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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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).
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.
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.
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:...
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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 ®...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
Index - A - ABROAD ...63 AC POWER ADAPTER...18 ADJUST (LCD) ...26 AF...36 AUDIO ...53 AUTO FOCUSING ..36 AUTO MODE...38 AUTO POWER OFF...24 - B - BATTERY ...19 BATTERY LEVEL...21 BATTERY PACK...19 BLC ...37 BRIGHTNESS...26 - C - CAMERA...18 CASSETTE ...22 CASSETTE HOLDER ...11 CLEANING...58...
ENGLISH Index - O - OPERATION MODE...13 OSD ...12 - P - PAL ...63 PIP ...47 PLAY ...55 PLAYER ...55 PORTRAIT MODE ...38 POWER CONSUMPTION...68 POWER REQUIREMENT ...68 PROGRAM AE...38 - R - RECHARGING...19 REC SEARCH ...24 REMOTE CONTROL ...15 REW (REWIND) ...55 - S - SAFETY INSTRUCTION...4...
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.
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