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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.
This product meets the intent of
Directive 89/336 CEE, 73/23 CEE, 93/68 CEE.


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  • Page 1: Video Camcorder

    ENGLISH Video Camcorder VP-W80U/W80/W87/W87D VP-W80U VP-W80/W87/W87D 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. ELECTRONICS...
  • 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-W87/W87D only)...15 Self Recording with the Remote Control ...15 Preparing Adjusting the Hand Strap and Shoulder Strap ...16...
  • Page 3 To watch on a TV monitor...51 Various Functions in PLAYER mode ...53 DSE in PLAYER mode ...54 Maintenance Cleaning and Taking care of the Camcorder...54 Cleaning the Viewfinder ...54 Cleaning the Video Heads ...55 Storing the Camcorder ...55 Using Your Camcorder Abroad...
  • Page 4: Precautions And Safety Instructions

    ENGLISH Precautions 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 1) Asudden change in air temperature may cause moisture to form inside the camcorder. for example: When you take the camcorder from cold temperatures outside to warm temperatures inside during the winter. When you take the camcorder from cool temperatures inside to hot temperatures outside during the summer.
  • 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 unnecessary battery discharge.
  • Page 7 Do not use a wet type cassette cleaner. It may damage the video heads. (see page 55) Auto-off function 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: 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-W87/W87D only) The Snap Shot function allows you to record an object at a standstill for a limited time in CAMERA mode. (see page 46) PIP (VP-W87/W87D only) The PIP function shows where the centre of the image is while zoomed in on a subject.
  • 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 12. VIDEO LIGHT 1. LENS 9. Remote Sensor 8. MIC 10. EASY 1. Lens (see page 61) 2. REC SEARCH (REW) REC SEARCH works in STANDBY mode.
  • Page 10 ENGLISH Getting to Know Your Camcorder Side View 17. P.AE 19. BLC 20. FADE 18. DSE 13. BATTERY EJECT 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 11 START/STOP works in CAMERA mode. 33. Battery pack compartment (see page 19) 34. D.ZOOM (SNAP SHOT) D.ZOOM works in CAMERA mode. (VP-W80U/W80 only, see page 30) SNAP SHOT works in CAMERA mode. (VP-W87/W87D only, see page 46) 35. External MIC (see page 61)
  • 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 monitor.
  • Page 13 In case of not being tape, display Hi8 on the screen in CAMERA or PLAYER modes. x. Remocon ( OFF) (VP-W87/W87D only) Indicates the remocon off mode is activated. ) Checks the operation of the Camcorder. , FF , REW and OUTDOOR ENGLISH , EJECT.
  • Page 14: Accessories Supplied With Camcorder

    ENGLISH Getting to Know Your Camcorder Accessories Supplied with Camcorder Make sure that the following basic accessories are supplied with your camcorder. Basic Accessory 1. AC Power Adapter. (see page 18) 2. AC cord. (see page 18) 3. Battery Pack. (see page 19) 4.
  • Page 15: Remote Control (vp-w87/w87d Only)

    Getting to Know Your Camcorder Remote Control (VP-W87/W87D only) Description of Parts 1. Start/Stop (see page 23) 2. Self Timer 3. Still (see page 53) 4. WIDE (see page 28) 5. TELE (see page 28) 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 securely. 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 about 5 seconds when you set the power switch to CAMERA.
  • Page 18: Connecting A Power Source

    Make sure that the image appears in the Viewfinder. Note: If the adapter is used next to the TV or the camcorder, it may cause the TV or camcorder to emit noise. Move the adapter away from the TV, camcorder or the antenna cable.
  • Page 19: To Use The Battery Pack

    On for a second and off for a second : there is an error and the charger needs to be reset. 5. If recharging is completed, separate the camcorder,AC power adapter, and battery pack. Even if the power is turned off, the battery will still discharged over time if left connected to the camera.
  • Page 20: Using The Battery Pack

    ENGLISH Preparing Using the Battery Pack Table of approximate continuous recording time based on model and battery type Model VP-W80U/W80 Battery Type Approximately SB-L110A 150 minutes Approximately SB-L160 220 minutes Approximately SB-L320 430 minutes The continuous recording times given in the table are approximate. Actual recording time may differ dependent on camera settings and usage.
  • Page 21: Battery Level Display

    The continuous recording time in the operating instructions is measured using a fully charged battery pack in 77°F(25°C). As environmental temperatures 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-W80/W87/W87D is Hi8) Inserting and Ejecting a Cassette Check to see if the battery pack is in place or AC adapter is connected.
  • Page 23: Basic Shooting

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

    (refer to figure) Recording with the Viewfinder 1. Hold the camcorder firmly with the hand strap. (see page 16) 2. Place your right elbow against your side. 3. Place your left hand under the camcorder to support it.
  • Page 26: Reviewing A Recording

    You can see the video you shot in the Viewfinder. To stop the PLAY operation, press the Note: You can also watch it on a TV screen, once connecting the camcorder to a TV or VCR. (see page 51) (STOP) button.
  • Page 27: Viewing A Still Picture

    ENGLISH Basic Shooting Viewing a Still Picture PLAY/STILL Press (PLAY/STILL) button during playback. To resume playback, press the (PLAY/STILL) button again. Picture Search Press and hold (FF) or (REW) button during playback. To resume normal playback, release the button.
  • Page 28: Advanced Shooting

    ENGLISH Advanced Shooting Zooming In and Out Zoom works in CAMERA mode only. Zooming is a technique that allows you to increase or decrease the size of the subject in the picture. For a more professional looking recording, don't use the zoom function too often. You can also choose from two zoom speeds to suit different needs: Gradual zoom (9~12 seconds from WIDE/TELE to WIDE/TELE) High-Speed zoom (3~6 seconds from TELE/WIDE to WIDE/TELE)
  • Page 29: Digital Zoom

    Advanced Shooting Digital Zoom Digital Zoom works in CAMERA mode only. Zooming more than 22x is achieved using digital technology. The picture quality deteriorates as you go towards the “T” side. It is recommended that you use the DIS (VP-W87/W87D) feature with the DIGITAL ZOOM for picture stability. (see page 33) 1.
  • Page 30 4. Press ENTER. The DIGITAL ZOOM setting will change. 5. Press the MENU ON/OFF button to end setting. In case of VP-W80U/W80 1. Set the power switch to CAMERA mode. 2. Press the D. ZOOM ON/OFF button. The DIGITAL ZOOM will be displayed on the screen, and the DIGITAL ZOOM function will operate.
  • Page 31: 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 in the Viewfinder at the same time. However, the Date/Time will only be seen if it has been previously set.
  • Page 32: 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. 2. Press the MENU ON/OFF button, to bring up the MENU list. 3.
  • Page 33: Dis (digital Image Stabilizer, Vp-w87/w87d Only)

    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 with the Zoom.
  • Page 34: Mf/af (manual Focus/auto Focus)

    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 35: Blc

    Advanced Shooting 4. Turn the UP/DOWN dial up or down until the object is focused. 5. If the picture won't focus, zoom out until it becomes clear. 6. To return to AF(Auto Focus), press the MF button again. The MF symbol will disappear from the viewfinder. Note: The MF function will not operate in EASY mode.
  • Page 36: Program Ae (automatic Exposure)

    ENGLISH Advanced Shooting PROGRAM AE (Automatic Exposure) The PROGRAM AE function works in CAMERA mode only. The PROGRAM AE modes allow you to adjust shutter speeds and apertures to suit different recording conditions. There are 6 automatic exposure modes. 1. AUTO mode Auto balance between the subject and the background.
  • Page 37 Advanced Shooting 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.
  • Page 38: Dse (digital Special Effects) In Camera Mode

    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. (VP-W80U/W80: 8 modes, VP-W87/W87D: 10 modes) 1. Normal picture: This mode uses a normal image without DSE effect .
  • Page 39 Advanced Shooting 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 40: Setting And Recording The Date/time

    ENGLISH Advanced Shooting Setting and Recording the DATE/TIME Setting and recording the date/time feature works in CAMERA mode only. 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 in the viewfinder. Setting a DATE/TIME Setting DATE/TIME is possible in STANDBY of CAMERA mode only.
  • Page 41 4. Press the START/STOP button to start 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 42: 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 43 8. Turn the UP/DOWN dial to highlight the TITLE you desire. 9. Press ENTER. The selected title will appear on the screen for 2 ~ 3 seconds and will then disappear. At the same time the camcorder will return to the menu mode. Recording a Title Note: Make sure that you have selected a TITLE.
  • Page 44: Fade In And Out

    ENGLISH Advanced Shooting 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 45: Pip (vp-w87/w87d Only)

    Advanced Shooting PIP (Picture-in-Picture; VP-W87/W87D 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 more clear idea of what you are shooting.
  • Page 46: Snap Shot (vp-w87/w87d Only)

    ENGLISH Advanced Shooting Snap Shot (VP-W87/W87D only) 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 the CAMERA mode. 1. Set the power switch to CAMERA mode.
  • Page 47: White Balance

    Advanced Shooting White Balance WHITE BALANCE 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. - INDOOR ( : It controls WHITE BALANCE according to the indoor ambience.
  • Page 48: 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 49: 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 50: Lighting Techniques

    Advanced Shooting Lighting Techniques When you use your camcorder, there are normally 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 51: 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 SCART adapter (supplied optionally).
  • Page 52 Playback 1. Use the TV/VIDEO button to select VIDEO on your TV. 2. Connect a power source (battery or AC Power Adapter) to the camcorder. Set the power switch to PLAYER mode. 3. Insert the tape you want to watch.
  • Page 53: 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 wear. To locate a scene (picture search)
  • Page 54: Dse In Player Mode

    Pressing the DSE button will scroll through the available settings. Stop at the one you require. Maintenance Cleaning and Taking care of the Camcorder Cleaning the Viewfinder Releasing the Eyepiece 1. Pull the viewfinder up and then turn the screw counter-clock-wise.
  • Page 55: Cleaning The Video Heads

    If it is still bad, repeat the operation. If the problem continues, contact your local authorized service centre. Storing the Camcorder 1. You must detach the BATTERY PACK from the camcorder when not in use. 2. Keep the camcorder in a ventilated, dry/warm place.
  • Page 56: 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. Were necessary, use a commercially available AC plug adapter, depending on the style of plug used.
  • Page 57: Troubleshooting Check

  • Page 58: Checking

    Troubleshooting Check Checking If you run into any problem using the camcorder, use the following table to try and 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 59 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 35) The view finder lens has not been adjusted.
  • Page 60: 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 61: Specifications

    External mic Monaural ø3.5 (VP-W87/W87D) General Power requirement DC 8.4 V (1.5 A) Power consumption VP-W80U/W80: 3.3 W, VP-W87/W87D: 3.8 W Built-in mic Condenser mic, omni-directional Operating temperature 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F) Dimension (W * H * D)
  • Page 62: Index

    ENGLISH Index - A - ABROAD ...56 AC POWER ADAPTER ...18 AF ...34 AUDIO ...51 AUTO FOCUSING ...34 AUTO MODE ...36 AUTO POWER OFF ...24 - B - BATTERY...19 BATTERY LEVEL ...21 BATTERY PACK ...19 BLC ...35 - C - CAMERA ...18 CASSETTE ...22 CASSETTE HOLDER ...11...
  • Page 64: Power Sources (united Kingdom Only)

    ENGLISH Power Sources (United Kingdom Only) The mains 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 65 THIS CAMCORDER IS MANUFACTURED BY: ELECTRONICS *Samsung Electronics’ Internet Home Page United Kingdom AD68-00606F...

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