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Watje 12:32pm on Friday, October 22nd, 2010 
I was intrigued by the ease-of-use & timesaving features of the emerging MPEG-2 camcorder products. I bought GS180 for personal use especially for recording videos of my little child and I think it is wise choice for me at the price I paid for it.
mpjbrennan 2:44am on Thursday, October 14th, 2010 
Panasonic NV-GS180 is the best camcorder for all age group. Can be used as still camera in bright light. Great Video. Great camera,strong .superb video exc sound. With all digital cameras battery life is an issue always. Overall it is a lightweight and easy to use camera. Any age group will have no problem using it.
putmanh 3:45pm on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 
The Panasonic NV-GS180... Having a 3CCD camcorder is the best thing in the camcorder world. I bought this camera for holidays and family occasions. I already own several broadcast quality cameras, which are all too bulky for domestic use.
morrowyn 8:42pm on Wednesday, September 8th, 2010 
I went through a few available description of this camcorder as well as asking at the store before purchasing and no mention for need of Firewire conn...
papamerv 1:52pm on Monday, July 26th, 2010 
This is a very neat little camera (and when I say little, I mean little, the dimensions are small). It has Image stabilization. I recently bought this product for prepartion of my presentations. It was really hard to decide which one to buy. Small sie, 3CCDs, joy stick.
wheid 2:08am on Monday, July 19th, 2010 
newnick911m 4:43am on Sunday, July 4th, 2010 
The Panasonic 180 is the "entry level" 3CCD camcorder from Panasonic. I bought mine from Currys at just under £300. For me. This is a good quality product that offers good value for money in the very short term. Although as with most electronic products.
jdbrisel 8:17pm on Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 
I work as a coordinator in television and film production and I always wanted to get a decent camera without breaking the bank. I was choosing a camcorder for a month. 3CCG, good colors, excellent videos. bad battery life
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Inserting/removing a cassette
1 Slide the [OPEN/EJECT] lever and open the

cassette cover.

When the cover is fully opened, the cassette holder will come out. 2 After the cassette holder is opened, insert/ remove the cassette.
When inserting a cassette, orient it as shown in the figure, and then securely insert it as far as it goes. When removing, pull it straight out. 3 Push the [PUSH] mark 1 in order to close the cassette holder.


4 Only after the cassette holder is completely
housed, close the cassette cover.
Inserting/removing a card
Before inserting/removing a card, be sure to set the [OFF/ON] switch to [OFF]. If the card is inserted or removed with the power turned on, this camera may malfunction or the data recorded on the card may be lost. 1 Open the LCD monitor and then open the card slot cover.

Card access lamp

2 Insert/remove the card into/from the card
When the camera accesses the card (reading, recording, playback, erasing, etc.), the access lamp lights up. If the following operations are performed when the access lamp is lit, then the card or the recorded data may be damaged or the camera may malfunction. Opening the card slot cover and inserting or removing the card. Operating the [OFF/ON] switch or the mode dial. SD Memory Card The memory capacity indicated on the SD Memory Card label corresponds to the total amount of capacity to protect and manage the copyright and the capacity available as conventional memory for a movie camera, personal computer or other equipment. Concerning the write protection
When inserting a card, face the label side 1 towards you and push it straight in with one stroke as far as it goes. When removing the card, open the card slot cover and press the centre of the card and then pull it straight out. 3 Securely close the card slot cover. Concerning the card Do not touch the terminals on the back of the card. Do not format the card with another movie camera or any personal computer. This operation may make the card unusable. Electrical noise, static electricity, or failure of the movie camera or the card may damage or erase the data stored on the card. We recommend saving important data on a personal computer by using a USB cable, PC card adaptor or USB reader/writer.
switch on the SD Memory Card
The SD Memory Card has a write protection switch on it. If the switch is moved to [LOCK], you cannot write to the card, erase the data on it, or format it. If it is moved back, you can.

Turning the camera on

When the camera is turned on with the lens cap fitted, the automatic white balance adjustment may not function properly. Please turn the camera on after removing the lens cap. How to turn on the power 1 While pressing the button 1, set the [OFF/ON] switch to [ON]. The status indicator lights up. 1


How to use the joystick
Basic joystick operations Operations on the menu screen and selection of files to be played back on the multi-image display Move the joystick up, down, left, or right to select an item or file, and then push in the centre to set it.
How to turn off the power 1 While pressing the button 1, set the [OFF/ON] switch to [OFF]. The status indicator goes off. 1
Select by moving up. Select by moving down. Select by moving left. Select by moving right. Determine by pushing the centre.

Selecting a mode

Rotate the mode dial to select the desired mode. 1 Rotate the mode dial. Set your desired mode to 1.
Joystick and screen display Push the centre of the joystick, and icons will be displayed on the screen. Each push switches the display as follows depending on the mode. (In the Tape playback mode or the Picture playback mode, the icons will be automatically displayed on the screen.) 1) Tape recording mode ([AUTO/MANUAL/FOCUS] switch is set to [AUTO])
: Tape recording mode Use this when you record the image on a tape. (Also, you can simultaneously record still pictures on a card while recording images on a tape.) : Tape playback mode Use this to play back a tape. : Card recording mode Use this to record still pictures on a card. : Picture playback mode Use this to play back the still pictures recorded on a card. PC : PC mode Use this to view or edit the images recorded on a card on your personal computer. (Refer to the operating instructions for PC connection.)
Tele-macro Soft skin mode Fade Backlight compensation Night view/0 Lux night view Recording check


Before using Remote control usable range Concerning the button-type battery When the button-type battery runs down, replace it with a new battery (part number: CR2025). The battery is normally expected to last about 1 year, but it depends on operation frequency. Keep the button-type battery out of the reach of children. If the remote control mode of the camera and that of the remote control do not match with each other, REMOTE will appear. When the remote control is operated for the first time after the camera is turned on, CHECK REMOTE MODE (-48-) will appear and operation is impossible. Set the same remote control mode. The remote control is intended for indoor operation. Outdoors or under strong light, the movie camera may not operate properly even within the usable ranges. Within a 1 metre range, you can operate the remote control from beside the remote control sensor (LCD monitor side) of the movie camera.
The distance between the remote control and the camera: Within approx. 5 m Angle: Approx. 10o up and 15o down, left, and right Selecting the remote control mode If 2 cameras are used simultaneously, set the mode for one pair of movie camera and remote control to [VCR1] and that of the other pair to [VCR2]. This will prevent interference between the 2 pairs. (The default setting is [VCR1]. When the button-type battery is replaced, the setting will revert to the default [VCR1].) 1 Setting on the camera: Set [SETUP] >> [REMOTE] >> [VCR1] or [VCR2]. 2 Setting on the remote control:
[VCR1]: Press [D] and [] simultaneously. 1 [VCR2]: Press [E] and [] simultaneously. 2

Check before recording

Check the following by trying recording before important events such as weddings in order to verify that the image recording and audio recording work properly and that you know how to use the movie camera. Basic camera holding
About auto mode Set the [AUTO/MANUAL/FOCUS] switch to [AUTO], and colour balance (white balance) and focusing will be adjusted automatically. Auto white balance: -58Auto focusing: -58-


Colour balance and focus may not be adjusted depending on light sources or scenes. If so, manually adjust the white balance and focus. Scene mode setting (-30-) White balance setting (-31-) Shutter speed setting (-32-) Iris/gain value setting (-32-) Focus setting (-32-) Recording mode You can switch the tape recording mode. Set to Tape Recording Mode. 1 Set [BASIC] >> [REC SPEED] >> [SP] or [LP]. If the LP mode is selected, the recording time will be 1.5 times the SP mode, but some functions will be disabled.

1) Hold the camera with both hands. 2) Run your hand through the grip belt. 3) Do not cover the microphones or sensors with your hands. 4) Keep your arms near your body. 5) Slightly open your legs. When you are in the open air, record pictures with the sunlight as far in the background as possible. If the subject is backlit, it will become dark in the recording. Check points Remove the lens cap. (-8-) (When the camera is turned on with the lens cap fitted, the automatic white balance adjustment may not function properly. Please turn the camera on after removing the lens cap.) Grip belt adjustment (-8-) Power supply (-9-) Insert a cassette/card (-11-, -12-) Setting date/time (-16-) Adjustment of LCD monitor/viewfinder (-16-) Getting the remote control ready (-17-) Setting SP/LP mode (-20-)
We recommend using the SP mode for important recording. In order to fully exhibit the performances of the LP mode, we recommend using Panasonic cassettes marked LP mode. It is not possible to dub audio onto image recorded in the LP mode. (-41-) In the LP mode, the picture quality will not be degraded in comparison with the SP mode, but mosaic noise may appear on the playback image or some functions may be disabled. Playback on other digital video equipment or on digital video equipment without the LP mode. Playback of the image on other digital video equipment recorded in the LP mode. Slow/frame-by-frame playback.

Recording on a tape

Remove the lens cap. (-8-) (When the camera is turned on with the lens cap fitted, the automatic white balance adjustment may not function properly. Please turn the camera on after removing the lens cap.) Set to Tape Recording Mode.
Concerning the remaining tape time

indication on the screen

The remaining tape time is indicated in minutes. (When it reaches less than 3 minutes, the indication starts flashing.) During a 15 seconds or shorter recording, the remaining tape time indication may not be displayed or the remaining tape time may not be displayed correctly. In some cases, the remaining tape time indication may display remaining tape time that is 2 to 3 minutes shorter than the actual remaining tape time.
1 Press the recording start/stop button to

start recording.

Recording still pictures on a card while recording image onto a tape
You can record still pictures while recording image onto a tape. Set to Tape Recording Mode. 1 Press the [PHOTO SHOT] button fully while recording image onto a tape.
2 Press the recording start/stop button again

to pause recording.

For the recording time on a tape, refer to -10-. Carry out a recording check (-22-) to verify that the image is recorded properly. In order to find the unrecorded section, carry out the blank search (-22-). On-screen display in the tape

recording mode

2) 3) 4) 5)
For the number of still pictures to be recorded on a card, refer to -60-. When recording pictures onto a card, the recording start/stop button is disabled. You can select a picture quality for still pictures to be recorded. (-23-) The sizes of pictures to be recorded are [640]. In order to record still pictures with higher quality, we recommend using the card recording mode. If the wide mode is used, you cannot record images onto the card. The [PHOTO SHOT] button does not work if it is pressed halfway.
These indications are displayed only when the card is inserted. 1) Recording time elapse 2) Remaining tape time indication 3) Still picture size 4) Number of recordable still pictures (When no picture can be recorded, this indication will flash in red.) 5) Quality of still pictures

Check the recording

The last image recorded is played back for 2 to 3 seconds. After checking, the camera will be set to a recording pause. Set to Tape Recording Mode. 1 Press the joystick during the recording pause until the icon 1 appears. 2 Move the joystick down to select the recording check icon [ ].
Recording still pictures onto a card (Photoshot)
Set to Card Recording Mode.
1 Press the [PHOTO SHOT] button halfway in
order to adjust focusing. (For auto focusing only) The iris/gain value is fixed and this camera focuses on the subject automatically.

Blank search function

Searches for the last part of the image recorded (unused part of the tape). Set to Tape Recording Mode. 1 Set [BASIC] >> [BLANK SEARCH] >> [YES]. Stopping blank search midway


Move the joystick down to select the [] icon.
1 Shutter chance mark (The white lamp flashes.): Focusing (The green lamp lights up.): When in focus No mark: When focusing is unsuccessful The shutter chance mark is indicated as follows when the [PHOTO SHOT] button is not pressed halfway. Please use it as a guide for recording. (The green lamp lights up.): When in focus and a good picture can be recorded (White lamp lights up.): Almost in focus 2 Focus area 2 Press the [PHOTO SHOT] button fully. To record still pictures clearly When zooming in on the subject with a magnification of 4k to 10k or higher, it is difficult to reduce the slight shaking from holding the movie camera by hand. We recommend decreasing the zoom magnification and approaching the subject when recording. When recording still pictures, hold the movie camera firmly with your hands and keep your arms stationary at your side so as not to shake the movie camera. You can record stable pictures without shaking by using a tripod and the remote control.

When the LCD monitor is opened, the viewfinder will be automatically turned off. If the LCD monitor is rotated towards the lens side though, then the viewfinder will be activated. When the LCD monitor is rotated towards the lens side, the icon will not be displayed even if you push the centre of the joystick.

Quick start

This camera will be put into standby in approx. 1.7 seconds after the power is turned on. Please note in Quick Start Mode approximately half the pause recording power is being consumed. Using Quick Start Mode will reduce the battery recording/playback time. This is only activated in the following cases. A tape or a card is inserted, while the Tape Recording Mode is set. A card is inserted, while the Card Recording Mode is set. 1 Press the [QUICK START] button.
When the camera is quick-started with the white balance on automatic, it may take some time until the white balance is adjusted if the scene being recorded has a light source different from the scene last recorded. (When the colour night view function is used, however, the white balance of the scene last recorded is retained.) The zoom magnification may differ from when it is in the quick start standby mode and when the recording starts.
Backlight compensation function
This protects a backlit subject from being darkened. Set to Tape/Card Recording Mode. 1 Press the joystick until the icon 1 appears. 2 Move the joystick right to select the backlight compensation icon [ ].


The quick start recording lamp lights up. (Press the button again to cancel it.) 2 Set the [OFF/ON] switch to [OFF].
The image on the screen will become brighter. To return to normal recording Select the [ ] icon again.
The quick start is now ready.
3 Set the [OFF/ON] switch to [ON].
This camera will be put into a recording pause in approx. 1.7 seconds after it is turned on. To cancel the quick start when the
If you operate the [OFF/ON] switch or the mode dial, the backlight compensation is cancelled.

power is set to [OFF]

Press and hold the [QUICK START] button for approx. 2 seconds. The lamp will go off and the camera will be completely turned off. If the standby continues for approx. 30 minutes, then the lamp will go off and the camera will be completely turned off. When you rotate the mode dial or remove the battery, the quick start recording lamp is turned off and the quick start mode is cancelled. If the movie camera is turned on and the Tape/Card Recording Mode is set though, the lamp turns on and the quick start mode is restored.

Night view functions

This function allows you to record colour subjects in dark locations to stand out against the background. Attach the camera to a tripod, and you can record images free from vibration. Only manual focusing can be used. Recorded scene is seen as if frames were missed. Colour night view function You can record dark locations brightly in colour. 0 Lux night view function You can record completely dark locations with the light of the LCD monitor. Set to Tape Recording Mode. 1 Press the joystick until the icon 1 appears. 2 Move the joystick up to select the night view icon [ ].

To cancel the colour night view
Select the night view icon until the night view indication disappear. If set in a bright place, the screen may become whitish for a while. The night view function makes the signal charging time of CCD up to approximately 25k longer than usual, so that dark scenes invisible to the naked eye can be recorded brightly. For this reason, bright dots that are usually invisible may be seen, but this is not a malfunction. The night view function is cancelled when you operate the power switch or the mode dial.

Soft skin mode

This allows the skin colour to be recorded in a softer tone. This is more effective if you record the bust image of a person. Set to Tape/Card Recording Mode. 1 Press the joystick until the icon 1 appears. 2 Move the joystick down to select the soft skin icon [ ].
Each upward press switches the modes. OFF # Colour night view function # 0 Lux night view function # OFF 3 (In the case of 0 lux night view function) Rotate the LCD monitor towards the lens side.
To cancel the soft skin mode Select the [ ] icon again. If the background or anything else in the scene has colours similar to the skin colour, they will also be smoothed. If the brightness is insufficient, the effect may not be clear.
When the LCD monitor is reversed, the Power LCD Lamp turns on and the screen is lit in white. Record the subject while viewing it on the viewfinder. The light of the LCD monitor reaches approx. 1.2 m or less.

Tele-macro function

By focusing only on the subject and blurring the background, the image can be impressive. This camera can focus on the subject at a distance of approx. 40 cm. Set to Tape/Card Recording Mode. 1 Press the joystick until the icon 1 appears. 2 Move the joystick up to select the tele-macro icon [ ].
Fade in/fade out function
Fade in The image and audio gradually appear. Fade out The image and audio gradually disappear. Set to Tape Recording Mode. 1 Press the joystick until the icon 1 appears. 2 Move the joystick left to select the fade icon [ ].
If the magnification is 10k or less, then it is automatically set to 10k. To cancel the tele-macro function Select the [ ] icon again. If a sharper focus cannot be achieved, adjust the focus manually. In the following cases, the tele-macro function is cancelled. The zoom magnification becomes lower than 10k. The [OFF/ON] switch or the mode dial is operated.
3 Press the recording start/stop button. Start recording. (fade in) When you start recording, the image/audio disappeared completely and the image/audio gradually appears.
Pause recording. (fade out) The image/audio gradually disappears. After the image/audio completely disappears, recording stops.
To cancel fading Select the [ ] icon again. To select the colour for fade in/out The colour which appears in fading pictures can be selected. 1 Set [SETUP] >> [FADE COLOUR] >> [WHITE] or [BLACK]. While the fade in/fade out function is selected, it takes several seconds to display the image when you start recording images. Besides, it also takes several seconds to pause recording.

Wind noise reduction function
This reduces the wind noise coming into the microphone when recording. Set to Tape Recording Mode. 1 Set [BASIC] >> [WIND CUT] >> [ON].
Recording images for wide-screen TVs
This allows you to record images compatible with wide-screen TVs. Wide Function Images are recorded with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Cinema Function Images are recorded with a black belt appearing along the top and bottom of the screen so that they look like theatre movies. Set to Tape Recording Mode. 1 Wide Function Set [ADVANCE] >> [ASPECT] >> [16:9]. Cinema Function Set [ADVANCE] >> [CINEMA] >> [ON].


To cancel the wind noise reduction
Set [BASIC] >> [WIND CUT] >> [OFF]. Reduces the wind noise depending on the wind strength. (If this function is activated in strong winds, the stereo effect may be reduced. When the wind weakens, the stereo effect will be restored.)

Self-timer recording

You can record still pictures on a card using the timer. Set to Card Recording Mode. 1 Set [BASIC] >> [SELF TIMER] >> [YES]. 2 Press the [PHOTO SHOT] button.
To cancel the Wide/Cinema function Wide Function Set [ADVANCE] >> [ASPECT] >> [4:3]. Cinema Function Set [ADVANCE] >> [CINEMA] >> [OFF]. When the Wide Function is activated, the display such as the menu screen or the operation icon is expanded horizontally. Images played back vary depending on the TV connected. Please refer to the operating instructions for your TV. This function does not widen the recording range. When images are played back on a TV screen, the date/time indication may be erased in some cases. Depending on the TV, the picture quality may deteriorate. When a cinema picture is imported into a personal computer, the imported picture may not be displayed correctly, depending on the software in used. If you use a TV with an aspect ratio of 4:3, we do not recommend using the wide mode. (Images are vertically stretched.) If the wide function is set when the Image stabilizer function is used, the image stabilizer function will be cancelled.
After the recording lamp and the [ ] indication flashes for approx. 10 seconds, recording will start. After recording, the self-timer will be cancelled. You cannot press the [PHOTO SHOT] button half way. Focusing will be carried out with reference to the focusing frame. To stop the timer midway through Press the [MENU] button. By operating the [OFF/ON] switch or mode dial, the self-timer standby mode is cancelled. If the continuous photoshot recording is set, the maximum recordable pictures are recorded.
Image stabilizer function
Reduces the image shaking due to hand movement when recording. Set to Tape Recording Mode. 1 Set [ADVANCE] >> [SIS] >> [ON].

Continuous Photoshot

Records still pictures continuously at a certain interval. Set to Card Recording Mode. 1 Set [BASIC] >> [PICTURE SIZE] >> [640]. 2 Set [ADVANCE] >> [BURST MODE] >> [ON].

Manual focus adjustment

If auto focusing is difficult due to the conditions, then manual focusing is available. Set to Tape/Card Recording Mode. 1 Set the [AUTO/MANUAL/FOCUS] switch to [MANUAL].
Manual shutter speed/aperture adjustment
Shutter Speed Adjust it when recording fast-moving subjects. Aperture Adjust it when the screen is too bright or too dark. Set to Tape/Card Recording Mode. 1 Set the [AUTO/MANUAL/FOCUS] switch to [MANUAL].
2 Set the [AUTO/MANUAL/FOCUS] switch to


2 Move the joystick down until the shutter
speed indication or aperture value indication appears.

1/50 OPEN OdB

The MNL and the manual focus indication [MF] will be displayed. 3 Move the joystick left or right in order to adjust the focus.

1/50 F2.0 0dB

1) Shutter speed 2) (Aperture) Iris/gain value 3 Move the joystick left or right in order to adjust the shutter speed or aperture. To restore to automatic adjustment Set the [AUTO/MANUAL/FOCUS] switch to [AUTO]. Manual shutter speed adjustment Avoid recording under fluorescent light, mercury light or sodium light because the colour and brightness of the playback image may change. If you increase the shutter speed manually, the sensitivity lowers and accordingly the gain value increases automatically, which may increase the noises on the screen. You may see vertical lines of light in the playback image of a brightly shining subject or highly reflective subject, but this is not a malfunction. During normal playback, image movement may not look smooth. When recording in the extremely bright place, the colour of the screen may change or flickers. If so adjust the shutter speed manually to 1/50 or 1/100.
When focused with a wide angle, the subject may not be in focus when zoomed in. First, zoom in on the subject, and then focus on it. To restore to the automatic
Set the [AUTO/MANUAL/FOCUS] switch to [AUTO] or [FOCUS].
Record mode Manual iris/gain adjustment If the value does not become OPEN, you cannot adjust the gain value. If the gain value is increased, the noise on the screen increases. Depending on the zoom magnification, there are iris values that are not displayed. Shutter speed range 1/50 to 1/8000 seconds: Tape Recording Mode 1/25 to 1/500 seconds: Card Recording Mode The shutter speed closer to 1/8000 is faster. Iris/gain value range CLOSE (Closed), F16,., F2.0, OPEN (Opened) 0dB,., 18dB Value closer to [CLOSE] darken the image. Value closer to [18dB] brighten the image. Values with dB are gain values.

4 Move the joystick up to select the [1/;]
icon to start playback. The image and sound are reproduced.
5 Start recording. 6 Stop recording. 7 Move the joystick down to select the []
icon to stop playback. For more information, refer to the operating instructions for your TV set and recorder. When you do not need functional indications or date and time indications, press the [EXT DISPLAY] button on the remote control for no indication. (When you connect the movie camera and a recorder with the DV cable, these indications may not appear.) When neither image nor sound from
Using the DV Cable for Recording (Digital Dubbing)
By connecting other digital video equipment with DV terminal and the movie camera by using the DV cable VW-CD1E (optional) 1, high-image-quality dubbing can be done in digital format. This model cannot be used as a Recorder. Set to Tape Playback Mode. (Player/ recorder) 1 Connect the movie camera and digital video equipment with the DV cable.
the movie camera is output to the TV set
Check that the plugs are inserted as far as they go. Check the connected terminal. When no image is presented on the TV even if set [BASIC] >> [AV JACK] >> [OUT/], set to [OUT]. (-46-)
2 Start playback. (Player) 3 Start recording. (Recorder) 4 Stop playback. (Player)
Do not plug or unplug the DV cable during dubbing, or the dubbing may not be completed properly. Even if you use a device equipped with DV terminals such as IEEE1394, you may not be able to perform digital dubbing in some cases. For more information, see the instructions for equipment connected. Regardless of the menu settings on the recorder, digital dubbing is carried out in the same mode as the [AUDIO REC] mode of the playback tape. The images on the recorder monitor may be disturbed, but it does not affect the recorded images.

Audio dubbing

You can add music or narration to the recorded cassette. Set to Tape Playback Mode. 1 Insert an external microphone securely into the [MIC] terminal as far as it will go.
Before recording with audio dubbing Set to Tape Recording Mode. When you want to preserve the original sound taken during recording, set [SETUP] >> [AUDIO REC] >> [12bit] to take pictures. (When set [16bit], the sounds taken during recording are erased after recording with audio dubbing.) Set [BASIC] >> [REC SPEED] >> [SP] to take pictures. To play back the sound recorded with

Others CHANGE MODE TO USE USB: The USB cable is connected to the movie camera in Card Recording Mode. DISCONNECT USB CABLE: You are attempting to turn the mode dial in PC mode with the USB cable connected to the movie camera. You are attempting to record pictures on a tape/card with the USB cable connected to the movie camera. NO INK IN PRINTER: There is no ink. Check the connected printer. NO PAPER IN PRINTER: There is no paper. Check the connected printer. PRINTER ERROR: Check the connected printer. PC DOES NOT SUPPORT USB2.0: The movie camera is connected to a personal computer that does not support USB 2.0. CAN NOT USE USB: You are connecting the USB cable with the DV cable connected. CHANGE TO MANUAL MODE: You are attempting to select the item on the [SCENE MODE] when the [AUTO/ MANUAL/FOCUS] switch is set to [AUTO]. CAN NOT OPERATE (MOTION DV MODE): You are attempting to change [D.ZOOM] setting during MotionDV Mode. REVERSE THE LCD MONITOR: At the time of 0 Lux night view mode, when LCD monitor is not reversed, it displays. When the LCD monitor is rotated by 180 towards the lens, the brightness of the LCD monitor cannot be adjusted.
Functions cannot be used simultaneously
Some functions in the movie camera are disabled or cannot be selected due to its specifications. The table below shows examples of functions restricted by conditions. Functions Progressive Conditions which disable the functions When recording onto a tape and a card simultaneously When digital zoom (10k or higher) is used When the shutter speed is 1/750 or faster in Tape Recording Mode When the gain value is increased in Tape Recording Mode When the colour night view function is used When the portrait mode of the scene mode is used in Tape Recording Mode When the wide mode is used When the Card Recording mode is used
Digital zoom Wide mode Fade
Image stabilizer When the Card Recording mode is used When the colour night view function is used Backlight compensation Soft skin Tele-macro Recording check Colour Night View Continuous Photoshot Zoom microphone Wind noise reduction When the iris/gain is set When the colour night view function is used While recording to a tape
While recording to a tape When the Card Recording mode is used When [PICTURE SIZE] is set to other than [640] An external microphone is used
Others Scene mode When setting the [AUTO/ MANUAL/FOCUS] switch to [AUTO] When the colour night view function is used When digital zoom (10k or higher) is used When the colour night view function is used When a menu is displayed When the colour night view function is used When the scene mode is used During repeat playback When the write protect switch on the card is set to [LOCK] When the file is protected When the write protect switch on the card is set to [LOCK] The section of a tape recorded in LP mode The blank section of a tape
Before requesting repair (Problems and solutions)
Power/Body 1: The movie camera power cannot be turned on. Is the battery fully charged? Use a fully charged battery. The battery protection circuit may have operated. Attach the battery to the AC adaptor for 5 to 10 seconds. If the movie camera still cannot be used, the battery is faulty. 2: The movie camera power is turned off automatically. If you set [POWER SAVE] to [5 MINUTES] and do not operate the movie camera for about 5 continuous minutes, the power is automatically turned off for tape protection and power conservation. To resume recording, turn the [OFF/ON] switch to [OFF]. Then turn it to [ON] again. (-45-) 3: The movie camera power does not stay on long enough. Is the battery low? If the remaining battery power indication is flashing or the message LOW BATTERY is displayed, the battery has run down. Charge the battery or attach a fully charged battery. (-9-) Has condensation occurred? When you carry the movie camera from a cold place into a warm place, condensation may occur inside it. If so, the power is turned off automatically, disabling all operations except for taking cassettes out. Wait until the condensation indication disappears. (-54-) 4: Battery runs down quickly. Is the battery fully charged? Charge it with the AC adaptor. (-9-) Are you using the battery in an extremely cold place? The battery is affected by ambient temperature. In cold places, the operating time of the battery becomes shorter. Has the battery worn out? The battery has a limited life. If the operating time is still too short even after the battery is fully charged, depending on the usage, the battery has worn out and can no longer be used.

Others To store the battery for a long period of time, we recommend you charge it once every year and store it again after you have completely used up the charged capacity. Dust and other matter attached to the battery terminals should be removed. Do not throw old battery into fire. Heating a battery or throwing it into a fire may result in an explosion. If the operating time is very short even after the battery has been recharged, the battery has worn out. Please purchase a new battery. About the AC adaptor If the battery is warm, charging requires more time than normal. If the temperature of the battery is extremely high or extremely low, the [CHARGE] lamp may continue flashing, and the battery may not be charged. After the battery temperature has decreased or increased sufficiently, recharging starts automatically. So, wait for a while. If the lamp still continues flashing even after the recharging, the battery or AC adaptor may be faulty. If so, please contact a dealer. If you use the AC adaptor near a radio, radio reception may be disturbed. Keep the AC adaptor 1 metre or more away from radio. When using the AC adaptor, it may generate whirring sounds. However, this is normal. After use, be sure to pull out the AC mains lead from the AC mains socket. (If they are left connected, a minute amount of current is consumed.) Always keep the electrodes of the AC adaptor and battery clean. About the cassette Never place the cassette in a high temperature place. The tape may be damaged, producing mosaic-like noise at the time of playback. When storing the cassette after use, be sure to rewind the tape to the beginning and take it out. If the cassette is left for more than 6 months (depending on the storage condition) in the movie camera or stopped midway, the tape may sag and be damaged. Once every 6 months, wind the tape to the end and then rewind it to the beginning. If the cassette is left for 1 year or longer without winding or rewinding, the tape may be deformed by expansion or shrinkage attributable to temperature and humidity. The wound tape may stick to itself. Dust, direct sunlight (ultraviolet rays), and humidity may damage the tape. Such usage may cause damage to the movie camera and the heads. After use, be sure to rewind the tape to the beginning, put the cassette in the case to protect it from dust, and store it upright. Keep the cassette away from strong magnetism. Apparatuses using magnets such as magnetic necklaces and toys have magnetic force that is stronger than expected, and they may erase the contents of a recording or may increase noise. About the card When inserting or removing the card, always set the [OFF/ON] switch to [OFF]. When the access lamp is illuminated (during access to the card), do not open the card slot cover to pull out the card, turn off the power, or cause any vibrations or impacts. Do not leave the card in places where there is high temperature or direct sunlight, or where electromagnetic waves or static electricity are easily generated. Moreover, do not fold or drop the card, and do not strongly vibrate it. The card may break or the contents of the card may be destroyed or erased. After use, be sure to remove the card from the movie camera for storage. After use, or when storing or carrying the card, put it in the storage case. Do not allow dust, water, or foreign substances to adhere to the terminals on the back of the card. Moreover, do not touch the terminals with your hand. Folder structure of the card The folder structure of the card formatted by the movie camera will be displayed on the PC as the illustration below.

Others White balance The image recorded by the movie camera may become bluish or reddish under the influence of light sources. To avoid such phenomena, adjust the white balance. White balance adjustment determines the white colour under different light sources. By recognizing which is the white colour under sunlight and which is the white colour under a fluorescent lamp, the movie camera can adjust the balance among the other colours. Since white colour is the reference of all colours (light), the movie camera can record pictures in a natural hue if it can recognize the reference white colour. Auto focus Auto focus automatically moves the focusing lens forward and backward inside the movie camera to bring the subject into focus. Auto focus has the following characteristics. Adjusts so that the vertical lines of a subject are seen more clearly. Attempts to bring an object with higher contrast into focus. Focuses on the screen centre only. Due to these characteristics, auto focus does not work correctly in the following situations. Record pictures in the manual focus mode. Recording a subject with one end located closer to the movie camera and the other end farther away from it As auto focus adjusts at the centre of an image, it may be impossible to focus on a subject that is located in both the foreground and background. Recording a subject behind dirty or dusty glass The subject behind the glass will not be focused because the focus is on the dirty glass. Recording a subject that is surrounded by objects with glossy surfaces or by highly reflective objects The recording subject may become blurry because the movie camera focuses on the objects with glossy surfaces or on highly reflective objects. Recording a subject in dark surroundings The movie camera cannot focus correctly because the light information that comes through the lens decreases considerably. Recording a fast-moving subject As the focus lens-inside moves mechanically, it cannot keep up with a fast-moving subject. Recording a subject with little contrast A subject with little contrast, such as a white wall, may become blurry because the movie camera achieves focus based upon the vertical lines of an image.
Digital Video Camera Information for your safety Power source: DC 7.9/7.2 V Power consumption: Recording 3.6 W (When using viewfinder) 3.9 W (When using LCD monitor) Recording format: Mini DV (Consumer-use digital video SD format) Tape used: 6.35 mm digital video tape Recording/playback time: SP: 80 min; LP: 120 min (with DVM80) Video Recording system: Digital component Television system: CCIR: 625 lines, 50 fields PAL colour signal Audio Recording system: PCM digital recording 16 bit (48 kHz/2 ch), 12 bit (32 kHz/4 ch) Image sensor: 1/6-inch 3CCD image sensor (Effective pixels: moving picture/400 Kk3, still picture/530 Kk3, Total: 800 Kk3) Lens: Auto Iris, F1.8 to F2.8, Focal length; 2.45 mm to 24.5 mm, Macro (Full range AF) Filter diameter: 37 mm Zoom: 10:1 Power zoom Monitor: 2.5-inch LCD Viewfinder: Colour electronic viewfinder Microphone: Stereo (with a zoom function) Speaker: 1 round speaker 20 mm Standard illumination: 1,400 lx Minimum required illumination: 1 lx (Colour Night View Mode) Video output level: 1.0 Vp-p, 75 h S-Video output level: Y Output: 1.0 Vp-p, 75 h C Output: 0.3 Vp-p, 75 h Audio output level (Line): 316 mV, 600 h Mic input: Mic sensitivity 50 dB (0 dB=1 V/Pa, 1 kHz) (Stereo mini jack)



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