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PUB. DIM-890
DVD Camcorder
Instruction Manual
Caméscope DVD
Manuel d’instruction
Videocámara DVD
Manual de Instrucciones
C O P Y2
Important Usage Instructions
Unauthorized recording of copyrighted materials may infringe on the rights of copyright
owners and be contrary to copyright laws.
DVD Camcorder, DC420 A/DC410 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
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
The Mains plug is used as the disconnect device. The Mains plug shall remain readily operable to disconnect the
plug in case of an accident.
Important Warning
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 DC420 A/DC410 A and all its
1 Read these instructions.
2 Keep these instructions.
3 Heed all warnings.
4 Follow all instructions.
5 Do not use this apparatus near water.
6 Clean only with dry cloth.
7 Do not install near any heat sources such as
radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other
apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
8 Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized
or grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has two
blades with one wider than the other. A grounding
type plug has two blades and a third grounding
prong. The wide blade or the third prong are
provided for your safety. If the provided plug does
not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for
replacement of the obsolete outlet.
9 Protect the power cord from being walked on or
pinched particularly at plugs, convenience
receptacles, and the point where they exit from
the apparatus.
10 Only use attachments/accessories specified by
the manufacturer.
11 Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or
when unused for long periods of time.
12 Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
Servicing is required when the apparatus has
been damaged in any way, such as power-supply
cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or
objects have fallen into the apparatus, the
apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture,
does not operate normally, or has been dropped.
13 Read Instructions — All the safety and operating
instructions should be read before the product is
14 Retain Instructions — The safety and operating
instructions should be retained for future
15 Heed Warnings — All warnings on the product
and in the operating instructions should be
adhered to.
16 Follow Instructions — All operating and
maintenance instructions should be followed.
17 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.
18 Accessories — Do not use accessories not
recommended in this manual as they may be
19 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
20 Water and Moisture — Hazard of electric shock
— Do not use this product near water or in rainy/
moist situations.
21 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.
22 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
23 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.
24 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.
C O P Y4
25 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.
26 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.
27 Overloading — Do not overload wall outlets and
extension cords as this can result in a risk of fire
or electric shock.
28 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.
29 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
30 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
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
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
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.
31 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.
32 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.
33 Heat — The product should be situated away
from heat sources such as radiators, heat
registers, stoves, or other products (including
amplifiers) that produce heat.
SECTION 810-20)
(NEC SECTION 810-21)
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 and can be played back on most
DVD players.
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 on 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 be
played back only with DVD players compatible with DVD-RWs in VR mode.
Note: DVD-R and DVD-R DL discs can be recorded only in VIDEO mode.
C O P Y6
Enjoying your DVDs
After selecting the type of disc that is best for your needs, complete the rest of
the preparations ( 18) to get your camcorder ready to start recording.
Enjoy Shooting Video ( 28)
Take it easy recording movies in mode or have fun trying out more
advanced functions ( 36).
Finalize the Disc ( 48)
Do not forget to finalize your disc with this
camcorder to play it back on a DVD player or
other external device.
Play back your finalized disc on your
DVD player ( 49)
You can also connect the camcorder to the
TV and play back the disc with your
camcorder ( 65).
Playback on external devices
Make sure to finalize discs ( 48) before you play them back on external DVD
devices. The disc`s type will affect its compatibility with external devices. 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.
C O P Y7
Available features depend on the DVD disc used
Only scenes in the playlist can be divided.
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.
You will need to unfinalize the disc first.
Disc specifications VIDEO VIDEO VR
Editing scenes with this camcorder (deleting
scenes, dividing scenes, etc.) ( 45)
–– –
Deleting a scene while reviewing it after recording it
( 33)
Initializing the disc in order to use it again for
recording ( 47)
Giving a title to the disc ( 47)
Finalizing the disc in order to play it with an external
DVD device ( 48)

Adding recordings to a disc already finalized
( 49)
Recording more video on a single recording side
( 30)
Approved discs
The camcorder`s performance was tested and its correct operation was verified
using the following types of discs (as of November 2008*). Single-layered: Hitachi-
Maxell HG-series discs; dual-layered: Canon DVD-R DL54 and Verbatim DVD-R
DL discs. For further details, contact directly the customer support center of the
disc`s manufacturer. Note that attempting to record or play back 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 Y8 • Table of contents
Table of contents
Introduction ____________________________________
5 How to Select a DVD Disc
6 Enjoying your DVDs
11 About this Manual
12 Getting to Know the Camcorder
12 Supplied Accessories
13 Components Guide
15 Screen Displays
Preparations ____________________________________
18 Getting Started
18 Charging the Battery Pack
20 Preparing the Accessories
20 Basic Operation of the Camcorder
20 Power Switch
21 Joystick and Joystick Guide
21 Using the Menus
23 First Time Settings
23 Setting the Date and Time
23 Changing the Language
24 Changing the Time Zone
24 Getting Ready to Start Recording
24 Opening the Lens Cover and Adjusting the LCD screen
25 Inserting and Removing a Disc
27 Inserting and Removing a Memory Card
Video _________________________________________
28 Basic Recording
28 Shooting Video
30 Selecting the Video Quality (Recording Mode)
30 Changing the Aspect Ratio of the Recordings (Widescreen / 4:3)
30 Zooming: Optical, Advanced and Digital Zoom
32 Quick Start Function
32 Reviewing and Deleting the Last Scene Recorded
C O P YTable of contents • 9
33 Basic Playback
33 Playing Back the Video
35 Deleting Scenes
36 Additional Functions
36 : Special Scene Recording Programs
38 Flexible Recording: Changing the Shutter Speed
39 LCD Video Light
39 Self Timer
40 Manual Exposure Adjustment
40 Manual Focus Adjustment
41 White Balance
42 Image Effects
42 Digital Effects
43 On-Screen Displays and Data Code
44 Using an External Microphone
45 Editing the Playlist and Disc Operations
45 Creating a Playlist
45 Deleting Scenes from the Playlist
46 Dividing Scenes in the Playlist
46 Moving Scenes in the Playlist
47 Initializing the Disc
47 Disc Playback on an External Device
47 Changing the Disc Title
48 Finalizing the Disc
49 Disc Playback on External Devices
49 Unfinalizing the Disc – Additional Recordings on a Finalized Disc
Photos ________________________________________
51 Basic Recording
51 Taking Photos
52 Selecting Photo Size and Quality
53 Erasing a Photo Right After Recording It
53 Basic Playback
53 Viewing Photos
54 Magnifying Photos during Playback
55 Slideshow
55 Erasing Photos
56 Additional Functions
56 Drive Mode: Continuous Shooting and Exposure
56 Histogram Display
C O P Y10 • Table of contents
57 Protecting Photos
57 Initializing the Memory Card
58 Printing Photos
58 Printing Photos from the Memory Card
58 Direct Print
59 Selecting the Print Settings
61 Print Orders
External Connections _____________________________
63 Terminals on the Camcorder
64 Connection Diagrams
65 Playback on a TV Screen
65 Copying your Recordings to an External Video Recorder
Additional Information ____________________________
66 Appendix: Menu Options Lists
66 FUNC. Menu
68 Setup menus
68 Camera Setup (Advanced Zoom, Image Stabilizer, etc.)
69 Disc Operations (Initialization, Finalization etc.)
70 Still Image Operations (Card Initialization, etc.)
70 Display Setup (LCD Brightness, Language, etc.)
71 System Setup (Volume, Beep, etc.)
72 Date/Time Setup
73 Trouble?
73 Troubleshooting
76 List of Messages
80 Do’s and Don’ts
80 Handling Precautions
84 Using the Camcorder Abroad
86 General Information
86 System Diagram
87 Optional Accessories
90 Product Codes
91 Specifications
94 Index
C O P YIntroduction • 11
Thank you for purchasing the Canon DC420/DC410. 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 ( 73).
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.
• : Text that applies only to the model(s) shown in the icon.
• 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
• The photos included in this manual are simulated pictures taken with a still camera.
• Note that unless indicated otherwise, screenshots and illustrations in this manual
refer to the model.
About this Manual
: Special Scene Recording Programs
Recording in a very bright ski resort or
capturing the full colors of a sunset or a
fireworks display becomes as easy as
selecting a Special Scene recording
program. For details about the available
options, refer to the sidebar below.
Mode switch:

[ PORTRAIT] Press to
display the Special Scene (SCN)
recording programs
Desired recording program
Additional Functions
( 28)
FUNC. Names of buttons and switches other than the joystick are
indicated within a “button” frame.
For example . FUNC.
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].
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 and
indicates that the function is not available. When no
operating mode icons are given, the function is available in
all operating modes.
In this manual, the arrow is used to abbreviate menu selections.
For a detailed explanation refer to Using the Menus ( 21).
C O P Y12 • Introduction
Getting to Know the Camcorder
Supplied Accessories
CA-570 Compact Power
Adapter (incl. power cord)
NB-2LH Battery Pack
IFC-300PCU USB Cable
( only)
STV-250N Stereo Video
Yellow • Red • White plugs
Online product registration for U.S.A. Customers only.
Register your product online at
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
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: DC420 A/DC410 A
Purchased From: Serial No.:
Dealer Address:
Dealer Phone No.:
C O P YIntroduction • 13
* only.
** only.
Components Guide
Left side view
Front view
Right side view
RESET button ( 75)
CARD access indicator ( 51)
Lens cover switch ( 28, 51)
( open, closed)
MIC terminal* ( 44)
AV terminal ( 63)
USB terminal** ( 63)
DISC access indicator ( 28)
Mode switch ( 29)
Easy recording
Recording programs
Disc compartment cover ( 25)
switch ( 20)
Lock button
Strap mount ( 89)
Grip belt ( 20)
Stereo microphone
C O P Y14 • Introduction
Back view
Top view
Bottom view
Joystick ( 21)
FUNC. button ( 22, 66)
DISP . button ( 43)
Dioptric adjustment lever ( 29)
Viewfinder ( 29)
VIEWFINDER button ( 29)
DISC COVER switch ( 25)
PLAY indicator (green) ( 21)
CAMERA indicator (green) ( 21)/
CHARGE indicator (red) ( 18)
Start/Stop button ( 28)
LCD screen ( 24)
Battery attachment unit ( 18)/
Serial number
DC IN terminal ( 18)
Zoom lever ( 30)
/ (movies/still images) switch
Memory card slot
(open the cover to access) ( 27)
Memory card slot cover
BATT. (battery release) switch ( 18)
Tripod socket ( 80)
C O P YIntroduction • 15
Screen Displays
Recording movies
Playing movies
(during playback)
Operating mode ( 21) /
Disc specification ( 5)
Recording program ( 36, 38)
White balance ( 41)
Image effects ( 42)
LCD video light ( 39)
Digital effects ( 42)
Recording mode ( 30)
Disc type DVD-R, DVD-R DL,
DVD-RW ( 5)
Manual focus ( 40)
Image stabilizer ( 68)
Disc operation
Time code/Playback time
(hours : minutes : seconds)
Remaining recording time on the disc
Remaining battery charge ( 17)
Wind screen off ( 69)
Recording reminder
Level marker ( 70)
Finalized disc mark ( 48)
Scene number
Joystick guide ( 21)
Data code ( 43)
Speaker volume ( 34)
C O P Y16 • Introduction
Recording still images
Viewing still images
Zoom ( 30), Exposure ( 40)
Recording program ( 36, 38)
White balance ( 41)
Image effects ( 42)
LCD video light ( 39)
Digital effects ( 42)
Drive mode ( 56)
Still image quality/size ( 52)
Manual focus ( 40)
Number of still images available on the
memory card
Self timer ( 39)
AF frame ( 69)
Joystick guide ( 21)
Focus/exposure automatically set and
locked ( 51)
Camcorder shake warning ( 68)
Image number ( 17, 71)
Current image / Total number of images
Histogram ( 56)
Date and time of recording
Image protection mark ( 57)
Manual exposure ( 40)
Image size ( 52)
File size
Aperture value
Shutter speed ( 38)
C O P YIntroduction • 17
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, the battery pack
is exhausted. Replace the battery pack with a
fully charged one.
• Depending on the conditions under which the
camcorder and the battery pack are used, the
actual battery charge may not be indicated
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
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
100% 75% 50% 25% 0%
C O P Y18 • Preparations
This chapter describes basic operations, such as navigating the
menus, and first time settings to help you learn more about your
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
pages 87-88.
1 Connect the power cord to the
compact power adapter.
2 Plug the power cord into a power
3 Connect the compact power
adapter to the camcorder’s DC IN
4 Attach the battery pack to the
Press the battery pack lightly and
slide it up until it clicks.
5 Charging will start when the
switch is turned to (CHARGE).
The red CHARGE indicator starts
flashing. The indicator goes out when
charging is completed.
Getting Started
DC IN terminal
C O P YPreparations • 19
1 Slide in the direction of the
arrow and hold it pressed down.
2 Slide the battery pack down and
then pull it out
• 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 CAMERA green
indicator goes out.
• 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
• 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.
• The battery pack will be charged only
when the camcorder is off.
• If remaining battery time is an issue, you
can power the camcorder using the
compact power adapter so the battery
pack will not be consumed.
• The CHARGE indicator also serves as a
rough estimate of the charge status.
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
One flash at 1-second intervals: Battery
pack less than 50% charged.
• Charged battery packs continue to
discharge naturally. Therefore, charge
them on the day of use, or the day
before, to ensure a full charge.
• We recommend that you prepare battery
packs to last 2 to 3 times longer than you
think you might need.
• USA and Canada only: The
Lithium ion/polymer
battery that powers this
product is recyclable.
Please call
1-800-8-BATTERY for
information on how to recycle this
BATT. switch
C O P Y20 • Preparations
Preparing the 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.
Pass the ends of the shoulder strap
through the strap mount on the grip
belt and adjust the length of the
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 indicator on)
and playback (PLAY indicator on).
Basic Operation of the
Lock button
C O P YPreparations • 21
Joystick and Joystick Guide
Use the joystick to operate the
camcorder`s menus.
Press to display/hide the joystick
guide. The functions that appear on the
joystick guide will change depending
on the operating mode.
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
appendix Menu Options Lists ( 66).
Operating mode
Operating mode
Icon display Operation
Recording movies
on a disc

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

(still images)
Viewing still images
from a memory card
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
C O P Y22 • Preparations
Selecting an Option from the FUNC. menu
Following is an example of selecting an
option from the FUNC. menu in a
recording mode.
1Press .
2 Select ( ) the icon of the function
you want change from the left side
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.
• 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.
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. Continue with
step 3.
2 Select ( ) [ MENU] and press
to open the setup menus.
• You can also hold pressed
down for more than 1 second to
open directly the setup menus
• In the index screen (DVD-RW discs
in VR mode), push the joystick
( ) to select [ MENU].
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.
• Push the joystick ( ) to return to
the menu selection screen.
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.
5 Select ( ) the desired option and
press to save the setting.
6Press .
You can press to close the
menu at any time.
C O P YPreparations • 23
First Time Settings
Setting the Date and Time
Y ou will need to set the date and time of
the camcorder before you can start
using it. If the camcorder`s clock is not
set, the [DATE/TIME] screen will appear
automatically when the camcorder is
turned on.
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 Select ( ) [OK] and press to
start the clock and close the setup
• When you do not use the camcorder for
about 3 months, the built-in
rechargeable battery may discharge
completely and the date and time
setting may be lost. In such case,
recharge the built-in battery ( 83) 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, 2009 12:00 AM]).
You can change the date format ( 72).
• You can also change the date and time
later on (not during the initial setup).
Open the [DATE/TIME] screen from the
setup menus:

Changing the Language
 Default value

Desired language
• 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 the
button on the camcorder and will not
change, regardless of the language
First Time Settings
[] [MELAYU] [ ]
[ ] [POLSKI] [ ]
[ESPAÑOL] [ ] [ ]
[ITALIANO] [ ] [ ]
[MAGYAR] [ ]
C O P Y24 • Preparations
Changing the Time Zone
In addition to your local date and time,
the camcorder can keep a second clock
(for example, the time at a travel
destination). The default time zone is
New York.

Your local time zone*

Local date and time in your
* To adjust for daylight saving time, select the
area name marked with a .
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
• You can rotate the panel 180 degrees
toward the lens (allowing the subject
to monitor the LCD screen while you
use the viewfinder (29)). Rotating
the LCD panel 180 degrees can be
useful in the following cases:
Getting Ready to Start
C O P YPreparations • 25
– To allow the subject to monitor the
LCD screen while you use the
– To include yourself in the picture when
recording with the self timer.
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
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.
• This setting does not affect the
brightness of the recordings.
• Using the bright setting will shorten the
effective usage time of the battery pack.
Inserting and Removing a Disc
Inserting the Disc
1 Move the / switch to
2 Turn the switch to ON to
set the camcorder in
Subject can monitor the LCD screen
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 Approved
discs (7).
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.
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Pick up lens
C O P Y26 • Preparations
3Slide fully toward
OPEN and gently open the disc
cover completely until it stops.
Retract the grip belt under the
camcorder so it will not get in the way
of the disc cover.
4 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.
5 Close the disc cover.
Do not force the cover closed if the
disc is not correctly inserted and
firmly set in place.
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
( stops moving and turns green) 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
C O P YPreparations • 27
1Slide fully toward
OPEN 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.
• 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
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
3 Close the disc cover.
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.
Make sure to initialize all memory cards
before using them with this camcorder
( 57).
1 Turn off the camcorder.
2 Open the memory card slot cover.
3 Insert the memory card straight,
with the label facing up, all the
way into the memory card slot
until it clicks.
4 Close the memory card slot cover.
Do not force the cover closed if the
memory card is not correctly inserted.
Push the memory card once to
release it. When the memory card
springs out, pull it all the way out.
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.
Be sure to insert the memory card as
described in step 3.
Compatibility with all SD, SDHC or MMC
memory cards cannot be guaranteed.
C O P Y28 • Video
This chapter covers functions related to shooting movies, including
recording, playback, advanced manual adjustments and playlist and
scene operations.
Basic Recording
Shooting Video
1 Move the / switch to
2 Turn the switch to ON to set
the camcorder in CAMERA mode.
The green CAMERA indicator will turn
3 Move the lens cover switch down
to to open the lens cover.
4 Press to begin recording.
• 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
4 Remove the disc.
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.
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C O P YVideo • 29
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.
• About the Power Save mode: If [POWER
SAVE] is set to [ ON] ( 71), the
camcorder will shut off automatically to
save power when it is powered by a
battery pack and is left without any
operation for 5 minutes. To restore the
power, turn the switch toward
MODE and release it, or turn the
camcorder off and then 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 start
– 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 ( 25)
or use the viewfinder instead. Press
to activate the
viewfinder along with the LCD panel.
Close the LCD panel to use only the
Adjust the viewfinder as necessary
with the dioptric adjustment lever.
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 ( 36) offer a convenient
way to select the optimal settings to match special recording
conditions; and with the flexible recording programs ( 38) you can
set the shutter speed manually, or enjoy the flexibility to change other settings.
C O P Y30 • Video
Selecting the Video Quality
(Recording Mode)
The camcorder offers 3 recording
modes. Changing the recording mode
will change the recording time available
on the disc. Select XP 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

Desired recording mode
• In LP mode, recordings are more liable to
be affected by imperfections of the disc
used or recording conditions and you
may experience some anomalies (blocky
video artifacts, banding, skipping audio,
etc.) during playback. We recommend
using XP or SP mode for important
• The camcorder uses a variable bit rate
(VBR) to encode video so the actual
recording times will vary depending on
the content of the scenes.
Changing the Aspect Ratio of the
Recordings (Widescreen / 4:3)
The default aspect ratio of movies is
16:9 (widescreen). Follow the procedure
below to change it to 4:3.

• Playing back a widescreen recording:
TV sets compatible with the Video ID-1
system will switch automatically to 16:9
mode. Otherwise, change the aspect
ratio of the TV manually.
• To play back on a TV with normal aspect
ratio (4:3) change the [TV TYPE] setting
accordingly ( 72).
Zooming: Optical, Advanced and Digital
The camcorder offers three types of
zoom when recording movies: optical,
advanced and digital zoom (In
mode, only the optical
zoom is available.) You can also change
the zoom speed.
Recording mode
Disc type
20 min. 36 min.
 30 min. 54 min.
60 min. 108 min.
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C O P YVideo • 31
Selecting the Zoom Type
 Default value

[ZOOM TYPE] Desired option
• The range of the advanced zoom will
change depending on the aspect ratio of
the scene ( 30).
• Advanced zoom cannot be
selected if [WIDESCREEN] is set to
[ OFF].
Using the Zoom
Move the zoom lever toward W to
zoom out (wide-angle). Move it
toward T to zoom in (telephoto).
Press gently for slower zooms; press
harder for faster zooms. You can also
set [ZOOM SPEED] ( 68) to one of
three constant speeds (3 is the fastest, 1
the slowest).
• Keep at least 1 m (3.3 ft.) away from the
subject. At full wide-angle, you can focus
on a subject as close as 1 cm (0.39 in.).
• When [ZOOM SPEED] is set to
[ VARIABLE], the zoom speed will be
faster in record pause mode than when
actually recording.
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[OPTICAL] (37x)
The zoom range is limited to the optical
magnification ratio of the lens.
 (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 angle of view 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.
[WIDESCREEN] set to [ ON] (16:9)
* The angle of view will be wider at both full
telephoto and full wide-angle.
**The angle of view will be wider at full
[WIDESCREEN] set to [ OFF] (4:3)
Not available
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Zoom out
Zoom in
C O P Y32 • Video
Quick Start Function
When you close the LCD panel with the
camcorder set to a recording mode, 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 open the LCD panel, the camcorder
is ready to start recording in
approximately 1 second*, ensuring you
do not miss important shooting
* The actual time required varies depending
on the shooting conditions.
1 With the camcorder on and the
CAMERA indicator lit up in green,
close the LCD panel.
• If you are using the viewfinder and
the LCD panel is closed, press
to enter the standby
• A beep will sound and the
CAMERA indicator will change to
orange to indicate the camcorder
entered the standby mode.
2 When you wish to resume
recording, open the LCD panel.
• The CAMERA indicator turns back
green and the camcorder is ready
to record.
• You can also press to
resume recording using the
viewfinder with the LCD panel
Do not disconnect the power source while
the camcorder is in standby mode
(CAMERA indicator is lit in orange).
• If you close the LCD panel under some
circumstances (for example, while the
DISC access indicator is flashing or a
menu is being displayed), the camcorder
may not enter standby mode. Check that
the CAMERA indicator changes to
• The camcorder will shut off if left in
standby mode for 10 minutes, regardless
of the [POWER SAVE] setting ( 71). 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.
• You can select the length of time until
shut-off or turn off the Quick Start
function altogether with the [QUICK
START] setting ( 71).
• Performing any of the following actions
while the camcorder is in standby mode
will reactivate the camcorder.
– Opening the disc compartment cover.
– Changing the position of the /
– Turning the switch toward
Reviewing and Deleting the Last Scene
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.
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C O P YVideo • 33
1 Press to display the joystick
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.
Deleting a Scene After Recording It
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 .
• Avoid any other operations on the
camcorder while the scene is being
• 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
2 Turn the switch to ON, then
turn it toward MODE and release it
to set the camcorder in PLAY
• The green PLAY indicator will turn
• The scene index screen appears.
3 Move ( , ) the selection
frame to the scene you want to
play back.
4 Press to begin the playback.
• Playback will start from the scene
selected and continue until the end
of the last scene recorded.
• Push the joystick ( ) toward
/ to pause the playback.
Basic Playback
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C O P Y34 • Video
• Push the joystick ( ) toward to
stop the playback and return to the
scene index screen.
During the playback of a scene:

Adjust ( ) the volume
• 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. You may
not be able to correctly play back discs
recorded with other camcorders or discs
created with a computer.
• When playing back a finalized disc,
depending on the number of scenes, it
may take a few seconds before the index
screen appears.
• Sound from the speaker will be muted
when the LCD panel is closed in order to
use the viewfinder for playback.
Special playback modes
Use the joystick guide to enter the
special playback modes. There is no
sound during the special playback
Fast playback
During normal playback, push the
joystick ( ) toward or ( ) toward
. Push it in the same direction again
to increase the playback speed.
Slow playback
In playback pause mode, push the
joystick ( ) toward or ( ) toward .
Push it in the same direction again to
increase the playback speed 1/8 → 1/4
the normal speed.
Ending special playback modes
During any special playback mode, push
the joystick ( ) toward / .
During some special playback modes, you
may notice some anomalies (blocky video
artifacts, banding, etc.) in the playback
C O P YVideo • 35
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
Disc type: DVD-RW • VR mode
From the original index screen, select
( , ) the scene to delete.

Deleting All Scenes
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
entire playlist.

Be careful when deleting original
recordings. Once deleted, original scenes
cannot be recovered.
• You may not be able to delete scenes
shorter than 5 seconds. To delete such
scenes you must initialize the disc
( 47), 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).
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C O P Y36 • Video
Additional Functions
: Special Scene Recording Programs
Recording in a very bright ski resort or
capturing the full colors of a sunset or a
fireworks display becomes as easy as
selecting a Special Scene recording
program. For details about the available
options, refer to the sidebar on page 37.
Mode switch:

[ PORTRAIT] Press to
display the Special Scene (SCN)
recording programs
Desired recording program
– The picture may not appear smooth
during playback.
– The blur effect of the background
increases the more you zoom in (T).
– Moving subjects may leave a trailing
– Picture quality may not be as good as
in other modes.
– White points may appear on the
– Autofocus may not work as well as in
other modes. In such case, adjust the
focus manually.
• [ SNOW]/[ BEACH]
– The subject may become overexposed
on cloudy days or in shaded places.
Check the image on the screen.
– To avoid camcorder shake, we
recommend using a tripod. Make sure
to use a tripod especially in
mode, as the shutter
speed slows down.
• Do not set the mode switch to
during the actual recording of a scene;
the brightness of the picture may change
Additional Functions
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C O P YVideo • 37
The camcorder
uses a large
aperture, achieving
a focus on the
subject while blurring other distracting
Use this mode to
record sports
scenes such as
tennis or golf.
Use this mode to
record in dimly lit
Use this mode to
record in bright ski
resorts. It prevents
the subject from
being underexposed.
Use this mode to
record on a sunny
beach. It prevents
the subject from
being underexposed.
Use this mode to
record sunsets in
vibrant colors.
Use this mode to
record spotlit
Use this mode to
record fireworks.
C O P Y38 • Video
Flexible Recording: Changing the
Shutter Speed
Select the [ PROGRAM AE] recording
program to use functions like the white
balance or image effects, or use
[ SHUTTER-PRIO.AE] to give priority
to the shutter speed.
Use faster shutter speeds to record
subjects moving quickly; use slower
shutter speeds to add motion blur,
emphasizing the feel of movement.
Mode switch:
 Default value

Desired recording program
When you select [ SHUTTER-
PRIO.AE], a numeric value will appear
next to the recording program icon.
1 If the joystick guide appears on the
screen, press to hide it.
2 Adjust ( ) the shutter speed to
the desired value.
Shutter speed guidelines
Note that on screen only the
denominator is displayed – [ 250]
indicates a shutter speed of 1/250
second, etc.
* mode only.
** mode only.
– When setting the shutter speed, the
number displayed will flash if the
shutter speed selected is not
appropriate for the recording
conditions. In such case, select a
different value.
– If you use a slow shutter speed in dark
places, you can obtain a brighter
image, but the image quality may be
lower, and the autofocus may not work
– The image may flicker when recording
with fast shutter speeds.
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 The camcorder automatically adjusts the
aperture and shutter speed to obtain the
optimal exposure for the subject.
Set the shutter speed value. The camcorder
automatically sets the appropriate aperture
1/2*, 1/4*, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30
To record in dimly lit places.
To record under most ordinary conditions.
To record indoor sports scenes.
1/250, 1/500, 1/1000**
To record from within a moving car or train or to
shoot fast-moving subjects such as roller
To record outdoor sports scenes on sunny days.
C O P YVideo • 39
– Recording movies under fluorescent lights:
If the screen starts to flicker, select
[ SHUTTER-PRIO.AE] and set the
shutter speed to 1/100.
• Do not set the mode switch to
during the actual recording of a scene;
the brightness of the picture may change
LCD Video Light
You can use the brightness of the LCD
screen (LCD video light) to record in
completely dark places. For a brighter
picture, we recommend keeping a
distance of about 20 cm – 60 cm (8 in. –
2 ft.) from the subject and/or using the
[ NIGHT] recording program.
1 Turn on the LCD video light.

2 Rotate the LCD panel toward the
lens and point it in the direction of
the subject.
3 Press to turn on the
Use the viewfinder to continue
1 Using the viewfinder, repeat step 1
above, selecting [ LCD LIGHT
OFF] instead.
Closing the LCD panel will also turn
off the LCD video light.
2 Press to turn off the
viewfinder`s display.
Self Timer
1 Activate the self timer.
• Set [SELF TIMER] to [ OFF] to
cancel the self timer.
2 Press to close the menu.
3 Press on the camcorder to
start recording.
The camcorder starts recording video
( mode) or records a still
image ( mode) after a
10-second countdown. The
countdown appears on the screen.
Once the countdown has begun, you can
press again or turn off the
camcorder to cancel the self timer.
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C O P Y40 • Video
Manual Exposure Adjustment
At times, backlit

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