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The Remote Controller (supplied with NV-GS11 and NV-GS15)
Inserting a Button-type Battery
Before using the Remote Controller, insert the supplied button-type battery. 1 While pressing the Stopper 1, pull out the Battery Holder.
(66) Photoshot Button [PHOTO SHOT] -22-, -41(67) Title Button [TITLE] -38(68) Multi-Picture/Picture-in-Picture Button [MULTI/P-IN-P] -30-, -36(69) Rewind/Review Button [6] -32-, -36(70) Pause Button [;] -33(71) Stop Button [] -32-, -36(72) Recording Start/Stop Button [START/STOP] -20(73) Play Button [1] -32-, -36(74) Fast-forward/Cue Button [5] -32-, -36(75) Playback Zoom Button [P.B. ZOOM] -35(76) Enter Button [ENTER] -15-
2 Insert the button-type battery with the (i)

marking facing upward.

3 Insert the Battery Holder into the Remote


When the button-type battery is exhausted, replace it with a new CR2025 battery. (A battery is normally expected to last about 1 year. However, it depends on operation frequency.) 10

Before Use Make sure to match the poles correctly when inserting the battery.
Setup on the Movie Camera: Set [REMOTE] on the [INITIAL] Sub-Menu to the T desired Remote Controller Mode. (-17-) Setup on the Remote Controller:
[VCR1]: Press the [D] Button and [] Button simultaneously. 1 [VCR2]: Press the [E] Button and [] Button simultaneously. 2 When the battery in the Remote Controller is replaced, the mode is automatically reset to [VCR1] Mode.

Progressive Photoshot

When the [] Indication is displayed, Progressive Photoshot Function works. You can record still pictures as frame still pictures with higher quality by this function. The Progressive Photoshot Function may not be activated depending on the function you use. (-47-) NV-GS15 only: To record still pictures with higher quality, we recommend setting to the Card Recording Mode. (To activate the progressive function regardless of the function you use) When you record the tape and the card simultaneously, the progressive function is not activated.
NV-GS8/ NV-GS11 The [CHK] Indication is displayed. After checking, the Movie Camera resumes the Recording Pause Mode. For other notes concerning this item, see -49-.
Finding the End of Recording
(Blank Search Function) The Blank Search Function aids you to locate the end of the recording on the Cassette quickly. 1 Set [TAPE RECORDING MENU] or [TAPE PLAYBACK MENU] >> [INITIAL] >> [BLANK SEARCH] >> [YES].
Recording a Still Picture on a Tape (Photoshot) (NV-GS8/NV-GS11 only)
Still pictures can be recorded from the Movie Camera lens. 1 Press the [PHOTO SHOT] Button (36) in the Recording Pause Mode.
The [BLANK] Indication appears during the Blank Search. Approximately 1 second before the last recorded scene, the Movie Camera switches to the Recording Pause Mode or the Still Playback Mode. If there is no blank left on the Cassette, the Movie Camera stops at the end of the tape.
The Movie Camera records a still picture for about 7 seconds and then switches back to the Recording Pause Mode. If you set [SHTR EFFECT] on the [CAMERA] Sub-Menu to [ON], you can add image and a sound like releasing the shutter.
To Cancel Blank Search Before Completion Press the [] Button.

Digital Still Picture

When the [STILL] Button (15) is pressed, images become still pictures. When the button is pressed again, the Digital Still Picture Mode is cancelled.
Photoshot Recording results in slightly inferior image quality.

Continuous Photoshot

We recommend that you press the [STILL] Button first 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. If you set [SHTR EFFECT] on the [CAMERA] Sub-Menu to [ON] and keep the [PHOTO SHOT] Button pressed, the Movie Camera 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. 22

Recording a Still Picture on a Card (Photoshot) (NV-GS15 only)


To obtain the best effect, we recommend to take the bust shot, so that the upper part from the breast of the subject can be framed in the screen.
To Cancel the Cinema Mode Set [TAPE RECORDING MENU] >> [RECORDING] >> [CINEMA] >> [OFF].
To Cancel the Soft Skin Function Press the [SOFT SKIN] Button.
Recording in Special Situations
(Programme AE) You can select optimal automatic exposure under specific recording situations. 1 Set the [AUTO/MANUAL/FOCUS] Switch (21) to [MANUAL].
Wind Noise Reduction Function
This function reduces the sound of wind hitting the microphone when recording. 1 Set [TAPE RECORDING MENU] >> [RECORDING] >> [WIND CUT] >> [ON].


The [MNL] Indication appears. The [WIND CUT] Indication appears.
[CARD RECORDING MENU] (NV-GS15 only) >> [CAMERA] >> [PROG.AE] >> a desired mode ([5], [7], [4], [] or []).


To Cancel the Wind Noise Reduction Function Set [TAPE RECORDING MENU] >> [RECORDING] >> [WIND CUT] >> [OFF]. 27

Recording Mode The Indication of the selected Mode appears.
2 Press the [ENTER] Button (17).


The [AWB] Indication appears.
3 Press the [5] Button (16) or [6] Button
1) [5] Sports Mode For recording scenes involving quick movements, such as sports scenes. 2) [7] Portrait Mode For bringing up people clearly from the background. 3) [4] Low Light Mode For recording a dark scene brighter. 4) [] Spotlight Mode For recording a subject under a spotlight in a party, theatre, etc. 5) [] Surf & Snow Mode For recording in a glaring surrounding, such as ski slopes, beaches, etc.
(19) to select a desired White Balance Mode.
1) Automatic White Balance Adjustment [AWB] 2) The white balance setting that was previously set manually [1] 3) Outdoor Mode [z] 4) Indoor Mode (recording under incandescent lamp) [{]
To Cancel the Programme AE Function Set the [PROG.AE] on the [CAMERA] Sub-menu to [OFF]. Or, set the [AUTO/MANUAL/FOCUS] Switch to [AUTO].
To Resume Automatic Adjustment Press the [5] Button (16) or [6] Button (19) until the [AWB] Indication appears. Or, set the [AUTO/MANUAL/FOCUS] Switch to [AUTO].
Adjusting White Balance Manually

White Balance Adjustment recognizes the colour of light and adjusts so that white will appear pure white. The Movie Camera determines the hue of light that comes through the Lens and White Balance Sensor, thereby judging the recording condition, and selects the closest hue setting. This function is called Automatic White Balance Adjustment. For light outside the functional Auto White Balance Adjustment range, use the Manual White Balance Adjustment Mode. 1 Set the [AUTO/MANUAL/FOCUS] Switch (21) to [MANUAL].
Recording in Natural Colours
(White Balance) Depending on the scene or lighting conditions, the Automatic White Balance Adjustment Mode may not be able to bring out natural colours. In this case, the white balance can be adjusted manually. When the Movie Camera is turned on with the Lens Cap on, the Automatic White Balance Adjustment may not function properly. Please turn on the Movie Camera after removing the Lens Cap. 1 Set the [AUTO/MANUAL/FOCUS] Switch (21) to [MANUAL].


The [MNL] Indication appears.
The [MNL] Indication appears. 2 Point the Movie Camera at a full-screen white subject. 28

3 Press the [ENTER] Button (17).
4 Press the [5] Button (16) or [6] Button
(19) until the [1] Indication is displayed.
1) The effective range of Automatic White Balance Adjustment on this Movie Camera 2) Blue sky 3) Cloudy sky (rain) 4) TV screen 5) Sunlight 6) White fluorescent lamp 7) 2 hours after sunrise or before sunset 8) 1 hour after sunrise or before sunset 9) Halogen light bulb 10) Incandescent light bulb 11) Sunrise or sunset 12) Candlelight For other notes concerning this item, see -51-.
5 Keep pressing [ENTER] Button (17) until the
[1] Indication stops flashing.
Manual Shutter Speed Adjustment
Useful for recording fast-moving subjects. 1 Set the [AUTO/MANUAL/FOCUS] Switch (21) to [MANUAL].
To Resume Automatic Adjustment Press the [5] Button (16) or [6] Button (19) until the [AWB] Indication is displayed. Or, set the [AUTO/MANUAL/FOCUS] Switch to [AUTO].
About White Balance Sensor
The White Balance Sensor (31) determines the nature of the light source during recording.
The [MNL] Indication appears. 2 Press the [ENTER] Button (17) until the Shutter Speed Indication appears.
Do not cover the White Balance Sensor with your hand during recording because White Balance will not function normally.
10 000K 9 000K 8 000K 7 000K 6 000K 5 000K 1) 4 000K 3 000K 6) 7) 8) 9) 10) 2 000K 11) 12) 1 000K 2) 3) 4) 5)

MNL 1/1000

(19) to adjust the shutter speed. Range of Shutter Speed Adjustment 1/501/8000 s in Tape Recording Mode 1/501/500 s in Card Recording Mode (NV-GS15 only) The standard shutter speed is 1/50 s. Selecting a speed closer to [1/8000] causes the shutter speed to be faster. 39

Protecting the Files on a Card (NV-GS15 only)
(Lock Setting) Precious files recorded on a Card can be locked to prevent accidental erasure. (Even if files are locked, the files will be deleted if the Card is formatted.) 1 Set [PICTURE PLAYBACK MENU] >> [EDITING] >> [FILE LOCK] >> [YES].
A verification message appears.
4 Select [YES] and press the [ENTER] Button
(17). The selected file is deleted from the Card. If [NO] is selected, the file selection is cancelled.


To Select and Delete All Files 1 Set [PICTURE PLAYBACK MENU] >> [DELETE] >> [ALL FILES] >> [YES].


2 Select the file to be locked, and press the
[ENTER] Button (17). The selected file is locked and the [ ] Indication 1 appears. Repeat this procedure to lock 2 or more files. Press the [ENTER] Button (17) again to cancel. The SD Memory Card has a write protection switch. (-53-) For other notes concerning this item, see -53-. A verification message appears.
2 Select [YES] and press the [ENTER] Button
(17). All files of Picture Playback Mode are erased. A locked file cannot be erased. If there are many files in a card, it takes several minutes for deleting.
Formatting a Card (NV-GS15 only)
If a Card becomes unreadable by the Movie Camera, format it for reuse. Formatting erases all the data recorded on a Card. 1 Set [PICTURE PLAYBACK MENU] >> [EDITING] >> [CARD FORMAT] >> [YES].
Deleting the Files Recorded on a Card (NV-GS15 only)
Using the Movie Camera, you can delete the files recorded on a Card. After the file is deleted, it cannot be restored.
To Select and Delete Files or Titles 1 Set [PICTURE PLAYBACK MENU] >> [DELETE] >> [FILE BY SEL] >> [YES].
A confirmation message appears, select [YES] and formatting will be carried out.


To erase a title in [PICTURE PLAYBACK MENU], select [TITLE BY SEL]. 2 Select the file you wish to delete and press the [ENTER] Button (17). The selected picture is marked with a frame. To erase 2 files or more, repeat this step.

;:NO --:YES

When the formatting is completed, the screen becomes white. 40

Playback Mode It may not be able to use the Card formatted by this Movie Camera on other unit. In this case, format the Card on the unit which will use the Card. Make sure that valuable pictures are stored on your PC before proceeding. A Card formatted on other equipment (e.g. PC) might be unusable or it might take more time for recording. We recommend that you use this equipment to format the Card. If your TV is not equipped with AV Input Sockets, the 21-pin Adaptor (purchase separately) is necessary. Consult your dealer. For other notes concerning this item, see -53-.

2 Press the [A.DUB] Button (56) on the

Remote Controller.

3 To start Audio Dubbing, press the [;]
Button (70) on the Remote Controller.
2 Display the first picture. 3 Press the [PHOTO SHOT] Button (36).
To Cancel Audio Dubbing Press the [;] Button (70) on the Remote Controller. The Movie Camera is in the Still Playback Mode again.
During the copying, the following Indication appears.


It takes a few seconds to record a picture to the Tape. 42

To Play Back the Sound Recorded by 12bit Audio Dubbing Set [TAPE PLAYBACK MENU] >> [PLAYBACK] >> [12bit AUDIO] >> [ST2] or [MIX]. ST1: It plays back only the original sound. ST2: It plays back only the sound added by Audio Dubbing. MIX: It plays back both the original sound and the sound added by Audio Dubbing simultaneously. 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 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] Sub-Menu to [OUT/PHONES].)
Copying on an S-VHS (or a VHS) Cassette
(Dubbing) After connecting the Movie Camera and the VCR as illustrated, start the following procedures.
If your TV is not equipped with AV Input Sockets, the 21-pin Adaptor (purchase separately) is necessary. Consult your dealer. Be sure to press the [OSD] Button (-8-) on the Remote Controller (supplied with NV-GS11 and NV-GS15) prior to copying so that no indications are visible. Otherwise, the displayed tape counter and function indications are also copied. Movie Camera: 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. Movie Camera: 3 Press the [1] Button to start playback. VCR: 4 Start recording. 5 Press the Pause or Stop Button to stop recording. Movie Camera: 6 Press the [] Button to stop playback.
Using the DV Cable for Recording
(Digital Dubbing) By connecting this Movie Camera to other digital video equipment that has a DV Input/Output Terminal with a DV Cable VW-CD1E (optional) 1, dubbing can be done in the digital format.
Only the NV-GS15 can be used as a Recorder. Player/Recorder: 1 Insert the Cassette and set to Tape Playback Mode.
1 AV Cable 2 S-Video Cable (not supplied) 43

Editing Mode Player: 2 Press the [1] Button (17) to start playback.

Self-timer Recording

When [BEEP SOUND] on the [INITIAL] Sub-Menu is set to [ON], the beep sound will be emitted in the Self-timer Standby Mode. By operating the [OFF/ON] Switch, Recording Start/Stop Button or Mode Dial, the Self-timer Standby Mode is cancelled.
Recording with the Built-in LED Video Light
The subject should be within 1.5 metres of the Movie Camera. Using the LED Video Light reduces battery time. Set the LED Video Light to off when not in use. Do not look directly into the light. If the LED Video light is used with a Conversion lens attached, a slight vignetting (darkening around edges) effect occurs on the screen. Using the Night View Function at the same time will make conditions even brighter.

Zoom In/Out Functions

When you are zooming on a faraway subject, a sharper focus is achieved if the recording subject is 1.2 metres or further from the Movie Camera. When you record pictures with 10k or more of magnification, the Movie Camera is susceptible to camera shake. We recommend using a tripod. 50

Zoom Microphone Function
The Zoom Microphone Function may not work effectively if the surrounding noise is too loud. It does not work with an external microphone.
The Image Stabilizer Function does not work. In this case, the [[] Indication flashes. The Soft Skin Function and the Backlight Compensation Function cannot be changed.

Digital Zoom Functions

As the magnification of digital zoom increases, the quality of image may deteriorate. White balance cannot be set in the digital zoom range.
Wind Noise Reduction Function
It does not work with the microphone on an external microphone. When it is set to [ON], directivity of microphone is regulated depending on the strength of wind to reduce wind noise.
Image Stabilizer Function
The Image Stabilizer Function does not operate in a dimly lit place. In this case, the [[] Indication flashes. Under fluorescent lighting, image brightness may change or colours may not look natural. After-images may appear. When a tripod is used, it is recommended that you turn the Image Stabilizer off. Within the digital zoom range, or when recording with a conversion lens attached, the Image Stabilizer Function may not work effectively. When you record pictures with setting 10k or more of magnification and turning the Image Stablizer Function to [ON] in dim places, after-images may stand out. In this case, we recommend using a tripod with turning the Image Stablizer Function to [OFF].

Manual Shutter Speed Adjustment
You may see vertical lines of light in the playback image of a brightly shining subject or highly reflective subject. During normal playback, movement in the images may not look smooth. Because the colour and brightness of the playback image may become unstable, avoid recording under fluorescent light, mercury light or sodium light. If you are using Night View Mode (-25-) or Programme AE Mode (-26-), you cannot adjust the shutter speed.

Playing Back

Repeat Playback If you continue to press the [1] Button for 5 seconds or longer, the Movie Camera switches to Repeat Playback Mode, and the [R !] Indication appears. (To cancel Repeat Playback Mode, set the [OFF/ON] Switch to [OFF].)

Manual Iris Adjustment

Depending on zoom magnification, there are iris values that will not be displayed. If you are using Night View Mode (-25-) or Programme AE Mode (-26-), you cannot adjust the iris. 52

Others Listening to Playback Sound through Headphones If you want to use the headphones to listen to the playback sound, set [AV JACK] to [OUT/PHONES] and connect the headphones to the [PHONES] Socket (-8-) on the Movie Camera. In this case, no sound (including warning and shutter sounds) will be reproduced through the built-in speaker of the Movie Camera. Choosing Sound during Playback You can select the sound by using the [AUDIO OUT] setting on the [PLAYBACK] Sub-Menu. STEREO: Stereo Sound (main sound and sub sound) L: Left channel sound (main sound) R: Right channel sound (sub sound) If you dub a tape recorded at the [12bit] selected as the [AUDIO REC] on the [RECORDING] Sub-Menu, playback sound becomes stereo sound regardless of the [AUDIO OUT] setting if [12bit AUDIO] is set to [MIX]. [UNPLAYABLE CARD] Indication may appear as warning. When playing back a picture recorded on other equipment, its size and that of this Movie Camera may appear differently. When playing back a picture recorded on other equipment, the picture may not be played back or the quality of pictures may be deteriorated. When playing back a nonstandardized file, the Folder File Number may not be displayed. In the following cases, black bars may appear, depending on the playback device. When playing back a mega-pixel still-picture with this Movie Camera and recording it onto a tape Changing the picture size to 640k480 pixels with DV STUDIO

Audio Dubbing

The blank section of a tape cannot be dubbed. Sounds sent through the DV Terminal cannot be dubbed. If a tape has a non-recorded portion when the tape is dubbed, images and sounds may be disturbed when this portion of the tape is played back. If you set the tape counter back to 0 at the position where you want to stop Audio Dubbing so as to make it possible to use the Memory Stop Function (-60-), Audio Dubbing is terminated automatically when the tape reaches this position. In the case of importing data recorded with Audio Dubbing to a PC using the PCs software, only the original sound (ST1) may be imported, depending on the software.
Using the DV Cable for Recording (Digital Dubbing)
Regardless of the setting, digital dubbing is carried out automatically in the same audio recording mode as that of the playback Cassette. The images on the recorded monitor may be disturbed, but it does not affect the recorded images. 54

Others Do not use your Movie Camera near radio transmitters or high-voltage cables. If you record pictures near radio transmitters or high-voltage cables, recorded images or sounds may be adversely affected. Do not use this Movie Camera for surveillance purposes or other business use. If you use the Movie Camera for a long period of time, the internal temperature increases and, consequently, this may cause malfunction. This Movie Camera is not intended for business use. When you use your Movie Camera on a beach or similar place, do not let sand or fine dust get into the Movie Camera. Sand or dust may damage the Movie Camera or Cassette. (Care should be taken when inserting and removing the Cassette.) Do not spray insecticides or volatile chemicals onto the Movie Camera. If the Movie Camera is sprayed with such chemicals, the camera body may be deformed and the surface finish may peel off. Do not keep rubber or plastic products in contact with the Movie Camera for a long period of time. Do not use benzine, thinner or alcohol for cleaning the Movie Camera. The camera body may be deformed and the surface finish may peel off. Before cleaning, detach the Battery or pull out the AC Mains Lead from the AC mains socket. Wipe the Movie Camera with a soft dry cloth. To remove stubborn stains, wipe with a cloth that is soaked in a detergent diluted with water and afterwards finish wiping with a dry cloth. For storing or transporting the Movie Camera, place it in a bag or case lined with soft pads so as to prevent the coating on the camera body from being worn. After use, be sure to take the Cassette out and detach the Battery from the Movie Camera or pull out the AC Mains Lead from AC mains socket. If the Cassette is left in the Movie Camera, the tape sags and deteriorates. If the Battery is left on the Movie Camera for a long time, the voltage drops excessively, and the Battery will not function even after it is recharged.

Do not clean the heads excessively. (Excessive cleaning may cause excessive wear of the heads. If the heads are worn, images cannot be played back even after the heads are cleaned.)
Video Head Clogging and Care
If the heads (the parts that make contact with the tape) are dirty, mosaic-pattern noise may appear on the playback image, or the screen as a whole becomes black. If the heads are extremely dirty, recording performance deteriorates, and, in the worst case, the Movie Camera cannot record at all. Causes of Dirty Heads Large quantity of dust in the air High-temperature and high-humidity environment Damaged tape Long operating hours Using Mini-DV Format Digital Video Head Cleaner 1 Insert the Head Cleaner into the Movie Camera in the same manner as a Video Cassette. 2 Press the [1] Button, and approximately 20 seconds later, press the [] Button. (Do not rewind the tape.) 3 Take out the Head Cleaner. Insert a Video Cassette and start recording. Then, play the tape back to check the recorded image. 4 If the image is not still clear, repeat Steps 1 to 3. (Do not use the Head Cleaner for 3 times or more consecutively.) Notes: Do not rewind every time you use the Head Cleaner. Rewind only when the tape reaches the end, and then use it again from the beginning in the same manner as before. If the heads become dirty soon after cleaning, the tape may be damaged. In this case, immediately stop using that Cassette.
If the dirty heads cannot be cleaned with the Head Cleaner, the Movie Camera needs to be cleaned at a service centre. Please consult a dealer. Video Head Cleaners can be purchased from service centres. Head cleaning due to dirty heads is not considered a malfunction of the product. It is not covered by the warranty. Periodical Check-up To maintain the highest image quality, we recommend replacement of worn parts, such as heads, etc., after approximately 1,000 hours of use. (This, however, depends on operating conditions, such as temperature, humidity, dust, etc.)
Optimal Use of the Battery
Battery Characteristics This Battery is a rechargeable lithium ion battery. Its ability to generate power is based upon the chemical reaction that takes place inside it. This reaction is susceptible to the surrounding temperature and humidity, and, if the temperature is too high or too low, the operating time of the Battery becomes shorter. If the Battery is used in an extremely cold environment, the Battery may operate only for about 5 minutes. If the Battery becomes extremely hot, a protective function may operate, and the Battery may become unusable for a while. Be Sure to Detach the Battery after Use Be sure to detach the Battery from the Movie Camera. (If it is left attached to the Movie Camera, a minute amount of current is consumed even when the Movie Camera power is off.) If the Battery is left attached to the Movie Camera for a long time, over-discharge takes place. The Battery may become unusable after it is charged. Disposing of an Unusable Battery The Battery has a limited life. Do not throw the Battery into fire because it may cause an explosion.

Before Requesting Repair (Problems and Solutions)
Power 1: The Movie Camera power cannot be turned on. Is the power source connected correctly? (-10-) 2: The Movie Camera power is turned off automatically. When the Recording Pause Mode continues for more than 6 minutes, the power is turned off automatically for tape protection and power conservation. (If the AC Adaptor is used, the power is turned off only when the tape is inserted in Tape Recording Mode.) When the tape is inserted in Tape Recording Mode and if the Recording Pause Mode continues for more than 6 minutes, the power is turned off automatically. To resume recording from this condition, turn off, then turn on the power again. (-20-) 58

Others 2: 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. Playback (Pictures) 1: Pictures cannot be played back even when the [1] Button is pressed. 0 Is the Mode Dial set to Playback Mode? If not, the playback function cannot be used. (-32-) 2: 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. 3: Although the Movie Camera 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 sockets used for the connection. Depending on your TV, nothing may be shown even if you correctly connect the movie camera with your TV. In this case, set [AV JACK] on the [INITIAL] Sub-Menu to [OUT]. 4: Playback picture is not clear. Are the heads of the Movie Camera dirty? If the heads are dirty, playback image cannot be clear. (-55-) 5: Playing back or recording do not function, the screen has frozen or the indication has disappeared. Turn the Movie Camera off. If the Movie Camera is not turned off after operating the [OFF/ON] switch, press the [RESET] Button (-7-, -59-) first. And detach the Battery or AC Adaptor and then reattach it. Playback (Sound) 1: Sound is not played back from the built-in speaker of the Movie Camera or the headphones. 0 Is the volume too low? During playback, push the [W/T] Lever to display the [VOLUME] Indication and adjust the volume. (-32-) 2: 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. (-42-) 3: 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. 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]. (-42-) Is the Variable Speed Search Function working? Press the [1] Button to cancel the Variable Speed Search Function. (-33-) Card (NV-GS15 only) 1: Recorded pictures are not clear. 0 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 fine details may include a mosaic-like pattern. Set [PICT QUALITY] to [FINE]. (-22-) 2: 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. (-41-, -44-) 3: During Playback, [UNPLAYABLE CARD] is displayed. The image was either recorded in a different format, or data is damaged. 4: Even if a Card is formatted, it cannot be used. Either the Movie Camera or the Card may be damaged. Please consult a dealer. Others 1: The Free Style Remote Controller does not operate correctly. If it is not plugged in tightly, it will not operate correctly. 2: The Movie Camera clatters when shaking it. It is a sound of the lens moving, not a malfunction. 3: 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. (-44-)


Auto Focus Adjustment The Auto Focus System automatically moves forward and backward the focusing lens inside the Movie Camera to bring the subject into focus so that the subject can be seen clearly. However, the Auto Focus System does not function properly for the following subjects or under the following recording conditions. 60

Memory Stop Function
The Memory Stop Function is useful for the following operations. Rewinding or fast-forwarding a tape to a desired position 1 Set [DISPLAY] >> [C.DISPLAY] >> [MEMORY]. 2 Reset the Tape Counter to zero at the tape position from which you want to play it back later. (-8-, -16-) 3 Start playback or recording. 4 After playback or recording has finished: Set the Movie Camera to Tape Playback Mode. 5 Rewind the tape. The tape automatically stops approximately at the position where the counter was set to zero. Stopping editing automatically during audio dubbing 1 Set [DISPLAY] >> [C.DISPLAY] >> [MEMORY]. 2 Reset the Tape Counter to zero at the position where you want to stop editing. 3 Play back the still picture where you want to start audio dubbing. 4 Start audio dubbing. (-41-) Audio dubbing automatically stops at the position where the counter was set to zero. 61

Digital Video Camera Information for your safety Power Source: DC 7.9/7.2 V Power Consumption: Recording 2.6 W (When using Viewfinder) 3.3 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/2ch), 12 bit (32 kHz/4ch) Image Sensor: 1/6-inch CCD Image Sensor Lens: Auto Iris, F1.8, Focal Length; 2.1 50.4 mm, Macro (Full Range AF) Filter Diameter: 27 mm Zoom: 24:1 Power Zoom Monitor: 2.5-inch LCD Viewfinder: Electronic Viewfinder Microphone: Stereo (with a zoom function) Speaker: 1 round speaker 20 mm Standard Illumination: 1,400 lx Minimum Required Illumination: 2 lx (Colour Night View Mode) Video Output Level: 1.0 Vp-p, 75 ohm S-Video Output Level: Y Output: 1.0 Vp-p, 75 ohm C Output: 0.3 Vp-p, 75 ohm Audio Output Level (Line): 316 mV, 600 ohm Mic Input: Mic sensitivity 50 dB (0 dB=1 V/Pa, 1 kHz) (Stereo mini jack) USB: Card reader/writer function (NV-GS15 only), USB 2.0 compliant (max. 12 Mbps) No copyright protection support

Digital Interface: (NV-GS8/NV-GS11) DV Output Terminal (IEEE1394, 4-pin) (NV-GS15) DV Input/Output Terminal (IEEE1394, 4-pin) Dimensions: Approx. 69 (W)k87 (H)k112 (D) mm Weight: Approx. 410 g (without Battery and DV cassette) Approx. 490 g (with CGR-D08R and DVM60) Operating Temperature: 0oC40oC Operating Humidity: 10%80% Card Memory Functions Recording Media (NV-GS15 only): MultiMediaCard (4 MB/8 MB/16 MB), SD Memory Card (8 MB/16 MB/32 MB/64 MB/128 MB/256 MB/512 MB) Still Picture Recording File Format (NV-GS15 only): JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.2 standard), DPOF corresponding Still Image Size (NV-GS15 only): 640k480 pixels (VGA) WEB Camera Compression: Motion JPEG Image Size: 320 k240 pixels (QVGA) AC Adaptor Information for your safety Power Source: AC 100240 V, 50/60 Hz Power Consumption: 20 W DC Output: DC 7.9 V, 9 W (Movie Camera Operation) DC 8.4 V, 1.2 A (Battery Charging)
Dimensions: 70 (W)k45 (H)k116 (D) mm Weight: Approx. 165 g Weight and dimensions are approximate values. Specifications may change without prior notice. 62

Maximum number of still pictures recordable on an SD Memory Card (optional)
PICTURE QUALITY 8 MB 16 MB 32 MB 64 MB 128 MB 256 MB 512 MB FINE 3520 NORMAL 7040 ECONOMY 14080
These figures vary depending on the subject being photographed. The numbers shown in the table are approximations. 63

AC Adaptor... 10, 53 Audio Dubbing.. 41 Auto Focus.. 57
PC Mode.. 43 Photoshot.. 22 Picture Size... 36 Picture-in-Picture Mode.. 30 Playback Digital Effects.. 35 Playback with Zoom Lever.. 33 Playback Zoom... 34 Portrait Mode.. 26 Programme AE... 26
Backlight Compensation.. 25 Black & White Mode.. 30 Blank Search.. 21 Built-in LED Video Light.. 22
Card Playback.. 35 Charging the Battery.. 10 Cinema Mode.. 26 Colour Night View Function.. 25 Condensation.. 53 Continuous Photoshot.. 22 Cue Playback.. 32

Quick Start... 23

Recording.. 22 Recording Check.. 21 Recording Pause Mode.. 20, 56 Recording Speed.. 18 Remaining Tape Time.. 45 Remote Controller.. 8 Repeat Playback.. 50 Review Playback.. 32
Date/Time Indication.. 46 Date/Time Setting.. 18 Digital Effects.. 29 Digital Still Picture.. 21 Digital Zoom.. 24 DPOF Setting.. 38 Dubbing.. 42
Self-Recording.. 20 Self-timer Recording.. 23 Sepia Mode... 30 Shutter Speed.. 28 Slide Show.. 36 Slim Mode... 29 Slow Motion Playback.. 33 Solarisation Mode.. 30 Sound Volume.. 32 SP/LP Mode.. 18 Sports Mode.. 26 Spotlight Mode... 26 Still Advance Playback.. 33 Stretch Mode.. 29 Strobe Mode.. 29 Surf & Snow Mode.. 26
Erasure Prevention Slider.. 13
F Number.. 28 Fade.. 24 Formatting... 39 Free Style Remote Controller. 9



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