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Panasonic PV-GS320Panasonic PV GS320 Camcorder - 2.4 MP - 10 x optical zoom

Panasonic - Non-HD - MultiMediaCard - Standard SD - SDHC - 10 x optical zoom - 15.9 ounce

Imagine taking video shots on a moving boat and then viewing them on a large-screen TV. They're likely to appear blurry from the boat's movement and from your unsteady hands. Panasonic solves this problem with O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), which minimizes hand-shake in situations where it is most often a problem, such as with zoom shots - or on a moving boat. The system is optical, so there is no quality loss, and images look clear and beautiful on a big-screen TV. Enjoy vivid color... Read more
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Comments to date: 8. Page 1 of 1. Average Rating:
-aR3X 2:16pm on Sunday, October 24th, 2010 
I like this camera because of the quality it ...  3ccd + Leica lense give great video quality and vibrant colors, easy user interface. I got this camera at the beginning of the summer after much research. I paid about $325, but that price seems to be gone.
alchemyx 12:46am on Friday, September 24th, 2010 
I got this camera at the beginning of the sum...  Great image, decent manual control, easy to use, good sound quality. I got this camera at the beginning of the summer after much research. I paid about $325, but that price seems to be gone.
harmuen 4:21pm on Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 
Over the spring, I made a terrible error in judgement when I sold our almost-new camcorder to a neighbor during a yard sale we were holding... Beautiful, professional quality, easy to use. No complaints
hhogue 3:35pm on Saturday, August 7th, 2010 
"I got this video camera to replace an aging Panasonic PV-401. I especially wanted the 3 ccd feature, the 10x optical zoom, and the image stabilizer. "This is a great camcorder for anyone. I got a SunPak wideangle lense for mine that i switched around the big lense to make it into a fisheye.
klamser 12:21am on Monday, July 26th, 2010 
It is a great camera. I am very happy with this camcorder. very good producat and fast service i give him 5 star i got very good camara and fast service i strongally recoumand the sellar
mishamcm 11:26am on Sunday, June 6th, 2010 
I bought this camcorder after making my mind up to get the GS85 model, but decided on upgrading to this model based on the "3CCD" pitch.
jordib 6:23am on Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 
I bought this camcorder to replace our old 8mm analog camcorder. It is very small and light. Its lens is made by the legendary Leica.
candolisaX 11:10am on Sunday, March 28th, 2010 
If you want to take still pictures buy a still camera. No one serious about still quality uses a camcorder. "If I could give this camera zero stars, I would. Purchased camera less than six months ago.

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Marking sign is located on bottom of the unit.
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.
A lithium ion/polymer battery that is recyclable powers the product you have purchased. Please call 1-800-8-BATTERY for information on how to recycle this battery. 7

Before opening the CD-ROM package, please read the following.
End User License Agreement (for USB Driver, Quick Movie Magic and MotionDV STUDIO)
You (Licensee) are granted a license for the Software defined in this End User Software Agreement (Agreement) on condition that you agree to the terms and conditions of this Agreement. If Licensee does not agree to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, promptly return the Software to Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Matsushita), its distributors or dealers from which you made the purchase. Article 1 License Licensee is granted the right to use the software, including the information recorded or described on the CD-ROM, instruction manuals, and any other media provided to Licensee (collectively Software), but all applicable rights to patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets in the Software are not transferred to Licensee. Article 2 Use by a Third Party Licensee may not use, copy, modify, transfer or allow any third party, whether free of charge or not, to use, copy or modify the Software, except as expressly provided for in this Agreement. Article 3 Restrictions on Copying the Software Licensee may make a single copy of the Software in whole or in part solely for back-up purpose. Article 4 Computer Licensee may only use the Software on a single computer at a single location. Article 5 Reverse Engineering, Decompiling or Disassembly Licensee may not reverse engineer, decompile, or disassemble the Software, except to the extent either of them is permitted under law or regulation of the country where Licensee resides. Matsushita, or its distributors or dealers will not be responsible for any defects in the Software or damage to Licensee caused by Licensees reverse engineering, decompiling, or disassembly of the Software. Article 6 Limitation of Liability The Software is provided AS-IS without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, warranties of non-infringement, merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose. Further, Matsushita does not warrant that the operation of the Software will be uninterrupted or error free. Matsushita or any of its distributors or dealers will not be liable for any damage suffered by Licensee arising from or in connection with Licensees use of the Software. Article 7 Export Control Licensee agrees not to export or re-export to any country the Software in any form without the appropriate export licenses under regulations of the country where Licensee resides, if necessary. Article 8 Termination of License The right granted to Licensee hereunder will be automatically terminated if Licensee violates any of the terms and conditions of this Agreement. Upon such automatic termination, Licensee must destroy the Software and related documentation together with all the copies thereof at Licensees own expense. 8


Before using

Quick Guide... Accessories... Parts identification and handling.. Attaching the lens cap.. How to remove the Sensor tag (for U.S.A. only).. The grip belt... Power supply.. Charging time and recordable time. Turning the Camcorder on.. Setting date and time.. Using the LCD monitor.. Using the viewfinder.. Quick Start... Inserting/removing a cassette. Inserting/removing a card.. Selecting a mode.. How to use the joystick.. Help mode... Switching the language.. Using the menu screen.. Adjusting LCD monitor/viewfinder. Using the remote control.. 25 26

Record mode

Check before recording.. Recording on a tape.. Recording check.. Blank search function. Recording still pictures on a card while recording image onto a tape. Recording still pictures onto a card (Photoshot).. Zoom in/out function.. Recording yourself.. Backlight compensation function. MagicPix function.. Soft skin mode.. Tele macro function.. Fade in/fade out function. Wind noise reduction function.. Auto Ground-Directional Standby (AGS). Self-timer recording.. Wide/4:3 function.. Optical image stabilizer function.. Guideline function.. Recording in various situations (Scene mode).. Recording in natural colors (White balance).. Manual focus adjustment.. Manual shutter speed/aperture adjustment. 41 9

Playback mode
Playing back tape.. Slow-motion playback/ frame-by-frame playback.. Variable-speed search function. Playback on TV... Playing back card.. Deleting files recorded on a card. Formatting a card.. Protecting files on a card. Writing the printing data on a card (DPOF setting).. 46
Menu list... Menus related to taking pictures. Menus related to playback.. Other menus.. 65 65


Indications... Warning/alarm indications.. Functions cannot be used simultaneously. Before requesting repair (Problems and solutions).. Cautions for Use.. Explanation of terms.. Specifications.. Camcorder Accessory System.. Camcorder Accessory Order Form (For USA Customers).. Request for Service Notice (USA Only). Limited Warranty (For USA Customers). Customer Services Directory.. Warranty (For Canadian Customers). Index.. Spanish Quick Use Guide/ Gua espaola para el uso rpido.. 86

Edit mode

Playing back card

Set to Card Playback Mode. (An operation icon automatically appears on the LCD monitor.)
Plays back the previous picture Plays back the next picture 1/: Slide show (Plays back the still pictures on the card in order) start/pause The power will not turn off when the LCD monitor and the viewfinder are closed and retracted during Card playback mode. Even if the operation icon does not appear, the previous or next picture can be displayed. While the data on a card are played back, do not operate the mode dial. When the access lamp is lit, do not remove the card. Depending on the picture size, it may take time to display the file. If you attempt to play back file recorded in a different format or file data is defective, the whole display becomes bluish and the
Whenever plugging in the S-Video terminal, plug in the VIDEO IN terminal and AUDIO IN terminal, too. Use the AC adaptor to free you from worrying about the battery running down. If the image or audio from this
Camcorder is not output on the TV
Check that the plugs are inserted as far as they go. Check the [12bit AUDIO] settings. (-50-) Check the connected terminal. Check the TVs input setting (input switch). (For more information, please read the operating instructions for the TV.) 45

Playback mode UNPLAYABLE CARD indication may appear as warning. When playing back still pictures recorded in 4:3 mode ([ 3.1M ], [ 2 M ], [ 1 M ], [ 0.3M ]) on a widescreen TV, the picture quality may deteriorate. When playing back a file recorded on other equipment, the date and time display is different from when it was recorded. To display multiple playback files Multiple files on the card (6 files on 1 screen) are displayed. 1 Move the [s /VOLr] lever to switch the images.
Deleting files recorded on a card
The deleted files cannot be restored. Set to Card Playback Mode. 1 Move the joystick left or right to select a file to delete.
You can select a file in the multi-screen display. After selecting the file, press the joystick and display the operation icon. 2 Move the joystick down to select [ ].
Towards [r]: Towards [`]:
Full-screen display (Displays 1 image.) Multi-screen display (Displays 6 files on 1 screen.) 57

Using Quick Movie Magic or MotionDV STUDIO
When the OS is Windows 2000/XP, the Camcorder can be connected to the personal computer with the DV cable. When the OS is Windows 2000/XP, the Camcorder can be connected to the personal computer with the USB cable. However, when the OS is Windows 2000, USB driver must be installed. Do not connect the USB cable until the USB driver is installed. Operating environment OS: IBM PC/AT compatible personal computer with pre-installed; Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition/ Professional SP2 Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP4 CPU: Intel Pentium III 800 MHz or higher (including compatible CPU) Graphic display: High Color (16 bit) or more (32 bit recommended) Desktop resolution of 1024k768 pixels or more (Supporting the overlay of DirectDraw) Sound: PCM sound source (Compatible DirectSound) RAM: 256 MB or more (Adding more memory enables you to operate the personal computer more comfortably.) Hard disk: Ultra DMA 33 or more Free hard disk space: 640 MB or more (When you capture video, 1 GB is needed for data of approx. 4 minutes.) Interface: DV (IEEE1394) terminal (IEEE1394.a) USB terminal (Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) compliant) (A type) Necessary software: DirectX 9.0b/9.0c Windows Media Player 6.4 to 10 Other requirements: Mouse This software is not compatible with a multiCPU environment. This software is not compatible with a multi-boot environment. Operation on Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition, Tablet PC Edition and 64 bit operating system is not guaranteed.
Installing USB Driver Install this when your OS is Windows 2000 SP4. (When your OS is Windows XP SP2, installing USB driver is not needed.) USB Driver must be installed when you connect the Camcorder to the PC with the USB cable and use Quick Movie Magic or MotionDV STUDIO. DirectX 9.0b is installed in your PC if it is not installed beforehand. When DirectX 9.0b is installed, applications supported by previous versions of DirectX may not run. In this case, consult the manufacturers of the applications disabled. 1 Insert the supplied CD-ROM into the personal computers CD-ROM drive. Quit all applications. [Setup Menu] appears. 2 Click [USB Driver]. The set up program starts running. 3 Depending on your system environment, installation of DirectX 9.0b may be required. Click [Yes] and continue with installation. After DirectX 9.0b is installed, the computer will restart. Do not remove the CD-ROM. Installation may take a little while. 4 Finish installation by following the on-screen instructions. Click [Next] and proceed with installation. After completing the installation, Click [Finish]. 5 Click [OK]. 58

With a PC Installation of Quick Movie Magic/ To start Quick Movie Magic or
MotionDV STUDIO 1 Insert the supplied CD-ROM into the
personal computers CD-ROM drive. Quit all applications. [Setup Menu] appears. 2 Click the [Quick Movie Magic]/ [MotionDV STUDIO].


If you wish to capture data from a tape, set the Camcorder to Tape Playback Mode and insert the tape. If you wish to capture images from the lens of the Camcorder, set the Camcorder to the Tape Recording Mode and remove the tape and the card. (MotionDV STUDIO only) About the PDF operating instructions for Quick Movie Magic/MotionDV STUDIO For details on how to use the software applications, read the help file. 1 Set [start] >> [All Programs (Programs)] >> [Panasonic] >> [Quick Movie Magic 1.0E] or [MotionDV STUDIO 5.6E LE for DV] >> [Manual (PDF format)]. Start Quick Movie Magic/MotionDV STUDIO and select [Help] >> [Help] from the menu to display the help file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or later to read the PDF operating instructions. With USB cable (supplied) OS: Windows XP SP2 Windows 2000 SP4 The personal computer should be equipped with an USB terminal (Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) compliant) (A type). Confirmation before connection (for Windows 2000/XP) When you connect the personal computer and the Camcorder with the USB cable and then use Quick Movie Magic or MotionDV STUDIO on Windows XP SP2 or Windows 2000 SP4, check the driver of the USB host controller. It is required to use the driver for which [Microsoft] is displayed on [Driver Provider] in [Driver] tab. 1 Select [start] >> [Settings] >> [Control Panel] to start [System]. [System Properties] is displayed. 2 Click [Hardware] tab and then click [Device Manager] then [Universal Serial Bus Controller]. 3 Right-click [Enhanced Host Controller] and then select [Properties].

3 Click [Next].

After reading the displayed contents, please carry out the installation according to instructions. 4 Select the Video system.
5 After the completion of setup, click on


Sample data is installed concurrently with the Quick Movie Magic/MotionDV STUDIO software. 6 Click [Finish]. 59

With a PC The indication [Enhanced Host Controller] is changed as [EHCI] depending on the host controller you use. 4 Click [Driver] tab to check the description on [Driver Provider].

4 Click [Standard Universal PCI to USB Host
Controller] and then click [Next].
If [Microsoft] is displayed on [Driver Provider], the confirmation procedure is completed. If a description other than [Microsoft] is displayed Update the driver with the following procedure. 1 Click [Update Driver.].

5 Click [Finish].

The update of the driver is completed. Connect the Camcorder. Connecting the Camcorder to a personal computer 1 Set the Mode Dial to Tape Recording Mode or Tape Playback Mode. 2 Set [BASIC] or [ADVANCED] >> [USB FUNCTION] >> [MOTION DV].
2 Check [Install from a list or specific location
(Advanced)] and then click [Next].
3 Connect the Camcorder to the personal

computer with USB cable.

When your OS is Windows 2000, click [Next] after [Update Device Driver Wizard] appears. 3 (For Windows XP Users) Check [Dont search. I will choose the driver to install] and then click [Next].
4 Select [start] >> [All Programs (Programs)]
>> [Panasonic] >> [Quick Movie Magic 1.0E] or [MotionDV STUDIO 5.6E LE for DV] >> [Quick Movie Magic] or [MotionDV STUDIO LE for DV]. Using the MotionDV STUDIO for Windows, a variety of visual effects can be added and titles can be created. You cannot record a video edited by the PC onto the tape in the Camcorder. When 2 or more USB devices are connected to a personal computer or when devices are connected through USB hubs or by using extension cables, proper operation is not guaranteed. When connected to the keyboard USB terminal, normal function may not be possible.
(For Windows 2000 Users) Check [Display a list of the known drivers for this device so that I can choose a specific driver] and then click [Next]. 60

With a PC With DV cable (optional) OS: Windows 2000/XP 1 Set the Mode Dial to Tape Recording Mode or Tape Playback Mode. 2 Connect the Camcorder to the personal computer with DV cable.
4 Using a drag-and-drop operation, move the
pictures you want to acquire or the folder storing those pictures to any different folder on the personal computer.
To disconnect USB cable safely
If USB cable is disconnected while the computer is on, error dialog box may appear. In such a case click [OK] and close the dialog box. By following the steps below you can disconnect the cable safely. 1 Double click the icon in task tray. The hardware disconnection dialog box appears. 71

Others off the terminal with a soft cloth and then connect the cable to the A/V terminal. Is a picture containing a copyright protection signal (copy guard) being recorded? When a protected picture is played back by the Camcorder, mosaic-like patterns appear on the picture. Card 1: Recorded pictures are not clear. Have you set [BASIC] >> [PICT.QUALITY] >> [ ]? If recording is done with it set to [ ], pictures with fine details may include a mosaic-like pattern. Set [PICT.QUALITY] >> [ ]. (-32-) 2: A file recorded on a card cannot be deleted. Is the file protected? Protected files cannot be deleted. (-46-) For the SD Card, if the write protect switch is set to [LOCK], then deletion is disabled. (-21-) 3: 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. 4: Even if a card is formatted, it cannot be used. Either the Camcorder or the card may be damaged. Please consult a dealer. Use an SD Card from 8 MB to 4 GB with this unit. (-79-) 5: During playback, [UNPLAYABLE CARD] is displayed. The image was either recorded in a different format or data is damaged. 6: When the SD card is inserted in another device, it is not recognized. Check that the device is compatible with the capacity or type of SD card (SD Memory Card/ SDHC Memory Card) that you inserted. (-21-, -62-) Refer to the operating instructions of the device for details. Others 1: The indication disappears, the screen is frozen or no operation can be performed. Turn off the power to the Camcorder. If the power cannot be turned off, press the [RESET] button or detach the battery or AC adaptor and then reattach it. After that, turn on the power again. If normal operation is still not restored, detach the power connected and consult the dealer who you purchased the Camcorder from. 2: PUSH THE RESET SWITCH is displayed. An irregularity in the Camcorder has been automatically detected. Remove the cassette or the card for data protection and then press the [RESET] button with the boss A. The Camcorder will be activated.
If you do not press the [RESET] button, the power to the Camcorder is turned off automatically about 1 minute later. Even after you press the [RESET] button, the indication may still appear repeatedly. If so, the Camcorder needs repair. Detach the power connected and consult the dealer who you purchased the Camcorder from. Do not attempt to repair the unit by yourself. 3: Even if connected by the USB cable, the Camcorder is not recognized by the PC. Is the USB driver installed? (-54-) 4: When the USB cable is disconnected, an error message will appear on PC. To disconnect the USB cable safely, doubleclick the [ ] icon in the task tray and follow the instructions on the screen. 5: The Camcorder malfunctions on editing, dubbing from digital video equipment or using MotionDV STUDIO 5.6E LE for DV or Quick Movie Magic 1.0E. If a tape is recorded in multiple modes such as SP and LP (recording mode), 12bit and 16bit (sound recording mode), 4:3 and wide, recorded and unrecorded parts, the Camcorder may malfunction at a point where the mode switches. When you edit, do not record in multiple modes. 6: The warning/alarm indication [] appears when the Camcorder is operated in the WEB camera mode. Did you press the menu button or the recording start/stop button? You cannot use the menu or record onto the tape/card in the WEB camera mode. Is the setting for the remote control correct? Did you attempt to play a tape without inserting it? Insert a tape. Did you attempt to play a tape with copyright protection (copy guard)? Pictures of the tape with copyright protection (copy guard) cannot be displayed on the PC. (The audio of the tape can be played.) Is the USB driver installed? (-54-) 74

Others 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 m (3.3 feet) 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 cable from the AC jack. (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 Camcorder 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 Camcorder 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. Apparatus 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 pull out the card, rotate the mode dial, turn off the power or cause any vibrations 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. Moreover, do not fold or drop the card. The card may break or the contents of the card may be destroyed or erased. Do not touch the terminals on the back of the card. Electrical noise, static electricity or failure of the Camcorder 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 and USB reader/writer. After use, be sure to remove the card from the Camcorder 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. Keep the Memory Card out of reach of children to prevent swallowing. Folder structure of the card The folder structure of the card formatted by the Camcorder will be displayed on the PC as the illustration below.

Up to 999 pictures can be recorded on 100CDPFP folder etc. Files with the DPOF settings can be recorded on MISC folder. 75

Others LCD monitor/viewfinder LCD monitor When the LCD monitor gets dirty, wipe it with a dry soft cloth. In a place with drastic temperature changes, condensation may form on the LCD monitor. Wipe it with soft dry cloth. If your Camcorder is extremely cold, the LCD monitor is slightly darker than usual immediately after you turn the power on. However, as the internal temperature increases, it goes back to normal brightness. Extremely high precision technology is employed to produce the LCD monitor screen featuring a total of approximately 123,000 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. Viewfinder Extremely high precision technology is employed to produce the viewfinder screen featuring a total of approximately 113,000 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. Periodical check-ups To maintain the highest image quality, we recommend replacing worn parts such as heads after approx. 1000 hours of use. (This, however, depends on operating conditions including temperature, humidity and dust.)

Explanation of terms

Automatic white balance White balance adjustment recognizes the color of light and adjusts so the white color will become a pure white. The Camcorder 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 is called automatic white balance adjustment. However, since the Camcorder only stores white color information under several light sources, automatic white balance adjustment does not function normally under the other light sources.

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Outside of the effective range of automatic white balance adjustment, the image will become reddish or bluish. Even within the effective range of automatic white balance adjustment, the automatic white balance adjustment may not function properly if there is more than one light source. For light outside the functional auto white balance adjustment range, use the manual white balance adjustment mode. 1) The effective range of automatic white balance adjustment on this Camcorder 2) Blue sky 3) Cloudy sky (rain) 4) TV screen 5) Sunlight 6) White fluorescent lamp 7) Halogen light bulb 8) Incandescent light bulb 9) Sunrise or sunset 10) Candlelight 76

Others White balance The image recorded by the Camcorder 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 color under different light sources. By recognizing which is the white color under sunlight and which is the white color under a fluorescent lamp, the Camcorder can adjust the balance among the other colors. Since white is the reference of all colors (light), the Camcorder can record pictures in a natural hue if it can recognize the reference white color. Auto focus Auto focus automatically moves the focusing lens forward and backward inside the Camcorder 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 center 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 Camcorder and the other end farther away from it As auto focus adjusts at the center 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 Camcorder focuses on the objects with glossy surfaces or on highly reflective objects. Recording a subject in dark surroundings The Camcorder 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 Camcorder achieves focus based upon the vertical lines of an image. 77

Digital Video Camcorder Information for your safety Power source: DC 7.9/7.2 V Power consumption: Recording 5.2 W 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: EIA Standard: 525 lines, 60 fields NTSC color 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: 640 Kk3 (4:3), 540 Kk3 (16:9)/ Still picture: 710 Kk3 (4:3), 540 Kk3 (16:9)/ Total: 800 Kk3 Lens: Auto Iris, F1.8 to F2.8, Focal length; 3.0 mm to 30.0 mm, Macro (Full range AF) Filter diameter: 37 mm Zoom: 10:1 Power zoom Monitor: 2.7-inch LCD Viewfinder: Color electronic viewfinder Microphone: Stereo (with a zoom function) Speaker: 1 round speaker 20 mm Standard illumination: 1,400 lx Minimum required illumination: 8 lx (Low light mode: 1/60) 1 lx (MagicPix mode) Video output level: 1.0 Vp-p, 75 S-Video output level: Y Output: 1.0 Vp-p, 75 C Output: 0.286 Vp-p, 75 Audio output level (Line): 316 mV, 600
USB: Card reader/writer function, USB 2.0 compliant (Hi-Speed) No copyright protection support PictBridge-compliant Digital interface: DV input/output terminal (IEEE1394, 4-pin) Dimensions: 78.5 mm (W)k72.6 mm (H)k136.0 mm (D) 3.091 inch (W)k2.859 inch (H)k5.355 inch (D) (excluding the projecting parts) Mass: Approx. 450 g (0.99 lbs) (without the supplied battery, DV cassette and lens cap) Operating temperature: 0 oC to 40 oC (32 oF to 104 oF) Operating humidity: 10% to 80% Card memory functions Recording media: SD Memory Card: 8 MB/16 MB/32 MB/64 MB/ 128 MB/256 MB/512 MB/1 GB/2 GB (Maximum) (FAT12 and FAT16 format corresponding) SDHC Memory Card: 4 GB (Maximum) (FAT32 format corresponding)
Please confirm the latest information on the following website.
Still picture recording file format: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.2 standard), DPOF corresponding Still picture size: 2048k1512 2048k1152 1600k1200 1280k960 1280k720 640k480 640k360 WEB camera Compression: Motion JPEG Image size: 320k240 pixels (QVGA) Frame rate: Approx. 6 fps 78

AC adaptor Information for your safety Power source: AC 110 V to 240 V, 50/60 Hz Power consumption: 19 W DC output: DC 7.9 V, 1.4 A (Camcorder operation) DC 8.4 V, 0.65 A (Battery charging) Dimensions: 61 mm (W)k32 mm (H)k91 mm (D) 2.40 inch (W)k1.26 inch (H)k3.58 inch (D) Mass: Approx. 110 g (0.24 lbs) Specifications may change without prior notice.

(As examples, this excludes damages for lost time, cost of having someone remove or re-install an installed unit if applicable, or travel to and from the servicer, loss of media or images, data or other memory or recorded content. The items listed are not exclusive, but are for illustration only.)
Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, or limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. If a problem with this product develops during or after the warranty period, you may contact your dealer or Service Center. If the problem is not handled to your satisfaction, then write to the warrantors Consumer Affairs Department at the addresses listed for the warrantor.

Customer Services Directory
Service in Canada: As per Service Center listed in Canadian warranty information on page -84-.
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IF YOU SHIP THE PRODUCT TO A SERVICENTRE Carefully pack and send prepaid, adequately insured and preferably in the original carton. Include details of the defect claimed, and proof of date of original purchase. 85


4:3 Function...37

Photoshot.. 31 PictBridge.. 50 Portrait Mode.. 38
AC Adaptor...15, 74 Aperture..41 Audio Dubbing..49 Auto Ground-Directional Standby (AGS).36
Quick Movie Magic.. 57 Quick Start... 19
Backlight Compensation..33 Black Balance..40 Blank Search..30
Recording Check.. 30 Recording Speed.. 28 Remaining Tape Time.. 66 Remote Control.. 26 Repeat Playback.. 42 Request for Service Notice (USA Only). 81
Camcorder Accessory Order Form.80 Card Playback..44 Charging the Battery..15 Condensation..72 Customer Services Directory..83
Scene mode.. 38 SD Card.. 62 Self-Recording.. 33 Self-timer Recording.. 37 Shutter Speed.. 41 Slow Motion Playback.. 43 Soft Skin Mode... 34 Sound Volume.. 42 SP/LP Mode.. 28 Sports Mode.. 38 Spotlight Mode... 38 Surf & Snow Mode.. 38
Date/Time Setting..17 Digital Dubbing...48 Digital Zoom...33 DPOF Setting..46 Dubbing..47
Erasure Prevention Slider..20
Fade...35 Formatting..46 Frame-by-frame playback..43

Tele Macro Function.. 35

Variable Speed Search.. 43 Video Head Clogging. 72 Viewfinder.. 18, 75

Help mode...23

LCD Monitor..18, 75 Limited Warranty (Canada)..84 Limited Warranty (USA)..82 Low Light Mode..38
Web Camera.. 54 White Balance.. 39 Wide Function.. 37 Wind noise reduction function.. 36
MagicPix Function...34 Manual Focus..40 Mega Optical Image Stabilizer..38 Mode Dial..21 MotionDV STUDIO..57
Zoom... 32 Zoom Microphone... 33 86

Spanish Quick Use Guide/ Gua espaola para el uso rpido
Carga de la batera 1 Conecte el cable elctrico de CA al
3 Apriete la marca [PUSH] 1 a fin de cerrar el
compartimiento del cassette.
adaptador de CA y a la toma de la red de CA. 2 Meta la batera en el respectivo soporte alineando la marca, luego encjela.
4 Slo cierre la tapa del cassette despus de
que el respectivo compartimiento est cabalmente alojado.
Insertar/quitar una tarjeta 1 Luego abra la tapa de la ranura de la tarjeta.
Montaje de la batera Empuje la batera contra el porta batera y hgala deslizar hasta que dispare.
2 Inserte/quite la tarjeta en/de la ranura.


Settings for the Panasonic Pvgs320 (the camcorders you can check out for this class), Use them as a guide for your camcorder settings. Some camcorders dont have all these features. With some you can only change the shutter speed by selecting a Scene mode. Many camcorders will only allow you to lock the focus (point the camera and push a button) while others have wheels to focus with or better yet a focus ring. But you need to figure out how to control these things on you camcorder, especially Aspect Ratio (set to 4:3), Manual Exposure (Iris), Manual Focus, White Balance. These are my preferred settings. I have omitted settings that I dont consider important. Menu: Basic: Scene Mode: Off or check the manual. This automatically sets optimum shutter speeds and apertures depending on the mode you select (Sports, Portrait, etc). Rec Speed: SP (standard play). Dont use LP (Long play) this speed will increase your recording time (1.5x) but it will decrease your picture quality. Wind Cut: On or Off This reduces the wind noise coming into the microphone when recording. Aspect: Set this to 4:3 for this class. Advanced: O.I.S. (optical image stabilizer) generally I leave this OFF because it drains batteries, but sometimes it is useful. Optical image stabilizer function This feature reduces the jitter caused by hand movement when recording. Recording in various situations Guide Lines: generally I leave this OFF but sometimes it is useful. Fade Color: It doesnt matter, If I record the fade I cant remove it or reposition it, so I dont record fades, I add them in during editing. Audio Red: 16bit this is 48kHz stereo audio. This is the appropriate setting for DVNTSC editing. (12bit audio is 32 kHz audio-when you capture it with Final Cut , it will warn you that the audio isnt 48kHz) DLoom: (Digital Zoom) Off (dont use this it will give you fuzz pictures) Zoom Mic: Generally Off but it is your choice. Zoom Mic is Interlocked with the video zooming operation, the microphone will clearly capture sounds far away with the tele-shot or those in the vicinity with the wide-angle shot. SetUp: Display: On This will display setting in the view finder-very useful. Date/Time: OFF This is important. If you have date/time on it will record on your tape. The Date/Time cannot be removed (at least very easily) but can be added easily later in editing. Power Save: Off generally, but if you set 5 minutes when 5 minutes passes without any operation, the Camcorder automatically turns off to protect the tape or to prevent the battery from running down. When you want to use the Camcorder, turn it on again. Quick Start: Off
AGS: Off. This function prevents unnecessary recording when you forget to pause recording and walk with the Camcorder tilted upside down while recording continues. If the Camcorder continues to be tilted upside down from the normal horizontal position while recording on a tape, it is automatically put into recording pause. Initial Set: leave it at No unless you wish to reset the camcorder to it original default settings. Manuel Setting: Switch on side of camcorder and use the joystick to adjust. Focus: Push the button on the site of the camcorder forward and a >MF lights up in the viewfinder. This tells you the Manual focus is on. It will be focused where you where pointing it when you turned it on. You can adjust the focus with the joystick or you can turn it off (push the button on the side forward), point it at critical point of focus and turn it on again (push the button on the side forward). The following settings are adjusted with the joystick, but first you have to turn on the Manual button on the side of the camcorder. WB (White Balance) controls how the camcorder responds to the light temperature (color). AWB Auto White Balance works well most of the time, but the automatic white balance function may not reproduce natural colors depending on the scenes or lighting conditions. If so, you can adjust the white balance manually. It doesnt do a very good job under some florescent lights or in certain situations, like when you pan the camera over window, it will change the balance on you during the shot, etc. So sometimes you need to lock the White Balance. Indoor mode (a light bulb symbol) for recording under incandescent lamps) Outdoor mode (a sun symbol) for recording in sunlight. Manual adjustment mode (a square with two small triangles on the bottom symbol) to manually set the white balance, select the symbol with the joystick. Then, while viewing a white subject on the entire screen, move the joystick up to select it again, When the camcorder is turned on with the lens cap attached, the automatic white balance adjustment may not function properly. Please turn the camcorder on after removing the lens cap When setting both the white balance and the iris/gain, set the white balance first. Whenever recording conditions change, re-set the white balance for correct adjustment. IRIS adjusts the exposure (the light) by opening or closing the aperture or adding electronic gain (lighting enhancement). Use the joystick to adjust. SHTR Shutter speed 1/60 to 1/8000 of a second. The faster the shutter speed the more light is needed. Use the joystick to change


Technical specifications

Full description

Imagine taking video shots on a moving boat and then viewing them on a large-screen TV. They're likely to appear blurry from the boat's movement and from your unsteady hands. Panasonic solves this problem with O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), which minimizes hand-shake in situations where it is most often a problem, such as with zoom shots - or on a moving boat. The system is optical, so there is no quality loss, and images look clear and beautiful on a big-screen TV. Enjoy vivid color, crisp detail, and subtle gradation with 3CCD, the system used by most professional broadcast cameras. PRODUCT FEATURES: 3CCD camera system; O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer); Leica Dicomar lens; Advanced pure color engine; Still picture recording; 10x optical zoom; Tele-macro; Simultaneous motion video and 1.2-megapixel still picture recording; High-picture-quality wide 2.7" LCD.

Product TypeCamcorder
Width3.1 in
Depth5.8 in
Height3.3 in
Weight15.9 oz
Main Features
Camcorder Sensor Resolution2.4 Mpix
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution1.62 Mpix
Camcorder Effective Still Resolution3.1 Mpix
Widescreen Video CaptureYes
Webcam CapabilityYes
Media TypeMini DV
Color SupportColor
Optical Sensor Type3CCD
Optical Sensor Size1/6"
Min Illumination1 lux
Digital Zoom700 x
Recording SpeedSP, LP
Shooting ProgramsSpotlight, portrait mode, surf & snow, low light, sports mode
Digital Scene TransitionWhite fader, black fader
Image StabilizerOptical
Max Shutter Speed1/8000 sec
Min Shutter Speed1/25 sec
Exposure ModesProgram, automatic
White BalanceCustom, automatic, presets
White Balance PresetsIndoor, outdoor
Still Image FormatJPEG
Remote ControlCamcorder remote control - infrared
Video CaptureMPEG - 320 x 240 - 6 fps - web camera mode
Memory / Storage
Supported Flash MemoryMultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card
Image StorageJPEG 2048 x 1512 JPEG 2048 x 1152 JPEG 1600 x 1200 JPEG 1280 x 960 JPEG 640 x 480 JPEG 640 x 360
Lens System
TypeZoom lens - 3 mm - 30 mm - f/1.8-2.8
Focal Length3 mm - 30 mm
Focus AdjustmentAutomatic, manual
Auto FocusTTL contrast detection
Lens ApertureF/1.8-2.8
Optical Zoom10 x
Zoom AdjustmentMotorized drive
Filter Size37 mm
Lens ManufacturerLeica
Additional Features
DV inputYes
Edit FunctionsAudio dubbing
Low Lux / Night ModeYes
Digital Still Camera FunctionYes
Time CodeYes
Additional FeaturesDirect print, USB 2.0 compatibility, backlight compensation, auto power save, PictBridge support
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Viewfinder Color SupportColor
Viewfinder Diagonal Size0.33"
Viewfinder Resolution113,000 pixels
TypeLCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.7" - color
Display Form FactorRotating
Display Format123,000 pixels
TypeMicrophone - built-in
Microphone Operation ModeStereo
Microphone FeaturesZoom, wind noise reduction
Connector Type1 x S-Video output 1 x composite video/audio output 1 x USB 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire/i.LINK)
Expansion Slot(s)1 x SD Memory Card
SoftwareDrivers & Utilities
Included AccessoriesLens cap
Cables IncludedA/V cable USB cable S-Video cable
Power DevicePower adapter - external
Supported Battery Details1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )
Universal Product Identifiers
Part NumbersPV-GS320, PV-GS320P-S



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