PUB. DIE-304
DVD Camcorder
Instruction Manual
PAL
Introduction
Important Usage Instructions
WARNING!
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR
BACK). NO USER SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO
QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL.
WARNING!
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS
PRODUCT TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
CAUTION:
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK AND TO REDUCE ANNOYING
INTERFERENCE, USE THE RECOMMENDED ACCESSORIES ONLY.
CAUTION:
DISCONNECT THE MAINS PLUG FROM THE SUPPLY SOCKET WHEN NOT IN USE.
The Mains plug is used as the disconnect device. The Mains plug shall remain readily operable
to disconnect the plug in case of an accident.
While using the compact power adapter, do not wrap it or cover it with a piece of cloth, and do
not place it in confined narrow spaces. Heat may build up, the plastic case may deform and it
could result in electric shock or fire.
CA-570 identification plate is located on the bottom.
Using any device other than the Compact Power Adapter CA-570 may damage the
camcorder.
This product has been classified under IEC60825-1:1993 and EN60825-1:1994.
CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT
2
How to Select a DVD Disc
There are many types of DVD discs but this camcorder uses only the following three
types of 8 cm mini DVD discs: DVD-R, DVD-R DL and DVD-RW. Read the differences
between them and select the disc that best fits your needs.
DVD-R
Best for Compatibility
DVD-Rs can be recorded only once – you cannot edit or delete the recordings. On the
other hand, these discs are comparatively cheaper.
DVD-R DL
Best for Recording Time
Dual-layered discs allow writing up to 80% more data (approx. 2.6 GB) on a single
recording side. However, you cannot edit or delete the recordings.
Dual-layered discs have two recording layers. The
camcorder will record on layer 1 and then continue to
layer 2. During the playback of a recording spanning
both layers, you may notice a brief stop (about 1
second) at the point where the camcorder switches to
the second layer. The switch to layer 2 will break the
recording into 2 separate scenes.
DVD-RW
Layer 2
Layer 1
Scene 2
Scene 1
Recording surface
Best for Reusability
Recordings made on a DVD-RW disc can be edited or deleted. Also, the disc can be
initialized. Initializing a DVD-RW disc clears all the recordings and restores the free
space on the disc to its initial value so you can use the same disc again.
Disc specification on DVD-RWs
DVD-RW discs can be recorded using either one of two disc specifications: VIDEO mode
or VR mode. When you first insert a brand new DVD-RW disc, the camcorder will
automatically display the initialization screen where you can select the disc specification
for the disc.
VIDEO mode: Once finalized, discs recorded in VIDEO mode can be played back in most
common DVD players offering the best compatibility. However, recordings cannot be
edited (deleted, rearranged, etc.).
VR mode: You can easily edit the recordings. However, discs recorded in VR mode can
only be played back with DVD players compatible with DVD-RWs in VR mode.
Note: DVD-R and DVD-R DL discs can only be recorded in VIDEO mode.
3
Advantages of Using DVDs
No need to worry about recording over a tape.
When you use a DVD, the camcorder will automatically record on the empty
space of the disc. So you don't have to worry about mistakenly recording over a
precious memory.
Just select a scene from the index screen.
You don't need to bother running a tape forwards and backwards to find the
scene you want to play back. Simply select a scene from the index screen and
start the playback in a breeze.
Easily play back your recordings on a DVD player.
After your finalize your DVD (
45), you can play it on a DVD player and share
your recordings with friends and family.
Playback on external devices
Make sure to finalize discs (
45) before you play them back on external
DVD devices. The disc's type will affect its compatibility with external devices.
For a summary, you can refer to the sidebar on page 46. However, to be sure,
always refer to the instruction manual of the external device and make sure it
is compatible before inserting the disc.
For the highest compatibility with external DVD devices we recommend
using VIDEO mode.
Discs that have been tested
The camcorder's performance was tested with single-layered discs using
Hitachi-Maxell HG series DVD discs; and with dual-layered discs using Canon
DVD-R DL54 discs and Verbatim DVD-R DL discs (as of January 2008*). For
further details, contact directly the manufacturer's customer support center.
Note that attempting to record or play with this camcorder DVD discs that
were recorded, initialized or finalized with other digital devices can result in
damage to the camcorder or in the permanent loss of the recordings.
* For the latest information, visit your local Canon Web site or contact your nearest
Canon office. The use of DVD-R DL discs that have not been tested by Canon may
result in incorrect recording/playback or in not being able to remove the disc.
4
Available features depend on the DVD disc used
Disc type
DVD-RW
DVD-R, DVD-R DL
VIDEO
mode
Disc specifications
Editing scenes with this camcorder (deleting
scenes, dividing scenes, etc.) ( 42)
–
Deleting a scene after recording it (
–
31)
Initializing the disc in order to use it again for
recording ( 44)
Giving a title to the disc (
VR
mode
1
–
–
44)
Finalizing the disc in order to play it with an external
DVD device ( 45)2
Adding recordings to a disc already finalized
( 46)
1
2
3
–
3
Only scenes in the playlist can be divided.
Disc finalization is the processing of the free space (the unrecorded area) on the disc in
order to make it playable on external DVD devices (
45). Playback cannot be
guaranteed with all external DVD devices. To finalize a DVD-R DL disc, the camcorder has
to process both layers. Therefore, and depending on the amount of free space on the disc,
this process may be lengthy.
You will need to unfinalize the disc first.
5
Table of contents
Introduction ____________________________________
3
4
9
10
10
11
13
How to Select a DVD Disc
Advantages of Using DVDs
About this Manual
Getting to Know the Camcorder
Supplied Accessories
Components Guide
Screen Displays
Preparations ____________________________________
16
16
17
18
18
18
18
19
21
21
21
22
22
22
23
25
Getting Started
Charging the Battery Pack
Preparing the Accessories
Basic Operation of the Camcorder
Power Switch
Operating Modes
Joystick and Joystick Guide
Using the Menus
First Time Settings
Setting the Date and Time
Changing the Language
Changing the Time Zone
Getting Ready to Start Recording
Opening the Lens Cover and Adjusting the LCD screen
Inserting and Removing a Disc
Inserting and Removing a Memory Card
Video _________________________________________
26
26
28
28
29
30
Basic Recording
Shooting Video
Selecting the Recording Mode
Zooming: Optical, Advanced and Digital Zoom
Quick Start Function
Reviewing and Deleting the Last Scene Recorded
6 • Table of contents
31
31
33
33
34
34
36
37
37
38
39
39
40
41
42
42
43
43
44
44
44
45
46
46
Basic Playback
Playing Back the Video
Deleting Scenes
On-Screen Displays (Data Code)
Additional Functions
: Special Scene Recording Programs
Flexible Recording: Changing the Shutter Speed
LCD Video Light
Self Timer
Manual Focus Adjustment
Manual Exposure Adjustment
White Balance
Image Effects
Digital Effects
Managing Scenes and the Disc
Creating a Playlist
Moving Scenes in the Playlist
Dividing Scenes
Initializing the Disc
Disc Playback on an External Device
Changing the Disc Title
Finalizing the Disc
Disc Playback on External Devices
Unfinalizing the Disc - Additional Recordings on a Finalized Disc
Photos ________________________________________
48
48
49
50
50
50
52
52
53
53
54
55
55
56
Basic Recording
Taking Photos
Selecting Photo Size and Quality
Erasing the Last Photo Just Recorded
Basic Playback
Viewing Photos
Magnifying Photos during Playback
Erasing Photos
Additional Functions
Continuous Shooting and Exposure Bracketing (Drive
Mode)
Automatic Focus Priority
Histogram and Other Screen Displays
Protecting Photos
Initializing the Memory Card
Table of contents • 7
57
Printing Photos
57
57
Printing Photos
Print Orders
External Connections _____________________________
58
58
59
59
Connecting to a TV or VCR
Connection Diagrams
Playback on a TV Screen
Copying your Recordings to an External Video Recorder
Additional Information ____________________________
60
60
60
62
63
64
64
65
66
67
Appendix: Menu Options Lists
FUNC. Menu
Setup menus
Camera Setup (Advanced Zoom, Image Stabilizer, etc.)
Disc Operations (Initialization, Finalization etc.)
Still Image Operations (Card Initialization, etc.)
Display Setup (LCD Brightness, Language, etc.)
System Setup (Volume, Beep, etc.)
Date/Time Setup
Trouble?
67
70
Troubleshooting
List of Messages
73
Do’s and Don’ts
73
77
Handling Precautions
Using the Camcorder Abroad
78
General Information
78
79
82
85
System Diagram
Optional Accessories
Specifications
Index
8 • Table of contents
About this Manual
Thank you for purchasing the Canon DC320/DC310. Please read this manual
carefully before you use the camcorder and retain it for future reference. Should your
camcorder fail to operate correctly, refer to Troubleshooting (
67).
Conventions Used in this Manual
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
IMPORTANT: Precautions related to the camcorder’s operation.
NOTES: Additional topics that complement the basic operating procedures.
POINTS TO CHECK: Restrictions that apply if the function described is not
available in all operating modes (the operating mode to which the camcorder
should be set, the type of disc required, etc.).
: Reference page number.
: Text that applies only to the model(s) shown in the icon.
The following terms are used in this manual:
“Screen” refers to the LCD and the viewfinder screen.
“Scene” refers to one movie unit from the point you press Start/Stop to start
recording until you press again to pause the recording.
The terms “photo” and “still image” are used interchangeably with the same
meaning.
The photos included in this manual are simulated pictures taken with a still camera.
Note that unless indicated otherwise, screenshots and illustrations in this manual
refer to the
model.
Changing the Language
Options
[
Buttons and switches to be operated
Names of buttons and switches other than the joystick
are indicated within a “button” frame.
For example FUNC. .
Default value
[MAGYAR]
[
]
[DEUTSCH] [MELAYU]
]
[
]
[
[
]
[POLSKI]
]
[ENGLISH]
[ ROMANA ]
[
]
[ESPAÑOL]
[TÜRKÇE]
[
]
[FRANÇAIS] [
[ITALIANO]
]
[
[
] [
]
]
FUNC.
(
29)
FUNC.
Brackets [ ] and capital letters are used to refer to menu
options as they are displayed on screen. In menu option
lists and option tables the default value is shown in
boldface.
For example [ON], [OFF].
[
MENU ]
[
DISPLAY SETUP]
[LANGUAGE
]
Desired language
FUNC.
Introduction • 9
Getting to Know the Camcorder
Supplied Accessories
CA-570 Compact Power
Adapter (incl. power cord)
STV-250N Stereo Video
Cable
Yellow • Red • White plugs
10 • Introduction
NB-2LH Battery Pack
Components Guide
Left side view
Right side view
Lens cover switch (
26, 48)
(
open,
closed)
AV terminal (
58)
CARD access indicator (
48)
Speaker
switch (
18)
Lock button
DISC access indicator (
26) /
CHARGE indicator (
16)
Mode switch (
27)
Easy recording
Recording programs
Disc compartment cover (
23)
Grip belt (
17)
Strap mount (
81)
Stereo microphone
Names of buttons and switches other than the
joystick are indicated within a “button” frame
(for example FUNC. ).
Front view
Introduction • 11
Back view
Top view
Bottom view
12 • Introduction
Joystick (
18)
FUNC. button (
19, 60)
DISP. button (
33, 55)
Dioptric adjustment lever (
27)
Viewfinder (
27)
QUICK START button and standby lamp
(
29)
PLAY mode indicator (green) (
18)
CAMERA mode indicator (red) (
18)
OPEN (disc cover) switch (
23)
Start/Stop button (
26)
DC IN terminal (
17)
Serial number/
16)
Battery attachment unit (
RESET button (
67)
LCD screen (
22)
Zoom lever (
28)
/
(movies/still images) switch
(
18)
Tripod socket (
17)
Memory card slot
(open the cover to access) (
25)
BATT. (battery release) switch (
16)
Names of buttons and switches other than the
joystick are indicated within a “button” frame
(for example FUNC. ).
Screen Displays
Recording movies
Operating mode (
Disc specification (
18) /
3)
Recording program (
34, 36)
White balance (
39)
Image effect (
40)
LCD video light (
37)
Digital effects (
41)
Recording mode (
28)
Disc type
DVD-R,
DVD-R DL,
DVD-RW (
3)
Playing movies
(during playback)
Finalized disc mark (
45)
Manual focus (
38)
Image stabilizer (
62)
Disc operation
Time code/Playback time
(hours : minutes : seconds)
Remaining recording time on the disc
Remaining battery charge (
15)
Wind screen off (
62)
Recording reminder
Level marker (
64)
Scene number
Joystick guide (
18)
Data code (
33)
Introduction • 13
Recording still images
Viewing still images
14 • Introduction
Zoom (
28), Exposure
(
39)
Recording program (
34, 36)
White balance (
39)
Image effect (
40)
LCD video light (
37)
Digital effects (
41)
Drive mode (
53)
Still image quality/size (
49)
Manual focus (
38)
Number of still images available on the
memory card
Self timer (
37)
AF frame (
54)
Joystick guide (
18)
Focus/exposure automatically set and
locked (
48)
Camcorder shake warning (
62)
Image number (
15)
Current image / Total number of images
Histogram (
55)
Date and time of recording
Image protection mark (
55)
Manual exposure (
39)
Image size (
49)
File size
Aperture value (
36)
Shutter speed (
36)
Disc operation
Record,
Record pause,
Playback,
Playback pause,
Fast playback,
Fast reverse playback,
Slow playback,
Slow reverse playback
Remaining recording time
When there is no more disc space available,
“
END” will be displayed and the recording
will stop.
Remaining battery charge estimate
Number of still images available on the card
displayed in red: No card
in green: 6 or more images
in yellow: 1 to 5 images
in red: No more images can be recorded
• When viewing the still images, the display will
always be in green.
• Depending on the recording conditions, the
number of available still images displayed may
not decrease even after a recording has been
made, or may decrease by 2 still images at
once.
Card access display
is displayed next to the number of images
available while the camcorder is writing on the
memory card.
• When
is displayed in red, replace the
battery pack with a fully charged one.
• When you attach an empty battery pack, the
power may turn off without displaying
.
• Depending on the conditions under which the
camcorder and the battery pack are used, the
actual battery charge may not be indicated
accurately.
Image number
The image number indicates the name and
location of the file on the memory card. For
example, the file name of image 101-0107 is
“IMG_0107.JPG”, stored under the folder
“DCIM\101CANON”.
Recording reminder
The camcorder counts from 1 to 10 seconds
when you start recording. This is helpful to avoid
scenes that are too short.
Introduction • 15
Preparations
This chapter describes basic operations, such as navigating the
menus, and first time settings to help you learn more about your
camcorder.
Getting Started
Getting Started
CHARGE
indicator
DC IN terminal
Charging the Battery Pack
The camcorder can be powered with a
battery pack or directly using the
compact power adapter. Charge the
battery pack before use.
For approximate charging times and
recording/playback times with a full
battery pack, refer to the tables on
page 79.
BATT. switch
1
2
Turn off the camcorder.
Attach the battery pack to the
camcorder.
Press the battery pack lightly and
slide it up until it clicks.
16 • Preparations
3
Connect the power cord to the
compact power adapter.
4
Plug the power cord into a power
outlet.
5
Connect the compact power
adapter to the camcorder’s DC IN
terminal.
• The CHARGE indicator starts
flashing. The indicator will stay on
when the charging is completed.
• You can also use the compact
power adapter without attaching a
battery pack.
• When the compact power adapter
is connected, the power of the
battery pack will not be consumed.
ONCE THE BATTERY PACK IS FULLY CHARGED
1 Disconnect the compact power
adapter from the camcorder.
2 Unplug the power cord from the
power outlet and the compact
power adapter.
TO REMOVE THE BATTERY PACK
Press BATT. to release the battery
pack. Slide the battery pack down
and then pull it out.
NOTES
• The CHARGE indicator also serves as a
rough estimate of the charge status.
Continuously on: Battery pack fully
charged.
Two quick flashes at 1-second intervals:
Battery pack at least 50% charged. If
the indicator flashes quickly but not
exactly in this pattern, refer to
Troubleshooting (
67).
One flash at 1-second intervals: Battery
pack less than 50% charged.
• We recommend that you prepare battery
packs to last 2 to 3 times longer than
you think you might need.
IMPORTANT
• Turn off the camcorder before
connecting or disconnecting the
compact power adapter. After you turn
the
switch to
, important file
allocation data is updated on the disc.
Be sure to wait until the PLAY and
CAMERA mode indicators are
completely off.
• You may hear some noise from the
compact power adapter during use.
This is not a malfunction.
• We recommend charging the battery
pack in temperatures between 10 °C
and 30 °C. Outside the temperature
range of 0 °C to 40 °C, the charging will
not start.
• Do not connect to the camcorder’s DC
IN terminal or to the compact power
adapter any electrical equipment that is
not expressly recommended for use
with this camcorder.
• To prevent equipment breakdowns and
excessive heating, do not connect the
supplied compact power adapter to
voltage converters for overseas travels
or special power sources such as those
on aircraft and ships, DC-AC inverters,
etc.
Preparing the Accessories
Fasten the grip belt.
Adjust the grip belt so that you can
reach the zoom lever with your index
finger, and the Start/Stop button with
your thumb.
WHEN YOU MOUNT THE CAMCORDER ON A
TRIPOD
Do not leave the viewfinder
exposed to direct sunlight
as it may melt (due to
concentration of the light by
the lens). Do not use tripods
with fastening screws
longer than 5.5 mm. Doing
so may damage the camcorder.
Preparations • 17
Basic Operation of the Camcorder
Basic Operation of the
Camcorder
Operating Modes
The camcorder’s operating mode is
determined by the
switch and the
position of the
/
switch. In this
manual,
indicates that a function is
available in the operating mode shown and
indicates that the function is not
available. When no operating mode icons
are given, the function is available in all
operating modes.
Power Switch
Lock button
In addition to turning the camcorder on
and off, the
switch also toggles the
camcorder’s operating mode.
To turn on the camcorder: Hold the lock
button pressed down and turn the
switch to ON.
To change the operating mode: From the ON
position, turn the
switch
momentarily toward MODE and release it.
This action will toggle the operating mode
between recording (CAMERA - red
indicator) and playback (PLAY - green
indicator).
Joystick and Joystick Guide
Use the joystick to operate the
camcorder's menus.
Push the joystick up, down, left or right
(
,
) to select an item or change
settings.
Press the joystick itself (
) to save the
settings or confirm an action. On menu
screens, this is indicated by the icon
.
Operating mode
Operating mode
indicator
/
switch
(movies)
(Red)
(still images)
(movies)
(Green)
(still images)
18 • Preparations
Icon display
Operation
Recording movies
on a disc
26
Recording still
images on a
memory card
48
Playing movies
from a disc
31
Viewing still images
from a memory card
50
The functions assigned to the joystick
change according to the operation
mode and the camcorder’s settings.
Press
to display/hide the joystick
guide (when recording, the joystick
guide will appear only when the mode
switch is set to
). In the illustrations
of this manual, positions other than
those relevant to the function explained
are marked with a striped pattern.
Selecting a FUNC. Menu Option
Depending on the operating mode,
these positions may be empty or show a
different icon than the one on the
illustration.
NEXT
When the guide contains multiple
“pages”, [NEXT] and the page number
icon ( ) will appear at the bottom
position. Push the joystick ( ) toward
[NEXT] to display the next “page” of the
guide.
Using the Menus
Many of the camcorder’s functions can
be adjusted from the menus that open
after pressing the FUNC. button
( FUNC. ).
For details about the available menu
options and settings, refer to the Menu
Options Lists (
60).
1
2
Press FUNC. .
3
Select (
) the desired setting
from the available options at the
bottom bar.
• The selected option will be
highlighted in light blue. Menu
items not available will appear
grayed out.
• With some settings, you will need
to make further selections and/or
press
. Follow the additional
operation guides that will appear
on the screen (such as the
icon, small arrows, etc.).
4
Press FUNC. to save the settings
and close the menu.
Select (
) the icon of the
function you want change from the
left side column.
Menu items not available will appear
grayed out.
Preparations • 19
You can press FUNC. to close the
menu at any time.
4
Select (
) the setting you want to
change and press
.
• The orange selection bar indicates
the menu setting currently selected.
Items not available appear in black.
• Push the joystick ( ) to return to
the menu selection screen (step 3).
5
Select (
) the desired option and
press
to save the setting.
6
Press FUNC. .
You can press FUNC. to close the
menu at any time.
Selecting an Option from the Setup Menus
Abbreviation of Menu Selections in this
Manual
In this manual, the
arrow is used to
abbreviate menu selections. Below is an
example of changing a setting using the
setup menus.
FUNC.
MENU]
[
[
DISPLAY SETUP]
[LANGUAGE
]
1
2
3
Press FUNC. .
In the index screen (VIDEO mode)
and still image index screen, the
setup menus will open. Skip to
step 3.
Select (
) the
icon and press
to open the setup menus.
• You can also hold FUNC. pressed
down for more than 1 second to
open directly the setup menus
screen.
• In the index screen (DVD-RW discs
in VR mode), push the joystick
(
) to select the
icon.
Select (
) the desired menu from
the left side column and press
.
The title of the selected menu
appears on top of the screen and
under it the list of settings.
20 • Preparations
Desired language
FUNC.
For selections in the FUNC. menu, the
abbreviated form will always show the
initial default value. In recording mode,
its icon will appear on the left side
column when you first open the menu. If
the setting was changed, the icon of the
currently selected option will appear
instead.
FUNC.
[
IMAGE EFFECT OFF]
Desired image effect
FUNC.
First Time Settings
First Time Settings
Setting the Date and Time
You will need to set the date and time of
the camcorder before you can start
using it. The [DATE/TIME] screen will
appear automatically when the
camcorder’s clock is not set.
(for example, [1.JAN.2008 12:00 AM]).
You can change the date format (
66).
• You can also change the date and time
later on (not during the initial setup). To
open the [DATE/TIME] screen, press
FUNC. and select
[DATE/TIME
SETUP]
[DATE/TIME].
Changing the Language
Options
[

]
[
]
[DEUTSCH] [MELAYU]
[
]
[
[
]
[POLSKI]
[ENGLISH] [ ROMANA ]
[ESPAÑOL]
2
3
Change the rest of the fields
(month, day, hour and minutes) in
the same way.
Move ( ) the cursor to the [OK]
button and press
to start the
clock and close the menu.
IMPORTANT
• When you do not use the camcorder for
about 3 months, the built-in
rechargeable lithium battery may
discharge completely and the date and
time setting may be lost. In such case,
recharge the built-in lithium battery
(
75) and set the time zone, date and
time again.
• The date appears in a year-month-day
format only in the first setup screen. In
subsequent screen displays the date
and time will appear as day-month-year
[ITALIANO]
]
[
]
[
[TÜRKÇE]
[FRANÇAIS] [
When the [DATE/TIME] screen appears,
the year will be displayed in orange and
indicated with up/down arrows.
1 Change ( ) the year and move
( ) to the month.
Default value
[MAGYAR]
]
[
[
] [
]
]
]
FUNC.
(
20)
FUNC.
[
MENU]
[
DISPLAY SETUP]
[LANGUAGE
]
Desired language
FUNC.
NOTES
• If you changed the language by mistake,
follow the
mark next to the menu
item to change the setting.
• The display
that appears in some
menu screens refers to the name of
buttons on the camcorder and will not
change, regardless of the language
selected.
Preparations • 21
Getting Ready to Start Recording
Changing the Time Zone
Change the time zone to match your
location. The default setting is Paris.
FUNC.
(
Getting Ready to Start
Recording
Opening the Lens Cover and Adjusting
the LCD screen
20)
FUNC.
[
MENU]
[
DATE/TIME SETUP]
[T.ZONE/DST]
Desired time zone*
Before you start recording, open the
lens cover.
FUNC.
* To adjust for daylight saving time, select the
area name marked with a
.
World Time Zones
Once you have set the time zone, date
and time, you do not need to reset the
clock every time you travel to another
time zone. Select the time zone to
match the local time at your destination,
referring to the date and time displayed
on the screen.
1 Open the date and time setup
screen.
FUNC.
[
MENU]
[
DATE/TIME SETUP]
[T.ZONE/DST]
2
Move the orange selection frame
( ) to the
time zone.
3
Select (
) the area that
corresponds to the local time at
your destination and press
.
• Refer to the changing date and
time displayed on the screen.
• To adjust for daylight saving time,
select the area name marked with a
.
4
Press
FUNC.
22 • Preparations
to close the menu.
Move the lens cover switch down to
to open the lens cover.
Rotating the LCD Panel
Open the LCD panel 90 degrees.
You can rotate the panel 90 degrees
downward.
180°
90°
You can rotate the panel 180 degrees
toward the lens (allowing the subject to
monitor the LCD screen while you use
the viewfinder). This is the only case
where you can use the viewfinder and
the LCD screen simultaneously.
Rotating the LCD panel 180 degrees
can be useful when you wish to include
yourself in the picture when recording
with the self timer.
180°
NOTES
• This setting does not affect the
brightness of the recording.
• Using the bright setting will shorten the
effective usage time of the battery pack.
Inserting and Removing a Disc
Subject can monitor the LCD screen
Use only 8 cm mini DVD discs marked
with the DVD-R
logo (including
DVD-R DL) or the DVD-RW
logo.
Refer also to Discs that have been
tested (
4).
Before inserting the disc be sure to
check that the recording surface is
clean. If necessary, use a soft lenscleaning cloth to remove any
fingerprints, dirt buildup or smudges
from the disc surface.
NOTES
About the LCD and viewfinder screen: The
screens are produced using extremely
high-precision manufacturing techniques,
with more than 99.99% of the pixels
operating to specification. Less than
0.01% of the pixels may occasionally
misfire or appear as black, red, blue or
green dots. This has no effect on the
recorded image and does not constitute a
malfunction.
Inserting the Disc
LCD Backlight
(
18)
You can set the brightness of the LCD
screen to normal or bright.
Pick up lens
Hold DISP. pressed down for more
than 2 seconds.
Repeat this action to toggle between
the normal and bright settings.
1
Turn the
switch to ON to
set the camcorder in
mode.
2
Slide OPEN fully in the direction of
the arrow and gently open the disc
cover completely until it stops.
Preparations • 23
Retract the grip belt under the
camcorder so it will not get in the way
of the disc cover.
3
Insert the disc and press its center
firmly until it clicks in place.
• Insert the disc with the recording
side facing down (single sided
discs – label side facing out).
• Be careful not to touch the
recording surface of the disc or the
pick up lens.
4
Close the disc cover.
Do not force the cover closed if the
disc is not correctly inserted and
firmly set in place.
new DVD-RW disc is first inserted if the
/
switch is set to
(movies). If
the disc is already initialized, you can
start recording movies once the record
pause
indicator appears.
Otherwise, perform the following steps
to initialize the disc.
Select (
) the desired disc
specification and press
. For a
comparison between the VIDEO and
VR specifications, see How to Select
a DVD Disc (
3).
A confirmation message will appear
on the screen. Select (
) [YES] and
press
to start the disc
initialization, or select [NO] and press
to return and select a different
disc specification.
• The disc initialization will take
approximately one minute. Avoid
moving the camcorder while the
operation is in progress.
• You can start recording movies
once the record pause
indicator appears.
Removing the Disc
NOTES
The process of recognizing a disc may take
a moment. The
display will move while
the disc is being read. Wait until the
camcorder finishes recognizing the disc
before you start recording.
WHEN USING DVD-R/DVD-R DL DISCS
You can start recording movies once the
record pause
indicator appears.
WHEN USING DVD-RW DISCS
You need to initialize new discs before
you can start recording. The disc
initialization screen will appear when a
24 • Preparations
1
Slide OPEN fully in the direction of
the arrow and gently open the disc
cover completely until it stops.
• Do not subject the camcorder to
strong impacts while the DISC
access indicator is on or flashing.
• Retract the grip belt under the
camcorder so it will not get in the
way of the disc cover.
• It may take a moment after sliding
OPEN for the disc cover to open.
2
3
Grab the edge of the disc and
gently pull it out.
Be careful not to touch the recording
surface of the disc or the pick up
lens.
Close the disc cover.
IMPORTANT
When you slide OPEN after making a
recording, important file allocation data is
updated on the disc before the disc cover
opens. While the DISC access indicator is
on or flashing do not subject the
camcorder to shocks such as forcefully
laying it on a table.
Inserting and Removing a Memory Card
2
3
Open the memory card slot cover.
4
Close the cover.
Insert the memory card straight all
the way into the memory card slot.
Do not force the cover closed if the
memory card is not correctly inserted.
TO REMOVE THE MEMORY CARD
First push the memory card once
to release it, and then pull the card
out.
IMPORTANT
• Make sure to initialize all memory cards
before using them with this camcorder
(
56).
• Memory cards have front and back
sides that are not interchangeable.
Inserting a memory card facing the
wrong direction can cause a malfunction
of the camcorder.
NOTES
You can use commercially available
SDHC (SD High Capacity)
memory cards,
SD memory
cards or MultiMedia Cards (MMC) with
this camcorder.
1
• Compatibility with all SD, SDHC or
MMC memory cards cannot be
guaranteed.
• About SDHC Memory Cards: SDHC is the
new type of SD memory card with
capacities over 2 GB. Please note that
the specifications of SDHC memory
cards are different from those of regular
SD memory cards and you will not be
able to use memory cards of over 2 GB
with devices that do not support SDHC.
However, SDHC devices (including this
camcorder) are backward compatible
and support regular SD memory cards.
Turn off the camcorder.
Preparations • 25
Video
This chapter covers functions related to shooting and playing back
movies - from basic recording and zooming to more advanced manual
picture adjustments.
The red CAMERA indicator will turn
on.
Basic Recording
Basic Recording
Shooting Video
Before You Begin Recording
Make a test recording first to check if
the camcorder operates correctly.
Since recordings made on a DVD-R or
DVD-R DL disc cannot be deleted, we
recommend you use a DVD-RW disc
to make the test recordings.
(
18)
3
Move the lens cover switch down
to
to open the lens cover.
4
Press Start/Stop to begin recording.
• The recording starts; press
Start/Stop again to pause the
recording.
• The DISC access indicator will flash
while recording and will stay on
briefly after pausing while the
scene is recorded on the disc.
WHEN YOU HAVE FINISHED RECORDING
1 Make sure that the DISC access
indicator is off.
2 Turn off the camcorder.
3 Close the lens cover and the LCD
panel.
4 Remove the disc.
IMPORTANT
1
Move the
(movies).
2
Turn the
switch to ON to set
the camcorder in CAMERA mode.
26 • Video
/
switch to
• When recording movies, try to get a calm,
stable picture.
Excessive camcorder movement while
shooting and extensive use of fast
zooms and panning can result in jittery
scenes. In extreme cases, the playback
of such scenes may result in visually
induced motion sickness. If you
experience such a reaction, immediately
stop the playback and take a rest break
as necessary.
• Observe the following precautions while
the DISC access indicator is on or
flashing. Failing to do so may result in
permanent data loss.
- Do not subject the camcorder to
vibrations or strong impacts.
- Do not open the disc cover and do not
remove the disc.
- Do not disconnect the power source or
turn off the camcorder.
- Do not change the operating mode.
Using the viewfinder
When recording in bright places it
may be difficult to use the LCD
screen. In such case, change the
brightness of the LCD screen (
23)
or use the viewfinder instead. To use
the viewfinder, keep the LCD panel
closed*.
NOTES
• About the recording time: By changing the
recording mode you can change the
recording time available on the disc
(
28).
• About the Power Save mode: To save power
when the camcorder is powered by a
battery pack, the camcorder will
automatically shut off if left without any
operations for 5 minutes (
65). To
restore the power, turn the
switch
toward MODE and release it, or turn the
switch to
and back to ON
again.
• When recording in very loud places (such
as fireworks shows or concerts), sound
may become distorted or it may not be
recorded at the actual levels. This is not
a malfunction.
Adjust the viewfinder as necessary
with the dioptric adjustment lever.
* The LCD screen and the viewfinder
can be used simultaneously when the
LCD panel is turned 180 degrees to
face the subject (
23).
About the mode switch and recording programs
Set the mode switch to
to let the
camcorder adjust all the settings for you,
allowing you to just point the camcorder and
start shooting.
Set the mode switch to
to select one of the recording programs.
The Special Scene recording programs (
34) offer a convenient
way to select the optimal settings to match special recording
conditions. Conversely, with flexible recording programs (
36) you
can set the shutter speed you want, or enjoy the flexibility to change other
settings.
Video • 27
Selecting the Recording Mode
Zooming: Optical, Advanced and Digital
Zoom
Changing the recording mode will
change the recording time available on
the disc. Select XP or SP mode for
better movie quality; select LP mode for
longer recording times.
The following table gives approximate
recording times with a brand new DVD
disc (on a single recording side).

Default value
Disc type
Recording mode

The camcorder offers three types of
zoom: optical, advanced and digital
zoom when recording movies. (In
mode only the optical zoom
is available.) You can also change the
zoom speed.
Selecting the Zoom Type
Options
DVD-R,
DVD-RW
DVD-R DL
20 min.
36 min.
30 min.
54 min.
60 min.
108 min.
(
[OPTICAL] (37x,
Default value
32x)
The zoom range is limited to the optical
magnification ratio of the lens.
[ADVANCED] (Advanced Zoom)
In addition to the optical zoom range, the
camcorder processes the image digitally to
obtain a larger zoom range without any
deterioration in image quality. When recording
movies with a 16:9 aspect ratio, the field of view
(picture angle) will change. Refer to the table in
the NOTES section.
18)
FUNC.
(

19)
[DIGITAL] (2000x)
FUNC.
When this option is selected, the camcorder will
switch to digital zoom (light blue area on the
zoom indicator) when you zoom in beyond the
optical zoom range (white area on the zoom
indicator). With the digital zoom the image is
processed digitally so image quality will
deteriorate the more you zoom in.
[
STANDARD PLAY]
Desired recording mode
FUNC.
NOTES
The camcorder uses a variable bit rate
(VBR) when encoding the video data so the
actual recording times will vary depending
on the content of the scenes.
FUNC.
(
19)
FUNC.
[
MENU]
[
CAMERA SETUP]
[ZOOM TYPE]
Desired option
FUNC.
28 • Video
FUNC.
NOTES
• The zoom range of the advanced zoom
will change depending on the aspect
63).
ratio of the scene (
•
The advanced zoom cannot be
selected if [WIDESCREEN] is set to
[
OFF].
[WIDESCREEN] set to [
45x*,
46x,
41x**
Not available
Options

18)
SPEED 2],
Constant zoom speeds. [
SPEED 3] is the
fastest, and [
SPEED 1] is the slowest.
FUNC.
19)
18)
Zoom in
T
Default value
The variable zoom speed depends on how you
operate the zoom lever: Press gently for slower
zooms; press harder for faster zooms. With this
option, the zoom speed will be faster in record
pause mode.
(
(
Zoom out
VARIABLE]
SPEED 1], [
SPEED 3]
Using the Zoom
W
(
[
[
NOTES
OFF] (4:3)
Selecting the Zoom Speed
[
FUNC.
The fastest zoom speed can be achieved
with the [
VARIABLE] setting.
ON] (16:9)
* The picture angle will be wider at both full
telephoto and full wide-angle.
**The picture angle will be wider at full
wide-angle.
[WIDESCREEN] set to [
[
MENU]
[
CAMERA SETUP]
[ZOOM SPEED]
Desired option
Move the zoom lever toward W to
zoom out (wide-angle). Move it
toward T to zoom in (telephoto).
NOTES
Keep at least 1 m to the subject. At full
wide-angle, you can focus on a subject as
close as 1 cm.
Quick Start Function
When you press QUICK START the
camcorder enters the
standby mode.
In standby mode the camcorder
consumes only about half the power
used when recording, saving energy
when you are using a battery pack.
Additionally, when you press
Video • 29
QUICK START again the camcorder is
ready to start recording within approx.
1 second*, ensuring you do not miss
important shooting opportunities.
* The exact time required until the camcorder
is ready to start recording may vary
depending on the shooting conditions.
(
18)
shut-off with the [ STANDBY OFF]
setting (
65).
To restore the power if the camcorder
shut off, turn the
switch toward
MODE and release it, or turn the
camcorder off and then on again.
• If you perform any of the following
actions while in standby mode (while the
standby lamp is on), the camcorder will
be woken up from standby mode.
- Open the disc compartment cover.
- Change the position of the
/
switch.
- Turn the
switch toward MODE.
Reviewing and Deleting the Last Scene
Recorded
1
Press QUICK START firmly.
The standby lamp flashes at first
while the camcorder is preparing and
then stays on when it enters the
standby mode.
2
When you wish to resume
recording, press QUICK START
again.
Within approx. 1 second, the
camcorder is ready to record.
NOTES
• When you wake up the camcorder from
standby mode, the following settings will
be changed automatically:
- Manual focus returns to automatic
focus (AF).
- Manual exposure adjustment returns to
automatic exposure.
- Zoom position returns to full wide
angle W.
• The camcorder will shut off if left in
standby mode for 10 minutes, regardless
of the [POWER SAVE] setting (
65).
You can select the length of time until
30 • Video
Even in
mode you can play
back the last scene recorded in order to
check it. If you are using a DVD-RW
disc, you can also delete the scene
while reviewing it.
(
18)
NEXT
1
If the joystick guide does not
appear on screen, press
to
display it.
If
does not appear on the joystick
guide, repeatedly push the joystick
( ) toward [NEXT] to display it.
2
Push the joystick ( ) toward
.
• The camcorder plays back the last
scene (but without sound) and
returns to record pause mode.
• While reviewing the scene, select
the
icon and press
to return
to the recording mode.
Deleting a Scene After Recording It
Basic Playback
Basic Playback
POINTS TO CHECK
Disc type:
DVD-RW
After recording a scene:
Review the scene as described in
the previous section.
Playing Back the Video
1
2
While reviewing the scene, select
( )
and press
.
3
Select (
) [YES] and press
(
18)
.
NOTES
• Avoid any other operations on the
camcorder while the scene is being
deleted.
• You will not be able to delete the last
scene if after the scene was recorded
you changed the operating mode, turned
off the camcorder or removed the disc.
1
Move the
(movies).
2
Turn the
switch to ON, then
turn it toward MODE and release it
to set the camcorder in PLAY
mode.
• The green PLAY indicator will turn
on.
• The scene index screen appears.
3
Move (
,
) the selection
frame to the scene you want to
play back.
4
Press
to begin the playback.
The playback will start from the scene
selected and continue until the end of
the last scene recorded.
/
switch to
Video • 31
TO PAUSE/STOP PLAYBACK
TO ADJUST THE VOLUME
5 If the joystick guide does not
appear on screen, press
to
display it.
6 Push the joystick ( ) toward
/
to pause the playback.
7 Push the joystick ( ) toward
to
stop the playback and return to the
scene index screen.
NOTES
• Depending on the recording conditions,
you may notice brief stops in video or
sound playback between scenes.
• This camcorder can play back discs
recorded with this camcorder. Discs
recorded with other camcorders or discs
created with a computer may not play
back correctly.
• Be sure to finalize discs to play them
back on external DVD devices (
45).
During the playback of a scene:
FUNC.
[
SPEAKER VOL.]
Adjust (
) the volume
FUNC.
• The sound from the built-in speaker will
be muted when you close the LCD panel
or while the STV-250N Stereo Video
Cable is connected to the AV terminal.
• If you turn down the volume completely,
the icon will change to
.
Special playback modes
Use the joystick guide to enter the special playback modes. There is no sound
during the special playback modes.
Special playback mode
Fast playback
Initial mode
Normal playback
Camcorder operation
Push the joystick (
( ) toward
.
) toward
or
Perform operation again to increase playback
speed 5x → 15x the normal speed.
Slow playback
Playback pause
Push the joystick (
( ) toward
.
) toward
or
Perform operation again to increase playback
speed 1/8x → 1/4x the normal speed.
End special playback mode
Special playback
Push the joystick (
) toward
/
.
During some special playback modes, you may notice some anomalies (blocky
video artifacts, banding, etc.) in the playback picture.
32 • Video
Deleting Scenes
FUNC.
(
If you are using a DVD-RW disc, you can
delete those scenes that you are not
interested in keeping.
Deleting a Single Scene
20)
FUNC.
[
MENU]
[
DISC OPERATIONS]
[YES]
[DEL.ALL MOVIES]*
FUNC.
(
18)
* When you are deleting the playlist, this
menu option will be replaced by
[DEL.PLAYLIST].
POINTS TO CHECK
Disc type:
IMPORTANT
DVD-RW • VR mode
From the original index screen, select
(
,
) the scene to delete. To
delete a scene only in the playlist,
switch to the playlist first (
43), and
then select the scene.
20)
FUNC.
[
DELETE]
NOTES
• You may not be able to delete scenes
shorter than 5 seconds. To delete such
scenes you must initialize the disc
(
44), in the process deleting all the
recordings on the disc.
• Do not change the position of the
switch or the / switch while the
scene is being deleted (while the DISC
access indicator is on or flashing).
FUNC.
(
Be careful when deleting original
recordings. Once deleted, an original
scene cannot be recovered.
[YES]
Deleting All Scenes
(
18)
On-Screen Displays (Data Code)
POINTS TO CHECK
Disc type:
DVD-RW • VR mode
To delete all the scenes from the original
index screen, perform the following
procedure. This will delete also the
whole playlist. If you want to delete only
the playlist (without affecting the original
recordings), switch to the playlist first
(
43), and then continue as follows.
The camcorder keeps a data code
containing the date and time and other
camera data (shutter speed, aperture,
etc.) registered at the time of recording.
You can select the data to be displayed.
For details about on-screen displays for
still images, refer to Histogram and
55).
Other Screen Displays (
Video • 33
Additional Functions
(
Additional Functions
18)
: Special Scene Recording Programs
Repeatedly press DISP. to turn the
on-screen displays on/off in the
following sequence:
Recording in a very bright ski resort or
capturing the full colors of a sunset or a
fireworks display becomes as easy as
selecting a Special Scene recording
program. For details about the available
options, refer to the sidebar on page 35.
(
• All displays on
• All displays off1
POINTS TO CHECK
Mode switch:
• All displays on
• Data code2 only
• All displays off
1 However, the markers and the icons
and
will still appear on the screen.
2 Data code: Time, date and camera data at
the time of recording. The contents to be
displayed can be selected with the [DATA
CODE] setting (
64).
34 • Video
FUNC.
(
19)
FUNC.
[
PROGRAM AE]
Desired recording program
FUNC.
18)
[
PORTRAIT]
The camcorder
uses a large
aperture, achieving
a focus on the
subject while blurring other distracting
details.
[
BEACH]
Use this mode to
record on a sunny
beach. It prevents
the subject from
being underexposed.
[
SPORTS]
Use this mode to
record sports
scenes such as
tennis or golf.
[
SUNSET]
Use this mode to
record sunsets in
vibrant colors.
[ NIGHT]
Use this mode to
record in dimly lit
places.
[
SPOTLIGHT]
Use this mode to
record spotlit
scenes.
[
SNOW]
Use this mode to
record in bright ski
resorts. It prevents
the subject from
being underexposed.
[
FIREWORKS]
Use this mode to
record fireworks.
NOTES
• Do not set the mode switch to
during the actual recording of a scene;
the brightness of the picture may change
abruptly.
• [ PORTRAIT]/[ SPORTS]/
[ BEACH]/[ SNOW]
- The picture may not appear smooth
during playback.
• [ PORTRAIT]
- The blur effect of the background
increases the more you zoom in (T).
• [ NIGHT]
- Moving subjects may leave a trailing
afterimage.
- Picture quality may not be as good as
in other modes.
- White points may appear on the
screen.
- Autofocus may not work as well as in
other modes. In such case, adjust the
focus manually.
• [ SNOW]/[ BEACH]
- The subject may become overexposed
on cloudy days or in shaded places.
Check the image on the screen.
• [ FIREWORKS]
- To avoid camcorder shake, we
recommend using a tripod. Make sure
to use a tripod especially in
mode, as the shutter
speed slows down.
Video • 35
1 If the joystick guide appears on the
screen, press
to hide it.
2 Adjust (
) the shutter speed to
the desired value.
Flexible Recording: Changing the
Shutter Speed
Use the automatic exposure (AE)
program to use functions like the white
balance or image effects, or give priority
to the shutter speed.
Use faster shutter speeds to record
subjects moving quickly. Use slower
shutter speeds to add motion blur,
emphasizing the feel of movement.
(
Shutter speed guidelines
Note that on screen only the
denominator is displayed – [
250]
indicates a shutter speed of 1/250
second, etc.
1/2*, 1/3*, 1/6, 1/12, 1/25
To record in dimly lit places.
18)
1/50
POINTS TO CHECK
To record under most ordinary conditions.
Mode switch:
Options
[
1/120

Default value
To record indoor sports scenes.
PROGRAM AE]
1/250, 1/500, 1/1000**
The camcorder automatically adjusts the
aperture and shutter speed to obtain the
optimal exposure for the subject.
[
SHUTTER-PRIO.AE]
Set the shutter speed value. The camcorder
automatically sets the appropriate aperture
value.
FUNC.
(
To record from within a moving car or train or to
shoot fast-moving subjects such as roller
coasters.
19)
FUNC.
[
PROGRAM AE]
Desired option
FUNC.
TO SET THE SHUTTER SPEED
When you select [
SHUTTERPRIO.AE], a numeric value will appear
next to the recording program icon.
36 • Video
1/2000**
To record outdoor sports scenes on sunny days.
*
**
mode only.
mode only.
NOTES
• Do not set the mode switch to
during the actual recording of a scene;
the brightness of the picture may change
abruptly.
•[
SHUTTER-PRIO.AE]
- When setting the shutter speed, the
number display will flash if the value is
not appropriate for the recording
conditions. In such case, select a
different value.
- If you use a slow shutter speed in dark
places, you can obtain a brighter
image, but the image quality may be
lower, and the autofocus may not work
well.
- The image may flicker when recording
with fast shutter speeds.
POINTS TO CHECK
: Set the camcorder to record
pause mode.
FUNC.
(
LCD Video Light
You can use the LCD video light to
record in completely dark places. For a
brighter picture, we recommend
keeping a distance of about 20 cm 60 cm from the subject and/or using the
[ NIGHT] recording program. When
you activate the LCD video light, rotate
the LCD panel to face the subject and
use the viewfinder instead (
27).
(
18)
FUNC.
(
19)
19)
1
Activate the self timer.
FUNC.
[
MENU]
[
CAMERA SETUP]
[SELF TIMER]
[
ON
2
Press FUNC. to close the menu.
•
appears.
• Set [SELF TIMER] to [
OFF] to
cancel the self timer.
3
Press Start/Stop on the camcorder to
start recording.
The camcorder starts recording video
(
mode) or takes a still
image (
mode) after a
10-second countdown. The
countdown appears on the screen.
]
NOTES
FUNC.
[
LCD LIGHT OFF]
[
LCD LIGHT ON]*
Press
Once the countdown has begun, you can
press Start/Stop again or turn off the
camcorder to cancel the self timer.
FUNC.
* Using the viewfinder, select [
LCD LIGHT
OFF] instead to turn the LCD video light off.
Closing the LCD panel will also turn the LCD
video light off.
The LCD display turns entirely white
when used as the video light. Use the
viewfinder instead.
Self Timer
(
18)
Video • 37
• Pushing the joystick ( ) toward
[FOCUS] again will return the
camcorder to autofocus.
Manual Focus Adjustment
Autofocus may not work well on the
following subjects. In such case, focus
manually.
• Reflective surfaces
• Subjects with low contrast or without
vertical lines
• Fast moving subjects
• Through wet windows
• Night scenes
(
18)
POINTS TO CHECK
4
Infinity Focus
Use this function when you wish to
focus on faraway subjects such as
mountains or fireworks.
POINTS TO CHECK
Adjust the zoom before you start the
procedure.
Mode switch:
FOCUS
Adjust the zoom before you start the
procedure.
Mode switch:
FOCUS
NEXT
1
If the joystick guide does not
appear on screen, press
to
display it.
If [FOCUS] does not appear on the
joystick guide, repeatedly push the
joystick ( ) toward [NEXT] to display
it.
2
Push the joystick (
[FOCUS].
“MF” appears.
3
Adjust (
) the focus as
necessary.
• Push the joystick ( ) toward
for a farther focal distance or push
it ( ) toward
for a closer focal
distance.
38 • Video
Push the joystick ( ) toward
[NEXT] to save the focus
adjustment.
NEXT
1
If the joystick guide does not
appear on screen, press
to
display it.
2
Keep the joystick pushed ( ) toward
[FOCUS] for more than
2 seconds.
•
appears.
• Pushing the joystick ( ) toward
[FOCUS] again will return the
camcorder to autofocus.
• If you operate the zoom or the
joystick (
),
changes to “MF”
and the camcorder returns to
manual focusing mode.
3
Push the joystick ( ) toward
[NEXT] to save the focus
adjustment.
) toward
4
Manual Exposure Adjustment
At times, backlit subjects may appear
too dark (underexposed) or subjects
under very strong lights may appear too
bright or glaring (overexposed). To
correct this, you can manually adjust the
exposure.
(
18)
POINTS TO CHECK
Mode switch:
(except for the
[ FIREWORKS] recording program).
Push the joystick ( ) toward
[NEXT] to lock and save the
exposure setting.
If you operate the zoom during
exposure lock, the brightness of the
image may change.
White Balance
The white balance function helps you to
accurately reproduce colors under
different lighting conditions so that white
objects will always look truly white in
your recordings.
(
EXP
NEXT
1
2
3
If the joystick guide does not
appear on screen, press
to
display it.
If [EXP] does not appear on the
joystick guide, repeatedly push the
joystick ( ) toward [NEXT] to display
it.
Push the joystick ( ) toward
[EXP].
The exposure adjustment indicator
and the neutral value “±0”
appear on the screen.
Adjust (
) the brightness of the
image as required.
• The adjustment range and the
length of the exposure adjustment
indicator will vary depending on the
initial brightness of the picture.
• Pushing the joystick ( ) toward
[EXP] again will cancel the
exposure lock and return the
camcorder to automatic exposure.
18)
POINTS TO CHECK
Mode switch:
(except for the Special
Scene recording programs)
Options
[
AUTO]

Default value

Settings are automatically set by the
camcorder. Use this setting for outdoor scenes.
[
DAYLIGHT]
For recording outdoors on a bright day.
[
TUNGSTEN]
For recording under tungsten and tungsten type
(3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting.
[
SET]
Use the custom white balance setting to make
white subjects appear white under colored
lighting.
Video • 39
Image Effects
FUNC.
(
19)
FUNC.
[
AUTO]
Desired option*
FUNC.
You can use the image effects to change
the color saturation and contrast to
record images with special color effects.
* When you select [ SET], do not press
FUNC. and continue instead with the
following procedure.
(
18)
POINTS TO CHECK
TO SET THE CUSTOM WHITE BALANCE
1 Point the camcorder at a white
object, zoom in until it fills the
whole screen and press
.
When the adjustment is completed,
stops flashing and stays on. The
camcorder retains the custom setting
even if you turn off the camcorder.
2 Press FUNC. to save the setting
and close the menu.
Mode switch:
(except for the Special
Scene recording programs)
Options
40 • Video
Default value
IMAGE EFFECT OFF]
[
Records with no image enhancing effects.
[
VIVID]
Emphasizes the contrast and color saturation.
[
NOTES
• When you select the custom white balance:
- Set the custom white balance in a
sufficiently illuminated place.
- Select a zoom type other than
[
DIGITAL] (
28).
- Reset the white balance when the
lighting conditions change.
- Depending on the light source,
may
keep flashing. The result will still be
better than with [ AUTO].
• Custom white balance may provide
better results in the following cases:
- Changing lighting conditions
- Close-ups
- Subjects in a single color (sky, sea or
forest)
- Under mercury lamps and certain types
of fluorescent lights

NEUTRAL]
Tones down the contrast and color saturation.
[
SOFT SKIN DETAIL]
Softens the details in the skin tone area for a
more complimentary appearance. To obtain the
best effect, use this setting when recording a
person in close-up. Note that areas similar to
the skin color may lack in detail.
FUNC.
(
19)
FUNC.
[
IMAGE EFFECT OFF]
Desired option
FUNC.
Setting
Digital Effects
FUNC.
(
(
18)
POINTS TO CHECK
Mode switch:
:[
BLK&WHT], [
only.
Options
[

SEPIA]
Default value
19)
FUNC.
[
D.EFFECT OFF]
Desired option*
FUNC. **
* You can preview the effect on the screen.
** The icon of the selected effect appears.
Applying
D.EFFECT OFF]
Select this setting when you do not intend to
use the digital effects.
[
FADE-T] (fade trigger), [
WIPE]
Select one of the faders to begin or end a scene
with a fade from or to a black screen.
[
NEXT
1
If the joystick guide does not
appear on screen, press
to
display it.
If
does not appear on the joystick
guide, repeatedly push the joystick
( ) toward [NEXT] to display it.
2
Push the joystick ( ) toward
.
• The icon of the selected effect
turns green.
• Push the joystick ( ) toward
again to deactivate the fader/effect.
BLK&WHT]
Records images in black and white.
[
SEPIA]
Records images in sepia tones for an “old”
look.
[
ART], [
MOSAIC]
Select one of these digital effects to add
“flavor” to your recordings.
NOTES
• When you apply a fader, not only the
picture but also the sound will fade in or
out. When you apply an effect, the sound
will be recorded normally.
• The camcorder retains the last setting
used even if you turn off the digital
effects or change the recording program.
TO FADE IN
Push the joystick ( ) toward
in
record pause mode (
), then press
Start/Stop to start recording with a fade
in.
TO FADE OUT
Push the joystick ( ) toward
while
recording ( ), then press Start/Stop to
fade out and pause the recording.
Video • 41
TO ACTIVATE AN EFFECT
: Push the joystick ( )
toward
while recording or in record
pause mode.
: Push the joystick ( )
toward
and then press Start/Stop to
record the still image.
Managing Scenes and the Disc
Managing Scenes and the
Disc
Creating a Playlist
Create a playlist to easily edit your
movies. Include in your playlist only the
scenes you prefer or change the order in
which they will be played back, without
affecting your original recordings. After
you add scenes to the playlist, you can
switch between the original scenes and
the playlist.
Adding Scenes to the Playlist
You can choose to add to the playlist all
the original scenes at once or only the
selected scene.
(
18)
POINTS TO CHECK
Disc type:
DVD-RW • VR mode
From the original index screen, select
(
,
) the scene to add to the
playlist. To add all scenes, there is no
need to select any particular scene.
FUNC.
(
19)
FUNC.
[
ADD TO PLAYLIST]
[YES]
Desired option
To delete scenes from the playlist, refer
to Deleting Scenes (
33).
42 • Video
Switching Between Original and Playlist
Scenes
FUNC.
(
(
FUNC.
18)
[
MOVE]
Move (
,
)
the orange marker to the scene’s
new position*
Press
[YES]
POINTS TO CHECK
Disc type:
DVD-RW • VR mode
* The original position of the scene and the
current position of the marker are displayed
at the bottom of the screen.
FUNC.
(
19)
19)
FUNC.
[
Dividing Scenes
TO PLAYLIST]*
* Appears in the original index screen. In the
playlist, [
TO ORIGINAL] appears
instead.
Original index screen (original recordings)
ORIGINAL
You can divide scenes in order to leave
only the best parts and later cut out the
rest. Remember that when you divide
scenes in the playlist, you do not affect
your original recordings.
(
POINTS TO CHECK
PLAYLIST
Disc type:
Playlist index screen
DVD-RW • VR mode
From the original index screen, switch to
the playlist (
43). From the playlist
index screen, select (
,
) the
scene to divide.
Moving Scenes in the Playlist
(
18)
POINTS TO CHECK
Disc type:
18)
DVD-RW • VR mode
From the original index screen, switch to
the playlist (
43). From the playlist
index screen, select (
,
) the
scene to move.
FUNC.
(
19)
FUNC.
Playback of the
[
DIVIDE]
Pause at the point
scene begins
to divide the scene*
Press FUNC.
[YES]
* You can use the following icons and fast
playback mode (
32) to bring the scene
to a precise point.
/ : Frame jump forward/backward.
Video • 43
Disc Playback on an External Device
Disc Playback on an
External Device
NOTES
• Very short scenes (shorter than
2 seconds) cannot be divided.
• The new scene will be added to the
playlist after the scene that was divided.
Initializing the Disc
You need to initialize all new DVD-RW
discs when you first insert them into the
camcorder and you may have to
initialize them if you get the message
“UNABLE TO RECOGNIZE THE DATA”.
You can also initialize a DVD-RW disc
when you want to completely erase the
disc to reuse it or in order to change the
disc specification.
(
18)
POINTS TO CHECK
Disc type:
DVD-RW
Changing the Disc Title
Before you finalize your disc, you can
give it a title1. The disc title will be
displayed on the index screen when
playing the finalized disc in most DVD
players. You can check the disc’s title
with the [DISC INFO] menu option
(
63).
1
(
(
20)
FUNC.
[
MENU]2
[
DISC OPERATIONS]
[DISC TITLE]
Enter the title (up to 20
characters)3
[SET]
[YES]
20)
FUNC.
[
MENU]
DISC OPERATIONS]
[
[INITIALIZE DISC]
Select a disc specification*
[YES]
FUNC. **
* For details about disc specifications, refer to
Disc specification on DVD-RWs. (
3)
** Close the menu only after the screen display
DISC OPERATIONS]
returns to the [
menu.
IMPORTANT
Initializing the disc will permanently erase
all recordings. The lost original recordings
cannot be recovered.
44 • Video
18)
FUNC.
FUNC.
(
You can change the title of DVD-RW discs
recorded in VR mode also after having
finalized them.
FUNC.
2
3
Only when using a DVD-RW recorded in VR
mode. Otherwise, pressing FUNC. will open
the menu directly on the setup menus
screen.
Select one character at a time and press
to add it to the title. Select
[BACKSPACE] and press
to delete the
character to the left of the cursor’s position.
IMPORTANT
Finalizing the Disc
To play the disc you recorded on a DVD
player, a computer’s DVD drive or other
digital device, you need to finalize it
first. You do not need to finalize the disc
to play back your recordings with the
camcorder connected to the TV.
(
18)
POINTS TO CHECK
Power the camcorder using the
compact power adapter or a fully
charged battery pack.
FUNC.
(
20)
FUNC.
[
MENU]*
[
DISC OPERATIONS]
[FINALIZE]
[YES]**
Press
when the confirmation
screen appears
FUNC.
* Only when using a DVD-RW recorded in VR
mode. Otherwise, pressing FUNC. will open
the menu directly on the setup menus
screen.
** During the disc finalization a progress bar is
displayed.
• Be sure to finalize the disc in normal
room temperatures. If the procedure
was not completed correctly due to
high temperature, let the camcorder
cool off before resuming operation.
• Place the camcorder on a table or
other stable surface before starting
the procedure. Subjecting the
camcorder even to slight impacts (for
example to place it on a table or to
disconnect a cable) after the
finalization process started may result
in permanent data loss.
• Do not disconnect the power source
while the operation is in progress. Doing
so can interrupt the process and result in
permanent data loss.
• Depending on the type of disc and the
disc specification, after finalizing the disc
you may not be able to initialize the disc,
edit your recordings or add new
recordings to the disc.
• Do not use this camcorder to finalize
discs that were not recorded using it.
NOTES
• The time required to finalize the disc
depends on the scenes recorded and the
remaining free space on the disc.
• After the disc is finalized,
will appear
on the playback screen.
Video • 45
NOTES
Disc Playback on External Devices
After finalizing the disc with your
recordings, you can play it on DVD
players compatible with the type of disc
used (DVD-R, DVD-R DL or DVD-RW).
You cannot play back discs on an
external DVD device if the discs have
not yet been finalized.
For a summary, you can refer to the
sidebar on page 46. For details about
disc compatibility refer to the instruction
manual of the DVD player or DVD drive.
• DVD-RW discs recorded in VR mode can
be played only on VR mode-compatible
DVD players.
• Depending on your DVD device you may
not be able to play the disc.
• In order to play the disc on a computer
you need to have DVD playback
software installed and running. Also, in
order to play back a DVD-R DL you must
have a DVD drive capable of reading
dual-layered DVD discs.
Unfinalizing the Disc - Additional
Recordings on a Finalized Disc
ON A DVD PLAYER
1 Turn on the TV and DVD player.
2 Insert the finalized disc in the DVD
player.
3 Select the scene you want to play
from the index screen.
Unfinalize a disc to allow recording
additional movies on the disc even after
it was finalized.
(
POINTS TO CHECK
ON A cOMPUTER’S DVD DRIVE
1 Insert the finalized disc in the DVD
drive.
2 Run the DVD playback software.
Refer also to the instruction manual
and help modules of your DVD
playback software.
Disc type:
DVD-RW •
VIDEO mode • Finalized
Power the camcorder using the
compact power adapter or a fully
charged battery pack.
Restrictions after disc finalization
DVD-R/DVD-R DL
in VIDEO mode
DVD-RW in VIDEO mode
Additional
recordings
Editing
recordings
Initializing
the disc
Unfinalizing
the disc
–
–
–
–
1
DVD-RW in VR mode
1
2
You will need to unfinalize the disc first.
Only scenes in the playlist can be divided.
46 • Video
–
2
–
18)
FUNC.
(
20)
FUNC.
DISC OPERATIONS]
[
[UNFINALIZE]
[YES]*
Press
when the confirmation
screen appears
FUNC.
* During the disc unfinalization a progress bar
is displayed.
IMPORTANT
• Be sure to unfinalize the disc in
normal room temperatures. If the
procedure was not completed
correctly due to high temperature, let
the camcorder cool off before
resuming operation.
• Place the camcorder on a table or
other stable surface before starting
the procedure. Subjecting the
camcorder even to slight impacts (for
example to place it on a table or to
disconnect a cable) after the
unfinalization process started may
result in permanent data loss.
• Do not disconnect the power source
while the operation is in progress. Doing
so can interrupt the process and result in
permanent data loss.
• Only discs that were finalized using this
camcorder can be unfinalized with it.
Discs that can be unfinalized
DVD-R/DVD-R DL
in VIDEO mode
–
DVD-RW
in VIDEO mode
DVD-RW
in VR mode
–
You can record additional
scenes even without
unfinalizing the disc
Video • 47
Photos
Refer to this chapter for details on shooting photos – from capturing
and playing back images to printing them.
Basic Recording
Basic Recording
Taking Photos
Before using a memory card for the
first time, be sure to initialize it with
this camcorder (
56).
(
18)
3
Move the lens cover switch down
to
to open the lens cover.
4
Press Start/Stop .
• Once the focus is automatically
adjusted,
will turn green and one
or more AF frames will appear.
• The CARD access indicator will
flash as the still image is being
recorded.
IMPORTANT
Observe the following precautions while
the card access display (
) appears on
screen, and when the CARD access
indicator is on or flashing. Failing to do so
may result in permanent data loss.
- Do not subject the camcorder to
vibrations or strong impacts.
- Do not open the memory card slot cover
and do not remove the memory card.
- Do not disconnect the power source or
turn off the camcorder.
- Do not change the position of the
/
switch or the operating mode.
NOTES
1
Move the
images).
2
Turn the
switch to ON to set
the camcorder in CAMERA mode.
The red CAMERA indicator will turn
on.
48 • Photos
/
switch to
(still
If the subject is not suitable for autofocus,
turns yellow. Adjust the focus manually
(
38).
Selecting Photo Size and Quality
FUNC.
(
Still images are recorded on the memory
card using JPEG compression. As a
general rule select a larger image size
for higher quality.
Select the
[LW 1152x648] size for photos with an
aspect ratio of 16:9.
19)
FUNC.
[ L
1152x864] (
1024x768] (
[ L
Desired image size*
Desired image quality*
only)
only)
FUNC.
(
18)
Options
Image size options and the approximate
number of still images that can be
recorded on memory cards of various
sizes are given in the table below.
* Press
to move back and forth between
size and quality selection. The number
displayed on the right corner indicates the
approximate number of images that can be
recorded with the current quality/size
setting.
NOTES
When printing still images, use the
following guidelines as a reference for
selecting the print size.
Approximate number of still images on a memory card

Memory card
128 MB
Image quality1 →
512 MB

Default value
1 GB


Image size ↓
LW 1152x648
(
only)
245
360
695
970
1,435 2,745
1,945
2,875
5,490
L 1152x864
(
only)
185
280
545
735
1,115 2,155
1,470
2,235
4,315
L 1024x768
(
only)
235
345
695
940
1,370 2,745
1,885
2,745
5,490
S 640x480
585
850
1,530 2,320 3,355 6,040
4,645
6,715
12,0852
1
2
: [SUPER FINE],
: [FINE],
: [NORMAL]
This is the number of images that can be recorded. However, the maximum number of remaining
still images displayed on the screen will be 9999.
Photos • 49
Basic Playback
Image size
Basic Playback
Recommended use
LW 1152x648
To print photos with a 16:9
aspect ratio. Wide-sized
photo paper is required.
L 1152x864
To print photos up to L size
(9 x 13 cm) or postcard size
(10 x 14.8 cm).
S 640x480
To send images as e-mail
attachments or to post on
the Web.
Viewing Photos
(
18)
Erasing the Last Photo Just Recorded
You can erase the still image recorded
last while reviewing it within the time set
for the [REVIEW] option (or immediately
after recording it, if [REVIEW] is set to
[
OFF]).
(
18)
1
Move the
images).
2
Turn the
switch to ON, then
turn it toward MODE and release it
to set the camcorder in PLAY
mode.
The green PLAY indicator will turn on.
While reviewing the image immediately
after recording:
3
Use the joystick (
between images.
1
2
Image Jump Function
Push the joystick (
Select (
.
50 • Photos
) toward
) [ERASE] and press
.
/
switch to
(still
) to move
You can locate a specific image without
having to browse all of them one by one.
TO RUN THROUGH THE STILL IMAGES
Push the joystick (
) and hold it
pressed down to run quickly through
the still images.
TO SKIP 10 OR 100 STILL IMAGES
- Do not disconnect the power source or
turn off the camcorder.
- Do not change the position of the
/ switch or the operating mode.
• The following may not be displayed
correctly.
- Images not recorded with this
camcorder.
- Images edited on a computer.
- Images whose file names have been
changed.
Slideshow
FUNC.
(
19)
FUNC.
1 If the joystick guide does not
appear on screen, press
to
display it.
2 Push the joystick ( ) toward .
3 Select (
)[
JUMP 10 IMAGES]
or [
JUMP 100 IMAGES].
4 Jump (
) the number of images
selected and press
.
You can press
again to hide the
joystick guide.
[
SLIDESHOW]
[START]
• Images are played back one after
another.
• Press FUNC. to stop the slideshow.
Index Screen
1
Move the zoom lever toward W.
The still images index screen
appears.
2
Select (
,
) an image.
• Move the green selection frame to
the image you want to view.
• If you have a lot of still images, you
may find it easier to browse entire
index pages instead. Move the
zoom lever toward W to extend the
green selection frame to the whole
page, and move (
) between
index pages. Move the zoom lever
toward T to return to moving
between single images.
3
Press
.
The index screen closes and the
selected image is displayed.
IMPORTANT
• Observe the following precautions while
the card access display (
) appears
on screen, and when the CARD access
indicator is on or flashing. Failing to do
so may result in permanent data loss.
- Do not subject the camcorder to
vibrations or strong impacts.
- Do not open the memory card slot
cover and do not remove the memory
card.
Photos • 51
Erasing a Single Image
Magnifying Photos during Playback
(
18)
During playback, still images can be
magnified up to 5 times.
(
1
2
18)
Move the zoom lever toward T.
• The image is magnified by 2 times
and a frame appears indicating the
position of the magnified area.
• To further enlarge the image, move
the zoom lever toward T. To reduce
the magnification to less than 2
times, move the zoom lever toward
W.
•
will appear for images that
cannot be enlarged.
Move (
,
) the frame to the
part of the image you want to see
enlarged.
To cancel the magnification, move
the zoom lever toward W until the
frame disappears.
1
If the joystick guide does not
appear on screen, press
to
display it.
2
Select (
erase.
3
4
Push the joystick (
Select (
.
) the image you want to
) toward
.
) [ERASE] and press
Erasing All Images
(
18)
FUNC.
(
20)
FUNC.
[
MENU]
[
STILL IMG OPER.]
[ERASE ALL IMAGES]
[YES]
FUNC.
Erasing Photos
You can erase still images recorded on
the memory card. You can erase either a
single still image or all the still images.
IMPORTANT
Be careful when erasing images. Erased
images cannot be recovered.
NOTES
Protected images on the memory card
cannot be erased.
52 • Photos
Options
Additional Functions
Additional Functions
[
SINGLE]

Default value

Records a single still image.
[ CONT.SHOOT.] (Continuous Shooting),
[ HISPEED CONT.SHOOT. ]
(High-Speed Continuous Shooting)
Continuous Shooting and
Exposure Bracketing (Drive Mode)
Captures a series of still images as long as you
hold Start/Stop pressed down. For the number
of frames per second, refer to the sidebar on
page 53.
Take a series of pictures of a moving
subject or record the same picture in
3 levels of exposure in order to choose
later the picture you like the best.
(
[
18)
AEB] (Auto Exposure Bracketing)
The camcorder records a still image in three
different exposures (dark, normal, light in 1/2
EV steps), allowing you to choose the shot you
like the best.
POINTS TO CHECK
Mode switch:
(except for the
[ FIREWORKS] recording program).
FUNC.
(
19)
FUNC.
[
SINGLE]
Desired option
FUNC.
Maximum number of continuous shots
Number of frames (shots) per second
Maximum number of continuous shots
Normal speed
2.5 frames
LW 1152x648, L 1152x864
20 images
High speed
4.2 frames
S 640x480
60 images
These figures are approximate and vary with the recording conditions and subjects.
The actual number of frames per second will be lower when
(camcorder shake warning)
is displayed on the screen.
Photos • 53
Options
CONTINUOUS SHOOTING/
HIGH-SPEED CONTINUOUS SHOOTING

Default value

[
ON:AiAF]
(Mode switch: *,
Press Start/Stop and hold it pressed
down.
Once the focus is automatically
adjusted,
will turn green. A series of
still images will be recorded as long as
you hold the button pressed.
)
Depending on the shooting conditions, one or
more AF frames out of the nine frames
available are automatically selected and the
focus is fixed on them.
[
ON:CENTER]
(Mode switch: *)
AUTO EXPOSURE BRACKETING
In this mode, a single focusing frame appears
in the center of the screen and the focus is
automatically fixed on it. This is convenient for
making sure the focus is exactly where you
want it.
Press Start/Stop .
Once the focus is automatically
adjusted,
will turn green. Three still
images in different exposures will be
recorded on the memory card.
[
OFF]
Select this option if you wish to record a still
image as soon as you press Start/Stop .
Automatic Focus Priority
When the focus priority is activated, the
camcorder records a still image only
after the focus has been adjusted
automatically.
* Except for the [
program.
FIREWORKS] recording
FUNC.
(
20)
FUNC.
(
18)
POINTS TO CHECK
Mode switch at
: The focus priority
cannot be turned off.
Mode switch at : You can turn off the
focus priority and you can also select
the AF (autofocus) frame to be used.
[
MENU]
[
CAMERA SETUP]
[FOCUS PRI.]
Desired option
FUNC.
NOTES
In the [ FIREWORKS] recording program
the focus priority is automatically set to
[
OFF].
54 • Photos
Histogram and Other Screen Displays
Pixel Count
When viewing still images you can
display the histogram and the icons of
all the functions used at the time of
recording. Use the histogram as a
reference to verify the correct exposure
of the still image.
The area to the right of the histogram
represents highlights and the left side
represents shadows. A still image
whose histogram skews to the right is
relatively bright; while one whose
histogram peaks to the left, is relatively
dark.
• All displays off
1
However, the markers and the
icon and
AF frames when the autofocus is locked will
still appear on the screen.
Protecting Photos
You can protect still images recorded on
the memory card from accidental
erasure.
(
18)
FUNC.
(
19)
FUNC.
[
Shadows
Highlights
NOTES
The histogram will appear also after
recording a still image, while reviewing it
within the time set for the [REVIEW] option
(or immediately after recording it, if
[REVIEW] is set to [
OFF]). You can
choose to turn off the histogram by
pressing DISP. .
TO SELECT THE ON-SCREEN DISPLAYS
Repeatedly press DISP. to turn the onscreen displays on and off in the
following sequence.
• All displays on
• All displays off1
PROTECT]
Press
[ PROTECT]: The image selection
screen appears.
FROM THE IMAGE SELECTION SCREEN
1 Select (
) the still image you
want to protect.
2 Press
to protect the still image.
appears on the bottom bar and
the image cannot be erased. Press
again to cancel the image
protection.
3 Repeat steps 1-2 to protect
additional images or press FUNC.
twice to close the menu.
IMPORTANT
Initializing the memory card (
56) will
permanently erase all recorded still images,
even the protected ones.
• All displays on
• Regular displays only (removes the
histogram and information icons)
Photos • 55
You can also use the following
functions...
Initializing the Memory Card
Initialize memory cards when you use
them with this camcorder for the first
time, or to erase all the still images on
them.
Options
[INITIALIZE]
Clears the file allocation table but does not
physically erase the stored data.
[COMPL.INIT.]
Erases all data completely.
(
18)
FUNC.
(
20)
FUNC.
[
MENU]
[
STILL IMG OPER.]
[INITIALIZE CARD]
Select the card initialization
method
[YES]*
FUNC.
* Press
to cancel the complete
initialization while it is in progress. All the
image files will be erased and the memory
card can be used without any problem.
IMPORTANT
Initializing the memory card will erase all
still images, even the protected ones. The
original still images cannot be recovered.
56 • Photos
The following functions and features
of the camcorder can be used either
for shooting video or for taking
photos. The way to set and use
them was already explained in
detail, so we refer you to the relevant
page in the “Video” section.
• Quick Start (
29)
• Zoom (
28)
• Special Scene recording programs
(
34)
• Flexible recording programs (
36)
• LCD video light (
37)
• Self timer (
37)
• Manual focus (
38)
• Manual exposure adjustment (
39)
• White balance (
39)
• Image effects (
40)
• Digital effects (
41)
Printing Photos
Printing Photos
FUNC.
(
19)
FUNC.
[
Printing Photos
PRINT ORDER]
Press
: The image selection screen
appears.
You can print images on the
camcorder’s memory card by inserting it
into the memory card slot of a printer
compatible with DPOF (Digital Print
Order Format). You can mark in advance
the still images you want to print and set
the desired number of copies as a print
order ( 57).
NOTES
• For more information, refer to the
printer’s instruction manual.
• About DPOF: DPOF is a specification that
allows you to specify the still images and
information to be printed.
Print Orders
FROM THE IMAGE SELECTION SCREEN
1 Select (
) the still image you
want to mark with a print order.
2 Press
to set the print order.
The number of copies appears in
orange in the box next to the print
order symbol .
3 Set (
) the number of copies
desired and press
.
To cancel the print order, set (
) the
number of copies to 0.
4 Repeat steps 1-3 to mark
additional images with print orders
or press FUNC. twice to close the
menu.
Erasing All Print Orders
You can mark in advance the still images
you want to print and set the desired
number of copies as a print order. Later,
you can easily print out the print orders
by inserting the camcorder's memory
card into a DPOF-compatible printer
that has a memory card slot. Refer to
the printer's instruction manual for the
procedure. You can set print orders for
up to 998 still images.
Selecting Still Images for Printing
(Print Order)
(
18)
FUNC.
(
20)
FUNC.
[
MENU]
[
STILL IMG OPER.]
[ERASE ALL
ORD]
[YES]
FUNC.
(
18)
Photos • 57
External Connections
This chapter explains step-by-step how to connect your camcorder to
an external device such as a TV or VCR.
Connecting to a TV or VCR
Connecting to a TV or VCR
AV Terminal
Sound from the built-in speaker will be muted while
the STV-250N Stereo Video Cable is connected to the
camcorder.
Open the LCD panel to
access.
Connection Diagrams
Turn off all the devices when making the connection and refer also to the instruction
manual of the connected device.
Terminal on the
camcorder
1 Output connection (signal flow
Terminal on the
connected device
Connecting cable
) to a TV or VCR with AV terminals.
STV-250N Stereo Video Cable
(supplied)
2 Output connection (signal flow
Yellow
VIDEO
White
AUDIO
Red
L
R
) to a TV or VCR with SCART terminal.
First, connect a SCART adapter to the SCART terminal on the TV or VCR and then connect the STV-250N
Stereo Video Cable to the adapter.
STV-250N Stereo Video Cable
(supplied)
58 • External Connections
Red
White
Yellow
SCART adapter
(commercially available)
• Refer also to the instruction manual of
the connected TV.
Playback on a TV Screen
This section explains how to play back
the disc or still images with this
camcorder by connecting it to a TV. To
play back the disc with another DVD
device refer to Disc Playback on an
External Device (
44).
(
Copying your Recordings to an External
Video Recorder
You can copy your recordings by
connecting the camcorder to a VCR or a
digital video device.
18)
(
POINTS TO CHECK
Before connecting the camcorder, select
the [TV TYPE] setting according to the TV
set to which you will connect the
65).
camcorder (
Connecting
18)
Connecting
Connect the camcorder to the device
following one of the connection
diagrams shown in the previous section
Connection Diagrams (
58).
Connect the camcorder to the TV
following one of the connection
diagrams shown in the previous section
Connection Diagrams (
58).
Recording
1
Connected device: Load a blank
cassette or disc and set the device
to record pause mode.
Playback
2
This camcorder: Locate the scene
you wish to copy and pause
playback shortly before the scene.
3
This camcorder: Resume the
movie playback.
4
Connected device: Begin recording
when the scene you wish to copy
appears. Stop recording when
copying is complete.
5
This camcorder: Stop playback.
1
2
Turn on the camcorder and the
connected TV or VCR.
On a TV: Select as the video input the
same terminal to which you
connected the camcorder.
On a VCR: Set the input selector to
the external video input (usually
labeled LINE IN).
Start the playback of the movies
(
31) or still images (
50).
NOTES
• Turn off all the devices before starting
the connections.
• Sound from the built-in speaker will be
muted while the STV-250N Stereo Video
Cable is connected to the camcorder.
• We recommend powering the camcorder
using the compact power adapter.
NOTES
• We recommend powering the camcorder
using the compact power adapter.
• By default, the on-screen displays will be
embedded in the output video signal, but
you can change the displays by
repeatedly pressing DISP. (
33).
External Connections • 59
Additional Information
This chapter contains troubleshooting advice, screen messages,
handling and maintenance tips, and other information.
Appendix: Menu Options Lists
Appendix: Menu Options Lists
Menu items not available appear grayed out. For details about how to select an item,
19). For details about each function, see the reference
refer to Using the Menus (
page. Menu options without a reference page are explained below the tables.
FUNC. Menu
Setup menus
FUNC. Menu
Menu item
CAMERA
Setting options
PLAY
Recording programs1
[ PROGRAM AE],
[ SHUTTER-PRIO.AE], [ PORTRAIT],
[ SPORTS], [ NIGHT], [ SNOW],
[ BEACH], [ SUNSET],
[ SPOTLIGHT], [ FIREWORKS]
z
z
–
–
34
White balance1
[
[
z
z
–
–
39
Image effects1
[
[
z
z
–
–
40
LCD video light
[
[
z
z
–
–
37
Digital effects1
[
[
[
D.EFFECT OFF], [
FADE-T],
WIPE], [
BLK&WHT],
SEPIA], [
ART], [
MOSAIC]
z
–
–
–
41
[
[
D.EFFECT OFF], [
SEPIA]
–
z
–
–
[
[
HIGH QUALITY],
STANDARD PLAY], [
z
–
–
–
28
[
[
SINGLE], [
CONT.SHOOT.],
HISPEED CONT.SHOOT], [
AEB]
–
z
–
–
53
Recording mode
Drive mode1
60 • Additional Information
AUTO], [ DAYLIGHT],
TUNGSTEN], [ SET]
IMAGE EFFECT OFF], [
VIVID],
NEUTRAL], [
SOFT SKIN DETAIL]
LCD LIGHT OFF],
LCD LIGHT ON]
BLK&WHT],
LONG PLAY]
FUNC. Menu (cont.)
Menu item
Still image size/quality
CAMERA
Setting options
Size:
PLAY
–
z
–
–
49
[LW 1152x648], [L 1152x864],
[S 640x480]
[L 1024x768], [S 640x480]
Quality: [ SUPER FINE], [
[ NORMAL]
FINE],
[
TO PLAYLIST]2
–
–
–
z
–
43
[
TO ORIGINAL]3
–
–
–
z
–
43
[
ADD TO PLAYLIST]2 [ALL SCENES], [ONE SCENE], [CANCEL]
–
–
z
–
42
[
MOVE]3
–
–
–
z
–
43
[
DIVIDE]3
–
–
–
z
–
43
[
DELETE]4
[NO], [YES]
–
–
z
–
33
–
–
z
–
32
–
–
–
z
51
[SPEAKER VOL.]5
[SLIDESHOW]
–
[PROTECT]
–
[PRINT ORDER]
[
1
2
3
4
5
0] - [
99] COPIES
–
–
–
z
55
–
–
–
z
57
Option available only when the mode switch is set to
.
Option available only in the original index screen with DVD-RW discs in VR mode.
Option available only in the playlist index screen with DVD-RW discs in VR mode.
Option available only in the index screen with DVD-RW discs in VR mode.
Option available only during playback.
Additional Information • 61
Camera Setup (Advanced Zoom, Image Stabilizer, etc.)
CAMERA SETUP
Menu item
[A.SL SHUTTER]1
CAMERA
Setting options
[
ON], [
OFF]
[ZOOM TYPE]
[
OPTICAL], [
ADVANCED]3, [
[
OPTICAL], [
ADVANCED]4, [
[ZOOM SPEED]
[
[
VARIABLE], [
SPEED 1]
SPEED 3], [
[FOCUS PRI.]2
[
ON:AiAF], [
ON:CENTER], [
[REVIEW]
[
[
OFF], [
8 sec], [
[IMG STAB]2
[
ON
[WIDESCREEN]
[
ON], [
[SELF TIMER]
[
ON
[WIND SCREEN]2
[
AUTO], [
1
2 sec], [
10 sec]
], [
–
–
28
z
z
29
–
z
54
–
z
–
z
–
–
z
–
–
z
z
37
z
–
–
DIGITAL]
SPEED 2],
4 sec], [
OFF]
6 sec],
OFF]
OFF]
OFF
z
DIGITAL]
OFF]
], [
z
z
]
Option available only when the recording program is set to
[ PROGRAM AE] recording program).
2
Option available only when the mode switch is set to .
3[
ADVANCED] when [WIDESCREEN] is set to [
OFF].
4
Not available when [WIDESCREEN] is set to [
OFF].
or
(only in the
[A.SL SHUTTER]: The camcorder automatically uses slow shutter speeds to obtain
brighter recordings in places with insufficient lighting.
• The camcorder uses shutter speeds down to 1/25 (1/12 in
mode).
• If a trailing afterimage appears, set the slow shutter to [
OFF].
• If
(camcorder shake warning) appears, we recommend stabilizing the camcorder, for
example, by mounting it on a tripod.
[REVIEW]: Selects the time to display a still image after it has been recorded.
•
This menu item will not be available when the drive mode (
53) is set to
[
CONT.SHOOT.], [
HISPEED CONT.SHOOT.] or [
AEB].
• If you press DISP. while reviewing a still image it will continue to be displayed
indefinitely. Press Start/Stop to return to the normal display.
[IMG STAB]: The image stabilizer compensates for camcorder shake even at full
telephoto.
• The image stabilizer is designed to compensate for a normal degree of camcorder
shake.
The image stabilizer may also not be able to compensate for all
movement when recording moving subjects.
• The image stabilizer may not be effective when recording in dark places with
[A.SL SHUTTER] set to [
ON] or using the [
NIGHT] recording program.
62 • Additional Information
•
The image stabilizer may not work well on subjects with low contrast, with a
recurring, repetitive pattern or without vertical lines.
• The image stabilizer cannot be turned off when the mode switch is set to
.
• We recommend setting the image stabilizer to [
OFF] when using a tripod.
[WIDESCREEN]: The camcorder uses the full width of the image sensor providing highresolution 16:9 recordings.
• Since the screens on the camcorder have an aspect ratio of 16:9, recordings with a 4:3
aspect ratio will appear in the center of the screen with black sidebars.
• Playing back a widescreen recording: TV sets compatible with the WSS system will
automatically switch to wide (16:9) mode. Otherwise, change the aspect ratio of the TV
manually. To play back on a TV with normal aspect ratio (4:3) change the [TV TYPE]
setting accordingly (
65).
[WIND SCREEN]: The camcorder automatically reduces the background sound of wind
when recording outdoors.
• The wind screen cannot be turned off when the mode switch is set to
.
• Some low-frequency sounds will be suppressed along with the sound of wind. When
recording in surroundings unaffected by wind or if you want to record low-frequency
sounds, we recommend setting the wind screen to [
OFF
].
Disc Operations (Initialization, Finalization etc.)
DISC OPERATIONS
Menu item
Setting options
CAMERA
PLAY
[DISC INFO]
–
z
z
–
[INITIALIZE DISC]1
[VIDEO], [VR], [CANCEL]
z
z
44
[FINALIZE]
[NO], [YES]
–
z
45
[UNFINALIZE]2
[NO], [YES]
–
z
46
[DEL.ALL MOVIES]3
[NO], [YES]
–
z
33
[DEL.PLAYLIST]4
[NO], [YES]
–
z
33
[DISC TITLE]
–
–
z
44
1
2
3
4
Option available only with DVD-RW discs.
Option available only with finalized DVD-RW discs in VIDEO mode.
Option available only in the original index screen with DVD-RW discs in VR mode.
Option available only in the playlist index screen with DVD-RW discs in VR mode.
[DISC INFO]: Displays a screen where you can verify the details regarding the disc.
• The disc information includes the disc title, the disc type (DVD-R, DVD-R DL or DVDRW), the disc specification (VIDEO mode or VR mode), and an icon to indicate whether
the disc is finalized ( ).
Additional Information • 63
Still Image Operations (Card Initialization, etc.)
STILL IMG OPER.
Menu item
[ERASE ALL
ORD]
PLAY
Setting options
[NO], [YES]
z
57
[ERASE ALL IMAGES]
[NO], [YES]
z
52
[INITIALIZE CARD]
[INITIALIZE], [COMPL.INIT.], [CANCEL]
z
56
Display Setup (LCD Brightness, Language, etc.)
DISPLAY SETUP
Menu item
Setting options
[BRIGHTNESS]
CAMERA
z
[TV SCREEN]
[
ON], [
[MARKERS]
[
[
[
OFF], [
LEVEL(WHT)],
LEVEL(GRY)], [
GRID(WHT)],
GRID(GRY)]
[DATA CODE]
[
[
OFF]
DATE], [ TIME],
DATE & TIME], [
z
PLAY
z
z
–
z
z
–
–
–
z
z
–
–
–
–
–
z
–
33
CAMERA DATA]
[LANGUAGE]
[
], [DEUTSCH], [
],
[ENGLISH], [ESPAÑOL], [FRANÇAIS],
[ITALIANO], [MAGYAR], [MELAYU],
[POLSKI], [ ROMANA ], [TÜRKÇE],
[
], [
],
[
], [
], [
],
[
], [
], [
], [
]
z
z
z
z
21
[DEMO MODE]
[
z
z
–
–
–
ON], [
OFF]
[BRIGHTNESS]: Adjust (
) the brightness of the LCD display with the joystick.
• Changing the brightness of the LCD display does not affect that of the viewfinder or the
recordings.
[TV SCREEN]: When set to [
ON], the camcorder’s on-screen displays will appear also
on the screen of a connected TV or monitor.
[MARKERS]: You can display a grid or a horizontal line at the center of the screen. The
markers are available in white or gray. Use the markers as a reference to make sure your
subject is framed correctly (vertically and/or horizontally).
• Using the markers will not affect the recordings.
[DEMO MODE]: The demonstration mode displays the camcorder’s main features. It starts
automatically when the camcorder is powered with the power adapter if you leave it turned
on without loading a recording media for more than 5 minutes.
• To cancel the demo mode once it started, press any button, turn off the camcorder or
load a disc.
64 • Additional Information
System Setup (Volume, Beep, etc.)
SYSTEM SETUP
Menu item
Setting options
[SPEAKER VOL.]
[BEEP]
[
[
[POWER SAVE]
[
[
[
[
STANDBY OFF]
HIGH VOLUME],
LOW VOLUME], [
ON], [
20 min],
[FILE NOS.]
[
RESET], [
[TV TYPE]
[
NORMAL TV], [
[FIRMWARE]
–
[SPEAKER VOL.]: Adjust (
PLAY
–
–
z
–
–
z
z
z
z
–
z
z
z
z
–
z
z
–
–
–
OFF]
OFF]
10 min], [
30 min]
CAMERA
CONTINUOUS]
WIDE TV]
–
z
–
–
–
z
z
z
z
–
–
–
–
z
–
) the volume of the playback.
[BEEP]: A beep will accompany some operations like turning on the camcorder, the selftimer countdown, etc. It also serves as a warning beep under unusual conditions.
[POWER SAVE]: In order to save power when the camcorder is powered by a battery
pack, it will automatically shut off if left without any operation for 5 minutes. Approximately
30 seconds before the camcorder shuts off, the message “ AUTO POWER OFF” will
appear.
[
STANDBY OFF]: Select the length of time after which the camcorder will end the
standby mode and shut off automatically.
[FILE NOS.]: Select the image numbering method to be used when you insert a new
memory card.
Images are automatically assigned consecutive image numbers from 0101 to 9900, and
stored in folders containing up to 100 images. Folders are numbered from 101 to 998.
[
RESET]: Image numbers will restart from 101-0101 every time you insert a new
memory card.
[
CONTINUOUS]: Image numbers will continue from the number following that of the
last image recorded with the camcorder.
• If the memory card you insert already contains an image with a larger number, a new
image will be assigned a number one higher than that of the last image on the memory
card.
• We recommend using the [
CONTINUOUS] setting.
[TV TYPE]: In order to display the picture in full and in the correct aspect ratio, select the
setting according to the type of television to which you will connect the camcorder.
[
NORMAL TV]: TV sets with 4:3 aspect ratio.
[
WIDE TV]: TV sets with 16:9 aspect ratio.
[FIRMWARE]: You can verify the current version of the camcorder’s firmware. This menu
option is usually grayed out.
Additional Information • 65
Date/Time Setup
DATE/TIME SETUP
Menu item
Setting options
CAMERA
PLAY
[T.ZONE/DST]
List of world time zones.
z
z
z
z
22
[DATE/TIME]
–
z
z
z
z
21
[DATE FORMAT]
[Y.M.D (2008.1.1 AM 12:00)],
[M.D,Y (JAN. 1, 2008 12:00 AM)],
[D.M.Y (1.JAN.2008 12:00 AM)]
z
z
z
z
–
[DATE FORMAT]: Changes the date format for on-screen displays.
66 • Additional Information
Trouble?
Troubleshooting
If you have a problem with your camcorder, refer to this section. Consult your dealer
or a Canon Service Center if the problem persists.
Power Source
• The camcorder will not turn on or it
turns off by itself.
• The disc compartment cover will not
open.
• The LCD/viewfinder switches on and
off.
- Battery pack is exhausted. Replace or
charge the battery pack (
16).
- Attach the battery pack correctly.
- Use the compact power adapter.
The charge indicator flashes rapidly.
(one flash at 0.5-second
intervals)
Charging has stopped because the
compact power adapter or the battery
pack is faulty. Consult a Canon Service
Center.
(two quick flashes at
1-second intervals)
Battery pack at least 50% charged
(
17). This is not a malfunction.
• Battery pack will not charge.
• The charge indicator flashes very
slowly (one flash at 2-second intervals).
- Charge the battery pack in
temperatures between 0 °C and 40 °C.
- Battery packs become hot with use and
may not charge. When the battery pack
is outside the charging temperature
range, the CHARGE indicator will flash
irregularly. The charging will start once
the battery pack temperature is below
40 °C.
- The battery pack is damaged. Use a
different battery pack.
- If you connect a faulty power adapter or
battery pack, the CHARGE indicator
flashes approx. twice per second and
the charging stops.
- Check that the compact power adapter
is correctly connected to the
camcorder.
Camcorder is on but is unresponsive.
- The camcorder has exceeded its
operational temperature (
appears).
Turn off the camcorder and let it cool
down before resuming use.
Recording/Playback
Buttons will not work.
- Turn on the camcorder.
- Load a disc (
23).
Abnormal characters appear on the
screen. The camcorder does not operate
properly.
- Disconnect the power source and
reconnect it after a short time. If the
problem still persists, disconnect the
power source and press the RESET
button with a pointed item. Pressing the
RESET button resets all settings.
appears on the screen.
- Load a disc (
23).
appears on the screen.
- Battery pack is exhausted. Replace or
charge the battery pack (
17).
Video noise appears on screen.
- When using the camcorder close to
devices that emit strong
electromagnetic fields (plasma TVs,
cellular phones, etc.), keep a distance
between the camcorder and these
devices.
Video noise appears on the TV screen.
- When using the camcorder in a room
where a TV is located, keep a distance
between the compact power adapter
and the power or antenna cables of the
TV.
Additional Information • 67
Even without a disc loaded, when
closing the disc compartment cover a
motor sound can be heard.
- The camcorder is checking if a disc is
loaded or not. This is not a malfunction.
Cannot open the disc cover to remove
the disc.
- Turn off the camcorder, disconnect the
compact power adapter and remove
the battery pack. Restore the power
supply and try again.
- The camcorder has exceeded its
operational temperature. Turn off the
camcorder and let it cool down before
resuming use.
The disc cannot be recognized.
- The disc is dirty. Clean the disc with a
soft lens-cleaning cloth (
74). If the
problem persists replace the disc.
- The disc is not correctly loaded. Check
the disc (
23).
- Verify that the camcorder supports the
type of DVD disc you inserted (
3).
The camcorder vibrates.
- Depending on the condition of the disc,
the camcorder might vibrate
occasionally. This is not a malfunction.
• The disc’s rotation can be faintly heard.
• Occasionally the operation sound can
be heard.
- The disc is activated from time to time.
This is not a malfunction.
• After using the camcorder for a long
time, it becomes hot.
lights up in red.
•
- This is not a malfunction. Turn the
camcorder off and let it cool for a while
before resuming operation.
Recording
Image will not appear on the screen.
- Set the camcorder to
mode (
26).
- Open the lens cover.
Pressing Start/Stop will not start
recording.
- Set the camcorder to
mode (
26).
68 • Additional Information
- Load a disc that has been tested
(
4).
- The disc is full (“
END” appears on
the screen). Delete some recordings
(DVD-RW in VR mode) to free some
space (
33) or replace the disc.
- The camcorder has exceeded its
operational temperature. Turn off the
camcorder and let it cool down before
resuming use.
- Unfinalize (
46) the disc (DVD-RW in
VIDEO mode).
Even after stopping recording, the disc
access indicator does not go off.
- The scene is being recorded on the
disc. This is not a malfunction.
The point where Start/Stop was pressed
does not match the beginning/end of the
recording.
- There is a slight interval between
pressing Start/Stop and the actual start
of the recording on the disc. This is not
a malfunction.
The recording suddenly stops shortly
after starting recording.
- The disc is dirty. Clean the disc with a
soft lens-cleaning cloth (
74). If the
problem persists replace the disc.
- The camcorder has exceeded its
operational temperature. Turn off the
camcorder and let it cool down before
resuming use.
Camcorder will not focus.
- Autofocus does not work on that
subject. Focus manually (
38).
- If you are using the viewfinder, adjust it
with the dioptric adjustment lever
(
27).
- Lens is dirty. Clean the lens with a soft
lens-cleaning cloth (
74). Never use
tissue paper to clean the lens.
Sound is distorted.
- When recording near loud sounds (such
as fireworks or concerts), sound may
become distorted.
A vertical light bar appears on the
screen.
- Bright light in a dark scene may cause a
vertical light bar (smear) to appear. This
is not a malfunction.
Viewfinder picture is blurred.
- Adjust the viewfinder with the dioptric
adjustment lever (
27).
Playback/Editing
Playback does not start.
- Load a disc (
23).
- Set the camcorder to
mode
(
31).
- You may not be able to play with this
camcorder, discs recorded or edited
with other DVD recorders or computer
DVD drives.
- If using a single-sided disc, check that
the disc is inserted with the label side
facing up.
- The camcorder has exceeded its
operational temperature. Turn off the
camcorder and let it cool down before
resuming use.
• During playback there is video noise
and the sound is distorted.
• The disc cannot be read.
- The disc is dirty. Clean the disc with a
soft lens-cleaning cloth (
74).
- You may not be able to play with this
camcorder, discs recorded or edited
with other DVD recorders or computer
DVD drives.
Cannot add scenes to the playlist.
- The disc is full (“
END” appears on
the screen). Delete some recordings to
free some space (
33).
- You cannot add more than 999 scenes
to the playlist.
Cannot divide the scene.
- You cannot edit or delete scenes on a
disc that was recorded in another digital
device.
- You cannot divide the scene if there are
already 999 scenes on the disc.
- You cannot divide original scenes.
- You cannot divide the scene if it is too
short (2 seconds or less).
Cannot edit the disc title.
- You cannot add a title to a DVD-R/DVDR DL disc after it was finalized (
45).
- Unfinalize (
46) the disc first (DVDRW in VIDEO mode).
- You may not be able to edit the title if
you entered it with another digital
device.
Cannot edit or delete scenes.
- You cannot edit or delete scenes on a
disc that was protected with another
digital device.
- Scenes cannot be deleted in a DVD-R/
DVD-R DL disc or a DVD-RW disc
recorded in VIDEO mode.
Cannot finalize the disc.
- The camcorder has exceeded its
operational temperature. Turn off the
camcorder and let it cool down before
resuming use.
- When using a battery pack, make sure
it is fully charged.
No sound from the built-in speaker.
- Open the LCD panel.
- Speaker volume is turned off. Adjust the
volume with the [SPEAKER VOL.]
setting (
32).
Playing Back the Disc in an External
DVD Device
There is a brief stop between scenes.
- Depending on the DVD player, there
might be a very short stop between
scenes during playback.
Disc is running, but image will not
appear on the TV screen.
- The video input on the TV is not set to
the video terminal to which you
connected the camcorder. Select the
correct video input.
- You attempted to play back an
incompatible disc. Stop playback.
The disc cannot be recognized by the
device. Or, even though the disc is read,
cannot play back the disc or the picture
is distorted.
- The disc is dirty. Clean the disc with a
soft lens-cleaning cloth (
74).
- Finalize the disc using the camcorder
(
45).
- DVD-RW discs in VR mode can only be
played back with VR mode-compatible
DVD players. Refer to the instruction
manual of your DVD device.
Additional Information • 69
Cannot edit my recordings or add
recordings to the disc with the DVD
device.
- It may not be possible to edit or add
recordings with an external DVD
recorder on a disc recorded with this
camcorder.
Memory Card Operation
Memory card cannot be inserted.
- Memory card is not facing the correct
direction. Turn the memory card over
and reinsert it (
25).
Cannot record on the memory card.
- Memory card is full. Erase still images
(
52) to free some space or replace
the memory card.
- Memory card was not initialized.
Initialize the memory card (
56).
- The folder and file numbers have
reached their maximum value. Set
[FILE NOS.] to [RESET] (
65) and
insert a new memory card.
- The write-protect switch on an SD or
SDHC memory card is set to prevent
accidental erasure. Change the position
of the write-protect switch.
Memory card cannot be played back.
- Set the camcorder to
mode
(
50).
Image cannot be erased.
- Image is protected. Cancel the
protection (
55).
- The write-protect switch on an SD or
SDHC memory card is set to prevent
accidental erasure. Change the position
of the write-protect switch.
appears in red.
- A memory card error occurred. Turn off
the camcorder. Remove and reinsert
the memory card. Initialize the memory
card (
56) if the icon still appears in
red.
List of Messages
70 • Additional Information
List of Messages (in alphabetical order)
CANNOT ENTER THE
STANDBY
MODE NOW
- The camcorder cannot enter the Quick
Start standby mode (
29) while the
disc is being recognized after it was
inserted or if the remaining battery
charge is too low.
CANNOT PLAY BACK
- The disc is dirty or you attempted to
play back a disc type not supported by
this camcorder (not DVD-R/RW) or a
disc that is dirty or scratched.
- This message can also appear if
condensation has formed. Wait until the
camcorder dries completely before
resuming use (
76).
CANNOT READ THE DISC
CHECK THE DISC
- Disc could not be read. Try cleaning it
or replace the disc (
74).
- This message can also appear if the
camcorder has exceeded its
operational temperature. Turn off the
camcorder and let it cool down before
resuming use.
- This message can also appear if
condensation has formed. Wait until the
camcorder dries completely before
resuming use (
76).
- The disc may not be loaded correctly.
Try removing the disc and reinserting it
(
23).
• CANNOT RECORD
• CANNOT RECORD
CHECK THE DISC
- There is a problem with the disc.
Replace the disc (
23).
- This message can also appear if
condensation has formed. Wait until the
camcorder dries completely before
resuming use (
76).
- The disc’s recording surface may be
dirty or scratched.
- This message may appear when the
camcorder is repeatedly subject to
vibration.
CANNOT USE DISC
USE OF A RECOMMENDED DISC IS
ADVISED
- The disc cannot be used. We
recommend that you use a disc that
has been tested (
4).
CARD ERROR
- A memory card error occurred. The
camcorder cannot record or display the
image. The error may be temporary. If
the message disappears after 4
seconds and
appears in red, turn
the camcorder off, remove the card and
reinsert the card. If
changes to
green, you can resume recording/
playback.
CARD FULL
- Memory card is full. Erase some images
(
52) to free some space or replace
the memory card.
CHANGE THE BATTERY PACK
- Battery pack is exhausted. Replace or
charge the battery pack (
16).
DISC ACCESS FAILURE CHECK THE
DISC
- There was an error when reading the
disc or attempting to write onto it. Try
cleaning the disc or replace it (
74).
- This message can also appear if
condensation has formed. Wait until the
camcorder dries completely before
resuming use (
76).
- The disc may not be loaded correctly.
Try removing the disc and reinserting it
(
23).
DISC COVER IS OPEN
- Verify the disc is correctly inserted and
close the disc cover (
23).
DISC FULL
- The disc is full (“
END” appears on
the screen). Delete some recordings
(DVD-RW in VR mode) to free some
space (
33) or replace the disc.
DISC IS FINALIZED
CANNOT RECORD
- You cannot record additional scenes on
a finalized DVD-R/DVD-R DL disc.
- You cannot record additional scenes or
unfinalize a DVD-RW disc in VIDEO
mode that was finalized with another
digital device.
DISC MUST BE FINALIZED TO PLAY
BACK IN COMPATIBLE PLAYERS
- Be sure to finalize the disc and check
the compatibility of the device before
playing back the disc on external DVD
devices (
45).
LOADING THE DISC
- The disc is being read. Wait before you
start recording.
NAMING ERROR
- The folder and file numbers have
reached their maximum value. Set the
[FILE NOS.] option to [RESET] and
erase all the images on the memory
card (
52) or initialize it (
56).
NO CARD
- There is no memory card in the
camcorder (
25).
NO DISC
- No disc is loaded. Insert a disc (
23).
- This message can also appear if
condensation has formed. Wait until the
camcorder dries completely before
resuming use (
76).
NO IMAGES
- No images are recorded on the memory
card.
PRINT ORDER ERROR
- You attempted to set more than 998 still
images in the print order (
57).
REACHED THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF
SCENES
- The maximum number of scenes has
been reached. Delete some recordings
(DVD-RW in VR mode) to free some
space (
33) or replace the disc.
RECOVERING DATA
PLEASE WAIT…
- Data on the disc is being recovered.
Wait until this message disappears
before resuming use.
TASK IN PROGRESS DO NOT
DISCONNECT THE POWER SOURCE
- The camcorder is updating important
file allocation data on the disc. Do not
disconnect the compact power adapter
or remove the battery pack.
Additional Information • 71
• TEMPERATURE TOO HIGH CANNOT
RECORD
• TEMPERATURE TOO HIGH CANNOT
REMOVE DISC
- The camcorder has exceeded its
operational temperature. Disconnect
the compact power adapter and
remove the battery and let the
camcorder cool down before resuming
use.
UNABLE TO RECOGNIZE THE DATA
- The disc may not be recognized by this
camcorder if it was initialized with a
different device.
- You inserted a disc recorded in a
different Television System (NTSC).
UNABLE TO RECOVER DATA
- Could not recover a corrupted file.
- This message can also appear if
condensation has formed. If you
suspect condensation is the reason, do
not initialize the disc and wait until the
camcorder dries completely before
resuming use (
76).
UNFINALIZE THE DISC
- You cannot record additional scenes on
a finalized DVD-RW in VIDEO mode.
Unfinalize the disc first (
46).
USE OF A RECOMMENDED DISC IS
ADVISED
- The disc can be used but performance
is not guaranteed. We recommend that
you use a disc that has been tested
(
4).
72 • Additional Information
Do’s and Don’ts
Handling Precautions
Camcorder
• Do not touch the pick up lens.
• Do not subject the camcorder to
vibrations or strong impacts while the
DISC access indicator is on or
flashing. The data may not be
correctly recorded on the disc, and
the recording may be permanently
lost.
• Do not carry the camcorder by the
LCD panel or the disc cover. Be
careful when closing the LCD panel.
• Do not leave the camcorder in places
subject to high temperatures (like the
inside of a car under direct sunlight),
or high humidity.
• Do not use the camcorder near strong
electromagnetic fields such as above
TVs, near plasma TVs or mobile
phones.
• Do not point the lens or viewfinder at
strong light sources. Do not leave the
camcorder pointed at a bright subject.
• Do not use or store the camcorder in
dusty or sandy places. The camcorder
is not waterproof – avoid also water,
mud or salt. If any of the above should
get into the camcorder it may damage
the camcorder and/or the lens. Be
sure to close the disc compartment
cover after use.
• Be careful of heat generated by
lighting equipment.
• Do not disassemble the camcorder. If
the camcorder does not function
properly, consult qualified service
personnel.
• Handle the camcorder with care. Do
not subject the camcorder to shocks
or vibration as this may cause
damage.
Battery Pack
DANGER!
Treat the battery pack with care.
• Keep it away from fire (or it might
explode).
• Do not expose the battery pack to
temperature higher than 60 °C. Do
not leave it near a heater or inside a
car in hot weather.
• Do not try to disassemble or modify
it.
• Do not drop it or subject it to
shocks.
• Do not get it wet.
• Charged battery packs continue to
discharge naturally. Therefore, charge
them on the day of use, or the day
before, to ensure a full charge.
• Contact of the battery pack terminals
with metallic objects may cause a
short circuit and damage the battery
pack.
• Dirty terminals may cause a poor
contact between the battery pack and
the camcorder. Wipe the terminals
with a soft cloth.
• Since storing a charged battery pack
for a long time (about 1 year) can
shorten its lifecycle or affect
performance, we recommend to
discharge the battery pack fully and to
store it in a dry place at temperatures
no higher than 30 °C. If you do not use
the battery pack for long periods,
charge and discharge it fully at least
once a year. If you have more than one
battery pack, perform these
Additional Information • 73
precautions at the same time for all
battery packs.
• Although the battery pack’s operating
temperature range is from 0 °C to
40 °C, the optimal range is from 10 °C
to 30 °C. At cold temperatures,
performance will temporarily decline.
Warm it in your pocket before use.
• Replace the battery pack if the usable
time after full charge diminishes
substantially at normal temperatures.
About the battery terminal cover
The battery terminal cover has a [
]shaped hole. This is useful when you
wish to differentiate between charged
and uncharged battery packs.
Back side of the battery pack
Terminal cover attached
Charged
Uncharged
Mini DVD Disc
The recording surface of DVD discs is
extremely delicate. If handled or stored
in an incorrect manner, the camcorder
may stop recognizing or may not be
able to play back the disc. Be sure to
observe the following precautions when
storing/handling your discs.
• Always remove the disc from the
camcorder after you finish
recording.
Do not store the camcorder with a
disc left inside.
74 • Additional Information
• Do not bend, scratch or wet the disc
and do not subject it to strong shocks.
• Do not attach any labels or stickers on
the disc surfaces. The disc may not
rotate in a stable manner and this may
cause malfunctions.
• Keep the disc clean of dust, dirt or
smudges. Even very small smudges or
particles of dust can lead to problems
when recording or playing back the
disc. Carefully inspect the recording
surface of the disc before inserting it
in the camcorder. If the disc gets dirty
use a dry, soft lens-cleaning cloth to
remove any fingerprints, dirt buildup
or smudges from the disc surface.
Clean the disc in a radial motion from
its center outwards.
• Never use a chemically treated cloth
or flammable solvents such as paint
thinner to clean the disc.
• To protect the disc, return it to its case
for storage.
• When writing on the label side of the
disc, avoid hard tip pens. Use
waterproof soft-tipped felt pens
instead.
• Moving a disc rapidly between hot
and cold temperatures may cause
condensation to form on its surfaces.
If condensation forms on the disc, put
it aside until the water droplets have
evaporated completely.
• Never expose the disc to direct
sunlight and do not store it in places
subject to high temperatures or high
humidity.
• Always finalize a disc before inserting
it into an external DVD device. Failing
to do so can result in the loss of the
recorded data.
Memory Card
Built-in Rechargeable Lithium Battery
• We recommend saving backups of
memory card images on your
computer by using a memory card
reader/writer or inserting the memory
card in your computer’s memory card
slot. Image data may be corrupted or
lost due to memory card defects or
exposure to static electricity. Canon
makes no warranties for corrupted or
lost data.
• Do not turn off the camcorder,
disconnect the power source or
remove the memory card while the
CARD access indicator is flashing.
• Do not use memory cards in places
subject to strong magnetic fields.
• Do not leave memory cards in places
subject to high humidity and high
temperature.
• Do not disassemble, bend, drop, or
subject memory cards to shocks and
do not expose them to water.
• Do not touch or expose the terminals
to dust or dirt.
• Check the direction before inserting
the memory card. Forcing a memory
card into the slot if it is not correctly
oriented may damage the memory
card or the camcorder.
• Do not attach any labels or stickers on
the memory card.
• When you erase image files or initialize
the memory card, only the file
allocation table is altered and the data
itself is not actually deleted. Take the
necessary precautions when you
dispose of the memory card, for
example by physically damaging it to
prevent the leakage of private data.
The camcorder has a built-in
rechargeable lithium battery to keep the
date/time and other settings. The builtin lithium battery is recharged while you
use the camcorder; however, it will
become totally discharged if you do not
use the camcorder for about 3 months.
To recharge the built-in lithium battery:
Connect the compact power adapter to
the camcorder and leave it connected
for 24 hours with the
switch set to
.
Additional Information • 75
Maintenance/Others
Storage
If you do not intend to use the
camcorder for a long time, store it in a
place free of dust, in low humidity, and
at temperatures not higher than 30 °C.
Cleaning
Camcorder Body
• Use a soft, dry cloth to clean the
camcorder body. Never use
chemically treated cloths or volatile
solvents such as paint thinner.
Pick Up Lens
• Remove any dust or dirt particles
using a non-aerosol type blower
brush. Never touch the pick up lens
directly to clean it.
Lens and Viewfinder
• If the lens surface is dirty, the
autofocus may not work properly.
• Remove any dust or dirt particles
using a non-aerosol type blower
brush.
• Use a clean, soft lens-cleaning cloth
to gently wipe the lens or viewfinder.
Never use tissue paper.
LCD Screen
• Clean the LCD screen using a clean,
soft lens-cleaning cloth.
• Condensation may form on the
surface of the screen when the
temperature changes suddenly. Wipe
it with a soft dry cloth.
76 • Additional Information
Condensation
Moving the camcorder rapidly between
hot and cold temperatures may cause
condensation (water droplets) to form
on its internal surfaces. Stop using the
camcorder if condensation is detected.
Continued use may damage the
camcorder.
Condensation may form in the following
cases:
• When the camcorder is moved from
an air-conditioned room to a warm,
humid place
• When the camcorder is moved from a
cold place to a warm room
• When the camcorder is left in a humid
room
• When a cold room is heated rapidly
TO AVOID CONDENSATION
• Do not expose the camcorder to
sudden or extreme changes in
temperature.
• Unload the disc, place the camcorder
in an airtight plastic bag and let it
adjust to temperature changes slowly
before removing it from the bag.
WHEN CONDENSATION IS DETECTED
• If a disc is loaded, remove the disc
immediately and leave the disc cover
open. Leaving the disc in the
camcorder may damage it.
• A disc cannot be loaded when
condensation is detected.
RESUMING USE
The precise time required for water
droplets to evaporate will vary
depending on the location and weather
conditions. As a general rule, wait for
2 hours before resuming use of the
camcorder.
Using the Camcorder Abroad
Power Sources
You can use the compact power adapter
to operate the camcorder and to charge
battery packs in any country with power
supply between 100 and 240 V AC, 50/
60 Hz. Consult a Canon Service Center
for information on plug adapters for
overseas use.
Playback on a TV Screen
You can only play back your recordings
on TVs compatible with the PAL system.
The PAL system is used in the following
countries/areas:
Algeria, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh,
Belgium, Brunei, China, Croatia, Czech
Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany,
Hong Kong Special Administrative
Region, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran,
Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kenya,
Kuwait, Liberia, Malaysia, Malta,
Montenegro, Mozambique, the
Netherlands, New Zealand, North Korea,
Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Poland,
Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Serbia, Sierra
Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia,
South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka,
Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland,
Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda,
Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United
Kingdom, Yemen, Zambia.
Trademark Acknowledgements
• The SD logo is a trademark. The SDHC logo is a trademark.
•
is a trademark of DVD Format/Logo Licensing Corporation.
• Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories.
“Dolby” and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
• Other names and products not mentioned above may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their
respective companies.
• ANY USE OF THIS PRODUCT OTHER THAN CONSUMER PERSONAL USE IN ANY MANNER THAT
COMPLIES WITH THE MPEG-2 STANDARD FOR ENCODING VIDEO INFORMATION FOR PACKAGED MEDIA
IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED WITHOUT A LICENSE UNDER APPLICABLE PATENTS IN THE MPEG-2 PATENT PORTFOLIO, WHICH LICENSE
IS AVAILABLE FROM MPEG LA, L.L.C., 250 STEELE STREET, SUITE 300, DENVER, COLORADO 80206.
Additional Information • 77
General Information
System Diagram
System Diagram (Availability differs from area to area)
WS-20
Wrist Strap
CBC-NB2
Car Battery Charger
NB-2LH, BP-2L13,
BP-2L14, BP-2L24H
Battery Pack
SS-600/SS-650
Shoulder Strap
CB-2LWE
Battery Charger
Mini DVD disc
DVD-R/DVD-RW/
DVD-R DL
CA-570 Compact
Power Adapter
SCART
adapter
STV-250N Stereo
Video Cable
TV
VCR
DVD player/recorder
PictBridgecompatible printers
SD/SDHC
memory card
Card adapter
MultiMedia
Card
Card reader/writer
Computer
SC-2000
Soft Carrying Case
78 • Additional Information
Mini DVD disc
DVD-R/DVD-RW/DVD-R DL
Compatible
DVD player/recorder
Optional Accessories
Use of genuine Canon accessories is recommended.
This product is designed to achieve excellent performance when used with genuine
Canon accessories. Canon shall not be liable for any damage to this product and/or
accidents such as fire, etc., caused by the malfunction of non-genuine Canon
accessories (e.g., a leakage and/or explosion of a battery pack). Please note that this
warranty does not apply to repairs arising out of the malfunction of non-genuine Canon
accessories, although you may request such repairs on a chargeable basis.
Battery Packs
When you need extra battery packs, select
one of the following models: NB-2LH,
BP-2L13, BP-2L14 or BP-2L24H*.
* Attaching the BP-2L24H battery pack will make
using the viewfinder more difficult.
CB-2LWE Battery Charger
Use the battery charger to charge the
battery packs.
Charging Times
The charging times given in the following table are approximate and vary according
to charging conditions and initial charge of the battery pack.
Battery pack →
NB-2LH
BP-2L13
BP-2L14
BP-2L24H
Using the camcorder
135 min.
225 min.
240 min.
370 min.
Using the CB-2LWE Battery Charger
105 min.
175 min.
195 min.
330 min.
Charging conditions ↓
Recording and Playback Times
The recording and playback times given in the following table are approximate and
vary according to recording mode and charging, recording or playback conditions.
The effective usage time of the battery pack may decrease when recording in cold
surroundings, when using the brighter screen settings, etc.
Additional Information • 79
Battery
pack
NB-2LH
BP-2L13
BP-2L14
Screen
used
Viewfinder
LCD
Viewfinder
XP
105 min.
100 min.
185 min.
180 min.
SP
125 min.
125 min.
225 min.
215 min.
LP
135 min.
130 min.
235 min.
230 min.
LCD
Viewfinder
BP-2L24H
LCD
Viewfinder
LCD
220 min.
215 min.
375 min.
365 min.
265 min.
260 min.
440 min.
430 min.
285 min.
275 min.
470 min.
455 min.
Maximum Recording Time
Typical Recording Time*
XP
60 min.
60 min.
110 min.
110 min.
135 min.
130 min.
220 min.
215 min.
SP
65 min.
65 min.
115 min.
115 min.
140 min.
135 min.
230 min.
225 min.
LP
70 min.
65 min.
120 min.
115 min.
145 min.
140 min.
240 min.
235 min.
Playback Time
XP
–
140 min.
–
245 min.
–
290 min.
–
495 min.
SP
–
170 min.
–
300 min.
–
355 min.
–
590 min.
LP
–
185 min.
–
320 min.
–
385 min.
–
635 min.
Battery
pack
NB-2LH
BP-2L13
BP-2L14
Screen
used
Viewfinder
LCD
Viewfinder
XP
110 min.
105 min.
195 min.
190 min.
SP
130 min.
125 min.
230 min.
220 min.
LP
135 min.
135 min.
240 min.
235 min.
LCD
Viewfinder
BP-2L24H
LCD
Viewfinder
LCD
235 min.
230 min.
385 min.
380 min.
270 min.
265 min.
445 min.
435 min.
290 min.
280 min.
475 min.
465 min.
Maximum Recording Time
Typical Recording Time*
XP
60 min.
60 min.
110 min.
110 min.
135 min.
130 min.
220 min.
215 min.
SP
65 min.
65 min.
120 min.
115 min.
145 min.
140 min.
235 min.
230 min.
LP
70 min.
65 min.
125 min.
120 min.
145 min.
145 min.
240 min.
235 min.
Playback Time
XP
–
145 min.
–
250 min.
–
295 min.
–
505 min.
SP
–
170 min.
–
300 min.
–
355 min.
–
590 min.
LP
–
185 min.
–
325 min.
–
390 min.
–
640 min.
* Approximate times for recording with repeated operations such as start/stop, zooming, and
power on/off.
80 • Additional Information
CBC-NB2 Car Battery Charger
Use the car battery charger to charge
battery packs while you are on the go. The
car battery cable plugs into your car's
cigarette lighter and runs off a 12-24 V DC
negative ground battery.
Shoulder Strap
You can attach a shoulder strap for more
security and portability.
Pass the ends through the strap mount and
adjust the length of the strap.
WS-20 Wrist Strap
Use this for extra additional protection for
active shooting.
SC-2000 Soft Carrying Case
A handy camcorder bag with padded
compartments and plenty of space for
accessories.
This mark identifies genuine Canon video accessories. When
you use Canon video equipment, we recommend Canonbrand accessories or products bearing the same mark.
Additional Information • 81
Specifications
DC320/DC310
System
Disc Recording System
DVD-VIDEO (all disc types)
DVD-VR (only with DVD-RW discs)
Video Compression: MPEG-2
Audio Compression: Dolby Digital 2ch
Television System
CCIR standard (625 lines, 50 fields) PAL color signal
Compatible Media
8 cm mini DVD discs marked with
the DVD-R, DVD-R DL or DVD-RW logo
Maximum Recording Time
1.4 GB single sided 8 cm mini DVD disc:
XP: 20 min., SP: 30 min., LP: 60 min.
2.6 GB single sided dual-layered 8 cm mini DVD disc:
XP: 36 min., SP: 54 min., LP: 108 min.
(All times given are approximate figures)
Image Sensor
1/6-inch CCD, approx. 1,070,000 pixels
Effective pixels1 (all figures are approximate values)
16:9 Movies (advanced zoom)
480,000 (T) / 710,000 (W) pixels
(other zoom types)
550,000 pixels
4:3 Movies (advanced zoom)
440,000 (T) / 690,000 (W) pixels
(other zoom types)
690,000 pixels
16:9 Still images
600,000 pixels
4:3 Still images
800,000 pixels
1/6-inch CCD, approx. 800,000 pixels
Effective pixels1 (all figures are approximate values)
16:9 Movies (advanced zoom)
440,000 (T) / 540,000 (W) pixels
(other zoom types)
440,000 pixels
4:3 Movies
400,000 pixels
Still images
530,000 pixels
LCD Screen
2.7 in., wide, TFT color, approx. 112,000 pixels
Viewfinder
0.35 in., wide, TFT color, approx. 114,000 pixels
Microphone
Stereo electret condenser microphone
82 • Additional Information
Lens
f=2.6-96.2 mm, F/2.0-5.2, 37x power zoom
35 mm equivalent (all figures are approximate values)
16:9 Movies (advanced zoom)
41.7-1,877 mm
(other zoom types)
47.1-1,743 mm
4:3 Movies (advanced zoom)
44.6-2,052 mm
(other zoom types)
44.6-1,650 mm
16:9 Still images
45.2-1,672 mm
4:3 Still images
41.5-1,536 mm
f=2.6-96.2 mm, F/2.0-5.2, 37x power zoom
35 mm equivalent (all figures are approximate values)
16:9 Movies (advanced zoom)
40.5-1,676 mm
(other zoom types)
45.3-1,676 mm
4:3 Movies
49.8-1,843 mm
Still images
43.6-1,613 mm
Lens Configuration
10 elements in 8 groups (1 double-sided, aspheric element)
AF System
TTL autofocus, manual focus available
Minimum Focusing Distance
1 m; 1 cm on maximum wide angle
White Balance
Auto white balance, preset white balance (DAYLIGHT, TUNGSTEN) or custom white
balance
Minimum Illumination
[NIGHT] recording program, Shutter speed at 1/6:
1.6 lx,
1.1 lx
mode, Auto slow shutter [ON], Shutter speed at 1/25:
6.5 lx,
4.5 lx
Recommended Illumination
More than 100 lx
Image Stabilization
Electronic
1
When two values are given, the first indicates the value at full telephoto (T) and the second indicates the value at full wide-angle (W).
Memory Card
Recording Media
Size of Still Images
SDHC (SD High Capacity) memory card, SD memory card, MultiMedia Card (MMC)*
1,152 x 648 / 1,152 x 864 / 640 x 480 pixels
1,024 x 768 / 640 x 480 pixels
File Format
Design rule for Camera File system (DCF), Exif 2.2 compliant**, DPOF compliant
Image Compression Method
JPEG (compression: Super Fine, Fine, Normal)
*
**
This camcorder has been tested with SD/SDHC cards up to 8 GB. Performance cannot be guaranteed for all memory cards.
This camcorder supports Exif 2.2 (also called “Exif Print”). Exif Print is a standard for enhancing the communication between
camcorders and printers. By connecting to an Exif Print-compliant printer, the camcorder’s image data at the time of shooting is
used and optimized, yielding extremely high quality prints.
Additional Information • 83
Terminals
AV Terminal
∅ 3.5 mm minijack, output only
Video:
1 Vp-p/75 ohms unbalanced
Audio: -10 dBV (47 kohms load/3 kohms or less)
Power/Others
Power supply (rated)
7.4 V DC (battery pack), 8.4 V DC (compact power adapter)
Power consumption (SP mode)
2.3 W (viewfinder), 2.4 W (LCD screen, normal brightness)
Operating temperature
0 – 40 °C
Dimensions (W x H x D)
66 x 90 x 126 mm excluding the grip belt
Weight (camcorder body only)
380 g
CA-570 Compact Power Adapter
Power supply
100 – 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
Rated output / consumption
8.4 V DC, 1.5 A / 29 VA (100 V) – 39 VA (240 V)
Operating temperature
0 – 40 °C
Dimensions
52 x 29 x 90 mm
Weight
135 g
NB-2LH Battery Pack
Battery type
Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery
Rated voltage
7.4 V DC
Operating temperature
0 – 40 °C
Battery capacity
720 mAh
Dimensions
33.3 x 16.2 x 45.2 mm
Weight
43 g
Weight and dimensions are approximate. Errors and omissions excepted. Subject to
change without notice.
84 • Additional Information
Index
A
Abroad, using the camcorder. . . . . . . . .77
AEB* - Auto exposure bracketing . . . . .53
Aspect ratio
of a connected TV (TV Type) . . . . . .65
of movies (Widescreen) . . . . . . . . . .63
Auto slow shutter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62
Autofocus (AF): AF frame
(9-point AiAF/Center point) . . . . . . .54
AV terminal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58
B
Battery pack
Charging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
Remaining charge indicator. . . . . . .15
Beach (recording program). . . . . . . . . . .35
Beep . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65
Built-in backup battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75
C
Compact power adapter . . . . . . . . . . . .16
Condensation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76
Connections to a TV/VCR . . . . . . . . . . .58
Continuous shooting* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53
D
Data code . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33
Date and time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21
Date format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66
Daylight saving time . . . . . . . . . . . .22
Time zone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
Digital effects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41
Disc title . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44
Disc types
(DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW). . . . . .3
Discs that have been tested. . . . . . . . . . .4
Drive mode* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53
E
EASY (recording program) . . . . . . . . . . .27
Erasing still images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Error messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Exposure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
F
Finalizing the disc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Fireworks (recording program) . . . . . . . 35
Focus priority. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
FUNC. menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19, 60
G
Grip belt. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
I
Image effects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Image jump . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Image stabilizer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Index screen
Movies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Still images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Initialization
Disc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Memory card. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
J
Joystick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Joystick guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
L
Language. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
LCD screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
LCD video light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
LP mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
M
Magnifying a still image . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Manual exposure adjustment . . . . . . . . 39
Manual focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Markers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Memory card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25, 75
Mode switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
N
Night (recording program) . . . . . . . . . . . 35
*
only
Additional Information • 85
O
Onscreen display selection . . . . . . . . . . 33
Original recordings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
P
P (recording program) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Playback
Movies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Still images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Playlist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Portrait (recording program) . . . . . . . . . 35
Power save . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Print order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Printing still images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Protecting still images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Q
Quick Start function . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
R
Recording
Movies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Still images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Recording mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Recording programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Recording reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
RESET . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Reviewing
Movies (Record review). . . . . . . . . . 30
Still images (Review) . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
S
Scene editing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Screen icons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
SD/SDHC card. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Self timer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Serial number. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Setup menus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20, 62
Shutter speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Slideshow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Snow (recording program) . . . . . . . . . . . 35
SP mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Special scene (recording programs) . . . 34
Sports (recording program) . . . . . . . . . . 35
Spotlight (recording program) . . . . . . . . 35
86 • Additional Information
Still image quality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Still image size . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Sunset (recording program) . . . . . . . . . 35
T
Telephoto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tripod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tv (recording program) . . . . . . . . . . . . .
29
17
67
36
V
VIDEO mode (disc specification) . . . . . . 3
Viewfinder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
VR mode (disc specification) . . . . . . . . . 3
W
White balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Wide angle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Widescreen 16:9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Wind screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
39
29
63
63
X
XP mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Z
Zoom
Advanced zoom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Zoom speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Zoom type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
DIE-304
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