Sharp VIEWCAMZ VL-Z5E User's Manual

VL-Z5E/VL-Z3E-E/hyou; 03/02/26/18:00
VL-Z5E
VL-Z3E
OPERATION MANUAL
OPERATION MANUAL
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VL-Z5E VL-Z3E
SHARP CORPORATION
LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY CAMCORDER
VL-Z5E/VL-Z3E-hyou2/3; 03/3/17/18:00
Before using the camcorder, please read this operation manual
carefully, especially page vi.
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Important:
Audio-visual material may consist
of copyrighted works which must
not be recorded without the
authority of the owner of the
copyright. Please refer to relevant
laws in your country.
Power supply:
This unit can be operated by
connecting it to either the AC
adapter or battery pack. The AC
adapter incorporates the AUTO
VOLTAGE (AC 110–240 V,
50/60 Hz) function.
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.
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• All other brand or product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of their
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Information for Australia/New Zealand Only
This Camcorder must be supplied only with DC 7.4 volts from a BTL226 battery or the AC adapter (UADP-A016WJZZ).
CAUTION:
As there are no user-serviceable parts inside the Camcorder or AC
adapter, do NOT remove their cabinets as touching parts inside could
result in electric shock. Please refer servicing to a qualified dealer or
a Camcorder service centre approved by Sharp.
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WARNING:
NOTE
This Camcorder is a high technology product.
The LCD Panel comprises 215,280 TFT Transistors. Due to the high
density of transistors, it is possible that some pixels may fail.
Important:
Copyright may exist in material you wish to record.
Copying such material without permission of the relevant licensees or
owners of the copyright is prohibited by law.
Sharp is not in a position to authorize the recording of copyright works
and nothing in this operation manual should be read or implied as giving
that authority.
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Contents
Supplied Accessories ......................................................................................... v
Optional Accessory ............................................................................................ v
Precautions ........................................................................................................ vi
ii
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, VL-Z5 only) ................ 29
Adjusting the Phones Volume (VL-Z5 only) .......... 29
Watching Playback on a TV .................................. 30
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
Windbreak ............................................................. 44
Selecting the 16-bit Audio Recording Mode ......... 45
Playback
Using the Remote Control
(Only supplied with VL-Z5) ................................. 46
Tape Playback Functions with the Remote
Control (Only supplied with VL-Z5) .................... 47
Selecting the Date and Time of Recording
Display ................................................................ 48
Picture Effect Playback ......................................... 49
Rotate Playback .................................................... 50
Copying an Image from Tape to Card .................. 51
Advanced Features
Camera Recording
Manual Focus ....................................................... 52
Returning to Auto Focus ....................................... 53
Displaying the Manual Setting Screen .................. 53
White Balance Lock .............................................. 54
Manual Iris ............................................................ 55
Manual Gain .......................................................... 56
Setting the Camcorder to Full Auto Mode ............. 57
Scene Menu (Program AE) ................................... 58
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Contents
Advanced Features
Playback
Using the Time Code ............................................ 59
Audio Dubbing Feature ......................................... 60
Selecting the Audio Playback Mode ..................... 62
Editing ................................................................... 63
Recording from an External Source ...................... 64
Editing with the DV Terminal (IEEE1394) .............. 66
Using the Camcorder as a Converter ................... 68
Digital Still Camera
Features
Camera Recording
Card Recording .................................................... 70
Selecting the Picture Quality ................................. 71
Recording with the Self-timer ................................ 72
Formatting a Card ................................................. 73
Setting the File Numbering Method ...................... 74
Playback
Card Playback ...................................................... 75
Playback Zoom with the Remote Control (Only
supplied with VL-Z5) .......................................... 76
Delete Protection ................................................... 77
Deleting Stored Images ........................................ 78
Print Order ............................................................. 80
Transferring Data on Card to Computer ............... 82
Installing the USB Driver ................................... 82
Slide Show Playback ............................................ 85
Appendix
Picture/Backlight Adjustments .............................. 86
Turning off the Confirmation Sound ...................... 88
Setting the Camcorder to Factory Presettings ...... 89
Demonstration Mode ............................................ 90
Useful Information ................................................. 91
Troubleshooting .................................................... 97
Specifications ..................................................... 101
On-screen Display Index .................................... 102
Note:
• Before requesting service, please read “Troubleshooting” carefully. (See pages 97–
100.)
iv
Supplied Accessories
Battery pack
BT-L226
AC adapter
Power cord
Audio/video/S-video
cable
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
*
*
*
The accessories with * mark are not supplied with VL-Z3 (only supplied
with VL-Z5).
Optional Accessory
Standard-life
battery pack
BT-L226
Note:
• The accessory above may not be available in selected areas.
v
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 viii).
• 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.
• 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.).
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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 EAN I NG
NOW C LE AN I NG
START
If the video heads become clogged, the
v indicator appears on the screen. Contact
the nearest SHARP service centre or your
dealer for further advice.
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
Operation References
For details on the use of each part, refer to the page number indicated in
parentheses.
Front view
Operation button (p. 31)
Zoom lens
DISPLAY button (p. 31)
Stereo microphone
LCD LAMP button (p. 24)
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Operation References
Operation References
Left view
USB terminal (p. 83)
Earphones jack
(VL-Z5 only) (p. 29)
LCD monitor
(p. 19)
DC IN jack (pp. 8, 9)
Terminal cover
(pp. 29, 30, 63, 64, 66, 68, 83)
AV terminal
(pp. 30, 63, 64, 68)
DV terminal (pp. 66, 68)
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
Operation References
Window cleaning cover
(p. 95)
Power Zoom Wide angle/
PHOTO button Telephoto control (p. 23)/
(pp. 38, 51, 70) 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)
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
Warning Indicators
Operation References
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 NSE R T
A C AS S E T T E .
E J E C T THE
CAS SE T T E .
E J E C T THE
CAS SE T T E .
The video cassette is defective and should be
removed (see page 10).
CAS S E T T E NOT
RE CORDA B L E.
P RO T E C T . T AB
The erasure protect tab on the video cassette
has been slid to the record-protect position,
preventing recording (see page 92).
T HE T A P E
E NDS SOON.
T APE END
The tape is about to end. Prepare a new
cassette.
CHANGE T HE
CAS SE T T E .
T A PE E ND
The tape has reached the end. Replace it with a
new cassette (see page 10).
The battery is almost depleted. Replace it with
a fully charged battery pack (see pages 6, 7).
BAT T ERY I S
TOO LOW.
DEW
DEW
Dew has formed inside the camcorder. Wait a
few hours for the dew to dry away (see page vii).
About 10 seconds after this warning appears,
the camcorder automatically turns off.
The video heads are clogged and should be
cleaned (see page viii).
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, 84).
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 78) 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 73)*.
F ORMA T
MEMORY C ARD
The card has not been formatted with this camcorder. Format the
card (see page 73)*.
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 77).
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 73)*.
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
PHOT O BUT T ON
The camcorder cannot record with the Start/Stop button in Card
Recording mode. Press the PHOTO button (see page 70).
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 NUMB E R
You cannot record any image with a file number bigger than 999–
9999. Set FILE NO. menu item to “RESET” (see page 74), then
format the card (see page 73)* 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
4
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
8
DC plug
• The POWER/CHARGE (RED)
indicator turns off when the battery is
charged.
120
120
105
105
• The chart specifies the approximate times in
minutes.
Notes:
• Charge the battery pack between 10°C and
30°C. The battery pack may not charge
properly at temperatures too low or too
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 94 and 95 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
9
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 92 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
with VL-Z5) 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 93).
• The card supplied with VL-Z5 is preformatted
for immediate use.
• See page 93 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
12
Installing the Battery to
Remote Control (VL-Z5
only)
The CR 2025 type lithium battery
supplied with VL-Z5 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 OD E
T C OUT
12H / 24H
S E T T I NG
R E T UR N
Example: Setting the date to 2 June 2004
(2. 6. 2004) and the time to 10:30 am
(10:30).
Preparation
Press m or l to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
OF F
OF F
24H
1 . 1. 2 0 0 3
0 : 00
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
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.
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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
7
Hold down the Lock
button and set the
Power switch to v.
Lock button
2
SE T T I NG
2. 6 . 2 0 0 4
10 : 0 0
10 Press m or l to select “30” (minute),
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
SE T T I NG
2. 6 . 2 0 0 4
10 : 3 0 : 0 0
Using the Lens Cap
Attach the strap of the lens cap to the hand
strap as shown below.
• The internal clock now starts
operating with the seconds display.
Preparation
11 Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
Note:
• If the date and time have been set, the
SETTING 1 screen (T) appears in step 4.
Select “SETTING” in the OTHERS 2 screen
(~) using the Operation button.
When attaching or removing the lens cap,
grasp the indents on both sides of the cap.
Changing to the 12-hour
Time Mode
1
After performing step 10 above, press
l or m to select “12H/24H”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
O T H E RS 2
T I ME C O D E
T C OUT
12H / 24H
S E T T I NG
R E T URN
2
When recording, remove the lens cap and
attach the lens cap cord to the fastener so
that the cap will not get in the way.
Press l or m to select “12H”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
1 2 H 2 4H
3
Indents
2 4H
1 2H
1 2H
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
Notes:
• The date and time, once set, are internally
recorded even when not displayed on the
screen.
• The menu screen automatically turns off if no
settings are made within 5 minutes.
Fastener
Note:
• Always attach the lens cap over the lens
when not using the camcorder.
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Preparation
Adjusting the Hand
Strap
Open the hand strap flap (1) and grip
strap (2).
Preparation
1
Grip strap
Using the Grip
Rotate the grip 135° forward or 90°
downward so that you can record images
easily from high or low angle (see page 20).
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
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.
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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 95.
Using the LCD
Monitor
• You can also fold the LCD monitor
into the camcorder with the screen
facing out for watching playback on
the monitor.
You can use the LCD monitor to play back
recordings that you have made or to watch
the subject during recording.
Power switch
LCD monitor
1
Open the LCD monitor to a 90° angle
to the camcorder body.
Preparation
3
Hold down the Lock
button and set the
Power switch to v or
w.
• A picture displays on
the LCD monitor.
Lock button
Note:
• Battery consumption is larger when the LCD
monitor is opened. Use the viewfinder instead
of the LCD monitor when you want to save
the battery power.
Closing the LCD monitor
Return the LCD monitor to the vertical 90°
position with the screen facing in, and fold it
into the camcorder into place.
90˚
2
Adjust the LCD monitor to an angle
that allow easy viewing of the onscreen picture.
• The LCD monitor rotates 270°
vertically.
180
90
Notes:
• Do not use excessive force when moving
the LCD monitor.
• When closing the LCD monitor, do not tilt
it; otherwise the monitor may not close
properly and may become damaged.
• Do not pick up the camcorder by the LCD
monitor.
• Do not place the camcorder with the LCD
monitor screen facing down.
• Close the LCD monitor completely with the
screen facing in when not in use.
• Before closing the LCD monitor, make sure
the battery pack is properly attached to the
camcorder, otherwise the monitor may be
damaged.
Note: Do not try to rotate the LCD
monitor vertically until the monitor is
completely opened.
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Preparation
Tips on Recording
Positions
To create images that are easy to watch during playback, try to record with an upright
posture and steady hands to prevent a shaky image.
Preparation
Holding the camcorder
Put your right hand through the hand strap, and place your left hand under the camcorder
for support.
Basic posture
Shooting from a high angle
Place the viewfinder
eyecup firmly against
your eye.
Turn the LCD
monitor so that the
screen faces
downward.
Place your elbows
against your sides.
Shooting from a low angle
Balance your
weight on both
legs.
Turn the LCD
monitor so that the
screen faces
upward.
Note:
• Take care not to touch the microphone with your fingers during recording. It will cause noise on
the audio track.
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Basic Operations
Camera Recording
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 viii).
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
22
Lock button
Note:
• If “AUTO” is not displayed at this time,
set the camcorder to Full Auto mode
(see page 57).
Max. continuous
recording time
Battery
pack
BT-L226
Actual
recording time
LCD
closed
LCD
open
LCD
closed
LCD
open
120
105
60
55
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.)
Basic Operations
To turn the power off
Zooming out (when you want to include
the surroundings)
Zooming in
Push the Power Zoom control to the T
(telephoto) side to get a close-up view (1).
Zooming out
Push the Power Zoom control to the W (wide
angle) side to get a wide field of view (2).
W
T ZOOM
3
Power Zoom
control
Zoom range indicator
• The zoom range indicator shows you the
current zoom setting.
• The zoom speed depends on how far you
push the Power Zoom control.
Notes:
• The camcorder is unable to focus when
zooming in on subjects within 1.5 m.
• See page 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
canceling Power Standby mode.
— When Power Standby mode, for example,
is cancelled after 3 minutes, the
camcorder will turn off if recording is not
started within 2 minutes.
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 center will be focused on.
• Auto Focus may not work in the situations
described on page 52. 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
Note:
• When you are recording a macro shot, be
sure that the subject receives sufficient
illumination.
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Basic Operations
Available modes:
Tape Camera, Card Camera
Basic Operations
Camera Recording
Basic Operations
Remaining Recording
Time Display
Remaining Battery
Power 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
THE T APE
ENDS SOON.
Less than 1 min.
T APE END
CHANGE T HE
CAS SE T T E .
T APE END
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The tape has reached
the end.
(Green)
(Green)
(Red)
BAT T ERY I S
TOO 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
64–67).
To stop playback
Press l.
Basic Operations
Power switch
To turn the power off
Operation button
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.
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.
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.
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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, VL-Z5 only)
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.
Earphones jack
(VL-Z5 only)
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.
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.
Basic Operations
Connect the plug of stereo earphones to the
earphones jack on the camcorder as shown
below.
Adjusting the Phones
Volume (VL-Z5 only)
EXE CUT E
ON
ON
–
+
OFF
Note: “PHONES VOL” does not appear
with VL-Z3.
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
+
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
S-VIDEO
Set the Power switch on the
camcorder to w, and begin playback
(see page 27).
Notes:
• 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
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)
To AV
terminal
: The arrow shows the signal flow.
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Turn on the TV and set it to the “AV”
or “VIDEO” channel. (See the
operation manual of your TV.)
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 102 to 105 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.
2.
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 N U O F 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.
Example
Information
display on
AU TO
3 0min
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
S T AR T
Q K . R E T U RN
DG T L Z O OM O F F
TAPE SPEE D SP
RE T URN
Operation button
Media Selection switch
• 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 O F F
TAPE SPEE D 4 0
RE T URN
500
Useful Features
• See pages 102 to 105 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
START
QK . R E T URN
D G T L Z O OM O F F
TAPE SPEE D SP
RE T URN
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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 O F F
TAPE SPEE D 4 0
RE T URN
500
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 NU
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 55).
• 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
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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
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 NU
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
QK . R E T URN
D G T L Z O OM S T O P
TAPE SPEE D
RE 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 center 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
(only supplied with VL-Z5) is useful for such
occasions.
Useful Features
4
Begin recording.
Notes:
• Use the remote control (only supplied with
VL-Z5) 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
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˚
4
5
6
Turn the camcorder downward as
shown below.
2
Rotate the lens section 90° vertically
as shown below.
Set the Power switch to v.
Begin recording.
Notes:
• Do not rotate the monitor section to the self
recording position during recording or
playback.
• During self recording, the mode or menu
screen cannot be displayed.
• All of the manual settings are set to AUTO
and some other settings will set to OFF in self
recording.
• You may experience image noise when using
self recording.
• To operate self recording with reversed grip
correctly, make sure to turn the grip and the
lens section so that the Start/Stop button and
the tripod socket face upward, and the lens
faces toward you. The I indicator will
appear.
• Be sure that the LCD monitor rotation is
exactly 180°, otherwise the image recorded
will be rotated 180° upside-down.
• 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.
• The viewfinder does not work in self
recording with reversed grip.
90°
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Useful Features
1
Set the Media Selection switch to V.
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 MO D 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
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.
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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 E D 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
RE T URN
LP
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.
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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 NU
2
Press l or m to select “LP”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
Useful Features
Camera Recording
Windbreak
To cancel Windbreak
Select “OFF” in step 6 above.
Available mode:
Tape Camera
Useful Features
The windbreak function allows you to
reduce annoying noise from strong winds
when recording.
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.
3
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
4
Press l or m to select Y, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
5
Press l or m to select “WIND”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
S E T T I NG 2
DIS
16 : 9
A U D I O MO D E
OF F
W I ND
R E T URN
ON
6
Press l or m to select “ON”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
W I ND
7
44
ON
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
Note:
• Keep the windbreak function off during
normal recording. If left on, the recorded
audio may sound somewhat muffled when
played back.
Selecting the 16-bit
Audio Recording
Mode
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.
3
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.
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.
Useful Features
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
6
Note:
• When using Audio Dubbing with 16-bit audio
recordings, both the dubbed and original
sounds will be recorded in mono (see page
60).
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
45
Useful
Features
Useful Features
Playback
Playback
Using the Remote
Control (Only
supplied with VL-Z5)
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.
5m
Available modes:
All modes
Activating
Remote sensor
Useful Features
• The example screens shown are for Tape
Playback mode.
1
Press the DISPLAY button until the
mode screen appears.
2
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “MENU”, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
3
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
4
5
46
FF button
REW button
T/C (Time
Code) button
DATE button
Press l or m to select “REMOTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
Shift buttons
ON
OF F
Press l or m to select “ON”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
REMOT E
7
PLAY button
Press l or m to select Z, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
OTHE RS 1
DE F AUL T
R EMO T E
BEEP
R E T U RN
6
SLOW button
TAPE REC START/STOP button
CARD REC button
ZOOM (W/T) buttons
PAUSE/STILL
button
STOP button
ON
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
CARD PLAY/MULTI button
VOLUME +/L buttons
Advance/reverse buttons
Notes:
• Be careful not to expose the remote sensor to
direct sunlight or strong interior lighting, as
this may prevent the remote control from
operating properly.
• Be sure that there are no obstacles between
the remote control and the remote sensor.
• The remote control (RRMCGA149WJSA) is
not supplied with VL-Z3. Contact the nearest
SHARP service center or your dealer for
purchasing as specified part.
Tape Playback
Functions with the
Remote Control (Only
supplied with VL-Z5)
Available mode:
Tape Playback
You can use the following playback
functions with the remote control (only
supplied with VL-Z5). (See page 46 for use
of the remote control.)
SLOW button
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
PAUSE/STILL
button
Advance/reverse
buttons
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.
1
During Tape Playback, press
the PAUSE/STILL button (g)
to pause playback.
2
Press the h (or j)
button.
Useful Features
Reverse Playback
The frame advance function allows you to
play back still images frame by frame.
• Each time you press the
button, the picture
advances one frame
forward (or backward).
To return to normal playback, press the
PLAY button (t).
Notes:
• The sound is off during reverse, slow, and
frame advance playback.
• If you use the slow or frame advance function
with the tape recorded in LP mode, the
picture may advance several frames at a
time.
• The reverse frame advance moves about 30
frames.
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Useful Features
Playback
Selecting the Date
and Time of
Recording Display
5
Press the DISPLAY button until the
date (or date and time) appears.
2.
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.
Useful Features
• 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.
P I C. E F F E C T OF F
AU D I O DUB
ME NU
D A T E D I S P.
3
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “DATE DISP.”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
P I C. EF F ECT
AUD I O DUB
ME NU
D A T E D I S P . D A T E + T I ME
4
Press l or m to select the desired
setting, then press the centre of the
Operation button.
DATE D I S P. DA T E
• Each time you press l or m, the
setting changes as shown below.
DA T E + T I ME
OFF
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DATE
STOP
R EW
6. 2004
FF
Notes:
• The date (or date and time) appears when
the on-screen indicators are turned on.
• Before recording, make sure that the date
and time have been correctly set. If they have
not been set, the display will be left blank
when playing back the recording. (The
display will also be left blank for unrecorded
or damaged portions of the tape.)
• In 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 (only supplied with VL-Z5) to
display the date (or date and time).
Picture Effect
Playback
Available modes:
Tape Playback, Card Playback
These picture effects let you play back
images with a more dramatic effect.
Types
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.
Useful Features
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.
4
• 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
AUD I O DUB
ME NU
DA T E D I S P.
3
Press l or m to select the desired
picture effect, then press the centre of
the Operation button.
P I C. E F F E C T B W
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Useful Features
Playback
Rotate Playback
Press the centre of the Operation button
in step 7 above.
Available mode:
Tape Playback
Useful Features
This function allows you to play back
images rotated 180°.
1
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
6
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
• Rotate Playback indicator appears.
AUDIO1 + 2
RO T A T E P B
Rotate Playback indicator
7
Press m to begin Rotate Playback.
• The image is rotated 180° upside
down.
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To cancel Rotate Playback
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.
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.
PHOTO button
AUDIO1 + 2
Operation button
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.
Useful Features
1
• A still picture of the image appears.
AUDIO1 + 2
Note:
• To cancel the still picture, press m
again.
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Advanced
Advanced FeaturesFeatures
Camera Recording
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.
Useful Features
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 NU
M A NU A L S E T
F OCUS
Subject has horizontal
stripes.
Light reflects off the
subject.
/
Subject is being shot through a
dirty or wet window.
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.
• “MF” appears when the on-screen
indicators are turned on.
Manual focus indicator
MF
Fast-speed shutter being
used under fluorescent
lighting.
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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.
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 54)
• Manual Iris (see page 55)
• Manual Gain (see page 56)
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.
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
3
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.
• The FOCUS setting returns to Auto
Focus mode.
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the mode screen.
Useful Features
1
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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Advanced Features
Camera Recording
White Balance Lock
6
Aim the lens at a white object.
White paper or white cloth
Available modes:
Tape Camera, Card Camera
Useful Features
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 53).
3
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
4
Press l or m to select “WHITE
BAL.”, then press the centre of the
Operation button.
FULL AUTO
WH I T E B A L .
IRIS
GA I N
R E T U RN
5
• Adjust the distance of the object so
that the entire screen is white.
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
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 57).
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Note:
• White Balance setting cannot be used
when a scene setting is selected.
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.
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 53).
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 57).
Note:
• Manual Iris mode cannot be used when a
scene setting is selected.
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Useful Features
• 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.
• Increase the iris value to allow less light
through the lens.
EXE CUT E
AUTO
F2.0
AUTO
Advanced Features
Camera Recording
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).
Useful Features
• Select a larger gain value (to increase the
light sensitivity).
2
3
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.
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 53).
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.
Set the camcorder to Full Auto mode (see
page 57).
Note:
• Manual Gain mode cannot be used when a
scene setting is selected.
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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.
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “MANUAL SET”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button (see page 53).
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
4
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.
Useful Features
2
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
E XECUT E
L OC K
F4. 0
+3dB
Press l or m to select “FULL
AUTO”, then press the centre of the
Operation button.
FULL AUTO
WH I T E B A L .
IRIS
GA I N
R E T U RN
E XECUT E
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Advanced Features
Camera Recording
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.
Useful Features
SUNLIGHT (F): When background is
very bright.
PARTY (C): When the illumination is
from a spotlight or candle.
NIGHT LUMI (D): When you want to
record fireworks or an illuminated
object in the dark.
SLOW SHUT. (E): When you want to
record an object in a dim place and
make it emerge brightly.
Press l or m to select the scene
setting that best fits the recording
situation, then press the centre of the
Operation button.
SCE NE MENU DU S K
4
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the mode screen.
• The selected scene setting indicator
displays when the on-screen
indicators are turned on.
TAPE
Scene setting indicator
To cancel the scene setting
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 Features
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.
• The example screens shown are for Tape
Playback mode.
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
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 (only supplied with VL-Z5) to
display the time code.
Displaying the time code on
a TV during playback
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 CO 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
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.
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Advanced Features
1
1
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
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.
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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 45.
Audio Dubbing
1
2
Play back the Mini DV cassette
recorded in SP mode and locate the
tape position where you wish to start
audio dubbing.
Press m on the Operation button to
pause playback.
3
Press the DISPLAY button until the
mode screen appears.
4
Press l or m to select “AUDIO
DUB”, then press the centre of the
Operation button.
P I C. EF F ECT
AU D I O D U B
E X E CUT E
ME NU
DA T E D I S P.
5
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
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 62).
• “AUDIO DUB” cannot be selected when the
Mini DV cassette is recorded in LP mode.
• The audio dubbing screen appears.
START
6
STOP
Advanced Features
TC 0 : 00 : 00
AUDIO1 + 2
A UD I O DUB
CANC E L
Press m to begin audio dubbing.
Record your narration.
To pause audio dubbing
Press l. To resume audio dubbing, press
m again.
To cancel audio dubbing
Press the centre of the Operation button in
step 5. The audio dubbing screen disappears.
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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)
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).
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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.
Editing
Cutting Unwanted Sequences
Available mode:
Tape Playback
1
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.
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 59). 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)
To stop editing
Press l on the camcorder and press the
Stop button on the VCR.
To AV
terminal
: The arrow shows the signal flow.
Notes:
• 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.
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 59).
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Advanced Features
Playback
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.
Playback
(VCR or TV)
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
Audio/video/S-video cable (supplied)
Advanced Features
Recording
To AV
terminal
: The arrow shows the signal flow.
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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.
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.
Advanced Features
5
• “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
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)
To Record to Video Equipment
Available mode:
Tape Playback
See “Cutting Unwanted Sequences” on
page 63, 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)
To DV
terminal
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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 92).
• 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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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.
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Digital
Still Features
Camera Features
Digital Still Camera
Camera Recording
Camera
Recording
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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Press the PHOTO button fully to
begin recording.
Power switch
Media Selection switch
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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.
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Lock button A U T O
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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.
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.
Selecting the Picture
Quality
Available mode:
Card Camera
The picture quality of still images recorded
on the card depends on the picture quality
setting. Select the appropriate setting to
match your recording objectives.
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
Press l or m to select “REC
MODE”, then press the centre of the
Operation button.
Types
S E T T I NG 1
F I L E NO.
R E C MO D E
RE T URN
NORMAL: Records images with
standard picture quality.
N O RMA L
E C O NOMY
F I NE
ECONOMY: Allows you to take more
shots than in NORMAL mode but with
lower quality.
FINE: Records images with higher
quality than in NORMAL mode but
with lower number of recordable
images.
Approximate number of recordable images with 8 MB SD memory
card
Picture quality
Approx. number of images
setting
NORMAL
90
ECONOMY
160
FINE
50
1
In Card Camera mode, press the
DISPLAY button until the mode
screen appears.
OF F
BLC / GA I N
S E L F T I ME R
ME NU
S C E NE ME N U
Press l or m to select the desired
setting, then press the centre of the
Operation button.
RE C MODE
6
E C ONOMY
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.
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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.
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Note:
• The number of recordable images differs
depending on the combination of picture
quality settings used and the images shot.
5
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 NU
3
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
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CANC E L
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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 E CU T E
R E T UR N
• To cancel formatting, press l or m
to select “RETURN”, then press the
centre of the Operation button.
Notes:
• 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
(see pages 82–84).
• Do not remove the power source during
formatting, as this may cause damage to the
camcorder or card. It is recommended that
you use the AC outlet for the power supply.
1
Press l or m to select “FORMAT”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
SET
Press l or m to select “YES”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button to begin formatting.
• The menu screen displays when
formatting finishes.
7
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
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Notes:
• The card supplied with VL-Z5 is preformatted
for immediate use.
• Use this camcorder to format a card. The
camcorder may not recognize the images
on a card formatted by a computer or other
equipment.
Digital Still Camera Features
Camera Recording
Setting the File
Numbering Method
5
F I L E NO.
Available mode:
Card Camera
The camcorder automatically assigns file
numbers to captured images. You can
select two different methods of file numbering.
Types
SERIAL: Defines file numbers by
incrementing up from the last image
captured when inserting a new card.
RESET: Defines a new set of file
numbers when inserting a new card.
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
Press l or m to select “FILE NO.”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
Digital Still Camera Features
SE T T I NG 1
F I L E NO.
R E C MO D E
R E T URN
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Press l or m to select “SERIAL” or
“RESET”, then press the centre of the
Operation button.
SE R I AL
RE S E T
6
RE S E T
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
Note:
• When a warning indicator “MAXIMUM FILE
NUMBER” appears on the screen, set FILE
NO. menu item to “RESET”, then format the
card (see page 73) or replace the card with a
new one (see page 11).
Digital Still Camera Features
Playback
Card Playback
Note:
• Holding down j or k increases the
speed of motion of the selection frame.
Available mode:
Card Playback
4
You can play back and view still images
recorded on a card on the LCD monitor.
Press the centre of the Operation
button.
• The selected image displays in fullscreen.
Media Selection switch
Image file name
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Power switch
S E L E C T I MG
Operation button
1
2
Set the Media Selection switch to u.
Hold down the Lock button and set
the Power switch to w.
• The images recorded on the card are
displayed in a thumbnail format.
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8
9
10
Lock button
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Page number/total thumbnail pages
Press j, k, l or m on the Operation button to move the selection
frame to the desired image.
• Each time you press j, k, l or m,
the selection frame moves as shown
below.
1
2
3
4
5
6
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MU L T I
Picture quality
indicator
Available Operations during
Full-screen Display
• You can display the full-screen picture of
the previous or next image by pressing j
or k.
• When holding down j or k, you can
search through the images on the card.
The search can be very fast, so it is
recommended that the on-screen
indicators turns on to display the image
number.
• To return to a thumbnail of the images,
press the centre of the Operation button
again.
Digital Still Camera Features
3
Playback image number/
number of recordings
Notes:
• You can also set in the mode screen to display
the images in full screen or thumbnails.
• Depending on the amount of data for the
recorded image, the picture quality indicator
displayed during playback may not match the
picture quality setting used during recording.
• The images bigger than 640K480, e.g. images
recorded on other equipment, display as
thumbnails, not full screen.
• Do not play back any card storing a defective
image (with noise and distortion) created on
other equipment. If you mistakenly play back
data on such a card, set the Power switch to
OFF, remove, and never use it with this
camcorder.
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Playback
Playback Zoom with
the Remote Control
(Only supplied with
VL-Z5)
1
During Card Playback, press the
ZOOM T button to zoom in.
Playback zoom indicator
Available mode:
Card Playback
The playback zoom function allows you to
magnify the playback picture up to 10 times
its original size and shift the magnified
picture by using the remote control. (See
page 46 for use of the remote control.)
2
Press the Shift q, w, a, or s button
to shift the displayed image.
Note:
• Playback Zoom does not work in Tape
Playback mode.
ZOOM button
Shift buttons
To cancel Playback Zoom
Press the ZOOM W button, which zooms out
to the widest angle.
Digital Still Camera Features
Note:
• Use of Playback Zoom may cause a
reduction in picture quality for still images.
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5
Delete Protection
• The R indicator appears.
Available mode:
Card Playback
Delete protection indicator
You can prevent your important images
recorded on the card from accidental
erasure.
1
2
In Card Playback mode, press the
DISPLAY button until the mode
screen appears.
1
2
3
4
5
6
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Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “PROTECT”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
• If you want to protect another image,
repeat steps 4 to 5.
6
ME NU
D E L E T E O NE
DE LE TE ALL
E X E CUT E
P RO T E C T
3
Press the centre of the Operation
button to set delete protection.
Press the DISPLAY button to finish
the setting.
To cancel the protection
setting
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
• The PROTECT indicator appears.
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
Select the image for delete protection
cancellation in step 4 above.
2
Press the centre of the Operation
button to cancel the protection.
• The R indicator disappears.
1
2
3
4
5
6
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P RO T E C T
PROTECT indicator
4
Press j, k,l or m to select the
image for delete protection.
3
1
2
3
4
5
6
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Press the DISPLAY button to finish
the setting.
Note:
• Formatting a card erases all stored images,
including delete-protected images.
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Playback
4
Deleting Stored
Images
Available mode:
Card Playback
Press j, k, l or m to select the
image to be deleted.
1
2
3
4
5
6
Deleting One Stored Image
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You can delete unwanted images to free up
memory of a card for new images.
Note:
• Deleted images cannot be restored. Check
whether or not you want the images before
performing the procedure below.
1
In Card Playback mode, press the
DISPLAY button until the mode
screen appears.
2
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “DELETE ONE”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
5
Press the centre of the Operation
button to set the image.
6
Press l or m to select “YES”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button to delete the image.
2
3
4
5
6
DEL E T E?
NO
YES
SE L ECT S E T
F U L L MULTI
P I C. EF F ECT
ME NU
D E L E T E ON E E X E C U T E
3
1
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
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2
3
4
5
6
• The DELETE indicator appears.
Digital Still Camera Features
1
4
DEL E TE
2
5
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• To cancel the setting, select “NO”.
• If you want to delete another image,
repeat steps 4 to 6.
6
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DELETE indicator
DEL E TE
3
7
Press the DISPLAY button to finish
the setting.
Notes:
• The protected images cannot be deleted.
Cancel the protection setting to delete the
image (see page 77).
• Do not turn the power off while deleting an
image.
Deleting All Stored Images
4
You can delete all stored images on a card
in one operation.
Notes:
• Deleted images cannot be restored. Check
whether or not you want the images before
performing the procedure below.
• If you want to keep some images on the card,
first delete-protect them (see page 77), and
then perform the procedure below.
1
In Card Playback mode, press the
DISPLAY button until the mode
screen appears.
2
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “DELETE ALL”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
Press l or m to select “YES”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
• To cancel the setting, select “NO”.
5
Press the DISPLAY button to finish
the setting.
Notes:
• The protected images cannot be deleted.
Cancel the protection setting to delete the
image (see page 77).
• If a print order is assigned to deleteprotected images and you perform the
procedure above, the print order will cancel
(the protection setting will not cancel).
• It may take several seconds to delete all
images from the card.
• Do not turn the power off while deleting
images.
P I C. EF F ECT
ME NU
D E L E T E ON E
DE L E T E A L L E X E CU T E
3
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
• The DELETE ALL? indicator appears.
1
2
3
4
5
6
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DE L E T E ALL ?
NO
YES
SE L ECT S E T
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Playback
Print Order
5
Available mode:
Card Playback
Press l or m to select “PRI.
SELECT”, then press the centre of
the Operation button.
• The PRINT indicator appears.
The print order function allows you to add
print information called DPOF to still images
recorded on a card.
About DPOF
DPOF (Digital Printing Order Format)
defines the print information for the specific
images and number of each image on
memory cards. In the near future you will be
able to easily make prints on a DPOFcompatible printer or order copies at your
local print shop.
Note:
• You can print an image even if no print order
has been assigned.
Digital Still Camera Features
In Card 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 S, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
4
Press l or m to select “PRI.
ORDER”, then press the centre of the
Operation button.
2
3
4
5
6
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PRINT indicator
6
Press j, k, l or m to select the
image to which you want to assign a
print order.
7
Press the centre of the Operation
button, then press l or m to select
the number of printouts.
• 1 through 99 can be set for the
number of printouts.
Assigning Print Order to an
Image
1
1
1
2
3
4
5
6
PR I NT
1
1 0 0- 0 0 0 3
PAGE 1 / 2
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SE T
P R I N T NUMB E R
Number of printouts
8
Press the centre of the Operation
button to set the print order.
• The M indicator appears.
M indicator
P L AY BACK SE T
S L I D E S HOW
PR I . SEL ECT
P R I . O RD E R
PR I . AL L
R E T U RN
P R I . NON E
R E T U RN
1
2
4
5
P
6
PR I NT
1 0 0- 0 0 0 3
PAGE 1 / 2
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S E T [ D I S P L A Y ] : C AN C E L
• If you want to assign another print
order, repeat steps 6 to 8.
9
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3
Press the DISPLAY button to finish
the setting.
To cancel the print order for an image
1
Select the image for cancelling out of
print order in step 6 above, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
2
Press l to select “0”, then press the
centre of the Operation button.
Note:
• A warning indicator appears when the
print order is set to more than 999
images. To turn off the warning
indicator, press the Operation button.
3
• The M indicator disappears.
• The M indicators appear, and each
image is set to 1 print out.
• To cancel the setting, select “NO”.
M indicator
1
2
4
5
PR I NT
0
6
1 0 0- 0 0 0 3
PAGE 1 / 2
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SE T
P R I N T NUMB E R
1
2
3
4
5
6
PR I NT
3
3
P
To cancel the print order for all
images
1
Perform steps 1 to 4 in “Assigning
Print Order to an Image”.
2
Press l or m to select “PRI. NONE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button to cancel the print order for all
images.
P L AY BACK SE T
S L I D E S HOW
PR I . SEL ECT
P R I . ORDE R
R E T U RN
PR I . AL L
P R I . NON E
R E T U RN
1 0 0- 0 0 0 3
Press the DISPLAY button to finish
the setting.
Assigning Print Order to All
Images
Perform steps 1 to 4 in “Assigning
Print Order to an Image”.
2
Press l or m to select “PRI. ALL”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
P L AY BACK SE T
S L I D E S HOW
PR I . SEL ECT
P R I . O RD E R
R E T U RN
PR I . AL L
P R I . NON E
R E T U RN
4
PR I N T ALL ?
NO
YES
SE L ECT S E T
5
P
4
P
P R I N T NON E ?
NO
YES
SE L ECT S E T
3
5
P
6
1 0 0- 0 0 0 1
NORMA L
Digital Still Camera Features
1
Press l or m to select “YES”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
Press l or m to select “YES”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
• The M indicators are turned off.
• To cancel the setting, select “NO”.
6
1 0 0- 0 0 0 1
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Digital Still Camera Features
Playback
Transferring Data on Card to Computer
Using the supplied USB cable, you can transfer still images to a computer.
System Requirements
• Operating systems
— Microsoft Windowsb XP Home Edition/Professional
— Microsoft Windowsb 2000 Professional
— Microsoft Windowsb Me
— Microsoft Windowsb 98 Second Edition
— Microsoft Windowsb 98
• USB terminal
• CD-ROM drive (for driver installation)
• Mouse or other pointing device
Note:
• The USB driver is not compatible with Macintosh operating systems.
Installing the USB Driver
For installing the USB driver in Windowsb XP or Windowsb 2000, you need to log in as the
system administrator.
1
Turn on the PC.
• Do not connect the camcorder to the PC with the USB cable at this point.
2
Insert the supplied CD-ROM containing the USB driver into the CD-ROM drive.
Digital Still Camera Features
• The Setup screen will display automatically.
• The example screen shown is for Windowsb XP.
Note:
• When the Setup screen does not appear,
1 select “Run...” in Windowsb “Start” menu, then
2 type “R:\SETUP.EXE”, and then click on the “OK” button.
• In the example above the CD-ROM drive letter is taken as “R:”. Select the correct drive
letter according to your operating environment.
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3
Click the “USB driver” button.
• Welcome screen appears.
4
Click the “Next” button.
5
Click the “Next” button.
• Information screen appears
• Installation begins.
6
Confirm the message on the screen, and then click the “Finish” button to complete
the installation.
Note:
• If your computer gives you the option to restart, you may do so.
7
8
Insert a card that contains recorded still images into camcorder.
Connect the camcorder to the PC with the supplied USB cable as shown below.
• It is recommended to use the AC adapter as a power source for extended periods of
use.
To USB terminal
USB cable (supplied)
To USB terminal
Digital Still Camera Features
9
10
Set the Media Selection switch to u.
Hold down the Lock button and set the Power switch to w.
• PC will recognize the camcorder automatically.
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Digital Still Camera Features
Playback
Image Folders and File
Names
Disconnecting the USB
cable
Double-click the My Computer icon on the
PC and find a new drive called “Removable
Disk (F:)” (or other drive letter, depending
on your PC configuration). Still images
recorded using the camcorder are stored in
files and on a card as shown below.
Windows Me/2000/XP
1
Close Explorer or any open applications.
2
Click the “Safely Remove Hardware”
(or “Unplug or Eject Hardware”) icon
that appears on the task bar, and
choose an applicable hard drive to
stop.
3
After the message “Safe To Remove
Hardware” appears, disconnect the
USB cable.
DCIM • • • • • • Folder of still image files
100SHARP
Serial number
(100 to 999)
DVC00001.JPG
DVC00002.JPG
Still
image
Note:
• If you copy any data incompatible with this
camcorder to the card, the camcorder will not
be able to recognize it.
Digital Still Camera Features
Caution on transferring data
While transferring data, the transfer
indicator moves. Do not execute the
operations below.
• Disconnecting the USB cable
• Switching the power on/off
• Turning off the PC or setting it to Standby
• Removing the card
Transfer indicator
USB
T R A N SM I T T I N G
Note:
• In case of data transfer error, disconnect the
USB cable, then connect it again, or set the
Power switch to OFF, then set it to w again.
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Note:
Sub-folder of still
images
• See Windows Help for the procedure
of disconnecting USB cable in detail.
Windows 98
1
Close Explorer or any open applications.
2
When data is not being transferred
(the indicator on LCD display stays
still), right-click on the disk drive icon,
which appears on explorer window, to
eject the disk. After that, disconnect
the USB cable.
Slide Show Playback
Available mode:
Card Playback
6
Press l or m to select S, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
7
Press l or m to select “SLIDE
SHOW”, then press the centre of the
Operation button.
You can automatically play back consecutive still images recorded on a card at
intervals of 5 seconds. This is useful when
confirming the data recorded on a card.
1
Set the camcorder to Card Playback
mode.
2
Press j, k, l or m on the
Operation button to select the image
from which you want to begin slide
show playback.
1
2
3
4
5
6
P L AY BACK SE T
S L I D E S HOW E X E C U T E
R E T U RN
P R I . ORDE R
R E T U RN
8
• Beginning from the image selected in
step 2, the recorded images will
display in full-screen one after
another in order of recording.
S L I D E S HOW
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FU
MULT
S E L E C T I MG F U
L L L MU
L T II
3
Press the DISPLAY button until the
mode screen appears.
4
Press l or m to select “MENU”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
5
S T OP
• After playing back all the images on
the card once, slide show playback
automatically stops.
9
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
Digital Still Camera Features
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
To stop slide show playback
During slide show playback, press the
centre of the Operation button.
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Appendix
Appendix
6
Picture/Backlight
Adjustments
Available modes:
All modes
If the picture is difficult to see due to
ambient light or other factors, adjust the
monitor picture settings.
• The example screens shown are for Tape
Camera mode.
7
1
Press the DISPLAY button until the
mode screen appears.
2
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “MENU”, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
3
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
4
Press l or m to select O, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
Appendix
5
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NO RMAL
–
–
–
Press l or m to select “LCD
BRIGHT”, “LCD COLOUR” or “VF
BRIGHT”, then press the centre of
the Operation button.
LCD BR I GHT –
Darker
+
Brighter
LCD COLOUR –
Decrease
+
Increase
VF BR I GHT
Adjusting the Picture
LCD SE T
BA CK L I GHT
L C D B R I GH T
L C D C O L OU R
V F B R I GH T
R E T U RN
Press j or k to adjust the item to
the desired setting, then press the
centre of the Operation button.
+
+
+
–
Darker
+
Brighter
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
Notes:
• When adjusting the colour, the picture on the
LCD monitor may differ from the picture
actually recorded. Do not change the colour
setting unless necessary. (This adjustment
only affects the monitor picture, not the
recorded image.)
• The viewfinder turns on if you select “VF
BRIGHT”.
Adjusting the Backlight
1
Press the DISPLAY button until the
mode screen appears.
2
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “MENU”, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
3
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
4
Press l or m to select O, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
5
Press l or m to select “BACKLIGHT”, then press the centre of the
Operation button.
LCD SE T
BA CK L I GHT
NO RMA L
L C D B R I GH T B R I GH T
L C D C O L OUR
V F B R I GH T
R E T U RN
6
Press l or m to select “NORMAL” or
“BRIGHT”, then press the centre of
the Operation button.
BACKL I GHT
BR I GHT
NORMAL: For use indoors or under
moderate lighting conditions.
BRIGHT: For use outdoors under
strong lighting conditions, such
as bright daylight.
7
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
Appendix
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Appendix
Turning off the
Confirmation Sound
6
BE E P
Available modes:
All modes
A confirmation sound is made when you
turn on or off the Power switch, press the
Start/Stop button, or perform other
designated operations. Use the procedure
below to turn off the confirmation sounds.
• The example screens shown are for Tape
Camera mode.
1
Press the DISPLAY button until the
mode screen appears.
2
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “MENU”, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
3
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
4
Press l or m to select Z, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
5
Press l or m to select “BEEP”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
Appendix
OTHE RS 1
DE F AUL T
R EMO T E
BEEP
ON
PH O N E S V O L O F F
D EMO MO D E
R E T U RN
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Press l or m to select “OFF”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
7
OFF
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
Note:
• If you select “OFF”, the focus confirmation
sound in Card Camera mode will turn off.
Setting the
Camcorder to
Factory Presettings
Available modes:
All modes
You can set the camcorder to the factory
presettings in one operation.
7
Press l or m to select “YES”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
• To cancel the setting, select “NO”.
8
Press the DISPLAY button to turn off
the menu screen.
Note:
• Even when you perform the steps above, the
clock setting maintains the memory.
• The example screens shown are for Tape
Camera mode.
1
Press the DISPLAY button until the
mode screen appears.
2
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “MENU”, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
3
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
4
Press l or m to select Z, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
5
Press l or m to select “DEFAULT”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
OTHE RS 1
E XE CUT E
DE F AUL T
R E T U RN
R EMO T E
BEEP
PH O N E S V O L
D EMO MO D E
R E T U RN
6
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
Appendix
DE F A U L T
R E T UR N T O P RE S E T T I N G S
E X C E P T C E R T A I N I T EMS .
NO
YES
SEL ECT
SET
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Appendix
Demonstration Mode
7
Available modes:
Tape Camera, Card Camera
You can watch a brief demonstration of the
special camcorder features in Demo mode.
If the demonstration appears on the screen
when you turn on the camcorder for the first
time, cancel the Demo mode to use your
camcorder.
Watching
DEMO MODE
8
Remove the Mini DV cassette from
the camcorder (see page 10).
2
In Tape Camera or Card Camera
mode, press the DISPLAY button until
the mode screen appears.
3
Press l or m on the Operation
button to select “MENU”, then press
the centre of the Operation button.
4
Press l or m to select “EXECUTE”,
then press the centre of the Operation
button.
5
Press l or m to select Z, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
6
Press l or m to select “DEMO
MODE”, then press the centre of the
Operation button.
Appendix
O T H E RS 1
DE F AUL T
R EMO T E
BEEP
PH O N E S V O L
D EMO MO D E
OF F
ON
R E T URN
90
ON
Set the Power switch to OFF, then
hold down the Lock button and set
the Power switch to v.
• The demonstration begins.
Cancelling
1
During the demonstration, press the
centre of the Operation button to
pause the demonstration.
2
Perform step 3 to 6 in “Watching”,
then select “OFF” in step 7.
• The example screens shown are for Tape
Camera mode.
1
Press l or m to select “ON”, then
press the centre of the Operation
button.
Notes:
• The demonstration will pause if you press the
centre of the Operation button. If you leave it
for 60 seconds, or turn the power off
temporarily and then set the Power switch to
v, the demonstration will begin again.
• Demonstration mode does not work in self
recording with reversed grip.
Useful Information
Hints for Better Shooting
• Position the subject in the centre of the
scene. When using auto focus, whatever
is in the centre of the scene is kept in
focus.
• Horizontal panning (lateral movement) and
tilting (vertical movement) should be done
slowly to emphasize the wide expanse of
a scene or the height of a building, and to
make scenes easy to watch during
playback.
• Use a wide-angle setting for fast-moving
subjects.
Note:
• It may take longer to focus when zooming
and panning are used frequently.
Position the
subject in the
centre.
Focus manually when
you need to position
the subject off centre
(see page 52).
• Avoid backlit subjects. For the best
picture, shoot with the light source behind
you.
Light from behind
This product supports PRINT Image
Matching K. When used in combination,
PRINT Image Matching K enabled digital
still cameras, printers and software, help
photographers to produce images more
faithful to their intentions.
PRINT Image Matching is a trademark of
Seiko Epson Corporation.
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When the background is brighter than the
subject, the subject often becomes too
dark. If you have to record in this lighting,
use Backlight Compensation or correct
the iris value to improve the picture (see
pages 34 and 55).
About PRINT Image Matching L
Backlighting
• Before zooming, think about how to best
frame the shot. Frequent zooming
produces unattractive pictures. It also runs
down the battery more quickly.
Appendix
• When image shaking is noticeable during
zoomed-in telephoto shooting, use a
tripod or push the Power Zoom control to
the W side to zoom out.
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Appendix
Mini DV Cassette
To protect recordings against
accidental erasure
Slide the protect tab on the rear of the Mini
DV cassette to the “SAVE” position.
Erasure protect tab
Appendix
Precautions when using a Mini DV
cassette
• Be sure to use only Mini DV cassettes with
the i mark.
• This camcorder can record and play back
using Mini DV cassettes with cassette
memory, but it cannot record or play back
this memory.
• To record in LP mode, use a Mini DV
cassette labelled for use with LP mode.
• Do not insert anything into the holes on the
bottom of the Mini DV cassette or block
them in any way.
• Avoid placing the Mini DV cassette in
areas conducive to dust or mold.
• Do not place the Mini DV cassette near
magnetic sources such as electric clocks
or magnetic devices as this may adversely
affect recorded material.
• When a previously recorded Mini DV
cassette is used again for recording, the
previously recorded material will be
automatically erased.
• The Mini DV cassette will not operate if
inserted in the wrong direction.
• Do not repeatedly insert and eject the Mini
DV cassette without running the tape as
this may cause uneven tape winding and
damage the tape.
• Do not place the Mini DV cassette in direct
sunlight, near strong heat sources, or in
areas with excessive steam.
• Store the Mini DV cassette in its case and
stand it in an upright position.
• If the tape is not properly wound, rewind
the tape.
• Do not drop the Mini DV cassette or
subject it to excessive shocks.
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To record over a previously recorded tape,
slide the protect tab to the “REC” position.
Copyright Protection
The digital VCR has far superior recording
and playback ability than the traditional
analog VCR, and in order to protect digital
video software copyrights, a system for
managing copyrights has been established.
Some digital video recording with prerecorded copyright protection signals can still
be played back on this camcorder. If you
play a digital video recording that has a
copyright protection signal on video
equipment with a DV terminal and attempt
to record a copy of that software on this
camcorder, “COPYRIGHT PROTECTED.”
appears on the screen and the recording is
disabled.
This product incorporates copyright
protection technology that is protected
by method claims of certain U.S. patents
and other intellectual property rights
owned by Macrovision Corporation and
other rights owners. Use of this copyright
protection technology must be authorized by Macrovision Corporation, and is
intended for home and other limited
viewing uses only unless otherwise
authorized by Macrovision Corporation.
Reverse engineering or disassembly is
prohibited.
SD\ Memory Card and
MultiMediaCard\
SD (Secure Digital) Memory Cards and
MultiMediaCards are small, handy and
flexible storage media used in a variety of
mobile applications. They are one of the
smallest memory solutions available on the
market.
This camcorder uses either an SD Memory
Card or a MultiMediaCard. It cannot use a
SmartMedia/ card or Memory Stickb.
SD/ Memory Card
MultiMediaCard/
Precautions
• Be sure to insert the card in the correct
direction. Do not try to force the card in.
• Store the card in its antistatic plastic case
when not in use.
• Do not disassemble or modify the card.
• Do not strike, bend or drop the card.
• Do not allow the card to become wet.
• Do not peel off the card label.
• Do not attach other labels or stickers to the
card.
• Do not expose to extreme heat sources (e.g.
sunlight, heating appliances).
• Do not store in a highly humid or dusty place.
• Do not store in a place exposed to corrosive
gas.
• Do not use in a place exposed to strong
electromagnetism.
Protecting your images
SmartMedia\ card
Memory Stickb media
• An SD Memory Card has more advanced
features than a MultiMediaCard, including
cryptographic security for copyrighted
data and a selectable mechanical writeprotect switch.
• The card slot on this camcorder is
compatible with an SD Memory Card or
MultiMediaCard.
• An SD Memory Card and a
MultiMediaCard are cross-compatible.
Data stored on one can be easily
transferred to the other.
Note:
• This camcorder is verified to work properly
with the following card memory types.
Removable Storage Care
Below are some precautions to ensure a
long life and perfect performance from your
SD Memory Card (SDMC) or
MultiMediaCard (MMC). Information specific
to one card is attached with the card’s
acronym (either SDMC or MMC).
Note:
• Sharp Corporation cannot be held liable
for data that is lost through improper
handling of the storage media.
Cleaning
• Be careful not to allow dirt and finger grime
buildup around the card contacts.
• Be careful about static electricity, which can
suddenly erase data.
• If you notice dirt or static electricity, clean the
card with a soft, dry cloth.
Condensation
• Be careful about condensation forming on the
card surface, which can cause malfunction.
• If you notice beads of water on the card,
allow it to evaporate and dry naturally.
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Appendix
—SD Memory Card: 128 MB or less
—MultiMediaCard: 64 MB or less
• Select the write-protect switch on the exterior
card casing to protect your images. (SDMC)
• Do not power off any devices while transferring data, as this may destroy the data.
• Back up your image data often to a hard disk
or other permanent storage media.
• Be aware that formatting will erase all image
data stored on the card.
Appendix
Battery Pack
This camcorder uses a lithium-ion type
battery pack.
Charging
• Charge the battery pack immediately (or a
day) before use. The battery pack
gradually self-discharges even if stored in
a fully charged state.
• Charge the battery pack between 10°C
and 30°C.
• Fully charge the battery pack. Use of an
insufficiently charged battery pack will
shorten actual time of use.
• Refresh (discharging before charging) is
unnecessary.
Use
• To conserve battery power, be sure to turn
off the camcorder power when not in use.
• Battery consumption may vary depending
on the condition of use. Recording with
many starts and stops, frequent zooming,
and recording in low temperatures will
shorten actual recording times.
• Use of a weak battery pack may cause
loss of power while operating the
camcorder. Use a fully charged battery
pack to protect both the battery pack and
the unit.
Appendix
• It is recommended that you have enough
battery packs on hand to handle two or
three times your estimated recording time.
See page 22 for the approximate times of
actual recording for the battery packs.
Battery power is consumed even when
the camcorder power is turned off. If you
are not going to use your camcorder
immediately, remove the battery pack
(see page 7).
Note:
• Use only SHARP BT-L226 battery packs.
These are designed specifically for use with
this camcorder.
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Storage
• Store the battery pack in a fully discharged state.
• Store the battery pack in a dry, cool place.
• When storing the battery pack, put it in the
original protective plastic bag.
Notes:
• Improper handling of the battery pack may
present a risk of fire or explosion. Pay close
attention to the following:
— Do not allow metallic objects to come in
contact with the terminals. This can
cause a short circuit.
— Do not disassemble or repair the
battery pack by yourself.
— Do not use any battery charging
equipment other than that designed for
use with these battery packs.
— Do not place the battery pack under
direct sunlight or in excessively hot
places (over 60°C) such as the
dashboard of cars.
— Do not expose the battery pack to
moisture or water.
— Do not drop the battery pack or subject
it to strong force.
— Keep the battery pack out of reach of
children.
— Dispose of used battery packs
promptly. Do not dispose of them in fire.
• To protect the terminals, put the cover on the
battery pack when it is not in use.
• The battery pack will become warm during
charging and use. This is not a malfunction.
• The battery pack has a limited service life. If
the period of use becomes noticeably shorter
with a normal charge, the battery pack is at
the end of its service life. Replace it with a new
battery pack.
• If the terminals of the battery pack are dirty,
wipe the terminals with a soft, dry cloth.
Extending battery pack life
Even when the battery pack is not used, the
capacity of the battery pack will naturally
deteriorate over time. To limit the deterioration of the capacity, it is recommended to
perform the following procedure at least
once every six months:
1 Charge the battery pack until the
POWER/CHARGE (RED) indicator turns
off.
2 Attach the battery pack to the
camcorder, and set the Power switch to
v without inserting a cassette. Allow
the battery power to fully discharge by
leaving it on the camcorder until the
camcorder power automatically turns
off.
3 Remove the battery pack and store it
between 10°C and 20°C.
AC Adapter
Cleaning
• Many plastic parts are used in the
camcorder casing. Do not use thinner,
benzene or other strong chemical
cleaners. These may cause discolouration
and damage to the casing.
• Clean the casing with a soft, dry cloth. If
the casing is particularly dirty, wipe the
casing with a tightly wrung cloth dampened with a diluted, neutral detergent.
Then wipe it again with a soft, dry cloth.
• Use a soft cloth to wipe finger marks and
other smudges off the LCD screen.
• Use a soft cloth, or compressed air and
lens paper designed for photographic
lenses to clean the lens.
• Pull out the viewfinder and open the
window cleaning cover as shown below so
that you can clean up the inside of the
viewfinder with a camera blower.
Window cleaning cover
• The AC adapter may interfere with
reception if used near a radio.
• Prevent flammables, liquids, and metal
objects from entering the adapter.
• The adapter is a sealed unit. Do not
attempt to open or modify it.
• Do not damage, drop, or subject the
adapter to vibration.
• Do not leave the adapter in direct sunlight.
• Avoid using the adapter in humid or
extremely hot places.
Replacing the Fluorescent
Lamp
Note:
• After cleaning, close the window cleaning
cover securely. Closing the viewfinder with
the window cleaning cover opened may
cause malfunction.
Appendix
This camcorder uses a fluorescent lamp to
backlight the LCD monitor. If the monitor
becomes dark or difficult to view, the
fluorescent lamp may need to be replaced.
Contact the nearest SHARP service centre
or your dealer for further advice.
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Appendix
Using Your Camcorder
Abroad
Television signal standards and electrical
voltages and frequencies vary substantially
from country to country. When you are
abroad, check the sections below before
using the AC adapter or connecting the
camcorder to a TV.
AC Adapter (Supplied Accessory)
The supplied AC adapter is compatible with
50 Hz and 60 Hz electrical systems in the
range of 110 V to 240 V AC.
Television Signal Standards
Appendix
In any country, you can always watch the
video picture by using the LCD monitor
screen. However, if you want to watch the
picture on a TV screen, the TV must be PAL
system compatible. PAL is used in the
following areas:
Germany, United Kingdom, Ireland,
Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Belgium,
Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Holland, Finland,
Portugal, Norway, Hong Kong, Thailand,
Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Kuwait,
China, etc.
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Troubleshooting
Before calling for service, please check the following troubleshooting table.
Symptom
Power
No power.
Camera mode
Start/Stop button
does not work.
Possible cause
Suggested solution
Power source is not properly connected.
Connect power source properly
(pp. 6, 9).
Battery pack is not charged.
Charge battery pack sufficiently
(p. 8).
Dew in camcorder.
Wait until dew dries (p. vii).
Safety function is in effect.
Set Power switch to OFF and remove battery pack. Wait for 2 seconds, then reinstall battery pack
and turn on power (pp. 6, 7).
Erasure-protect tab on video cassette is open.
Close tab or use a new cassette
(p. 92).
Power suddenly turns Camcorder left in Recording
off.
Standby mode for 5 minutes in
Tape Camera mode.
Set Power switch to OFF and then
back to Camera mode.
Auto focus does not
work.
Manual Focus mode is engaged.
Set to Auto Focus mode (p. 53).
Zoom used on close subject.
Zoom out from subject (p. 23).
Subject has little contrast in brightness, or is full of horizontal or vertical stripes.
Focus manually (p. 52).
Bright subject produces wide vertical
lines.
Occurs when shooting subject with
strong contrast to the background.
Does not indicate a malfunction.
Display automatically
changes in Tape
Camera mode.
Camcorder is in Demo mode.
——
Set the DEMO MODE menu item to
“OFF” (p. 90).
Appendix
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Appendix
Symptom
No image appears
on connected TV
screen.
Possible cause
Suggested solution
Video input channel on TV or TV
channel is not selected properly.
Select video input channel or TV
channel properly (p. 30).
Audio/video/S-video cable is not
properly connected.
Connect audio/video/S-video cable
properly (p. 30).
No image from an ex- DV cable or audio/video/S-video
cable is not properly connected.
ternal source appears on the
camcorder screen.
The cable connection does not
match the S-VIDEO IN menu setting.
Connect DV cable or audio/video/Svideo cable properly (pp. 63, 64,
68).
Set the S-VIDEO IN menu item to
“ON” for S-video connection, or
“OFF” for video connection (p. 65).
Cannot rewind or fast Position at beginning or end of tape. Rewind or fast forward tape to desired point (p. 27).
forward tape.
Appendix
Playback mode
Using a cleaning tape
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Video noise in image. Dirty video heads.
Old or worn tape.
The cleaning tape will automatically
rewind after cleaning finishes (p.
viii).
Call for service or use a commercially available cleaning tape (p.
viii).
Use a new cassette.
No sound.
Set the AUDIO menu item to “AUUsing a 12-bit recording tape with
AUDIO menu item set to “AUDIO 2”. DIO 1” or “AUDIO 1L2” (p. 62).
Tape does not work.
Power switch is set to Camera
mode.
Set the Power switch to Playback
mode (p. 21).
Media Selection switch is set to
Card mode.
Set the Media Selection switch to
Tape mode (p. 21).
Battery pack is depleted.
Charge battery pack or replace it
with a fully charged one (pp. 6–8).
Still images in Card
mode are rotated
180° upside down.
The images are recorded in self recording with reversed grip.
Transfer the data to PC (pp. 82–84),
and rotate the images 180° back by
using a commercially available editing software.
Motion images are
rotated 180° upside
down.
Improper self recording.
Turn on Rotate Playback (p. 50).
Card mode
Symptom
Possible cause
Cannot delete image Image is delete-protected.
on card.
Cannot format card.
——
Battery pack is easily Using camcorder in extremely cold
environment.
depleted.
Clock has been reset.
General
Cassette will not
eject.
Contact your dealer for advise.
Warm up battery pack, for example
in your pocket, just before using it.
Battery pack is not fully charged.
Charge battery pack sufficiently (p.
8).
Lithium battery is not properly installed.
Install lithium battery properly (p.
12).
Lithium battery is depleted.
Replace new lithium battery (p. 12).
Power source is not properly connected.
Connect power source properly
(pp. 6, 9).
Battery pack is not charged.
Charge battery pack sufficiently
(p. 8).
Camcorder is recording.
Stop recording and try again (p. 23).
No image on monitor. Backlight has been turned off.
Viewfinder picture is
hard to see.
Suggested solution
Cancel the protection setting (p.
77).
Turn on backlight (p. 24).
Fluorescent lamp has burned out.
Call for service.
Viewfinder dioptre is not properly
adjusted.
Adjust dioptre (p. 18).
Inappropriate picture adjustments.
Adjust picture (p. 86).
Monitor picture is
hard to see.
Inappropriate picture adjustments.
Adjust picture (p. 86).
POWER/CHARGE
(RED) indicator
flashes in red when
charging battery
pack.
AC adapter or battery pack may
have malfunctioned.
Call for service.
Cannot edit to connected VCR.
Audio/video/S-video cable is not
properly connected.
Connect audio/video/S-video cable
properly (p. 63).
Appendix
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Appendix
Suggested solution
Possible cause
REMOTE menu item is set to “OFF”.
Set REMOTE menu item to “ON”
(p. 46).
Remote control battery has run
down.
Replace remote control battery with
new one (p. 13).
Remote control used beyond operating range.
Use remote control within operating
range (p. 46).
Intense daylight falling on
camcorder remote sensor.
Protect remote sensor from exposure to intense daylight (p. 46).
Obstacle between remote control
and camcorder remote sensor.
Remove obstacle or use remote
control from different angle (p. 46).
The camcorder may be damaged.
Do not take out a cassette, and call
for service.
General
Symptom
Remote control does
not function.
“E007” is displayed
on the screen, and
unable to operate
normally.
Appendix
Notes:
• This unit is equipped with a microprocessor. Its performance could be adversely affected by
external electrical noise or interference. If this should happen, turn off the power and disconnect
the unit from any power sources, including the lithium battery, etc. Then reconnect the power
sources to resume operation.
• If the characters displayed in the viewfinder or on the LCD monitor screen appear to malfunction, disconnect the power source and remove the lithium battery, then reconnect the power
source, insert the lithium battery, and turn the power on again. The characters on the monitor
should be normal. Set the date and time, then resume operation.
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Specifications
Camcorder
Signal System:
Recording System:
Cassette:
Recording/Playback Time:
Tape Speed:
Pickup Device:
Lens:
Lens Filter Diameter:
Monitor:
Built-in microphone:
Colour Temperature Compensation:
Minimum Illumination:
Still Image Compression System:
Still Image Recording Format:
Still Image Recording Medium:
Power Requirement:
Power Consumption:
Operating Temperature:
Operating Humidity:
Storage Temperature:
Dimensions (WKHKD) (approx.):
Weight (approx.):
AC Adapter (UADP-A016WJZZ)
Power Requirement:
DC Output:
Dimensions (WKHKD) (approx.):
Weight (approx.):
PAL standard
2 rotary heads, helical scanning system
Digital VCR Mini DV video cassette
90 minutes (DVM60, LP mode)
SP mode: 18.831 mm/second
LP mode: 12.568 mm/second
1
⁄4" (6.4 mm, effective size: 4.5 mm) CCD image sensor
(with approx. 800,000 pixels including optical black,
effective pixels: approx. 414,000 pixels)
10K optical zoom lens (F1.8, f=3.8–38 mm)
30 mm
2.5" (6.4 cm) CGSilicon
Electret stereo microphone
Auto white balance with white balance lock
2 lux* (with gain-up, F1.8)
JPEG base line conformance
JPEG (Exif2.2)
SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard
DC 7.4 V
3.6 W (during camera recording in Tape Camera mode
using the viewfinder in Full Auto mode with the DIS
function on)
4.2 W (during camera recording in Tape Camera mode
using the LCD monitor in Full Auto mode with the DIS
function on and backlight in normal mode)
0°C to L40°C
30% to 80%
+20°C to L60°C
82.8 mm K 82.2 mm K 101.5 mm
VL-Z5: 485 g
VL-Z3: 478 g
(without battery pack, lithium battery, video cassette,
lens cap and card)
AC 110–240 V, 50/60 Hz
10 V
49.0 mm K 27.5 mm K 79.0 mm
125 g
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Appendix
*Minimum illumination: Since there is no widely accepted testing procedure for determining
minimum illumination capability, lux ratings are comparable only between
models from the same manufacturer.
Appendix
On-screen Display Index
Tape Camera mode
p. 26
p. 39
p. 57
p. 26
AU TO
3 0min
2. 6. 200 4
10:30
BLC / GA I N
OF F
FADE
ME NU
SC E N E M E N U
AU TO
3 0min
SE L E CT
pp. 34, 35
p. 36
p. 32
p. 58
p. 53
p. 52
p. 53
p. 48
SET
BLC / GA I N
FADE
ME NU
SC E N E M E N U
M A NU AL S E T
F O C US
A U T O F O C US
DATE D I SP.
S E T T I NG 1
Q K . R E T U RN
DG T L Z O OM
TAPE SPEE D
R E T URN
p. 37
p. 33
p. 43
S E T T I NG 2
DIS
16 : 9
A UD I O MOD E
W I ND
R E T U RN
p. 39
p. 42
p. 45
p. 44
OTHE 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 UR N
p. 89
p. 46
p. 88
p. 29
p. 90
O T H E RS 2
T I ME C OD E
T C OUT
12H / 24H
S E T T I NG
R E T UR N
p. 59
p. 59
p. 15
p. 14
LCD SE T
BA CK L I GHT
L C D B R I GH T
L C D C O L O UR
V F B R I GH T
R E T U RN
p. 87
p. 86
p. 86
p. 86
Appendix
* VL-Z5 only.
“PHONES VOL” does not appear with
VL-Z3.
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Tape Playback mode
p. 26
AUDIO1 + 2
p. 62
PLAY
STOP
2. 6. 200 4
10:30
FF
R EW
P I C. E F F ECT OF F
AU D I O DU B
ME NU
DA T E D I S P.
SE L E CT
p. 49
p. 61
p. 32
p. 48
SET
P I C. EF F ECT
AU D I O DU B
ME NU
DA T E D I S P.
P L AY BACK SE T
ROTA T E PB
AUD I O
ANL G DGT L
R E T U RN
p. 50
p. 62
p. 68
OTHE RS 1
DE F AUL T
R EMO T E
BEEP
R E T U RN
p. 89
p. 46
p. 88
OTHE RS 2
T I ME CO D E
T C OU T
S- V I DEO I N
R E T U RN
p. 59
p. 59
p. 65
LCD SE T
BA CK L I GHT
L C D B R I GH T
L C D C O L OUR
V F B R I GH T
R E T U RN
p. 87
p. 86
p. 86
p. 86
Appendix
103
Appendix
Card Camera mode
p. 26
9/ 81
NORMA L
p. 70
p. 71
p. 57
2. 6. 200 4
10:30
AU TO
9/ 81
BLC / GA I N
OF F
S E L F T I ME R
ME NU
SC E N E M E N U
AU TO
SE L E CT
Appendix
pp. 34, 35
p. 72
p. 32
p. 58
p. 53
p. 52
p. 53
p. 48
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SET
BLC / GA I N
SE L F T I MER
ME NU
SC E N E M E N U
M A NU AL S E T
F O C US
A U T O F O C US
DATE D I SP.
S E T T I NG 1
F I L E NO.
R E C MOD E
R E T URN
p. 74
p. 71
OTHE RS 1
DE F AUL T
R EMO T E
BEEP
D EMO MO D E
R E T U RN
p. 89
p. 46
p. 88
p. 90
O T H E RS 2
F ORMA T
12H / 24H
S E T T I NG
R E T UR N
p. 73
p. 15
p. 14
LCD SE T
BA CK L I GHT
L C D B R I GH T
L C D C O L OUR
V F B R I GH T
R E T U RN
p. 87
p. 86
p. 86
p. 86
Card Playback mode
7
10 0 -0 01 0
10 / 1 0
NORMA L
p. 75
S E L E C T I MG
F UL L
MULT I
8
9
10
p. 75
1 0 0- 0 0 1 0
PAGE 2 / 2
NORMA L
S E L E C T I MG F U L L MULT I
10 0 -0 01 0
10/ 1 0
F U L L MULTI E X E C U T E
P I C. EF F ECT
ME NU
D E L E T E ON E
SE L E CT
p. 75
p. 49
p. 32
p. 78
p. 79
p. 77
p. 48
P L AY BACK SE T
S L I D E S HOW
P R I . O RD E R
R E T U RN
p. 85
pp. 80, 81
OTHE RS
DE F AUL T
R EMO T E
BEEP
R E T U RN
p. 89
p. 46
p. 88
LCD SE T
BA CK L I GHT
L C D B R I GH T
L C D C O L OUR
V F B R I GH T
R E T U RN
p. 87
p. 86
p. 86
p. 86
SET
F U L L MULTI
P I C. EF F ECT
ME NU
D E L E T E ON E
DE L E T E A L L
P RO T E C T
DA T E D I S P.
Appendix
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Note
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VL-Z3E
OPERATION MANUAL
OPERATION MANUAL
Printed in Japan
TINSLA057WJZZ
03P04-JKG
ENGLISH
VL-Z5E VL-Z3E
SHARP CORPORATION
LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY CAMCORDER