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Dear Customers
Thank you for purchasing this camcorder.
Before use, please read the safety
information and precautions contained
in pages 6 and 7 to ensure safe use of
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  • Page 1 GUIDEBOOK CAMCORDER GZ-MG880 AG/AS GZ-MG840 AG/AH/AS GZ-MG830 GZ-MG680 GZ-MG645 GZ-MG630 AA/AG/AH/AS Dear Customers Thank you for purchasing this camcorder. Before use, please read the safety information and precautions contained in pages 6 and 7 to ensure safe use of this product.
  • Page 2 To AC Outlet (110V to 240V) CAUTION • Be sure to use JVC battery packs. If you use any other battery packs besides JVC battery packs, safety and performance can not be guaranteed. Grip Adjustment Adjust the strap and fasten.
  • Page 3 Date/Time Setting Select the city closest to the area where you use Open the LCD monitor to the camcorder turn on the camcorder Power button Select [ON] if daylight LCD monitor saving time is effective Select [YES] within 10 seconds Slide your finger up and down on the sensor.
  • Page 4 Video recording CAUTION Before recording an important scene, it is recommended to conduct a trial recording. Slide the mode switch to select (video) mode Select recording mode The mode changes when you press the button. The auto recording indicator appears. Start recording Remaining space on the hard disk...
  • Page 5 Playing back Select playback mode The mode changes when you press the button. Select the desired file Index screen Select (Touch OK) Playback screen To perform operations such as forward search or reverse search (Z p. 24)  To view files on TV (Z p. 31) ...
  • Page 6 Dispose of used battery promptly. could lead to fire or electric shock. Contact • Keep away from children. your JVC dealer. Do not attempt to repair the • Do not disassemble and do not dispose of in fire. malfunction yourself.
  • Page 7 Do not point the lens directly into the sun. This Remember that this camcorder is intended for can cause eye injuries, as well as lead to the private consumer use only. malfunctioning of internal circuitry. There is also a Any commercial use without proper permission risk of fire or electric shock.
  • Page 8: Table Of Contents

    Contents GETTING STARTED EDITING Accessories ..........10 Managing Files ........34 GZ-MG645 Using the Everio Dock ....10 Capturing a Still Image from a Video .... 34 Preparing the Remote Control ...... 11 Deleting Files ..........34 Attaching the Core Filter to the USB Cable ... 11 Protecting Files ..........
  • Page 9 After the menu is displayed on the LCD recorded data to a DVD or other recording monitor: media for storage. JVC will not be responsible for any lost data. Make a trial recording Before the actual recording of important data,...
  • Page 10: Getting Started

    The DV cable (optional) enables even higher dubbing quality when dubbing files to a VCR/DVD recorder. (Z p. 53) Be sure to use the JVC VC-VDV204U or VC-VDV206U DV cable. Operation using the DV cable is not guaranteed on all devices.
  • Page 11: Preparing The Remote Control

    Preparing the Remote Control A battery is included inside the remote control at the time of purchase. Remove the insulation sheet before use. Beam Effective Area To Reinsert the Battery Pull out the battery holder by pressing the lock Remote Sensor tab.
  • Page 12: Index

    Index NOTE • Be careful not to cover 1, 2, 3, and 4 during shooting. • The LCD monitor can rotate 270°.
  • Page 13 Camcorder Remote Control ! Power Button Q Infrared Beam Transmitting Window R ZOOM (T/W) Buttons (Zoom in/Out) GZ-MG880 GZ-MG840 GZ-MG680 GZ-MG645 S Up Button HDMI Mini Connector (Z p. 31) $ DISPLAY Button (Z p. 15) T Skip Backward Button...
  • Page 14: Indications On Lcd Monitor

    (Z p. 28) % Upload Mode Indicator (Z p. 57) @ : Auto Mode : Manual Mode GZ-MG880 GZ-MG840 GZ-MG830 # Effect Mode Indicator (Z p. 30) Analog Input Indicator GZ-MG680 GZ-MG645 $ Tele Macro Mode Indicator (Z p. 30) (Z p.
  • Page 15 % Video Quality: B (ULTRA FINE), C (FINE), & Battery Indicator ( Date/Time (Z p. 16) D (NORMAL), E (ECONOMY) (Z p. 60) & Counter GZ-MG880 GZ-MG840 GZ-MG680 GZ-MG645 ( Playback Mode Output with 1080p (Z p. 63) Playback Pause...
  • Page 16: Necessary Settings Before Use

    Necessary Settings before Use To detach the battery pack  Charging the Battery Pack Close the LCD monitor to turn off the camcorder. Attach the battery pack, then connect the AC adapter. NOTE • You can also use the camcorder with just the AC adapter.
  • Page 17: Language Setting

    Select [CLOCK SETTING]. Select the city closest to the area you are traveling. Select the city closest to the area where you use the camcorder. To return to the previous screen  Select @. Selected area is highlighted To quit the screen ...
  • Page 18: Other Settings

    Other Settings Grip Adjustment Tripod Mounting Align the camcorder stud hole with the tripod stud, and the mounting socket with the screw, and then rotate the camcorder clockwise to mount it to the tripod. NOTE Do not use a tripod on unsteady or unlevel surfaces.
  • Page 19: Using A Microsd Card

    To remove a microSD card  Using a microSD Card Push the microSD card once. After the card comes out a little, pull it out. The camcorder is programmed to record on the built-in hard disk when it is shipped from NOTE •...
  • Page 20: Recording/Playback

    RECORDING/PLAYBACK Recording Files Video Recording Slide the mode switch to select Press PLAY/REC to select the (video) mode. recording mode. SNAPSHOT Press START/STOP to start recording. Approximate remaining time for recording You can also start/stop recording by selecting [REC] on the LCD monitor. (On-screen recording control) To stop recording To change the video quality...
  • Page 21: Still Image Recording

    Change the settings in [IMAGE QUALITY]. (Z p. 60) To record still images continuously  Set to [CONTINUOUS SHOOTING] in [SHUTTER MODE]. (Z p. 59) GZ-MG880 GZ-MG840 GZ-MG830  To change the image size Change the settings in [IMAGE SIZE]. (Z p. 59) NOTE •...
  • Page 22: Zooming

    [T] on the LCD monitor. (On-screen zoom control) Zoom ratio (factory-preset) To quit the screen  Model mode mode Select [QUIT] or press INFO. GZ-MG880 NOTE GZ-MG840 [76X/DIGITAL] [27X/OPTICAL] The recordable time display should only be GZ-MG830 used as a guide. It is displayed in 10 minute GZ-MG680 units.
  • Page 23: Checking The Remaining Space On The Recording Media

    Checking the Remaining Space on Registering Files to Events the Recording Media If you select an event to register the file to before starting recording, you can find the file Preparation: • easily at playback. Select mode. • Select the recording mode. Preparation: •...
  • Page 24: Playing Back Files

    Playing Back Files Video Playback Press PLAY/REC to select the Slide the mode switch to select playback mode. (video) mode. The index screen appears. Select the desired file. To move to the previous or next page To delete a video ...
  • Page 25: Still Image Playback

    Still Image Playback Slide the mode switch to select Press PLAY/REC to select the playback mode. (still image) mode. The index screen appears. Select the desired file. To move to the previous or next page  Touch [ ] or [ ] for over a second. To delete a still image ...
  • Page 26: File Search Function

    Playing Back Files (Continued) Date Index Screen File Search Function You can search the desired file by the Preparation: recording date. • Select mode. • Select the playback mode. Select mode, go to step 3. In case of Group Index Screen Select [SEARCH DATE].
  • Page 27: Playing Back Mpg Files

    Event Screen Playing Back MPG Files You can search the desired file by the event MPG files (demonstration files, etc.) are stored that you registered the file to when recording. in the EXTMOV folder. (Z p. 23) After searching by the event, you can Follow the procedure below to play back the search by the recording date to narrow down MPG files in the EXTMOV folder.
  • Page 28: Manual Recording

    Manual Recording Manual recording mode enables you to set the Manual Setting in Menu focus and screen brightness, etc. manually. In the manual recording mode: Changing to Manual Recording Mode Touch MENU. Preparation: Select [MANUAL SETTING]. • Select mode. • Select the recording mode.
  • Page 29 Menus Settings: [ ] = Factory-preset 1 [OFF]: Deactivates the function. NIGHT: Records with more sensitivity in dim locations by adjusting the shutter speed automatically. TWILIGHT: Makes evening scenes look more natural. SCENE SELECT 6 PORTRAIT: The subject in the foreground is accentuated Adjusts the exposure and by blurring the background.
  • Page 30 40 cm* NOTE 50 cm* Set [TELE MACRO] to [OFF] if you will not take close-up still GZ-MG880 GZ-MG840 images. GZ-MG830 Non-close-up still images will be blurred if [TELE MACRO] is set to GZ-MG680 GZ-MG645 [ON].
  • Page 31: Using With Tv

    USING WITH TV Viewing Files on TV This camcorder is designed to be used with GZ-MG880 GZ-MG840 GZ-MG680 GZ-MG645  high-definition or PAL-type color television To connect using the HDMI mini signals. It cannot be used with a television of a connector different standard.
  • Page 32: Playback Operation

    Viewing Files on TV (Continued) Playback Operation After the connection with TV is completed Turn on the camcorder and the TV. Set the TV to its VIDEO mode. (Only when connecting the camcorder to the VCR/DVD recorder) Turn on the VCR/DVD recorder, and set the VCR/DVD recorder to its AUX input mode.
  • Page 33: Operating In Conjunction With Tv Via Hdmi

    Operating in Conjunction with TV via HDMI Operation method 1  GZ-MG880 GZ-MG840 GZ-MG680 GZ-MG645 Connecting the camcorder to an HDMI-CEC- enabled TV using the HDMI cable allows you to utilize the following convenient functions. • HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) is an industry standard that enables ! Turn on the camcorder.
  • Page 34: Editing

    EDITING Managing Files CAUTION Deleting Files Do not remove the recording medium or perform any other operation (such as turning • Protected files cannot be deleted. To delete off the power) while accessing files. Also, them, release the protection first. •...
  • Page 35 Deleting Selected Files Deleting All Files After performing steps 1-2 (Z p. 34) After performing steps 1-2 (Z p. 34) Select [FILE SELECT]. Select [DELETE ALL]. Select the desired file and select Select [YES]. • mark appears on the file. To select other files, repeat this step.
  • Page 36: Protecting Files

    Managing Files (Continued) Protecting Selected Files Protecting Files After performing steps 1-3 Preparation: • Select mode. Select [FILE SELECT]. • Select the playback mode. Touch MENU. Select [EDIT]. Select the desired file and select Select [PROTECT/CANCEL]. • (protection) mark appears on the file.
  • Page 37: Viewing File Information

    Protecting All Files Viewing File Information After performing steps 1-3 (Z p. 36) Preparation: mode: Select [PROTECT ALL]. Pause the playback. Otherwise, select the file on the index screen. mode: Play back the still image. Otherwise, select the file on the index screen. Press INFO.
  • Page 38: Changing The Event Registration

    Managing Files (Continued) Select a new event. Changing the Event Registration To cancel the event registration, select Preparation: [CANCEL]. • Select mode. • Select the playback mode. Touch MENU. Select [EDIT]. Changing the Event of the Selected Files After performing steps 1-3 Select [SET RANGE AND CHANGE].
  • Page 39: Trimming Files

    Select [SET] at the end point. Trimming Files It is recommended to select [SET] after the pause button is pressed. You can select the necessary part of the video and save it as a new video file. Preparation: • Select mode.
  • Page 40: Playlists

    Playlists It is a list that enables you to organize Select the file to add to playlist. recorded videos in order of preference. Preparation: • Select mode. • Select the playback mode. To preview scenes, select the file and Creating Playlists select [CHECK].
  • Page 41: Playing Back Playlists

    Creating Playlists Including Picture Playing Back Playlists Titles You can easily create a playlist including a Touch MENU. picture title. Select [PLAYBACK PLAYLIST]. Press TITLE. Select the playlist. Select the desired picture title. You can check the picture title in full-screen To stop playback ...
  • Page 42: Other Operations Of Playlists

    Playlists (Continued) Other Operations of Playlists You can perform additional editing and delete files in a created playlist. Adding/Deleting Files in Playlist After performing steps 1-2 (Z p. 40) Select [EDIT]. Select the playlist you want to edit. To add or delete files, follow the steps 5 to 8.
  • Page 43: Copying

    You can dub video recorded on this camcorder onto VCR/DVD recorder. NOTE It is recommended to use the JVC DVD burner (CU-VD50/CU-VD3). When using CU-VD20 or Select [COPY] or [MOVE]. CU-VD40, the recording time may take approx. 2 times longer than the time that is described in the instruction manual of DVD burner.
  • Page 44: Using A Dvd Burner

    Copying Files (Continued) Select the direction. Using a DVD Burner & & ([HDD SD] or [SD HDD]) Supported discs: 12cm DVD-R, DVD-RW • Regarding DVD-R discs, only unused DVD-R discs can be used. Regarding DVD-RW discs, used DVD-RW discs can also be used, but they need to be formatted before recording.
  • Page 45 Select [EXECUTE]. Backup All Files • The files are copied on the disc. When Preparation: [COMPLETED] appears, touch OK. • Connect the camcorder to the DVD burner. • When [INSERT NEXT DISC PRESS • Select mode. [STOP] TO EXIT CREATE] appears, change the disc.
  • Page 46 Copying Files (Continued) Select the desired disc number. Selecting Files for Backup Preparation: • Connect the camcorder to the DVD burner. • Select mode. Select [SELECT AND CREATE]. • If you select [ALL], all discs in the list are created. •...
  • Page 47 To play back the created disc using the  Digest Playback camcorder 1) Connect the camcorder to the DVD You can view a few seconds from the burner. beginning of each video (digest) in the created 2) Turn on the camcorder first, then turn on DVD.
  • Page 48: Creating A Dvd Using A Pc

    Copying Files (Continued) Preparation: Creating a DVD using a PC Load the provided CD-ROM into the PC. In Windows Vista, the auto play dialog box You can copy the data from the camcorder and appears. create a DVD using a PC. Click [Easy Installation].
  • Page 49 Making Backup on the PC Click [All volume in camcorder] and click [Next]. Preparation: • Install the software to the PC. • Make sure that enough free space is left in the PC’s HDD. • Close the LCD monitor to turn off the camcorder.
  • Page 50 Copying Files (Continued) Making User Lists to Arrange the Double-click the recording date. Files You can make a user list of a certain subject (such as Travel, Athletic meet) and put the files related to the subject into the user list. Preparation: Make backup on the PC.
  • Page 51 Copying Files to a DVD Input the disc name, select the top menu style and click [Next]. Preparation: Use a recordable DVD disc. (It is recommended to use a DVD-R disc.) Select the user list and click [Create Disc]. Click [Start]. Click [Select files individually] and click [Next].
  • Page 52 Use of this software is authorized according to the terms of the software license. When contacting the nearest JVC office or agency in your country (refer to the JVC Worldwide Service Network at about this software, please have the following information ready.
  • Page 53: Dubbing Files To A Vcr/Dvd Recorder

    • Set the VCR/DVD recorder to its AUX Create a playlist. input mode. • GZ-MG880 GZ-MG840 GZ-MG830 GZ-MG680 Check that the images from the camcorder Set [SWITCH TO ANALOG I/O] to GZ-MG645 are input correctly to the VCR/DVD [OUTPUT]. (Z p. 63) •...
  • Page 54: Dubbing Files From A Vcr/Dvd Player

    Copying Files (Continued) Open the LCD monitor to turn on the GZ-MG880 GZ-MG840 GZ-MG830 camcorder. GZ-MG680 GZ-MG645 Dubbing Files from a VCR/DVD Player Start playback on the VCR/DVD player. Preparation: • Set [SWITCH TO ANALOG I/O] to [INPUT]. Press START/STOP on the camcorder (Z p.
  • Page 55: Using With A Portable Media Player

    Using with a Portable Media Player Turning on the Export Mode Changing the Export Setting You can easily transfer videos recorded in You can set the recorded videos to the export export mode to iTunes . All the files with the setting.
  • Page 56: Transferring The Files To Pc

    Using with a Portable Media Player (Continued) Transferring the Files to PC Preparation: Install iTunes on a PC. ® Connect the camcorder to the PC with the USB cable. Select [EXPORT TO LIBRARY]. All the files with the export setting turned on are transferred to PC.
  • Page 57: Uploading Files To Websites

    Uploading Files to Websites Turning on the Upload Mode Upload Trimming You can upload the file to video sharing You can select the necessary part of the websites (YouTube ) quickly after recording. video and save it as a new video file ready for uploading.
  • Page 58: Uploading Files

    Uploading Files to Websites (Continued) Select [CAPTURE TRIMMED FILE]. Uploading Files For details on uploading files, refer to the operation guide of MediaBrowser in the CD- ROM. Connect the camcorder to the PC To set the start/end point again, select with the USB cable.
  • Page 59: Further Information

    Continuous shooting may not work well depending on the recording medium. • The continuous shooting speed will drop if this function is used repeatedly. GZ-MG880 GZ-MG840 GZ-MG830 y IMAGE SIZE [1152X864(1M)] / 640X480(0.3M) Selects the image size for still images.
  • Page 60 [ULTRA FINE] / FINE / NORMAL / ECONOMY Sets the video quality. IMAGE QUALITY [FINE] / STANDARD Sets the image quality. GZ-MG880 GZ-MG840 GZ-MG830 32X/OPTICAL / 38X/DYNAMIC* / [76X/DIGITAL] / 800X/DIGITAL * Dynamic zoom The combination of optical and digital zoom technology offers higher zoom ratio than optical zoom without reducing the quality.
  • Page 61 Menus Settings: [ ] = Factory-preset Select [DISPLAY SETTINGS], then select sub-menus. DISPLAY SETTINGS AA/AG/AS model: [ENGLISH] LANGUAGE AH model: [汉语] Sets the display language. See page 17. CLOCK ADJUST See page 16. Sets the time. DATE STYLE: DATE DISPLAY STYLE / / [day.month.year] Sets the date and time display TIME:...
  • Page 62 Updates and improves the system NOTE software. Information about obtaining system update will be made available on the JVC’s web site. FACTORY PRESET YES: Performs this function. Returns all the camcorder settings to [NO]: Returns to the menu screen without executing reset.
  • Page 63 AUTO 1: The video is output in 576i, 576p, 1080i or 1080p. AUTO 2: The video is output in 576i, 576p or 1080i. [576p]: The video is output in 576i or 576p. GZ-MG880 GZ-MG840 GZ-MG680 NOTE GZ-MG645 When the camcorder is in the recording mode, the HDMI...
  • Page 64 Changing the Menu Settings (Continued) Menus Settings: [ ] = Factory-preset Select [MEDIA SETTINGS], then select sub-menus. MEDIA SETTINGS REC MEDIA FOR IMAGE [HDD] / SD Sets the recording medium for still images. REC MEDIA FOR VIDEO [HDD] / SD Sets the recording medium for video.
  • Page 65: Troubleshooting

    If the solutions indicated in the malfunctions. chart do not solve the problem, consult your • The camcorder heats up when it is used for a nearest JVC dealer or JVC service center for long time. instructions. • The battery heats up during charging.
  • Page 66 The recorded subject is Set the backlight compensation to [OFF] if it is being used. • too bright. Set the brightness to the [–] side. GZ-MG880 GZ-MG840 GZ-MG830 • Change [ZOOM] to [76X/DIGITAL] or [800/DIGITAL]. Digital zoom does not GZ-MG680 GZ-MG645 GZ-MG630 work.
  • Page 67 • When connecting to the HDMI cable, the image or sound may not GZ-MG880 GZ-MG840 appear on the TV properly depending on the TV connected. In GZ-MG680 GZ-MG645 such cases, perform the following operations.
  • Page 68 If a malfunction occurs in the HDD  !   P erform [FORMAT HDD]. (All data is deleted.) #  If this does not solve the problem, contact the JVC customer service for repairs. To reset the camcorder when it does not operate normally ...
  • Page 69: Warning Indications

    Set the clock. If the message still appears after setting the SET DATE/TIME! clock, the battery for the clock has been depleted. Consult your nearest JVC dealer. • Be sure to use JVC battery packs. COMMUNICATING ERROR • CANNOT USE IN Set [REC MEDIA FOR VIDEO] to [HDD].
  • Page 70 Warning Indications (Continued) Indication Action • VIDEO MANAGEMENT FILE IS Select [OK] to restore. DAMAGED, RECOVERY IS REQUIRED TO RECORD/PLAYBACK, RECOVER? • Use files recorded with the camcorder. (Files recorded with other UNSUPPORTED FILE! device may not be played back.) •...
  • Page 71: Cleaning

    Indication Action • DVD-R DISC HAS BEEN ALREADY Replace the disc of the DVD burner with another disc. USED • FINALIZATION FAILED Replace the disc of the DVD burner with another disc. • Slide the mode switch to select the desired mode ( NO FILES Cleaning Before cleaning, turn off the camcorder and remove the battery pack and AC adapter.
  • Page 72: Specifications

    48 kHz, 384 kbps Audio input*: 300 mV (rms), 50 k NORMAL: 48 kHz, 256 kbps Audio output: 300 mV (rms), 1 k ECONOMY: 48 kHz, 128 kbps GZ-MG880 GZ-MG840 GZ-MG830 GZ-MG680 GZ-MG645 Design and specifications subject to change only without notice. HDMI...
  • Page 73 150 h 00 m 4 h 58 m 9 h 56 m Approximate number of images (for still image) The HDD can record up to 9999 still images in either mode. GZ-MG880 GZ-MG840 GZ-MG830 Recording medium microSD Card 256 MB 512 MB...
  • Page 74: Cautions

    Cautions Battery Pack Recording Medium • Be sure to follow the guidelines below The supplied battery pack is a Terminals to prevent corruption or damage to your lithium-ion battery. Before using recorded data. the supplied battery pack or an • Do not bend or drop the recording medium, optional battery pack, be sure or subject it to strong pressure, jolts or...
  • Page 75 • To prevent the unit from dropping, Main Unit • Fasten the grip belt securely. • When using the camcorder with a tripod, • For safety, DO NOT attach the camcorder to the tripod the camcorder’s chassis. If the camcorder drops, you may be injured and ...
  • Page 76 JVC Software License Agreement 4 LIMITED WARRANTY JVC SOFTWARE LICENSE AGREEMENT JVC warrants that any media in which the IMPORTANT Program is embodied are free from any TO CUSTOMERS: PLEASE MAKE SURE defects in materials and workmanship TO READ THIS CAREFULLY BEFORE...
  • Page 77 CAUTION: Agreement without giving any notice to You. • Operate this equipment according to the In this event, JVC may claim against You for operating procedures described in this any damages caused by Your breach. Should manual. this Agreement be terminated, You must •...
  • Page 78 MEMO...
  • Page 80: Terms

    Terms AC Adapter ............16 Manual Recording ..........28 Adjust Brightness ..........29 Menu Settings ...........59 Analog Input (Switch to Analog I/O) ....63 microSD Card ............19 Auto Power Off ..........61 Monitor Backlight ..........61 AV Connection ........31, 53, 54 Monitor Bright ............61 Moving Files ............43 Backlight Compensation ........28 Battery Pack ..........16, 74 Number of Images ..........73...

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