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CAM300
User manual
Contents
1Important
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Safety2
Notice2
2 Your camcorder
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Introduction4
What's in the box
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Functional overview
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3 Get started
Load the Micro SD card
Turn on
First-time setup
Charge the built-in battery
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4 Use your camcorder
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Record video
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Take pictures
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Play9
Adjust settings
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5 Use more of your camcorder
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View video or pictures on TV
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Install and use the camcorder software 12
6 Technical specifications
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7 Frequently asked questions (FAQ) 15
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1Important
Any changes or modifications made to this
device that are not expressly approved by
Philips Consumer Lifestyle may void the user’s
authority to operate the equipment.
Safety
Notice
a Read these instructions.
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class
B limits for radio noise emissions from digital
apparatus as set out in the Radio Interference
Regulations of the Canadian Department of
Communications. This Class B digital apparatus
complies with Canadian ICES-003.
The set complies with the FCC-Rules, Part 15
and with 21 CFR 1040.10. Operation is subject
to the following two conditions:
1. This device may not cause harmful
interference, and
2. This device must accept any interference
received, including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
b Keep these instructions.
c Heed all warnings.
d Follow all instructions.
e Do not use this apparatus near water.
f Clean only with dry cloth.
g Do not block any ventilation openings.
Install in accordance with the
manufacturer's instructions.
h Do not install near any heat sources such
as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or
other apparatus (including amplifiers) that
produce heat.
i Only use attachments/accessories
specified by the manufacturer.
j Refer all servicing to qualified service
personnel. Servicing is required when
the apparatus has been damaged in any
way, such as power-supply cord or plug
is damaged, liquid has been spilled or
objects have fallen into the apparatus, the
apparatus has been exposed to rain or
moisture, does not operate normally, or
has been dropped.
k Apparatus shall not be exposed to
dripping or splashing.
Disposal of your old product and
batteries
Your product is designed and manufactured
with high quality materials and components,
which can be recycled and reused.
Never dispose of your product with other
household waste. Please inform yourself about
the local rules on the separate collection of
electrical and electronic products and batteries.
The correct disposal of these products helps
prevent potentially negative consequences on
the environment and human health.
Please visit for additonal information on a
recycling center in your area.
l Do not place any sources of danger on
the apparatus (e.g. liquid filled objects,
lighted candles).
Caution
•• Removal of the built-in battery invalidates the warranty
and may destroy the product.
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Always bring your product to a professional to
remove the built-in battery.
Note
•• The safety logo and power rating information are
located at the USB arm of the camcorder.
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2 Your camcorder
Introduction
With this portable camcorder, you can:
• take full HD (1080P) or VGA movies
• take pictures
• play recorded movies or pictures either
directly or on the large screen of a
connected TV
• upload the recorded movies or pictures to
the Internet directly via your PC/Mac
What's in the box
Make sure that the following items are packed
in the box:
• Camcorder
• Quick start guide
• Pouch
• Hand strap
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Functional overview
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a Built-in microphones
b Built-in speaker
c Lens
d Flashlight
e Swivel touch screen
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j HDMI
• Connect to a TV through an HDMI
cable with a mini HDMI connector
(type C).
k RESET
• Restore default settings.
f USB connector
l MICRO SD
• Load a Micro SD card.
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• Eject the USB connector.
h Tripod socket
i Hand strap hole
• Turn on/off the camcorder.
n Mode switch button
• Switch between picture and video
recording modes.
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o Shutter button
• In viewfinder mode, take a picture or
start/stop video recording.
• In play mode, switch to viewfinder
mode.
p T/W
• In viewfinder mode, zoom in/out.
• During video play, change the volume.
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3 Get started
Load the Micro SD card
»» The backlight on the swivel touch
screen turns off.
First-time setup
When you turn on the camcorder for the first
time, a menu for OSD language selection is
displayed.
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Flap open the protective cover on the
Micro SD card socket.
Insert a Micro SD card (not supplied) into
the socket.
• Make sure that the the Micro SD card
is not write-protected.
• Make sure that the metal contact of
the card faces down.
Close the protective cover securely.
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Flip open the swivel touch screen.
»» For first-time users, a menu for OSD
language selection is displayed (See
''Get started - First-time setup).
Tip
•• To save energy, the camcorder turns off automatically
after being idle for 3 minutes. To turn on the camcorder
again, press .
To turn off the camcorder:
• Press and hold .
• Or close the swivel touch screen.
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to
Tap [OK] to confirm.
»» A welcome message is displayed briefly.
»» An inquiry box for date and time
setting is displayed.
Tap [Yes] to confirm.
»» A date setting menu is displayed.
Tap
/
to set the day, month and year
successively.
Tap [OK] to confirm the date setting.
»» A time setting menu is displayed.
Tap
/
to set the hour and minute
successively.
Tap [OK] to confirm the time setting.
»» The first-time setup is complete.
»» The camcorder enters viewfinder
mode.
Turn on
•
On the swivel touch screen, tap
select a language.
Tip
•• See 'Use your camcorder - Adjust settings' for more
settings.
Select a scene
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In viewfinder mode, tap to show the
system setting menu.
Tap [Scene] to enter scene setting.
Tap
/
to select a scene you like.
Tap [OK] to confirm the setting.
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Select a special effect
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In viewfinder mode, tap to show the
system setting menu.
Connect the USB connector to a USB
socket on a PC.
»» The status indicator on the shutter
button starts flashing in orange.
Tap [Effects] to enter special effect setting.
Tap
like.
/
to select a special effect you
Tap [OK] to confirm the setting.
Charge the built-in battery
Note
•• The USB connector of the camcorder is primarily
intended for charging and mass storage purposes.
•• You can also connect the USB connector of the
camcorder to another device (for example, a TV, DVD/
Blu-ray player or Home cinema set) for media play. In
this case, make sure that the device supports the H.264
file format.
•• Not all devices that support H.264 file format can
play media files in the camcorder through direct USB
connection.
•• Rechargeable batteries have a limited number of charge
cycles. Battery life and number of charge cycles vary by
use and settings.
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Press
at the bottom of the camcorder
to eject the USB connector.
PRESS
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Wait until the status indicator stops
flashing and turns to green steadily.
»» The built-in battery is fully charged.
Tip
•• The camcorder is fully charged for first-time use.
•• It takes about 3.5 hours to fully charge the built-in
battery via the PC.
You can also charge the camcorder via a USB
adaptor (not supplied) connected to mains
power. The charge time is about 2 hours.
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4 Use your
camcorder
Record video
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Adjust the swivel touch screen to an
appropriate position.
Take pictures
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Switch the mode switch button to
.
»» The file size and remaining number
of pictures that can be taken are
displayed on the swivel touch screen.
Hold the camcorder steadily and aim the
lens as needed.
Press T/W to zoom in/out if necessary.
Press the shutter button down halfway to
adjust the focus.
Press the shutter button down completely
to take a picture.
»» [Picture saved!] is displayed briefly.
Play
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Switch the mode switch button to
.
»» The selected resolution and remaining
recording time are displayed on the
swivel touch screen.
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Hold the camcorder steadily and aim the
lens as needed.
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Press the shutter button to start recording.
»» A red time indicator is displayed on
the display panel.
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»» The status indicator on the shutter
button starts flashing in red.
In viewfinder mode, tap on the swivel
touch screen to enter play mode.
»» The last recorded media is played
automatically.
Swipe to the left/rights to select a picture
or video clip for play.
If the selected file is a video clip, tap in
the middle of the screen to start play.
• To pause play, tap any place of the
swivel touch screen.
Press T/W to zoom in/out if necessary.
Preview
Press the shutter button again to end
recording.
»» [Recording saved!] is displayed briefly.
•
In play mode, tap
.
»» The thumbnails of 9 files are displayed
on each page.
• To select a file, tap the file directly.
• Tap / to view the previous/next
page.
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Delete a file
Play tagged files
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In play mode, swipe to the left/right on the
swivel touch screen to to select a file.
Tap to enter the window for deletion
confirmation.
Tap [Yes] to confirm the deletion
operation.
»» [Deleted!] is displayed briefly.
• To exit the operation, tap [No].
You can also delete files in batches.
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During preview, tap .
»» A small square box is displayed at the
bottom right corner of each file.
Tap a square box to select the file.
»» A check mark is displayed in the
square box.
Repeat step 2 to select more files.
Tap [Confirm] to confirm deletion of all
the selected files.
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Tap the left ruler and move to the right to
set the starting point you want.
Tap
to tag the file.
• To untag the file, tap
again.
Repeat steps 1 to 2 to tag more files.
You can also tag files during preview.
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During preview, tap .
»» A small square box is displayed at the
bottom right corner of each file.
Tap a square box to tag the file.
»» A check mark is displayed in the
square box.
• To untag the file, tap
again.
Repeat steps 1 to 2 to tag more files.
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Tap an option to highlight it, then tap [Yes]
for confirmation.
Menu option
[Play all]
[Play tagged]
[Quick
impression]
[Clear all tags]
Description
Play all files.
Play tagged files only.
Play excerpts of tagged files.
Untag all files.
Trim a video clip
Note
•• Only video files not recorded with 'Dual recording' can
be edited (trimmed) on the camcorder.
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Tag a file
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During preview, tap
again.
»» A tag operation menu is displayed.
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In play mode, swipe to the left/right on the
swivel touch screen to select a recorded
video clip.
Tap
to enter the trim window.
»» A bar for video trimming is displayed
at the top of the window.
Tap the left ruler and move to the right to
set the starting point you want.
Tap the right ruler and move to the left to
set the starting point you want.
Tap [Preview] to preview the edited video
clip.
After confirmation, tap[Save] to save the
edited video clip as a new file.
Zoom in a picture
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In play mode, swipe to the left/right on the
swivel touch screen to select a picture.
Press T to zoom in the picture.
Tap the screen to pan through the
enlarged picture.
• To return to normal view, press W.
Adjust volume level during video play
•
During video play, press T/W.
Settings
menu option
[Dual
recording]
[Date]
[Time]
[Autoplay]
[Capture
sound]
[Language]
Adjust settings
[Stabilizer]
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[Pre-record]
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In viewfinder mode, tap to show the
system setting menu.
Tap [Settings] to enter the settings submenu.
Tap
/
to find an item.
[Format SD
card]
[TV system]
Tap the item to show the options available.
Tap the option you prefer.
Tap [OK] to confirm the selection.
[F/S Detect]
Description
Record full HD and
compressed QVGA videos at
the same time.
Set the date.
Set the time.
Start automatic play when the
camcorder is connected to a
PC.
Turn on/off the capture sound.
Select your desired menu
language.
Improve blurry images caused
by camera shake.
Enable/disable 3-second prerecord mode.
Clear contents from the micro
SD card.
Change this setting if the
output video does not appear
correctly on your TV.
Enable/disable face smile
detection.
Tap x to hide the system setting menu.
Settings
menu option
[Flash]
[Resolution]
[Photo Size]
[Scene]
Description
Select a flashlight mode: [On],
[Off] or [Auto].
Select a video resolution: [Full
HD] (for best video quality),
[Sports HD] (for filming of fast
moving objects), or [Standard]
(for reduced video file size).
Select the size of the photos to
be saved (the higher the photo
size, the higher the resolution).
Select an automatic exposure
mode that matches your shot
for easy shooting.
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5 Use more of
your camcorder
Note
•• The software supplied only works on PCs that operate
Microsoft® Windows® XP, Vista and Windows 7.
•• When you connect the camcorder to a Mac, use the
iMovie software to import and edit your pictures/
videos directly.
View video or pictures on TV
SOURCE
TV
Install the camcorder software
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Connect an HDMI cable (not supplied) to:
• the HDMI socket on the camcorder
(requiring a mini HDMI connector)
• the HDMI input socket on an HDTV
»» An inquiry box for output mode
selection is displayed.
Connect the camcorder to a PC (see 'Get
started' > 'Charge the built-in battery').
If the software does not install
automatically, find and click the Setup icon
at My Computer\CAM300.
Follow the on-screen instructions to finish
installation of the software.
Install and use the camcorder
software
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To output the exact camcorder display
with menu options to the TV screen, tap
[TV] on the swivel touch screen.
• To output the camcorder display
without menu options to the TV
screen, tap [Live CAM] on the swivel
touch screen.
On your PC, click Start\(All) Programs\
ArcSoft MediaImpression HD Edition.
»» The main screen of the software is
displayed.
On the camcorder, select a file and start
play.
Install and use the camcorder
software
With the software (ArcSoft MediaImpression
HD Edition) available in the internal memory
of the camcorder, you can import, edit, archive
or upload your pictures/videos to the Internet
easily.
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Click an option to select the corresponding
operation.
Follow the on-screen instructions to
complete the operation.
Transfer video/pictures to a PC/Mac
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Connect the camcorder to a PC/Mac
(see 'Get started' > 'Charge the built-in
battery').
»» It may take some time for the PC/Mac
to recognize the camcorder.
Find your video/pictures at My
Computer\CAM300\DCIM\100MEDIA
or My Computer\CAM300 SD\
DCIM\100MEDIA.
Copy any video/pictures you want to your
designated folder in the PC/Mac.
Tip
•• You can also import the video/picture files with the
camcorder software (for PC) or iMovie (for Mac).
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6Technical
specifications
Product information is subject to change
without prior notice.
Image sensor
Operation
modes
Lens (focusing)
Focus mode
Focus range
Aperture
Digital zoom
Exposure
control
Exposure
compensation
White balance
Auto power off
Memory
Shutter type
Shutter speed
Picture file
format
Video
compression
format
Video
resolution
Audio file
format
Battery
PC interface
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1/3.2" 8MP CMOS sensor
Movie record, picture record
Auto focus f=4.76mm
Auto focus
0.1m to Infinity
F2.8
5X
Auto
-2.0~2.0EV
Auto
3 minutes
64MB (512Mbit) DDR2 +
128MB SLC (96MB for AP)
+ Micro-SD card Slot
Electronic
1/2~1/4000 second
JPEG
*.MP4 (H.264 )
Full HD (1080p 30) 1920
X1080 (30fps)
Sports HD (720p 60)
1280X720 (60fps)
VGA (4:3) 640X480 (30fps)
AAC
1100mAh Li-ion (builtin); *120-minute battery
life time based on 720P
recording
Mini USB 2.0 port
System support
TV out
Power rating
Weight
Dimensions
(W x H x D)
Windows XP/Vista/
Windows 7, Mac
(mass storage only )
NTSC/PAL selectable, Mini
HDMI (type C)
DC 5V, 500mA
0.06kg
54 x 110 x 21.5 mm
Note
•• *Rechargeable batteries have a limited number of
charge cycles. Battery life and number of charge cycles
vary by use and settings.
7Frequently
asked questions
(FAQ)
Why is there no response when I use the
camcorder?
•• The camcorder is in power-off mode. Turn
on the camcorder (see 'Get started' >
'Turn on').
•• The built-in battery may be drained.
Charge the battery (see 'Get started' >
'Charge the built-in battery').
Why is [Memory full!] displayed when I try to
record?
•• Ensure that the Micro SD card has been
inserted correctly (see 'Get started' >
'Load the Micro SD card').
•• The memory is used up. Save your video/
pictures to a computer (see 'Use more of
your camcorder' > 'Transfer video/pictures
to a PC/Mac'). Then delete files from your
camcorder or clear the memory.
How much memory is needed for 1 hour of
Full HD recording?
•• The camcorder uses 4GB on average
for 1 hour of Full HD video. For a more
complex video recording (e.g. with lots of
motions in the video, or a lot of panning),
the camcorder will use more memory. This
is done to maintain the video quality, but
will increase the usage of memory.
Why do I have no access to folders on the
camcorder from my computer?
•• Ensure that the USB connection is correct.
•• The camcorder turns off automatically
15 minutes after it is connected to a
computer. You can press
to turn it on
again.
Why do my video/pictures look blurry?
•• Hold the camcorder steady in your hands
during shooting.
•• During video capture, do not move the
camcorder too fast.
•• Use a tripod (not supplied) if necessary.
Why do my video/pictures look distorted on a
TV screen?
•• Select the correct TV system.
How do I charge the camcorder?
•• You can charge the camcorder via the USB
pop-out connector. When you connect
it to your PC/laptop it will automatically
charge. You can also plug the camcorder via
the pop-out USB into a USB charger.
How long do I have to charge the camcorder?
•• The camcorder is fully charged for first
usage. The camcorder charge time when
connected to your PC/laptop is 3.5 hours.
When you charge it via USB adaptor, the
charge time is 2 hours.
Where can I find an adaptor for CAM 300 to
charge the battery?
• CAM300 can be charged via regular
USB adaptors, which are readily available
in electronic stores. The CAM300 is
compliant to the iPhone 4 adapter.
Camcorder stopped responding?
•• In the unlikely event that your camcorder
stops responding, you can manually reset
it. The reset button is located under the
HDMI cover. There you see a small opening
above the HDMI connection. Please use
a small prying object (like a pen) to insert
and press gently for resetting. After you
have reset the camcorder, please turn on
the camcorder again, and set-up will start
again.
Why does the camcorder sometimes not
record the right color?
•• To record both indoors and outdoors,
and not having to change any settings,
the camcorder has an automatic whitebalance correction. This enables you to
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record both indoors and outdoors where
the amount of light in the environment
changes. If you move fast from outdoors to
indoors, the camcorder might need some
time to correct that, and in extreme cases
the colors might seem a bit unnatural.
However, after a few seconds this will be
corrected automatically by the camcorder.
How do I connect it to a Windows PC/laptop?
•• Connect the camcorder to your PC/laptop
via USB. The USB pop-out connector is
strong enough to support the camcorder
when it is plugged into the PC’s USB port.
For easy sharing and editing, install the
software program (Media Impression HD)
that comes with the camcorder.
How do I connect it to a Mac?
•• The camcorder works with the Mac
via USB. The USB pop-out connector is
strong enough to support the camcorder
when it is plugged into the USB port. The
camcorder works great with the iMovie
software, which is part of the iLife package
that comes with your Mac. To transfer
videos using iMovie, simply connect the
camcorder to your Mac via USB, launch
iMovie and start importing by clicking the
camcorder icon. Select ‘Use original quality’
to ensure the best quality, and to maintain
file sizes at an optimum.
Can I connect the camcorder directly to TV,
DVD/Blu-ray player or Home Cinema set via
their USB-port?
•• The USB plug is designed to share your
videos/pictures to your PC or Laptop. You
can plug the CAM300 directly into your
TV, DVD/Blu-ray player or Home cinema
set (called the host from this point on), and
it will play the pictures that are stored on
the CAM300. To play the videos from the
CAM300, it depends if your host supports
the file format H.264 of the CAM300.
Most Blu-ray enabled players are able to
play this format.
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What is Advanced Anti-shake?
• Advanced anti-shake lets you take great
videos that you will always be proud to
share. Steady and undistorted videos are
ensured by gyro sensors that are armed
with advanced algorithms. The sensors take
measurements of the distance between
the ground and the camera lens, and
make the necessary corrections whenever
the camcorder wobbles. This advanced
technology gives you blur-free pictures
every time, letting you capture the best
moments in life in amazing videos.
How do I play my videos on TV?
•• To play back on TV, please use an HDMI
connector (mini HDMI to standard HDMI)
if your TV accepts HDMI input, or use the
video-out cable provided.
Why is there no lens cover?
•• The camcorder comes without a lens
cover, keeping it simple to use and fussfree. It is made of robust material that
doesn't scratch under normal usage. A
travel pouch and a lens cloth are provided,
allowing you to keep the camcorder clean.
What format does the camcorder record in?
•• The camcorder uses the same video
format as Blu-ray players and discs – H.264.
This highly sophisticated format delivers
superb HD picture quality.
What does pre-record mean that is in the
setting?
•• The pre-record button is designed to
let you never miss a moment. When
you enable the pre-record function, the
camcorder will record video 3 seconds
before you have pressed the record
button. So when you play-back the
recorded film, you will automatically
see the first 3 seconds before you have
pressed the record button. This can be
useful when filming unexpected moments.
The pre-record function will not drain
battery life, it will operate as normal.
Some video files cannot be edited. Why is
that?
•• Video files recorded with dual recording
cannot be edited. To edit video files on the
camcorder, set [Dual recording] to [Off]
before you record video (see 'Use your
camcorder' > 'Adjust settings').
Tips on video making
•• You can easily look back on fun moments
and relive them with the camcorder. To
enjoy these memories to the fullest, here
are some simple video tips:
• When capturing videos, hold your
camcorder steady in your hand
• Don't move too fast when panning (i.e.
moving the camera horizontally) as it
will be hard to follow what is captured
when you review the video
• Try shooting from different angles – for
example, from the side, from the front,
or even from below. You can easily join
the different video segments together
with the PC software included
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