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 COLOR LCD SCL810/L860/L870 SCL810/L860/L870 Owner’s Instruction Book Before operating the unit, please read this instruction book thoroughly, and retain it for future reference. ELECTRONICS...

  • 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 (SCL860/L870 only) ...19 Self Timer Recording ...19 Preparing Adjusting the Hand Strap and Shoulder Strap ...20...

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Multi Playback (Using the PAL60 System) ...61 USB interface (SCL870 only) Installing USB Media 2.0 Program ...63 Maintenance Cleaning and Taking care of the Camcorder...66 Cleaning the Viewfinder ...66 Cleaning the LCD Panel...66 Cleaning the Video Heads ...66 Storing the Camcorder...66...

  • Page 4

    Notices regarding rotation of LCD screen Please rotate the LCD screen carefully as illustrated. Unintended rotation may cause damage to the inside of the hinge that connects the LCD screen to the Camcorder. 1) LCD screen closed. 2) Standard recording by using the LCD screen.

  • Page 5: Notices And Safety Instructions

    When you take the camcorder from cool temperature inside to hot temperature outside during the summer. 2) If the “DEW” protection feature is activated, leave the camcorder in a dry, warm room with the cassette compartment opened and the battery removed.

  • Page 6

    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 minutes without operation, it will automatically turn off to protect against unexpected battery discharge.

  • Page 7

    Do not use a wet type cassette cleaner. It may damage the video heads. (see page 66) 5 minutes off timer in STANDBY mode To protect against tape and head-drum wear, your camcorder will automatically turn off if it is left in STANDBY mode without operation for more than 5 minutes.

  • Page 8: Safety Instructions

    8. ACCESSORIES: Do not place this CAMCORDER on an unstable cart, stand, tripod, bracket or table. The CAMCORDER may fall, causing serious injury to a child or adult, and serious damage to the unit.

  • Page 9

    CAMCORDER and to protect it from overheating. These openings must not be blocked or covered. Never place your CAMCORDER on a bed, sofa, rug, or other similar surface: on or near a radiator or heat register.

  • Page 10

    If any liquid has been spilled onto, or objects have fallen into the CAMCORDER. c. If the CAMCORDER has been exposed to rain or water. d. If the CAMCORDER does not operate normally by following the operating instructions, adjust only those controls that are covered by the operating instructions.

  • 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: Features

    This mode enables even the beginner to easily make a recording. (see page 37) Multi PLAYBACK (PAL60) PAL60 is a special output signal format with which a tape recorded on this camcorder (NTSC format) can be viewed on a PAL TV.

  • Page 13: Getting To Know Your Camcorder

    Getting to Know Your Camcorder Front View 3. REC SEARCH (REW) 2. PLAY/STILL (LIGHT) 6. TAPE EJECT 13. VIDEO LIGHT 1. LENS 9. Remote Sensor 8. MIC 1. Lens (see page 72) 2. PLAY/STILL (LIGHT) (see page 58) PLAY/STILL works in PLAYER mode.

  • Page 14

    ENGLISH Getting to Know Your Camcorder Side View 24. BLC 23. FADE 20. SPEAKER 22. LCD Open 14. MENU ON/OFF (see page 30) MENU ON/OFF works in CAMERA and PLAYER mode. 15. ENTER (MF) (see page 30) ENTER works in MENU mode.

  • Page 15

    36. BATTERY EJECT 37. SNAP SHOT/D.ZOOM SNAP SHOT works in CAMERA mode. (SCL860/L870 only, see page 52) D.ZOOM works in CAMERA mode. (SCL810 only, see page 36) 38. Recharging Indicator (see page 23) 39. USB Jack (SCL870 only) (see page 65) ENGLISH...

  • Page 16: Osd (on Screen Display)

    ENGLISH Getting to Know Your Camcorder OSD (On Screen Display) You can turn the OSD on/off by setting the Display menu on/off. The TITLE, DATE/TIME, EASY and CUSTOM functions can be operated even after the OSD is turned off. The OSD is displayed in the viewfinder and the LCD monitor.

  • Page 17

    Indicates the recorded title you have set. It is superimposed on the scene. Self diagnosis (see page 68) Displays different diagnostic indicators concerning the camcorder’s operation. m. DSE (Digital Special Effect) (see page 44) Indicates the DSE mode is activated.

  • Page 18

    ENGLISH Getting to Know Your Camcorder Accessories Supplied with Camcorder Make sure that the following basic accessories are supplied with your camcorder. Basic Accessories 1. AC Power Adapter. (see page 22) 2. AC cord. (see page 22) 3. Battery Pack. (see page 23) 4.

  • Page 19

    Getting to Know Your Camcorder Remote Control (SCL860/L870 only) Description of Buttons 1. Start/Stop (see page 27) 2. Self Timer 3. Still (see page 59) 4. WIDE (see page 34) 5. TELE (see page 34) 6. Display (see page 16)

  • Page 20: Adjusting The Hand Strap And Shoulder Strap

    It is very important to adjust the hand strap for better recording. The hand strap enables you to: - Hold the camcorder in a stable, comfortable position. - Press the Zoom and the red Record button without having to change the position of your hand.

  • Page 21

    AC power adapter is removed. The lithium battery for the camcorder lasts about 8~10 months under normal operation from the time of installation. When the lithium battery becomes weak or dead, the date/time indicator flashes for about 5 seconds when you set the power switch to CAMERA.

  • Page 22

    2. Connect the AC cord to a wall socket. Note: The plug and wall socket type may be different depending on regional conditions. 3. Connect the other end of the DC cable to DC jack of the camcorder. 4. To set the camcorder to the CAMERA mode.

  • Page 23

    On for a second and off for a second: Indicates there is an error. Reset the battery pack and DC cable. 5. If recharging is completed, separate the camcorder, AC power adapter, and battery pack. Even if the power is turned off, battery will be discharged.

  • Page 24

    ENGLISH Preparing Using the Battery Pack Continuous recording time table based on model and battery type. SCL810 Model Battery LCD ON, LCD OFF, Type EVF OFF EVF ON Approximately Approximately SB-L110A 90 minutes 130 minutes Approximately Approximately SB-L160 130 minutes...

  • Page 25

    25°C(77°F). As the environmental temperature and conditions may be different when you actually use the camcorder, the remaining battery time may not be the same as the approximate continuous recording times given in these instructions.

  • Page 26

    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 or the AC adapter is connected. 1.

  • Page 27: Basic Recording

    Make sure the image you want to record appears in the LCD monitor. Make sure the battery level indicates that there is enough remaining power for recording. (see page 25) We recommend that beginners, who are using the camcorder for the first time, switch the EASY mode on. (see page 37) a.

  • Page 28

    LCD. When a cassette is loaded and the camcorder is left in STANDBY mode for over 5 minutes without being used, it will turn off automatically. To use it again, push the red START/STOP button or set the power switch to OFF and then back to CAMERA.

  • Page 29

    (refer to figure) Recording with the LCD monitor 1. Hold the camcorder firmly using the hand strap. (see page 20) 2. Place your right elbow against your side. 3. Place your left hand under or next to the LCD to support and adjust it.

  • Page 30

    Basic Recording Adjusting the LCD Your camcorder is equipped with a 2.5 inch color Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) screen, which allows you to view recording or playback directly. Depending on the conditions in which you are using the camcorder (indoors or outdoors for example),...

  • Page 31

    Basic Recording 9. Turn the UP/DOWN dial to adjust the LCD color setting. 10. Press ENTER. For further adjustment, repeat steps 7, 8, 9. 11. Press the MENU ON/OFF button to end the setting. Notes: If you don't press a button within 30 seconds, the setting will disappear. The MENU ON/OFF function will not operate in EASY mode.

  • Page 32

    You can see the video you recorded on the LCD. To stop the PLAY operation, press the Note: You can also monitor the picture on a TV screen, after connecting the camcorder to a TV or VCR. (see page 57) PLAYER PLAY/ STILL (STOP) button.

  • Page 33: Adjusting The Lcd During Play

    When you use the LCD monitor while playing back, you can hear sound from the Speaker. Volume of the Speaker is controlled by the UP/DOWN dial tab on the camcorder. If you close the LCD monitor, the LCD monitor and Speaker are turned off.

  • Page 34: Zooming In And Out

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording Zooming In and Out Zoom works in CAMERA mode only. Zooming is a recording technique that lets you change the size of the subject in the picture. For more professional looking recordings, do not use the zoom function too often. 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)

  • Page 35: Advanced Recording

    Advanced Recording Digital Zoom Digital Zoom works in CAMERA mode only. Zooms more than 22x are performed digitally. The picture quality deteriorates as you go towards the “T” side. We recommend that you use the DIS (SCL860/L870) feature with the DIGITAL ZOOM for picture stability. (see page 39) 1.

  • Page 36

    4. Press ENTER. The DIGITAL ZOOM setting will change. 5. Press the MENU ON/OFF button to end setting. Setting the DIGITAL ZOOM ON/OFF (SCL810 only) 1. Set the power switch to CAMERA mode. 2. Press D. ZOOM ON/OFF button. The DIGITAL ZOOM indicators will be displayed on the screen, and DIGITAL ZOOM function will operate.

  • Page 37

    Battery level, recording mode, counter, date/time, DIS ( ) will be displayed as the camcorder starts to run. The word “EASY” will appear on the LCD at the same time. However, the Date/Time will only be seen if it has been previously set.

  • Page 38: Custom-creating Your Own Customized Recording Settings

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording CUSTOM-Creating your own customized recording settings You can customize the settings and save them for future use. The CUSTOM function only operates in CAMERA mode. 1. Set the power switch to CAMERA mode. 2. Press the MENU ON/OFF button, to bring up the MENU list. 3.

  • Page 39

    The DIS function works in CAMERA mode 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...

  • Page 40

    Manual Focusing In the following situations, you should obtain better results by adjusting the focus manually. a. A picture containing several objects, some close to the camcorder, others further away. b. A person enveloped in fog or surrounded by snow.

  • Page 41

    Advanced Recording 4. Turn the UP/DOWN dial up or down until the object is focused. 5. You will obtain a sharp picture after zooming out. 6. To return to AF(Auto Focus), press the MF button again. MF icon will disappear. Note: The MF function will not operate in EASY mode.

  • Page 42: Program Ae (automatic Exposure)

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording PROGRAM AE (Automatic Exposure) The PROGRAM AE function works in the CAMERA mode only. The PROGRAM AE modes allow you to adjust shutter speeds and aperture to suit different recording conditions. They give you creative control over the depth of the field. There are 6 automatic exposure modes.

  • Page 43

    Advanced Recording Setting the PROGRAM AE(Automatic Exposure) mode 1. Set the power switch to CAMERA mode. 2. Press the P.AE button, the ( ) symbol will be displayed. 3. Press the P.AE button until the appropriate symbol is displayed. No Display : Full Auto mode. Notes: The P.AE mode chosen will be recorded on the tape.

  • Page 44: Dse (digital Special Effects) In Camera Mode

    Select the appropriate digital effect for the type of picture that you wish to record. There are several DSE modes. (SCL810: 8 modes, SCL860/L870: 10 modes) 1. Normal picture. 2. GHOST: This mode gives the image a dragging effect.

  • Page 45

    Advanced Recording Selecting and recording DSE effects 1. Set the power switch to CAMERA mode. 2. Press the DSE button, GHOST or SEPIA will be displayed. 3. Keep pressing the DSE button, until the desired mode is displayed. 4. Press the START/STOP button to start recording. 5.

  • Page 46

    ENGLISH Advanced Recording Setting and Recording the DATE/TIME Setting and recording the date/time feature works in the CAMERA mode only. You can record the date/time on your tapes, so you will know when it was made. The date and time are recorded whenever they are displayed on the viewfinder or LCD.

  • Page 47

    4. Press the START/STOP button to record the DATE/TIME on your recording. Notes: If your date and time settings are not maintained in the camcorder, it means the installed LITHIUM BATTERY is discharged. (see page 21) You cannot conceal the recorded date or time during playback.

  • Page 48

    Selecting and Recording a Title Selecting and recording a TITLE is possible in the CAMERA mode 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.

  • Page 49

    9. Press ENTER. The selected title will appear on the screen for 2 ~ 3 seconds and will disappear. At the same, the camcorder will return to the menu mode. Recording a Title Note: Make sure that you have selected a TITLE from the TITLE list.

  • Page 50

    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.

  • Page 51

    Advanced Recording PIP (Picture-In-Picture, SCL860/L870 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 should help you to get a more clear idea of what you are recording. The PIP function works in CAMERA mode only.

  • Page 52

    To stop SNAP SHOT recording, press the SNAP SHOT button again. Notes: If the camcorder is knocked or shaken while taking a SNAP SHOT, the image may be blurred. The SNAP SHOT function will not operate in MENU mode. SNAP SHOT function will not operate in DSE mode.

  • Page 53: White Balance

    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 image color quality. AUTO: This mode is generally used to control the WHITE BALANCE automatically. INDOOR ( : Controls WHITE BALANCE according to the indoor ambience.

  • Page 54

    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 CAMERA mode when tape is not in the camcorder. The Demonstration operates repeatedly until the POWER switch is set to OFF.

  • Page 55

    Advanced Recording Setting the Date/Title Color 1. Set the power switch to CAMERA mode. (see page 22) 2. Press the MENU ON/OFF button. The MENU list will appear. 3. Turn the UP/DOWN dial to D/TITLE COLOR...WHITE. 4. Press ENTER. A list of available colors will appear. 5.

  • Page 56: 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).

  • Page 57: To Watch With Lcd, To Watch With Tv Monitor

    The white plug: Audio(L) Connecting to a TV which has no Audio and Video input jack You can connect your camcorder to a TV through a VCR. Set the input selector on the VCR to LINE. The yellow plug: Video...

  • Page 58: Playing Back A Tape

    Playing back a Tape Notes: SCL810/L860/L870 feature a monaural audio system. If your TV or VCR are stereo, connect the audio cable to input “L” of your TV or VCR. You can use an S-VIDEO cable to obtain better quality pictures if you have an S-VIDEO connector on your TV.

  • Page 59: Various Functions In Player Mode

    (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. To locate a scene (picture search)

  • Page 60: Adjusting The Lcd, Setting The Speaker On/off, Dse In Player Mode

    PLAYER instead of CAMERA. Please refer to pages 44 and 45. Note: The GHOST, STROBE, NEG., MIRROR, MOSAIC, CINEMA and 16:9(WIDE) effects will not operate when your camcorder is in PLAYER mode. Pressing the DSE button will scroll through the available settings.

  • Page 61: Multi Playback (using The Pal60 System)

    Playing back the Tape Multi Playback (using the PAL60 System) This Camcorder can convert an NTSC tape recorded in the SP mode to the “PAL60” format, allowing you to view it on a PAL TV which has Vertical sync adjustment circuitry for 60Hz.

  • Page 62: Usb Interface (scl870 Only)

    You can easily transfer a still image from a camera, tape, memory to a PC without additional add-on cards via a USB connection. If you transfer data to a PC, you need to install the software (Driver, Editing software) supplied with the camcorder. System Requirements CPU : Intel ®...

  • Page 63: Installing Usb Media 2.0 Program

    USB interface (SCL870 only) Installing USB Media 2.0 Program Do not connect the camcorder to PC before installing the program. If another camera or scanner is connected, please disconnect it in advance. This explanation is based on Windows ® 98SE OS.

  • Page 64

    ENGLISH USB interface (SCL870 only) 4. The below window displays the folder to install the program. Basically the program is installed in the following folder. C:\Programfiles\Samsung\USB Media 2.0 Click to change the folder. 5. Connect the camcorder to PC. 6. PC finds a new hardware and install a driver automatically.

  • Page 65

    In this case, however, a noise may be produced depending on the PC. Notes If you disconnect the USB cable from the PC or the camcorder while transferring, the data transmission will stop and the data may be damaged. If you connect the USB cable to a PC via a USB HUB or simultaneously connect the USB cable along with other USB devices, the camcorder may not work properly.

  • Page 66: Cleaning And Taking Care Of The Camcorder, Cleaning The Viewfinder, Cleaning The Lcd Panel

    1. You must detach the BATTERY PACK from the camcorder when storing. 2. Keep the camcorder in a ventilated, dry and warm place. 3. Do not keep the camcorder in a place where the temperature often changes, such as in a car.

  • Page 67: Using Your Camcorder Abroad

    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 68: Self Diagnosis Display

    TAPE END! slow its end. TAPE END! the tape reached its end TAPE! slow there is no tape in the camcorder. the tape is protected PROTECTION! slow from recording. D.EMG slow the camcorder has some C.EMG...

  • Page 69: Checking

    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.

  • Page 70: Troubleshooting

    The contrast between the subject and the background is too great for the you record a bright subject camcorder to operate normally. Make the background bright to reduce the against a dark background contrast or use the BLC function while you are recording. (see page 41) (candle flame, for example).

  • Page 71: 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 72: Specifications

    Mini jack, 7.7 dBs, imp.: less than 820 ohms External mic Monaural ø3.5 (SCL860/L870) General Power requirements DC 8.4 V (1.5 A) Power consumption SCL810 : 5.4 W, SCL860/L870: 5.9 W *Recording, LCD ON Built-in mic Condenser mic, omni-directional Built-in speaker Dynamic, 0.5 W standard Operating temperature 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)

  • Page 73: Index

    Index - A - ABROAD ...67 AC POWER ADAPTER ...22 ADJUSTING ...30 AF ...40 AUDIO ...56 AUTO FOCUSING ..40 AUTO MODE ...42 AUTO POWER OFF ...28 - B - BATTERY...23 BATTERY LEVEL ...25 BATTERY PACK ...23 BLC ...41 BRIGHTNESS ...30 - C - CAMERA ...22 CASSETTE ...26...

  • Page 74

    ENGLISH Index - N - ND FILTER ...56 NEAR...40 NEG ...44 NTSC ...67 - O - OPERATION MODE ...17 OSD ...16 - P - PIP ...51 PLAY ...58 PLAYER ...58 PORTRAIT MODE ...42 POWER CONSUMPTION...72 POWER REQUIREMENT ...72 POWER SWITCH ...22 PROGRAM AE ...42 - R - RECHARGING ...23...

  • Page 75: Warranty

    Warranty SAMSUNG LIMITED WARRANTY SAMSUNG Electronics America Inc. (SEA), warrants that this product is free from defective material and workmanship. SEA further warrants that if product fails to operate properly within the specified warranty period and the failure is due to improper workmanship or defective material, SEA will repair or replace the product at it’s option.

  • Page 76

    THIS CAMCORDER IS MANUFACTURED BY: ELECTRONICS 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 http://www.samsungusa.com AD68-00607B...

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