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INSTRUCTION MANUAL

Digital Movie Camera
Important note
This manual explains how to safely operate the VPC-HD2EX, VPC-HD2 and VPC-HD2GX.
Any information regarding only one of these products will be labeled as such.
Please read these instructions carefully before using the camera.
Make sure to read and understand the separate booklet "SAFETY MANUAL".
Keep this manual in a safe place for later reference.
VPC-HD2EX
VPC-HD2
VPC-HD2GX

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  • Page 1: Instruction Manual

    INSTRUCTION MANUAL Digital Movie Camera Important note This manual explains how to safely operate the VPC-HD2EX, VPC-HD2 and VPC-HD2GX. Any information regarding only one of these products will be labeled as such. Please read these instructions carefully before using the camera. Make sure to read and understand the separate booklet “SAFETY MANUAL”.
  • Page 2 Declaration of Conformity Model number: VPC-HD2 Trade Name: SANYO Responsible party: SANYO FISHER COMPANY Address: 21605 Plummer Street, Chatsworth, California 91311 Telephone No.: (818) 998-7322 This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject...
  • Page 3: Symbols Used In This Manual

    EU countries and do not apply to countries in other areas of the world. Your SANYO product is designed and manufactured with high quality materials and components which can be recycled and reused.
  • Page 4: Preparing The Camera

    SHOOT, PLAY BACK AND SAVE Preparing the camera Insert the SD Memory Card. h An SD Memory Card is not included with your camera. Please purchase a commercially sold card. h In this manual, the SD Memory Card is referred to as the “card”. Card slot cover Connect the cable adaptor to the camera, and connect the AC adaptor.
  • Page 5 Shooting kVideo clip recording Open the monitor unit, and press the ON/OFF button for at least 1 second to turn the camera on. Set the main switch to REC. Press the video clip recording button [ h Recording begins. h To stop recording, press the video clip recording button again.
  • Page 6 SHOOT, PLAY BACK AND SAVE Playback kVideo clip playback Set the main switch to PLAY. h The display switches to the Playback Screen. h Toggle the SET button to the left or right to display the video clip you wish to play back.
  • Page 7 Using the supplied CD-ROM (SANYO Software Pack), you can import the captured images to your computer and store them on a DVD. Detailed information about the SANYO Software Pack can be found on page 4 in the SANYO Software Pack INSTRUCTION MANUAL.
  • Page 8: Connect Your Camera To A Computer

    Insert the plug with the [n] mark facing up. Copy a video clip to your computer Run PhotoExplorer, set the location of the camera’s data as the copy source, and copy the video clip(s) to your computer (page 18 in the SANYO Software Pack INSTRUCTION MANUAL). English...
  • Page 9: Burn Video Clips Onto A Dvd

    Burn video clips onto a DVD Click on your desktop’s [Ulead DVD MovieFactory 5 Launcher] icon to run MovieFactory. h The MovieFactory launcher appears. h If the product registration screen appears, select [Register Later]. viii English...
  • Page 10 SHOOT, PLAY BACK AND SAVE Click on [New Project]. h The [Create Video Disc] window opens. English...
  • Page 11 Set the [DVD] option to ON, and click on the [OK] button. h The [Select source and import] window opens. Click on the [Add video files] icon. [Add video files] icon h The [Open Video File] dialog box opens. h Open the folder that contains the video files (My Documents\SANYO_PEX\datefolder).
  • Page 12 SHOOT, PLAY BACK AND SAVE Select the video clip files to burn onto the DVD. h Select the files you wish to burn onto the DVD by clicking on them. h To select multiple files, click on the individual files while holding down the [Ctrl] button.
  • Page 13 Click on the [Next] button. h The window to edit the title page of your DVD appears. Set your desired title page, and click on the [Next] button. h The window to confirm the title page appears. Click on the [Next] button. h The [Press Burn button to create a DVD] window opens.
  • Page 14 SHOOT, PLAY BACK AND SAVE Click on the [OK] button. h Disc writing begins. h After burning the disc, a dialog box shows that burning is complete. Click on the [OK] button. h The DVD drive tray opens for you to remove the disc. <About saving projects>...
  • Page 15: Table Of Contents

    CONTENTS CONTENTS ... 1 QUICK SEARCH BY OPERATION ... 6 CHECKING THE INCLUDED ACCESSORIES ... 9 How to use the accessories ... 11 Separately sold accessories ... 13 Media cards that can be used with this camera ... 13 GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR CAMERA ... 14 Widescreen recording and playback (HD mode) ...
  • Page 16 BASIC OPERATION BEFORE TAKING PICTURES ...42 How to hold the camera ...42 Using the autofocus ...43 Hints for taking pictures ...45 VIDEO CLIP RECORDING AND PLAYBACK ...46 Recording video clips ...46 Playing back a video clip ...47 CAPTURING AND PLAYING BACK STILL IMAGES ...50 Shooting single shots ...50 Viewing still images ...52 9-image display playback ...53...
  • Page 17 CONTENTS LIGHT-MEASURING MODE SETTING ... 89 ISO SENSITIVITY ... 90 WHITE BALANCE ... 91 SELF-TIMER ... 93 CAPTURING SEQUENTIAL SHOTS ... 94 PLAYBACK DISPLAYING THE PLAYBACK SETTING SCREENS ... 95 Switching the page ... 96 Overview of the Playback Setting Screens ... 97 PLAYBACK MODE ...
  • Page 18 OPTION SETTINGS DISPLAYING THE OPTION SCREEN ...128 Overview of the Option Screen ...129 SCREEN DISPLAY ...131 SELECT THE STARTUP DISPLAY ...132 OPERATION SOUNDS ...133 POST-VIEW SETTING ...135 WIND NOISE REDUCTION ...136 NOISE-REDUCTION FUNCTION ...137 ADJUST THE IMAGE QUALITY ...138 FLICKER-REDUCTION ...139 DIGITAL ZOOM SETTING ...140 MONITOR BRIGHTNESS ...141 ADJUST THE VOLUME OF AN EXTERNAL MICROPHONE ...142...
  • Page 19 CONTENTS APPENDICES COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ... 176 TROUBLESHOOTING ... 184 Camera ... 184 Docking station ... 193 Notes regarding the Scene Select feature and filters ... 195 SPECIFICATIONS ... 197 Camera ... 197 Camera connectors ... 201 Battery life ... 202 Possible No.
  • Page 20: Quick Search By Operation

    QUICK SEARCH BY OPERATION Your camera has an abundance of convenient features and functions. From creating precisely the photo you want, to viewing images using various techniques, you can locate the exact operation for your purposes in the following table. Basic operation Getting started shooting/recording...
  • Page 21 QUICK SEARCH BY OPERATION Basic operation Shoot in dark conditions • “EXPOSURE CORRECTION” on page 68 • “SHOOTING WITH THE FLASH” on page 66 • “SCENE SELECT” (night view portrait mode/fireworks mode/lamp mode) on page 80 Photographing people • “SCENE SELECT” (portrait mode/night view portrait mode) on page 80 •...
  • Page 22 Basic operation Getting started viewing images • “Playing back a video clip” on page 47 • “Viewing still images” on page 52 • “Audio playback” on page 63 Slideshow playback • “PLAYBACK MODE” on page 99 • “SLIDESHOW PLAYBACK” on page 101 Adjust the monitor brightness •...
  • Page 23: Checking The Included Accessories

    Li-ion battery pack: 1 i Dedicated S-AV interface cable: 1 i Dedicated component cable: 1 i AC adaptor and power cord: 1 English i SANYO Software Pack (CD-ROM): 2 i Docking station: 1 i Dedicated USB interface cable: 1 i HDMI cable: 1 Included with model VPC-HD2EX.
  • Page 24 i Remote control unit and battery (CR2025): 1 i Lens cap and strap: 1 i Microphone connection cable: 1 i “SAFETY MANUAL” (safety precautions booklet) Please read this booklet carefully before using the camera. FOR CALIFORNIA, U.S.A. ONLY Perchlorate Material - special handling may apply.
  • Page 25: How To Use The Accessories

    CHECKING THE INCLUDED ACCESSORIES How to use the accessories k Handstrap k Lens cap English...
  • Page 26 k Camera case English...
  • Page 27: Separately Sold Accessories

    CHECKING THE INCLUDED ACCESSORIES Separately sold accessories i Lithium-ion Battery Charger VAR-L40 Battery charger for the supplied or separately sold lithium-ion battery pack (DB-L40A). i Lithium-ion Battery DB-L40A Same model as the supplied lithium-ion battery pack. i Wide Conversion Lens VCP-L06W Expand your camera’s wide-angle range.
  • Page 28: Getting The Most Out Of Your Camera

    GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR CAMERA Your camera is a digital movie camera with the ability to shoot and play back video clips with high image quality. Video clips can be recorded with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Of course, your camera captures high-quality still images, as you would expect, and you can even capture still images while recording a video clip.
  • Page 29: Capture Still Shots While Recording A Video Clip

    GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR CAMERA Capture still shots while recording a video clip (page 57) Suppose that while you’re recording a video clip, there’s a scene you’d like to keep as a still photo. Your camera makes it possible to record the still photo without interrupting the video clip recording.
  • Page 30: Docking Station For Easy Connection

    Docking station for easy connection The docking station simplifies those complicated connections to your TV or computer. Just set the camera in the docking station, and you can view your photos on your TV or computer right away. Computer Printer HDMI cable Dedicated component cable Dedicated S-AV interface cable...
  • Page 31: System Map

    SYSTEM MAP You can connect the camera to various devices to expand its capabilities. Remote control unit Separately sold or commercially available SD Memory Card English Cable adaptor Docking station i Card reader i DPOF-compatible printer i Photo shop Computer Printer AC adaptor (supplied)
  • Page 32: Setup

    PARTS NAMES Camera Front Flash i Extends when the flash button [?] is pressed. External microphone jack [MIC] Flash button [?] Speaker Battery cover lock Battery cover Charge indicator Stereo microphone Flash unit Lens Remote control sensor Monitor unit Strap holder Monitor unit English...
  • Page 33 PARTS NAMES <To open the monitor unit> ON/OFF button English...
  • Page 34 Rear Still image shooting button [ Monitor ON/OFF button HD/NORM button HIGH SENSITIVITY button Bottom Tripod stand hole h Open the monitor unit before mounting the camera on a tripod. Multi-indicator Video clip recording button [ Zoom switch Main switch Card slot cover MENU button...
  • Page 35: Docking Station

    PARTS NAMES Docking station Front Rear HDMI terminal COMPONENT terminal English Docking station terminal Operation mode button [ DC IN terminal USB/AV terminal...
  • Page 36: Remote Control Unit

    Remote control unit <In the shooting mode> 1 Still image shooting button 2 Video clip recording button 3 SET button 4 Works the same as toggling SET button to the left 5 Works the same as toggling SET button up or pushing zoom switch toward the [T] ([]]) side 6 Works the same as toggling SET button to the right...
  • Page 37: Installing The Card

    INSTALLING THE CARD Be sure to format a newly purchased card or one that was used in another device before using it in your camera (page 154). If an unformatted card is used, the card itself may become unusable. Open the card slot cover, and insert the card in the card slot.
  • Page 38 <To remove the card...> h To remove the card, press it in, and then release. The card will protrude slightly, and you can then pull it out. CAUTION Do not attempt to forcibly remove the card. i Doing so may damage the card or the stored data. If the multi-indicator is flashing red...
  • Page 39: Preparing The Docking Station

    PREPARING THE DOCKING STATION The supplied docking station is used to connect your camera to a computer, printer or TV, as well as to charge the battery pack installed in the camera. Connect the docking station to a power outlet. h Use the supplied AC adaptor and power cord.
  • Page 40: Preparing The Remote Control Unit

    PREPARING THE REMOTE CONTROL UNIT The remote control unit can be used to take pictures and play them back with the camera. Insert the battery Install the supplied battery (CR2025) in the remote control unit. Pull out the battery case. Insert the supplied battery.
  • Page 41: How To Use The Remote Control Unit

    PREPARING THE REMOTE CONTROL UNIT How to use the remote control unit The remote control unit can be used at an angle that is displaced 15 degrees horizontally from the remote control sensor on the front of the camera, at a distance of up to 7 meters. When operating the remote control unit, remove any object that may obstruct the path between it and the remote control sensor.
  • Page 42: Changing The Remote Control Code

    Changing the remote control code The remote control unit will also work with other Sanyo cameras that can be operated by infrared remote control. When more than one camera is present, it is recommended to change the remote control code to ensure that only the intended camera operates when the remote control unit is used.
  • Page 43: Preparing The Power

    PREPARING THE POWER Please charge the supplied battery pack before using it. Power to the camera can also be supplied from a power outlet if the docking station or the cable adaptor is used. Charging the battery pack While pressing the battery cover lock, slide it (1), and pull out the battery cover toward the bottom of the...
  • Page 44 Insert the battery pack. h Take care that it is positioned correctly. Replace the battery cover. <To remove the battery pack...> h Raise the edge of the battery pack to remove it. Prepare the docking station (page 25). Close the camera’s monitor unit, and set the camera in the docking station.
  • Page 45 PREPARING THE POWER CAUTION Using the camera when it is set in the docking station... i You can photograph and view images while the camera is set in the docking station. The battery pack can be charged when the camera is in the playback mode, but not in the shooting mode.
  • Page 46: When Using A Power Outlet

    When using a power outlet Power to the camera can be supplied from a power outlet if the docking station or the cable adaptor is used. Using the docking station Use the supplied power cord to connect the docking station to a power outlet, and set the camera in the docking station.
  • Page 47: About Using The Docking Station/Cable Adaptor For Recharging

    PREPARING THE POWER About using the docking station/cable adaptor for recharging The recharging operation differs depending on the position of the camera’s main switch and on the power ON/OFF status. Recharging when the docking station is connected Main switch Recharges Does not recharge* After one continuous hour of no recording or playback, the camera...
  • Page 48: Turning The Camera On And Off

    TURNING THE CAMERA ON AND OFF Turning on the camera Set the main switch. To shoot pictures: Set to REC. To play back images: Set to PLAY. Open the monitor unit. Press the ON/OFF button for at least 1 second. h The camera turns on, and an image appears on the monitor.
  • Page 49: Turning On The Camera When The Power Save (Sleep) Mode Is Active

    TURNING THE CAMERA ON AND OFF Turning on the camera when the power save (sleep) mode is active In order to preserve battery pack power, the power save (sleep) function will automatically turn off the camera after 1 minute of no use during shooting, or 5 minutes of no use during playback (factory-preset setting).
  • Page 50 HINT To immediately activate the power save mode i Press the ON/OFF button briefly to active the power save function. About the standby mode i To turn off the camera only briefly, you can close the monitor unit to put the camera in the standby mode.
  • Page 51: Operation Buttons

    OPERATION BUTTONS The procedures to change the camera settings, choose images, etc., are performed by using the SET button to control the monitor display. This operation is used very frequently, so it is best to become familiar with it right away.
  • Page 52 <Select the icon to the left or right> To select the icon to the right, toggle the SET button to the right. To select the icon to the left, toggle the SET button to the left. <Actuate the selected icon> Press the SET button.
  • Page 53: Date And Time Setting

    DATE AND TIME SETTING The camera will record the date and time an image or audio recording is taken so that you can display them during playback. Therefore, before capturing images, make sure the correct date and time are set. Example: To set the clock to 7:30 p.m.
  • Page 54 Set the clock. 1 Select “TIME”. 2 Press the SET button. h The Set Time Screen appears. 3 Set the time to “19:30”. h The time is set in the following order: Set the hour → Set the minute. h A 24-hour clock is used for the time display.
  • Page 55 DATE AND TIME SETTING Press the MENU button. h The date and time setting is completed, and you are returned to the Option Screen. h To return to the Shooting or Playback Screen, press the MENU button. HINT i Under normal conditions, while the battery pack is being replaced, an internal battery will maintain the date and time settings.
  • Page 56: Basic Operation

    BEFORE TAKING PICTURES How to hold the camera Hold the camera securely, keeping your elbows close to your body and making sure the camera is stable. Correct hold <Holding the camera> Example 1: Grip the camera by wrapping the fingers of the right hand, from the little finger to the middle finger, around the camera, and hook the index finger above the lens.
  • Page 57: Using The Autofocus

    BEFORE TAKING PICTURES Using the autofocus The autofocus will work in almost all situations; however, there are certain conditions that may cause the autofocus function to not work properly. If the autofocus function is not working properly, set the focus range to capture images (page 86).
  • Page 58 The following examples are some of the situations where the autofocus function may work, but not as desired. i When both near and far objects are present Use the focus-lock function to lock the focus on an object at the same distance as the desired subject, then reposition the camera to compose the picture.
  • Page 59: Hints For Taking Pictures

    BEFORE TAKING PICTURES Hints for taking pictures Muting the operation sounds i The operation sounds that are generated, for example, when the still image shooting button, MENU button or SET button is pressed, as well as the audio guidance when you switch the mode, can be muted (page 133). Where is the image and audio data saved? i All the image and sound data is recorded on the card installed in the camera.
  • Page 60: Video Clip Recording And Playback

    VIDEO CLIP RECORDING AND PLAYBACK Recording video clips Turn on the camera. If the monitor unit is closed → Open the monitor unit. If the camera is in the power → save mode Press the ON/ OFF button. Set the main switch to REC.
  • Page 61: Playing Back A Video Clip

    VIDEO CLIP RECORDING AND PLAYBACK Playing back a video clip Set the main switch to PLAY. h The video clip just recorded is shown on the monitor. Press the SET button. h Playback of the video clip begins. <Example: After recording a video clip: Normal mode>...
  • Page 62 To do this... Normal forward playback Stop playback Pause To play back During forward one image playback at a time During reverse (single- playback frame step) During forward playback Slow playback During reverse playback Forward playback accelerate playback Reverse playback Return to normal playback speed Adjusting the volume...
  • Page 63 VIDEO CLIP RECORDING AND PLAYBACK HINT Adjusting the monitor brightness i While the Shooting Screen is active, you can quickly access the screen for adjusting the brightness of the monitor by pressing the MENU button for at least 1 second. The focus can be locked i The autofocus can be set to a fixed focus during video clip recording if you toggle the SET button up.
  • Page 64: Capturing And Playing Back Still Images

    CAPTURING AND PLAYING BACK STILL IMAGES Shooting single shots Press the ON/OFF button to turn the camera on. Set the main switch to REC. Press the still image shooting button [ 1 Press the still image shooting button halfway. h The autofocus operates, and the image is focused (focus lock).
  • Page 65 CAPTURING AND PLAYING BACK STILL IMAGES HINT What is the camera focusing on? i A target mark & on the monitor shows the area the camera is focusing on. i The camera automatically determines the correct focus by measuring from 9 different focus points within the shooting area.
  • Page 66: Viewing Still Images

    Viewing still images Set the main switch to PLAY. h An image is displayed on the monitor. Select the image you wish to view. To display the previous image, toggle the SET button to the left. To display the next image, toggle the SET button to the right.
  • Page 67: 9-Image Display Playback

    CAPTURING AND PLAYING BACK STILL IMAGES 9-image display playback Set the main switch to PLAY. Push the zoom switch toward the [W] ([P]) side. h The 9-image display appears. Select the image to play back. h Toggle the SET button up, down, left or right to move the orange frame to the desired image, and press the SET...
  • Page 68: Art Mode Playback

    Art mode playback Art mode playback displays all 22 images that immediately follow the image currently shown on the normal display, or the framed image on the 9-image display. [W] (P) <Normal playback> <9-image playback [T] (])/SET button * When the number of images is less than 22, the blank frames are filled in with color.
  • Page 69 CAPTURING AND PLAYING BACK STILL IMAGES If switching to the art mode playback from normal playback, push the zoom switch toward the [W] ([P]) side two times. Push it one time if switching from the 9-image playback display. h The screen changes to art mode playback.
  • Page 70: Magnifying (Zooming In) The Image

    Magnifying (zooming in) the image Display the image that you want to magnify. h For a video clip, pause playback at the place you want to magnify. Push the zoom switch toward the [T] ([]]) side. h Magnification is enabled. h The image is magnified, and the central portion of image is displayed.
  • Page 71: Shoot A Still Image While Recording A Video Clip

    SHOOT A STILL IMAGE WHILE RECORDING A VIDEO CLIP You can capture a still image (a single-shot) while recording a video clip. Press the ON/OFF button for at least 1 second to turn the camera Set the main switch to REC. Press the video clip recording button [ When you see a scene you’d like...
  • Page 72 CAUTION i When shooting a still image while recording a video clip, the flash does not operate. i When shooting a still image while recording a video clip, the display briefly pauses, and then returns to the video clip display after the still image is captured.
  • Page 73: Recording In The Hd Mode

    RECORDING IN THE HD MODE In addition to the standard video clip recording mode (normal mode, aspect ratio 4:3), your camera can also record video clips in the widescreen mode (HD mode) with an aspect ratio of 16:9. Switching between the normal mode and HD mode Press the ON/OFF button for at least 1 second to turn the camera on.
  • Page 74 Press the HD/NORM button. h The monitor display changes to the 16:9 aspect ratio HD mode. h Each time the HD/NORM button is pressed, the mode switches between the HD mode and the normal mode. 00:20:39 F3.5 1/40 <Normal Mode Shooting Screen>...
  • Page 75: Audio Recording And Playback

    AUDIO RECORDING AND PLAYBACK Your camera can make audio recordings and play them back. Audio recording Set the main switch to REC. Press the MENU button. h The menu display appears. From the video clip mode menu, select the audio memo icon <, and press the SET button.
  • Page 76 Press the video clip recording button. h Audio recording begins. During recording, < appears in the monitor. It is not necessary to continue pressing the video clip recording button while recording. h The maximum time for recording a continuous audio memo is about 13 hours.
  • Page 77: Audio Playback

    AUDIO RECORDING AND PLAYBACK Audio playback Display the desired audio data. Play back the recording. Start forward playback: Press the SET button. Pause: During playback, press the SET button, or toggle the SET button up. During fast forward or fast reverse, toggle the SET button up.
  • Page 78: Shooting And Playback With The Remote Control Unit

    SHOOTING AND PLAYBACK WITH THE REMOTE CONTROL UNIT The remote control sensor on your camera makes it possible to capture images and play them back using the supplied remote control unit. Prepare the remote control unit (page 26). Turn the camera on, and set the main switch to REC or PLAY. h Set the main switch to REC for shooting, or to PLAY for playback.
  • Page 79: Using The Zoom

    USING THE ZOOM Your camera has two zoom functions: optical zoom and digital zoom. You can specify whether or not the digital zoom is enabled (page 140). Point the camera lens at the subject. Press [T] or [W] on the zoom switch to compose the desired image.
  • Page 80: Shooting With The Flash

    SHOOTING WITH THE FLASH The flash is used not only for taking pictures where there is insufficient light, but also when the subject is in shade or in backlight conditions. Your camera’s flash has four modes of operation (automatic flash mode, forced flash mode, flash off mode, and red-eye reduction mode).
  • Page 81 SHOOTING WITH THE FLASH m: The flash will operate with every image captured regardless of the conditions. Use this setting under backlight conditions, when the subject is in shade, under fluorescent lighting conditions, etc. (forced flash). l: The flash will not operate even in dark situations. Use this setting when capturing an image in a location where flash photography is prohibited, or when shooting a night landscape scene (flash off).
  • Page 82: Exposure Correction

    EXPOSURE CORRECTION When capturing images, you can make the image lighter or darker. Set the main switch to REC. h If the Shooting Setting Screen is displayed, press the MENU button to exit it. While the Shooting Screen is displayed, toggle the SET button to the right.
  • Page 83 EXPOSURE CORRECTION HINT The exposure correction setting is canceled in the following cases: i When the pointer is set to the center position. i When the Option Screen is accessed. i When the main switch is set to PLAY. i After the power is turned off. English...
  • Page 84: Shooting In The High Sensitivity Mode

    SHOOTING IN THE HIGH SENSITIVITY MODE You can press the HIGH SENSITIVITY button to capture an even brighter image. You can also get a brighter image by setting the ISO sensitivity (page 90) to a higher setting. Press the HIGH SENSITIVITY button.
  • Page 85: Shooting

    DISPLAYING THE SHOOTING SETTING SCREENS The Shooting Setting Screens are used to adjust your camera’s shooting settings. The Shooting Setting Screens are organized into two displays: PAGE 1 and PAGE 2. The PAGE 1 settings (page 73) cover the basic shooting settings, and the PAGE 2 settings (page 75) provide you with more detailed settings.
  • Page 86: Switching The Page

    Switching the page Switch from PAGE 1 to PAGE 2, or vice versa, depending on how you wish to use your camera. Display a Shooting Setting Screen. Toggle the SET button to the left. h The Shooting Setting Screen PAGE changes.
  • Page 87: Overview Of The Shooting Setting Screens

    DISPLAYING THE SHOOTING SETTING SCREENS Overview of the Shooting Setting Screens PAGE 1 VIDEO CLIP MPEG4 640×480 30fps SHQ English...
  • Page 88 1 Video clip mode menu (page 77) <In the normal mode> Record at 640 × 480 pixels, 30 fps, high image quality. Record at 720 × 480 pixels, 30 fps. Record at 640 × 480 pixels, 30 fps, standard image quality. Record at 320 ×...
  • Page 89 DISPLAYING THE SHOOTING SETTING SCREENS PAGE 2 IMAGE STABILIZER VIDEO VIEW English...
  • Page 90 1 Image stabilizer menu (page 84) p: Shoot using the video clip field of view display. q: Shoot using the still image field of view display. ]: Image stabilizer function off 2 Focus menu (page 86) -: All ranges mode *: Normal mode -: Manual mode +: Super macro (close-up)
  • Page 91: Video Clip Mode (Image Quality) Setting

    VIDEO CLIP MODE (IMAGE QUALITY) SETTING When it comes to video clips, a larger number of pixels and a higher frame rate means better image quality and smoother playback. On the other hand, the file size becomes large and uses more memory. Set the image quality to a setting that’s right for your purpose.
  • Page 92 CAUTION When editing video clips... i In order for video clips to be joined, they must have been photographed in the same mode. i Video clips that were photographed in different modes cannot be joined. Playing back video clips that were recorded with a different camera i Video clips recorded using model VPC-HD1A or VPC-HD1 with the mode set to T (640 ×...
  • Page 93: Still Image Mode (Resolution) Setting

    STILL IMAGE MODE (RESOLUTION) SETTING By setting the still image resolution (pixels) to a higher setting, image detail is enhanced for a smoother, finer picture. However, the file size also becomes large and uses more memory. Select the resolution setting that suits your purpose.
  • Page 94: Scene Select

    SCENE SELECT You can select from various preset settings (aperture, shutter speed, etc.) for specific shooting conditions. Display the PAGE 1 Shooting Setting Screen (page 72). Select the scene select menu. =: The camera automatically makes the optimum settings suitable for the surrounding conditions (full auto).
  • Page 95: Exposure Setting

    EXPOSURE SETTING Various settings—including shutter speed, aperture size, the ND filter ON/ OFF status—can be set by the user. Display the PAGE 1 Shooting Setting Screen (page 72). Select the manual exposure menu. @: The optimum shutter speed and aperture size are set according to the brightness of the subject (aperture and shutter variable program AE).
  • Page 96 Select the desired icon from the manual exposure menu, and press the SET button. <If T, g or , was selected> 1 Toggle the SET button up or down to select ND filter, aperture value or shutter speed. 2 Toggle the SET button left or right to change the setting for the selected parameter.
  • Page 97: Filters

    FILTERS The filter feature changes image characteristics such as color tones, to apply unique effects to the photographed image. Display the PAGE 1 Shooting Setting Screen (page 72). Select the filter menu. &: No filter is used (none). %: Skin tones are enhanced in close-up shots (cosmetic filter). W: Snap black-and-white photos (monochrome filter).
  • Page 98: Motion Compensation (Image Stabilizer)

    MOTION COMPENSATION (IMAGE STABILIZER) Your camera can minimize a jittery picture by compensating for unintentional hand motion (only during video clip recording). Display the PAGE 2 Shooting Setting Screen (page 72). Select the image stabilizer menu. p: Compensate for camera shake during video clip recording. The field of view does not change when the video clip recording button is pressed, so this setting is convenient when shooting mostly video clips (video clip field of view display).
  • Page 99 MOTION COMPENSATION (IMAGE STABILIZER) <Concerning the changing field of view when motion compensation is enabled> i When the motion compensation is set to ON, the field of view during recording standby differs from the recordable field of view as shown below. i When set to the motion compensation q setting, the video clip recording range is as shown in the recording standby screen.
  • Page 100: Focus Range

    FOCUS RANGE Display the PAGE 2 Shooting Setting Screen (page 72). Select the focus range menu. h When shooting a subject at a medium to far distance, by setting the focus range to *, you will find it both easier and faster to focus. -: Wide end: 10 cm (3.94 in.) to infinity Tele end: 1 m (3.28 ft.) to infinity (total range mode) *: 80 cm (31.50 in.) to infinity (normal mode)
  • Page 101: How To Use The Manual Focus

    FOCUS RANGE How to use the manual focus Select the manual focus icon - from the focus menu, and press the SET button. Press the SET button. h The focus distance adjustment bar appears. Toggle the SET button to the left or right to adjust the focus distance, and press the SET button.
  • Page 102: Focus Area Setting

    FOCUS AREA SETTING You can choose from the following 2 types of autofocus (still image shooting only): 9-point range finder focus: The correct focus is determined from 9 different focus points within the shooting area visible on the monitor. When the image is focused, a target mark &...
  • Page 103: Light-Measuring Mode Setting

    LIGHT-MEASURING MODE SETTING You can select from 3 types of light-measuring modes. Multi-section light-measuring: The light is modulated after sampling from multiple areas of the entire shooting screen. Center-weighted light-measuring: The light is modulated for the entire image after measuring from mostly the center area.
  • Page 104: Iso Sensitivity

    ISO SENSITIVITY With the initial settings, the ISO sensitivity is automatically set according to the brightness of the subject. However, the ISO sensitivity can be set to a fixed setting. Display the PAGE 2 Shooting Setting Screen (page 72). Select the ISO sensitivity menu. t: Sets the ISO sensitivity automatically (ISO 50 to 400 [video clip recording mode: corresponds to ISO 200 to 1600]).
  • Page 105: White Balance

    WHITE BALANCE This camera automatically adjusts the white balance under most lighting conditions. However, if you want to specify the lighting conditions or change the overall tone of the image, the white balance can be manually set. Display the PAGE 2 Shooting Setting Screen (page 72). Select the white balance menu.
  • Page 106 Select the desired icon from the white balance menu, and press the SET button. h This completes the white balance setting. h Once the white balance setting is programmed for the ] icon, it is retained even if another white balance setting (>, r, o, p, or q) is selected.
  • Page 107: Self-Timer

    SELF-TIMER Display the PAGE 1 Shooting Setting Screen (page 72). Select the self-timer menu. N: Turns off the self-timer function. y: Turns on the self-timer function. The image is captured about 2 seconds after the still image shooting button or video clip recording button is pressed.
  • Page 108: Capturing Sequential Shots

    CAPTURING SEQUENTIAL SHOTS Display the PAGE 1 Shooting Setting Screen (page 72). Select P from the still image mode menu. h The camera changes to the sequential shots mode. Press the still image shooting button [ h Shooting begins. Shooting continues as long as the still image shooting button is kept pressed.
  • Page 109: Playback

    DISPLAYING THE PLAYBACK SETTING SCREENS The Playback Setting Screens are used to adjust your camera’s playback settings. The Playback Setting Screens are organized into two displays: PAGE 1 and PAGE 2. The PAGE 1 settings (page 97) cover the basic playback settings, and the PAGE 2 settings (page 98) provide you with more detailed settings.
  • Page 110: Switching The Page

    Switching the page Switch from PAGE 1 to PAGE 2, or vice versa. Display a Playback Setting Screen (page 95). Toggle the SET button to the left. h The Playback Setting Screen changes to the other PAGE. h Each time the SET button is toggled to the left, the PAGE changes.
  • Page 111: Overview Of The Playback Setting Screens

    DISPLAYING THE PLAYBACK SETTING SCREENS Overview of the Playback Setting Screens PAGE 1 1 Playback method setting (page 99) h Select continuous playback or single-frame playback. 2 Slideshow (page 101) h Select the slideshow settings and initiate playback. 3 Multi-playback (page 53) h Display images in the 9-frame multi-display format.
  • Page 112 PAGE 2 1 Rotate image (page 107) h Rotate still images. 2 Resize (page 108) h Reduce the resolution of a still image. 3 Extract still image (page 109) h Extract a still image from a video clip. 4 Video clip edit (page 111) h Edit video clips.
  • Page 113: Playback Mode

    PLAYBACK MODE You can choose to have data played back successively (continuous playback) or have only selected data played back (clip playback). Display the PAGE 1 Playback Setting Screen (page 96). Select the playback mode icon =, and press the SET button. h The Playback Mode Screen appears.
  • Page 114 HINT How to initiate continuous playback i Set the camera to the playback mode, and press the SET button. Continuous playback starts. How is continuous playback different from slideshow playback (page 101)? i With continuous playback, the available operations include pause (for continuous playback) and pause, fast forward and fast reverse (for video clip playback).
  • Page 115: Slideshow Playback

    SLIDESHOW PLAYBACK Specify the settings for playing back still images and video clips continuously in a “slideshow” format. In a slideshow of still images, you can set the transition time and transition effects. Display the PAGE 1 Playback Setting Screen (page 96). Select the slideshow icon V, and press the SET button.
  • Page 116: Playback Volume

    PLAYBACK VOLUME Adjust the playback volume for video clips and audio data. Display the PAGE 1 Playback Setting Screen (page 96). Select the playback volume icon Z, and press the SET button. h The volume control bar appears. Toggle the SET button left or right to adjust the volume, and press the SET button.
  • Page 117: Image Protect

    IMAGE PROTECT Prevent accidental erasure of image and audio data. Display the data that you want to protect from accidental erasure, and display the PAGE 1 Playback Setting Screen (page 96). Select the protect icon A, and press the SET button. h “LOCK”...
  • Page 118 CAUTION i Even if the protect mode is set for certain data files, they will be deleted if the card is reformatted (page 154). HINT To select a different image in steps 2 and 3... i Toggle the SET button to the left or right. To cancel the protect mode for an image...
  • Page 119: Deleting Data

    DELETING DATA Data can be deleted one at a time or all at once. Display the PAGE 1 Playback Setting Screen (page 96). Select the erase icon c, and press the SET button. h The Delete Mode Screen appears. DELETE SINGLE: Deletes one data at a time.
  • Page 120 Select “DELETE”, and press the SET button. <DELETE SINGLE> h The currently displayed image is deleted. h To delete other data, select the data, and press the SET button. h To return to the Playback Setting Screen, press the MENU button twice.
  • Page 121: Rotate Image

    ROTATE IMAGE Captured still images can be rotated to the correct orientation for viewing. Display the still image you wish to rotate, and display the PAGE 2 Playback Setting Screen (page 96). Select the rotate icon L, and press the SET button. h The Rotate Image Screen appears.
  • Page 122: Changing Image Size (Resize)

    CHANGING IMAGE SIZE (RESIZE) A captured image can be resized to a smaller size and saved as a separate image. Display the still image whose size you want to change, and display the PAGE 2 Playback Setting Screen (page 96). Select the resize icon I, and press the SET button.
  • Page 123: Extracting A Still Image From A Video Clip

    EXTRACTING A STILL IMAGE FROM A VIDEO CLIP You can select one image (scene) from a video clip, copy it, and save it as a still image (the original data remains unchanged). Play back a video clip, and pause at the point you wish to copy and save.
  • Page 124 HINT When an image from a video clip recorded in the HD mode is saved with an aspect ratio of 4:3… i The still image that is generated will be a 4:3 (640 × 480 pixels) VGA image with black bars at the top and bottom of a 640 × 360-pixel picture. English...
  • Page 125: Editing Video Clips

    EDITING VIDEO CLIPS You can trim away unwanted portions from a video clip and save it as a new video clip (video clip cutting [extracting]). You can also join two video clips together and save them as one separate clip (“joining”). Procedure to cut (extract) a portion of a video clip Specify the frames (1, 2) where the...
  • Page 126: Procedure To Join Video Clips

    Procedure to join video clips Specify the video clip that will come first. Specify the video clip that you wish to append (join). i The two video clips are saved together as a separate video clip. i The original video clips are not affected. (You can also choose to erase the original video clips when the new clip is saved.)
  • Page 127: Video Clip Cutting (Extracting)

    EDITING VIDEO CLIPS Video clip cutting (extracting) Display the video clip from which you wish to extract a segment. Display the PAGE 2 Playback Setting Screen (page 96). Select the edit video icon k, and press the SET button. h The Edit Video Screen appears. Select “CUT”...
  • Page 128 Specify the start point of the extract. h Use the procedure below to specify the frame from which the video clip extract will start. h Play the video clip until approximately the desired point, pause the video clip, then play the video clip one frame at a time, stopping at the start point of the extract.
  • Page 129 EDITING VIDEO CLIPS Press the still image shooting button [O]. h A screen appears for you to select either to save the edited video clip as a new (separate) file, or to delete the original video clip and replace it with the edited video clip.
  • Page 130 HINT i If the original video clip is protected, even if you select “OVERWRITE FILE” in steps 8 and press the SET button, the original video clip will not be erased. If you want it to be erased, you will need to first remove the protection (page 103).
  • Page 131: Joining Two Video Clips

    EDITING VIDEO CLIPS Joining two video clips CAUTION i Video clips that were photographed in different modes cannot be joined. Display the PAGE 2 Playback Setting Screen (page 96). Select the edit video icon k, and press the SET button. h The Edit Video Screen appears.
  • Page 132 Move the orange frame to the video clip you wish to join, and press the SET button. h The specified video clip is labeled with a number. h Up to 9 video clips can be selected. h To cancel a selection and remove the number label from a video clip, select the video clip and press the SET button.
  • Page 133 EDITING VIDEO CLIPS Select the desired option, and press the SET button. h Editing starts. h When editing ends, you are returned to the Playback Setting Screen. HINT i If the original video clip is protected, even if you select “OVERWRITE FILE” in steps 6 and press the SET button, the original video clip will not be erased.
  • Page 134: Print Instructions

    PRINT INSTRUCTIONS In addition to using your printer to print out still images captured with your camera, as with conventional film, you can have prints made at shops offering digital print services. Moreover, this camera is DPOF-compatible, so you can use the camera to specify the number of prints, whether or not the date is displayed on the print, and also to specify an index print.
  • Page 135 PRINT INSTRUCTIONS HINT Printing a single frame from a video clip i To print with a printer or have the digital print service shop print out a still image from a video clip, you must first save it (save frame) as a still image (page 109).
  • Page 136: Specifying Date Imprinting And Print Quantities

    Specifying date imprinting and print quantities You can specify printing instructions for each individual image (EACH IMAGE), or apply the printing instructions to all the images on the card (ALL IMAGES). Display the Printing Instructions Screen (page 120). Select “EACH IMAGE” or “ALL IMAGES”.
  • Page 137 PRINT INSTRUCTIONS Specify whether the date is displayed on the print, and the number of prints. <Specify the number of prints> h Toggle the SET button up or down. h The quantity indication changes. h Display the desired number of prints.
  • Page 138: Index Print

    Index print Printing out many small images on one sheet is called an “index print”. This is convenient for use as a list of the images you have captured. Display the Printing Instructions Screen (page 120). Select “INDEX”. Press the SET button. h The Index Print Screen appears.
  • Page 139: Clearing All The Printing Instructions

    PRINT INSTRUCTIONS Clearing all the printing instructions Delete the printing instructions for all images. Display the Printing Instructions Screen (page 120). Select “ALL CLEAR”. Press the SET button. h The Confirm All Clear Screen appears. CANCEL: Clear the printing instructions for all images. EXIT: Discontinue the clear procedure and return to the Printing Instructions Screen.
  • Page 140: Smooth Playback

    SMOOTH PLAYBACK Suppress the video flicker that occurs, for example, when playing back video clips that were recorded with camera moving fast. Display the PAGE 2 Playback Setting Screen (page 96). Select the smooth playback O icon, and press the SET button. h The Smooth Playback Screen appears.
  • Page 141: Displaying Image Properties (Information Screen)

    DISPLAYING IMAGE PROPERTIES (INFORMATION SCREEN) On the Information Screen you can check what the settings were when an image was captured. Display the desired image. Press the MENU button for at least 1 second. h The Information Screen appears. h If the MENU button is pressed again, the Information Screen is canceled.
  • Page 142: Option Settings

    DISPLAYING THE OPTION SCREEN The Option Screen is used to adjust various camera settings. Turn on the camera, and press the MENU button. h The Shooting or Playback Setting Screen appears. Toggle the SET button up or down to select the PAGE indication. Toggle the SET button to the right, and select the option icon.
  • Page 143: Overview Of The Option Screen

    DISPLAYING THE OPTION SCREEN Overview of the Option Screen English CLOCK SET INFO DISPLAY STARTUP DISPLAY OPERATION BEEP POST VIEW WIND NOISE REDUC. NOISE REDUCTION IMAGE SETTINGS FLICKER REDUCT DIGITAL ZOOM BRIGHTNESS EXT MIC VOLUME LANGUAGE TV OUTPUT SETTINGS POWER SAVE FILE NO.
  • Page 144 1 Date and time setting (page 39) h Set the camera’s internal clock. 2 Screen display (page 131) h Specify what information is displayed on the Playback Screen. 3 Startup display (page 132) h Select the screen display that appears when the camera is turned on.
  • Page 145: Screen Display

    SCREEN DISPLAY Specify what information is displayed on the Playback Screen. Display the Option Screen (page 128). Select the info display icon j, and press the SET button. h The Screen Display Screen appears. DATE & TIME: Display the capture-date. COUNTER: Display the video clip playback time.
  • Page 146: Select The Startup Display

    SELECT THE STARTUP DISPLAY The startup display is the display that appears on the monitor when the camera is turned on in the recording mode. Display the Option Screen (page 128). Select the startup display icon +, and press the SET button. h The Startup Display Setting Screen appears.
  • Page 147: Operation Sounds

    OPERATION SOUNDS Use this menu to set the confirming audio signals when the camera is turned on/off or when the operation buttons (still image shooting button, SET button, MENU button, etc.) are pressed, to adjust the operation sound volume, and to enable/disable the audio guide.
  • Page 148 Select “CHANGE SETTINGS”, and press the SET button. h The screen to change the settings appears. Toggle the SET button up or down to select the desired setting, and press the SET button. h The screen to select operation sounds appears. <If “TURN ON/OFF”...
  • Page 149: Post-View Setting

    POST-VIEW SETTING Specify the duration that the captured image appears on the monitor (post- view) after the still image shooting button is pressed. Display the Option Screen (page 128). Select the post-view icon o, and press the SET button. h The Post-view Screen appears. 1 sec: The post-view image is displayed for 1 second.
  • Page 150: Wind Noise Reduction

    WIND NOISE REDUCTION This feature reduces the ambient sound of the wind when you are recording a video clip or making an audio recording in a strong wind environment. Set the function to on or off. Display the Option Screen (page 128). Select the wind noise reduction icon `, and press the SET button.
  • Page 151: Noise-Reduction Function

    NOISE-REDUCTION FUNCTION Use this setting to minimize noise in still images and produce a clear image. Display the Option Screen (page 128). Select the noise-reduction icon ^, and press the SET button. h The Noise Reduction Screen appears. The noise-reduction function is enabled.
  • Page 152: Adjust The Image Quality

    ADJUST THE IMAGE QUALITY The camera can adjust the image quality as the image is captured. Display the Option Screen (page 128). Select the image quality icon P, and press the SET button. h The Image Settings Screen appears. NORMAL: Shoot with image quality at normal.
  • Page 153: Flicker-Reduction

    FLICKER-REDUCTION The flicker-reduction setting reduces the flicker that results when filming video clips under fluorescent lights and the like where the background lighting pulsates at the frequency of the power supply. The flicker-reduction setting is set to a frequency of 50 Hz. Display the Option Screen (page 128).
  • Page 154: Digital Zoom Setting

    DIGITAL ZOOM SETTING This setting allows you to specify whether or not the digital zoom is enabled during zoom shooting. Display the Option Screen (page 128). Select the digital zoom icon Q, and press the SET button. h The Digital Zoom Screen appears. Digital zoom can be used.
  • Page 155: Monitor Brightness

    MONITOR BRIGHTNESS Adjust the brightness of the camera’s monitor display. Use this adjustment when the monitor image is difficult to view because of ambient lighting. Display the Option Screen (page 128). Select the brightness icon ,, and press the SET button. h The brightness control display appears.
  • Page 156: Adjust The Volume Of An External Microphone

    ADJUST THE VOLUME OF AN EXTERNAL MICROPHONE The input level of a microphone connected to the camera can be adjusted. Display the Option Screen (page 128). Select the external microphone volume icon W, and press the SET button. h The volume adjustment bar appears.
  • Page 157: Screen Language

    SCREEN LANGUAGE You can set the monitor of your camera to display the messages in any one of several languages. Display the Option Screen (page 128). Select the language icon z, and press the SET button. h The Language Screen appears. DEUTSCH: ENGLISH: ESPAÑOL:...
  • Page 158: Tv Output Setting

    TV OUTPUT SETTING Specify the type of image signal that is output from your camera’s USB/AV terminal, COMPONENT terminal or HDMI terminal. Display the Option Screen (page 128). Select the TV output settings icon j, and press the SET button. h The TV Output Setting Screen appears.
  • Page 159 TV OUTPUT SETTING Select the desired setting, and press the SET button. h The screen to change the parameter for the selected setting appears. <If “TV SYSTEM” is selected> NTSC: Outputs NTSC video signals. PAL: Outputs PAL video signals. <If “TV TYPE” is selected> 4:3: Use this setting when a TV having an aspect ratio of 4:3 is connected.
  • Page 160 k Relation between “TV TYPE” setting and TV display The tables below show the video signal that is output when the “TV TYPE” setting is changed. However, note that for some TVs that have an auto-detect function, the output may not conform to the table, or the TV display may not change at all.
  • Page 161 TV OUTPUT SETTING “TV TYPE” TV type to be setting connected 16:9 16:9 * The still image examples are for images captured with the still image mode set to a setting other than v or u. English Image data to be displayed Still image Video clip in normal...
  • Page 162 CAUTION If the TV display is not correct… i If the appearance of the image on the TV monitor is not correct, you can either change the camera’s “TV TYPE” setting, or change the screen size setting on your TV. To change the screen size setting on your TV, please refer to the instruction manual for your TV.
  • Page 163: Power Save Function

    POWER SAVE FUNCTION Your camera has a “power save” function whereby the power automatically turns off after a specified period of inactivity. The power save function works to conserve the battery pack power when the camera is not being used, or to prevent the battery pack from dying if the camera has accidentally been left on.
  • Page 164 Select the desired option, and press the SET button. h The Set Standby Time Screen appears. Toggle the SET button up or down to set the standby time. Increases the standby time. Down: Decreases the standby time. Press the SET button. h The standby time is set.
  • Page 165: File No. Reset Function

    FILE NO. RESET FUNCTION If a newly formatted card is used, the file name (image number) of the captured image automatically begins from 0001. If the card is subsequently reformatted, or if a different reformatted card is used, the file names again begin from 0001.
  • Page 166 i If Card B already has image data in it when it replaces Card A, file numbers are assigned as follows. When the highest file number on Card B (before replacing) is lower than the highest file number on Card A: the file number of the next recorded image continues from last file number recorded on Card A.
  • Page 167 FILE NO. RESET FUNCTION Display the Option Screen (page 128). Select the file number reset icon Press the SET button. h The File Number Reset Screen appears. The file number reset function is “ON”. OFF: The file number reset function is “OFF”.
  • Page 168: Formatting A Card

    FORMATTING A CARD A card must be formatted with this camera: i After purchasing, when used for the first time, or i If it was formatted using a personal computer or another digital camera. The card cannot be formatted if the lock switch is set to the “LOCK” position. Proceed with the format procedure after setting the lock switch to the unlocked position.
  • Page 169 FORMATTING A CARD Select the desired format option, and press the SET button. h A confirmation screen appears. Select “YES”, and press the SET button. h Formatting begins. h During formatting, “Formatting” and “do not power off” are shown on the monitor.
  • Page 170: Resetting The Camera Settings

    RESETTING THE CAMERA SETTINGS Reset the camera to the factory-preset settings. Display the Option Screen (page 128). Select the reset settings icon 2, and press the SET button. h The Reset Settings Screen appears. RESET: Reset to the factory-preset settings. EXIT: Do not change the settings, and return to the Option Screen.
  • Page 171: Checking The Remaining Card Memory

    CHECKING THE REMAINING CARD MEMORY You can check how many images can be captured and how much recording time is available on the card. For a table showing the maximum number of images and recording time for specific cards, please see “Possible No. of Images/Possible Shooting Time/Possible Recording Time”...
  • Page 172 HINT i When the remaining number of images or the remaining video recording time is “0”, you cannot capture any more images. To capture more images, either install a new card, or save the images to a computer and then delete them (page 105) from the card.
  • Page 173: Checking The Remaining Battery Pack Charge

    CHECKING THE REMAINING BATTERY PACK CHARGE When using the battery pack, the remaining battery pack charge can be checked on the monitor. Make sure to check this indicator before capturing an image. For an indication of the possible length of time for battery pack operation, see page 202.
  • Page 174 HINT i If any data is present, you can also check the remaining battery pack charge on the Information Screen (page 127). i Battery life may differ even among battery packs of the same type. i Depending on the usage of the camera (such as the number of times the flash is used, the use of the monitor, etc.) or the ambient temperature (temperatures below 10 °C [50°F]) the number of images that can be saved on a fully charged battery pack will vary greatly.
  • Page 175: Other Devices And Connections

    CONNECTING TO A TV By connecting the camera to a TV, you can play back the recorded files on the CAUTION Insert and pull out the cable carefully i When connecting the cables, make sure that the cable plugs are correctly oriented and that they match the shapes of the terminal sockets on the devices.
  • Page 176 <Connecting using the cable adaptor> Attach the cable adaptor to the camera, and use the supplied dedicated S-AV interface cable to connect the cable adaptor’s USB/AV terminal to the TV’s VIDEO and AUDIO input terminals. <When connecting to an S-VIDEO input terminal> To AC adaptor i Insert the plug with the [n] mark facing up.
  • Page 177: Enjoy Higher Image Quality (Progressive Output)

    CONNECTING TO A TV Enjoy higher image quality (progressive output) If your TV has a 480p/720p input terminal, you can enjoy the high video quality of progressive output from your camera. COMPONENT terminal To AC adaptor i Insert the plug with the [n] mark facing up.
  • Page 178: Connecting To The Hdmi Terminal

    Connecting to the HDMI terminal HDMI terminal To AC adaptor HDMI cable To HDMI terminal To reduce spurious radiation i Please affix a small core (supplied) to the cable on the docking station end. HINT i HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing, LLC.
  • Page 179: Playing Back On A Tv

    CONNECTING TO A TV Playing back on a TV i After connecting the camera to the television, set the TV input switch to VIDEO input. i When an S-AV interface cable is connected, no image appears on the camera’s monitor. i The playback method is the same as when viewing images on the camera’s monitor.
  • Page 180: Direct Printing

    DIRECT PRINTING Your camera supports the PictBridge function. By connecting the camera directly to a PictBridge-enabled printer, the camera’s monitor can be used to select images and initiate printing (PictBridge printing). Print preparations Install the card in the camera, open the monitor unit to turn on the camera, and turn on the printer.
  • Page 181 DIRECT PRINTING Select “PRINTER”, and press the SET button. The PictBridge printing mode is activated. h The camera switches to the PictBridge printing mode, and the PictBridge Screen appears. CAUTION Insert and pull out the cable carefully i When connecting the cables, make sure that the cable plugs are correctly oriented and that they match the shapes of the terminal sockets on the devices.
  • Page 182: To Select One Image And Print It (One Image)

    To select one image and print it (one image) Procedure to select one still image and print it. Complete the printing setup (page 166). Select the one image icon Y, and press the SET button. h The screen to select images for printing appears.
  • Page 183 DIRECT PRINTING Specify the number of prints. 1 Toggle the SET button up to select “COPIES”, and press the SET button. 2 Toggle the SET button up or down to specify the number of prints. 3 Press the SET button. h “PRINT”...
  • Page 184: To Print All The Images (All Images)

    To print all the images (all images) Print all of the images on the card. Complete the print preparations (page 166). Select the all images icon u, and press the SET button. h The Print All Images Screen appears. Select “PRINT”, and press the SET button.
  • Page 185: Thumbnail Prints (Index)

    DIRECT PRINTING Thumbnail prints (index) Make an index print of all the images on the card. Complete the print preparations (page 166). Select the index print icon [, and press the SET button. h The Index Print Screen appears. Select “PRINT”, and press the SET button.
  • Page 186: To Print Images According To The Printing Instructions (Print Requested Images)

    To print images according to the printing instructions (print requested images) Procedure to print all the ordered images. Complete the print preparations (page 120), and complete the print preparations (page 166). Select the DPOF icon w, and press the SET button. h The Print Requested Images Screen appears.
  • Page 187: To Change The Printer Settings And Print Images (Change Printer Settings)

    DIRECT PRINTING To change the printer settings and print images (change printer settings) Images are printed according to settings specified by the camera, such as paper type, size, layout, printing quality, etc. Complete the print preparations (page 166). Select the printer settings icon v, and press the SET button.
  • Page 188 Adjust the printer settings. 1 Toggle the SET button up or down to select a printer setting parameter, and press the SET button. h The screen to set the selected parameter appears. 2 Toggle the SET button up or down to adjust the setting, and press the SET button.
  • Page 189: Connecting An External Microphone

    CONNECTING AN EXTERNAL MICROPHONE A commercially sold stereo microphone can be connected to the camera. External microphone jack [MIC] * Use the separately sold VCP-MPO1 or other commercially sold microphone. HINT i The input level of the connected microphone can be adjusted (page 142). i When an external microphone is connected, the camera’s stereo microphone is disabled.
  • Page 190: Appendices

    COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS If you have a question about the camera operation, you might find the answer in this compilation of commonly asked questions. Question Why doesn’t the power turn on? Why is the battery pack consumed so quickly even after it was fully Power recharged?
  • Page 191 COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS Question Are the settings retained even after the camera is turned off? Which resolution setting should I use? Shooting English Answer Action — All settings except the self-timer and the exposure correction are retained even after the camera is turned off.
  • Page 192: Manual Focus

    Question What is the difference between the digital zoom and the optical zoom? Shooting How can I get the distant view into focus? The video clip I shot outdoors is completely white. When used in cold weather, why does the image seem to leave traces as it moves?
  • Page 193 COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS Question Why is the image too bright? Why is the image out of focus? Viewing images Why is a part of the image missing? Why is there no image (z is shown)? English Answer The subject was When capturing an too bright.
  • Page 194 Question Why do vertical stripes appear? Why isn’t the magnified image clear? Viewing images Why isn’t the captured image clear? Can I play back image and sound data that I edited using my computer? Why is there a motor-like sound during video clip playback? Why is there no...
  • Page 195 COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS Question What is the difference among the normal video (composite video) output, S-video output and progressive/HDMI output? Connecting to a TV Can the dedicated S-AV interface cable and the dedicated component cable be connected at the same time and output the image? English...
  • Page 196 Question No image appears on the TV, even though the Connecting dedicated to a TV component cable is used to connect the camera to the Why does a message appear Printing during PictBridge printing? The “Cannot edit video” message appears. Why is a noise heard from a nearby TV or...
  • Page 197 COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS Question Why can’t the camera be operated? A problem such as inability to record or play back occurs. Can I use my camera abroad? Misc Why does the “System error” message appear? English Answer A temporary Remove the AC internal circuitry adaptor and the problem may be...
  • Page 198: Troubleshooting

    TROUBLESHOOTING Before taking your camera to the repair shop, check the following table for a possible solution to the problem. Camera Problem No power. Power The camera turns off by itself. An image is not captured when the still image shooting Shooting button or video...
  • Page 199 TROUBLESHOOTING Problem An image is not captured when the still image shooting button or video clip recording button is pressed. The flash does not operate. Shooting The digital zoom does not work. A warning tone (beep-beep- beep) sounds, and it is not possible to take a picture using the self-...
  • Page 200 Problem When zooming in or out, the zoom movement stops momentarily. There is noise in the captured image. The \ icon appears, and shooting is not possible. When Shooting capturing a still image during video clip recording, video clip recording briefly stops.
  • Page 201 TROUBLESHOOTING Problem No playback Monitor image appears. The image is too dark. Viewing images The video clip picture is flickering. English Cause Action The main Set the main switch is not switch to PLAY. set to PLAY. The flash was Hold the blocked by a camera...
  • Page 202 Problem The image is too bright. The image is not in focus. Viewing images Cause Action The forced Select a flash mode is different flash selected. mode. The subject Use the was too bright. exposure correction function. The ISO Set the ISO sensitivity sensitivity to setting is...
  • Page 203 TROUBLESHOOTING Problem The colors of the images captured indoors are not correct. A part of the image is missing. “No image” is shown. Viewing images During audio playback, there is no sound. The playback image appears wider than normal. English Cause Action This is due to...
  • Page 204 Problem There is no color in the image. The image is distorted. No image or sound. Connecting to a TV There is no sound. The edge of the image is cut off. You cannot Image edit or rotate editing an image. Cause Action The TV output...
  • Page 205 TROUBLESHOOTING Problem The camera is set in the docking station but the installed battery is not being recharged. Charging English Cause Action The AC Check that the adaptor is not power cord of connected to the AC adaptor the docking is connected station.
  • Page 206 Problem The “No card” message appears. The “Image is protected” message appears and the data cannot be deleted. The audio guide does not sound. The recording capacity is less than that indicated in the section “Possible No. of Images/ Possible Shooting Time/ Misc.
  • Page 207: Docking Station

    TROUBLESHOOTING Docking station Problem The remote control unit does not seem to work. Remote control unit English Cause Action The remote Aim the remote control unit is control unit at aimed at the the camera’s TV (not at the remote control camera’s sensor (within remote control...
  • Page 208 Problem The remote control unit does not seem to work. Remote control unit Cause Action The remote Operate the control unit is remote control too far from the unit from a camera’s position up to remote control 7 meters from sensor.
  • Page 209: Notes Regarding The Scene Select Feature And Filters

    TROUBLESHOOTING Notes regarding the Scene Select feature and filters Scene Select Setting Sports Portrait > Landscape Night view portrait Fireworks Lamp* * When recording a video clip in dark surroundings, the shutter speed automatically decreases to the following values in order to produce a sufficiently bright image.
  • Page 210 Filter Setting Cosmetic Monochrome Sepia About the scene select function and focus range settings i The scene select function changes to = when the focus range is set to +. i Even if you set the focus range to *, + or -, it changes to - when the scene select function is set to =, a, >...
  • Page 211: Specifications

    SPECIFICATIONS Camera Type Recorded image file format Data storage media Camera effective number of pixels Image sensor Still image shooting mode (recording resolution) English Digital Movie Camera (recording and playback) Still images: JPEG format (DCF, DPOF, Exif 2.2 compliant) Note: Designed mainly by the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA), DCF (Design rule for Camera File system) is standard for digital...
  • Page 212 Video clip HD mode U: 1,280 × 720 pixels, 30 fps, 9 Mbps recording mode V: 1,280 × 720 pixels, 30 fps, 6 Mbps (recording resolution, frame Normal mode S: 720 × 480 pixels, 30 fps, 3.5 Mbps rate, bit rate) b: 640 ×...
  • Page 213 SPECIFICATIONS Shutter speed Sensitivity Minimum subject illumination Image stabilizer Monitor Flash working range Flash modes English Still image shooting mode: 1/2 to 1/2,000 sec. (Maximum approx. 4 seconds when scene select function set to lamp Q) (During flash: 1/30 to 1/2,000 sec.) Sequential shots mode: 1/15 to 1/2,000 sec.
  • Page 214 Focus TTL-type AF (still image shooting mode: 9-point range finder/spot focus; video clip recording mode: Continuous focus), manual focus (22 steps) Self-timer Approx. 2-second delay, 10-second delay Ambient Temperature environment Humidity Power supply Battery pack (supplied) AC adaptor (supplied) Power consumption Dimensions (excluding protrusions) Weight 0 to 40 °C (32 to 104°F) (operation),...
  • Page 215: Camera Connectors

    SPECIFICATIONS Camera connectors [USB/AV] Regrouped jack (communication/ Audio audio and video output output) terminal Video output S-video output [COMPONENT] For 480p/720p video output Y signal: 1.0 Vp-p/75 Ω unbalanced, tri-level sync (480p/720p Pb and Pr signals: 0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω unbalanced output) terminal [HDMI] terminal Video output...
  • Page 216: Battery Life

    Battery life Shooting Still image shooting mode Video clip recording mode Playback i Until battery pack runs out when using a fully charged battery pack at a 25 °C (77°F) ambient temperature. i The operation time may vary depending on the conditions of the battery pack and the conditions of use.
  • Page 217: Possible No. Of Images/Possible Shooting Time/Possible Recording Time

    SPECIFICATIONS Possible No. of Images/Possible Shooting Time/ Possible Recording Time The table shows the possible number of captured images and the possible recording times for commercially available SD Memory Cards (1 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB). Shooting/ Resolution recording setting mode Still image mode...
  • Page 218: Docking Station

    Docking station Part number Power supply Rated output Ambient Temperature environment Humidity Dimensions Weight Remote control unit Part number Power supply Dimensions Weight PDS-HD2 DC 5V DC 5V 0 to 40 °C (32 to 104°F) (recharge), –20 to 60 °C (–4 to 140°F) (storage) 20 to 80% (no condensation) 80.4 (W) ×...
  • Page 219: Concerning The Multi-Indicator

    SPECIFICATIONS Concerning the multi-indicator The camera’s multi-indicator will light, flash, or be off, depending on the different camera operations. Multi-indicator Color status Green Flashing Orange Slow Fast Flashing Very fast English Camera status Connected to a computer Power save mode active Connected to a Connected to a printer...
  • Page 220: Concerning The Charge Indicator

    Concerning the charge indicator The charge indicator shows the charging status and the self-timer operation. Flashing (slow) Flashing (fast) Not lit Supplied AC adaptor Part number Power source Rated output Temperature Ambient environment Humidity Dimensions Weight (without power cord) VPC-HD2 Power cord VPC-HD2EX rated value...
  • Page 221: Supplied Li-Ion Battery Pack

    SPECIFICATIONS Supplied Li-ion battery pack Model number Voltage Rated output Ambient Temperature environment Humidity Dimensions Weight English DB-L40 3.7 V 1,200 mAh 0 to 40 °C (32 to 104°F) (during use, when charging) –10 to 30 °C (14 to 86°F) (storage) 10 to 90% (no condensation) 53.4 (W) ×...
  • Page 222: Others

    Sanyo Electric. i Sanyo Electric shall not be held responsible for any losses or loss of revenue resulting from the loss of data caused by the malfunction, or the repairing of a malfunction, of the camera.
  • Page 223: Hints For Taking Pictures

    HINTS FOR TAKING PICTURES Taking great pictures in difficult surroundings is easier than you might think. By keeping a few points in mind and choosing the correct settings, you can create photos that you’ll be proud to display and share. If images are blurred even when the autofocus is used Your camera employs an autofocus function.
  • Page 224 Photographing a moving subject Situation: You would like to snap an action shot of a moving child or pet. The autofocus is activated, but because the subject is moving, the image may be blurred. In particular, when the distance between the camera and the subject is changing, it is difficult to lock the focus on the subject.
  • Page 225 HINTS FOR TAKING PICTURES Shooting portraits (portrait mode >) Points: i Choose a background that doesn’t detract from your subject. i Move in close to your subject. i Pay attention to lighting and how it affects your subject. NOTE i If the background is distracting, it will not show your subject to his best advantage.
  • Page 226: Photographing Scenery (Landscape Mode)

    Night photography (night view portrait mode /) Points: i Avoid camera shake. i Increase the ISO sensitivity. NOTE i Camera shutter speed during night photography is considerable slower, so there is a much greater chance that your photographed images will be blurry.
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