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Samsung VP VP-L800U Owner's Instruction Book

Samsung VP VP-L800U Owner's Instruction Book

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Owner's Instruction Book
Before operating the unit, please read
this instruction book thoroughly, and retain it for
future reference.
This product meets the intent of
Directive 89/336 CEE, 73/23 CEE, 93/68 CEE.

Video Camcorder

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  • Page 1: Video Camcorder

    ENGLISH Video Camcorder VP-L800U/L800/L850/L850D/L870 VP-L800U VP-L800/L850/L850D/L870 Owner’s Instruction Book Before operating the unit, please read this instruction book thoroughly, and retain it for future reference. This product meets the intent of Directive 89/336 CEE, 73/23 CEE, 93/68 CEE. COLOUR LCD...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    ENGLISH Table of Contents Precautions and Safety Instructions Getting to Know Your Camcorder Features ...8 Descriptions Front View/Side View/Rear View ...9, 10, 11 OSD (On Screen Display) ...12 Accessories Supplied with Camcorder...14 Remote Control (VP-L850/L850D/L870 only) ...15 Self Recording with the Remote Control...15 Preparing Adjusting the Hand Strap and Shoulder Strap ...16...
  • Page 3 Adjusting the LCD ...56 Setting the Speaker ON/OFF ...56 DSE in PLAYER mode ...57 Maintenance Cleaning and careing for your Camcorder ...57 Cleaning the Viewfinder ...57 Cleaning the LCD Panel ...57 Cleaning the Video Heads ...58 Storing the Camcorder ...58 USB interface (VP-L870 only) ...59...
  • Page 4: Precautions And Safety Instructions

    Precautions regarding rotation of LCD screen Please rotate the LCD screen carefully as illustrated. Over 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 Precautions and Safety Instructions Precautions regarding the 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: Precautions Regarding The Lithium Battery

    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 un-necessery battery discharge.
  • Page 7 Do not use the wet type of head cleaner as it may damage the video heads. (see page 58) 5 minutes off timer in STANDBY mode To protect against tape and head-drum wear, your camcorder will automatically turn itself off if left in STANDBY mode without operation for more than 5 minutes.
  • Page 8: Getting To Know Your Camcorder

    Getting to Know Your Camcorder Features Your camcorder has many features available when recording or during playback. Snap Shot (VP-L850/L850D/L870 only) The Snap Shot function allows you to take a still picture as well as time limited audio. (see page 48) PIP (VP-L850/L850D/L870 only) The PIP(Picture-In-Picture) function shows the whole shot while recording with the Digital Zoom in use.
  • Page 9: Front View/Side View/Rear View

    Getting to Know Your Camcorder Front View 2. REC SEARCH (REW) 3. PLAY/STILL (LIGHT) 6. TAPE EJECT 13. VIDEO LIGHT 1. LENS 9. Remote Sensor 8. MIC 1. Lens (see page 68) 2. REC SEARCH (REW) REC SEARCH works in STANDBY mode. (see page 24) REW works in PLAYER mode.
  • Page 10 ENGLISH Getting to Know Your Camcorder Side View 24. BLC 23. FADE 20. SPEAKER 22. LCD Open 14. MENU ON/OFF (see page 26) MENU ON/OFF works in CAMERA and PLAYER mode. 15. ENTER (MF) (see page 26) ENTER works in MENU mode.
  • Page 11 30. Hand Strap (see page 16) 31. POWER Switch (see page 18) - CAMERA : Select to record. - OFF : Select to turn off the camcorder. - PLAYER : Select to playback. 32. START/STOP (see page 23) START/STOP works in CAMERA mode.
  • Page 12: 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 13 LIGHT (VP-L850/L850D/L870 only) Shows when the Light is switched on. Remocon ( OFF) ( VP-L850/L850D/L870 Indicates the remocon off mode is activated. ) Checks the operation of the Camcorder. and OUTDOOR , FF , REW only) ENGLISH , EJECT.
  • Page 14: Accessories Supplied With Camcorder

    12. Scart adapter. (see page 53) 13. S-VIDEO cable. (VP-L800/L850/L850D/L870 only, see page 54) Note: Optional accessories may be included with the camcorder, depending on the country in which it is purchased. 1. AC Power Adapter 2. AC cord 3. Battery Pack 5.
  • Page 15: Remote Control (Vp-L850/L850D/L870 Only)

    Getting to Know Your Camcorder Remote Control (VP-L850/L850D/L870 only) Description of Parts 1. Start/Stop (see page 23) 2. Self Timer 3. Still (see page 55) 4. WIDE (see page 30) 5. TELE (see page 30) 6. Display (see page 12)
  • Page 16: Preparing

    It is very important to adjust the hand strap correctly to ensure the camera can be held steady during use. 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 17: Lithium Battery Installation

    AC power adapter is removed. The lithium battery for the camcorder lasts about 8~10 months from the time of installation under normal operation. 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 18: Connecting The Power Source

    The LCD display will switch on automatically when opened more than 30 degrees. Note: If the adapter is used next to a TV or the camcorder, it may cause interference on the TV or camcorder. Keep the adapter away from the TV, camcorder or the antenna cable during use.
  • Page 19: To Use The Battery Pack

    DC supply to the camera. If the problem continues, contact the nearest service agent. 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 20: Using The Battery Pack

    ENGLISH Preparing Using the Battery Pack Table of continuous recording time based on model and battery type. VP-L800U/L800 Model Battery LCD ON, LCD OFF, Type EVF OFF EVF ON Approximately SB-L110A 90 minutes Approximately SB-L160 130 minutes Approximately SB-L320 260 minutes The continuous recording times given in the table are approximate.
  • Page 21: Display Of Battery Level

    77°F(25°C). 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 22: Inserting And Ejecting A Cassette

    ENGLISH Preparing Inserting and Ejecting a Cassette There are several cassette types, depending on: Colour system used Recording/playback time. Hi8/8mm (VP-L800/L850/L850D/L870 is Hi8) Inserting and Ejecting a Cassette Check to see if the battery pack is in place or AC adapter is connected. 1.
  • Page 23: Basic Shooting Making Your First Recording

    Make sure the battery level indicates that there is enough remaining power for shooting. (see page 21) We recommend that beginners, who are using the camcorder for the first time, switch the EASY mode on. a. To start shooting, press the red START/STOP button.
  • Page 24 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/STOPbutton or set power switch to OFF and then back to CAMERA.
  • Page 25: Tips For Stable Recording

    (refer to figure) Recording with the LCD display 1. Hold the camcorder firmly using the hand strap. (see page 16) 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 26: Adjusting The Lcd

    Basic Shooting Adjusting the LCD You can view the image you are recording or watch a playback of recordings made by using your camcorder’s 2.5 inch colour Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) screen. Under curtain conditions you may need to adjust the settings for the LCD display (outdoors for example).
  • Page 27: Adjusting Focus Of The Viewfinder

    Basic Shooting 9. Turn the UP/DOWN dial to adjust the LCD colour setting. 10. Press the ENTER. For further adjustment, repeat steps 7, 8, 9. 11. Press the MENU ON/OFF button to exit the menus. 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 or REC mode.
  • Page 28: Playing Back The Tape On The Lcd

    You can see the video you shot on the LCD. To stop the PLAY operation, press the Note: You can also watch a recording on a TV screen. For more on how to connectthe camcorder to a TV or VCR see page 53. (STOP) button. (STOP) button.
  • Page 29: Adjusting The Lcd During Play

    LCD display for playback. The speaker’s volume is controlled by the UP/DOWN dial on the camcorder. The speaker will not work if the LCD display is closed. If the speaker does not work properly, check the following:...
  • Page 30: Advanced Shooting

    ENGLISH Advanced Shooting Zooming In and Out Zoom is only available in CAMERA mode. Zooming is a technique that lets you magnify the size of the subject in the picture. For a more professional looking recording, don't use the zoom function too often. There are 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 31: Digital Zoom

    Advanced Shooting Digital Zoom Digital Zoom is only available in CAMERA mode. Magnification above 22x is achieved using digital technology. The picture quality deteriorates as you go towards the “T” side. It is recommend that you use the DIS (VP-L850/L850D/L870) feature with the DIGITAL ZOOM for picture stability. (see page 35) 1.
  • Page 32 ENGLISH Advanced Shooting Switching the DIGITAL ZOOM ON/OFF (VP-L850/L850D/L870 only) The DIGITAL ZOOM feature is explained on page 31. 1. Set the power switch to CAMERA mode. (see page 18) 2. Press the MENU ON/OFF button. The MENU list will be displayed. 3.
  • Page 33: Easy Mode (For Beginners)

    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 34: Custom-Creating Your Own Customized Recording Settings

    ENGLISH Advanced Shooting 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. (see page 18) 2. Press the MENU ON/OFF button, to bring up the MENU list. 3.
  • Page 35: Dis (Digital Image Stabilizer,Vp-L850/L850D/L870 Only)

    The DIS function only works in CAMERA mode. 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 with the Zoom.
  • Page 36: Mf/Af (Manual Focus/Auto Focus)

    Manual Focusing In the following situations, you should obtain better results by adjusting the focus manually. a. Apicture containing several objects, some close to the camcorder, others further away. b. Aperson enveloped in fog or surrounded by snow. c. Very shiny or glossy surfaces like a car.
  • Page 37: Blc (Back Light Compensation)

    Advanced Shooting 4. Turn the UP/DOWN dial up or down until the object is focused. 5. If you can't get a sharp picture, zoom out until you can. 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 38: Program Ae (Automatic Exposure)

    ENGLISH Advanced Shooting PROGRAM AE (Automatic Exposure) The PROGRAM AE function only works in CAMERA mode. The PROGRAM AE modes allow you to adjust shutter speeds and aperture to suit different recording conditions. There are 6 automatic exposure modes. 1. AUTO mode Auto balance between the subject and the background.
  • Page 39 Advanced Shooting Setting the PROGRAM AE(Automatic Exposure) mode 1. Set the power switch to CAMERA mode. (see page 18) 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.
  • Page 40: Dse (Digital Special Effects) In Camera Mode

    ENGLISH Advanced Shooting DSE (Digital Special Effects) 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 shoot and the effect that you wish to give. There are several DSE modes.
  • Page 41 Advanced Shooting Selecting and recording DSE effects 1. Set the power switch to CAMERA mode. (see page 18) 2. Press the DSE button, GHOST or SEPIA will be displayed. 3. Keep pressing the DSE button, until the desired mode is displayed. 4.
  • Page 42: Setting And Recording Date/Time

    ENGLISH Advanced Shooting Setting and Recording DATE/TIME Setting and recording the date/time is only available in CAMERA mode. You can record the date/time on your recording, so you know when it was made. The date and time are recorded whenever they are displayed on the viewfinder or LCD. Setting a DATE/TIME Setting the DATE/TIME is possible in STANDBY of CAMERA mode only.
  • Page 43 4. Press the START/STOP button to start recording with the DATE/TIME in your recording. Notes: If your date and time settings are not maintained in the camcorder, it means the LITHIUM BATTERY is discharged and should be replaced. (see page 17) You cannot hide the recorded date or time during playback.
  • Page 44: Selecting And Recording A Title

    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 45 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.
  • Page 46: Fade In And Out

    ENGLISH Advanced Shooting Fade In and Out The FADE function only works in CAMERA mode. You can give your films a professional look by using special effects such as fade in at the beginning of a sequence or fade out at the end of a sequence. To Start Recording 1.
  • Page 47: Pip (Vp-L850/L850D/L870)

    Advanced Shooting PIP (Picture-In-Picture, VP-L850/L850D/L870 only) The PIP(Picture-In-Picture) feature works in combination with the DIGITAL ZOOM function by using a small, super imposed screen to show an image that is wider than the image being shot. This should help you to get a clear idea of what you are recording. - The PIP function only works in CAMERA mode.
  • Page 48: Snap Shot (Vp-L850/L850D/L870)

    ENGLISH Advanced Shooting Snap Shot (VP-L850/L850D/L870only) With the SNAP SHOT feature, your camcorder can function like a normal film camera, allowing you to take single still pictures. The SNAP SHOT function only operates in CAMERA mode. 1. Set the power switch to CAMERA mode.
  • Page 49: White Balance

    Advanced Shooting White Balance WHITE BALANCE (WHITE BAL.) is a recording function that preserves the unique colour of the object in any shooting condition. You may select the appropriate WHITE BALANCE mode to obtain good quality colour of the image. - AUTO: This mode is generally used to control the WHITE BALANCE automatically.
  • Page 50: Demonstration

    Advanced Shooting 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 CAMERA mode when tape is not in the camcorder.
  • Page 51: Setting The Date/Title Colour

    Advanced Recording Setting the Date/Title Colour 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 COLOUR...WHITE. 4. Press ENTER. A list of available colour will appear. 5.
  • Page 52: Lighting Techniques

    Advanced Shooting Lighting Techniques When you use your camcorder, there are normaly only two main recording environments. You will be shooting outdoors (Normal recording or through an ND(Neutral Density) filter). You will be shooting indoors (Video light recommended or required).
  • Page 53: Playing Back The Tape

    Stereo type Mono type 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 one: Video The white one: Audio(L) You can use a SCARTadapter.
  • Page 54 Notes: Vibration from the built-in speaker can cause picture distortion. It is best to turn the built-in speaker off when your camcorder is connected to the TV. The playback system (Hi8/8mm) is selected automatically, depending on the tape format. VP-L800/L850/L850D/L870 can playback both Hi8 and 8mm.
  • Page 55: Various Functions In Player Mode

    Press (PLAY/STILL) button during playback. To resume playback, press 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 56: Adjusting The Lcd

    ENGLISH Playing back the Tape Adjusting the LCD The procedure for adjusting the LCD display in PLAYER mode is the same as the procedure for adjusting the LCD display in CAMERA mode, except that the power switch must be set to PLAYER instead of CAMERA. Please refer to page 26. Setting the Speaker ON/OFF The speaker will be turned ON/OFF by opening/closing the LCD.
  • Page 57: Dse In Player Mode

    PLAYER mode. Pressing the DSE button will scroll through the available settings. Stop at the one you require. Maintenance Cleaning and Careing for your Camcorder Cleaning the Viewfinder Releasing the Eyepiece 1. Pull the viewfinder up and turn the screw counter- clock-wise.
  • Page 58: Cleaning The Video Heads

    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. 4. Keep the camcorder in a stable place.
  • Page 59: Usb Interface (Vp-L870 Only)

    USB connection. You can transfer an image to a PC 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 60: Installing Usb Media 2.0 Program

    ENGLISH USB interface (VP-L870 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 How to install the program The install program automatically operate when the CD is inserted into CD-ROM.
  • Page 61 USB interface (VP-L870 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 62 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 63: Using Your Camcorder Abroad

    Rumania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Thailand, Tunisia, etc. NTSC-compatible area Bahamas, Canada, Central America, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Korea, Taiwan, United States, etc. Note: You can make recordings with your camcorder anywhere in the world and you can watch the playback picture on the LCD. ENGLISH...
  • Page 64: Troubleshooting Check

    TAPE END! TAPE END! the tape reached its end. TAPE! slow there is no tape in the camcorder. the tape is protected from recording. slow PROTECTION! D.EMG slow the camcorder has some C.EMG...
  • Page 65: Checking

    Troubleshooting Check Checking If you run into any problem using the camcorder, use the following table to try to resolve 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 66 Explanation/Solution The contrast between the subject and the background is too great for the camcorder to operate normally. Make the background bright to reduce the contrast or use the BLC function while you are shooting. (see page 37) It is recommended that you use the VIEWFINDER when shooting in bright sunlight.
  • Page 67: Moisture Condensation

    Moisture Condensation If the camcorder is brought directly from a cold place to a warm place, moisture may form 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 68: Specifications

    ENGLISH Specifications The design and technical specifications may be changed without notice. System VP-L800U/L800/L850/L850D/L870 Recording system Video: 2 rotary heads Helical scanning FM Audio: FM monaural system Video signal PAL colour, CCIR standard Usable cassette VP-L800U: 8mm VP-L850/L850D/L870: Hi8 or 8 mm Tape speed SP: 20.051 mm/sec Speed mode...
  • Page 69: Index

  • Page 71: Power Sources(United Kingdom Only)

    Power Sources (United Kingdom Only) The main lead on the power adapter is supplied with a molded plug incorporating a fuse. The value of the fuse is indicated on the pin face of the plug, and if it requires, replacing a fuse approved to BS1362 of the same rating must be used.
  • Page 72 THIS CAMCORDER IS MANUFACTURED BY: *Samsung Electronics’ Internet Home Page United Kingdom France Australia Germany Sweden Poland Spain Italia ELECTRONICS AD68-00607F...

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