User Manual
Memory Camcorder
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SMX-F40BN/SMX-F40SN/SMX-F40RN/SMX-F40LN
SMX-F400BN/SMX-F400SN/SMX-F400RN/SMX-F400LN
SMX-F43BN/SMX-F43SN/SMX-F43RN/SMX-F43LN
SMX-F44BN/SMX-F44SN/SMX-F44RN/SMX-F44LN
key features of your memory camcorder
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High-resolution color widescreen LCD (2.7” WIDE TFT LCD)
Samsung memory camcorder utilizes a 2.7-inch 230k pixel Widescreen
LCD which allows bright and clear monitoring. In addition, the LCD
Enhancer adjusts color and brightness to the screen lighting conditions
for better monitoring under strong sunlight.
H.264/AVC (MPEG4 part 10/Advanced Video Coding) encoding
Latest video compression technology, H.264, uses a high compression rate to sharply increase
the recordable time with the same size storage.
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Simple & easy user interface
Designed to provide optimized and easy use with an ergonomic design.
An improved Graphics User Interface offers a new and fresh look as
well as an easy operation. Left-side touch buttons provide a new and
interactive way to access basic functions.
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Animated thumbnail view
The camcorder displays an animated preview in the video thumbnail
mode. When you highlight a thumbnail, the selected thumbnail will show the video playback.
This animated thumbnail feature simplifies the way you search for a video clip.
Automatic scene detection
User-friendly SMART AUTO optimizes your memory camcorder to the recording conditions
automatically, providing beginners with the best performance.
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Twice the memory options (Built-in memory(8GB(SMX-F43 only),16GB(SMX-F44 only)))
The memory camcorder’sii external memory slot accepts high capacity
SDHC cards. Play and transfer videos quickly and easily using the
memory type of your choice.
In addition to this slot, the memory camcorder has built-in memory.
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High-resolution image through Mobile DNIe
The Samsung memory camcorder has 3DNR (3-dimensional noise
reduction), high-sensitivity color expression (intelligent color expression), High performance
Anti-Shake (HDIS: Hyper DIS) and automatic face detection features.
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Capture visions further than the eye can see : 52x Optical Power Zoom, 65x IntelliZoom, and 2200x Digital Zoom
Samsung's powerful optical zoom lenses bring the world
closer without losing image quality. In addition, Digital Zoom
Interpolation enables clearer digital zooming, with less
distortion than previous types of digital zooms.
Time lapse recording catches the moment
You can record a long scene in short intervals. Record artistic, documentary videos including
the passage of clouds, blooming flowers etc. Use this function to make UCC (User Created
Contents) videos, educational programs or for other purposes.
Direct upload of your videos to the web!
The built-in editing Intelli-studio software installs directly
from this camcorder to your PC, enabling convenient
connection with a USB cable. Intelli-studio also allows
direct uploading of your contents to websites such as
YouTube, Flickr and Facebook. Sharing the contents with
your friends is simpler than ever before.
Make a digest of your video with Storyboard Printing!
This function captures 16 still images arbitrarily from the selected video
and saves them into the storage media. It presents a quick overview of
your video, helping you to understand the overall topic.
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Multi View Option enables you to sort thumbnails of
recorded videos and photos by different display options
(recording, recorded date). This function is useful when
playing back recorded files in your preferred order.
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before reading this user manual
SAFETY WARNINGS
What the icons and signs in this user manual mean;
WARNING
CAUTION
CAUTION
PRECHECK!
Means that there is a potential risk of death or serious injury.
Means that there is a potential risk of personal injury or damage to the
product.
To prevent potential malfunction to the camcorder or to maintain the
current setting.
Means hints or referential pages that may be helpful when operating the
camcorder.
Settings required before using a function.
These warning signs are here to prevent injury to you and others.
Please follow them explicitly. After reading this section, keep it in a safe place for future
reference.
PRECAUTIONS
Warning!
• This camcorder should always be connected to an AC outlet with a protective grounding
connection.
• Batteries should not be exposed to excessive heat such as sunshine, fire or similar.
Caution
Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced.
Replace only with the same or equivalent type.
To disconnect the apparatus from the mains, the plug must be pulled out from the mains
socket, therefore the mains plug shall be readily operable.
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON USE
Before using this camcorder
• This camcorder is designed exclusively
for use with the high-capacity builtin memory (8GB(SMX-F43 only),
16GB(SMX-F44 only)) and an external
memory card.
• This camcorder records video in H.264/
AVC (MPEG4 part 10/Advanced Video
Coding) format compliant with the
Standard resolution (SD-VIDEO) format.
• Please note that this camcorder is not
compatible with other digital video
formats.
• Before recording important video, make
a trial recording.
Play back your trial recording to make sure
the video and audio have been recorded
properly.
• The recorded contents cannot be
compensated for:
- Samsung cannot compensate for any
damage caused when a recording
cannot be played back because of a
defect in the camcorder or memory card.
Samsung cannot be responsible for your
recorded video and audio.
- Recorded contents may be lost due to a
mistake when handling this camcorder
or memory card, etc. Samsung shall
not be responsible for compensation for
damages due to the loss of recorded
contents.
• Make a backup of important recorded data.
Protect your important recorded data
by copying the files to a PC. We also
recommend you to copy it from your PC
to other recording media for storage.
Refer to the software installation and USB
connection guide.
• Copyrights: Please note that this
camcorder is intended for individual use
only.
Data recorded on the storage media in this
camcorder using other digital/analog media
or devices is protected by the copyright
act and cannot be used without permission
of the owner of the copyright, except for
personal enjoyment. Even if you record
an event such as a show, performance
or exhibition for personal enjoyment, it is
strongly recommended that you obtain
permission beforehand.
About this user manual
Thank you for purchasing this Samsung
Camcorder. Please read this user manual
carefully before you use the camcorder and
keep it handy for future reference. Should
your camcorder fail to operate correctly, refer
to Troubleshooting.
This User Manual covers models SMX-F40,
SMX-F400, SMX-F43 and SMX-F44.
• The SMX-F40 and SMX-F400 do not have
built-in flash memory and uses memory
cards. Although some features of SMX-F40,
SMX-F400, SMX-F43, SMX-F44 models
are different, they operate in the same way.
• Illustrations of model SMX-F40 are used in
this user manual.
before reading this user manual
• The displays in this user manual may not
be exactly the same as those you see on
the LCD screen.
• Designs and specifications of the
camcorder and other accessories are
subject to change without any notice.
• In this user manual’s function descriptions,
the icon on the on-screen display section
means that it will appear on the screen
when you set the corresponding function.
Ex) TV Super Fine - “Video Resolution”
Submenu item page 47
item
contents
on-screen
display
Videos recorded in
"TV Super
720x480(60i) resolution at
Fine"
super-fine image quality.
(If set, corresponding icon (
) will appear
on the screen.)
• Descriptions of the “built-in memory” in
this user manual apply only to the following
models: SMX-F43(8GB), SMX-F44(16GB)
The following terms are used in this
manual:
• ‘Scene’ refers to the point where you press
the Record Start/Stop button to start
recording until you press again to pause
the recording.
• The terms ‘photo’ and ‘still image’ are used
interchangeably with the same meaning.
• For Open Source licenses information,
refer to the “Opensource.pdf” in the
provided CD-ROM.
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Notes regarding trademarks
• All the trade names and registered
trademarks mentioned in this manual or
other documentation provided with your
Samsung product are trademarks or
registered trademarks of their respective
holders.
• The SD logo is a trademark. The SDHC
logo is a trademark.
• Microsoft®, Windows®, Windows Vista® and
DirectX® are either registered trademarks or
trademarks of the Microsoft Corporation in
the United States and/or other countries.
• Intel®, Core™, and Pentium® are the
registered trademarks or trademarks of the
Intel Corporation in the United States and
other countries.
• Macintosh, Mac OS are either registered
trademarks or trademarks of Apple Inc. in
the United States and/or other countries.
• YouTube is a trademark of Google Inc.
• Flickr™ is a trademark of Yahoo.
• Facebook is a trademark of Facebook Inc.
• Adobe, the Adobe logo, and Adobe
Acrobat are either registered trademarks or
trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated
in the United States and/or other countries.
• All the other product names mentioned
here in may be the trademark or registered
trademarks of their respective companies.
Furthermore, “TM” and “®” are not
mentioned in each case in this manual.
important safety instructions
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
This symbol indicates that dangerous
voltage consisting a risk of electric shock is
present within this unit.
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK,
DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK).
NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE
REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL.
This symbol indicates that there are
important operating and maintenance
instructions in the literature accompanying
this unit.
CAUTION
Warning
To Reduce The Risk Of Fire Or Electric Shock, Do Not Expose This Apparatus To Rain Or Moisture.
Caution
Apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping or splashing and no objects filled with liquids, such as vases, shall
be placed on the apparatus.
To disconnect the apparatus from the mains, the plug must be pulled out from the mains socket, therefore
the mains plug shall be readily operable.
1. Read these instructions.
When a cart is used, use caution when moving
the cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury
2. Keep these instructions.
fromtip-over.
3. Heed all warnings.
13.Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or
4. Follow all instructions.
when unused for long periods of time.
5. Do not use this apparatus near water.
14.Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
6. Clean only with dry cloth.
Servicing is required when the apparatus has
7. Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in
accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
been damaged in any way, such as powersupply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been
8. Do not install near any heat sources such
as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other
spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus,
apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
the apparatus has been exposed to rain or
9. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized
moisture, does not operate normally, or has been
or grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has
dropped.
two blades with one wider than the other. A
15.Apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping or
grounding type plug has two blades and a third
splashing and no objects filled with liquids, such
grounding prong. The wide blade or the third
as vases, shall be placed on the apparatus.
prong are provided for your safety. If the provided
16.VENTILATION:
plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an
Slots and openings in the cabinet are provided
electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.
for ventilation to ensure reliable operation of the
CAMCORDER and to protect it from overheating.
10.Protect the power cord from being walked on
or pinched particularly at plugs, convenience
These openings must not be blocked or covered.
receptacles, and the point where they exit from
Never place your CAMCORDER on a bed, sofa,
the apparatus.
rug, or other similar surface: on or near a radiator
or heat register. This CAMCORDER should
11.Only use attachment/accessories specified by
the manufacturer.
not be placed in a built-in installation such as
a bookcase or rack unless proper ventilation is
12.Use only with the cart, stand,
tripod, bracket, or table
provided or the manufacturer’s instructions have
specified by the manufacturer,
been adhered to.
or sold with the apparatus.
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important safety instructions
17. POWER SOURCES:
The CAMCORDER should be operated only from the type
of power source indicated on the label. If you are not sure
of the type of power supply at your home, consult your
appliance dealer or local power company. A CAMCORDER
is intended to be operated from battery power, or other
sources, refer to the operating instructions.
18. GROUNDING OR POLARIZATION:
This CAMCORDER may be equipped with either a
polarized 2-wire AC line plug (a plug having one blade
wider than the other) or a 3-wire grounding type plug,
a plug having a third (grounding) pin. If you are unable
to insert the plug fully into the outlet, try reversing the
plug. If the plug still fails to fit, contact your electrician
to replace your outlet. Do not defeat the safety purpose
of the polarized plug.
19. POWER-CORD PROTECTION:
Power-supply cords should be routed so that they are
not likely to be walked on or pinched by items placed
upon or against them, paying particular attention to
cords or plugs, convenient receptacles, and the point
where they exit from the unit.
20. OUTDOOR ANTENNA GROUNDING:
CAMCORDER, be sure the antenna or cable system is
grounded to provide some protection against voltage
surges and built-up static charges, Section 810 of the
National Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA No. 70-1984,
provides information with respect to proper grounding
of the mast and supporting structure, grounding of the
lead-in wire and supporting structure, grounding of the
mast and supporting structure, grounding of the leadin wire to an antenna discharge unit, size of grounding
to conductors, location of antenna-discharge unit,
connection to grounding electrodes and requirements for
the grounding electrode. See figure below.
ANTENNA
LEAD IN
WIRE
GROUND
CLAMP
ANTENNA
DISCHARGE UNIT
(NEC SECTION 810-20)
ELECTRIC
SERVICE
EQUIPMENT
GROUNDING CONDUCTORS
(NEC SECTION 810-21)
GROUND CLAMPS
POWER SERVICE GROUNDING
ELECTRODE SYSTEM
(NEC ART 250, PART H)
NEC NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE
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21. LIGHTNING:
For added protection of this CAMCORDER during a
lightning storm or when it is left unattended and unused
for long periods of time, unplug it from the wall outlet
and disconnect the antenna or cable system. This will
prevent damage to the CAMCORDER due to lightning
and powerline surges.
22. POWER LINES:
An outside antenna system should not be located in
the vicinity of overhead power lines or other electric
light or power circuits where it can fall into such power
lines or circuits. When installing an outside antenna
system, extreme care should be taken to keep from
touching such power lines or circuits as contact with
them might be fatal.
23. OVERLOADING:
Do not overload wall outlets and extension cords as this
can result in a risk of fire or electric shock.
24. OBJECTS AND LIQUIDS:
Never push objects of any kind into this CAMCORDER
through openings as they may touch dangerous voltage
points or short out a part that could result in a fire or
electric shock. Never spill liquids of any kind onto the
CAMCORDER. Should spillage occur, unplug unit and
have it checked by a technician before use.
25. SERVICING:
Do not attempt to service this CAMCORDER yourself.
Opening or removing covers may expose you to
dangerous voltage or other hazards. Refer all servicing to
qualified service personnel.
26. DAMAGE REQUIRING SERVICE:
Unplug this CAMCORDER from the wall outlet and refer
servicing to qualified service personnel under the following
conditions:
a. When the power-supply cord or plug is damaged.
b. If any liquid has been spilled onto, or objects have
fallen into the CAMCORDER.
c. If the CAMCORDER has been exposed to rain or
water.
d. If the CAMCORDER does not operate normally
by following the operating instructions, adjust only
those controls that are covered by the operating
instructions. Improper adjustment of other controls
may result in damage and will often require extensive
work by a qualified technician to restore the
CAMCORDER to its normal operation.Z
e. If the CAMCORDER has been dropped or the
cabinet has been damaged.
f. When the CAMCORDER exhibits a distinct
change in performance, this indicates a need for
service.
27.REPLACEMENT PARTS:
When replacement parts are required, be sure the
service technician has used replacement parts
specified by the manufacturer and having the same
characteristics as the original part. Unauthorized
substitutions may result in fire, electric shock or
other hazards.
28.SAFETY CHECK:
Upon completion of any service or repairs to this
CAMCORDER, ask the service technician to perform
safety checks to determine that the CAMCORDER
is in safe operating order.
29.To prevent damage which may result in fire or shock
hazard, do not expose this appliance to rain or
moisture.
30.If this power supply is used at 240V ac, a suitable
plug adaptor should be used.
31.This product is covered by one or more of the
following U.S. patents:
5,060,220 5,457,669 5,561,649 5,705,762
5,987,4176,043,912 6,222,983 6,272,096
6,377,524 6,377,5316,385,587 6,389,570
6,408,408 6,466,532 6,473,7366,477,501
6,480,829 6,556,520 6,556,521
6,556,5226,578,163 6,594,208 6,631,110
6,658,588 6,674,6976,674,957 6,687,455
6,697,307 6,707,985 6,721,2436,721,493
6,728,474 6,741,535 6,744,713
6,744,9726,765,853 6,765,853 6,771,890
6,771,891 6,775,4656,778,755 6,788,629
6,788,630 6,795,637 6,810,2016,862,256
6,868,054 6,894,963 6,937,552
USER INSTALLER CAUTION:
Your authority to operate this FCC certified equipment
could be voided if you make changes or modifications
not expressly approved by this party responsible for
compliance to part 15 FCC rules.
NOTE:
Hg LAMP(S) INSIDE THIS PRODUCT CONTAIN
MERCURY AND MUST BE RECYCLED OR
DISPOSED OF ACCORDING TO LOCAL, STATE OR
FEDERAL LAWS. For details see lamprecycle.org,
eiae.org, or call 1-800-Samsung (7267864)
CALIFORNIA USA ONLY
This Perchlorate warning applies only to
primary CR (Manganese Dioxide) Lithium coin
cells in the product sold or distributed ONLY in
California USA
“ Perchlorate Material - special handling may
apply, See www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/
perchlorate.”
NOTE:
This equipment has been tested and found
to comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable
protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This equipment generates,
uses and can radiate radio frequency energy
and, if not installed and used in accordance with
the instructions, may cause harmful interference
to radio communications. However, there is no
guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this equipment does cause
harmful interference to radio or television reception,
which can be determined by turning the equipment
off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct
the interference by one or more of the following
measures:
- Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
- Increase the separation between the equipment
and receiver.
- Connect the equipment into an outlet on a
circuit different from that to which the receiver
is connected.
- Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/
TV technician for help and for additional
suggestions. The user may find the
following booklet prepared by the Federal
Communications Commission helpful: “How
to Identify and Resolve Radio-TV Interference
Problems.” This Booklet is available from the
U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington,
D.C. 20402, Stock No. 004-000-00345-4.
FCC Warning
The user is cautioned that changes or modifications
not expressly approved by the manufacturer could
void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
This device complies with Part 15 of FCC Rules.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions;
(1) This device may not cause harmful interference,
and
(2) This device must accept any interference
received, including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
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safety information
The safety precautions illustrated below are to prevent personal injury or material damages.
Heed all instructions carefully.
WARNING
Means that there is a potential
risk of serious personal injury.
CAUTION
Means that there is a potential
risk of personal injury or
damage to the product
Prohibited action.
Do not touch the product.
Do not disassemble the
product.
This precaution must be kept.
Unplug from the power
supply.
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Do not allow water or metal and
inflammable matter to enter the
camcorder or AC power adaptor.
Doing so may pose a fire hazard.
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Do not overload outlets or
extension cords as this may result
in abnormal heat or fire.
Using the camcorder at
temperatures over 60℃(140℉)
may result in fire. Keeping the
battery at a high temperature
may cause an explosion.
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No sand or dust! Fine sand or
dust entering the camcorder or
AC power adaptor could cause
malfunctions or defects.
No oil! Oil entering the camcorder
or AC power adaptor could cause
electric shock, malfunctions or
defects.
Do not bend the power-cord or
damage the AC power adaptor by
pressing on it with a heavy object.
There may be a risk of fire or
electric shock.
Do not disconnect the AC adaptor
by pulling on its power-cord, as
this could damage the powercord.
Do not use the AC adaptor if it
has damaged, split or broken
cords or wires. Doing so may
cause fire or electric shock.
No sand or dust!
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Do not aim the LCD screen
directly into the sun. Doing so
could cause eye injuries, as
well as lead to malfunctioning of
internal parts of the product.
Do not use the AC adapter if it has
damaged, split or broken cords or
wires. Doing so may cause fire or
electric shock.
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Do not connect the AC adaptor
unless the plug can be fully inserted
with no part of the blades exposed.
Do not dispose of battery pack in
a fire as it may explode.
Never use cleaning fluid or similar
chemicals. Do not spray cleaners
directly on the camcorder.
Keep the used lithium battery or
memory card out of the reach
of children. If the lithium battery
or memory card is swallowed
by children, consult physician
immediately.
Do not plug or unplug the power
cord with wet hands. There is a
risk of electric shock.
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the plug can be fully inserted with no
part of the blades exposed.
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Keep the camcorder away from
water when used near the beach
or pool or when it rains. There is
a risk of malfunction or electric
shock.
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When cleaning the AC adaptor,
unplug the power-cord. There is
a risk of malfunction or electric
shock.
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Keep the power-cord unplugged
when not in use or during
lightning storms. There is a risk of
fire.
If the camcorder makes an abnormal
sound, or smell or smokes, unplug
the power-cord immediately and
request service from a Samsung
service center. There is a risk of fire
or personal injury.
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If the camcorder malfunctions,
immediately detach the AC
adaptor or battery from the
camcorder.
There is a risk of fire or injury.
Do not attempt to disassemble,
repair, or reform the camcorder
or the AC adaptor to avoid a risk
of fire or electric shock.
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Do not drop or expose the
camcorder, battery pack, AC
adaptor or other accessories to
severe vibrations or impact. This
may cause a malfunction or injury.
Do not use the camcorder on a
tripod (not supplied) in a place
where it is subject to severe
vibrations or impact.
Do not leave the camcorder in
a closed vehicle for a long time,
where the temperature is very
high.
Do not expose the camcorder
to soot or steam. Thick soot
or steam could damage the
camcorder case or cause a
malfunction.
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Do not press the surface of
the LCD with force, or hit it
with a sharp object. If you
push the LCD surface, display
unevenness may occur.
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Do not use the camcorder
near direct sunlight or heating
equipment. This may cause a
malfunction or injury.
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Do not use the camcorder near
dense exhaust gas generated
by gasoline or diesel engines, or
corrosive gas such as hydrogen
sulphide. Doing so may corrode
the external or internal terminals,
disabling normal operation.
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Do not expose the camcorder to
insecticide. Insecticide entering the
camcorder could cause the product
to fail to operate normally. Turn the
camcorder off and cover it with vinyl
sheet, etc. before using insecticide.
Do not expose the camcorder to
sudden changes in temperature or a
humid place. There is also a risk of
defect or electric shock when using
outdoors during lightning storms.
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open when not using the
camcorder.
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Do not place the camcorder with
the open LCD screen down.
Do not wipe the camcorder
body with benzene or thinner.
The exterior coating could peel
off or the case surface could
deteriorate.
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Do not use the camcorder near
TV or radio: This could cause
noise on the TV screen or to radio
broadcasts.
Do not use the camcorder near
strong radio waves or magnetism
such as speakers and a large motor.
Noise could enter video or audio that
are being recorded.
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Do not hold the camcorder by the
LCD monitor when lifting it. The
LCD screen could detach and the
camcorder may fall.
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Place the camcorder on a
stable surface and a place with
ventilation openings.
Keep important data separately.
Samsung is not responsible for
data loss.
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Use Samsung-approved
accessories only. Using products
from other manufacturers may
cause overheating, fire, explosion,
electric shock or personal injuries
caused by abnormal operation.
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Use the mains plug where it can
be readily operable. If any problem
occurs with the product, the mains
plug must be removed to disconnect
power completely. Turning off the
power button on the product does
not completely disconnect the power.
Other manufacturers of optional accessories compatible with this
camcorder is responsible for their own products. Use the optional
accessories according to the safety instructions. Samsung shall not
be responsible for any malfunction and risk of fire, electric shock and
damages occurred by using unauthorized accessories.
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contents
quick start guide
05
You can record videos in H.264 format!
getting to know the camcorder
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What's included with your camcorder
Location of controls
Identifying the screen displays
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LCD screen indicators
preparation
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Attaching the grip belt
Adjusting the LCD screen
Connecting a power source
Checking the battery state
basic operation of the camcorder
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Turning your camcorder on/off
Switching to the power saving mode
Setting the operation modes
Using the display(
) touch button
Using the back light touch button
Using the LCD enhancer function
Shortcut menu (OK guide)
Shortcut function using the control joysticks
Setting the time zone and date/time for the first time
Selecting the languages
about the storage media
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31
05
09
12
17
23
32
Selecting the storage media (SMX-F43/F44 only)
Inserting and removing a memory card
(not supplied)
Selecting a suitable memory card
basic recording
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37
38
39
Recording videos
Taking photos
Quick view function in the record mode
Recording with ease for beginners (SMART AUTO mode)
Zooming
basic playback
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Changing the playback mode
Playing back videos
Viewing photos
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recording options
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Changing the menu settings
Menu items
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Video Resolution
Photo Resolution
16:9 Wide
White Balance
Aperture
Shutter Speed
EV (Exposure Value)
C.Nite
Focus
Anti-Shake(HDIS)
Digital Effect
Fader
Wind Cut
Zoom Type
Time Lapse REC
Guideline
playback options
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Menu items
Multi View Option
Play Option
Delete
Protect
Story-Board Print
Using VIEW
Copy (SMX-F43/F44 only)
Edit (Divide)
Edit (Combine)
Slide Show
Slide Show Option
File Info
system setting
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Menu items (
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Storage Type (SMX-F43/F44 only)
Storage Info
Format
File No.
Time Zone
Date/Time Set
Date Type
Time Type
Date/Time Display
LCD Brightness
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contents
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LCD Color
Auto LCD Off
Menu Design
Transparency
Beep Sound
Shutter Sound
Auto Power Off
PC Software
TV Display
Default Set
Version
Language
Demo
CONNECTING TO A TV
93
Connecting to a normal (standard definition)
TV (16:9/4:3)
dubbing videos
95
Dubbing to a VCR or DVD/HDD recorder
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97
98
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Checking your computer type
What you can do with a Windows computer
Using the intelli-studio program
Using as a removable storage device
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using with a Windows computer
troubleshooting
104 Troubleshooting
104
maintenance & additional information
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specifications
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114 Maintenance
115 Additional information
116 Using your camcorder abroad
quick start guide
This quick start guide introduces the basic operation and features of your camcorder.
See the reference pages for more information.
You can record videos in H.264 format!
You can record videos in H.264 format that is convenient to email and share with your friends and family.
You can also take photos with your camcorder.
STEP1: Get ready
1. Insert a memory card. page 31
• You can use commercially available
SDHC (SD High Capacity) or SD
memory cards with this camcorder.
• Set the appropriate storage media.
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STEP2: Record with your camcorder
Zoom lever
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MODE button
MODE indicator
Recording start/
stop button
Power (
Recording start/
stop button
) button
LCD screen
Recording videos with
H.264 format
Taking photos
Your camcorder uses advanced H.264
compression technology to realize the clearest
video quality.  page 47
1. Open the LCD screen and press the Power
( ) button to turn on the camcorder.
• Set the lens cover open/close switch to
open ( ).
1. Open the LCD screen and press the Power
( ) button to turn on the camcorder.
• Set the lens cover open/close switch to
open ( ).
2. Press the PHOTO button fully when you are
ready.
2. Press the Recording start/stop button.
• To stop recording, press the Recording
start/stop button.
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• Your camcorder is compatible with H.264 recording format, which achieves efficient
coding of high quality video with less capacity.
• You can record videos in SD (standard definition). The default setting is “TV Fine
(720x480/60i).”  page 47
• You can not take photos while you are recording videos.
STEP3: Play back videos or photos
Viewing the LCD screen of your camcorder
You can find your desired recordings quickly by using the thumbnail index view.
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• The thumbnail index view appears. The thumbnail
of the latest created or played file is highlighted.
2. Select the Video or Photo thumbnail index view
screen.
• You can simply switch between video and photo
thumbnail view using the zoom lever.
3. Use the Control (///) joystick to select a
desired video or photo, and then press the Control
button (OK).
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Viewing on a TV
• You can enjoy detailed, brilliant quality videos on a connected
TV.  pages 93~94
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Simple and fun! Enjoy the various features of Intelli-studio on your
Windows computer.
Using the Intelli-studio program built in your camcorder, you can import
video/photos onto your computer, edit or share the videos/photos with
your friends. For details, see pages 98~101.
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Viewing the videos/photos from your PC
1. Launch the Intelli-studio program by connecting the camcorder to your PC via the
USB cable.
• A new file saving screen appears with the Intelli-studio main window.
Click “Yes,” the uploading procedure will start.
2. The new files are saved to your PC and registered to "Contents Manager" on the
Intelli-studio program.
• You can arrange the files by different options such as Face, Date, Location, etc.
Contents Manager
Saved files
Folders directory on you PC
3. You can double-click on the file you would like to start playback.
Sharing the videos/photos onto YouTube/Flickr/Facebook
Share your contents with the world, by uploading photos and videos directly to a web
site with a single click.
Click on the “Share”  “Upload” tab on the browser. page 101
The Intelli-studio runs automatically once the camcorder is connected to a Windows computer
(when you specify “PC Software: On”).  page 90
STEP5: Delete videos or photos
If the storage media is full, you cannot record new videos or photos. Delete videos or
photos data that have been saved on a computer from the storage media. Then you can
record new videos or photos on newly freed up space.
Press the MODE button to switch the Play mode  Press the MENU button 
Control joystick (////OK) to select "Delete." page 70
getting to know the camcorder
WHAT'S INCLUDED WITH YOUR CAMCORDER
Your new camcorder comes with the following accessories. If any of these items is missing from your box,
built-in
Memory
LCD
call Samsung’s Customer Care Center.
Model name
Color
Lens
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SMX-F40SN/
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SMX-F40RN/
F400RN
SMX-F40LN/
F400LN
SMX-F43BN
SMX-F43SN
SMX-F43RN
SMX-F43LN
SMX-F44BN
SMX-F44SN
SMX-F44RN
SMX-F44LN
memory
card slot
screen
1 slot
Color
Black
Silver
Red
-
Blue
Black
Silver
Red
Blue
Black
Silver
Red
Blue
8GB
52x (Optical),
65x (Intelli),
2200x (Digital)
16GB
• The shape is the same for all models. Only the color
is different.
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Battery pack
(IA-BP210E)
(AD43-00196A)
AC power adaptor
(AA-MA9 type)
(AD44-00151A)
Audio/Video cable
(AD39-00155A)
USB cable
(AD39-00169A)
Optional accessories
User manual CD
(AD46-00292A)
Quick start guide
(AD68-04500A)
Carrying case
(AD69-00929A)
Memory card
(1109-001415)
• The exact appearance of each item may vary by model.
• The contents may vary depending on the sales region.
• Parts and accessories are available for purchase at your local Samsung dealer. SAMSUNG is not
responsible for reduced battery life time or malfunctions caused by any unauthorized use of accessories
such as the AC adaptor or the batteries.
• A memory card is not included. See page 32 for memory cards compatible with your camcorder.
• Your camcorder includes a user manual CD and a quick start guide (printed).
• Optional accessories: This is an optional accessory. To buy one, contact your nearest Samsung dealer.
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LOCATION OF CONTROLS
Front & Left View
VARIOPLAN
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❿  
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Lens
MENU button
Control joystick (////OK), Zoom (W/T) joystick
Recording start/stop button
LCD screen
Memory card/Jack cover
ⓐ USB jack ( )
ⓑ Memory card slot
ⓒ AV jack (AV)
ⓓ CHG (charging) indicator
ⓔ DC IN jack (DC IN)
ⓑⓒ ⓓ
ⓔ
7 Built-in speaker
8 Display ( ) touch button
9 LCD Enhancer ( ) touch button
10 Back Light ( ) touch button
11 SMART AUTO touch button / VIEW touch button
12 Power ( ) button
13 MODE button
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Right Top & Bottom View
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❷
❻
❽
❺
❸
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2
3
4
❹
Zoom lever (W/T)
PHOTO button
Grip belt
Grip belt hook
❼
5
6
7
8
Lens cover open ( )/close ( ) switch
Internal microphone
Battery pack release switch (BATT.)
Tripod receptacle
Be careful not to cover the internal microphone and lens during recording.
Rear View
1 Mode indicator
: Record mode (Video/Photo)
: Play mode
2 Recording start/stop button
3 Battery pack slot
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❷
❸
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identifying the screen displays
The available functions vary depending on the selected operation mode, and different indicators appear
depending on the setting values.
LCD SCREEN INDICATORS
Video and Photo record mode
PRECHECK!
• This On Screen Display (OSD) is shown in Record (
• Press the MODE button to select the Record (
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2
4
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Time Lapse Recording
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) mode.  page 24
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SMART
AUTO
• The above screen is an example for explanation:
It is different from the actual display.
• The on-screen indicators are based on an 16GB SDHC
memory card capacity.
• Functions marked with * will not be kept when the
camcorder is turned off and on again.
• For enhanced performance, the display indications and
the order are subject to change without prior notice.
• This camcorder provides one combined video and
photo record mode. You can easily record videos or
photos in the same mode without having to change it.
• The total number of recordable photos is counted
based on available space on the storage media.
• The number of recordable photos on the OSD is a
maximum of 9,999.
1 Time Lapse REC *
2 Operating mode (STBY (Standby) /
 (Recording))
3 Time counter (Video recording time:
remaining recordable time)
4 Photo image counter (Total number of
recordable photos)
5 Storage media (Memory card or built-in
memory (SMX-F43/F44 only))
6 Battery info. (Remaining battery level)
7 Photo Resolution / Video Resolution
8 Anti-Shake (HDIS)
9 LCD Enhancer *
10 Back Light
11 Wind Cut
12 Fader *
13 Zoom (Optical Zoom / Intelli-Zoom /
Digital Zoom)
14 Date/Time Display
15 Time Zone
16 Digital Effect
17 EV (Exposure Value) *
18 Manual Aperture */ Manual Shutter
Speed */ C.Nite *
19 Manual Focus */ Face Detection *
20 White balance
21 SCENE / SMART AUTO
22 Record mode (
/
)
Video and Photo record mode :
Shortcut menu (OK Guide)
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Quick View
Focus* (Auto Focus/Face Detection /
Manual Focus)
Shortcut menu (OK Guide) / Return
EV (Exposure Value) *
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Video and Photo record mode :
Shortcut menu (Manual)
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Manual Control Bar/ Value
Menu name
Shortcut menu (OK Guide) / Return
Value adjust (down)
Value adjust (up)
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• The illustration above shows the EV (Exposure Value) screen.
• Functions marked with * will not be kept when the camcorder restarts.
• The shortcut menu (OK guide) represents the most frequently accessed functions according to the
selected mode. Pressing the OK button will display a shortcut menu of frequently used functions on
the LCD screen.
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Video Play mode
PRECHECK!
• This On Screen Display (OSD) is shown in Video play ( ) mode only.
• Press the MODE button to select the Play ( ) mode. page 24
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2
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Video Play mode : Thumbnail View
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Photo
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Move
Play
1 Video Play mode
2 Copy Selected (SMX-F43/F44 only)
3 Storage media (Memory card or built-in
memory (SMX-F43/F44 only))
4 Battery info (Remaining battery level)
5 Now / Total file number
6 Error File
7 Scroll bar
8 Delete Selected
9 Button Guide
10 Edit (Combine)
11 Protection
12 Recorded time
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2
3
Video Play mode : Single View
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1 Video Play mode
2 Play Status ( Play () / Pause ( ❙ ❙ ) /
Search (
) / Frame-by-frame
/
(  /  ) / Slow motion (  /  ))
3 Time code (Elapsed time / Recorded time)
4 Storage media (Memory card or built-in
memory (SMX-F43/F44 only))
5 Battery info (Remaining battery level)
6 Video Resolution
7 Protection
8 LCD Enhancer
9 File Name (File number)
10 Date/Time Display
11 Play Option
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Video Play mode :
Shortcut menu (OK Guide)
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4
2
3
4
3
Multi View
2
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Forward playback search
page 42 (Skip/Search/Slow motion/
Frame-by-frame)
Volume Down
Play () / Pause ( ❙ ❙ )
Reverse playback search
page 42 (Skip/Search/Slow motion/
Frame-by-frame)
Volume Up
1
Video Play mode : Single (Volume)
0:00:00/0:00:55
1
2
Volume Bar
Date/Time Display
1
2
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Photo play mode
PRECHECK!
• This On Screen Display (OSD) is shown in Photo Play ( ) mode only.
• Press the MODE button to select the Play ( ) mode. page 24
1
2
Photo Play mode : Thumbnail View
3
Normal View
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Video
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Full View
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Photo Play mode : Single View
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Multi View
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1 Photo Play mode
2 Protection
3 Storage media (Memory card or built-in
memory (SMX-F43/F44 only))
4 Battery info (Remaining battery level)
5 Now / Total file number
6 Error File
7 Scroll bar
8 Delete Selected
9 Button Guide
10 Copy Selected (SMX-F43/F44 only)
11 File name (File number)
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1 Photo Play mode
2 Slide Show
3 Image counter
(Current image / total number of
recorded images)
4 Storage media (Memory card or built-in
memory (SMX-F43/F44 only))
5 Battery info (Remaining battery level)
6 Photo Resolution
7 Protection
8 LCD Enhancer
9 File Name (File number)
10 OK Guide (Next image)
11 Shortcut menu (OK Guide) / Return
12 OK Guide (Previous image)
preparation
This section provides information that you should know before using this camcorder: such
as how to use the provided accessories, how to charge the battery, and how to setup the
operation mode and initialise setup.
ATTACHING THE GRIP BELT
Adjust the length of grip belt so that the
camcorder is stable when you press the
Recording start/stop button with your thumb.
Please note if the hand strap is adjusted
too tight and you use excessive force to
insert your hand, the hand strap hook of
the camcorder may be damaged.
ADJUSTING THE LCD SCREEN
The wide LCD screen on your camcorder offers high quality image viewing.
1. Open the LCD screen with your finger.
• The screen opens up to 90°.
2. Rotate the LCD screen towards the lens.
• You can rotate it up to 180° towards the lens and up to
90° backward. To view recordings more conveniently,
rotate the screen by 180° towards the lens, then fold it
back to the body.
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Excessive rotation may damage the connective hinge between the screen and the camcorder.
• When the LCD screen is rotated by 180°, the left and right sides of the subject are
shown in reverse, which produces horizontally flipped image.
• Remove fingerprints or dust on the screen with a soft cloth.
• To adjust the LCD brightness and color, refer to the page 86.
• The super fine LCD technology enabled about 99.99% pixels on the LCD screen.
Although one or two black dots or bright dots(red, blue, white) could appear on the
screen, this is not a malfunction and does not affect the recorded image.
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CONNECTING A POWER SOURCE
• Be sure to charge the battery pack before you start using your camcorder.
• Use the IA-BP210E battery pack only.
• The battery pack may be charged a little at the time of purchase.
Battery pack insertion/ejection
It is recommended you purchase one or more additional battery packs to allow continuous use
of your camcorder.
Inserting the battery pack
1. Insert the battery pack into the battery
pack slot until it softly clicks.
• Make sure that the SAMSUNG logo
is facing front when the camcorder is
placed as shown in the figure.
Insert
Ejecting the battery pack
1. Gently push the Battery pack release
switch in the direction as shown in the
diagram to eject the battery.
Eject
2. Push down and lift the battery pack to
pull out in the direction as shown in the
diagram.
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• Use only Samsung-approved battery packs. Do not use batteries from other manufacturers.
Otherwise, there is a danger of overheating, fire or explosion.
• Samsung is not responsible for problems occurring due to using unapproved batteries.
• Remove the battery pack separately from the camcorder while not in use.
• It is recommended to prepare an additional battery pack for prolonged outdoor use.
• Additional battery packs can be purchased from samsungparts.com.
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• Charge the battery pack before using the camcorder.
• Use only the provided battery pack and AC power adaptor.
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1. Press the Power ( ) button to turn off the
camcorder. page 23
Connecting the AC power adaptor
2. Insert the battery in the camcorder. page 18
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3. Open the connector cover of the unit.
4. Charge the battery using the AC power adaptor or
USB cable.
Yes
• The CHG (charge) lamp lights up and charging
starts. When the battery is fully charged, the
charging (CHG) lamp turns green. page 20
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the other end to a USB port of a
PC.
Connecting the USB cable
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Connect the AC power adaptor
to the camcorder properly and
plug the AC power adaptor in
the wall outlet.
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power supply to the camcorder.
• Fully charge the battery pack before use.
• When using the AC power supply, place it close to the wall outlet. If you experience a malfunction while using
the camcorder, separate the AC power supply immediately from the wall outlet.
• Do not use the AC power supply in a tight space, such as between furnishings.
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• When recording indoors with an available wall outlet, it is convenient to use the AC power supply instead of
the battery pack.
• It is recommended to charge the battery pack in a place with ambient temperature of 10°C ~ 30°C(50˚F~86˚F).
• When charging, if both the USB cable and AC power adaptor are connected, the AC power adaptor will
override the USB.
• If the camcorder is turned on, the battery will still charge, but more charging time will be needed.
It is recommended you to keep the camcorder turned off while charging.
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CHECKING THE BATTERY STATE
You can check the charging state and remaining battery capacity.
To check the charging state
The color of the CHG lamp indicates the power or charging state.
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Charging (CHG) lamp
The color of the charging indicator shows the charging state.
Charging state
Charging
Charge
Fully Charged
(Orange)
LED color
(Green)
Error
(Orange Blink)
Battery Level Display
The Battery Level Display shows the amount of battery power remaining in the battery pack.
Battery Level
Indicator
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0
State
Message
Fully charged (100%~75%)
-
75%~50%
50%~25%
25%~5%
less than 5%
Exhausted (flickers): The device will soon turn off.
Change the battery pack as soon as possible.
(flickers): The device will be forced to turn off after
3 seconds.
"Low
battery"
• Before using the camcorder, charge the battery.
• Above figures are based on a fully charged battery pack at normal temperature.
Low ambient temperature may affect the use time.
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Available running time for the battery pack
Battery Type
Charging time
IA-BP210E
Using a AC power adaptor
Approx. 180min.
Using a USB cable
Approx. 380min.
720 x 480 (60i)
Video Resolution
TV Super
Fine (
)
Continuous
Mode recording time
Playback time
TV Fine
(
)
640 x 480 (30p)
TV Normal
(
)
Web Fine
(
)
Web Normal
(
)
Approx. 250min.
Approx. 280min.
(Unit: minutes.)
• Charging time: Approximate time (min.) required when you fully charge a completely exhausted battery
pack.
• We recommend using the AC power adaptor when using the Time Lapse REC function.
About battery packs
• The battery pack should be recharged in an environment that is between 50°F (10°C) and 86°F (30°C).
However, when it is exposed to cold temperatures (below 32°F (0°C)), its usage time reduces and it may
cease to function. If this happens, place the battery pack in your pocket or other warm, protected place for
a short time, then re-insert it.
• Do not put the battery pack near any heat source (i.e. fire or a heater).
• Do not disassemble, apply pressure to, or heat the battery pack.
• Do not allow battery pack terminals to be short-circuited. It may cause leakage, generate heat, or cause fire.
Maintaining the battery pack
• The recording time is affected by temperature and environmental conditions.
• We recommend only using the original battery pack that is available from your Samsung retailer. When the
battery reaches the end of its life, please contact your local dealer. The batteries have to be dealt with as
chemical waste.
• Make sure that the battery pack is fully charged before starting to record.
• To preserve battery power, keep your camcorder turned off when you are not operating it.
• Even when the power is switched off, the battery pack will still discharge if it is left inserted on the
camcorder. It is recommended that you remove the battery pack from the camcorder.
• If the battery pack is not used for a long time, fully charge the battery pack and use it up on your
camcorder once every 6 months to maintain proper function. To store the battery pack, remove it from
your camcorder and put it in a dry, cool place.
About the battery life
• Battery capacity decreases over time and through repeated use. If decreased usage time between
charges becomes significant, it is probably time to replace it with a new one.
• Each battery’s life is affected by storage, operating and environmental conditions.
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About the running time
• Times measured when using the camcorder at 77˚F (25˚C). As the environmental temperature and
conditions vary, the actual battery time may differ form the approximate times given in the table.
• The recording and playback time will be shorter depending on the conditions under which you use your
camcorder. In actual recording, the battery pack may discharge 2-3 times faster than this reference,
since the Record start/stop and Zoom are being operated, and playback is performed. Assume that the
recordable time with a fully charged battery pack is between 1/2 and 1/3 of the time in the table, so have
enough battery packs to allow for the time you are planning to record on the camcorder.
• The recording and playback time will be shorter when you use your camcorder in low temperatures.
On the battery pack
• The CHG (charging) lamp blinks during charging, or Battery Info will not be correctly displayed under the
following conditions:
- The battery pack is not inserted correctly.
- The battery pack is damaged.
- The battery pack is worn-out. (For the battery information only)
Using an AC power source
It is recommended that you use the AC power adaptor to power the camcorder from a household AC outlet
when you perform settings on it, play back, or edit images, or use it indoors. Make the same connections as
you do when charging the battery pack. page 19
• Before detaching the power source, make sure that the camcorder’s power is turned off.
Failure to do so can result in camcorder malfunction.
• Use a nearby wall outlet when using the AC power adaptor. Disconnect the AC power adaptor from
the wall outlet immediately if any malfunction occurs while using your camcorder.
• Do not use the AC power adaptor in a narrow space, such as between a wall and furniture.
• Be sure to use the specified AC power adaptor to power the camcorder.
Using other AC power adaptors could cause electric shock or result in fire.
• The AC power adaptor can be used around the world. An AC plug adaptor is required in some
foreign countries. If you need one, purchase it from your distributor.
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basic operation of the camcorder
This chapter introduces you to the basic operation procedures of this camcorder, such as
turning the power on/off, switching modes, and setting on-screen indicators.
TURNING YOUR CAMCORDER ON/OFF
1. Open the LCD screen and press the Power ( ) button
to turn on the camcorder.
• Set the lens cover open/close switch to open ( ).
2. To turn off the camcorder, press the Power (
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LCD screen
Power( ) button
The camcorder operates the self-diagnosis function when powered on. If a warning message appears,
refer to ‘warning indicators and messages’ (pages 104~106) and take corrective action.
When using this camcorder for the first time
• When you use your camcorder for the first time or reset it, the time zone screen appears for
the startup display. Select your geographical location and set the date and time.page 28
If you do not set the date and time, the time zone screen appears every time you turn on
the camcorder.
SWITCHING TO THE POWER SAVING MODE
If you need to use camcorder for the extended time, the following functions enable you to
prevent unnecessary energy consumption.
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Auto Power Off Function
• To save battery power, you can set
the "Auto Power Off" function,
which turns off the camcorder if
there is no operation for 5 minutes.
• To disable this option, change the
"Auto Power Off" setting to "Off."
page 89
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• The power saving mode does not work in the following situations:
- When the camcorder has a cable connection. (USB or AV)
- While recording, playback, or the slideshow is being operated.
• The camcorder consumes the less battery power in the power saving mode (about 50% of the
power consumption in the standby mode) However, if you plan to use the camcorder for the
maximum length of time period, it is recommended to turn off the camcorder by pressing the
Power ( ) button when not using it.
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basic operation of the camcorder
SETTING THE OPERATION MODES
You can switch the operating mode in the following
order each time you press the MODE button.
Record mode (
/
)  Play mode ( ) 
Record mode (
/
).
• Each time the operation mode changes, the
respective mode indicator lights on.
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Mode
Icon
Functions
Record mode
/
To record videos or photos.
Play mode
MODE
indicator
To play videos or photos, or edit them.
• This camcorder provides one record mode for both video and photo recordings. You can easily
record videos or photos in the same mode without having to switch modes.
USING THE DISPLAY(
) TOUCH BUTTON
Switching the information display mode
You can switch the on-screen information display mode.
Touch the Display(
) touch button.
• The full and minimum display modes will alternate.
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• Warning indicators and messages may appear depending on the recording conditions.
• In the menu screen, the Display (
) touch button will be deactivated.
USING THE BACK LIGHT TOUCH BUTTON
When a subject is lit from behind, this function will
compensate for lighting so that the subject is not
too dark.
Touch the Back Light ( ) touch button to display
( ) icon on the screen. To cancel, touch the Back
Light ( ) touch button again.
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Back lighting influences recording when the subject is darker than the background:
• The subject is in front of a window.
• The subject is against a snowy background.
• The subject is outdoors and the background is
overcast.
• The light sources are too bright.
• The person to be recorded is wearing white
or shiny clothes and is placed against a bright
background:
The person’s face is too dark to distinguish his/
her features.
<Backlight off>
<Backlight on>
USING THE LCD ENHANCER FUNCTION
•
Contrast is enhanced for a clear and bright image. This effect is also
implemented outdoors in bright daylight.
You can also adjust the screen brightness in two-level increments, which
provides a brighter screen than using just one-level increment for your
recording.
1. Touch the LCD Enhancer (
) touch button.
• LCD adjust (
) indicator appears and the LCD brightens.
2. You can switch the LCD Enhancer function in the following order each time
you touch the LCD Enhancer (
) touch button.
• LCD Enhancer 1-level (
): LCD Enhancer is executed.
• LCD Enhancer 2-level (
): This setting is brighter
than the LCD Enhancer 1-level.
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• LCD Enhancer function does not affect the quality of the image being recorded.
• When LCD Enhancer is used in low illumination, some stripes may occur on the LCD screen. It is not a malfunction.
• Using the LCD Enhancer function may cause colors to look different on the display.
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SHORTCUT MENU (OK GUIDE)
The Shortcut menu (OK guide) represents the most frequently
accessed functions according to the selected mode.
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✪ For example: Setting EV (Exposure Value) in the Record
mode using the Shortcut menu (OK guide).
OK
1. Press the OK button in STBY mode.
• The Shortcut menu (OK guide) is displayed.
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2. Move the Control joystick () to select “EV” mode.
• Move the Control joystick (/) to adjust the exposure while
viewing the image on the LCD screen.
3. Press the OK button to confirm your selection.
• Press the OK button to exit the shortcut menu.
• Exposure value setting will be applied and (
and setting value are displayed.
Auto Exposure
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) indicator
EV
+1.0
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+1.0
• The Shortcut menu (OK guide) cannot be used in the SMART AUTO mode.
• The instruction above shows an example of setting EV mode in the Record mode. The setting
procedure could be different by menu item
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SHORTCUT FUNCTION USING THE CONTROL JOYSTICKS
SCENE
SCENE
Play (
Button
Record (
/
) mode
Video Play (
) mode
) mode
(
Photo Play
) mode
Menu
selection
SCENE
OK
Confirms
selection
OK
- Access the shortcut menu
- Shortcut menu (OK guide) is displayed Single image
- Confirm selection
playback
- Playback / Pause
- Exit the shortcut menu
OK
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- Zoom (wide)
lncreases the volume
lncreases the
volume
(during a slide
show)
Moves the
cursor up
- Focus
- Zoom (tele)
Decreases the volume
Decreases the
volume
(during a slide
show)
Moves
the cursor
down
Previous image
Moves
to the
previous
menu
Next image
Moves to
the next
menu
UP
OK
DOWN
OK
EV
LEFT
OK
Quick View
RIGHT
- Search playback RPS
(Reverse Playback Search) rate:
x2→x4→x8→x16
- Previous Skip Playback
- Frame-by-frame playback
- Slow motion playback
(Reverse slow playback) rate:
x1/2→x1/4→x1/8→x1/16
- Search playback FPS
(Forward Playback Search) rate:
x2→x4→x8→x16
- Next Skip Playback
- Frame-by-frame playback
- Slow motion playback
(Forward slow playback) rate:
x1/2→x1/4→x1/8→x1/16
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SETTING THE TIME ZONE AND DATE/TIME FOR THE FIRST TIME
Set the date and time of your local area when turning on this camcorder for the first time.
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) button to turn on the
camcorder.
• The Time Zone (“Home”) screen appears based on London, Lisbon
(Greenwich Mean Time).
• You can also set the “Time Zone: Home” from the Settings
(
) menu. page 82
2. Select your geographical area with Control joystick (/), then press the
OK button.
• The Date/Time Set screen appears.
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Home
London, Lisbon
Home:[GMT 00:00]
JAN/01/2010 12:00 AM
3. Select the date and time information, and change the setting values by using
the Control joystick (///).
• To set the daylight saving, move the Control joystick (/) to select the
( ) icon, then move the Control joystick (/) to set Daylight Saving
on/off.
- Activating Daylight Saving forwards the time by 1 hour.
4. Make sure the clock is correctly set, and then press the OK button.
Date/Time Set
Date/Time Set
Home
Month Day Year Hour Min
JAN / 01 / 2010
12 : 00 AM
OFF
Visit : JAN/01/2010 12:00 AM
Back
Move
OK
• The year can be set up to 2037.
• Set “Date/Time Display” to “On.” page 85
• After setting, the date and time are automatically recorded on a special data area of the storage media.
Built-in rechargeable battery
• Your camcorder includes a built-in rechargeable battery that retains the date and time settings even after the power
is turned off.
• Once the battery is depleted, the previous date/time values are all reset to defaults, and you need to recharge the
built-in rechargeable battery. The date/time must be set again.
Charging the built-in rechargeable battery
• The built-in battery is always recharged while your camcorder is connected to the AC power or while the battery
pack is attached. If the camcorder is not in use for about 2 months without connecting to the AC power or attaching
the battery pack, the built-in battery fully discharges. If this occurs, charge the built-in battery by connecting to the
supplied AC adaptor for 24 hours.
Turning the date and time display on/off
• To switch the date and time display on or off, access the menu and change the Date/Time Display mode. page 85
Simple setting of the clock by time difference
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• You can easily set the clock to the local time by setting a time difference when using your camcorder abroad.
Select "Time Zone" on the menu, then set the time difference. page 82
SELECTING THE LANGUAGES
You can select the language that appears on the menu screen. The language setting is retained when the
camcorder is powered off.
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Settings.”
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2. Move the Control joystick (/) to select “Language,” and then
press the OK button.
3. Move the Control joystick (/) to select the desired OSD
language, and then press the OK button.
Settings
Default Set
Version
Language
Exit
Select
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4. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
• The OSD language is refreshed in the selected language.
Settings
English
Default Set
Version
Français
Language
Exit
Move
Select
Submenu items
“English”
“Italiano”
“Svenska”
“Polski”
“Română”
“Hrvatski”
“日本語”
“
”








“한국어”
“Español”
“Suomi”
“Čeština”
“Български”
“Українська”
“ไทย”
“‫”עברית‬







“Français”
“Português”
“Norsk”
“Slovensky”
“Ελληνικά”
“Русский”
“Türkçe”







“Deutsch”
“Nederlands”
“Dansk”
“Magyar”
“српски”
“中文”
“
”







• “Language” options may be changed without prior notice.
• Selected language is retained even without the battery pack or AC power adaptor.
• The date and time format may change depending on the language you selected.
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SELECTING THE STORAGE MEDIA (SMX-F43/F44 only)
• You can record on the built-in memory or a memory card, so the desired storage media
needs to be selected before starting recording or playback.
• You can use SD and SDHC cards on your camcorder.
(Some cards are not compatible depending on a memory card manufacturer and memory
card type.)
• Before inserting or ejecting a memory card, turn the camcorder off.
Selecting the storage media
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1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Settings.”
Settings
Storage Type
:
Storage Info
2. Move the Control joystick (/) to select “Storage Type,” then
press the OK button.
3. Move the Control joystick (/) to select “Int. Memory” or
“Card,” then press the OK button.
• “Int. Memory” : When using the built-in memory.
• “Card” : When using a memory card.
Format
Exit
Select
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Settings
Storage Type
Storage Info
Int. Memory
Card
Format
4. Press the MENU button to exit.
Exit
Move
Select
Using the built-in memory (SMX-F43/F44 only)
• This camcorder has an embedded 8GB(SMX-F43 only) or 16GB(SMX-F44 only) memory.
Using a memory card (not supplied)
• This camcorder has a card slot for access to SD and SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity).
• You can use SD and SDHC cards on your camcorder.
- Some cards are not compatible depending on a memory card manufacturer and memory
card type.
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• Never format the built-in memory or memory card using a PC.
• If you insert a memory card when the camcorder is on, the pop-up message will prompt you
automatically to select the storage type. (SMX-F43/F44 only)
• If there is no memory card inserted, only the built-in memory will be available. (SMX-F43/F44only)
• Do not eject a memory card while it is being used in the camcorder. The memory card and its data
may be damaged.
• Do not remove the power (battery pack or AC power adaptor) when using storage media to record,
playback, format, delete, etc. The storage media and its data may be damaged.
INSERTING AND REMOVING A MEMORY CARD (NOT SUPPLIED)
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To insert a memory card
To eject a memory card
1. Turn the camcorder off.
1. Turn the camcorder off.
2. Open the memory card/jack cover as
shown in the diagram.
2. Open the memory card/jack cover as
shown in the diagram.
3. Insert a memory card into the memory
card slot until it softly clicks in the direction
of the arrow shown in the diagram.
3. Slightly push the memory card inwards to
pop it out.
4. Close the cover.
4. Pull the memory card out of the memory
card slot and close the cover.
• If a memory card is not inserted correctly, the camcorder may fail to operate normally or the
memory card slot may be damaged.
• Be careful when ejecting a memory card. If the memory card is pushed hard, it may pop out suddenly.
Your camcorder supports only SD(Secure Digital) and SDHC(Secure Digital High Capacity) cards.
Compatibility with this camcorder may vary depending on the card manufacturer and type.
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SELECTING A SUITABLE MEMORY CARD
Compatible memory cards
• This camcorder can be used with SD
(Secure Digital) and SDHC (Secure Digital
High Capacity) cards. It is recommended
to use an SDHC (Secure Digital High
Capacity) card. SD cards up to 2GB are
supported with this camcorder. Normal
operation is not guaranteed with SD cards
bigger than 2GB.
• MMC (Multi Media Card) and MMC Plus
are not supported.
• Compatible memory card capacity:
SD 512MB ~ 2GB, SDHC 4 ~ 32GB
• Use compatible memory card brands. Others
are not guaranteed to work. Check the
compatibility when buying a memory card.
- SDHC/SD cards: Panasonic, SanDisk,
TOSHIBA
• To record videos, use a memory card
supporting at least 2MB/s.
• SD/SDHC memory cards have a
mechanical write-protection switch. Setting
the switch prevents accidental erasure
of files recorded on the card. To enable
writing, move the switch up in the direction
of the terminals. To set write protection,
move the switch down.
Usable memory cards
Protection tab
Terminals
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<SD/SDHC>
SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) cards
• SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity)
memory card
- An SDHC card is a higher version (Ver.2.00)
of SD card and supports capacity above
2GB.
- Cannot be used with current SD
enabled host devices.
Common cautions for memory cards
• Damaged data may not be recovered. It
is recommended you make a back-up of
important data separately on the hard disk
of your PC.
• Turning the power off or removing a
memory card during an operation such
as formatting, deleting, recording, and
playback may cause data loss.
• After you modify the name of a file or folder
stored in the memory card using your PC,
your camcorder may not recognize the
modified file.
Handling a memory card
• It is recommended that you power off
before inserting or removing the memory
card to avoid data loss.
• It is not guaranteed that you can use a
memory card formatted by other devices.
Be sure to format your memory card using
this camcorder.
• You have to format newly-purchased
memory cards, memory cards with data
that your camcorder cannot recognize or
has been saved by other devices. Note
that formatting erases all data on the
memory card.
• If you cannot use a memory card that has
been used with another device, format it
with your camcorder. Note that formatting
erases all information on the memory card.
• A memory card has a certain life span. If
you cannot record new data, you have to
purchase a new memory card.
• A memory card is a precision electronic
media. Do not bend it, drop it, or cause a
strong impact.
• Do not place foreign substances on the
memory card terminals. Use a soft dry
cloth to clean the terminals if required.
• Do not paste anything other than the label
provided with the card on the label pasting
section.
• Be careful to keep the memory card out of
the reach of children, who might swallow
it.
Notes on use
• Samsung is not responsible for data loss
due to misuse.
• We recommend using a memory card
case to avoid losing data from moving and
static electricity.
• After a period of use, the memory card
may get warm. This is normal and is not a
malfunction.
The camcorder supports SD and
SDHC memory cards for data storage
preference!
The data storage speed may differ,
according to the manufacturer and
production system.
• SLC (single level cell) system: faster
write speed enabled.
• MLC (multi level cell) system: only
lower write speed is supported.
For best results, we recommend using
a memory card that supports faster
write speed.
Using a lower write speed memory
card for recording video may cause
difficulties when storing.
You may even lose your video data
during the recording.
In an attempt to preserve any bit of the
recorded video, the camcorder forcibly
stores the movie on the memory card
and displays a warning:
“Low speed card. Please record a
lower resolution.”
If you are unavoidably using a low
speed memory card, resolution and
quality of the recording may be lower
than the set value. pages 47~48
The higher the resolution and quality,
the more memory will be used.
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Recordable time available for video
Media
Capacity
TV Super Fine
720x480(60i)
( )
Built-in memory*
8GB
16GB
1GB
2GB
Memory Card
4GB
8GB
16GB
32GB
190min
380min.
23min
47min
95min
190min
380min
760min
720x480(60i)
240min
480min.
30min
60min
120min
240min
480min
960min
)
720x480(60i)
310min
620min.
38min
77min
155min
310min
620min
1,240min
Web Fine (
)
Web Normal
(
)
640x480(30p)
240min
480min.
30min
60min
120min
240min
480min
960min
640x480(30p)
310min
620min.
38min
77min
155min
310min
620min
1,240min
TV Fine (
TV Normal (
)
(Unit: Approximate minutes of recording)
Recordable number of photos
Media
Capacity
Mode
Resolution
800x600
4:3
1600x1200
848x480
16:9
1696x960
Built-in memory*
Memory Card
8GB
16GB
1GB
2GB
4GB
8GB
16GB
32GB
9,999
9,999
1,920
3,840
7,680
9,999
9,999
9,999
6,080
9,999
760
1,530
3,040
6,080
9,999
9,999
9,999
9,999
1,920
3,840
7,680
9,999
9,999
9,999
6,080
9,999
760
1,530
3,040
6,080
9,999
9,999
(Unit: Approximate minutes of images)
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The figures in the table may differ depending on the actual recording conditions and subject.
The higher the quality and resolution, the more memory is used.
Lower resolution and quality increases the recording time, but the image quality may suffer.
The bit rate automatically adjusts to the recording image. Accordingly, the recording time may vary.
Memory cards bigger than 32GB may not operate normally.
The recording length of a Time Lapse REC may vary depending on settings.
A memory card that is used to store a video can cause un-writable areas, which may result in reduced
recording time and free memory space.
The maximum size of a video (H.264/AVC) file that can be recorded at one time is 1.8GB.
The camcorder can store up to 9,999 files of videos and photos in one memory card.
Video (or photo) images recorded by other equipment are not playable on this camcorder.
Items marked with * are available only with 8GB(SMX-F43 only), 16GB(SMX-F44 only) models.
For recording, the 16:9 aspect ratio will use more memory than the 4:3 aspect ratio. You can select
the desired LCD display aspect ratio for recording or playback (16:9 Wide/4:3 aspect ratio). page 49
basic recording
Basic procedures to record a video or photo image are described below and on the following pages.
RECORDING VIDEOS
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buttons. One is on the rear side of the camcorder, the
other is on the LCD screen. Select the one that works
best for you.
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PRECHECK!
• Open the LCD screen and press the Power ( ) button to turn on the camcorder.
• Set the appropriate storage media. page 30 (SMX-F43/F44 only) (If you want to record on a memory
card, insert a memory card.)
• Select the Record (
/
) mode by pressing the MODE button. page 24
1. Select a subject to record.
• Adjust the LCD panel to the best angle for recording.
• Use the Zoom lever or Zoom button to adjust the size of the subject.
page 39
2. Press the Recording start/stop button.
• The recording () indicator appears, and recording starts.
3. To stop recording, press the Recording start/stop button again.
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• If power is interrupted or an error occurs during recording, the video may not be recorded/edited.
• Samsung is not responsible for any damage occurred by a failure of normal recording or playback
operation because of memory card error.
• Note that damaged data cannot be recovered.
• For on-screen information display. pages 12~13
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Eject the battery pack when you have finished recording to prevent unnecessary battery power consumption.
For various functions available when you record videos. page 45
During recording, some button operations are unavailable. (MODE button, MENU button, etc.)
Sound is recorded from the internal stereo microphone on the top-front of the camcorder.
Take care that this microphone is not blocked.
Before recording an important video, make sure to test the recording function to check if there is any problem with the
audio and video recording.
Do not operate the Power ( ) button or remove a memory card while accessing the storage media. Doing so may
damage the storage media or the data on the storage media.
LCD screen brightness and color can be adjusted from the menu. Adjusting the brightness or color of the LCD screen
does not affect the image to be recorded. page 86
This camcorder provides one combined video and photo record mode.
You can easily record videos or photos in the same mode without having to change it.
You cannot use a locked memory card for recording. You will see a message saying recording is disabled due to the lock.
You can switch the play mode to the record mode by pressing the Recording start/stop or MODE button.
If the power cable/battery is disconnected or recording is disabled during recording, the system is switched to the data
recovery mode. While data is being recovered, no other function is enabled. After data recovery, the system will be
switched to the STBY mode. When the recording time is short, the data recovery might fail.
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You can take photos and store them on the storage media. Set the
desired resolution before recording.  page 48
PHOTO
TAKING PHOTOS
PRECHECK!
• Open the LCD screen and press the Power ( ) button on the camcorder.
• Set the appropriate storage media. page 30 (SMX-F43/F44 only) (If you want to record on a memory
card, insert a memory card.)
• Select the Record (
/
) mode by pressing the MODE button. page 24
1. Select a subject to record.
• Adjust the LCD panel to the best angle for capturing.
• Use the Zoom lever or Zoom button to adjust the size of the
subject. page 39
2. Adjust the subject at the center of the LCD screen.
3. Fully press the PHOTO button.
• The shutter sound is heard. (when “Shutter Sound: On” is set).
• To continue capturing, wait until the current photo is completely
saved on the storage media.
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
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•
•
Recordable number of photos varies depending on the photo size and quality. page 34
Audio is not recorded when taking photos.
If focusing is difficult, use the manual focus function. page 58
Do not turn off the camcorder or remove the memory card when taking photos as it may damage
the storage media or data.
For the on-screen display information, see pages 12~13.
Adjust brightness and contrast of the LCD screen using menu items. Doing so does not affect the
recorded image. page 86
Photo files conform to the DCF (Design rule for Camera File system) standard, established by JEITA
(Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association.)
Available photo resolutions are 1696X960 and 848X480 in 16:9 aspect ratio, while 1600X1200 and
800X600 are available in 4:3 aspect ratio. (To switch to 4:3, release 16:9 mode.) page 49
This camcorder provides one combined video and photo record mode. You can easily record
videos or photos in the same mode without having to change it.
You can switch the play mode to the record mode by pressing the PHOTO or MODE button.
Using the Quick View function, you can view the most recently recorded video or photo image right
after your recording. page 37
qUICK VIEW FUNCTION IN THE RECORD MODE
W
T
OK
Using the Quick View function, you can view the most
recently recorded video or photo image right after your
recording.
1. Press the OK button in STBY mode right after your recording.
• Shortcut menu (OK guide) is displayed on the LCD screen.
2. Move the Control joystick () to view the most recent video
(or photo) you have recorded.
• After the Quick view is finished, your camcorder switches back to the
STBY mode.
• During the Quick view, use the Control joystick (///OK) for
playback search or to delete the current file.
VIEW
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SCENE
Auto Exposure
The quick View function is not available in the following conditions: (The Quick View icon is
dimmed in the Shortcut menu.)
• If the mode has been changed after the recording or the camcorder is connected with the USB cable.
• If the camcorder has been turned off and on again after the recording.
• In the SMART AUTO mode.
• After using the Quick View function.
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basic recording
RECORDING WITH EASE FOR BEGINNERS (SMART AUTO MODE)
User-friendly SMART AUTO optimises your camcorder
to the recording conditions automatically, providing
beginners with the best performance.
PRECHECK!
Select the Record (
/
W
T
) mode by pressing the MODE button. page 24
1. Touch the SMART AUTO ( ) touch button.
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• The SMART AUTO ( SMART
) icons appear on the
AUTO ) and Anti-Shake(HDIS) (
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screen at the same time.
2. Adjust the subject on the LCD screen.
• The camcorder detects the subject and automatically selects a type of scene.
• According to the detected type of scene, the corresponding icon will appear.
: Appears when recording landscape.
: Appears when recording with a very bright background.
: Appears when recording a night scene.
: Appears when recording a portrait outdoors at night.
: Appears when recording indoors.
: Appears when recording a portrait.
: Appears when recording a close-up.
3. Press the Recording start/stop button or PHOTO button. pages 35~36
• To record videos, press the Recording start/stop button. To take photos, press the PHOTO button.
4. To cancel SMART AUTO mode, touch the SMART AUTO ( ) touch button again.
• The SMART AUTO( SMART
) icons disappear from the screen.
AUTO ) and Anti-Shake(HDIS) (
SMART
AUTO
SMART
AUTO
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SMART
AUTO
STBY
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According to the detected type of scene,
the corresponding icon will appear.
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•
•
•
•
•
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Unavailable buttons during SMART AUTO operation:
MENU button / OK button/ etc. Most settings are automatically adjusted in SMART AUTO mode.
To set or adjust functions on your own, release the SMART AUTO mode first.
SMART AUTO must be set before recording.
SMART
When there is no detected scene, the ( AUTO ) icon appears.
The camcorder may not detect the Portrait mode when recording a face, depending on a position of the face or brightness.
Depending on conditions such as lighting, shake of the camcorder, or distance to the subject, the same scene mode could be detected differently.
When recording more than two scenes at the same time, SMART AUTO icon priority order is showed as below:
Night Portrait > Portrait > Macro > White > Landscape > Night > Indoor
For example,
a) If Portrait and Indoor occur at the same time, Portrait is activated.
b) If Night Portrait and Night occur at the same time, Night Portrait is activated.
ZOOMING
W
T
Use the zoom function for close-up or wide-angle
recording. This camcorder allows you to record
using 52x optical power zoom, 65x Intelli-zoom
and 2200x digital zoom.
To zoom in
W
T
VVIIEEW
W
W: Wide-angle
T: Telephoto
Slide the Zoom lever towards T (telephoto).
(Or move the Control joystick () on the LCD panel.)
To zoom out
To zoom out
Slide the Zoom lever towards W (wide-angle).
(Or move the Control joystick () on the LCD panel.)
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• You can zoom with the zoom lever or the Control (W/T) button on the LCD panel.
• Zoom magnification over 65x is done through digital image processing, and is therefore called digital
zoom. Digital zooming is possible up to 2200x. Set “Zoom Type” to “Digital Zoom.” page 63
• The minimum possible distance between the camcorder and subject while maintaining sharp focus
is about 0.39 inch (1cm) for wide-angle and about 39.4 inches (1m) for telephoto.
• Optical zoom preserves image quality, but during digital zoom the image quality may suffer.
• Fast zooming or zooming in subject at a far distance may produce slow focusing. If this occurs,
use “Manual Focus.” page 58
• It is recommended to use Anti-Shake (HDIS) with handheld recording if the subject is zoomed in
and enlarged.
• Frequent use of the zoom function consumes more power.
• Zooming during a recording may record operation sound of the zoom lever or zoom button.
• When using the zoom function, its speed can be decreased by slowly moving the Zoom (W/T) lever.
A fast moving increases the zoom speed. However, the Zoom (W/T) button on the display cannot
adjust the zoom speed.
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basic playback
• You can view recorded videos and photos in thumbnail index view and play them in various
ways. In the thumbnail index view, you can directly select and display a desired image
without using fast forwarding and rewinding.
• This camcorder provides one combined video and photo record mode. You can easily
record videos or photos in the same mode without having to change it.
CHANGING THE PLAYBACK MODE
• Pressing the MODE button changes the operation mode to Record (
/
) and Play ( )
mode in turn.
• The recorded videos or photos are displayed in thumbnail index view. According to the
previous record mode, recordings will be stored in videos or photos thumbnail index view,
respectively. When switching to Play mode after recording a video, the video's thumbnail
index view appears. When switching to Play mode after recording a photo, the photo's
thumbnail index view appears.
How to change between video and photo thumbnail view.
•
You can simply switch between video and photo thumbnail view using the zoom lever.
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<Record mode>
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Photo
Move
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Play
<Video play mode>
MODE
Normal View
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Video
Move
1/10
Full View
<Photo play mode>
Multi View Option provides sorting thumbnails of recorded videos and photos by different display
options (recording, recorded date). page 68
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PLAYING BACK VIDEOS
MODE
T
W
You can preview recorded videos in a thumbnail
index view. Find your desired video quickly,
and playback directly.
VIEW
PRECHECK!
• This function works only in Video Play (
) mode.
• You can find a desired video image quickly using the thumbnail index view.
1. Open the LCD screen and press the Power (
) button to turn on the
camcorder. page 23
• Set the appropriate storage media. (SMX-F43/F44 only) page 30
(If you want to playback images on a memory card, insert a memory
card.)
2. Press the MODE button to select the Play mode.
• The thumbnail index view appears. The thumbnail highlight is on the latest
created or played file.
3. Select the Video thumbnail index view screen.
• You can simply switch between video and photo thumbnail view using the
zoom lever.
• Playing time of the selected file and the thumbnail showing the video
playback will appear on the screen.
4. Use the Control joystick (///) to select the desired videos, and then
press the OK button.
• If you set the Date/Time Display before video playback, the date/time
appears briefly for about a second and then the selected video starts
playing.
• Shortcut menu for playback will be displayed for 3 seconds.
• The selected videos are played according to the Play Option setting.
page 69
• To stop playback and return to the thumbnail index view, move the zoom lever.
Normal View
0:00:55
1/10
Move
Photo
Play
0:00:00/0:00:55
Multi View
100-0001
• Loading time of a video to be played back may become slow depending on the video resolution.
• Video files may not playback on the camcorder in the following cases:
- Video files edited or renamed on a PC
- Video files recorded by devices other than the camcorder
- Video file formats that are supported
• The built-in speaker automatically turns off when the Audio/Video cable is connected to the camcorder. (When
connected to external devices, volume adjustment should be done on the connected external device.)
• You can playback recorded video files on a TV or a PC. pages 94,100
• You can upload recorded videos or photos YouTube, Flickr, and Facebook using Intelli-studio. page 101
• For various functions available during playback, see “playback options.” pages 67~78
• Use the Quick View function if you want to preview the last recorded video or photos. page 37
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Various playback operations
Still playback (pause) (/ )
Search playback (
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•
•
T
Press the OK button during playback.
- To resume normal playback, press the OK button again.
/
)
During playback, move and hold the Control joystick () for forward
search, or to the left for reverse search.
Moving the Control joystick to (/) repeatedly increases the search
speed for each direction.
- RPS (Reverse Playback Search) rate: x2  x4  x8  x16
- FPS (Forward Playback Search) rate: x2  x4  x8  x16
To resume normal playback, press the OK button.
Skip playback ( / )
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OK
0:00:00/0:00:55
Multi View
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•
During playback, move the Control joystick () to locate the start point
0:00:10/0:00:55
of the next file. Moving the Control joystick () repeatedly skips files in
the forward direction.
• During playback, move the Control joystick () to locate the start point
of the current file. Moving the Control joystick () repeatedly skips
files in the reverse direction.
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• Move the Control joystick() within 3 seconds from the start point of
the current file to skip back to the previous file.
Frame-by-frame playback (  /  )
• In pause mode, use the Control joystick (/) to play the video forward or backward one frame
at a time.
- To resume normal playback, press the OK button.
Slow motion playback (  /  )
•
•
•
During pause, holding the Control joystick (/) reduces the playback speed.
During slow motion playback, moving the Control joystick (/) changes the playback speed.
- Forward slow playback rate: x1/2  x1/4  x1/8  x1/16
0:00:00/0:00:55
- Reverse slow playback rate: x1/2  x1/4  x1/8  x1/16
- To resume normal playback, press the OK button.
Recorded sound is not heard in slow motion playback.
To adjust the volume
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Move the Control joystick (/) to increase or decrease the volume.
• The volume bar disappears after 3~4 seconds.
• You can hear the recorded sound from the built-in speaker.
• The level can be set to anywhere between 0 and 10.
(If you close the LCD screen while playing, you will not hear the sound
from the speaker.)
Multi View
100-0001
0:00:00/0:00:55
100-0001
VIEWING PHOTOS
MODE
T
W
You can view recorded photos by using various
playback functions.
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W
PRECHECK!
) mode.
• This function works only in Photo Play (
• You can find and view desired photos quickly using the thumbnail index view.
1. Open the LCD screen and press the Power ( ) button to turn on
the camcorder. page 23
• Set the appropriate storage media. (SMX-F43/F44 only) page 30
(If you want to playback images on a memory card, insert a
memory card.)
2. Press the MODE button to select the Play mode.
• The thumbnail index view appears. The thumbnail highlight is on
the latest created or played file.
Normal View
100-0001
Video
1/10
Move
Full View
1/10
1/10
3. Select the Photo thumbnail index view screen.
• You can simply switch between video and photo thumbnail view
using the zoom lever.
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4. Use the Control joystick (///) to select the desired photos, and then press the OK
button.
• Shortcut menu for playback will be displayed for a while.
• To view the previous/next photo, move the Control joystick (/).
• To return to the thumbnail index view, move the zoom lever.
• Do not power off or eject the memory card during photo playback. Doing so may damage the
recorded data.
• Your camcorder may not playback the following photo files normally;
- A photo with its file name changed on a PC.
- A photo recorded on other devices.
- A photo with a file format not supported on this camcorder (does not conform to DCF standards).
• Loading time may vary depending on the size and quality of the selected photo.
• The Quick View function is used if you want to preview the last recorded photos. page 37
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recording options
CHANGING THE MENU SETTINGS
You can change the menu settings to customize
your camcorder. This chapter uses "Aperture"
function in the Record mode as an example. .
W
T
MENU
VIEW
Using the MENU button
1. Open the LCD screen and press the Power (
the camcorder.
To zoom
outthe MODE button to select the Record (
2. Press
) button to turn on
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Aperture
/
) mode.
Auto
Manual
3. Press the MENU button.
Exit
• The menu screen appears.
4. Move the Control joystick(/) to select "Aperture."
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• To return to the normal screen, press the MENU button.
Aperture
Auto
5. Move the Control joystick(//OK) to select the desired submenu
Manual
item.
• Depending on the mode selected, some menu items may not
Exit
be available to select and change.
• Adjust the value of the selected menu item. For example, adjust the Aperture value by
moving the Control joystick (//OK).
• When you finish making settings, press the MENU button to exit.
• While making the menu setting, some menu items are dimmed and cannot be selected at the
same time. For details on the menus that are not available, refer to the Troubleshooting chapter.
 page 113
• From the next page, basic instruction is written to help users to set each menu easily. Instructions
may differ according to the selected menu item.
• You can also access the shortcut menu using the OK button. pages 26~27
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MENU ITEMS
• Accessible items in menu vary depending on the operating mode.
• For operation details, see the corresponding page.
Recording menu items
Items
iSCENE
Video Resolution
Photo Resolution
16:9 Wide
White Balance
Aperture
Shutter Speed
EV
C.Nite
Focus
Anti-Shake(HDIS)
Digital Effect
Fader
Wind Cut
Zoom Type
Time Lapse REC
Guideline
Settings
Record (
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) mode
Default value
Auto
TV Fine
1696x960 (16:9)
On
Auto
Auto
Auto
0
Off
Auto
Off
Off
Off
Off
Intelli-Zoom
Off
Off
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iSCENE
This camcorder automatically sets the shutter speed and aperture according to the subject and brightness for
optimum recording. You can also specify one of various modes depending on subject conditions, recording
environment or purpose of filming.
PRECHECK!
Select the Record (
/
) mode by pressing the MODE button. page 24
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “iSCENE.”
2. Select the desired submenu item with the Control joystick (/),
and then press the OK button.
3. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
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iSCENE
Auto
Sports
Portrait
Exit
Submenu Items
items
“Auto”
“Sports”
“Portrait”
“Spotlight”
“Beach”
“Snow”
“High Speed”
“Food”
“Waterfall”
contents
Use this setting for the regular recording conditions. The
shutter speed and the aperture values are automatically
adjusted for optimum recording.
When recording rapidly moving subjects such as sports
games.
When recording a portrait image, use this setting to express
the natural skin tone.
When recording subjects under strong light. For example, stage
spotlights in theaters.
Where sunlight is intense like a beach.
Where reflection of light is intense like a snowfield.
Reduces blurring objects in rapid motion.
Recording close-up objects in high saturation.
Recording a waterfall or fountain.
• The iSCENE also can be set in the shortcut menu. page 26~27
on-screen display
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SCENE
Sports
Recording people or objects in
motion.
motion
Exit
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Move
Select
Video Resolution
You can select the resolution of a video to be recorded. This camcorder can record in “TV
Super Fine,” “TV Fine,” “TV Normal,” “Web Fine” and “Web Normal” modes. The “TV Fine”
mode is set as the factory default.
PRECHECK!
Select the Record (
/
) mode by pressing the MODE button. page 24
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/) 
“Video Resolution.”
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Video Resolution
2. Select the desired submenu item with the Control joystick (/),
and then press the OK button.
3. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
TV Super Fine
TV Fine
TV Normal
Exit
Submenu Items
items
on-screen
display
contents
“TV Super Fine” Videos recorded in 720x480(60i) resolution at super-fine image quality.
“TV Fine”
Videos recorded in 720x480(60i) resolution at fine image quality.
“TV Normal” Videos recorded in 720x480(60i) resolution at normal image quality.
Videos recorded in 640x480 (30p) resolution at fine image quality.
“Web Fine”
Supports viewing with the optimal resolution on a PC.
Videos recorded in the 640x480 (30p) resolution at normal image quality.
“Web Normal”
Supports viewing with the optimal resolution on a PC.
<PC/Web/Mobile>
"Web Fine"
"Web Normal"
<Normal TV>
"TV Super Fine"
"TV Fine"
"TV Normal"
• You can record a scene at five resolution levels: “TV Super Fine,” “TV Fine,” “TV Normal,” “Web
Fine” or “Web Normal.” However, the better the resolution is, the more memory is used.
• The recording times depend on the resolution of a video to be recorded. page 34
• Video resolution settings of “Web Fine” and “Web Normal” record movie in 4:3 aspect ratio even
when you set it to 16:9.
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Photo Resolution
You can select the quality of photo images to be recorded.
PRECHECK!
Select the Record (
/
) mode by pressing the MODE button. page 24
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/) 
“Photo Resolution.”
2. Select the desired submenu item with the Control joystick (/),
and then press the OK button.
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Photo Resolution
1696X960(16:9)
1.6M
848X480(16:9)
0.4M
Exit
3. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
Submenu Items
items
contents
on-screen
display
“1696x960 (16:9)” Records in 1696x960 resolution.
1.6M
“848x480 (16:9)” Records in 848x480 resolution.
0.4M
“1600x1200 (4:3)” Records in 1600x1200 resolution.
“800x600 (4:3)” Records in 800x600 resolution.
• Photos recorded by your camcorder may not be displayed on another device if it does not support
high resolution.
• For photo development, the higher the resolution, the finer the image quality.
• The number of recordable images varies depending on the recording environment. page 34
• High resolution images occupy more memory space than low resolution images. If a higher
resolution is selected, there is less space to store photos in the memory.
• The submenu items of Photo Resolution vary depending on the selection of the 16:9 Wide function.
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16:9 Wide
You can select the desired LCD display aspect ratio for recording or playback (16:9 Wide/4:3 aspect ratio).
PRECHECK!
Select the Record (
/
) mode by pressing the MODE button. page 24
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “16:9 Wide.”
2. Select the desired submenu item with the Control joystick (/),
and then press the OK button.
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Off
On
3. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
Exit
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16:9 Wide
Off
On
Exit
Submenu items
items
“Off”
“On”
contents
Disables the function. Displays the image in 4:3 aspect ratio.
Select to use the standard display aspect ratio of 4:3 on the screen.
Recording and viewing of 16:9 aspect ratio.
on-screen
display
-
• Please set the aspect ratio before recording. The default setting is “16:9 Wide : On.”
• Video resolution settings of “Web Fine” and “Web Normal” record movie in 4:3 aspect ratio even
when you set it to 16:9.
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White Balance
This camcorder automatically adjusts the color of the subject. You can record in natural colors depending on
the subject and lighting conditions.
PRECHECK!
Select the Record (
/
) mode by pressing the MODE button. page 24
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/) 
“White Balance.”
2. Select the desired submenu item with the Control joystick (/),
and then press the OK button.
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White Balance
Auto
Daylight
Cloudy
Exit
3. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
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White Balance
Auto
Daylight
Cloudy
Exit
Submenu items
items
contents
Controls the white balance automatically depending on the recording
conditions.
“Daylight”
Controls the white balance according to the outdoor lighting.
“Cloudy”
When recording in the shade or cloudy weather.
“Fluorescent” When recording under white fluorescent lights.
“Tungsten” When recording under halogen lamps and incandescent lights.
You can manually adjust the white balance to match the light source or
“Custom WB”
situation.
“Auto”
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on-screen
display
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To set the white balance manually
1. Select “Custom WB.”
• The indicator ( ) and the message “Set White Balance.” are
displayed.
2. Frame a white object such as a piece of paper so that it fills the
screen. Use an object that is not transparent.
• If the object that fills the screen is not focused, correct the
focus using “Manual Focus.” page 58
3. Press the OK button.
• The white balance setting will be applied and indicator (
displayed.
4. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
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Exit
Set
Understanding White Balance:
White balance (WB) is the process of removing unrealistic color casts, so that objects which
appear white are rendered white in your photo. Proper white balance has to take into account
the “color temperature” of a light source, which refers to the relative warmth or coolness of
white light.
• A subject can be recorded under various types of lighting conditions indoors (natural, fluorescent,
candlelight, etc.). Because the color temperature is different depending on the light source, the
subject tint will differ depending on the white balance settings. Use this function for a more natural
result.
• When setting the white balance manually, the subject must be white, otherwise, your camcorder
may not detect an appropriate setting value.
• The adjusted setting remains until you set the white balance again.
• During normal outdoor recording, setting to “Auto” may provide better results.
• Cancel the digital zoom function for clear and precise setting.
• Reset the white balance if light conditions change.
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Aperture
The camcorder adjusts the aperture automatically depending on the subject and recording conditions. You
can also manually adjust the Aperture to your preference.
PRECHECK!
Select the Record (
/
) mode by pressing the MODE button. page 24
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Aperture”.
2. Select the desired submenu item with the Control joystick (/),
and then press the OK button.
3. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
“Auto”
“Manual”
Auto
Manual
Exit
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Submenu Items
items
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Aperture
Aperture
contents
Sets the aperture value automatically.
Sets the aperture value manually.
on-screen
display
FX.X
Auto
Manual
Exit
Setting the aperture manually:
1. Select "Manual."
2. Adjust the aperture value with the Control joystick(/).
• Confirm your selection by pressing the OK button.
• Exposure value can be set between “F1.8” and “F22.”
• If you set aperture to manual, the higher the aperture, the
darker the recorded picture will be.
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Manual Aperture
F5.6
Exit
Adjust
OK
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Understanding Aperture
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The aperture stop of a photographic lens can be adjusted to control
F5.6
the amount of light reaching the film or image sensor.
The aperture value needs to be adjusted in the following cases:
• When shooting against the light or when the background is
too bright.
• When shooting on a reflective natural background such as at the beach or when skiing.
• When the background is overly dark (for example, night scenery).
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Shutter Speed
The camcorder automatically sets the shutter speed depending on the scene's brightness. You can also
manually adjust the shutter speed according to the scene conditions.
PRECHECK!
Select the Record (
/
) mode by pressing the MODE button. page 24
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/) 
“Shutter Speed.”
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Shutter Speed
2. Select the desired submenu item with the Control joystick (/),
and then press the OK button.
Auto
Manual
Exit
3. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
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Shutter Speed
Submenu Items
items
“Auto”
“Manual”
Auto
contents
The camcorder automatically sets the
appropriate shutter speed value.
Shutter speed can be set to 1/60, 1/100,
1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000, 1/4000, or
1/10000.
on-screen
display
Manual
Exit
1/XXX
Setting the shutter speed manually:
1. Select "Manual."
2. Adjust the shutter speed value with the Control joystick(/).
• Confirm the desired shutter speed setting by pressing the OK
button.
• Shutter speed value can be set between 1/60~1/10000.
• To capture fast movements of the subject, set a fast shutter
speed value. To give the impression to the fast movements
overall, set a slow shutter speed value.
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Manual Shutter
1/500
Exit
Adjust
OK
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recording options
Recommended shutter speed when recording:
shutter speed
conditions
The shutter speed is fixed at 1/60 second. Black bands that usually appear
1/60
when shooting a TV screen become narrower.
The shutter speed is fixed at 1/100 second. Indoor sports such as basketball.
1/100
The flickering that occurs when shooting under a florescent light or mercuryvapor lamp is reduced.
1/250, 1/500, 1/1000
Moving cars, trains or other rapidly moving vehicles such as roller coasters.
1/2000, 1/4000, 1/10000 Outdoor sports such as golf and tennis.
• Do not aim at the sun. Doing so might cause your camcorder to malfunction. Take images of the
sun only in low light conditions, such as at dusk.
• The image may not seem smooth when a high shutter speed is selected.
• A higher shutter speed is recommended for shooting a fast moving subject. Note that higher
shutter speeds produce a darker image. As the shutter speed increases, the sensor accepts
less light.
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EV (Exposure Value)
The camcorder usually adjusts the exposure automatically.
You can also manually adjust the exposure depending on the recording conditions.
PRECHECK!
Select the Record (
/
) mode by pressing the MODE button. page 24
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “EV.”
2. Press the OK button.
3. Move the Control joystick (/) to adjust the exposure while
viewing the image on the LCD screen.
- Exposure value can be set between “-2.0” and “+2.0”
- If you set exposure to manual, the higher the exposure,
the brighter the recorded picture will be.
4. Confirm your selection by pressing the OK button.
- Exposure value setting will be applied and (
) indicator
and setting value are displayed.
- To cancel the exposure value manually adjusted, select "0" in
the step 3.
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Adjust
Exit
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EV
0
Understanding EV(Exposure Value)
Exposure value is the total amount of light allowed to fall on the photographic medium (Image
sensor) during the process of taking photos or videos as well.
Manual exposure is recommended in situations:
- When shooting using reverse lighting or when the background is too bright.
- When shooting against a reflective natural background such as at the beach or when
skiing.
- When the background is overly dark or the subject is bright.
• The exposure also can be set in the shortcut menu. page 26
• The shutter speed also varies automatically depending on the EV value.
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C.Nite
You can adjust the shutter speed when recording a slow moving object, or record a brighter image in dark
places without a compromise in colors.
PRECHECK!
Select the Record (
/
) mode by pressing the MODE button. page 24
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “C.Nite.”
2. Select the desired submenu item with the Control joystick (/),
and then press the OK button.
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Off
Auto
1/30
3. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
Exit
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Submenu Items
items
“Off”
“Auto”
“1/30”
“1/15”
contents
Disables the function.
The memory camcorder automatically adjusts
image brightness.
Record a brighter image by extending the low
shutter speed range to “1/30.”
Record a brighter image by fixing the shutter
speed to “1/15” in a dark location.
on-screen
display
-
C.Nite
Off
Auto
1/30
Exit
When using C.Nite, the image takes on a slow motion like effect.In addition, the focus adjusts
slowly and white dots may appear on the screen, this is not a defect.
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Focus
The camcorder usually focuses on a subject automatically (auto focus). When the camcorder is turned on,
auto-focus will be always set. You can also manually focus a subject depending on the recording conditions.
PRECHECK!
Select the Record (
/
) mode by pressing the MODE button. page 24
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Focus.”
2. Select the desired submenu item with the Control joystick (/),
and then press the OK button.
3. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
“Auto”
“Face
Detection”
“Manual”
Auto
Face Detection
Manual
Exit
Submenu Items
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Focus
contents
In most situations, it is better to use the
automatic focus feature, as it enables you
to concentrate on the creative side of your
recording.
Records under the optimal condition by
detecting faces automatically.
Manual focusing may be necessary under
certain conditions that make automatic
focusing difficult or unreliable.
on-screen
display
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Focus
Auto
-
Face Detection
Manual
Exit
Face detection
It detects and recognizes face-like shapes and adjusts focus, color
and exposure automatically. Also, it adjusts recording conditions
optimised for the face detected.
• Move the Control joystick (/) to select “Face Detection,”
and then press the OK button.
- Detects a face and shows a frame on it. The detected face
image is optimised automatically.
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• The Face Detection indicator ( ) and Face Detection frame (
) are not recorded.
• Framing a person’s face while Face Detection is set will adjust focus and exposure to optimal
values automatically.
• The Face Detection may not operate depending on the recording conditions.
For example, the Face Detection frame may appear when framing a 'face-like' shape, even when
the subject is not a person's face. If this occurs, turn off the Face Detection feature.
• The Face Detection feature will not work when framing the side of a person's face or operating
while lack of illumination. You must be facing them "head-on" or occupying enough illumination.
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Focusing manually during recording:
This camcorder automatically focuses a subject from close-up to infinity. However, the correct
focus may not be obtained depending on the recording conditions. In this case, use the manual
focus mode.
1. Move the Control joystick (/) to select “Manual Focus.”
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• The manual focus adjustment indicator appears.
2. Move the Control joystick (/) to select the desired indicator to
Manual Focus
adjust focus, then press the OK button.
• The manual focus setting will be applied and the ( ) indicator
is displayed.
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Focusing on a nearer subject
To focus on a nearer subject, move the Control joystick ().
Focusing on a further subject
< Nearer subject >
< Further subject >
To focus on a further subject, move the Control joystick ().
• The nearer or further icon ( / ) appears between the indicators when focus adjustment
reaches the end.
• The adjusted value is applied right after moving the Control joystick (/) to adjust the focus.
Manual focus is recommended in the following situations :
• The subject is dark
• When the background is too bright
• Subject through a window that is stained or wet
• Subject with dense horizontal or sloping stripes
• Distant subject behind a nearby wire fence
• Walls, atmosphere and other low-contrast subject
• Emitting strong light or reflecting subject
• Focusing on a subject near the boundary of the frame
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• You can easily adjust the focus using the Shortcut menu button. pages 26~27
• Manual focusing focuses on a point in the framed scene while auto focusing focuses on the center area
automatically.
• Use the zoom function to catch the desired target before manually adjusting the focus. If you use the
zoom function after manual focusing, refocusing is required.
• Before focusing manually, check if the “Digital Zoom” is turned off. When “Zoom Type” is set to
“Digital Zoom,” manual focusing will not focus with accuracy. Turn the “Digital Zoom” off. page 63
Anti-Shake(HDIS)
Use the Anti-Shake (HDIS) function to compensate for unstable images caused by shaking movements when
holding the camcorder.
PRECHECK!
Select the Record (
/
) mode by pressing the MODE button. page 24
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Anti-Shake
(HDIS).”
2. Select the desired submenu item with the Control joystick (/),
and then press the OK button.
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Anti-Shake(HDIS)
Off
On
Exit
3. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
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Submenu Items
items
“Off”
“On”
Tip
Anti-Shake(HDIS)
contents
Disable the function.
The Anti-Shake (HDIS) function is enabled to
compensate for shaking movements.
on-screen
display
-
Off
On
Exit
Use the Anti-Shake function in the following cases:
•
•
•
•
Recording when using the zoom extensively
Recording a close up picture of a small object
Recording while walking, or moving
Recording through the window, from inside a vehicle
• The SMART AUTO mode automatically sets the Anti-Shake (HDIS) to On.
• Gross camcorder shake may not be entirely corrected even if “Anti-Shake (HDIS): On” is set.
Firmly hold the camcorder with both hands.
• When this function is set to “On,” the actual movement of the subject and the movement
displayed on the screen may be slightly different.
• When recording in dark lighting at high magnification with this function set to “On,” may cause
after-images. In this case, we recommend using a tripod (not supplied) and turning the “Anti-Shake
(HDIS)” to “Off.”
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recording options
Digital Effect
Using the digital effect function gives your recording a creative look.
PRECHECK!
Select the Record (
/
) mode by pressing the MODE button. page 24
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/) 
“Digital Effect.”
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Digital Effect
2. Select the desired submenu item with the Control joystick (/),
and then press the OK button.
Off
BLK&WHT
Sepia
Exit
3. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
Examples of 10 digital effect options
Off
Disables the function.
BLK&WHT ( )
Changes the images into black and
white.
Sepia ( )
This mode gives the images a reddish
brown pigment.
Negative ( )
Reverses the colors and the brightness,
creating the look of a negative.
Art (
)
Adds artistic effects to an image.
Emboss ( )
This mode creates a 3D effect
(embossing).
Mosaic ( )
A mosaic overlay appears on an image.
Mirror ( )
This mode cuts the image in half and
makes a mirrored image on the other half.
Pastel ( )
This mode applies a pale pastel drawing
effect to an image.
Cosmetic ( )
This mode helps correct facial
imperfections.
Step printing ( )
Technique of recording the image in
segments
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Fader
You can give your recording a professional look by using special effects such as fade in at the beginning of a
sequence or fade out at the end of a sequence.
PRECHECK!
Select the Record (
/
) mode by pressing the MODE button. page 24
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Fader.”
2. Select the desired submenu item with the Control joystick (/),
and then press the OK button.
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Fader
Off
In
Out
3. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
Exit
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Submenu Items
items
“Off”
“In”
“Out”
“In-Out”
contents
Disables the function.
As soon as you start recording, it will fade in.
When the recording is done, it will fade out.
When you start or stop recording, the fader
will be function accordingly.
on-screen
display
-
Fader
Off
In
Out
Exit
Fade in (approx. 3 seconds)
Fade out (approx. 3 seconds)
This function is disabled after being used one time.
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Wind Cut
Using the Wind Cut function, you can reduce wind noise when recording sound from the built-in microphone.
PRECHECK!
Select the Record (
/
) mode by pressing the MODE button. page 24
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Wind Cut.”
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2. Select the desired submenu item with the Control joystick (/),
and then press the OK button.
Wind Cut
Off
On
3. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
Exit
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Submenu Items
items
“Off”
“On”
SCENE
contents
Disables the function.
Reduces wind noise when recording sound
from the built-in microphone.
on-screen
display
-
Wind Cut
Off
On
Exit
Using the Wind Cut function also removes some low-frequency sound with the wind noise.
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Zoom Type
The memory camcorder offers three types of zoom: optical, intelligent and digital zoom when recording videos.
PRECHECK!
Select the Record (
/
) mode by pressing the MODE button. page 24
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/) 
“Zoom Type.”
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Zoom Type
2. Select the desired submenu item with the Control joystick (/),
and then press the OK button.
Optical Zoom
Intelli-Zoom
Digital Zoom
Exit
3. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
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SCENE
Zoom Type
Submenu Items
items
Optical Zoom
contents
“Optical Zoom” Only optical zoom is available up to 52x.
• The camcorder zooms the full width of the
image sensor to obtain a larger zoom range
“Intelli-Zoom”
without any deterioration in image quality.
• Intelli-zoom is available up to 65x.
• When this option is selected, the camcorder
will switch automatically to the digital zoom
“Digital Zoom”
when you zoom in beyond the optical or
intelligent zoom range.
• Digital zoom is available up to 2200x.
on-screen
display
-
Intelli-Zoom
Digital Zoom
Exit
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The right side of the bar shows the
digital zooming zone. The zooming
zone appears when you move the
zoom lever.
• With the digital zoom, the image is digitally processed more than the intelli or optical zoom modes.
As a result, the image resolution may deteriorate.
• The image quality may deteriorate depending on how much you zoom in on the subject.
• Maximum zooming may result in lower image quality.
• The zoom range will change depending on the aspect ratio of the video.
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recording options
Time Lapse REC
Using the time lapse feature, your camcorder can be programmed to automatically record a number of frames
over a period of time or with a certain time interval between each frame. For instance, a camcorder on a tripod
(not supplied) in time lapse mode could be set up to shoot frames of a flower opening or a bird building a nest.
PRECHECK!
Select the Record (
/
) mode by pressing the MODE button. page 24
To record in the Time Lapse REC mode, you need to set the recording
interval and total recording time in the menu.
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/) 
“Time Lapse REC.”
2. Move the Control joystick (/) to select "On," then press the
OK button.
• The recording interval and total time for recording items are
displayed. (“Sec”: seconds, “Hr”: hours)
3. Set a desired recording interval (“Sec”) with the Control joystick (/).
4. Move to the next setting, "Hr" by moving the Control joystick
(/) and set a desired total recording time in the same way.
5. Press the OK button to finish the setting and press the MENU
button to exit the menu.
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Time Lapse REC
Off
On
: 1Sec
24Hr
Exit
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SCENE
Time Lapse REC
Off
1
On
=
Exit
Sec
Hr
Hr
Move
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Hr
Time Lapse Recording
6. After setting the Time Lapse REC mode, press the Recording
start/stop button.
• The Time Lapse REC starts.
• Depending on the selected total recording time and recording
interval, image frames are captured by each scene.
Submenu items
items
contents
“Off”
Disables the function.
• Interval (“Sec”): Image of the subject is captured by set interval.
Images are automatically shot a frame at a time at the specified interval
and stored in the storage media. 1  3  5  10  15  30 (Seconds)
• REC Limit (“Hr”): Total time from start to finish of recording. 24  48
 72  ∞ (Hours)
“On”
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on-screen
display
-
Example of Time Lapse Recording
Total time of recording
Recording interval
Time for recording on the
storage media (a video of the
Time Lapse Recording.)
The Time Lapse Recording function records image frames at the predefined interval over the
total recording time to produce a time-lapse video.
For example, the Time Lapse Recording is useful for filming in the following situations:
- Blooming flowers
- A bird building a nest
- Clouds rolling by in the sky
0:00:38/0:01:55
0:00:00/0:01:55
100-0001
0:01:16/0:01:55
100-0001
0:01:54/0:01:55
100-0001
100-0001
• Time Lapse Recording mode is released once recording has been finished. To start another Time
Lapse Recording, repeat steps 1-5.
• 30 captured images compose a video of 1 second length. Since the minimum length of a video
to be saved by your camcorder is one second, the interval defines how long the Time Lapse
Recording should be taken. For example, if you set the interval to “30 Sec,” Time Lapse Recording
should be taken for at least 15 minutes to record a minimum video length of 1 second (30 images).
• Once the Time Lapse Recording finishes recording for its total recording time, it switches to the
standby mode.
• Press the Recording start/stop button if you want to stop the Time Lapse Recording.
• Audio is not recorded during Time Lapse Recording.
• When a video recording fills up 1.8GB of storage memory, a new recording file is automatically
started at that point.
• When the battery charge was exhausted during the Time Lapse recording, it saves recording up to
that point and switches to standby mode. After a while, it displays a warning message, then turns
off automatically.
• When the memory space of the storage media is insufficient during the Time Lapse Recording, it
switches to the standby mode after saving the recording up to its maximum.
• We recommend using the AC power adaptor for a Time Lapse Recording.
• When a time lapse recording starts, a message of “Time Lapse Recording” blinks on the screen
and it appeared to be as if the screen is stopped. This is a normal operation; do not remove the
power source or memory card from the camcorder.
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Guideline
This camcorder provides 3 types of guidelines to help you to set a balanced image composition on the screen.
PRECHECK!
Select the Record (
/
) mode by pressing the MODE button. page 24
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Guideline.”
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2. Select the desired submenu item with the Control joystick (/),
and then press the OK button.
Guideline
Off
Cross
Grid
3. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
Exit
Submenu Items
items
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contents
Cancels the guideline function.
This is the basic guideline. Use this when
“Cross”
focusing a subject in the center.
Use this when recording a subject in a
“Grid”
horizontal or vertical composition, or when
shooting with the tele macro function.
Images beyond the left/right and up/down line
“Safety Zone” do not disappear when edited in the 4:3, and
2.35:1 ratio, respectively.
“Off”
on-screen
display
-
SCENE
Guideline
Off
Cross
Grid
Exit
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• Position a subject at a crosspoint of a guideline to balance the image composition.
• Guidelines are not recorded.
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playback options
MENU ITEMS
• Accessible items in the menu vary depending on the operation mode.
• See pages 40~43 for playback information and button operation.
• See pages 67~78 for details on menu items during playback.
 : Possible
 : Not possible
Playback menu items
Items
Multi View Option
(Thumbnail index view only)
Play Option
Delete
Protect
Story-Board Print
Edit
Copy *
Divide
Combine
(Thumbnail index view only)
Slide Show
Slide Show Option
File Info
Settings
Video Play Photo Play
Default value
( )
(
)
Page


Normal View
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







Play All
-
69
70
71
72




-
74
75


-
76




-
77
78




-
78
79
• Items marked with * are available only with models SMX-F43/F44.
• In general, use of functions both in thumbnail display and full image display employs the same
method, while their detailed options may be different.
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Multi View Option
Multi View Option provides sorting thumbnails of recorded videos or photos by different display options.
PRECHECK!
• Press the MODE button to select the Play( ) mode.
• Select the Video or Photo thumbnail index view screen. page 40
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/) 
“Multi View Option."
Normal View
Multi View Option
2. Select the desired submenu item with the Control joystick (/),
and then press the OK button.
Normal View
Date View
Exit
Submenu Items
items
“Normal View”
“Date View”
contents
on-screen
display
- The thumbnails of video files are displayed
sequentially in the order of recorded time.
- The thumbnail of the lastly recorded or
played file is highlighted.
- Recorded files will be sorted by the
recorded date in thumbnails.
Normal View
0:00:55
1/10
Move
Photo
Play
<Normal View>
Date View
JAN/01/2010
3. You can use the Control joystick (///) to select a sorted
item.
1/10
0:10:31
Photo
Date
<Date View>
This function is available only in the thumbnail index view screen.
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Play
Play Option
You can set a specific playback style according to your preference.
PRECHECK!
• Press the MODE button to select the Play( ) mode.
• Select the Video thumbnail index view screen. page 40
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/) 
“Play Option.”
Normal View
Play Option
2. Select the desired submenu item with the Control joystick (/),
and then press the OK button.
Play All
Play One
Repeat All
A
Exit
3. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
Normal View
Submenu Items
items
Play Option
contents
Plays back from the selected video to the last
video.
“Play One”
The selected video will be played.
“Repeat All” All videos will be played repeatedly.
“Repeat One” The selected video will be played repeatedly.
on-screen
display
Play All
Play One
Repeat All
A
Exit
“Play All”
A
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Delete
You can erase your recordings one by one, or all at once.
PRECHECK!
• Press the MODE button to select the Play( ) mode.
• Select the Video or Photo thumbnail index view screen. page 40
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Delete.”
2. Select an option by moving the Control joystick (/) and then
press the OK button.
Submenu Items
items
Normal View
Delete
Select Files
All Files
Exit
contents
Deletes individual selected videos (or photos).
- To delete individual videos (or photos),
select the desired videos (or photos) by
pressing the OK button, then press the
“Select Files”
MENU button to delete.
- The indicator ( ) is displayed on the
selected videos (or photos).
- Pressing the OK button toggles the
selection and release.
“All Files”
Deletes all videos (or photos).
on-screen
display
-
Delete
0:00:55
Delete
1/10
Move
Cancel
-
3. The pop-up selection menu will appear depending on the selected
menu item. In this case, select the desired item with the Control
joystick (/) and the OK button.
• The selected file is deleted.
• A deleted file cannot be restored.
• Do not remove the AC power adaptor or memory card while deleting files, otherwise the storage
media may be damaged.
•
•
•
•
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To protect important images from accidental deletion, activate the image protection. page 71
Protected images cannot be deleted. To delete a protected image, cancel the protect function first.
If the write protection tab on a memory card is set to lock, you cannot delete. page 32
You can also format the storage media to delete all the images at once. Be aware that all files and
data including protected files will be erased.
• The Delete function does not operate if the battery charge is insufficient. It is recommended to use
the AC power adaptor to avoid power-loss of the camcorder while deleting.
Protect
• You can protect saved important videos (or photos) from accidental deletion.
• Protected images will not be deleted unless you release the protection or format the memory.
PRECHECK!
• Press the MODE button to select the Play( ) mode.
• Select the Video or Photo thumbnail index view screen. page 40
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Protect.”
2. Select an option by moving the Control joystick (/) and then
press the OK button.
Select Files
All On
All Off
Exit
Submenu Items
items
Normal View
Protect
contents
Protects selected videos (or photos) from deletion
- To protect individual videos (or photos),
select the desired videos (or photos) by
pressing the OK button, then press the
“Select Files”
MENU button to confirm.
- The indicator (
) is displayed on the
selected videos (or photos).
- Pressing the OK button toggles the
selection between protection and release.
“All On”
Protects all videos (or photos).
“All Off”
Deletes all videos (or photos).
on-screen
display
Protect
0:00:55
Protect
1/10
Move
Cancel
-
-
3. The pop-up selection menu will appear depending on the selected
menu item. In this case, select the desired item with the Control
joystick (/) and the OK button.
• Protected videos (or photos) will show the indicator ( ) when they are displayed.
• If the write protection tab on a memory card is set to lock, you cannot set image protection.
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playback options
Story-Board Print
This function captures 16 still images arbitrarily from the selected video and saves them into the storage media.
It presents a quick overview of your video, helping you to understand the overall topic.
PRECHECK!
• Press the MODE button to select the Play( ) mode.
• Select the Video thumbnail index view screen. page 40
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (//OK) 
“Story-Board Print”  “Select File.”
2. Use the Control joystick (///) to select the desired videos,
and then press the OK button.
• A message appears asking for your confirmation.
3. Select “Yes.”
• The printed storyboard image files appear on the LCD screen
for about 3 seconds.
• 16 pictures are randomly captured from the selected video and
saved to the storage media.
Normal View
Story-Board Print
Select File
Exit
Story-Board Print
0:59:59
Exit
1/10
Move
Select
• Storyboard images are displayed in 4:3 aspect ratio. Hence, it may not display the entire image on
the LCD screen. On a computer, it will display the entire image.
• Using the VIEW button, you can preview storyboard images to be printed. page 73
• The storyboard printing may not show all 16 i-Frame thumbnails in following case:
- Recorded video is too short (To extract 16 i-Frame thumbnails from a video, its recorded time
should be longer than 8 seconds.)
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Using VIEW
VIEW
T
W
This function provides a preview of the 16 image
storyboard from a selected video.
PRECHECK!
• Press the MODE button to select the Play( ) mode.
• Select the Video thumbnail index view screen. page 40
VIEW
Normal View
0:00:55
Photo
Exit
1/10
Move
Play
Story-Board Print
T
W
1. Use the Control joystick (///) to select the desired videos,
and then touch the VIEW touch button.
• 16 i-Frame images appear on the LCD screen.
• The 16 images from the selected video are selected arbitrarily.
• If you want to save the storyboard image on the storage
media, press the PHOTO button. Then you can find the saved
storyboard image in the photo play mode. page 43
• If the recorded video is less than 8 seconds long, all 16 i-Frame thumbnails will not be
extracted.
• This function is available only in the video thumbnail index view screen.
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playback options
Copy (SMX-F43/F44 only)
• Movies and photos stored in the built-in memory can be copied to the external flash memory card.
• Copying to the memory card does not delete originals in the built-in memory.
PRECHECK!
• Press the MODE button to select the Play( ) mode.
• Select the Video or Photo thumbnail index view screen. page 40
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Copy.”
2. Select an option by moving the Control joystick (/) and then
press the OK button.
Submenu Items
items
Normal View
Copy
Select Files
All Files
Exit
contents
Copies the individual videos (or photos).
- To copy individual videos (or photos), select
the desired videos (or photos) by pressing
the OK button.
“Select Files” - The indicator ( ) is displayed on the
selected videos (or photos), then press the
MENU button to confirm.
- Pressing the OK button toggles between
selecting and releasing the copy function.
“All Files”
Copies all the videos (or photos).
on-screen
display
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Copy
0:00:55
Copy
1/10
Move
Cancel
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3. The pop-up selection menu will appear depending on the selected
menu item. In this case, select the desired item with the Control
joystick (/) and the OK button.
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• You can not copy a file if the memory card has insufficient free space. Remove unnecessary files
before proceeding. page 70
• You can copy only as many files as the total size is less than the free space of the memory card. If
the size of the files that you want to copy is larger than the free space, you will see an error message.
• If a memory card is not inserted, you cannot perform the "Copy" function.
• Copied videos (or photos) have no protection even if the original is set to be protected.
• Copying may take a while depending on the number of files and file size.
• Copying may not operate if the battery charge is insufficient. If available, use the AC adaptor while
copying to prevent power disconnection.
• Note that removing the battery pack or disconnecting the AC power adaptor while you copy files
may damage the storage media.
Edit (Divide)
You can divide a video clip as many times as you want in order to delete a section you no longer need.
The videos will be divided in groups of two.
PRECHECK!
• Press the MODE button to select the Play( ) mode.
• Select the Video thumbnail index view screen. page 40
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Edit”  Control
joystick (//OK)  “Divide.”
2. Select a desired video clip using the Control joystick (////OK).
• The selected video clip will be paused.
3. Search the point of division by moving the Control joystick (//OK).
4. Press the MENU button to pause at the point of division.
• A message appears asking for your confirmation.
5. Select “Yes.”
• If you want to delete an unwanted section of a video clip, divide the
video first, and then delete the image (section) you no longer need.
After dividing the video clip, you can also combine other desired
videos. page 76
• The second image of the divided image will be displayed at the end
of the thumbnail index.
Normal View
Edit
Divide
Combine
Exit
Divide
0:00:55
1/10
Move
Exit
Select
0:00:27/0:00:55
100-0001
Divide
Divide
Play
Frame
Example: You can divide a video clip into two in order to delete a section you no longer need.
1. Before dividing
0~60 seconds
2. Image is divided at 30 second point.
31~60 seconds
0~30 seconds
• One video clip is divided into two video clips.
3. After deleting
first image.
0~30 seconds
• The Divide function is not available in the following conditions:
- If the total recorded time of the video is less than 6 seconds.
- If you trying to divide sections without leaving 3 seconds at the beginning and the end.
- If the remaining section of the storage media space is less than approx.40MB.
- Videos recorded or edited by other devices.
• You can not delete a protected image. You must first release the protect function to delete it. page 71
• The division point may drift before or after the designated point by approximately 0.5 seconds.
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playback options
Edit (Combine)
You can combine two different video clips.
PRECHECK!
• Press the MODE button to select the Play( ) mode.
• Select the Video thumbnail index view screen. page 40
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Edit” 
Control joystick (//OK)  “Combine.”
2. Select a desired video clip using the Control joystick
(////OK).
• The ( ) indicator is displayed on the selected video clips.
• Selecting the video thumbnail image toggles between the video
thumbnail image being selected for combining (the ( ) indicator
appears on image) or not (the ( ) indicator is removed from
image).
3. Press the MENU button.
• A message appears asking for your confirmation.
4. Select “Yes.”
• The two video clips are combined in the selected order and
restored as one video clip.
• The thumbnail of the first video clip will appear in the combined
video clip.
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Normal View
Edit
Divide
Combine
Exit
Combine
0:01:03
6/10
1
2
Combine
Move
Cancel
Normal View
0:01:58
Photo
2/9
Move
Play
• The combine function is not available in the following conditions:
- Videos in different resolution formats (TV Super Fine/TV Fine/TV Normal vs Web Fine/Web
Normal) cannot be combined.
- Videos in different aspect ratio cannot be combined. (4:3 vs 16:9 wide)
- The video file recorded in the Time Lapse REC mode and normal record file cannot be
combined.
- If the total size of the two files to be combined exceeds approx.1.8GB
- If the remaining section of the storage media space is less than approx.40MB.
- If you combine videos having the same resolution but different qualities, the combined video
will have the lower image quality for playback. (For example, if you combine a video clip of “TV
Super Fine” with another video clip of “TV Fine,” which has the same resolution, then the
combined video will be in “TV Fine” resolution and quality.)
- Videos recorded or edited by other devices.
• You cannot combine protected images. You must first release the protect function to paste it. page 71
• The original video clips will not be preserved.
• A maximum of 2 video clips can be combined at a time.
• This function is available only in the thumbnail index view screen.
Slide Show
You can playback all the photos stored in the storage media automatically.
PRECHECK!
• Press the MODE button to select the Play( ) mode.
• Select the Photo thumbnail index view screen. page 40
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/) 
“Slide Show”  “Start.”
2. Press the OK button.
• The () indicator is displayed. The Slide Show will start from the
current image.
• To end the slide show, press the OK button again.
• To return to the thumbnail view, move the Zoom lever.
Normal View
100-0001
Video
1/10
Move
Full View
Normal View
Slide Show
Start
Exit
1/10
1.6M
100-0001
• 4 background music files are stored in the camcorder by default.
When a slide show begins, it plays background music in arbitrary order.
• You can adjust the background music’s volume level using the Control joystick (/).
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Slide Show Option
You can enjoy a slide show with various effects.
PRECHECK!
• Press the MODE button to select the Play( ) mode.
• Select the Photo thumbnail index view screen. page 40
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/) 
“Slide Show Option.”
2. Select an option by moving the Control joystick (///), and
then press the OK button.
Normal View
Slide Show Option
Interval
: 1Sec
Effect
: Off
Music
: On
Exit
Submenu Items
on-screen
display
items
contents
“Interval”
“Effect”
Set the slideshow’s image transition interval. (1 sec or 3 sec)
If the “Effect” is set to “On”, the slideshow displays images consecutively.
If the “Music” is set to “On”, the slideshow will play back with
background music. (The background music is selected randomly from 4
sample music files stored.)
“Music”
-
3. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
File Info
This camcorder shows you information on the recorded images.
PRECHECK!
• Press the MODE button to select the Play(
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) mode. page 24
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (//OK) 
“File Info”  “Select File.”
• The file information of the selected file appears.
2. Select a desired video clip using the Control joystick
(////OK).
• The information of the selected file is displayed as shown below.
- Date
- Duration
- Size
- Resolution
3. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
Normal View
File Info
Select File
Exit
File Info
100VIDEO SDV_0001.MP4
Date
: JAN/01/2010
Duration
: 00:00:55
Size
: 22.6MB
Resolution : TV Fine
Exit
OK
system setting
MENU ITEMS (
)
You can setup the date/time, OSD language and display settings of the camcorder.
Setting menu items (
Items
(
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/
 : Possible
 : Not possible
)
Play mode
Play mode
Default
values
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Storage Info
Format
File No.
Time Zone
Date/Time Set
Date Type
Time Type
Date/Time Display
LCD Brightness
LCD Color
Auto LCD Off **
Menu Design
Transparency
Beep Sound
Shutter Sound
Auto Power Off **
PC Software
TV Display
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• These menu items and default values may be changed without notice.
• There are some functions you cannot activate simultaneously in the menu. You cannot select the
grey menu items.
• Items marked with * are available only with models SMX-F43/F44.
• Items marked with ** are available only when the camcorder is supplied the power using the
battery pack.
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system setting
Storage Type (SMX-F43/F44 only)
You can record videos (or photos) on the built-in memory or a memory card, so you should select the desired storage
media before starting recording or playback.
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1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Settings”  Control
joystick (//OK)  “Storage Type.”
Settings
:
2. Select the desired submenu item with the Control joystick (/), and then press
Storage Type
Storage Info
the OK button.
Format
3. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
SCENE
Exit
Submenu Items
items
“Int. Memory”
“Card”
Select
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contents
on-screen
display
Select the built-in memory for storage medium. You can
record or play back images on the built-in memory.
Select a memory card as storage medium. You can record
or play back images on a memory card.
SCENE
Settings
Storage Type
Storage Info
Format
Exit
Int. Memory
Card
Move
Select
If there is no storage media inserted, it cannot be selected and will be dimmed on the menu.
Storage Info
It shows you the storage information. You can view the storage media, used memory space and available memory space.
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Settings”  Control
joystick (//OK)  “Storage Info.”
2. Select the desired submenu item with the Control joystick (/), and then press
the OK button.
• Move the Control joystick (/) to select the desired storage type, then press
the OK button. (SMX-F43/F44 only)
3. Information on the selected storage type appears.
• The screen displays the memory capacity of the selected storage and
recordable time by video resolution.
• Move the Control joystick (/) to see the desired information.
• After checking the information, press the OK button to return to the previous
menu screen.
4. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
contents
“Int. Memory”
It shows you the memory information of the built-in memory.
(SMX-F43/F44 only)
“Card”
It shows you the memory information of the inserted memory card.
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SCENE
Storage Info
Format
File No.
:
Exit
Select
Storage Info
Storage : Card
• Used : 190MB
• Free
: 14.6GB
Exit
Move
OK
Storage Info
Submenu Items
items
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Settings
on-screen
display
-
TV Super Fine
TV Fine
TV Normal
Web Fine
Web Normal
Exit
:
:
:
:
:
379Min
469Min
613Min
469Min
613Min
Move
OK
• If there is no storage media inserted, it cannot be selected and will be dimmed on the menu.
• In the Storage Info display, you can check the used and available memory as well as the remaining recording
time for each recording resolution. For the desired information, scroll the screen using the Control joystick (/).
Format
Use this function if you want to delete all files completely or to correct problems on the storage media.
PRECHECK!
After formatting, the speed of the storage media becomes more stable. However, ensure that formatting can
delete all files on the storage media including protected files and all settings can be restored.
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Settings” 
Control joystick (//OK)  “Format.”
2. Select the desired storage media with the Control joystick (/)
and then press the OK button. (SMX-F43/F44 only)
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SCENE
Settings
Storage Info
Format
File No.
Exit
:
Select
3. A message appears asking for your confirmation.
• Select "Yes" using the Control joystick (//OK).
4. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
Submenu Items
items
“Int. Memory”
Formats the built-in memory.
(SMX-F43/F44 only)
“Card”
Formats a memory card.
contents
on-screen
display
-
• Do not remove the recording medium or perform any other operation (such as turning off the
power) during formatting. Also, be sure to use the provided AC adapter, as the recording medium
may be corrupted if the battery becomes exhausted during formatting.
• If the recording medium becomes corrupted, format it again.
• Do not format the storage media on a PC or other device.
Make sure to format the storage media on this camcorder.
• Format the memory card in the following cases:
- before using a new memory card
- a memory card formatted/recorded on other devices
- when this camcorder cannot read the memory card
• A memory card with the protection tab set to lock will not be formatted.
• If there is no storage media inserted, it can not be selected and will be dimmed in the menu.
• You cannot format when the battery power is insufficient. It is recommended to use the AC power
adaptor to avoid power-loss while formatting.
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system setting
File No.
File numbers are assigned to recorded files in the order they were recorded.
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Settings”  Control
joystick (//OK)  “File No.”
2. Select the desired submenu item with the Control joystick (/), and then press
the OK button.
3. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
“Series”
“Reset”
SCENE
Storage Info
Format
File No.
:
Exit
Select
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Submenu Items
items
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Settings
SCENE
contents
Assigns file numbers in sequence even if a memory card
is replaced with another one or after formatting, or after
deleting all files. The file number is reset when a new
folder is created.
Resets the file number to 0001 even after formatting,
deleting all files or inserting a new memory card.
on-screen
display
Settings
Storage Info
Series
Format
Reset
File No.
-
Exit
Move
Select
-
When you set “File No.” to “Series.” each file is assigned with a different number so as to avoid duplicating
file names. It is convenient when you want to manage your files on a computer.
Time Zone
You can easily set the clock to the local time when using your camcorder
while travelling.
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Settings”  Control
joystick (//OK)  “Time Zone.”
2. Select the desired submenu item with the Control joystick (/), and then
press the OK button.
3. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
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SCENE
Settings
Format
File No.
:
Time Zone
:
Exit
Select
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SCENE
Settings
Submenu Items
items
“Home”
“Visit”
8
Format
contents
The clock will be used according to your setting on
the "Date/Time Set" menu.
Select it when using this camcorder for the first time
or when returning the clock to your hometown date/
time setting.
When you visit a different time zone, it allows you to
use the local time without changing your hometown
time setting. The clock will be adjusted in accordance
with the time difference between the two locations.
on-screen
display
File No.
Time Zone
Exit
-
Home
Visit
Move
Select
Setting the clock to the local time (“Visit”)
You can easily set the clock to the local time zone when travelling.
Visit
1. Move the Control joystick (/) to select the “Time Zone” in Settings mode, and
then press the OK button.
• The Time Zone screen will be displayed.
2. Select “Visit” with the Control joystick (//OK), and then select your local area
using the Control joystick (/).
• You can check the time difference between “Home” and “Visit.”
3. Press the OK button to confirm.
• The clock is set to the time zone of the place you are visiting.
London, Lisbon
Home:[Home 00:00]
JAN/01/2010 12:00AM
Back
OK
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1.6M
You can set the date and time in “Date/Time Set” from the “Settings” menu.
page 84
Cities used to set the time zone
Cities
Time zone
Cities
Time
zone
London, Lisbon
Rome, Paris, Berlin, Stockholm,
Madrid, Frankfurt
Athens, Helsinki, Cairo, Ankara
Moskva, Riyadh
Tehran
Abu Dhabi, Muscat
Kabul
Tashkent, Karachi
Calcutta, New Delhi
Kathmandu
+00:00
Adelaide
+09:30
+01:00
Guam, Sydney, Brisbane
+10:00
+02:00
+03:00
+03:30
+04:00
+04:30
+05:00
+05:30
+05:45
+11:00
+12:00
-11:00
-10:00
-09:00
-08:00
-07:00
-06:00
Almaty, Dacca
+06:00
Yangon
Bangkok
Hong Kong, Beijing, Taipei,
Singapore, Manila
Seoul, Tokyo, Pyongyang
+06:30
+07:00
Solomon Islands
Wellington, Fiji
Samoa, Midway
Honolulu, Hawaii, Tahiti
Alaska
LA, San Francisco, Vancouver, Seattle
Denver, Phoenix, Salt Lake City
Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Mexico City
New York, Miami, Washington D.C.,
Montreal,
Atlanta
Caracas, Santiago
Buenos Aires, Brasilia, Sao Paulo
+08:00
Fernando de Noronha
-02:00
+09:00
Azores, Cape Verde
-01:00
The times are based on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
-05:00
-04:00
-03:00
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system setting
Date/Time Set
By setting the date and time, you can display the date and time of the recording during playback.
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Settings” 
Control joystick (//OK)  “Date/Time Set.”
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SCENE
Settings
2. Select the date and time information, and change the setting values
by using the Control joystick (///).
File No.
:
Time Zone
:
3. Make sure the clock is correctly set, and then press the OK button.
Exit
Date/Time Set
Select
Date/Time Set
• The year can be set up to 2037.
• Set “Date/Time Display” to on. page 85
• Activating the ( ) icon forwards the time by 1 hour.
Home
Month Day Year Hour Min
JAN / 01 / 2010
12 : 00 AM
Exit
Move
OK
Date Type
You can set the display type for the date set according to the selected option.
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Settings” 
Control joystick (//OK)  “Date/Type.”
2. Select the desired submenu item with the Control joystick (/),
and then press the OK button.
3. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
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SCENE
Settings
Time Zone
:
Date/Time Set
Date Type
Exit
Select
Submenu Items
items
contents
“2010/01/01”
The date is displayed in the year/month (two-digit)/date.
2010/01/01
“JAN/01/2010”
“01/JAN/2010”
“01/01/2010”
The date is displayed in the order of month/date/year.
The date is displayed in the order of date/month/year.
The date is displayed in the date/month (two-digit)/year.
JAN/01/2010
01/JAN/2010
01/01/2010
This function depends on the “Date/Time Display” setting.
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on-screen display
Time Type
You can set the display type for the time set according to the selected option.
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Settings” 
Control joystick (//OK)  “Time Type.”
2. Select the desired submenu item with the Control joystick (/),
and then press the OK button.
3. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
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SCENE
Settings
Date Type
Time Type
:
Date/Time Display
Exit
:
12
OFF
Select
Submenu Items
items
“12Hr”
“24Hr”
contents
Displays the time information in 12 hour units.
Displays the time information in 24 hour units.
on-screen display
12:00 AM
00:00
This function depends on the “Date/Time Display” setting.
Date/Time Display
You can set the date and time to be displayed on the LCD screen according to the selected option.
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Settings” 
Control joystick (//OK)  “Date/Time Display.”
2. Select the desired submenu and menu item with the Control
joystick (/) and the OK button.
• The date/time is displayed on the LCD screen according to the
selected option.
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Settings
Date Type
Time Type
:
Date/Time Display
Exit
:
12
OFF
Select
Submenu Items
items
“Off”
“Date”
“Time”
“Date & Time”
contents
Current date/time information is not displayed.
Displays the current date.
Displays the current time.
Displays the current date and time.
on-screen display
JAN/01/2010
12:00
JAN/01/2010 12:00
The date/time will read “JAN/01/2010 12:00 AM” in the following cases;
- When video or photo recording was made before setting the date/time in the camcorder.
- When the built-in rechargeable battery is depleted.
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system setting
LCD Brightness
You can adjust the brightness of the LCD screen to compensate for ambient lighting conditions.
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Settings” 
Control joystick (//OK)  “LCD Brightness.”
2. Move the Control joystick (//OK) to adjust the LCD brightness
from -15 to 15.
3. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
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Settings
Time Type
:
Date/Time Display
:
LCD Brightness
: 0
Exit
12
OFF
Select
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•
•
•
If the surrounding is too bright, adjust the brightness of the LCD screen.
Adjusting the LCD screen does not affect the image being recorded.
Brighter LCD screen consumes more power.
You can adjust the LCD Brightness from -15 to 15.
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OK
LCD Color
You can change the color impression of the screen with a variety of color options by adjusting the red and
blue color range.
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Settings” 
Control joystick (//OK)  “LCD Color.”
2. Move the Control joystick (////OK) to adjust the LCD color
(red/blue) from -15 to 15.
3. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
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Settings
Date/Time Display
:
LCD Brightness
: 0
12
OFF
LCD Color
Exit
Select
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9999
• When you set red and blue color range, the higher the figures, the
brighter the LCD screen will be.
• You can adjust the LCD color (red/blue) from -15 to 15, using the
Control joystick (////OK).
• You can manipulate the color displayed on the LCD screen by adjusting
the color ratio of red and blue.
• Adjusting the color display of LCD screen does not affect the image to
be recorded.
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LCD Color
Red
Blue
Exit
1.6M
0
0
Move
OK
Auto LCD Off
To reduce power consumption, the brightness of the LCD screen is automatically dimmed if the camcorder is
idle for more than 2 minutes.
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Settings” 
Control joystick (//OK)  “Auto LCD Off.”
2. Select the desired submenu item with the Control joystick (/),
and then press the OK button.
3. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
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SCENE
Settings
LCD Brightness
: 0
LCD Color
Auto LCD Off
Exit
:
LCD
OFF
Select
Submenu Items
items
“Off”
“On”
contents
Disable the function.
When the camcorder is idle for more than 2 minutes in Video
or Photo STBY mode, or for more than 5 minutes when
recording a video, the power saving mode starts by dimming
the LCD screen.
on-screen display
-
-
• When this “Auto LCD Off” function is enabled, you can press any button on the camcorder to return
LCD brightness to normal.
• Auto LCD Off will be disabled in the following cases:
- If the DC power cable (AC power adaptor, USB cable) is connected.
Menu Design
You can select the desired menu design.
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Settings” 
Control joystick (//OK)  “Menu Design.”
2. Select the desired submenu item with the Control joystick (/),
and then press the OK button.
• “Misty White”  “Premium Black.”
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Settings
LCD Color
Auto LCD Off
:
Menu Design
:
Exit
LCD
OFF
Select
3. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
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Transparency
You can select the desired transparency to display the menu.
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Settings” 
Control joystick (//OK)  “Transparency.”
2. Select the desired submenu item with the Control joystick (/),
and then press the OK button.
• “0%”  “20%”  “40%”  “60%”
3. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
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Settings
Auto LCD Off
Menu Design
Transparency
Exit
0%
20%
40%
Move
Select
<Transparency 0%>
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SCENE
Settings
Auto LCD Off
Menu Design
Transparency
Exit
20%
40%
60%
Move
Select
<Transparency 60%>
Beep Sound
This setting allows operations such as touching tabs and buttons on the screen to be signaled by a beep.
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Settings” 
Control joystick (//OK)  “Beep Sound.”
2. Select the desired submenu item with the Control joystick (/),
and then press the OK button.
3. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
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Settings
Beep Sound
:
Shutter Sound
:
Auto Power Off
:
Exit
Select
Submenu Items
items
“Off”
“On”
contents
Disables the function.
When on, a beep will sound every time a button is pressed.
The Beep Sound function is cancelled in the following cases:
- During recording, playing
- When the camcorder has a cable connection. (AV cable)
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on-screen display
-
Shutter Sound
You can turn the shutter sound on or off when pressing the PHOTO button.
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Settings” 
Control joystick (//OK)  “Shutter Sound.”
2. Select the desired submenu item with the Control joystick (/),
and then press the OK button.
3. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
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SCENE
Settings
Beep Sound
:
Shutter Sound
:
Auto Power Off
Exit
:
Select
Submenu Items
items
“Off”
“On”
contents
Disables the function.
You will hear the shutter sound when operating the PHOTO
button.
on-screen display
-
Auto Power Off
You can set your camcorder to automatically turn off if it is idle for 5 minutes without an operation. This
function will prevent unnecessary power consumption.
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Settings” 
Control joystick (//OK)  “Auto Power Off.”
2. Select the desired submenu item with the Control joystick (/),
and then press the OK button.
3. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
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Settings
Shutter Sound
:
Auto Power Off
:
PC Software
Exit
:
Select
Submenu Items
items
“Off”
“5 Min”
contents
Disables the function.
If the camcorder is idle for 5 minutes in STBY mode, the power
is automatically turned off.
on-screen display
-
• Auto Power Off does not work in the following situations:
- If the DC power cable (AC power adaptor, USB cable) is connected
- While the following functions are in operation; “Demo,” “Copy,” “Delete: All Files,” “Protect:
All On,” “Combine,” “Divide.”
- While in recording, playing (except pause), Photo slide show.
• To operate the camcorder again, press the Power ( ) button.
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system setting
PC Software
If you set PC Software to On, you can simply use the PC software by connecting the USB cable between the
camcorder and your PC. You can download the stored video and photo images on the camcorder to your
PC’s hard disk. Editing video/photo files is also available using the PC software.
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Settings” 
Control joystick (//OK)  “PC Software.”
2. Select the desired submenu item with the Control joystick (/),
and then press the OK button.
3. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
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Settings
Shutter Sound
:
Auto Power Off
:
PC Software
Exit
:
Select
Submenu Items
items
“Off”
“On”
contents
Disables the function.
The built-in editing software launches when the camcorder is
connected to the PC.
on-screen display
-
The PC Software is compatible with the Windows OS only.
TV Display
You can enable or disable the On Screen Display (OSD) that appears on the TV screen when connecting your
camcorder to a TV.
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Settings” 
Control joystick (//OK)  “TV Display.”
2. Select the desired submenu item with the Control joystick (/),
and then press the OK button.
3. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
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SCENE
Settings
Auto Power Off
:
PC Software
:
TV Display
Exit
:
Select
Submenu Items
items
“Off”
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“On”
contents
on-screen display
The OSD (On Screen Display) menus are only shown on the LCD
screen.
The OSD menus are shown on the LCD screen and the TV
screen as well. (Connecting to a TV page 93)
Default Set
You can restore all menu settings to the default conditions.
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Settings” 
Control joystick (//OK)  “Default Set.”
2. Select “Yes” if you want all the settings return to the default.
• The Time Zone screen appears after all settings return to the
default.
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Settings
PC Software
:
TV Display
:
Default Set
Exit
Select
3. Set the date and time again. page 28
• Do not turn off the power while using this function.
• After resetting the camcorder, set “Time Zone” and “Date/Time Set.” page 28
• Storage type is not restored after default setting. (SMX-F43/F44 only) page 80
Version
The version information may be changed without notice for improvement.
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Settings” 
Control joystick (//OK)  “Version.”
2. Press the MENU button to exit the menu.
Version
Samsung Electronics Co., LTD.
S/W 1.00, Dec 18 2009, 19:42:27
Exit
OK
Language
You can select a desired language to display the menu and messages. page 29
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system setting
Demo
Demo mode automatically shows you the major functions that are included with your camcorder so that you
may use them more easily.
1. Press the MENU button  Control joystick (/)  “Settings” 
Control joystick (//OK)  “Demo.”
2. Select the desired submenu item with the Control joystick (/),
and then press the OK button.
3. To return to the normal screen, press the MENU button.
Submenu Items
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Settings
Version
Language
Demo
:
Exit
Select
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items
contents
“Off”
“On”
Disable the function.
Enables the Demo function.
on-screen
display
-
SCENE
Settings
Version
Language
Demo
Exit
Off
OFF
On
Move
Select
Using the Demo function
• The Demo mode is cancelled in the following cases:
- If any button is operated (Recording start/stop, PHOTO, SMART AUTO, etc.) However,
the camcorder will enter the Demo mode automatically after 5 minutes in STBY mode if
it is idle for 5 minutes without operation. If you don’t want the Demo function to start, set
“Demo” to “Off.”
The Demo function does not operate in the following cases:
- If “Auto Power Off” is set to “5 Min”(uses the battery as main power), the Auto Power Off function
will operate prior to Demo.
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connecting to a TV
You can view the recorded videos and photos on a large screen by connecting the camcorder
to a TV.
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CONNECTING TO A NORMAL (STANDARD DEFINITION) TV (16:9/4:3)
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AUDIO
L
To playback your recordings, the television must be NTSC-compatible. We recommend that
you use the AC power adaptor as a power source for the camcorder. Check your TV's input
VIDEO
jacks and select appropriate connection method according to the jack type. For details, refer to
your TV user manual.
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VIDEO
Use the provided Audio/Video cable to connect the camcorder to a TV as follows:
1. Connect the provided Audio/Video cable to the Audio/Video jack on the TV.
2. Turn on your TV and set the TV’s input selector to the Input your camcorder is connected to.
• Refer to the TV’s instruction manual to see how to select the TV input.
• If only a mono audio input is available on the TV
set, use the white plug (audio L) on the audio
cable.
• Do not use excessive force when connecting the
cables.
• It is recommended to use the AC power adaptor
as the power source.
• Before connecting, make sure that the volume on
the TV is turned down: forgetting this may cause
feedback from the TV speakers.
• Carefully connect the input and output cables to
the corresponding connections on the device the
camcorder is being used with.
Stereo Type
AUDIO
R
Monaural Type
VIDEO
AUDIO
VIDEO
L
White
Yellow
Yellow
Red
White
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VIEWING ON A TV SCREEN
CM
OS
1. Turn on your TV and set the TV's input selector(source) to the input
the camcorder is connected to. page 93
• The TV jacks are connected with the right cables?
• Input source list is correctly set to view the playback from the
camcorder?
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2. Select the playback mode on your camcorder and start to playback
videos.
• Use the same methods for the operation modes including the
playback.
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• Adjust the volume at the moderate level. If the volume is too high, the video information may include
the noise.
• If the “TV Display” is set “Off,” TV screen does not include the OSD (On Screen Display) menus.
page 90
• This camcorder does not support the audio output signal when the camcorder is connected
with TV in the video or photo record mode. The audio output signal is supported as long as the
camcorder is connected in the video playback mode. This is not an error.
<LCD 16:9 wide>
<LCD 16:9 wide>
<LCD 4:3 wide>
<LCD 4:3 wide><TV 16:9 wide>
<TV 16:9 wide><TV 4:3 wide>
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Image display depending on LCD and TV screen ratio
Icon
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16:9
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Refer to page 49 for the “16:9 Wide” setting.
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Subject
dubbing videos
DUBBING TO VCR OR DVD/HDD RECORDERS
You can dub images played back on your camcorder to other recording devices, such as VCRs or DVD/HDD
recorders. This is a convenient way of distributing the dubbed media. Connect the device as the following
way. Connect your camcorder to the wall outlet using the supplied AC power adaptor for this operation.
Refer to the instruction manuals supplied with the devices to be connected.
Camcorder
VCRs or DVD/ HDD recorders
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Audio/Video cable
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1. Turn on the camcorder and press the MODE button to select the Play mode. page 24
2. Insert the recording media in the recording device.
• If your recording device has an input selector, set it to the input mode.
3. Connect your camcorder to the recording device (VCRs or DVD/HDD recorders) with the
supplied composite/AV cable.
4. Start the playback on your camcorder, and record it on the recording device.
• Refer to the instruction manuals supplied with your recording device for details.
5. When dubbing is finished, stop the recording device, and then your camcorder.
• Videos recorded on this camcorder can be dubbed by connecting with the supplied composite/AV
cable. All the recorded videos will be dubbed with SD(standard definition) image quality.
• Since dubbing is performed via analog data transfer, the image quality may deteriorate.
• To hide the screen indicators (such as a counter, etc.) on the screen of the monitor device
connected, set “TV Display: Off.” page 90
• To record the date/time, display it on the LCD screen. page 85
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using with a Windows computer
CHECKING YOUR COMPUTER TYPE
This chapter explains how to connect the camcorder to a computer using the USB cable.
Check your computer type before using!!!
To view your recordings on a computer, you need to check your computer type first. And then,
take the steps below according to your computer type.
Using with Windows
Using with
Macintosh
Connect your camcorder to the
computer using the USB cable.
• The built-in editing software,
Intelli-studio runs on the
PC automatically once the
camcorder is connected to a
Windows computer. (When
you specify “PC Software:
On”).  page 90
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Play back or edit your recordings
on the computer using the builtin Intelli-studio application.
 page 100
• The built-in
software on
your camcorder,
‘Intelli-studio’ is
not Macintosh
compliant.
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You can also upload your
recordings to YouTube or other
websites using Intelli-studio.
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WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH A WINDOWS COMPUTER
You can enjoy the following operations by connecting your camcorder to your Windows
computer by using a USB cable.
Main Functions
• By using the built-in editing software, ‘Intelli-studio’ on your camcorder, you can enjoy the
following operations.
- Playing back recorded videos or photos. page 100
- Editing recorded videos or photos. page 100
- Uploading the recorded videos and photos to YouTube, Flickr or Facebook, etc. page 101
• You can transfer or copy the files (videos and photos) saved on the storage media into your
computer. (the mass storage function) page 102
System Requirements
The following requirements must be satisfied to use built-in editing software (Intelli-studio):
Items
OS
System Requirements
Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7
CPU
Intel® Pentium® 4 3.0 GHz or higher
AMD Athlon™ FX 2.2 GHz or higher
(Notebook: Intel Core2 Duo 2.2GHz or AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core 2.6GHz
above recommended)
RAM
1 GB and above recommended
Video Card
nVIDIA Geforce 7600GT or higher Ati X1600 series or higher
Display
1024 x 768, 16-bit color or higher (1280 x 1024, 32-bit color
recommended)
USB
Direct X
USB 2.0
DirectX 9.0c or higher
• System requirements mentioned above are recommendations. Even on a system that satisfies the
requirements, operations may not be ensured depending on the system.
• On a slower computer than recommended, video playback may skip frames or operate unexpectedly.
• When the version of DirectX on your computer is lower than 9.0c, install the program with the version
of 9.0c or higher.
• It is recommended to transfer the recorded videos to a PC before playing back or editing the videos.
• Using with a laptop requires higher system requirements than those of desktop PC.
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using with a Windows computer
USING THE INTELLI-STUDIO PROGRAM
Using the Intelli-studio program built-in your camcorder, you can transfer video/photo files onto your PC and
edit them on your computer. The Intelli-studio offers the most convenient way for you to manage the video/
photo files by using the simple USB cable connection between the camcorder and your PC.
Transferring your recorded videos/photos to your computer
Step 1. Connecting the USB cable
1. Set the menu setting to “PC Software: On.” page 90
• You will find the default menu settings are set as the above.
2. Connect the camcorder and the PC with the USB cable.
• A new file saving screen appears with the Intelli-studio main window.
• According to your computer type, the corresponding
removable disk window appears.
3. Click “Yes,” the uploading procedure will start. Click “Yes” to confirm.
• If you do not want to save a new file, select “No.
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Shutter Sound
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Auto Power Off On
PC Software
Exit
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To disconnect the USB cable
After completing the data transfer, make sure to disconnect the cable in the following way:
1. Click the “Safely Remove Hardware icon” icon on the taskbar.
2. Select “USB Mass Storage Device,” and then click “Stop.”
3. If the “Stop a Hardware device” window appears, click “OK.”
4. Disconnect the USB cable from the camcorder and PC.
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Use the provided USB cable.
Don’t apply excessive force when inserting or extracting the USB cable into/from a USB jack.
Insert a USB after checking the direction of its insertion is correct.
We recommend using the AC power adaptor as the power supply instead of the battery pack.
When the USB cable is connected, turning the camcorder on or off may cause the PC to malfunction
If you disconnect the USB cable from the PC or the camcorder while transferring data, the data
transmission will stop and the data may be damaged.
• If you connect the USB cable to a PC via a USB HUB or simultaneously connect the USB cable
along with other USB devices, the camcorder may not work properly. If this occurs, remove all USB
devices from the PC and reconnect the camcorder.
• According to your computer type, the Intelli-studio program may not automatically run. In this case, open
the desired CD-ROM drive that has the Intelli-studio program in My Computer and run iStudio.exe.
• When a USB cable is connected, if you have EmoDio (Samsung's MP3 player software) installed on
your computer, the EmoDio software may load first.
Step 2. About the Intelli-studio main window
• When the Intelli-studio starts up, thumbnails of videos and photos are displayed in the main window. The
window is divided into upper and lower sections. The upper section contains video/photo thumbnails
currently stored on your computer. The lower section contains thumbnails stored on your camcorder
(connected device).
❶
❷
❸
❹
❺
❻

❿
❼
❾
❽
1 Menu items
2 Switches to Library of the PC and connected
camcorder.
3 Switches to Photo Edit mode.
4 Switches to Movie Edit mode.
5 Switches to Share mode.
6 Changes the size of thumbnails.
Displays all files (videos and photos).
Displays video files only.
Displays photo files only.
Displays voice files only.
7 Minimizes the Connected Device screen.
8 Displays videos and photos in various ways.
• Thumbnail: Displays video and photo
thumbnails
• Global Map: Displays the location of shooting
place with a map.
9 Selects the Connected Device.
10 Shows directories of My Folder and My Computer
• My Folder: You can classify and manage
videos and photos on your computer.
• My Computer: You can view videos and
photos saved in the selected directory of
your PC.
11 Shortcut icons
Navigates files (previous and next).
Prints selected photo(s).
Views location of selected photo(s) with
GPS information.
Registers to My Folder.
Intelli-studio program is built in both Samsung camcorders and Samsung digital cameras.
Some functions on the program may not work depending on the product.
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Step 3. Playing back the videos (or photos)
• You can play back the recordings conveniently
using the Intelli-studio application.
1. Run the Intelli-studio program. page 98
2. Click the desired folder to display your
recordings.
• Video (or photo) thumbnails appear on the
screen, according to the selected source.
3. Choose the video (or photo) that you want to
play.
• You can check the file information by moving the mouse on over the file.
• Clicking on a video thumbnail once will show the video playback inside the thumbnail
frame, allowing you to search for a desired video with ease.
4. Once you select the desired video (or photo), double-click to play back.
• Playback starts and playback controls appear.
The following is the file format supportable in Intelli-studio:
- Video formats: MP4 (Video: H.264, Audio: AAC), WMV (WMV 7/8/9)
- Photo formats: JPG, GIF, BMP, PNG, TIFF
Step 4. Editing the videos (or photos)
With Intelli-studio, you can edit videos or photos
in various ways. (Change Size, Fine-Tuning, Image
Effect, Insert Frame, etc.)
• To edit a file using the Intelli-studio, ensure
to use a copy of the desired file saved in My
Computer before clicking on the “Edit”
( / ) icon.
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Step 5. Sharing the video/photos online
Share your contents with the world, by uploading photos
and videos directly to a web site with one click.
1. Select the desired videos or photos to share.
) on the browser.
2. Click (
• The selected file appears on the sharing
window.
3. Click the website you would like to upload files.
• You can choose “YouTube,” “Flickr,”
“Facebook”or the specified website you want
to set for your uploading management.
4. Click “Upload” to start uploading.
• A pop up window appears asking your ID and
the password.
5. Enter your ID and the password to access.
• Access to the web site contents can be
limited depending on your web access
environment.
For more information about Intelli-Studio, see the Help Guide by clicking the menu item, "Help" -> "Help."
Exporting the videos/photos to your computer
You can export the recorded videos/photos from your camcorder to a PC.
1. Select the desired files to export.
2. Drag and drop the selected files to the My Computer library window.
Installing Intelli-studio application on the Windows computer
• When the Intelli-studio application is installed on a
Windows computer, it will run faster after connecting the
camcorder to your computer. Moreover, the application
can be updated automatically and run directly in the
Windows computer.
• The Intelli-studio application can be installed on a Windows
computer as follows:
Click on “Tools”  “Install Intelli-studio on PC.” in the
Intelli-studio screen.
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USING AS A REMOVABLE STORAGE DEVICE
You can transfer recorded data to a Windows computer by connecting the USB cable to the
camcorder.
Step 1. Viewing the contents of storage media
1. Check the “PC Software: Off” setting. page 90
2. Check the storage media.
(If you have video or photos recorded on a memory card,
insert a memory card.) (SMX-F43/F44 only)
3. Connect the camcorder to the PC with the USB cable.
page 96
• The “Removable Disk” or “Samsung” window
appears on the PC’s screen after a moment.
• The removable disk appears when connecting a USB.
• Select “Open folders to view files using Windows
Explorer” and click “OK.”
4. The folders in the storage media appear.
• Different file types are stored in different folders.
Photos
Videos
• If the “Removable Disk” window does not appear, confirm the connection (page 96) or repeat
steps 1 and 3 again.
• When the removable disk does not appear automatically, open the removable disk folder of My
Computer.
• If the connected camcorder’s disk drive does not open or the context menu that appears when
right-clicking your mouse (open or browse) appears broken, your computer may be infected by an
Autorun virus. Be sure to update your antivirus software to the latest version.
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Structure of folders and files on the storage media
• The folder and file structure for built-in memory or memory card is as follows.
• Don’t arbitrarily change or remove the folder or file name. It may not be playable.
Videos (H.264) ①
• The SD-quality videos are named as “SDV_####.MP4” and Web
videos are named as “WEB_####.MP4”.
• The file number automatically increases when a new video clip file is
created.
• Up to 9,999 files can be created in one folder. A new folder is created
when more than 9,999 files are created.
VIDEO
Photos ②
• As with video clip files, the file number automatically increases when a
new image file is created.
• The maximum file number allowed is the same as in video clip files.
A new folder stores files starting with SAM_0001.JPG.
• The folder name increases in the order of 100PHOTO  101PHOTO
etc.
• Up to 9,999 files can be created in one folder. A new folder is created
when more than 9,999 files are created.
1
100VIDEO
SDV_0001.MP4
WEB_0002.MP4
SDV_0003.MP4
WEB_0004.MP4
DCIM
2
100PHOTO
SAM_0001.JPG
SAM_0002.JPG
Image format
Videos
• Videos are compressed in H.264 format. The file extension is “.MP4.”
• Refer to page 47 for video resolution.
Photos
• Photos are compressed in JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) format. The file
extension is “.JPG.”
• Refer to page 48 for photo resolution.
• Up to 9,999 files can be created in one folder. A new folder is created when more than 9,999 files
are created.
• When the 9,999th file is created in the 999th folder (i.e. SDV_9,999.MP4 is created in the 999
VIDEO folder), no more folders can be created. Backup your files to a PC and format the storage
media, and then reset the file numbering from the menu.
• The name of a movie file recorded by the camcorder should not be modified, since proper
playback by the camcorder requires original folder and file naming convention.
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troubleshooting
TROUBLESHOOTING
✪ B
efore contacting a Samsung authorized service center, perform the following simple
checks. They may save you the time and expense of an unnecessary call.
Warning indicators and messages
Power source
Message
Icon
Informs that...
Action
Low Battery
-
The battery pack is
almost discharged.
Check authenticity of
the battery.
-
The battery pack failed
to authenticate.
•
Change to a charged one or use the AC
power adaptor. Charge the battery pack.
•
Check the battery's authenticity and
change to new one.
Use only genuine Samsung batteries only
with this camcorder.
•
Storage media
Message
Informs that...
Memory Full
(SMX-F43/
F44 only)
There is not enough space
to record on the built-in
memory.
Insert Card
There is no memory card
inserted in the card slot.
Card Full
Card Error
Card
Locked
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Icon
Not
Supported
Card
Please
format
There is not enough space to
record on a memory card.
The memory card has some
problem and cannot be
recognized.
The write protection tab on
an memory card has been
set to lock.
•
•
•
Action
Delete unnecessary files on the
built-in memory. Use a memory card.
Back-up files to your PC or another storage
media and delete files.
Insert a memory card.
• Delete unnecessary files on a memory card. Use
the built-in memory. (SMX-F43/F44 only)
• Back-up files to your PC or another storage
media and delete files.
• Change to another memory card which has
enough free space.
• Format the memory card or replace it with a
new one.
• Release the write protection tab.
The memory card is not
supported in this camcorder.
• Change to a memory card that we
recommended.
The memory card is not
formatted.
• Format the memory card using the menu.
Message
Not
formatted.
Format
the Card?
(Format
the Internal
Memory?)
Low speed
card.
Please
record
a lower
resolution.
Icon
Informs that...
Action
-
The format of the file is not
supported by this camcorder.
• The file format is not supported.
Check the supported file.
• Format the memory card using menu item.
-
The memory card does
not have enough speed to
record.
• Record video at a lower resolution.
• Change the memory card to a faster one.
page 32
Informs that...
Some problems occurred
while writing data to storage
media.
Y
ou cannot operate some
functions manually when
SMART AUTO is activated.
Action
• Format storage media using menus after
backing-up important files to your PC or another
storage media.
Recording
Message
Icon
Write Error
-
Release the
Smart Auto
-
Recovering
Data…
-
The file was not created
normally.
• Release SMART AUTO function.
• Wait until data recovery is finished.
• Never turn off the power and eject memory card
during recording.
Playback
Message
Read Error
The Number
of video files
is full.
Cannot
copy
videos.
The Number
of photo
files is full.
Cannot
copy
photos.
Icon
Informs that...
Action
-
Some problems occurred
when reading data from
storage media.
•
Format storage media using menus after
backing up important files to PC or another
storage device.
-
Folder and files have reached
capacity and you can not
record.
•
ormat the storage media using the menu after
F
backing up important files to your PC or another
storage device. Set “File No.” to “Reset.”
-
Folder and files have reached
their capacity and you cannot
take a picture.
•
ormat storage media using the menu item after
F
backing up important files to your PC or another
storage device. Set “File No.” to “Reset.”
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troubleshooting
When there is condensation, put aside for a while before using
• What is condensation?
Condensation occurs when a camcorder is moved to a place where the temperature differs
significantly from the previous place. In other words, the water vapor in the air turns into dew
because of the temperature difference, and it condensates like dew on the external or internal
lenses of the camcorder and on the reflection lens.
When this happens, you temporarily may not use the record or play functions of the camcorder.
Also, it may cause a malfunction or damage to the camcorder when using the device with the
power on while there is condensation.
• What can I do?
Turn the power off and detach the battery pack, and leave it in a dry area for 1~2 hours before
using it.
• When does condensation occur?
When the device is relocated to a place with a higher temperature than the previous location, or
when using it in a hot area suddenly.
- When recording outdoors in cold weather during the winter and then using it in indoors.
- When recording outdoors in hot weather after being indoors or inside a car where the air
conditioner was running.
Note before sending your camcorder for repair.
• If these instructions do not solve your problem, contact your nearest Samsung authorized service
center.
• Depending on the problem, the camcorder's built-in memory (SMX-F43/F44 only) may need to be
initialised or replaced and the data will be deleted. Be sure to back up the data on the camcorder
to other storage media before sending your camcorder in for repair. Samsung cannot guarantee
any loss of your data.
✪ If you encounter any problems using your camcorder, check the following before
asking for service repair. If these instructions do not solve your problem, contact the
nearest Samsung authorized service center.
Symptoms and solutions
Power
Symptom
Explanation/Solution
The battery pack may not be installed on your camcorder.
Insert a battery pack into the camcorder.
• The inserted battery pack may be discharged.
Charge the battery pack or replace it with a charged one.
• If you use an AC power adaptor, make sure it is properly connected
to the wall outlet.
• Remove the battery pack or unplug the AC power adaptor, and
reconnect the power supply to the camcorder before turning it on.
•
The camcorder
does not turn on.
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Symptom
Explanation/Solution
Is “Auto Power Off” set to “5 Min” ?
If no button is pressed for about 5 minutes, the camcorder is
The power
automatically turned off (“Auto Power Off”). To disable this option,
automatically turns
change the setting of “Auto Power Off” to “Off.” page 89
• The battery pack is almost discharged. Charge the battery pack or
off.
replace it with a charged one.
• Use the AC power adaptor.
•
Power cannot be
turned off .
The battery
pack is quickly
discharged.
•
Remove the battery pack or unplug the AC power adaptor, and
reconnect the power supply to the camcorder before turning it on.
•
•
•
The temperature is too low.
The battery pack is not fully charged. Recharge the battery pack.
The battery pack reached the end of its lifespan and cannot be
recharged. Use another battery pack.
Displays
Symptom
Explanation/Solution
The TV screen or
LCD display has
• It can occur when recording or viewing a 16:9-ratio image on
distorted images
a 4:3-ratio TV, or vice versa. For more details, see the display
or has stripes at
specification.
the top/ bottom or
on the left/right.
Unknown image
appears on the
LCD screen.
•
The camcorder is in Demo mode. If you do not want to see Demo
images, change the setting of “Demo” to “Off.” page 92
Unknown indicator
• A warning indicator or message appears on the screen.
appears on the
pages 104~106
screen.
The after image
remains on the
LCD screen.
The image on the
LCD screen looks
dark.
•
This occurs if you disconnect the AC power adaptor or remove the
battery pack before turning the power off.
•
•
Ambient light is too bright. Adjust the brightness and angle of the LCD.
Use the LCD Enhancer function.
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Storage Media
Symptom
Memory card
functions are not
operable.
Explanation/Solution
•
•
Insert a memory card into your camcorder properly. page 31
If you use a memory card formatted on a computer, format it again
directly on your camcorder. page 81
You cannot delete the images protected by another device.
Release the protection of the image on the device. page 71
• Release the lock on the write-protect tab of the memory card
(SDHC memory card, etc.), if any. page 32
•
Image cannot be
deleted.
Release the lock on the write-protect tab of the memory card
(SDHC memory card, etc.), if any. page 32
You cannot format • Copy all important recorded files to your PC before formatting.
the memory card.
Samsung shall not be responsible for any loss of data. (It is
recommended that you copy the data to your PC or other storage
media.)
•
• The file may be corrupted.
The data file name
• The file format is not supported by your camcorder.
is not indicated
• Only the file name is displayed, if the directory structure does not
correctly.
comply with the international standard.
Does not charge
• Check whether you're using a Samsung battery pack. A nonor operate even if
Samsung battery pack may not be recognized properly by the
the battery pack is
camcorder.
inserted.
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Recording
Symptom
Explanation/Solution
• There is not enough free space to record on the the storage media.
• Make sure the memory card is inserted and write-protect tab is set to
Pressing the
unlock.
Recording start/
• The internal temperature of your camcorder is unusually high.
stop button does
Turn off your camcorder and leave it for a while in a cool place.
not start recording.
• Your camcorder is damp and moist inside (condensation).
Turn off your camcorder and leave it for about 1 hour in a cool place.
The actual
recording time
is less than the
estimated time.
The estimated recording time may vary depending on contents and
features used.
• Recording a fast-moving subject increases the bit rate and
consequently the amount of storage space required for the recording,
which can lead to a shorter available recording time.
•
There is no more free space for recording on the storage media.
Back up important files on your PC and format the storage media or
delete the unnecessary files.
• If you frequently record or delete files, the performance of the built-in
memory will deteriorate. In this case, reformat the built-in memory.
• If you use a memory card with a low writing speed, the camcorder
automatically stops recording the videos and the corresponding
message appears on the LCD screen.
•
The recording
stops
automatically.
When recording a
subject illuminated
• The camcorder is unable to record these levels of brightness.
by bright light,
vertical lines
appear.
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troubleshooting
Symptom
Explanation/Solution
When the screen
is exposed to
direct sunlight
• Do not leave the camcorder with the LCD screen exposed to direct
during recording,
sunlight.
the screen turns
red or black for an
instant.
During recording,
the date/time does • “Date/Time Display” to on. page 85
not display.
• Set the "Beep Sound" to “On.”
The beep sound is • The beep sound is temporally off while recording videos.
• When the Audio/Video cable jack is connected to the camcorder, the
not heard.
beep sound will automatically turn off.
There is a
time difference
between the point
• On your camcorder, there may be a slight time delay between the
where you press
Recording start/
point when you press Recording start/stop button and the actual point
stop button and
where the recorded video starts/stops. This is not an error.
the point where
the recorded video
starts/stops.
The internal temperature of your camcorder is unusually high. Turn off
your camcorder and leave it for a while in a cool place.
• Your camcorder is damp and moist inside (condensation). Turn off
your camcorder and leave it for about 1 hour in a cool place.
•
The recording
stops.
•
•
You cannot record
•
a photo image.
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Set your camcorder to Record mode. page 24
Release the lock on the write-protection tab of the memory card if set.
The storage media is full.
Use a new memory card or format the storage media. page 81
Remove unnecessary images. page 70
Adjusting the image during recording
Symptom
•
•
Focus does not
adjust automatically. •
•
•
The image appears
too bright or flickering,
or changes in color.
Explanation/Solution
Set “Focus” to “Auto.” page 57
The recording conditions are not suitable for auto focus.
Adjust the focus manually. page 58
The lens is dusty on the surface. Clear the lens and check the focus.
Recording is being made in a dark place. Increase the brightness in the
place.
This occurs when recording images under a fluorescent lamp, sodium
lamp, or mercury lamp. Cancel “iSCENE” to minimise these phenomena.
page 46
Playback on your camcorder
Symptom
Pressing the
playback (Play/
Pause) button did
not start playing.
The Skip or Search
function does not
work properly.
Playback is
interrupted
unexpectedly.
You cannot hear
sound when playing
a Time Lapse
recording.
Photos stored on a
storage media are
not displayed in the
actual size.
•
•
•
•
Explanation/Solution
Press the MODE button to set Video Play mode.
Image files recorded on another camcorder may not play on your
camcorder.
Check out a memory card compatibility. page 32
If the temperature inside the camcorder is too high, it cannot function
properly.
Turn the camcorder off, wait for a few moments, and turn it on again.
•
Check if the AC adaptor or battery pack is properly connected and stable.
•
The Time Lapse REC function does not support sound. page 64
•
Photos recorded on other devices may not appear at actual size.
This is not an error.
Playback on other devices (TV, etc.)
Symptom
You cannot view
the image or hear
the sound on the
connected device.
•
•
Explanation/Solution
Connect the audio line of the Audio/Video cable jack to your camcorder
and the connected device (TV, DVD recorder, etc). (Red color- right, White
color- left)
The Audio/Video cable jack is not connected properly. Make sure that the
Audio/Video cable jack is connected to the proper jack. page 93
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Connecting to a computer
Symptom
When using the
videos, a computer
does not recognize
your camcorder.
Cannot play a video
file properly on a PC.
Explanation/Solution
•
Disconnect the USB cable from the computer and camcorder, restart the
computer, then reconnect it correctly.
•
A video codec is needed to play the file recorded on your camcorder. Install or
run the built-in edit software (Intelli-studio).
Make sure you insert the connector in the correct direction, and connect the
USB cable to the USB jack on your camcorder firmly.
Disconnect the cable from the computer and camcorder, restart the computer.
Reconnect it properly.
Your computer may not have the necessary performance specifications to
playback a video file. Check the recommended computer specifications.
•
•
•
Intelli-studio does not
function properly.
The image or sound
on your camcorder
is not played on your
computer properly.
The playback
screen is paused or
distorted.
•
•
•
•
Exit the Intelli-studio application, and restart the Windows computer.
Intelli-studio is not Macintosh compliant.
Set “PC Software” to “On” in the Settings menu.
According to your computer type, the Intelli-studio program may not run
automatically. In this case, open the desired CD-ROM drive that has the Intellistudio program in My Computer and run iStudio.exe.
•
Video playback or sound may stop temporarily depending on your computer.
The video or sound copied to your computer is not affected.
If your camcorder is connected to a computer that does not support Hi-speed
USB (USB2.0), the images or sound may not be played back correctly.
The images and sound copied to your computer are not affected.
•
•
•
•
Check the system requirements to play a video. page 97
Exit all other applications running on the current computer.
If a recorded video is played on your camcorder when it is connected to a
computer, the image may not play smoothly, depending on the transfer speed.
Please copy the file to your PC, and then play it back.
Connecting/Dubbing with other devices (TV, DVD recorder, etc.)
Symptom
You cannot dub
correctly using the
Audio/Video cable.
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Explanation/Solution
•
The Audio/Video cable is not connected properly. Make sure that the Audio/
Video cable is connected to the proper jack, i.e. to the input jack of the device
used for dubbing an image from your camcorder. page 95
General operations
Symptom
The date and time
are incorrect.
Pressing a button
will not turn on
or operate the
computer.
Explanation/Solution
•
Has the camcorder been left unused for a long period of time?
The backup built-in rechargeable battery may be discharged. page 28
•
Remove the battery pack or unplug the AC power adaptor, and reconnect
the power supply to the camcorder before turning it on.
•
•
•
You cannot select greyed items in the current recording/playback mode.
Most of the menu items cannot be selected when you set the SMART AUTO function.
If there is no storage media inserted, it cannot be selected and will be dimmed on the
menu : “Storage Type,” “Storage Info,” “Format,” etc.
There are some functions you cannot activate simultaneously. The following list shows
examples of unworkable combinations of functions and menu items.
If you want to set the desired functions, do not set the following items first.
Menu
Symptom
Explanation/Solution
•
<Cannot Use>
"Anti-Shake(HDIS)"
"Back Light"
"C.Nite"
Menu items are
greyed out.
"Focus : Face Detection"
"Digital Effect : Mirror, Mosaic, Step
printing"
"Fader"
"Shutter Speed : Manual"
"Aperture : Manual"
"Zoom Type : Intelli-Zoom"
"Zoom Type : Digital Zoom"
"16:9 Wide"
"White Balance"
<Because of the following setting>
"Video Resolution : Web Fine, Web
Normal"
"C.Nite"
"iSCENE"
"C.Nite", "iSCENE", "Aperture : Manual",
"Shutter Speed : Manual", "Digital
Effect", "Video Resolution : Web Fine,
Web Normal"
"C.Nite", "16:9 Wide: On", "AntiShake(HDIS): On." "Intelli-Zoom"
"Time Lapse REC"
"C.Nite", "Aperture : Manual"
"C.Nite", "Shutter Speed : Manual"
"16:9 Wide : Off",
"Video Resolution : Web Normal, Web
Fine" " Digital Effect : Mirror, Mosaic,
Step printing"
"C.Nite", "Digital Effect : Mirror, Mosaic,
Step printing", "Anti-Shake(HDIS)"
"Video Resolution : Web Fine, Web
Normal"
"Video Resolution : Web Fine, Web
Normal"
"Digital Effect : Sepia"
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maintenance & additional information
MAINTENANCE
Your camcorder is a product of superior design and craftsmanship and should be treated with
care.
The suggestions below will help you fulfill any warranty obligations and allow you to enjoy this
product for many years.
• For safekeeping of the camcorder, turn off the camcorder.
- Remove the battery pack and AC power adaptor. pages 18~19
- Remove the memory card. page 31
Cautions when storing
• Do not leave the camcorder in a place where the temperature is very high for a long period of time:
The temperature inside a closed vehicle or trunk can become very high in a hot weather. If you leave
the camcorder in such a place, it could malfunction or the case could be damaged. Do not expose the
camcorder to a direct sunlight or place it near a heater.
• Do not store the camcorder in a place where the humidity is high or in a dusty place:
Dust entering the camcorder could cause a malfunction. If humidity is high, the lens could become moldy,
and the camcorder could become inoperative. It is recommended that you put the camcorder in a box
together with a small silica bag when storing it in a closet, etc.
• Do not store the camcorder in a place subject to strong magnetism or intense vibration:
This could cause malfunctions.
• Detach the battery pack from the camcorder and store it in a cool place:
Leaving the battery pack attached or storing it at a high temperature could shorten its life.
Cleaning the camcorder
Before cleaning, turn off the camcorder and remove the battery pack and AC power
adaptor.
• To clean the exterior
- Wipe gently with a soft dry cloth. Do not apply excessive force when cleaning, gently rub the surface.
- Do not use benzene or thinner to clean the camcorder. The coating of exterior could peel off or the
case could deteriorate.
• To clean the LCD monitor
Wipe gently with a soft dry cloth. Be careful not to damage the monitor.
• To clean the lens
Use an optional air blower to blow out dirt and other small objects. Do not wipe the lens with cloth or your
fingers.
If necessary, wipe gently with lens with a paper.
- Mold may form if the lens is left dirty.
- If the lens looks dim, turn off the camcorder and leave it for about 1 hour.
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Storage media
• Be sure to follow the guidelines below to prevent corruption or damage to your
recorded data.
- Do not bend or drop the storage media, or subject it to strong pressure, jolts or
vibrations.
- Do not splash the storage media with water.
- Do not use, replace, or store the storage media in locations that are exposed to a strong
static electricity or electrical noise.
- Do not turn off the camcorder power or remove the battery or AC power adaptor during
recording, playback, or when accessing the storage media.
- Do not bring the storage media near to objects that have a strong magnetic field or that
emit strong electromagnetic waves.
- Do not store the storage media in locations with high temperature or high humidity.
- Do not touch the metal parts.
• Copy the recorded files to your PC. Samsung shall not be responsible for any lost
data. (It is recommended that you copy the data from your PC to other media for
storage.)
• Recorded contents may be lost due to a mistake when handling this camcorder or
memory card, etc. Samsung shall not be responsible for compensation for damages
due to the loss of recorded contents.
• Refer to pages 32~33 for details.
LCD screen
Before cleaning, turn off the camcorder and remove the battery pack and AC power
adaptor.
• To prevent damage to the LCD screen
- Do not push it too hard or knock it on anything.
- Do not place the camcorder with the LCD screen facing the bottom.
• To prolong the service life, avoid rubbing it with a coarse cloth.
• Be aware of the following phenomena for LCD screen use. They are not malfunctions.
- While using the camcorder, the surface around the LCD screen may heat up.
- If you leave power on for a long time, the surface around the LCD screen becomes hot.
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maintenance & additional information
USING YOUR CAMCORDER ABROAD
• Each country or region has its own electric and color systems.
• Before using your camcorder abroad, check the following items.
• Power sources
The provided AC adaptor features automatic voltage selection in the AC range from 100 V to 240 V.
You can use your camcorder in any countries/regions using the AC power adaptor supplied with your
camcorder within the AC 100 V to 240 V, 50/60 Hz range.
Use a commercially available AC plug adaptor, if necessary, depending on the design of the wall outlet.
• On TV color systems
Your camcorder is an NTSC-system-based camcorder.
If you want to view your recordings on a TV or to copy it to an external device, it must be an NTSCsystem-based TV or an external device and have the appropriate Audio/Video jacks. Otherwise, you may
need to use a separate video format transcoder (NTSC-PAL format converter).
The format transcoder is not provided by Samsung.
NTSC-compatible countries/regions
Bahamas, Canada, Central America, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Philippines, Taiwan, United
States of America, etc.
PAL-compatible countries/regions
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, CIS, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland,
France, Germany, Greece, Great Britain, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq,
Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia, Mauritius, Norway, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovak
Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Thailand, Tunisia, etc.
You can make recordings with your camcorder and view pictures on the LCD screen from
anywhere in the world.
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specifications
Model name
SMX-F40BN/SMX-F40SN/SMX-F40RN/SMX-F40LN
SMX-F400BN/SMX-F400SN/SMX-F400RN/SMX-F400LN
SMX-F43BN/SMX-F43SN/SMX-F43RN/SMX-F43LN
SMX-F44BN/SMX-F44SN/SMX-F44RN/SMX-F44LN
Video signal
Picture compression format
Audio compression format
Recording resolution
System
Image device
Lens
Focal length
Filter diameter
LCD screen
Connectors
Size/dot number
LCD screen method
2.7 inches wide, 230k
1.6" interlaced scan, LCD panel / TFT active matrix
system
Composite video out
Audio output
USB output
1.0V (p_p), 75Ω, analog
-7.5dBm 47KΩ, analog, stereo
mini USB-B type (USB2.0 High Speed)
Power source
5.0V (Using AC adaptor), 3.7V (Using Lithium Ion
battery pack)
Power supply (100V~240V) 50/60Hz, Lithium Ion
battery pack
1.7W, 1.9W( LCD on)
32˚F~104˚F (0˚~40˚C)
10% ~80%
-4˚F ~ 140˚F (-20˚C ~ 60˚C)
Approx. 2.05''×2.3''×4.43''
(53mm×58.4mm×112.5mm)
Approx. 0.476lbs (216.4g) (without battery pack
and memory card)
Omni-directional stereo microphone
Power source type
General
NTSC
H.264/AVC Format
AAC (Advanced Audio Coding)
TV Super Fine (about 5.0Mbps), TV Fine (about
4.0Mbps), TV Normal (about 3.0Mbps), Web Fine
(about 4.0Mbps), Web Normal (about 3.0Mbps)
CCD (Charge Coupled Device) (Max: 680K)
F1.8 to 4.9, 52x (Optical), 65x (Intelli), 2200x (Digital)
Electronic zoom lens
2.1mm~109.2mm
Ø37
Power consumption
Operating temperature
Operating humidity
Storage temperature
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Weight
Internal MIC
※ These technical specifications and design may be changed without notice.
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warranty
SAMSUNG
LIMITED WARRANTY
SAMSUNG Electronics America Inc. (SEA), warrants that this product is free from defective
material and workmanship.
SEA further warrants that if product fails to operate properly within the specified warranty period
and the failure is due to improper workmanship or defective material, SEA will repair or replace
the product at it’s option.
All warranty repairs must be performed by a SEA authorized service center. The name and
address of the location nearest you can be obtained by calling toll free: 1-800 SAMSUNG
(1-800-726-7864).
Labor
90 days carry-in
Parts
1 year
On carry-in models, transportation to and from the service center is the customer’s
responsibility.
The original dated sales receipt must be retained by the customer and is the only acceptable
proof of purchase.
It must be presented to the authorized service center.
EXCLUSIONS (WHAT IS NOT COVERED)
This warranty does not cover damage due to accident, fire, flood and/or other acts of
God; misuse, incorrect line voltage, improper installation, improper or unauthorized repairs,
commercial use, or damage that occurs in shipping.
Exterior and interior finish, lamps, and glass are not covered under this warranty.
Customer adjustments which are explained in the instruction manual are not covered under the
terms of this warranty.
This warranty will automatically be voided for any unit found with a missing or altered serial
number. This warranty is valid only on products purchased in the United States and Puerto
Rico.
Some States do not allow the exclusions or limitations of incidental or consequential damages, or
allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitations or exclusions
may not apply to you.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from
State to State.
If you have any questions or comments relating to
Samsung products, please contact the SAMSUNG
customer care center Samsung Electronics America, inc.
1-800-SAMSUNG (726-7864)
www.samsung.com/us
RoHS compliant
Our product complies with “The Restriction Of the use of certain Hazardous
Substances in electrical and electronic equipment”, and we do not use the
6 hazardous materials- Cadmium(Cd), Lead (Pb), Mercury (Hg), Hexavalent
Chromium (Cr +6), Poly Brominated Biphenyls (PBBs), Poly Brominated
Diphenyl Ethers(PBDEs)- in our products.
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