that are not selectable are greyed out.
White Balance Lock
6
Aim the lens at a white object.
White paper or white cloth
The colour of the subject on the screen
looks different depending on lighting
conditions. Lock the White Balance if the
Auto White Balance does not work properly.
1
In Camera mode, press the DISPLAY
button until the mode screen appears.
2
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “MANUAL SET”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button (see page 48).
3
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
4
Press l or m to select “WHITE
BAL.”, then press the centre of the
Operation button.
FULL AUTO
WH I T E B A L .
IRIS
GA I N
R E T U RN
7
Press the centre of the Operation
button to set the white balance lock.
• “LOCK MODE” will change to
“LOCK” after pressing the centre of
the Operation button.
• “LOCK” flashes during the locking
procedure, and stops flashing after
locking the white balance.
AUTO
Note:
• If you move the camcorder while
“LOCK” is flashing, “LOCK” may not
stop flashing. If this occurs, repeat
step 7.
Press l or m to select “LOCK
MODE”.
WH I T E B A L . L O C K MODE
8
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the MANUAL SET screen.
Advanced Features
5
• Adjust the distance of the object so
that the entire screen is white.
To return to Auto White Balance
mode
Press k in step 5 above, then press the
centre of the Operation button.
To return to Full Auto mode
Set the camcorder to Full Auto mode (see
page 52).
Note:
• White Balance setting cannot be used
when a scene setting is selected.
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Advanced Features
Camera Recording
Manual Iris
4
The camcorder is preset to Auto Iris mode,
which automatically selects the optimal
aperture. However, when there is too much
contrast in brightness between the subject
and background, you may not be able to
record a clear image. In this case, use the
manual iris function to correct the iris value.
Background is too bright and subject too
dark (backlit subject).
Press l or m to select “IRIS”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
FULL AUTO
WH I T E B A L .
IRIS
GA I N
R E T U RN
5
• Decrease the iris value to allow more light
through the lens.
AUTO
Press l or m to select the desired
iris value, then press the centre of the
Operation button.
FULL AUTO
WH I T E B A L .
IRIS
GA I N
R E T U RN
EXE CUT E
AUTO
F2.0
AUTO
Subject is too bright against background.
• Increase the iris value to allow less light
through the lens.
• The number shown is the selected
iris value. The adjustment range is 15
steps from F1.8 (most light) to F19
(least light).
6
Advanced Features
1
50
2
3
In Camera mode, press the DISPLAY
button until the mode screen appears.
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the MANUAL SET screen.
To return to Auto Iris mode
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “MANUAL SET”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button (see page 48).
Press k in step 5 above, then press the
centre of the Operation button.
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
Set the camcorder to Full Auto mode (see
page 52).
To return to Full Auto mode
Note:
• Manual Iris mode cannot be used when a
scene setting is selected.
Manual Gain
When recording in a dark or poorly
illuminated location with Auto Gain mode,
the light sensitivity of the camcorder (gain)
will be automatically adjusted and the
recorded image may be brighter than the
subject actually is. If you want to faithfully
record a dark scene in this case, use the
manual gain function. You can also adjust
the gain to record a backlit subject brighter.
4
FULL AUTO
WH I T E B A L .
IRIS
GA I N
R E T U RN
5
Example of use
Faithfully recording a dark scene
Background is too bright and subject is
too dark (backlit subject)
• Select a larger gain value (to increase the
light sensitivity).
In Camera mode, press the DISPLAY
button until the mode screen appears.
2
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “MANUAL SET”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button (see page 48).
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
EXE CUT E
AUTO
AUTO
+3dB
• The number shown is the selected
gain value. The adjustment range is 7
steps from 0dB (lowest sensitivity) to
L18dB (highest sensitivity).
Note: If you select a large gain value,
the image may appear grainy.
6
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the MANUAL SET screen.
To return to Auto Gain mode
Press k in step 5 above, then press the
centre of the Operation button.
To return to Full Auto mode
Advanced Features
3
AUTO
Press l or m to select the desired
gain value, then press the centre of
the Operation button.
FULL AUTO
WH I T E B A L .
IRIS
GA I N
R E T U RN
• Select a smaller gain value (to decrease the
light sensitivity).
1
Press l or m to select “GAIN”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
Set the camcorder to Full Auto mode (see
page 52).
Note:
• Manual Gain mode cannot be used when a
scene setting is selected.
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Advanced Features
Camera Recording
Setting the
Camcorder to Full
Auto Mode
5
FULL AUTO
WH I T E B A L .
IRIS
GA I N
R E T U RN
You can set all manual settings, including
white balance, iris, gain, but not focus, to
Full Auto mode in one operation.
In Camera mode, press the DISPLAY
button until the mode screen appears.
6
2
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “MANUAL SET”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button (see page 48).
Note:
• You cannot select “FULL AUTO” when no
manual settings are currently in use.
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
FULL AUTO
WH I T E B A L .
IRIS
GA I N
R E T U RN
4
Advanced Features
EXE CUT E
AUTO
AUTO
AUTO
1
3
52
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
E XECUT E
L OC K
F4. 0
+3dB
Press l or m to select “FULL
AUTO”, then press the centre of the
Operation button.
FULL AUTO
WH I T E B A L .
IRIS
GA I N
R E T U RN
E XECUT E
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the MANUAL SET screen.
Scene Menu
(Program AE)
1
In Camera mode, press the DISPLAY
button until the mode screen appears.
2
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “SCENE MENU”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
You can set the camcorder to a shooting
mode that will create the best results for a
specific situation. Just select one of the six
scene settings shown below. The
camcorder will automatically set the
exposure, white balance, and shutter speed
to produce the optimum picture quality for
the selected situation.
BLC / GA I N
FADE
ME NU
S C E N E ME N U O F F
Types
SPORT (A): When you want to record
a fast-moving subject.
3
DUSK (B): When you want to
faithfully record the red of the setting
sun, and the surrounding twilight.
• The selected scene setting displays
on the mode screen.
SUNLIGHT (F): When background is
very bright.
PARTY (C): When the illumination is
from a spotlight or candle.
NIGHT LUMI (D): When you want to
record fireworks or an illuminated
object in the dark.
Press l or m to select the scene
setting that best fits the recording
situation, then press the centre of the
Operation button.
SCE NE MENU DU S K
4
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the mode screen.
• The selected scene setting indicator
displays when the on-screen
indicators are turned on.
TAPE
Scene setting indicator
To cancel the scene setting
Advanced Features
SLOW SHUT. (E): When you want to
record an object in a dim place and
make it emerge brightly.
Select “OFF” in step 3 above.
Note:
• Scene settings cannot be used when using
any manual setting except focus. Also not
selectable when e displays.
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Advanced
Advanced FeaturesFeatures
Playback
Playback
Using the Time Code
6
• The time code appears when the onscreen indicators are turned on.
The time code shows the hour, minute and
second of recording, and the frame number
(1 frame = approx. 1/25 sec.). This is
automatically recorded along with the
subject when you are recording on the tape.
You can display the time code on the screen
as an accurate counter in both Playback
and Camera modes.
Frame number*
Second
* Displayed during still or
frame advance playback.
• The example screens shown are for Playback
mode.
Note:
• When the tape reaches an unrecorded
section, the time code returns to zero
(TC0:00:00). Once recorded, the time code
cannot be changed.
Displaying the time code on
a TV during playback
During playback or camera recording,
press the DISPLAY button until the
mode screen appears.
In Playback mode, press the DISPLAY button until the mode screen
appears.
2
Select “MENU”, then “EXECUTE” by
using the Operation button (see page
28).
Select “MENU”, then “EXECUTE” by
using the Operation button (see page
28).
3
3
Press l or m to select ~, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
Press l or m to select ~, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
4
4
Press l or m to select “TIME
CODE”, then press the centre of the
Operation button.
Press l or m to select “TC OUT”,
then press the centre of the Operation button.
2
Advanced Features
Time code
1
1
OTHE RS 2
T I ME C O D E
T C OU T
R E T U RN
OTHE RS 2
T I ME CO D E
T C OU T
R E T U RN
5
Press l or m to select “ON”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
T I ME CODE
ON
OF F
ON
OF F
ON
5
54
TC 0 : 10 : 20
Select “OFF” in step 5 above.
TC0 00 10 20
Minute
AUDIO1 + 2
To turn off the time code
Display format
Hour
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
Press l or m to select “ON”, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
T C OU T
6
ON
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
Editing
Video editing lets you refine your videos by
removing unwanted sequences from your
tape, or transposing one sequence with
another.
This camcorder lets you monitor the source
program on the built-in LCD monitor without
having to connect it to an external TV or
video monitor.
• See page 2 for how to open the terminal
cover.
• If your VCR has only one audio input jack,
use the white plug for the audio connection
on the VCR.
• If your VCR has an S-video input socket, you
do not need to connect the yellow video plug.
Cutting Unwanted Sequences
Play back the tape to be edited on the
camcorder, and locate the beginning
and end of the sequence you wish to
cut. Write down the time code reading
at the beginning and end of that
sequence (see page 54). Then, rewind
the tape to before the beginning of the
portion that you wish to keep.
2
Load a video cassette into the
recording VCR.
3
Press m on the camcorder to begin
playback, then press the Record
button on the VCR to begin recording.
4
Press the Pause/Still button on the
VCR to pause recording when the
source tape reaches the beginning of
the sequence to be cut.
5
Press the Pause/Still (or Record) button
on the VCR to resume recording when
the source tape reaches the end of the
sequence to be cut.
Preparation
Connect the camcorder to a VCR with the
supplied audio/video/S-video cable, as
shown.
Recording (VCR)
VIDEO (MONO) L-AUDIO-R
AV-IN
S-VIDEO
Black: To S-video input socket
Yellow: To video input jack
White: To audio input (L) jack
Red: To audio input (R) jack
Audio/video/S-video cable (supplied)
Playback
To AV
terminal
To stop editing
: The arrow shows the signal flow.
Notes:
• If your VCR has a 21-pin Euro-SCART
connector, use the RCA/21-pin Euro-SCART
conversion connector (QSOCZ0033TAZZ)
available from our main parts distributor
detailed on page 70.
21-pin Euro-SCART on VCR
0
VIDEO
Video
AUDIO
AUDIO
(L/MONO)
(R)
RCA/21-pin Euro-SCART
conversion connector
(QSOCZ0033TAZZ)
Audio R
Audio L
Press l on the camcorder and press the
Stop button on the VCR.
Advanced Features
1
Notes:
• Some of the transitions between edited
sequences may be slightly off.
• There may be picture noise during video
search or still playback. This does not imply a
defect in the camcorder.
• The time code display will be recorded along
with the edited sequences if the TC OUT
menu item is set to “ON”. Set to “OFF” before
editing (see page 54).
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Advanced Features
Playback
Editing with the DV
Terminal (IEEE1394)
This camcorder enables you to perform
digital video editing. A DV cable transfers all
dubbing signals including video and audio.
Preparation
Connect the camcorder to video equipment
with a DV terminal using a commercially
available DV cable.
To DV
terminal
Video equipment
with DV terminal
(e.g. DV camcorder)
DV cable (commercially available)
Advanced Features
To DV
terminal
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: The arrow shows the signal flow.
Cutting Unwanted Sequences
See “Cutting Unwanted Sequences” on
page 55, using the video equipment as the
recording source.
Notes:
• Make sure that the video equipment to which
you are recording can input dubbing signals
via the DV terminal.
• When displaying the playback picture on the
PC, you may find black bands around the
image. This is caused by the differences of
the image display sizes.
• “i.Link” refers to the IEEE1394-1995 industry
specification and extensions thereof. The z
logo is used for products compliant with the
i.Link standard.
Audio Dubbing
Feature
You can add narration to recordings made
with this camcorder, while preserving the
original audio and video recordings.
Microphone for Audio Dubbing
You can use the built-in monaural microphone to record narration.
Audio Recording
In normal recording mode
12-bit audio recording
The audio is recorded in monaural on Audio
1.
Audio 1: Monaural sound
Audio 2: No audio
16-bit audio recording
The audio is recorded in monaural on two
separate channels.
Audio 1: Monaural sound
Audio 2: Monaural sound
In Audio Dubbing mode
12-bit audio recording
The dubbed audio is recorded on Audio 2.
Audio 1: Original monaural sound
Audio 2: Dubbed monaural sound
Built-in monaural
microphone
Note:
• You cannot use audio dubbing with
recordings made in LP mode.
16-bit audio recording
The dubbed audio is recorded on Audio 2
over the original monaural sound.
Audio 1: Original monaural sound
Audio 2: Dubbed monaural sound
Advanced Features
Note:
• You can select the 12-bit or 16-bit audio
recording mode by performing the procedure
on page 41.
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Advanced Features
Playback
Audio Dubbing
1
2
Play back the Mini DV cassette
recorded in SP mode and locate the
tape position where you wish to start
audio dubbing.
Press m on the Operation button to
pause playback.
3
Press the DISPLAY button until the
mode screen appears.
4
Press l or m to select “AUDIO
DUB”, then press the centre of the
Operation button.
P I C. EF F ECT
AU D I O D U B
E X E CUT E
ME NU
DA T E D I S P.
5
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
• The audio dubbing screen appears.
Advanced Features
TC 0 : 00 : 00
AUDIO1 + 2
A UD I O DUB
START
6
STOP
CANC E L
Press m to begin audio dubbing.
Record your narration.
To pause audio dubbing
Press l. To resume audio dubbing, press
m again.
To cancel audio dubbing
Press the centre of the Operation button in
step 5. The audio dubbing screen disappears.
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If you wish to change the
dubbed audio or dub additional scenes
1
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the audio dubbing screen.
2
Repeat steps 1 to 6 above.
Notes:
• It is recommended that you use Audio
Dubbing only with recordings made with this
camcorder. Use of recordings made with
other digital video equipment may result in
poor audio quality.
• Audio dubbing will automatically pause if the
original audio changes from 12-bit mode to
16-bit mode or vice versa. Press m to
resume operation.
• Audio dubbing will automatically stop if a
portion recorded in LP mode or an unrecorded portion of the tape is encountered.
• You can play back the dubbed audio and the
original audio together or separately (see
page 59).
• “AUDIO DUB” cannot be selected when the
Mini DV cassette is recorded in LP mode.
Selecting the Audio
Playback Mode
4
Press l or m to select V, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
You can select any of the following audio
playback modes.
5
Press l or m to select “AUDIO”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
Audio 1H2
P L AY BACK SE T
ROTA T E PB
AUD I O
1+2
R E T U RN
1
2
• 12-bit recording in mono (Audio 1
and Audio 2 channels)
• 16-bit recording in mono
Audio 1
• 12-bit recording in mono (Audio 1
channel only)
• 16-bit recording in mono
Audio 2
6
• 12-bit recording in mono (Audio 2
channel only)
• 16-bit recording in mono
Note:
• This camcorder can output stereo sound
when a tape is recorded in stereo.
Playback a Mini DV cassette with
dubbed audio.
2
Press the DISPLAY button until the
mode screen appears.
3
Select “MENU”, then “EXECUTE” by
using the Operation button (see page
28).
1+2
AUD I O
7
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
• The selected audio playback mode
indicator only appears when the onscreen indicators are turned on.
AUDIO1 + 2
Audio playback mode indicator
Note:
• The audio playback mode indicator,
“AUDIO”, displays in different colours
depending on the recording mode (12- or 16bit) used for the recording being played
back. A white display indicates 12-bit
recording mode, while a green indicates 16bit.
Advanced Features
1
Press l or m to select the desired
audio playback mode, then press the
centre of the Operation button.
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Appendix
Appendix
6
Picture/Backlight
Adjustments
If the picture is difficult to see due to
ambient light or other factors, adjust the
monitor picture settings.
LCD BR I GHT –
Darker
+
Brighter
• The example screens shown are for Camera
mode.
LCD COLOUR –
Decrease
+
Increase
Adjusting the Picture
VF BR I GHT
1
Press the DISPLAY button until the
mode screen appears.
2
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “MENU”, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
3
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
4
Press l or m to select O, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
LCD SE T
BA CK L I GHT
L C D B R I GH T
L C D C O L OU R
V F B R I GH T
R E T U RN
Appendix
5
60
Press j or k to adjust the item to
the desired setting, then press the
centre of the Operation button.
NO RMAL
–
–
–
Press l or m to select “LCD
BRIGHT”, “LCD COLOUR” or “VF
BRIGHT”, then press the centre of
the Operation button.
+
+
+
7
–
Darker
+
Brighter
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
Notes:
• When adjusting the colour, the picture on the
LCD monitor may differ from the picture
actually recorded. Do not change the colour
setting unless necessary. (This adjustment
only affects the monitor picture, not the
recorded image.)
• The viewfinder turns on if you select “VF
BRIGHT”.
Adjusting the Backlight
1
Press the DISPLAY button until the
mode screen appears.
2
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “MENU”, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
3
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
4
Press l or m to select O, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
5
Press l or m to select “BACKLIGHT”, then press the centre of the
Operation button.
LCD SE T
BA CK L I GHT
NO RMA L
L C D B R I GH T B R I GH T
L C D C O L OUR
V F B R I GH T
R E T U RN
6
Press l or m to select “NORMAL” or
“BRIGHT”, then press the centre of
the Operation button.
BACKL I GHT
BR I GHT
7
Appendix
NORMAL: For use indoors or under
moderate lighting conditions.
BRIGHT: For use outdoors under
strong lighting conditions, such
as bright daylight.
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
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Appendix
Turning off the
Confirmation Sound
A confirmation sound is made when you
turn on or off the Power switch, press the
Start/Stop button, or perform other
designated operations. Use the procedure
below to turn off the confirmation sounds.
• The example screens shown are for Camera
mode.
1
Press the DISPLAY button until the
mode screen appears.
2
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “MENU”, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
3
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
4
Press l or m to select Z, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
5
Press l or m to select “BEEP”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
Appendix
OTHE RS 1
DE F AUL T
R EMO T E
BEEP
D EMO MO D E
R E T U RN
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ON
OF F
6
Press l or m to select “OFF”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
BE E P
7
OFF
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
Setting the
Camcorder to
Factory Presettings
You can set the camcorder to the factory
presettings in one operation.
• The example screens shown are for Camera
mode.
1
Press the DISPLAY button until the
mode screen appears.
2
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “MENU”, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
3
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
4
Press l or m to select Z, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
5
Press l or m to select “DEFAULT”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
OTHE RS 1
DE F AUL T
R EMO T E
BEEP
D EMO MO D E
R E T U RN
Press l or m to select “YES”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
• To cancel the setting, select “NO”.
8
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
Note:
• Even when you perform the steps above, the
clock setting maintains the memory.
E XE CUT E
R E T U RN
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
Appendix
6
7
DE F A U L T
R E T UR N T O P RE S E T T I N G S
E X C E P T C E R T A I N I T EMS .
NO
YES
SEL ECT
SET
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Demonstration Mode
You can watch a brief demonstration of the
special camcorder features in Demo mode.
If the demonstration appears on the screen
when you turn on the camcorder for the first
time, cancel the Demo mode to use your
camcorder.
7
DEMO MODE
8
Appendix
64
ON
Set the Power switch to OFF, then
hold down the Lock button and set
the Power switch to v.
• The demonstration begins.
Watching
1
Remove the Mini DV cassette from
the camcorder (see page 9).
2
In Camera mode, press the DISPLAY
button until the mode screen appears.
3
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “MENU”, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
4
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
5
Press l or m to select Z, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
6
Press l or m to select “DEMO
MODE”, then press the centre of the
Operation button.
O T H E RS 1
DE F AUL T
R EMO T E
BEEP
D EMO MO D E
R E T URN
Press l or m to select “ON”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
OF F
ON
Cancelling
1
During the demonstration, press the
centre of the Operation button to
pause the demonstration.
2
Perform step 3 to 6 in “Watching”,
then select “OFF” in step 7.
Notes:
• The demonstration will pause if you press the
centre of the Operation button. If you leave it
for 60 seconds, or turn the power off
temporarily and then set the Power switch to
v, the demonstration will begin again.
• Demonstration mode does not work in self
recording with reversed grip.
Useful Information
Hints for Better Shooting
• Position the subject in the centre of the
scene. When using auto focus, whatever
is in the centre of the scene is kept in
focus.
• 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 scenes easy to watch during
playback.
• Use a wide-angle setting for fast-moving
subjects.
Note:
• It may take longer to focus when zooming
and panning are used frequently.
Position the
subject in the
centre.
Focus manually when
you need to position
the subject off centre
(see page 47).
• Avoid backlit subjects. For the best
picture, shoot with the light source behind
you.
Light from behind
;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
;;;;; ;;;;;;;
;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
When the background is brighter than the
subject, the subject often becomes too
dark. If you have to record in this lighting,
use Backlight Compensation or correct
the iris value to improve the picture (see
pages 30 and 50).
Backlighting
Appendix
• Before zooming, think about how to best
frame the shot. Frequent zooming
produces unattractive pictures. It also runs
down the battery more quickly.
• When image shaking is noticeable during
zoomed-in telephoto shooting, use a
tripod or push the Power Zoom control to
the W side to zoom out.
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Appendix
Mini DV Cassette
To protect recordings against
accidental erasure
Slide the protect tab on the rear of the Mini
DV cassette to the “SAVE” position.
Precautions when using a Mini DV
cassette
• Be sure to use only Mini DV cassettes with
the i mark.
• This camcorder can record and play back
using Mini DV cassettes with cassette
memory, but it cannot record or play back
this memory.
• To record in LP mode, use a Mini DV
cassette labelled for use with LP mode.
• Do not insert anything into the holes on the
bottom of the Mini DV cassette or block
them in any way.
• Avoid placing the Mini DV cassette in
areas conducive to dust or mold.
• Do not place the Mini DV cassette near
magnetic sources such as electric clocks
or magnetic devices as this may adversely
affect recorded material.
• When a previously recorded Mini DV
cassette is used again for recording, the
previously recorded material will be
automatically erased.
Appendix
• The Mini DV cassette will not operate if
inserted in the wrong direction.
• Do not repeatedly insert and eject the Mini
DV cassette without running the tape as
this may cause uneven tape winding and
damage the tape.
• Do not place the Mini DV cassette in direct
sunlight, near strong heat sources, or in
areas with excessive steam.
• Store the Mini DV cassette in its case and
stand it in an upright position.
• If the tape is not properly wound, rewind
the tape.
• Do not drop the Mini DV cassette or
subject it to excessive shocks.
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Erasure protect tab
To record over a previously recorded tape,
slide the protect tab to the “REC” position.
Battery Pack
This camcorder uses a lithium-ion type
battery pack.
Charging
• Charge the battery pack immediately (or a
day) before use. The battery pack
gradually self-discharges even if stored in
a fully charged state.
• Charge the battery pack between 10°C
and 30°C.
• Fully charge the battery pack. Use of an
insufficiently charged battery pack will
shorten actual time of use.
• Refresh (discharging before charging) is
unnecessary.
Use
• To conserve battery power, be sure to turn
off the camcorder power when not in use.
• Battery consumption may vary depending
on the condition of use. Recording with
many starts and stops, frequent zooming,
and recording in low temperatures will
shorten actual recording times.
• Use of a weak battery pack may cause
loss of power while operating the
camcorder. Use a fully charged battery
pack to protect both the battery pack and
the unit.
Battery power is consumed even when
the camcorder power is turned off. If you
are not going to use your camcorder
immediately, remove the battery pack
(see page 6).
• Store the battery pack in a fully discharged state.
• Store the battery pack in a dry, cool place.
• When storing the battery pack, put it in the
original protective plastic bag.
Notes:
• Improper handling of the battery pack may
present a risk of fire or explosion. Pay close
attention to the following:
— Do not allow metallic objects to come in
contact with the terminals. This can
cause a short circuit.
— Do not disassemble or repair the
battery pack by yourself.
— Do not use any battery charging
equipment other than that designed for
use with these battery packs.
— Do not place the battery pack under
direct sunlight or in excessively hot
places (over 60°C) such as the
dashboard of cars.
— Do not expose the battery pack to
moisture or water.
— Do not drop the battery pack or subject
it to strong force.
— Keep the battery pack out of reach of
children.
— Dispose of used battery packs
promptly. Do not dispose of them in fire.
• To protect the terminals, put the cover on the
battery pack when it is not in use.
• The battery pack will become warm during
charging and use. This is not a malfunction.
• 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.
• If the terminals of the battery pack are dirty,
wipe the terminals with a soft, dry cloth.
Appendix
• It is recommended that you have enough
battery packs on hand to handle two or
three times your estimated recording time.
See page 19 for the approximate times of
actual recording for the battery packs.
Storage
Note:
• Use only SHARP BT-L226 battery packs.
These are designed specifically for use with
this camcorder.
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Appendix
Extending battery pack life
Even when the battery pack is not used, the
capacity of the battery pack will naturally
deteriorate over time. To limit the deterioration of the capacity, it is recommended to
perform the following procedure at least
once every six months:
1 Charge the battery pack until the
POWER/CHARGE (RED) indicator turns
off.
2 Attach the battery pack to the
camcorder, and set the Power switch to
v without inserting a cassette. Allow
the battery power to fully discharge by
leaving it on the camcorder until the
camcorder power automatically turns
off.
3 Remove the battery pack and store it
between 10°C and 20°C.
AC Adapter
Cleaning
• Many plastic parts are used in the
camcorder casing. Do not use thinner,
benzene or other strong chemical
cleaners. These may cause discolouration
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 smudges off the LCD screen.
• Use a soft cloth, or compressed air and
lens paper designed for photographic
lenses to clean the lens.
• Pull out the viewfinder and open the
window cleaning cover as shown below so
that you can clean up the inside of the
viewfinder with a camera blower.
Window cleaning cover
• The AC adapter may interfere with
reception if used near a radio.
• Prevent flammables, liquids, and metal
objects from entering the adapter.
• The adapter is a sealed unit. Do not
attempt to open or modify it.
• Do not damage, drop, or subject the
adapter to vibration.
Appendix
• Do not leave the adapter in direct sunlight.
• Avoid using the adapter in humid or
extremely hot places.
Replacing the Fluorescent
Lamp
This camcorder uses a fluorescent lamp to
backlight the LCD monitor. 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.
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Note:
• After cleaning, close the window cleaning
cover securely. Closing the viewfinder with
the window cleaning cover opened may
cause malfunction.
Using Your Camcorder
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
camcorder to a TV.
AC Adapter (Supplied Accessory)
The supplied AC adapter is compatible with
50 Hz and 60 Hz electrical systems in the
range of 110 V to 240 V AC.
Television Signal Standards
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 areas:
Germany, United Kingdom, Ireland,
Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Belgium,
Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Holland, Finland,
Portugal, Norway, Hong Kong, Thailand,
Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Kuwait,
China, etc.
Appendix
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Appendix
Troubleshooting
The following conditions do not always denote trouble. Therefore, perform the checks described
below before calling for service. If the problem cannot be corrected by the use of this guide,
remove the main plugs from the wall socket, and contact the dealer or supplier from whom the
unit was purchased in order to obtain service. Where this is not possible, please visit our web-site
www.sharp.co.uk/customersupport.
Customers without Internet access may telephone 08705 274277 during office hours (or
(01)676 0648 if telephoning from Ireland).
Certain replacement parts and accessories may be obtained from our main parts distributor, who
can be contacted on the following numbers:
WILLOW VALE ELECTRONICS LTD.: 0121 766 5414
In the unlikely event of this equipment requiring repair during the guarantee period, you will need
to provide proof of the date of purchase to the repairing company. Please keep your invoice or
receipt, which is supplied at the time of purchase.
Symptom
Power
No power.
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Camera mode
Appendix
Start/Stop button
does not work.
Possible cause
Suggested solution
Power source is not properly connected.
Connect power source properly
(pp. 5, 8).
Battery pack is not charged.
Charge battery pack sufficiently
(p. 7).
Dew in camcorder.
Wait until dew dries (p. xi).
Safety function is in effect.
Set Power switch to OFF and remove battery pack. Wait for 2 seconds, then reinstall battery pack
and turn on power (pp. 5, 6).
Erasure-protect tab on video cassette is open.
Close tab or use a new cassette
(p. 66).
Power suddenly turns Camcorder left in Recording
off.
Standby mode for 5 minutes in
Camera mode.
Set Power switch to OFF and then
back to Camera mode.
Auto focus does not
work.
Manual Focus mode is engaged.
Set to Auto Focus mode (p. 48).
Zoom used on close subject.
Zoom out from subject (p. 20).
Subject has little contrast in brightness, or is full of horizontal or vertical stripes.
Focus manually (p. 47).
Bright subject produces wide vertical
lines.
Occurs when shooting subject with
strong contrast to the background.
Does not indicate a malfunction.
Display automatically
changes in Camera
mode.
Camcorder is in Demo mode.
——
Set the DEMO MODE menu item to
“OFF” (p. 64).
Symptom
No image appears
on connected TV
screen.
Possible cause
Suggested solution
Video input channel on TV or TV
channel is not selected properly.
Select video input channel or TV
channel properly (p. 26).
Audio/video/S-video cable is not
properly connected.
Connect audio/video/S-video cable
properly (p. 26).
Cannot rewind or fast Position at beginning or end of tape. Rewind or fast forward tape to desired point (p. 24).
forward tape.
Playback mode
Using a cleaning tape
Video noise in image. Dirty video heads.
Old or worn tape.
Call for service (p. 70) or use a
commercially available cleaning
tape (p. xii).
Use a new cassette.
No sound.
Set the AUDIO menu item to “AUUsing a 12-bit recording tape with
AUDIO menu item set to “AUDIO 2”. DIO 1” or “AUDIO 1L2” (p. 59).
Tape does not work.
Power switch is set to Camera
mode.
Set the Power switch to Playback
mode (p. 24).
Battery pack is depleted.
Charge battery pack or replace it
with a fully charged one (pp. 5–7).
Improper self recording.
Turn on Rotate Playback (p. 46).
Motion images are
rotated 180° upside
down.
Battery pack is easily Using camcorder in extremely cold
environment.
depleted.
Clock has been reset.
Cassette will not
eject.
Warm up battery pack, for example
in your pocket, just before using it.
Battery pack is not fully charged.
Charge battery pack sufficiently (p.
7).
Lithium battery is not properly installed.
Install lithium battery properly (p.
10).
Lithium battery is depleted.
Replace new lithium battery (p. 10).
Power source is not properly connected.
Connect power source properly
(pp. 5, 8).
Battery pack is not charged.
Charge battery pack sufficiently
(p. 7).
Camcorder is recording.
Stop recording and try again (p. 20).
No image on monitor. Backlight has been turned off.
Fluorescent lamp has burned out.
Appendix
General
The cleaning tape will automatically
rewind after cleaning finishes (p.
xii).
Turn on backlight (p. 21).
Call for service (p. 70).
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Appendix
Symptom
General
Viewfinder picture is
hard to see.
Possible cause
Suggested solution
Viewfinder dioptre is not properly
adjusted.
Adjust dioptre (p. 16).
Inappropriate picture adjustments.
Adjust picture (p. 60).
Monitor picture is
hard to see.
Inappropriate picture adjustments.
Adjust picture (p. 60).
POWER/CHARGE
(RED) indicator
flashes in red when
charging battery
pack.
AC adapter or battery pack may
have malfunctioned.
Call for service (p. 70).
Cannot edit to connected VCR.
Audio/video/S-video cable is not
properly connected.
Connect audio/video/S-video cable
properly (p. 55).
“E007” is displayed
on the screen, and
unable to operate
normally.
The camcorder may be damaged.
Do not take out a cassette, and call
for service (p. 70).
Appendix
Notes:
• 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 the lithium battery, etc. Then reconnect the power
sources to resume operation.
• If the characters displayed in the viewfinder or on the LCD 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
Camcorder
Signal System:
Recording System:
Cassette:
Recording/Playback Time:
Tape Speed:
Pickup Device:
Lens:
Lens Filter Diameter:
Monitor:
Built-in microphone:
Colour Temperature Compensation:
Minimum Illumination:
Power Requirement:
Power Consumption:
Operating Temperature:
Operating Humidity:
Storage Temperature:
Dimensions (WKHKD) (approx.):
Weight (approx.):
AC Adapter (UADP-A016WJZZ)
Power Requirement:
DC Output:
Dimensions (WKHKD) (approx.):
Weight (approx.):
PAL standard
2 rotary heads, helical scanning system
Digital VCR Mini DV video cassette
90 minutes (DVM60, LP mode)
SP mode: 18.831 mm/second
LP mode: 12.568 mm/second
1
⁄4" (6.4 mm, effective size: 4.5 mm) CCD image sensor
(with approx. 800,000 pixels including optical black,
effective pixels: approx. 414,000 pixels)
10K optical zoom lens (F1.8, f=3.8–38 mm)
30 mm
2.5" (6.4 cm) CGSilicon
Electret monaural microphone
Auto white balance with white balance lock
2 lux* (with gain-up, F1.8)
DC 7.4 V
3.6 W (during camera recording in Camera mode
using the viewfinder in Full Auto mode with the DIS
function on)
4.2 W (during camera recording in Camera mode
using the LCD monitor in Full Auto mode with the DIS
function on and backlight in normal mode)
0°C to L40°C
30% to 80%
+20°C to L60°C
82.8 mm K 82.2 mm K 101.5 mm
475 g (without battery pack, lithium battery, video
cassette and lens cap)
AC 110–240 V, 50/60 Hz
10 V
49.0 mm K 27.5 mm K 79.0 mm
125 g
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
Appendix
*Minimum illumination: Since there is no widely accepted testing procedure for determining
minimum illumination capability, lux ratings are comparable only between
models from the same manufacturer.
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Appendix
On-screen Display Index
Camera mode
p. 35
p. 23
p. 52
p. 23
AU TO
3 0min
Appendix
74
p. 33
p. 29
p. 39
S E T T I NG 2
DIS
16 : 9
A UD I O MOD E
W I ND
R E T U RN
p. 35
p. 38
p. 41
p. 40
OTHE RS 1
DE F AUL T
R EMO T E
BEEP
D EMO MO D E
R E T UR N
p. 63
p. 42
p. 62
p. 64
O T H E RS 2
T I ME C OD E
T C OUT
12H / 24H
S E T T I NG
R E T UR N
p. 54
p. 54
p. 13
p. 12
LCD SE T
BA CK L I GHT
L C D B R I GH T
L C D C O L O UR
V F B R I GH T
R E T U RN
p. 61
p. 60
p. 60
p. 60
2. 6. 200 4
10:30
BLC / GA I N
OF F
FADE
ME NU
SC E N E M E N U
AU TO
3 0min
S E T T I NG 1
Q K . R E T U RN
DG T L Z O OM
TAPE SPEE D
R E T URN
SE L E CT
pp. 30, 31
p. 32
p. 28
p. 53
p. 48
p. 47
p. 48
p. 44
SET
BLC / GA I N
FADE
ME NU
SC E N E M E N U
M A NU AL S E T
F O C US
A U T O F O C US
DATE D I SP.
VL-Z1H/hyou2/3; 03/3/31/18:00
This equipment complies with the requirements of Directives 89/336/EEC and 73/
23/EEC as amended by 93/68/EEC.
Dieses Gerät entspricht den Anforderungen der EG-Richtlinien 89/336/EWG und
73/23/EWG mit Änderung 93/68/EWG.
Ce matériel répond aux exigences contenues dans les directives 89/336/CEE et
73/23/CEE modifiées par la directive 93/68/CEE.
Playback mode
p. 23
AUDIO1 + 2
p. 59
Dit apparaat voldoet aan de eisen van de richtlijnen 89/336/EEG en 73/23/EEG,
gewijzigd door 93/68/EEG.
Dette udstyr overholder kravene i direktiv nr. 89/336/EEC og 73/23/EEC med
tillæg nr. 93/68/EEC.
Quest’ apparecchio è conforme ai requisiti delle direttive 89/336/EEC e 73/23/
EEC, come emendata dalla direttiva 93/68/EEC.
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EıÒ˘·˙ÍfiÚ EÌ˘ÛÁÚ 89/336/EOK Í·È 73/23/EOK, ¸˘Ú ÔÈ Í·ÌÔÌÈÛÏÔfl ·ıÙÔfl
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PLAY
STOP
2. 6. 200 4
10:30
FF
R EW
P I C. E F F ECT OF F
AU D I O DU B
ME NU
DA T E D I S P.
SE L E CT
SET
Este equipamento obedece às exigências das directivas 89/336/CEE e 73/23/
CEE, na sua versão corrigida pela directiva 93/68/CEE.
Este aparato satisface las exigencias de las Directivas 89/336/CEE y 73/23/CEE,
modificadas por medio de la 93/68/CEE.
Denna utrustning uppfyller kraven enligt riktlinjerna 89/336/EEC och 73/23/EEC
så som kompletteras av 93/68/EEC.
Dette produktet oppfyller betingelsene i direktivene 89/336/EEC og 73/23/EEC i
endringen 93/68/EEC.
p. 45
p. 58
p. 28
p. 44
P I C. EF F ECT
A U D I O DU B
ME NU
DA T E D I S P.
P L AY BACK SE T
ROTA T E PB
AUD I O
R E T U RN
p. 46
p. 59
OTHE RS 1
DE F AUL T
R EMO T E
BEEP
R E T U RN
p. 63
p. 42
p. 62
OTHE RS 2
T I ME C O D E
T C OU T
R E T U RN
p. 54
p. 54
LCD SE T
BA CK L I GHT
L C D B R I GH T
L C D C O L O UR
V F B R I GH T
R E T U RN
p. 61
p. 60
p. 60
p. 60
Tämä laite täyttää direktiivien 89/336/EEC ja 73/23/EEC vaatimukset, joita on
muutettu direktiivillä 93/68/EEC.
Appendix
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VL-Z1H/hyou; 03/03/28/18:00
LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY CAMCORDER
MODEL
VL-Z1H
OPERATION MANUAL
SHARP CORPORATION
SHARP ELECTRONICS (U.K.) LTD.
Sharp House, Thorp Road, Newton Heath
Manchester M40 5BE
Please read this operation manual
carefully before using the camcorder.
If you require any advice or assistance
regarding your Sharp product, please
visit our web-site www.sharp.co.uk/
Printed in Japan
TINSEA058WJZZ
03P04-JKG
customersupport. Customers without
Internet access may telephone 08705
274277 during office hours (or (01)676
0648 if telephoning from Ireland) .