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Comments to date: 7. Page 1 of 1. Average Rating:
theArni 1:59pm on Thursday, September 30th, 2010 
I liked everything about this cam but the most important feature - video quality. It sucks.
XRumer320 4:13am on Sunday, September 5th, 2010 
the features of both still and dvd are nice, but for a novice camera operator this has been quite an experience terrible pictures on the sd card.
antonbijl 3:55am on Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 
Panasonic Camcorder I love this Camcorder. It is lightweight and easy to use. It has good clear pictures and sound. Lost memories and no help from Panasonic I have had this camera for about two years.
TheRider 1:46am on Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 
I recieved this camera as a gift for Christmas. It works well for what I needed it to do, film low-budget films.
Phenom24 11:15pm on Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 
Good quality for daytime, lightweight, small, neat features image quality is poor in low light and auto focus blurs
rossmck 4:04pm on Friday, April 23rd, 2010 
So, after reviewing camera after camera in the $500.00 price range I chose this Panasonic model.
jtfitch 6:07am on Saturday, March 20th, 2010 
the features of both still and dvd are nice, but for a novice camera operator this has been quite an experience terrible pictures on the sd card.

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USE & LOCATION TO AVOID SHOCK HAZARD. Your Camcorder and power supply should not be exposed to rain or moisture. Do not connect the power supply or operate your Camcorder if it gets wet. Your Camcorder has been designed for outdoor use, however, it is not designed to sustain direct exposure to water, rain, sleet, snow, sand, dust, or direct splashing from a pool or even a cup of coffee. This action could permanently damage the internal parts of your Camcorder. Do not attempt to disassemble this unit. There are no user serviceable parts inside. Unplug your Camcorder from the power supply before cleaning.


DO NOT AIM YOUR CAMCORDER AT THE SUN OR OTHER BRIGHT OBJECTS DO NOT LEAVE THE CAMCORDER WITH THE EVF AIMED DIRECTLY AT THE SUN AS THIS MAY CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE INTERNAL PARTS OF THE EVF DO NOT EXPOSE YOUR CAMCORDER TO EXTENDED HIGH TEMPERATURE. Such as, direct sunlight, inside a closed car, next to a heater, etc. This action could permanently damage the internal parts of your Camcorder. AVOID SUDDEN CHANGES IN TEMPERATURE. If the unit is suddenly moved from a cold place to a warm place, moisture may form on the tape and inside the unit. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CAMCORDER OR THE POWER SUPPLY TURNED ON WHEN NOT IN USE. STORAGE OF YOUR CAMCORDER. Store and handle your Camcorder in a manner that will not subject it to unnecessary movement (avoid shaking and striking). Your Camcorder contains a sensitive pick-up device which could be damaged by improper handling or storage. CARE TO CLEAN YOUR CAMCORDER. Do not use strong or abrasive detergents when cleaning your Camcorder body. TO PROTECT THE LENS. Do not touch the surface of the lens with your hand. Use a commercial Camcorder lens solution and lens paper when cleaning the lens. Improper cleaning can scratch the lens coating. TO PROTECT THE FINISH OF YOUR CAMCORDER. Before handling your Camcorder, make sure your hands and face are free from any chemical products, such as suntan lotion, as it may damage the nish.
Apparatus Claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 4,631,603, 4,577,216, and 4,819,098, licensed for limited viewing. This product incorporates copyright protection technology that is protected by method claims of certain U.S. patents and other intellectual property rights owned by Macrovision Corporation and other rights owners. Use of this copyright protection technology must be authorized by Macrovision Corporation, and is intended for home and other limited viewing uses only unless otherwise authorized by Macrovision Corporation. Reverse engineering or disassembly is prohibited.
Before opening the CD-ROM package (PV-GS15: Supplied, PV-GS9/PV-GS12/PV-GS14: Optional Software), please read the following.
End User License Agreement (for USB Driver, WebCam Driver and DV STUDIO (Optional Software))

1 Pass one end of the Lens Cap Cord through the attached eye on the Lens Cap. Then pass the Lens Cap through the loop made by itself and pull tight.
Attach the other end of the Shoulder Strap to the other Shoulder Strap Holder in the same way.

Inserting a Cassette

1 Slide the [OPEN/EJECT] Lever 37 toward the front and pull down to fully open the Cassette Compartment Cover.
When not using the Lens Cap, pull the Lens Cap Cord in the direction of the arrow. 1 When you are not recording, be sure to cover the Lens with the Lens Cap for protection. 2
3 Close the Cassette Holder by pressing the [PUSH] mark 1.
When you remove the Lens Cap, press the knobs rmly.
4 Close the Cassette Compartment Cover by pressing the mark 2.
Attaching the Shoulder Strap
We recommend that you attach the Shoulder Strap before going out to avoid dropping the Camcorder.
1 Pull the end of the Shoulder Strap through the Shoulder Strap Holder on the Camcorder.
Accidental Erasure Prevention
Opening the accidental erasure prevention slider 1 on the cassette (by sliding it to the [SAVE] arrow direction) prevents recording. To enable recording, close the accidental erasure prevention slider (by sliding it to the [REC] arrow direction).
2 Fold the end of the Shoulder Strap, run it through the Shoulder Strap Length Adjuster, and pull it.
Using a Memory Card (For PV-GS12/ PV-GS14/PV-GS15)
A Card can be used to record still pictures.
Use a genuine SD Memory Card or MultiMediaCard manufactured by Panasonic only.

Turning on the Camcorder

Turn on the power rst and then select modes.

How to Turn on the Power

1 Set the [OFF/ON] Switch 44 to [ON] while pressing the button 1.
The [POWER] Lamp 41 lights up.
Before inserting or removing a Card, be sure to turn off the Camcorder.
Otherwise, the Camcorder may not function properly or it may cause the loss of recorded data in a Card.

Inserting a Card

1 Slide the [OPEN] Lever 3 to open the Card Slot Cover 5.

How to Turn off the Power
2 Set the [OFF/ON] Switch 44 to [OFF] while pressing the button 1.
2 While holding the Memory Card with its cut corner facing right 1 , insert it into the Card Slot 4.

Easy to Use Mode Dial

You can choose a desired mode by rotating the Mode Dial.
3 Close the Card Slot Cover 5 securely. Removing the Card Open the Card Slot Cover and press the center of the Card and then pull it straight out.
After removing the Card, close the Card Slot Cover. The Camcorder may be damaged if the Card is forced out when the Card is fully inserted.
1 Rotate the Mode Dial 40.

Card Access Lamp

(PV-GS12/PV-GS14/ PV-GS15)


Tape Recording Mode
Use this mode when recording pictures on a tape. Also, you can record still pictures on the card simultaneously while recording on a tape (For PV-GS12/PV-GS14/PV-GS15).
While the Camcorder is accessing the Card (reading, recording, playback or erasing), the Card Access Lamp lights up. While the Card Access Lamp is on, never attempt to open the Card Slot Cover, to pull out the Card, to turn off the Camcorder, or to turn the Mode Dial. Such actions will damage the Card, and recorded data, and cause the Camcorder to malfunction.

Tape Playback Mode

Use this mode when playing back the recorded scene on a tape.
Card Recording Mode (For PV-GS12/PV-GS14/PV-GS15)
Use this mode when recording still pictures on a card.
Picture Playback Mode (For PV-GS12/PV-GS14/PV-GS15)
Use this mode when playing back the recorded still picture on a card.
PC Mode (For PV-GS12/PV-GS14/PV-GS15)
Use this mode when you want to connect the Camcorder to your Personal Computer.
Using the Viewnder/LCD Monitor

Using the Viewnder

Before using the Viewnder, adjust the eld of view so that the displays inside the Viewnder become clear and easy to read.

1 Pull the Viewnder.

Closing the LCD Monitor Push the LCD Monitor until it is securely locked.
Make sure the Card Slot Cover is closed.
2 Adjust by turning the Eyepiece Corrector Knob 35.

To Cancel Blank Search Before Completion Press the [ ] Button.

Digital Still Picture

When the [STILL] Button 13 is pressed, images become still pictures. When the button is pressed again, the Digital Still Picture Mode is canceled.
Recording a Still Picture on a Card (Photoshot) (For PV-GS12/PV-GS14/ PV-GS15 )
Still pictures can be recorded on the Memory Card from the Camcorder.
1 Set the Mode Dial 40 to Card Recording Mode.
We recommend that you press the [STILL] Button rst at the position where you wish to record the still picture so as to enter the Digital Still Picture Mode and then press the [PHOTO SHOT] Button.
2 Press the [PHOTO SHOT] Button 36.

Progressive Photoshot

When the [ P ] Indication is displayed, Progressive Photoshot Function works. You can record still pictures with higher quality by using this function. The Progressive Photoshot Function may not be activated depending on the function you use. (p. 60) To record still pictures with higher quality, we recommend setting to the Card Recording Mode. (To activate the Progressive Photoshot Function regardless of the function you use) When you record onto the tape and the card simultaneously, the Progressive Photoshot Function is not activated.
The [ PICTURE ] Indication lights up in red.
Selecting the quality of Photoshot images 1 Set [CARD RECORDING MENU] >> [CARD] >> [PICT QUALITY] >> a desired image quality.
Recording a Still Picture on a Tape (PV-GS9 Only)
Still pictures can be recorded from the Camcorder lens.
Maximum number of images recordable on the supplied (PV-GS15 Only) Card (8MB)
[FINE] (high image quality): approximately 45 pictures [NORMAL] (normal image quality): approximately 95 pictures [ECONOMY] (low image quality): approximately 190 pictures These gures vary depending on the subject being photographed.
1 Press the [PHOTO SHOT] Button 36 in the Recording Pause Mode.

Continuous Photoshot

If you set [SHTR EFFECT] on the [CAMERA] Sub-Menu to [ON] and keep the [PHOTO SHOT] Button pressed, the Camcorder will continuously record still pictures in approximately 0.7 seconds intervals until the button is released.
The screen blinks and, at the same time, a shutter clicking sound is recorded.
Maximum number of still pictures recordable on an SD Memory card (optional)
PICTURE FINE NORMAL ECONOMY QUALITY 16 MB MB MB 128 MB MB 512 MB These gures vary depending on the subject being photographed.
Recording Mode RapidFire Consecutive Photoshot
The still pictures can be recorded on a Card at regular intervals.
Recording with the Built-in LED Video Light (For PV-GS12/PV-GS14/PV-GS15)

To brighten the natural colors in a scene. Gain Up mode works with the Built-in Video Light to enhance the lights brightness.
1 Press the [LIGHT] Button 11. 1

The [

] Indication appears. The Built-in LED Video Light lights and the Gain Up mode is set to on. Gain Up mode will be brighter than when only the Video Light is on, however, ghost images will appear.
2 Press the [LIGHT] Button. 2
Gain Up mode is set to off. To eliminate ghost images, use this mode.
3 Press the [LIGHT] Button. 3
The Video Light turns off. Pressing the [LIGHT] Button again returns to 1. When [ON] is selected, the still pictures can be recorded in approximately 0.5 second intervals until the [PHOTO SHOT] Button is released or 10 pictures are recorded. For other notes concerning this item, see pages 61-62.

Recording Yourself

By opening the LCD Monitor and rotating it forward (to the lens side), you can let the subject in front of the Camcorder monitor the shot while recording is in progress.
For other notes concerning this item, see page 62.

Quick Start

By pressing the [QUICK START] Button 42 , the Camcorder will be ready for recording in approximately 1.3 seconds after it is turned on.
1 Press the [QUICK START] Button 42.
The Quick Start Recording Lamp 42 lights up.
When the LCD Monitor is opened, the Viewnder is disabled automatically. However, when the LCD Monitor is rotated forward, the image is also shown in the Viewnder. If you prefer to have the image on the LCD Monitor to look like an image in a mirror, set [SELF REC] on the [LCD/EVF] Sub-Menu to [MIRROR]. Images are recorded normally and no left and right reversal occurs.
2 Set the [OFF/ON] Switch 44 to [OFF].
The Quick Start Recording Lamp remains lit.
3 Set the [OFF/ON] Switch 44 to [ON].
The Camcorder will be ready for recording in approximately 1.3 seconds. Zoom Magnication Indication is displayed for a few seconds.
To Cancel the Quick Start
Keep the [QUICK START] Button pressed for approximately 2 seconds and make sure the Quick Start Recording Lamp is not lit. For other notes concerning this item, see page 62.

Self-timer Recording

When you set the self-timer, the recording starts automatically after 10 seconds on the Tape (PV-GS9 Only) or the Card (For PV-GS12/PV-GS14/PV-GS15).
To Take Close-up Shots of Small Subjects

Digital Effects 2 [EFFECT2]

11) NEGA 12) SEPIA

2 Set [TAPE RECORDING MENU] >> [DIGITAL] >> [MULTI MODE] >> [STROBE] or [MANUAL]. 3 Press the [MULTI] Button 20.

13) B/W

11) Negative Mode [NEGA] The colors of the recorded image are inverted as seen in a negative. 12) Sepia Mode [SEPIA] It records a scene with a brownish tint, like the color of old pictures. 13) Black & White Mode [B/W] It records an image in black and white. 14) Solarisation Mode [SOLARI] It records an image with a painting-like effect.
If [MANUAL] is selected, press the [MULTI] Button at each scene you want to capture.
Deleting All the Captured Multi-Pictures While 9 multi-pictures are displayed, press the [MULTI] Button.
If [MANUAL] has been selected, press the [MULTI] Button after 9 pictures are displayed.

Wipe Mode and Mix Mode

Wipe Mode:
Like drawing a curtain, the still picture of the last recorded scene gradually changes to the moving image of a new scene.
To Display the Multi-Pictures Again Press the [MULTI] Button for 1 second or longer. To Delete Multi-Pictures One by One (When pictures were captured in [MANUAL]) When the [MULTI] Button is pressed for 1 second or longer while the still pictures are displayed, the pictures captured last are deleted continuously.
After still pictures are deleted one by one, they cannot be displayed again. For other notes concerning this item, see page 64.

Mix Mode:

While the moving image of a new scene fades in, the still image of the last recorded scene gradually fades out.

Picture-in-Picture Mode

You can display a sub-screen (still picture) inside the screen.
The [WIPE] or [MIX] Indication appears.
2 Press the Recording Start/Stop Button 43 to start recording.
2 Aim the Camcorder at the scene you want to capture and press the [P-IN-P] Button 20 to insert a small still picture.
3 Press the Recording Start/Stop Button 43 to pause the recording.
The last scene is stored in memory. The [WIPE] or [MIX] Indication changes to [ WIPE ] or [ MIX ].
A small still picture is displayed in a normal picture. If the [P-IN-P] Button is pressed again, the small still picture is cleared. For other notes concerning this item, see page 64.

2 Start playback and set the Camcorder to Still Playback Mode at the scene you wish to record, and press the [PHOTO SHOT] Button 36.
1 Press the [ ] Button 69 on the Remote Control where you want to add new sound.
Recording Pictures from a Card onto a Tape (For PV-GS12/PV-GS14/ PV-GS15)
Card Images can be recorded to the Tape.
2 Press the [A.DUB] Button 55 on the Remote Control. 3 To start Audio Dubbing, press the [ 69 on the Remote Control. ] Button
2 Display the rst picture. 3 Press the [PHOTO SHOT] Button 36.
To Cancel Audio Dubbing Press the [ ] Button 69 on the Remote Control. The Camcorder is in the Still Playback Mode again. To Play Back the Sound Recorded by 12bit Audio Dubbing Set [TAPE PLAYBACK MENU] >> [PLAYBACK] >> [12bit AUDIO] >> [ST1], [ST2] or [MIX].
ST1: ST2: MIX: It plays back only the original sound. It plays back only the sound added by Audio Dubbing. It plays back both the original sound and the sound added by Audio Dubbing simultaneously.
During the copying, the following Indication appears.
It takes a few seconds to record a picture to the Tape.
To Dub Audio While Listening to a Pre-recorded Sound When pausing the audio dubbing, set the [12bit AUDIO] on the [PLAYBACK] Sub-Menu to [ST2] and you can check the pre-recorded sound. When a microphone (For PV-GS14/PV-GS15) is used for audio dubbing, use headphones to listen to the pre-recorded sound while dubbing the audio. (When using headphones, set [AV JACK] on the [INITIAL] to [OUT/PHONES].) When the line input is used, you can dub audio while listening to the pre-recorded sound from the speaker.
Camcorder: 1 Insert the recorded Cassette. VCR: 2 Insert an unrecorded Cassette with an erasure prevention tab.
If various setups (such as external input, tape speed, etc.) are required, please refer to the operating instructions of your VCR.
Camcorder: 3 Press the [] Button to start playback. VCR: 4 Start recording. 5 Press the Pause or Stop Button to stop recording. Camcorder: 6 Press the [ ] Button to stop playback.
Copying on an S-VHS (or a VHS) Cassette


After connecting the Camcorder and the VCR as illustrated, start the following procedures.
Using the DV Cable for Recording

(Digital Dubbing)

By connecting this Camcorder with other digital video equipment (such as another Camcorder of the same format/model) that has a DV input/output Terminal, and using a 4-pin to 4-pin DV Interface Cable PV-DDC9 (optional) 1 , high quality images and sounds can be dubbed in the digital mode.

Connecting the Camcorder to Personal Computer (For Using as a Web Camera)
1 Set the Camcorder to Tape Recording Mode or Tape Playback Mode.
4 Start the Windows Messenger (For Windows XP users) or MSN Messenger (For Windows 98SE/Me/2000 users).
Click [Start] >> [All Programs (Program)] >> [Windows Messenger] or [MSN Messenger]. When you use Windows XP, the other parties via the network have to use the Windows Messenger on Windows XP. When you use other than Windows XP, the other parties via the network have to use MSN Messenger on an OS other than Windows XP. If the Camcorder is used as a Web Camera, the quality of the video to be exchanged will depend on the Internet connection status. If the USB Cable is disconnected from the personal computer, the Web Camera mode is canceled. If the Camcorder is used as a Web Camera, video cannot be recorded onto a tape or a card.
With a PC Setting up the Windows Messenger
When starting the Windows Messenger for the rst time, its setup screen is displayed. (However, the screen is not displayed if the Windows Messenger setup has already been done.) For more details, please read the corresponding Help le.
6 Click on [Audio Tuning Wizard.] in the [Tools] menu to conrm that equipment is connected correctly.
1 Click [Click here to sign in].
7 Select [USB Video Device] in the [Camera] menu.
2 Select [.NET Messaging Service] and click [OK]. 8 Select [DVC] in the [Microphone] menu.
3 Click [Next] when the [.NET Passport Wizard] dialog appears.
For other information about Windows Messenger, please refer to Help. When access is nished, close Windows Messenger, then turn off the Camcorder. Finally, disconnect the USB Cable. If the Camcorder is used as Web Camera continuously for two hours, the communication is automatically shut OFF. In this case, restart Windows Messenger and set up the communication again.
4 Please carefully read the displayed contents and then proceed. 5 After the setup is completed, sign in and start the Windows Messenger.
Setting up the MSN Messenger
When starting the MSN Messenger for the rst time, its setup screen is displayed. (However, the screen is not displayed if the MSN Messenger setup has already been done.) For more details, please read the corresponding Help le.

1 Click [Sign In].

When the Card is being read, do not remove the Card, turn off the power, or subject it to vibration or impact. 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. Do not bend or drop the Card. The Card or the recorded content may be damaged. After use, be sure to remove the Card from the Camcorder. After usage, store the supplied SD Memory Card in the enclosed bag. Do not touch the terminals on the back of the Card with your ngers. Do not allow dirt, dust or water to enter it. Keep the Memory Card out of reach of children to prevent swallowing.
Wrap it with a soft cloth to prevent dust from getting into the Camera. Do not leave the Camcorder in places that expose it to high temperature.


Extremely high temperatures or low temperatures will shorten the life of the Battery. If the Battery is kept in smoky or dusty places, the terminals may rust and cause malfunctions. Do not allow the Battery terminals to come in contact with metal objects (such as necklaces, hairpins, etc.). This can result in a short circuit or heat generation and, if you touch the Battery in this condition, you may be badly burned. Store the Battery in a completely discharged state. To store the Battery for a long period of time, we recommend you charge it once every year and store it again after you completely use up the charged capacity.
LCD Monitor/Viewnder/Lens Hood

LCD Monitor

In a place with drastic temperature changes, condensation may form on the LCD Monitor. Wipe it with a soft dry cloth. If your Camcorder is extremely cold when you turn its power on, the image on the LCD Monitor is slightly darker than usual at rst. However, as the internal temperature increases, it goes back to the normal brightness. Extremely high precision technology is employed to produce the LCD Monitor screen featuring a total of approximately 105,000 pixels. The result is more than 99.99 % effective pixels with a mere 0.01 % of the pixels inactive or always lit. However, this is not a malfunction and does not affect the recorded picture.


Before storing it, rewind the tape to the beginning. If the Cassette is left for more than 6 months with the tape stopped midway, the tape sags (although it depends on the storage condition). Be sure to rewind to the beginning. Store the Cassette in its case. Dust, direct sunlight (ultraviolet rays), or humidity may damage the tape. Dust contains hard mineral particles, and dusty Cassettes damage the heads of the Camcorder and other components. Develop a habit of returning the Cassette back to its case. Once every half year, 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, temperature and humidity changes may cause the Cassette to deform due to swelling, shrinking, and so forth. The wound tape may stick to itself. Do not place a Cassette near highly magnetic substances or equipment. The surface of tape is covered with extremely minute magnetic particles, upon which signals are recorded. Magnetic necklaces, toys, etc., have magnetic force that is stronger than you may normally expect, and they may erase the contents of a recording or may cause noise in images and sounds.

The Time Code becomes inaccurate.
The Time Code Indication counter may not be constant in the reverse direction in Slow Motion Playback Mode, but this is not a malfunction.
The Remaining Tape Time Indication does not match the actual remaining tape time.
If scenes of less than 15 seconds are continuously recorded, the remaining tape time cannot be displayed correctly. In some cases, the Remaining Tape Time Indication may show remaining tape time that is 2 to 3 minutes shorter than the actual remaining tape time.

Power Battery

The Camcorder power does not stay on long enough.
Is the Battery low? Charge the Battery or attach a fully charged Battery. (p. 15) Has condensation occurred? Wait until the Condensation Indication disappears. (pp. 66-67)
Pictures cannot be played back even when the [] Button is pressed.
Is the Mode Dial set to Tape Playback Mode? If not, the playback function cannot be used. (p. 35)

Playback (Pictures)

Battery runs down quickly.
Is the Battery fully charged? Charge it with the AC Adaptor. (p. 15) Are you using the Battery in an extremely cold place? In cold places, the operating time of the Battery becomes shorter. (p. 68) Has the Battery worn out? If the operating time is still too short even after the Battery is fully charged, the Battery has worn out.
Mosaic-pattern noise appears on images during Cue, Review or Slow Motion Playback.
This phenomenon is characteristic of digital video systems. It is not a malfunction.
The Battery cannot be charged.
If the DC Cable is connected to the AC Adaptor, charging cannot be performed. Disconnect the DC Cable.
Although the Camcorder is correctly connected to a TV, playback images cannot be seen.
Have you selected Video Input on the TV? Please read the operating instructions of your TV and select the channel that matches the input jacks used for the connection. Depending on your TV, nothing may be shown even if you correctly connect the Camcorder with your TV. In this case, set [AV JACK] on the [INITIAL] Sub-Menu to [OUT].
Recorded pictures are not clear.

Is [PICT QUALITY] on the [CARD] Sub-Menu set to [NORMAL] or [ECONOMY]? If recording is done with it set to [NORMAL] or [ECONOMY], images with ne details may include a mosaic-like pattern. Set [PICT QUALITY] to [FINE]. (p. 25)
Photoshot Playback images do not look normal.
The picture may be damaged. In order to prevent the loss of image data, backing up on a Cassette or a personal computer is recommended. (pp. 44, 48)
Playback (Pictures) Playback (Sound)
Playback picture is not clear.
Are the heads of the Camcorder dirty? If the heads are dirty, playback image cannot be clear. (p. 67)
Playing back or recording do not function, the screen has frozen or the indication has disappeared.
Turn the Camcorder off. If the Camcorder is not turned off after operating the [OFF/ON] switch, press the [RESET] Button (p. 12) rst. And detach the Battery or AC Adaptor and then reattach it.
During Playback the [UNPLAYABLE CARD] Indication is displayed.
The image was either recorded in a different format, or data is damaged.
Even if a Card is formatted, it cannot be used.
Either the Camcorder or the Card may be damaged. Please consult a dealer.
The Camcorder clatters when shaking it.
It is a sound of the lens moving, not a malfunction.
Sound is not played back from the built-in speaker of the Camcorder or the headphones.
Is the volume too low? During playback, push the [W/T] Lever to display the [VOLUME] Indication and adjust the volume. (p. 35)
When the USB Cable is disconnected, an error message will appear on PC.
To disconnect the USB cable safely, double-click the [ ] icon in the task tray and follow the instructions on the screen. (p. 49)
Different sounds are reproduced at the same time.
[12bit AUDIO] on the [PLAYBACK] Sub-Menu of the [TAPE PLAYBACK MENU] has been set to [MIX]. As a result, the original sound and sound that was recorded by audio dubbing are played back together. It is possible to reproduce the sounds separately. (p. 44)

Using the RESET button

1 Open the LCD Monitor. (p. 19) 2 Undo Grip Belt end 1 and pull Lens Cap Cord 2 downward to loosen Grip Belt.
The original sound was erased when audio dubbing was performed.
If you perform audio dubbing on a recording made in [16bit] Mode, the original sound will be erased. If you wish to preserve the original sound, be sure to select [12bit] Mode at the time of recording.
3 Use projection 3 on the Lens Cap to press the [RESET] Button 4.
Sounds cannot be played back.
Although a Cassette with no audio dubbing is being played, is [12bit AUDIO] on the [PLAYBACK] Sub-Menu of the [TAPE PLAYBACK MENU] set to [ST2]? To play back a Cassette with no audio dubbing, [12bit AUDIO] must be set to [ST1]. (p. 44) Is the Variable Speed Search Function working? Press the [] Button to cancel the Variable Speed Search Function. (p. 36)


AC Adaptor with AC Cable and DC Cable


800 mAh/1 h 30 min, Battery Pack



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Limited Warranty

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


Camcorder DVD/VCR Deck, A/V Mixer TV/VCR, TV/DVD, TV/DVD/VCR Combination TV/HDR Combination Rechargeable Batteries (in exchange for defective item) Tape (in exchange for defective item) Memory Cards (in exchange for defective item)
One (1) Year (except CCD Image Sensor) CCD Image Sensor - 6 (Six) Months One (1) Year One (1) Year (except CRT) CRT - Two (2) Years One (1) Year (except CRT) CRT - Two (2) Years Ten (10) Days

Ninety (90) Days


Carry-In or Mail-In

Contact Number


Ninety (90) Days Ninety (90) Days Ninety (90) Days Ninety (90) Days Ninety (90) Days Ninety (90) Days Not Applicable Carry-In or Mail-In Carry-In: 21 CRT and Smaller In-Home or Carry-In: 22 CRT and Larger In-Home or Carry-In 1-800-211-PANA(7262) 1-800-211-PANA(7262) 1-888-843-9788

Five (5) Days

Not Applicable
During the Labor warranty period there will be no charge for labor. During the Parts warranty period, there will be no charge for parts. You must carry-in or mail-in your product or arrange for in-home service, as applicable, during the warranty period. If non-rechargeable batteries are included, they are not warranted. This warranty only applies to products purchased and serviced in the United States or Puerto Rico. This warranty is extended only to the original purchaser of a new product which was not sold as is. A purchase receipt or other proof of the original purchase date is required for warranty service. Carry-In, Mail-in or In-Home Service For Carry-In, Mail-In or In-Home Service (as applicable) in the United States call toll free contact number listed above or visit Panasonic Web Site: For assistance in Puerto Rico call Panasonic Sales Company (787)-750-4300 or fax (787)-768-2910. In-Home service, if applicable, requires clear, complete and easy access to the product by the authorized servicer and does not include removal or re-installation of an installed product. It is possible that certain in-home repairs will not be completed in-home, but will require that the product, or parts of the product, be removed for shop diagnosis and/or repair and then returned.


Repairing Panasonic PV-GS9 Tripod

Tools used in this guide

Phillips #00 Screwdriver (1) iPod Opening Tools (1)
Repair/replace the tripod mount on the camera.

2011 iFixit CC BY-NC-SA

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Step 1 - Outer Casing
Using an iPod opening tool, remove the record/playback and record/power control knobs from the camcorder.

Step 2

Open the tape compartment Using a #00 Phillips head screwdriver, remove the two 4.5mm screws from the camcorder.

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Step 3
Use an iPod opening tool to remove the gray trim piece from top of the camcorder. Be careful to not break the trim piece! The plastic parts can be fragile.

Step 4

Rotating the camcorder round, remove the 5 4.5mm black screws from behind where the battery sits. Be careful not to lose any screws whilst trying to remove them.

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Step 5
Rotate the camcorder so that the tape compartment is facing you. Remove the single 4.5mm black screw which is above the hook for the hand strap. It may help you during this step to undo the strap on one end. Next rotate the camcorder so that the lens is facing you. Remove the single 4.5mm black screw from the front panel.

Step 6

Rotate the camcorder so that the bottom is facing towards you, then remove the single remaining 4.5mm black screw from the bottom. Next, while still having the bottom of the camcorder facing you, remove the four silver 4.5mm screws from the body.

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Step 7
Now open the LCD screen on the side of the camcorder. Using a #00 screwdriver, remove the two 4.5mm silver screws located on either side of the hinge for the LCD screen.

Step 8

Very carefully remove the front cover from the main body of the camcorder.
This should come apart with relative ease, however an iPod opening tool may help you remove this panel a little easier. There is a ribbon cable attached to the front panel and the camcorder body, so be careful not to pull that off when you remove this panel.

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Step 9
Using your fingers, carefully pull the ribbon cable from the logic board.
Step 10 - LCD Panel Removal
Now, from where the front cover used to be, remove the two 4.5mm black screws from the LCD side of the camera.

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Step 11
Using the iPod opening tool, place it under the bottom of the blue panel at the bottom of the camcorder. Using two tools may useful if difficult. Move the iPod opening tool up the side of the camcorder as shown, carefully separating the LCD panel from the rest of the camcorder. With the blue LCD panel free from the rest of the camcorder, remove the panel from the camcorder.

Step 12

Before you fully remove the LCD panel from the camcorder, be sure to remove the ribbon cables that connect the LCD panel to the logic board. There may be multiple ribbon cables attached to the same point on the logic board.

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Step 13 - Tripod
Remove two 4.5mm silver tripod mount screws.

Step 14

Remove tripod mount carefully by prying it off with the iPod opening tool.
To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.
This document was last generated on Feb 12, 2011.

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