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Panasonic PV-L153-K Operating Instructions Manual

Panasonic palmcorder camcorder operating instructions

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01.L153-K Getting p01-08
Operating Instructions
Model No.
1
Camcorder
PV-L153-K
LSQT0735A
03.3.4, 1:54 PM

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  • Page 1 Camcorder Operating Instructions PV-L153-K Model No. Please read these instructions carefully before attempting to operate this product. Please save this manual. For assistance, please call : 1-800-561-5505 or visit us at www.panasonic.ca LSQT0735A 01.L153-K Getting p01-08 03.3.4, 1:54 PM...
  • Page 2: Things You Should Know

    Things You Should Know Thank you for choosing Panasonic! Date of Purchase You have purchased one of the most sophisticated and reliable products on the Dealer Purchased From market today. Used properly, it will bring Dealer Address you years of enjoyment. Please take time to fill in the information to the right.
  • Page 3 Things You Should Know Safety Precautions WARNING : TO PREVENT FIRE OR SHOCK HAZARD, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS EQUIPMENT TO RAIN OR MOISTURE. WARNING : DANGER OF EXPLOSION IF BATTERY IS INCORRECTLY REPLACED. REPLACE ONLY WITH THE SAME OR EQUIVALENT TYPE. CAUTION : TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK, MATCH WIDE BLADE OF PLUG TO WIDE SLOT, FULLY INSERT.
  • Page 4: Important Safeguards

    Important Safeguards Read Instructions – All the safety and 11. Grounding or Polarization – This video unit may be operating instructions should be read equipped with either a polarized 2-wire AC (Alternating Current) line plug (a plug having one blade wider than before the unit is operated.
  • Page 5: Precautions

    Important Safeguards 18. Servicing – Do not attempt to service this video unit e. If the video unit has been dropped or the yourself as opening or removing covers may expose cabinet has been damaged. you to dangerous voltage or other hazards. Refer all f.
  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Things You Should Know ................2~3 Important Safeguards ................... 4~5 Precautions ......................5 Self Demo Mode ....................7 Quick Operation Guide ..................8 Supplying Power ..9~10 (Battery Charge/Use/Refresh/Care, AC Adaptor, Car Battery Cord) Cassette Information ..................11 Before Using ........
  • Page 7: Self Demo Mode

    Self Demo Mode Self Demo mode is on when the screen Before you begin... below appears. To turn it off, follow • Connect Camcorder to power source. steps 1-4 below. EVF or LCD Monitor Set POWER to CAMERA. Press MENU for MENU mode.
  • Page 8: Quick Operation Guide

    Quick Operation Guide Charging the Battery Pack Charge Battery Pack fully before operation (page 9). Plug in AC Adaptor. Insert Battery. CHARGE Lamp flashes, then stays lit when charging is complete. Insert Cassette Attach fully charged Battery (page 9). Slide TAPE EJECT to open door. Insert cassette (page 11).
  • Page 9: Supplying Power (Battery Charge/Use/Refresh/Care, Ac Adaptor, Car Battery Cord)

    Supplying Power Charging the Battery Pack Plug in AC Adaptor. Charge Battery Pack fully before use. POWER Lamp lights. Insert Battery. Align left side of Battery with left edge of AC Adaptor. Press Battery down and slide in direction of arrow. POWER The CHARGE Lamp flashes, then stays lit Lamp...
  • Page 10 Supplying Power Battery Care Caution: To avoid Battery damage: • Charge only with specified charger. • Do not drop or jar Battery. • Battery can be charged within a temperature range of • Use Battery with specified units only. 10 °C (50 °F) and 35 °C (95 °F). •...
  • Page 11: Cassette Information

    Cassette Information Cassette Insertion/Removal Turn Tape Wheel in direction of arrow until there is no slack. Attach Battery (page 9). Slide TAPE EJECT to open door. Insert cassette as shown. Press here to close door. • To remove the cassette, slide the TAPE EJECT switch.
  • Page 12: Before Using (Using The Shoulder And Hand Straps, Lens Cap)

    Before Using Adjust the Length of the Attaching Shoulder Strap Shoulder Strap Remove Battery Pack before completing the following steps: Undo strap ends from buckles. Thread strap ends through Strap Pull a loop of strap from buckle, then pull Rings on Camcorder. strap tight to shorten or lengthen.
  • Page 13: Using Menu Mode

    Using MENU Mode Before you begin... • Connect Camcorder to power source. • Set POWER to CAMERA or VCR. Press MENU for MENU mode. The CAMERA or VCR MENU screen (see below left) appears when Menu mode is entered. Press UP or DOWN to highlight the desired menu item.
  • Page 14: Setting The Clock

    Setting the Clock Set the following items in order: Time Before you begin... Zone, Daylight Saving Time, Date, • Connect Camcorder to power source. and Time. • Set POWER to CAMERA or VCR. Press MENU for MENU mode. Press UP or DOWN to select CLOCK SET [ CAMERA MODE ] [ VCR MODE ]...
  • Page 15 Setting the Clock Setting the Time Zone Press UP or DOWN to The Camcorder is preset to Eastern time. select local time zone. [ Time Zone chart ] Press M.FOCUS to confirm entry. • When travelling, repeat this operation and select one of the 6 listed time zones to set the clock to local time.
  • Page 16: Built-In Light

    Built-in Light Before you begin... Using the Light • Connect Camcorder to power source. For recording in dim lighting. • Set POWER to CAMERA. Press MENU for MENU mode. Press UP or DOWN to select LIGHT MODE Press M.FOCUS to set OFF/ON or OFF/ON/AUTO.
  • Page 17: Camera Recording (Basic, Stand-By, Programmed Recording)

    Camera Recording Before you begin... Recording via EVF or LCD • Connect Camcorder to power source. Monitor • Insert cassette with record tab (page 11). View recording scene on EVF (Electronic Viewer Finder) or LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) monitor. Press LCD-OPEN to unlock the LCD monitor.
  • Page 18 Camera Recording Before you begin... Stand-by Quick Release • Connect Camcorder to power source. If left in RECORD/PAUSE mode for 5 • Insert cassette with record tab (page 11). minutes, the Camcorder switches to Stand-by mode to conserve battery power. When set to ON, Stand-by Quick Release lets you resume recording by pressing RECORD/PAUSE twice.
  • Page 19 Camera Recording Before you begin... Programmed Recording • Connect Camcorder to power source. Set a recording start and stop time. Or, Use AC Adaptor for longer recordings. set a 5 or 10 second interval recording • Insert cassette with record tab (page 11). •...
  • Page 20: Playing Back Recordings

    Playing Back Recordings Before you begin... Playback on EVF or LCD Monitor • Connect Camcorder to power source. • Insert recorded tape. Press LCD-OPEN and swing LCD monitor fully open. Set POWER to VCR. • If tape has no record tab, auto playback begins.
  • Page 21 Playing Back Recordings Before you begin... TV Playback or Viewing • Connect Camcorder to power source. Connect Camcorder to a TV to view • Make all TV-Camcorder connections. playback or recordings in progress. Connections Set POWER to: © view playback. CAMERA ©...
  • Page 22: Copying Your Tapes (Dubbing)

    Copying your Tapes (dubbing) Before you begin... Connections • Make Camcorder-VCR connections (see left). • Turn both units on. • Set VCR input signal to LINE. Please see VCR owner’s manual. • Set Camcorder POWER to VCR. Insert a pre-recorded tape into Camcorder and a blank tape with record tab into VCR.
  • Page 23: Four-Speed Power Zoom

    Four-Speed Power Zoom Zoom in (close up) and out (wide angle) in Before you begin... one of four speeds ranging from slow (16 • Connect Camcorder to power source. seconds) to fast (2 seconds). • Set POWER to CAMERA. Zoom In (“T”) POWER ZOOM Zoom Out (“W”)
  • Page 24: Focus (Auto/Manual Focus)

    Focus Before you begin... • Connect Camcorder to power source. • Set POWER to CAMERA. Auto Focus Camcorder automatically focuses on subject even during zooming. Auto Focus is on when “MF” is not displayed in EVF or LCD monitor. Press M.FOCUS to remove “MF” in EVF or LCD monitor if necessary. Manual Focus Use Manual Focus (MF) when : •...
  • Page 25: High Speed Shutter

    High Speed Shutter Before you begin... Improves Still or Slow Motion playback picture of high speed subjects (e.g. a • Connect Camcorder to power source. tennis stroke), when viewed on a • Insert cassette with record tab (page 11). Camcorder or 4 head VCR. •...
  • Page 26: Auto Fade

    Auto Fade An interesting way to open and close Before you begin... scenes. • Connect Camcorder to power source. • Set POWER to CAMERA. Press MENU for MENU mode. Press UP or DOWN to select FADE DIGITAL EFFECTS Press M.FOCUS for DIGITAL EFFECTS menu.
  • Page 27: Colour Digital Fade

    Colour Digital Fade Before you begin... Choose from 7 fade effects in 8 different colours. • Connect Camcorder to power source. • Set POWER to CAMERA. Press MENU for MENU mode. Press UP or DOWN to select DIGITAL EFFECTS Press M.FOCUS for DIGITAL EFFECTS menu.
  • Page 28: Digital Zoom

    Digital Zoom Before you begin... Power Zoom magnification is digitally increased. • Connect Camcorder to power source. • Set POWER to CAMERA. Press MENU for MENU mode. Press UP or DOWN to select DIGITAL EFFECTS Press M.FOCUS for DIGITAL EFFECTS menu.
  • Page 29: Digital Electronic Image Stabilization (Eis)

    Digital Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) Helps stabilize picture when recording in Before you begin... unstable situations. • Connect Camcorder to power source. • Set POWER to CAMERA. Press (EIS) to display “EIS” in the EVF or LCD monitor. • Image becomes slightly enlarged and shutter speed auto-adjusts from 1/80 to 1/350 according to brightness.
  • Page 30: Motion Detection

    Motion Detection Recording starts automatically if motion Before you begin... is detected. • Connect Camcorder to power source. Use AC Adaptor for longer recordings. • Insert cassette with record tab (page 11). • Set POWER to CAMERA. • Securely position and aim Camcorder. Press MENU for MENU mode.
  • Page 31: Viewfinder/Lcd Monitor Indications

    Viewfinder/LCD Monitor Indications Tape remaining and battery charge level Before you begin... can be displayed. • Connect Camcorder to power source. Set POWER to CAMERA. Press MENU for MENU mode. Press UP or DOWN to select DISPLAY SET Press M.FOCUS for DISPLAY SET menu.
  • Page 32 Viewfinder/LCD Monitor Indications Recording the Date and Time Repeat steps 1-5 on page 31 to select time/date, date only, or no display. Start a recording (page 17). • Only the Date and/or Time are recorded. Display-Off Mode Set POWER to CAMERA or VCR. Press MENU for MENU mode.
  • Page 33 Viewfinder/LCD Monitor Indications CAMERA/VCR mode 8, 9, 10 Zoom Magnification level (pages 23, 28). Digital EIS (page 29). Battery Remaining (page 31). Digital Zoom (page 28). “WARNING LOW BATTERY” appears VCR-MODE and Camcorder shuts off after 15 “VCR-MODE” appears for 1 minute when seconds.
  • Page 34: Replacing Clock Battery

    The clock battery is pre-installed. Follow the steps below if replacement becomes necessary. WARNING: Replace battery with Panasonic or Newsun type CR2025 only. Use of another battery may present a risk of fire or explosion. Caution: Battery may explode if mishandled. Dispose of used battery promptly. Keep away from children.
  • Page 35: Palmcorder Accessory System

    Palmcorder Accessory System Power Supplies AC Adaptor with 1.2Ah Battery Pack Up to 2 hr Battery Up to 4 hr Battery DC Power Cable (Rechargeable Nickel Pack Pack (Rechargeable (Rechargeable Cadmium Battery) Supplied (PV-A20-K) Nickel Metal Hydride Nickel Metal Hydride Supplied (PV-BP15-K/ Optional (PV-A20-K) Battery)
  • Page 36: Specifications

    Specifications Power Source: Compact VHS Camcorder: DC 6 V AC Adaptor: 110/120/220/240 V AC, 50/60 Hz Battery: Nickel-Cadmium Type DC 6 V Power Consumption: Compact VHS Camcorder: 6V DC 8.5 W (Max. 11.5 W) AC Adaptor: 19 W 1.2 W (when not in use.) Video Signal: EIA Standard (525 lines, 60 fields) NTSC colour signal Video Recording System:...
  • Page 37: Before Requesting Service

    • Press UP/DOWN button during playback picture is noisy or contains streaks ... (Tracking Control). (p.20) “Panasonic ITS TAPES CAN PLAY • Set POWER to CAMERA, then set SELF DEMO : IN YOUR VCR ...” appears in EVF or OFF in MENU screen to cancel Demo mode. (p. 7) LCD Monitor ...
  • Page 38: Notes On Operations

    It is recommended that the cleaning be done by a qualified technician, Please contact your nearest Panasonic Servicentre. (Refer to page 39.) Refer servicing to qualified service personnel. Note On Operations...
  • Page 39: Warranty

    5770 Ambler Drive, Mississauga, Ontario L4W 2T3 PANASONIC PRODUCT – LIMITED WARRANTY Panasonic Canada Inc. warrants this product to be free from defects in material and workmanship and agrees to remedy any such defect for a period as stated below from the date of original purchase.
  • Page 40: Index

    Zoom ......23, 28 Montréal: 3075 Louis A. Amos, Lachine, Québec H8T 1C4 (514) 633-8684 Toronto: 5770 Ambler Drive, Mississauga, Ontario L4W 2T3 (905) 624-8447 Panasonic Canada Inc. Calgary: 6835 8th Street N.E., Calgary, Alberta T2E 7H7 (403) 295-3955 5770 Ambler Drive,...

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