01.L153 Getting p01-07 - Panasonic Parts and Accessories

01.L153 Getting p01-07 - Panasonic Parts and Accessories

Camcorder

Operating Instructions

Model No.

VM-L153

R

Please read these instructions carefully before attempting to operate this product.

Please save this manual.

Guía para rápida consulta en español está incluida.

For assistance, please call : 1-800-211-PANA(7262) or send e-mail to : [email protected]

LSQT0630A

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Things You Should Know

Thank you for choosing Panasonic!

You have purchased one of the most sophisticated and reliable products on the market today. Used properly, it will bring you years of enjoyment. Please take time to fill in the information to the right.

The serial number is on the tag located on the rear side of your Camcorder. Be sure to retain this manual as your convenient

Camcorder information source.

Date of Purchase

Dealer Purchased From

Dealer Address

Dealer Phone No.

Model No.

Serial No.

Unpack your Camcorder

These accessories are provided in order to set up or use your Camcorder.

1 pc. AC Adaptor (PV-A20) with DC Power Cable

(page 9)

1 pc. Audio/Video Cable

(LSJA0390) (pages 20, 21)

1 pc. Battery Pack

(PV-BP15/LSSB0007)

(pages 8, 9)

1 pc. Shoulder Strap

(LSFC0012) (page 11)

1 pc. Lens Cap (LSKM0937) with Lens Cap Strap

(LSGQ0049) (page 11)

1 pc. CR2025 Clock Battery

(installed in Camcorder)

(page 35)

Battery Charging

Confirmation

Marker

Use this marker as a reminder to yourself when the battery is fully charged or in need of a charge.

This marker performs no function and is for your reference only.

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Things You Should Know

Safety Precautions

WARNING: TO PREVENT FIRE OR SHOCK HAZARD, DO NOT

EXPOSE THIS EQUIPMENT TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.

Your Compact VHS Camcorder is designed to record and play back in Standard Play (SP) and Super Long Play (SLP) modes. You can also play a Compact VHS Camcorder recording on your VHS VCR using the supplied VHS PlayPak.

This Camcorder is equipped with the HQ System to provide excellent video pictures, and is compatible with standard VHS equipment.

It is recommended that only cassette tapes that have been tested and inspected for use in

VCR machines with the and/or mark be used.

This symbol warns the user that uninsulated voltage within the unit may have sufficient magnitude to cause electric shock. Therefore, it is dangerous to make any kind of contact with any inside part of this unit.

This symbol alerts the user that important literature concerning the operation and maintenance of this unit has been included.

Therefore, it should be read carefully in order to avoid any problems.

The above markings are located on the appliance’s bottom cover.

FCC Warning : Any unauthorized changes or modifications to this equipment would void the users authority to operate.

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.

Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with Part 15 and part 18 of the

FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when operated in a residential environment.

If this equipment does cause interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, use the equipment in another location and/or utilize an electrical outlet different from that used by the receiver.

If necessary, consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help. You may find the booklet, ‘Something About Interference’ available from FCC local regional offices helpful.

This product may cause interference to radio equipment and should not be installed near maritime safety communications equipment or other critical navigation or communication equipment operating between 0.45-30 MHz.

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Important Safeguards

1.

Read Instructions – All the safety and operating instructions should be read before the unit is operated.

2.

Retain Instructions – The safety and operating instructions should be retained for future reference.

3.

Heed Warnings – All warnings on the unit and in the operating instructions should be adhered to.

4.

Follow Instructions – All operating and maintenance instructions should be followed.

5.

Cleaning – Unplug this video unit from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners. Use a dry cloth for cleaning.

6.

Attachments – Do not use attachments not recommended by the video product manufacturer as they may be hazardous.

7.

Water and Moisture – Do not use this video unit near water – for 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.

Accessories – Do not place this video unit on an unstable cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table. The video unit may fall, causing serious injury to a child or adult, and serious damage to the unit. Use only with a cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table recommended by the manufacturer, or sold with the video unit. Any mounting of the unit should follow the manufacturer’s instructions and should use a mounting accessory recommended by the manufacturer. An appliance and cart combination should be moved with care. Quick stops, excessive force, and uneven surfaces may cause the appliance and cart combination to overturn.

9.

Ventilation – Slots and openings in the cabinet are provided for ventilation and to ensure reliable operation of the video unit and to protect it from overheating. These openings must not be blocked or covered.

Never place the video unit on a bed, sofa, rug, or other similar surface, or near or over a radiator or heat register. This video unit 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.

10. Power Sources – This video unit 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 appliance dealer or local power company. For video units intended to be operated from battery power, or other sources, refer to the operating instructions.

11. Grounding or Polarization – This video unit may be equipped with either a polarized

2-wire AC (Alternating Current) line plug (a plug having one blade wider than the other) or 3-wire grounding type plug, a plug having a third (grounding) pin.

The 2-wire polarized 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 still fails to fit, contact your electrician to replace your obsolete outlet.

Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized plug.

The 3-wire grounding type plug will fit into a grounding type power outlet. This is a safety feature. If you are unable to insert the plug into the outlet, contact your electrician to replace your obsolete outlet. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the grounding type plug.

12. 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 of plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the unit.

13. Outdoor Antenna Grounding – If an outside antenna or cable system is connected to the video unit, be sure the antenna or cable system is grounded so as to provide some protection against voltage surges and built-up static charges. Part 1 of the Canadian

Electrical Code, in USA Section 810 of the

National Electrical Code, provides information with respect to proper grounding of the mast and supporting structure, grounding of the lead-in wire to an antenna discharge unit, size of grounding conductors, location of antenna discharge unit, connection to grounding electrodes, and requirements for the grounding electrode.

14. Lightning – For added protection of this video unit receiver 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 video unit due to lightning and power-line surges.

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Important Safeguards

15. Power Lines – An 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. Overloading – Do not overload wall outlets and extension cords as this can result in a risk of fire or electric shock.

17. Objects and Liquids – Never push objects of any kind into this video unit 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 onto the video unit.

18. Servicing – Do not attempt to service this video unit 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 Service – Unplug this video unit 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 into, or objects have fallen onto, the video unit.

c. If the video unit has been exposed to rain or water.

d. If the video unit 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 video unit to its normal operation.

e. If the video unit has been dropped or the cabinet has been damaged.

f. When the video unit exhibits a distinct change in performance – this indicates a need for service.

20. Replacement Parts – When 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.

21. Safety Check – Upon completion of any service or repairs to this video unit, ask the service technician to perform safety checks to determine that the video unit is in safe operating order.

Precautions

USE & LOCATION

TO AVOID SHOCK HAZARD ... Your Camcorder and power supply should not be exposed to rain or moisture.

Do not connect the power supply or operate your Camcorder if it gets wet. Your Camcorder has been designed for outdoor use, however it is not designed to sustain direct exposure to water, rain, sleet, snow, sand, dust, or a direct splashing from a pool or even a cup of coffee. This action could permanently damage the internal parts of your

Camcorder. Do not attempt to disassemble this unit. There are no user serviceable parts inside. Unplug your

Camcorder from the power supply before cleaning.

DO NOT AIM YOUR CAMCORDER AT THE SUN OR OTHER BRIGHT OBJECTS.

DO NOT LEAVE THE CAMCORDER WITH THE EVF AIMED DIRECTLY AT THE SUN AS THIS MAY CAUSE

DAMAGE TO THE INTERNAL PARTS OF THE EVF.

DO NOT EXPOSE YOUR CAMCORDER TO EXTENDED HIGH TEMPERATURE ... Such as, in direct sunlight, inside a closed car, next to a heater, etc... This action could permanently damage the internal parts of your

Camcorder.

AVOID SUDDEN CHANGES IN TEMPERATURE ... If the unit is suddenly moved from a cold place to a warm place, moisture may form on the tape and inside the unit.

DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CAMCORDER OR THE POWER SUPPLY TURNED ON WHEN NOT IN USE.

STORAGE OF YOUR CAMCORDER ... Store and handle your Camcorder in a manner that will not subject it to unnecessary movement (avoid shaking and striking). Your Camcorder contains a sensitive pick-up device which could be damaged by improper handling or storage.

CARE

TO CLEAN YOUR CAMCORDER ... Do not use strong or abrasive detergents when cleaning your Camcorder body.

TO PROTECT THE LENS ... Do not touch the surface of the lens with your hand. Use a commercial camcorder lens solution and lens paper when cleaning the lens. Improper cleaning can scratch the lens coating.

TO PROTECT THE FINISH OF YOUR CAMCORDER ... Before handling your Camcorder, make sure your hands and face are free from any chemical products, such as suntan lotion, as it may damage the finish.

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Table of Contents

Things You Should Know ............................................................................. 2~3

Important Safeguards ................................................................................... 4~5

Precautions ........................................................................................................ 5

Quick Operation Guide ..................................................................................... 7

Supplying Power

(Battery Charge/Use/Refresh/Care, AC Adaptor, Car Battery Cord)

...... 8~9

Cassette Information ...................................................................................... 10

Before Using

(Remove the Sensor tag, Using the Shoulder and Hand Straps, Lens Cap)

...... 11

Using MENU Mode .......................................................................................... 12

Setting the Clock

(Time Zone, Auto Daylight Saving Time)

................................... 13~14

AccuBrite™ Built-in Light

(Using the Light, Replacing the Bulb)

............................... 15

Camera Recording

(Basic, Stand-by, Programmed Recording)

............................. 16~18

Playing Back Recordings

(Basic Playback, Visual Search, Still Picture, Tracking, TV/VCR Playback)

................. 19~20

Copying your Tapes (dubbing) ...................................................................... 21

Four-Speed Power Zoom................................................................................ 22

Backlight .......................................................................................................... 23

Focus

(Auto/Manual Focus)

.................................................................................... 24

High Speed Shutter

(Auto/Manual Shutter)

............................................................ 25

Auto Fade ......................................................................................................... 26

Color Digital Fade ........................................................................................... 27

Digital Zoom .................................................................................................... 28

Digital Electronic Image Stabilization (E.I.S.) ............................................... 29

MotionSensor .................................................................................................. 30

Viewfinder/LCD Monitor Indications ....................................................... 31~33

Notes On Operations ...................................................................................... 34

Replacing Clock Battery ................................................................................. 35

Palmcorder Accessory System ..................................................................... 36

Palmcorder Accessory Order Form .............................................................. 37

Specifications .................................................................................................. 38

Before Requesting Service

(Video Head Cleaning)

.............................................. 39

Request for Service Notice ............................................................................ 40

Limited Warranty ............................................................................................. 41

Customer Services Directory ......................................................................... 42

Spanish Quick Use Guide/Guía Para Uso Rápido ........................................ 43

Index ................................................................................................................. 44

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Quick Operation Guide

Charging the Battery Pack

Charge Battery Pack fully before operation

(page 8).

1

Plug in AC Adaptor.

2

Insert Battery. CHARGE Lamp flashes, then stays lit when charging is complete.

Insert Cassette

1

Attach fully charged Battery (page 8).

2

Slide TAPE EJECT to open door.

3

Insert cassette (page 10).

4

Press here to close door.

Camera Recording

See page 16.

1

Press LCD-OPEN to unlock the LCD monitor.

Swing it fully open and adjust the angle.

2

Set POWER to CAMERA.

3

Press RECORD/PAUSE to start recording.

Press RECORD/PAUSE again to pause recording.

Playback using the LCD Monitor

See page 19.

1

Press LCD-OPEN to unlock the LCD monitor.

Swing it fully open and adjust the angle.

2

Set POWER to VCR.

3

Press

(REWIND/SEARCH) to rewind tape.

4

Press

(PLAY/STILL) to start playback.

5

Press (STOP) to stop playback.

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Supplying Power

Charging the Battery Pack

Charge Battery Pack fully before use.

2

3

POWER

Lamp

CHARGE

Lamp

A

B

(Top View)

1

1

Plug in AC Adaptor.

POWER Lamp lights.

2

Insert Battery.

A

Align left side of Battery with left edge of

AC Adaptor.

B

Press Battery down and slide in direction of arrow.

The CHARGE Lamp flashes, then stays lit when charging is complete.

3

Remove Battery.

Slide Battery to the left and lift off.

Note:

• Charging takes about 1 hour.

• While the DC Power Cable (supplied) is connected to the AC Adaptor, the Battery cannot be charged.

• After charging 5 times, use Battery Refresh feature as explained below.

• Battery life gradually decreases after repeated use and recharging. If operation time becomes very short even after a sufficient charge, discard Battery properly (pages 9, 34).

Using the Battery Pack

A fully charged Battery provides a maximum of about 1 hour 10 minutes of continuous use

(LCD monitor off) or about 55 minutes (LCD monitor on). Actual time may vary due to operating conditions. Using the Built-in Light decreases operating time.

a

A

Lift up EVF and attach Battery.

a

Insert top of Battery into top of mounting surface.

b

Press and snap into place.

B

Remove Battery.

Slide BATTERY RELEASE and remove

Battery.

A

B b

Battery Refresh

This feature completely discharges

Battery before recharging begins.

Use after every 5 charges for optimum

Battery performance.

To use battery refresh, insert Battery on AC

Adaptor (see steps 1~2 above), then press

BATTERY REFRESH.

The REFRESH Lamp lights, then goes out when discharge is complete. Battery charging will then start automatically.

REFRESH

Lamp

If BATTERY REFRESH is pressed by mistake, remove Battery from AC Adaptor and reinsert it for normal charging.

BATTERY

REFRESH

Note:

• Charging takes about 5 hours when Battery

Refresh is used.

• Battery will not operate in extremely high temperatures.

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Supplying Power

Battery Care

Caution:

• Charge only with specified charger.

• Battery can be charged within a temperature range of

10

°C (50 °F) and 35 °C (95 °F).

• Battery is normally warm after charging or just after use.

• Do not use an insufficiently charged or worn-out Battery.

Safety precautions:

• Do not get Battery near, or dispose of in, fire.

• Do not directly connect (short circuit) the positive (+) and negative (–) terminals.

• Never attempt to disassemble or reassemble Battery.

Car Battery Cord (Optional)

DC IN

Connector

Car Battery Cord

(optional)

Cigarette

Lighter

Socket (12 V)

Cigarette

Lighter Plug

To avoid Battery damage:

• Do not drop or jar Battery.

• Use Battery with specified units only.

• If Battery is used in extremely high temperatures, a safety device will automatically prevent operation.

To prolong Battery life:

• While not in use, remove Battery from the Camcorder and AC Adaptor, and store in a cool, dark, dry place.

• Keep Battery terminals clean.

AC Adaptor

DC Power Cable

1

Connect AC Adaptor DC OUT to

Camcorder DC IN with supplied DC

Power Cable.

2

Plug in AC Adaptor.

POWER Lamp lights.

POWER Lamp

DC OUT Connector

DC IN

Connector

Note:

• While the DC Power Cable (supplied) is connected to the AC Adaptor, the Battery cannot be charged.

• When not in use, unplug AC Adaptor from

AC outlet. (Adaptor uses 1.2 W of electricity while plugged in.)

CAUTION:

This unit will operate on 110/120/220/240 V AC 50/60 Hz. An AC plug adaptor may be required for voltages other than 120 V AC. Please contact either a local or foreign electrical parts distributor for assistance in selecting an alternate AC plug. We recommend using the accessory power plug adaptor (VJSS0070/K2DB42E00001) in an area which has special AC outlets.

1

Connect PV-C16 Car Battery Cord

(optional) to Camcorder DC IN.

2

A Start engine first.

B Plug Car Battery Cord into

Cigarette lighter socket.

• If Car Battery cord fuse needs replacing, use exact current rating (in amps).

Note:

• This cord only works in vehicles equipped with DC 12 V (negative ground) battery.

Check with your car/truck dealer. Use only specified car battery cord.

• To avoid blowing the car battery cord fuse, do step 2 in the proper order.

• Running vehicles must be well ventilated.

• When not in use, disconnect cigarette lighter plug.

• For personal safety the driver of the vehicle should not attempt to operate the camcorder while driving.

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Cassette Information

Cassette Insertion/Removal

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1

4

3

2

1

Turn Tape Wheel in direction of arrow until there is no slack.

2

Attach Battery (page 8).

3

Slide TAPE EJECT to open door.

4

Insert cassette as shown.

5

Press here to close door.

• To remove the cassette, slide the TAPE

EJECT switch.

Record/Playback Time

Use tapes with the mark in this unit.

Tape Speed

Selector Position

SP

(Standard Play)

SLP

(Super Long Play)

TC-20

20 minutes

1 hour

Cassette type

TC-30

30 minutes

1 hour

30 minutes

TC-40

40 minutes

2 hours

• SLP playback may contain more picture noise.

Erase Protection Tab

Protects tapes from being accidentally erased.

1 2

Slide tab type

1

To prevent accidental erasing,

break off tab with screwdriver.

(Or, slide tab open.)

2

To record again,

cover hole with adhesive tape.

(Or, slide tab closed.)

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Before Using

How to remove the Sensor tag

Hand Strap

1

Open the Hand Strap as illustrated at left.

2

Remove the Sensor tag.

Then, replace the Hand Strap.

Sensor tag

Attaching Shoulder Strap

Remove Battery Pack before completing the following steps:

1

Undo strap ends

from buckles.

2

Thread strap ends through Strap

Rings on Camcorder.

Adjust the Length of the

Shoulder Strap

Pull a loop of strap from buckle, then pull strap tight to shorten or lengthen.

Hand Strap

3

Re-insert the strap ends into buckles.

3

2

1 min. 25.4 mm (1 inch)

Adjust Hand Strap length to fit your hand as shown.

Lens Cap

Attaching the Lens Cap Strap:

Thread the Strap through the

Lens Cap attachment ring as illustrated at left.

Attaching the Lens Cap Cord to the Hand Strap:

Remove the Hand Strap from the front clasp and thread the Strap through the loop in the Lens Cap Cord.

Reattach the Hand Strap.

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Using MENU Mode

1

,

2

,

3

,

4

Before you begin...

• Connect Camcorder to power source.

• Set POWER to CAMERA or VCR.

1

Press MENU for MENU mode.

The CAMERA or VCR MENU screen (see below left) appears when Menu mode is entered.

2

Press UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu item.

3

Press M.FOCUS to set selection.

4

Press MENU to exit.

Note:

• The Menu mode is canceled if UP/DOWN, M.FOCUS, or MENU are not pressed within 5 minutes when Self

Demo mode is off with no cassette tape and/or battery inserted.

• The Menu mode is canceled if UP/DOWN, M.FOCUS, or MENU are not pressed within 30 seconds when

Self Demo mode is on with no cassette tape and/or battery inserted.

Camera Mode Menu Screen

3

4

1

2

5

6

7

8

9

1

REC MODE (page 16).

Change to desired tape speed, SP/SLP.

2

SHUTTER (page 25).

Select desired shutter speed.

3

LCD BRIGHT (pages 16, 19).

LCD BRIGHT SETTING sub menu is displayed.

Adjust LCD monitor brightness level.

4

DIGITAL EFFECTS (pages 26~28, 30).

DIGITAL EFFECTS sub menu is displayed.

To select DIGITAL ZOOM, MOTIONSENSOR, or FADE.

5

PROGRAMMED REC (page 18).

Camcorder starts and stops recording at a preset time.

VCR Mode Menu Screen

3

6

7

6

DISPLAY SET (pages 31, 32).

DISPLAY SET sub menu is displayed.

To select DISPLAY or MODE SELECT.

7

CLOCK SET (pages 13, 14).

CLOCK SET sub menu is displayed.

Set the Date and Time.

8

STAND-BY RELEASE (page 17).

ON : Enables quick resumption of recording from Stand-by mode.

9

LIGHT MODE (page 15).

OFF/ON : Light can be set ON or OFF.

OFF/ON/AUTO : Light can be set ON, OFF, or AUTO.

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Set the following items in order: Time

Zone, Daylight Saving Time, Date, and Time.

Setting the Clock

Before you begin...

• Connect Camcorder to power source.

• Set POWER to CAMERA or VCR.

1

Press MENU for MENU mode.

Press UP or DOWN to select

CLOCK SET

.

1

,

2

,

3

,

4

[ CAMERA MODE ] [ VCR MODE ]

2

Press M.FOCUS for

CLOCK SET menu.

Press UP or DOWN to select TIME ZONE, DST,

or DATE/TIME.

3

Press M.FOCUS for menu of item selected in step 2.

To change the setting:

TIME ZONE

➔ Go to step 3a on page 14.

D.S.T.

➔ Go to step 3b on page 14.

DATE/TIME

➔ Go to step 3c on page 14.

4

Press MENU twice to exit.

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Setting the Clock

3a

Setting the Time Zone

The Camcorder is preset to Eastern time.

[ Time Zone chart ]

Press UP or DOWN to select local time zone.

Press M.FOCUS to confirm entry.

When traveling, repeat this operation and select one of the 8 listed time zones to set the clock to local time.

Note :

Clock may lose or gain up to 2 minutes per month.

• When traveling outside the listed time zones, set clock to local time manually.

• To adjust or set clock, see “Setting Date and Time” (below).

3b

Auto Daylight Saving Time

Clock will auto-adjust to daylight saving time (DST).

DST: AUTO

Spring (First Sunday in April) :

ahead one hour.

The Camcorder is preset to DST: AUTO .

If DST is not observed in your area, set to OFF by doing the following.

Autumn (Last Sunday in October) :

back one hour.

Press UP or DOWN to select OFF or AUTO.

Press M.FOCUS to confirm entry.

Note:

Auto DST does not function if time zone is set to Hawaii or Samoa (see “Setting the Time Zone” above).

3c

Setting Date and Time

Date and time including leap year are calculated up to DEC 31, 2099.

EXAMPLE :

Press or hold down UP or

DOWN to select hour, then

press M.FOCUS to fix.

Repeat for minute, month, day, and year.

Clock starts when year is entered and M.FOCUS is pressed.

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AccuBrite™ Built-in Light

Using the Light

For recording in dim lighting.

1

,

2

3

Note:

• Using Light reduces battery operating time.

• Provide proper ventilation when using

Light extensively in a hot environment.

• Using Light when the Camcorder is powered by a car battery may shorten bulb life.

• Set Light to OFF when not in use.

CAUTION: mark is indicated that light becomes hot.

Never cover Light while on.

Before you begin...

• Connect Camcorder to power source.

• Set POWER to CAMERA.

1

Press MENU for

MENU mode. Press

UP or DOWN

to select

LIGHT MODE .

2

Press M.FOCUS to set OFF/ON or

OFF/ON/AUTO. Press MENU to exit.

3

Press LIGHT repeatedly for Light ON,

AUTO, or OFF.

• In AUTO, light turns itself on/off according to lighting conditions.

EVF or LCD Monitor

A

: Light is on.

A

: Light mode is auto.

Replacing the Bulb

B

3

A

2

1

Before you begin...

• Order Part No. VLLW0015 for replacement bulb.

• Set POWER to OFF.

1

Slightly raise portion A of lens cover to unhook, and slide portion B forward to remove.

2

Using Tweezers or needle-nose pliers, carefully remove bulb.

Take unit to service center if you need

• assistance.

3

Replace bulb using a clean cloth or tissue. (Do not touch with fingers.)

4

Replace lens cover.

Note:

• Handle bulb gently. Excessive force may cause bulb to crack.

DANGER:

Use only replacement bulb (PART NO. VLLW0015) supplied by Panasonic to reduce risk of fire. Handle new bulb with cloth or tissue as skin oils will decrease bulb life.

Remove lens cover and allow bulb to cool before replacing to avoid possible burn hazard.

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Camera Recording

Recording via EVF or LCD

Monitor

View recording scene on EVF (Electronic

Viewer Finder) or LCD (Liquid Crystal

Display) monitor.

Before you begin...

• Connect Camcorder to power source.

• Insert cassette with record tab (page 10).

1

Press LCD-OPEN to unlock the LCD monitor. Swing LCD monitor fully

open and adjust viewing angle.

1

CAUTION :

Rotating partially open LCD monitor may block cassette door and damage Camcorder body.

4

,

A

,

B

2

Set POWER to

CAMERA.

• Be sure POWER is fully turned to

CAMERA position.

• EVF or LCD monitor

EVF or LCD Monitor

(Record/Pause mode) turns on/off by the POWER switch.

• Both EVF and LCD monitor turn on when LCD is at 180

° (see above left).

This allows both you and the subject to view the recording.

Built-in

Microphone

3

LCD : Adjust LCD monitor brightness level.

See

To adjust LCD BRIGHT

below.

EVF : Look into EVF and adjust

VISION ADJUSTMENT to your eyesight.

2

,

6

5

4

Set REC MODE to “SP” or “SLP” in the CAMERA MODE Menu (page 12).

3

VISION

ADJUSTMENT

5

Press RECORD/PAUSE to start or pause recording.

To adjust LCD BRIGHT

6

Set POWER to OFF when finished.

A

Press MENU for

MENU mode.

Press UP or DOWN

to select

LCD BRIGHT .

B

Press M.FOCUS for

LCD BRIGHT

SETTING menu.

Press UP or DOWN

to adjust LCD monitor brightness level.

• To remove the cassette, slide the

TAPE EJECT switch (page 10).

Note:

• When Camcorder is aimed at excessively bright objects, or bright lights, a vertical bar may appear in the picture. This is normal for the CCD pick-up. Try to avoid this when possible.

• Using LCD monitor reduces battery operation time. Return LCD monitor to locked position when not in use.

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Camera Recording

Before you begin...

• Connect Camcorder to power source.

• Insert cassette with record tab (page 10).

a b c

B

2

,

3

,

4

1

,

A

,

C

,

b

,

c

D

,

a

,

d

Stand-by Quick Release

If left in RECORD/PAUSE mode for 5 minutes, Camcorder switches to Stand-by mode to conserve battery. When set to

ON, Stand-by Quick Release lets you resume recording by pressing RECORD/

PAUSE two times. Stand-by Quick Release is set to OFF at the factory.

1

Set POWER to

CAMERA.

2

Press MENU for

MENU mode.

Press UP or DOWN to select

STAND-BY RELEASE

.

3

Press M.FOCUS to select ON or OFF.

ON : From Stand-by mode, press

RECORD/PAUSE two times to resume recording.

OFF : From Stand-by mode, set

POWER to OFF, then to

CAMERA. Press RECORD/

PAUSE to record.

4

Press MENU to exit.

Manual Easy Editing

For proper continuity when taping from Stop mode or after attaching a new Battery.

A

Set POWER to VCR.

B a Press

(REWIND/SEARCH) to rewind a few seconds of tape.

b Press

recording.

(PLAY/STILL) to review

c Press

(PLAY/STILL) where you want to continue recording.

C

Set POWER to CAMERA.

D

Press RECORD/PAUSE to resume recording.

Easy Edit Stand-by

For a smooth transition between scenes if recording is stopped, and then started within 24 hours.

a

Press RECORD/PAUSE to stop recording.

b

Set POWER to OFF and leave cassette in Camcorder.

c

To resume recording, set POWER to

CAMERA.

d

Press RECORD/PAUSE to resume recording.

Note:

• Use Manual Easy Edit (left) if more than

24 hours before recording is resumed.

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Camera Recording

Programmed Recording

Set a recording start and stop time. Or, set a 5 or 10 second interval recording to be done each minute.

Before you begin...

• Connect Camcorder to power source.

Use AC Adaptor for longer recordings.

• Insert cassette with record tab (page 10).

• Set POWER to CAMERA.

REC TIME :

1

,

2

,

3

4

1

Press MENU for MENU mode. Press UP or

DOWN

to select

PROGRAMMED REC .

2

Press M.FOCUS.

(Current time is displayed.)

Each additional press

of M.FOCUS increases start time by 30 minutes.

3

Press DOWN

to select

REC TIME .

Press M.FOCUS

repeatedly to select one of the options shown at left.

To cancel the setup, press MENU twice.

4

Press RECORD/PAUSE

to place Camcorder in stand-by mode.

Recording will be done as scheduled.

*1 Record 5 seconds each minute.

*2 Record 10 seconds each minute.

Note:

• Start time may not be set over 24 hours from current time.

• Camcorder shuts off at tape end, or 12 hours after Interval Recording starts.

• To cancel, set POWER to OFF.

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Before you begin...

• Connect Camcorder to power source.

• Insert recorded tape.

1

D

A

B C

Speaker

3

Playing Back Recordings

E

Playback on EVF or LCD Monitor

1

Press LCD-OPEN and swing LCD monitor fully open.

2

Set POWER to VCR.

• If tape has no record tab, auto playback begins.

• EVF or LCD monitor turns on/off by the

POWER switch.

3

Playback function buttons.

A

(REWIND/SEARCH) : Rewind tape.

B

(PLAY/STILL) : Play tape.

C

(FAST FORWARD/SEARCH) :

Fast Forward tape.

D

(STOP) : Stop tape.

E

VOLUME : During playback, adjust volume of speaker.

Tracking Control

2

Auto Tracking

Continuously analyzes each recording for optimum picture quality.

Manual Tracking

Some recordings require manual adjustment to reduce noise.

Press UP or DOWN

until Playback picture clears up.

Press M.FOCUS to return to Auto

Tracking.

Press “W” :

Volume down.

Press “T” :

Volume up.

Note:

• Using LCD monitor reduces battery operating time.

Return LCD monitor to locked position when not in use.

• During playback, press MENU to adjust LCD monitor brightness (page 16).

Special Effects

Quick Visual Search

Search Speed

• SP (Standard Play) : 3 times normal.

• SLP (Super Long Play) : 9 times normal.

During playback, press:

(FAST FORWARD/SEARCH) :

fast forward search

(REWIND/SEARCH) : rewind search

Press again or press normal play.

(PLAY/STILL) for

Still Picture

Press

(PLAY/STILL) to freeze picture.

Press again for normal play.

This feature works best in SLP mode (page 10).

Note:

• During search, horizontal noise bars will appear.

Audio is muted.

• To protect video heads and tape, operating modes will revert as follows after 5 minutes:

Still Stand-by

Stand-by Power off (when Battery Pack is used).

• Tape auto-rewinds if played or fast forwarded to end.

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Playing Back Recordings

TV Playback or Viewing

Connect Camcorder to a TV to view playback or recordings in progress.

Connections

Before you begin...

• Connect Camcorder to power source.

• Make all TV-Camcorder connections.

1

Set POWER to:

VCR

➞ view playback.

CAMERA

➞ view picture as it is recorded.

2

Turn TV ON and set to LINE INPUT.

See TV owner’s manual.

3

Begin playback or recording.

Audio/

Video Out

VCR Playback using PlayPak (Optional)

Load Battery in PlayPak

Remove Battery lid and insert AA battery.

• Do not reverse polarity.

• Replace battery when tape loading/unloading takes longer than usual.

Insert

Remove

1

Cassette in PlayPak

1

2

1

Turn cassette Tape Wheel in direction of

arrow to take up any slack.

2

Slide RELEASE to open cassette lid.

3

Insert the

cassette with the window up and on the left, then snap lid shut.

3

• Do not obstruct cassette reel while loading.

• Allow PlayPak Load

Detector to fully retract before using in VHS VCR.

Load Detector

Cassette

2

1

Slide RELEASE and wait for lid to open.

2

Push cassette out through hole in bottom of

PlayPak with your finger.

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Connections

Copying your Tapes (dubbing)

Before you begin...

• Make Camcorder-VCR connections (see left).

• Turn both units on.

• Set VCR input signal to LINE.

Please see VCR owner’s manual.

• Set Camcorder POWER to VCR.

Source

(Playing)

Camcorder

Audio/

Video Out

5 2

,

4

1

Insert a pre-recorded tape

into Camcorder and a blank tape with record tab into VCR.

2

Press

(PLAY/STILL) on

Camcorder, then press again at starting point.

3

Press REC, then STILL/PAUSE on

VCR.

4

Press

(PLAY/STILL) on

Camcorder and STILL/PAUSE on VCR to start copying.

5

Press (STOP) on both units to

stop copying.

Note:

• Camcorder will only playback tapes recorded in SP or SLP mode.

• Dubbing may reduce picture quality.

CAUTION:

Unauthorized exchanging and/or copying of copyrighted recordings may be copyright infringement.

Monitor with your TV

• Turn TV on and tune to VCR channel

(CH3 or CH4).

• Set TV/VCR Selector on VCR to VCR.

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Four-Speed Power Zoom

Zoom in (close up) and out (wide angle) in one of four speeds ranging from slow (16 seconds) to fast (2 seconds).

Before you begin...

• Connect Camcorder to power source.

• Set POWER to CAMERA.

Zoom In (“T”)

POWER

ZOOM

Zoom Out (“W”)

• Zoom slowly:

Lightly press “T” (telephoto) or “W” (wide angle) POWER ZOOM button.

• Zoom quickly:

Apply more pressure to the button.

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Use when subject is darker than surroundings, in shadowed area, or in front of the light source.

Backlight

Before you begin...

• Connect Camcorder to power source.

• Set POWER to CAMERA.

BACK

LIGHT

Press (BACK LIGHT) while recording to select the level of backlight compensation.

In normal lighting, press (BACK LIGHT) repeatedly until no indicator is displayed.

EVF or LCD Monitor

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Focus

Before you begin...

• Connect Camcorder to power source.

• Set POWER to CAMERA.

Auto Focus

Camcorder automatically focuses on subject even during zooming.

Auto Focus is on when “MF” is not displayed in EVF or LCD monitor.

Press M.FOCUS to remove “MF” in EVF or LCD monitor if necessary.

Manual Focus

Use Manual Focus (MF) when :

• recording through glass.

• lighting is poor.

• subject is far away with objects in foreground.

• subject has distinct horizontal lines.

• subject is not centered in EVF or LCD monitor.

• subject has a shiny surface.

• subject is slanted.

• subject is bright and flat, like a white wall.

• subject has fast motion, like a golf swing.

1 3 2

,

4

EVF or LCD Monitor

1

Press M.FOCUS so “MF” (Manual Focus) appears in EVF or LCD monitor.

2

Press “T” (telephoto) on POWER ZOOM

to maximum zoom in.

3

Press UP (FAR) or DOWN (NEAR) until subject is in focus.

Back away from subject if necessary.

4

Press “W” (wide angle) on POWER

ZOOM as desired.

• Refocus as needed when aiming at new scenes.

Macro Focus (close-ups)

Auto Focus functions up to 12.7 mm (1/2 inch) from subject.

Press “W” on POWER ZOOM to maximum wide angle.

Bring Camcorder up close to the subject.

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Improves Still or Slow Motion playback picture of high speed subjects (e.g. a tennis stroke), when viewed on Camcorder or 3 or

4 head VCR.

High Speed Shutter

Before you begin...

• Connect Camcorder to power source.

• Insert cassette with record tab (page 10).

• Set POWER to CAMERA.

Auto Shutter

In AUTO mode (no indication in EVF or LCD Monitor), shutter speed is auto-adjusted from

1/60 to 1/350 according to subject brightness.

• AUTO mode is selected each time POWER is set to CAMERA.

Manual Selection

The faster the shutter speed, the more light is needed for proper picture and color quality.

High Speed Shutter indication flashes if light is inadequate. Provide additional light.

1

,

2

,

3

1

Press MENU for MENU mode.

Press UP or DOWN to select

SHUTTER

.

2

Press M.FOCUS repeatedly to select shutter speed.

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3

Press MENU to exit.

Note:

• Shutter speed cannot be set to 1/60 if Digital

E.I.S. feature is set to ON.

• Provide additional halogen or tungsten light for use indoors or in poor light. Fluorescent light degrades picture.

• Auto Focus may not function properly if high speed shutter is used in inadequate light.

• Setting reverts to AUTO each time POWER is set to CAMERA.

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Auto Fade

An interesting way to open and close scenes.

FADE

1

,

2

,

3

,

4

,

5

RECORD/

PAUSE

Before you begin...

• Connect Camcorder to power source.

• Set POWER to CAMERA.

1

Press MENU for

MENU mode.

Press UP or DOWN

to select

DIGITAL EFFECTS

.

2

Press M.FOCUS for

DIGITAL EFFECTS menu. Press UP or

DOWN to select

FADE

.

3

Press M.FOCUS for

FADE menu.

Press UP or DOWN

to select

AUTO FADE

.

4

Press M.FOCUS for

AUTO FADE ;

COLOR menu.

Press UP or DOWN

to select BLACK or

WHITE.

5

Press M.FOCUS to confirm entry.

Press MENU twice to exit.

Fade In

Fade In:

In RECORD/PAUSE mode, press

(FADE) so “FADE” flashes in EVF or

LCD monitor.

Press RECORD/PAUSE.

Recording starts as picture and sound gradually fade in.

Fade Out:

While recording, press

(FADE) so

“FADE” flashes in EVF or LCD monitor.

Press RECORD/PAUSE.

Picture and sound gradually fade out, and recording is paused.

WHITE BLACK

Fade Out

If (FADE) is pressed accidentally, press again so “FADE” disappears in EVF or LCD monitor.

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Choose from 7 fade effects in 8 different colors.

8 1

,

2

,

3

,

4

,

5

,

6

7

Color Digital Fade

Before you begin...

• Connect Camcorder to power source.

• Set POWER to CAMERA.

1

Press MENU for MENU mode. Press UP or

DOWN to select

DIGITAL EFFECTS

.

2

Press M.FOCUS for

DIGITAL EFFECTS menu.

Press UP or DOWN to select

FADE

.

3

Press M.FOCUS for

FADE menu.

Press UP or DOWN to select

DIGITAL FADE

.

4

Press M.FOCUS for

DIGITAL FADE menu.

Press UP or DOWN to select

TYPE

.

Press M.FOCUS for TYPE menu.

Press UP or DOWN to select from 7 different fade types.

• A preview of each fade type is displayed as it is selected.

EVF or LCD monitor

5

Press M.FOCUS for DIGITAL FADE menu.

Press UP or DOWN to select

COLOR

.

Press M.FOCUS for COLOR menu.

Press UP or DOWN to select from 8 colors.

• A preview of each color is displayed as it is selected.

■ For more effects, stop fade in or fade out at any time (except RANDOM mode) by pressing (FADE).

Then, press (FADE) to resume fade.

Note:

• Audio is not affected by fade.

• To cancel Digital Fade, do steps 1-3 and 6. In step 3, select AUTO FADE.

6

Press M.FOCUS to confirm entry.

Press MENU three times to exit.

7

Start recording (page 16).

8

Press

(FADE) for about 2 seconds to fade out during recording (selected fade type flashes). Press (FADE) again to fade in.

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Digital Zoom

Power Zoom magnification is digitally increased.

1

,

2

,

3

,

4

,

5

Before you begin...

• Connect Camcorder to power source.

• Set POWER to CAMERA.

1

Press MENU for

MENU mode. Press

UP or DOWN to select

DIGITAL EFFECTS .

2

Press M.FOCUS for

DIGITAL EFFECTS menu.

Press UP or DOWN to select

DIGITAL ZOOM

.

3

Press M.FOCUS repeatedly to select

D.ZOOM1, D.ZOOM2, or OFF.

D.ZOOM 1 : 150

× maximum

D.ZOOM 2 : 700x maximum

OFF : Turn off D.ZOOM

The Higher digital magnification levels may cause picture distortion.

4

Press MENU twice to exit.

5

Press “T” on POWER ZOOM.

Digital Zoom starts when normal zoom reaches maximum (20

×).

• Zoom level appears in EVF or LCD monitor.

• POWER ZOOM switch controls digital zoom level.

• Normal zoom resumes when level falls to 20

×.

6

Repeat steps 2~3 to select OFF to cancel this feature.

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Digital Electronic Image Stabilization (E.I.S.)

Helps stabilize picture when recording in unstable situations.

Before you begin...

• Connect Camcorder to power source.

• Set POWER to CAMERA.

1

,

2

1

Press

(EIS) to display “EIS” in the EVF or LCD monitor.

• Image becomes slightly enlarged and shutter speed auto-adjusts from 1/80 to

1/350 according to brightness.

• Use High Speed Shutter (page 25) if needed. Shutter speed setting remains after EIS is canceled.

2

Press

(EIS) again to cancel when not in use.

E.I.S. may not function during...

• extreme Camcorder movement.

• recording of subjects with distinct horizontal or vertical stripes.

• low light situations (EIS indicator flashes).

• intense fluorescent lighting situations.

• recording of very fast motion.

Digital EIS ON

NORMAL

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MotionSensor

Recording starts automatically if motion is detected.

Before you begin...

• Connect Camcorder to power source.

Use AC Adaptor for longer recordings.

• Insert cassette with record tab (page 10).

• Set POWER to CAMERA.

• Securely position and aim Camcorder.

1

,

2

,

3

,

4

1

Press MENU for

MENU mode. Press

UP or DOWN to select

DIGITAL EFFECTS .

2

Press M.FOCUS for

DIGITAL EFFECTS menu.

Press UP or DOWN to select

MOTIONSENSOR

.

3

Press M.FOCUS to select ON.

4

Press MENU twice for MotionSensor stand-by mode. (If cassette is not inserted, “ ” will flash.)

MotionSensor may mistakenly start when:

• background is plain, like a white wall, or has distinct vertical, horizontal, or slanted stripes, like a venetian blind.

• brightness suddenly changes.

MotionSensor may not start when:

• motion is very slow or fast.

• moving object is very small.

• motion occurs only in 1 corner of viewing area.

• in poor lighting (in this case,

MOTIONSENSOR flashes).

• background is plain, like a white wall, or has distinct horizontal or vertical stripes.

• Recording will start about 3 seconds after motion is detected.

• Date and time are recorded if displayed in EVF or LCD monitor (page 14).

• Recording stops about 30 seconds after motion ceases.

To cancel MotionSensor Mode, set POWER

to OFF.

Note:

• MotionSensor recording starts if Camcorder is bumped or repositioned.

• This feature is not available during normal recording.

• While in MotionSensor stand-by, the following functions are not available: Record/

Pause, Stand-by mode, Digital E.I.S., Video

Effects (Auto/Digital Fade).

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Viewfinder/LCD Monitor Indications

Tape remaining and battery charge level can be displayed.

2

,

3

,

4

,

5

,

6

1

Before you begin...

• Connect Camcorder to power source.

1

Set POWER to CAMERA.

2

Press MENU for

MENU mode.

Press UP or DOWN

to select

DISPLAY SET

.

3

Press M.FOCUS for

DISPLAY SET menu.

Press UP or DOWN

to select

MODE SELECT

.

4

Press M.FOCUS for MODE SELECT menu.

5

Press M.FOCUS repeatedly to select the following displays.

Battery Remaining: Tape Remaining:

FULL FULL

EMPTY

EMPTY

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6

Press MENU three times to exit.

• Tape remaining indicator operates a few seconds after tape starts moving.

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Viewfinder/LCD Monitor Indications

Recording the Date and Time

1

Repeat steps 1-5 on page 31 to select time/date, date only, or no display.

1

,

B

,

C

,

D

2

Start a recording (page 16).

• Only the Date and/or Time are recorded.

A

2

Display-Off Mode

A

Set POWER to CAMERA or VCR.

B

Press MENU for MENU mode.

Press UP or DOWN to select

DISPLAY SET

.

[CAMERA MODE] [VCR MODE]

C

Press M.FOCUS for

DISPLAY SET menu.

Press UP or DOWN to select

DISPLAY

.

D

Press M.FOCUS to select OFF.

Press MENU twice to exit.

Indications are restored the next time Camcorder is turned on.

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Viewfinder/LCD Monitor Indications

CAMERA/VCR mode

1 2 3 4 5

6

7

8, 9, 10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

1

Zoom Magnification level (pages 22, 28).

2

Battery Remaining

(page 31).

“WARNING LOW BATTERY” appears and Camcorder shuts off after 15 seconds.

3

Tape Remaining (page 31).

“ ” flashes and “TAPE END” appears for 5 seconds when:

• End of tape is reached.

“ ” flashes for 1 minute and “CHECK

TAPE” appears for 5 seconds when:

• RECORD/PAUSE is pressed with no cassette, or cassette has no record tab in Camera (RECORD) mode.

• PLAY, FF or REW is pressed with no cassette inserted in VCR mode.

4

10-Second Reminder

Each time a recording is started, a 10 second incremental display (up to 59:50) lets you monitor how long one scene is recorded.

0:00 0:10 0:20 . . . . . 59:50

(return to 0:00 and continue)

5

TAPE SPEED (pages 10, 16).

(SP=standard play,

SLP=super long play).

6

Digital E.I.S. (page 29).

7

Digital Zoom (page 28).

8

VCR-MODE

“VCR-MODE” appears for 1 minute when

POWER is set to VCR or if RECORD/

PAUSE is pressed in VCR mode.

9

DEW

If moisture condensation occurs in unit, “WARNING DEW DETECTED” appears, and Camcorder will shut off in

15 seconds. Wait until “WARNING” no longer indicates when Camcorder is turned on to use.

10

MotionSensor (page 30).

11

Date and Time (pages 13, 14).

12

Operating Mode

• REC (record)

• PAUSE

• FF (fast forward) • PLAY

• REW (rewind)

13

Backlight (page 23).

14

Manual Focus (page 24).

15

Light ON/OFF/AUTO (page 15).

16

High Speed Shutter (page 25).

17

Fade (page 26).

18

Color Digital Fade (page 27).

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Notes On Operations

Notice

This product has a fluorescent lamp that contains a small amount of mercury. It also contains lead in some components. Disposal of these materials may be regulated in your community due to environmental considerations. For disposal or recycling information please contact your local authorities, or the Electronics Industries Alliance:

<http://www.eiae.org.>

U.S.A. CONSUMERS: ATTENTION :

A nickel cadmium battery that is recyclable powers the product you have purchased. At the end of its useful life, under various state and local laws, it is illegal to dispose of this battery into your municipal waste stream. Please call 1-800-8-BATTERY for information on how to recycle this battery.

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Replacing Clock Battery

The clock battery is pre-installed. Follow the steps below if replacement becomes necessary.

WARNING:

Replace battery with Panasonic or Newsun type CR2025 only. Use of another battery may present a risk of fire or explosion.

Caution: Battery may explode if mistreated. Dispose of used battery promptly. Keep away from children. Do not recharge, disassemble or dispose of in fire.

Clock Battery

Tripod Mounting Hole

4

2

3

1

Underside View

1

While pinching the 2 tabs, pull

Battery Tray out.

2

Bend middle tab out and remove

Battery.

3

Snap new Battery (

mark down) into

Battery Tray.

• Do not reverse the polarity.

4

Insert Battery Tray so the triangle marks meet.

Note:

• Keep Battery out of children’s reach.

Swallowing it may be harmful.

• Improper installation, discharge, or missing battery causes “CLOCK

BATTERY” to appear.

• Battery life is approximately 5 years.

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Palmcorder Accessory System

To order instructions, see the Accessory Order Form page.

• The listed standard battery use times are based on continuous recording using this Palmcorder.

Accessory # Figure Description Price

PV-A20

AC Adaptor with

DC Power Cable

(Charging of the Nickel

Cadmium Battery or Nickel

Metal Hydride Battery)

Call For

Pricing

HHR-V60A/1B

Up to 6 hr Battery Pack

(Rechargeable Nickel

Metal Hydride Battery)

$119.95

HHR-V40A/1B

HHR-V20A/1B

Up to 4 hr Battery Pack

(Rechargeable Nickel

Metal Hydride Battery)

Up to 2 hr Battery Pack

(Rechargeable Nickel

Metal Hydride Battery)

$69.95

$59.95

PV-AA6 "AA" Battery Case $20.00

PV-C16

PV-P1

Car Battery Cord

VHS PlayPak

$70.00

$39.95

$49.95

PV-H18A

Note:

• Prices subject to change without notice.

Carrying Case

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Palmcorder Accessory Order Form

Please photocopy this form when placing an order.

1. Palmcorder Model #

2. Items Ordered

Accessory # Description Price Each Quantity Total Price

Subtotal

Your State & Local Sales Tax

Shipping & Handling

6.95

Total Enclosed

3. Method of payment (check one)

Check or Money Order enclosed (NO C.O.D.SHIPMENTS)

VISA

MasterCard

Credit Card #

Expiration Date

Discover Customer Signature

Make Check or Money Order to: PANASONIC ACCESSORIES

(Please do not send cash)

4. Shipping information (UPS delivery requires complete street address)

Ship To:

Mr.

Mrs.

Ms.

First Last

Phone #:

Day ( )

Street Address

Night ( )

City State Zip

TO OBTAIN ANY OF OUR PALMCORDER ACCESSORIES YOU CAN DO ANY OF THE

FOLLOWING:

VISIT YOUR LOCAL PANASONIC DEALER

OR

CALL PANASONIC’S ACCESSORY ORDER LINE AT 1-800-332-5368

[6 AM-5 PM M-F, 6 AM-10:30 AM SAT, PACIFIC TIME]

OR

MAIL THIS ORDER TO: PANASONIC SERVICES COMPANY ACCESSORY

ORDER OFFICE

20421 84th Avenue South Kent, WA. 98032

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Specifications

Power Source:

Power Consumption:

Compact VHS Camcorder: DC 6 V

AC Adaptor: 110/120/220/240 V AC, 50/60 Hz

Battery: Nickel-Cadmium Type DC 6 V

Compact VHS Camcorder: 6V DC 8.5 W (Max. 11.5 W)

AC Adaptor: 19 W

1.2 W (when not in use.)

Video Signal:

Video Recording System:

Audio:

Pick-Up System:

Pick-Up Device:

Lens:

Viewfinder:

LCD Monitor:

EIA Standard (525 lines, 60 fields) NTSC color signal

2 rotary heads plus flying erase head

Helical scanning system

1 track

Sequential color difference field reverse system

One integral color filter Charge Coupled Device (CCD)

20:1 zoom lens, F1:1.7 with auto iris control

Focal length: 2.8 mm - 56.0 mm

4 speed power zoom function

8.4 mm (0.33 inch) Electronic Viewfinder

63.5 mm (2.5 inch) Liquid Crystal Display

Minimum Illumination Required: 1.6 lx (F1:1.7) 0.16 footcandles

Operating Temperature:

0

°C~40 °C (32 °F~104 °F)

Operating Humidity:

10 %~75 %

Weight:

Dimensions:

Compact VHS Camcorder: 0.874 kg

1.93 Ibs.

AC Adaptor: 0.3 kg

0.66 Ibs.

Compact VHS Camcorder:

87.2 (W)

× 123 (H) × 226 (D) mm

3-3/8 (W)

× 4-7/8 (H) × 8-7/8 (D) inch

AC Adaptor:

68 (W)

× 41 (H) × 140 (D) mm

2-11/16 (W)

× 1-5/8 (H) × 5-1/2 (D) inch

Weight and dimensions shown are approximate.

Designs and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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Before Requesting Service

If a problem arises, you may be able to correct it yourself.

See Symptom and Correction list below.

Symptom

No picture in EVF or LCD monitor ...

Correction

• Connect Power Source. (pp. 8, 9)

• Set POWER to VCR or CAMERA. (pp. 16, 19)

• Check for Dew Indication. (p. 33)

• Use fully charged Battery. (p. 8)

• Firmly connect all needed cables. (p. 9)

Video cassette cannot be inserted ...

• Connect Power Source. (pp. 8, 9)

• Insert cassette, window side facing out. (p. 10)

Video cassette cannot be removed ...

• Connect Power Source. (pp. 8, 9)

Operation buttons do not work ...

Recording cannot be done ...

• Check for Dew Indication. (p. 33)

• Make sure record tab is intact. (p. 10)

• Check Battery Indicator. (p. 31)

• Check for Dew Indication. (p. 33)

Auto Focus does not operate ...

• Set FOCUS to AUTO. (p. 24)

• Set POWER to CAMERA. (p. 16)

• Set unit to REC or Record/Pause mode.

Sound from microphone can’t be monitored ...

Camera picture is too dark ...

• Set HIGH SPEED SHUTTER to AUTO. (p. 25)

No playback picture, or the playback picture is noisy or contains streaks ...

• Press UP/DOWN button during playback

(Tracking Control). (p. 19)

Top of playback picture waves back and forth excessively ...

• A playback signal is not as stable as an off the air

TV signal, so the top of your TV screen may appear bent or unstable during playback. This is called, “Horizontal AFC time constant change.” To correct, slowly turn the TV horizontal hold control.

If your TV does not have this control, or adjusting it does not help, contact your TV service center.

(Some nominal service charges may be required.)

Video Head Cleaning

Clogged Video Head

While head cleaning is normally not needed, playing old or damaged tapes may clog the heads. When playback picture resembles example at the left, head cleaning is required.

Ideally, head cleaning should be performed by a qualified service technician. When this is not possible, purchase a head cleaning cassette. Be sure to follow cleaning cassette instructions exactly and only use when symptoms occur.

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Request for Service Notice

Please photocopy this form when making a request for service notice.

Request for Service Notice:

In the unlikely event this product needs service.

• Please include your proof of purchase.

(Failure to due so will delay your repair.)

• To further speed your repair please provide an explanation of what is wrong with the unit and any symptom it is exhibiting.

Mail this completed form and your Proof of Purchase along with your unit to:

Panasonic Services Company

1705 N. Randall Road

Elgin, IL. 60123-7847

Attn: Camcorder Repair

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Limited Warranty

PANASONIC CONSUMER ELECTRONICS COMPANY,

DIVISION OF MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC

CORPORATION OF AMERICA

One Panasonic Way Secaucus, New Jersey 07094

PANASONIC SALES COMPANY, DIVISION OF MATSUSHITA

ELECTRIC OF PUERTO RICO, INC.,

AVE. 65 de Infantería, Km. 9.5 San Gabriel Industrial Park,

Carolina, Puerto Rico 00985

Panasonic/Quasar Video Products

Limited Warranty

Limited Warranty Coverage

If your product does not work properly because of a defect in materials or workmanship, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company or Panasonic Sales Company (collectively referred to as “the warrantor”) will, for the length of the period indicated on the chart below, which starts with the date of original purchase (“warranty period”), at its option either (a) repair your product with new or refurbished parts, or (b) replace it with a new or a refurbished product. The decision to repair or replace will be made by the warrantor.

Product

Camcorder

Parts

One (1) Year (except CCD

Image Sensor)

CCD Image Sensor - 6 (Six) Months

Labor

Ninety (90) Days

Ninety (90) Days

Service

Carry-In or Mail-In

Contact Number

1-800-211-PANA(7262)

DVD/VCR Deck,

A/V Mixer

TV/VCR, TV/DVD,

TV/DVD/VCR

Combination

TV/HDR

Combination

Rechargeable

Batteries

(in exchange for defective item)

Tape

(in exchange for defective item)

Memory Cards

(in exchange for defective item)

One (1) Year

One (1) Year (except CRT)

CRT - Two (2) Years

One (1) Year (except CRT)

CRT - Two (2) Years

Ten (10) Days

Five (5) Days

Ninety (90) Days

Ninety (90) Days

Ninety (90) Days

Ninety (90) Days

Ninety (90) Days

Ninety (90) Days

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Carry-In or Mail-In

Carry-In: 21” CRT and Smaller

In-Home or Carry-In: 22”

CRT and Larger

1-800-211-PANA(7262)

In-Home or Carry-In

Carry-In or Mail-In

Carry-In or Mail-In

Carry-In or Mail-In

1-800-211-PANA(7262)

1-888-843-9788

1-800-211-PANA(7262)

1-800-211-PANA(7262)

1-800-211-PANA(7262)

During the “Labor” warranty period there will be no charge for labor. During the “Parts” warranty period, there will be no charge for parts. You must carry-in or mail-in your product or arrange for in-home service, as applicable, during the warranty period. If non-rechargeable batteries are included, they are not warranted. This warranty only applies to products purchased and serviced in the United States or Puerto Rico. This warranty is extended only to the original purchaser of a new product which was not sold “as is”. A purchase receipt or other proof of the original purchase date is required for warranty service.

Carry-In, Mail-in or In-Home Service

For Carry-In, Mail-In or In-Home Service (as applicable) in the United States call toll free contact number listed above or visit

Panasonic Web Site: http://www.panasonic.com

For assistance in Puerto Rico call Panasonic Sales Company (787)-750-4300 or fax (787)-768-2910.

In-Home service, if applicable, requires clear, complete and easy access to the product by the authorized servicer and does not include removal or re-installation of an installed product. It is possible that certain in-home repairs will not be completed inhome, but will require that the product, or parts of the product, be removed for shop diagnosis and/or repair and then returned.

Limited Warranty Limits And Exclusions

This warranty ONLY COVERS failures due to defects in materials or workmanship, and DOES NOT COVER normal wear and tear or cosmetic damage, nor does it cover markings or retained images on the picture tube resulting from viewing fixed images (including, among other things, letterbox pictures on standard 4:3 screen TV’s, or non-expanded standard 4:3 pictures on wide screen TV’s, or onscreen data in a stationary and fixed location). The warranty ALSO DOES NOT COVER damages which occurred in shipment, or failures which are caused by products not supplied by the warrantor, or failures which result from accidents, misuse, abuse, neglect, mishandling, misapplication, alteration, faulty installation, set-up adjustments, misadjustment of consumer controls, improper maintenance, power line surge, lightning damage, modification, or commercial use (such as in a hotel, office, restaurant, or other business), rental use of the product, service by anyone other than a Factory Servicenter or other Authorized Servicer, or damage that is attributable to acts of God.

THERE ARE NO EXPRESS WARRANTIES EXCEPT AS LISTED UNDER “LIMITED WARRANTY COVERAGE”. THE

WARRANTOR IS NOT LIABLE FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES RESULTING FROM THE USE OF

THIS PRODUCT, OR ARISING OUT OF ANY BREACH OF THIS WARRANTY. (As examples, this excludes damages for lost time, cost of having someone remove or re-install an installed unit if applicable, or travel to and from the servicer, loss of media or images, data or other memory or recorded content. The items listed are not exclusive, but are for illustration only.)

ALL EXPRESS AND IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THE WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, ARE LIMITED

TO THE PERIOD OF THE LIMITED WARRANTY.

Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, or limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the 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 a problem with this product develops during or after the warranty period, you may contact your dealer or Servicenter. If the problem is not handled to your satisfaction, then write to the warrantor’s Consumer Affairs Department at the addresses listed for the warrantor.

PARTS AND SERVICE (INCLUDING COST OF AN IN-HOME SERVICE CALL, WHERE APPLICABLE) WHICH ARE

NOT COVERED BY THIS LIMITED WARRANTY ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.

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Customer Services Directory

For Product Information, Operating Assistance, Literature Request, Dealer Locations, and all Customer Service inquiries please contact:

1-800-211-PANA (7262),

Monday-Friday 9 am-9 pm; Saturday-Sunday 9 am-7 pm, EST.

or send e-mail : [email protected]

For hearing or speech impaired TTY users, TTY : 1-877-833-8855

Web Site: http://www.panasonic.com

You can purchase parts, accessories or locate your nearest servicenter by visiting our Web Site.

Accessory Purchases:

1-800-332-5368 (Customer Orders Only )

For hearing or speech impaired TTY users, TTY : 1-866-605-1277

Panasonic Services Company 20421 84th Avenue South, Kent, WA 98032

(Monday-Friday 6 am-5 pm; Saturday 6 am-10:30 am, PST)

(Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card, American Express, Check)

Product Repairs

Centralized Factory Servicenter

MAIL TO :

Panasonic Services Company

1705 N. Randall Road,

Elgin, IL 60123-7847

Attention: Camcorder Repair

Please carefully pack and ship, prepaid and insured, to the Elgin Centralized Factory Servicenter.

Customer’s in Puerto Rico, please ship or carry in to location below (“Service in Puerto Rico”).

Service in Puerto Rico

Matsushita Electric of Puerto Rico, Inc. Panasonic Sales Company/ Factory Servicenter:

Ave. 65 de Infanteria. Km. 9.5, San Gabriel Industrial Park, Carolina, Puerto Rico 00985

Phone (787) 750-4300 Fax (787) 768-2910

As of August 2002

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Spanish Quick Use Guide/Guía Para Uso Rápido

Antes de comenzar...

• Inserte un casete con lengüeta para prevención del grabado.

Cargue la batería

Cargue completamente la batería antes de usarla.

1

Enchufe el adaptador de CA.

2

Instale la batería. El indicador de carga (CHARGE) parpadea, luego queda encendido si ha terminado la carga. Desmonte la batería.

Inserte el casete

1

Coloque la batería cargada.

2

Deslice TAPE EJECT para abrir la compuerta.

3

Inserte el casete.

4

Presione aquí para cerrar la compuerta.

Grabación con la videocámara

1

Presione LCD-OPEN para abrir el monitor LCD.

Abralo completamente y ajuste el ángulo.

2

Ajuste POWER a CAMERA.

3

Presione RECORD/PAUSE para comenzar la grabación.

Presione RECORD/PAUSE otra vez para hacer una pausa en la grabación.

Reproduzca usando el monitor LCD

1

Presione LCD-OPEN para abrir el monitor LCD.

Abralo completamente y ajuste el ángulo.

2

Ajuste POWER a VCR.

3

Presione

(REWIND/SEARCH) para rebobinar la cinta.

4

Presione

(PLAY/STILL) para comenzar la reproducción.

5

Presione (STOP) para finalizar la reproducción.

Reproduccion con efectos especiales

Para localizar rapidamente una escena especifica

• Oprimir el botón de localización (SEARCH).

Para congelar una imagen

• Oprimir el botón de pausa/imagen fija (PAUSE/STILL).

• Oprimir nuevamente el botón cuando se desea continuar reproduciendo.

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Index

A

AC Adaptor ....................... 9

Accessories (Optional) ... 36

Accessories (Supplied) .... 2

AccuBrite™ Built-in Light 15

Audio/Video Cable ... 20, 21

Audio/Video Out ....... 20, 21

Auto Daylight Saving Time

.................................... 14

B

Backlight ......................... 23

BACK LIGHT Button ...... 23

Battery Pack ................. 8, 9

BATTERY RELEASE

Button ........................... 8

Before Requesting Service

.................................... 39

Built-in Microphone ........ 16

C

Camera Recording ... 16~18

Car Battery Cord .............. 9

Cassette Information ...... 10

Charging Battery .............. 8

Clock Battery .................. 35

Clock Set .................. 13, 14

Copying your Tapes ....... 21

Customer Servicenter

Directory ..................... 42

D

DC IN ............................... 9

DC Power Cable .............. 9

Digital E.I.S. ................... 29

Digital Zoom ................... 28

Display-off Mode ............ 32

E

EIS Button ...................... 29

F

Fade ......................... 26, 27

FADE Button ............ 26, 27

FAST FORWARD/

SEARCH Button ......... 19

Focus ............................. 24

H

Hand Strap ...................... 11

High Speed Shutter ........ 25

L

LCD BRIGHT ........... 16, 19

LCD Monitor ............. 16, 19

LCD-OPEN Button ... 16, 19

Lens Cap ......................... 11

LIGHT Switch ................. 15

Limited Warranty ............ 41

M

MENU Button ................. 12

MENU Mode ................... 12

M.FOCUS Button

.................. 12, 19, 24, 31

MotionSensor ................. 30

P

PLAY/STILL Button ........ 19

Playback ................... 19, 20

PlayPak (Optional) ......... 20

Power Supply ............... 8, 9

POWER Switch ........ 16, 19

POWER ZOOM Button

........................ 22, 24, 28

Programmed Recording . 18

Q

Quick Operation Guide .... 7

R

RECORD/PAUSE Button

.................................... 16

Record/Playback Time ... 10

Replacing Clock Battery . 35

Request for Service Notice

.................................... 40

REWIND/SEARCH

Button ......................... 19

S

Safety Precautions ........... 3

Shoulder Strap ................ 11

Speaker .......................... 19

Special Effects ............... 19

Specifications ................. 38

Still Picture ..................... 19

STOP Button .................. 19

T

Tab ................................. 10

TAPE EJECT Switch 10, 16

Tracking Control ............. 19

Tripod Mounting Hole ..... 35

U

UP (FAR) / DOWN

(NEAR)

Button ............. 12, 19, 24

V

VHF Connecting Cable .. 21

Video Cassettes (tapes) . 10

Video Head Cleaning ..... 39

Viewfinder/LCD Monitor

Indications ............ 31~33

Viewing (TV/VCR) .......... 20

VISION ADJUSTMENT .. 16

VOLUME ........................ 19

Z

Zoom ........................ 22, 28

Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company,

Division of Matsushita Electric Corporation of America

One Panasonic Way Secaucus, New Jersey 07094

Q

Printed in Indonesia

LSQT0630A

S1202-0

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