Panasonic – HDC-SD9P – User Manual

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For USA assistance, please call: 1-800-211-PANA(7262) or, contact us via the web at: http://www.panasonic.com/contactinfo
For Canadian assistance, please call: 1-800-561-5505 or visit us at www.panasonic.ca
High Definition Video Camera
Operating Instructions
Model No. HDC-SD9P/PC
Before connecting, operating or adjusting this product, please read the instructions completely.
Spanish Quick Use Guide is included.
Guía para rápida consulta en español está incluida.
until
2008/01/31
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Things You Should Know
Thank you for choosing Panasonic!
You have purchased one of the most sophisticated
and reliable products on the market today. Used
properly, we’re sure it will bring you and your family
years of enjoyment. Please take time to fill in the
information on the right.
The serial number is on the tag located on the
underside of your camera. Be sure to retain this
manual as your convenient camera information
source.
Safety Precautions
The following mark and symbols are located on bottom of the unit.
WARNING:
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE, ELECTRIC SHOCK OR PRODUCT DAMAGE,
≥ DO NOT EXPOSE THIS APPARATUS TO RAIN, MOISTURE, DRIPPING OR SPLASHING AND
THAT NO OBJECTS FILLED WITH LIQUIDS, SUCH AS VASES, SHALL BE PLACED ON THE
APPARATUS.
≥ USE ONLY THE RECOMMENDED ACCESSORIES.
≥ DO NOT REMOVE THE COVER (OR BACK); THERE ARE NO USER SERVICEABLE PARTS
INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL.
CAUTION!
DO NOT INSTALL OR PLACE THIS UNIT IN A BOOKCASE, BUILT-IN CABINET OR IN
ANOTHER CONFINED SPACE. ENSURE THE UNIT IS WELL VENTILATED. TO PREVENT RISK
OF ELECTRIC SHOCK OR FIRE HAZARD DUE TO OVERHEATING, ENSURE THAT CURTAINS
AND ANY OTHER MATERIALS DO NOT OBSTRUCT THE VENTILATION VENTS.
The socket outlet shall be installed near the equipment and easily accessible. The mains plug of the
power supply cord shall remain readily operable. To completely disconnect this apparatus from the
AC Mains, disconnect the power supply cord plug from AC receptacle.
Date of Purchase
Dealer Purchased From
Dealer Address
Dealer Phone No.
Model No.
Serial No.
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.
CAUTION
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC
SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE SCREWS.
NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS
INSIDE.
REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED
SERVICE PERSONNEL.
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
appliance.
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
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THE FOLLOWING APPLIES ONLY IN THE U.S.A.
THE FOLLOWING APPLIES ONLY IN CANADA.
FCC Note:
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a 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 used 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.
FCC Caution: To assure continued compliance, follow the attached installation instructions
and use only shielded interface cables with ferrite core when connecting to
computer or peripheral devices.
Any changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party
responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate this
equipment.
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name: Panasonic
Model No.: HDC-SD9P
Responsible party: Panasonic Corporation of North America
One Panasonic Way, Secaucus, NJ 07094
Support Contact: Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company
1-800-211-PANA (7262)
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any
interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
HDC-SD9P
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Batteries
1 Battery pack (Lithium ion battery pack)
≥ Use the specified unit to recharge the battery pack.
≥ Do not use the battery pack with equipment other than the specified unit.
≥ Do not get dirt, sand, liquids, or other foreign matter on the terminals.
≥ Do not touch the plug terminals (i and j) with metal objects.
≥ Do not disassemble, remodel, heat or throw into fire.
2 Button-type battery (Lithium battery)
≥ Insert with poles aligned.
≥ Do not touch the terminals (i and j) with metal objects.
≥ Do not recharge, disassemble, remodel, heat or throw into fire.
≥ Keep out of reach of children
If any electrolyte should come into contact with your hands or clothes, wash it off thoroughly with
water.
If any electrolyte should come into contact with your eyes, never rub the eyes. Rinse eyes thoroughly
with water, and then consult a doctor.
Warning
Risk of fire, explosion and burns. Do not disassemble.
Do not heat the batteries above the following temperatures or incinerate.
Button-type battery 60 oC (140 oF)
Battery pack 60 oC (140 oF)
AC adaptor
This AC adaptor operates on AC between 110 V and 240 V.
But
≥ In the U.S.A. and Canada, the AC adaptor must be connected to a 120V AC power supply only.
≥ When connecting to an AC supply outside of the U.S.A. or Canada, use a plug adaptor to suit the
AC outlet configuration.
≥ When connecting to a supply of greater than AC 125V, ensure the cord you use is suited to the
voltage of the AC supply and the rated current of the AC adaptor.
≥ Contact an electrical parts distributor for assistance in selecting a suitable AC plug adaptor or AC
cord set.
Product Identification Marking is located on the bottom of units.

This product contains a CR Coin Cell Lithium Battery which contains Perchlorate Material – special
handling may apply.
See www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/perchlorate.
A lithium ion/polymer battery that is recyclable powers the product
you have purchased. Please call 1-800-8-BATTERY for information
on how to recycle this battery.
U.S.A./CANADA CONSUMERS: ATTENTION:
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
Read these operating instructions carefully before using the unit. Follow the safety instructions on the
unit and the applicable safety instructions listed below. Keep these operating instructions handy for
future reference.
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) 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.
10) Protect the power cord from being walked on
or pinched particularly at plugs, convenience
receptacles, and the point where they exit
from the apparatus.
11) Only use attachments/accessories specified
by the manufacturer.
12) 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.
13) Unplug this apparatus during lightning
storms or when unused for long periods of
time.
14) 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.
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Precautions
USE & LOCATION
≥ TO AVOID SHOCK HAZARD … Your camera
and power supply should not be exposed to
rain or moisture. Do not connect the power
supply or operate your camera if it gets wet.
Your camera has been designed for outdoor
use, however it is not designed to sustain
direct exposure to water, rain, sleet, snow,
sand, dust, or a direct splashing from a pool or
even a cup of coffee. This action could
permanently damage the internal parts of your
camera. Do not attempt to disassemble this
unit. There are no user serviceable parts
inside. Unplug your camera from the power
supply before cleaning.
≥ AS WITH ANY SMALL OBJECT, SD CARDS
CAN BE SWALLOWED BY YOUNG
CHILDREN. DO NOT ALLOW CHILDREN TO
HANDLE THE SD CARD.
≥ DO NOT AIM YOUR CAMERA AT THE SUN
OR OTHER BRIGHT OBJECTS
≥ DO NOT LEAVE THE CAMERA WITH THE
EVF AIMED DIRECTLY AT THE SUN AS
THIS MAY CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE
INTERNAL PARTS OF THE EVF
≥ DO NOT EXPOSE YOUR CAMERA TO
EXTENDED HIGH TEMPERATURE … Such
as, in direct sunlight, inside a closed car, next
to a heater, etc… This action could
permanently damage the internal parts of your
camera.
≥ AVOID SUDDEN CHANGES IN
TEMPERATURE … If the unit is suddenly
moved from a cold place to a warm place,
moisture may form on the SD card and inside
the unit.
≥ DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CAMERA OR THE
POWER SUPPLY TURNED ON WHEN NOT
IN USE.
≥ STORAGE OF YOUR CAMERA … Store and
handle your camera in a manner that will not
subject it to unnecessary movement (avoid
shaking and striking). Your camera contains a
sensitive pick-up device which could be
damaged by improper handling or storage.
CARE
≥ TO CLEAN YOUR CAMERA … Do not use
strong or abrasive detergents when cleaning
your camera body.
≥ TO PROTECT THE LENS … Do not touch the
surface of the lens with your hand. Use a
commercial camera lens solution and lens
paper when cleaning the lens. Improper
cleaning can scratch the lens coating.
≥ TO PROTECT THE FINISH OF YOUR
CAMERA … Before handling your camera,
make sure your hands and face are free from
any chemical products, such as suntan lotion,
as it may damage the finish.
-If you see this symbol-
∫ Indemnity concerning recording
content
The manufacturer shall in no event be liable for
the loss of recordings due to malfunction or
defect of this unit, its accessories or recordable
media.
WARNING
CAUTION
Information on Disposal in other Countries
outside the European Union
This symbol is only valid in the
European Union.
If you wish to discard this
product, please contact your
local authorities or dealer and
ask for the correct method of
disposal.
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IMPORTANT
∫ Carefully observe copyright laws
Whatever you have recorded and created can
be used for your personal entertainment only.
Under copyright laws, other materials cannot
be used without obtaining permission from
the holders of the copyrights.
∫ Cards that you can use with this
unit
SD Memory Card and SDHC Memory Card
≥ 4 GB (or more) Memory Cards that do not have
the SDHC logo are not based on SD Memory
Card Specifications.
≥ Refer to page 24 for more details on SD cards.
∫ For the purposes of these
operating instructions
≥ SD Memory Card and SDHC Memory Card are
referred to as the “SD card”.
≥ Functions that can be used for motion picture
recording/motion picture playback are
indicated by in these operating
instructions.
≥ Functions that can be used for still picture
recording/still picture playback are indicated by
in these operating instructions.
≥ “HD Writer 2.5E for HDC” is referred to as the
“HD Writer 2.5E”.
≥ Pages for reference are indicated by an arrow,
for example: l 00
∫ Licenses
≥ SDHC Logo is a trademark.
≥ “AVCHD” and the “AVCHD” logo are
trademarks of Matsushita Electric Industrial
Co., Ltd. and Sony Corporation.
≥ Manufactured under license from Dolby
Laboratories.
Dolby and the double-D symbol are
trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
≥ HDMI, the HDMI Logo and the High-Definition
Multimedia Interface are the registered
trademarks or trademarks of HDMI Licensing
LLC.
≥ VIERA Link™ is a trademark of Matsushita
Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
≥ EZ Sync™ is a trademark of Matsushita
Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
≥ HDAVI Control™ is a trademark of Matsushita
Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
≥ “x.v.Color” is trademark.
≥ LEICA is a registered trademark of Leica
Microsystems IR GmbH and DICOMAR is a
registered trademark of Leica Camera AG.
≥ Microsoft
®
, Windows
®
, Windows Vista
®
and
DirectX
®
are either registered trademarks or
trademarks of the Microsoft Corporation in the
United States and/or other countries.
≥ Microsoft product screen shot(s) reprinted with
permission from Microsoft Corporation.
≥ IBM and PC/AT are registered trademarks of
International Business Machines Corporation
of the U.S.
≥ Intel
®
, Core

, Pentium
®
and Celeron
®
are the
registered trademarks or trademarks of the
Intel Corporation in the United States and other
countries.
≥ AMD Athlon is a trademark of the Advanced
Micro Devices, Inc.
≥ Apple, Mac OS is either registered trademarks
or trademarks of Apple Inc. in the United
States and/or other countries.
≥ PowerPC is a trademark of International
Business Machines Corporation.
≥ Other names of systems and products
mentioned in these instructions are usually the
registered trademarks or trademarks of the
manufacturers who developed the system or
product concerned.
This product is licensed under the AVC patent
portfolio license for the personal and non-
commercial use of a consumer to (i) encode
video in compliance with the AVC Standard
(“AVC Video”) and/or (ii) decode AVC Video that
was encoded by a consumer engaged in a
personal and non-commercial activity and/or was
obtained from a video provider licensed to
provide AVC Video. No license is granted or shall
be implied for any other use. Additional
information may be obtained from MPEG LA,
LLC. See http://www.mpegla.com.
VIDEO
PHOTO
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Accessories ………………………………….10
Features ………………………………………. 11
Quick Guide ………………………………….12
Preparation
Before using
[1] Parts identification
and handling ……………………………. 16
Remote control ………………………….. 19
Setup
[1] Power supply …………………………… 20
Charging the battery…………………… 20
Inserting/removing the battery……… 21
Charging and recording time ……….. 22
Connecting to the AC outlet…………. 23
[2] Preparation of SD cards……………. 24
Cards that you can use
with this unit………………………………. 24
Inserting/removing an SD card …….. 25
[3] Selecting a mode
(Turning the unit on/off) ……………. 26
Turning the power on and off
with the LCD monitor………………….. 26
[4] Using the menu screen …………….. 27
Language selection ……………………. 28
Menu list …………………………………… 28
[5] Setting date and time ……………….. 30
World time setting
(Displaying the time of the travel
destination) ……………………………….. 31
[6] Adjusting LCD monitor …………….. 32
Increasing the brightness of the LCD
monitor……………………………………… 32
Adjusting the brightness and
the color level of the LCD monitor … 32
Recording Yourself …………………….. 32
Recording
Recording (Basic)
[1] Before recording ……………………… 34
Auto Ground-Directional Standby
(AGS) ………………………………………. 35
[2] Recording motion pictures ………. 36
Recording modes/
approximate recordable time……….. 38
Quick start………………………………… 39
PRE-REC…………………………………. 40
Shooting guide ………………………….. 40
[3] Recording still pictures ……………. 41
Picture quality……………………………. 43
Number of recordable pictures…….. 43
[4] Zoom in/out function ……………….. 44
Digital zoom function………………….. 44
[5] Image stabilizer function ………….. 45
[6] Face detection & AE mode……….. 46
Recording (Advanced)
[1] Recording functions of
operation icons ……………………….. 47
Operation icons…………………………. 47
Fade, Intelligent contrast control,
Help mode, Soft skin mode, MagicPix,
Backlight compensation, Low light,
Self-timer, Tele macro
[2] Recording functions of menus …. 51
Menus ……………………………………… 51
Guide line, 24p digital cinema,
Wind noise reduction,
Microphone setup, Microphone level,
HD hi-speed burst shooting,
Built-in flash, Red eye reduction,
Shutter sound, Zebra, Color bar,
Auto slow shutter,
Digital cinema color
[3] Manual recording functions……… 59
Scene mode……………………………… 59
Manual focus adjustment ……………. 60
White balance …………………………… 61
Manual shutter speed/
aperture adjustment …………………… 62
Contents
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Playback
Playback
[1] Motion picture playback …………… 64
Playing back motion pictures
by date……………………………………… 67
Intelligent scene selection …………… 67
Repeat playback………………………… 68
Resuming the previous playback….. 68
[2] Still picture playback………………… 69
Playing back still pictures by date…. 71
Editing
[1] Deleting scenes/still pictures ……. 72
[2] Dividing a scene to delete ………… 74
[3] Protecting scenes/still pictures … 75
[4] DPOF setting……………………………. 76
[5] Formatting……………………………….. 77
With a TV
[1] Watching Video/
Pictures on your TV………………….. 78
Connecting with
a HDMI mini cable ……………………… 81
Listening in 5.1 channel sound…….. 82
Connecting with
the component cable ………………….. 82
[2] Playback using VIERA Link

(HDAVI Control

)……………………… 83
Backup
With other products
[1] Connecting a DVD burner
to copy to/play back a disc……….. 86
Preparing for copying/
playing back………………………………. 86
Copying to discs ………………………… 87
Playing back the copied disc ……….. 90
Managing the copied disc
(Formatting/Auto protect/
Displaying disc information)…………. 91
[2] Dubbing images onto other video
device ……………………………………… 92
[3] With a printer (PictBridge) ………… 93
With a PC
Before using
[1] What you can do with a PC ………. 96
End User License Agreement ……… 98
[2] Operating environment…………….. 99
Setup
[1] Installation …………………………….. 101
[2] Connection and recognition …… 103
About the PC display………………… 104
Using with a PC
[1] Starting HD Writer 2.5E…………… 105
Reading the operating instructions
of the software applications……….. 105
[2] If using Macintosh………………….. 106
Others
Indications
[1] Indications …………………………….. 108
[2] Messages……………………………….. 111
About recovery…………………………. 112
Helpful hints
[1] Functions that cannot be used
simultaneously ……………………….. 113
[2] Troubleshooting……………………… 115
Cautions for use…………………………. 124
Explanation of terms ………………….. 127
Specifications…………………………….. 129
Optional accessories………………….. 132
Accessory Order Form
(For USA Customers)……………….. 133
Request for Service Notice
(USA Only) …………………………………. 134
Limited Warranty
(For USA Customers) …………………. 135
Customer Services Directory………. 136
Warranty
(For Canadian Customers)………….. 137
Index………………………………………….. 138
Spanish Quick Use Guide/
Guía española para el
uso rápido………………………………….. 140
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Accessories
Check the accessories before using this unit.
Battery pack
VW-VBG130
AV cable
K2KC4CB00027
AC adaptor
VSK0697
Component cable
K2KZ9DB00004
AC cable
K2CA2CA00025
USB cable
K2KZ4CB00011
DC cable
K2GJYYC00001
CD-ROM
Remote control
N2QAEC000023
Button-type battery
CR2025
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Features
∫ Very clear high definition pictures
This unit can record detailed high definition images to an SD card.
A High definition images (1920k1080)
*
Number of available scan lines 1080
B Standard images (720k480)
Number of available scan lines 480
High definition images
≥ High definition images have more than approximately 2 times the number of available scan lines and
approximately 6 times
*
the number of pixels compared with standard images.
≥ The still pictures above are images for explanation purposes.
* If the recording mode is HA/HG/HX.
What is the AVCHD?
This is a format for recording and playing back highly detailed high definition images.
Images are recorded based on the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec for compressing images and audio is
recorded with the Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator.
≥ Since the recording method is different from an ordinary DVD video etc., the data is not compatible.
∫ Compatibility with other products
A B
With other products Available function Picture quality
Watching Video/
Pictures on your TV
( l 78 to 84)
Playback with the HDMI mini cable ( l 81)
jPlayback using VIERA Link

(HDAVI Control

)
( l 83)
High definition
images
Playback with the component cable [1080i] ( l 82)
Playback with the component cable [480i] ( l 82) Standard images
Playback with the AV cable ( l 78)
Using a DVD burner
( l 86 to 91)
Connecting a DVD burner to copy to/play back a
disc ( l 86)
jPlaying back the copied disc ( l 90)
High definition
images
What you can do with a
PC
( l 96 to 97)
Copying data to a PC and easy editing ( l 96)
Writing data to DVD discs and SD cards ( l 96)
Converting the motion picture data to MPEG2
( l 96)
Standard images
Creating a DVD Video disc ( l 96)
Dubbing images onto
other video device
( l 92)
Dubbing images when connecting with the AV cable
( l 92)
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Quick Guide
∫ Charging the battery
1 Connect the AC cable to the AC adaptor
and the AC outlet.
2 Insert the battery into the battery charger
by aligning the arrows.
∫ Inserting the battery
Open the LCD monitor and install
the battery by inserting it in the
direction shown in the figure.
A Insert the battery until it clicks and locks.
∫ How to turn on the power
Turn on the power by sliding the
mode switch to or while
pressing the lock release button A.
≥ Operate the mode switch while at the same
time pressing in the lock release button if
changing from OFF to another mode.
≥ Status indicator B
≥ To turn off the power, set the mode switch to
OFF.
∫ Inserting/removing an SD card
1 Set the mode switch to OFF.
2 Open the SD card cover while sliding the
SD CARD OPEN lever B.
3 Insert/remove the SD card.
≥ When inserting an SD card, face the terminal
side C in the direction shown in the illustration
and press it straight in as far as it will go.
≥ When removing the SD card, press the center
of the SD card and then pull it straight out.
4 Securely close the SD card cover.
≥ Securely close it until it clicks.
∫ Language selection
1) Press the MENU button, then select
[LANGUAGE] and press the cursor button.
2) Select [English] and press the cursor button.
Charging lamp
[CHARGE] A
Lights up:
Charging
Goes off:
Charging
completed
Card access lamp [ACCESS]
≥ When this unit is processing data, the
access lamp A lights up.
OPEN
SD CARD
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∫ Help mode
The help mode explains the operation icons
displayed when the AUTO/MANUAL/FOCUS
switch is set to AUTO in recording mode.
≥ Operate the mode switch to select .
1) Press the cursor button to display the icon.
2) Move the cursor button right to select [ ].
3) Move the cursor button up, left or right to
select the desired icon.
≥ An explanation of the selected icon scrolls at
the bottom of the screen.
≥ The indication changes each time the cursor
button is moved down.
≥ When the help mode is used, functions cannot
be set.
To exit the Help mode
Press the MENU button or select [END].
∫ Recording motion pictures
1) Operate the mode switch to select and
open the LCD monitor.
2) Press the recording start/stop button to start
recording.
∫ Recording still pictures
1) Operate the mode switch to select and
open the LCD monitor.
2) Press the button fully to take the picture.
0h00m00s 0h00m00s 0h00m00s
R1h20m R1h20m R1h20m

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∫ Motion picture playback
1) Operate the mode switch to select .
2) Select [ ] (motion picture playback) A
with the cursor button.
3) Select the scene to be played back and
press the cursor button.
4) Select the playback operation with the cursor
button.
1/;: Playback/Pause
6: Rewind playback
5: Fast forward playback
∫: Stops the playback and shows the
thumbnails.
∫ Still picture playback
1) Operate the mode switch to select .
2) Select [ ] (still picture playback) A with
the cursor button.
3) Select the still picture to be played back and
press the cursor button.
4) Select the playback operation with the cursor
button.
1/;: Slide show (playback of the still pictures
in numerical order) start/pause.
2;: Plays back the previous picture.
;1: Plays back the next picture.
∫: Stops the playback and shows the
thumbnails.
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Preparation
Recording
Playback
Backup
With a PC
Others
16 Before using
20 Setup
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Before using
1
Parts identification and
handling
1 LCD monitor open part
2 LCD monitor ( l 32)
Pull the LCD monitor out in the direction of the
arrow with your fingers.
≥ It can open up to 90o.
≥ It can rotate up to 180o A towards the lens or
90o B towards the opposite direction.
3 Optical image stabilizer button [ ,
O.I.S.] ( l 45)
4 Mode select switch [AUTO/MANUAL/
FOCUS] ( l 35, 59)
5 Reset button [RESET] ( l 118)
6 Cursor button
Use the cursor button to select the recording
functions and playback operations, and to
operate the menu screen.
1 Select by moving up, down, left, right.
2 Set by pressing the center.
≥ Menu screen operations ( l 27)
≥ To select the recording functions ( l 47, 51)
2
345 6 7 8 9
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11
19
1
13
14
15
12
16 17 18
Due to limitations in LCD production
technology, there may be some tiny bright or
dark spots on the LCD monitor screen.
However, this is not a malfunction and does
not affect the recorded picture.
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≥ To adjust manually ( l 59)
≥ Playback operations ( l 64, 69)
7 Face detection button [ ] ( l 46)
8 PRE-REC button [PRE-REC] ( l 40)
9 DC input terminal [DC IN 9.3V] ( l 23)
10 Battery holder ( l 21)
11 Battery release lever [BATTERY] ( l 21)
12 HDMI mini connector [HDMI] ( l 81, 83)
13 Disc copy button [DISC COPY] ( l 89)
14 Power LCD Extra button
[POWER LCD EXTRA] ( l 32)
15 Delete button [ ] ( l 72)
16 Audio-video output terminal [A/V] ( l 78, 92)
≥ Use the supplied AV cable only.
17 Component terminal [COMPONENT]
( l 82)
18 USB terminal [ ] ( l 86, 93, 103)
19 Menu button [MENU] ( l 27)
20 Built-in flash ( l 55)
21 Lens (LEICA DICOMAR)
22 Lens hood
Rotate the lens hood counter-clockwise A to
remove it. In order to attach it, place into slot B,
and then rotate it clockwise C.
≥ When fitting the tele conversion lens
(VW-T3714H; optional) or the wide conversion
lens (VW-W3707H; optional), first remove the
lens hood.
23 Remote control sensor ( l 19)
24 Recording lamp ( l 28)
25 Tripod receptacle
This is a hole for attaching the unit to the optional
tripod. (For details on mounting the tripod, refer
to the operating instructions for the tripod.)
A Camera base
Lens cover A
≥The lens cover opens in
recording mode.
( l 26)
20 21
22
23 24
Be careful about the following.
When 2 lens accessories, such as the ND
filter and tele conversion lens, are fitted and
the zoom lever is pressed toward the W side,
the 4 corners of an image will be darkened.
(Vignetting)
(When fitting 2 lens accessories, first remove
the lens hood and then fit them.)
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26 Mode switch ( l 26)
27 Photoshot button [ ] ( l 41)
28 Zoom lever [W/T] (In recording mode)
( l 44)
Volume lever [sVOLr] (In playback
mode) ( l 65)
29 Speaker
30 Internal microphones (5.1 channel
support)
31 Status indicator ( l 26)
32 Recording start/stop button ( l 36)
33 Card access lamp [ACCESS] ( l 25)
34 SD card open lever [SD CARD OPEN]
( l 25)
35 Card slot ( l 25)
36 SD card cover ( l 25)
37 Shoulder strap fixture
38 Grip belt
Adjust the length of the grip belt so that it fits your
hand.
1 Flip the belt.
2 Adjust the length.
3 Replace the belt.
26 27 28 29 30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37 38
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1 Photoshot button [ ]
*
2 On-screen display button [EXT DISPLAY]
( l 80)
3 Date/time button [DATE/TIME] ( l 30)
4 Playback operation buttons ( l 65)
5 Delete button [ ]
*
6 Direction buttons [3,4,2,1]
These buttons operate similar to how the cursor
button moves up/down/right/left on the unit.
7 Recording start/stop button [START/
STOP]
*
8 Zoom/volume buttons [ZOOM, VOL]
*
9 Menu button [MENU]
*
10 Enter button [ENTER]
This button operates similar to pressing the
cursor button on the unit.
* means that these buttons function in the same
manner as the corresponding buttons on the
unit.
∫ Remote control usable range
A Remote control sensor
Distance: Within approx. 5 m (16 feet)
Angle: Approx. 10o up and 15o down, left, and
right
≥ The remote control is intended for indoor
operation. Outdoors or under strong light, the
unit may not operate properly even within the
usable ranges.
Remote control
CAUTION
Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly
replaced. Replace only with the same or
equivalent type recommended by the
manufacturer. Dispose of used batteries
according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
ZOOM
START/
STOP
PHOTO
SHOT
EXT
DISPLAY
DA TE/
TIME
VOL
PLAY
STOP SKIP SKIP
MENU
ENTER
PAUSE
SEARCH
STILL ADV STILL ADV
SEARCH
1
2
3
4
6
7
8
9
10
5
Install a button-type battery (supplied)
1 While pressing
the stopper A,
pull out the
battery holder.
2 Set the button-
type battery
with its (i) mark
facing upward
and then put the
battery holder
back in place.
≥ When the button-type battery runs down,
replace it with a new battery (part number:
CR2025). The battery should normally last
about 1 year, however this depends on how
frequently the unit is used.
≥ Keep the button-type battery out of reach of
children to prevent swallowing.
Replace battery with Panasonic PART NO.
CR2025 only. Use of another battery may
present a risk of fire or explosion.
Caution: Battery may explode if mistreated.
Dispose of used battery promptly. Keep away
from children.
Do not recharge, disassemble or dispose of in
fire.
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Setup
1
Power supply
∫ About batteries that you can use with this unit
The Panasonic battery that can be used with this unit is VW-VBG130/VW-VBG260/VW-VBG6.
VW-VBG130/VW-VBG260/VW-VBG6 come with a function to check whether the battery and unit can
be safely used together.
≥ To use the VW-VBG6 for this unit, the battery pack holder kit VW-VH04 (optional) is required.
≥ Batteries made by other companies which have been certified by Panasonic may be used with this
unit, but we offer no guarantee as to the quality, performance or safety of such batteries.
≥ In order to safely use the unit, we recommend that you use genuine Panasonic batteries which have
been tested by our quality control process.
≥ We cannot accept any liability whatsoever for damages to the unit or accidents caused by non-
genuine Panasonic batteries (including those that have been certified by Panasonic).
≥ Exercise care when purchasing batteries. Many fake or imitation batteries have been found among those sold at
unusually low prices and those which customers cannot check for themselves before purchasing.
When this unit is purchased, the battery is not charged. Charge the battery before using this unit.
Important:
If the DC cable is connected to the AC adaptor, then the battery will not charge. Remove the DC
cable from the AC adaptor.
1 Connect the AC cable to the AC adaptor and the AC outlet.
2 Insert the battery into the battery charger by aligning the arrows.
≥ We recommend using Panasonic batteries ( l 10, 22, 132).
≥ If you use other batteries, we cannot guarantee the quality of this product.
≥ Do not heat or expose to flame.
≥ Do not leave the battery(ies) in an automobile exposed to direct sunlight for a long period of time with
doors and windows closed.
Charging the battery
Charging lamp [CHARGE] A
Lights up:
Charging (Battery charging time: l 22)
Goes off:
Charging completed
Flashing:
Make sure that the terminals of the battery or the
AC adaptor are not exposed to dirt, foreign
objects or dust, then reconnect them properly.
( l 125)
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Open the LCD monitor and install the battery by inserting it in the direction
shown in the figure.
Inserting/removing the battery
Removing the battery
Be sure to set the mode switch to OFF and
check that the status indicator is off before
removing the battery.
Move the BATTERY lever in the direction
indicated by the arrow and remove the
battery when unlocked.
A Insert the battery until it clicks and locks.
CAUTION
Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly
replaced. Replace only with the same or
equivalent type recommended by the
manufacturer. Dispose of used batteries
according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
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≥ Temperature: 25 oC (77 oF)/humidity: 60%
∫ Charging time
∫ Recording time
* The battery pack holder kit VW-VH04 (optional) is necessary.
≥ These times are approximations.
≥ The indicated charging time is for when the battery has been discharged completely. The charging
time may vary depending on how the battery has been used. The charging time for the battery in hot/
cold environments or a battery that has not been used for long time may be longer than normal.
≥ The actual recordable time refers to the recordable time when repeatedly starting/stopping recording,
turning the unit on/off, moving the zoom lever etc.
≥ The recordable times will vary depending on the status of use. Be aware that the operating time of the
battery will become shorter in low temperatures. We recommend charging a spare battery for use
when recording.
≥ The batteries heat up after use or charging. This is not a malfunction.
≥ It is not necessary to consume the battery completely. The battery can be recharged even if some
capacity remains.
Charging and recording time
Battery model number Voltage/capacity Charging time
Supplied battery/
VW-VBG130 (optional)
7.2 V/1320 mAh 2 h 35 min
VW-VBG260 (optional) 7.2 V/2640 mAh 4 h 40 min
VW-VBG6 (optional)
*
7.2 V/5800 mAh 9 h 25 min
Battery model number
Voltage/
capacity
Maximum
continuously
recordable time
Actual recordable
time
Supplied battery/
VW-VBG130 (optional)
7.2 V/1320 mAh 1 h 45 min 1 h 5 min
VW-VBG260 (optional) 7.2 V/2640 mAh 3 h 20 min 2 h
VW-VBG6 (optional)
*
7.2 V/5800 mAh 8 h 10 min 5 h 5 min
Battery capacity indication
≥ The display changes as the battery capacity reduces. # ### .
If there is less than 3 minutes remaining, then will become red. If the battery discharges,
then ( ) will flash.
≥ The remaining battery capacity is displayed in minutes when using the Panasonic battery that you
can use for this unit. It may take time to display the remaining battery capacity. The actual time can
vary depending on your actual use.
≥ The maximum amount of remaining battery capacity able to be indicated is 999 minutes. If the
actual remaining time exceeds 999 minutes, the indication will stay green and will not change until
the remaining time falls below 999 minutes.
≥ When switching modes, the time indication will turn off momentarily in order to recalculate the
remaining battery capacity time.
≥ When using the AC adaptor or batteries made by other companies, the remaining battery capacity
will not be shown.
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Important:
While the DC cable is connected to the AC adaptor, the battery will not charge.
≥ Do not use the AC cable with any other equipment as it is designed only for this unit. Do not
use the AC cable from other equipment with this unit.
1 Connect the AC cable to the AC adaptor and the AC outlet.
2 Connect the DC cable to the AC adaptor.
3 Connect the DC cable to the DC input terminal [DC IN 9.3V].
Connecting to the AC outlet
A DC output terminal
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Setup
2
Preparation of SD cards
* The SD Speed Class Rating is the speed standard for successive writes.
≥ 4 GB or more Memory Cards that do not have
the SDHC logo are not based on SD Memory
Card Specifications.
≥ When the write-protect
switch A on SD card is
locked, no recording,
deletion or editing will be
possible on the card.
≥ Keep the Memory Card out of reach of children
to prevent swallowing.
This unit (an SDHC compatible device) is compatible with both SD Memory Cards and SDHC
Memory Cards. You cannot use SDHC Memory Cards on devices that are only compatible with SD
Memory Cards. When using an SDHC Memory Card on another device, confirm that the device
supports the SDHC Memory Card.
Cards that you can use with this unit
Card type Capacity Motion picture recording
We recommend using SD cards conforming to
Class 4 or higher of the SD Speed Class Rating
*
or
the following SD cards made by Panasonic for
motion picture recording.
Still picture
recording
SD Memory
Card
8MB
16 MB
Cannot be used. Can be
used.
32 MB
64 MB
128 MB
256 MB
512 MB
Cannot be guaranteed in operation.
The recording may suddenly stop during motion
picture recording depending on the SD card you
use. ( l 37)
1 GB RP-SDV01G
2 GB RP-SDV02G, RP-SDM02G
SDHC
Memory
Card
4 GB RP-SDV04G, RP-SDM04G
8 GB RP-SDV08G
16 GB RP-SDV16G
Use this unit to format SD cards. ( l 77)
Do not format an SD card using any other
equipment such as a PC. The card may not
be used on this unit.
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Caution:
If the SD card is inserted or removed while the power is on, this unit may malfunction or the data
recorded on the SD card may be lost.
1 Set the mode switch to OFF.
( l 26)
≥ Check that the status indicator has gone off.
2 Open the SD card cover while
sliding the SD CARD OPEN lever
B.
3 Insert/remove the SD card.
≥ Face the terminal side C in the direction
shown in the illustration and press it straight in
as far as it will go.
≥ Press the center of the SD card and then pull it
straight out.
4 Securely close the SD card cover.
≥ Securely close it until it clicks.
≥ Do not touch the terminals on the back of the SD card.
≥ Electrical noise, static electricity or the failure of this unit or the SD card may damage or erase the
data stored on the SD card. We recommend saving the important data recorded on this unit to a PC,
DVD disc etc. ( l 86, 96)
≥ When the card access lamp is lit, do not:
jRemove the SD card
jOperate the mode switch
jTurn the unit off
jInsert and remove the USB cable
jExpose the unit to vibrations or shock
≥ Performing the above while the lamp is on may result in damage to data/SD card or this unit.
Inserting/removing an SD card
Card access lamp [ACCESS]
≥ When this unit is processing data, the
access lamp A lights up.
First, format the SD card if one which has been used on another device is going to be used for the
first time on this unit. ( l 77) When the SD card is formatted, all of the recorded data is deleted.
Once the data is deleted, it cannot be restored. Copy valuable data onto a PC, DVD disc etc. before
proceeding with the formatting. ( l 86, 96)
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Setup
3
Selecting a mode
(Turning the unit on/off)
Operate the mode switch to recording, playback or power OFF.
Turn on the power by sliding the mode switch to or while pressing
the lock release button A.
The status indicator lights and the power turns on.
≥ When the unit is turned on for the first time, a message asking you to set the date and time will
appear. Select [YES] and set the date and time. ( l 30)
To turn off the power
Set the mode switch to OFF.
The status indicator goes off and the power turns off.
When the mode switch is set to , the power turns on when the LCD monitor opens and turns off
when the LCD monitor closes.
∫ To turn on the power
The status indicator A lights.
∫ To turn off the power
The status indicator A goes off.
Recording mode ( l 36, 41)
Playback mode ( l 64, 69)
OFF
Turning the power on and off with the LCD monitor
≥ Operate the mode switch while at the same
time pressing in the lock release button if
changing from OFF to another mode.
≥ Status indicator B
Set the mode switch to OFF when this unit is not being used.
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Setup
4
Using the menu screen
Operate the displayed menu screens with the cursor button.
1 Press the MENU button.
≥ The menu displayed differs depending on the
position of the mode switch.
2 Select the top menu A and move
the cursor button right or press
the cursor button.
3 Select the submenu item B and
move the cursor button right or
press the cursor button.
C Current settings on menus
4 Select the desired setting and
press the cursor button to enter
the selection.
≥ Move the cursor button left to return to the
previous screen. You can set other items
continuously.
5 Press the MENU button to exit
the menu screen.
≥ The menu screen does not appear during
recording or playing. You cannot start other
operations while the menu screen is displayed.
MENU
MENU
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You can select the language on the screen display and the menu screen.
1 Press the MENU button, then select [LANGUAGE] and press the cursor
button.
2 Select [English] and press the cursor button.
Recording mode
∫ [BASIC]
[SCENE MODE] ( l 59)
[D.ZOOM] ( l 44)
[GUIDE LINES] ( l 51)
[CLOCK SET] ( l 30)
[SET WORLD TIME] ( l 31)
∫ [VIDEO]
[REC MODE] ( l 38)
[24pDIGITAL CINEMA] ( l 51)
[FADE COLOR] ( l 48)
[WIND CUT] ( l 52)
[MIC SETUP] ( l 52)
[MIC LEVEL] ( l 53)
[AGS] ( l 35)
∫ [PICTURE]
[PICT.QUALITY] ( l 43)
[HI-SPEED BURST] ( l 54)
[FLASH] ( l 55)
[FLASH LEVEL] ( l 55)
[RED EYE] ( l 55)
[SHTR SOUND] ( l 56)
∫ [ADVANCED]
[REC LAMP]
[ZEBRA] ( l 56)
[COLOR BAR] ( l 56)
[MF ASSIST] ( l 60)
[AUTO SLOW SHTR] ( l 57)
[SHOOTING GUIDE] ( l 40)
[Digital Cinema Color] ( l 57)
∫ [SETUP]
[FORMAT CARD] ( l 77)
[DISPLAY]
[DATE/TIME] ( l 30)
[DATE FORMAT] ( l 30)
[POWER SAVE]
[QUICK START] ( l 39)
Language selection
Menu list
The recording lamp lights up during recording
and flashes when the unit receives a signal
from the remote control or when the self-timer
is counting down. When this is set to [OFF], it
does not light during recording.
The screen indications are selected as shown
in the illustration below.
[OFF] [ON]
[OFF]:
The power saving function is not activated.
[5 MINUTES]:
When about 5 minutes have passed without
any operation, this unit automatically turns off
to save battery life.
≥ When using the AC adaptor, connecting the
unit to a PC, printer or DVD burner or PRE-
REC is used, the power saving function will
not activate.
DEC 15 2008
1 +
DEC 15 2008
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[BEEP SOUND]
[LCD SET] ( l 32)
[COMPONENT OUT] ( l 82)
[HDMI RESOLUTION] ( l 81)
[VIERA Link] ( l 83)
[TV ASPECT] ( l 80)
[INITIAL SET]
[DEMO MODE]
∫ [LANGUAGE] ( l 28)
Playback mode
([] motion picture playback)
∫ [VIDEO SETUP]
[REPEAT PLAY] ( l 68)
[RESUME PLAY] ( l 68)
[SCENE PROTECT] ( l 75)
*1
[GUIDE LINES] ( l 51)
∫ [EDIT SCENE]
*1
[DIVIDE] ( l 74)
[DELETE] ( l 73)
∫ [DISC SETUP]
*2
[FORMAT DISC] ( l 91)
[AUTO PROTECT] ( l 91)
[INFORMATION] ( l 91)
≥ For any other menus that are not described
above, refer to menus with the same names for
the recording mode.
([] still picture playback)
∫ [PICT. SETUP]
*1
[SCENE PROTECT] ( l 75)
[DPOF SET] ( l 76)
[DELETE] ( l 73)
∫ [SETUP]
[FORMAT DISC] ( l 91)
*2
≥ For any other menus that are not described
above, refer to menus with the same names for
the recording mode and motion picture
playback.
*1 When the disc playback tab [ ] is
selected while a DVD burner (optional) is
connected, or when [INTEL. SCENE] ( l 67)
is selected, this does not appear.
*2 Only when the disc playback tab [ ] is
selected while a DVD burner (optional) is
connected, this appears.
This allows operations such as starting and
ending recording to be signaled by a beep.
1 Beep
When you start recording
When you turn on the power
When this unit is recognized by the PC or the
printer, etc.
2 Beeps
When you pause recording
When you turn off the power
2 Beeps for 4 times
When an error occurs. Check the sentence
displayed on the screen. ( l 111)
Set to [YES] for changing the menu settings
back to the default condition.
(The language setting cannot be changed
back to the default condition.)
This item is used to start the unit
demonstration.
(Only when the mode switch is at the
position)
If [DEMO MODE] is switched [ON] when there
is no SD card inserted, the demonstration
automatically starts. If any operation takes
place, the demonstration is canceled.
However if no operations take place for
approx. 10 minutes, the demonstration
automatically starts again. To stop the
demonstration, set [DEMO MODE] to [OFF] or
insert an SD card.
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Setup
5
Setting date and time
When the unit is turned on for the first time, a message asking you to set the date and time will appear.
Select [YES] and perform steps 2 to 4 below to set the date and time.
¬Operate the mode switch to select
.
1 Select the menu. ( l 27)
2 Select the date or time to be set,
then set the desired value with
the cursor button.
≥ The year will change as follows:
2000, 2001, …, 2039, 2000, …
≥ The 12-hour system is used to display the time.
≥ [ ] appears on the right top of the screen
when [SET WORLD TIME] ( l 31) is set to
[HOME], while [ ] appears when it is set to
[DESTINATION].
3 Press the cursor button to enter
the selection.
≥ The clock function starts at [00] seconds when
the cursor button is pressed.
4 Press the MENU button to finish
the setting.
≥ Check the date and time displayed.
Changing the date and time display mode
Select the menu. ( l 27)
[SETUP] # [DATE/TIME] # desired display
style
≥ You can also show or change the date and
time display by repeatedly pressing the DATE/
TIME button on the remote control.
Changing the date format
Select the menu. ( l 27)
[SETUP] # [DATE FORMAT] # desired
display style
≥ To set daylight saving time, select the daylight
saving time in [HOME] for [SET WORLD TIME]
after setting the clock.
≥ The date and time function is driven by a built-
in lithium battery.
≥ If the time display becomes [- -], the built-in
lithium battery needs to be charged. Use the
following steps to charge the battery.
To recharge the built-in lithium battery
≥ Connect the AC adaptor or attach the battery
to this unit, and the built-in lithium battery will
be recharged. Leave the unit as it is for approx.
24 hours and the battery will maintain the date
and time for approx. 6 months. (The battery is
still being recharged even if the mode switch is
set to OFF.)
[BASIC] # [CLOCK SET] # [YES]
[DATE] [D/T]
[OFF]
Display style Screen display
[Y/M/D] 2008. 12. 15
[M/D/Y] DEC 15 2008
[D/M/Y] 15. 12. 2008
DEC 15 2008 3:30PM DEC 15 2008
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It is possible to display and record the time at the travel destination by selecting your home region and
the travel destination.
1 Select the menu. ( l 27)
≥ If the clock is not set, adjust the clock to the
current time. ( l 30)
≥ When the [HOME] (your home region) is not
set, such as the time for the initial settings, the
message appears. Press the cursor button to
move to Step 3.
2 (Only when setting your home region)
Select [HOME] with the cursor
button.
3 (Only when setting your home region)
Select your home region and
enter the selection with the
cursor button.
≥ The current time appears on the left top of the
screen. The time difference from GMT
(Greenwich Mean Time) appears on the left
bottom of the screen.
≥ If your home region season is summer, move
the cursor button up. [ ] appears and the
summer time setting is turned on; the clock is
set forward by one hour. Move the cursor
button up again to return to the normal time
setting.
4 (Only when setting the region of your travel
destination)
Select [DESTINATION] and press
the cursor button.
≥ When the home region is set for the first time,
the screen for selecting travel destination
appears after setting the home region
successively. If the home region has already
been set once, execute the menu operation for
Step 1.
5 (Only when setting the region of your travel
destination)
Select your travel destination
and enter the selection with the
cursor button.
≥ The local time at the selected travel destination
appears on the right top of the screen. The
time difference between the travel destination
and the home region appears on the left
bottom of the screen.
≥ If the travel destination season is summer,
move the cursor button up. [ ] appears
and the summer time setting is turned on; the
clock is set forward by one hour. Move the
cursor button up again to return to the normal
time setting.
≥ Close the setting by pressing the MENU
button. [ ] appears and the time of the
travel destination is indicated.
To return the display to the home setting
Set the home region using Step 1 to 3, and close
the setting by pressing the MENU button.
≥ If you cannot find your travel destination in the
area shown on the screen, set it by using the
time difference from your home region.
World time setting (Displaying the time of the travel
destination)
[BASIC] # [SET WORLD TIME] # [YES]
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Setup
6
Adjusting LCD monitor
≥ These settings will not affect the images actually recorded.
1 Select the menu. ( l 27)
2 Select the item with the cursor
button.
[BRIGHTNESS]:
Brightness of the LCD monitor
[COLOR]:
Color level of the LCD monitor
3 Press the cursor button to make
the adjustment.
≥ After adjustments are made if no operations
are performed for about 2 seconds, the bar will
disappear.
≥ Press the MENU button to exit the menu
screen.
¬Operate the mode switch to select
.
Rotate the LCD monitor towards the
lens side.
≥ The image is
horizontally flipped as if
you see a mirror image.
(However the image
recorded is the same
as a normal recording.)
≥ Only some indications will appear on the
screen. When [ °] appears, return the
direction of the LCD monitor to normal position
and check the warning/alarm indication.
( l 111)
Increasing the brightness of the LCD monitor
POWER LCD EXTRA button
Each time the POWER LCD EXTRA button
is pressed, the indication changes by one
setting in the following order: [ ] >
[] > setting canceled (standard)
≥ If you use the AC adaptor, the [ ]
indication appears and the screen
becomes brighter automatically when the
power is turned on.
1 +
2 +
1 +
Adjusting the brightness
and the color level of the
LCD monitor
[SETUP] # [LCD SET] # [YES]
Recording Yourself
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Preparation
Recording
Playback
Backup
With a PC
Others
34 Recording (Basic)
47 Recording (Advanced)
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Recording
(Basic)
1
Before recording
∫ Basic camera positioning
≥ When you are outdoors, record pictures with the sunlight behind you. If the subject is backlit, it will
become dark in the recording.
≥ When recording, make sure your footing is stable and there is no danger of colliding with another
person or object.
1 Hold the unit with both hands.
2 Put your hand through the grip belt.
3 Do not cover the microphones A.
4 Keep your arms near your body.
5 Separate your legs for better balance.
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If the unit continues to be tilted upside down from
the normal horizontal position while recording
motion pictures, it is automatically put into
recording pause.
¬Operate the mode switch to select
.
Select the menu. ( l 27)
≥ The AGS function may activate and cause the
unit to pause the recording if you are recording
a subject right above or right below you. In
these cases, set [AGS] to [OFF] then continue
the recording.
≥ Use the recording start/stop button to pause
the recording.
About auto mode
Color balance (white balance) and focusing
are adjusted automatically.
Depending on the brightness of the subject
etc., the aperture and shutter speed are
automatically adjusted for an optimum
brightness.
(The shutter speed is adjusted to a maximum
of 1/250 in recording mode.)
jAutomatic white balance ( l 127)
jAuto focus ( l 127)
≥ Color balance and focus may not be
adjusted automatically depending on light
sources or scenes. If so, manually adjust
these settings. ( l 59)
Auto Ground-Directional
Standby (AGS)
[VIDEO] # [AGS] # [ON]
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Recording
(Basic)
2
Recording motion pictures
This unit records high definition images that are compatible with the AVCHD format on an SD card.
Sound is recorded with the Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator.
Use an SD card that can be used for motion picture recording. ( l 24)
≥ Operate the mode switch while at the same time pressing in the lock release button A if changing
from OFF to another mode.
1 Operate the mode switch to
select and open the LCD
monitor.
≥ It is impossible to start recording when closing
the LCD monitor.
2 Press the recording start/stop
button to start recording.
≥ While recording is in progress, the recording
will not stop even if the LCD monitor is closed.
3 Press the recording start/stop
button again to pause recording.
≥ [¥] and [;] are red during recording. Do not
move this unit until [;] is green.
≥ The images recorded between pressing the recording start/stop button to start recording and
pressing it again to pause recording become one scene.
VIDEO
0h00m00s 0h00m00s 0h00m00s
R1h20m R1h20m R1h20m
About the compatibility of the
recorded motion pictures
≥ They are not compatible with devices other
than those that support AVCHD. Images
cannot be played with equipment that does
not support AVCHD (ordinary DVD
recorders). Confirm that your equipment
supports AVCHD by referring to the
operating instructions.
≥ There are some cases where the recorded
motion pictures cannot be played back,
even if the device supports AVCHD. In such
cases, play the recorded motion picture with
this unit instead.
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≥ When about 5 minutes have passed without any operation in recording pause, the unit automatically
turns off to prevent the battery from running down. When you want to use the unit, turn it on again.
This power save feature can also be set to [OFF]. ([POWER SAVE]: l 28)
≥ (The maximum number of recordable pictures on a single SD card)
Maximum number of recordable scenes: 3998
Maximum number of recordable scenes with different dates: 200 ( l 67)
When either of them reaches to the maximum limit, more scenes cannot be recorded.
≥ When recording motion pictures, do not remove the battery or disconnect the AC adaptor. Also, do
not remove the SD card while the card access lamp lights up. If you do either of the above, the
recovery operation will begin when the SD card is next inserted or the power is turned back on.
( l 112)
∫ Screen indications in the
recording mode
A Recording mode
B Remaining time left for recording
(When the remaining time is less than
1 minute, [R0h00m] flashes red.)
C Recording time elapsed
Each time the unit is put into recording
pause, the counter display will be reset to
“0h00m00s”.
0h00m00s 0h00m00s 0h00m00s
R1h20m R1h20m R1h20m
When motion picture recording stops suddenly
For some SD cards, the message appears suddenly, and recording
stops.
Use a Panasonic SD card or another SD card which can be used to
record motion pictures. ( l 24)
When the unit stops while a usable SD card for recording motion
pictures ( l 24) is used, the data writing rate has deteriorated.
We recommend formatting the SD card being used. ( l 77) When an
SD card is formatted, all the data recorded on it will be deleted so copy
valuable data to the PC prior to formatting. ( l 96)
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Switch the picture quality of the motion pictures to be recorded.
Select the menu. ( l 27)
*1 (1920k1080): Motion pictures can be recorded with the highest picture quality.
*
*2 (1920k1080): Motion pictures can be recorded with high picture quality.
*3 (1920k1080): Motion pictures can be recorded with normal picture quality.
*4 (1440k1080): Motion pictures can be recorded for a longer time.
* This means the highest quality for this unit.
≥ The recording is in high definition picture quality no matter what recording mode is used to
record.
≥ This unit records in VBR (Variable Bit Rate). VBR recording automatically varies the bit rate (amount
of data in a fixed time) depending on the subject being recorded. This means if a recording with a lot
movements is recorded, the recording time is reduced.
≥ Recordable time using the battery ( l 22)
≥ Mosaic-pattern noise may appe

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