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Panasonic HC-V180 Basic Owner's Manual

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Basic Owner's Manual
High Definition Video Camera
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  • Page 1 More detailed operating instructions are available in “Owner’s Manual (PDF format)”. To read it, download it from the website. ≥ Click the desired language. Register online at (U.S. customers only) If you have any questions, visit : U.S.A. : Canada :
  • Page 2: Safety Precautions

    Dear Customer, Date of Purchase Thank you for choosing Panasonic! You have purchased one of the most Dealer Purchased From sophisticated and reliable products on the market today. Used properly, we’re sure it Dealer Address will bring you and your family years of enjoyment.
  • Page 3 Declaration of Conformity Trade Name: Panasonic Model No.: HC-V180 Responsible Party: Panasonic Corporation of North America Two Riverfront Plaza, Newark, NJ 07102-5490 Support Contact: HC-V180 THE FOLLOWING APPLIES ONLY IN CANADA. CAN ICES-3(B)/NMB-3(B)
  • Page 4 IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS Read these operating instructions carefully before using the unit. Follow the safety instructions on the unit and the applicable safety instructions listed below. Keep these operating instructions handy for future reference. Read these instructions. 12) Use only with the Keep these instructions.
  • Page 5 AC adaptor This AC adaptor operates on AC between 110 V and 240 V. ≥ In the U.S.A. and Canada, the AC adaptor must be connected to a 120 V AC power supply only. ≥ When connecting to an AC supply outside of the U.S.A. or Canada, use a plug adaptor to suit the AC outlet configuration.
  • Page 6: Cautions For Use

    ≥ Always use the supplied HDMI mini cable or used up the charged capacity. a genuine Panasonic HDMI mini cable (RP-CDHM15, RP-CDHM30: optional). If the operating time is very short even after...
  • Page 7: Recording Motion Pictures

    HD Writer LE 3.0. is taken from outside or a cold room to a warm j Copy the image to a Panasonic Blu-ray room. Please be careful, as it may cause the disc recorder that supports AVCHD lens or LCD monitor to become soiled, moldy, Progressive.
  • Page 8 Adobe Reader that you can use with your OS Check the website below to download/install from the following website. (As of November the software. 2015) ≥ The software is available for download until the end of March 2019. readstep2.html download/f_le30.html SQT1126 (ENG)
  • Page 9: Table Of Contents

    Contents Accessories..........10 Preparation Power supply..........11 Inserting/removing the battery ....11 Charging the battery ......12 Charging and recording time ....13 Recording to a card ........14 Cards that you can use with this unit ..14 Inserting/removing an SD card ....14 Turning the unit on/off.........
  • Page 10: Accessories

    Accessories Check the accessories before using this unit. Keep the accessories out of reach of children to prevent swallowing. Product numbers correct as of Nov. 2015. These may be subject to change. Battery pack VW-VBT190 AC adaptor VSK0815F DC cable K2GHYYS00002 USB cable K2KYYYY00236...
  • Page 11: Preparation

    ≥ The unit has a function for distinguishing batteries which can be used safely. The dedicated battery (VW-VBT190/VW-VBT380) supports this function. The only batteries suitable for use with this unit are genuine Panasonic products and batteries manufactured by other companies and certified by Panasonic. Panasonic cannot in any way guarantee the quality, performance or safety of batteries which have been manufactured by other companies and are not genuine Panasonic products.
  • Page 12: Charging The Battery

    ≥ Do not use any other DC cables except the supplied one. ≥ Do not use any other AC adaptors except the supplied one. ≥ We recommend using Panasonic batteries (l 11). ≥ If you use other batteries, we cannot guarantee the quality of this product.
  • Page 13: Charging And Recording Time

    Charging and recording time ∫ Charging/Recording time ≥ Temperature: 25 oC (77 oF)/humidity: 60%RH ≥ Charging times in parentheses are when charging from the USB terminal. Battery model Maximum Actual number Charging Recording Recording continuous recordable [Voltage/Capacity time format mode recordable time (minimum)]...
  • Page 14: Recording To A Card

    Inserting/removing an SD card When using an SD card not from Panasonic, or one previously used on other equipment, for the first time on this unit, format the SD card. (l 23) When the SD card is formatted, all of the recorded data is deleted.
  • Page 15: Turning The Unit On/off

    Preparation Turning the unit on/off You can turn the unit on and off using the power button or by opening and closing the LCD monitor. Turning the unit on and off with the power button Open the LCD monitor and press the power button to turn on the unit. To turn off the unit ...
  • Page 16: Switching This Unit Between Motion Picture Recording Mode And Still Picture Recording Mode

    Switching this unit between Motion Picture Recording Mode and Still Picture Recording Mode Touch the recording mode switching icon displayed on the LCD monitor (touch screen) to switch this unit between Motion Picture Recording Mode and Still Picture Recording Mode. Press the recording/playback button to switch this unit to Recording Mode.
  • Page 17: About The Touch Menu

    ∫ Slide while touching Move your finger while pressing on the touch screen. ∫ About the operation icons Touch when changing a page or performing settings. Touch to return to the previous screen. About the Touch Menu Touch (left side)/ (right side) of the Touch Menu to switch the operation icons.
  • Page 18: Setting Date And Time

    Preparation Setting date and time The clock is not set at the time of purchase. Make sure to set the clock. ≥ When you turn on this unit, the message “Set home region and date/time.” may be displayed. Select [YES], and follow the steps below to make these settings: j Step 2 of “Setting your home region for the first time”...
  • Page 19: Basic

    Basic Changing the Recording Mode Touch the Recording Mode button icon. MENU Touch the desired Recording Mode button icon. Mode Effect You can switch the mode to the Intelligent Auto Mode, Intelligent Auto which optimizes settings to the recording environment you are in.
  • Page 20: Recording Motion Pictures

    Basic Recording motion pictures ≥ Open the lens cover before turning on the unit.  Open the LCD monitor, and set this unit to Motion Picture Recording Mode. (l 16)  Press the recording start/stop button to start recording. A When you begin recording, ; changes to ¥.
  • Page 21: Using The Zoom

    Basic Using the zoom Zoom lever/Zoom button icons T side: Close-up recording (zoom in) W side: Wide-angle recording (zoom out) ≥ The zoom speed varies depending on the range over which the zoom lever is moved. A Zoom bar The zoom bar is displayed during the zoom ...
  • Page 22: Watching Video/pictures On Your Tv

    ≥ The following icons are displayed on thumbnails when [ALL AVCHD] or [1080/60i] is touched: j AVCHD [1080/60p] scene: j AVCHD [PH] scene: j AVCHD [HA] scene: j AVCHD [HG] scene: j AVCHD [HE] scene: ≥ The following icons are displayed on thumbnails when [ALL MP4/iFrame] is touched: j MP4 [1080/60p] scene: j MP4 [720/30p] scene: j MP4 [360/30p] scene:...
  • Page 23: Using The Menu Screen

    Basic Using the menu screen ≥ Touch (left side)/ (right side) of on the Touch Menu to display . (l 17) MENU Touch MENU ∫ About guide display After touching , touching the submenus and items will cause function descriptions and settings confirmation messages to appear.
  • Page 24: Others

    Others Troubleshooting ∫ It is not a malfunction in following cases A clicking sound is heard ≥ This is the sound of the lens moving and is not a defect. when the unit is shaken. This sound will no longer be heard when the unit is turned on and set this unit to the Motion Picture Recording Mode or Still Picture Recording Mode.
  • Page 25 Recording Problem Check points Color or brightness of the ≥ Color or brightness of the image may change, or you may see image changes, or you horizontal bars in the image when the object is recorded may see horizontal bars in under fluorescent light, mercury light or sodium light, etc., but the image.
  • Page 26: About Copyright

    Menu” in the Owner’s Manual (PDF format). At least three (3) years from delivery of this product, Panasonic will give to any third party who contacts us at the contact information provided below, for a charge no more than our cost of physically performing source code distribution, a complete machine-readable copy of the corresponding source code covered under GPL V2.0 or LGPL V2.1, as well as the respective...
  • Page 27: Specifications

    Others Specifications High Definition Video Camera Information for your safety [MP4/iFrame] Power source: [1080]; DC 5.0 V (When using AC adaptor) Maximum 28 Mbps (VBR) DC 3.6 V (When using battery) [720]; Average 9 Mbps (VBR) [iFrame]; Power consumption: Maximum 28 Mbps (VBR) Recording;...
  • Page 28 Minimum focus distance; Dimensions: Normal; Approx. 2.0 cm (0.8q) (Wide)/ 53 mm (W)k59 mm (H)k116 mm (D) Approx. 2.2 m (7.2 feet) (Tele) [2.087 q (W)k2.323 q (H)k4.567 q (D)] Tele Macro; Approx. 1.1 m (3.6 feet) (Tele) (including projecting parts) Intelligent Auto Macro;...
  • Page 29: Optional Accessories

    Others Optional accessories Some optional accessories may not be available in some countries. Accessory No. Figure Description VW-BC10PP Battery charger VW-VBT190 Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery Pack VW-VBT380 Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery Pack RP-CDHM15 HDMI mini cable RP-CDHM30 VW-ACT190PP Accessory kit VW-ACT380PP Accessory kit VW-CTR1PP...
  • Page 30: Accessory Order Form (for Usa Customers)

    City State TO OBTAIN ANY OF OUR ACCESSORIES YOU CAN DO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING: VISIT YOUR LOCAL PANASONIC DEALER VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT: In CANADA, please contact your local Panasonic dealer for more information on Accessories. SQT1126 (ENG)
  • Page 31: Limited Warranty (only For U.s.a.)

    If your product does not work properly because of a defect in materials or workmanship, Panasonic Corporation of North America (referred to as “the warrantor”) will, for the length of the period indicated on the chart below, which starts with the date of original purchase (“warranty period”), at its option either (a) repair your product with new or refurbished parts,...
  • Page 32 If a problem with this product develops during or after the warranty period, you may contact your dealer or Service Center. If the problem is not handled to your satisfaction, then write to: Consumer Affairs Department Panasonic Corporation of North America 661 Independence Pkwy Chesapeake, VA 23320 PARTS AND SERVICE, WHICH ARE NOT COVERED BY THIS LIMITED WARRANTY, ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.
  • Page 33: Warranty (for Canadian Customers)

    Camcorder Products - One (1) year, parts and labour This warranty is given only to the original purchaser, or the person for whom it was purchased as a gift, of a Panasonic brand product mentioned above sold by an authorized Panasonic dealer in Canada and purchased and used in Canada, which product was not sold “as is”, and which product was delivered to you in new condition in the original packaging.
  • Page 34 Panasonic Corporation of North America Two Riverfront Plaza, Newark, NJ 07102-5490 Panasonic Canada Inc. 5770 Ambler Drive, Mississauga, Ontario, L4W 2T3 © Panasonic Corporation 2015 Printed in Malaysia...

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  • Ronald Gibbs Aug 02, 2018 10:42:
    Can I make a DVD copy with this camera?
  • Edward Apr 21, 2017 12:13:
    What is "vol + -" ? Is this a volume control, I cannot find any explanatio​n is the manual?