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GUIDE FOR
BASIC OPERATION
Dual Camera

Important note

This manual explains how to safely operate the VPC-CG20EX, VPC-CG20,
VPC-CG20GX, VPC-CG20PX and VPC-CG20TA.
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-CG20EX
VPC-CG20
VPC-CG20GX
VPC-CG20PX
VPC-CG20TA

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  • Page 1: Important Note

    BASIC OPERATION Dual Camera Important note This manual explains how to safely operate the VPC-CG20EX, VPC-CG20, VPC-CG20GX, VPC-CG20PX and VPC-CG20TA. Any information regarding only one of these products will be labeled as such. Please read these instructions carefully before using the camera.
  • Page 2: Symbols Used In This Manual

    (page 41). ↓ To use additional features Visit the Sanyo website to learn how to adjust the camera settings for various shooting scenes. There you’ll also find information about the software for playing back data recorded with your camera and for burning (recording) DVDs (page 41).
  • Page 3: Preparing The Camera

    SHOOT, PLAY BACK AND SAVE Preparing the camera Insert the battery pack. 2 Open About saving your recorded data h If you wish to use an SD Memory Card, refer to page 12 to install the card in the camera. h An SD Memory Card is not included with your camera.
  • Page 4 Shooting Press the ON/OFF button for at least 1 second to turn the camera on. h If the screen to set the date and time appears, press the MENU button 2 times to cancel it. For how to set the date and time, see page 20.
  • Page 5: Deleting Files

    Sanyo declines any claim for compensation for recorded contents etc. in case of photographing or recording failure due to a chance camera or card flaw.
  • Page 6 Select “DELETE SINGLE”, and press the SET button. Select “DELETE”, and press the SET button. h If you toggle the SET button to the left or right, the screen to delete a different file will appear. When you are finished deleting files, press the MENU button. h Pressing the MENU button 3 times will return you to the screen in step When you are finished using the camera...
  • Page 7: Copy Data From Your Camera To The Computer

    Copy data from your camera to the computer Connect your camera to a computer, and copy the desired data to the computer. Turn on the computer, and use the supplied dedicated USB interface cable to connect your camera to the computer. h Connect the cable between the camera’s USB/AV terminal and the computer’s USB connector.
  • Page 8 Select “COMPUTER”, and press the SET button. h The screen to select the computer connection mode appears. Select “CARD READER”, and press the SET button. h The message [Found New Hardware] appears in the task tray, showing that the camera is recognized as a drive. h The card is recognized (mounted) as a disk, and the [XACTI (E:)] icon appears in the [My Computer] window.
  • Page 9 Dismounting the camera CAUTION i To disconnect your camera, be sure to follow the procedure below. Failure to follow this procedure may cause faulty operation of your computer or corrupt the files in your camera. Left-click on the icon for safely removing hardware in the task tray. h A list appears showing the devices connected to the computer’s USB connector.
  • Page 10: Table Of Contents

    CONTENTS HOW TO READ THIS MANUAL ... i CHECKING THE INCLUDED ACCESSORIES ... 3 How to use the accessories ... 5 ABOUT THE CARD ... 6 Media cards that can be used with this camera ... 6 What “card” means in this manual ... 6 SETUP PARTS NAMES ...
  • Page 11 CONNECTING TO A TV CONNECTING TO A TV ...38 Connecting to a video input terminal ...39 Connecting to the HDMI terminal ...39 PLAYING BACK ON A TV ...40 OBTAINING THE INSTRUCTION MANUAL OBTAINING THE INSTRUCTION MANUAL ...41 Contents of the Instruction Manual ...41 How to obtain the Instruction Manual ...45 ABOUT THE EYE-FI TRANSFER FEATURE About the Eye-Fi transfer feature ...47...
  • Page 12: Checking The Included Accessories

    CHECKING THE INCLUDED ACCESSORIES i Li-ion battery pack: 1 i Dedicated USB interface cable (page vi): 1 i Lens cap (page 5): 1 i SAFETY MANUAL (safety precautions booklet) Please read this booklet carefully before using the camera. English i Lithium-ion battery pack charger and power cord: 1 i Dedicated AV interface cable (page 39): 1...
  • Page 13 i QUICK GUIDE i Obtaining the PDF instruction manual and cautions English...
  • Page 14: How To Use The Accessories

    How to use the accessories k Lens cap k Handstrap (Please purchase a commercially available handstrap.) i To avoid dropping the camera, it is recommended that you attach a handstrap. English...
  • Page 15: About The Card

    ABOUT THE CARD Media cards that can be used with this camera The type of card that can be inserted into and used with this camera is: i SD Memory Card i SDHC Memory Card i SDXC Memory Card What “card” means in this manual i In this manual, SD Memory Cards, SDHC Memory Cards and SDXC Memory Cards that can be used in this dual camera are referred to as “card”.
  • Page 16: Setup

    SETUP SETUP PARTS NAMES Front Monitor unit Stereo microphone Lens Flash ON/OFF button * The tripod mounting hole is on the bottom. English...
  • Page 17 Rear Monitor Card slot cover ON/OFF button Operation pad ] button Photo shooting button MENU button SET button Multi-indicator Operation pad DC IN terminal cover Battery cover USB/AV terminal HDMI terminal Zoom switch ] button Video recording button REC/PLAY button English...
  • Page 18: Charging The Battery Pack

    CHARGING THE BATTERY PACK Please charge the supplied battery pack before using it. Connect the supplied power cord to the socket on the battery pack charger. h Insert the connector straight and securely. Insert the battery pack in the battery charger. h Insert it in the direction indicated by the [o] mark on the battery pack.
  • Page 19: Charging The Battery Pack

    Charging the battery pack Be sure to fully charge the supplied or separately sold battery pack before using it in your camera. For charging the battery pack, use the supplied charger. Charge the battery pack if it is being used for the first time, and recharge it whenever the remaining charge is low.
  • Page 20 About the CHARGE indicator The CHARGE indicator shows the status of the battery pack and the charger. Please refer to the following table if the indicator flashes abnormally. CHARGE indicator Not lit Not connected properly i To recharge the battery pack, the power cord of the charger must be connected to a power outlet, and the plug at the other end inserted in the charger’s power socket (page 9).
  • Page 21: 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 13). If an unformatted card is used, the card itself may become unusable. Card slot cover 4 Close 1 Raise up 2 Swivel...
  • Page 22 CAUTION Do not attempt to forcibly remove the card i Doing so may damage the card or the stored files. If the multi-indicator is flashing red... i Never remove the card when the multi-indicator is flashing red, as doing so may result in loss of files stored in the card.
  • Page 23: Installing The Battery Pack

    INSTALLING THE BATTERY PACK Please charge the supplied battery pack before using it. Battery pack Connector markings Battery cover 1 Push out 2 Open 3 Insert by matching the connector markings 4 Close English...
  • Page 24 CAUTION Does the battery pack appear swollen? i The lithium-ion battery used in this camera may expand slightly when stored in a hot environment or repeatedly used, but this is not a safety hazard. However, a battery that is difficult to insert because it has become swollen may then be impossible to extract from the battery compartment.
  • Page 25: About The Temperature Alert Icon

    About the temperature alert icon \ During camera use, if the temperature of the battery or inside the camera (excluding the battery) rises, a temperature alert icon \ will appear as described below. k When the battery or internal camera (excluding battery) temperature rises during use h During camera use, if the temperature of the battery or inside the camera (excluding the battery) rises, a \ icon lights on the monitor.
  • Page 26: Turning The Camera On And Off

    TURNING THE CAMERA ON AND Turning on the camera Open the monitor unit, and press the ON/OFF button for at least 1 second. h If you briefly press the ON/OFF button, once, the camera will switch to the power save mode. h If you press the REC/PLAY button for at least 1 second, the camera turns on in the playback mode.
  • Page 27: Turning On The Camera When The Power Save (sleep) Mode Is Active

    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 about 1 minute of no use during shooting, or about 5 minutes of no use during playback (factory-preset setting).
  • Page 28 HINT To immediately activate the power save mode i Press the ON/OFF button briefly to activate 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 29: 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. h To correct the date and time setting, please see under HINT on page 22.
  • Page 30 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 31 Press the MENU button. h The date and time setting is completed. h To display the Recording 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. However, there is a small chance the settings may be lost (the backup will last for about 7 days).
  • Page 32: Switching Between The Recording Mode And Playback Mode

    SWITCHING BETWEEN THE RECORDING MODE AND PLAYBACK MODE Switch between the recording mode (for recording) and the playback mode (for viewing your recorded images). Turn on the camera (page 17). Press the REC/PLAY button. h The mode changes. h The mode changes each time the REC/PLAY button is pressed. <Example of the recording mode>...
  • Page 33: Switching The Operating Mode

    SWITCHING THE OPERATING MODE The “SIMPLE mode” comprises only those functions that are most often used and necessary to operate the camera, while the “NORMAL mode” enables full use of all the camera’s many functions. Select the mode that is suitable for your purposes.
  • Page 34: Accessing/exiting The Simple/normal Mode Menu Screen

    Accessing/exiting the SIMPLE/NORMAL Mode Menu Screen Set the camera to the recording or playback mode (page 23). Select the desired operating mode (page 24). If the Menu Screen is not displayed, press the MENU button. h The Menu Screen appears. h To cancel the Menu Screen, press the MENU button.
  • Page 35 Using the SIMPLE Mode Menu Toggle the SET button up or down to select the item you wish to change, and press the SET button. h The Setting Screen for the selected item appears. Select an item to change Push up Select video and photo size Push down To keep in HDTV size...
  • Page 36 Using the NORMAL Mode Menu Toggle the SET button up or down to select a tab. h The Menu Screen for the selected tab appears. Toggle the SET button to the right. English Push up RECORDING MENU 1 VIDEO PHOTO SCENE SELECT FILTER FLASH...
  • Page 37 Toggle the SET button up or down to select the item you wish to change, and press the SET button. h The Setting Screen for the selected item appears. h To return to the Menu Screen, press the MENU button. HINT About the applicable mode indicator i This indicator shows the shooting mode(s) for which the selected setting is...
  • Page 38: Shooting

    VIDEO CLIP RECORDING Turn on the camera (page 17), and set it to the recording mode (page 23). Press the [ ] button. h Recording begins. h It is not necessary to keep the ] button pressed while recording. h When the remaining recording time available for the currently recording clip becomes little, a countdown of the remaining...
  • Page 39: Shooting Single Shots

    SHOOTING SINGLE SHOTS Capture a still image (single-shot). Turn on the camera (page 17), and set it to the recording mode (page 23). Press the [ ] button. 1 Press the [ ] button halfway. h The autofocus operates, and the image is focused (focus lock).
  • Page 40 HINT Adjusting the monitor brightness i While the Recording 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. What is the camera focusing on? i A target mark &...
  • Page 41: 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. Turn on the camera (page 17), and set it to the recording mode (page 23). Press the [ ] button.
  • Page 42 HINT i When shooting a still image while recording a video clip, the flash does not operate. i When the remaining video recording time becomes approximately 50 seconds, it will no longer be possible to capture a still image while recording a video clip.
  • Page 43: Macro-photography (zoom)

    MACRO-PHOTOGRAPHY (ZOOM) Your camera has two zoom functions: optical zoom and digital zoom. Point the camera lens at the subject. Push the zoom switch toward [T/]] or [W/P] to compose the desired image. [T/]]: Zoom in on the subject. [W/P]: Zoom out. h When the zoom switch is pushed, the zoom bar appears on the monitor.
  • Page 44: Playback

    PLAYING BACK VIDEO CLIPS AND STILL IMAGES Set the camera to the playback mode (page 23). Select the image to play back. h Toggle the SET button to move the orange frame to the file you wish to play back. h The image information for the framed image is shown at the bottom of the screen.
  • Page 45 Video clip playback operation 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...
  • Page 46: How To Save One Frame From A Video Clip As A Still Image

    How to save one frame from a video clip as a still image Play back the video clip. Pause the playback at the point you wish to “snap” a photo. Press the [ ] button. h The screen to select the aspect ratio of the still image appears. Select the desired aspect ratio, and press the [ that if the video clip aspect ratio is 4:3, you cannot select 16:9.
  • Page 47: Connecting To A Tv

    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 48: Connecting To A Video Input Terminal

    Connecting to a video input terminal Use the supplied dedicated AV interface cable to connect to a TV. Set the input to “VIDEO”. Connecting to the HDMI terminal Use a separately sold mini-HDMI cable to connect to a TV. Set the input to “HDMI”.
  • Page 49: Playing Back On A Tv

    PLAYING BACK ON A TV i After connecting the camera to the television, switch the TV input to the terminal to which the camera is connected. i The playback method is the same as when viewing images on the camera’s monitor. (Use the TV controls to adjust the volume.) i The same playback procedure as when playing back with the camera is used to play back audio recordings as well.
  • Page 50: Obtaining The Instruction Manual

    OBTAINING THE INSTRUCTION MANUAL The Instruction Manual that explains the features in detail can be downloaded from our website. i “Adobe Reader” is required to view the Instruction Manual. If Adobe Reader is not already installed on your computer, a link to the website from which you can download it can be found on our website.
  • Page 51 SWITCHING THE OPERATING MODE Switching between the SIMPLE and NORMAL modes Accessing/exiting the SIMPLE/NORMAL Mode Menu Screen Overview of the SIMPLE Mode Setting Screen Overview of the NORMAL Mode Setting Screen SIMPLE SHOOTING BEFORE TAKING PICTURES For best results Using the autofocus Select the recording size Select the focus setting Hints for taking pictures...
  • Page 52 Light-measuring mode setting ISO sensitivity setting RECORDING MENU 3 White balance setting Subject chaser settings High sensitivity mode setting Digital zoom setting Exposure compensation Storage folder setting PLAYBACK PLAYBACK MENU 1 Slideshow settings File protect setting Resize Rotate PLAYBACK MENU 2 Correcting the image Editing video clips Printing instructions...
  • Page 53 Configuration of directories in the card File formats Cautions when using as a card reader USING AS A PC CAMERA For Windows XP Using as a PC camera USING THE SOFTWARE Operating environment Obtaining the software CONNECTING TO A TV CONNECTING TO A TV Connecting to a video input terminal Connecting to the HDMI terminal...
  • Page 54: How To Obtain The Instruction Manual

    How to obtain the Instruction Manual Remove the card from the camera. h The program to access the website is stored in your camera’s internal memory. This program cannot be accessed while a card is installed in the camera. Start your computer, and use the supplied dedicated USB interface cable to connect your camera to the computer.
  • Page 55 Select “COMPUTER”, and press the SET button. h The screen to select the computer connection mode appears. Select “CARD READER” and press the SET button. <For Windows users> h The screen to access the website for this camera (access menu) appears.
  • Page 56: About The Eye-fi Transfer Feature

    Sanyo website (page 45). * “Adobe Reader” is required to view the Instruction Manual. If Adobe Reader is not already installed on your computer, a link to the website from which you can download it can be found on the Sanyo website. English...
  • Page 57: 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 recharged? Power...
  • Page 58 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 compensation are retained even after the camera is turned off.
  • Page 59: 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? Answer Action — Because shooting with the optical zoom uses the optics of a physical lens, you can shoot without losing minute details in the image.
  • Page 60 Question When used in cold weather, why does the image seem to leave traces as it moves? Monitor Why does the displayed image contain some red, blue and green dots, or why are black spots visible? Why is the image too bright? Viewing Why is the image...
  • Page 61 If the subject Not a malfunction. moves or the This is a camera is moved characteristic of the during recording, CMOS sensor.
  • Page 62 Question Why isn’t the magnified image clear? Why isn’t the captured image clear? Viewing Can I play back images image and sound files that I edited using my computer? Why is there a motor-like sound during video clip playback? Why is there no Connecting sound? to a TV...
  • Page 63 Question The “Cannot edit video clips with unlike settings” message appears. Why is a noise heard from a nearby TV or radio during battery recharging? Why does the “Insufficient card memory” or “Insufficient internal memory” Misc. message appear? Why does the “Card is protected”...
  • Page 64 Question Can I use my camera abroad? Why does the “System error” message appear? Misc. English Answer — When the camera is connected to a TV, you can switch the camera’s video output to NTSC or PAL. If you have questions about accessories etc., please consult with...
  • Page 65: Specifications

    SPECIFICATIONS Camera Recorded image Still images: file format Video clips: Audio: Data storage Internal memory: Approx. 30 MB media SD Memory Card SDHC Memory Card (up to 32 GB) SDXC Memory Card (up to 64 GB) Image sensor/ 1/2.33-inch (1.1 cm) CMOS sensor camera effective Still images: Approx.
  • Page 66 Still image shooting mode (recording resolution) Video clip recording mode (recording resolution) White balance Lens Exposure control type Light-measuring mode English I: 4000 × 3000 pixels (approx. 12 million pixels) ;: 4480 × 2520 pixels (approx. 11 million pixels, 16:9 aspect ratio) o: 3648 ×...
  • Page 67 Range Normal mode: 50 cm (19.69 in.) to infinity Super macro mode: 1 cm (0.39 in.) to 80 cm (31.50 in.) (wide end only) Digital zoom For shooting: 1× to approx. 12× For playback: 1× to 62.5× (varies with resolution) Shutter speed Still image shooting mode: 1/2 to 1/1,500 sec.
  • Page 68 Ambient environment Power supply Power consumption Dimensions (excluding protrusions) Weight English Temperature 0 to 40 °C (32 to 104°F) (operation) –20 to 60 °C (–4 to 140°F) (storage) Humidity 30 to 90% (operating, no condensation) 10 to 90% (storage, no condensation) Li-ion battery pack (DB-L80) ×1 Battery pack...
  • Page 69: Camera Connectors

    Camera connectors USB/AV (communication/audio and video output) terminal HDMI terminal 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 70: Possible No. Of Images/possible Shooting Time/possible Recording Time

    Possible No. of Images/Possible Shooting Time/ Possible Recording Time Shooting/ Resolution recording setting mode Still image mode Video clip " mode & Audio < recording mode i If the continuous recording time of a voice memo exceeds about 13 hours, the recorded file is saved once, and then recording continues in a new file.
  • Page 71: Concerning The Multi-indicator

    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 Flashing Fast Very fast Camera status Connected to a computer or printer Power save mode active Connected to a Rise in internal temperature...
  • Page 72: Supplied Battery Pack Charger

    Supplied battery pack charger Part No. Power source Rated output Compatible batteries Ambient Temperature environment Humidity Dimensions Weight (without power cord) i When using the supplied battery pack charger abroad, the power cord may need to be replaced in accordance with local requirements. Please contact your local dealer for details.
  • Page 73: Others

    Others Mac OS is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the USA and other countries. Intel and Pentium are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation (USA). ®...
  • Page 74: Before Capturing Those Important Shots, Be Sure To First Take A Test Shot To Confirm That Your Camera Is Set Up And Ready To Go

    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 75 SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.

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