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Video Camcorder

Owner's Instruction Book
Before operating the unit, please read
this instruction book thoroughly, and retain it for
future reference.


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  • Page 1: Video Camcorder

    ENGLISH Video Camcorder SCM51/M52/M53 SCM51/M52/M53 Owner’s Instruction Book Before operating the unit, please read this instruction book thoroughly, and retain it for future reference.
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    ENGLISH Contents Notices and Safety Instructions Getting to Know Your Camcorder Features................................12 Descriptions Front View/Side View/Rear View....................13, 14, 15 OSD (On Screen Display) ........................16 Accessories Supplied with the Camcorder....................18 Remote Control.............................19 Self Timer Recording..........................19 Preparing Adjusting the Hand Strap and Shoulder Strap....................20 Lithium Battery Installation..........................21 Connecting the Power Source........................22 To use the AC Power Adapter......................22...
  • Page 3 ENGLISH Contents (continued) DIS (Digital Image Stabilizer, SCM53 only)....................35 MF/AF (Manual Focus/Auto Focus)......................36 BLC................................37 Program AE (Automatic Exposure).......................38 DSE (Digital Special Effect) in CAMERA mode....................40 Setting and Recording the DATE/TIME......................42 Selecting and Recording a Title........................44 Fade In and Out............................46 PIP................................47 Snap Shot..............................48 White Balance...............................49 Setting the Remote Control...........................50...
  • Page 4: Notices And Safety Instructions

    ENGLISH Notices and Safety Instructions Taking care of the battery pack Do not allow any metal objects to touch the terminals, as this can cause a short circuit and damage the battery pack. Keep the terminals clean. The camera, adapter or battery pack will not work properly if the terminals are dirty. Check them before use, and wipe them with a dry cloth or tissue if necessary.
  • Page 5 ENGLISH Notices and Safety Instructions Notices regarding electronic viewfinder 1) Do not place the camcorder so that the viewfinder is pointing towards the sun. Direct sunlight can damage the inside of the viewfinder. Be careful when placing the camcorder under sunlight or by a window.
  • Page 6 ENGLISH Notices and Safety Instructions Notices regarding the battery pack Make sure that the battery pack is charged before recording outdoors. To preserve battery power, keep your camcorder turned off when you are not operating it. When your camcorder is in CAMERA mode, if it is left in STANDBY for more than 5~7 minutes without operation, it will automatically turn off to protect against unexpected battery discharge.
  • Page 7 ENGLISH Notices and Safety Instructions Notices regarding the hand strap It is very important to adjust the hand strap for better recording. (see page 20) Do not insert your hand in the hand strap forcibly, the buckle may be damaged. Note: Do not carry the camcorder by the handstrap only.
  • Page 8: Safety Instructions

    ENGLISH Notices and Safety Instructions Safety Instructions This symbol is intended to alert the user to the presence of CAUTION uninsulated dangerous voltage within the product’s enclosure RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK DO NOTOPEN that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of fire or electric shock.
  • Page 9 ENGLISH Notices and Safety Instructions 9.VENTILATION: 13. OUTDOOR ANTENNA GROUNDING: Slots and openings in the cabinet are provided for If an outside antenna or cable system is connected ventilation to ensure reliable operation of to the CAMCORDER, be sure the antenna or cable the CAMCORDER and to protect it from overheating.
  • Page 10 ENGLISH Notices and Safety Instructions 14. LIGHTNING: 19. DAMAGE REQUIRING SERVICE: For added protection of this CAMCORDER during Unplug this CAMCORDER from the wall outlet and a lightning storm or when it is left unattended and refer servicing to qualified service personnel unused for long periods of time, unplug it from under the following conditions: the wall outlet and disconnect the antenna or cable...
  • Page 11 ENGLISH Notices and Safety Instructions NOTE TO CATV SYSTEM INSTALLER: This reminder is provided to call the CATV system installer’s attention to Article 820-40 of the NEC that provides guidelines for proper grounding and, in particular, specifies that the cable ground shall be connected to the grounding system of the building as close to the point of cable entry as practical.
  • Page 12: Getting To Know Your Camcorder

    ENGLISH Getting to Know Your Camcorder Features Your camcorder has many features for recording and playing back. Snap Shot (SCM53 only) The Snap Shot function lets you record an object at a standstill for a limited time in Camera mode. (see page 48) PIP (SCM53 only) The PIP function shows where the center of the image is while recording in Digital Zoom of the Camera...
  • Page 13: Front View/side View/rear View

    ENGLISH Getting to Know Your Camcorder Front View 3. PLAY/STILL 4. Edit/SEARCH (FF) 2. Edit/SEARCH (REW) 5. DATE/TIME(STOP) 6. TAPE EJECT 7. EVF 1. Lens 8. PIP(Z.RETURN) 15. Remote Sensor 9. FADE 14. MIC 10. BLC 11. POWER 13. MF 12.
  • Page 14: Side View

    ENGLISH Getting to Know Your Camcorder Side View 21. TITLE 19. PROGRAM AE 16. MENU ON/OFF 20. DSE 17. ENTER 22. C.RESET 18. MENU Dial 23. DISPLAY 24. Lithium Battery 16. MENU ON/OFF (see page 34) 20. DSE (see page 40) MENU ON/OFF works in CAMERAand DSE works in CAMERAand PLAYER mode.
  • Page 15: Rear View

    SNAP SHOT works in CAMERAmode. 30. Hand strap (see page 20) (SCM53 only, see page 48) D.ZOOM works in CAMERAmode. 31. LOCK/STANDBY (see page 22) (SCM51/M52 only, see page 34) - LOCK : off 38. Recharging Indicator (see page 23) - STANDBY : CAMERA...
  • Page 16: Osd (on Screen Display)

    ENGLISH Getting to Know Your Camcorder OSD (On Screen Display) The OSD on/off switch is operated by using the DISPLAY button. The title and date/time functions can be operated even after the OSD is turned off. The OSD is displayed in the viewfinder and the monitor. a.
  • Page 17 ENGLISH Getting to Know Your Camcorder OSD (On Screen Display) Time(see page 42) Indicates the time you are recording. k. Title (see page 44) Indicates the recorded title you have set. It is superimposed on the scene. Self diagnosis (see page 59) (TAPE, TAPE END) Checks the operation of the Camcorder.
  • Page 18: Accessories Supplied With The Camcorder

    ENGLISH Getting to Know Your Camcorder Accessories Supplied with the Camcorder Make sure that the following basic accessories are supplied with your camcorder. Basic Accessories 1. AC Power Adapter 2. AC cord 3. Battery Pack 1. AC Power Adapter. (see page 22) 2.
  • Page 19: Remote Control

    ENGLISH Getting to Know Your Camcorder Remote Control (SCM52/M53) Description of Buttons 1. Start/Stop (see page 27) 2. Self Timer 3. Still (see page 55) 4. WIDE (see page 32) 5. TELE (see page 32) 6. Display (see page 16) (Play) (see page 54) (FF) (see page 55) (REW) (see page 55)
  • Page 20: Preparing

    ENGLISH Preparing 1. Set power switch to CAMERAmode and LOCK/STANDBY switch to STANDBYmode. 2. Press Self Timer button until the appropriate indicator is displayed on the Viewfinder: WAIT-10S/SELF-30S WAIT-10S/SELF-END WAIT-10S SELF-30S 3. Press START/STOP button to start the timer. : After waiting for 10 seconds, recording starts. : If you have selected SELF-30S, recording stops automatically after 30 seconds.
  • Page 21: Lithium Battery Installation

    ENGLISH Preparing Shoulder Strap The Shoulder Strap allows you to carry your camcorder with complete safety. 1. Insert each end of the strap into the hooks on the camcorder. 2. Put the end of each strap through the buckle, adjust the length of the strap, then pull it tight in the buckle.
  • Page 22: Connecting The Power Source

    ENGLISH Preparing Connecting the Power Source There are two ways to connect power source. Using the AC Power Adapter : used for indoor recording. Using the Battery Pack: used for outdoor recording. To use the AC Power Adapter 1. Connect the AC Power Adapter to the AC cord. 2.
  • Page 23: To Use The Battery Pack

    ENGLISH Preparing To use the Battery Pack How long will the battery last for recording? It depends how often it’s used in STANDBY mode. How often zoom lens is used in recording. Prepare as many battery packs as possible. Recharging the Battery Pack 1.
  • Page 24: Using The Battery Pack

    ENGLISH Preparing Using the Battery Pack Continuous recording time table based on model and battery type Model SCM51 SCM52 SCM53 Battery Type Approximately Approximately Approximately SB-L160 180 minutes 180 minutes 160 minutes Approximately Approximately Approximately SB-L320 360 minutes 360 minutes...
  • Page 25: Battery Level Display

    ENGLISH Preparing Battery Level Display The battery level display indicates the amount of power remaining in the battery pack. 1. Fully charged 2. 30% consumed 3. 60% consumed 4. 90% consumed (prepare a charged one) 5. 95% consumed (change the battery) 6.
  • Page 26: Inserting And Ejecting A Cassette

    ENGLISH Preparing Inserting and Ejecting a Cassette There are several cassette types, depending on: Color system used Recording/Playback time Inserting and Ejecting a Cassette Check to see if the battery pack is in place. 1. Press the EJECT button. The compartment opens automatically. TAPE EJECT Insert the cassette with the transparent window fac- ing outward and the protection tab toward the top.
  • Page 27: Basic Recording

    ENGLISH Basic Recording Making your First Recording Please make these preparations before recording. Did you connect a power source? (Battery Pack or AC Power Adapter) BATTERY Did you set the power switch to CAMERAposition? CAMERA Did you set the LOCK/STANDBY switch to STANDBY mode? STANDBY Did you insert a cassette? (see page 26) Make sure that STANDBY is displayed in the OSD (if the red tab of the cassette is opened,...
  • Page 28 ENGLISH Basic Recording b. To stop recording, press the red STBY START/STOP button again. Y:YY:YY When Recording stops, STANDBY should be displayed on the Viewfinder. When a cassette is loaded and the camcorder is left in STANDBY mode for over 5~7 minutes without being used, it will turn off automatically.
  • Page 29: Hints For Stable Image Recording

    ENGLISH Basic Recording Hints for Stable Image Recording While recording, it is very important to hold the camcorder correctly. For stable recording, fix the LENS cap firmly by clipping it on the hand strap. (refer to figure) Recording with the Viewfinder 1.
  • Page 30: Playing Back A Tape On The Camcorder

    ENGLISH Basic Recording Playing back a tape on the CAMCORDER You can monitor the playback picture on the Viewfinder. Make sure that the battery pack is in place. 1. Hold down the tab of the power switch and push the switch to PLAYER mode. PLAYER 2.
  • Page 31: Viewing A Still Picture

    ENGLISH Basic Recording Viewing a Still Picture PLAY/STILL Press (PLAY/STILL) button during playback. To resume playback, press the (PLAY/STILL) button again. Picture Search Keep pressing (FF) or (REW) button during playback. To resume normal playback, release the button.
  • Page 32: Advanced Recording

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording Zooming In and Out Zoom works in CAMERAmode only. Zooming is a recording technique that lets you change the size of the subject in the picture. For more professional looking recordings, use the zoom function sparingly. You can also choose from two zoom speeds to suit different needs: Gradual zoom (9~12 seconds from TELE/WIDE to WIDE/TELE) High-Speed zoom (3~6 seconds from TELE/WIDE to WIDE/TELE) Use these features for different shots;...
  • Page 33: Digital Zoom

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording Digital Zoom Digital Zoom works in CAMERAmode only. Zooms more than 22x are performed digitally. The picture quality deteriorates as you go toward the “T” side. We recommend that you use the DIS (SCM53) feature with the DIGITAL zoom for picture stability.
  • Page 34 DSE SELECT WHITE BALANCE EXIT: MENU Setting the DIGITAL ZOOM ON/OFF (SCM51/M52) 1. Set the power switch to CAMERA mode and LOCK/STANDBY switch to STANDBY mode. 2. Press D. ZOOM ON/OFF button. The DIGITAL ZOOM indicators should be displayed on D.ZOOM...
  • Page 35: Dis (digital Image Stabilizer, Scm53 Only)

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording DIS (Digital Image Stabilizer, SCM53 only) The DIS function works in CAMERAmode only. DIS (Digital Image Stabilizer) is a handshake compensation function that compensates for any shaking or moving of the hand holding the camcorder (within reasonable limits). It provides more stable pictures when: Recording in the Zoom In mode Recording a small object close-up...
  • Page 36: Mf/af (manual Focus/auto Focus)

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording MF/AF (Manual Focus/Auto Focus) The MF/AF function works in the CAMERA mode only. In most situations, it is better to use the Automatic Focus feature, as it enables you to concentrate on the creative side of your recording. Manual focusing may be necessary under certain conditions that make automatic focusing inadequate Auto Focusing The AF (Auto Focus) mode is set automatically when you switch on the Power switch.
  • Page 37: Blc

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording 4. Turn the MF dial up or down until the object is focused. 5. You will obtain a sharp picture after you zoom out. 6. To return to AF(Auto Focus), press the MF button again. BLC works in the CAMERAmode. Back lighting exists when the subject is darker than the background: The subject is placed in front of a window.
  • Page 38: Program Ae (automatic Exposure)

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording PROGRAM AE (Automatic Exposure) The PROGRAM AE function works in the CAMERAmode only. The PROGRAM AE modes allow you to adjust shutter speeds and apertures to suit different recording conditions. They give you creative control over the depth of the field. There are 6 automatic exposure modes.
  • Page 39 ENGLISH Advanced Recording Setting the PROGRAM AE Set the power switch to CAMERA mode and LOCK/STANDBY switch to STANDBY mode. 2. Press the MENU ON/OFF button, the MENU List will appear. (MENU) DIS ......OFF D.ZOOM....OFF DEMO....OFF PROGRAM AE DSE SELECT WHITE BALANCE EXIT: MENU (MENU)
  • Page 40: Dse (digital Special Effect) In Camera Mode

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording DSE (Digital Special Effect) in CAMERA mode The digital effects enable you to give a creative look to your recording by adding various special effects. Select the appropriate digital effect for the type of picture that you wish to record. There are 12 DSE modes.
  • Page 41 ENGLISH Advanced Recording Selecting an effect 1. Set the power switch to CAMERAmode and LOCK/STANDBYswitch to STANDBY mode. 2. Press the MENU ON/OFF button, the MENU list will appear. DIS ......OFF 3. Turn the MENU dial to DSE SELECT. D.ZOOM ....OFF DEMO....OFF PROGRAM AE DSE SELECT...
  • Page 42: Setting And Recording The Date/time

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording Setting and Recording the DATE/TIME Setting and recording the date/time feature works in the CAMERAmode only. You can record the date/time on the tapes, so you will know when it was made. The date and time are recorded whenever they are displayed on the viewfinder.
  • Page 43 ENGLISH Advanced Recording 7. Press ENTER. CLOCK SETTING The month to be reset will blink. (AUG) 12:00 AM AUG. 29, 2005 8. Turn the MENU dial to set the desired month. CLOCK SETTING (SEP) 12:00 AM SEP. 29, 2005 9. Press ENTER. CLOCK SETTING The day to be reset will blink.
  • Page 44: Selecting And Recording A Title

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording Selecting and Recording a Title Selecting and recording a TITLE is possible in the CAMERAmode only. The TITLE feature allows you to select a preset title stored in the camcorder’s memory. You can also select the language of the titles. Selecting a Language Selecting a language is possible in STANDBY in CAMERAmode only.
  • Page 45 ENGLISH Advanced Recording 6. Turn the MENU dial to select the appropriate language. ENGLISH FRENCH You may select the following languages: ENGLISH/ GERMAN ITALIAN FRENCH/GERMAN/ITALIAN/SPANISH/RUSSIAN. SPANISH RUSSIAN 7. Press ENTER. 8. Press the MENU ON/OFF button to exit the TITLE LANGUAGE screen. Setting a Title 1.
  • Page 46: Fade In And Out

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording Fade In and Out The FADE function works in CAMERA mode only. You can give your films a professional look by using special effects such as fading in and out at the beginning or end of a sequence. To Start Recording 1.
  • Page 47: Pip

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording PIP (Picture-in Picture; SCM53 only) The PIP (Picture-in-Picture) feature works in combination with the DIGITAL ZOOM function by using a small, superimposed screen to show an image that is wider than the image being recorded. This shoul help you to get a more clear idea of what you are recording.
  • Page 48: Snap Shot

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording Snap Shot (SCM53 only) With the SNAP SHOT feature, your camcorder functions like a regular film camera, allowing you to take single still pictures. The SNAP SHOT function operates in the CAMERA mode. 1. Set the power switch to CAMERA mode and LOCK/STANDBY switch to STANDBY mode.
  • Page 49: White Balance

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording White Balance WHITE BALANCE is a recording function that preserves the unique color of the object in any recording condition. You may select the appropriate WHITE BALANCE mode to obtain good quality color of the image. AUTO: This mode is generally used to control the WHITE BALANCE automatically. INDOOR: controls WHITE BALANCE according to the indoor ambience.
  • Page 50: Setting The Remote Control

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording Setting the Remote Control (SCM52/M53) This function is used to turn the Remote Control ON/OFF. (See page 19) 1. Set the power switch to CAMERA mode and LOCK/STANDBY switch to STANDBY mode. 2. Press the MENU ON/OFF button, then the MENU list will appear. 3.
  • Page 51: Demonstration

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording Demonstration Demonstration automatically shows you the major functions that are included with your camcorder so that you may use them more easily. The DEMO function is only available in CAMERAmode when you are not recording. The Demonstration operates repeatedly until the MENU ON/OFF button is pressed to stop it. 1.
  • Page 52: Lighting Techniques

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording Lighting Techniques When you use your camcorder, there are only two possible recording environments. You will be recording outdoors (Normal recording or through an ND(Neutral Density) filter). You will be recording indoors (Video light recommended or required). The single greatest influence on picture quality is the level of brightness, measured in lux.
  • Page 53: Playing Back A Tape

    ENGLISH Playing back a Tape To view a tape that you have recorded on. Playback function works in PLAYER mode only. To see with TV monitor: recommended for indoor use. To watch with TV monitor It is practical to use a TV monitor to view tapes indoors. To play a tape back, the TV must feature a compatible color system.
  • Page 54 ENGLISH Playing back a Tape Notes: SCM51/M52/M53 feature a monaural audio system. If your TV or VCR features a stereo audio system, connect the audio cable to input “L” of your TV or VCR. Playback 1. Use the TV/VIDEO button to select VIDEO on your TV.
  • Page 55: Various Functions In Player Mode

    ENGLISH Playing back a Tape Various Functions in PLAYER mode To view a STILL picture (Playback pause) Press (PLAY/STILL) button during playback. To resume playback, press (PLAY/STILL) button again. Note: Your camcorder will automatically stop if it is left for more than 5 minutes in STILL mode without operation in order to prevent tape and head-drum wear.
  • Page 56: Setting The Remote Control

    ENGLISH Playing back a Tape Setting the Remote Control (SCM52/M53) The REMOTE CONTROL ON/OFF method in PLAYER mode is the same as the REMOTE CONTROL ON/OFF method in CAMERAmode, except that the power switch must be set to PLAYER instead of CAMERA.
  • Page 57: Cleaning The Video Heads

    ENGLISH Maintenance Cleaning the Video Heads To ensure normal recording and clear pictures, clean the video heads. When the playback pictures are noisy or hardly visible, the video heads may be dirty. a. Normal Picture b. Noisy Picture If this happens, clean the video heads with a dry type cassette cleaner.
  • Page 58: Using Your Camcorder Abroad

    ENGLISH Using Your Camcorder Abroad Using Your Camcorder Abroad Each country or area has its own electric and TV color system. Before using your camcorder abroad, check the following: Power sources You can use your camcorder in any country or area that uses 100V to 240V, 50/60 Hz. Use a commercially available AC plug adapter, if necessary, depending on the power used.
  • Page 59: Self Diagnosis Display

    ENGLISH Troubleshooting Troubleshooting Before contacting a service center, perform the following simple checks. They might save you the time and expense of unnecessary calls. Self Diagnosis Display Display Blinking Inform that... Action slow the battery pack is almost Change it to a charged discharged one.
  • Page 60 ENGLISH Troubleshooting Checking If you run into any problem using the camcorder, use the following table to troubleshoot the problem. If these instructions do not allow you to solve the problem, take a note of: The model and serial number marked on the bottom of the camcorder. Your warranty, if applicable.
  • Page 61 ENGLISH Troubleshooting Symptom Explanation/Solution A vertical strip appears when The contrast between the subject and the background is too you record a bright subject great for the camcorder to operate normally. Make the back- against a dark background ground bright to reduce the contrast or use the BLC function (candle flame, for example) while you are recording.
  • Page 62: Moisture Condensation

    ENGLISH Troubleshooting Moisture Condensation If the camcorder is brought directly from a cold place to a warm place, moisture may condense inside the camcorder, on the surface of the tape, or on the lens. In this condition, the tape may stick to the head drum and be damaged or the unit may not operate correctly.
  • Page 63: Specifications

    External mic Monaural, ø3.5 General Power requirement 7.4 ~ 8.4 V DC Power consumption SCM51/M52: 3.9W, SCM53: 4.4W Built-in mic Condenser mic, omni-directional Operating temperature 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F) Dimension (W * H * D) 101 * 104 * 174.3 (mm) ; 3.97 * 4.09 * 6.86 (inch) Weight 670g (1.48 lbs)
  • Page 64: Index

    ENGLISH Index - A - - E - ABROAD............58 EDIT/SEARCH..........28 AC POWER ADAPTER........22 EJECT...............26 AF..............36 EMBOSS............40 AUDIO...............53 ENTER..............34 AUTO FOCUSING ...........36 EXTERNALMIC..........63 AUTO MODE............38 - F - AUTO POWER OFF.........28 FADE IN............46 - B - FADE OUT............46 BATTERY............23 FF (FAST FORWARD)........55 BATTERY LEVEL ..........25 FILTER DIAMETER..........63 BATTERY PACK..........23...
  • Page 65 ENGLISH Index - O - STANDBY............22 START/STOP............27 OPERATION MODE.........17 STILL..............55 OSD..............16 STOP ...............54 STROBE............40 - P - SYSTEM............63 PIP..............47 PLAY ..............54 - T - PLAYER............54 TAPE COUNTER..........17 PORTRAITMODE..........38 TAPE EJECT............26 POWER CONSUMPTION........63 TAPE END............59 POWER REQUIREMENT.........63 TIME..............42 POWER SWITCH..........22 TITLE..............44 PROGRAM AE..........38 TROUBLESHOOTING........60 - R -...
  • Page 66: Warranty

    SEAwill repair or replace the product at it’s option. All warranty repairs must be performed by a SEAauthorized service center. The name and address of the location nearest you can be obtained by calling toll free: 1-800 SAMSUNG (1-800-726-7864). Labor 90 days carry-in...
  • Page 67 THIS CAMCORDER IS MANUFACTURED BY: SAMSUNG Electronics America Inc. 105 Challenger Road, Ridgefield Park N.J 07660-0511 Tel: 1-800-SAMSUNG (1-800-726-7864) *Samsung Electronics’Internet Home Page AD68-00186B

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