Sharp VL-NZ50U - MiniDV Compact Digital Viewcam Specifications

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Valid for warranty service in the U.S. only
CONSUMER LIMITED WARRANTY
What to do to Obtain Service:
VL-NZ50U Camcorder
(Be sure to have this information available when you need service
for your Product.)
One (1) year parts and ninety (90) days labor from date of purchase except for the rechargeable battery incorporated in this Product which is warranted for thirty (30) days from date of purchase.
Non-rechargeable batteries.
From a Sharp Authorized Servicer located in the United States. To
find the location of the nearest Sharp Authorized Servicer, call Sharp
toll free at 1-800-BE-SHARP.
Ship prepaid or carry in your Product to a Sharp Authorized Servicer.
Be sure to have Proof of Purchase available. If you ship the Product, be sure it is insured and packaged securely.
SHARP ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
Sharp Plaza, Mahwah, New Jersey 07430-2135
SHARP CORPORATION
Osaka, Japan
Important
For assistance in reporting the theft or loss of
this product, record on the line below the
model number and serial number which
are located on the bottom of the unit.
Please retain this information.
Model No.:
Serial No.:
Printed in Japan
TINSE0443TAZZ
02P01-JKG
• See page 57 for use of Demo mode.
Appendix
TO OBTAIN SUPPLY, ACCESSORY OR PRODUCT INFORMATION, GO TO OUR WEBSITE AT www.sharp-usa.com
OR CALL 1-800-BE-SHARP
Please read this operation manual
carefully before using the camcorder.
Advanced Features
Where to Obtain Service:
OPERATION MANUAL
Useful Features
Additional Item(s) Excluded
from Warranty Coverage (if any):
VL-NZ50U
Basic Operations
Warranty Period for this Product:
MODEL
Preparation
Model Specific Section
Your Product Model
Number & Description:
LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY CAMCORDER
Operation References
SHARP ELECTRONICS CORPORATION warrants to the first consumer purchaser that this Sharp brand
product (the “Product”), when shipped in its original container, will be free from defective workmanship
and materials, and agrees that it will, at its option, either repair the defect or replace the defective
Product or part thereof with a new or remanufactured equivalent at no charge to the purchaser for parts
or labor for the period(s) set forth below.
This warranty does not apply to any appearance items of the Product nor to the additional excluded
item(s) set forth below nor to any Product the exterior of which has been damaged or defaced, which
has been subjected to improper voltage or other misuse, abnormal service or handling, or which has
been altered or modified in design or construction.
In order to enforce the rights under this limited warranty, the purchaser should follow the steps set forth
below and provide proof of purchase to the servicer.
The limited warranty described herein is in addition to whatever implied warranties may be granted to
purchasers by law. ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY
AND FITNESS FOR USE ARE LIMITED TO THE PERIOD(S) FROM THE DATE OF PURCHASE SET FORTH
BELOW. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above
limitation may not apply to you.
Neither the sales personnel of the seller nor any other person is authorized to make any warranties other
than those described herein, or to extend the duration of any warranties beyond the time period
described herein on behalf of Sharp.
The warranties described herein shall be the sole and exclusive warranties granted by Sharp and shall
be the sole and exclusive remedy available to the purchaser. Correction of defects, in the manner and
for the period of time described herein, shall constitute complete fulfillment of all liabilities and
responsibilities of Sharp to the purchaser with respect to the Product, and shall constitute full
satisfaction of all claims, whether based on contract, negligence, strict liability or otherwise. In no event
shall Sharp be liable, or in any way responsible, for any damages or defects in the Product which were
caused by repairs or attempted repairs performed by anyone other than an authorized servicer. Nor
shall Sharp be liable or in any way responsible for any incidental or consequential economic or property
damage. Some states do not allow the exclusion of incidental or consequential damages, so the above
exclusion may not apply to you.
THIS WARRANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS. YOU MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS
WHICH VARY FROM STATE TO STATE.
Thank you for purchasing this camcorder from SHARP.
The camcorder will enhance your home video enjoyment and allow you to capture those
special moments. Please read this operation manual to familiarize yourself with the
camcorder’s features, so that you will get the most out of it. The video techniques section will
help you fully enjoy the many features this camcorder offers, and expand your video world.
Important Information for Consumers in the U.S.
WARNING: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK,
DO NOT EXPOSE THIS APPLIANCE TO RAIN OR
MOISTURE.
CAUTION:
CAUTION
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE
COVER. NO USER-SERVICEABLE
PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING
TO QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL.
This symbol warns the user of uninsulated voltage within the
unit that can cause dangerous electric shocks.
This symbol alerts the user that there are important operating
and maintenance instructions in the literature accompanying
this unit.
CAUTION
CAUTION
(applies to the supplied AC adapter)
If the AC adapter is misplaced or
needs to be replaced, obtain the
same type of adapter from a SHARP
service center of your dealer.
TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK,
MATCH WIDE BLADE OF PLUG TO
WIDE SLOT, FULLY INSERT.
PRODUCT DISPOSAL
This Product utilizes tin-lead solder, and a fluorescent lamp containing a small
amount of mercury. Disposal of these materials may be regulated due to environmental considerations. For disposal or recycling information, please contact your
local authorities or the Electronics Industries Alliance: www.eiae.org.
BATTERY DISPOSAL
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CONTAINS LITHIUM-ION RECHARGEABLE BATTERY. MUST BE RECYCLED OR
DISPOSED OF PROPERLY. CONTACT LOCAL AGENCIES FOR INFORMATION ON
RECYCLING AND DISPOSAL PLANS IN YOUR AREA.
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WARNINGCFCC Regulations state that any unauthorized changes or modifications to this equipment not expressly approved by the manufacturer could void the
user’s authority to operate this equipment.
INFORMATION
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:
CReorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
CIncrease the separation between the equipment and receiver.
CConnect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
CConsult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY
Sharp Camcorder
This device complies with Part 15 of the 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.
RESPONSIBLE PARTY:
SHARP ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
Sharp Plaza, Mahwah, New Jersey 07430
Phone: 1-800-BE-SHARP
CAUTION ON LITHIUM BATTERY (MEMORY BACKUP BATTERY)
If a battery is reversed (positive end where the negative end belongs and vice
versa), it can overheat and rupture. This has happened when young children install
batteries backwards. Warn children not to take out batteries or install them. Parents
should install the lithium battery in the camcorder.
COPYRIGHT WARNING: It is the intent of SHARP that this unit be used in full compliance with the
copyright laws of the United States and that prior permission be obtained from copyright owners whenever necessary.
NOTE
The camcorder’s LCD panel is a very high technology product with more than 120,000 thin-film transistors*, giving you fine picture detail. Occasionally, a pixel may appear on the screen as a fixed point
of blue, green, red, or black. Please note that this does not affect your camcorder’s performance.
*Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS
1. Read InstructionsCAll the safety and
operating instructions should be read
before the product is operated.
2. Retain InstructionsCThe safety and
operating instructions should be
retained for future reference.
3. Heed WarningsCAll warnings on the
product and in the operating instructions should be adhered to.
4. Follow InstructionsCAll operating and
use instructions should be followed.
5. CleaningCUnplug this product from the
wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use
liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use
a damp cloth for cleaning.
6. AttachmentsCDo not use attachments
not recommended by the product
manufacturer as they may cause
hazards.
7. Water and MoistureCDo not use this
product near waterCfor example, near
a bath tub, wash bowl, kitchen sink, or
laundry tub; in a wet basement; or near
a swimming pool; and the like.
8. AccessoriesCDo not place this product
on an unstable cart, stand, tripod,
bracket, or table. The product may fall,
causing serious injury to a child or
adult, and
serious damage
to the product.
Use only with a
cart, stand,
tripod, bracket,
or table recommended by the manufacturer, or sold with the product. Any
mounting of the product should follow
the manufacturer’s instructions, and
should use a mounting accessory
recommended by the manufacturer.
9. A product and cart
combination should be
moved with care. Quick
stops, excessive force,
and uneven surfaces
may cause the product
and cart combination to overturn.
10. VentilationCSlots and openings in the
cabinet are provided for ventilation and
to ensure reliable operation of the
product and to protect it from overheating, and these openings must not be
blocked or covered. The openings
11.
12.
13.
14.
should never be blocked by placing the
product on a bed, sofa, rug, or other
similar surface. This product should not
be placed in
a built-in
installation
such as a
bookcase or
rack unless
proper ventilation is provided or the
manufacturer’s instructions have been
adhered to.
Power SourcesCThis product should
be operated only from the type of power
source indicated on the marking label. If
you are not sure of the type of power
supply to your home, consult your
product dealer or local power company.
For products intended to operate from
battery power, or other sources, refer to
the operating instructions.
Grounding or PolarizationCThis product
may be equipped with a polarized
alternating-current line plug (a plug
having one blade wider than the other).
This plug will fit into the power outlet
only one way. This is a safety feature. If
you are unable to insert the plug fully
into the outlet, try reversing the plug. If
the plug should still fail to fit, contact
your electrician to replace your obsolete
outlet. Do not defeat the safety purpose
of the polarized plug.
Power-Cord ProtectionCPower-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 at
plugs, convenience receptacles, and
the point where they exit from the
product.
LightningCFor added protection for this
product 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 product due to
lightning and power-line surges.
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15. Power LinesCAn outside antenna
system should not be located in the
vicinity of overhead power lines or other
electric light or power circuits, or 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.
16. OverloadingCDo not overload wall
outlets, extension cords, or integral
convenience receptacles as this can
result in a risk of fire or electric shock.
17. Object and Liquid EntryCNever push
objects of any kind into this product
through openings
as they may touch
dangerous
voltage points or
short-out parts
that could result in
a fire or electric shock. Never spill liquid
of any kind on the product.
18. ServicingCDo not attempt to service
this product yourself as opening or
removing covers may expose you to
dangerous voltage or other hazards.
Refer all servicing to qualified service
personnel.
19. Damage Requiring ServiceCUnplug
this product 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 liquid has been spilled, or objects
have fallen into the product,
c. If the product has been exposed to
rain or water,
d. If the product does not operate
normally by following the operating
instructions. Adjust only those
controls that are covered by the
operating instructions as an improper adjustment of other controls
may result in damage and will often
require extensive work by a qualified
technician to restore the product to
its normal operation,
20.
21.
22.
23.
e. If the product has been dropped or
damaged in any way, and
f. When the product exhibits a distinct
change in performanceCthis
indicates a need for service.
Replacement PartsCWhen replacement
parts are required, be sure the service
technician has used replacement parts
specified by the manufacturer or have
the same characteristics as the original
part. Unauthorized substitutions may
result in fire, electric shock, or other
hazards.
Safety CheckCUpon completion of any
service or repairs to this product, ask
the service technician to perform safety
checks to determine that the product is
in proper operating condition.
Wall or Ceiling MountingCThe product
should be mounted to a wall or ceiling
only as recommended by the manufacturer.
HeatCThe product should be situated
away from heat sources such as
radiators, heat registers, stoves, or
other products (including amplifiers)
that produce heat.
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Quick Operation Guide
Please consult this operation manual
further for details on these and other
functions of your camcorder.
Attaching the Battery
Pack
Power switch
Charging the Battery
Pack
1
Attach the battery pack on the
camcorder, and make sure that the
Power switch is set to OFF.
2
Plug the AC adapter into a power outlet
(1), then insert the DC plug into the DC
input jack (2).
• The charge indicator lights up.
DC input jack
To power outlet
1
Make sure that the Power
switch is set to OFF.
2
Align the = mark on the side of the
battery pack with the = mark on the
camcorder (1), and slide the battery
pack in the direction of the arrow
completely until it locks into place (2).
Charge indicator
• The charge indicator turns off when the
battery is charged.
3
Remove the DC plug from the DC input
jack, then remove the AC adapter from
the power outlet.
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Inserting a Cassette
1
Attach the power source to the
camcorder, then slide the cassette
compartment door release and open the
cassette compartment door.
• After confirmation sound, the cassette
holder extends and opens automatically.
Cassette compartment
door release
Tips on Recording
Positions
To create images that are easy to watch during
playback, try to record with an upright posture
and steady hand to prevent a shaky image.
Holding the camcorder
Place your right thumb close to the REC
START/STOP button and Power Zoom control.
Place your left thumb on the thumb rest on the
left side of the screen.
Basic posture
2
Insert a commercially available cassette
fully with the window facing outwards,
and with the erasure protect tab facing
upwards.
Take care not to
cover the lens or
microphone with
your finger.
Place your elbows
against your sides.
Erasure protect tab
SAVE
Balance your
weight on both
legs.
REC
Shooting from a high angle
Turn the LCD monitor so that the
screen faces downward.
3
Press the W mark gently until the
cassette holder clicks into place.
• After confirmation sound, the cassette
holder retracts automatically.
Shooting from a low angle
“W” mark
Turn the LCD monitor so that
the screen faces upward.
4
Wait for the cassette holder to fully
retract. Close the compartment door by
pressing the center until it clicks into
place.
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Quick Operation Guide
REC START/STOP button
Power Zoom control/Volume control
Zooming
Push the Power Zoom control to T (1) (telephoto) or W (2) (wide angle) side.
Power Zoom control
Playback
Operation button
Power switch
1
Easy Camera Recording
1
Insert a cassette into the camcorder.
2
Hold down the Lock button and set the
Power switch to CAMERA.
Lock button
2
Press j (or k) on the Operation button
to rewind (or fast forward) the tape to the
desired point.
3
Press m to begin playback.
• The picture from the lens now displays.
Lock button
3
Hold down the Lock button
and set the Power switch to
VCR.
AU T O
Press the REC START/STOP button to
begin recording.
To stop playback
RE C
Press l.
Volume Control
Push the Volume control to the L or + side to
increase (1) or decrease (2) the volume.
To pause recording
Press the REC START/STOP button again.
Volume control
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Precautions
• When the camcorder is not in use, remember to remove the cassette tape, turn off
the power, and disconnect the camcorder
from the power source.
• Always respect prohibitions or restrictions
on the use of electronic equipment on
commercial flights or in other sensitive areas.
• Do not aim the lens at the sun.
Do not allow direct sunlight to strike the
camcorder lens or LCD monitor screen,
whether or not recording is in progress, as it
may damage the CCD sensor or LCD screen
surface. Be particularly careful when recording outside.
• Be aware of the temperature and humidity.
You can use your camcorder at 32°F to 104°F
(0°C to L40°C), and at 30% to 80% relative
humidity. Do not store
the unit in an
unventilated car in the
summer, in direct sunlight, or near strong heat
sources; this can result
in severe damage to the
unit casing and circuitry.
• When shooting in dark places, avoid sudden
brightly lit objects or light sources, such as
the sun. Otherwise, the image may white out.
Should this happen, point the lens in a different direction until the picture returns to normal.
• Avoid magnetic sources.
Using the camcorder near
strong fluorescent lights,
motors, televisions, or other
magnetic sources may adversely affect recorded images.
• Using the camcorder near a broadcasting
station or other powerful transmission
source may cause buzzing or picture deterioration.
• Avoid shocks and dropping.
Do not drop or otherwise
subject the camcorder to
hard shocks or strong vibrations. Bumping or striking the
unit during recording will
generate noise in the recorded image.
• Avoid placing the
camcorder in close
proximity to lighting
equipment.
The heat from incandescent lights may deform the camcorder, or
cause it to malfunction.
• Avoid situations where water, sand, dust or
other foreign matter could get on or inside
the camcorder, and do not use or leave
your camcorder in areas with excessive
smoke, steam or moisture.
Such environments can cause malfunctions
or cause mildew to form on
the lenses. Be
sure to keep the
unit in a wellventilated location.
• Some small, portable tripods may be difficult to attach and may not be sturdy
enough to support your
camcorder. Be sure to use
only a strong, stable tripod.
• When using your
camcorder in a cold environment, the LCD monitor screen often appears less bright immediately after the
power is turned on. This is not a malfunction. To prevent the camcorder from becoming too cold, wrap it in a thick cloth (a
blanket, etc.).
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Supplied Accessories
Battery pack
BT-L225n*
AC adapter
UADP-0339TAZZ*
CR2025 type
lithium battery
Audio/video cable
QCNW-1979TAZZ
Lens cap
GCOVH1296TASA
Lens hood
GCOVA1870TASA
Wrist strap
UBNDT0145TASA
Tripod adapter
GDAI-A001WJZZ
* The part numbers for the AC adapter and battery pack supplied with this camcorder are valid only in
the U.S. and Latin America. If this camcorder was purchased outside of these areas, the part numbers
may be different. Please refer to the part numbers printed on the labels of the supplied AC adapter and
battery pack.
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Optional Accessories
Standard-life
battery pack
BT-L225n
Extended-life
battery pack
BT-L445n
Note:
• The listed model names are for U.S. accessories.
For optional and additional accessories, contact your local dealer, call the Sharp Accessories and
Supply Center at 1-800-642-2122, or visit SHARP’s website (http://www.sharp-usa.com).
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Contents
Operation References
Part Names .................................................................... 1
On-screen Display Index ............................................... 4
Warning Indicators ......................................................... 6
Preparation
Attaching and Removing the Battery Pack .................... 7
Charging the Battery Pack ............................................. 8
Powering the Camcorder from an AC Outlet ................. 9
Inserting and Removing a Cassette ............................ 10
Installing the Lithium Battery ........................................ 11
Selecting the Language for the On-screen Display ..... 12
Setting the Date and Time ........................................... 13
Attaching the Lens Hood ............................................. 14
Attaching the Wrist Strap ............................................. 14
Using the Lens Cap ..................................................... 14
Tips on Recording Positions ........................................ 15
Basic Operations
Camera Recording
Easy Camera Recording in Full Auto Mode .................
Zooming .......................................................................
Auto Focus ...................................................................
Macro Shots .................................................................
Remaining Recording Time Display ............................
Remaining Battery Power Display ...............................
16
17
17
17
18
18
Playback
Playback ......................................................................
Volume Control .............................................................
Video Search ................................................................
Still ...............................................................................
Watching Playback on a TV .........................................
19
19
20
20
21
Using the Menu Screens .............................................. 22
Useful Features
Camera Recording
Displaying the Recording Guide ..................................
Setting the Digital Zoom ..............................................
Gamma Brightness Compensation ..............................
Gain-up ........................................................................
Fade In and Fade Out ..................................................
Quick Return ................................................................
Edit Search ...................................................................
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24
25
26
27
28
28
Camera Recording
Manual Focus ..............................................................
Manual Exposure .........................................................
White Balance Lock .....................................................
Setting the Camcorder to Full Auto Mode ....................
Digital Picture Effects ...................................................
Scene Menu (Program AE) ..........................................
37
38
39
39
40
41
Playback
Using the Time Code ...................................................
Editing ..........................................................................
Editing with the DV Terminal (IEEE1394) .....................
Audio Dubbing Feature ................................................
Selecting the Audio Playback Mode ............................
42
43
44
45
47
Picture/Backlight Adjustments .....................................
Turning off the Confirmation Sound .............................
Useful Information ........................................................
Demonstration Mode ...................................................
Before Requesting Service ..........................................
Specifications ..............................................................
48
49
50
57
58
60
• Guía de operación rápida en español ....................................................................... 61
• Visualizaciones en pantalla en español ..................................................................... 68
• Affichages sur écran en français ................................................................................ 69
Advanced Features
34
35
35
36
Useful Features
Playback
Using the Remote Control (Not supplied) ....................
Displaying the Date and Time of Recording ................
Gamma Playback ........................................................
Picture Effect Playback ................................................
Basic Operations
Appendix
29
29
30
30
31
32
33
Preparation
Advanced Features
Still Recording ..............................................................
Attaching the Supplied Tripod Adapter .......................
Wide Screen (16:9) ......................................................
Digital Image Stabilization (DIS) ..................................
Self Recording .............................................................
Recording in LP (Long Play Recording) Mode ............
Selecting the 16-bit Audio Recording Mode ................
Operation References
Useful Features
Appendix
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Operation References
Operation
References
Operation References
Part Names
For details on the use of each part, refer to the page number indicated in brackets.
Front view
Stereo microphone
Zoom lens
DC input jack
[pp. 8, 9]
Cassette holder [p. 10]
Lithium battery
compartment door
[p. 11]
Cassette compartment door [p. 10]
Cassette compartment door release [p. 10]
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Operation References
Rear view
Power Zoom Wide angle/
Telephoto control [p. 17]/
VOLume control [p. 19]
DV terminal
[p. 44]
GUIDE ON/OFF
switch [p. 23]
AV jack
[pp. 21, 43]
Operation button
Jack cover
[pp. 21, 43, 44]
LCD monitor
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Operation References
Operation References
Rear view
RECord START/STOP
button [p. 16]
STILL button [p. 29]
GAMMA/
BRIGHTER button
[pp. 25, 26, 35]
FADE button
[p. 27]
Power switch
(CAMERA/VCR
select switch)
[pp. 16, 19]
SET button
[p. 22]
Speaker
MENU button [pp. 5, 22]
MANUAL button
[p. 5]
Bottom view
Battery release [p. 7]
Wrist strap loop
[p. 14]
Tripod adapter socket
[p. 29]
Battery mounting surface
[p. 7]
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Operation References
On-screen Display Index
For details on the use of each function, refer to the page number indicated.
CAMERA mode
p. 18
p. 30
S E T T I NG 1
P I C. E F F E C T
S C E N E ME NU
QK . R E T U RN
R E T U RN
p. 40
p. 41
p. 28
LCD SE T
BA CK L I GHT
L C D B R I GH T
L C D C OL OR
R E T U RN
p. 48
S E T T I NG 2
D G T L Z OOM
T APE SPE ED
DIS
16 : 9
A UD I O MOD E
R E T U RN
p. 24
p. 32
p. 30
p. 30
p. 33
CLOCK SE T
D I SPLA Y
S E T T I NG
12H / 24H
R E T UR N
p. 35
p. 13
p. 14
OTHE RS
BEEP
T I ME CO D E
T C OU T
D E MO MOD E
L A NGU A G E
R E T U RN
p. 49
p. 42
p. 42
p. 57
p. 12
P L AY BACK SE T
P I C. E F F E C T
A U D I O DU B
AUD I O
R E T U RN
p. 36
p. 46
p. 47
LCD SE T
BA CK L I GHT
L C D B R I GH T
L C D C OL OR
R E T U RN
p. 48
OTHE RS
R EMO T E
BEEP
T I ME CO D E
T C OU T
R E T URN
p. 34
p. 49
p. 42
p. 42
CLOCK SE T
D I SPLAY
R E T UR N
p. 35
p. 16
pp. 16, 39
p. 18
AU T O
3 0 min
S E T T I NG 1
P I C. E F F E C T
S C E N E ME NU
QK . R E T U RN
R E T U RN
VCR mode
p. 18
A UD I O 1 + 2
p. 47
P L AY BACK SE T
P I C. E F F E C T
A U D I O DU B
AUD I O
R E T U RN
Note:
• See page 22 for procedures on how to display the desired screen.
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Operation References
Operation References
Manual screens
Each time you press the MANUAL button, the screen
changes as shown below.
AUTO
MAN . F O C U S
AUTO
E X POSURE
Focus setting screen
(p. 37)
AUTO
Exposure setting screen
(p. 38)
AUTO
MANUAL button
AUTO
WH I T E B A L .
White balance screen
(p. 39)
AUTO
Normal screen
AU T O
3 0 min
On-screen indicators on/off
Each time you press the MENU button, the screen
changes as shown below.
• The example screens shown are for CAMERA mode.
Indicators on
MENU button
AU T O
3 0 min
Menu screen
S E T T I NG 1
P I C. E F F E C T
S C E N E ME NU
QK . R E T U RN
R E T U RN
Indicators off
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If a warning indicator appears on the screen, follow the specified instructions.
Displayed for the first
3 seconds
Displayed after
3 seconds
I NSER T
A CASS E T TE.
Operation References
Warning Indicators
Description of warning
There is no video cassette in the camcorder.
Insert a cassette (see page 10).
E J E C T T HE
CAS SE T T E .
E J E C T THE
CAS SE T T E .
The video cassette is defective and should be
removed (see page 10).
CASSE T T E NOT
RE CORDA BL E.
P RO T E C T . T A B
The erasure protect tab on the video cassette
has been slid to the record-protect position,
preventing recording (see page 52).
T HE T A P E
E NDS SOON.
T A PE E ND
The tape is about to end. Prepare a new
cassette (see page 10).
CHANGE THE
CAS SE T T E .
T A PE END
The tape has reached the end. Replace it with a
new cassette (see page 10).
BAT T ERY I S
TOO LOW.
The battery is almost depleted. Replace it with a
fully charged battery pack (see page 7).
DEW
DEW
Dew has formed inside the camcorder. Wait a
few hours for the dew to dry away (see
page 54).
About 10 seconds after this warning appears,
the camcorder automatically turns off.
The video heads are clogged and should be
cleaned (see page 55).
L AMP
L AMP
The fluorescent lamp behind the LCD monitor is
close to the end of its service life. Call your local
authorized Sharp dealer to have it replaced.
Note:
• N indicates a flashing display.
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Preparation
Preparation
Attaching and Removing
the Battery Pack
Attaching
Preparation
Power switch
1
Make sure that the Power
switch is set to OFF.
2
Align the = mark on the side of the
battery pack with the = mark on the
camcorder (1), and slide the battery
pack in the direction of the arrow
completely until it locks into place (2).
Removing
1
Make sure that the Power switch is set
to OFF.
2
Rotate the monitor section of the
camcorder (1), then press the battery
release (2). Slide the battery pack in
the direction of the arrow and take it out
(3).
Battery release
Cautions:
• BEFORE REMOVING THE BATTERY PACK,
ALWAYS STOP RECORDING OR PLAYBACK
AND TURN THE POWER OFF. Removing the
battery pack while shooting or during playback
may damage the tape by causing it to wrap
around the video head drum.
• Remove the battery pack from the camcorder if
you will not use the camcorder for a long period
of time.
• Make sure that the battery pack is firmly
attached during operation. If it is not, the battery
pack may come off or camcorder operation may
fall because of the poor contact pressure.
• To prevent damage to the battery pack when
removing, be sure to firmly hold the battery pack
while pressing the release.
• Use only SHARP model BT-L225 or BT-L445
battery packs with this camcorder. Use of other
batteries may create a risk of fire or explosion.
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Charging the Battery
Pack
Attach the battery pack on the
camcorder, and make sure that the
Power switch is set to OFF.
2
Plug the AC adapter into a power outlet
(1), then insert the DC plug into the DC
input jack (2).
• The charge indicator lights up.
DC input jack
To power outlet
Preparation
1
Notes:
• Charge the battery pack between 50°F and
86°F (10°C and 30°C). The battery pack may
not charge properly at temperatures too low
or too high.
• The battery pack and charger become warm
during charging. This is not a malfunction.
• Using the zoom (see page 17) and other
functions or turning the power on and off
frequently will increase power consumption.
This may result in a decrease in the actual
recording time compared to the maximum
continuous recording time listed above.
• The charging time and recording time may
vary depending on the ambient temperature
and the condition of the battery pack.
• See page 53 for more information on using the
battery pack.
Caution:
• Charge only SHARP model BT-L225 or BT-L445
battery packs. Other types of battery packs may
burst, causing personal injury and damage.
Charge indicator
Extending battery pack life
• The charge indicator turns off when the
battery is charged.
3
Remove the DC plug from the DC input
jack, then remove the AC adapter from
the power outlet.
Charging time and maximum continuous recording and playback times
Battery
pack
Even when the battery pack is not used, the
capacity of the battery pack will naturally
deteriorate over time. To limit the deterioration
of the capacity, it is recommended to perform
the following procedure at least once every six
months:
1Fully charge the battery pack.
2Attach the battery pack to the camcorder,
and set the Power switch to CAMERA
without inserting a cassette. Allow the
battery power to fully discharge by leaving
it on the camcorder until the camcorder
power automatically turns off.
3Remove the battery pack and store it
between 50°F and 68°F (10°C and 20°C).
Charging Max. continuous Max. continuous
time
recording time playback time
BT-L225
approx.
2hr.
approx.
1hr. 30min.
approx.
1hr. 30min.
BT-L445
approx.
3hr. 30min.
approx.
3hr.
approx.
3hr.
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Preparation
Powering the
Camcorder from an AC
Outlet
Preparation
You can also power the camcorder from a
power outlet by using the supplied AC adapter.
Caution:
• The supplied AC adapter is specially designed
for use with this camcorder, and should not be
used as a power supply for other camcorders.
1
Make sure that the Power switch is set
to OFF.
2
Plug the AC adapter into a power outlet
(1), then insert the DC plug into the DC
input jack (2).
Note:
• When using the AC adapter to power the
camcorder, the battery pack is not charged.
Cautions:
• BEFORE REMOVING THE DC PLUG, ALWAYS
STOP RECORDING OR PLAYBACK AND TURN
THE POWER OFF. Removing the DC plug while
shooting or during playback may damage the
tape by causing it to wrap around the video
head drum.
• Disconnect the camcorder from the AC adapter
if you will not use the camcorder for a long
period of time.
• The camcorder is supplied power.
DC input jack
To power outlet
3
Hold down the Lock button
and set the Power switch to
CAMERA or VCR.
Lock button
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Inserting and Removing
a Cassette
Inserting
1
4
Wait for the cassette holder to fully
retract. Close the compartment door by
pressing the center until it clicks into
place.
Preparation
Attach the power source to the
camcorder, then slide the cassette
compartment door release and open the
cassette compartment door.
• After confirmation sound, the cassette
holder extends and opens automatically.
Cassette compartment
door release
Removing
Perform step 1 above, then take out the
cassette.
2
Insert a commercially available cassette
fully with the window facing outwards,
and with the erasure protect tab facing
upwards.
Erasure protect tab
SAVE
REC
3
Press the W mark gently until the
cassette holder clicks into place.
Cautions:
• Do not try to close the cassette compartment
door while the cassette holder is extending or
retracting.
• Be careful not to get your fingers caught in the
cassette holder.
• Do not apply force to the cassette holder except
when pressing the W mark to close it.
• Do not tilt the camcorder or hold it upside down
when you are inserting or removing a cassette. It
may damage the tape.
• Remove the cassette if you will not use the
camcorder for a long period of time.
• If you do not correctly close the cassette holder
in step 3, the cassette protection mechanism of
the camcorder might eject the cassette. If this
happens, repeat the insertion procedure.
• Do not attempt to pick up the camcorder by the
cassette compartment door.
Notes:
• If the battery power is too low, you may not be
able to eject the cassette. Replace the battery
pack with a fully charged one.
• See page 52 for more information on the video
cassette tapes intended for use with this
camcorder.
• After confirmation sound, the cassette
holder retracts automatically.
“W” mark
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Preparation
Installing the Lithium
Battery
Installing
Removing
Perform steps 1 and 2 above,
then lift out the battery from
the battery holder.
Preparation
The supplied lithium battery is used to store the
memory of the date and time settings.
1
Slide the cassette compartment door
release and open the cassette compartment door.
Note:
• The cassette holder will extend and open
when the camcorder is connected to a
power source. Be sure to close the cassette
holder before proceeding to the next step
(see page 10).
2
Pull out the lithium battery holder using
a pointed object such as the tip of a
ballpoint pen.
Lithium battery
holder
3
Insert the lithium
“m” mark
battery into the
battery holder with
the H side of the
battery facing the
m side of the
holder.
4
Push the battery holder back into
position. Press the W mark gently,
then close the cassette compartment
door by pressing the center until it clicks
into place.
Notes on the Use of the Lithium battery
REPLACE BATTERY WITH TOSHIBA,
MATSUSHITA OR HITACHI MAXELL TYPE
CR2025 ONLY. USE OF A DIFFERENT
BATTERY MAY PRESENT A RISK OF FIRE OR
EXPLOSION.
X KEEP THIS BATTERY AWAY
FROM CHILDREN. IF SWALLOWED, CONSULT A PHYSICIAN IMMEDIATELY FOR
EMERGENCY TREATMENT.
Z BATTERY MAY EXPLODE IF MISUSED OR INSTALLED WITH POLARITY
REVERSED. DO NOT RECHARGE, DISASSEMBLE OR DISPOSE OF IN FIRE.
• Do not short-circuit, recharge, disassemble, or
heat the lithium battery.
• Should the lithium battery leak, wipe the battery
compartment clean, and then insert a new
battery.
• The lithium battery will last about one year under
normal usage.
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Selecting the Language
for the On-screen
Display
This camcorder allows you to choose English,
French or Spanish as the on-screen display
language.
1
In CAMERA mode, press the MENU
button until the menu screen appears.
2
Press l or m on the operation button
to select I, then press the SET button.
3
Press l or m to select “LANGUAGE”
(“LANGUE” or “IDIOMA”), then press the
SET button.
• The language selection screen appears.
SET button
OTHE RS
BEEP
T I ME CO D E
T C OU T
D E MO MOD E
L A NGU A G E
R E T U RN
MENU button
Preparation
Power switch
Changing
E N GL I S H
Operation button
Setting
When using the camcorder for the first time,
select your on-screen display language by
following the steps below.
1
Hold down the Lock button and set the
Power switch to CAMERA.
• The language selection screen appears.
2
L AN GU A G E
E NG L I SH
F RAN Ç A I S
ESPAÑOL
4
Press l or m to select the desired
language, then press the SET button.
• The menu screen displays in the
language selected.
Press l or m on the operation button
to select the desired language, then
press the SET button.
I D I OMA
E NG L I SH
F RAN Ç A I S
ESPAÑOL
L AN GU A G E
E NG L I SH
F RAN Ç A I S
ESPAÑOL
O T RO S
P I T I DO
C Ó D . T I E MP O
SAL I DA CT
MODO D EMO .
E SP AÑ OL
I D I OMA
R E T ORNO
5
AU T O
Press the MENU button to turn off the
menu screen.
Note:
• The operation procedures in the following
sections are based on using the English onscreen displays.
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Preparation
Setting the Date and
Time
Example: Setting the date to June 2, 2003
(JUN. 2. 2003) and the time to 10:30 am
(10:30 AM).
Preparation
Power switch
4
Press l or m to select “JUN” (month),
then press the SET button.
SE T T I NG
5
Press l or m to select “2” (day), then
press the SET button.
SE T T I NG
SET button
6
JUN. 1 . 2 0 0 2
1 2 : 0 0 AM
JUN. 2 . 2 0 0 2
1 2 : 0 0 AM
Press l or m to select “2003” (year),
then press the SET button.
SE T T I NG
MENU button
JUN. 2 . 2 0 0 3
1 2 : 0 0 AM
Operation button
Note:
• Before performing the steps below, make sure
that the lithium battery has been installed (see
page 11).
1
Hold down the Lock button
and set the Power switch to
CAMERA.
7
Press l or m to select “10 AM” (hour),
then press the SET button.
SE T T I NG
8
JUN. 2 . 2 0 0 3
1 0 : 0 0 AM
Press l or m to select “30” (minute),
then press the SET button.
• The internal clock now starts operating.
SE T T I NG
Lock button
2
Press the MENU button until the menu
screen appears.
CLOCK SE T
D I SPLAY
S E T T I NG
12H / 24H
R E T UR N
3
J A N. 1 . 2 0 0 2
1 2 : 0 0 AM
9
JUN. 2 . 2 0 0 3
1 0 : 3 0 AM
Press the MENU button to turn off the
menu screen.
Note:
• If the date and time have been set, the SETTING
1 screen (T) appears in step 2. Select
“SETTING” in the CLOCK SET screen (P) using
the Operation button and SET button.
Press the SET button.
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Changing to the 24-hour Time
Mode
1
After performing step 8 above, press l
or m to select “12H/24H”, then press the
SET button.
Preparation
3
1 2H
2 4H
Press l or m to select “24H”, then
press the SET button.
1 2 H 2 4H
Attach the wrist strap to the wrist strap loop as
shown below.
Wrist strap loop
CLOCK SE T
D I SPLAY
S E T T I NG
12H / 24H
R E T UR N
2
Attaching the Wrist
Strap
2 4H
Press the MENU button to turn off the
menu screen.
Notes:
• The date and time, once set, are internally
recorded even when not displayed on the
screen.
• The menu screen automatically turns off if no
settings are made within five minutes.
Caution:
• Do not swing the camcorder by the strap.
Using the Lens Cap
Attach the strap to the lens cap as shown
below.
Attaching the Lens
Hood
When recording outdoors on a sunny day or in
a location with bright lighting, attach the
supplied lens hood to the camcorder. Turn the
lens hood in the direction of the arrow to attach
it.
Attach the strap of the lens cap to the wrist
strap as shown below.
To remove it, turn it in the opposite direction.
Notes:
• The lens cap can still be attached on top of the
lens hood.
• Filters and other accessories cannot be attached
on the top of the lens hood.
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Preparation
Always attach the lens cap over the lens when
not using the camcorder.
Tips on Recording
Positions
To create images that are easy to watch during
playback, try to record with an upright posture
and steady hand to prevent a shaky image.
Preparation
Holding the camcorder
Place your right thumb close to the REC
START/STOP button and Power Zoom control.
Place your left thumb on the thumb rest on the
left side of the screen.
Basic posture
When recording, hang the lens cap on the wrist
strap to keep the cap out of the way.
Take care not to
cover the lens or
microphone with
your finger.
Place your elbows
against your sides.
Balance your
weight on both
legs.
Shooting from a high angle
Turn the LCD monitor so that the
screen faces downward.
Shooting from a low angle
Turn the LCD monitor so that
the screen faces upward.
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Basic Operations
Camera Recording
Easy Camera Recording
in Full Auto Mode
• Before you start recording, perform the
operations described on pages 7 through 15
to prepare your camcorder for recording.
To pause recording
Press the REC START/STOP button again.
Recording pauses, and the camcorder enters
Recording Standby mode.
PAUSE
REC START/STOP button
Power switch
To turn the power off
1
2
Remove the lens cap.
Hold down the Lock button and set the
Power switch to CAMERA.
• The picture from the lens now displays.
• The camcorder is now ready to record
(Recording Standby mode).
Lock button
Maximum continuous recording and
actual recording times
AU T O
Note:
• If “AUTO” is not displayed at this time, set
the camcorder to Full Auto mode (see page
39).
3
Notes:
• Battery power is consumed in Recording
Standby mode. Turn off the power if you will not
be recording again soon.
• If the camcorder remains in Recording Standby
mode for more than 5 minutes, the power will
automatically turn off to save battery power and
to protect the tape from being damaged. To
resume recording, set the Power switch to OFF
and then back to CAMERA. (The camcorder will
make a confirmation sound when it is left in
Recording Standby mode for about 4 minutes.)
Basic Operations
Set the Power switch to OFF without pressing
the Lock button.
Press the REC START/STOP button to
begin recording.
RE C
Battery
pack
Max. continuous
recording time
Actual recording
time
BT-L225
approx.
1hr. 30min.
approx.
50min.
BT-L445
approx.
3hr.
approx.
1hr. 40min.
Note:
• Using the zoom (see page 17) and other
functions or turning the power on and off
frequently will increase power consumption.
This may result in a decrease in the actual
recording time compared to the maximum
continuous recording time listed above.
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Basic Operations
Camera Recording
Zooming
Auto Focus
Zooming allows you to move visually closer to
or farther from a subject without physically
changing your position.
When using the optical zoom, you can enlarge
the subject up to 10K.
Zooming in (when you want to center
attention on the subject)
Wide
angle
Basic Operations
Zooming out (when you want to
includes the surroundings)
The camcorder is preset to Auto Focus mode,
which is designed to focus on most types of
subjects. In Auto Focus mode, the camcorder
automatically focuses on the subject in the
center of the scene. Always keep the subject in
the center of the scene.
Notes:
• If no subject is in the center of the scene, the
focus area will expand and the subject nearest
Telethe center will be focused on.
photo
• If no subject is displayed, the camcorder will
automatically zoom out until a subject comes
into the frame.
• Auto Focus may not work in the situations
described on page 37. In these situations, use
the manual focus function.
Zooming in
Push the Power Zoom control to the T (telephoto) side to get a close-up view (1).
Macro Shots
Zooming out
Push the Power Zoom control to the W (wide
angle) side to get a wide field of view (2).
Power Zoom control
This camcorder lets you shoot close-up images
of small objects such as flowers and insects, or
make title frames for your videos. When you
want to record a magnified image of a subject
which is within approximately 5 feet (1.5 m) of
the camcorder, do not zoom in on it. Instead,
zoom out all the way by pushing the Power
Zoom control to the W side, and then move the
camcorder closer to the subject until you obtain
the desired angle of view. The camcorder will
automatically focus on the subject when the
lens is set for the widest angle.
Power Zoom
control
Zoom range indicator
W
T Z OOM
3
• The zoom range indicator shows you the current
zoom setting.
• The zoom speed depends on how far you push
the Power Zoom control.
Note:
• When you are recording a macro shot, be sure
that the subject receives sufficient illumination.
Notes:
• The camcorder is unable to focus when zooming
in on subjects within 5 feet (1.5 m). The
camcorder will automatically zoom out until it is
able to focus on the subject.
• See page 24 for how to use the digital zoom.
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Remaining Recording
Time Display
When the camcorder is recording, an onscreen indicator displays the approximate
remaining tape time in minutes.
Remaining recording
time indicator
When using the camcorder with the battery
pack as the power source, the remaining
battery power indicator is displayed. If the
battery power becomes very low, a warning
indicator appears. Replace the battery pack.
(Green)
(Green)
Notes:
• The remaining recording time indicator
appears when the on-screen indicators turns
on.
• The remaining recording time indicator
appears 10 seconds after pressing the REC
START/STOP button to begin recording.
• The remaining recording time indicator only
shows the approximate time left. Also, it varies
slightly depending on the length of tape used.
(This function is based on the DVM60 tape
standard.)
When the remaining recording time reaches 1
minute, a warning indicator will appear.
Prepare a new cassette.
Warning indicator
Approx. remaining time
T HE T A P E
E NDS SOON.
Less than 1 min.
(Red)
BAT T E RY I S
T OO LOW.
Remaining battery
power indicator
Basic Operations
3 0 min
Remaining Battery
Power Display
Warning indicator
Notes:
• The remaining battery power indicator
appears when the on-screen indicators turns
on.
• Use the remaining battery power indicator only
as an approximate indication.
• The remaining battery power indicator may
change to either a higher or lower level if you set
the Power switch to OFF and then back to
CAMERA or VCR.
• In cold environments, the red remaining battery
power indicator may appear sooner.
• Use of the zoom functions when the warning
indicator is displayed may cause the camcorder
to suddenly lose power.
T A PE E ND
CHANGE T HE
CAS SE T T E .
The tape has reached
the end.
T A PE E ND
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Basic
Operations
Basic Operations
Playback
Playback
Playback
To stop playback
The LCD monitor screen functions as a handy
playback monitor. Nothing needs to be
connected, allowing instant on-screen playback with the sound through the built-in
speaker.
Press l.
Power switch
To turn the power off
Set the Power switch to OFF without pressing
the Lock button.
Basic Operations
Note:
• The tape is automatically rewound when
playback reaches the end of the tape.
Operation button
1
Hold down the Lock button
and set the Power switch to
VCR.
Lock button
2
Press j (or k) on the Operation button
to rewind (or fast forward) the tape to the
desired point.
3
Press m to begin playback.
Volume Control
When the camcorder is in VCR mode, push the
Volume control to the L or + side to increase
(1) or decrease (2) the volume.
The volume level indicator will appear on the
LCD screen during adjustment only. Once the
Volume control is released, the volume level
indicator will disappear shortly afterwards.
Volume control
Note:
• If you press the REC START/STOP button in VCR
” mark appears and the
mode, the “
camcorder enters Recording Standby mode. If
you do not intend to record, press l to turn the
“
” mark off, then press m to begin playback.
This will ensure your previous recording is not
erased (see page 44).
VOLUME
Decrease
Increase
Speaker
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Video Search
Still
The video search function makes it easy to
search for a desired scene on the tape.
Searching for a Scene Near
the Current Tape Position
1
During playback, press m on the Operation
button.
During playback, press k (or j) on the
Operation button.
• The playback picture fast forwards (or
reverses).
When you find the scene, press m to
return to normal playback.
To return to normal playback, press m again.
Notes:
• The sound is off in Still mode.
• To protect the tape, the camcorder automatically
returns to normal playback if it is left in Still mode
for more than 5 minutes.
Searching for a Scene Far from
the Current Tape Position
1
Basic Operations
2
The still function allows you to pause playback.
During fast forward (or rewind), press
and hold k (or j) on the Operation
button.
• The fast forward (or rewind) picture
displays.
2
If the scene is still rather far from the
current tape position, release the
Operation button to normal fast forward
(or rewind).
3
Repeat steps 1 and 2 above until you
find the scene.
4
Press m to begin normal playback.
Notes:
• The sound is off during search.
• You may experience picture noise during search.
This is not a malfunction.
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Basic Operations
Playback
Watching Playback on a
TV
Caution:
• Check that the camcorder, TV, VCR and
other equipment to be used are turned off
before making any connections. Picture
noise or malfunction may occur if any of the
above is left on while making a connection.
You can connect the camcorder to a TV to
allow a larger audience to enjoy playback.
1
Open the jack cover on the camcorder
(see page 2).
3
Turn on the TV and set it to the “AV” or
“VIDEO” channel. (See the operation
manual of your TV.)
Basic Operations
• When connecting to a TV via a VCR, turn
on the VCR and set it to the “AV” or
“LINE” input channel. Operate the TV as
you normally do to view the signal from
the VCR. (See the operation manuals of
your TV and VCR.)
4
Jack cover
2
Connect the camcorder to your TV (or
VCR) with the supplied audio/video
cable, as shown.
Set the Power switch on the camcorder
to VCR, and begin playback (see page
19).
Notes:
• If your TV or VCR has only one audio input jack,
use the white plug for the audio connection on
the TV or VCR.
• Close the jack cover after use.
CHANNEL
PAUSE
/STILL
PLAY
STOP/
EJECT
POWER
TV/VCR SET UP
REC
Yellow: To video input jack
White: To audio input (L) jack
Red: To audio input (R) jack
Audio/video cable (supplied)
To AV jack
: The arrow shows the signal flow.
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Useful Features
3
Using the Menu
Screens
Press l or m on the Operation button
to select the desired menu screen (Y),
then press the SET button.
Example
Use the menu screens to adjust the various
camcorder settings.
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Power switch
SET button
• You can press k, instead of the SET
button.
MENU button
Operation button
1
4
Example
Set to the desired
camcorder mode
(CAMERA or VCR).
• See page 4 for the
menu items you can
select in each
camcorder mode.
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Lock button
Press the MENU button until the menu
screen appears.
Example
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Note:
• The menu screen does not appear during
recording.
• You can press k, instead of the SET
button.
5
Press l or m to select the desired
menu setting, then press the SET
button.
DG T L ZOOM
Useful Features
• Steps 2 to 5 show how to change the
DGTL ZOOM menu setting in CAMERA
mode.
2
Press l or m to select the desired
menu item (DGTL ZOOM), then press
the SET button.
40
• You can press k, instead of the SET
button.
• To adjust another menu item, press l or
m to select “RETURN” and press the
SET button, then perform steps 3 to 5.
To turn off the menu screen
Press the MENU button.
Notes:
• Certain menu items are common to all
camcorder modes. If the BEEP menu item, for
example, is set to “OFF” in CAMERA mode, it will
be automatically set to “OFF” in VCR mode.
• The menu screen automatically turns off if no
settings are made within five minutes.
• Items that are not selectable are grayed out.
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Useful
Features
Useful features
Camera Recording
Camera
Recording
Displaying the
Recording Guide
This function helps you decide on the size of
the subject occupying the screen. Select one
of five recording guides.
Types
Set the GUIDE ON/OFF switch
to ON.
Selecting the recording guide
Press l or m on the Operation button.
Cross: A cross mark at
the center of the
screen for placing the
subject at the center.
Focus: Focus brackets
for guiding you to the
focus area.
Useful Features
Turning on the recording guide
To turn off the recording guide
Set the GUIDE ON/OFF switch
to OFF.
Note:
• When using manual focus, you cannot
change the recording guide.
Landscape: Grid lines
dividing the screen
into 9 areas to help
you with the horizontal
and vertical composition.
Snapshot: For capturing a small group of
friends in a frame with
surrounding background.
Portrait: Green frame
fitting a full-body view
and yellow frame
fitting an upper-body
view.
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Setting the Digital
Zoom
The “D” digital zoom indicator is displayed
during digital zooming.
You can select three different zoom ranges: 1–
10K (optical zoom), 10–40K (digital zoom) or
10–300K (digital zoom). The digital zoom
allows you to record powerful close-up pictures
with the same operation as normal zooming.
Notes:
• The digital zoom is in addition to the optical
zoom giving a combined maximum zoom range
of 1–300K.
• As the image is enlarged digitally, the picture
quality decreases when higher digital zoom
settings are used.
1
In CAMERA mode, press the MENU
button until the menu screen appears.
2
Press l or m on the operation button
to select Y, then press the SET button.
3
Press l or m to select “DGTL ZOOM”,
then press the SET button.
W
T D - ZOOM 2 5
Digital zoom indicator
To use optical zoom only
Select “OFF” in step 4 above.
4
Press l or m to select “40” or “300”,
then press the SET button.
DG T L ZOOM
5
Useful Features
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Press the MENU button to turn off the
menu screen.
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Useful features
Camera Recording
Gamma Brightness
Compensation
To obtain a brighter picture
Press the GAMMA/BRIGHTER button again.
• The x indicator appears.
When the subject is backlit, the image will
appear dark if it is recorded normally. The
gamma brightness compensation function
improves the picture by increasing the
brightness of the subject while leaving the
brighter portion of the image unaffected.
GAMMA
AU T O
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Note:
• When the x indicator is displayed, the
background will become slightly brighter.
To cancel Gamma Brightness Compensation
Press the GAMMA/BRIGHTER button until
“GAMMA” disappears.
GAMMA/BRIGHTER
button
Useful Features
In CAMERA mode, press the GAMMA/
BRIGHTER button once.
• “GAMMA” appears, indicating that Gamma
Brightness Compensation is now working.
AU T O
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GAMMA
AU T O
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Gain-up
To obtain a brighter picture
When you are recording in a dark or poorly
illuminated location, “LIGHT” is displayed on
the screen. Use the gain-up function to record
a brighter picture.
Press the GAMMA/BRIGHTER button again.
• The e indicator appears.
GAMMA
Note:
• At locations where lighting is adequate, “LIGHT”
will not appear. The gain-up function cannot be
used in this case.
AU T O
3 0 min
To cancel the gain-up function
Press the GAMMA/BRIGHTER button until
“GAMMA” disappears.
GAMMA/BRIGHTER
button
In CAMERA mode, press the GAMMA/
BRIGHTER button once.
• “GAMMA” appears, indicating that the gainup function is now working.
Notes:
• You may experience some picture noise in Gainup mode, which increases when the e
displays.
• When the e indicator displays, you may get
a shadow image behind a subject that is moving
around a lot.
• Fine brightness adjustments are possible when
using manual exposure (see page 38).
• Gain-up will cancel if you aim the camcorder in a
bright location.
Useful Features
L I GH T
AU T O
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GAMMA
L I GH T
AU T O
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Useful Features
Camera Recording
2
Fade In and Fade Out
Press the REC START/STOP button to
begin recording.
• The picture turns white, and the image
and sound fade in.
The fade function allows you to gradually bring
the image and sound in or out at the beginning
or end of a scene for creating scene transitions. This is especially effective in creating a
dramatic change in scenery.
REC
F A DE
IN
REC START/STOP button
AU T O
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3
Press the REC START/STOP button at
the point where you wish to stop
recording.
• The image and sound fade out as the
picture gradually turns white. The
camcorder then returns to Recording
Standby mode.
FADE button
Fade in
Useful Features
F A D E OU T
AU T O
Fade out
2 7 min
Using
To cancel Fade mode
1
Press the FADE button again in Recording
Standby mode.
In CAMERA mode, press the FADE
button.
• “FADE” appears.
To use Fade Out only
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1
During camera recording, press the
FADE button to display “FADE”.
2
Press the REC START/STOP button at
the point where you wish to stop
recording.
Note:
• Fade mode automatically cancels after Fade
Out.
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Quick Return
Edit Search
If while playing back your tape you want to
quickly return to the last recorded scene and
start recording again, use the quick return
function.
1
In Recording Standby mode, press the
MENU button until the menu screen
appears.
2
Press l or m on the operation button
to select T, then press the SET button.
3
Press l or m to select “QK. RETURN”,
then press the SET button.
The edit search function lets you search,
without switching from CAMERA mode to VCR
mode, for the point on the tape where you wish
to start recording next.
Operation button
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2
When you find the point where you want
to begin recording, release the button.
SE ARCH
• When the tape reaches the end of the
last recorded scene, “FINISHED” is
displayed, and the camcorder enters
Recording Standby mode.
Notes:
• The sound is off during search.
• Forward edit search is performed at the same
speed as normal playback, and reverse edit
search at 5.5 times the normal playback.
• You may experience picture noise during reverse
edit search.
Useful Features
In Recording Standby
mode, press and hold
down j (reverse edit
search) or k (forward
edit search) on the
Operation button.
Press l or m to select “START”, then
press the SET button.
• “SEARCH” flashes, and the tape begins
fast forwarding or rewinding to the end
of the last recorded scene.
5
1
Press the MENU button to turn off the
menu screen.
Notes:
• To cancel the quick return function while
“SEARCH” is flashing, press the SET button
twice.
• Quick return will not work if you remove the
cassette and reload it after recording or if
nothing has been recorded since loading.
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Useful Features
Camera Recording
Still Recording
You can record continuous still images of
subjects.
1
In Recording Standby mode,
press the STILL button fully.
• A still image of the subject is
displayed.
2
Attaching the Supplied
Tripod Adapter
Attach the supplied tripod adapter when using
a tripod with the camcorder.
1
Align the tripod adapter with the tripod
adapter socket on the bottom of the
camcorder, then rotate as shown below.
Tripod adapter socket
Press the REC START/
STOP button.
• The still image of the
subject will be recorded.
To pause recording
Press the REC START/STOP button.
To cancel the still image
Tripod socket
Press the STILL button fully.
2
Attach tripod to tripod socket.
Useful Features
Notes:
• Still Recording can also be used during
recording by pressing the STILL button fully.
• The picture quality in Still Recording function will
be slightly lower than normal pictures.
Note:
• You cannot use the supplied tripod adapter, if
the alignment pin is not retractable.
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