Digital Video Camcorder SCD180 Auto Focus Charge Coupled Device Liquid Crystal Display Owner’s Instruction Book Before operating the unit, please read this instruction book thoroughly, and retain it for future reference. US PATENT 4415844 ENGLISH ELECTRONICS...
8. ACCESSORIES: Do not place this CAMCORDER on an unstable cart, stand, tripod, bracket or table. The CAMCORDER may fall, causing serious injury to a child or adult, and serious damage to the unit.
9. VENTILATION: Slots and openings in the cabinet are provided for ventilation to ensure reliable operation of the CAMCORDER and to protect it from overheating. These openings must not be blocked or covered. Never place your CAMCORDER on a bed, sofa, rug, or other similar surface: on or near a radiator or heat register.
CAMCORDER to its normal operation. e. If the CAMCORDER has been dropped or the cabinet has been damaged. f. When the CAMCORDER exhibits a distinct change in performance, this indicates a need for service.
Notices and Safety Instructions NOTE TO CATV SYSTEM INSTALLER: This reminder is provided to call the CATV system installer’s attention to Article 820-40 of the NEC that provides guidelines for proper grounding and, in particular, specifies that the cable ground shall be connected to the grounding system of the building as close to the point of cable entry as practical.
Note regarding the LENS Notes regarding electronic viewfinder Notes regarding ‘Record’ or ‘Playback’ using the LCD Notes regarding the hand strap Precautions regarding the Lithium battery Getting to Know Your Camcorder ... 11 Features Accessories Supplied with the camcorder Basic Accessories Front &...
Adjusting the LCD during PLAY Controlling Sound from the Speaker Advanced Recording... 33 Use of various Functions Setting menu items Set the camcorder to CAM or VCR mode and M.REC or M.PLAY mode Availability of functions in each mode RESET CLOCK SET REMOCON...
ENGLISH Contents Auto Focusing Manual Focusing BLC (Back Light Compensation) Fade In and Out To Start Recording To Stop Recording (use FADE IN / FADE OUT) Audio dubbing Dubbing sound Dubbed Audio Playback PHOTO Image Recording Searching for a PHOTO picture Various Recording Techniques Tape Playback Playback on the LCD...
Deleting Still images Formatting a Memory Stick Attention Maintenance ... 90 After finishing a recording After completing a recording session Cleaning and Maintaining the Camcorder Cleaning the VIEWFINDER Cleaning the Video Heads Using Your Camcorder Abroad Power sources Color system Troubleshooting ...
Notes regarding the rotation of the LCD screen Please rotate the LCD screen carefully as illustrated. Over rotation may cause damage to the inside of the hinge that connects the LCD screen to the Camcorder. 1. LCD screen closed. 2. Standard recording using the LCD screen.
- When you move the camcorder from a cold location to a warm location (e.g. from outside to inside during winter.) - When you move the camcorder from a cool location to a hot location (e.g. from inside to outside during the summer.) 2.
- To preserve battery power, keep your camcorder turned off when you are not operating it. - If your camcorder is in CAMERA mode, and it is left in STBY mode without being operated for more than 5 minutes with a tape installed, it will automatically turn itself off to protect against unnecessary battery discharge.
Notes regarding electronic viewfinder 1. Do not position the camcorder such that the viewfinder is pointing towards the sun. Direct sunlight can damage the inside of the viewfinder. Be careful when placing the camcorder under sunlight or near a window exposed to sunlight.
CAM mode. When this occurs, connect the camcorder to power to fully recharge the built-in lithium battery. If the same problem occurs with a fully recharged battery, contact a Samsung authorized Service Center to replace the battery.
Getting to Know Your Camcorder Features • Digital data transfer function with IEEE1394 By incorporating the IEEE 1394 (i.LINK : i.LINK is a serial data transfer protocol and interconnectivity system, used to transmit DV data) high speed data transport port, both moving and still images can be transferred to a PC, making it possible to produce or edit various images.
ENGLISH Getting to Know Your Camcorder Accessories Supplied with camcorder Make sure that the following basic accessories are supplied with your digital video camera. Basic Accessories 1. Lithium Ion Battery pack 2. AC Power Adapter 3. AC Cord 4. AUDIO/VIDEO cable 5.
Getting to Know Your Camcorder Front & Left View 1. Lens 3. Remote Sensor 4. Hook for hand strap 7. External MIC in 2. Lens Cover 13. S-Video Jack 1. Lens 2. Lens Cover 3. Remote Sensor 4. Hook for hand strap (see page 20) 5.
ENGLISH Getting to Know Your Camcorder Right & Top View 2. Video Light Holder 3. Dual Zoom 4. Custom.Q button 1. SPEAKER 9. START/STOP button 1. SPEAKER 2. Video Light Holder 3. Dual Zoom (See page 43) 4. Custom.Q button (See page 58) 5.
ENGLISH Getting to Know Your Camcorder Remote control 1. PHOTO 2. START/STOP 3. SELF TIMER 4. ZERO MEMORY (FF) (REW) (PLAY) 8. X2 (SLOW) 1. PHOTO 2. START/STOP 3. SELF TIMER (see page 19) 4. ZERO MEMORY (see page 70)
Getting to Know Your Camcorder OSD (On Screen Display in CAM and VCR modes) 1. Battery level (see page 24) 2. Custom or Easy mode (see pages 57, 58) 3. DSE (Digital Special Effects) mode (see page 46) 4. Program AE (see page 40) 5.
ENGLISH Getting to Know Your Camcorder OSD (On Screen Display in M.REC/M.PLAY modes) 28. Folder number-file number (see page 79) 29. Image counter - Current still image/Total number of recordable still images. 30. CARD (memory) indicator 31. Image recording and loading indicator 32.
When you use the Self Timer function on the remote control, the recording begins automatically in 10 seconds. 1. Set the camcorder to CAM mode. 2. Press the SELF TIMER button until the appropriate indicator is displayed in the viewfinder.
It is very important to ensure that the Hand strap has been correctly adjusted before you begin your recording. The hand strap enables you to : - Hold the camcorder in a stable, comfortable position. - Press the Zoom and START/STOP button without having to change the position of your hand.
Preparation Connecting a Power Source There are two types of power source that can be connected to your camcorder. - The AC Power Adapter and AC cord : used for indoor recording. - The Battery Pack : used for outdoor recording.
DC cable 5. When the battery is fully charged, disconnect the battery and the AC Power adapter from the camcorder. Even with the power switched off, the battery will still discharge if it is left connected to the camcorder. Notes The battery pack may be charged a little at the time of purchase.
Preparation Using the Lithium Ion Battery Pack Table of continuous recording time based on model and battery type. If you close the LCD screen, it switches off and the EVF switches on automatically. The continuous recording times given in the table above are approximations. Actual recording time depends on usage.
77°F(25°C). As the environmental temperature and conditions may differ when you actually use the camcorder, the remaining battery time may not be the same as the approximate continuous recording times given in these instructions.
Preparation Inserting and Ejecting a Cassette There are three types of Mini DV CASSETTE tapes: DVM80, DVM60 and DVM30. When inserting a tape or closing a cassette holder, do not apply excessive force. This may cause a malfunction. Do not use any tapes other than Mini DV CASSETTES. 1.
ENGLISH Basic Recording Making your First Recording 1. Connect a Power source to the camcorder. (see page 21) (A battery pack or a AC power adapter) Insert a cassette. (see page 25) 2. Remove the LENS CAP and hook it onto the hand strap.
Basic Recording When a cassette is loaded and the camcorder is left in the STBY mode for more than 5 minutes without being used, it will switch off automatically. To use it again, push the START/STOP button or set the Power switch to OFF and then back to CAM.
ENGLISH Basic Recording Hints for Stable Image Recording While recording, it is very important to hold the camcorder correctly. Fix the LENS cap firmly by clipping it to the hand strap. (refer to the figure) Recording with the LCD monitor 1.
Basic Recording Adjusting the LCD Your camcorder is equipped with a 2.5 inch color Liquid Crystal Display(LCD) screen, which enables you to view what you are recording or playing back directly. Depending on the conditions under which you are using the camcorder (indoors or outdoors for example), you can adjust ;...
ENGLISH Basic Recording 8. Push the MENU DIAL again. You may select NORMAL or SUPER in the BRIGHT SELECT feature and push the MENU DIAL to save the setting. Use the MENU DIAL to adjust the value of BRIGHT ADJUST and COLOR ADJUST. You can set values for BRIGHT ADJUST between 00 ~ 35 and COLOR ADJUST between 00 ~ 07.
To stop the PLAY operation, press the (STOP) button. Notes You can also view the picture on a TV screen, after connecting the camcorder to a TV or VCR. (see page 66) Various functions are available in playback mode. (see page 68)
ENGLISH Basic Recording Adjusting the LCD during PLAY You can adjust the LCD during playback. The adjustment method is the same procedure as used in CAM mode. (see page 29) Notes regarding the rotation of the LCD screen Controlling Sound from the Speaker The Speaker works in VCR mode only.
ENGLISH Advanced Recording Availability of functions in each mode Requested Digital functions Mode Operating D.ZOOM PHOTO Mode D.ZOOM PHOTO Digital Special Effects O : The requested mode will work in this operating mode. : You can not change the requested mode. Notes When a menu item on the LCD is marked with an X, that item cannot be activated.
Advanced Recording CLOCK SET CLOCK setup works in CAM, VCR, M.REC and M.PLAY modes. The DATE/TIME is automatically recorded onto a tape. Before recording, please set the DATE/TIME. 1. Press the MENU button. The menu list will appear. 2. Turn the MENU DIAL to highlight INITIAL and push the MENU DIAL. 3.
Advanced Recording REMOCON THE REMOCON function works in CAM, VCR, M.REC, M.PLAY modes. The REMOCON option allows you to enable or disable the remote control for use with the camcorder. 1. Press the MENU button. The menu list will appear.
Advanced Recording BEEP SOUND THE BEEP SOUND function works in CAM, VCR, M.REC, M.PLAY modes. Use the MENU to setup the BEEP SOUND function. Select whether or not you want to hear a beep sound whenever you change a setup value. 1.
You can hear the SHUTTER SOUND only when using the PHOTO function. Determines whether or not you wish to hear a SHUTTER SOUND when using the DSC feature. 1. Set the camcorder to M.REC mode. 2. Press the MENU button.
Notes The DEMONSTRATION function only works without a TAPE installed. The DEMONSTRATION mode is automatically activated when the camcorder is left idle for more than 10 minutes after switching to the CAM mode (when the tape is not inserted in the camcorder).
ENGLISH Advanced Recording PROGRAM AE The PROGRAM AE function works in CAM or M.REC mode only. The PROGRAM AE mode allows you to adjust shutter speeds and apertures to suit different recording conditions. The modes give you creative control over the depth of field. AUTO mode - Auto balance between the subject and the background.
Advanced Recording Setting the PROGRAM AE 1. Press the MENU button. The menu list will appear. 2. Turn the MENU DIAL to highlight CAMERA and push the MENU DIAL. 3. Select PROGRAM AE from the submenu. 4. Push the MENU DIAL to enter the sub-menu. 5.
INDOOR ( ) : This controls the WHITE BALANCE according to the indoor ambience. OUTDOOR ( ) : This controls the WHITE BALANCE according to the outdoor ambience. 1. Set the camcorder to CAM mode. 2. Press the MENU button.
Zoom works in CAM/M.REC mode only. Zooming In and Out The SCD180 model offers a DUAL Zoom system for added convenience. Zooming is a recording technique that lets you change the size of the subject in a scene. For more professional looking recordings, do not use the zoom function too often.
Recording a small object close-up Recording and walking at the same time Recording through the window of a vehicle 1. Set the camcorder to CAM mode. 2. Press the MENU button. The menu list will appear. 3. Turn the MENU DIAL highlight to CAMERA and push the MENU DIAL.
ENGLISH Advanced Recording DSE(Digital Special Effects) SELECT The DSE function works in CAM and M.REC mode only. The digital effects enable you to give a creative look to your recording by adding various special effects. Select the appropriate digital effect for the type of picture that you wish to record and the effect you wish to create. There are 9 DSE modes.
Advanced Recording Selecting an effect 1. Set the camcorder to CAM mode. 2. Press the MENU button. The menu list will appear. 3. Turn the MENU DIAL to highlight CAMERA and push the MENU DIAL. 4. Select DSE SELECT from the submenu.
ENGLISH Advanced Recording CUSTOM.Q You can customize settings and save them for future use. The CUSTOM.Q function operates in the CAM and M.REC mode. If you want to use the CUSTOM.Q function (see page 58) correctly, set the status of each item as desired before using the CUSTOM.Q function.
The REC MODE function works in both CAM and VCR modes. This camcorder records and plays back in SP (standard play) mode and in LP (long play) mode. SP (standard play): This mode permits 60 minutes of recording time with a DVM60 tape.
AUDIO MODE The AUDIO MODE function works in CAM and VCR modes. This camcorder can record sound on a tape in two audio modes (12 bit, 16 bit). 12bit : You can record two 12bit stereo sound tracks. The original stereo sound can be recorded onto the MAIN (SOUND1) track.
The WIND CUT function minimizes wind noise or other noise while recording. - When the wind cut is on, some low sounds are eliminated along with the sound of the wind. 1. Set the camcorder to CAM mode. 2. Press the MENU button.
ENGLISH Advanced Recording DATE/TIME The DATE/TIME function works in CAM, VCR, M.REC and M.PLAY modes. The date and time are automatically recorded on a special data area of the tape. 1. Press the MENU button. The menu list will appear. 2.
OFF: The OSD appears in the LCD screen only. ON: The OSD appears in the LCD screen, EVF and TV hooked up to the camcorder. Use the DISPLAY button located at the rear of the camcorder to turn ON/OFF all of the OSD displayed on the LCD/EVF/TV.
ENGLISH Advanced Recording Using Quick Menu Quick menu is available only in CAM or M.REC mode. Quick menu is used to adjust camera functions by simply using the MENU DIAL. This feature is useful for when you want to make simple adjustments without having to access the menus and submenus.
- You can set values for SHUTTER SPEED and EXPOSURE by selecting ( the MENU DIAL. For more information, see the next chapter. Setting the Quick menu 1. Set the camcorder to CAM mode. 2. Turn the MENU DIAL. You’ll see the WHT.BALANCE icon first.
ENGLISH Advanced Recording SHUTTER SPEED & EXPOSURE You can set SHUTTER SPEED and EXPOSURE only in CAM/M.REC mode. SHUTTER SPEED and EXPOSURE values can only be set in the Quick Menu. SHUTTER SPEED and EXPOSURE are automatically switched and/or deactivated. 1.
- If you want to use these functions, you must first switch the EASY mode off. The EASY mode settings are deleted when the battery pack is uninstalled from the camcorder and therefore, they must be reset when a battery pack has been replaced.
3. Press START/STOP to start recording. Recording will begin using the CUSTOM settings. 4. To switch CUSTOM mode off, press the CUSTOM button again. The camcorder will revert to the settings that were set prior to custom mode being selected. Note The CUSTOM mode settings are deleted when a battery pack is removed and therefore must be reset when a battery pack has been replaced.
Manual Focusing In the following cases, you may obtain better results by adjusting the focus manually. a. A picture containing several objects, some close to the camcorder, others further away. b. A person enveloped in fog or surrounded by snow.
ENGLISH Advanced Recording BLC (Back Light Compensation) BLC works in CAM/M.REC mode. Back lighting exists when the subject is darker than the background: The subject is in front of a window. The person to be recorded is wearing white or shiny clothes and is placed against a bright background;...
Advanced Recording Fade In and Out The FADE function works in CAM mode only. You can give your recordings a professional look by using special effects such as fading in at the beginning of a sequence or fading out at the end of a sequence. To Start Recording 1.
MIC input jack on the camcorder. When you wish to dub using the External A/V input, connect the AUDIO /VIDEO cable to the camcorder by inserting the cable jack into the A/V in/out terminal on the left side of the camcorder.
Advanced Recording Dubbed audio Playback 1. Insert the dubbed tape and press MENU button. 2. Turn the MENU DIAL to highlight A/V. 3. Push the MENU DIAL to enter the sub-menu. 4. Use the MENU DIAL to select AUDIO SELECT from the submenu. 5.
2. Press the PHOTO button fully down. The still picture is recorded for about 6~7 seconds. 3. After the PHOTO has been recorded, the camcorder returns to STBY mode. Searching for a PHOTO picture The PHOTO SEARCH works in VCR mode only.
In some situations different recording techniques may be required for more dramatic results. Note Please rotate the LCD screen carefully as excessive rotation may cause damage to the inside of the hinge that connects the LCD screen to the Camcorder. 1. General recording. 2. Downward recording.
Advanced Recording Connecting to a VCR You can connect your camcorder to a TV which has no Audio and Video input jacks through a VCR. 1. Connect the camcorder and VCR with the Audio/Video cable. The yellow plug : Video...
The PLAY/STILL, STOP, FWD, REW buttons are located on the camcorder and the Remote Control. The F.ADV(Frame advance), X2, SLOW buttons are located on the Remote Control only. To prevent tape and head-drum wear, your camcorder will automatically stop if it is left in STILL or SLOW modes for more than 5 minutes.
Advanced Recording Frame advance (To play back frame by frame) Press the F.ADV button on the Remote Control while in Still mode. The F.ADV function works in still mode only. To resume normal playback, press the (PLAY/STILL) button. If you want to play the tape in reverse by one frame, pause the video tape by pushing the STILL button and change the direction into the reverse with STILL button again.
ENGLISH Advanced Recording ZERO MEMORY The MEMORY function works in both CAM and VCR modes. You can mark a point on a tape that you want to return to following playback. 1. Press the ZERO MEMORY button on the Remote Control during playback or recording at the point you wish to return to. The time code is changed to a tape counter that is set to zero memory with the If you want to cancel the zero memory function, press the ZERO MEMORY button again.
DV port using the correct cable. !!! Please be careful since there are two types of DV ports, (4pin, 6pin). This camcorder has a 4pin terminal. With a digital connection, video and audio signals are transmitted in digital format, allowing high quality images to be transferred.
If you want to pause recording momentarily, press the START/STOP button again. 6. To stop recording, press the (STOP) button. Note When using this camcorder as a recorder, the pictures that appear on a monitor may seem uneven, however recorded pictures will not be affected.
You can easily transfer a still image from a camera, tape, memory to a PC without additional add-on cards via a USB connection. You can transfer an image to a PC via a USB connection. If you transfer data to a PC, you need to install the software (Driver, Editing software) supplied with the camcorder. System Requirements ®...
ENGLISH USB interface Installing DVC Media 4.0 Program Do not connect the camcorder to PC before installing the program. If another camera or scanner is connected, please disconnect it in advance. This explanation is based on Windows ® 98SE OS.
USB interface Install the USB Software (DVC media 4.0™) 4. Repeat steps 1~3. 5. When you see the Start window, click “DVC media 4.0™” to continue installation. 6. Select a language and click “OK”. 7. When the dialogue box appears, click the “NEXT” button. 8.
2. Connect the other end of the USB cable into the proper terminal on the camcorder. (USB jack) Notes If you disconnect the USB cable from the PC or the camcorder while transferring, the data transmission will stop and the data may be damaged.
Digital Still Camera mode Memory Stick The Memory Stick stores and manages still images recorded by the camera. Memory Stick Functions Recording still images Viewing still images 3 ways Single Slide show Multi screen Protecting images against accidental erasure Deleting images recorded on a Memory Stick Print marking still images Formatting a Memory Stick Notes...
The stored contents may be changed or lost as a result of misuse, static electricity, electric noise or repair. Save important images separately. Samsung is not responsible for data loss due to misuse. If the USB cable is connected to the camcorder, the (FWD), (REV) buttons are not available in M.PLAY mode.
Digital Still Camera mode Structure of folders and files on the Memory Stick The still images that you recorded are saved in JPEG file format on the Memory Stick. Each file has a file number and all files are assigned to a folder. A file number from DCAM0001 to DCAM9999 is sequentially assigned to each recorded image.
ENGLISH Digital Still Camera mode Selecting the image quality You can select the quality of a still image to be recorded. Select the image quality 1. Set the power switch on the M.REC or VCR mode. 2. Press the MENU button. The menu list will appear.
If you do not wish to record, release the pressure from the button. 3. Press the PHOTO button fully down. The still image is recorded to the Memory Stick. While the camcorder is recording the still image, “ ” appear on the screen. [ 2 2 / 2 4 0 ] ENGLISH M.REC...
If you want to change the captured image without recording, release the PHOTO button, select the image again. 4. Press the PHOTO button fully down. The still image is recorded to the Memory Stick. While the camcorder is recording the still image, “ ” appears on the screen.
Digital Still Camera mode Viewing Still images You can playback and view still images recorded on the Memory Stick. There are 3 ways to view recorded images. Single : To view an image frame by frame. Slide show : To view all images automatically and in consecutive order. Multi screen: To view 6 images at once.
ENGLISH Digital Still Camera mode To view the Multi Screen 1. Set the power switch to M.PLAY. The last recorded image appears. 2. Press the PHOTO button to view 6 images on a single screen. A selection mark ( ) appears under the image. Turn the MENU DIAL downwards to go the previous image and upwards to go to the next image.
4. Turn the MENU DIAL to highlight PHOTO COPY and push the MENU DIAL. All still images that recorded on a cassette will be copied to a Memory Stick. 5. The camcorder automatically performs the photo search to find still images and copying starts. 6. Press (STOP) button to stop copying.
Digital Still Camera mode Marking images for printing This camcorder supports the DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) print format. You can automatically print images recorded on a Memory Stick with a printer supporting DPOF. There are 2 ways to make a PRINT MARK.
Digital Still Camera mode Protection from accidental erasure You can protect important images from accidental erasure. If you execute FORMAT, all images including protected images will be erased. 1. Set the power switch to M.PLAY mode. The last recorded image appears. If there are no recorded images on the Memory Stick, NO STORED IMAGE! and 2.
ENGLISH Digital Still Camera mode Deleting Still images You can erase the still images recorded on the Memory Stick. If you want to delete protected images, you must first deactivate the image protection. An image which has been deleted cannot be recovered. 1.
The format function restores the Memory Stick to its initial state. The Memory Stick supplied with this camcorder has been formatted already. Attention If you execute the MEMORY FORMAT function, all images will be erased completely and erased images cannot be recovered.
After finishing a recording At the end of a recording, you must remove the power source. When recording with a Lithium Ion Battery Pack, leaving the pack on the camcorder can reduce the life span of the battery. Hence, it should be removed.
VIEWFINDER with a sharp object and pull the VIEWFINDER out. 3. Clean the VIEWFINDER lens and the lens on the camcorder with a soft cotton swab. 4. Once the cleaning is completed, place the VIEWFINDER back on to the camcorder.
Before using your camcorder abroad, check the following items. Power sources You can use your camcorder in any country or area with the supplied AC Power Adapter within 100V to 240V, 50/60 Hz. Use a commercially available AC plug Adapter, if necessary, depending on the design of the local wall outlet.
If the camcorder is brought directly from a cold place to a warm place, moisture may condense inside the camcorder, on the surface of the tape, or on the lens. In this condition, the tape may stick to the head drum and be damaged or the unit may not operate correctly.
Format a Memory Stick or The camera can not READ ERROR! slow insert Memory Stick recorded playback. on this camcorder. Format a Memory Stick or WRITE ERROR! slow The camera can not record. change to a new Memory Stick.
Troubleshooting If these instructions do not solve your problem, contact your nearest Samsung authorized service center. Symptom Explanation/Solution You cannot switch the Check the battery pack or the AC Power Adapter. camcorder on START/STOP button Check the POWER switch is set to CAM.
ENGLISH Specifications Model name: SCD180 System Video signal NTSC standards Video recording system 2 rotary heads, Helical scanning system Audio recording system Rotary heads, PCM system Usable cassette Digital video tape (6.35mm width): Mini DV cassette Tape speed SP: approx. 18.81mm/s LP: approx. 12.56mm/s...
SAMSUNG LIMITED WARRANTY SAMSUNG Electronics America Inc. (SEA), warrants that this product is free from defective material and workmanship. SEA further warrants that if product fails to operate properly within the specified warranty period and the failure is due to improper workmanship or defective material, SEA will repair or replace the product at it’s option.
ENGLISH THIS CAMCORDER IS MANUFACTURED BY: ELECTRONICS SERVICE DIVISION 400 Valley Road, Suite 201, Mt. Arlington N.J. 07856 Tel: 1-800-SAMSUNG (1-800-726-7864) *Samsung Electronics’ Internet Home Page AD68-00541B(AA-E7) http://www.samsungusa.com...