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PUB. DIM-843 Digital Video Camcorder Instruction Manual Caméscope numérique Manuel d'instruction Y P O C Videocámara digital Manual de Instrucciones English Français Español Mini Digital Video Cassette NTSC Cleaning the Video Heads Introduction Digital video camcorders record video signals onto the tape in very thin lines (as thin as 1/8 the width of a hair). The following anomalies may appear if the video heads become dirty even a little. • Mosaic or other blocky video artifacts (Fig. 1) or banding (Fig. 2) appear on the picture during playback. • Sound becomes distorted, or there is no sound during playback. • The message “HEADS DIRTY, USE CLEANING CASSETTE” appears. Fig. 1 If such symptoms appear, clean the video heads with the Canon DVM-CL Digital Video Head Cleaning Cassette* or a commercially available dry cleaning cassette. If the symptoms reappear shortly after the cleaning, the videocassette may be defective. Stop using it. Fig. 2 Y P O C * Availability differs from area to area. Video heads may become dirty under the following conditions: • When using the camcorder in humid or hot places. • When using cassettes with damaged or dirty tapes. • When using the camcorder in dusty places. • When using the video heads for a long time without cleaning them. NOTES • Before you make important recordings, clean the video heads and make a test recording first. We also recommend cleaning the video heads after use, before storing the camcorder. • Do not use wet type cleaning cassettes as this may damage the camcorder. • Even after cleaning the video heads you may not be able to play back correctly tapes that were recorded with dirty video heads. 2 Important Usage Instructions WARNING! TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS APPARATUS TO RAIN OR MOISTURE. For Canada only: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS PRODUCT TO DRIPPING OR SPLASHING. Y P O C WARNING! TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK AND TO REDUCE ANNOYING INTERFERENCE, USE THE RECOMMENDED ACCESSORIES ONLY. COPYRIGHT WARNING: Unauthorized recording of copyrighted materials may infringe on the rights of copyright owners and be contrary to copyright laws. Digital Video Camcorder, ZR930/ZR900 A systems This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and use in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures: • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna. • Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver. • Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected. • Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help. Use of shielded cable is required to comply with class B limits in Subpart B of Part 15 of FCC Rules. Do not make any changes or modifications to the equipment unless otherwise specified in the manual. If such changes or modifications should be made, you could be required to stop operation of the equipment. Canon U.S.A. Inc. One Canon Plaza, Lake Success, NY 11042, U.S.A. Tel No. (516)328-5600 Important Warning CAUTION RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK DO NOT OPEN CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK). NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL. The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, within an equilateral triangle, is intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated “dangerous voltage” within the product’s enclosure, that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons. The exclamation point, within an equilateral triangle, is intended to alert the user to the presence of important operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in the literature accompanying the product. 3 IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS In these safety instructions the word “apparatus” or “product” refers to the Canon Digital Video Camcorder ZR930/ZR900 A and all its accessories. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 4 Read Instructions — All the safety and operating instructions should be read before the product is operated. Retain Instructions — The safety and operating instructions should be retained for future reference. Heed Warnings — All warnings on the product and in the operating instructions should be adhered to. Follow Instructions — All operating and maintenance instructions should be followed. Cleaning — Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners. The product should be cleaned only as recommended in this manual. Accessories — Do not use accessories not recommended in this manual as they may be hazardous. Avoid magnetic or electric fields — Do not use the camera close to TV transmitters, portable communication devices or other sources of electric or magnetic radiation. They may cause picture interference, or permanently damage the camera. Water and Moisture — Hazard of electric shock — Do not use this product near water or in rainy/moist situations. Placing or Moving — Do not place on an unstable cart, stand, tripod, bracket or table. The product may fall, causing serious injury to a child or adult, and serious damage to the product. A product and cart combination should be moved with care. Quick stops, excessive force, and uneven surfaces may cause the product and cart combination to overturn. 10 Power Sources — The CA-590 Compact Power Adapter should be operated only from the type of power source indicated on the marking label. If you are not sure of the type of power supply to your home, consult your product dealer or local power company. Regarding other power sources such as battery power, refer to instructions in this manual. Power Cord Protection — Power cords should be routed so that they are not likely to be walked on or pinched by items placed upon or against them. Pay particular attention to plugs and the point from which the cords exit the product. Outdoor Antenna Grounding — If an outside antenna is connected to the product, be sure the antenna is grounded so as to provide some protection against voltage surges and built-up static charges. Section 810 of the National Electrical Code, ANSI / NFPA No. 70—1984, provides information with respect to proper grounding of the mast and supporting structure, grounding of the lead-in wire to an antenna discharge unit, size of grounding conductors, location of antenna discharge unit, connection to grounding electrodes, and requirements for the grounding electrode. See figure 1. Y P O C 11 12 Fig. 1 EXAMPLE OF ANTENNA GROUNDING AS PER NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE ANTENNA LEAD IN WIRE GROUND CLAMP ELECTRIC SERVICE EQUIPMENT NEC - NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE ANTENNA DISCHARGE UNIT (NEC SECTION 810-20) GROUNDING CONDUCTORS (NEC SECTION 810-21) GROUND CLAMPS POWER SERVICE GROUNDING ELECTRODE SYSTEM (NEC ART 250. PART H) 13 Lightning — For added protection of this product during a lightning storm, or when it is left unattended and unused for long periods of time, disconnect it from the wall outlet and disconnect the antenna. This will prevent damage to the product due to lightning and power-line surges. 14 Overloading — Do not overload wall outlets and extension cords as this can result in a risk of fire or electric shock. 15 Objects and Liquid Entry — Never push objects of any kind into this product through openings as they may touch dangerous voltage points or short out parts that could result in a fire or electric shock. Be careful not to spill liquid of any kind onto the product. d. If the product does not operate normally even if you follow the operating instructions. Adjust only those controls that are covered by the operation instructions. Improper adjustment of other controls may result in damage and will often require extensive work by a qualified technician to restore the product to its normal operation. e. If the product has been dropped or the cabinet has been damaged. f. When the product exhibits a distinct change in performance. This indicates a need for service. Y P O C 16 Servicing — Do not attempt to service this product yourself as opening or removing covers may expose you to dangerous voltage or other hazards. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. 17 Damage Requiring Service — Disconnect this product from the wall outlet and all power sources including battery, and refer servicing to qualified service personnel under the following conditions: a. When the power-supply cord or plug is damaged. b. If any liquid has been spilled onto, or objects have fallen into, the product. c. If the product has been exposed to rain or water. 18 Replacement Parts — When replacement parts are required, be sure the service technician has used replacement parts that are specified by Canon or that have the same characteristics as the original part. Unauthorized substitutions may result in fire, electric shock or other hazards. 19 Safety Check — Upon completion of any service or repairs to this product, ask the service technician to perform safety checks to determine that the product is in safe operating order. When replacement of the power supply is required, please return it to the responsible nearest Canon Service Center and please replace it with the same type number CA-590. The adapter can be used with a power supply between 100 and 240 V AC. For areas where 120 V AC power is not used, you will need a special plug adapter. Contact your nearest Canon Service Center for further information. The adapter is not intended to be serviced. Should the product cease to function in its intended manner, it should be returned to the manufacturer or be discarded. This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003. The Mains plug is used as the disconnect device. The Mains plug shall remain readily operable to disconnect the plug in case of an accident. 5 Table of contents Introduction ______________________________ Y P O C 10 11 11 12 15 About this Manual Getting to Know the Camcorder Supplied Accessories Components Guide Screen Displays Preparations _____________________________ 17 17 19 19 21 21 21 22 24 24 24 25 25 25 27 6 Getting Started Charging the Battery Pack Installing the Backup Battery Preparing the Wireless Controller ( and Accessories only) Basic Operation of the Camcorder Operating Modes Joystick and Joystick Guide Using the Menus First Time Settings Changing the Language Changing the Time Zone Setting the Date and Time Getting Ready to Start Recording Opening the Lens Cover and Adjusting the LCD Screen Inserting and Removing a Tape Table of contents Video ____________________________________ Y P O C 28 28 30 32 33 33 33 35 35 36 36 37 37 39 40 40 41 42 43 44 44 45 46 Basic Recording Shooting Video Zooming: Optical, Advanced and Digital Zoom Quick Start Function Reviewing the Last Scene Recorded Basic Playback Playing Back Video Returning to a Pre-marked Position Locating the Beginning of a Recording Date Locating the End of the Last Scene On-Screen Displays (Data Code) Advanced Function : Special Scene Recording Programs Flexible Recording: Changing the Shutter Speed LCD Video Light Self Timer Audio Recording Mode Audio Playback Modes Manual Focus Adjustment Manual Exposure Adjustment White Balance Image Effects Digital Effects 7 External Connections _______________________ Y P O C 48 49 50 50 51 53 8 Connecting to a TV or VCR Connection Diagrams Playback on a TV Screen Copying your Recordings to an External Video Recorder Digital Video Dubbing Audio Dubbing 54 Connecting to a Computer 54 55 PC Connection Diagram Transferring Video Recordings Table of contents Additional Information ______________________ Y P O C 56 56 57 57 58 58 59 60 61 62 62 64 66 66 68 70 Appendix: Menu Options Lists FUNC. Menu Setup Menus Camera Setup (Advanced Zoom, Image Stabilizer, etc.) VCR Setup (Recording Mode, TV Type, etc.) Audio Setup (Audio Mode, Wind Screen, etc.) Display Setup (LCD Brightness, Language, etc.) System Setup (Beep, Power Save, etc.) Date/Time Setup Trouble? Troubleshooting List of Messages Do’s and Don’ts Handling Precautions Maintenance/Others Using the Camcorder Abroad 71 General Information 71 72 75 76 79 System Diagram Optional Accessories Product Codes Specifications Index 9 Introduction About this Manual Thank you for purchasing the Canon ZR930/ZR900. Please read this manual carefully before you use the camcorder and retain it for future reference. Should your camcorder fail to operate correctly, refer to Troubleshooting ( 62). Conventions Used in this Manual • • • • • • • Y P O C IMPORTANT: Precautions related to the camcorder’s operation. NOTES: Additional topics that complement the basic operating procedures. POINTS TO CHECK: Restrictions or requirements regarding the function described. : Reference page number. : Text that applies only to the model(s) shown in the icon. “Screen” refers to the LCD and the viewfinder screen. The photos included in the manual are simulated pictures taken with a still camera. Note that unless indicated otherwise, illustrations in this manual refer to the model. Setting the Date and Time Buttons and switches to be operated FUNC. ( Brackets [ ] and capital letters are used to refer to menu options as they are displayed on screen. In tables in this manual the default value is shown in boldface. For example [ON], [OFF]. 30) 1 Open the date and time setup screen. FUNC. [ MENU] [ DATE/TIME SETUP] [DATE/TIME] Blinking arrows will be displayed around the first field of the date. 2 Change each field of the date and time with the joystick ( ) and move ( ) to the next field. Names of buttons and switches other than the joystick are indicated within a “button” frame. For example FUNC. . 10 3 Press ( ) to start the clock. 4 Press FUNC. to close the menu. NOTES You can also change the date format ( 93). Getting to Know the Camcorder Supplied Accessories CA-590 Compact Power Adapter BP-2L5 Battery Pack Y P O C Lithium Button Battery (CR1616) STV-250N Stereo Video Cable WL-D85 Wireless Controller Lithium Button Battery (CR2025) for Wireless Controller Online product registration for U.S.A. Customers only. Register your product online at www.registercanon.com 9 Protect your product We will keep the model number and date of purchase of your new Canon product on file to help you refer to this information in the event of an insurance claim such as loss or theft. 9 Receive information on new products and promotions Upon your request, we will send you information on Canon new products and promotions. The serial number of this product can be found at the battery attachment unit of the camcorder. Write down the number and other information here and retain this book as a permanent record of your purchase to aid identification in case of theft. Date of Purchase: Model Name: ZR930/ZR900 A Purchased From: Serial No.: Dealer Address: Dealer Phone No.: 11 Introduction Components Guide Left side view Lens cover switch ( 28) ( open, closed) DV terminal ( 49, 54) MIC (microphone) terminal ( AV terminal ( 49) CHARGE indicator ( 17) Speaker Mode switch ( 29) Easy recording Recording programs Grip belt ( 20) Strap mount ( 74) Lock button switch ( 21) Stereo microphone 41) Y P O C Right side view Front view 12 Names of buttons and switches other than the joystick are indicated within a “button” frame (for example FUNC. ). Back view Top view Joystick ( 21) FUNC. button ( 22, 56) D.EFFECTS button ( 46) Remote sensor ( 20) Viewfinder ( 30) Dioptric adjustment lever ( 30) QUICK START button ( 32) Start/Stop button ( 28) DC IN terminal ( 17) Backup battery compartment ( 19) Serial number/ Battery attachment unit ( 17) LCD screen ( 25) Cassette compartment ( 27) Cassette compartment cover ( 27) Zoom lever ( 30) OPEN/EJECT switch ( 27) Tripod socket ( 20) BATT. (battery release) switch ( 17) Y P O C Names of buttons and switches other than the joystick are indicated within a “button” frame (for example FUNC. ). Bottom view 13 Introduction Wireless Controller WL-D85 START/ STOP PHOTO START/STOP button ( 28) CARD –/+ buttons* DATE SEARCH / buttons ( REW button ( 33) button ( 33) PAUSE button ( 33) SLOW button ( 33) AUDIO DUB. button ( 53) ZERO SET MEMORY button ( 35) PHOTO button* Zoom buttons ( 30) PLAY button ( 33) FF button ( 33) STOP button ( 33) button ( 33) button ( 33) TV SCREEN button ( 59) ZOOM Y P O C CARD DATE SEARCH REW PLAY FF STOP PAUSE SLOW ZERO SET AUDIO DUB. MEMORY TV SCREEN WIRELESS CONTROLLER WL-D85 * 14 35) Still images cannot be recorded or played back using this model. Please disregard these buttons. Screen Displays Recording Movies Zoom ( 30), Exposure ( Recording program ( 37) White balance ( 44) Image effect ( 45) LCD video light ( 40) Digital effects ( 46) Condensation warning ( 69) Shutter speed ( 39) Self timer ( 40) Exposure adjustment ( 44) Manual focus ( 43) Image stabilizer ( 57) Recording mode ( 58) Tape operation ( 16) Time code (hours : minutes : seconds) Remaining tape ( 16) Remaining battery charge ( 16) Wind screen off ( 59) Audio recording mode ( 41) Remote sensor off ( 60) Backup battery warning ( 19) Level marker ( 60) Recording reminder ( 16) Operating mode ( 21) Audio playback mode ( 42) Speaker volume ( 34) Search function display END SEARCH ( 36)/ DATE SEARCH ( 35) 44) Y P O C Playing Movies Playback time (hours : minutes : seconds : frames) Joystick guide ( 21) Data code ( 36) 15 Introduction Tape operation Note that some playback and search modes are only available when using the wireless controller (not included with all models). Record, Record pause, Stop, Eject, Fast forward, Rewind, Playback, Playback pause, Reverse playback pause, x1 Playback (normal speed), x1 Reverse playback (normal speed), x2 Playback (double speed), x2 Reverse playback (double speed), Fast forward playback, Rewind playback, Slow playback, Slow reverse playback, Frame advance, Frame reverse, / Date search ( 35), / Zero set memory ( 35) Remaining battery charge • When starts flashing in red replace the battery pack with a fully charged one. • When you attach an empty battery pack, the power may turn off without displaying the icon. • Depending on the conditions under which the camcorder and the battery pack are used, the actual battery charge may not be indicated accurately. Y P O C Remaining tape Indicates the remaining time of the tape in minutes. moves during recording. When the tape reaches its end, the display changes to “ END”. • When the time left is less than 15 seconds, the remaining tape time may not appear. • Depending on the type of tape, the remaining time displayed may not be correct. In any case, you will be able to record on the tape the number of minutes that appears on the cassette’s label (for example, 85 minutes). 16 Recording reminder The camcorder counts from 1 to 10 seconds when you start recording. This is helpful to avoid scenes that are too short. Preparations This chapter describes basic operations, such as navigating the menus, and first time settings to help you learn more about your camcorder. Getting Started Getting Started 1 Turn off the camcorder. 2 Attach the battery pack to the Y P O C Charging the Battery Pack camcorder. Press the battery pack lightly and slide it up until it clicks. CHARGE indicator The camcorder can be powered with a battery pack or directly using the compact power adapter. Charge the battery pack before use. For approximate charging times and recording/playback times with a full battery pack, refer to the tables on page 73. DC IN terminal Remove the battery terminal cover before attaching the battery 3 Plug the compact power adapter into a power outlet. 4 Connect the compact power BATT. switch adapter to the camcorder’s DC IN terminal. • The CHARGE indicator starts flashing. The indicator will stay on when the charging is completed. • You can also use the compact power adapter without attaching a battery pack. 17 Preparations • When the compact power adapter is connected, even if a battery is attached its power will not be consumed. ONCE THE BATTERY IS FULLY CHARGED 1 Disconnect the compact power adapter from the camcorder. 2 Unplug the compact power adapter from the power outlet. NOTES • The CHARGE indicator also serves as a rough estimate of the battery charge status. Continuously on: Battery pack fully charged. Two quick flashes at 1-second intervals: Battery pack at least 50% charged. If the indicator flashes quickly but not exactly in this pattern, refer to Troubleshooting ( 62). One flash at 1-second intervals: Battery pack less than 50% charged. • We recommend that you prepare battery packs 2 to 3 times longer than you think you might need. • U.S.A. and Canada only: The lithium ion/polymer battery that powers this product is recyclable. Please call 1-800-8-BATTERY for information on how to recycle this battery. Y P O C TO REMOVE THE BATTERY PACK Press BATT. to release the battery pack. Slide the battery pack down and then pull it out. IMPORTANT • You may hear some noise from the compact power adapter during use. This is not a malfunction. • We recommend charging the battery pack in temperatures between 10 °C and 30 °C (50 °F and 86 °F). Outside the temperature range of 0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 104 °F), charging will not start. • Do not connect to the camcorder’s DC IN terminal or to the compact power adapter any electrical equipment that is not expressly recommended for use with this camcorder. • To prevent equipment breakdowns and excessive heating, do not connect the supplied compact power adapter to voltage converters for overseas travels or special power sources such as those on aircraft and ships, DC-AC inverters, etc. 18 Installing the Backup Battery The backup battery (lithium button battery CR1616) allows the camcorder to retain 25) and other the date, time ( camcorder settings while the power source is disconnected. Connect a power source to the camcorder when replacing the backup battery to retain the settings. NOTES The battery life of the backup battery is about one year. flashes in red when the lithium button battery is not installed, or when it needs to be replaced. Y P O C Preparing the Wireless Controller only) and Accessories ( First, insert the supplied lithium button battery (CR2025) into the wireless controller. Tab 1 Press the tab in the direction of 1 If a battery pack is attached, remove it first. 2 Open the backup battery cover. 3 Insert the backup battery with the + side facing out. the arrow and pull out the battery holder. 2 Place the lithium button battery with the + side facing up. 3 Insert the battery holder. 4 Close the cover. 19 Preparations TO USE THE WIRELESS CONTROLLER Y P O C Point the controller at the camcorder’s remote sensor when you press the buttons. You can rotate the LCD panel 180 degrees to use the wireless controller from the front of the camcorder. NOTES Accessories Fasten the grip belt. Adjust the grip belt so that you can reach the zoom lever with your index finger, and the Start/Stop button with your thumb. WHEN YOU MOUNT THE CAMCORDER ON A TRIPOD • The wireless controller may not work properly when the remote sensor is situated under strong light sources or direct sunlight. • If the wireless controller does not work, check that [WL.REMOTE] is not set to [OFF ]( 60). Otherwise, replace the battery. 20 Do not leave the viewfinder exposed to direct sunlight as it may melt (due to concentration of the light by the lens). Do not use tripods with fastening screws longer than 5.5 mm (0.2 in.). Doing so may damage the camcorder. Basic Operation of the Camcorder Basic Operation of the Camcorder Joystick and Joystick Guide Use the joystick to operate the camcorder's menus. Operating Modes Push the joystick up, down, left or right ( , ) to select an item or change settings. Y P O C The camcorder’s operating mode is determined by the position of the switch. In the manual, indicates that a function is available in the operating mode shown and indicates that the function is not available. When no operating mode icons are given, the function is available in both operating modes. Press the joystick itself ( ) to save the settings or confirm an action. On menu screens, this is indicated by the icon . The joystick can also be used in combination with the joystick guide to operate additional functions. Press ( ) to display/hide the joystick guide (when recording, the joystick guide will appear only when the mode switch is set to ). The functions that appear on the joystick guide will change depending on the operating mode. Operating mode switch Icon display Operation Recording movies. 28 Playing movies. 33 21 Preparations Using the Menus Many of the camcorder’s functions can be adjusted from the menus that open after pressing the FUNC. button ( FUNC. ). For details about the available menu options and settings, refer to the appendix Menu Options Lists ( 56). 3 Select ( ) the desired setting from the available options at the bottom bar. • The selected option will be highlighted in light blue. Menu items not available will appear grayed out. • With some settings you will need to make further selections and/or press ( ). Follow the additional operation guides that will appear on the screen (such as the joystick icon , small arrows, etc.). Y P O C Selecting a FUNC. Menu Option 4 Press FUNC. to save the settings and close the menu. You can press FUNC. to close the menu at any time. Selecting an Option from the Setup Menus 1 Press FUNC. . 2 Select ( ) the icon of the function you want to change from the left side column. Menu items not available will appear grayed out. 22 1 Press FUNC. . 2 Select ( ) the ( icon and press ) to open the setup menus. 3 Select ( ) the desired menu from the left side column and press ( ). The title of the selected menu appears on top of the screen and under it the list of settings. ) the setting you want to change and press ( ). • An orange frame will indicate the menu item currently selected. Menu items not available will appear grayed out. • To return to the menu selection screen, select ( ) [ RETURN] and press ( ). 5 Select ( 6 Press In this manual, the arrow is used to abbreviate menu selections. Below is an example of changing a setting using the setup menus. FUNC. [ MENU] [ DISPLAY SETUP/ [LANGUAGE] Desired language Y P O C 4 Select ( press ( Abbreviation of Menu Selections in this Manual ) the desired option and ) to save the setting. FUNC. . You can press FUNC. to close the menu at any time. ] FUNC. For selections in the FUNC. menu, the abbreviated form will always show the initial default value. In recording mode, its icon will appear on the left side column when you first open the menu. If the setting was changed, the icon of the currently selected option will appear instead. FUNC. [ IMAGE EFFECT OFF] Desired image effect FUNC. NOTES Instead of steps 1 and 2, you can also keep FUNC. pressed down for more than 1 second to open the setup menus screen directly. 23 Preparations First Time Settings First Time Settings Changing the Time Zone Change the time zone to match your location. The default setting is New York or Singapore, depending on the region of purchase. Changing the Language Y P O C The language for on-screen and menu displays can be changed. The list of available languages depends on the region where you purchased the camcorder.  Default value Language Set A German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, Simplified Chinese and Japanese. Language Set B English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Korean. FUNC. ( 22) FUNC. [ MENU] [ DATE/TIME SETUP] [T.ZONE/DST] Desired time zone* FUNC. * To adjust for daylight saving time, select the time zone with the mark next to the area. World Time Zones FUNC. ( 22) FUNC. [ MENU] [ DISPLAY SETUP/ [LANGUAGE] Desired language FUNC. ] NOTES • If you changed the language by mistake, follow the mark next to the menu item to change the setting. • The display that appears in some menu screens refers to the name of the button on the camcorder and will not change, regardless of the language selected. 24 Once you have set the time zone, date and time, you do not need to reset the clock every time you travel to another time zone. Select the time zone to match the local time at your destination, referring to the date and time displayed on the screen. Getting Ready to Start Recording Setting the Date and Time FUNC. ( Getting Ready to Start Recording Opening the Lens Cover and Adjusting the LCD Screen 22) 1 Open the date and time setup Y P O C screen. FUNC. [ MENU] [ DATE/TIME SETUP] [DATE/TIME] Blinking arrows will be displayed around the first field of the date. Before you start recording, open the lens cover. 2 Change each field of the date and time with the joystick ( ) and move ( ) to the next field. 3 Press ( ) to start the clock. 4 Press FUNC. to close the menu. NOTES You can also change the date format ( 61). Move the lens cover switch down to to open the lens cover. Rotating the LCD Panel Open the LCD panel 90 degrees. You can rotate the panel 90 degrees downward. 180° 90° You can rotate the panel 180 degrees toward the lens (allowing the subject to monitor the LCD screen while you use the viewfinder). This is the only case where you can use the viewfinder and 25 Preparations the LCD screen simultaneously. Rotating the LCD panel 180 degrees can be useful in the following cases: • When you wish to include yourself in the picture when recording with the self timer. • To allow the camcorder to be operated with the wireless controller from the front. LCD Backlight You can set the brightness of the LCD screen to normal or bright. FUNC. ( 22) FUNC. Y P O C [ MENU] [ DISPLAY SETUP/ ] [BACKLIGHT] Desired option FUNC. NOTES Subject can monitor the LCD screen NOTES About the LCD and viewfinder screen: The screens are produced using extremely high-precision manufacturing techniques, with more than 99.99% of the pixels operating to specification. Less than 0.01% of the pixels may occasionally misfire or appear as black, red, blue or green dots. This has no effect on the recorded image and does not constitute a malfunction. 26 • This setting does not affect the brightness of the recording or the viewfinder screen. • Using the [BRIGHT] setting will shorten the effective usage time of the battery pack. Inserting and Removing a Tape Use only videocassettes marked with the logo. Y P O C 4 Wait for the cassette compartment to retract automatically and close the cassette compartment cover. IMPORTANT 1 Slide OPEN/EJECT fully in the direction of the arrow and open the cassette compartment cover. The cassette compartment opens automatically. 2 Insert the cassette. • Insert the cassette with the window facing the grip belt. • To remove a cassette pull it straight out. • Do not interfere with the cassette compartment while it is opening or closing automatically, or attempt to close the cover before the cassette compartment has fully retracted. • Be careful not to get your fingers caught in the cassette compartment cover. NOTES If the camcorder is connected to a power source, cassettes can be inserted/ removed even if the switch is set to . 3 Press the mark on the cassette compartment until it clicks. 27 Video This chapter covers functions related to shooting and playing back movies – from basic recording and zooming to more advanced manual picture adjustments. 1 Move the lens cover switch down Basic Recording Basic Recording to to open the lens cover. Y P O C 2 Holding the lock button pressed down, set the CAMERA. Start/Stop to begin recording. Press Start/Stop again to pause the recording. 3 Press Shooting Video Before You Begin Recording Make a test recording first to check if the camcorder operates correctly. If necessary, clean the video heads ( 2). ( 28 switch to 21) WHEN YOU HAVE FINISHED RECORDING 1 Close the lens cover and the LCD panel. 2 Turn off the camcorder. 3 Remove the tape. 4 Disconnect the power source and remove the battery pack. NOTES IMPORTANT When recording movies, try to get a calm, stable picture. Excessive camcorder movement while shooting and extensive use of fast zooms and panning can result in jittery scenes. In extreme cases, the playback of such scenes may result in visually induced motion sickness. If you experience such a reaction, immediately stop the playback and take a rest break as necessary. • About the recording time: By changing the recording mode you can change the video quality and as a result, also the available recording time ( 58). • Previous recordings overwritten by a new recording cannot be recovered. Before you start recording, search for the end of the last recording ( 36). • To protect the tape and video heads, the camcorder will enter the stop mode ( ) if left in record pause ( ) mode for 4 minutes 30 seconds. To resume recording press Start/Stop . • About the Power Save mode: To save power when the camcorder is powered by a battery pack, the camcorder will automatically shut off if left without any operations for 5 minutes ( 60). To restore the power, turn the camcorder off and then on again. • When recording in very loud places (such as fireworks shows or concerts), sound may become distorted or it may not be recorded at the actual levels. This is not a malfunction. Y P O C About the Mode Switch and Recording Programs Set the mode switch to to let the camcorder adjust all the settings for you, allowing you to just point the camcorder and start shooting. Set the mode switch to to select one of the recording programs. The Special Scene recording programs ( 37) offer a convenient way to select the optimal settings to match special recording conditions. The [ PROGRAM AE] recording program ( 39), on the other hand, allows you to set the shutter speed you want, or enjoy the flexibility to change other settings. 29 Video Using the Viewfinder When recording in bright places it may be difficult to use the LCD screen. In such case, change the brightness of the LCD screen ( 26, 59) or use the viewfinder instead. To use the viewfinder, keep the LCD panel closed*. Zooming: Optical, Advanced and Digital Zoom The camcorder offers three types of zoom: optical, advanced and digital zoom. You can also change the zoom speed. Y P O C Selecting the Zoom Type ( 21) Options  Default value [OPTICAL] (37x) The zoom range is limited to the optical magnification ratio of the lens. Adjust the viewfinder as necessary with the dioptric adjustment lever. [ADVANCED] (Advanced Zoom) * The LCD screen and the viewfinder can be used simultaneously only when the LCD panel is turned 180 degrees to face the subject ( 25). In addition to the optical zoom range, the camcorder processes the image digitally to obtain a larger zoom range without any deterioration in image quality. When recording movies with a 16:9 aspect ratio, the field of view (picture angle) will change. Refer to the table in the NOTES section. [DIGITAL] (2000x) When this option is selected, the camcorder will switch to digital zoom (light blue area on the zoom indicator) when you zoom in beyond the optical zoom range (white area on the zoom indicator). With the digital zoom the image is processed digitally so image quality will deteriorate the more you zoom in. FUNC. ( 30 22) FUNC. [ MENU] [ CAMERA SETUP] [ZOOM TYPE] Desired option FUNC. NOTES FUNC. ( 22) FUNC. [ MENU] [ CAMERA SETUP] [ZOOM SPEED] Desired option Y P O C • The zoom range of the advanced zoom will change depending on the aspect ratio of the scene ( 57). • The advanced zoom cannot be selected if [WIDESCREEN] is set to [ OFF]. [WIDESCREEN] set to [ 48x* ON] (16:9) FUNC. NOTES The fastest zoom speed can be achieved with the [ VARIABLE] setting. Using the Zoom 41x** * The picture angle will be wider at both full telephoto and full wide-angle. ** The picture angle will be wider at full wide-angle. W Zoom out [WIDESCREEN] set to [ 55x, OFF] (4:3) Not available Zoom in Selecting the Zoom Speed ( Options [ T 21)  Default value VARIABLE] The variable zoom speed depends on how you operate the zoom lever: Press gently for slower zooms; press harder for faster zooms. With this option, the zoom speed will be faster in record pause mode. [ [ SPEED 1], [ SPEED 3] SPEED 2], Constant zoom speeds. [ SPEED 3] is the fastest, and [ SPEED 1] is the slowest. Move the zoom lever toward W to zoom out (wide-angle). Move it toward T to zoom in (telephoto). NOTES • Keep at least 1 m (3.3 ft.) to the subject. At full wide-angle, you can focus on a subject as close as 1 cm (0.39 in.). • You can also use the T and W buttons on the wireless controller. The zoom speed with the wireless controller will be the same as with the camcorder or fixed at [ SPEED 3] (when VARIABLE] is selected). [ 31 Video 2 When you wish to resume Quick Start Function When you press QUICK START the camcorder enters the standby mode. In standby mode the camcorder consumes only about half the power used when recording, saving energy when you are using a battery pack. Additionally, when you press QUICK START again the camcorder is ready to start recording within approx. 1 second, ensuring you do not miss important shooting opportunities. 21) QUICK START firmly. The standby lamp flashes at first while the camcorder is preparing and then stays on when it enters the standby mode. 32 NOTES Y P O C ( 1 Press recording, press QUICK START again. Within approx. 1 second, the camcorder is ready to record. • When you wake up the camcorder from standby mode, the following settings will be changed automatically: - Manual focus returns to automatic focus (AF). - Manual exposure adjustment returns to automatic exposure. - Zoom position returns to full wideangle W. • The camcorder will shut off if left in standby mode for 10 minutes, regardless of the [POWER SAVE] setting ( 60). To restore the power if the camcorder shut off, turn the camcorder off and then on again. • The camcorder will be woken up from standby mode if you open the cassette compartment cover while the camcorder is in standby mode (standby lamp is on). Basic Playback Reviewing the Last Scene Recorded ( 21) Basic Playback Playing Back Video Y P O C ( 21) EXP FOCUS 1 Set the mode switch to . 2 If the joystick guide does not appear on screen, press ( display it. ) to 3 Push the joystick ( ) momentarily toward and release it. • The camcorder will play back a few seconds of the last recording made and return to record pause mode. • You can also hold the joystick pressed ( ) toward or ( ) toward to play back the tape (reverse or forward respectively) in order to locate the point where you want to start recording. 1 Holding the lock button pressed down, set the PLAY. switch to 2 If the joystick guide does not appear on screen, press ( display it. ) to 3 Locate the point where you want to begin the playback. Push the joystick ( ) toward rewind the tape or ( ) toward to fast forward. to 33 Video 4 Push the joystick ( ) toward / to begin the playback. DURING PLAYBACK 5 Push the joystick ( ) toward / again to pause the playback. 6 Push the joystick ( ) toward to stop the playback. Y P O C TO ADJUST THE VOLUME During the playback of a scene: FUNC. [ SPEAKER VOLUME] Adjust ( ) the volume FUNC. • The sound from the built-in speaker will be muted when you close the LCD panel or while the STV-250N Stereo Video Cable is connected to the AV terminal. • If you turn down the volume completely, the icon will change to . NOTES • You can display the date and time of the recording ( 36). • To protect the tape and video heads, the camcorder will enter the stop mode ( ) if left in playback pause ( ) mode for 4 minutes 30 seconds. To resume the playback push the joystick ( ) toward / . Special Playback Modes1 To enter most special playback modes you need to operate the buttons on the wireless controller2 ( 14). There is no sound during the special playback modes. Special playback mode Fast playback Reverse playback 1 frame reverse/advance Frame-by-frame playback Slow playback Double speed playback Return to normal playback 1 2 34 Initial mode Normal playback Normal playback Playback pause Playback pause Normal or reverse playback Normal or reverse playback Special playback mode Operation on the camcorder or on the wireless controller : Push the joystick ( ) toward or ( ) toward and hold it down. : Press and hold REW or FF : Press : Press or : Press and hold or : Press SLOW : Press : Push the joystick ( : Press PLAY ) toward / During some special playback modes you may notice some anomalies (blocky video artifacts, banding, etc.) in the playback picture. The wireless controller is included only with the . . Returning to a Pre-marked Position If you wish to return to a particular scene later, mark the point with the zero set memory and the tape will stop at that point when you rewind/fast forward the tape. This function is operated with the wireless controller. You can locate the change of the date/ time zone with the date search function. Y P O C ( 21) 1 While recording or during playback, press ZERO SET MEMORY at the point you wish to return to later. • The time code changes to “0:00:00 ”. • Press ZERO SET MEMORY again to cancel the memory. 2 If you marked the zero memory while recording, set the camcorder to mode. If you marked the zero memory during playback, press STOP . 3 Press Locating the Beginning of a Recording Date ( Press or controller. 21) on the wireless • Press more than once to search for further date changes (up to 10 times). • To cancel the search press STOP . NOTES • The date search function will not detect recordings shorter than 1 minute per date/time zone. • Date search may not function if the data code is not displayed correctly. to locate the zero mark. • If the tape counter shows a negative number, press instead. • appears and the camcorder rewinds/fast forwards the tape. • The tape stops at or near the zero mark, disappears and the correct time code will be displayed again. NOTES If there are blank sections between recordings, the zero set memory may not work correctly. 35 Video Locating the End of the Last Scene On-Screen Displays (Data Code) After playing back a tape, use this function to locate the end of the last scene recorded in order to continue recording from that point. The camcorder keeps a data code containing the date and time of recording. You can select the data to be displayed. Y P O C ( 21) ( Options POINTS TO CHECK Stop the playback before using this function. [ FUNC. [ ( 22) END SEARCH] Default value OFF] No data code display. DATE], [ NOTES [ [EXECUTE] • “END SEARCH” appears. • The camcorder rewinds/fast forwards the tape, plays back the last few seconds of the recording and stops the tape. • To cancel the end search push the joystick ( ) toward . • End search cannot be used once you remove the cassette. • If there are blank sections between recordings, the end search may not work correctly. • You cannot use the end search to locate the end of a scene that was audio dubbed. 36   TIME] Displays the date or time when the scene was recorded. FUNC. [ 21) DATE & TIME] Displays both the date and time of the recording. FUNC. ( 22) FUNC. [ MENU] [ DISPLAY SETUP/ ] [DATA CODE] Desired option FUNC. Advanced Function Advanced Functions : Special Scene Recording Programs ( 21) POINTS TO CHECK Mode switch: ( 22) FUNC. [ PROGRAM AE] Desired recording program FUNC. • Do not set the mode switch to during the actual recording of a scene; the brightness of the picture may change abruptly. • [ PORTRAIT]/[ SPORTS]/ [ BEACH]/[ SNOW] - The picture may not appear smooth during playback. • [ PORTRAIT] - The blur effect of the background increases the more you zoom in (T). • [ NIGHT] - Moving subjects may leave a trailing afterimage. - Picture quality may not be as good as in other modes. - White points may appear on the screen. - Autofocus may not work as well as in other modes. In such case, adjust the focus manually. • [ SNOW]/[ BEACH] - The subject may become overexposed on cloudy days or in shaded places. Check the image on the screen. • [ FIREWORKS] - To avoid camcorder shake, we recommend using a tripod. Y P O C Recording in a very bright ski resort or capturing the full colors of a sunset or a fireworks display becomes as easy as selecting a Special Scene recording program. For details about the available options, refer to the sidebar on page 38. FUNC. NOTES 37 Video [ PROGRAM AE] The camcorder sets the aperture and shutter speed. [ BEACH] Use this mode to record on a sunny beach. It prevents the subject from being underexposed. [ PORTRAIT] The camcorder uses a large aperture, achieving a focus on the subject while blurring other distracting details. [ SUNSET] Use this mode to record sunsets in vibrant colors. [ SPORTS] Use this mode to record sports scenes such as tennis or golf. [ SPOTLIGHT] Use this mode to record spotlit scenes. [ NIGHT] Use this mode to record in low-light conditions. [ FIREWORKS] Use this mode to record fireworks. Y P O C [ SNOW] Use this mode to record in bright ski resorts. It prevents the subject from being underexposed. 38 Flexible Recording: Changing the Shutter Speed Use the automatic exposure (AE) program to use functions like the white balance or image effects, or to select the shutter speed. Use faster shutter speeds to record subjects moving quickly. Use slower shutter speeds to add motion blur, emphasizing the feel of movement. Shutter speed guidelines Note that on screen only the denominator is displayed – [ 250] indicates a shutter speed of 1/250 second, etc. 1/60 To record under most ordinary conditions. Y P O C 1/100 To record indoor sports scenes. 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000 ( 21) POINTS TO CHECK To record from within a moving car or train or to shoot fast-moving subjects such as roller coasters. Mode switch: 1/2000 FUNC. To record outdoor sports scenes on sunny days. ( 22) 1 Press FUNC. . 2 Select the [ PROGRAM AE] recording program ( 37). [ PROGRAM AE] is the default value; proceed directly to step 3 if you have not changed the recording program. 3 Select the shutter speed from the setup menus. FUNC. [ MENU] [ CAMERA SETUP] [SHUTTER] Desired shutter FUNC. speed NOTES • Do not set the mode switch to during the actual recording of a scene; the brightness of the picture may change abruptly. • [ PROGRAM AE] - When setting the shutter speed, the number displayed will flash if the value selected is not appropriate for the recording conditions. In such case, select a different value. - If you use a slow shutter speed in dark places, you can obtain a brighter image, but the image quality may be lower, and the autofocus may not work well. - The image may flicker when recording with high shutter speeds. 39 Video - Recording movies under fluorescent lights: If the screen starts to flicker, select [ PROGRAM AE] and set the shutter speed to 1/100. - The shutter speed resets to [ AUTO] when you set the mode switch to or change the recording program. Self Timer ( 21) POINTS TO CHECK Y P O C Set the camcorder to record pause mode. LCD Video Light FUNC. You can use the LCD video light to record in completely dark places. For a brighter picture, we recommend keeping a distance of about 20 cm 60 cm (8 in. - 2 ft.) from the subject and/or using the [ NIGHT] recording program. When you activate the LCD video light, rotate the LCD panel to face the subject and use the viewfinder instead ( 30). ( FUNC. ( 22) FUNC. 21) [ LCD LIGHT OFF] [ LCD LIGHT ON] Press ( ) • The LCD display turns entirely white when used as the video light. Use the viewfinder instead. • Using the viewfinder, select [ LCD LIGHT OFF] to turn the LCD video light off. 40 ( 22) 1 Activate the self timer. FUNC. [ MENU] [ CAMERA SETUP] [SELF TIMER] [ ON] 2 Press FUNC. to close the menu. • appears. • Set [SELF TIMER] to [ cancel the self timer. OFF] to Start/Stop on the camcorder to start recording. • The camcorder starts recording video after a 10-second countdown. The countdown appears on the screen. • You can also press START/STOP on the wireless controller. In that case, the countdown will be only 2 seconds. 3 Press NOTES Once the countdown has begun, you can press Start/Stop again or turn off the camcorder to cancel the self timer. ABOUT THE WIND SCREEN Audio Recording Mode You can change the quality of the audio recording. ( Options 21) The camcorder automatically reduces the background sound of wind (only while using the built-in microphone). You can turn the wind screen off when you want the microphone to be as sensitive as possible ( 59). Y P O C  Default value Using an External Microphone [ 16bit] Records audio at the highest quality. 12bit] [ Records audio on 2 channels (Stereo 1) leaving 2 free channels (Stereo 2) you can use for audio dubbing. With this camcorder you can dub audio only using the microphone ( 53). FUNC. ( 22) FUNC. [ MENU] [ AUDIO SETUP] [AUDIO MODE] Desired option FUNC. Connect the external microphone to the MIC terminal. Use commercially available condenser microphones with their own power supply and a cable no longer than 3 m. You can connect almost any stereo microphone with a ‡ 3.5 mm plug but audio recording levels may vary. 41 Video Selecting the Audio Track on a Tape with Dubbed Audio Audio Playback Modes Selecting the Audio Channel You can select the audio channel to play back when playing back a tape with audio recorded on two channels (either stereo sound or bilingual audio signals). Y P O C ( Options [ L/R] ( Options 21)   You can select the audio track to play back when playing back a tape that has a dubbed audio track (Stereo 2) in addition to the original recorded audio (Stereo 1). Default value Original sound only. Left and right channels (stereo) / Main and sub signals (bilingual). [ [ [ L/L]  STEREO1] [ Default value 21) STEREO2] Dubbed audio only. MIX/FIXED] Left channel only (stereo) / Main signal only (bilingual). Mixed audio with the original sound and the dubbed audio at the same level. [ [ R/R] Right channel only (stereo) / Sub signal only (bilingual). FUNC. ( 22) FUNC. [ MENU] [ AUDIO SETUP] [OUTPUT CH] Desired option FUNC. MIX/VAR.] Mixed audio where the balance between the original sound ( ) and the dubbed audio ( ) can be adjusted. FUNC. ( 22) FUNC. [ MENU] [ AUDIO SETUP] [12bit AUDIO] Desired option* FUNC. * When you select [ MIX/VAR.], adjust the mix balance with the [MIX BALANCE] setting ( 59). 42 • Pushing the joystick ( ) toward [FOCUS] again will return the camcorder to autofocus. Manual Focus Adjustment Autofocus may not work well on the following subjects. In such case, focus manually. • Reflective surfaces • Subjects with low contrast or without vertical lines • Fast moving subjects • Through wet windows • Night scenes 4 Push the joystick ( ) toward [BACK] to save the focus adjustment. Infinity Focus Y P O C ( Use this function when you wish to focus on faraway subjects such as mountains or fireworks. POINTS TO CHECK Adjust the zoom before you start the procedure. Mode switch: 21) POINTS TO CHECK Adjust the zoom before you start the procedure. Mode switch: FOCUS 1 If the joystick guide does not ) to 2 Push the joystick ( ) toward [FOCUS] to activate the manual focus. [FOCUS] on the joystick guide will be displayed in light blue and “MF” appears on the screen. 3 Adjust ( FOCUS 1 Keep the joystick pushed ( ) BACK appear on screen, press ( display it. BACK ) the focus as necessary. • Push the joystick ( ) toward for a farther focal distance or push it ( ) toward for a closer focal distance. toward [FOCUS] for more than 2 seconds. • appears. • Pushing the joystick ( ) toward [FOCUS] again will return the camcorder to autofocus. • If you operate the zoom or the joystick ( ), changes to "MF" and the camcorder returns to manual focusing mode. 2 Push the joystick ( ) toward [BACK] to save the focus adjustment. NOTES The camcorder will automatically return to autofocus when you set the mode switch to . 43 Video 4 Push the joystick ( ) toward Manual Exposure Adjustment [BACK] to lock and save the exposure setting. If you operate the zoom during exposure lock, the brightness of the image may change. At times, backlit subjects may appear too dark (underexposed) or subjects under very strong lights may appear too bright or glaring (overexposed). To correct this, you can manually adjust the exposure. Y P O C White Balance ( 21) POINTS TO CHECK Mode switch: (except for the [ FIREWORKS] recording program). The white balance function helps you accurately reproduce colors under different lighting conditions so that white objects will always look truly white in your recordings. EXP ( BACK 21) POINTS TO CHECK 1 If the joystick guide does not appear on screen, press ( display it. ) to 2 Push the joystick ( ) toward [EXP]. [EXP] on the joystick guide changes to light blue and the exposure adjustment indicator and the neutral value “±0” appear on the screen. 3 Adjust ( ) the brightness of the image as required. • The adjustment range and the length of the exposure adjustment indicator will vary depending on the initial brightness of the picture. • Pushing the joystick ( ) toward [EXP] again will return the camcorder to automatic exposure. 44 Recording program: [ Options [ PROGRAM AE]  Default value  AUTO] Settings are automatically set by the camcorder. Use this setting for outdoor scenes. [ DAYLIGHT] For recording outdoors on a bright day. [ TUNGSTEN] For recording under tungsten and tungsten type (3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting. [ SET] Use the custom white balance setting to make white objects appear white under colored lighting. Image Effects FUNC. ( 22) FUNC. [ AUTO] Desired option* FUNC. * When you select [ SET], do not press FUNC. and continue instead with the procedure below. You can use the image effects to change the color saturation and contrast to record images with special color effects. Y P O C ( POINTS TO CHECK TO SET THE CUSTOM WHITE BALANCE Recording program: [ 1 Point the camcorder at a white object, zoom in until it fills the whole screen and press ( ). When the adjustment is completed, stops flashing and stays on. The camcorder retains the custom setting even if you turn off the camcorder. 2 Press FUNC. to save the setting and close the menu. Options [ PROGRAM AE]  Default value IMAGE EFFECT OFF] Records with no image enhancing effects. [ VIVID] Emphasizes the contrast and color saturation. [ NEUTRAL] Tones down the contrast and color saturation. NOTES • When you select the custom white balance: - Set the custom white balance in a sufficiently illuminated place. - Select a zoom type other than [ DIGITAL] ( 30). - Reset the white balance when the lighting conditions change. - Depending on the light source, may keep flashing. The result will still be better than with [ AUTO]. • Custom white balance may provide better results in the following cases: - Changing lighting conditions - Close-ups - Subjects in a single color (sky, sea or forest) - Under mercury lamps and certain types of fluorescent lights 21) [ SOFT SKIN DETAIL] Softens the details in the skin tone area for a more complimentary appearance. To obtain the best effect, use this setting when recording a close-up of a person. Note that areas similar to the skin color may lack in detail. FUNC. ( 22) FUNC. [ IMAGE EFFECT OFF] Desired option FUNC. 45 Video Setting Digital Effects FUNC. ( ( 21) FUNC. [ D.EFFECT OFF] Desired option* FUNC. ** POINTS TO CHECK Y P O C Mode switch: Options [  Default value D.EFFECT OFF] Select this setting when you do not intend to use the digital effects. [ 22) FADE-T] (fade trigger), [ * While making the selection, you can preview the effect on the screen. ** The icon of the selected effect appears. Applying WIPE] Select one of the faders to begin or end a scene with a fade from or to a black screen. [ BLK&WHT] Records images in black and white. [ SEPIA] Records images in sepia tones for an “old” look. [ ART], [ MOSAIC] Select one of these digital effects to add “flavor” to your recordings. Press D.EFFECTS to activate the fader/effect. • The icon of the selected effect turns green. • Press D.EFFECTS again to deactivate the fader/effect. TO FADE IN Press D.EFFECTS ... : ...in record pause mode, then press Start/Stop to start recording with a fade in. : ...in playback pause mode, then push the joystick ( ) toward / to fade in and start the playback. 46 TO FADE OUT Press D.EFFECTS ... : ...while recording, then press Start/Stop to fade out and pause the recording. : ...during playback, then push the joystick ( ) toward / to fade out and pause the playback. NOTES • When you apply a fader, not only the picture but also the sound will fade in or out. When you apply an effect, the sound will be recorded normally. • The camcorder retains the last setting used even if you turn off the digital effects or change the recording program. • The digital effects are not available when [TV TYPE] is set to [NORMAL TV] and the stereo video cable is connected to the AV terminal. Y P O C TO ACTIVATE AN EFFECT Press D.EFFECTS ... : ...while recording or in record pause mode. : ...during playback. 47 External Connections This chapter explains step-by-step how to connect your camcorder to an external device such as a TV, VCR, or computer. Connecting to a TV or VCR Connecting to a TV or VCR Y P O C AV Terminal Sound from the built-in speaker will be muted while the STV-250N Stereo Video Cable is connected to the camcorder. DV Terminal Check the type and orientation of the terminal and make sure you connect the DV cable properly. Open the LCD panel to access. 48 Connection Diagrams Turn off all the devices when making the connections and refer also to the instruction manual of the connected device. Terminal on the Camcorder Terminal on the Connected Device Connecting Cable Y P O C 1 Output connection (signal flow ) to a TV or VCR with AV Terminals. VIDEO Yellow STV-250N Stereo Video Cable (supplied) Red 2 Output connection (signal flow Input connection (signal flow AUDIO L White R ) to a high-definition TV with a DV (IEEE1394) terminal. ) from a TV or other digital video source with a DV (IEEE1394) output. DV cable (commercially available) 4-pin 6-pin* * Be careful to correctly insert the 6-pin plug into the DV terminal. Inserting it in the wrong direction can result in damage to the camcorder. 49 External Connections Playback on a TV Screen The quality of the playback picture will vary depending on the connected TV and the type of connection used. ( 21) Copying your Recordings to an External Video Recorder You can copy your recordings by connecting the camcorder to a VCR or a digital video device. When recording to a digital video recorder using the DV terminal, you can copy recordings with virtually no generation loss in video and sound quality. Y P O C POINTS TO CHECK Before making the connections, select the [TV TYPE] setting according to the TV set to which you will connect the camcorder ( 58). ( 21) Connecting Connect the camcorder to the TV following one of the connection diagrams shown in Connection Diagrams ( 49). Connect the camcorder to a VCR or other analog device using connection type 1 , or to a DVD recorder or other digital recording device using connection type 2 , as shown in Connection Diagrams ( 49). Playback Recording Connecting 1 Turn on the camcorder and the connected TV or VCR. On a TV: Select as the video input the same terminal to which you connected the camcorder. On a VCR: Set the input selector to the external video input (usually labeled LINE IN). 2 Start the playback of the movies ( 33). NOTES • Turn off all the devices before starting the connections. • We recommend powering the camcorder using the compact power adapter. 50 1 This camcorder: Load the recorded cassette. 2 Connected device: Load a blank cassette or disc and set the device to record pause mode. 3 This camcorder: Locate the scene you wish to copy and pause the playback shortly before the scene. 4 This camcorder: Resume the movie playback. When using an analog connection you can include in the copy also the date/time of the original recording ( 36). 5 Connected device: Begin recording when the scene you wish to copy appears. Stop recording when copying is complete. Digital Video Dubbing 6 This camcorder: Stop playback. NOTES • We recommend powering the camcorder using the compact power adapter. • When recording to a VCR using an analog connection –connection type 1 ( 49)–, the quality of the edited tape will be lower than the original. • When recording to a digital video recorder using the DV terminal –connection type 2 ( 49)–: - If the picture does not appear, disconnect the DV cable and restore the connection after a short while or turn the camcorder off and then on again. - Proper operation cannot be guaranteed for all digital devices equipped with a DV terminal. If the operation does not work, use the AV terminal. You can input video from other digital video devices and record the input video on the tape in the camcorder. ( 21) Y P O C Connecting Connect the camcorder to the video input source using the digital connection –connection type 2 ( 49)– shown in Connection Diagrams. Dubbing FUNC. ( 22) 1 Load a blank tape in the camcorder and load the recorded (source) tape or disc in the connected device. 2 Set the camcorder in record pause mode. FUNC. [ [EXECUTE] REC PAUSE] 3 Connected device: Start the playback. In record pause mode and while recording you can check the picture on the camcorder’s screen. 51 External Connections NOTES We recommend powering the camcorder using the compact power adapter. 4 When the scene you wish to record appears, push the joystick ( ) toward / to begin recording. Recording starts. Copyright Signal Certain software tapes are copyright protected. If you attempt to play back such tape, “COPYRIGHT PROTECTED PLAYBACK IS RESTRICTED” appears and you will not be able to view the contents of the tape. If you attempt to record from such tape via the DV terminal, “COPYRIGHT PROTECTED DUBBING RESTRICTED” appears and you will not be able to record the contents of the tape. Y P O C 5 While recording, push the joystick ( ) toward / to record pause. In record pause mode, push the joystick ( ) toward / again to resume recording. 6 Push the joystick ( ) toward to stop recording. 7 Connected device: Stop the playback. IMPORTANT • Blank sections may be recorded as anomalous picture. • If the picture does not appear, disconnect the DV cable and restore the connection after a short while or turn the camcorder off and then on again. • You can only record video signals in DV standard (standard definition, SP or LP mode) from devices carrying the logo. Note that signals from identically shaped DV (IEEE1394) terminals may be in different video standards. 52 5 Press Audio Dubbing STOP to stop dubbing. IMPORTANT You can add sound to a recording using the built-in or an external microphone. ( 21) Y P O C POINTS TO CHECK You can only dub audio on tapes recorded in SP mode with [ 12bit] audio ( 41). This function is operated with the wireless controller. STOP PAUSE • Audio dubbing will stop if the tape has a blank section or a section recorded in LP mode or [ 16bit] audio. • The quality of the dubbed sound will not be as good when dubbing audio to a tape that was not recorded with this camcorder or after having dubbed audio over the same scene more than 3 times. NOTES You can connect the camcorder to a TV to check the picture on the TV screen and check the sound through headphones connected to the TV. REW PLAY PAUSE SLOW FF STOP ZERO SET AUDIO DUB. MEMORY TO SELECT THE AUDIO TRACK FOR PLAYBACK TV SCREEN AUDIO DUB. You can select the audio track that will be played when playing back a tape that was audio dubbed ( 42). 1 Locate the point where you want to start dubbing audio. Before locating the starting point, you can also set the zero set memory ( 35) at the point where you want the audio dubbing to end. The camcorder will automatically stop audio dubbing at that point. 2 Start playback and immediately press PAUSE 3 Press . AUDIO DUB. . “AUDIO DUB.” and 4 Press appear. PAUSE to begin dubbing. Speak into the microphone. 53 External Connections Connecting to a Computer Connecting to a Computer DV Terminal Check the type and orientation of the terminal and make sure you connect the DV cable properly. Y P O C Open the LCD panel to access. PC Connection Diagram Terminal on the Camcorder 1 Output connection (signal flow Connecting Cable Terminal on the Connected Device ) to a computer with a DV (IEEE1394) terminal or a DV capture board. DV cable (commercially available) 4-pin 6-pin* * Be careful to correctly insert the 6-pin plug into the DV terminal. Inserting it in the wrong direction can result in damage to the camcorder. 54 Transferring Video Recordings You can transfer recordings to a computer using the DV terminal. Equipment and System Requirements • A computer equipped with an IEEE1394 (DV) terminal or an IEEE1394 (DV) capturing board. • A DV cable (commercially available). • Video editing software. • The appropriate driver. A driver is preinstalled on Windows operating systems later than Windows 98 Second Edition and Mac operating systems later than Mac OS 9, and will be installed automatically. • The video transfer may not work correctly depending on the software and the specifications/settings of your computer. • If the computer freezes while the camcorder is connected to it, disconnect the DV cable and turn off the camcorder and the computer. After a short while, turn them on again, set the camcorder to mode and restore the connection. • Before connecting the camcorder to the computer using a DV cable, make sure that no other IEEE1394 device is connected to the computer. • Depending on the video editing software, you may need to set the switch on the camcorder to a mode other than PLAY. Refer to the instruction manual of the editing software. Y P O C Connecting 1 Start the computer. 2 Connect the camcorder to the computer using the DV connection –connection type 1 ( 54)– shown in PC Connection Diagram. 3 Set the camcorder to mode. IMPORTANT NOTES • We recommend powering the camcorder using the compact power adapter. • Refer also to the instruction manual of the computer. 4 Start the video editing software. Refer to the instruction manual of the editing software. 55 Additional Information This chapter contains troubleshooting advice, screen messages, handling and maintenance tips, and other information. Appendix: Menu Options Lists Appendix: Menu Options Lists Y P O C Menu items not available appear grayed out. For details about how to select an item, refer to Using the Menus ( 22). For details about each function, see the reference page. Menu options without a reference page are explained below the tables. FUNC. Menu FUNC. Menu Menu item Setting options CAMERA PLAY Recording programs1 [ PROGRAM AE],[ PORTRAIT], [ SPORTS], [ NIGHT], [ SNOW], [ BEACH], [ SUNSET], [ SPOTLIGHT], [ FIREWORKS] z – 37 White balance1 [ [ AUTO], [ DAYLIGHT], TUNGSTEN], [ SET] z – 44 Image effects1 [ [ IMAGE EFFECT OFF], [ VIVID], NEUTRAL], [ SOFT SKIN DETAIL] z – 45 LCD video light [ [ z – 40 Digital effects [ [ [ z1 z 46 LCD LIGHT OFF], LCD LIGHT ON] D.EFFECT OFF], [ FADE-T], WIPE], [ BLK&WHT], SEPIA], [ ART], [ MOSAIC] – z 34 [REC PAUSE] Press ( mode. ) to enter the record pause – z 51 [END SEARCH] Press ( ) to search. – z 36 [SPEAKER VOLUME] 1 Option available only when the mode switch is set to 56 . Setup Menus Camera Setup (Advanced Zoom, Image Stabilizer, etc.) CAMERA SETUP Menu item CAMERA Setting options [SHUTTER]1 [ AUTO], [1/60], [1/100], [1/250], [1/500], [1/1000], [1/2000] z [A.SL SHUTTER]2 [ z – z 30 z 31 z – ON], [ OFF] Y P O C [ZOOM TYPE] [ OPTICAL], [ ADVANCED], [ 39 DIGITAL] [ OPTICAL], [ ADVANCED], [ [ZOOM SPEED] [ [ VARIABLE], [ SPEED 1] SPEED 3], [ [IMG STAB]3 [ ON], [ [WIDESCREEN] [ ON], [ OFF] z – [SELF TIMER] [ ON], [ OFF] z 40 1 2 OFF] DIGITAL] SPEED 2], Option available only when the recording program is set to [ PROGRAM AE]. Option available when the mode switch is set to or (only when the recording program is set to [ PROGRAM AE]). 3 Option available only when the mode switch is set to . [A.SL SHUTTER]: The camcorder automatically uses slow shutter speeds to obtain brighter recordings in places with insufficient lighting. • The camcorder uses shutter speeds down to 1/30. • If a trailing afterimage appears, set the slow shutter to [ OFF]. [IMG STAB]: The image stabilizer compensates for camcorder shake even at full telephoto. • The image stabilizer is designed to compensate for a normal degree of camcorder shake. The image stabilizer may also not be able to compensate for all movement when recording moving subjects. • The image stabilizer may not be effective when recording in dark places with [A.SL SHUTTER] set to [ ON] or using the [ NIGHT] recording program. • The image stabilizer may not work well on subjects with low contrast, with a recurring, repetitive pattern or without vertical lines. • The image stabilizer cannot be turned off when the mode switch is set to . • We recommend setting the image stabilizer to [ OFF] when using a tripod. [WIDESCREEN]: The camcorder uses the full width of the image sensor providing highresolution 16:9 recordings. • Since the screens on the camcorder have an aspect ratio of 16:9, recordings with a 4:3 aspect ratio will appear in the center of the screen with black sidebars. 57 Additional Information • Playing back a widescreen recording: TV sets compatible with the Video ID-1 system will automatically switch to wide (16:9) mode. Otherwise, change the aspect ratio of the TV manually. To play back on a TV with normal aspect ratio (4:3) change the [TV TYPE] setting accordingly ( 58). VCR Setup (Recording Mode, TV Type, etc.) VCR SETUP Menu item [REC MODE] [TV TYPE] CAMERA Setting options PLAY Y P O C [ STD PLAY], [ [ NORMAL TV], [ LONG PLAY] WIDE TV] z z – z z – [REC MODE]: Select the video recording mode. • Recording in LP mode extends the available recording time on the tape 1.5 times. • Depending on the condition of the tape (long usage, imperfections, etc.) you may notice some video anomalies (blocky video artifacts, banding, etc.) in the playback picture when playing back recordings made in LP mode. We recommend using the SP mode for important recordings. • Audio cannot be dubbed on tapes recorded in LP mode. • If you make recordings in both SP and LP modes on the same tape, during playback you may notice some video anomalies in the picture at the point where the recording mode changes. • When playing back in this camcorder tapes recorded in LP mode with other devices or vice versa, you may notice some anomalies in the playback picture or the sound may stop briefly. [TV TYPE]: In order to display the picture in full and in the correct aspect ratio, select the setting according to the type of television to which you will connect the camcorder. [NORMAL TV]: TV sets with 4:3 aspect ratio. [WIDE TV]: TV sets with 16:9 aspect ratio. Audio Setup (Audio Mode, Wind Screen, etc.) AUDIO SETUP Menu item [OUTPUT CH] [ L/R], [ [WIND SCREEN] [ AUTO], [ [12bit AUDIO] [ [ STEREO1], [ MIX/FIXED], [ 1 2 [ 16bit], [ PLAY – z 42 ] z1 z2 – STEREO2], MIX/VAR.] – z 42 – z – z – 41 L/L], [ OFF [MIX BALANCE] [AUDIO MODE] CAMERA Setting options 12bit] R/R] Option available only when the mode switch is set to . Option available only when dubbing audio with the built-in microphone. 58 [WIND SCREEN]: The camcorder automatically reduces the background sound of wind when recording outdoors (only while using the built-in microphone). • The wind screen cannot be turned off when the mode switch is set to . [MIX BALANCE]: When [12bit AUDIO] is set to [ MIX/VAR.], adjust ( ) the sound balance with the joystick. • The camcorder will retain the audio balance adjustment, however if you turn off the camcorder, [12bit AUDIO] will be reset to [ STEREO1]. Display Setup (LCD Brightness, Language, etc.) Y P O C DISPLAY SETUP Menu item Setting options [BRIGHTNESS] NORMAL]1, [ PLAY z z – z z 26 – [BACKLIGHT] [ [TV SCREEN] [ ON], [ OFF] z – [ ON], [ OFF] – z [ OFF], [ [ ON], [ [6SEC.DATE] [ ON], [ [DATA CODE] [ [ OFF], [ DATE], [ DATE & TIME] [LANGUAGE]2 Language Set A: [ ], [ENGLISH], [ [ ], [ ], [ [ ], [ ] Language Set B: [ENGLISH], [ ], [ [MARKERS] [DISPLAYS] [DEMO MODE] [ ON], [ BRIGHT] CAMERA z – OFF] – z – OFF] – z – – z 36 z z 24 z – – LEVEL], [ OFF] GRID] TIME], – ], ], [ ], [ ], ] 1 The default setting is [ BRIGHT] when you power the camcorder using the compact power adapter. 2 The list of languages available depends on the region of purchase. [BRIGHTNESS]: Adjust ( ) the brightness of the LCD display with the joystick. • Changing the brightness of the LCD display does not affect that of the viewfinder or the recordings. [TV SCREEN]: When set to [ ON], the camcorder’s on-screen displays will appear also on the screen of a connected TV or monitor. When the date and time are displayed on the camcorder’s screen they will also appear on a connected TV regardless of the [TV SCREEN] setting. Turn off the date/time display with the [DATA CODE] setting ( 36). 59 Additional Information [MARKERS]: You can display a grid or a horizontal line at the center of the screen. Use the markers as a reference to make sure your subject is framed correctly (vertically and/or horizontally). • Using the markers will not affect the recordings on the tape. [DISPLAYS]: You can hide the on-screen displays to show only the playback picture on the full screen. • Tape operation displays appear for 2 seconds. • Warning messages and the data code (if activated) will appear, even when set to [ OFF]. • All on-screen displays will appear while the playback image is magnified or a digital effect is activated. Y P O C [6SEC.DATE]: When you start playing back a tape or when the date of the recording changes, the date and time will be displayed for 6 seconds. [DEMO MODE]: The demonstration mode displays the camcorder’s main features. It starts automatically when the camcorder is powered with the power adapter if you leave it turned on without loading a recording media for more than 5 minutes. • To cancel the demo mode once it started, press any button, turn off the camcorder or insert a videocassette. System Setup (Beep, Power Save, etc.) SYSTEM SETUP Menu item [WL.REMOTE] [BEEP] Setting options [ [ [ [POWER SAVE] [ ON], [ OFF HIGH VOLUME], LOW VOLUME], [ ON], [ OFF] ] CAMERA PLAY z z – z z – z – – OFF] [WL. REMOTE]: Allows the camcorder to be operated with the wireless controller. [BEEP]: A beep will accompany some operations like turning on the camcorder, the selftimer countdown, etc. It also serves as a warning beep under unusual conditions. [POWER SAVE]: In order to save power when the camcorder is powered by a battery pack, it will automatically shut off if left without any operation for 5 minutes. Approximately 30 seconds before the camcorder shuts off, the message “ AUTO POWER OFF” will appear. 60 Date/Time Setup DATE/TIME SETUP Menu item Setting options CAMERA PLAY [T.ZONE DST] List of world time zones. z z 24 [DATE/TIME] – z z 25 [DATE FORMAT] [Y.M.D (2008.1.1 AM 12:00)], [M.D,Y (JAN. 1, 2008 12:00 AM)], [D.M.Y (1.JAN.2008 12:00 AM)] z z – Y P O C [DATE FORMAT]: Changes the date format for on-screen displays. 61 Additional Information Trouble? Troubleshooting If you have a problem with your camcorder, refer to this section. Consult your dealer or a Canon Service Center if the problem persists. Power Source Y P O C The camcorder will not turn on or it turns off by itself. The cassette compartment cover will not open or it stops halfway while you insert or remove a tape. The LCD/viewfinder switches on and off. - Battery pack is exhausted. Replace or charge the battery pack ( 17). - Attach the battery pack correctly. - Use the compact power adapter. The charge indicator flashes rapidly. (one flash at 0.5-second intervals) Charging has stopped because the compact power adapter or the battery pack is faulty. Consult a Canon Service Center. (two quick flashes at 1-second intervals) Battery pack at least 50% charged ( 18). This is not a malfunction. Battery pack will not charge. - Charge the battery pack in temperatures between 0 °C and 40 °C (32 °F and 104 °F). - Battery packs become hot with use and may not charge. When the battery pack is outside the charging temperature range, the CHARGE indicator will flash irregularly. The charging will start once the battery pack temperature is below 40 °C (104 °F). - The battery pack is damaged. Use a different battery pack. - If you connect a faulty power adapter or battery pack, the CHARGE indicator flashes approx. twice per second and the charging stops. - Check that the compact power adapter is correctly connected to the camcorder. Recording/Playback Buttons will not work. - Turn on the camcorder. - Load a cassette ( 27). Abnormal characters appear on the screen. The camcorder does not operate properly. - Disconnect the power source and reconnect it after a short time. If the problem still persists, disconnect all power sources (including the battery pack and the backup battery). This will reset all the camcorder's settings. flashes on the screen. - Load a cassette ( 27). 62 flashes on the screen. - Battery pack is exhausted. Replace or charge the battery pack ( flashes on the screen. - Condensation is detected. Refer to Condensation ( 17). 69). “REMOVE THE CASSETTE” appears on the screen. - Remove the cassette and reinsert it ( 27). The wireless controller will not work. - Set [WL.REMOTE] to [ON] ( 60). - The battery of the wireless controller is exhausted. Replace the battery ( Y P O C 19). Video noise appears on screen. - When using the camcorder in a room where a plasma TV is located, keep a distance between the camcorder and the plasma TV. Video noise appears on the TV screen. - When using the camcorder in a room where a TV is located, keep a distance between the compact power adapter and the power or antenna cables of the TV. The tape stops during record pause or playback pause. - To protect the tape and video heads, the camcorder will enter the stop mode ( ) if left in playback pause ( ) or record pause ( ) mode for 4 minutes 30 seconds. To resume the operation press Start/Stop (when recording) or push the joystick ( ) toward / (during playback). Recording Image will not appear on the screen. - Set the camcorder to ( 28). “SET THE TIME ZONE, DATE AND TIME” appears on the screen. - Set the time zone, date and time ( 24). - Replace the backup lithium battery and set the time zone, date and time ( 19). Pressing Start/Stop will not start recording. - Set the camcorder to ( 28). - Load a cassette ( 27). - Tape reached the end (“ END” appears on the screen). Rewind the tape or replace the cassette ( - Cassette is protected ( flashes on the screen). Change the position of the protect switch ( 67). 27). Camcorder will not focus. - Autofocus does not work on that subject. Focus manually ( 43). - If you are using the viewfinder, adjust it with the dioptric adjustment lever ( 30). - Lens is dirty. Clean the lens with a soft lens-cleaning cloth ( 68). Never use tissue paper to clean the lens. Sound is distorted. - When recording near loud sounds (such as fireworks or concerts), sound may become distorted. Viewfinder picture is blurred. - Adjust the viewfinder with the dioptric adjustment lever ( 30). 63 Additional Information Playback During playback there is video noise. - Video heads are dirty. Clean the video heads ( Playback does not start. - Load a cassette ( 27). - Set the camcorder to - Tape reached the end (“ 2). ( 33). END” appears on the screen). Rewind the tape ( 27). Y P O C No sound from the built-in speaker. - Open the LCD panel. - Speaker volume is turned off. Adjust the volume with the [SPEAKER VOLUME] setting ( Image will not appear on the TV screen. - Check again that the camcorder is properly connected to the TV ( 34). 49). Tape is running, but image will not appear on the TV screen. - TV/VIDEO selector on the TV is not set to VIDEO. Set the selector to VIDEO ( 50). - Video heads are dirty. Clean the video heads ( 2). - You attempted to play back or dub a copyright protected tape ( 52). Stop playback/dubbing. Editing Cannot record with this camcorder video input from an external video device connected using a DV cable. - Wrong signal standard. Refer also to the instruction manual of the connected device. List of Messages (in alphabetical order) CHANGE THE BATTERY PACK - Battery pack is exhausted. Replace or charge the battery pack ( 17). CHECK THE CASSETTE [AUDIO MODE] - You attempted to dub audio ( 53) on a tape recorded with an audio mode other than [ CHECK THE CASSETTE [BLANK] - You attempted to dub audio ( 53) on a tape with a blank section. CHECK THE CASSETTE [INCORRECT TAPE SPECIFICATION] - You attempted to dub audio ( 53) on a tape recorded in HD (high definition) standard. CHECK THE CASSETTE [REC MODE] - You attempted to dub audio ( 53) on a tape recorded in a recording mode other than SP. 64 12bit]. CHECK THE INPUT - The DV cable is not correctly connected to the DV terminal ( 49), or the connected digital device is turned off. - The video input signal is in a different television system (PAL or SECAM). CONDENSATION HAS BEEN DETECTED - Condensation has been detected in the camcorder ( 69). CONDENSATION HAS BEEN DETECTED REMOVE THE CASSETTE - Condensation has been detected in the camcorder ( 69). Remove the cassette. Y P O C COPYRIGHT PROTECTED DUBBING RESTRICTED - You attempted to dub a copyright protected tape ( 52). COPYRIGHT PROTECTED PLAYBACK IS RESTRICTED - You attempted to play back a copyright protected tape ( HEADS DIRTY, USE CLEANING CASSETTE - Video heads are dirty. Clean the video heads ( 52). 2). INCORRECT TAPE SPECIFICATION PLAYBACK IS RESTRICTED - You attempted to play back a tape recorded in a different television system (PAL or SECAM) or in a recording standard not supported by this camcorder. INPUT SIGNAL NOT SUPPORTED - The digital device connected with the DV cable is incompatible with the camcorder. REMOVE THE CASSETTE - Camcorder stopped operating to protect the tape. Remove the cassette and reinsert it ( 27). SET THE TIME ZONE, DATE AND TIME - You have not set the time zone, date and time. This message appears each time you turn the power on until you set the time zone, date and time ( 24). TAPE END - Tape reached the end. Rewind the tape or replace the cassette. THE TAPE IS SET FOR ERASURE PREVENTION - Cassette is protected. Replace the cassette or change the position of the protect switch ( 67). 65 Additional Information Do’s and Don’ts Handling Precautions Battery Pack DANGER! Camcorder Treat the battery pack with care. • Keep it away from fire (or it might explode). • Do not expose the battery pack to temperature higher than 60 °C (140 °F). Do not leave it near a heater or inside a car in hot weather. • Do not try to disassemble or modify it. • Do not drop or knock it. • Do not get it wet. Y P O C • Do not carry the camcorder by the LCD panel. Be careful when closing the LCD panel. • Do not leave the camcorder in places subject to high temperatures (like the inside of a car under direct sunlight), or high humidity. • Do not use the camcorder near strong electromagnetic fields such as above TVs, near plasma TVs or mobile phones. • Do not point the lens or viewfinder at strong light sources. Do not leave the camcorder pointed at a bright subject. • Do not use or store the camcorder in dusty or sandy places. The camcorder is not waterproof – avoid also water, mud or salt. If any of the above should get into the camcorder it may damage the camcorder and/or the lens. • Be careful of heat generated by lighting equipment. • Do not disassemble the camcorder. If the camcorder does not function properly, consult qualified service personnel. • Handle the camcorder with care. Do not subject the camcorder to shocks or vibration as this may cause damage. 66 • Charged battery packs continue to discharge naturally. Therefore, charge them on the day of use, or the day before, to ensure a full charge. • Attach the terminal cover whenever a battery pack is not in use. Contact with metallic objects may cause a short circuit and damage the battery pack. • Dirty terminals may cause a poor contact between the battery pack and the camcorder. Wipe the terminals with a soft cloth. • Since storing a charged battery pack for a long time (about 1 year) can shorten its lifecycle or affect performance, we recommend to discharge the battery pack fully and to store it in a dry place at temperatures no higher than 30 °C (86 °F). If you do not use the battery pack for long periods, charge and discharge it fully at least once a year. If you have more than one battery pack, perform these precautions at the same time for all battery packs. • Although the battery pack’s operating temperature range is from 0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 104 °F), the optimal range is from 10 °C to 30 °C (50 °F to 86 °F). At cold temperatures, performance will temporarily decline. Warm it in your pocket before use. • Replace the battery pack if the usable time after full charge diminishes substantially at normal temperatures. • Do not leave the cassette in the camcorder after use. • Do not use spliced tapes or nonstandard cassettes as they may damage the camcorder. • Do not use tapes that have been jammed as video heads may become dirty. • Do not insert anything into the small holes of the cassette, or cover them with cellophane tape. • Handle cassettes with care. Do not drop or subject them to severe impact as this may damage the cassettes. • With cassettes equipped with a memory function, metal plated terminals may become dirty with use. Clean the terminals with a cotton swab after about 10 times of removing and reinserting the cassette. The memory function is not supported by the camcorder. Y P O C About the battery terminal cover The battery terminal cover has a [ ]shaped hole. This is useful when you wish to differentiate between charged and uncharged battery packs. Back side of the battery pack Terminal cover attached Protecting Tapes from Accidental Erasure Charged Cassette Uncharged To protect your recordings from accidental erasure, slide the tab on the cassette to SAVE or ERASE OFF. REC SAVE REC SAVE • Rewind tapes after use. A slack or damaged tape may cause video problems and/or audio distortions during playback. • Return cassettes to the case and store them upright. Rewind tapes from time to time if they are stored for a long time. 67 Additional Information Lithium Button Battery WARNING! • The battery used in this device may present a fire or chemical burn hazard if mishandled. • Do not disassemble, modify, immerse in water, heat above 100 °C (212 °F) or incinerate the battery. • Backup battery: Replace with a CR1616 battery made by Panasonic, Hitachi Maxell, Sony, Toshiba, Varta or Renata. Use of other batteries may present a risk of fire or explosion. • Lithium battery for the wireless controller: Replace with a CR2025 battery made by Panasonic, Hitachi Maxell, Sony, Sanyo, or with Duracell2025. Use of other batteries may present a risk of fire or explosion. • Do not insert the battery into the mouth. If swallowed, seek medical assistance immediately. The battery case may break and the battery fluids may cause internal damage. • Keep the battery out of the reach of children. • Do not recharge, short-circuit or insert the battery in the wrong direction. Maintenance/Others Storage Y P O C • Dispose of the used battery according to applicable recycling regulations. • Do not pick up the battery using tweezers or other metal tools, as this will cause a short circuit. • Wipe the battery with a clean dry cloth to ensure proper contact. • For California, USA only: Included lithium battery contains Perchlorate Material – special handling may apply. For details see www.dtsc.ca.gov/ hazardouswaste/perchlorate. 68 If you do not intend to use the camcorder for a long time, store it in a place free of dust, in low humidity, and at temperatures not higher than 30 °C (86 °F). Cleaning Camcorder Body • Use a soft, dry cloth to clean the camcorder body. Never use chemically treated cloth or volatile solvents such as paint thinner. Lens and Viewfinder • If the lens surface is dirty, the autofocus may not work properly. • Remove any dust or dirt particles using a non-aerosol type blower brush. • Use a clean, soft lens-cleaning cloth to gently wipe the lens or viewfinder. Never use tissue paper. LCD Screen • Clean the LCD screen using a clean, soft lens-cleaning cloth. • Condensation may form on the surface of the screen when the temperature changes suddenly. Wipe it with a soft dry cloth. Condensation WHEN CONDENSATION IS DETECTED • The camcorder automatically shuts off, the warning message “CONDENSATION HAS BEEN DETECTED” appears for approx. 4 seconds and starts flashing. • If a cassette is loaded, the warning message “REMOVE THE CASSETTE” appears and starts flashing. Remove the cassette immediately and leave the cassette compartment open. Leaving the cassette in the camcorder may damage the tape. • A cassette cannot be loaded when condensation is detected. Y P O C Moving the camcorder rapidly between hot and cold temperatures may cause condensation (water droplets) to form on its internal surfaces. Stop using the camcorder if condensation is detected. Continued use may damage the camcorder. Condensation may form in the following cases: • When the camcorder is moved from an air-conditioned room to a warm, humid place • When the camcorder is moved from a cold place to a warm room • When the camcorder is left in a humid room • When a cold room is heated rapidly RESUMING USE The precise time required for water droplets to evaporate will vary depending on the location and weather conditions. After the condensation warning stops flashing, wait for 1 more hour before resuming use. TO AVOID CONDENSATION • Do not expose the camcorder to sudden or extreme changes in temperature. • Remove the cassette, place the camcorder in an airtight plastic bag and let it adjust to temperature changes slowly before removing it from the bag. 69 Additional Information Using the Camcorder Abroad Power Sources You can use the compact power adapter to operate the camcorder and to charge battery packs in any country with power supply between 100 and 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz. Consult the Canon Service Center for information on plug adapters for overseas use. American Samoa, Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Greenland, Guam, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Surinam, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, USA, Venezuela, Virgin Islands. Y P O C Playback on a TV Screen You can only play back your recordings on TVs compatible with the NTSC system. The NTSC system is used in the following countries/areas: Trademark Acknowledgements • is a trademark. • Microsoft, Windows and Windows Vista are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. • Macintosh and Mac OS are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the United States and other countries. • Other names and products not mentioned above may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. 70 General Information System Diagram (Availability differs from area to area) CBC-NB2 Car Battery Charger WS-20 Wrist Strap Y P O C SS-600/SS-650 Shoulder Strap NB-2LH, BP-2L5*, BP-2L14 Battery Pack CB-2LW Battery Charger MiniDV videocassette CA-590 Compact Power Adapter WL-D85 Wireless Controller TV STV-250N Stereo Video Cable VCR Commercially available DV cable DVD recorder/digital device with DV terminal SC-2000 Soft Carrying Case * The BP-2L5 is not available as a separate optional accessory. 71 Additional Information Optional Accessories Call or visit your local retailer/dealer for genuine Canon video accessories. You can also obtain genuine accessories for your Canon camcorder by calling: 1-800-828-4040, Canon U.S.A. Information Center. Use of genuine Canon accessories is recommended. This product is designed to achieve excellent performance when used with genuine Canon accessories. Canon shall not be liable for any damage to this product and/or accidents such as fire, etc., caused by the malfunction of non-genuine Canon accessories (e.g., a leakage and/or explosion of a battery pack). Please note that this warranty does not apply to repairs arising out of the malfunction of non-genuine Canon accessories, although you may request such repairs on a chargeable basis. Y P O C Battery Packs When you need extra battery packs, select either the NB-2LH or the BP-2L14. CB-2LW Battery Charger Use the battery charger to charge battery packs. It plugs directly into a power outlet without a cable. Charging Times The charging times given in the following table are approximate and vary according to charging conditions and initial charge of the battery pack. Battery Pack o BP-2L5 NB-2LH BP-2L14 Using the camcorder 145 min. 155 min. 285 min. Using the CB-2LW Battery Charger 105 min. 160 min. 205 min. Charging Conditions p 72 Recording and Playback Times The recording and playback times given in the following table are approximate and vary according to recording mode and charging, recording or playback conditions. The effective usage time of the battery pack may decrease when recording in cold surroundings, when using the brighter screen settings, etc. Battery Pack BP-2L5 NB-2LH BP-2L14 Y P O C Screen Used Viewfinder LCD Viewfinder LCD Viewfinder LCD Maximum Recording Time 90 min. 85 min. 125 min. 120 min. 270 min. 260 min. Typical Recording Time* 45 min. 45 min. 65 min. 60 min. 145 min. 140 min. – 110 min. – 145 min. – 315 min. Playback Time Maximum Recording Time 95 min. 95 min. 135 min. 125 min. 300 min. 280 min. Typical Recording Time* 55 min. 50 min. 55 min. 50 min. 155 min. 150 min. – 105 min. – 145 min. – 310 min. Playback Time * Approximate times for recording with repeated operations such as start/stop, zooming, and power on/off. CBC-NB2 Car Battery Charger Use the car battery charger to charge battery packs on the move. The car battery cable plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter and runs off a 12-24 V DC negative ground battery. 73 Additional Information Shoulder Strap You can attach a shoulder strap for more security and portability. Pass the ends through the strap mount and adjust the length of the strap. Y P O C WS-20 Wrist Strap Use this for extra additional protection for active shooting. SC-2000 Soft Carrying Case A handy camcorder bag with padded compartments and plenty of space for accessories. This mark identifies genuine Canon video accessories. When you use Canon video equipment, we recommend Canon-brand accessories or products bearing the same mark. 74 Product Codes Provided Accessories CA-590 Compact Power Adapter BP-2L5 Battery Pack WL-D85 Wireless Controller STV-250N Stereo Video Cable D85-1671-000 D85-1632-000 D83-0712-000 D82-0590-002 Y P O C Optional Accessories NB-2LH Battery Pack BP-2L14 Battery Pack CB-2LW Battery Charger CBC-NB2 Car Battery Charger 9612A001AA 9582A002AA 0763B001AA 7873A002AA WS-20 Wrist Strap SC-2000 Soft Carrying Case DVM-CL DV Cleaning Cassette 3118A002AA (D81-0190-202) 9389A001AA 3134A002AA (D36-0032-201) 75 Additional Information Specifications ZR930/ZR900 System 2 rotary heads, helical scanning DV system (consumer digital VCR SD system), digital component recording Audio Recording System PCM digital sound: 16 bit (48 kHz/2 channels); 12 bit (32 kHz) Television System EIA standard (525 lines, 60 fields) NTSC color signal Image Sensor 1/6-inch CCD, approx. 1,070,000 pixels approx. 680,000 pixels Effective pixels1 (all figures are approximate values) 16:9 Movies (advanced zoom) 410,000 (T) / 710,000 (W) pixels (other zoom types) 550,000 pixels 4:3 Movies (advanced zoom) 310,000 (T) / 690,000 (W) pixels (other zoom types) 690,000 pixels 1 (all figures are approximate values) Effective pixels 16:9 Movies (advanced zoom) 360,000 (T) / 450,000 (W) pixels (other zoom types) 360,000 pixels 4:3 Movies 340,000 pixels Compatible Tapes Videocassettes bearing the Tape Speed SP: 18.81 mm/s (0.74 ips); LP: 12.56 mm/s (0.49 ips) mark Maximum Recording Time (60 min. tape) SP: 60 minutes; LP: 90 minutes LCD Screen 2.7 in., wide, TFT color, approx. 112,000 pixels Viewfinder Microphone 1 Y P O C Video Recording System 0.35 in., wide, TFT color, approx. 114,000 pixels Stereo electret condenser microphone Lens f=2.6–96.2 mm, F/2.0–5.2, 37x power zoom 35 mm equivalent (all figures are approximate values) 16:9 Movies (advanced zoom) 41.7–2,002 mm (other zoom types) 47.1–1,743 mm 4:3 Movies (advanced zoom) 44.6–2,453 mm (other zoom types) 44.6–1,650 mm 35 mm equivalent (all figures are approximate values) 16:9 Movies (advanced zoom) 41.3–1,695 mm (other zoom types) 45.8–1,695 mm 4:3 Movies 49.8–1,843 mm Lens Configuration 10 elements in 8 groups (1 double-sided, aspheric element) AF system TTL autofocus, manual focus available When two values are given, the first indicates the value at full telephoto (T) and the second indicates the value at full wide-angle (W). 76 Minimum Focusing Distance 1 m (3.3 ft.); 1 cm (0.39 in.) on maximum wide angle White Balance Auto white balance, preset white balance (DAYLIGHT, TUNGSTEN) or custom white balance Minimum Illumination [NIGHT] recording program, Shutter speed at 1/8: 2.1 lx, 1.6 lx mode, Auto slow shutter [ON], Shutter speed at 1/30: 8 lx, 6 lx Recommended Illumination More than 100 lx Image Stabilization Electronic Y P O C Input/Output Terminals AV Terminal DV Terminal MIC Terminal ‡ 3.5 mm minijack, output only Video: 1 Vp-p/75 ohms unbalanced Audio: -10 dBV (47 kohms load/3 kohms or less) 4 pin (IEEE1394 standard), input/output ‡ 3.5 mm stereo minijack –57 dBV (with 600 ohm mic)/5 kohms or more Power/Others Power supply (rated) Power consumption 7.4 V DC (battery pack), 8.4 V DC (compact power adapter) 2.4 W (viewfinder), 2.5 W (LCD screen, normal brightness) 2.2 W (viewfinder), 2.3 W (LCD screen, normal brightness) Operating temperature 0 – 40 °C (32 – 104 °F) Dimensions (W x H x D) 68 x 82 x 127 mm (2.7 x 3.2 x 5.0 in.) excluding the grip belt Weight (camcorder body only) 380 g (13.4 oz.) 77 Additional Information CA-590 Compact Power Adapter Power input 100 – 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz, 0.14 – 0.08 A Rated output 8.4 V DC, 0.6 A Operating temperature 0 – 40 °C (32 – 104 °F) Dimensions Weight Y P O C 46 x 26 x 70 mm (1.8 x 1.0 x 2.8 in.) 95 g (3.4 oz.) BP-2L5 Battery Pack Battery type Rated voltage Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery 7.4 V DC Operating temperature 0 – 40 °C (32 – 104 °F) Battery capacity 530 mAh Dimensions 33.3 x 16.2 x 45.2 mm (1.3 x 0.64 x 1.8 in.) Weight 40 g (1.4 oz.) Weight and dimensions are approximate. Errors and omissions excepted. Subject to change without notice. 78 Index E 6-second auto date . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 A Abroad, using the camcorder . . . . . . . .70 Aspect ratio of a connected TV (TV type) . . . . . .58 of movies (Widescreen) . . . . . . . . .57 Audio dubbing* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Audio mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Audio output channel . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Auto slow shutter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 AV terminal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 B F Fireworks (recording program) . . . . . . . 38 FUNC. menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22, 56 Y P O C Backup battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Battery pack Charging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Remaining charge indicator . . . . . .16 Beach (recording program) . . . . . . . . . .38 Beep . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 C EASY (recording program) . . . . . . . . . . 29 End search . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Error messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Exposure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Compact power adapter . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Condensation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Connections to a computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 to a TV/VCR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 D Data code . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Date and time Date format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Daylight saving time . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Time zone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Date search* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Digital effects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Digital video input (DV dubbing) . . . . . .51 DV terminal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49, 54 G Grip belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 I Image effects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Image stabilizer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 J Joystick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Joystick guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 L Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 LCD screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 LCD video light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 LP mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 M Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Manual exposure adjustment . . . . . . . . 44 Manual focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Markers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 MIC terminal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Microphone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Mode switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 N Night (recording program) . . . . . . . . . . 38 * only. 79 Additional Information O V Onscreen display selection . . . . . . . . . . 36 P P (recording program) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Portrait (recording program) . . . . . . . . . 38 Power save . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Q Recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Recording mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Recording programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Recording reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Remaining tape indicator . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Remote sensor* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Reviewing movies (Record review) . . . . 33 S W White balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wide angle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Widescreen 16:9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wind screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wireless controller* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Y P O C Quick Start function . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 R Video heads, cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Videocassettes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27, 67 Viewfinder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 44 30 57 59 20 Z Zero set memory* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zoom Advanced zoom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zoom speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zoom type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 30 31 30 Screen icons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Self timer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Serial number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Setup menus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22, 57 Shutter speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Snow (recording program) . . . . . . . . . . 38 SP mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Special scene (recording programs) . . . 37 Sports (recording program) . . . . . . . . . . 38 Spotlight (recording program) . . . . . . . . 38 Sunset (recording program) . . . . . . . . . 38 T Telephoto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Transferring movies to a computer . . . . 55 Tripod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 * 80 only. U.S.A. CANON CONSUMER DIGITAL VIDEO EQUIPMENT LIMITED WARRANTY FOR THE UNITED STATES The limited warranty set forth below is given by Canon U.S.A., Inc. (“Canon USA”) with respect to Canon Consumer Digital Video Equipment (the “Equipment”) purchased in the United States. This limited warranty is only effective upon presentation of your Bill of Sale or other proof of purchase. The Equipment is warranted under normal, non-commercial, personal use, against defective materials or workmanship as follows: Parts: Defective parts will be exchanged for new parts or comparable rebuilt parts for a period of ONE YEAR from the date of original purchase, except for a defective Video Head, which will be exchanged for a period of three months from the date of purchase. Labor: For a period of ONE YEAR from the date of original purchase, labor will be provided free of charge by our factory service centers or designated service facilities located in the United States. When returning Equipment under this warranty, you must pre-pay the shipping charges, and you must enclose the Bill of Sale or other proof of purchase with a complete explanation of the problem. During the ONE-YEAR warranty period, repairs will be made and the Equipment will be return-shipped to you free of charge. For repairs after the warranty period is over, you will be given an estimate of the cost of repair and an opportunity to approve or disapprove of the repair expense before it is incurred. If you approve, repairs will be made and the Equipment will be return-shipped to you. (shipping charges apply). If you disapprove, we will return-ship the equipment at no charge to you. Non-Canon brand peripheral equipment and software which may be distributed with, or factory loaded on, the Equipment, are sold “AS IS” without warranty of any kind by Canon USA, including any implied warranty regarding merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. The sole warranty with respect to such non-Canon brand items is given by the manufacturer or producer thereof. If the Equipment contains a hard disk drive, Canon USA recommends that data stored on that drive be duplicated or backed up to prevent its loss in the event of failure or other malfunction of such drive. Canon USA shall have no responsibility under this limited warranty for use of the Equipment in conjunction with incompatible peripheral equipment and incompatible software. In order to obtain warranty service, contact the authorized Canon retail dealer from whom you purchased the Equipment or call the CANON INFORMATION CENTER AT 1-800-OK-CANON). You will be directed to the nearest service facility for your Equipment. This Limited Warranty covers all defects encountered in normal use of the Equipment and does not apply in the following cases: A) Loss or damage to the Equipment due to abuse, mishandling, accident, improper maintenance, or failure to follow operating instructions; B) If the Equipment is defective as a result of leaking batteries, sand, dirt or water damage; C) If defects or damages are caused by the use of unauthorized parts or by service other than by Canon USA's factory service centers or authorized service facilities; D) If the Equipment is used for commercial or industrial use. This Limited Warranty does not cover cabinet (exterior finish), video cassette tape, head cleanings, nor does it apply to Equipment purchased outside the United States. This warranty does not cover units sold to rental firms, military operations, hotels, schools, hospitals or for other commercial, industrial, or institutional applications. These uses are covered only by such specific warranty as Canon may issue with such sales. This Limited Warranty does not apply to accessories or consumables for the Equipment, which are sold “AS IS”, without warranty of any kind by Canon USA. Please retain this warranty card and your Bill of Sale as a permanent record of your purchase. This card is most important in order to be sure you are contacted right away should there be a safety inspection, modification or product recall under applicable laws or regulations. NO IMPLIED WARRANTY, INCLUDING MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE APPLIES TO THIS EQUIPMENT AFTER THE APPLICABLE PERIOD OF EXPRESS WARRANTY OR GUARANTY, EXCEPT AS MENTIONED ABOVE, GIVEN BY ANY PERSON, FIRM OR CORPORATION WITH RESPECT TO THIS EQUIPMENT SHALL BIND THE UNDERSIGNED (SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU). 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(SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU).THIS WARRANTY SHALL NOT EXTEND TO ANYONE OTHER THAN THE ORIGINAL PURCHASER OF THIS EQUIPMENT OR THE PERSON FOR WHOM IT WAS PURCHASED AS A GIFT. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. CANON U.S.A., INC. Y P O C 81 CANADA CANON CONSUMER DIGITAL VIDEO EQUIPMENT LIMITED WARRANTY The limited warranty set forth below is given by Canon Canada Inc. (“Canon Canada”) with respect to Canon Consumer Digital Video Equipment (the "Equipment") purchased in Canada. This limited warranty is only effective upon presentation of a bill of sale or other proof of purchase for this Equipment to a Canon Service Facility when repairs are required. The Equipment is warranted under normal, non-commercial, personal use, against defective materials or workmanship as follows: Parts: Defective parts will be exchanged for new parts or, at Canon Canada’s option, comparable rebuilt parts for a period of one year from the date of original purchase, except Video Heads which will be exchanged for a period of 3 months from the date of purchase. Labour: For a period of one year from the date of original purchase, labour will be provided free of charge by our Canon Service Facilities in Canada. This limited warranty covers all defects except where: (a) The loss or damage to the product results from: i) accident, natural disaster, mishandling, abuse, neglect, unauthorized product modification or failure to follow instructions contained in the instruction manual; ii) the use of accessories, attachments, products, supplies, parts or devices with the Equipment that do not conform to Canon specifications or that cause abnormally frequent service problems; iii) repairs or services performed by any party other than a Canon Service Facility; iv) defective batteries or any exposure to water, sand or dirt; v) shipping (claim must be presented to the shipper); (b) Any serial number on the video Equipment is altered or removed. (c) The Equipment is used for commercial, professional or industrial purposes. This limited warranty does not cover the cabinet (exterior finish) of the Equipment, media, nor does it apply to Equipment purchased outside Canada. If the Equipment contains a hard disk drive, Canon Canada recommends that data stored on that drive be duplicated or backed up to prevent its loss in the event of a failure or other malfunction of such drive. Y P O C TO OBTAIN WARRANTY SERVICE Ship your Equipment in its original carton, box or equivalent, properly packed, fully insured with shipping charges prepaid, together with a copy of your bill of sale or other proof of purchase and a description of the problem to any of the Canon Service Facilities in Canada. LIMITATIONS Except as otherwise required by applicable legislation, this warranty is in lieu of all other warranties, conditions, guarantees or representations, express or implied, statutory or otherwise, relative to the Equipment, including implied warranties or conditions of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. 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