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LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY CAMCORDER
MODEL
VL-Z8H
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.
Printed in Japan
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If you require any advice or assistance
regarding your Sharp product, please
visit our web-site www.sharp.co.uk/
customersupport. Customers without
Internet access may telephone 0870
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1630 if telephoning from Ireland) .
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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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-Z8H 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.
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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.
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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.
Trademarks
• Microsoft and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft
Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
• DPOF is a trademark of CANON INC., Eastman Kodak Company, Fuji Photo Film
Co., Ltd. and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
• All other brand or product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of their
respective holders.
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Contents
Supplied Accessories ........................................................................................ ix
Optional Accessories ......................................................................................... ix
Precautions ......................................................................................................... x
Operation References
Part Names ............................................................. 1
Warning Indicators .................................................. 4
Preparation
Attaching and Removing the Battery Pack ............. 6
Charging the Battery Pack ...................................... 8
Powering the Camcorder from an AC Outlet .......... 9
Inserting and Removing a Cassette ..................... 10
Inserting and Removing a Card ............................ 11
Installing the Lithium Batteries .............................. 12
Setting the Date and Time .................................... 14
Using the Lens Cap .............................................. 15
Adjusting the Hand Strap ..................................... 16
Using the Grip ....................................................... 16
Detaching the Lens Hood ..................................... 17
Using the Viewfinder ............................................. 17
Using the LCD Monitor ......................................... 19
Tips on Recording Positions ................................. 20
Basic Operations
Camera Recording
Selecting the Camcorder Mode ............................ 21
Easy Camera Recording on Tape in Full Auto Mode .. 22
Zooming ................................................................ 23
Power Standby Mode ........................................... 24
Turning on/off the Backlight .................................. 24
Auto Focus ............................................................ 25
Macro Shots .......................................................... 25
Remaining Recording Time Display ..................... 26
Remaining Battery Power Display ........................ 26
Playback
Tape Playback ...................................................... 27
Volume Control ...................................................... 28
Still ........................................................................ 28
Video Search ......................................................... 28
Using Earphones (Commercially Available) ......... 29
Adjusting the Phones Volume ............................... 29
Watching Playback on a TV .................................. 30
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Useful Features
Control Buttons ..................................................... 31
Using the Mode Screens ...................................... 31
Using the Menu Screens ....................................... 32
Camera Recording
Setting the Digital Zoom ....................................... 33
Backlight Compensation (BLC) ............................ 34
Gain-up ................................................................. 35
Fade In and Fade Out ........................................... 36
Quick Return ......................................................... 37
Edit Search ............................................................ 38
Still Recording on Tape ......................................... 38
Digital Image Stabilization (DIS) ........................... 39
Self Recording ...................................................... 40
Wide Screen (16:9) ............................................... 42
Recording in LP (Long Play Recording) Mode ..... 43
Using the Zoom Microphone
(Optional Accessory) ......................................... 44
Windbreak ............................................................. 45
Selecting the 16-bit Audio Recording Mode ......... 46
Playback
Using the Remote Control ..................................... 47
Tape Playback Functions with the Remote
Control ................................................................ 48
Selecting the Date and Time of Recording
Display ................................................................ 49
Picture Effect Playback ......................................... 50
Rotate Playback .................................................... 51
Copying an Image from Tape to Card .................. 52
Advanced Features
Camera Recording
Manual Focus ....................................................... 53
Returning to Auto Focus ....................................... 54
Displaying the Manual Setting Screen .................. 54
White Balance Lock .............................................. 55
Manual Iris ............................................................ 56
Manual Gain .......................................................... 57
Setting the Camcorder to Full Auto Mode ............. 58
Scene Menu (Program AE) ................................... 59
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Contents
Advanced Features
Playback
Using the Time Code ............................................ 60
Editing ................................................................... 61
Recording from an External Source ...................... 62
Editing with the DV Terminal (IEEE1394) .............. 64
Using the Camcorder as a Converter ................... 66
Audio Dubbing Feature ......................................... 68
Selecting the Audio Playback Mode ..................... 70
Digital Still Camera
Features
Camera Recording
Selecting the Picture Quality and Image Size ....... 71
Card Recording .................................................... 73
Selecting the Flash Mode ..................................... 74
Red-eye Reduction ............................................... 75
Recording with the Self-timer ................................ 76
Formatting a Card ................................................. 77
Setting the File Numbering Method ...................... 78
Playback
Card Playback ...................................................... 79
Playback Zoom ..................................................... 80
Delete Protection ................................................... 81
Deleting Stored Images ........................................ 82
Print Order ............................................................. 84
Transferring Data on Card to Computer ............... 86
Installing the USB Driver ................................... 86
Slide Show Playback ............................................ 91
Appendix
Picture/Backlight Adjustments .............................. 92
Turning off the Confirmation Sound ...................... 94
Setting the Camcorder to Factory Presettings ...... 95
Demonstration Mode ............................................ 96
Useful Information ................................................. 97
Troubleshooting .................................................. 103
Specifications ..................................................... 107
On-screen Display Index .................................... 108
Note:
• Before requesting service, please read “Troubleshooting” carefully. (See pages
103–106.)
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Supplied Accessories
Battery packK2
BT-L226
AC adapter
Power cord
Remote control
CR2025 type
lithium battery
for remote control
CR1216 type
lithium battery
for camcorder
Lens cap
8 MB SD Memory Card
CD-ROM
USB cable
Audio/video/S-video
cable
Optional Accessories
Standard-life
battery pack
BT-L226
Zoom microphone
VR-8MC
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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.
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• 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.
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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)
Available mode:
Tape Playback
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
Set the camcorder to Tape Playback
mode.
• The video head cleaning screen
appears.
3
Press m on the Operation button to
begin video head cleaning.
• “NOW CLEANING” flashes during
cleaning.
CL EA N 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 103 “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.
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Operation References
Part Names
Front view
Zoom microphone
shoe* (p. 44)
Operation References
For details on the use of each part, refer to the page number indicated in
parentheses.
Operation button (p. 31)
Zoom lens
Flash (p. 74)
DISPLAY button (p. 31)
Stereo microphone
LCD LAMP button (p. 24)/
M button (p. 88)
Flash sensor
(p. 74)
* The zoom microphone shoe is designed only
for the optional zoom microphone VR-8MC.
Accessories, such as a video light, cannot be
used.
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Operation References
Operation References
Left view
USB terminal (p. 88)
Earphones jack
(p. 29)
LCD monitor
(p. 19)
DC IN jack (pp. 8, 9)
Terminal cover
(pp. 29, 30, 61, 62, 64, 66, 88)
AV terminal
(pp. 30, 61, 62, 66)
DV terminal (pp. 64, 66)
Lithium battery cover (p. 12)
Dioptre adjustment dial (p. 18)
Tripod socket*
Battery release (pp. 7, 12)
2
* When attaching a tripod
with a guide pin, do not
attach the pin to the bottom
of the camcorder.
Card slot cover (p. 11)
Right view
Power Zoom Wide angle/
PHOTO button Telephoto control (p. 23)/
(pp. 38, 52, 73) VOLume control (p. 28)
Viewfinder (pp. 17, 18)
Media Selection
switch (V Tape
mode/u Card
mode selection
switch) (p. 21)
STANDBY indicator
(p. 24)
Operation References
Window cleaning cover
(p. 101)
STANDBY button
(p. 24)
POWER/CHARGE
(RED) indicator
(pp. 8, 9, 22)
Speaker
DC IN jack cover
(pp. 8, 9)
Start/Stop button
(p. 22)
Power switch (v Camera
Hand strap (p. 16)
Recording mode/w Playback
mode select switch) (p. 21)
Cassette holder (p. 10)
Cassette compartment
door release (p. 10)
Cassette compartment door (p. 10)
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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 10).
I NSER T
A CASS E T TE.
E J E C T T HE
CAS SE T T E .
E J E C T T HE
CAS SE T T E .
The video cassette is defective and should be
removed (see page 10).
CASSE T T E NOT
RE CORDA BL E.
P RO T E C T . T A B
The erasure protect tab on the video cassette
has been slid to the record-protect position,
preventing recording (see page 98).
THE TAPE
ENDS SOON.
T A PE E ND
The tape is about to end. Prepare a new
cassette.
CHANGE THE
CAS SE T T E .
T A PE E ND
The tape has reached the end. Replace it with a
new cassette (see page 10).
BAT T ERY I S
TOO LOW.
The battery is almost depleted. Replace it with
a fully charged battery pack (see pages 6 and
7).
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
USB
4
L AMP
USB
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.
The battery is almost depleted when the
camcorder transfers data through the USB
cable. Use the AC adapter or fully charged
battery pack as the power source (see pages
6–9, 90).
Displayed for
5 seconds
Description of warning
The card is not inserted or is inserted improperly. Check that it is
properly inserted (see page 11).
MEMORY CARD
FUL L
The capacity of the card is full and cannot store any more images.
Delete unnecessary images (see page 82) or replace the card with
a new one (see page 11).
NO DA T A ON
MEMORY C ARD
The card has no images recorded in the format the camcorder can
recognize.
MEMORY C ARD
ERROR
The images in the card are corrupted or recorded in a format
which is not compatible with this camcorder. Format the card to
use it with this camcorder (see page 77)*.
F ORMA T
MEMORY C ARD
The card has not been formatted with this camcorder. Format the
card (see page 77)*.
MEMORY C ARD
PROT E C T ED
The card is write-protected (see page 11).
DA T A
PROT E C T ED
You are trying to delete a protected image. Cancel the protection
setting (see page 81).
MEMORY CARD
RE AD ERROR
The selected image cannot be read by this camcorder. Format the
card to use it with this camcorder (see page 77)*.
C ANNO T
S TORE DA T A
The card cannot record any data due to a problem with the card or
data on the card. Replace the card (see page 11).
PL E AS E USE
PHOTO BUT TON
The camcorder cannot record with the Start/Stop button in Card
Recording mode. Press the PHOTO button (see page 73).
MAX I MUM
9 9 9 IMAGE S
The print order cannot be set to more than 999 images.
MAX I MUM
F I L E NUMBER
You cannot record any image with a file number bigger than 999–
9999. Set FILE NO. menu item to “RESET” (see page 78), then
format the card (see page 77)* or replace the card with a new one
(see page 11).
Operation References
NO
MEMORY CARD
* Formatting a card erases all stored images, including delete-protected images. Be sure to
backup important data on your computer or other media before formatting the card.
Note:
• N indicates a flashing display.
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Preparation
Preparation
Attaching and
Removing the Battery
Pack
3
Slide the battery pack in the direction
of the arrow with the “m” mark facing
out.
Preparation
Attaching
Power switch
1
2
Make sure that the Power
switch is set to OFF.
Open the LCD monitor to a 90° angle
to the camcorder body.
90˚
6
“m” mark
4
Push the battery pack in the direction
of the arrow until it clicks.
Removing
1
Make sure that the Power switch is
set to OFF, then open the LCD
monitor to a 90° angle to the
camcorder body.
2
Slide the battery release in the
direction of the arrow.
Preparation
90˚
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 or destroy the card, rendering it
unreadable and unwritable.
• 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.
Battery release
3
Take the battery pack out.
7
Preparation
Charging the Battery
Pack
Attach the battery pack on the
camcorder, and make sure that the
Power switch is set to OFF.
2
Open the DC IN jack cover.
Preparation
1
DC IN jack cover
5
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 in Tape modes
Max.
Max.
continuous
Battery Charging recording time continuous
playback time
time
pack
LCD
LCD
on LCD
closed open
BT-L226
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
4
Insert the DC plug into the DC IN
jack of the camcorder.
• The POWER/CHARGE (RED)
indicator lights up red.
POWER/CHARGE (RED)
indicator
DC IN jack
DC plug
8
• The POWER/CHARGE (RED)
indicator turns off when the battery is
charged.
120
115
100
100
• 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
high.
• The battery pack and AC adapter become
warm during charging. This is not a
malfunction.
• Using the zoom (see page 23) 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.
• The charging time and recording time may
vary depending on the ambient temperature and the condition of the battery pack.
• See pages 100 and 101 for more information
on using the battery pack.
• 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 or USB cable, remove the DC
plug, open the terminal cover and connect it.
Powering the
Camcorder from an
AC Outlet
4
Insert the DC plug into the DC IN
jack of the camcorder.
POWER/CHARGE (RED)
indicator
You can also power the camcorder from a
power outlet by using the supplied AC
adapter.
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.
Preparation
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.
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 or destroy the card, rendering it
unreadable and unwritable.
• Disconnect the AC adapter from the
camcorder if you will not use the camcorder
for a long period of time.
AC power socket
To power
outlet
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Preparation
Inserting and
Removing a Cassette
Inserting
Preparation
1
4
Wait for the cassette holder to fully
retract. Close the compartment door
by pressing its centre until it clicks
into place.
Attach the power source to the
camcorder, then slide and hold the
cassette compartment door release
as you open the cassette compartment door.
• After confirmation sound, the
cassette holder extends and opens
automatically.
Cassette compartment door release
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.
10
“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 98 for more information on the
video cassette tapes intended for use with
this camcorder.
Inserting and
Removing a Card
You can use an SD Memory Card (supplied)
or a MultiMediaCard (commercially
available) for storing still images.
Removing
Perform steps 1 and 2 above, push the card
and release slowly (1). Then pull the card
straight out (2) as shown below.
Inserting
Make sure that the Power switch is
set to OFF.
2
Open the card slot cover.
Card slot cover
3
Insert a card into the slot as shown
below, and push it in fully.
Preparation
1
Notes:
• You can use only the SD Memory Card or the
MultiMediaCard (see page 99).
• The supplied card is preformatted for
immediate use.
• See page 99 for more information on the
cards intended for use with this camcorder.
• Do not remove the card from the
camcorder while recording data on the
card (S indicator flashes during recording). This may delete the recorded image
or damage the card.
• You cannot insert or remove the card when
using a tripod.
About the write-protect
switch
Write-protect
switch
Label
Clipped corner
4
Close the card slot cover securely.
SD Memory Card has a write-protect switch.
When the switch is set to the locked
position, you cannot record/delete data or
format the card. Set it to the unlocked
position to record/delete data or format the
card.
Back view
Unlocked position
Locked position
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Preparation
Installing the Lithium
Batteries
5
Insert the smaller 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
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Installing the Battery to
Remote Control
The supplied CR 2025 type lithium
battery is used to power the remote
control unit.
1
Tab
2
Insert the larger lithium battery into
the battery holder with the H side of
the battery facing the m side of the
holder.
H side, CR 2025 type
lithium battery
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
Hold the remote control facing down,
and pull out the battery holder while
pressing the tab toward the centre.
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.
“m” side
3
Insert the battery holder back into
position.
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Preparation
Setting the Date and
Time
4
Available modes:
Tape Camera, Card Camera
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
Example: Setting the date to 2 June 2004
(2. 6. 2004) and the time to 10:30 am
(10:30).
Preparation
Press m or l to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
Operation button
Power switch
DISPLAY button
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.
Note:
• Before performing the steps below, make
sure that the CR1216 type lithium battery has
been installed (see page 12).
• The example screens shown are for Tape
Camera mode.
1
7
8
Press the DISPLAY button until the
mode screen appears.
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “MENU”, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
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
BLC / GA I N
FADE
ME NU
EXECUTE
SC E N E M E N U
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
Press m or l to select “6” (month),
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
SE T T I NG
BLC / GA I N
OF F
FADE
ME NU
SC E N E M E NU
3
SE T T I NG
Hold down the Lock
button and set the
Power switch to v.
Lock button
2
14
OF F
OF F
24H
1 . 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
2 4H
1 2H
Press l or m to select “12H”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
1 2 H 2 4H
3
Indents
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.
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
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 20).
Grip strap
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 middle finger on the
Power Zoom control. Then, pull the
grip strap tight until it fits snugly.
90°
3
16
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)
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Preparation
Preparation
18
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 Tape
Camera or Card Camera mode, however, the
viewfinder is on and the subject is displayed
both in the viewfinder and on the monitor
(see page 40).
• You can adjust the settings on the MENU
screen through the viewfinder by using the
Operation button (see page 31 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 101.
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. Also, take care not to touch the flash or flash sensor with your fingers during
Card Recording.
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Basic Operations
Camera Recording
Selecting the Camcorder Mode
This camcorder includes functions for use as both a
video camera for recording and playing back images
on tapes and as a digital still camera for recording and
playing back still images on cards. One of the following
camcorder modes needs to be set before starting any
operation.
Media Selection
switch
Power switch
Camcorder modes
Tape Playback mode
For recording motion and still images on
a tape.
For playing back or editing motion and still
images recorded on a tape.
1
Set the Media
Selection switch to V.
1
Set the Media Selection
switch to V.
2
Hold down the Lock
button and set the
Power switch to v.
2
Hold down the Lock
button and set the
Power switch to w.
Lock button
Basic Operations
Tape Camera mode
Lock button
Card Camera mode
Card Playback mode
For recording still images on a card.
For playing back still images recorded on
a card.
1
Set the Media Selection
switch to u.
1
Set the Media Selection
switch to u.
2
Hold down the Lock
button and set the
Power switch to v.
2
Hold down the Lock
button and set the
Power switch to w.
Lock button
Lock button
Notes:
• To turn the power off, set the Power switch to OFF without pressing the Lock button.
• Do not change the camcorder mode by operating the Media Selection switch during recording
or playback, as this may cause damage to the tape or card.
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Basic Operations
Camera Recording
Easy Camera
Recording on Tape in
Full Auto Mode
4
Press the Start/Stop button to begin
recording.
REC
Available mode:
Tape Camera
• Before you start recording, perform the
operations described on pages 6 through
20 to prepare your camcorder for
recording.
Basic Operations
Media Selection switch
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).
Maximum continuous recording and
actual recording times in Tape
Camera mode
Start/Stop button
1
2
Remove the lens cap.
3
Hold down the Lock button and set
the Power switch to v.
Set the Media Selection
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
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Lock button
Note:
• If “AUTO” is not displayed at this time,
set the camcorder to Full Auto mode
(see page 58).
Max. continuous
recording time
Battery
pack
BT-L226
Actual
recording time
LCD
closed
LCD
open
LCD
closed
LCD
open
115
100
55
50
Note:
• Using the zoom (see page 23) 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.
Zooming
To pause recording
Press the Start/Stop button again. Recording pauses, and the camcorder enters
Recording Standby mode.
PAUSE
Available modes:
Tape Camera, Card Camera
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.
Zooming in (when you want to centre
attention on the subject)
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 in
Tape Camera mode, 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).
Basic Operations
To turn the power off
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 33 for how to use the digital zoom.
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Basic Operations
Camera Recording
Power Standby Mode
Available mode:
Tape Camera
Power Standby mode allows you to prevent
accidental recording by locking all
operations except cancelling the mode.
• The camcorder will turn off automatically in 5
minutes after setting Power Standby mode if
it remains in Recording Standby mode after
cancelling Power Standby mode.
— When Power Standby mode, for example,
is canceled after 3 minutes, the
camcorder will turn off if recording is not
started within 2 minutes.
Turning on/off the
Backlight
Basic Operations
Available modes:
All modes
STANDBY button
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 in Tape Camera mode.
• The screen turns off and the STANDBY
indicator lights up.
STANDBY indicator
LCD LAMP button
To resume operation
Press the STANDBY button again to
return to the Recording Standby mode.
• 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 Card
Camera, Tape Playback or Card Playback
mode
— When removing the battery pack
— When removing a cassette
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Hold down the LCD LAMP button for
more than 2 seconds to turn off the
backlight.
• “BACKLIGHT OFF” will flash for two seconds,
then H appears on the LCD screen.
To turn on the backlight
Press the LCD LAMP button.
Note:
• The BACKLIGHT OFF mode will cancel when
you close the LCD monitor.
Auto Focus
Macro Shots
Available modes:
Tape Camera, Card Camera
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.
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.
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 53. 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.
Power Zoom
control
Basic Operations
Available modes:
Tape Camera, Card Camera
Note:
• When you are recording a macro shot, be
sure that the subject receives sufficient
illumination.
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Basic Operations
Camera Recording
Basic Operations
Remaining Recording
Time Display
Available mode:
Tape Camera
Available modes:
All modes
When the camcorder is recording in Tape
Camera mode, an on-screen indicator
displays the approximate remaining tape
time in minutes.
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.
3 0 min
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
T HE T A P E
E NDS SOON.
Less than 1 min.
T A PE E ND
CHANGE THE
CAS SE T T E .
T APE END
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Remaining Battery
Power Display
The tape has reached
the end.
(Green)
(Green)
(Red)
BA T T E RY I S
T OO LOW.
Remaining
battery power
indicator
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.
Basic Operations
Playback
Tape Playback
Available mode:
Tape 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.
Media Selection
switch
Note:
• If you press the Start/Stop button in Tape
Playback mode, the “g” mark appears and
the camcorder enters Recording Standby
mode. If you do not intend to record, press
l to turn the “g” mark off, then press m to
begin playback. This will ensure your
previous recording is not erased (see pages
62–65).
To stop playback
Press l.
To turn the power off
1
Set the Media Selection
switch to V.
2
Hold down the Lock
button and set the
Power switch to w.
Set the Power switch to OFF without
pressing the Lock button.
Basic Operations
Power switch
Operation button
Note:
• The tape automatically rewinds when
playback reaches the end of the tape.
Lock button
3
Press j (or k) on the Operation
button to rewind (or fast forward) the
tape to the desired point.
4
Press m to begin playback.
Watching the playback in
the viewfinder
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.
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Basic Operations
Playback
Volume Control
Video Search
Available mode:
Tape Playback
When the camcorder is in Tape 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.
Basic Operations
Available mode:
Tape Playback
Searching for a Scene Near
the Current Tape Position
1
• The playback picture fast forwards
(or reverses).
2
VOLUME
Decrease
Volume
control
Increase
Still
During Tape Playback, press m on the
Operation button.
To return to normal playback, press m
again.
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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.
When you find the scene, press m to
return to normal playback.
Searching for a Scene Far
from the Current Tape Position
1
Available mode:
Tape Playback
The still function allows you to pause in
Tape Playback mode.
During Tape Playback, press k (or
j) on the Operation button.
During fast forward (or rewind) in
Tape Playback mode, press and hold
k (or j) on the Operation button.
• The fast forward (or rewind) picture
displays.
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.
Using Earphones
(Commercially
Available)
Available modes:
Tape Playback, Tape Camera
You can monitor the sound via stereo
earphones (commercially available) during
playback or recording. Stereo earphones
with a 3.5 mm diameter plug can be used
with this camcorder.
Available mode:
Tape Camera
You can adjust the phones volume if sound
through the earphones is difficult to hear.
1
Set the Media Selection switch to V,
then hold down the Lock button and
set the Power switch to v (see page
21).
2
Press the DISPLAY button until the
mode screen appears (see page 31).
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.
Earphones jack
O T H E RS 1
DE F AUL T
R EMO T E
BEEP
PHO N E S V O L
D EMO MO D E
R E T U RN
Notes:
• Before connecting stereo earphones, turn the
camcorder volume down to the lowest
setting.
• The built-in speaker automatically turns off
when stereo earphones are connected to the
earphones jack.
EXE CUT E
ON
ON
–
+
OFF
6
Press l or m to select “PHONES
VOL” , then press the centre of the
Operation button.
7
Press j or k to adjust to the desired
volume level, then press the centre of
the Operation button.
P HO N E S V O L
–
Decrease
8
Basic Operations
Connect the plug of stereo earphones to the
earphones jack on the camcorder as shown
below.
Adjusting the Phones
Volume
+
Increase
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
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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.
Available modes:
Tape Playback, Card Playback
You can connect the camcorder to a TV to
allow a larger audience to enjoy playback.
Open the terminal cover on the
camcorder (see page 2).
Basic Operations
1
3
• 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.)
4
Terminal cover
2
Connect the camcorder to your TV (or
VCR) with the supplied audio/video/Svideo cable, as shown.
TV or VCR
Turn on the TV and set it to the “AV”
or “VIDEO” channel. (See the
operation manual of your TV.)
Set the Power switch on the
camcorder to w, and begin playback
(see page 27).
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 103.
21-pin Euro-SCART on TV or VCR
0
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
Audio/video/S-video cable (supplied)
VIDEO
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.
About the S-video socket
To AV
terminal
: The arrow shows the signal flow.
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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
Media Selection switch
Using the Mode Screens
In the mode screens, you can adjust the
camcorder settings by using the Operation
button.
1
• See pages 108 to 111 for the mode
items you can select in each
camcorder mode.
• Steps 2 to 4 show how to change the
SCENE MENU setting in Tape
Camera mode.
Power switch
DISPLAY button
Operation button
Use the Operation button to select and set
the desired setting.
Set to the desired camcorder mode
by using the Media Selection switch
and the Power switch (see page 21).
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
Each time you press the DISPLAY button,
the screen changes as shown below.
3
• The example screens shown are for Tape
Camera mode.
Example
Information
display on
2.
AU TO
3 0min
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
OF F
BLC /GA I N
FADE
ME NU
S C E N E ME NU
AU TO
3 0min
BLC / GA I N
FADE
ME NU
SC E N E M E NU OF F
4
Mode screen
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
SEL ECT
BLC / GA I N
FADE
ME NU
S C E N E M E N U DU S K
SET
Information
display off
To turn off the mode screen
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
Q K . R E T U RN
DG T L Z O OM
TAPE SPEE D
Z O OM M I C
RE T URN
Operation button
Media Selection switch
S T AR T
OF F
SP
AUTO
• You can press k, instead of the
centre of Operation button.
Power switch
DISPLAY button
1
6
Set to the desired camcorder mode
by using the Media Selection switch
and the Power switch (see page 21).
Example
S E T T I NG 1
Q K . R E T U RN
DG T L Z O OM OF F
TAPE SPEE D 4 0
Z O OM M I C
500
R E T URN
Useful Features
• See pages 108 to 111 for the menu
items you can select in each
camcorder mode.
• Steps 2 to 8 show how to change the
DGTL ZOOM menu setting in Tape
Camera mode.
2
Press the DISPLAY button until the
mode screen appears (see page 31).
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
S E T T I NG 1
Q K . R E T U RN
DG T L Z O OM
TAPE SPEE D
Z O OM M I C
R E T URN
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START
OF F
SP
AUTO
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
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.
Example
BLC / GA I N
FADE
EXE CUT E
ME NU
S C E N E ME N U
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 to all
camcorder modes. If the BEEP menu item, for
example, is set to “OFF” in Tape Camera
mode, it will be automatically set to “OFF” in
other modes.
• 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.
Available mode:
Tape Camera
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
6
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
In Tape Camera mode, press the
DISPLAY button until the mode
screen appears.
S E T T I NG 1
Q K . R E T U RN
DG T L Z O OM OF F
TAPE SPEE D 4 0
Z O OM M I C
500
R E T URN
BLC / GA I N
OF F
FADE
ME NU
SC E N E M E N U
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.
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)
Available modes:
Tape Camera, Card Camera
4
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.
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.
• The example screens shown are for Tape
Camera mode.
1
In Tape Camera or Card 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
2
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 x”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
BLC / GA I N
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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
Available modes:
Tape Camera, Card Camera
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.
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 56).
• The e indicator will disappear and
Gain-up mode will cancel if you aim the
camcorder in a bright location.
• The example screens shown are for Tape
Camera mode.
1
In Tape Camera or Card Camera
mode, press the DISPLAY button until
the mode screen appears.
2
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
Useful Features
BLC / GA I N
OF F
FADE
ME NU
SC E N E M E N U
ON
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
min
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Useful Features
Camera Recording
Fade In and Fade Out
Available mode:
Tape Camera
4
Press the DISPLAY button until onscreen indicators appear.
5
Press the Start/Stop button to begin
recording.
• The picture turns white, and the
image and sound fade in.
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.
REC
FADE I N
Operation button
AU TO
3 0min
min
6
• The image and sound fade out as the
picture gradually turns white. The
camcorder then returns to Recording
Standby mode.
Start/Stop button
DISPLAY button
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
2
AU TO
2 7min
7 min
In Tape Camera mode, press the
DISPLAY button until the mode
screen appears.
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “FADE”, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
BLC / GA I N
FADE
OF F
ME NU
SC E N E M E N U
3
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Press l or m to select “ON”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
To cancel Fade mode
Select “OFF” in step 3 above.
To use Fade Out only
1
During camera recording in Tape
Camera mode, 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
7
Available mode:
Tape Camera
• “SEARCH” flashes, and the tape
begins fast forwarding or rewinding
to the end of the last recorded scene.
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.
1
Set the camcorder to Tape Camera
mode.
2
In Recording Standby 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.
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
5
Press l or m to select T, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
6
Press l or m to select “QK.
RETURN”, then press the centre of
the Operation button.
SE ARCH
• When the tape reaches the end of
the last recorded scene, “FINISHED”
is displayed, and the camcorder
enters Recording Standby mode.
8
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
4
Press l or m to select “START”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
S E T T I NG 1
S T AR T
Q K . R E T U RN
DG T L Z O OM S T O P
TAPE SPEE D
Z O OM M I C
R E T URN
37
Useful Features
Camera Recording
Edit Search
Available mode:
Tape Camera
The edit search function lets you search,
without switching from Tape Camera mode
to Tape Playback mode, for the point on the
tape where you wish to start recording next.
Still Recording on
Tape
Available mode:
Tape Camera
You can record continuous still images of
subjects.
1
Set the camcorder to Tape Camera
mode.
2
In Recording Standby mode,
press the PHOTO button fully.
• A still image of the subject is
displayed.
Useful Features
Operation button
1
Set the camcorder to Tape Camera
mode.
2
In Recording
Standby mode,
press and hold
down j (reverse
edit search) or k
(forward edit
search) on the
Operation button.
3
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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3
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)
Available mode:
Tape Camera
7
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
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 Tape Camera mode, press the
DISPLAY button until the mode
screen appears.
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 “DIS”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
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
2
TAPE
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 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
Normal self recording
2
Set the Media Selection switch to V
or u.
3
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.
Available modes:
Tape Camera, Card Camera
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. The remote control is
useful for such occasions.
Useful Features
4
Notes:
• Use the remote control to begin/stop
recording on tape.
• You can play back images while the monitor
is in the self recording position. Set the
camcorder to Tape Playback or Card
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˚
40
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).
Available mode:
Tape Camera
90°
Rotate the grip 90° and the LCD monitor
180° vertically so that you can record
yourself while holding the grip.
180°
1
Set the Media Selection switch to V.
Set the Power switch to v.
Begin recording.
Turn the camcorder downward as
shown below.
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.
Rotate the lens section 90° vertically as • To operate self recording with reversed grip
correctly, make sure to turn the grip and the
shown below.
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.
• In self recording with reversed grip in Card
Camera mode, the still images will be
recorded rotated 180° upside down. The J
indicator will appear in this case.
90°
• The viewfinder does not work in self
recording with reversed grip.
Useful Features
2
4
5
6
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Useful Features
Camera Recording
Wide Screen (16:9)
5
Available mode:
Tape Camera
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
Wide 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 MOD E ON
W I ND
R E T U RN
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.
16 : 9
Useful Features
1
42
In Tape 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 N U
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.
7
ON
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
To return to normal screen
Select “OFF” in step 6 above.
Recording in LP (Long
Play Recording) Mode
6
T AP E SP E ED LP
Available mode:
Tape Camera
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
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
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 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
Z O OM M I C
LP
RE T URN
TAPE
Long play recording mode indicator
To return to SP mode
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
3
7
In Tape 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 N U
2
Press l or m to select “LP”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
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Useful Features
Camera Recording
Using the Zoom
Microphone (Optional
Accessory)
Available mode:
Tape Camera
With the optional zoom microphone VR8MC, you can record audio according to the
magnification of the zoom lens for producing the optimum sound.
Mounting
1
After detaching the shoe cover, align
the zoom microphone with the zoom
microphone shoe on the camcorder,
and slide it in the direction of the
arrow until it locks into place.
Useful Features
Zoom microphone shoe
Shoe
cover
2
Turn the screw in the direction of the
arrow to secure the microphone.
Screw
44
Removing
Turn the screw in the opposite direction than
when mounting, then pull off the zoom
microphone.
Notes:
• Do not pick up the camcorder by the zoom
microphone, as this may damage the
equipment.
• The zoom microphone shoe on the
camcorder is designed only for use with
the specified equipment.
• When not using the zoom microphone, be
sure to attach the shoe cover for protecting
the zoom microphone shoe.
Selecting the Zoom Microphone Mode
Select a zoom microphone mode when the
zoom microphone is mounted.
Types
AUTO: The camcorder automatically
selects the optimum sound according to the magnification of the zoom
lens. When the zoom lens is at a
wide-angle setting, the built-in
microphone is used to record
sounds. As the zoom magnification
increases, the sounds from the zoom
microphone and built-in microphone
are mixed according to the zoom
setting.
TELE: The zoom microphone is fixed
to record sounds at a distance. (The
built-in microphone is turned off.)
OFF: The zoom microphone is turned
off. (The built-in microphone is on.)
Note:
• The zoom microphone is a monaural type, not
a stereo type, so it is useful for speech
recording, not music and live concert.
1
Mount the optional zoom microphone
to the camcorder.
2
In Tape Camera mode, press the
DISPLAY button until the mode
screen appears (see page 31).
3
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “MENU”, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
1
4
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
In Tape Camera mode, press the
DISPLAY button until the mode
screen appears (see page 31).
2
5
Press l or m to select T, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “MENU”, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
3
6
Press l or m to select “ZOOM MIC”,
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 “WIND”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
7
The windbreak function allows you to
reduce annoying noise from strong winds
when recording.
S E T T I NG 2
DIS
16 : 9
A UD I O MOD E
OF F
W I ND
R E T U RN
ON
Press l or m to select the desired
zoom microphone mode, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
ZOOM MI C
8
Available mode:
Tape Camera
TEL E
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
When the zoom microphone is active, the
zoom microphone indicator appears and
the zoom range indicator changes as shown
below.
Zoom microphone indicator
6
Press l or m to select “ON”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
W I ND
7
Useful Features
S E T T I NG 1
Q K . R E T U RN
DG T L Z O OM
TAPE SPEE D
A UT O
Z O OM M I C
TELE
R E T URN
OF F
Windbreak
ON
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
To cancel Windbreak
Select “OFF” in step 6 above.
W
T Z OOM 1 0
Zoom range indicator
Note:
• Keep the windbreak function off during
normal recording. If left on, the recorded
audio may sound somewhat muffled when
played back.
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Useful Features
Camera Recording
Selecting the 16-bit
Audio Recording
Mode
Available mode:
Tape Camera
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 Tape Camera mode, press the
DISPLAY button until the mode
screen appears (see page 31).
2
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “MENU”, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
Useful Features
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 “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
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6
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
68).
Useful Features
Playback
Using the Remote
Control
Available modes:
All modes
Operating
Aim the remote control at the remote sensor
of the camcorder, and press the control
buttons to operate.
Use the remote control to operate the
camcorder from a distance, such as when
you want to record yourself in a scene, or
when the camcorder is connected to a TV
for use as a VCR.
5
m
Activating
• The example screens shown are for Tape
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 Z, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
5
Press l or m to select “REMOTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
SLOW button
TAPE REC START/STOP button
CARD REC button
ZOOM (W/T) buttons
PAUSE/STILL
button
STOP button
PLAY button
Useful Features
1
Remote sensor
FF 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
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.
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Useful Features
Playback
Tape Playback
Functions with the
Remote Control
Available mode:
Tape Playback
You can use the following playback
functions with the supplied remote control.
(See page 47 for use of the remote control.)
SLOW button
Useful Features
PAUSE/STILL
button
Advance/reverse
buttons
Reverse Playback
The reverse playback function allows you to
play back images in reverse.
During Tape 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.
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Slow
The slow function allows you to play back
images in slow motion.
During Tape 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 Tape Playback, press
the PAUSE/STILL button (g)
to pause playback.
2
Press the h (or j)
button.
• 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.
Selecting the Date
and Time of
Recording Display
5
Press the DISPLAY button until the
date (or date and time) appears.
2.
Available modes:
All modes
PLAY
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 Tape
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.
3
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “DATE DISP.”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
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 Tape Playback mode, the current date and
time are displayed when the tape is not being
played back.
• You can also press the DATE button on the
remote control to display the date (or date
and time).
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 SP.
STOP
P I C. EF F ECT
AU D I O DU B
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
DATE
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Useful Features
Playback
Picture Effect
Playback
Available modes:
Tape Playback, Card Playback
These picture effects let you play back
images with a more dramatic effect.
Useful Features
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.
• The example screens shown are for Tape
Playback mode.
1
During Tape Playback (or Card
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.
P I C . E F F E C T OF F
AU D I O DU B
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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4
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the mode screen.
To cancel Picture Effect Playback
Select “OFF” in step 3 above.
Notes:
• Video images in Picture Effect Playback
mode cannot be transferred via DV cable to a
personal computer.
• You cannot use Picture Effect Playback with
Slide Show Playback.
Rotate Playback
Press the centre of the Operation button
in step 7 above.
Available mode:
Tape Playback
This function allows you to play back
images rotated 180°.
In Tape 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.
P L AY BACK SE T
ROTA T E PB
E X E C UT E
AUD I O
R E T U RN
ANL G DGT L
R E T U RN
Notes:
• When executing Rotate Playback during Tape
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, and picture
effect playback or copying an image from
tape to card.
Useful Features
1
6
To cancel Rotate Playback
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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Useful Features
Playback
Copying an Image
from Tape to Card
4
Press the PHOTO button to copy the
image to the card.
• The S indicator flashes red while the
image is copied.
Available mode:
Tape Playback
You can capture your favourite image frame
from a video tape recording and save it on
card.
Useful Features
PHOTO button
Operation button
1
Insert the recorded Mini DV cassette
and a card in the camcorder.
2
Set the camcorder to Tape Playback
mode, then begin tape playback.
3
Press m on the Operation button at
the point where the desired image
appears.
• A still picture of the image appears.
AUDIO1 + 2
Note:
• To cancel the still picture, press m
again.
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AUDIO1 + 2
Advanced Features
Camera Recording
Manual Focus
Operation button
Power Zoom control
Available modes:
Tape Camera, Card Camera
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.
DISPLAY button
• The example screens shown are for Tape
Camera mode.
Subject is too dark.
Fast-moving subject.
Lack of contrast, e.g.
snow scene.
1
In Tape Camera or Card 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.
Background is too bright.
M E NU
S C E N E ME N U
MANU A L S E T
F OCUS
Subject has horizontal
stripes.
3
Adjust the Power Zoom control to
frame the subject as you desire.
4
Press l or m to focus on the
subject.
Two subjects at different distances
overlap in the same scene.
p: To focus on a closer subject
o: To focus on a more distant subject
5
Subject has fine, repeated Subjects at different distances
appear in the centre of the scene
patterns.
at the same time.
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the mode screen.
Advanced Features
Light reflects off the
subject.
/
Subject is being shot through a
dirty or wet window.
• “MF” appears when the on-screen
indicators are turned on.
Manual focus indicator
MF
Fast-speed shutter being
used under fluorescent
lighting.
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
Available modes:
Tape Camera, Card Camera
Available modes:
Tape Camera, Card Camera
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.
• The example screens shown are for Tape
Camera mode.
• White Balance (see page 55)
• Manual Iris (see page 56)
• Manual Gain (see page 57)
1
In Tape Camera or Card Camera
mode, press the DISPLAY button until
the mode screen appears.
2
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “AUTO FOCUS”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
• The example screens shown are for Tape
Camera mode.
1
In Tape Camera or Card 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
Advanced Features
3
• The FOCUS setting returns to Auto
Focus mode.
4
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
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the mode screen.
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
Notes:
• Tape Camera and Card Camera mode do not
share manual settings.
• Items that are not selectable are greyed out.
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White Balance Lock
6
Aim the lens at a white object.
White paper or white cloth
Available modes:
Tape Camera, Card Camera
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 Tape Camera or Card 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 54).
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.
5
7
• “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
Press l or m to select “LOCK
MODE”.
Press the centre of the Operation
button to set the white balance lock.
Note:
• If you move the camcorder while
“LOCK” is flashing, “LOCK” may not
stop flashing. If this occurs, repeat
step 7.
8
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the MANUAL SET screen.
WH I T E B A L . L O C K MODE
Advanced Features
FULL AUTO
WH I T E B A L .
IRIS
GA I N
R E T U RN
• 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 58).
Note:
• White Balance setting cannot be used
when a scene setting is selected.
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Advanced Features
Camera Recording
Manual Iris
4
Available modes:
Tape Camera, Card Camera
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.
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
AUTO
Press l or m to select the desired
iris value, then press the centre of the
Operation button.
Background is too bright and subject too
dark (backlit subject).
FULL AUTO
WH I T E B A L .
IRIS
GA I N
R E T U RN
• Decrease the iris value to allow more 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).
Subject is too bright against background.
Advanced Features
• Increase the iris value to allow less light
through the lens.
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EXE CUT E
AUTO
F2.0
AUTO
6
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the MANUAL SET screen.
To return to Auto Iris mode
1
In Tape Camera or Card 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 54).
3
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
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 58).
Note:
• Manual Iris mode cannot be used when a
scene setting is selected.
Manual Gain
4
Available modes:
Tape Camera, Card Camera
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.
FULL AUTO
WH I T E B A L .
IRIS
GA I N
R E T U RN
5
Faithfully recording a dark scene
• Select a smaller gain value (to decrease the
light sensitivity).
• Select a larger gain value (to increase the
light sensitivity).
3
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.
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “MANUAL SET”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button (see page 54).
To return to Auto Gain mode
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
To return to Full Auto mode
Press k in step 5 above, then press the
centre of the Operation button.
Advanced Features
2
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).
Background is too bright and subject is
too dark (backlit subject)
In Tape Camera or Card Camera
mode, press the DISPLAY button until
the mode screen appears.
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
Example of use
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 58).
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
Available modes:
Tape Camera, Card Camera
You can set all manual settings, including
white balance, iris, gain, but not focus, to
Full Auto mode in one operation.
1
In Tape Camera or Card 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 54).
3
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
Advanced Features
FULL AUTO
WH I T E B A L .
IRIS
GA I N
R E T U RN
58
4
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 l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
6
EXE CUT E
AUTO
AUTO
AUTO
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the MANUAL SET screen.
Note:
• You cannot select “FULL AUTO” when no
manual settings are currently in use.
Scene Menu
(Program AE)
• The example screens shown are for Tape
Camera mode.
1
In Tape Camera or Card 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.
Available modes:
Tape Camera, Card Camera
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.
SLOW SHUT. (E): When you want to
record an object in a dim place and
make it emerge brightly.
SCE NE MENU DUS 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
Advanced Features
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.
Scene setting indicator
To cancel the scene setting
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.
Available modes:
Tape Camera, Tape Playback
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 Tape
Playback and Tape Camera modes.
Display format
TC0 00 10 20
Frame number*
Second
Minute
Hour
* Displayed during still or
frame advance playback.
Advanced Features
• The example screens shown are for Tape
Playback mode.
AUDIO1 + 2
TC 0 : 10 : 20
Time code
To turn off the time code
Select “OFF” in step 5 above.
Notes:
• When the tape reaches an unrecorded
section, the time code returns to zero
(TC0:00:00). Once recorded, the time code
cannot be changed.
• You can also press the T/C button on the
remote control to display the time code.
Displaying the time code on
a TV during playback
1
1
During playback or camera recording
in Tape mode, press the DISPLAY
button until the mode screen appears.
In Tape Playback mode, press the
DISPLAY button until the mode
screen appears.
2
2
Select “MENU”, then “EXECUTE” by
using the Operation button (see page
32).
Select “MENU”, then “EXECUTE” by
using the Operation button (see page
32).
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.
OTHE RS 2
T I ME C O D E
T C OU T
OF F
S - V I D E O I N ON
R E T U RN
OTHE RS 2
T I ME C O D E
OF F
T C OU T
ON
S- V I DEO I N
R E T U RN
5
5
Press l or m to select “ON”, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
T I ME CODE
60
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
ON
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
Available mode:
Tape Playback
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 60). 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)
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
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 103.
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 60).
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Advanced Features
Playback
Recording from an
External Source
Available mode:
Tape Playback
You can use this camcorder to record or
edit videos from another source, such as a
VCR or TV.
Preparation
Connect the camcorder to the source
equipment with the supplied audio/video/Svideo cable, as shown.
Notes:
• See page 2 for how to open the terminal
cover.
• If the source equipment has only one audio
output jack, use the white plug for the audio
connection on the source equipment. (The
input audio will only be recorded on the left
channel of the tape.)
• Even if the source equipment has an S-video
output socket, connect both the yellow video
plug and S-video plug.
• If your TV or VCR has a 21-pin Euro-SCART
connector, use the RCA/21-pin Euro-SCART
conversion connector (QSOCZ0305TAZZ)
available from our main parts distributor
detailed on page 103.
21-pin Euro-SCART on TV or VCR
Playback
(VCR or TV)
0
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
VIDEO (MONO) L-AUDIO-R
AV-OUT
Black: To S-video output socket
Yellow: To video output jack
White: To audio output (L) jack
Red: To audio output (R) jack
Advanced Features
Audio/video/S-video cable (supplied)
Recording
To AV
terminal
: The arrow shows the signal flow.
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Video
AUDIO
AUDIO
(L/MONO)
(R)
RCA/21-pin Euro-SCART
conversion connector
(QSOCZ0305TAZZ)
Audio R
Audio L
To Record from an External
Source
1
In Tape Playback mode, press the
DISPLAY button until the mode
screen appears.
2
Select “MENU”, then “EXECUTE” by
using the Operation button (see page
32).
3
Press l or m to select ~, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
4
Press l or m to select “S-VIDEO
IN”, then press the centre of the
Operation button.
Notes:
• To pause recording, press m. Press m again
to resume recording.
• To operate by remote control, perform steps 1
to 7 above, and press the TAPE REC START/
STOP button, then press the PAUSE/STILL
button (g).
• If “NO SIGNAL” is displayed on the
camcorder screen, check that the audio/
video/S-video cable is properly connected.
• If a digital video recording with a copyright
protection signal is used as the playback
source, “COPYRIGHT PROTECTED.”
appears on the camcorder monitor and the
recording function is disabled.
OTHE RS 2
T I ME CO D E
T C OU T
S- V I DEO I N OF F
R E T U RN
ON
Press l or m to select “ON” (for Svideo connection) or “OFF” (for video
connection), then press the centre of
the Operation button.
6
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
• “S-VIDEO” appears on the screen
during a pause or Recording
Standby mode when you set the SVIDEO IN menu item to “ON” in step
5 above.
7
Advanced Features
5
Begin playback on the source
equipment connected to the
camcorder.
• Check the camcorder screen to see if
the picture is properly received.
8
Press the Start/Stop button on the
camcorder, then press m to begin
recording.
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Advanced Features
Playback
Editing with the DV
Terminal (IEEE1394)
Available mode:
Tape Playback
See “Cutting Unwanted Sequences” on
page 61, using the video equipment as the
recording source.
This camcorder can be used as a digital
video editor. A DV cable transfers all
dubbing signals including video and audio
directly to the camcorder.
Note:
• Make sure that the video equipment to which
you are recording can input dubbing signals
via the DV terminal.
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)
Advanced Features
DV cable (commercially available)
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To Record to Video Equipment
To DV
terminal
To Record from Video Equipment
1
Set the camcorder to Tape Playback
mode, and insert a Mini DV cassette.
2
Begin playback on the video equipment connected to the camcorder.
• Check the camcorder screen to see if
the picture is properly received.
3
Press the Start/Stop button on the
camcorder.
• The camcorder enters Recording
Standby mode.
4
Press m on the Operation button to
begin recording.
To stop recording
Press l on the Operation button.
Cutting Unwanted Sequences
Press m to pause recording when the
source tape reaches the beginning of
the sequence to be cut.
2
Press m to resume recording when
the source tape reaches the end of
the sequence to be cut.
Advanced Features
1
Notes:
• Make sure that the video equipment from
which you are recording can output dubbing
signals via the DV terminal.
• If the video equipment is not set to playback
mode or the DV cable is not properly
connected, “NO SIGNAL” is displayed on the
camcorder screen.
• If no picture or sound is input to the
camcorder even if the DV cable is properly
connected and you are playing back the
source media from the video equipment, set
the Power switch on the camcorder to OFF
and then back to w, or disconnect the DV
cable and connect it again.
• If a digital video recording with a copyright
protection signal is used as the playback
source, “COPYRIGHT PROTECTED.”
appears on the camcorder monitor and the
recording function is disabled (see page 98).
• 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.
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Advanced Features
Playback
Using the Camcorder
as a Converter
Available mode:
Tape Playback
You can use this camcorder to convert from
analog signal (e.g. video recorded on 8 mm
or Hi8 tapes) to digital signal.
Preparation
Connect the audio/video/S-video cable and
DV cable as shown below.
1
Set the camcorder to Tape Playback
mode, and make sure that playback is
stopped.
2
Press the DISPLAY button until the
mode screen appears.
3
Select “MENU”, then “EXECUTE” by
using the Operation button (see page
32).
4
Press l or m to select V, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
5
Press l or m to select
“ANLGyDGTL”, then press the centre
of the Operation button.
Recording
(digital equipment)
e.g. computer
P L AY BACK SE T
ROTA T E PB
AUD I O
OF F
ANL G DGT L
ON
R E T U RN
To DV terminal
DV cable (commercially available)
6
Digital
signal
Advanced Features
To DV terminal
To AV terminal
Analog
signal
Audio/video/S-video cable (supplied)
Black: To S-video output socket
Yellow: To video output jack
White: To audio output (L) jack
Red: To audio output (R) jack
Playback
(analog equipment)
e.g. 8 mm or Hi8
VIDEO
L-AUDIO-R
S-VIDEO
AV-OUT
camcorder
: The arrow shows the signal flow.
(MONO)
Note:
• See page 2 for how to open the terminal
cover.
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Press l or m to select “ON”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
ANL G DGT L ON
7
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
8
Press the Play button on the analog
equipment
• Check the monitor on the digital
equipment to see if the picture is
being properly received.
9
Press the Record button on the digital
equipment.
Notes:
• The camcorder is not guaranteed to work
with all digital/analog equipment. Contact the
manufacturer of your equipment for advice.
• If the camcorder outputs a video recording
with a copyright signal, the digital equipment
cannot record or save it.
• The camcorder may not convert some input
video recordings properly (e.g.
discolouration, picture noise, muted sound),
depending on the input condition.
Advanced Features
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Advanced Features
Playback
Audio Dubbing
Feature
Available mode:
Tape Playback
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 stereo microphone
to record narration.
Audio Recording
In normal recording mode
12-bit audio recording
The audio is recorded in stereo on Audio 1.
Audio 1: Stereo (left and right) sound
Audio 2: No audio
16-bit audio recording
The audio is recorded in stereo with the left
and right sound on two separate channels.
Audio 1: Left sound
Audio 2: Right sound
In Audio Dubbing mode
12-bit audio recording
The dubbed audio is recorded on Audio 2.
Audio 1: Original stereo (left and right)
sound
Audio 2: Dubbed stereo (left and right)
sound
Advanced Features
Built-in stereo microphone
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Notes:
• Audio dubbing does not function through the
DV terminal.
• You cannot use audio dubbing with
recordings made in LP mode.
• You cannot use the built-in stereo microphone
for audio dubbing when the audio/video/Svideo cable is connected.
• You cannot use the zoom microphone to
record narration.
16-bit audio recording
The dubbed audio is recorded on Audio 2
over the original right sound. Both dubbed
and original sounds are mono.
Audio 1: Original left sound
Audio 2: Dubbed sound
Note:
• You can select the 12-bit or 16-bit audio
recording mode by performing the procedure
on page 46.
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 DU 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.
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 70).
• “AUDIO DUB” cannot be selected when the
Mini DV cassette is recorded in LP mode.
• The audio dubbing screen appears.
START
6
STOP
CANC E L
Advanced Features
TC 0 : 00 : 00
AUDIO1 + 2
A UD I O DUB
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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Advanced Features
Playback
Selecting the Audio
Playback Mode
Available mode:
Tape Playback
4
Press l or m to select V, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
5
Press l or m to select “AUDIO”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
You can select any of the following audio
playback modes.
P L AY BACK SE T
ROTA T E PB
AUD I O
1+2
ANL G DGT L
1
R E T U RN
2
Audio 1H2
• 12-bit recording in stereo (Audio 1
and Audio 2 channels)
• 16-bit recording in stereo (left and
right channels)
Audio 1
6
• 12-bit recording in stereo (Audio 1
channel only)
• 16-bit recording in mono (left channel
only)
Audio 2
Advanced Features
• 12-bit recording in stereo (Audio 2
channel only)
• 16-bit recording in mono (right
channel only)
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1
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
32).
Press l or m to select the desired
audio playback mode, then press the
centre of the Operation button.
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.
Digital Still Camera Features
Camera Recording
Selecting the Picture
Quality and Image
Size
1
Set the Media Selection switch to u,
then hold down the Lock button and
set the Power switch to v.
2
In Card Camera mode, press the
DISPLAY button until the mode
screen appears.
Available mode:
Card Camera
The picture quality of still images recorded
on the card depends on the picture quality
and image size setting. Select the appropriate setting to match your recording
objectives.
Lock button
Approximate number of recordable images with the supplied 8
MB SD memory card
Picture quality
setting
Approx. number of images
1280 G 960
OF F
BLC / GA I N
S E L F T I ME R
ME NU
S C E N E ME N U
3
Select “MENU”, then “EXECUTE” by
using the Operation button (see page
32).
4
Press l or m to select Y, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
5
Press l or m to select “REC
MODE”, then press the centre of the
Operation button.
640 G 480
NORMAL
20
90
ECONOMY
40
160
FINE
10
50
Note:
• The number of recordable images differs
depending on the combination of picture
quality settings used and the images shot.
S E T T I NG 1
F I L E NO.
R E C MO D E
NORMA L
I MAG E S I Z E E C O NOMY
F L AS H
F I NE
RE D E Y E
R E T URN
Selecting the Picture Quality
Types
NORMAL: Records images with
standard picture quality.
ECONOMY: Allows you to take more
shots than in NORMAL mode but with
lower quality.
6
Press l or m to select the desired
setting, then press the centre of the
Operation button.
RE C MODE
E C ONOMY
FINE: Records images with higher
quality than in NORMAL mode but
with lower number of recordable
images.
(Continued on the next page)
Digital Still Camera Features
The camcorder compresses each image
with the picture quality setting to save
memory on a card.
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Digital Still Camera Features
Camera Recording
7
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
• The selected picture quality indicator
only appears when the on-screen
indicators are turned on.
3
Press l or m to select Y, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
4
Press l or m to select “IMAGE
SIZE”, then press the centre of the
Operation button.
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Picture quality indicator
Note:
• The picture quality indicator is also displayed
in Card Camera mode. The picture quality
indicator displayed during playback is based
on the amount of data for that recorded
image. Since the amount of data differs
depending on factors such as image detail,
sometimes the picture quality indicator
displayed during playback may not match
the picture quality setting used during
recording.
Selecting the Image Size
Still images recorded on a card are made
up of pixels. You can select the number of
pixels in still images. Larger numbers of
pixels provide greater image detail, but also
use more card memory.
Digital Still Camera Features
Types
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1280G960 [1280]: Images are
recorded in 1280K960 pixels.
640G480 [640]: Images are recorded
in 640K480 pixels.
1
In Card Camera mode, press the
DISPLAY button until the mode
screen appears.
2
Select “MENU”, then “EXECUTE” by
using the Operation button (see page
32).
S E T T I NG 1
F I L E NO.
R E C MO D E
I MA G E S I Z E 1 2 8 0 9 6 0
F L AS H
640 480
RE D E Y E
RE T URN
5
Press l or m to select “1280G960”
or “640G480”, then press the centre
of the Operation button.
IMAGE S I Z E 1 2 8 0 9 6 0
6
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
• The selected image size indicator
appears when the on-screen
indicators are turned on.
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E C ONOMY
Image size indicator
Card Recording
Available mode:
Card Camera
5
Adjust the Power Zoom control to
frame the subject as you desire.
6
Press the PHOTO button half-way
down to focus on the subject.
• The camcorder automatically focuses
on the subject. When it is set, you will
hear a sound and see T mark, then
the camcorder locks the focus.
You can take a still picture in the same way
as you do with a standard camera and
record that image on the card.
PHOTO button
Power Zoom control
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N ORMA L
7
Press the PHOTO button fully to
begin recording.
Power switch
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Media Selection switch
1
Insert a card into the camcorder (see
page 11).
2
3
4
Remove the lens cap.
AU T O
Set the Media Selection switch to u.
Hold down the Lock button and set
the Power switch to v.
• The picture from the lens now
displays.
Number of shots taken/remaining
Lock button A U T O
Notes:
• Recording under insufficient lighting may
result in blurred images. It is recommended
that you use a tripod to record insufficiently
illuminated subjects.
• Recording under the light of a fluorescent,
mercury, or sodium lamp may cause
flickering in the image and, depending on the
timing of the shot, may result in changes to
colour hue in the image.
• Set the BEEP menu item to “OFF” to turn off
the focus locking sound.
• Do not turn the power off or remove the
card while the S indicator is flashing in
step 7.
Digital Still Camera Features
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• The S indicator flashes red while
data is being recorded on the card,
and returns to white when recording
completes.
• To record another image, release the
PHOTO button and make sure the
picture is not frozen in the monitor,
then perform steps 6 and 7.
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Digital Still Camera Features
Camera Recording
1
In Card Camera mode, press the
DISPLAY button until the mode
screen appears.
2
Select “MENU”, then “EXECUTE” by
using the Operation button (see page
32).
Using the flash function enables you to
record good-quality still images even in
dark locations.
3
Note:
• The effective flash range for both wide angle
and telephoto is about 1 to 2.5 m.
Press l or m to select Y, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
4
Press l or m to select “FLASH”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
Selecting the Flash
Mode
Available mode:
Card Camera
Flash
S E T T I NG 1
F I L E NO.
R E C MO D E
I MAG E S I Z E
F L AS H
AUTO
RE D E Y E
ON
R E T URN
OFF
5
Flash sensor
Digital Still Camera Features
Types
74
AUTO: Flash automatically fires in
dark locations (when “LIGHT” is
displayed on the screen) each time
you press the PHOTO button. The s
indicator appears when on-screen
indicators are turned on.
ON: Flash fires every time you press
the PHOTO button. The q indicator
appears when on-screen indicators
are turned on.
OFF: Flash does not fire. The 0
indicator appears when on-screen
indicators are turned on.
Press l or m to select the desired
flash mode, then press the centre of
the Operation button.
F LA SH
6
ON
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
• The flash indicator appears when
on-screen indicators are turned
on.
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Flash indicator
Notes:
• Do not use the flash in front of a person’s
eyes, especially children, as flashing
directly into the eyes from close range can
damage vision. Be particularly careful
around children and maintain a distance of
1 m or more from your subject.
• Do not block the flash sensor with fingers
when using the flash.
• The q indicator flashes while the flash is
being charged.
Red-eye Reduction
Available mode:
Card Camera
Red-eye reduction allows you to minimize
the camera flash capturing the red at the
back of the iris.
1
In Card Camera mode, press the
DISPLAY button until the mode
screen appears.
2
Select “MENU”, then “EXECUTE” by
using the Operation button (see page
32).
3
Press l or m to select Y, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
4
Make sure the flash mode is set to
“AUTO” or “ON”. If not, set to either
one (see page 74).
5
Press l or m to select “RED EYE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
7
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
• Red-eye indicator appears when
on-screen indicators are turned
on.
Red-eye indicator
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Notes:
• The flash fires twice when the red-eye
reduction is set to “CORRECT”. The first flash
is to reduce the “red-eye”, and the second
flash is for recording the still image.
• The effect of red-eye reduction depends on
individual. Reduction may not be as effective
as desired on conditions like shooting
distance or the subject not watching the preflash.
• Red-eye cannot be used when the flash is
set to “OFF”.
S E T T I NG 1
F I L E NO.
R E C MO D E
I MAG E S I Z E
F L AS H
RE D E Y E
OF F
R E T URN
C O RR E C T
6
RE D E Y E
C O R RE C T
Digital Still Camera Features
Press l or m to select “CORRECT”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
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Digital Still Camera Features
Camera Recording
Recording with the
Self-timer
Available mode:
Card Camera
4
Press the PHOTO button to start the
self-timer.
• The self-timer operating indicator
flashes while the timer counts down.
Self-timer operating indicator
The self-timer function allows you to record
images after a time-lag of 10 seconds. This
is convenient when you want to record an
image of you and your friends together.
1
In Card Camera mode, press the
DISPLAY button until the mode
screen appears.
2
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “SELF TIMER”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
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AU T O
• The shutter automatically releases
after 10 seconds, and a still image of
the subject is recorded.
To cancel the countdown
BLC / GA I N
S E L F T I ME R E X E C U T E
ME NU
SC E N E M E N U
3
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
Digital Still Camera Features
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AU T O
CANC E L
Press the PHOTO button in step 4.
To cancel the self-timer
Press the centre of the Operation button
again in step 3.
Notes:
• When recording with the self-timer, stabilize
the camcorder in the horizontal plane by
attaching it to a tripod, etc.
• Self-timer mode cancels after recording one
image. Repeat steps 1 to 4 to record another
image with the self-timer.
• Do not turn the power off or remove the card
once the self-timer operating indicator begins
flashing.
Formatting a Card
4
Available mode:
Card Camera
O T H E RS 2
F ORMA T
12H / 24H
S E T T I NG
R E T UR N
Before using a commercially available card
with this camcorder, you must first have it
formatted. Also, if any of the following
warning indicators displays, you will need to
format your card.
•
•
•
•
“FORMAT MEMORY CARD”
“MEMORY CARD ERROR”
“MEMORY CARD READ ERROR”
“CANNOT STORE DATA”
5
2
3
In Card Camera mode, press the
DISPLAY button until the mode
screen appears.
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
F ORMA T
A L L DA T A W I L L
B E E RA S E D .
NO
YES
SEL ECT
6
Select “MENU”, then “EXECUTE” by
using the Operation button (see page
32).
Press l or m to select ~, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
E X