Samsung | SMX-F70SP | Samsung SMX-F70SP User Manual

User Manual
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Before reading this user manual
SAFETY WARNINGS
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON USE
What the icons and signs in this user manual mean;
Safety Icon
Meaning
There is a potential risk of death or serious injury.
WARNING
CAUTION
There is a potential risk of personal injury or damage to the
product.
To reduce the risk of fire, explosion, electric shock, or personal
injury when using your camcorder, follow these basic safety
precautions.
Here are hints or page number references you will find helpful
when you operate the camcorder.
Settings required before using a function.
These warning signs are here to prevent injury to you and others.
Please follow them explicitly. After reading this section, keep it in a
safe place for future reference.
PRECAUTIONS
Warning!
• When using the AC power adaptor with your camcorder, connect the
adaptor to an outlet with protective grounding.
• Do not expose the camcorder battery to direct sunlight, heaters,
radiators, fire, or any source of excessive heat.
About this user manual
Thank you for purchasing this Samsung Camcorder. Please read
this user manual carefully before you use the camcorder and keep
it handy for future reference. Should your camcorder fail to operate
correctly, refer to Troubleshooting. ¬pages 87~96
This User Manual covers models SMX-F70 and SMX-F700.
• Illustrations of model SMX-F70 are used in this user manual.
• The displays in this user manual may not be exactly the same as
those you see on the LCD screen.
• Designs and specifications of the camcorder and other
accessories are subject to change without any notice.
• Before use, read ‘Safety information’ carefully and then use the
product properly.
• Samsung is not responsible for any injury or damage caused by
not following the user manual.
• In this manual, a ‘memory card (card)’ means a SD, SDHC, or
SDXC.
• In this user manual’s function description tables, the icon shown
in the on-screen display column will appear on the screen when
you set the corresponding function.
Ex) 720X576/50p (16:9) - Video Resolution Submenu item
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Item
Caution
If you replace the battery with the wrong battery, you can cause an
explosion. Replace only with the same battery or an equivalent type.
2
To disconnect the apparatus from the mains, the plug must be pulled out
from the mains socket, therefore the mains plug shall be readily operable.
720X576/50p
(16:9)
Use
On-screen
display
Records in 720x576 (50p) resolution
with 16:9 aspect ratio.
If you set 720X576/50p (16:9), the corresponding icon (
appear on the screen.
) will
Before reading this user manual
The following terms are used in this manual:
• ‘Scene’ refers to the point where you press the [Recording
start/stop] button to start recording until you press again to stop
recording.
• The terms ‘photo’ and ‘still image’ are used interchangeably with
the same meaning.
Before using this camcorder
• This camcorder records video in H.264 (MPEG4/AVC) format.
• You can play back and edit the video recorded by the
camcorder on a personal computer using the internal
software of this camcorder.
• Please note that this camcorder is not compatible with other
digital video formats.
• Before recording important video, make a trial recording.
Play back your trial recording to make sure the video and audio
have been recorded properly.
• Recorded contents may be lost due to a mistake when handling
this camcorder or memory card, etc. Samsung will not provide
compensation for damages due to the loss of recorded contents.
• Make a backup of important recorded data.
Protect your important recorded data by copying the files to
a PC. We also recommend you copy it from your PC to other
recording media for storage. Refer to the software installation and
USB connection guide.
• Copyrights: Please note that this camcorder is intended for
individual use only.
Data recorded on the storage media in this camcorder using
other digital/analogue media or devices is protected by the
Copyright Act and cannot be used without permission of the
owner of the copyright, except for personal enjoyment. Even if
you record an event such as a show, performance, or exhibition
for personal enjoyment, we strongly recommend that you obtain
permission beforehand.
• For Open Source licences information, refer to the ‘Opensource-F70.pdf’ in the provided CD-ROM.
Notes regarding trademarks
• All the trade names and registered trademarks mentioned in this
manual or other documentation provided with your Samsung
product are trademarks or registered trademarks of their
respective holders. Furthermore, ‘TM’ and ‘®’ are not mentioned in
each case in this manual.
• SD, SDHC and SDXC logos are trademarks of SD-3C, LLC.
• Microsoft®, Windows®, Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, and DirectX® are either registered trademarks or trademarks of
the Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other
countries.
• Intel®, Core™, Core 2 Duo®, and Pentium® are the registered
trademarks or trademarks of the Intel Corporation in the United
States and other countries.
• AMD and Athlon™ are either registered trademarks or
trademarks of AMD in the United States and other countries.
• Macintosh, Mac OS are either registered trademarks or
trademarks of Apple Inc. in the United States and/or other
countries.
• YouTube is a trademark of Google Inc.
• Flickr is a trademark of Yahoo.
• Facebook is a trademark of Facebook Inc.
• Twitter is a trademark of Twitter Inc.
• Picasa is a trademark of Google Inc.
• Adobe, the Adobe logo, and Adobe Acrobat are either registered
trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the
United States and/or other countries.
• HDMI, the HDMI logo and the term
“High Definition Multimedia Interface”
are trademarks or registered
trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.
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Safety information
The safety precautions illustrated below are to prevent personal injury or material damages. Heed all instructions carefully.
WARNING
Means that there is a potential
risk of serious personal injury.
Prohibited action.
Do not touch the product.
CAUTION
Means that there is a potential
risk of personal injury or damage
to the product.
Do not disassemble the product.
Unplug from the power supply.
This precaution must be
followed.
WARNING
Using the camcorder at temperatures
over 60˚C(140˚F) may result in
fire. Keeping the battery at a high
temperature may cause an explosion.
Do not allow water or metal and
inflammable matter to enter the
camcorder or power adaptor. Doing
so may pose a fire hazard.
No sand or dust! Fine sand or dust
entering the camcorder or power
adaptor could cause malfunctions or
defects.
Do not aim the camcorder directly
into the sun. Doing so could cause
eye injuries, as well as lead to
malfunctioning of internal parts of the
product.
Do not bend the USB cable or damage
the power adaptor by pressing on it
with a heavy object. There may be a
risk of fire or electric shock.
Do not disconnect the adaptor by
pulling on its USB cable, as this could
damage the cable.
OI
L
Do not overload outlets or extension
cords as this may result in abnormal
heat or fire.
No oil! Oil entering the camcorder or
power adaptor could cause electric
shock, malfunctions or defects.
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Safety information
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Do not use the power adaptor if it
has damaged, split or broken cords
or wires. Doing so may cause fire or
electric shock.
Do not connect the power adaptor
unless the plug can be fully inserted
with no part of the blades exposed.
Do not dispose of battery in a fire as it
may explode.
Never use cleaning fluid or similar
chemicals to clean the camcorder.
Do not spray cleaners directly on the
camcorder.
Keep the camcorder away from water
when using it near the beach or pool
or when it rains. There is a risk of
malfunction or electric shock.
Keep the used lithium battery or
memory card out of the reach of
children. If the lithium battery or
memory card is swallowed by a child,
consult physician immediately.
Do not plug or unplug the power
adaptor with wet hands. There is a risk
of electric shock.
Keep the power adaptor unplugged
when not in use or during lightning
storms. There is a risk of fire.
When cleaning the power adaptor,
unplug the power adaptor. There is a
risk of malfunction or electric shock.
If the camcorder emits an abnormal
sound or smell, or smokes, unplug
the power adaptor immediately and
request service from a Samsung
service centre. There is a risk of fire or
personal injury.
If the camcorder malfunctions,
immediately detach the power adaptor
or battery from the camcorder.
There is a risk of fire or injury.
Do not attempt to disassemble, repair,
or modify the camcorder or the power
adaptor to avoid a risk of fire or electric
shock.
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Safety information
CAUTION
Do not drop or expose the camcorder,
battery, power adaptor or other
accessories to severe vibrations or
impact. This may cause a malfunction or
injury.
Do not use the camcorder on a tripod
(not supplied) in a place where it is
subject to severe vibrations or impact.
Do not use the camcorder near direct
sunlight or heating equipment. This may
cause a malfunction or injury.
Do not leave the camcorder in a closed
vehicle for a long time where the
temperature is very high.
Do not expose the camcorder to soot
or steam. Thick soot or steam could
damage the camcorder case or cause a
malfunction.
Do not use the camcorder near dense
exhaust gas generated by gasoline or
diesel engines, or corrosive gas such
as hydrogen sulphide. Doing so may
corrode the external or internal terminals,
disabling normal operation.
Do not expose the camcorder to
insecticide. Insecticide entering the
camcorder could cause the product
to fail to operate normally. Turn the
camcorder off and cover it with vinyl
sheet, etc. before using insecticide.
Do not expose the camcorder to sudden
changes in temperature or high humidity.
There is also a risk of defect or electric
shock when using outdoors during
lightning storms.
Do not place the camcorder down on
the open LCD screen.
Do not wipe the camcorder body with
benzene or thinner. The exterior coating
could peel off or the case surface could
deteriorate.
Do not leave the LCD screen open when
not using the camcorder.
ICIDE
INSECT
Do not press the surface of the LCD
with force, or hit it with a sharp object.
If you push the LCD surface, display
unevenness may occur.
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Safety information
Do not hold the camcorder by the LCD
screen when lifting it. The LCD screen
could detach and the camcorder may
fall.
Do not use the camcorder near a TV or
radio. Interference from the camcorder
could cause noise on the TV or in the
radio broadcast.
Do not use the camcorder near
sources of strong radio waves or
magnetic fields such as speakers
and large motors. Noise from these
sources could distort the video or
audio you are recording.
Use Samsung-approved accessories
only. Using products from other
manufacturers may cause overheating,
fire, explosion, electric shock or
personal injuries caused by abnormal
operation.
Place the camcorder on a stable
surface that is well ventilated.
Keep important data separately.
Samsung is not responsible for data
loss.
Only plug the power adaptor plug into
a socket that is easily accessible. If any
problem occurs with the product, you
must pull the plug out of the socket
to disconnect the power completely.
Turning off the power button on the
product does not completely.
Other manufacturers of optional
accessories compatible with this
camcorder are responsible for their
own products. Use the optional
accessories according to the safety
instructions. Samsung is not
responsible for any malfunction, risk of
fire, electric shock, or damages
caused by using unauthorised
accessories.
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Contents
Before reading this user manual ....................... 2
SAFETY WARNINGS ..................................................................... 2
PRECAUTIONS ............................................................................. 2
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON USE ........................................... 2
Safety information ............................................ 4
Quick start guide ........................................... 10
Getting to know the camcorder ...................... 13
WHAT'S INCLUDED WITH YOUR CAMCORDER ........................ 13
LOCATION OF CONTROLS......................................................... 14
IDENTIFIYING THE SCREEN DISPLAYS ...................................... 16
Getting started .............................................. 19
INSERTING/EJECTING THE BATTERY........................................ 19
CHARGING THE BATTERY ......................................................... 20
CHECKING THE BATTERY STATE .............................................. 21
Basic operation of the camcorder ................... 24
TURNING YOUR CAMCORDER ON/OFF .................................... 24
SWITCHING TO THE POWER SAVING MODE ............................ 24
SETTING THE DATE/TIME FOR THE FIRST TIME........................ 25
SETTING THE OPERATION MODES ........................................... 26
SWITCHING THE INFORMATION DISPLAY MODE ..................... 26
USING THE SHORTCUT MENU (OK GUIDE) ............................... 27
SELECTING THE LANGUAGES ................................................... 29
Getting ready to start recording ...................... 30
8
INSERTING AND EJECTING A MEMORY CARD (NOT SUPPLIED).. 30
SELECTING A SUITABLE MEMORY CARD (NOT SUPPLIED) ..... 31
RECORDABLE TIME AND CAPACITY ......................................... 33
ATTACHING THE STRAP ............................................................ 34
ADJUSTING THE LCD SCREEN .................................................. 34
Basic recording ............................................. 35
RECORDING VIDEOS.................................................................. 35
RECORDING PAUSE/RESUME .................................................. 36
CAPTURING PHOTOS DURING VIDEO RECORDING ................. 37
RECORDING PHOTOS................................................................ 38
RECORDING WITH EASE FOR BEGINNERS (SMART AUTO)...... 39
ZOOMING IN/OUT....................................................................... 40
USING THE BACK LIGHT BUTTON............................................. 41
Basic playback .............................................. 42
CHANGING THE PLAYBACK MODE ........................................... 42
PLAYING BACK VIDEOS ............................................................. 43
USING THE SMART BGM FUNCTION ......................................... 45
CAPTURING PHOTOS WHILE PLAYING BACK VIDEO ............... 45
VIEWING PHOTOS ...................................................................... 46
ZOOMING DURING PHOTO PLAYBACK..................................... 47
Using the menu items .................................... 48
HANDLING MENUS .................................................................... 48
MENU ITEMS .............................................................................. 49
Advanced recording ...................................... 51
iSCENE ....................................................................................... 51
Video Resolution.......................................................................... 52
Photo Resolution ......................................................................... 53
White Balance ............................................................................. 53
Face Detection ............................................................................ 55
EV (Exposure Value) .................................................................... 56
C.Nite .......................................................................................... 57
Contents
Focus .......................................................................................... 57
Anti-Shake(HDIS) ......................................................................... 59
Digital Special Effect .................................................................... 60
Zoom Type .................................................................................. 61
Cont. Shot ................................................................................... 62
Time Lapse REC ......................................................................... 63
Guideline ..................................................................................... 65
Advanced playback ....................................... 66
Thumbnail View Option ................................................................ 66
PlayOption .................................................................................. 67
Smart BGM Option ...................................................................... 67
Delete .......................................................................................... 68
Protect ........................................................................................ 69
Slide Show .................................................................................. 70
File Info ........................................................................................ 70
Other settings................................................ 71
Storage Info ................................................................................. 71
File No. ........................................................................................ 71
Date/Time Set ............................................................................. 72
Date/Time Display ....................................................................... 72
LCD Brightness ........................................................................... 73
Auto LCD Off ............................................................................... 73
Beep Sound ................................................................................ 74
Shutter Sound ............................................................................. 74
Auto Power Off ............................................................................ 75
PC Software ................................................................................ 75
Format......................................................................................... 76
Default Set................................................................................... 76
Language .................................................................................... 76
Connecting to a TV ........................................ 77
CONNECTING TO A TV (16:9/4:3)............................................... 77
VIEWING ON A TV SCREEN........................................................ 78
Dubbing videos ............................................. 79
DUBBING TO VCR OR DVD/HDD RECORDERS ......................... 79
Using with a windows computer ..................... 80
WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH A WINDOWS COMPUTER ............... 80
USING THE Intelli-studio PROGRAMME ...................................... 81
USING AS A REMOVABLE STORAGE DEVICE ........................... 85
Troubleshooting............................................. 87
WARNING INDICATORS AND MESSAGES ................................. 87
SYMPTOMS AND SOLUTIONS ................................................... 90
Maintenance & additional information .............. 97
MAINTENANCE ........................................................................... 97
USING YOUR CAMCORDER ABROAD ....................................... 98
GLOSSARY ................................................................................. 99
Specifications .............................................. 100
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Quick start guide
This quick start guide introduces the basic operation and features of your camcorder. See the reference pages for more information.
STEP 1: Get ready
STEP 2: Record videos and photos
1
Insert the battery into the battery slot. ¬page 19
1
Open the LCD screen and press the [Power ( )] button to turn
on the camcorder.
• Set the [Lens cover open/close] switch to open ( ).
¬page 15
2
Charge the battery fully. ¬page 20
2
3
Insert a memory card. ¬page 30
To record videos, press the [Recording start/stop] button or,
to record photos, press the [PHOTO] button. ¬pages 35, 38
CAR
D
[Recording
start/stop]
button
CAR
D
[Recording
start/stop]
button
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Quick start guide
STEP 3: Play back videos or photos
Viewing on a TV
Viewing videos or photos on the LCD screen
You can enjoy detailed, brilliant quality videos on a connected TV.
¬pages 77~78
You can find recordings quickly by using the thumbnail view.
CARD
1
Press the [MODE] button to select the playback (
2
Select the video or photo thumbnail view by using the [Zoom]
lever.
3
Use the [Control (Up/Down/Left/Right)] button to select a
desired video or photo, and then press the [Control (OK)]
button.
) mode.
STEP 4: Save recorded videos / photos
Using the Intelli-studio programme built in to your camcorder, you
can import videos and photos into your computer and edit or share
the videos and photos with your friends and family. For details, see
pages 81~84.
Normal
0:00:55
Photo
1/10
Move
CARD
Play
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Quick start guide
Importing and viewing videos/photos from the
camcorder to your PC
1
2
Start the Intelli-studio programme by connecting the camcorder
to your PC with a USB cable.
• A new file saving screen appears with the Intelli-studio main
window. Click Yes, and the uploading procedure starts.
Any new files are saved to your PC and registered to
Contents Manager in the Intelli-studio programme.
• You can arrange the files by different criteria such as Face,
Date, Location, etc.
Contents Manager
Saved files into your PC
Sharing videos/photos on Web sites
Share your contents with the world by uploading photos and
videos directly to a web site with a single click.
Click the Share (
)  Upload tab on the browser. page 84
Intelli-studio runs automatically when you connect the
camcorder to a Windows computer (if you have set PC
Software: On).  page 75
STEP 5: Delete videos or photos
If the camcorder’s storage media is full, you cannot record new
videos or photos. Delete videos or photos you have saved to your
computer from the camcorder’s storage media. Then you can
record new videos or photos on newly freed up space.
[MODE] button  Playback (
Delete page 68
Folders directory on your PC
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3
Double-click the file you would like to play back.
) mode  [MENU] button 
Getting to know the camcorder
Checking your accessories
WHAT'S INCLUDED WITH YOUR
CAMCORDER
Your new camcorder comes with the following accessories. If any
of these items is missing from your box, call Samsung’s Customer
Care Centre.
Battery
Power adaptor
USB cable
Audio/Video cable
User manual CD
Quick start guide
Memory card
External battery charger
Optional accessories
Carrying case
Model name
Colour
Internal memory
Lens
SMX-F70BP
SMX-F700BP
Black
-
SMX-F70SP
SMX-F700SP
Sliver
-
52x (Optical),
65x (Intelli),
130x (Digital)
Although the models have some features that are different, they operate
in the same way.
• The exact appearance of each item may vary by model.
• The contents may vary depending on the sales region.
• You can purchase parts and accessories after consulting with your
local Samsung dealer. SAMSUNG is not responsible for reduced
battery life time or malfunctions caused by any unauthorised use of
accessories such as the power adaptor or the batteries.
• A memory card is not included. See page 31 for memory cards
compatible with your camcorder.
• Your camcorder includes the user manual CD and the printed quick
start guide.
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Getting to know the camcorder
LOCATION OF CONTROLS
Front & Left
1
8
9
10 11
12
1
Lens
2
MENU button
3
Control (Up/Down/Left/Right/OK) button /
Zoom (T/W) button
4
Recording start/stop button
5
LCD screen
6
Memory card/Jack cover
ⓐ USB jack ( )
ⓑ Memory card slot
ⓒ AV jack (AV)
ⓓ CHG (charging) indicator
7
Internal speaker
8
Display (
9
Recording pause/resume (
10
Back light (
11
SMART AUTO (
12
Power (
2
3
4
5
6
CA
RD
ⓐⓑⓒⓓ
14
7
) button
) button
) button / SMART BGM button
) button
) button
Getting to know the camcorder
Right/Top & Bottom
Rear
1
2
9
3
1
7
2
6
3
4
5
1
MODE button
2
Zoom lever (T/W)
3
8
1
Mode indicator
: Recording mode (Video/Photo)
: Playback mode
PHOTO button
2
Recording start/stop button
4
Strap
3
Battery slot
5
Strap hook
6
Lens cover open (
7
Internal microphone
8
Battery release switch (BATT.)
9
Tripod receptacle
) /close (
) switch
Be careful not to cover the internal microphone and lens during
recording.
15
Getting to know the camcorder
IDENTIFIYING THE SCREEN DISPLAYS
The available functions vary depending on the selected operation mode. Different indicators appear depending on the setting values.
• The On Screen Display (OSD) below appears when the camcorder is in the recording (
• Press the [MODE] button to select the recording (
) mode. ¬page 26
) mode only.
Video and Photo recording mode
STBY
0:00:00
1 Sec/ 24 Hr
[254Min]
Left of the LCD screen
Indicator
/
1/50
STBY / z /
/
+0.3
0:00:00 [254Min]
01/JAN/2011 00:00
•
•
•
•
•
•
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Right of the LCD screen
9999
This camcorder provides one combined
video and photo recording mode. You can
easily record videos or photos in the same
mode without having to change it.
The on-screen indicators are based on an 16GB
SDHC memory card capacity.
The settings of functions marked with do not
remain when the camcorder turns off.
For enhanced performance, the display
indications and the order are subject to change
without prior notice.
The total number of recordable photos is based
on the available space on the storage media.
The maximum number the photo counter can
display is 9,999.
/
Meaning
Meaning
Storage media (memory card)
Operating status (standby/
recording/pause/photo capturing)
Time counter (video recording
time, remaining recordable time)
Battery info.
(remaining battery level)
,
Photo Resolution, Video Resolution
iSCENE / Smart Auto
Anti-Shake(HDIS)
Time Lapse REC
Back light
White Balance
Manual focus
1/50
C.Nite
+0.3
EV (Exposure Value)
Zoom (optical zoom / intelli zoom
/ digital zoom)
Digital Special Effect
01/JAN/2011 00:00
Indicator
Recording mode (Video/Photo)
Date/Time Display
Continuous shot
Face Detection
Getting to know the camcorder
• The On Screen Display (OSD) below appears in the video playback (
) mode only.
• Press the [MODE] button to select the playback (
) mode. ¬page 26
Video playback mode: Thumbnail view
Top of the LCD screen
Normal
0:00:55
1/10
Indicator
Meaning
Video playback mode
Storage media (memory card)
Centre of the LCD screen
Indicator
0:00:55
Recorded time
1/10
Current video / total number of
recorded videos
Battery info
(remaining battery level)
Photo
Move
Play
Protect
Bottom of the LCD screen
Indicator
Meaning
Error file
Meaning
Scroll bar
Button guide
Video playback mode: Single view
Top of the LCD screen
0:00:00/0:00:55
Indicator
Meaning
Indicator
/ /
/
/ Playback status (playback/pause/
search/skip)
Time code (elapsed time /
0:00:00/0:00:55
recorded time)
Shortcut menu
/
Thumbnail View
100-0001
Storage media (memory card)
Battery info
(remaining battery level)
Bottom of the LCD screen
Indicator
Meaning
Button guide
PlayOption
Video Resolution
Meaning
Protect
Video playback mode
100-0001
File name (file number)
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Getting to know the camcorder
• This On Screen Display (OSD) below appears in the photo playback (
) mode only.
• Press the [MODE] button to select the playback (
) mode. ¬page 26
Photo playback mode: Thumbnail view
Top of the LCD screen
Normal
1/10
Indicator
Meaning
Photo playback mode
Centre of the LCD screen
Indicator
1/10
Storage media (memory card)
Battery info
(remaining battery level)
Movie
Move
Meaning
Current photo / total number of
recorded photos
Protect
Error file
Scroll bar
Play
Bottom of the LCD screen
Indicator
Meaning
Button guide
Photo playback mode: Single view
Top of the LCD screen
1/10
Indicator
1/10
Thumbnail View
100-0001
Meaning
Meaning
Photo playback mode
Protect
Slide Show
Shortcut menu
Current photo / total number of
recorded photos
Bottom of the LCD screen
Storage media (memory card)
Battery info
(remaining battery level)
18
Indicator
Photo Resolution
Indicator
Meaning
Button guide
100-0001
File name (file number)
Getting started
INSERTING/EJECTING THE BATTERY
To eject the battery
To insert the battery
Insert the battery into the battery slot until it softly clicks.
• Make sure that the SAMSUNG logo on the battery is facing you
when the camcorder is placed as shown in the figure.
1
Gently push the [Battery release (BATT.)] switch in the direction
shown in the figure to eject the battery.
2
Push down, and then lift the battery out in the direction shown in
the figure.
[Battery release (BATT.)] switch
•
•
•
•
Use only Samsung-approved batteries. Do not use batteries from other manufacturers. Otherwise, there is a danger of overheating, fire or explosion.
Samsung is not responsible for the problems caused by unapproved batteries.
Remove the battery from the camcorder when the camcorder is not in use.
We recommend you purchase one or more additional batteries to allow continuous use of your camcorder.
19
Getting started
CHARGING THE BATTERY
1
Insert the battery into the camcorder. ¬page 19
You can charge the battery with the USB cable and power adaptor.
2
Open the jack cover of the camcorder.
3
Charge the battery using the USB cable and power adaptor.
• The CHG (charge) indicator lights up and charging starts.
When the battery is fully charged, the charging (CHG)
indicator turns green. ¬page 21
Make sure that you use the supplied USB cable or power adapter
to charge the battery. If you use any other power adapter for the
camcorder, it will not work properly or the battery may not be
charged. It may also cause electric shock or result in fire.
To charge the battery with the power adaptor
• Charging the battery at low temperature may take longer or the
battery may not charge fully (green indicator will not turn on).
• Make sure that there are no foreign substances on the plug or in the
socket when you connect the power adaptor to the camcorder.
• When using the power adaptor, place it close to the wall outlet. If
you experience a malfunction while using the camcorder, separate
the power adaptor immediately from the wall outlet.
• Do not use the power adaptor in a tight space, such as between
furnishings.
• Make sure to turn off the camcorder before disconnecting the power
adaptor. Otherwise, you can damage the storage media or data.
CARD
To charge the battery by connecting to a PC
CARD
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• When recording indoors with a wall outlet available, it is convenient to use
the power adaptor instead of the battery.
• We recommend you charge the battery in a place with an ambient
temperature between 10°C and 30°C (50˚F and 86˚F).
• If the camcorder is turned on, the battery will still charge, but more
charging time will be needed. We recommend you keep the camcorder
turned off while it charges.
• You cannot operate the camcorder using USB power only. Use the
power adaptor or battery to power the camcorder.
• If you use the camcorder while you are charging the battery, charging
may take longer.
• An AC plug adaptor is required in some foreign countries. If you need
one, purchase it from your distributor.
Getting started
Battery level display
CHECKING THE BATTERY STATE
You can check the charging state and remaining battery capacity.
The battery level display shows the amount of battery power
remaining in the battery.
To check the charging state
The colour of the CHG lamp indicates the charging state.
STBY
[254Min]
9999
1/50
Battery Level
Indicator
CAR
D
State
Message
Fully charged
-
75%~50%
-
50%~25%
-
25%~5%
-
Charging (CHG) lamp
Charging
state
LED colour
Charging
(Orange)
Fully charged
(Green)
Error
(Orange blink)
-
less than 5%
-
Exhausted (flickers): The device will soon turn off.
Change the battery as soon as possible.
-
The device will be forced to turn off after 3 seconds.
Low
battery
The figures above are based on a fully charged battery at normal
temperature. Low ambient temperature may affect the use time.
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Getting started
Available charging and running time for the battery
Battery Type
IA-BP105R
IA-BP210R
To charge the battery with the power adaptor
approx. 160 min.
approx. 300 min.
To charge the battery by connecting to a PC
approx. 160 min.
approx. 300 min.
Charging time
Resolution
HD
SD
HD
SD
Continuous recording time
approx. 100 min.
approx. 80 min.
approx. 200 min.
approx. 160 min.
Playback time
approx. 200 min.
approx. 400 min.
• Charging time: Approximate time in minutes required to fully charge a completely exhausted battery.
• Recording/Playback time: Approximate time available when you have fully charged the battery.
• The time is only for reference. Times shown above are measured under Samsung’s test conditions. Your times may differ, depending on
your usage and conditions.
• The recording and playback times will be shorter when you use your camcorder in low temperatures.
• We recommend using the power adaptor when using the Time Lapse REC function.
Continuous Recording (without zoom)
The continuous recording time shows the available recording time
when you record without using any other function after recording
starts.
The battery may discharge 1.5 times faster than this reference if you
use the record start/stop, the zoom, and the playback functions.
Prepare additional batteries with the expectation that the actual
recording time is about 60% of the times listed above.
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Using an AC power source
We recommend that you use the power adaptor to power the
camcorder from a household AC outlet when recording and playing
back the camcorder indoors. The connection is the same as that for
battery charging. ¬page 20
• The charging time will vary depending on the amount of charge left in
the battery.
• Depending on your PC specifications, the charging time can be
prolonged.
Getting started
About the battery
• Battery properties
A lithium-ion battery is small-sized and has a high capacity. Low
ambient temperature (below 10ºC (50ºF)) may shorten its usage
time and affect its function. Before recording in low temperatures,
put the battery into your pocket to warm it, then install it in the
camcorder.
• Make sure to store the battery separately after use.
- A small amount of battery power is consumed when the
battery is stored in the camcorder even if the camcorder
power is off.
- The battery may be completely discharged, if it has been
installed and left in the camcorder for a long period of time.
If this occurs, the battery may not fully operate even if you
charge it.
- If the battery is not used for a long time, fully charge the
battery and then, using your camcorder, drain the charge
completely. Do this once every 3 months to keep the battery
functioning properly. To store the battery, remove it from your
camcorder and put it in a cool, dry place.
• Charge an extra battery before using the camcorder
outdoors in cold temperatures.
- The cold temperature may shorten the length of time you can
use the battery before needing to recharge it.
- Carry the supplied USB cable and power adaptor to charge
the battery while travelling.
• Check whether the battery terminal is damaged if the battery
falls or is dropped.
- If you install a battery with the damaged terminal into the
camcorder, you can damage the camcorder.
• Remove the battery and the memory card from the
camcorder and disconnect the power adaptor after use.
- Store the battery in a stable, cool and dry place.
(Recommended temperature : 15ºC~25ºC (59ºF~77ºF),
recommended humidity: 40%~60%)
- Temperatures that are too high or too low shorten the battery
lifetime.
- The battery terminals can become rusty or malfunction if the
battery is stored in a smoky or dusty location.
• Recycle or dispose of your dead batteries properly.
• The battery lifetime is limited.
- Battery capacity decreases over time and through repeated
use. If decreased usage time between charges becomes
significant, it is probably time to replace the battery with a new
one.
- Each battery’s life is affected by storage, and operating and
environmental conditions.
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Basic operation of the camcorder
TURNING YOUR CAMCORDER ON/OFF
SWITCHING TO THE POWER SAVING MODE
1
If you need to use camcorder for the extended time, the following
functions enable you to prevent unnecessary energy consumption.
2
Open the LCD screen and press the [Power ( )] button to turn
on the camcorder.
• Set the [Lens cover open/close] switch to open ( ).
To turn off the camcorder, press the [Power (
)] button.
Sleep mode
The camcorder switches to the sleep mode when the LCD screen
is closed, and then, if idle for more than 20 minutes, the camcorder
turns off. However, if Auto Power Off: 5 Min is set, the camcorder
turns off in 5 minutes.
If you open the LCD screen during sleep mode, the sleep mode
ends and the camcorder returns to the last operation mode used.
LCD screen is closed
<Sleep mode>
LCD screen
Power(
<Power off>
) button
The camcorder operates the self-diagnosis function when powered
on. If a warning message appears, refer to ‘warning indicators and
messages’ (¬pages 87~89) and take corrective action.
When using this camcorder for the first time
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After 20 minutes
When you use your camcorder for the first time or reset it, the Date/
Time Set screen appears at start-up.
Set the date and time. ¬page 25
• The power saving mode does not work in the following situations:
- While recording, playing back, or displaying a slide show.
- When the LCD screen is opened.
• The camcorder consumes less battery power in the power saving
mode. However, if you plan to use the camcorder for an extended
time, we recommend you turn off the camcorder by pressing the
[Power ( )] button when not using it.
Basic operation of the camcorder
SETTING THE DATE/TIME FOR THE FIRST
TIME
You can set the date and time of your local area when you turn on
this camcorder for the first time.
Internal rechargeable battery
• Your camcorder includes a internal rechargeable battery that retains the
date and time settings even after the power is turned off.
• Once this battery is depleted, the current date/time values are all reset
to defaults, and you need to recharge the internal rechargeable battery.
The date/time must be set again.
Charging the internal rechargeable battery
• The internal battery is always recharged while your camcorder is
connected to the power adaptor or while the battery is attached.
• If you do not connect the camcorder to power adaptor or do not attach
the battery for about 48 hours, the internal battery fully discharges. If
this occurs, charge the internal battery by connecting to the supplied
USB cable and power adaptor for 12 hours.
1
Open the LCD screen and press
the [Power ( )] button to turn on
the camcorder.
• The Date/Time Set screen
appears.
Date/Time Set
Day
Month
Year
Hr
Min
01
JAN
2011
00
00
Move
OK
2
Select the date and time
information, and change the setting values by using the [Control
(Up/Down/Left/Right)] button.
3
Make sure the clock is correctly set, and then press the [Control
(OK)] button.
• The year can be set up to 2037.
• Set Date/Time Display to On. ¬page 72
• After setting, the date and time are automatically recorded on a
special data area of the storage media.
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Basic operation of the camcorder
SETTING THE OPERATION MODES
You can switch the operation mode in the following order each time
you press the [MODE] button.
) Q Playback mode ( )
Recording mode (
• Each time the operation mode changes, the respective mode
indicator light turns on.
Mode
Indicator
Functions
SWITCHING THE INFORMATION DISPLAY
MODE
You can switch the on-screen information display mode.
Press the [Display (
)] button.
• The full and minimum display modes will alternate.
STBY
[254Min]
STBY
9999
Recording
mode
To record videos or photos.
Playback
mode
To play back videos or photos.
1/50
This camcorder provides one recording mode for both video and photo
recordings. You can easily record videos or photos in the same mode
without having to switch modes.
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<Full display mode>
<Minimum display mode>
• Warning indicators and messages may appear depending on the
recording conditions.
• In the menu screen, the [Display (
)] button will be deactivated.
Basic operation of the camcorder
USING THE SHORTCUT MENU (OK GUIDE)
2
The shortcut menu (OK guide) represents the most frequently
accessed functions for the selected mode. Pressing the [Control
(OK)] button will display the shortcut menu of frequently used
functions on the LCD screen.
An example: Setting EV (Exposure Value) in the recording mode
using the shortcut menu (OK guide).
3
Press the [Control (Left)] button to
select EV function.
• Press the [Control (Left/Right)]
button to adjust the exposure
while viewing the image on the
LCD screen.
Press the [Control (OK)] button to
confirm your selection.
• Press the [Control (OK)] button
to exit the shortcut menu.
• The exposure value setting is
applied and the indicator ( )
and setting value appear.
STBY
[254Min]
9999
EV
0.0
STBY
[254Min]
9999
1/50
+1.0
• The shortcut menu (OK guide) cannot be used in the SMART AUTO
mode.
• The example above shows how to set EV in the recording mode
using the shortcut menu. The setting procedure could be different for
other menu items.
• The shortcut menu appears briefly. The shortcut menu reappears
when you press the [Control (OK)] button.
1
Press the [Control (OK)] button in
STBY mode.
• The shortcut menu (OK guide)
appears.
STBY
[254Min]
9999
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Basic operation of the camcorder
SHORTCUT FUNCTION USING THE CONTROL BUTTONS
Button
Playback (
Recording (
) mode
Video playback (
) mode
) mode
Menu selection
Photo playback (
) mode
Confirms selection
OK
- Access the shortcut menu
- Confirm selection
- Exit the shortcut menu
- Access the shortcut menu
- Playback / Pause
- Access the shortcut menu
- Playback zoom
- iSCENE
- Zoom (tele)
Increases the volume
-
Moves the cursor up
- Focus
- Zoom (wide)
Decreases the volume
-
Moves the cursor
down
EV
- Search playback RPS (Reverse
Playback Search) rate:
x2→x4→x8→x16
- Previous skip playback
Previous image
Moves to the previous
menu
Face Detection
- Search playback FPS (Forward
Playback Search) rate:
x2→x4→x8→x16
- Next skip playback
Next image
Moves to the next
menu
UP
DOWN
LEFT
RIGHT
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Basic operation of the camcorder
SELECTING THE LANGUAGES
Submenu items
You can select a language to appears on the LCD screen.
1
2
3
4
Press the [MENU] button p
[Control (Left/Right)] button p
Settings.
English
STBY
Settings
Deutsch
Italiano
Español
Português
Nederlands
Svenska
Language
Exit
Suomi
Norsk
Dansk
STBY
Polski
Čeština
Slovensky
[254Min]
Settings
Press the [Control (Up/Down)]
button to select the desired OSD
language, and then press the
[Control (OK)] button.
Français
Format
Default Set
Press the [Control (Up/Down)]
button to select Language, and
then press the [Control (OK)]
button.
⦽ǎᨕ
[254Min]
Format
Default Set
English
⦽ǎᨕ
Français
Magyar
Română
Български
Ελληνικά
српски
Hrvatski
Українська
Русский
ѣᮽ
ᰛᵢ䃔
ไทย
Türkçe
Language
Exit
Press the [MENU] button to exit the menu.
• The OSD language appears in the selected language.
‫עברית‬
• Language options may be changed without prior notice.
• The selected language remains even without the battery.
• The date and time format may change depending on the language
you selected.
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Getting ready to start recording
INSERTING AND EJECTING A MEMORY CARD (NOT SUPPLIED)
CAR
D
CAR
D
To insert a memory card
To eject a memory card
1
Turn the camcorder off.
1
Turn the camcorder off.
2
Open the memory card cover as shown in the figure.
2
Open the memory card cover as shown in the figure.
3
Insert the memory card into the card slot until it softly clicks.
• Make sure that the camcorder is placed as shown above and
the terminal portion of the card is facing up.
3
Gently push the memory card to eject it.
4
Pull the memory card out of the memory card slot and close the
cover.
4
Close the cover.
• To avoid data loss, turn off the camcorder by pressing the [Power ( )] button before inserting or ejecting the memory card.
• Be careful not to push the memory card too hard. The memory card may suddenly pop out.
• If you eject the memory card from the camcorder while it keeps turning on, the camcorder turns off.
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Your camcorder supports only SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards.
Compatibility with this camcorder may vary depending on the card manufacturer and type.
Getting ready to start recording
SELECTING A SUITABLE MEMORY CARD
(NOT SUPPLIED)
Compatible memory cards
• You can use SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards with this camcorder.
We recommend you use an SDHC card. This camcorder
supports SD cards up to 2GB. We cannot guarantee normal
operation with SD cards bigger than 2GB.
• MMC (Multi Media Card) and MMC Plus are not supported.
• Compatible memory card capacity:
- SD: 1GB~2GB
- SDHC: 4GB~32GB
- SDXC: ~up to 64GB
Usable memory card (1GB~64GB)
Terminals
Protection tab
<SD>
<SDHC>
<SDXC>
• When you use unauthorised memory cards, the camcorder
cannot record videos correctly and your recordings may be lost.
• The memory cards released after this camcorder may not be
compatible with the camcorder.
• When the camcorder operates with 4MB/s (Class 4) or above
memory cards, it can be stable.
• SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards have a mechanical writeprotection switch. Setting the switch prevents accidental erasure
of files recorded on the card. To enable writing, move the switch
up in the direction of the terminals. To set write protection, move
the switch down.
• SDHC/SDXC cards are a higher version of SD memory cards and
support higher capacity than SD memory cards.
• SD cards can be used with current SD enabled host devices.
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Getting ready to start recording
Handling a memory card
• Damaged data may not be recoverable. We recommend you
make a back-up of important data separately on the hard disk of
your PC.
• Turning the power off or removing a memory card during an
operation such as formatting, deleting, recording, and playback
may cause data loss.
• If you modify the name of a file or folder stored in the memory
card with your PC, your camcorder may not recognise the
modified file.
• The memory card does not support any data recovery mode.
Therefore, care should be taken in case the memory card is
damaged while recording.
• Make sure to format the memory card on this camcorder. If
the memory card had been formatted by a PC or other device,
using it on this camcorder without formatting may find trouble
with recording and/or playback. Samsung is not responsible for
damage of recorded contents caused by such reasons.
• You have to format newly-purchased memory cards, memory
cards with data that your camcorder cannot recognise or with
data saved by other devices. Note that formatting erases all data
on the memory card and deleted data cannot be recovered.
• A memory card has a certain life span. If you cannot record new
data, you have to purchase a new memory card.
• Do not bend, drop, or subject the card to strong impacts.
• Do not place foreign substances on the memory card terminals.
Use a soft dry cloth to clean the terminals if required.
• Do not paste anything other than the label provided with the card
on the label pasting area of the card.
• Do not use a damaged memory card.
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• Be careful to keep the memory card out of the reach of children,
who might swallow it.
The camcorder supports SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory
cards, giving you a wider choice of cards!
The data storage speed of cards may differ, depending on the
manufacturer and production system.
• SLC (single level cell) system: faster write speed enabled.
• MLC (multi level cell) system: only lower write speed is
supported.
For best results, we recommend using a memory card that
supports a faster write speed.
Using a lower write speed memory card for recording video may
cause difficulties when storing.
You may even lose your video data during the recording. In an
attempt to preserve every bit of the recorded video on a low
speed card, the camcorder forcibly stores the video on the
memory card and displays a warning:
Low speed card. Please record at a lower resolution.
If you are unavoidably using a low speed memory card, the
resolution and quality of the recording may be lower than the
value you set. ¬page 52
The higher the video resolution and quality, the more memory the
camcorder uses.
• Samsung is not responsible for data loss due to misuse, including
loss caused by any PC virus.
• We recommend using a memory card case to avoid data loss that
can be caused by moving the card or by static electricity.
• After a period of use, the memory card may get warm. This is normal
and is not a malfunction.
Getting ready to start recording
RECORDABLE TIME AND CAPACITY
Recordable time available for video
Storage media capacity
Resolution
1GB
2GB
4GB
8GB
16GB 32GB 64GB
1280X720/25p
13
27
55
110
220
440
890
720X576/50p (16:9)
13
27
55
110
220
440
890
720X576/50p (4:3)
13
27
55
110
220
440
890
(Unit: Approximate minutes of recording)
Recordable number of photos
• The figures in the table may differ depending on the actual recording
conditions and subject.
• The higher the resolution, the more memory is used.
• Lower resolution increases the recording time, but the image quality
may suffer.
• The bit rate automatically adjusts to the recording image.
Accordingly, the recording time may vary.
• Memory cards bigger than 64GB may not operate normally.
• The recording length of a Time Lapse REC may vary depending on
settings.
• A memory card that is used to store a video can have un-writable
areas, which may result in reduced recording time and free memory
space.
• The maximum continuous recording time is under 20 minutes. The
maximum video file size is 1.8GB. When a video recording time is
more than 20 minutes or a video file exceeds 1.8GB, a new video file
is created automatically.
• The maximum number of recordable photo and video files is 9,999,
respectively.
• Resolutions marked with are the resolutions of photos to be
recorded when you set video resolution to 720X576/50p (4:3).
Storage media capacity
Resolution
1GB
2GB
4GB
8GB
16GB 32GB 64GB
1696x954 (16:9)
1,650 3,290 6,630 9,999 9,999 9,999 9,999
1280x720 (16:9)
2,270 4,550 9,160 9,999 9,999 9,999 9,999
1600x1200 (4:3)
1,520 3,030 6,110 9,999 9,999 9,999 9,999
800x600 (4:3)
2,990 5,970 9,999 9,999 9,999 9,999 9,999
(Unit: Approximate number of images)
1GB ⴊ 1,000,000,000 bytes : Actual formatted capacity may be
less as the internal firmware uses a portion of the memory.
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Getting ready to start recording
ATTACHING THE STRAP
ADJUSTING THE LCD SCREEN
Adjust the length of strap so that the camcorder is stable when you
press the [Recording start/stop] button with your thumb.
The wide LCD screen on your camcorder offers high quality image
viewing.
If you adjust the strap too tightly and use excessive force to insert your
hand, the strap hook of the camcorder may be damaged.
1
Open the LCD screen with your finger.
• The screen opens up to 90°.
2
Rotate the LCD screen towards the lens.
• You can rotate it up to 180° towards the lens and up to
90° backwards. To view recordings more conveniently, rotate
the screen by 180° towards the lens, and then fold it back to
the body.
Excessive rotation may damage the connective hinge between the
screen and the camcorder.
• When the LCD screen is rotated by 150°~180°, the left and right
sides of the subject are shown in reverse, which produces a
horizontally flipped image.
• Remove fingerprints or dust on the screen with a soft cloth.
• To adjust the LCD brightness, see page 73.
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Basic recording
RECORDING VIDEOS
1
Set the desired resolution before recording. ¬page 52
• Insert a memory card. ¬page 30
• Open the Lens cover by using the [Lens cover open/close]
switch. ¬page 15
• Press the [Power ( )] button to turn on the camcorder.
• Select the recording (
) mode by pressing the [MODE]
button. ¬page 26
This camcorder features two [Recording start/stop] buttons. One
is on the rear side of the camcorder and the other is on the LCD
screen. Select the one that works best for you.
Select a subject to record.
• Adjust the LCD screen to the
best angle for recording.
• Use the [Zoom] lever or [Zoom]
button to adjust the size of the
subject. ¬page 40
0:00:00
[254Min]
0005
1/50
2
Press the [Recording start/stop] button.
• The recording (z) indicator appears and recording starts.
3
To stop recording, press the [Recording start/stop] button
again.
• If power is interrupted or an error occurs during recording, the video
may not be recorded.
• Samsung is not responsible for any damage caused by a failure of
normal recording or playback operations caused by memory card
error.
• Note that damaged data cannot be recovered.
• Do not turn off the camcorder or remove the memory card while
accessing the storage media. Doing so may damage the storage
media or the data in the storage media.
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Basic recording
• For on-screen information display, see pages 16~18.
• For approximate recording times, see page 33.
• Eject the battery when you have finished recording to prevent
unnecessary battery power consumption.
• For various functions available when you record videos, see pages
51~65.
• During recording, some button operations are unavailable. ([MODE]
button, [MENU] button, etc.)
• Sound is recorded from the internal stereo microphone on the
top-front of the camcorder. Take care that this microphone is not
blocked.
• Before recording an important video, make sure to test the recording
function to check if there is any problem with the audio or video
recording.
• You can adjust the brightness of the LCD screen in the menu
options. Adjusting the LCD screen does not affect the image being
recorded. ¬page 73
• You cannot use a locked memory card for recording. You will see a
message saying recording is disabled due to the lock.
• Recording videos in a quiet environment increases microphone
sensitivity that may record surrounding ambient noise. The increasing
microphone sensitivity can let the camcorder record zoom noises
during zooming (the sound of the zoom mechanism etc).
• When you record indoors or in the dark places, ISO sensitivity is
automatically adjusted. It can make interference effects on images
and you cannot view the images recorded in the dark places
correctly. We recommend you to use professional camcorders like a
infrared camcorder when recording at night.
• An image can be shaken when the Anti-Shake(HDIS) function is
enabled if the camcorder is mounted on a tripod or fixed on a place.
Release the Anti-Shake(HDIS) function when the camcorder is
mounted on a tripod.
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RECORDING PAUSE/RESUME
The camcorder allows you to pause temporarily while recording a
video. With this function, you can record separate scenes as a single
video.
1
2
Press the [Recording start/stop]
button.
• The recording (z) indicator
appears and recording starts.
0:01:24
[254Min]
0005
1/50
Stop
Resume
Press the [Recording pause/
resume ( )] button.
• The recording pauses and the indicator ( ) appears.
• To continue the recording, press the [Recording pause/
resume ( )] button.
• If you connect your camcorder to a PC using a USB cable when
recording is paused, the camcorder will connect to the PC after it
saves the video it has recorded up to the pause.
• If you remove the memory card when the camcorder is in Pause
mode, the camcorder turns off the power and will not save any of the
video it has recorded.
Basic recording
2
CAPTURING PHOTOS DURING VIDEO
RECORDING
Your camcorder can capture photos without interrupting video
recording.
3
While recording the video, frame
the scene you want to photograph,
and then press the [PHOTO]
button.
• This camcorder records the
photo image without a shutter
sound.
• Video keeps recording, even
while you take photos.
Press the [Recording start/stop]
button.
• The recording (z) indicator
appears and recording starts.
0:00:00
0005
1/50
<The number of recordable photo>
To stop recording, press the [Recording start/stop] button
again.
•
•
•
•
1
[254Min]
Photos are captured in the video recording resolution.
While time lapse recording, you cannot capture a photo.
You can capture up to 5 photos during video recording.
The captured photos are not recorded if an error occurs during
video recording or the camcorder does not complete recording
successfully.
[254Min]
0005
1/50
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Basic recording
RECORDING PHOTOS
Set the desired resolution before recording. ¬page 53
• Insert a memory card. ¬page 30
• Open the Lens cover by using the [Lens cover open/close]
switch. ¬page 15
• Press the [Power ( )] button to turn on the camcorder.
• Select the recording (
) mode by pressing the [MODE]
button. ¬page 26
2
Adjust the subject at the centre of
the LCD screen.
3
Fully press the [PHOTO] button.
• The shutter sound is heard
(when Shutter Sound: On is
set).
• To continue capturing, wait until the current photo is
completely saved on the storage media.
Do not turn off the camcorder or remove the memory card when taking
photos as it may damage the storage media or data.
1
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Select a subject to record.
• Adjust the LCD screen to the best angle for capturing.
• Use the [Zoom] lever or [Zoom] button to adjust the size of
the subject. ¬page 40
• This camcorder provides one combined video and photo
recording mode. You can easily record videos or photos in the
same mode without having to change it.
• The recordable number of photos varies depending on the photo
resolution. ¬page 33
• Audio is not recorded when you take photos.
• For the on-screen display information, see pages 16~18.
• You can adjust the brightness of the LCD screen in the menu
options. Adjusting the LCD screen does not affect the image being
recorded. ¬page 73
• For various functions available during recording, see pages 51~65.
• Photo files conform to the DCF (Design rule for Camera File system)
standard, established by JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information
Technology Industries Association).
Basic recording
RECORDING WITH EASE FOR BEGINNERS
(SMART AUTO)
Scene icons
Meaning
Appears when recording a night scene.
User-friendly SMART AUTO optimises your camcorder to the
recording conditions automatically, providing beginners with the
best performance.
Appears when recording with a very bright background.
Appears when recording indoors.
Appears when recording a close-up.
Appears when recording a landscape.
Appears when recording a portrait.
Appears when recording a portrait outdoors at night.
1
2
Press the [SMART AUTO] button.
• The SMART AUTO (
) and
Anti-Shake(HDIS) (
) icons
appear on the screen at the same
time.
STBY
[254Min]
9999
Adjust the subject on the LCD
screen.
• The camcorder automatically detects the scene (Landscape,
etc.) and adjusts the camcorder settings accordingly.
• The appropriate scene icon appears on the LCD screen.
3
Press the [Recording start/stop] button or [PHOTO] button.
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4
To cancel the SMART AUTO mode, press the [SMART AUTO]
button again.
• The SMART AUTO (
) and Anti-Shake(HDIS) (
) icons
disappear from the screen.
) appears.
• When there is no detected scene, the icon (
• The camcorder may not detect the Portrait mode when recording a
face, depending on the position of the face or brightness.
• Depending on conditions such as lighting, shaking of the camcorder,
or distance to the subject, the camcorder may detect the image you
see on the LCD screen as a different scene type each time you apply
SMART AUTO.
• The Portrait and Night portrait modes can work when the Face
Detection is set to On only. ¬page 55
• Buttons unavailable during SMART AUTO operation:
[MENU] button, [Control (OK)] button, etc. Most settings are
automatically adjusted in SMART AUTO mode. To set or adjust
functions on your own, release the SMART AUTO mode first.
• SMART AUTO must be set before recording.
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Basic recording
ZOOMING IN/OUT
W: Wide-angle
T: Telephoto
Use the zoom function for close-up or wide-angle recording. This
camcorder allows you to record using 52x optical power zoom, 65x
Intelli-zoom and 130x digital zoom.
To zoom in
Slide the [Zoom] lever towards [T] (telephoto).
(Or press the [Control (Up)] button on the LCD screen.)
• The distant subject is gradually magnified.
To zoom out
Slide the [Zoom] lever towards [W] (wide-angle).
(Or press the [Control (Down)] button on the LCD screen.)
• The subject gets smaller and further away.
• The smallest zoom ratio is the subject’s original size in the zoomout.
40
• Zoom magnification over 65x is done through digital image
processing, and is therefore called digital zoom. Digital zooming is
possible up to 130x. ¬page 61
• To maintain sharp focus, the minimum possible distance between
the camcorder and subject is about 1cm (about 0.39 inch) for wideangle and 1m (about 39.4 inches) for telephoto.
• Optical zoom preserves image quality, but the image quality may
suffer when you use digital zoom.
• Fast zooming or zooming in a subject that is a good distance away
may cause the camcorder to focus slowly. If this occurs, use Focus:
Manual. ¬page 57
• We recommend you use Anti-Shake(HDIS) for handheld recording
when the subject is zoomed in and enlarged.
• Frequent use of the zoom function consumes more power.
• If you zoom when recording, the camcorder may record the sound
of the [Zoom] lever or [Zoom] button operating.
• When you use the zoom function, you can decrease its speed by
slowly moving the [Zoom (T/W)] lever. Moving the lever quickly
increases the zoom speed. However, you cannot use the [Zoom
(T/W)] button on the display to adjust the zoom speed.
Basic recording
USING THE BACK LIGHT BUTTON
When a subject is lit from behind, this function compensates for
lighting so that the subject is not too dark.
Press the [Back light (
between On and Off.
)] button to toggle the back light mode
Back lighting influences recording when the subject is
darker than the background:
•
•
•
•
•
The subject is in front of a window.
The subject is against a snowy background.
The subject is outdoors and the background is overcast.
The light sources are too bright.
The person to be recorded is wearing white or shiny clothes and
is placed against a bright background.
• The person’s face is too dark to distinguish his/her features.
<Backlight off>
<Backlight on>
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Basic playback
CHANGING THE PLAYBACK MODE
• You can switch to the playback mode by pressing the [MODE] button.
• The recorded videos or photos appears in thumbnail view and the most recently created file is highlighted in the thumbnail view.
• The camcorder selects the thumbnail display options based on the standby mode you used the last time. However, you can choose the
video or photo thumbnail view display options by using the [Zoom] lever.
Understanding how to change the operation modes
You can easily change the playback mode by using the buttons as shown in the following figures:
<Going to the standby mode
after recording a video>
STBY
[254Min]
9999
<Video playback mode>
Normal
0:00:55
1/10
1/50
Photo
<Going to the standby mode
after taking a photo>
STBY
[254Min]
Move
Play
<Photo playback mode>
Normal
9999
1/10
1/50
Movie
42
Move
Play
Basic playback
PLAYING BACK VIDEOS
2
Use the [Control (Up/Down/Left/
0:00:00/0:00:55
Right)] button to select the desired
videos, and then press the [Control
(OK)] button.
• The camcorder plays back the
Thumbnail View
100-0001
video you selected and the
shortcut menu for playback appears for a short time.
• The selected videos play back according to the PlayOption
setting. ¬page 67
3
To stop playback and return to the thumbnail view, use the
[Zoom] lever.
You can preview recorded videos in a thumbnail view, find your
desired video quickly, and play back directly.
• Insert a memory card. ¬page 30
• Open the LCD screen and press the [Power ( )] button to turn
on the camcorder.
) mode.
• This function works only in the video playback (
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Do not power off the camcorder or eject the memory card during video
playback. Doing so may damage the recorded data.
• The loading time of a video may vary depending on the video file's size
and video resolution.
• Video files may not play back on the camcorder in the following cases:
- A video recorded on another device.
- A video whose file format is not supported by the camcorder.
• The internal speaker automatically turns off when the Audio/Video cable
is connected to the camcorder. (When the camcorder is connected to an
external device, adjust the volume using the connected external device.)
• You can play back recorded video files on a TV or a PC. ¬pages 77, 81
• For various functions available during playback, see page 44.
1
Select the video thumbnail view.
• You can easily switch between
video and photo thumbnail view
using the [Zoom] lever.
• The playback time of the
selected file and the thumbnail
showing the video playback will
appear on the screen.
Normal
0:00:55
Photo
1/10
Move
Play
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Basic playback
Skip playback
Various playback operations
• During playback, press the [Control (Right)] button to locate the
start point of the next file. Pressing the [Control (Right)] button
repeatedly skips files in the forward direction.
• During playback, press the [Control (Left)] button to locate the
start point of the current file. Pressing the [Control (Left)] button
repeatedly skips files in the reverse direction.
• Press the [Control (Left)] button within 3 seconds from the start
point of the current file to skip back to the previous file.
[Control (Up/Down/Left/
Right/OK)] button
To adjust the volume during video playback
Press the [Control (Up/Down)] button
to increase or decrease the volume.
• You can hear the recorded sound
from the internal speaker.
• The level can be set anywhere
between 0 and 10.
Playback/Pause/Stop
1
Playback and pause alternate
when you press the [Control (OK)]
button during playback.
2
Use the [Zoom] lever to stop
playback and return to the
thumbnail view.
0:00:00/0:00:55
0:00:00/0:00:55
Thumbnail View
100-0001
0:00:00/0:00:55
Thumbnail View
100-0001
Search playback
1
44
100-0001
During playback, press and hold
the [Control (Left/Right)] button
for reverse search/forward search.
0:00:00/0:00:55
2
Pressing the [Control (Left/Right)]
button to repeatedly increases the
100-0001
search speed for each direction.
• RPS (Reverse Playback Search) rate: x2 ˆ x4 ˆ x8 ˆ x16
• FPS (Forward Playback Search) rate: x2 ˆ x4 ˆ x8 ˆ x16
3
To resume normal playback, press the [Control (OK)] button.
• If you close the LCD screen during playback, you may not hear the
sound from the speaker.
• You can hear the recorded sound only when the playback is at
normal speed.
Basic playback
USING THE SMART BGM FUNCTION
You can enjoy music during video playback. If the original sound in
the video is big, the background music will be decreased naturally.
On the other hand, if the original sound in the video is small, the
background music will be increased naturally.
This function works only in the video playback (
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CAPTURING PHOTOS WHILE PLAYING
BACK VIDEO
You can capture photos during video playback.
) mode.
1
Select the video thumbnail view.
0:00:00/0:00:55
• You can easily switch between
video and photo thumbnail view
using the [Zoom] lever.
2
Use the [Control (Up/Down/Left/
Right)] button to select the desired
videos, and then press the [Control
(OK)] button.
• The camcorder plays back
videos you selected.
3
Aim the camcorder at the scene
you want to capture and then
press the [PHOTO] button.
• The captured photo is recorded in JPEG format.
4
To stop playback and return to the thumbnail view, use the
[Zoom] lever.
Select the desired video to play back and then press the [SMART
BGM] button.
• To cancel, press the [SMART BGM] button again.
You can change the background music in the Smart BGM Option.
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Thumbnail View
Photos are captured in the same resolution of the video recording.
100-0001
45
Basic playback
VIEWING PHOTOS
2
Use the [Control (Up/Down/
1/10
Left/Right)] button to select the
desired photos, and then press the
[Control (OK)] button.
• The camcorder displays the
Thumbnail View
100-0001
photo you selected in full screen
view and the shortcut menu for
playback appears for a short time.
• To view the previous/next photo, press the [Control (Left/
Right)] button.
3
To return to the thumbnail view, use the [Zoom] lever.
You can view recorded photos by using various playback functions.
• Insert a memory card. ¬page 30
• Open the LCD screen and press the [Power ( )] button to turn
on the camcorder.
• This function works only in the photo playback (
) mode.
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Do not power off the camcorder or eject the memory card during photo
playback. Doing so may damage the recorded data.
• Loading time may vary depending on the size and quality of the
selected photo file.
• Your camcorder may not play back the following photo files normally;
- The photo has been recorded on another device.
- The photo is in a file format not supported by this camcorder (a
format that does not conform to DCF standards).
1
Select the photo thumbnail view.
• You can easily switch between
video and photo thumbnail view
using the [Zoom] lever.
Normal
1/10
Movie
46
Move
Play
Basic playback
ZOOMING DURING PHOTO PLAYBACK
3
Press the [Control (Up/Down/
Left/Right)] button to view the area
you want on the magnified photo.
4
To cancel, use the [Zoom] lever.
You can magnify a playback image.
x1.5
Exit
1/10
100-0001
• Photos recorded on other devices or those edited on a PC cannot
be magnified.
• While you are using the playback zoom, you cannot select other
images.
1
Select the photo you want to
magnify. ¬page 46
2
Adjust the magnification with the
[Control (OK)] button.
• The screen is framed and the
image is magnified starting from
the centre of the image.
• You can zoom in from x1.3 to x2.0.
1/10
Thumbnail View
100-0001
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Using the menu items
HANDLING MENUS
3
Press the [Control (Up/Down)] button to select the desired
submenu item, and then press the [Control (OK)] button.
The instructions below are examples of how to access and use
menu items using the [MENU] button. When you access and use
other menu items, use these examples as guides.
4
When you finish making settings, press the [MENU] button to
exit.
Press the [MODE] button to select the recording (
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48
1
Press the [MENU] button.
• The menu screen appears.
2
Press the [Control (Left/Right)]
button to select Video Resolution.
• The Video Resolution function is
used here as an example.
STBY
Video Resolution
1280X720/25p
720X576/50p(16:9)
720X576/50p(4:3)
Exit
) mode.
[254Min]
• While you are using certain menu items, some other menu items
cannot be used at the same time or may be greyed out. For more
information, see ‘Troubleshooting’ on page 96.
• For easy understanding, the menu setting procedures in the example
above are explained using the simplest methods. Menu setting
methods can differ depending on the menu options you choose.
• You can also access the shortcut menu using the [Control (OK)]
button. ¬page 27
Using the menu items
MENU ITEMS
• The items available in each menu vary depending on the operation mode.
• For item operation details, see the page number listed under Page in the table.
Recording menu items
Playback menu items
M : Accessible
: Not accessible
Items
Default value
Page
iSCENE
Auto
51
Video Resolution
720x576/50p (16:9)
52
Photo Resolution
1696x954 (16:9)
53
White Balance
Auto
53
Face Detection
Off
55
Items
Video
playback
mode
)
(
Photo
playback
mode
(
)
Default value
Page
Thumbnail View
Option
(Thumbnail view
only)
M
M
Normal
66
EV
-
56
PlayOption
M
Play All
67
C.Nite
On
57
Focus
Auto
M
The Flea Waltz
57
Smart BGM Option
(Single view only)
67
Delete
M
M
-
68
Protect
M
M
-
69
Slide Show
M
-
70
File Info
M
M
-
70
Settings
M
M
-
71
Anti-Shake(HDIS)
Off
59
Digital Special Effect
Off
60
Zoom Type
Intelli Zoom
61
Cont. Shot
Off
62
Time Lapse REC
Off
63
Guideline
Off
65
Settings
-
71
49
Using the menu items
M : Accessible
: Not accessible
Setting menu items
Items
Playback mode (Thumbnail view)
Playback mode (Single view)
Video
Photo
Video
Photo
Default values
Page
Storage Info
M
M
M
M
M
-
71
File No.
M
M
M
M
M
Series
71
Date/Time Set
M
M
M
M
M
-
72
Date/Time Display
M
M
M
M
M
Off
72
LCD Brightness
M
M
M
M
M
Normal
73
Auto LCD Off
M
M
M
M
M
On
73
Beep Sound
M
M
M
M
M
On
74
Shutter Sound
M
M
M
M
M
On
74
Auto Power Off
M
M
M
M
M
5 Min
75
PC Software
M
M
M
M
M
On
75
Format
M
M
M
M
M
-
76
Default Set
M
M
M
-
76
Language
M
M
M
M
M
English
76
•
•
•
•
50
Recording
(
)
mode
Menu options and default values may be changed without prior notice.
There are some functions you cannot activate simultaneously in the menu. These items are greyed out. You cannot select the grey menu items.
In general, functions in both the thumbnail display and full image display employ the same methods, while their detailed options may be different.
Items marked with are available only when the camcorder is powered by the battery.
Advanced recording
iSCENE
Submenu Items
This camcorder automatically can set the shutter speed and
aperture according to the subject and brightness for optimum
recording.
Select the recording (
button. ¬page 26
1
2
3
) mode by pressing the [MODE]
Items
Auto
Sports
Press the [MENU] button p
[Control (Left/Right)] button p
iSCENE.
STBY
Portrait
iSCENE
Auto
Sports
Select the desired submenu item
with the [Control (Up/Down)]
button, and then press the
[Control (OK)] button.
[254Min]
Spotlight
Portrait
Exit
Press the [MENU] button to exit the menu.
Beach & Snow
Food
Waterfall
Use
On-screen
display
Use this setting for regular recording
conditions. The camcorder automatically
adjusts the aperture value and shutter
speed for optimum recording.
For recording rapidly moving subjects.
Example: When recording sports.
For recording a portrait image. Use this
setting to capture natural skin tones.
For recording subjects under strong light.
For example, under stage spotlights in
theaters.
Use where sunlight or the reflection of light
is intense. Example: a beach or snow field.
For recording objects close-up in high
colour saturation.
-
For recording a waterfall or fountain.
You can also set iSCENE with the shortcut menu. ¬page 27
51
Advanced recording
Video Resolution
You can select the resolution of a video to be recorded.
Select the recording (
button. ¬page 26
1
2
3
) mode by pressing the [MODE]
Press the [MENU] button p
[Control (Left/Right)] button p
Video Resolution.
STBY
[254Min]
Video Resolution
1280X720/25p
720X576/50p(16:9)
Select the desired submenu item
with the [Control (Up/Down)]
button, and then press the
[Control (OK)] button.
720X576/50p(4:3)
Exit
Press the [MENU] button to exit the menu.
Submenu Items
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Items
Use
1280x720/25p
Records in 1280x720 (25p) resolution.
720x576/50p
(16:9)
Records in 720x576 (50p) resolution
with 16:9 aspect ratio.
720x576/50p(4:3)
Records in 720x576 (50p) resolution
with 4:3 aspect ratio.
On-screen
display
• 50p indicates the camcorder will record in progressive scan mode at
50 frames per second.
• 25p indicates the camcorder will record in progressive scan mode at
25 frames per second.
• Recorded files are encoded using Variable Bit Rate (VBR). VBR is an
encoding system that automatically adjusts the bit rate according to
the image being recorded.
• High resolution images occupy more memory space than low
resolution images. If you select the higher resolution, there is less
space to record videos in the memory.
• The recording times depend on the resolution of a video to be
recorded. ¬page 33
Advanced recording
Photo Resolution
White Balance
You can select the quality of photo images to be recorded.
Using the White Balance function, you can select a setting that
matches the light illuminating the subject you are shooting (Daylight,
Fluorescent, etc.) or let the camcorder make all adjustments
automatically. Based on your selection, the camcorder automatically
adjusts the colour of the subject so the colours in your recording
look natural.
Select the recording (
button. page 26
1
2
3
) mode by pressing the [MODE]
Press the [MENU] button 
[Control (Left/Right)] button 
Photo Resolution.
STBY
[254Min]
Select the recording (
button. page 26
Photo Resolution
1696X954(16:9)
Select the desired submenu item
with the [Control (Up/Down)]
button, and then press the
[Control (OK)] button.
1
Exit
Press the [MENU] button to exit the menu.
2
Submenu Items
Items
•
•
•
•
•
Use
1696x954(16:9)
Record in 1696x954 resolution.
1280x720(16:9)
Record in 1280x720 resolution.
1600x1200(4:3)
Record in 1600x1200 resolution.
800x600(4:3)
) mode by pressing the [MODE]
1280X720(16:9)
On-screen
display
Record in 800x600 resolution.
Other devices may not display photos recorded by your camcorder if those
devices do not support high resolution.
For photo development, the higher the resolution, the finer the image quality.
The number of recordable images differs according to the photo resolution you
select. page 33
High resolution images occupy more memory space than low resolution images.
If you select a higher resolution for your photos, you will have less space to store
photos in the memory.
Resolutions marked with are the resolutions of photos to be recorded when you
set video resolution to 720X576/50p (4:3).
3
Press the [MENU] button 
[Control (Left/Right)] button 
White Balance.
Select the desired submenu item
with the [Control (Up/Down)]
button, and then press the
[Control (OK)] button.
STBY
[254Min]
White Balance
Auto
Daylight
Cloudy
Exit
Press the [MENU] button to exit the menu.
Understanding White Balance
The White Balance (WB) process removes unrealistic colour casts
so that white objects are rendered white in your image and all other
colours look natural. Proper white balance has to take into account
the ‘colour temperature’ of a light source, which refers to the relative
warmth or coolness of white light.
53
Advanced recording
To set the white balance manually
Submenu items
Items
Auto
54
Use
To let the camcorder adjust the white
balance automatically according to
the lighting conditions.
Daylight
For recording in clear, outdoor
lighting.
Cloudy
For recording in the shade or cloudy
weather.
Fluorescent
For recording under white fluorescent
lights.
Tungsten
For recording under halogen lamps
and incandescent lights.
Custom WB
Lets you manually adjust the white
balance to match the light source or
situation.
On-screen
display
-
1
2
Select Custom WB.
• The indicator (
) and message
Set White Balance appear.
Frame a white object such as a
piece of paper so as to fill the
screen. Use an object that is not
transparent.
• If the object filling the screen is
not focused, correct the focus
using Focus: Manual.
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STBY
[254Min]
9999
Set White Balance
Exit
OK
3
Press the [Control (OK)] button.
• The camcorder applies the
stored white balance the next time you record.
4
Press the [MENU] button to exit the menu.
White thick paper
• A subject can be recorded under various types of lighting conditions
indoors (natural, fluorescent, candlelight, etc.). Because the colour
temperature is different depending on the light source, the subject's
tint will differ, affecting the subject's white balance. Use this function
to correct the white balance and provide a more natural result.
• When you set white balance manually, the object you frame must
be white. Otherwise your camcorder may not detect an appropriate
setting value.
• The adjusted setting remains until you set the white balance again.
• During normal outdoor recording, setting to Auto may provide better
results.
• Cancel the digital zoom function for clear and precise setting.
• Reset the white balance if light conditions change.
Advanced recording
Face Detection
Examples of the Face detection mode
Face Detection detects and recognises face-like shapes and adjusts
focus, colour, and exposure automatically. Also, it adjusts recording
conditions so that they are optimised for the face detected.
When you set Face detection to On, the face detection frame
appears around faces as shown in the figure below.
The camcorder can detect up to three faces.
STBY
Select the recording (
button. ¬page 26
[254Min]
9999
) mode by pressing the [MODE]
1/50
1
2
3
Press the [MENU] button p
[Control (Left/Right)] button p
Face Detection.
STBY
[254Min]
Face Detection
Off
On
Select the desired submenu item
with the [Control (Up/Down)]
button, and then press the
[Control (OK)] button.
Exit
To exit the menu, press the [MENU] button.
Submenu Items
Items
Use
Off
To disable the function.
On
To detect faces automatically and set the optimal
recording values.
On-screen
display
)
• The Face Detection indicator ( ) and Face Detection frame (
are not recorded.
• When Face Detection frames a face, it also adjusts the focus and
exposure to optimal values for that face automatically.
• Face Detection may not operate depending on the recording
conditions. For example, the Face Detection frame may appear on a
'face-like' shape, even when the subject is not a person's face. If this
occurs, turn off the Face Detection function.
• The Face Detection frame will not work on the side of a person's
face or if the illumination is too low. You must be facing subjects
‘head-on’ and have enough illumination.
• You can also set the face detection with the shortcut menu.
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55
Advanced recording
EV (Exposure Value)
Understanding EV (Exposure Value)
The camcorder usually adjusts the exposure automatically.
You can also manually adjust the exposure to your preference.
Select the recording (
button. ¬page 26
1
2
) mode by pressing the [MODE]
Press the [MENU] button p
[Control (Left/Right)] button p
EV.
STBY
[254Min]
EV
Adjust
Press the [Control (OK)] button.
Darker (-)
Exit
3
4
56
Exposure value is the total amount of light allowed to fall on the
photographic media (Image sensor) during the process of taking
photos or videos. The higher the number, the greater the exposure.
For example, + 0.3 lets in more light than -0.3.
Press the [Control (Left/Right)]
button to adjust the exposure while
viewing the image on the LCD
screen.
• EV values (
): -2.0, -1.6, -1.3,
-1.0, -0.6, -0.3, 0, +0.3, +0.6,
+1.0, +1.3, +1.6, +2.0
STBY
Brighter (+)
0.0
[254Min]
9999
You can also set EV with the shortcut menu. ¬page 27
EV
0.0
Confirm your selection by pressing the [Control (OK)] button.
• The camcorder will apply the exposure value setting and the
indicator ( ) and setting value appear.
• To cancel the adjusted exposure value manually, select 0 in
Step 3.
Advanced recording
C.Nite
Focus
You can adjust the shutter speed when recording a slow moving
object or a brighter image in dark places without compromising
colours.
When you turn the camcorder on, focus is always set to automatic.
You can also set the focus manually.
Select the recording (
button. page 26
1
Press the [MENU] button 
[Control (Left/Right)] button 
C.Nite.
1
STBY
[254Min]
3
Select the desired submenu item
with the [Control (Up/Down)]
button, and then press the
[Control (OK)] button.
Press the [MENU] button 
[Control (Left/Right)] button 
Focus.
STBY
[254Min]
Focus
Auto
2
On
Exit
3
Press the [MENU] button to exit the menu.
Submenu Items
Select the desired submenu item
with the [Control (Up/Down)]
button, and then press the
[Control (OK)] button.
Manual
Exit
Press the [MENU] button to exit the menu.
Submenu Items
Items
Use
Off
To disable the function.
To record a brighter image by extending the
low shutter speed range to 1/25 or 1/13.
On
) mode by pressing the [MODE]
C.Nite
Off
2
Select the recording (
button. page 26
) mode by pressing the [MODE]
On-screen
display
-
When you use C.Nite, the image takes on a slow motion like effect. In
addition, the focus adjusts slowly and white dots may appear on the
screen. This is not a defect.
Items
Auto
Manual
Use
In most situations, it is better to use the automatic
focus feature, as it enables you to concentrate on
the creative side of your recording.
To focus manually. Manual focusing may be
necessary under certain conditions that make
automatic focusing difficult or unreliable.
On-screen
display
-
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Advanced recording
Adjusting the focus manually
Examples of the Manual focus mode
This camcorder automatically focuses subjects from close-up to
infinity. However, the correct focus may not be obtained depending
on the recording conditions. In this case, use the manual focus
mode.
1
2
Press the [Control (Up/Down)]
button to select Manual.
• The manual focus adjustment
indicator appears.
STBY
[254Min]
9999
Manual
Press the [Control (Left/Right)]
button to select the desired
indicator to adjust focus, and then press the [Control (OK)]
button.
• The manual focus setting will be applied and the (
)
indicator appears.
Focusing on a nearer or farther subject
To focus on a nearer subject, press the [Control (Left)] button.
To focus on a further subject, press the [Control (Right)] button.
• The nearer or further icon (
/
) appears between the
indicators when focus adjustment reaches the end.
• The adjusted value is applied right after you press the [Control
(Left/Right)] button to adjust the focus.
<Nearer subject>
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• When the subject is dark.
• When the background is too bright.
• When you view the subject through a window that is stained or
wet.
• When the subject has dense horizontal or sloping stripes.
• When the subject is distant and behind a nearby wire fence.
• Walls, atmosphere and other low-contrast subject.
• When the subject is emitting or reflecting strong light.
• When you are focusing on a subject near the boundary of the
frame.
<Further subject>
• You can also adjust the focus with the shortcut menu. ¬page 27
• Manual focusing focuses on a point in the framed scene while auto
focusing focuses on the centre area automatically.
• The Auto Focus (AF) setting is useful when you operate the zoom
function because you might not be able to keep accurate focus after
the zoom ratio has been changed.
• Before focusing manually, check if the Digital Zoom is turned off.
When Zoom Type is set to Digital Zoom, manual focusing will not
focus with accuracy. ¬page 61
Advanced recording
Anti-Shake(HDIS)
Use the Anti-Shake function in the following cases
Use the Anti-Shake(HDIS) function to compensate for unstable
images caused by shaking movements while holding the camcorder.
Select the recording (
button. ¬page 26
1
2
3
) mode by pressing the [MODE]
Press the [MENU] button p
[Control (Left/Right)] button p
Anti-Shake(HDIS).
Select the desired submenu item
with the [Control (Up/Down)]
button, and then press the
[Control (OK)] button.
STBY
[254Min]
Anti-Shake(HDIS)
Off
On
• The camcorder automatically activates the Anti-Shake(HDIS)
function in the Smart Auto mode.
• Gross camcorder shake may not be entirely corrected even if AntiShake(HDIS) is On. Firmly hold the camcorder with both hands.
• When this function is On, the actual movement of the subject and
the movement displayed on the screen may be slightly different.
• When recording in dark lighting at high magnification while
this function is On, after-images may stand out. In this case,
we recommend using a tripod (not supplied) and turning AntiShake(HDIS) to Off.
Exit
Press the [MENU] button to exit the menu.
Submenu Items
Items
Off
On
• When recording while using the zoom extensively.
• When recording a close up picture of a small object.
• When recording while walking, or in a moving car.
Use
To disable the function.
To enable the Anti-Shake(HDIS) function to
compensate for shaking movements.
On-screen
display
-
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Advanced recording
Digital Special Effect
Examples of 7 digital effect options
Using the digital special effect function gives your recording a
creative look.
Select the recording (
button. ¬page 26
1
2
3
Off
Disables the function.
) mode by pressing the [MODE]
Press the [MENU] button p
[Control (Left/Right)] button p
Digital Special Effect.
STBY
Digital Special Effect
Off
Blk&Wht
Select the desired submenu item
with the [Control (Up/Down)]
button, and then press the
[Control (OK)] button.
Sepia
Exit
Press the [MENU] button to exit the menu.
[254Min]
Blk&Wht ( )
This mode changes the image into black and
white.
Sepia ( )
This mode gives images a reddish brown
pigment.
Negative ( )
This mode reverses the colours and the
brightness and creates a negative look.
Dazzle ( )
This mode creates a brighter image by increasing
colour saturation.
Noir ( )
This mode creates a stronger image by
increasing contrast.
Western ( )
This mode creates a faded and old film vintage
look.
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Advanced recording
Zoom Type
Digital zoom range
The camcorder offers three types of zoom: optical, intelligent, and
digital zoom.
STBY
[254Min]
9999
Select the recording (
button. ¬page 26
1
2
3
) mode by pressing the [MODE]
Press the [MENU] button p
[Control (Left/Right)] button p
Zoom Type.
STBY
1/50
[254Min]
Zoom Type
The right side of the bar shows the digital zooming zone. The zooming
zone appears when you move the [Zoom] lever or [Zoom] button.
Optical Zoom
Intelli Zoom
Select the desired submenu item
with the [Control (Up/Down)]
button, and then press the
[Control (OK)] button.
Digital Zoom
Exit
Press the [MENU] button to exit the menu.
• With the digital zoom, the image is digitally processed more than the
intelli or optical zoom modes. As a result, the image resolution may
deteriorate. The image quality may deteriorate depending on how
much you zoom in on the subject.
• The zoom range will change depending on the aspect ratio of the
video.
Submenu Items
Items
Optical Zoom
Intelli Zoom
Digital Zoom
Use
To use optical zoom, up to 52X.
• The camcorder zooms the full width of the
image sensor to obtain a larger zoom range
without any deterioration in image quality.
• Intelli-zoom is available up to 65X.
• When this option is selected, the camcorder will
automatically switch to the digital zoom if you
zoom in beyond the optical or intelligent zoom
range.
• Digital zoom is available up to 130X.
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Advanced recording
Cont. Shot
Submenu Items
The Continuous Shot function allows you to capture photos in
rapid succession to give you more photo-taking opportunities when
recording moving subjects.
Items
Off
Select the recording (
button. ¬page 26
1
2
3
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) mode by pressing the [MODE]
Press the [MENU] button p
[Control (Left/Right)] button p
Cont. Shot.
STBY
Cont. Shot
Off
On
Select the desired submenu item
with the [Control (Up/Down)]
button, and then press the
[Control (OK)] button.
Exit
Press the [MENU] button to exit the menu.
[254Min]
On
Use
To record only one photo image.
While you are pressing the [PHOTO] button,
the camcorder can take up to 30 photos
continuously.
On-screen
display
-
• The number of recordable photos depends on the photo’s resolution
and the memory space.
• If an error occurs (Card full, etc.) during continuous shot, the
recording stops and an error message appears.
Advanced recording
Time Lapse REC
4
Using the Time Lapse feature, you can programme your camcorder
to create a time lapse video by recording a series of frames over a
set period of time with a set time interval between each frame. The
Time Lapse feature lets you create time lapse videos of blooming
flowers and similar subjects.
Move to the next setting (Hr) by pressing the [Control (Left/
Right)] button, and then set the desired total recording time in
the same way.
5
Press the [Control (OK)] button to finish the setting, and then
press the [MENU] button to exit the menu.
6
After setting the Time Lapse REC mode, press the [Recording
start/stop] button.
• The Time Lapse REC starts.
• Depending on the selected total recording time and recording
interval, image frames are captured by each scene.
• Select the recording (
) mode by pressing the [MODE]
button. ¬page 26
• To record in the Time Lapse REC mode, you must set the
recording interval between frames (Interval) using the menu.
1
2
3
Press the [MENU] button p
[Control (Left/Right)] button p
Time Lapse REC.
STBY
Off
On
Press the [Control (Up/Down)]
button to select On, then press the
[Control (OK)] button.
• The recording interval and total
recording time items appear.
Set the desired recording interval
(Sec) with [Control (Up/Down)]
button.
Submenu items
[254Min]
Time Lapse REC
: 1 Sec
24 Hr
Exit
STBY
Sec /
24 Hr
1 Sec
= 28 Min 48 Sec
24 Hr
Exit
Off
To disable the function.
• Interval (Sec): To set the time interval between
image captures.
1 p 3 p 5 p 10 p 15 p 30 (Seconds)
• REC Limit (Hr): To set the total time of
recording.
24 p 48 p 72 p ∞ (Hours)
On
1
On
Use
[254Min]
Time Lapse REC
Off
Items
Move
On-screen
display
-
OK
During Time Lapse recording, the C.Nite function does not work.
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Advanced recording
Example of Time Lapse Recording
Total time for recording
Recording interval
Timeline
The Time Lapse Recording function records image frames at
a predefined interval over the total recording time to produce a
time-lapse video.
For example, the Time Lapse Recording is useful for filming in
the following situations:
- Blooming flowers
- A bird building a nest
- Clouds rolling by in the sky
Time for recording on the
storage media (a video of the
Time Lapse Recording)
0:00:00/0:00:55
0:00:10/0:00:55
100-0001
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
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•
•
0:00:20/0:00:55
100-0001
0:00:30/0:00:55
100-0001
100-0001
Time Lapse Recording mode is released once recording has been finished. To start another Time Lapse Recording, repeat steps 1 to 6 on the previous page.
According to the video resolution, 50 or 25 captured images compose a video of 1 second length. Since the minimum length of a video that your camcorder can save
is one second, the interval defines the total minimum recording time for the Time Lapse Recording. For example, if you set the interval to 30 Sec, you need to set the
recording time for the Time Lapse Recording to at least 25 or 13 minutes to record a minimum video length of 1 second (50 or 25 images).
Press the [Recording start/stop] button if you want to stop the Time Lapse Recording.
Audio is not recorded during time lapse recording.
The maximum continuous recording time is under 20 minutes. The maximum video file size is 1.8GB. When a video recording time is more than 20 minutes or a video
file exceeds 1.8GB, a new video file is created automatically.
If the battery charge is exhausted during time lapse recording, the camcorder saves recording up to that point and switches to standby mode. After a while, it displays a
warning message, then turns off automatically.
If the storage media becomes full during time lapse recording, the camcorder switches to the standby mode after saving the recording up to the maximum memory
available.
We recommend using the power adaptor for a Time Lapse Recording instead of the battery.
When a time lapse recording starts, the message of Time Lapse Recording will blink even if you switch the information display mode to the minimum display mode.
This is normal operation. Do not remove the power source or memory card from the camcorder.
Advanced recording
Guideline
Submenu Items
This camcorder provides 3 types of guidelines to help you to set a
balanced image composition on the screen.
Items
Off
Select the recording (
button. ¬page 26
1
2
3
) mode by pressing the [MODE]
Cross
Grid
Press the [MENU] button p
[Control (Left/Right)] button p
Guideline.
STBY
Guideline
Off
[254Min]
Safety Zone
Use
To cancel the guideline function.
On-screen
display
-
Use when focusing a subject in the centre.
Use when recording a subject in a
horizontal or vertical composition or
shooting with the tele macro function.
Positioning subjects within the Safety
Zone rectangle ensures they will be
recorded.
Cross
Select the desired submenu item
with the [Control (Up/Down)]
button, and then press the
[Control (OK)] button.
Grid
Exit
• Positioning a subject at the cross point of a guideline provides a
balanced composition.
• Guidelines are not recorded.
Press the [MENU] button to exit the menu.
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Advanced playback
Thumbnail View Option
Normal
The Thumbnail View Option lets you sort thumbnails of the recorded
videos or photos by different display options.
) mode.
• Press the [MODE] button to select the playback (
¬page 26
• Select the video or photo thumbnail view. ¬page 42
1
2
Press the [MENU] button p
[Control (Left/Right)] button p
Thumbnail View Option.
Normal
Exit
Submenu Items
Items
Normal
Date
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Date
0:00:55
1/10
01/JAN/2011
Use
To display the thumbnails of files in the order in which
the files were recorded.
To sort the thumbnails of recorded files by the date
when the files were recorded.
1/10
0:10:31
Photo
Move
Play
Photo
Normal
Thumbnail View Option
Date
Select the desired submenu item
with the [Control (Up/Down)]
button, and then press the
[Control (OK)] button.
Date
Normal
This function is available in the thumbnail view only.
Date
Play
Advanced playback
PlayOption
Smart BGM Option
You can set a specific playback style according to your preference.
You can play back a video with background music by selecting the
desired background.
• Press the [MODE] button to select the playback (
¬page 26
• Select the video thumbnail view. ¬page 42
1
2
3
Press the [MENU] button p
[Control (Left/Right)] button p
PlayOption.
) mode.
1
Normal
PlayOption
Play All
2
Play One
Select the desired submenu item
with the [Control (Up/Down)]
button, and then press the
[Control (OK)] button.
Repeat All
A
Exit
3
Press the [MENU] button to exit the menu.
Submenu Items
Items
Use
Play All
To play back from the selected video to the
last video.
Play One
To play back the selected video only once.
Repeat All
Repeat One
• Press the [MODE] button to select the playback (
) mode.
¬page 26
• This function is available in the video single view only.
To play back all videos repeatedly.
To play back the selected video repeatedly.
On-screen
display
Press [MENU] button p [Control
(Left/Right)] button p
Smart BGM Option.
Select the desired submenu item
with the [Control (Up/Down)]
button, and then press the
[Control (OK)] button.
Smart BGM Option
The Flea Waltz
Canon in D
Cello Suite No.1
Exit
Press the [MENU] button to exit the menu.
• To play back the selected background music with a video,
press the [SMART BGM] button when the video plays back.
To stop the background music, press the [SMART BGM]
button again.
Submenu Items
Items
A
0:00:01/ 0:00:06
The Flea Waltz
Canon in D
Cello Suite No.1
Nocturne
Random
Use
To play back The Flea Waltz.
To play back Canon in D.
To play back Cello Suite No.1.
To play back Nocturne.
To play back from The Flea Waltz to Nocturne
randomly.
When you change a background music by pressing the [MENU] button
while the video is playing back, the video will be paused. Press the [Control
(OK)] button to play back the paused video again with the changed
background music.
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Advanced playback
4
Delete
You can erase your recordings one by one or all at once.
) mode.
• Press the [MODE] button to select the playback (
page 26
• Select the video or photo thumbnail view. page 42
1
2
3
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Press the [MENU] button 
[Control (Left/Right)] button 
Delete.
Select an option by pressing the
[Control (Up/Down)] button, and
then press the [Control (OK)] button.
Normal
Delete
Select Files
If you selected All Files, the message corresponding to the
selected option will appear. Use the [Control (Left/Right)]
button to select Yes, and then press the [Control (OK)] button.
Submenu Items
Items
Select Files
All Files
Use
To delete the selected videos or photos.
To delete all videos or photos, except for the
protected files.
All Files
Exit
If you selected Select Files, image
Delete
0:00:55
1/10
thumbnails will appear.
ⓐ Use the [Control (Up/Down/
Left/Right)] button to move to
the photo or video you want to
Delete
Move
Cancel
delete.
ⓑ Press the [Control (OK)] button
to mark images for deletion. The garbage can icon ( )
appears on the photo or video.
ⓒ Repeat Steps ⓐ and ⓑ for each photo or video you want to
delete.
ⓓ Press the [MENU] button to delete the photos and videos
you selected.
ⓔ The message corresponding to the selected option appears.
Use the [Control (Left/Right)] button to select Yes, and then
press the [Control (OK)] button.
• Deleted images cannot be recovered.
• Do not remove the power adaptor or memory card while deleting
files, otherwise the storage media may be damaged.
• You can also delete your recordings in the single view.
• To protect important images from accidental deletion, activate image
protection. page 69
• Protected images cannot be deleted. To delete a protected image,
cancel the protect function first. page 69
• If the write protection tab on a memory card is set to lock, you
cannot delete.
• You can also format the storage media to delete all the images at
once. Be aware that all files and data including protected files will be
erased. page 76
• The Delete function does not operate if the battery charge is
insufficient. We recommend you use the power adaptor to avoid
power-loss while deleting.
Advanced playback
Protect
You can protect important saved videos or photos from accidental
deletion. You cannot delete protected images unless you release the
protection or format the memory.
) mode.
• Press the [MODE] button to select the playback (
¬page 26
• Select the video or photo thumbnail view. ¬page 42
4
If you selected All On, the message corresponding to the
selected option will appear. Use the [Control (Left/Right)]
button to select Yes, and then press the [Control (OK)] button.
5
If you selected All Off, the message corresponding to the
selected option will appear. Use the [Control (Left/Right)]
button to select Yes, and then press the [Control (OK)] button.
Submenu Items
1
2
3
Press the [MENU] button p
[Control (Left/Right)] button p
Protect.
Normal
Items
Protect
Select Files
Select Files
All On
Select an option by pressing the
[Control (Up/Down)] button, and
then press the [Control (OK)]
button.
All Off
Exit
Protect
If you selected Select Files, image
0:00:55
1/10
thumbnails will appear.
ⓐ Use the [Control (Up/Down/
Left/Right)] button to move to
the photo or video you want to
Protect
Move
Cancel
protect.
ⓑ Press the [Control (OK)] button
) appears
to mark images for protection. The key icon (
on the photo or video.
ⓒ Repeat Steps ⓐ and ⓑ for each photo or video you want to
protect.
ⓓ Press the [MENU] button to protect the photos and videos
you selected.
ⓔ The message corresponding to the selected option appears.
Use the [Control (Left/Right)] button to select Yes, and then
press the [Control (OK)] button.
Use
To protect the selected videos or photos from
deletion.
All On
To protect all videos or photos.
All Off
To cancel the protection for all videos or photos.
• You can also protect you recordings in the single view.
• If the write protection tab on a memory card is set to lock, you
cannot set image protection. ¬page 31
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Advanced playback
Slide Show
File Info
You can enjoy a slide show with various effects.
You can see the image information for all images.
• Press the [MODE] button to select the playback (
¬page 26
• Select the photo thumbnail view. ¬page 42
1
2
3
Press the [MENU] button p
[Control (Left/Right)] button p
Slide Show.
Select an option by pressing the
[Control (Up/Down)] button, and
then press the [Control (OK)]
button.
) mode.
Press the [MODE] button to select the playback (
¬page 26
1
Normal
Slide Show
Start
Interval
: 1Sec
Music
: On
2
Exit
1/10
Press the [MENU] button to exit
the menu.
100-0001
Submenu Items
Items
Start
Interval
Music
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Use
To start a slide show from the current image.
- The indicator (
) appears.
- To stop the slide show, press the [Control (OK)] button
again.
- To return to the thumbnail view, move the [Zoom] lever.
Continuously plays back photos at the interval you select.
You can choose 1sec or 3sec.
You can turn the internal background music on or off. This
camcorder has 4 default background melodies stored in the
boot-up flash memory. If the music is on when the slide show
starts, the 4 melodies will play back in shuffle mode.
3
Press the [MENU] button p
[Control (Left/Right)] button p
File Info p [Control (OK)] button.
• The file selection screen
appears.
) mode.
Normal
File Info
Select Files
Exit
Select the desired video or photo
by pressing the [Control (Up/
Down/Left/Right)] button, and
then press the [Control (OK)]
button.
• The following information for the
selected file appears:
- Date
- Duration (Video only)
- Size
- Resolution
File Info
100VIDEO
Date
Duration
Size
Resolution
Exit
Press the [MENU] button to exit the menu.
:
:
:
:
SDV_0001.MP4
01/JAN/2011
1:23:45
22.6 MB
720X576/50p(16:9)
OK
Other settings
Storage Info
File No.
Storage Info displays the storage information for the storage media.
The camcorder assigns file numbers to recorded files in the order
they were recorded.
1
2
Press the [MENU] button p
[Control (Left/Right)] button
p Settings p [Control (Up/
Down)] button p Storage Info p
[Control (OK)] button.
• Press the [Control (Up/Down)]
button to move the screen up
or down and view additional
information.
• You can check the used
memory, available memory, and
the available recordable time for
each recording resolution.
Storage Info
Exit
Storage
: Card
Used
: 190MB
Free
: 14.6GB
Move
1
Back
Press the [MENU] button to exit the menu.
• If there is no storage media inserted, it cannot be selected and will
be dimmed on the menu.
• The actual capacity may be less than the capacity displayed on the
LCD screen as the camcorder’s system files occupy a part of the
capacity.
2
3
Press the [MENU] button p
[Control (Left/Right)] button
p Settings p [Control (Up/
Down)] button p File No. p
[Control (OK)] button.
STBY
[254Min]
Settings
Storage Info
File No.
:
Date/Time Set
Exit
Select the desired submenu item
with the [Control (Up/Down)]
button, and then press the
[Control (OK)] button.
STBY
[254Min]
Settings
Storage Info
Series
File No.
Reset
Date/Time Set
To exit the menu, press the
[MENU] button.
Exit
Submenu Items
Items
Use
Series
Assigns file numbers in sequence even if you have inserted a
different memory card, formatted the card, or deleted all files.
The file number is reset only when a new folder is created.
Reset
Resets the file number to 0001.
When you set File No. to Series, each file is assigned a different number
to avoid duplicating file names. It is convenient when you want to manage
your files on a computer.
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Other settings
Date/Time Set
Date/Time Display
By setting the date and time, you can display the date and time of a
recording during playback.
You can set whether or not the date and/or time appear on the LCD
screen.
1
1
2
3
Press the [MENU] button p
[Control (Left/Right)] button p
Settings p [Control (Up/Down)]
button p Date/Time Set p
[Control (OK)] button.
STBY
[254Min]
Settings
Date/Time Set
Date/Time Display
:
LCD Brightness
:
12
OFF
Exit
Select the date or time information,
and change the setting values by
pressing the [Control (Up/Down/
Left/Right)] button.
Make sure the clock is correctly set,
and then press the [Control (OK)]
button.
The year can be set up to 2037.
2
Date/Time Set
Day
Month
Year
Hr
Min
01
JAN
2011
00
00
Cancel
Move
OK
3
Press the [MENU] button p
[Control (Left/Right)] button p
Settings p [Control (Up/Down)]
button p Date/Time Display p
[Control (OK)] button.
[254Min]
Date/Time Set
Date/Time Display
:
LCD Brightness
:
12
OFF
Exit
Select the desired submenu and
menu item with the [Control
(Up/Down)] button, and then press
[Control (OK)] button.
STBY
[254Min]
Settings
Date/Time Set
Off
Date/Time Display
Date :
Time
LCD Brightness
Press the [MENU] button to exit
Exit
the menu.
• The date/time appears on the
LCD screen according to the selected option.
12
OFF
12
OFF
Submenu Items
Items
Off
Date
Time
Date & Time
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STBY
Settings
Use
Not to display the current date/
time.
To display the current date.
On-screen display
To display the current time.
To display the current date and
time.
00:00
01/JAN/2011
00:00
01/JAN/2011
When the internal battery is depleted, the date/time will read 01/
JAN/2011 00:00.
Other settings
LCD Brightness
Auto LCD Off
You can adjust the brightness of the LCD screen to compensate for
ambient lighting conditions.
To reduce power consumption, the brightness of the LCD screen
is automatically dimmed if the camcorder is idle for more than 2
minutes.
1
2
Press the [MENU] button p
[Control (Left/Right)] button p
Settings p [Control (Up/Down)]
button p LCD Brightness p
[Control (OK)] button.
STBY
1
Date/Time Set
Date/Time Display
:
LCD Brightness
:
12
OFF
Exit
Select the desired submenu and
menu item with the [Control
(Up/Down)] button, and then press
[Control (OK)] button.
STBY
[254Min]
Date/Time Set
Normal
Bright
Exit
Submenu Items
Items
Press the [MENU] button p
[Control (Left/Right)] button p
Settings p [Control (Up/Down)]
button p Auto LCD Off p
[Control (OK)] button.
STBY
3
[254Min]
Settings
Auto LCD Off
:
Beep Sound
:
Shutter Sound
:
LCD
Exit
Select the desired submenu item
with the [Control (Up/Down)]
button, and then press the
[Control (OK)] button.
STBY
[254Min]
Settings
LCD Brightness
Press the [MENU] button to exit
the menu.
Normal
Bright
2
Settings
Date/Time Display
3
[254Min]
Settings
Press the [MENU] button to exit
the menu.
Auto LCD Off
Off
LCD
Beep Sound
On
LCD
Shutter Sound
Exit
Submenu Items
Use
Standard brightness.
Brightens the LCD screen.
Items
Use
Off
To disable the function.
When the camcorder is idle for more than 2 minutes in the STBY
mode, or for more than 5 minutes when recording a video, the
power saving mode starts by dimming the LCD screen.
On
• If the surrounding is too bright, adjust the brightness of the LCD
screen.
• Adjusting the LCD screen does not affect the image being recorded.
• A brighter LCD screen consumes more power.
• When the Auto LCD Off function is enabled, you can press any
button on the camcorder to return LCD brightness to normal.
• Auto LCD Off will be disabled in the following case:
- If the power cable (Power adaptor, USB cable) is connected.
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Other settings
Beep Sound
Shutter Sound
When Beep Sound is on, the camcorder sounds a beep when you
press a button.
You can turn the shutter sound the camcorder emits when you
press the [PHOTO] button on or off.
1
1
2
3
Press the [MENU] button p
[Control (Left/Right)] button p
Settings p [Control (Up/Down)]
button p Beep Sound p
[Control (OK)] button.
STBY
[254Min]
Settings
Auto LCD Off
:
Beep Sound
:
Shutter Sound
:
LCD
Exit
Select the desired submenu item
with the [Control (Up/Down)]
button, and then press the
[Control (OK)] button.
STBY
2
[254Min]
Settings
Press the [MENU] button to exit
the menu.
Auto LCD Off
Off
Beep Sound
On
Shutter Sound
Exit
3
Press the [MENU] button p
[Control (Left/Right)] button p
Settings p [Control (Up/Down)]
button p Shutter Sound p
[Control (OK)] button.
STBY
[254Min]
Settings
Auto LCD Off
:
Beep Sound
:
Shutter Sound
:
LCD
Exit
Select the desired submenu item
with the [Control (Up/Down)]
button, and then press the
[Control (OK)] button.
STBY
[254Min]
Settings
Press the [MENU] button to exit
the menu.
Auto LCD Off
Off
Beep Sound
On
Shutter Sound
Exit
Submenu Items
Submenu Items
Items
Off
On
Use
Disables the function.
To have the camcorder beep every time you press a button.
The Beep Sound function is suspended in the following cases:
- During recording and playback
- Pause while recording
- When the camcorder has a cable connection. (AV cable)
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Items
Use
Off
To turn the shutter sound off.
To turn the shutter sound on. It will sound when you press the
[PHOTO] button.
On
Other settings
Auto Power Off
PC Software
You can set your camcorder to turn off automatically if it is idle for 5
minutes without an operation. This function will prevent unnecessary
power consumption.
If you set PC Software to On, you can use the built-in PC software
easily by connecting a USB cable between the camcorder and your
PC. Using the software, you can download stored video and photo
images on the camcorder to your PC’s hard disk. You can also edit
video and photo files using the PC software.
1
2
3
Press the [MENU] button p
[Control (Left/Right)] button p
Settings p [Control (Up/Down)]
button p Auto Power Off p
[Control (OK)] button.
STBY
[254Min]
Settings
Auto Power Off
:
PC Software
:
1
Format
Exit
Select the desired submenu item
with the [Control (Up/Down)]
button, and then press the
[Control (OK)] button.
STBY
[254Min]
Settings
Press the [MENU] button to exit
the menu.
Auto Power Off
Off
PC Software
5 Min
Format
Exit
Submenu Items
Items
Off
5 Min
2
Use
To disable the function.
The camcorder turns off if idle for 5 minutes without
performing an operation.
• Auto Power Off does not work in the following situations:
- If the power cable (Power adaptor, USB cable) is connected.
- While the following functions are in operation; Delete: All Files,
Protect: All On.
- While recording, playing back (except pause), pausing while
recording, or playing back a photo slide show.
• To operate the camcorder again, press the [Power ( )] button.
3
Press the [MENU] button p
[Control (Left/Right)] button p
Settings p [Control (Up/Down)]
button p PC Software p
[Control (OK)] button.
STBY
[254Min]
Settings
Auto Power Off
:
PC Software
:
Format
Exit
Select the desired submenu item
with the [Control (Up/Down)]
button, and then press the
[Control (OK)] button.
STBY
[254Min]
Settings
Press the [MENU] button to exit
the menu.
Auto Power Off
Off
PC Software
On
Format
Exit
Submenu Items
Items
Use
Off
To disable the function.
On
To launch the built-in editing software when you connect the
camcorder to a PC with a USB cable.
PC Software is compatible with Windows operating systems only.
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Other settings
Format
Default Set
Use the Format function if you want to delete all files completely or
to correct problems on the storage media.
You can restore all menu settings to their defaults.
1
Insert a memory card. ¬page 30
1
2
Press the [MENU] button p
[Control (Left/Right)] button p
Settings p [Control (Up/Down)]
button p Format p [Control (OK)]
button.
STBY
STBY
[254Min]
Settings
Format
Default Set
Language
[254Min]
2
Settings
Auto Power Off
:
PC Software
:
Format
Exit
Select Yes by pressing the
[Control(Left/Right)] button, and
then press the [Control (OK)] button.
• Do not remove the memory card or perform any other operation
(such as turning off the power) during formatting. Also, be sure to
use the provided power adaptor, as the recording media may be
corrupted if the battery becomes exhausted during formatting.
• If the storage media becomes corrupted, format it again.
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Press the [MENU] button p
[Control (Left/Right)] button
p Settings p [Control (Up/
Down)] button p Default Set p
[Control (OK)] button.
• Do not format the storage media on a PC or other device.
Make sure to format the storage media on this camcorder.
• Format the memory card in the following cases:
- Before using a new memory card
- If the memory card was formatted on other devices
- If the memory card was used to record on other devices
- If the camcorder cannot read the memory card
• A memory card with the protection tab set to lock will not be
formatted.
• If there is no storage media inserted, it cannot be selected and will
be dimmed in the menu.
• You cannot format when the battery power is insufficient. We
recommend you use the power adaptor to avoid loss of power while
formatting.
Exit
Select Yes if you want all the
settings return to the defaults.
• Do not turn off the power while using this function.
• After resetting the camcorder, reset the Date/Time Set. ¬page 25
• The Default Set function does not affect the files recorded on the
storage media.
Language
You can select a desired language to display the menu and
messages in. ¬page 29
Connecting to a TV
CONNECTING TO A TV (16:9/4:3)
You can view images recorded with your camcorder on a regular
TV that supports standard definition. This camcorder supports the
composite output for standard definition video transfer.
Stereo Type
AUDIO
R
VIDEO
Mono Type
AUDIO
VIDEO
L
White
Red
Yellow
Yellow
TV
White
Camcorder
CARD
Signal flow
Audio/Video cable
Connecting an Audio/Video cable for the composite
output
1
Connect the camcorder to a TV with an Audio/Video cable.
• Turn on the camcorder, and then connect an Audio/
Video cable. If you do not turn on the camcorder first, the
camcorder may fail to recognise the connected TV.
2
Set the TV’s input or source selector to the input you’ve
attached the camcorder to.
• Refer to the TV’s instruction manual to see how to select the
TV input.
3
Start to play back images. ¬page 42
• When you connect the camcorder to a TV, the LCD screen of the
camcorder turns off automatically.
• Make sure you’ve connected the camcorder to the correct input
jacks. The TV screen may not display the right image information if
connected incorrectly.
• Do not use excessive force when connecting the cables.
• We recommend you use the power adaptor as the power source.
• When connecting to a TV using the Audio/Video cable, match the
colour of the cables to the colour of the corresponding jacks.
• Video input may appear green depending on the TV. If this occurs,
connect the yellow plug of the Audio/Video cable to the green jack of
the TV.
• If your TV has one audio jack (mono input), connect the yellow plug
of the Audio/Video cable to the video jack, the white plug to the
audio jack, and leave the red plug unconnected.
• When you connect the camcorder to a TV using the Audio/Video
cable, images recorded in high definition image quality (1280x720/
25p) play back in standard definition image quality.
• If you want to view the videos with the resolution of 1280x720/25p in
the high definition image quality, play back them via the Intelli-studio
programme on your PC.
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Connecting to a TV
VIEWING ON A TV SCREEN
Image display depending on LCD and TV screen ratio
Recording ratio
Appearance on Wide
Screen (16:9) TV
Appearance on 4:3 TV
Images recorded in
a 16:9 ratio
CARD
Images recorded in
a 4:3 ratio
Adjust the volume to a moderate level. If the volume is too high, the
video may include the noise.
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Dubbing videos
DUBBING TO VCR OR DVD/HDD
RECORDERS
You can dub images recorded on your camcorder to other recording
devices, such as VCRs or DVD/HDD recorders.
• Videos are dubbed to the other recording device via analogue
data transfer. (composite connection) Use the supplied Audio/
Video cable.
• Use the power adaptor to power the camcorder when you dub to
a VCR or DVD/HDD recorder.
VCRs or DVD/ HDD recorders
Camcorder
1
Insert the storage media in the recording device.
2
Connect your camcorder to the recording device (VCR or DVD/
HDD recorders) with the supplied Audio/Video cable.
3
Start the playback on your camcorder, and record it on the
recording device.
• Refer to the instruction manuals supplied with your recording
device for details.
4
When dubbing finishes, stop the recording device, and then your
camcorder.
• Videos recorded on this camcorder can only be dubbed using
the Audio/Video cable in SD (standard definition) image quality,
regardless of the recording resolution (HD/SD).
• To copy a video recorded in HD (high definition) image quality, use
the built-in software of your camcorder, and then copy the video to
your computer. ¬page 81
• Since dubbing is performed via analogue data transfer, the image
quality may deteriorate.
• To record the date/time, display it on the LCD screen. ¬page 72
CARD
Signal flow
Audio/Video cable
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Using with a windows computer
WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH A WINDOWS
COMPUTER
You can perform the following functions by connecting your
camcorder to your Windows computer with a USB cable and using
the Intelli-studio editing software built into your camcorder.
System Requirements
Your computer must meet the following requirements to run Intellistudio:
Items
Microsoft Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista, or Windows 7
CPU
Intel® Core 2 Duo® 1.66 GHz or higher is recommended
AMD Athlon™ X2 Dual-Core 2.2 GHz or higher is recommended
(Notebook: Intel Core2 Duo 2.2GHz or AMD Athlon X2 DualCore 2.6GHz or higher is recommended)
RAM
1GB or higher is recommended
Video Card
NVIDIA GeForce 8500 or higher,
ATI Radeon HD 2600 series or higher
Display
1024 x 768, 16-bit colour or higher (1280 x 1024, 32-bit colour
recommended)
Main Functions
• Intelli-studio editing software’s main functions
- Playing back recorded videos or photos.
- Editing recorded videos or photos.
- Uploading the recorded videos and photos to YouTube,
Flickr or Facebook, etc.
• You can transfer or copy the files (videos and photos) saved on
the storage media into your computer.
System Requirements
OS
USB
USB 2.0
Direct X
DirectX 9.0c or higher
Recommended
Memory Card
4MB/s (Class 4) or above
• System requirements mentioned above are recommendations. Even
on a system that satisfies the requirements, Intelli-studio may not
operate optimally.
• On a slower than recommended computer, video playback may skip
frames or operate unexpectedly.
• If the version of DirectX on your computer is lower than 9.0c, install
DirectX 9.0c or higher.
• We recommended you transfer recorded videos to a PC before
playing back or editing the videos.
• To run Intelli-studio, a laptop computer requires faster and better
components than a desktop PC.
• Intelli-studio is not Mac OS compliant.
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Using with a windows computer
USING THE Intelli-studio PROGRAMME
Intelli-studio is a built-in programme that allows you to play back
and edit files. You can upload files to web sites, such as YouTube or
Flickr.
3
Click Yes in the new file saving window. The uploading
procedure starts. Click Yes to confirm.
• If you do not want to save any new files, select No.
Step 1. Connecting the USB cable
1
Set PC Software to On.
• This is the default setting.
2
To disconnect the USB cable
To disconnect the USB cable after completing the file transfer, you
must follow these steps:
Connect the camcorder to a PC with the USB cable.
• A new file saving window appears along with the Intelli-studio
main window. If your camcorder has no new files, the pop-up
window for saving new files will not appear.
• Depending on your version of Windows, the Windows
removable disk window may also appear.
1.
2.
3.
4.
•
•
•
CARD
•
•
•
Click the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the taskbar.
Select USB Mass Storage Device, and then click Stop.
If the Stop a Hardware device window appears, click OK.
Disconnect the USB cable from the camcorder and PC.
Use the provided USB cable. (Supplied by Samsung)
Make sure you insert the USB plug into the USB jack with the plug facing
in the correct direction.
When the USB cable is connected, turning the camcorder on or off may
cause the PC to malfunction.
If you disconnect the USB cable from the PC or the camcorder while
transferring files, the data transmission will stop and the data may be
damaged.
If you connect the camcorder to a PC via a USB HUB or simultaneously
connect the camcorder along with other USB devices, the camcorder may
not work properly. If this occurs, remove all USB devices from the PC, and
then reconnect the camcorder.
Intelli-studio may not automatically run. If this occurs, access My Computer
or Windows Explorer, open the drive that corresponds to your camcorder,
find Intelli-studio, and then run iStudio.exe.
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Step 2. About the Intelli-studio main window
For details, select Help ΠHelp on the
Intelli-studio screen.
When the Intelli-studio starts up, video and photo thumbnails appear
in the main window.
1
2 3
4
5 6
7
No.
Description
1
Menu items
2
Display files in the selected folder.
3
Switch to Photo edit mode.
4
Switch to Video edit mode.
5
Switch to Share mode.
6
Enlarge or reduce the thumbnails in the list.
0
7
Select a file type.
!
8
View videos and photos of the selected folder on your computer.
9
Show or hide videos and photos of the connected device.
0
View videos and photos of the selected folder on the device.
!
View files as thumbnails or on a map
@
Browse folders in the connected device.
#
Browse folders stored on your computer
$
Move to the previous or next folder
%
Print files, view files on a map, store files in Contents Manager, or
register faces.
%
$
#
8
9
@
• If you install Intelli-studio on your PC, the programme will launch
more quickly. To install the programme, select Tool € Install Intellistudio on PC.
• You can update the latest version of Intelli-studio software by clicking
on Web Support € Update Intelli-studio € Start Update.
• The camcorder’s built-in Intelli-studio software is intended for
home use. It is not for precision or industrial productions. For these
applications, we recommend an editing software designed for
professional use.
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Step 3. Playing back videos or photos
You can play back the recordings conveniently using the Intellistudio application.
1
2
With Intelli-studio, click the desired folder to display your
recordings.
• Video or photo thumbnails appear on the screen, depending
on the folder you selected.
Choose the video or photo that you want to play back.
Step 4. Editing videos or photos
You can edit the videos or photos in various ways with various
functions. (Change Size, Fine-Tuning, Image Effect, Insert Frame,
etc.) Before editing a video or photo in Intelli-studio, make a backup
copy of the video or photo file and store it on your computer for
safe-keeping using My Computer or Windows Explorer.
1
Choose the videos or photos you want to edit.
2
Click Movie Edit ( ) or Photo Edit ( ) according to the
selected file on the Intelli-studio browser.
• The selected file appears in the editing window.
3
Edit a video or photo with various edit functions.
• You can view the file information by moving the mouse over
the file.
• If you click a video thumbnail once, the video plays back
inside the thumbnail frame, allowing you to search for a
desired scene with ease.
3
After you select the video or photo you want, double-click to
play back.
• Playback starts and the controls appear.
Intelli-studio supports the following file formats:
-Video formats: MP4 (Video: H.264, Audio: AAC), WMV (WMV 7/8/9)
-Photo formats: JPG, GIF, BMP, PNG, TIFF
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Step 5. Sharing the videos/photos online
4
Share your contents with the world by uploading photos and videos
directly to a web site with one click.
1
Choose the videos or photos you want to share.
2
Click Share ( ) on the Intelli-studio browser.
• The selected file appears in the sharing window.
Click Upload to start uploading.
• A pop-up window appears to open the web browser of the
selected site or a pop-up window appears asking for your ID
and password.
5
Enter your ID and the password to access.
• Access to the web site contents can be limited depending on
your web access environment.
3
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Click the web site you would like to upload files to.
• You can choose YouTube, twitter, Flickr, Facebook,
Picasa, Email, or another web site you want to use for your
site management.
The allowed total recording time for individual videos and the capacity
available for uploading videos can differ, depending on each web site’s
policy.
Using with a windows computer
USING AS A REMOVABLE STORAGE DEVICE
You can transfer recorded data to a Windows computer by
connecting the USB cable to the camcorder.
Viewing and transferring the contents of storage media
1
Set PC Software to Off.
¬page 75
2
Insert a memory card.
¬page 30
3
Connect the camcorder to the
PC with the USB cable.
¬page 81
• The Removable Disk or
Samsung window appears
on the PC’s screen after a
moment.
• Select Open folders to
view files using Windows
Explorer and then click
OK.
4
The folders in the storage media appear.
• Different file types are stored in different folders.
5
Copy and paste or drag and drop the files from the storage
media to your PC.
• If the Removable Disk window does not appear, confirm the
connection (¬page 81) or repeat steps 1 through 3 again. When the
removable disk does not appear automatically, open the removable
disk folder of My Computer.
• If the connected camcorder’s disk drive does not open or the
context menu that appears when right-clicking your mouse (open
or browse) appears broken, your computer may be infected by an
Autorun virus. Be sure to update your antivirus software to the latest
version.
Photos
Videos
Setting folder
System folder
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Structure of folders and files on the storage media
• The folder and file structure for the storage media is as follows.
• Do not arbitrarily change or remove the folder or file name. It may
not be playable.
Videos (H.264) y
• HD-quality videos have an HDV_####.MP4 name format.
• SD-quality videos have an SDV_####.MP4 name format.
• The file number automatically increases when a new video clip file
is created.
• Up to 9,999 files can be stored in one folder. A new folder is
created when the number files in a folder exceeds 9,999.
• The folder names are given in the following order: 100VIDEO,
101VIDEO, etc. The maximum number of folders is 999.
• The camcorder can create a maximum of 9,999 files in a storage
media.
Photos z
• As with video clip files, the file number automatically increases
when a new image file is created.
• Photo files have a SAM_####.JPG format. A new folder stores
files starting with SAM_0001.JPG.
• Folder names increase in this order: 100PHOTOp101PHOTO
etc.
File format
Video files
• Videos are compressed in H.264 format. The file extension is
‘.MP4’.
• Refer to page 52 for video resolution.
Photo files
• Photos are compressed in JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts
Group) format. The file extension is ‘.JPG’.
• Refer to page 53 for photo resolution.
Do not modify the name of a movie file recorded by the camcorder.
For proper playback, the camcorder requires the original folder and file
name.
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Troubleshooting
WARNING INDICATORS AND MESSAGES
Before contacting a Samsung authorised service centre, perform the following simple checks. They may save you the time and expense of an
unnecessary call.
Power source
Message
Icon
Informs that...
Action
Low Battery
-
The battery is almost discharged.
• Replace with a charged battery or use the power adaptor.
• Charge the battery.
Check authenticity of
the battery.
-
The battery failed to authenticate.
• Check the battery’s authenticity. Change to an authentic and charged Samsung
battery.
• We recommend you use only genuine Samsung batteries in this camcorder.
The power adaptor failed to
authenticate.
• Check the power adaptor’s authenticity.
• We recommend you use only genuine Samsung power adaptors in this
camcorder.
This is not a rated
adaptor.
Use only the rated
adaptor that we
provided.
Storage media
Message
Icon
Informs that...
Action
Insert Card
There is no memory card inserted in
the memory card slot.
• Insert a memory card.
Card Full
There is not enough space to record
on the memory card.
• Back-up important files to your PC or another storage media and delete
unnecessary files in the memory card.
Card Error
The memory card has some problem
and cannot be recognised.
• Format the memory card or replace it with a new one.
Card Locked
The write protection tab on the
memory card has been set to lock.
• Release the write protection tab.
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Storage media
Message
Icon
Informs that...
Action
Not Supported Card
The memory card is not supported in
this camcorder.
• Change to the memory card that we recommended.
Please format
The memory card is not formatted.
• Format the memory card using the menu.
The memory card is not fast enough
to record at this resolution.
• Record video at a lower resolution.
• Change the memory card to a faster one. ¬page 32
Low speed card.
Please record a lower
resolution.
-
Recording
Icon
Informs that...
Action
Write Error
Message
-
Some problems occurred while writing
data to storage media.
• Format storage media using the menus after backing-up important files to
your PC or another storage media.
Release the Smart Auto
-
You cannot operate some functions
manually when SMART AUTO is
activated.
• Release the SMART AUTO function.
-
The number of video files that can be
stored is 9,999.
•
•
•
•
•
Delete unnecessary files from the storage media.
Back up files to your PC or another storage media and delete files.
Change to another card which has enough free space.
Set File No. to Reset.
Format the storage media.
-
The number of photo files that can be
stored is 9,999.
•
•
•
•
•
Delete unnecessary files on the storage media.
Back up files to your PC or another storage media and delete files.
Change to another card which has enough free space.
Set File No. to Reset.
Format the storage media.
The number of video files is
full.
Cannot record video.
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The number of photo files is
full.
Cannot take a photo.
Troubleshooting
Recording
Message
Icon
Informs that...
File number is full.
Cannot record video.
-
Folder and file number have reached
the maximum number and you cannot
record.
• Set File No. to Reset and format the storage media. Remember to back
up important files before formatting.
File number is full.
Cannot take a photo.
-
Folder and file number have reached
the maximum number and you cannot
record.
• Set File No. to Reset and format the storage media. Remember to back
up important files before formatting.
Lens cover is closed.
• Open the lens cover.
Check the lens cover.
Action
Playback
Message
Icon
Informs that...
Action
Read Error
-
Some problems occurred when
reading data from storage media.
• Format the storage media using the menu after backing up important files
to PC or another storage device.
Corrupted file
-
This file cannot be read.
• Format the storage media after backing up important files to a PC or
another storage device.
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Troubleshooting
SYMPTOMS AND SOLUTIONS
If these instructions do not solve your problem, contact the nearest Samsung authorised service centre.
Power
Symptom
The camcorder does not turn on.
Explanation/Solution
•
•
•
•
The battery may not be installed on your camcorder. Insert a battery into the camcorder.
The inserted battery may be discharged. Charge the battery or replace it with a charged one.
If you use a power adaptor, make sure it is properly connected to the wall outlet.
Remove the battery or unplug the power adaptor, and then reconnect the power supply to the
camcorder before turning it on.
The power automatically turns off.
• If no button is pressed for about 5 minutes, the camcorder is automatically turned off (Auto Power Off).
To disable this option, change the setting of Auto Power Off to Off.
• Use the power adaptor.
Power cannot be turned off .
• Remove the battery or unplug the power adaptor, and then reconnect the power supply to the
camcorder before turning it on.
The battery is quickly discharged.
• The temperature is too low.
• The battery is not fully charged. Recharge the battery.
• The battery has reached the end of its lifespan and cannot be recharged. Use another battery.
Displays
Symptom
The TV screen or LCD display has distorted images
or has stripes at the top/ bottom or on the left/right.
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Explanation/Solution
• This can occur when recording or viewing a 16:9-ratio image on a 4:3-ratio TV, or vice versa. For more
details, see the display specification. ¬page 78
Troubleshooting
Displays
Symptom
Explanation/Solution
Unknown indicator appears on the screen.
• A warning indicator or message appears on the screen. ¬pages 87~89
An afterimage remains on the LCD screen.
• This occurs if you disconnect the power adaptor or remove the battery before turning the power off.
The image on the LCD screen looks dark.
• Ambient light is too bright. Adjust the brightness and angle of the LCD.
Storage media
Symptom
Explanation/Solution
Memory card functions are not operable.
• Insert a memory card into your camcorder properly. ¬page 30
• If you use a memory card formatted on a computer, format it again directly on your camcorder. ¬page 76
Image cannot be deleted.
• You cannot delete the images protected by another device. Release the protection of the image on the
device. ¬page 69
• Release the lock on the write-protect tab of the memory card (SDHC memory card, etc.), if any. ¬page 31
You cannot format the memory card.
• Release the lock on the write-protect tab of the memory card (SDHC memory card, etc.), if any. ¬page 31
• The memory card is not supported on your camcorder or the card has some problems.
The data file name is not indicated correctly.
• The file may be corrupted.
• The file format is not supported by your camcorder.
• Only the file name appears if the directory structure does not comply with the international standard.
Your computer does not recognise an SDXC
memory card.
• SDXC memory cards use the exFAT file system. To use SDXC memory cards on a Windows XP
computer, download and update the exFAT file system driver from the Microsoft website.
Your TV or computer cannot display photos and
videos that are stored on an SDXC memory card.
• SDXC memory cards use the exFAT file system. Ensure that the external device is compatible with the
exFAT file system before connecting the product to the device.
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Troubleshooting
Recording
Symptom
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Explanation/Solution
Pressing the [Recording start/stop] button does
not start recording.
• There is not enough free space to record on the storage media.
• Make sure the memory card is inserted and write-protect tab is set to unlock.
• The internal temperature of your camcorder is unusually high.
Turn off your camcorder and leave it for a while in a cool place.
• Your camcorder is damp and moist inside (condensation).
Turn off your camcorder and leave it for about 1 hour in a cool place.
The actual recording time is less than the estimated
time.
• The estimated recording time may vary depending on the contents and the features you used.
• Recording a fast-moving subject increases the bit rate and consequently the amount of storage space
required for the recording, which can lead to a shorter available recording time.
The recording stops automatically.
• There is no more free space for recording on the storage media.
Back up important files to your PC, and then format the storage media or delete the unnecessary files.
• If you frequently record or delete files, the performance of the storage media will deteriorate.
In this case, reformat the storage media.
• If you use a memory card with a low writing speed, the camcorder automatically stops recording the
videos and the corresponding message appears on the LCD screen.
When recording a subject illuminated by bright light,
vertical lines appear.
• The camcorder is unable to record these levels of brightness.
Troubleshooting
Recording
Symptom
Explanation/Solution
When the screen is exposed to direct sunlight during
recording, the screen turns red or black for an
instant.
• Do not expose the LCD screen to direct sunlight.
During recording, the date/time does not appear.
• Set Date/Time Display to on. ¬page 72
The beep sound is not heard.
• Set the Beep Sound to On.
• The beep sound is temporally off while the camcorder records videos.
• When the Audio/Video cable jack is connected to the camcorder, the beep sound will automatically turn
off.
There is a time difference between the point where
you press the [Recording start/stop] button and
the point where the recorded video starts/stops.
• On your camcorder, there may be a slight time delay between the point where you press [Recording
start/stop] button and the actual point where the recorded video starts/stops. This is not an error.
You cannot record a photo image.
• Set your camcorder to the recording mode. ¬page 26
• Release the lock on the write-protection tab of the memory card if set. ¬page 31
• The storage media is full.
Use a new memory card or format the storage media. ¬page 76
Remove unnecessary images. ¬page 68
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Troubleshooting
Adjusting the image during recording
Symptom
Explanation/Solution
Focus does not adjust automatically.
• Set Focus to Auto. ¬page 57
• The recording conditions are not suitable for auto focus.
Adjust the focus manually. ¬page 57
• The lens is dusty on the surface. Clear the lens and check the focus.
• You are recording in a dark place. Increase the brightness.
The image appears too bright or flickering, or
changes in colour.
• This occurs when recording images under a fluorescent lamp, sodium lamp, or mercury lamp. Cancel
iSCENE to minimise these phenomena. ¬page 51
Playback on your camcorder
Symptom
Explanation/Solution
The video does not play back.
• Press the [MODE] button to set the video playback mode.
• Image files recorded on another camcorder may not play back on your camcorder.
• Check out memory card compatibility. ¬page 31
The Skip or Search function does not work properly.
• If the temperature inside the camcorder is too high, it cannot function properly.
Turn the camcorder off, wait for a few moments, and then turn it on again.
Playback is interrupted unexpectedly.
• Check if the power adaptor or battery is properly connected and stable.
You cannot hear sound when playing back a Time
Lapse recording.
• The Time Lapse REC function does not record sound.
Photos stored on a storage media do not appear in
the actual size.
• Photos recorded on other devices may not appear at actual size. This is not an error.
Playback on other devices (TV, etc.)
Symptom
You cannot view the image or hear the sound on the
connected device.
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Explanation/Solution
• Connect the audio line of the Audio/Video cable jack to your camcorder and the connected device (TV,
DVD recorder, etc). (Red colour- right, White colour- left)
• The Audio/Video cable jack is not connected properly. Make sure that the Audio/Video cable jack is
connected to the proper jack. ¬page 77
Troubleshooting
Connecting to a computer
Symptom
Explanation/Solution
When accessing videos, a computer does not
recognise your camcorder.
• Disconnect the USB cable from the computer and camcorder, restart the computer, then reconnect it
correctly.
Cannot play back a video file properly on a PC.
• You need to install a video codec on the PC to play back the files recorded by your camcorder. Install or
run the internal edit software (Intelli-studio).
• Make sure you insert the connector in the correct direction, and connect the USB cable to the USB
jack on your camcorder firmly. Disconnect the cable from the computer and camcorder, restart the
computer. Reconnect it properly.
• Your computer may not have the necessary performance specifications to play back a video file. Check
the recommended computer specifications.
Intelli-studio does not function properly.
• Exit the Intelli-studio application, and restart the Windows computer.
• Intelli-studio is not Mac OS compliant.
• Set PC Software to On in the Settings menu.
The image or sound of the video file recorded by
your camcorder does not play back correctly on
your PC.
• The image or sound of the video file may stop playing back temporarily depending on the data transfer
speed of PC. Copy the video file to your PC and then play it back on the PC.
• If you connect the camcorder to your PC that the PC does not support Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0),
the image or sound of the video file may not play back correctly. Video files copied to the PC are not
affected by it.
The playback screen is paused or distorted.
• Check the system requirements to play back a video. ¬page 80
• Exit all other applications running on the computer.
• If you play back the recorded file by connecting the camcorder to your PC, the file may not play back
smoothly depending on the data transfer speed of PC.
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Troubleshooting
Dubbing with other devices
Symptom
You cannot dub correctly using the Audio/Video
cable.
Explanation/Solution
• The Audio/Video cable is not connected properly. Make sure that the Audio/Video cable is connected to
the proper jacks, i.e. to the input jacks of the device used for dubbing an image from your camcorder.
¬page 79
General operations
Symptom
Explanation/Solution
The date and time are incorrect.
• Has the camcorder been left unused for a long period of time?
The backup internal rechargeable battery may be discharged. ¬page 25
Pressing a button will not turn on or operate the
computer.
• Remove the battery or unplug the power adaptor, and then reconnect the power supply to the
camcorder before turning it on.
Menu items that cannot be used at the same time
Symptom
Explanation/Solution
• You cannot select greyed items if items in the menu displays grey. If you have not inserted a memory
card in the camcorder, all functions that require a memory card (Storage Info, Format, etc.) are dimmed
in the menu and you cannot select them. Insert a memory to set the functions.
Cannot use
Menu items are greyed out.
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Because of the following settings
Anti-Shake(HDIS)
Face Detection
Back light
Digital Special Effect
C.Nite
Video Resolution : 1280x720/25p
Maintenance & additional information
MAINTENANCE
Cautions when storing
• For safekeeping of the camcorder, turn off the camcorder.
- Remove the battery and power adaptor.
- Remove the memory card.
• To clean the lens
Use a blower brush to remove dust, and then wipe the lens gently
with a soft cloth.
If necessary, wipe gently with lens paper or tissue.
- Mould may form if the lens is left dirty.
- If the lens looks dim, turn off the camcorder and leave it off for
about 1 hour.
Cleaning the camcorder
Before cleaning, turn off the camcorder and remove the battery
and power adaptor.
• To clean the exterior
- Wipe gently with a soft dry cloth. Do not apply excessive force
when cleaning. Gently rub the surface.
- Do not use benzene or thinner to clean the camcorder. The
exterior coating could peel off or the case could deteriorate.
• To clean the LCD screen
Wipe very gently with a soft dry cloth. Be careful not to damage
the screen.
LCD screen
• To prolong its service life, do not rub the LCD screen with a
coarse cloth.
• Be aware of the following LCD screen phenomena. They are
not malfunctions.
- When you use the camcorder, the surface around the LCD
screen may heat up.
- If you leave the power on for a long time, the surface around
the LCD screen becomes hot.
- When using the camcorder in cold conditions, an afterimage
may appear on the LCD screen.
• An LCD screen is manufactured using advanced technology
which creates screens with pixel failure rates of less than 0.01%.
However, a black or bright spot (red, blue, white) may appear in
the centre of the LCD screen and up to two spots may appear
outside the centre. These spots, which are normally incurred
during the manufacturing process, do not affect the recorded
images.
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Maintenance & additional information
When there is dew condensation, put the camcorder aside
for a while before using
• What is dew condensation?
Dew condensation happens when a camcorder is moved to a
location where there is a significant temperature difference from
the previous location. The dew condenses on the external or
internal parts of the camcorder, and on the reflection lens. If there
is dew on or in your camcorder, it may cause the camcorder to
malfunction or damage the camcorder when you turn the power
on.
• Exactly when does dew condensation occur?
When you move the camera to a location with a higher
temperature than the previous location, or when you move it to a
hot area suddenly. Examples:
You record outside in cold weather during the winter and
then move the camera in indoors.
You record outside in hot weather after being indoors or
inside a car where the A/C was running.
• What can I do?
Turn the power off, detach the battery, and leave the
camcorder in a dry area for 1~2 hours before using it.
• Use the camcorder only after dew condensation has completely
disappeared.
• Be sure to use the recommended accessories supplied with the
camcorder. For service, contact your nearest Samsung authorised
service centre.
USING YOUR CAMCORDER ABROAD
• Each country or region has its own electric and colour systems.
• Before using your camcorder abroad, check the following items.
Power sources
The power adaptor provided lets you power, recharge, and use your
camcorder in any country/region that has the power in the 100 V to
240 V, 50/60 Hz range. You may need a commercially available AC
plug adaptor depending on the design of local wall outlets.
On TV colour systems
Your camcorder is a PAL based camcorder. If you want to view your
recordings on a TV or copy them to an external device, it must be a
PAL based TV or external device and have the appropriate Audio/
Video jacks. Otherwise, you may need to use a separate video
format transcoder (For example, a PAL to NTSC format converter).
The format transcoder is not provided by Samsung.
PAL-compatible countries/regions
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, CIS, Czech
Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,
Great Britain, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Iran,
Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia, Mauritius, Norway, Romania,
Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden,
Switzerland, Syria, Thailand, Tunisia, etc.
NTSC-compatible countries/regions
Bahamas, Canada, Central America, Japan, Korea, Mexico,
Philippines, Taiwan, United States of America, etc.
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You can make recordings with your camcorder and view pictures
on the LCD screen anywhere in the world.
Maintenance & additional information
GLOSSARY
AF (Auto Focus)
A system that automatically focuses the camcorder lens on the subject. Your
camcorder uses the contrast to focus automatically.
Aperture
The aperture controls the amount of light that reaches the camcorder’s sensor.
Camcorder shake (Blur)
If the camcorder is moved while the shutter is open, the entire image may appear
blurred. This occurs more often when the shutter speed is slow. Prevent camcorder
shake by raising the sensitivity, using a faster shutter speed. Alternately, use a tripod,
the DIS or OIS function to stabilise the camcorder.
Composition
Composition in photography means arranging objects in a photo. Usually, abiding by
the rule of thirds leads to a good composition.
Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor (CMOS)
CMOS is an image sensor producing images approaching the quality of CCD
(charge coupled device) sensors. It consumes less power, meaning a longer battery
life on your camcorder.
Digital zoom
A feature that artificially increases the amount of zoom available with zoom lens
(Optical zoom). When using the Digital zoom, the image quality will deteriorate as the
magnification increases.
Focal length (f)
The distance from the middle of the lens to its focal point (in millimeters). Longer focal
lengths result in narrower angles of view and the subject is magnified. Shorter focal
lengths result in wider angles of view.
F. No (F-Number)
The F-number defines the brightness of lens. Smaller number lens has generally
brighter image. The F-number is directly proportional to the focal length and inversely
proportional to the lens diameter.
*F.No=focal length/diameter of lens aperture
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 defines the latest video coding format standardised by the
ISOIEC and the ITU-T, in 2003. Compared with the conventional MPEG-2 format,
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 has more than twice the efficiency. Your camcorder employs
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 to encode high definition videos.
Optical zoom
This is a general zoom which can enlarge images with a lens and does not
deteriorate quality of images.
Quality
An expression of the rate of compression used in a digital image. Higher quality
images have a lower rate of compression, which usually results in a larger file size.
Resolution
The number of pixels present in a digital image. High resolution images contain more
pixels and typically show more detail than low resolution images.
Effective Pixel Count
Shutter speed
Unlike the total pixel count, this is the actual number of pixels used to capture an
image.
Shutter speed refers to the amount of time it takes to open and close the shutter,
and it is an important factor in the brightness of a photo, as it controls the amount
of light which pass through the aperture before it reaches the image sensor. A fast
shutter speed allows less time to let light in and the photo becomes darker and more
easily freezes subjects in motion.
EV (Exposure Value)
All the combinations of the camcorder’s shutter speed and lens aperture that result
in the same exposure.
Exposure
The amount of light allowed to reach the camcorder’s sensor. Exposure is controlled
by a combination of the shutter speed, the aperture value, and ISO sensitivity.
White balance (colour balance)
An adjustment of the intensities of colours (typically the primary colours red, green,
and blue), in an image. The goal of adjusting the white balance, or colour balance, is
to correctly render the colours in an image.
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Specifications
Model name
System
LCD screen
Connectors
General
SMX-F70BP/SMX-F70SP/SMX-F700BP/SMX-F700SP
Video signal
PAL
Picture compression format
H.264/AVC
Audio compression format
AAC (Advanced Audio Coding)
Image device
1/3.2” CMOS
Effective pixels
Approx. 920,000 pixels
Total pixels
Approx. 5 Mega pixels
Lens
1.8 to 4.9, 52x (Optical), 65x (Intelli), 130x (Digital) Electronic zoom lens
Focal length
2.1mm~109.2mm
Size/dot number
2.7 inches wide, 230k
LCD screen method
TFT active matrix system
Composite video out
1.0V (p_p), 75Ω, analogue
Audio output
-7.5dBm 47KΩ, analogue, stereo
USB output
mini USB-B type (USB2.0 High Speed)
Power source
5.0V (Using the power adaptor), 3.7V (Using Lithium Ion battery)
Power source type
Power supply (100V~240V) 50/60Hz, Lithium Ion battery
Power consumption
2.4W ( LCD on)
Operating temperature
0˚C~40˚C (32˚F~104˚F)
Operating humidity
10% ~80%
Storage temperature
-20˚C~60˚C (-4˚F~140˚F)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 53.9mm×56.4mm×119.0mm (2.05''×2.3''×4.43'')
Weight
Approx. 220g (0.485lb) (without battery and memory card)
Internal MIC
Omni-directional stereo microphone
Ⲽ These technical specifications and design may be changed without notice.
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0800-112-8888, 021-5699-7777
www.samsung.com
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Correct disposal of batteries in this product
(Applicable in the European Union and other
European countries with separate battery return
systems)
This marking on the battery, manual or packaging
indicates that the batteries in this product should not
be disposed of with other household waste at the
end of their working life. Where marked, the chemical
symbols Hg, Cd or Pb indicate that the battery contains
mercury, cadmium or lead above the reference levels
in EC Directive 2006/66. If batteries are not properly
disposed of, these substances can cause harm to
human health or the environment.
To protect natural resources and to promote material
reuse, please separate batteries from other types of
waste and recycle them through your local, free battery
return system.
Correct Disposal of This Product
(Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment)
(Applicable in the European Union and other
European countries with separate collection
systems)
This marking on the product, accessories or literature
indicates that the product and its electronic accessories
(e.g. charger, headset, USB cable) should not be
disposed of with other household waste at the end
of their working life. To prevent possible harm to the
environment or human health from uncontrolled waste
disposal, please separate these items from other types
of waste and recycle them responsibly to promote the
sustainable reuse of material resources.
Household users should contact either the retailer
where they purchased this product, or their local
government office, for details of where and how they
can take these items for environmentally safe recycling.
Business users should contact their supplier and check
the terms and conditions of the purchase contract. This
product and its electronic accessories should not be
mixed with other commercial wastes for disposal.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
129, Samsung-Ro, Yeongtong-Gu,
Suwon-Si, Gyeonggi-Do 443-742 Korea
Samsung Electronics Euro QA Lab.
Blackbushe Business Park
Saxony Way, Yateley, Hampshire
GU46 6GG, UK
RoHS compliant
Our product complies with “The Restriction Of the use of
certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic
equipment”, and we do not use the 6 hazardous materials- Cadmium (Cd), Lead
(Pb), Mercury (Hg), Hexavalent Chromium (Cr +6), Poly Brominated Biphenyls
(PBBs), Poly Brominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs)- in our products.
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