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QR35746 ©Hitachi, Ltd. 2006 Printed in Japan OR-M(I)
Instruction Manual
This manual was printed
with soy based ink.
Printed on recycled paper
DVDCAM PC Software Support Center
URL http://dvdcam-pc.support.hitachi.ca/
DZ-BX31E (UK)/DZ-BX31E (AU)
DVD-RAM DVD-RW DVD-R
Instruction manual
T o obtain the best performance and ensure years of
trouble-free use, please read this instruction
manual completely.
DZ-BX31E
HITACHI EUROPE LTD.
Consumer Affairs Department
PO Box 3007
Maidenhead
SL6 8ZE
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel: 0870 405 4405
Email: consumer.mail @Hitachi-eu.com
HITACHI AUSTRALIA LTD.
Level3,82
Waterloo Road
North Ryde N.S.W 2113
Tel: +61-2-9888-4100
Fax:+61-2-9888-4188English
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Important Information
For Your Safety
The power switch turns the DVD video camera/recorder on and off, leaving the date/time feature unaffected. If the
camera/recorder is to be left unattended for a long period of time, turn it off.
The DVD video camera/recorder and AC
adapter/charger have the following caution
marks.
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF
ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT OPEN.
NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE.
REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED
SERVICE PERSONNEL.
Identifications of caution marks
Precautions
WARNING: Many television programmes and
films are copyrighted. In certain circumstances,
copy-right law may apply to private in-home
videotaping of copyrighted materials.
WARNING: To prevent risk of injury or damage
to your DVD video camera/recorder and the AC
adapter/charger, use only the DZ-BP7S/DZ-
BP7SW/DZ-BP14SW battery and DZ-ACS2 (E)
AC adapter/charger.
WARNING : TO PREVENT FIRE OR SHOCK HAZARD, DO NOT
EXPOSE THIS UNIT TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
WARNING : TO PREVENT FIRE OR SHOCK HAZARD, USE THE
RECOMMENDED ACCESSORIES ONLY.
CAUTION
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
This symbol warns the user that
uninsulated voltage within the unit
may have sufficient magnitude to cause
electric shock. Therefore, it is dangerous
to make any kind of contact with any
inside part of this unit.
This symbol alerts the user that
important literature concerning the
operation and maintenance of this unit
has been included. Therefore, it should
be read carefully to avoid any
problems.
The liquid crystal display (LCD) panel is
made by highly precise technology. More than
99.99% of its picture elements (pixels) are
effective, but some (less than 0.01%) may
appear as coloured bright dots. This does not
indicate a fault as the LCD panel stretches the
limits of current technology.
CLASS 1
LASER PRODUCT
CAUTION
This product contains a laser diode of higher
class than 1. To ensure continued safety, do
not remove any covers or attempt to gain
access to the inside of the product. Refer all
servicing to qualified personnel.English
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Important for United Kingdom
(for DZ-BX31E (UK))
The mains lead on this equipment is supplied with a moulded plug incorporating a fuse, the value
of which is indicated on the pin face of the plug.
Should the fuse need to be replaced, an ASTA or BSI approved BS 1362 fuse must be used of the
same rating. If the fuse cover is detachable never use the plug with the cover omitted. If a
replacement fuse cover is required, ensure it is of the same colour as that visible on the pin face of
the plug. Fuse covers are available from your dealer.
DO NOT cut off the mains plug from this equipment. If the plug fitted is not suitable for the power
points in your home or the cable is too short to reach a power point, then obtain an appropriate
safety approved extension lead or consult your dealer.
If there is no alternative to cutting off the mains plug, ensure that you dispose of it immediately,
having first removed the fuse, to avoid a possible shock hazard by inadvertent connection to the
mains supply.
IMPORTANT
The wires in the mains lead are coloured in accordance with the following code:
Blue= Neutral, Brown= Live
As these colours may not correspond with the coloured markings identifying the terminals in your
plug, proceed as follows:
The wire coloured BLUE must be connected to the terminal marked with the letter N or coloured
BLUE or BLACK.
The wire coloured BROWN must be connected to the terminal marked with the letter L or coloured
BROWN or RED. On no account connect either of these wires to the terminal marked E or by the
earth symbol or coloured green or green and yellow.English
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
In addition to the careful attention devoted to quality standards in the manufacture of your video product, safety is a
major factor in the design of every instrument. But, safety is your responsibility too.
This page lists important information that will help to assure your enjoyment and proper use of DVD video camera/
recorder and accessory equipment.
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 block any ventilation openings. Install in
accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
8 Do not install near any heat sources such as
radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus
(including amplifiers) that produce heat.
9 Protect the mains lead 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 Use only with the cart, stand,
tripod, bracket, or table specified
by the manufacturer, or sold with
the apparatus. When a cart is
used, use caution when moving
the cart/apparatus combination to
avoid injury from tip-over.
12 Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or
when unused for long periods of time.
13 Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
Servicing is required when the apparatus has been
damaged in any way, such as mains lead 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.
14 The apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping or
splashing and that no objects filled with liquids,
such as vases, shall be placed on the apparatus.
15 The equipment (AC Adapter/Charger) shall be
used near the socket-outlet and shall be easily
accessible.English
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Cautions When Using
Handle the liquid crystal display (LCD) with care:
• The LCD is a very delicate display device: Do not press its surface with force, hit it or prick it with
a sharp object.
� If you push the LCD surface, unevenness in display may occur. If unevenness does not disappear
soon, turn the DVD video camera/recorder off, wait for a few moments, and then turn it on again.
� Do not place the DVD video camera/recorder with the open LCD screen down.
� Close the LCD monitor when not using the DVD video camera/recorder.
Liquid crystal display (LCD) and viewfinder:
� The LCD screen and viewfinder are the products of highly precise technology. Among the total
number of pixels (approx. 120,000 pixels for LCD monitor and equivalent to approx. 200,000 pixels
for viewfinder), 0.01% or less pixels may be missing (black dots) or may remain lit as coloured dots
(red, blue, green). This shows the limitations of the current technology, and does not indicate a
fault that will interfere with recording.
� The LCD screen and viewfinder will be slightly dimmer than usual when the DVD video camera/
recorder is at low temperature, as in cold areas, or immediately after power is turned on. Normal
brightness will be restored when the temperature inside the DVD video camera/recorder rises.
Hold the DVD video camera/recorder correctly:
� Do not hold the viewfinder or LCD monitor when lifting the DVD video camera/recorder: The
viewfinder or LCD monitor could detach and the DVD video camera/recorder may fall.
Do not subject the DVD video camera/recorder to impact:
� This DVD video camera/recorder is a precision machine. Take great care that you do not strike it
against a hard object or let it fall.
� When using a tripod, firmly secure the DVD video camera/recorder on it. Do not use the DVD
video camera/recorder with a tripod in a place where it is subject to severe vibrations or impact.
No sand or dust!
� Fine sand or dust entering the DVD video camera/recorder or AC adapter/charger could cause
malfunctions or defects.
No water or oil!
� Water or oil entering the DVD video camera/recorder or AC adapter/charger could cause electric
shock, malfunctions or defects.English
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Heat on surface of product:
� The surfaces of the DVD video camera/recorder, AC adapter/charger and battery will be slightly
warm, but this does not indicate a fault.
Screen on connected TV:
� Never leave the disc navigation screen, still image or camera image displayed on your TV to which
the DVD video camera/recorder is connected: Doing so could result in displayed image retention
or phosphor degradation of TV screen.
Be careful of ambient temperature:
� Using the DVD video camera/recorder in a place where the temperature is over 40ºC or under 0ºC
will result in abnormal recording/playback.
� Take care that the temperature of this DVD video camera/recorder, when connected to PC does
not rise excessively (reference for usage: approx. 30 minutes at about 30ºC).
� Do not leave the DVD video camera/recorder on beach sand or in a closed vehicle where the
temperature is very high for a long time: This could cause malfunctions.
Do not point directly at the sun:
� If direct sunlight strikes the lens or viewfinder, the DVD video camera/recorder could malfunction
or a fire could occur.
� Do not leave the DVD video camera/recorder with the LCD screen exposed to direct sunlight: This
could cause malfunctions.
Do not use the DVD video camera/recorder near TV or radio:
� This could cause noise to appear on the TV screen or in radio broadcasts.
Do not use the DVD video camera/recorder near strong radio waves or magnetism:
� If the DVD video camera/recorder is used near strong radio waves or magnetism, such as near a
radio wave tower or electric appliances, noise could enter video and audio that are being recorded.
During playback of normally recorded video and audio, noise may also be present in picture and
sound.
At worst the DVD video camera/recorder could malfunction.
Do not expose the DVD video camera/recorder to soot or steam:
� Thick soot or steam could damage the DVD video camera/recorder case or cause malfunctions.
Do not use the DVD video camera/recorder near corrosive gas:
� If the DVD video camera/recorder is used in a place where there is dense exhaust gas generated
by petrol or diesel engine, corrosive gas such as hydrogen sulfide, or sulfur such as in a hot spring
area, the external or internal terminals could corrode, which would disable normal operation, or
the battery connecting terminals could corrode, so power will not turn on.
Do not use the DVD video camera/recorder near ultrasonic humidifier:
� With some water in humidifier, calcium and other chemicals dissolved in water could scatter in the
air, and white particles could adhere to the optical head of the DVD video camera/recorder, which
could cause it to operate abnormally.
Do not expose the DVD video camera/recorder to insecticide:
� Insecticide entering the DVD video camera/recorder could dirty the lens in laser pickup block,
and in such a case the DVD video camera/recorder might not operate normally. Turn the DVD
video camera/recorder off and cover it with vinyl sheet, etc. before using insecticide.
Do not use a generally available 8 cm CD lens cleaner:
� Cleaning the lens is not necessary when using this DVD video camera/recorder in the usual way.
� Using 8 cm CD lens cleaner could cause this DVD video camera/recorder to be faulty.
� If you have to clean the lens, use a Hitachi Maxell cleaner that is exclusively for 8 cm DVD discs.English
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Be careful of moisture condensation:
� When you move the DVD video camera/recorder between places where the difference in
temperatures is great – such as entering a lodge from a ski slope or going out of a cooled room or
vehicle – condensation (vapour in air warmed or cooled to water droplets) could occur on the lens
and/or inside the DVD video camera/recorder. If condensation occurs, do not open the cover of
disc or card insertion block if possible. If condensation occurs on the lens, wipe it off with a soft,
dry cloth. Even if the external surface of DVD video camera/recorder has dried, condensation may
remain inside: Turn the DVD video camera/recorder off and leave it in a dry place for at least 1 – 2
hours before using it again.
Do not use the DVD video camera/recorder for a long uninterrupted period of time:
� This DVD video camera/recorder cannot be used for a long time continuously as a surveillance
camera/monitor. If you use it for a long continuous period of time, the temperature of DVD video
camera/recorder could exceed the limit and the recording/playback operation may slow down or
other faults could occur. If this happens, turn it off and wait for a while before using it again.
Do not turn the DVD video camera/recorder off while the ACCESS/PC indicator or
CARD ACCESS indicator is lit or blinking:
� The ACCESS/PC or CARD ACCESS indicator is lit or
blinking to show that data is being written to disc or card,
or being read from it. At this time, do not do any of the
following, so as not to damage the data:
− Remove battery
− Disconnect AC adapter/charger
− Plug or unplug PC connection cable
− Remove disc or card
− Subject DVD video camera/recorder to severe
vibrations or impact
− Violently open or close the LCD monitor
The ACCESS/PC indicator will light for a while after
recording is finished. While it is lit, do not subject the DVD
video camera/recorder to any vibration or impact, and do
not disconnect the battery or AC adapter/charger.
If you turn the DVD video camera/recorder off while the
ACCESS/PC or CARD ACCESS indicator is lit or blinking,
turn it on again with the disc or card loaded in it: Repair of
the disc or card will be executed automatically (see page 131).
Do not wipe the DVD video camera/recorder case with benzene or thinner:
� The coating of case could peel off or the case surface could deteriorate.
� When using a chemical cleaning cloth, follow the instructions.
Also read the instructions attached with optional accessories:
� For optional accessories, observe the cautions and follow instruction manuals attached.
The battery provided has not been charged at time of purchase:
� Charge it before using the DVD video camera/recorder (see page 28).
� The battery will discharge as time passes. (The battery is produced so that it discharges on its own
in order to protect its characteristics.)
Disc cannot be inserted or removed unless a charged battery or AC adapter/
charger is connected to the DVD video camera/recorder.
Be sure to set the power switch to “OFF” when turning the DVD video camera/
recorder off:
� Disconnecting the battery or AC adapter/charger while the DVD video camera/recorder is being
powered could cause a fault.
ACCESS
indicator
CARD ACCESS indicatorEnglish
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Cautions When Storing
Do not leave the DVD video camera/recorder in a place where the temperature is
very high for a long period of time:
� The temperature inside a closed vehicle or trunk can become very high in a hot season. If you leave
the DVD video camera/recorder in such a place, it could malfunction or the case could be
damaged. Also, do not expose the DVD video camera/recorder to direct sunlight or place it near a
heater.
Do not store the DVD video camera/recorder in a place where the humidity is high
or in a dusty place:
� Dust entering the DVD video camera/recorder could cause malfunctions. If the humidity is high,
the lens could be mouldy, and the DVD video camera/recorder could become inoperable. It is
recommended that you put the DVD video camera/recorder with desiccant in a box when storing
it in a closet, etc.
Do not store the DVD video camera/recorder in a place subject to strong
magnetism or intense vibrations:
� This could cause malfunctions.
Detach the battery from the DVD video camera/recorder and store it in a cool place:
� Leaving the battery attached or storing it at high temperature could shorten its life.
Suggestions and Restrictions
Make a trial recording:
� Always make a trial recording before doing actual recording to make sure that recording is normal.
The data that have not been stored normally because of a defect in the DVD video camera/
recorder cannot be restored.
It is recommended that you use DVD-RAM disc from which recorded contents can be deleted for
trial recording.
Do not use the DVD video camera/recorder for professional applications:
� This DVD video camera/recorder is designed and produced for home-use recording and playback.
The recorded contents cannot be compensated for:
� Hitachi cannot compensate for any damages caused when recording is not made normally or
recorded contents cannot be played back because of a defect in the DVD video camera/recorder,
disc or card. Also, Hitachi cannot be responsible for your recorded video and audio.
� If you or a third party make a mistake when handling this DVD video camera/recorder, disc, card,
etc., the recorded contents may be lost. We cannot be responsible for compensation for damage due
to loss of recorded contents.
Copyright:
� Data recorded on the disc or card in this DVD video camera/recorder using other digital/analog
media or devices are protected by the copyright act and cannot be used without permission of the
owner of copyright, except for personal enjoyment. Be aware that recording is restricted for some
demonstrations, performances and exhibitions, even for personal enjoyment.English
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Read This First
To guide you, we have included following five chapters.
� The section on “Setups” explains how to set
up the DVD video camera/recorder, battery,
and set the date/time.
� The section on “Basic Techniques” explains the
basic operation of this DVD video camera/
recorder – recording of movies, still images
and playback of recorded images.
� The section on “Advanced Techniques”
explains settings on this DVD video camera/
recorder for more advanced usage.
� The section on “Disc Navigation” explains
editing with Disc Navigation: Refer to this
section when finalising DVD-RW/DVD-R disc
and initialising DVD-RAM/DVD-RW disc.
� “Subsidiary Information” includes an
introduction to products sold separately,
proper cleaning, and troubleshooting.
We want this manual to be as helpful as
possible, so it includes two easy ways to find the
information you need:
� A quick index for the information you use
most often (this page).
� A detailed table of contents directing you to
specific information quickly (see pages 12 –
14).
Get to know your DVD video camera/recorder by
using this manual, and get to know Hitachi. We
appreciate your business.
Quick Index
Available Discs ………………………………………… 24
Recording Movie ……………………………………… 46
Playing Back……………………………………………. 55
Connecting to a TV…………………………………… 75
Functions Available with Disc Navigation …… 100
About This Manual
●Displays in this manual
Understand that the displays are different from those you will actually see in the viewfinder or on
the LCD screen.
●Notation of cancel button
Press the STOP/EXIT button to stop your operation midway, or return the menu screen to the
preceding one. The expression “press the  button” will be used in this text.
●  ,  ,  , and
marks beside headings
Some functions of this DVD video camera/recorder are unavailable with disc or card used. Refer to
the marks at right above each function to identify whether the disc or card is compatible with the
function. Refer to these marks and identify the functions and operation to match the disc or card you
use.
With this DVD video camera/recorder you can view the picture being recorded or the playback
picture whether on the LCD monitor or in the viewfinder. Opening or closing the LCD monitor
switches the picture to appear on the LCD monitor or in the viewfinder.
It is possible to switch the language in the on-screen display of this DVD video camera/recorder
(see page 94).

This instruction manual shows three DVD video camera/recorder models – DZ-BX31E, DZ-BX31E
(UK), DZ-BX31E (AU).
The DZ-BX31E, DZ-BX31E (UK) and DZ-BX31E (AU) functions and specifications are referred to
as “DZ-BX31E”.English
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Introduction
●You can start recording immediately after stopping playback (p. 46, 55)
Unlike tape devices, you do not need to search for the recording start position or locate the
beginning of blank portion.
You can stop playback and immediately start recording: New recording will not overwrite any
previously recorded data.
●You can immediately play back desired recorded scenes (p. 98)
You do not need to rewind, unlike recorders using tape.
You can select any scene you want and immediately play it back (using Disc Navigation function).
●Use Disc Navigation to create your original movie (p. 117)
You can delete unnecessary scenes, move any scenes, etc., and create your original movie work (Play
List).
If you stop playback midway and start recording, overwrite will not occur.
Recorded scenes
Before editing
After editingEnglish
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●You can easily edit scenes, which
is quite difficult with tape (p. 78)
Using this DVD video camera/recorder, you can
collect scenes of your child, for example, on play
list of Disc Navigation function and create an
original movie: Then simply play back the play
list and dub it on VCR or DVD recorder.
Up to now, you had to
repeatedly press
buttons
With a DVD, you can
simply play it back on this
DVD video camera/
recorder: Press the record
button on VCR or DVD
recorder.English
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Table of Contents
Important Information………………………………….. 2
For Your Safety………………………………………….. 2
Precautions……………………………………………….. 2
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS……….. 4
Cautions When Using…………………………………. 5
Cautions When Storing……………………………….. 8
Suggestions and Restrictions ………………………. 8
Read This First ………………………………………….. 9
About This Manual……………………………………… 9
Introduction……………………………………………… 10
Table of Contents …………………………………….. 12
Checking Provided Accessories …………………. 15
Names of Parts………………………………………… 16
Try Recording and Playing Back using Disc
(Video and Photo) ………………………………….. 19
Try Recording and Playing Back using Card
(Photo) …………………………………………………. 21
Discs and Cards ………………………………………. 23
AVAILABLE DISCS ……………………………………… 24
INFORMATION ON DVD-R DISC ………………….. 24
EXAMPLES OF DISCS THAT CANNOT BE
USED ON THIS DVD VIDEO CAMERA/
RECORDER: ……………………………………………. 25
HANDLING DISCS ………………………………………. 26
DISC CLEANING…………………………………………. 26
AVAILABLE CARDS…………………………………….. 27
COMMON CAUTIONS FOR DISC AND CARD …….27
Storage Capacity on Disc or Card ………………. 28
RECORDABLE TIME OF MOVIE (VIDEO) ……… 28
RECORDABLE STILLS (PHOTOS) ON
DVD-RAM………………………………………………… 28
RECORDABLE STILLS (PHOTOS) ON CARD… 29
SIZE AND QUALITY OF PHOTOS ………………… 29
Setups
Setting Up the DVD Video Camera/
Recorder ………………………………………………. 30
HOLDING DVD VIDEO CAMERA/
RECORDER …………………………………………….. 30
ATTACHING SHOULDER STRAP…………………. 31
ATTACHING LENS CAP ………………………………. 31
VIEWING IMAGE ON LCD MONITOR
SCREEN………………………………………………….. 32
CLOSING LCD MONITOR ……………………………. 33
VIEWING SUBJECT THROUGH
VIEWFINDER …………………………………………… 33
SETTING DATE AND TIME ………………………….. 34
CHANGING DISPLAY FORMAT OF DATE
AND TIME………………………………………………… 35
Setting Up the Battery……………………………….. 36
CHARGING BATTERY…………………………………. 36
ATTACHING BATTERY TO DVD VIDEO
CAMERA/RECORDER……………………………….37
REMOVING BATTERY………………………………….37
BATTERY REMAINING LEVEL INDICATOR……39
EFFICIENT USE OF BATTERY ……………………..39
USING DVD VIDEO CAMERA/RECORDER WITH
AC ADAPTER/CHARGER…………………………..40
Turning DVD Video Camera/Recorder On and
Off…………………………………………………………41
Inserting and Removing Disc………………………42
INSERTING DISC…………………………………………42
REMOVING DISC…………………………………………44
Inserting and Removing Card ……………………..45
Basic Techniques
Recording Movie……………………………………….46
Recording Stills…………………………………………48
On-Screen Information ………………………………49
INFORMATION DISPLAY DURING
RECORDING…………………………………………….49
Zooming…………………………………………………..53
MACRO RECORDING ………………………………….54
RECORDING SUBJECTS FOR STRONGER
WIDE-ANGLE OR TELEPHOTO EFFECT…….54
Playing Back …………………………………………….55
PLAYING BACK …………………………………………..55
PLAYBACK FROM START OF DISC OR CARD 56
SEARCH PLAYBACK OF MOVIE …………………..56
FRAME ADVANCE/FRAME BACK/SLOW
PLAYBACK OF MOVIE ………………………………56
SKIP PLAYBACK OF MOVIE …………………………57
PLAYING BACK STILLS ……………………………….57
JUMPING TO SPECIFIED POINT (GO TO)……..58
On-Screen Information Display……………………59
INFORMATION DISPLAY DURING PLAYBACK 59
Checking Flow of Quick Menu …………………….60
Camera Functions
FLOW OF QUICK MENU WHEN RECORDING
MOVIE: …………………………………………………….62
FLOW OF QUICK MENU WHEN RECORDING
PHOTO (DISC): …………………………………………63
FLOW OF QUICK MENU WHEN RECORDING
PHOTO (CARD): ……………………………………….65
Disc Navigation Functions
FLOW OF QUICK MENU
(WITH DVD-RAM DISC):…………………………….67
FLOW OF QUICK MENU
(WITH DVD-RW DISC):………………………………68
FLOW OF QUICK MENU
(WITH DVD-R DISC): …………………………………69
FLOW OF QUICK MENU
(WITH CARD): …………………………………………..70
Manually Focusing Subject…………………………71
FOCUSING DURING RECORDING………………..71English
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Adjusting Brightness of Image to be recorded
(Exposure) ……………………………………………..73
Compensating for Backlight ………………………..73
Using External Microphone …………………………74
Viewing on TV Screen………………………………..75
CONNECTING TO A TV……………………………….. 75
VIEWING ON TV SCREEN ……………………………76
Playback on DVD Recorder/Player ………………77
PLAYING BACK DVD-RAM/DVD-RW (VR-mode)
DISC ………………………………………………………..77
PLAYING BACK
DVD-RW (VF-mode)/DVD-R DISC………………. 77
Recording (Dubbing) Images ………………………78
RECORDING (DUBBING) IMAGES ON OTHER
VIDEO DEVICES……………………………………….78
Advanced Techniques
Checking Flow of Normal Menu …………………..79
Camera Functions
Setting Up Camera Functions ……………………..81
SELECTING SHOOTING MODE TO MATCH
THE SUBJECT
(SWITCHING PROGRAMME AE MODE) …….. 81
RECORDING DARK SUBJECTS USING LCD
MONITOR LIGHT ………………………………………82
ADJUSTING COLOUR (WHITE BALANCE) ……. 83
USING THE ELECTRONIC IMAGE
STABILISER (EIS)…………………………………….. 85
RECORDING SUBJECT USING LARGE
MAGNIFICATION (DIGITAL ZOOM) …………….85
REDUCING WIND NOISE DURING
RECORDING (MIC.FILTER) ………………………. 85
Setting Up Record Functions ………………………86
SWITCHING MOVIE QUALITY
(VIDEO MODE) ………………………………………… 86
SETTING TO WIDE TV SCREEN MODE
(16:9 MODE)……………………………………………..87
SWITCHING QUALITY OF STILL IMAGE
(QUALITY)………………………………………………..89
SELF-TIMER ………………………………………………. 89
SETTING ON-SCREEN DISPLAY OUTPUT
ON OR OFF (OSD OUTPUT)………………………90
LCD/EVF Setup…………………………………………91
SETTING BRIGHTNESS OF LCD SCREEN
(LCD BRIGHTNESS)…………………………………. 91
SETTING BRIGHTNESS OF VIEWFINDER
(EVF BRIGHTNESS)………………………………….91
SETTING COLOUR DENSITY
(COLOR LEVEL) ……………………………………….92
ALWAYS DISPLAYING IMAGE IN
VIEWFINDER ……………………………………………92
Initial Settings……………………………………………93
SWITCHING OPERATING SOUND ON OR
OFF (BEEP)………………………………………………93
TURNING DVD VIDEO CAMERA/RECORDER
OFF AUTOMATICALLY (POWER SAVE) ……..93
TURNING RECORD LED ON OR OFF
(RECORD LED)…………………………………………94
CHANGING DISPLAY LANGUAGE
(LANGUAGE)…………………………………………….94
RESETTING MENU SETTINGS TO
DEFAULTS (RESET)………………………………….95
Disc Navigation
Using Disc Navigation ………………………………. 96
STARTING OR TERMINATING DISC
NAVIGATION…………………………………………….96
PLAYING BACK FROM DISC NAVIGATION
SCREEN…………………………………………………..98
SELECTING MULTIPLE SCENES ………………….99
SELECTING CONSECUTIVE SCENES
TOGETHER………………………………………………99
FUNCTIONS AVAILABLE WITH DISC
NAVIGATION…………………………………………..100
UNDERSTANDING FLOW OF DISC
NAVIGATION MENU ………………………………..101
Scene …………………………………………………… 103
DELETING SCENES (EDIT – DELETE) ………..103
DIVIDING MOVIES (EDIT – DIVIDE) …………….105
COMBINING MULTIPLE SCENES
(EDIT – COMBINE)…………………………………..106
ARRANGING ORDER OF SCENES
(EDIT – MOVE)………………………………………..106
DIRECTING SCENES EFFECTIVELY
(EFFECT – FADE)……………………………………107
PLAYING BACK BY SKIPPING SCENES
(EFFECT – SKIP) …………………………………….108
CHANGING IMAGES FOR THUMBNAILS
(EFFECT – THUMBNAIL)………………………….109
COPYING STILLS ON DVD-RAM DISC TO
CARD (COPY) …………………………………………110
LOCKING SCENES ON CARD (LOCK) …………111
SELECTING SCENES USING MENU SCREEN
(SELECT)………………………………………………..112
DISPLAYING INFORMATION USING MENU
SCREEN (DETAIL)…………………………………..113
Programme……………………………………………. 114
WHAT IS “PROGRAMME”? …………………………114
SWITCHING TO THUMBNAIL DISPLAY OF
SPECIFIC DATE (SWITCH) ………………………114
PLAYING BACK PROGRAMME (PLAY)………..115
CHANGING TITLE OF PROGRAMME (TITLE).115
Play List………………………………………………… 117
WHAT IS “PLAY LIST”?……………………………….117
CREATING NEW PLAY LIST (CREATE) ……….117
SWITCHING TO DISPLAY OF EACH PLAY LIST
(SWITCH) ……………………………………………….118
PLAYING BACK A PLAY LIST (PLAY)…………..118
ADDING SCENES TO PLAY LIST (EDITING PLAY
LIST) ………………………………………………………119
DELETING SCENES FROM PLAY LIST (EDITING
PLAY LIST)……………………………………………..120
ADDING SCENES USING SUBMENU FOR
EDITING (EDITING PLAY LIST)…………………120
DELETING SCENES USING SUBMENU FOR
EDITING (EDITING PLAY LIST)…………………121
SELECTING SCENES USING SUBMENU FOR
EDITING (EDITING PLAY LIST)…………………121
ARRANGING ORDER OF SCENES (MOVE) …122English
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CHANGING TITLE OF PLAY LIST (TITLE) …… 123
DELETING PLAY LIST (DELETE) ……………….. 123
Go To……………………………………………………. 124
TOP (END) ……………………………………………….. 124
Disc or Card Management……………………….. 125
INITIALISING DISC OR CARD
(FORMAT DISC. FORMAT CARD) ……………. 125
PROTECTING DISC FROM WRITING
(PROTECT DISC)……………………………………. 126
VERIFYING REMAINING FREE SPACE ON
DISC OR CARD (CAPACITY) …………………… 126
UPDATING CONTROL INFORMATION OF DVD-
RAM/DVD-RW (VR-mode) DISC
(UPDATE CONTROL INFO.)…………………….. 127
FINALISING DVD-RW/DVD-R DISC
(FINALIZE DISC)…………………………………….. 128
Others…………………………………………………… 129
DISPLAYING MOVIES OR STILLS
INDEPENDENTLY (CATEGORY)……………… 129
PLAYING BACK SCENES REPEATEDLY
(REPEAT PLAY)……………………………………… 129
SLIDE SHOW
(CONTINUOUS PLAYBACK OF STILLS) …… 130
Subsidiary Information
Introduction to Optional Accessories …………. 131
CAMERA ACCESSORIES ………………………….. 131
POWER SUPPLY………………………………………. 131
Removing Disc from Its Package………………. 132
REMOVING AND REPLACING FROM/IN
ROUND DVD HOLDER……………………………. 132
REMOVING DISC FROM CARTRIDGE………… 133
Cleaning………………………………………………… 133
Changing Setting of Demonstration…………… 134
Terminology…………………………………………… 135
No DVD Video Camera/Recorder Operation –
Check the Following:…………………………….. 138
Trouble Messages ………………………………….. 139
Troubleshooting……………………………………… 146
System Reset ………………………………………… 150
Major Specifications………………………………… 151
Index…………………………………………………….. 153
TOCEnglish
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Checking Provided Accessories
Make sure that you have all the following accessories in package:
Manufactured under licence from Dolby Laboratories.
“Dolby” and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
Other company names and product names listed are trademarks or brand names belonging to each
individual company.
SD logo is a trademark.
Battery (model DZ-BP7S):
Portable power supply for this DVD video
camera/recorder. Charge it before use.
AC adapter/charger
(model DZ-ACS2(E)):
Used to power the DVD video camera/
recorder from AC outlet, or charge battery.
DC power cord:
When powering the DVD video camera/
recorder from household AC outlet, use
this cord to connect the DVD video
camera/recorder and AC adapter/charger.
Mains lead:
Connect between household AC outlet and AC adapter/charger.
AV/S output cable:
Used when viewing the picture played back
on the DVD video camera/recorder on TV
screen, or output video from/to another
video device.
Shoulder strap:
Attach to the DVD video camera/recorder
to hang it from shoulder.
Lens cap and lens cap string:
Attach the lens cap when not recording, to
protect the lens.
Disc cleaning cloth:
Always use this to clean discs.
for DZ-BX31E for DZ-BX31E (AU) for DZ-BX31E (UK)English
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Names of Parts
1 Lens cap string attachment hole (p. 31)
2 Stereo microphone (p. 47)
3 Recording indicator (p. 94)
The red indicator will light during recording.
4 Optical 16× zoom lens (p. 53)
5 Lens hood (p. 54)
Always remove this lens hood when using
generally available tele-conversion or wide-
conversion lens.
6 Zoom lever (p. 53)
Push the lever to the T side for telephoto, or
to the W side for wide-angle.
7 AV output jack (p. 75)
8 External microphone jack (p. 74)
9 2.5″ type liquid crystal display (inside)
(p. 32)
9
8 7
45 6
(Inside the cover)
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10 Viewfinder (p. 33)
11 Dioptre control (p. 33)
To adjust the focus of image appearing in the
viewfinder. (Pull out the viewfinder.)
12 ACCESS indicator (p. 7, 46, 48)
Will blink or light when the disc in DVD
video camera/recorder is accessed (write or
read is executed) .
13 PHOTO button (p. 48)
14 DISC EJECT button (p. 42)
Press down and release this button to open
the cover of disc insertion block.
15 Disc insertion block (p. 42)
16 BATTERY EJECT button (p. 37)
Press this button when removing the battery.
17 Battery attachment platform (p. 37)
18 Record button (REC) (p. 46)
19 LOCK switch (p. 47)
It is recommended that you set the LOCK
switch to  (to the upper position) to prevent
the power switch in the “ ! ” position from
accidentally moving to “ ”.
20 Power switch (p. 41)
21 Hand strap (p. 30)
ACCESS
DISC EJECT
PHOTO
10 11 12
16
13
17 18 20 21
15
19
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22 QUICK MENU button (p. 60)
To display only the functions that you
frequently use (simple menus).
23 FOCUS button (p. 71)
To switch between manual focus and auto-
focus.
24 MENU button (p. 34, 81, 104)
Press this button to display the menu for
setting camera functions and Disc
Navigation.
25 SELECT button (p. 99)
26 DISC NAVIGATION button (p. 96)
27 STOP/EXIT button (p. 9, 55, 61)
To end playback or cancel setting of menu.
28 EXPOSURE button (p. 73)
Press this button to adjust the exposure.
29 Speaker (p. 55)
30 RESET button (p. 150)
To reset all settings to defaults (status when
the DVD video camera/recorder was
shipped from the factory)
31 DISPLAY (Screen display) button (p. 49,
59)
Press this button to display the details of
image being played back or camera setting
status, or switch the display off.
32 CARD ACCESS indicator (p. 7, 48)
33 Volume control buttons (VOL)/
%$ buttons (p. 55, 71, 73)
To adjust the volume of sound from speaker,
etc.
34 Card insertion block (p. 45)
35 BLC (backlight compensation) button
(p. 73)
Press this button when subject is being
lighted from rear.
36 2 / 1 / 0 / / /  buttons
(p. 34, 55, 61, 79)
Use these buttons to select a scene or menu
item, and then press the centre (  ) to play
back the scene, or designate an option from
the menu.
37 Tripod threaded hole
Used to attach the DVD video camera/
recorder to a tripod.
QUICK
MENU
DISPLAY
FOCUS EXPOSURE
VOL.
BLC
MENU
SELECT
DISC
NAVIGATION
STOP/EXIT
23 24 25 26 27 28
29 35 31 32 33 34 30
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36
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Try Recording and Playing Back using Disc
(Video and Photo)
Y ou can record both videos and photos on a DVD-RAM (generally available), but only videos on a
DVD-RW/DVD-R (generally available).
Before You Begin
� It is recommended that you use a DVD-RAM disc for trial recording,
since you can delete the recorded contents (p. 23).
1 Connect a power supply (p. 40).
1
3
2
4
Mains lead
AC adapter/charger
DC power cord
To AC outlet
* The shape of plug
varies depending
on the model.
2 Insert a disc (p. 42).
1 Press down the DISC EJECT button once
and release it.
2 Gently open the cover until it stops.
3 Push the disc against the turntable at the
centre of disc insertion block to lock it
until a click is heard, and then close the
cover of disc insertion block: Do not touch
the disc recording surface or pickup lens
at this time.
DISC EJECT
Turntable
Disc coverEnglish
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3 Start recording (p. 46).
1 Open the LCD monitor (p. 32), or pull out
the viewfinder (p. 33).
2 While holding down the button on the
right of power switch, set the switch to
“! ” or “ ” (only “ ! ” for DVD-RW/
DVD-R disc).
3 When recording a video, press the REC
button.
Recording will start.
Pressing the REC button again will stop
recording ( ! ).
When recording a photo, press the
PHOTO button.
Pressing PHOTO half way (half press)
allows you to focus the subject, and the
“9 ” indicator will turn purple. Press
PHOTO all the way down to record.
OFF
OFF
OFF
Note:
� When using an unformatted disc, format (initialise) it on this DVD video camera/recorder.
If unformatted disc is inserted into this DVD video camera/recorder, a message will appear: Format the disc
following the instructions on screen (p. 23, 43, 125). Initialising the DVD-RAM/DVD-RW disc will erase all the
recorded contents: Make sure the contents on disc are not valuable before initialising the disc.
� See Check 1 on p. 138 if recording is not possible with “ ! ”.
� See Check 2 on p. 138 if recording is not possible with “ ”.
4 View the playback of recorded content on LCD monitor screen (p. 32).
1 After recording is finished, press the  button.
The recorded scene will be played back.
2 Press the  button to stop playback.
1 2
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Try Recording and Playing Back using Card
(Photo)
Only photos can be recorded on a card (generally available).
1 Connect a power supply (p. 40).
1
3
2
4
Mains lead
AC adapter/charger
DC power cord
To AC outlet
* The shape of plug
varies depending
on the model.
2 Insert a card (p. 45).
1 Open the LCD monitor (p. 32).
2 Open the cover of card insertion block
with power turned off.
3 Put in a card.
4 Insert the card all the way until it locks,
and then close the cover of card insertion
block.English
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3 Start recording (p. 48).
1 Open the LCD monitor (p. 32).
2 While holding down the button on the
right of power switch, set the switch to
“” ”.
3 Press the PHOTO button half way (half
press): When a subject image is focused,
the “ 9 ” indicator will turn purple.
4 Press the PHOTO button all the way (full
press).
OFF
OFF
Note:
� See page 23 for the cards that can be used on this DVD video camera/recorder.
� See Check 2 on p. 138 if recording is not possible with “ ” ”.
4 View the playback of recorded content on LCD monitor screen (p. 32).
1 Press the  button in recording pause
status: The recorded scene will be played
back.
2 Press the  button to stop playback.
1 2
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Discs and Cards
The following table lists the storage media (discs and cards) that can be used on this DVD video
camera/recorder and the functions which are available with them:
Media
Function DVD-RAM
DVD-RW
(VR mode)
DVD-RW
(VF mode)
DVD-R
SD memory
card
To record video (p. 46) ●●●● —
To record photo (p. 48) ● ——— ●
To delete image (p. 103) ●● —— ●
To edit image (p. 105 – 106) ●● ———
To play on other DVD device
(p. 128)

*1

*1*2

*2

*2

*3
To use new disc or new card
without formatting

*4
——— ●
*4
To initialise and reuse ●●● — ●
●: Functions available; —: Not available
*
1: Playable on devices that conform to either 8 cm DVD-RAM or 8 cm DVD-RW (VR mode).
*
2: Must be finalised (see “Terminology”, p. 135). Cannot be played on some DVD players or DVD recorders.
*
3: Some DVD devices conform to SD memory card.
*
4: When media that are sold “formatted” are used. If the initialisation format differs, the media can be initialised on
this DVD video camera/recorder and then used.English
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AVAILABLE DISCS
Available Discs
This DVD video camera/recorder can use only
the 8-cm bare discs not packed in a square
cartridge, square caddy case or round DVD
holder. The discs in a square cartridge, square
caddy case or round DVD holder can be used if
they are removed from the package, but take
great care not to dirty or scratch the bare disc
(see pages 132 and 133).
Note:
� It is recommended that you use Hitachi Maxell HG
type single-sided discs, since their compatibility with
this DVD video camera/recorder has been confirmed.
When using an HG type double-sided disc, take great
care with handling it. Using a disc other than these
discs may not allow the DVD video camera/recorder
to deliver optimum performance.
� See below for information on DVD-R disc.
INFORMATION ON DVD-R DISC
You cannot record a still on DVD-R disc, or delete any recorded images or data.
For optimum recording on DVD-R disc, this DVD video camera/recorder writes control data to the
disc in order to automatically make adjustments when it is inserted and ejected accompanying
recording. If the disc has no area to be written for adjustment, recording may not be possible. To
prevent this, do not insert or eject a DVD-R disc accompanying recording more than 100 times.
Although some models are compatible with the VR mode using DVD-R disc, this DVD video
camera/recorder is not compatible with that mode.
Note:
� When using an unformatted DVD-R or DVD-RW disc, it is necessary to format it on this DVD video camera/
recorder (see page 43).
� Do not insert a DVD-RW (VF-mode)/DVD-R disc recorded on this DVD video camera/recorder but not finalised,
into a recordable device, such as a DVD recorder: The recorded data may be damaged (except for devices that
allow playback of a DVD-RW (VF-mode)/DVD-R disc not finalised on this DVD video camera/recorder).
� Use only DZ-BX31E/MV730E to record on or finalise a DVD-RW (VF-mode)/DVD-R disc recorded on this DVD
video camera/recorder but not finalised: Using any other device could damage the data recorded on the disc.
� DVD-R or DVD-RW discs edited and finalised on PC or those finalised on another DVD recorder may not be
playable on this DVD video camera/recorder, depending on the editing software used or recorded status of DVD-R
disc.
� If you insert a DVD-R disc recorded on this DVD video camera/recorder or a DVD video camera/recorder other
than DZ-BX31E/MV730E and not finalised, the Disc Navigation screen will automatically start, and no recording
can be done on the disc nor can it be finalised.
� Do not insert a DVD-R that was recorded by a DVD recorder manufactured by a company other than Hitachi, and
which has not been finalised, in this DVD video camera/recorder: Doing so will make the disc unusable.
Usable discs and logos
DVD-RAM Ver. 2.1 (8 cm)
DVD-RW
[for General Ver1.1 (8 cm) 2x speed
(2x/1x)]
DVD-R
[for General Ver. 2.0 (8 cm)]English
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EXAMPLES OF DISCS THAT CANNOT BE USED ON THIS DVD VIDEO
CAMERA/RECORDER:
� CD
� CD-R
� CD-RW
� CD-ROM
� DVD-R (4.7 GB) for Authoring Ver. 2.0
� DVD-R (double-layered)
� DVD+R
� DVD-ROM
� DVD-Video
� +RW
� Discs other than those with diameter of 8 cm
Note:
Discs recorded on PC or DVD recorder may not be
playable on this DVD video camera/recorder: If so,
message “This disc cannot be used.” will appear. Also,
blue thumbnails will appear (Fig. 1* on page 26), or
normal playback will not be possible.English
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HANDLING DISCS
●Using discs
Discs are very delicate recording media.
Carefully read the following cautions and
observe them:
� Always use a brand new disc when recording
important material.
� Be sure not to touch the recording surface of
disc, or dirty or scratch it.
� If there is dust, scratch, dirt on disc or if it is
warped, the following phenomena may occur:
− Block noise in playback
image
− Momentary stop of
playback image
− Sound interrupted during
playback, or abnormal
sound
− Blue thumbnail
display* (Fig. 1)
− Disc cannot correctly
be recognised
− Disc cannot be
initialised
− Delay between video
and audio
Even if disc is normal, the above phenomena
may occasionally occur. While the ACCESS
indicator is lit, do not subject disc to vibrations
or impact, and avoid using DVD video
camera/recorder at extremely high or low
temperatures, or in environment where
condensation is likely to occur.
� When recording images,
the DVD video camera/
recorder may avoid the
portions of disc where
recording is not possible,
due to dust, scratches,
etc. [It will pause 9 at
such a portion and
automatically restart
recording ( : ).]
This will cause recording to be interrupted for
several seconds to several minutes, and
multiple thumbnails will be created by one
recording session as shown above. In this case,
the recordable time on disc will decrease.
� Be careful when removing the disc since the
metal of removal slot of DVD video camera/
recorder, and disc itself, may be hot.
●Storing discs
� When storing disc, replace it in the plastic case
in which it was purchased.
� Be careful that no condensation occurs on disc.
� Do not place disc in following places:
− Direct sunlight for a long time
− Where humidity is high or in dusty place
− Where there is heat from a heater, etc.
DISC CLEANING
Use the disc cleaning cloth provided to lightly
wipe off any dirt adhering to the disc as shown
in the figure. Do not wipe the disc with force:
Doing so could cause scratches.
Never use solvent (thinner, water, antistat or
detergent) for cleaning.
Lightly wash the dirty cleaning cloth with
detergent: The dirt removal capacity of the cloth
will improve (rinse the cloth well with water so
that no detergent remains).
Block noise
001/ 006 All Pr ograms
PLAY RAM RAM
Fig. 1 *
001 / 002 All Programs
PLAY RAM RAM
(Recording one scene
may produce multiple
thumbnails.)
Use the disc cleaning
cloth to clean from inner
to outer edges in axial
direction.English
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AVAILABLE CARDS
SD memory card can be used on this DVD video
camera/recorder.
When using an exclusive adapter, a miniSD
memory card can be used in the same way as an
SD memory card.
●Handling card
� Do not use cards other than
the designated ones.
� Be sure to use a brand new
card when recording vital
images.
� Do not touch the card
terminal or allow it to touch
metal.
� Do not paste anything other
than exclusive label on label pasting portion.
� Do not subject card to impact, bend or drop it.
� Do not disassemble card or modify it.
� Do not expose card to water.
� Do not use or store card in the following
places:
− Where the temperature is high, such as in
vehicle at high temperatures, under burning
sun or near a heater
− Where humidity is high, or in dusty place
� When the erasure prevention switch is locked,
no recording, deletion or editing will be
possible on the card: Only playback will be
possible.
COMMON CAUTIONS FOR DISC AND
CARD
� It is recommended that you create a backup
file for valuable data on hard disk of PC.
� Do not do the following, or the data on disc or
card may be damaged or lost:
− Do not remove the disc or card or turn DVD
video camera/recorder off during reading or
writing of data
− Do not use DVD video camera/recorder in a
place subject to static electricity or electrical
noise
− Do not have printing done at a print lab or
DPE service
Note:
� This DVD video camera/recorder can play back image
data recorded on other digital cameras conforming to
the DCF (Design rule for Camera File system)
standard. The range of image data playable on this
DVD video camera/recorder is that with pixels from 80
horizontal × 60 vertical to 4000 horizontal × 3000
vertical.
� DCF is an integrated image file format of digital
cameras: Image files can be used on all digital
devices conforming to DCF .
� Image data edited on PC and certain types of image
data may not be visible on this DVD video camera/
recorder.
� The image data recorded on another device may not
be playable on this DVD video camera/recorder.
●Note when transferring or
discarding discs and memory
cards:
“Formatting” or “deletion” using the functions
of DVD video camera/recorder or PC will
change only the file control information: It will
not completely delete the data on disc or
memory card.
When transferring or discarding a disc or
memory card, it is recommended that you
physically destroy it or use deletion exclusive
software (generally available) to completely
delete the data on it. It is user’s responsibility to
control the data on disc and memory card.
Terminal
Erasure prevention
switch
Locked statusEnglish
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Storage Capacity on Disc or Card
RECORDABLE TIME OF MOVIE (VIDEO)
The recordable time will vary depending on the video recording quality: See page 86 for the setting
of video recording quality.
Movie recordable time on one disc (on single side) (when recording only movies)
Note:
� No movie can be recorded on SD memory card.
� Although the movie quality mode or wide-screen (16:9) mode can be changed midway for recording on DVD-
RAM/DVD-RW (VR-mode) disc, it cannot be changed on DVD-RW (VF-mode)/DVD-R disc once the mode has
been selected.
� If you record in XTRA mode at high temperatures, the DVD video camera/recorder will heat up and the maximum
transfer rate will be limited to approx. 6 Mbps, so the best quality will not be obtainable.
� If a disc recorded is used at high temperatures, normal playback may be impossible: Turn the DVD video camera/
recorder off once, wait until the ambient temperature becomes lower, and then operate it again.
RECORDABLE STILLS (PHOTOS) ON DVD-RAM
●Number of recordable stills on one side of disc
Can record up to approx. 999 photos.
If the disc still has free space after recording the above maximum number of photos on it, movies can
also be recorded on it.
Recording quality Movie recordable time Application
XTRA Approx. 18 min
*1
Best quality
FINE Approx. 30 min
*2
High quality
STD Approx. 60 min
*3
Standard quality
*
1: Variable bit recording (recording of more than 18 minutes may be possible because the transfer rate varies
automatically between approx. 3 – 10 Mbps)
*
2: Fixed bit rate: Approx. 6 Mbps
*
3: Fixed bit rate: Approx. 3 MbpsEnglish
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RECORDABLE STILLS (PHOTOS) ON CARD
The number of recordable stills will vary depending on the recording quality: See page 89 for the
setting of recording quality.
(The numbers of recordable stills above are only for reference)
Note:
� Cards used on other devices can be used on this DVD video camera/recorder.
� No movie or music data recorded on card can be checked, viewed or heard on this DVD video camera/recorder.
In addition, no such a data file can be displayed on this DVD video camera/recorder.
� Use the remaining display function to check the remaining free space on disc before use. See “VERIFYING
REMAINING FREE SPACE ON DISC OR CARD (CAPACITY)” on page 126.
� Some still data recorded on this DVD video camera/recorder may not be playable on another device.
SIZE AND QUALITY OF PHOTOS
The pixel size of stills (JPEG) that can be recorded on this DVD video camera/recorder is as follows:
640 × 480 pixels
The following table shows the file size and quality of one still (JPEG) recorded on card:
Although still images are recorded on DVD-RAM disc only in the FINE mode, the quality mode can
be chosen when recording stills on card (p. 89).
The file size of a photo recorded on DVD-RAM disc in “ ” status is equal to or larger than that
recorded on card using the FINE quality in “ ” ”.
* JPEG: Joint Photographic Experts Group.
JPEG is one of the photo image compression standards. It is widely used in digital still cameras since
JPEG files can be used on ordinary PC. When this DVD video camera/recorder records on DVD-
RAM disc in “ ” status, a JPEG photo will be recorded, along with a photo that conforms to the
DVD video recording (DVD-VR) format which is used to be output to TV (see “Terminology”,
p. 135). Only JPEG photos will be recorded on SD memory card.
Note:
� No still can be recorded on DVD-RW/DVD-R disc.
� Since the file size is restricted in all quality modes when recording photos on card ( ” ), the quality of photos on
card may be inferior to those recorded on DVD-RAM disc ( ).
Recording
quality
Capacity
16 MB 32 MB 64 MB 128MB 256 MB 512 MB 1 GB
FINE Approx. 108 Approx. 232 Approx. 480 Approx. 960 Approx. 1,920 Approx. 3,840 Approx. 7,500
NORM Approx. 216 Approx. 464 Approx. 960 Approx. 1,920 Approx. 3,840 Approx. 7,680 Approx. 15,000
ECO Approx. 432 Approx. 928 Approx. 1,920 Approx. 3,840 Approx. 7,680 Approx. 15,360 Approx. 30,000
Quality File size Application
FINE Approx. 128 KB When image quality is prioritised
NORM Approx. 64 KB Standard quality
ECO Approx. 32 KB When number of stills is prioritised
(quality will be slightly inferior)English
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Setups
This section explains preparations for recording – setting up the DVD video camera/recorder
and battery.
Setting Up the DVD Video Camera/Recorder
HOLDING DVD VIDEO CAMERA/RECORDER
Insert your right hand from the bottom of DVD video camera/recorder up to the base of your
thumb.
Put your hand in a position where you can easily operate the REC button and the Zoom lever.
Adjust the length of hand strap so that the DVD video camera/recorder is stable when you press the
REC button with your thumb.
Note:
Do not adjust the hand strap while holding the DVD
video camera/recorder: Doing this could cause the DVD
video camera/recorder to fall and be damaged.
Caution:
Do not lift the DVD video camera/recorder by
holding the viewfinder or LCD monitor: If the
viewfinder or LCD monitor comes off, the DVD video
camera/recorder will fall.English
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ATTACHING SHOULDER STRAP
ATTACHING LENS CAP
1 Attach the shorter end of lens cap string to
the lens cap.
2 Attach the longer end of lens cap string to the
attachment hole of DVD video camera/
recorder.
3 Push the both sides of cap inward and attach
it over the lens.
Note:
� Always keep the lens cap on when not using the DVD
video camera/recorder, to protect the lens.
� When recording, attach the lens cap to the hand strap
by hooking the tab inside the cap onto strap for
comfortable shooting.
Pass the shoulder strap through
the shoulder strap attachments.
Be sure to pass through the 2 slots.
Shorter end
Longer end
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VIEWING IMAGE ON LCD MONITOR SCREEN
If you open the LCD monitor, you can monitor subject image on the LCD screen.
1 Open the LCD monitor.
The LCD monitor has a portion where you
can hook your finger. Hook the finger there to
open the monitor.
●Range where the LCD monitor can
be moved
The LCD monitor can be opened up to
approximately 90º.
If the LCD monitor is open 90º, it can be tilted
with the screen down as much as 90º, and can
also be tilted with screen up and turned up to
180° so the screen faces in the same direction as
the lens.
If the LCD monitor is turned 180º so the screen
faces in the same direction as the lens during
recording, subject image will also appear in the
viewfinder as a mirror image (left/right
reversed).
Tilt the LCD monitor to adjust its vertical angle
so that you can see the screen easily.
Note:
� If no image appears on LCD monitor screen, refer to
“Check 7” on page 138.
� If LCD monitor lights white, refer to page 82.
� Be sure to open the LCD monitor approximately 90º
before changing its vertical angle.
� Do not record for a prolonged time with the LCD
monitor turned approximately 180º in close contact
with the DVD video camera/recorder body: Doing this
could cause the DVD video camera/recorder and LCD
monitor to become hot.
Hook your finger
90º
(Bottom)
90º
180ºEnglish
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CLOSING LCD MONITOR
Before closing the LCD monitor, be sure to reset
it at right angles to the DVD video camera/
recorder.
Replace the LCD monitor on the DVD video
camera/recorder with the LCD screen facing
inward until a click is heard.
Note:
� Be sure to return the LCD monitor at right angles to
the DVD video camera/recorder before closing it or
replacing it on the DVD video camera/recorder with its
screen facing outside. If the LCD monitor is tilted, it
cannot be closed to the DVD video camera/recorder.
� If the LCD monitor is not secu

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