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Panasonic AG-AC90 Operating Instructions Manual

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This product is eligible for the
AVCCAM 3 Year Warranty
Repair Program.
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instructions Vol. 1.
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Vol.2
This document explains in detail how to operate this device. Concerning basic operation, please
refer to the enclosed "Operating Instructions Vol.1" (printed document).
Please read these instructions carefully before using this product, and save this manual for future
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Operating Instructions
Memory Card Camera-Recorder
Model No.
AG-AC90P
AG-AC90PJ
AG-AC90PX
Vol.2
ENGLISH
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Summary of Contents

  • Page 1

    AVCCAM 3 Year Warranty Repair Program. For details, see operating instructions Vol. 1. http://panasonic.biz/sav/pass_e/ Vol.2 This document explains in detail how to operate this device. Concerning basic operation, please refer to the enclosed “Operating Instructions Vol.1” (printed document). Please read these instructions carefully before using this product, and save this manual for future use.

  • Page 2: Read This First

    ≥ 4 GB or more Memory Cards that do not have content the SDHC logo or 48 GB or more Memory Panasonic does not accept any responsibility Cards that do not have the SDXC logo are for damages directly or indirectly due to any...

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents Read this first ..........2 Setting the Time Code ......52 Setting the User Information ....53 Preparation Setting the Recording Counter....54 USER button ..........55 Setting the USER button......55 Names and Functions of Main Parts .... 5 Using the USER button......

  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Menu Using the Menu ..........84 Camera Setup ........84 Recording Setup........89 Switch and display setting ..... 95 Other Functions ........100 Video Setup ......... 104 Picture Setup ........104 Display Indications ..........105 Messages............ 107 Others Troubleshooting......... 107 About recovery ........

  • Page 5: Names And Functions Of Main Parts

    Preparation Names and Functions of Main Parts Grip belt Shoulder strap fixture Headphone terminal [ Handle Camera remote jack [CAM REMOTE] Sub zoom lever 35, 99) [CAM REMOTE] (3.5 mm (0.14 q) mini jack) ≥ This lever functions in the same manner as It is possible to adjust the focus or iris the zoom lever.

  • Page 6

    19 20 28 29 30 31 32 33 39 40 Wireless remote control sensor Focus auto/Manual/¶ button Internal microphones [FOCUS A/M/¶] Recording lamp 100) Optical image stabilizer button [O.I.S.] Speaker Lens White balance button [W.B.] Lens hood Zebra button [ZEBRA] INPUT 1, 2 (LINE/MIC) switches Color Bar Screen button [BARS] INPUT 1, 2 (+48V) switches...

  • Page 7

    55 56 59 60 AV multi connector [AV MULTI] LCD monitor extract part [PULL] LCD monitor (Touch screen) ≥ Use the AV multi cable (only the supplied Shoulder strap fixture cable). Eye cup attachment part USB terminal [USB 2.0] Eye cup Viewfinder Battery release button [PUSH] Battery holder...

  • Page 8

    ∫ Adjust the length of the grip belt so that it fits your hand. 1, 2 Flip the belt cover and the belt. Adjust the length. 4, 5 Replace the belt. ∫ Attaching the eye cup Attach by aligning the notch of the eye cup attachment part with the protrusion at the inside of the eye cup.

  • Page 9

    ∫ Attaching the microphone holder Microphone holder attachment part Microphone holder adaptor External microphone (optional) Microphone holder screws (6 mm) (0.24 q) Microphone holder Microphone holder screws (12 mm) (0.47 q) ≥ Attach by using a commercially available screw driver. ≥...

  • Page 10

    ∫ Attaching the lens cap Protect the lens surface with the lens cap while the unit is not used. Attach or remove it by pinching on it. ∫ Attaching the INPUT terminal cap Attach the INPUT terminal cap while the audio input terminals 1, 2 (XLR 3 pin) is not used. B INPUT terminal cap - 10 -...

  • Page 11: Power Supply

    Please be advised that we are not liable for any accident or failure occurring as a result of use of a counterfeit battery pack. To ensure that safe products are used we would recommend that a genuine Panasonic battery pack is used. - 11 -...

  • Page 12: Charging The Battery

    ≥ Use the AC cable (K2CA2CA00025; supplied) dedicated for the battery charger. Insert the battery into the battery charger by aligning the arrows. ≥ We recommend using Panasonic batteries 14). ≥ If you use other batteries, we cannot guarantee the quality of this product.

  • Page 13: Inserting/removing The Battery

    Inserting/removing the battery Install the battery by inserting it in the direction shown in the figure. Removing the battery Make sure that the power switch is set to OFF and the status indicator is turned off, and then remove by holding onto it taking care not to drop.

  • Page 14: Charging And Recording Time

    Charging and recording time ∫ Charging/Recording time ≥ Temperature: 25 oC (77 oF)/humidity: 60%RH ≥ When using the viewfinder (times in parentheses are when using the LCD monitor) Battery model number Maximum Charging Recording Actual [Voltage/Capacity continuously time format recordable time (minimum)] recordable time 6 h 25 min...

  • Page 15: Connecting To The Ac Outlet

    Connecting to the AC outlet The unit is in the standby condition when the AC adaptor is connected. The primary circuit is always “live” as long as the AC adaptor is connected to an electrical outlet. Important: ≥ Use the supplied AC adaptor. Do not use the AC adaptor of another device. ≥...

  • Page 16: Preparation Of Sd Cards, Cards That You Can Use With This Unit

    ≥ Please check the latest information on the support website below. http://pro-av.panasonic.net ≥ When using an SDHC Memory Card/SDXC Memory Card with other equipment, check the equipment is compatible with these Memory Cards.

  • Page 17: Inserting/removing An Sd Card

    Inserting/removing an SD card When using a non Panasonic SD card for the first time, or one which was previously used on another equipment, it is necessary to format the SD card. 28) When the SD card is formatted, all of the recorded data is deleted. Once the data is deleted, it cannot be restored.

  • Page 18: Turning The Unit On/off, Selecting A Mode

    Preparation Turning the unit on/off Set the power switch to ON while pressing the lock release button B to turn on the unit. To turn off the unit Set the power switch to OFF while pressing the lock release button. The status indicator goes off.

  • Page 19: Using The Lcd Monitor/viewfinder, Using The Lcd Monitor

    Preparation Using the LCD monitor/Viewfinder The viewfinder is turned off and the LCD monitor is turned on when the LCD monitor is extracted. The viewfinder is turned on when the LCD monitor is retracted. Using the LCD monitor Extract the LCD monitor in the direction as indicated in the figure.

  • Page 20: How To Use The Touch Screen, Lcd Monitor Adjustment

    How to use the touch screen You can operate by directly touching the LCD monitor (touch screen) with your finger. ∫ Touch Touch and release the touch screen to select icon or picture. ≥ Touch the center of the icon. ≥...

  • Page 21: Viewfinder Adjustment

    [LCD SET] It adjusts brightness and color density on the LCD monitor. Select the menu. MENU : [SW & DISP SETUP] # [LCD SET] Touch the desired setting item. [COLOR]: Color level of the LCD monitor [BRIGHTNESS]: Brightness of the LCD monitor [CONTRAST]: Contrast of the LCD monitor Touch...

  • Page 22: Recording Yourself

    [EVF COLOR] The recording images or playback images on the viewfinder can be selected between color/black and white. Select the menu. MENU : [SW & DISP SETUP] # [EVF COLOR]# [ON] or [OFF] [ON]: Displayed in color [OFF]: Displayed in black and white Recording yourself ≥...

  • Page 23: Setting Date And Time

    Preparation Setting date and time When the unit is turned on for the first time, a message asking you to set the date and time will appear. Select [YES] and perform steps 2 to 3 below to set the date and time. Select the menu.

  • Page 24: Using The Menu Screen

    Preparation Using the menu screen MENU MENU Press the MENU button Touch the top menu A. Touch the submenu B. ≥ Next (Previous) page can be displayed by touching Touch the desired item to enter the setting. Touch [EXIT] to exit the menu setting. - 24 -...

  • Page 25: Using With The Wireless Remote Control

    Preparation Using with the wireless remote control Select the menu. Menu button [MENU] OK button [OK] MENU : [OTHER FUNCTION] # * means that these buttons function in the [REMOTE CONTROL] # [ON] same manner as the corresponding buttons on the unit. Remove the insulation sheet A before START/ using.

  • Page 26: Operation Of Direction Buttons Ok Button

    ∫ Wireless remote control usable range 15 15 15 15 15 15 A Wireless remote control sensor Distance: Within approx. 5 m (16 feet) Angle: Approx. 15o up, down, left and right ≥ The wireless remote control is intended for indoor operation. Outdoors or under strong light, the unit may not operate properly even within the usable ranges.

  • Page 27: Before Recording

    Recording Before recording ∫ Basic camera positioning Normal recording Low-angle recording ≥ For easier low-angle recording, the sub recording start/stop button and the sub zoom lever can be used. ≥ Put your hand through the grip belt and hold the unit with both hands. Recording from a high position - 27 -...

  • Page 28: Formatting Cards

    ≥ When recording, make sure your footing is stable and there is no danger of colliding with another person or object. ≥ Hold the eye cup of the viewfinder as close as possible to your right eye. ≥ Adjust the angle of the LCD monitor according to the position in which the unit is held. ≥...

  • Page 29: Selecting A Media To Record

    Recording Selecting a media to record [SD CARD 1] and [SD CARD 2] can be selected separately to record motion pictures or still pictures. Select the menu. MENU : [SW & DISP SETUP] # [MEDIA SELECT] Touch the media to record motion pictures or still pictures.

  • Page 30: Recording Motion Pictures

    Recording Recording motion pictures Change the mode to ≥ Extract the LCD monitor. Press the recording start/stop button C to start recording. ≥ Recording will stop when you press the recording start/stop button again. A When you begin recording, ; changes to ¥. B Mode switch ∫...

  • Page 31: Recording Still Pictures

    Recording Recording still pictures Change the mode to ≥ Extract the LCD monitor. Press the button. ≥ When photos are being recorded, the remaining recordable number of photos and the photo operation display displayed. A Mode switch ∫ About the screen indications while recording still pictures Size of still pictures R3000 Remaining number of still pictures...

  • Page 32

    ∫ About picture size The number of recording pixels changes depending on the [REC FORMAT] 89) and the [ASPECT] 92). Recording format ASPECT Picture size [PS 1080/60p], [PH 1080/60i], [PH 1080/30p], [PH 1080/24p], 2304k1296 [HA 1080/60i], [HE 1080/60i] 16:9 [SA 480/60i] 1728k1296 ≥...

  • Page 33: Intelligent Auto Mode/manual Mode

    Recording Intelligent Auto Mode/Manual Mode MANU iA/MANU switch Slide the switch to change the Intelligent Auto Mode/Manual Mode. is displayed in the Manual Mode. ≥ ≥ The following modes appropriate for the condition are set just by pointing the unit to what you want to record in the Intelligent Auto Mode.

  • Page 34

    ∫ Intelligent Auto Mode When switching to Intelligent Auto Mode, the Auto White Balance and Auto Focus operate and automatically adjust the color balance and focusing. Depending on the brightness of the subject etc., the aperture and shutter speed are automatically adjusted for an optimum brightness.

  • Page 35: Using The Zoom, Ring Zoom

    Recording Using the zoom It can be zoomed up to 12k. ≥ It can zoom up to 25k when the [i.Zoom] is set to [ON]. ≥ Zoom magnification can be checked in the screen display of Z00 to Z99. The value gets larger when zoomed in, and the value gets smaller when zoomed out.

  • Page 36

    ∫ About the zoom speed ≥ The zoom speed will vary depending on how far the zoom lever is pressed or how fast the zoom ring is rotated. ≥ Zoom speed of the sub zoom lever will vary depending on the setting of [SUB ZOOM]. ≥...

  • Page 37: Image Stabilizer Function

    Recording Image Stabilizer Function Use the image stabilizer to reduce the effects of shake during recording. This unit is equipped with Hybrid Optical Image Stabilizer. Hybrid Optical Image Stabilizer is a hybrid of optical and electrical image stabilizer. O.I.S. Optical image stabilizer button Press the button to turn optical image stabilizer on/off.

  • Page 38: Focus

    Recording Focus Perform focus adjustments using the focus ring. If auto focusing is difficult due to the conditions, then use Manual Focus. ≥ Switch to Manual Mode. A FOCUS ASSIST button B FOCUS A/M/¶ button FOCUS ASSIST C Focus ring FOCUS A/M Press the FOCUS A/M/¶...

  • Page 39

    ∫ Focus Assist When the FOCUS ASSIST button is pressed, Focus Assist can be set. The in-focus area is displayed in red. ≥ When it is pressed once more, the settings are canceled. ≥ The red display does not appear on the images actually recorded. ≥...

  • Page 40: White Balance

    Recording White Balance Automatic White Balance function may not reproduce natural colors depending on the scenes or lighting conditions. If so, you can adjust the White Balance manually. Switch the modes of White Balance by pressing the W.B. button. A W.B. button W.B.

  • Page 41

    ∫ To set the White Balance in accordance to the recording scene Fill the screen with a white subject or place a white piece of paper in front of the lens. Press the W.B. button to display Ach. ≥ When the operation icon is displayed and is touched, it will switch to Keep on pressing the W.B.

  • Page 42: Iris Adjustment

    Recording Iris adjustment Perform Iris/Gain adjustments using the iris ring. Adjust it when the screen is too bright or too dark. IRIS A/M F4.0 A Gain value B Iris value C Auto iris icon 1 IRIS A/M button * It is displayed in Auto Iris Mode. 2 Iris ring ≥...

  • Page 43

    ∫ Adjusting brightness during the Auto Iris Mode ≥ Switch to Manual Mode. Select the menu. MENU : [CAMERA SETUP] # [AUTO IRIS LEVEL] Touch to adjust settings. Touch [EXIT] to complete the setting. Utilizing the USER button It is convenient to use following functions of the USER button when it is set to Manual Iris. ≥...

  • Page 44: Manual Shutter Speed

    Recording Manual shutter speed Adjust the shutter speed when recording fast-moving subjects. ≥ Switch to Manual Mode. Touch the LCD monitor to display the operation icons and touch SHTR Touch to adjust settings. ≥ When [AUTO] is touched, the shutter speed is set automatically. ≥...

  • Page 45: Audio Input, Microphone Setup

    Recording Audio Input ® This unit can record audio in 5.1 ch or 2 ch. (The voice recording method is Dolby Digital ( When recording in 2 ch, it is possible to switch between built-in microphone, external microphone, or connected audio equipment for each channel. Microphone setup Recording setting of the built-in microphone can be adjusted.

  • Page 46: Switching Audio Input

    Switching Audio Input INPUT1 LINE +48V INPUT2 INPUT1 INPUT2 LINE +48V INPUT2 A CH1 switch B CH2 switch C INPUT1, 2 (+48V) switches D INPUT1, 2 (LINE/MIC) switches ∫ Using the built-in microphone Audio is recorded with the built-in microphone (5.1 ch) when the [MIC SETUP] is set to anything other than [2ch].

  • Page 47

    ∫ Using an external microphone or audio equipment ≥ Set [MIC SETUP] to [2ch]. Connect an external microphone or audio equipment to AUDIO INPUT1, 2 terminals (XLR 3 pin). Use INPUT1, 2 (LINE/MIC) switches to switch the connected audio input signal. LINE: audio equipment is connected Input level is 0 dBu.

  • Page 48

    To remove the external microphone, etc., from the audio input terminals 1, 2 (XLR 3 pin) Remove while pushing on the PUSH section of the audio input terminals 1, 2 (XLR 3 pin). ≥ Set the input signal to built-in microphone by switching the CH1, CH2 switches to INT (L) or INT (R) after removing the external microphone.

  • Page 49: Adjusting The Audio Input Level

    Adjusting the audio input level ∫ Adjusting the input level of the built-in microphone (5.1 ch) ≥ Set the [MIC SETUP] to anything other than [2ch]. Select the menu. MENU : [RECORD SETUP] # [5.1ch MIC LEVEL] # desired setting [AUTO]: ALC is activated, and the recording level is adjusted automatically.

  • Page 50

    Adjusting the input level of the built-in microphone (5.1 ch) using the operation icons ≥ Set the [MIC SETUP] to anything other than [2ch]. ≥ Set [5.1ch MIC LEVEL] to [SET]/[SETr Display the operation icons and touch Touch to adjust settings. Touch to complete the setting.

  • Page 51: Counter Display

    Recording Counter display You can change a counter display that indicates how much time has elapsed during recording or playback. COUNTER COUNTER button Each time you press the button, the counter display changes. Time Code # User Information # Recording Counter # Setting canceled Counter display Indications...

  • Page 52: Setting The Time Code

    Setting the Time Code Time code will display the recording time in hours, minutes, seconds, and frames. TC 00:00:00:00 (hour : minute : second : frame [NDF]) TC 00:00:00.00 (hour : minute : second . frame [DF]) ≥ The frame (Number of frames counted every second) will vary depending on the [REC FORMAT] setting.

  • Page 53: Setting The User Information

    [TC PRESET] You can set the initial time code. Select the menu. MENU : [RECORD SETUP] # [TC PRESET] Touch the item to set and change with ≥ It will be set to 00h00m00s00f when the RESET button is pressed. ≥...

  • Page 54: Setting The Recording Counter

    Setting the Recording Counter Recording Counter will display the recording time in seconds. 0:00:00 (hour : minute : second (When [REC COUNTER] is set to [TOTAL])) SCN 0:00:00 (hour : minute : second (When [REC COUNTER] is set to [SCENE])) [REC COUNTER] Select the counting method during the recording.

  • Page 55: User Button, Setting The User Button

    Recording USER button Each of the USER button can register one function from the 12 available functions. ≥ There are three USER buttons (USER1 to USER3) on the main body and four USER button icons (USER4 to USER7) displayed on the LCD monitor. Setting the USER button Select the menu.

  • Page 56: Using The User Button

    Using the USER button To use the set USER button, press USER1 to USER3 button or touch the USER4 to USER7 button icon displayed when you touch the LCD monitor. (When you use the USER1 to USER3) (When you use the USER4 to USER7) SCN1 SCN2 SCN3 SCN4 SCN5 SCN6 USER4 ATW.L...

  • Page 57: Functions Of The User Button

    Functions of the USER button ∫ List of USER button function Icon Item Function [P.AF] [PUSH AF] Push AF [B.Light] [BACKLIGHT] Backlight Compensation [S.Light] [SPOTLIGHT] Spotlight [B.FD] [BLACK FADE] Black Fade [W.FD] [WHITE FADE] White Fade [ATW] [ATW] [ATW.L] [ATW LOCK] ATW Lock [D.ZM] [D.ZOOM]...

  • Page 58

    Spotlight Switches to automatic iris control for spotlight. Very bright object is recorded clearly. appears when it is set. ≥ ≥ It will return to standard Auto Iris Mode ( ) when it is canceled. Black Fade Fade in/fade out effect (black) can be added to the video and audio that is being recorded. Press USER button or touch USER button icon in the recording screen.

  • Page 59

    ATW Lock The White Balance can be changed to ATW Lock. ≥ It will return to ATW when canceled. ≥ This cannot be set when the White Balance is set to anything other than ATW. Digital Zoom Press USER button or touch USER button icon in the recording screen. ≥...

  • Page 60

    Last Scene Delete The motion picture recorded last can be deleted. Deleted scenes cannot be restored. Press USER button or touch USER button icon in the recording screen. Touch [YES]. ≥ It will return to recording screen without deleting by touching [NO]. ≥...

  • Page 61: Useful Functions, Quick Start

    Recording Useful functions DISP/MODE CHK button ZEBRA button DISP/MODE CHK QUICK START button BARS button ZEBRA QUICK START BARS Quick Start Press and hold down the QUICK START button until the display on the LCD monitor/ viewfinder disappears. The quick start lamp E flashes green and the unit goes into Quick Start Standby Mode.

  • Page 62: Zebra, Color Bar Screen

    Zebra ZEBRA button It will switch between the zebra display and the marker display every time the button is pressed. Zebra 1 # Zebra 2 # Marker # setting canceled * It is not displayed when the [ZEBRA DETECT 2]/[MARKER] is set to [OFF]. Zebra display: Parts where white saturation (color saturation) is likely to occur (extremely brightly lit or shiny parts) are displayed with diagonal lines (zebra pattern).

  • Page 63: Switching The Screen Indications Mode Information Display

    Switching the screen indications/mode information display DISP/MODE CHK button All the screen display other than the Counter display, Recording start/stop, Zebra display, Marker, and Safety Zone will disappear when this button is pressed. 105) ≥ To cancel, press the DISP/MODE CHK button again. ∫...

  • Page 64: Using Of Operation Icons

    Recording Using of Operation Icons You can use convenient functions just by the easy operation of touching the screen. Touch the LCD monitor in the recording SCN1 SCN2 SCN3 SCN4 SCN5 SCN6 screen. ≥ The operation icons are displayed. ATW.L Touch an operation icon.

  • Page 65: Motion Picture/still Picture Playback

    Playback Motion picture/Still picture playback Change the mode to Touch the play mode select icon A. Select the [MEDIA] and [VIDEO/PICTURE] you wish to play back. ≥ Touch [ENTER]. Touch the scene or the still picture to be played back. ≥...

  • Page 66

    Motion picture playback Still picture playback Playback/Pause Slide show (playback of the still 1/;: 1/;: Fast rewind playback* pictures in numerical order) start/ Fast forward playback* pause. Stops the playback and shows the Plays back the previous picture. ∫: thumbnails. Plays back the next picture.

  • Page 67

    ∫ Speaker/Headphone volume adjustment Operate the volume lever or the sub zoom lever to adjust the speaker/ headphone volume during Motion Picture Playback Mode. Towards “r”: Increases the volume Towards “s”: Decreases the volume ≥ Sound will be heard only during normal playback. ≥...

  • Page 68: Motion Picture Playback Using Operation Icon

    Motion picture playback using operation icon For details on the basic playback operations, refer to page 65. Playback operation Playback display Operating steps Press the : or 9 SEARCH PLAY SEARCH During Playback Skip playback button during playback. STILL ADV PAUSE STILL ADV (to the start of a...

  • Page 69

    Playback operation Playback display Operating steps Touch to display the direct playback bar A. Touch the direct playback bar or slide it while touching. During Playback ≥ The playback pauses temporarily and skips to the position touched or slid to while Direct playback touching.

  • Page 70: Creating Still Picture From Motion Picture, Useful Functions, Repeat Playback

    Playback Useful functions Creating still picture from motion picture A single frame from the recorded motion picture can be saved as a still picture. The number of recording pixels of photos created changes depending on the recording format of video taken and the image aspect ratio. Recording format Aspect ratio Picture size...

  • Page 71: Resuming The Previous Playback, Playback Scenes By The Selected Format

    Resuming the previous playback If playback of a scene was stopped halfway, the playback can be resumed from where it was stopped. MENU : [VIDEO SETUP] # [RESUME PLAY] # [ON] If playback of a motion picture is stopped, appears on the thumbnail view of the stopped scene.

  • Page 72: Playing Back Still Pictures By Date

    Playing back still pictures by date The still pictures recorded on the same day can be played back in succession. ≥ Change the mode to and touch the play mode select icon. Then, set [VIDEO/PICTURE] to [PICTURE]. Touch the date select icon. A Date select icon Touch the playback date.

  • Page 73: Deleting Scenes/still Pictures

    Playback Deleting scenes/still pictures Deleted scenes/still pictures cannot be restored, so perform appropriate confirmation of the contents before proceeding with deletion. ≥ Change the mode to and touch the play mode select icon. Then, switch to the thumbnail display of the scenes or still pictures to delete. Select the menu.

  • Page 74: Protecting Scenes/still Pictures

    ≥ Scenes/still pictures that cannot be played back (the thumbnails are displayed as ) cannot be deleted. ≥ In case of [ALL SCENES], the deletion may take time if there are many scenes or still pictures. ≥ If you delete scenes recorded on other products or still pictures conforming to DCF standard with this unit, all the data related to the scenes/still pictures may be deleted.

  • Page 75: Watching Video/pictures On Your Tv

    Playback Watching Video/Pictures on your TV Confirm the terminals on your TV and use a cable compatible with the terminals. Image quality may vary with the connected terminals. A High quality 1 HDMI terminal 2 Component terminal 3 Video terminal ≥...

  • Page 76

    ≥ Check that the plugs are inserted as far as they go. ≥ Please use “High Speed HDMI Cables” that have the HDMI logo (as shown on the cover). Cables not conforming to the HDMI standard will not work. Panasonic HDMI cable is recommended. Part No.: RP-CHES15 (1.5 m) (4.9 feet) ≥...

  • Page 77

    ∫ To watch images on a regular ∫ To display the on-screen TV (4:3) or when both sides of information on the TV the images do not appear on When the menu setting is changed, the information displayed on the screen (operation the screen icon and Counter display etc.) can be Change the menu setting to display the images...

  • Page 78: Connecting With A Hdmi Cable, Listening In 5.1 Channel Sound

    Connecting with a HDMI cable Select the desired method of HDMI output. MENU : [OTHER FUNCTION] # [HDMI RESOLUTION] # [AUTO]/[1080p]/[1080i]/[480p] ≥ [AUTO] determines the output resolution automatically based on information from the connected If the images are not output on the TV when the setting is [AUTO], switch to the method [1080p], [1080i] or [480p] which enables the images to be displayed on your TV.

  • Page 79

    Editing Connecting to a PC (File transfer/nonlinear editing) When this device and a computer for editing are connected using a USB connection cable, image data in the SD card can be transferred. ≥ Concerning non-linear editing, refer to the instruction manual of your editing software. ≥...

  • Page 80

    ∫ If using Mac Mac OS X 10.8.1 Intel Core 2 Duo or better 2 GB or more Interface USB port Other Mouse or equivalent pointing device requirements ≥ Even if the system requirements mentioned in these operating instructions are fulfilled, some PCs cannot be used.

  • Page 81: Connecting To A Pc

    Connecting to a PC A USB cable (supplied) ≥ Insert the plugs as far as they will go. ≥ Insert the SD card. Connect this unit to the AC adaptor. ≥ Use the AC adaptor to free you from worrying about the battery running down. Turn on the unit.

  • Page 82: About The Pc Display

    AVCCAM viewer. It can be downloaded from the website below. (Compatible OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7, and OS later than Mac OS X 10.4/ Mac OS 10.5/Mac OS 10.6) http://pro-av.panasonic.net Example folder structure of an SD card: The following data will be recorded.

  • Page 83: Dubbing, Dubbing With A Blu-ray Disc Recorder

    Insert a memory card containing video shot in AVCHD mode using the camera into a BD recorder manufactured by Panasonic to save the contents in a Blu-ray Disc, DVD, or HDD. ≥ Use a BD recorder that supports AVCHD. However, dubbing may not be performed even when AVCHD is supported.

  • Page 84: Using The Menu, Camera Setup

    Menu Using the Menu Refer to page for how to set up the Menu. Camera Setup ≥ Switch to manual mode. MENU : [CAMERA SETUP] # desired setting [CUSTOMIZE SCENE] [SCENE1]/[SCENE2]/[SCENE3]/[SCENE4]/[SCENE5]/[SCENE6] Preferred camera setting information can be saved to each scene file. Switch the scene file in accordance with the recording conditions.

  • Page 85

    ≥ This function’s default setting is [SCENE1]. ≥ It is possible to switch the scene file by touching while displaying the operation icons. SCN1 SCN6 ≥ It will return to the default settings when [SCENE] is selected in [INITIAL SET]. 103) [DETAIL LEVEL] Adjusts the level of the image outline correction.

  • Page 86

    [MASTER PED] Adjustment of black level based on the image is performed. Touch [MASTER PED]. Touch to adjust the black level. Touch [EXIT] to exit the menu screen. [AUTO IRIS LEVEL] Adjusting brightness during the Auto Iris Mode. [DRS] Selects the DRS (Dynamic Range Stretcher) function. It is possible to expand the dynamic range by compressing the video signal level of the highly illuminated area that gets washed out with standard recording.

  • Page 87

    [GAMMA] Tone or contrast of the image is set in accordance with the recorded scenes. Touch [GAMMA]. Touch the desired setting item. [HD NORM]: This gamma setting is suitable for high defenition picture quality recording. [LOW]: This is a gamma setting with gradual slope at the low illuminated area. It will produce tranquil image with sharper contrast.

  • Page 88

    [MATRIX] Represents the color during the recording. Touch [MATRIX]. Touch the desired setting item. [NORM1]: Suitable for recording in the open air or under a halogen lamp. [NORM2]: Suitable for brighter colors than the [NORM1] mode. [FLUO]: Suitable for recording indoors under fluorescent lamp. [CINE-LIKE]: Suitable for cinema-like image.

  • Page 89: Recording Setup

    Recording Setup MENU : [RECORD SETUP] # desired setting [REC FORMAT] Switch the picture quality of the motion pictures to record. The frame rate and the recording method will vary depending on the recording format. Recording format Frame rate Recording method [PS 1080/60p] AVCHD Progressive [PH 1080/60i]...

  • Page 90

    [2 SLOTS FUNC.] You can set the auto switch recording and backup recording. ≥ Insert SD cards to card slot 1 and card slot 2. [OFF]: Cancel the setting. [AUTO SW]: Set the auto switch recording [BACKUP]: Set the backup recording ∫...

  • Page 91

    [TIME LAPSE REC] A scene that moves slowly for long period of time is recorded frame by frame with an interval, and is recorded as a short time motion picture. One frame is recorded every recording interval that is set. The scene of one second is made up by 30 frames.

  • Page 92

    ≥ Images displayed on the thumbnail in Playback Mode will differ from the motion pictures displayed at the start of playback. [TC MODE] [DF]/[NDF] Select the compensation mode for the time code. [TCG] [FREE RUN]/[REC RUN] Sets the way the time code will move. [TC PRESET] Initial value of the time code can be set.

  • Page 93

    [HYBRID O.I.S.] [ON]/[OFF] You can set the Hybrid Optical Image Stabilizer. [AUTO SLOW SHTR] [ON]/[OFF] You can record bright pictures even in dark places by slowing the shutter speed. ≥ The shutter speed is 1/30 or more depending on the ambient brightness. (The shutter speed is 1/24 or more when the [REC FORMAT] is set to [PH 1080/24p]) ≥...

  • Page 94

    [BASS SETTING] Change the lower setting of the built-in microphone (5.1 ch) according to your choice. ≥ Set the [MIC SETUP] to [SURROUND] or [ZOOM MIC]. [0dB]/[+3dB]/[+6dB]/[LOWCUT] ≥ Normally set to [0dB]. ≥ Select [+3dB] or [+6dB] to get strong power feeling at bass level. [2ch MIC ALC] [ON]/[OFF] ≥...

  • Page 95: Switch And Display Setting

    Switch and display setting Menu items displayed are different depending on the position or setting of the mode switch. MENU : [SW & DISP SETUP] # desired setting [MEDIA SELECT] [SD CARD 1] and [SD CARD 2] can be selected separately to record motion pictures or still pictures.

  • Page 96

    [ZEBRA DETECT 2] [SET]/[OFF] Selects the brightness level of the right-leaning zebra patterns on the screen. Touch [ZEBRA DETECT 2]. ≥ Touch [SET]. Touch to adjust settings. Touch [ENTER]. ≥ Touch [EXIT] to exit the menu screen. ≥ Zebra 2 can be displayed by pressing the ZEBRA button after setting. [MARKER] [ON]/[OFF] Displaying of the luminance level display marker can be switched.

  • Page 97

    [VIDEO OUT OSD] [ON]/[OFF] The information displayed on the screen (operation icon and counter display etc.) can be displayed/ not displayed on the TV. [DATE/TIME] [OFF]/[TIME]/[DATE]/[DATE&TIME] It is possible to change the date and time display mode. ≥ You can also show or change the date and time display by repeatedly pressing the DATE/TIME button on the wireless remote control.

  • Page 98

    [FACE FRAMING] Detected faces appear with frames in the Intelligent Auto Mode. [OFF]: Cancel the setting. [PRIMARY]: Only the prioritized face framing is displayed. [ALL]: All face detection framings are displayed. ≥ Up to 15 frames are indicated. Larger faces and faces nearer to the center of the screen take preference over others.

  • Page 99

    [SUB REC BUTTON] Enable/disable of the sub recording start/stop button on the handle can be switched. [ON]: The sub recording start/stop button is enabled. [OFF]: The sub recording start/stop button is disabled. [SUB ZOOM] Enable/disable of the sub zoom lever on the handle can be switched. Zoom speed will be different depending on the setting.

  • Page 100: Other Functions

    Other Functions Menu items displayed are different depending on the position or setting of the mode switch. MENU : [OTHER FUNCTION] # desired setting [FORMAT CARD] The SD card can be formatted. ≥ Please be aware that if a medium is formatted, then all the data recorded on the medium will be erased and cannot be restored.

  • Page 101

    [CLOCK SET] Set date and time. [TIME ZONE] Set the time difference from Greenwich Mean Time. [ALERT SOUND] [OFF]/ (Volume low)/ (Volume high) Touch screen operation, start and stop of recording can be confirmed with this sound. 2 Beeps for 4 times When an error occurs.

  • Page 102

    [QUICK POWER ON] [ON]/[OFF] The unit is put into recording pause approx. 2 seconds when the unit is turned on with the mode set ≥ Depending on the recording conditions, start time may be longer than 2 seconds. ≥ In the quick power on mode, the zoom magnification becomes approximately 1k. [TV ASPECT] [16:9]/[4:3] Change the menu setting to display the images correctly.

  • Page 103

    [INITIAL SET] The menu settings or [CUSTOMIZE SCENE] back to the default setting. [ALL]: This is for initializing all menus. [SCENE]: This is for initializing the setting of customize scene. ≥ Settings for [REC FORMAT], [MEDIA SELECT], [CLOCK SET] and [LANGUAGE] will not be changed.

  • Page 104: Video Setup, Picture Setup

    Video Setup ≥ Change the mode to and touch the play mode select icon. Then, set [VIDEO/PICTURE] to [VIDEO]. MENU : [VIDEO SETUP] # desired setting [REPEAT PLAY] [ON]/[OFF] Playback of the first scene starts after playback of the last scene finishes when set to [ON]. [RESUME PLAY] [ON]/[OFF] If playback of a scene was stopped halfway, the playback can be resumed from where it was...

  • Page 105: Indications

    Display Indications ∫ Recording indications Example: AG-AC90PJ TC 00:00:00:00 PRE-REC R 1h20m R 1h20m 60 i D 5X 1/100 NOV 15 2012 15:30:00 AF50 OPEN TC 00:00:00:00 Image Stabilizer Counter display PRE-REC PRE-REC Interval recording Recording format ¥/; (Red) Recording ;...

  • Page 106

    (AG-AC90PJ) 15:30:00 Time indication 5.1 ch Microphone Level (ALC) NOV 15 2012 Date indication 49)/ (AG-AC90P) 2 ch Microphone ALC 15:30:00 Time indication Wind Noise Canceler 11 15 2012 Date indication AF50/MF50/ Focus (AG-AC90PX) 15:30:00 Time indication Audio recording format (Dolby 2012 11 15 Date indication Digital)

  • Page 107: Messages, Troubleshooting

    Display Messages Major confirmation/error messages to be indicated on the screen in text. CHECK CARD. This card is not compatible or it cannot be recognized by the unit. If this message appears even though motion pictures and still pictures are recorded on an SD card, the card may be unstable.

  • Page 108

    Power Problem Check points “ERROR OCCURRED. ≥ The unit has automatically detected an error. Restart the unit PLEASE TURN UNIT OFF, by turning off and on. THEN TURN ON AGAIN.” ≥ The unit will be turned off in about 1 minute if the unit is not is displayed.

  • Page 109

    Playback Problem Check points Scenes/still pictures ≥ Any scenes/still pictures where the thumbnails are displayed cannot be played back. cannot be played back. Scenes/still pictures ≥ Release the protect setting. cannot be deleted. ≥ Any scenes/still pictures where the thumbnails are displayed cannot be deleted.

  • Page 110

    Others Problem Check points If the SD card is inserted in ≥ If the SD card is formatted on a PC, it may not be recognized this unit, it is not by this unit. Use this unit to format SD cards. recognized.

  • Page 111: About Recovery, Updating The Firmware Incorporated Into The Unit

    ≥ If the thumbnail information is recovered, displaying the thumbnails may become slower. Others Updating the firmware incorporated into the unit To check the latest information on the firmware and update methods, refer to the following support page on the Panasonic website. http://pro-av.panasonic.net - 111 -...

  • Page 112: Cautions For Use

    Others Cautions for use When you use the unit in a sandy or dusty About this unit place such as a beach, do not let sand or fine dust get into the body and terminals of the unit. The unit and the SD card become warm Also, keep the unit away from sea water.

  • Page 113

    Do not swing the unit around, shake it by, or About the battery allow it hang from the handle ≥ Do not jar, swing, or shake the unit by its The battery used in this unit is a rechargeable handle. Any strong jolt to the handle may lithium-ion battery.

  • Page 114

    Prepare spare batteries when going out for About the AC adaptor/battery recording. charger ≥ Prepare batteries enough to last for 3 to 4 times the period you are planning to record ≥ If the temperature of the battery is extremely for.

  • Page 115

    About the SD card LCD monitor/viewfinder When disposing of or giving away the SD ≥ When the LCD screen is dirty or card, note that: condensation has occurred, please wipe it ≥ Formatting and deletion of this unit or using a soft cloth such as a lens cloth. computer only changes the file management ≥...

  • Page 116: About Copyright

    ≥ “AVCHD”, “AVCHD Progressive” and the ≥ Separate license contracts must be obtained “AVCHD Progressive” logo are trademarks of from MPEG LA where SD Memory Cards Panasonic Corporation and Sony containing information recorded with this Corporation. product are to be distributed to end users for ≥...

  • Page 117: Recording Modes Approximate Recordable Time

    Others Recording modes/approximate recordable time ≥ SD cards are only mentioned with their main memory size. The stated times are the approximate recordable times for continuous recording. Recording format [PS 1080/60p] Recording method AVCHD Progressive Picture size 1920k1080/60p 4 GB 18 min SD card 16 GB...

  • Page 118: Approximate Number Of Recordable Pictures

    Others Approximate number of recordable pictures ≥ SD cards are only mentioned with their main memory size. The stated number is the approximate number of recordable pictures. Picture size 2304k1296 1728k1296 Aspect ratio 16:9 4 GB 2300 3100 SD card 16 GB 9500 12500...

  • Page 119

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