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C O P Y2
Introduction
Important Usage Instructions
WARNING!
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS
PRODUCT TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
WARNING!
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK AND TO REDUCE ANNOYING
INTERFERENCE, USE THE RECOMMENDED ACCESSORIES ONLY.
COPYRIGHT WARNING:
Unauthorized recording of copyrighted materials may infringe on the rights of copyright
owners and be contrary to copyright laws.
DVD Camcorder, DC330 A systems
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause
harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired
operation.
Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC
Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and use in accordance with the instructions,
may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
The cable with the ferrite core provided with the digital video camcorder must be used with this equipment in order to comply with
Class B limits in Subpart B of Part 15 of the FCC rules.
Do not make any changes or modifications to the equipment unless otherwise specified in the manual.
If such changes or modifications should be made, you could be required to stop operation of the equipment.
Canon U.S.A. Inc.
One Canon Plaza, Lake Success, NY 11042, U.S.A.
Tel No. (516)328-5600
CAUTION:
TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK, MATCH WIDE BLADE OF PLUG TO WIDE SLOT, FULLY INSERT.
Important Warning
CAUTION:
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC
SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR
BACK). NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS
INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED
SERVICE PERSONNEL.
CAUTION
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol,
within an equilateral triangle, is intended to
alert the user to the presence of uninsulated
“dangerous voltage” within the product’s
enclosure, that may be of sufficient
magnitude to constitute a risk of electric
shock to persons.
The exclamation point, within an equilateral
triangle, is intended to alert the user to the
presence of important operating and
maintenance (servicing) instructions in the
literature accompanying the product.
C O P Y3
In these safety instructions the word
“product” refers to the Canon DVD
Camcorder DC330 A and all its accessories.
1 Read Instructions — All the safety and
operating instructions should be read
before the product is operated.
2 Retain Instructions — The safety and
operating instructions should be retained
for future reference.
3 Heed Warnings — All warnings on the
product and in the operating instructions
should be adhered to.
4 Follow Instructions — All operating and
maintenance instructions should be
followed.
5 Cleaning — Unplug this product from the
wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use
liquid or aerosol cleaners. The product
should be cleaned only as recommended
in this manual.
6 Accessories — Do not use accessories
not recommended in this manual as they
may be hazardous.
7 Avoid magnetic or electric fields — Do
not use the camera close to TV
transmitters, portable communication
devices or other sources of electric or
magnetic radiation. They may cause
picture interference, or permanently
damage the camera.
8 Water and Moisture — Hazard of electric
shock — Do not use this product near
water or in rainy/moist situations.
9 Placing or Moving — Do not place on an
unstable cart, stand, tripod, bracket or
table. The product may fall, causing
serious injury to a child or adult, and
serious damage to the product.
A product and cart
combination should be
moved with care. Quick
stops, excessive force,
and uneven surfaces may
cause the product and
cart combination to
overturn.
10 Power Sources — The CA-570 Compact
Power Adapter should be operated only
from the type of power source indicated
on the marking label. If you are not sure
of the type of power supply to your home,
consult your product dealer or local
power company. Regarding other power
sources such as battery power, refer to
instructions in this manual.
11 Polarization — The CA-570 Compact
Power Adapter is equipped with a
polarized 2-prong plug (a plug having one
blade wider than the other).
The 2-prong polarized plug will fit into the
power outlet only one way. This is a
safety feature. If you are unable to insert
the plug fully into the outlet, try reversing
the plug. If the plug still fails to fit, contact
your electrician to replace your obsolete
outlet. Do not defeat the safety purpose
of the polarized plug.
12 Power Cord Protection — Power cords
should be routed so that they are not
likely to be walked on or pinched by
items placed upon or against them. Pay
particular attention to plugs and the point
from which the cords exit the product.
13 Outdoor Antenna Grounding — If an
outside antenna is connected to the
product, be sure the antenna is grounded
so as to provide some protection against
voltage surges and built-up static
charges. Section 810 of the National
Electrical Code, ANSI / NFPA No. 70—
1984, provides information with respect
to proper grounding of the mast and
supporting structure, grounding of the
lead-in wire to an antenna discharge unit,
size of grounding conductors, location of
antenna discharge unit, connection to
grounding electrodes, and requirements
for the grounding electrode. See figure 1.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
C O P Y4
14 Lightning — For added protection of this
product during a lightning storm, or when
it is left unattended and unused for long
periods of time, disconnect it from the
wall outlet and disconnect the antenna.
This will prevent damage to the product
due to lightning and power-line surges.
15 Overloading — Do not overload wall
outlets and extension cords as this can
result in a risk of fire or electric shock.
16 Objects and Liquid Entry — Never push
objects of any kind into this product
through openings as they may touch
dangerous voltage points or short out
parts that could result in a fire or electric
shock. Be careful not to spill liquid of any
kind onto the product.
17 Servicing — Do not attempt to service
this product yourself as opening or
removing covers may expose you to
dangerous voltage or other hazards.
Refer all servicing to qualified service
personnel.
18 Damage Requiring Service — Disconnect
this product from the wall outlet and all
power sources including battery, and
refer servicing to qualified service
personnel under the following conditions:
a. When the power-supply cord or plug is
damaged.
b. If any liquid has been spilled onto, or
objects have fallen into, the product.
c. If the product has been exposed to
rain or water.
d. If the product does not operate
normally even if you follow the
operating instructions. Adjust only
those controls that are covered by the
operation instructions. Improper
adjustment of other controls may
result in damage and will often require
extensive work by a qualified
technician to restore the product to its
normal operation.
e. If the product has been dropped or the
cabinet has been damaged.
f. When the product exhibits a distinct
change in performance. This indicates
a need for service.
19 Replacement Parts — When replacement
parts are required, be sure the service
technician has used replacement parts
that are specified by Canon or that have
the same characteristics as the original
part. Unauthorized substitutions may
result in fire, electric shock or other
hazards.
20 Safety Check — Upon completion of any
service or repairs to this product, ask the
service technician to perform safety
checks to determine that the product is in
safe operating order.
EXAMPLE OF ANTENNA GROUNDING AS PER
NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE
ANTENNA
LEAD IN
WIRE
ANTENNA DISCHARGE UNIT
(NEC SECTION 810-20)
GROUNDING CONDUCTORS
(NEC SECTION 810-21)
GROUND CLAMPS
POWER SERVICE GROUNDING
ELECTRODE SYSTEM
(NEC ART 250. PART H)
NEC – NATIONAL
ELECTRICAL CODE
ELECTRIC
SERVICE
EQUIPMENT
GROUND
CLAMP
Fig. 1
When replacement of the power supply is required, please return it to the responsible nearest
Canon Service Center and please replace it with the same type number CA-570.
The Adapter can be used with a power supply between 100 and 240 V AC. For areas where
120 V AC power is not used, you will need a special plug adapter. Contact your nearest Canon
Service Center for further information.
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
C O P Y5
How to Select a DVD Disc
There are many types of DVD discs but this camcorder uses only the following three
types of 8 cm mini DVD discs: DVD-R, DVD-R DL and DVD-RW. Read the differences
between them and select the disc that best fits your needs.
DVD-Rs can be recorded only once – you cannot edit or delete the recordings. On the
other hand, these discs are comparatively cheaper.
Dual-layered discs allow writing up to 80% more data (approx. 2.6 GB) on a single
recording side. However, you cannot edit or delete the recordings.
Dual-layered discs have two recording layers. The
camcorder will record on layer 1 and then continue to
layer 2. During the playback of a recording spanning
both layers, you may notice a brief stop (about 1
second) at the point where the camcorder switches to
the second layer. The switch to layer 2 will break the
recording into 2 separate scenes.
Recordings made on a DVD-RW disc can be edited or deleted. Also, the disc can be
initialized. Initializing a DVD-RW disc clears all the recordings and restores the free
space on the disc to its initial value so you can use the same disc again.
DVD-R Best for Compatibility
DVD-R DL Best for Recording Time
DVD-RW Best for Reusability
Scene 2
Scene 1
Layer 2
Layer 1
Recording surface
Disc specification on DVD-RWs
DVD-RW discs can be recorded using either one of two disc specifications: VIDEO mode
or VR mode. When you first insert a brand new DVD-RW disc, the camcorder will
automatically display the initialization screen where you can select the disc specification
for the disc.
VIDEO mode: Once finalized, discs recorded in VIDEO mode can be played back in most
common DVD players offering the best compatibility. However, recordings cannot be
edited (deleted, rearranged, etc.).
VR mode: You can easily edit the recordings. However, discs recorded in VR mode can
only be played back with DVD players compatible with DVD-RWs in VR mode.
Note: DVD-R and DVD-R DL discs can only be recorded in VIDEO mode.
C O P Y6
Advantages of Using DVDs
No need to worry about recording over a tape.
When you use a DVD, the camcorder will automatically record on the empty
space of the disc. So you don`t have to worry about mistakenly recording over a
precious memory.
Just select a scene from the index screen.
You don`t need to bother running a tape forwards and backwards to find the
scene you want to play back. Simply select a scene from the index screen and
start the playback in a breeze.
Easily play back your recordings on a DVD player.
After your finalize your DVD ( 49), you can play it on a DVD player and share
your recordings with friends and family.
Playback on external devices
Make sure to finalize discs ( 49) before you play them back on external
DVD devices. The disc`s type will affect its compatibility with external devices.
For a summary, you can refer to the sidebar on page 50. However, to be sure,
always refer to the instruction manual of the external device and make sure it
is compatible before inserting the disc.
For the highest compatibility with external DVD devices we recommend
using VIDEO mode.
Discs that have been tested
The camcorder`s performance was tested with single-layered discs using
Hitachi-Maxell HG series DVD discs; and with dual-layered discs using Canon
DVD-R DL54 discs and Verbatim DVD-R DL discs (as of January 2008*). For
further details, contact directly the manufacturer`s customer support center.
Note that attempting to record or play with this camcorder DVD discs that
were recorded, initialized or finalized with a device other than this camcorder
can result in damage to the camcorder or in the permanent loss of the
recordings.
* For the latest information, visit your local Canon Web site or contact your nearest
Canon office. The use of DVD-R DL discs that have not been tested by Canon may
result in incorrect recording/playback or in not being able to remove the disc.
C O P Y7
Available features depend on the DVD disc used
1
Only scenes in the playlist can be divided.
2
Disc finalization is the processing of the free space (the unrecorded area) on the disc in
order to make it playable on external DVD devices ( 49). Playback cannot be
guaranteed with all external DVD devices. To finalize a DVD-R DL disc, the camcorder has
to process both layers. Therefore, and depending on the amount of free space on the disc,
this process may be lengthy.
3
You will need to unfinalize the disc first.
4
With the supplied software you can make copies of your disc, play back and edit your
video, and more. For further details, refer to the Corel Application Disc Installation Guide
and User Manual.
Disc type
DVD-R, DVD-R DL
DVD-RW
Disc specifications
VIDEO
mode
VR
mode
Editing scenes with this camcorder (deleting
scenes, dividing scenes, etc.) ( 46)
––
1
Deleting a scene after recording it ( 35) –
Initializing the disc in order to use it again for
recording ( 48)

Giving a title to the disc ( 48)
Finalizing the disc in order to play it with an external
DVD device ( 49)
2

Adding recordings to a disc already finalized
( 50)

3
Editing scenes on a computer
4
( 68)
C O P Y8 • Table of contents
Table of contents
Introduction ____________________________________
5 How to Select a DVD Disc
6 Advantages of Using DVDs
11 About this Manual
12 Getting to Know the Camcorder
12 Supplied Accessories
13 Components Guide
16 Screen Displays
Preparations ____________________________________
19 Getting Started
19 Charging the Battery Pack
20 Preparing the Wireless Controller and Accessories
22 Basic Operation of the Camcorder
22 Power Switch
22 Operating Modes
22 Joystick and Joystick Guide
23 Using the Menus
25 First Time Settings
25 Setting the Date and Time
25 Changing the Language
26 Changing the Time Zone
26 Getting Ready to Start Recording
26 Opening the Lens Cover and Adjusting the LCD screen
27 Inserting and Removing a Disc
29 Inserting and Removing a Memory Card
Video _________________________________________
30 Basic Recording
30 Shooting Video
32 Selecting the Recording Mode
32 Zooming: Optical, Advanced and Digital Zoom
34 Quick Start Function
34 Reviewing and Deleting the Last Scene Recorded
C O P YTable of contents • 9
35 Basic Playback
35 Playing Back the Video
37 Deleting Scenes
37 On-Screen Displays (Data Code)
38 Additional Functions
38 : Special Scene Recording Programs
40 Flexible Recording: Changing the Shutter Speed
41 LCD Video Light
41 Self Timer
42 Manual Focus Adjustment
43 Manual Exposure Adjustment
43 White Balance
44 Image Effects
45 Digital Effects
46 Managing Scenes and the Disc
46 Creating a Playlist
47 Moving Scenes in the Playlist
47 Dividing Scenes
48 Initializing the Disc
48 Disc Playback on an External Device
48 Changing the Disc Title
49 Finalizing the Disc
50 Disc Playback on External Devices
50 Unfinalizing the Disc – Additional Recordings on a Finalized Disc
Photos ________________________________________
52 Basic Recording
52 Taking Photos
53 Selecting Photo Size and Quality
54 Erasing the Last Photo Just Recorded
54 Basic Playback
54 Viewing Photos
56 Magnifying Photos during Playback
56 Erasing Photos
57 Additional Functions
57 Continuous Shooting and Exposure Bracketing (Drive Mode)
58 Automatic Focus Priority
59 Histogram and Other Screen Displays
59 Protecting Photos
60 Initializing the Memory Card
C O P Y10 • Table of contents
61 Printing Photos
61 Printing Photos – Direct Print
61 Selecting the Print Settings
64 Print Orders
External Connections _____________________________
66 Connecting to a TV or VCR
66 Connection Diagram
67 Playback on a TV Screen
67 Copying your Recordings to an External Video Recorder
68 Connecting to a Computer
68 PC Connection Diagram
68 Corel Application Disc – Movie Playback/Editing and Various
Disc Operations
68 Transferring Photos – Direct Transfer
70 Transfer Orders
Additional Information ____________________________
72 Appendix: Menu Options Lists
72 FUNC. Menu
72 Setup menus
74 Camera Setup (Advanced Zoom, Image Stabilizer, etc.)
75 Disc Operations (Initialization, Finalization etc.)
75 Still Image Operations (Card Initialization, etc.)
76 Display Setup (LCD Brightness, Language, etc.)
77 System Setup (Volume, Beep, etc.)
78 Date/Time Setup
79 Trouble?
79 Troubleshooting
82 List of Messages
86 Do’s and Don’ts
86 Handling Precautions
90 Using the Camcorder Abroad
92 General Information
92 System Diagram
93 Optional Accessories
95 Product Codes
96 Specifications
99 Index
C O P YIntroduction • 11
Thank you for purchasing the Canon DC330. Please read this manual carefully before
you use the camcorder and retain it for future reference. Should your camcorder fail
to operate correctly, refer to Troubleshooting ( 79).
Conventions Used in this Manual
• IMPORTANT: Precautions related to the camcorder’s operation.
• NOTES: Additional topics that complement the basic operating procedures.
• POINTS TO CHECK: Restrictions that apply if the function described is not
available in all operating modes (the operating mode to which the camcorder
should be set, the type of disc required, etc.).
• : Reference page number.
• The following terms are used in this manual:
“Screen” refers to the LCD and the viewfinder screen.
“Scene” refers to one movie unit from the point you press to start
recording until you press again to pause the recording.
The terms “photo” and “still image” are used interchangeably with the same
meaning.
• The photos included in this manual are simulated pictures taken with a still camera.
About this Manual
Start/Stop
Changing the Language
Options Default value

[ ]
[ DISPLAY SETUP]
[LANGUAGE ]
Desired language
[] [MAGYAR] []
[DEUTSCH] [MELAYU] []
[] [POLSKI] []
[ENGLISH][] [ ]
[ESPAÑOL] [TÜRKÇE] []
[FRANÇAIS][][]
[ITALIANO][][]
FUNC.
(29)
ROMANA
FUNC.
FUNC.
MENU
Names of buttons and switches other than the joystick
are indicated within a “button” frame.
For example . FUNC.
Buttons and switches to be operated
Brackets [ ] and capital letters are used to refer to menu
options as they are displayed on screen. In menu option
lists and option tables the default value is shown in
boldface.
For example [ON], [OFF].
C O P Y12 • Introduction
Getting to Know the Camcorder
* Includes the electronic version of the Digital Video Software instruction manual on PDF file.
Supplied Accessories
CA-570 Compact Power
Adapter (incl. power cord)
NB-2LH Battery Pack
WL-D86 Wireless Controller
Lithium Button Battery
CR2025 for Wireless
Controller
IFC-300PCU USB Cable
STV-250N Stereo Video
Cable
Yellow • Red • White plugs
Software CD-ROM*
DIGITAL VIDEO
Solution Disk
Software CD-ROM and
User Manual
Corel Application Disc
Online product registration for U.S.A. Customers only.
Register your product online at www.registercanon.com
Protect your product
We will keep the model number and date of purchase of your new Canon product on
file to help you refer to this information in the event of an insurance claim such as loss
or theft.
Receive information on new products and promotions
Upon your request, we will send you information on Canon new products and
promotions.
The serial number of this product can be found at the battery attachment unit of the
camcorder. Write down the number and other information here and retain this book as a
permanent record of your purchase to aid identification in case of theft.
Date of Purchase: Model Name: DC330 A
Purchased From: Serial No.:
Dealer Address:
Dealer Phone No.:
C O P YIntroduction • 13
Names of buttons and switches other than the
joystick are indicated within a “button” frame
(for example ).
Components Guide
Left side view
Front view
Right side view
Lens cover switch ( 30, 52)
( open, closed)
USB terminal ( 68)
AV terminal ( 66)
CARD access indicator ( 52)
Speaker
switch ( 22)
Lock button
DISC access indicator ( 30) /
CHARGE indicator ( 19)
Mode switch ( 31)
Easy recording
Recording programs
Disc compartment cover ( 27)
Grip belt ( 21)
Strap mount ( 94)
Stereo microphone
FUNC.
C O P Y14 • Introduction
Names of buttons and switches other than the
joystick are indicated within a “button” frame
(for example ).
Back view
Top view
Bottom view
Joystick ( 22)
FUNC. button ( 23, 72)
DISP . button ( 37, 59)
Remote sensor ( 20)
Dioptric adjustment lever ( 31)
Viewfinder ( 31)
QUICK START button and standby lamp
( 34)
PLAY mode indicator (green) ( 22)
CAMERA mode indicator (red) ( 22)
OPEN (disc cover) switch ( 27)
Start/Stop button ( 30)
DC IN terminal ( 20)
Serial number/
Battery attachment unit ( 19)
RESET button ( 79)
LCD screen ( 26)
Zoom lever ( 32)
/ (movies/still images) switch
( 22)
Tripod socket ( 21)
Memory card slot
(open the cover to access) ( 29)
BATT. (battery release) switch ( 19)
FUNC.
C O P YIntroduction • 15
Wireless Controller WL-D86
START/STOP button ( 30)
FUNC. button ( 23, 72)
MENU button ( 24)
PLAYLIST button ( 46)
Navigation buttons ( /// )
PREV./NEXT buttons:
Scene skip ( 36) /
Index screen page up/down ( 35)
Reverse SEARCH button ( 36) /
Reverse SLOW button ( 36)
PLAY button ( 35)
PAUSE button ( 35)
STOP button ( 35)
PHOTO button ( 52)
Zoom buttons ( 32)
SET button
Forward SEARCH button ( 36) /
Forward SLOW button ( 36)
DISP . (on-screen display) button
( 37, 59)
C O P Y16 • Introduction
Screen Displays
Recording movies
Playing movies
(during playback)
Operating mode ( 22) /
Disc specification ( 5)
Recording program ( 38, 40)
White balance ( 43)
Image effect ( 44)
LCD video light ( 41)
Digital effects ( 45)
Recording mode ( 32)
Disc type DVD-R, DVD-R DL,
DVD-RW ( 5)
Finalized disc mark ( 49)
Manual focus ( 42)
Image stabilizer ( 74)
Disc operation
Time code/Playback time
(hours : minutes : seconds)
Remaining recording time on the disc
Remaining battery charge ( 18)
Wind screen off ( 74)
Recording reminder
Level marker ( 76)
Remote sensor off ( 77)
Scene number
Joystick guide ( 22)
Data code ( 37)
C O P YIntroduction • 17
Recording still images
Viewing still images
Zoom ( 32), Exposure ( 43)
Recording program ( 38, 40)
White balance ( 43)
Image effect ( 44)
LCD video light ( 41)
Digital effects ( 45)
Drive mode ( 57)
Still image quality/size ( 53)
Manual focus ( 42)
Number of still images available on the
memory card
Self timer ( 41)
AF frame ( 58)
Joystick guide ( 22)
Focus/exposure automatically set and
locked ( 52)
Camcorder shake warning ( 74)
Remote sensor off ( 20)
Image number ( 18)
Current image / Total number of images
Histogram ( 59)
Date and time of recording
Image protection mark ( 59)
Manual exposure ( 43)
Image size ( 53)
File size
Aperture value ( 40)
Shutter speed ( 40)
C O P Y18 • Introduction
Disc operation
Record, Record pause,
Playback, Playback pause,
Fast playback,
Fast reverse playback,
Slow playback,
Slow reverse playback
Remaining recording time
When there is no more disc space available,
“ END” will be displayed and the recording
will stop.
Remaining battery charge estimate
• When is displayed in red, replace the
battery pack with a fully charged one.
• When you attach an empty battery pack, the
power may turn off without displaying .
• Depending on the conditions under which the
camcorder and the battery pack are used, the
actual battery charge may not be indicated
accurately.
Recording reminder
The camcorder counts from 1 to 10 seconds
when you start recording. This is helpful to avoid
scenes that are too short.
Number of still images available on the card
displayed in red: No card
in green: 6 or more images
in yellow: 1 to 5 images
in red: No more images can be recorded
• When viewing the still images, the display will
always be in green.
• Depending on the recording conditions, the
number of available still images displayed may
not decrease even after a recording has been
made, or may decrease by 2 still images at
once.
Card access display
is displayed next to the number of images
available while the camcorder is writing on the
memory card.
Image number
The image number indicates the name and
location of the file on the memory card. For
example, the file name of image 101-0107 is
“IMG_0107.JPG”, stored under the folder
“DCIM101CANON”.
C O P YPreparations • 19
Preparations
This chapter describes basic operations, such as navigating the
menus, and first time settings to help you learn more about your
camcorder.
Getting Started
Charging the Battery Pack
The camcorder can be powered with a
battery pack or directly using the
compact power adapter. Charge the
battery pack before use.
For approximate charging times and
recording/playback times with a full
battery pack, refer to the tables on
page 93.
1 Turn off the camcorder.
2 Attach the battery pack to the
camcorder.
Press the battery pack lightly and
slide it up until it clicks.
3 Connect the power cord to the
compact power adapter.
4 Plug the power cord into a power
outlet.
5 Connect the compact power
adapter to the camcorder’s DC IN
terminal.
• The CHARGE indicator starts
flashing. The indicator will stay on
when the charging is completed.
• You can also use the compact
power adapter without attaching a
battery pack.
• When the compact power adapter
is connected, the power of the
battery pack will not be consumed.
Getting Started
BATT. switch
CHARGE
indicator
DC IN terminal
C O P Y20 • Preparations
1 Disconnect the compact power
adapter from the camcorder.
2 Unplug the power cord from the
power outlet and the compact
power adapter.
Press to release the battery
pack. Slide the battery pack down
and then pull it out.
IMPORTANT
• Turn off the camcorder before
connecting or disconnecting the
compact power adapter. After you turn
the switch to , important file
allocation data is updated on the disc.
Be sure to wait until the PLAY and
CAMERA mode indicators are
completely off.
• You may hear some noise from the
compact power adapter during use. This
is not a malfunction.
• We recommend charging the battery
pack in temperatures between 10 °C and
30 °C (50 °F and 86 °F). Outside the
temperature range of 0 °C to 40 °C
(32 °F to 104 °F), the charging will not
start.
• Do not connect to the camcorder’s DC
IN terminal or to the compact power
adapter any electrical equipment that is
not expressly recommended for use with
this camcorder.
• To prevent equipment breakdowns and
excessive heating, do not connect the
supplied compact power adapter to
voltage converters for overseas travels or
special power sources such as those on
aircraft and ships, DC-AC inverters, etc.
NOTES
• The CHARGE indicator also serves as a
rough estimate of the charge status.
Continuously on: Battery pack fully
charged.
Two quick flashes at 1-second intervals:
Battery pack at least 50% charged. If the
indicator flashes quickly but not exactly
in this pattern, refer to Troubleshooting
(79).
One flash at 1-second intervals: Battery
pack less than 50% charged.
• We recommend that you prepare battery
packs to last 2 to 3 times longer than you
think you might need.
• U.S.A. and Canada only: The
Lithium ion/polymer battery
that powers the product is
recyclable. Please call
1-800-8-BATTERY for
information on how to recycle
this battery.
Preparing the Wireless Controller and
Accessories
Using the Wireless Controller
First, insert the supplied lithium button
battery CR2025 into the wireless
controller.
1 Press the tab in the direction of the
arrow and pull out the battery
holder.
ONCE THE BATTERY PACK IS FULLY CHARGED
TO REMOVE THE BATTERY PACK
BATT.
Tab
C O P YPreparations • 21
2 Place the lithium button battery
with the + side facing up.
3 Insert the battery holder.
Point the wireless controller at the
camcorder’s remote sensor when
you press the buttons.
You can rotate the LCD panel 180
degrees to use the wireless controller
from the front of the camcorder.
NOTES
• The wireless controller may not work
properly when the remote sensor is
situated under strong light sources or
direct sunlight.
• If the wireless controller does not work,
check that [WL.REMOTE] is not set to
[ OFF ] ( 77). Otherwise,
replace the battery.
Accessories
Fasten the grip belt.
Adjust the grip belt so that you can
reach the zoom lever with your index
finger, and the button with
your thumb.
Do not leave the viewfinder
exposed to direct sunlight
as it may melt (due to
concentration of the light by
the lens). Do not use tripods
with fastening screws
longer than 5.5 mm (0.2 in.).
Doing so may damage the camcorder.
TO USE THE WIRELESS CONTROLLER
WHEN YOU MOUNT THE CAMCORDER ON A
TRIPOD
Start/Stop
C O P Y22 • Preparations
Basic Operation of the Camcorder
Power Switch
In addition to turning the camcorder on
and off, the switch also toggles the
camcorder’s operating mode.
To turn on the camcorder: Hold the lock
button pressed down and turn the
switch to ON.
To change the operating mode: From the ON
position, turn the switch
momentarily toward MODE and release it.
This action will toggle the operating mode
between recording (CAMERA – red
indicator) and playback (PLAY – green
indicator).
Operating Modes
The camcorder’s operating mode is
determined by the switch and the
position of the / switch. In this
manual, indicates that a function is
available in the operating mode shown and
indicates that the function is not
available. When no operating mode icons
are given, the function is available in all
operating modes.
Joystick and Joystick Guide
Use the joystick to operate the
camcorder`s menus.
Basic Operation of the
Camcorder
Lock button
Operating mode
Operating mode
indicator
/
switch
Icon display Operation
(Red)
(movies)
Recording movies
on a disc
30

(still images)
Recording still
images on a
memory card
52
(Green)
(movies)
Playing movies
from a disc
35

(still images)
Viewing still images
from a memory card
54
Press the joystick itself ( ) to save the
settings or confirm an action. On menu
screens, this is indicated by the icon
.
Push the joystick up, down, left or right
( , ) to select an item or change
settings.
C O P YPreparations • 23
The functions assigned to the joystick
change according to the operation
mode and the camcorder’s settings.
Press to display/hide the joystick
guide (when recording, the joystick
guide will appear only when the mode
switch is set to ). In the illustrations
of this manual, positions other than
those relevant to the function explained
are marked with a striped pattern.
Using the Menus
Many of the camcorder’s functions can
be adjusted from the menus that open
after pressing the FUNC. button
().
For details about the available menu
options and settings, refer to the Menu
Options Lists ( 72).
Selecting a FUNC. Menu Option
1Press .
2 Select ( ) the icon of the
function you want change from the
left side column.
Menu items not available will appear
grayed out.
3 Select ( ) the desired setting
from the available options at the
bottom bar.
• The selected option will be
highlighted in light blue. Menu
items not available will appear
grayed out.
• With some settings, you will need
to make further selections and/or
press . Follow the additional
operation guides that will appear
on the screen (such as the
icon, small arrows, etc.).
4 Press to save the settings
and close the menu.
NEXT
Depending on the operating mode,
these positions may be empty or show a
different icon than the one on the
illustration.
When the guide contains multiple
“pages”, [NEXT] and the page number
icon ( ) will appear at the bottom
position. Push the joystick ( ) toward
[NEXT] to display the next “page” of the
guide.
FUNC.
FUNC.
FUNC.
C O P Y24 • Preparations
You can press to close the
menu at any time.
Selecting an Option from the Setup Menus
1Press .
In the index screen (VIDEO mode)
and still image index screen, the
setup menus will open. Skip to
step 3.
2 Select ( ) the icon and press
to open the setup menus.
• You can also hold pressed
down for more than 1 second or
press on the wireless
controller to open directly the setup
menus screen.
• In the index screen (DVD-RW discs
in VR mode), push the joystick
( ) to select the icon.
3 Select ( ) the desired menu from
the left side column and press .
The title of the selected menu
appears on top of the screen and
under it the list of settings.
4 Select ( ) the setting you want to
change and press .
• The orange selection bar indicates
the menu setting currently selected.
Items not available appear in black.
• Push the joystick ( ) to return to
the menu selection screen (step 3).
5 Select ( ) the desired option and
press to save the setting.
6Press .
You can press to close the
menu at any time.
Abbreviation of Menu Selections in this
Manual
In this manual, the arrow is used to
abbreviate menu selections. Below is an
example of changing a setting using the
setup menus.

[ MENU]
[ DISPLAY SETUP]
[LANGUAGE ]
Desired language
For selections in the FUNC. menu, the
abbreviated form will always show the
initial default value. In recording mode,
its icon will appear on the left side
column when you first open the menu. If
the setting was changed, the icon of the
currently selected option will appear
instead.

[ IMAGE EFFECT OFF]
Desired image effect
FUNC.
FUNC.
FUNC.
MENU
FUNC.
FUNC.
FUNC.
FUNC.
FUNC.
FUNC.
C O P YPreparations • 25
First Time Settings
Setting the Date and Time
You will need to set the date and time of
the camcorder before you can start
using it. The [DATE/TIME] screen will
appear automatically when the
camcorder’s clock is not set.
When the [DATE/TIME] screen appears,
the year will be displayed in orange and
indicated with up/down arrows.
1 Change ( ) the year and move
( ) to the month.
2 Change the rest of the fields
(month, day, hour and minutes) in
the same way.
3 Move ( ) the cursor to the [OK]
button and press to start the
clock and close the menu.
IMPORTANT
• When you do not use the camcorder for
about 3 months, the built-in
rechargeable lithium battery may
discharge completely and the date and
time setting may be lost. In such case,
recharge the built-in lithium battery
( 89) and set the time zone, date and
time again.
• The date appears in a year-month-day
format only in the first setup screen. In
subsequent screen displays the date
and time will appear as month-day-year
(for example, [JAN. 1, 2008 12:00 AM]).
You can change the date format ( 78).
• You can also change the date and time
later on (not during the initial setup). To
open the [DATE/TIME] screen, press
and select [DATE/TIME
SETUP] [DATE/TIME].
Changing the Language
Options
 Default value

[ MENU]
[ DISPLAY SETUP]
[LANGUAGE ]
Desired language
NOTES
• If you changed the language by mistake,
follow the mark next to the menu
item to change the setting.
• The display that appears in some
menu screens refers to the name of
buttons on the camcorder and will not
change, regardless of the language
selected.
First Time Settings
[] [MAGYAR] []
[DEUTSCH] [MELAYU] []
[] [POLSKI] []
[ENGLISH]
[] [ ]
[ESPAÑOL] [TÜRKÇE] []
[FRANÇAIS][][]
[ITALIANO][][]
FUNC.
(24)
FUNC.
ROMANA
FUNC.
FUNC.
C O P Y26 • Preparations
Changing the Time Zone
Change the time zone to match your
location. The default setting is New
York.

[ MENU]
[ DATE/TIME SETUP]
[T.ZONE/DST]
Desired time zone*
* To adjust for daylight saving time, select the
area name marked with a .
World Time Zones
Once you have set the time zone, date
and time, you do not need to reset the
clock every time you travel to another
time zone. Select the time zone to
match the local time at your destination,
referring to the date and time displayed
on the screen.
1 Open the date and time setup
screen.
[ MENU]
[ DATE/TIME SETUP]
[T.ZONE/DST]
2 Move the orange selection frame
( ) to the time zone.
3 Select ( ) the area that
corresponds to the local time at
your destination and press .
• Refer to the changing date and
time displayed on the screen.
• To adjust for daylight saving time,
select the area name marked with a
.
4 Press to close the menu.
Getting Ready to Start Recording
Opening the Lens Cover and Adjusting
the LCD screen
Before you start recording, open the
lens cover.
Move the lens cover switch down to
to open the lens cover.
Rotating the LCD Panel
Open the LCD panel 90 degrees.
You can rotate the panel 90 degrees
downward.
You can rotate the panel 180 degrees
toward the lens (allowing the subject to
monitor the LCD screen while you use
the viewfinder). This is the only case
where you can use the viewfinder and
the LCD screen simultaneously.
Rotating the LCD panel 180 degrees
can be useful in the following cases:
FUNC.
( 24)
FUNC.
FUNC.
FUNC.
FUNC.
Getting Ready to Start
Recording
180°
90°
C O P YPreparations • 27
• When you wish to include yourself in the
picture when recording with the self
timer.
• To allow the camcorder to be operated
with the wireless controller from the
front.
NOTES
About the LCD and viewfinder screen: The
screens are produced using extremely
high-precision manufacturing techniques,
with more than 99.99% of the pixels
operating to specification. Less than
0.01% of the pixels may occasionally
misfire or appear as black, red, blue or
green dots. This has no effect on the
recorded image and does not constitute a
malfunction.
LCD Backlight
You can set the brightness of the LCD
screen to normal or bright.
Hold pressed down for more
than 2 seconds.
Repeat this action to toggle between
the normal and bright settings.
NOTES
• This setting does not affect the
brightness of the recording.
• Using the bright setting will shorten the
effective usage time of the battery pack.
Inserting and Removing a Disc
Inserting the Disc
1 Turn the switch to ON to
set the camcorder in
mode.
2 Slide fully in the direction of
the arrow and gently open the disc
cover completely until it stops.
180°
Subject can monitor the LCD screen
DISP.
Use only 8 cm (3 in.) mini DVD discs
marked with the DVD-R logo
(including DVD-R DL) or the DVD-RW
logo. Refer also to Discs that
have been tested (6).
Before inserting the disc be sure to
check that the recording surface is
clean. If necessary, use a soft lens-
cleaning cloth to remove any
fingerprints, dirt buildup or smudges
from the disc surface.
( 22)

Pick up lens
OPEN
C O P Y28 • Preparations
Retract the grip belt under the
camcorder so it will not get in the way
of the disc cover.
3 Insert the disc and press its center
firmly until it clicks in place.
• Insert the disc with the recording
side facing down (single sided
discs – label side facing out).
• Be careful not to touch the
recording surface of the disc or the
pick up lens.
4 Close the disc cover.
Do not force the cover closed if the
disc is not correctly inserted and
firmly set in place.
NOTES
The process of recognizing a disc may take
a moment. The display will move while
the disc is being read. Wait until the
camcorder finishes recognizing the disc
before you start recording.
You can start recording movies once the
record pause indicator appears.
You need to initialize new discs before
you can start recording. The disc
initialization screen will appear when a
new DVD-RW disc is first inserted if the
/ switch is set to (movies). If
the disc is already initialized, you can
start recording movies once the record
pause indicator appears.
Otherwise, perform the following steps
to initialize the disc.
Select ( ) the desired disc
specification and press . For a
comparison between the VIDEO and
VR specifications, see How to Select
a DVD Disc(5).
A confirmation message will appear
on the screen. Select ( ) [YES] and
press to start the disc
initialization, or select [NO] and press
to return and select a different
disc specification.
• The disc initialization will take
approximately one minute. Avoid
moving the camcorder while the
operation is in progress.
• You can start recording movies
once the record pause
indicator appears.
Removing the Disc
1 Slide fully in the direction of
the arrow and gently open the disc
cover completely until it stops.
• Do not subject the camcorder to
strong impacts while the DISC
access indicator is on or flashing.
WHEN USING DVD-R/DVD-R DL DISCS
WHEN USING DVD-RW DISCS
OPEN
C O P YPreparations • 29
• Retract the grip belt under the
camcorder so it will not get in the
way of the disc cover.
• It may take a moment after sliding
for the disc cover to open.
2 Grab the edge of the disc and
gently pull it out.
Be careful not to touch the recording
surface of the disc or the pick up
lens.
3 Close the disc cover.
IMPORTANT
When you slide after making a
recording, important file allocation data is
updated on the disc before the disc cover
opens. While the DISC access indicator is
on or flashing do not subject the
camcorder to shocks such as forcefully
laying it on a table.
Inserting and Removing a Memory Card
You can use commercially available
SDHC (SD High Capacity)
memory cards, SD memory
cards or MultiMedia Cards (MMC) with
this camcorder.
1 Turn off the camcorder.
2 Open the memory card slot cover.
3 Insert the memory card straight all
the way into the memory card slot.
4 Close the cover.
Do not force the cover closed if the
memory card is not correctly inserted.
First push the memory card once
to release it, and then pull the card
out.
IMPORTANT
• Make sure to initialize all memory cards
before using them with this camcorder
(60).
• Memory cards have front and back
sides that are not interchangeable.
Inserting a memory card facing the
wrong direction can cause a malfunction
of the camcorder.
NOTES
• Compatibility with all SD, SDHC or
MMC memory cards cannot be
guaranteed.
• About SDHC Memory Cards: SDHC is the
new type of SD memory card with
capacities over 2 GB. Please note that
the specifications of SDHC memory
cards are different from those of regular
SD memory cards and you will not be
able to use memory cards of over 2 GB
with devices that do not support SDHC.
However, SDHC devices (including this
camcorder) are backward compatible
and support regular SD memory cards.
OPEN
OPEN
TO REMOVE THE MEMORY CARD
C O P Y30 • Video
Video
This chapter covers functions related to shooting and playing back
movies – from basic recording and zooming to more advanced manual
picture adjustments.
Basic Recording
Shooting Video
1 Move the / switch to
(movies).
2 Turn the switch to ON to set
the camcorder in CAMERA mode.
The red CAMERA indicator will turn
on.
3 Move the lens cover switch down
to to open the lens cover.
4 Press to begin recording.
• The recording starts; press
again to pause the
recording.
• The DISC access indicator will flash
while recording and will stay on
briefly after pausing while the
scene is recorded on the disc.
1 Make sure that the DISC access
indicator is off.
2 Turn off the camcorder.
3 Close the lens cover and the LCD
panel.
4 Remove the disc.
IMPORTANT
• When recording movies, try to get a calm,
stable picture.
Excessive camcorder movement while
shooting and extensive use of fast
zooms and panning can result in jittery
scenes. In extreme cases, the playback
of such scenes may result in visually
induced motion sickness. If you
experience such a reaction, immediately
stop the playback and take a rest break
as necessary.
Basic Recording
Before You Begin Recording
Make a test recording first to check if
the camcorder operates correctly.
Since recordings made on a DVD-R or
DVD-R DL disc cannot be deleted, we
recommend you use a DVD-RW disc
to make the test recordings.
( 22)
WHEN YOU HAVE FINISHED RECORDING
Start/Stop
Start/Stop
C O P YVideo • 31
• Observe the following precautions while
the DISC access indicator is on or
flashing. Failing to do so may result in
permanent data loss.
– Do not subject the camcorder to
vibrations or strong impacts.
– Do not open the disc cover and do not
remove the disc.
– Do not disconnect the power source or
turn off the camcorder.
– Do not change the operating mode.
NOTES
• About the recording time: By changing the
recording mode you can change the
recording time available on the disc
(32).
• About the Power Save mode: To save power
when the camcorder is powered by a
battery pack, the camcorder will
automatically shut off if left without any
operations for 5 minutes ( 77). To
restore the power, turn the switch
toward MODE and release it, or turn the
switch to and back to ON
again.
• When recording in very loud places (such
as fireworks shows or concerts), sound
may become distorted or it may not be
recorded at the actual levels. This is not
a malfunction.
• The following may take longer with a disc
in VR mode than a disc in VIDEO mode.
– The time between turning on the
camcorder and being able to record.
– The time between turning the
switch to and the camcorder
shutting off.
Using the viewfinder
When recording in bright places it
may be difficult to use the LCD
screen. In such case, change the
brightness of the LCD screen ( 27)
or use the viewfinder instead. To use
the viewfinder, keep the LCD panel
closed*.
Adjust the viewfinder as necessary
with the dioptric adjustment lever.
* The LCD screen and the viewfinder
can be used simultaneously when the
LCD panel is turned 180 degrees to
face the subject ( 27).
About the mode switch and recording programs
Set the mode switch to to let the
camcorder adjust all the settings for you,
allowing you to just point the camcorder and
start shooting.
Set the mode switch to to select one of the recording programs.
The Special Scene recording programs ( 38) offer a convenient
way to select the optimal settings to match special recording
conditions. Conversely, with flexible recording programs ( 40) you
can set the shutter speed you want, or enjoy the flexibility to change other
settings.
C O P Y32 • Video
Selecting the Recording Mode
Changing the recording mode will
change the recording time available on
the disc. Select XP or SP mode for
better movie quality; select LP mode for
longer recording times.
The following table gives approximate
recording times with a brand new DVD
disc (on a single recording side).
 Default value

[ STANDARD PLAY]
Desired recording mode
NOTES
The camcorder uses a variable bit rate
(VBR) when encoding the video data so the
actual recording times will vary depending
on the content of the scenes.
Zooming: Optical, Advanced and Digital
Zoom
The camcorder offers three types of
zoom: optical, advanced and digital
zoom when recording movies. (In
mode only the optical zoom
is available.) You can also change the
zoom speed.
Selecting the Zoom Type
Options
 Default value
Recording mode
Disc type
DVD-R,
DVD-RW
DVD-R DL
20 min. 36 min.
 30 min. 54 min.
60 min. 108 min.
( 22)
FUNC.
( 23)
FUNC.
FUNC.
(22)
[OPTICAL] (37x)
The zoom range is limited to the optical
magnification ratio of the lens.
[ADVANCED]
 (Advanced Zoom)
In addition to the optical zoom range, the
camcorder processes the image digitally to
obtain a larger zoom range without any
deterioration in image quality. When recording
movies with a 16:9 aspect ratio, the field of view
(picture angle) will change. Refer to the table in
the NOTES section.
[DIGITAL] (2000x)
When this option is selected, the camcorder will
switch to digital zoom (light blue area on the
zoom indicator) when you zoom in beyond the
optical zoom range (white area on the zoom
indicator). With the digital zoom the image is
processed digitally so image quality will
deteriorate the more you zoom in.
FUNC.
(23)
C O P YVideo • 33

[ MENU]
[ CAMERA SETUP]
[ZOOM TYPE] Desired option
NOTES
The zoom range of the advanced zoom will
change depending on the aspect ratio of
the scene (74).
Selecting the Zoom Speed
Options
 Default value

[ MENU]
[ CAMERA SETUP]
[ZOOM SPEED]
Desired option
NOTES
The fastest zoom speed can be achieved
with the [ VARIABLE] setting.
Using the Zoom
Move the zoom lever toward W to
zoom out (wide-angle). Move it
toward T to zoom in (telephoto).
NOTES
• Keep at least 1 m (3.3 ft.) to the subject.
At full wide-angle, you can focus on a
subject as close as 1 cm (0.39 in.).
• You can also use the T and W buttons on
the wireless controller. The zoom speed
with the wireless controller will be the
same as with the camcorder or fixed at
[ SPEED 3] (when[ VARIABLE] is
selected).
[WIDESCREEN] set to [ ON] (16:9)
48x*
* The picture angle will be wider at both full
telephoto and full wide-angle.
[WIDESCREEN] set to [ OFF] (4:3)
55x
( 22)
[ VARIABLE]
 The variable zoom speed depends on how you
operate the zoom lever: Press gently for slower
zooms; press harder for faster zooms. With this
option, the zoom speed will be faster in record
pause mode.
[ SPEED 1], [ SPEED 2],
[ SPEED 3]
Constant zoom speeds. [ SPEED 3] is the
fastest, and [ SPEED 1] is the slowest.
FUNC.
( 23)
FUNC.
FUNC.
( 22)
FUNC.
FUNC.
W
Zoom out
Zoom in
T
C O P Y34 • Video
Quick Start Function
When you press the
camcorder enters the standby mode.
In standby mode the camcorder
consumes only about half the power
used when recording, saving energy
when you are using a battery pack.
Additionally, when you press
again the camcorder is
ready to start recording within approx.
1 second*, ensuring you do not miss
important shooting opportunities.
* The exact time required until the camcorder
is ready to start recording may vary
depending on the shooting conditions.
1Press firmly.
The standby lamp flashes at first
while the camcorder is preparing and
then stays on when it enters the
standby mode.
2 When you wish to resume
recording, press
again.
Within approx. 1 second, the
camcorder is ready to record.
NOTES
• When you wake up the camcorder from
standby mode, the following settings will
be changed automatically:
– Manual focus returns to automatic
focus (AF).
– Manual exposure adjustment returns to
automatic exposure.
– Zoom position returns to full wide
angle W.
• The camcorder will shut off if left in
standby mode for 10 minutes, regardless
of the [POWER SAVE] setting ( 77).
You can select the length of time until
shut-off with the [ STANDBY OFF]
setting ( 77).
To restore the power if the camcorder
shut off, turn the switch toward
MODE and release it, or turn the
camcorder off and then on again.
• If you perform any of the following
actions while in standby mode (while the
standby lamp is on), the camcorder will
be woken up from standby mode.
– Open the disc compartment cover.
– Change the position of the /
switch.
– Turn the switch toward MODE.
Reviewing and Deleting the Last Scene
Recorded
Even in mode you can play
back the last scene recorded in order to
check it. If you are using a DVD-RW
disc, you can also delete the scene
while reviewing it.
1 If the joystick guide does not
appear on screen, press to
display it.
( 22)
QUICK START
QUICK START
QUICK START
QUICK START
( 22)
NEXT
C O P YVideo • 35
If does not appear on the joystick
guide, repeatedly push the joystick
() toward [NEXT] to display it.
2 Push the joystick ( ) toward .
• The camcorder plays back the last
scene (but without sound) and
returns to record pause mode.
• While reviewing the scene, select
the icon and press to return
to the recording mode.
Deleting a Scene After Recording It
POINTS TO CHECK
Disc type: DVD-RW
After recording a scene:
1 Review the scene as described in
the previous section.
2 While reviewing the scene, select
( ) and press .
3 Select ( ) [YES] and press .
NOTES
• Avoid any other operations on the
camcorder while the scene is being
deleted.
• You will not be able to delete the last
scene if after the scene was recorded
you changed the operating mode, turned
off the camcorder or removed the disc.
Basic Playback
Playing Back the Video
1 Move the / switch to
(movies).
2 Turn the switch to ON, then
turn it toward MODE and release it
to set the camcorder in PLAY
mode.
• The green PLAY indicator will turn
on.
• The scene index screen appears.
3 Move ( , ) the selection
frame to the scene you want to
play back.
4 Press to begin the playback.
The playback will start from the scene
selected and continue until the end of
the last scene recorded.
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5 If the joystick guide does not
appear on screen, press to
display it.
6 Push the joystick ( ) toward
/ to pause the playback.
7 Push the joystick ( ) toward to
stop the playback and return to the
scene index screen.
NOTES
• Depending on the recording conditions,
you may notice brief stops in video or
sound playback between scenes.
• This camcorder can play back discs
recorded with this camcorder. Discs
recorded with other camcorders or discs
created with a computer may not play
back correctly.
• Be sure to finalize discs to play them
back on external DVD devices ( 49).
• When playing back a finalized disc,
depending on the number of scenes, it
may take a moment before the index
screen appears.
During the playback of a scene:

[ SPEAKER VOL.]
Adjust ( ) the volume
TO PAUSE/STOP PLAYBACK
TO ADJUST THE VOLUME
Special playback modes
Use the joystick guide or the wireless controller ( 15) to enter the special
playback modes. There is no sound during the special playback modes.
During some special playback modes, you may notice some anomalies (blocky
video artifacts, banding, etc.) in the playback picture.
Special playback mode Initial mode
: Camcorder operation
: Wireless controller operation
Fast playback Normal playback : Push the joystick ( ) toward or
( ) toward .
: Press or .
Perform operation again to increase playback
speed 5x → 15x the normal speed.
Slow playback Playback pause : Push the joystick ( ) toward or
( ) toward .
: Press or .
Perform operation again to increase playback
speed 1/8x → 1/4x the normal speed.
Skip to the beginning of:
the next scene
the current scene
the previous scene
Normal playback
: Press .
Press .
Press twice.
End special playback mode Special playback : Push the joystick ( ) toward / .
: Press .
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SLOW SLOW
NEXT
PREV.
PREV.
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• The sound from the built-in speaker will
be muted when you close the LCD panel
or while the STV-250N Stereo Video
Cable is connected to the AV terminal.
• If you turn down the volume completely,
the icon will change to .
Deleting Scenes
If you are using a DVD-RW disc, you can
delete those scenes that you are not
interested in keeping.
Deleting a Single Scene
POINTS TO CHECK
Disc type: DVD-RW • VR mode
From the original index screen, select
( , ) the scene to delete. To
delete a scene only in the playlist,
switch to the playlist first ( 47), and
then select the scene.

[ DELETE] [YES]
Deleting All Scenes
POINTS TO CHECK
Disc type: DVD-RW • VR mode
To delete all the scenes from the original
index screen, perform the following
procedure. This will delete also the
whole playlist. If you want to delete only
the playlist (without affecting the original
recordings), switch to the playlist first
( 47), and then continue as follows.

[ MENU]
[ DISC OPERATIONS]
[DEL.ALL MOVIES]* [YES]
* When you are deleting the playlist, this
menu option will be replaced by
[DEL.PLAYLIST].
IMPORTANT
Be careful when deleting original
recordings. Once deleted, an original
scene cannot be recovered.
NOTES
• You may not be able to delete scenes
shorter than 5 seconds. To delete such
scenes you must initialize the disc
( 48), in the process deleting all the
recordings on the disc.
• Do not change the position of the
switch or the / switch while the
scene is being deleted (while the DISC
access indicator is on or flashing).
On-Screen Displays (Data Code)
The camcorder keeps a data code
containing the date and time and other
camera data (shutter speed, aperture,
etc.) registered at the time of recording.
You can select the data to be displayed.
For details about on-screen displays for
still images, refer to Histogram and
Other Screen Displays ( 59).
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Repeatedly press to turn the
on-screen displays on/off in the

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