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Canon DC100 Instruction Manual

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  • Page 3 IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS In these safety instructions the word “product” refers to the Canon DVD Camcorder DC100 A and all its accessories. 1. Read Instructions — All the safety and operating instructions should be read before the product is operated.
  • Page 4 When replacement of the power supply is required, please return it to the responsible nearest Canon Service Center and please replace it with the same type number CA- 570. The Adapter can be used with a power supply between 100 and 240 V AC. For areas where 120 V AC power is not used, you will need a special plug adapter.
  • Page 5: Introduction The Advantages Of Dvds

    The Advantages of DVDs RECORDING With a DVD you just press the recording start/ stop button and the camcorder will find the empty space on the disc ( 24). Don’t waste time fast forwarding and rewinding a tape to find from where to start a new recording.
  • Page 6: An Introduction To Dvds

    You have probably heard of DVD discs and they come in various types and in two sizes - the more common 12 cm DVDs and 8 cm Mini DVDs. This camcorder uses commercially available 8 cm DVD-R or DVD-RW discs.
  • Page 7: Differences In Available Features Depending On The Disc

    Differences in Available Features Depending on the Disc The camcorder’s features and functions available will differ depending on the type of disc you use and the disc specification selected when initializing it. Disc Type/Specification Feature Editing scenes with this camcorder...
  • Page 8: Table Of Contents

    Preparations Getting Started...17 Step 1: Preparing the Power Supply ...17 Step 2: Preparing the Camcorder ...19 Step 3: Adjusting the LCD Screen ...19 Step 4: Changing the Display Language ...20 Step 5: Setting the Time Zone / Daylight Saving Time...20 Step 6: Setting the Date and Time ...21...
  • Page 9 Manually Adjusting the Focus...44 Changing the Autofocus Mode ...45 Using the Self Timer ...46 Setting the White Balance ...47 Applying Image Enhancing Effects ...49 Using the Digital Effects...50 Selecting the Size and Quality of Still Images ...53 Editing Functions Editing the Scenes (DVD-RW in VR mode only) Adding Scenes to the Playlist ...54 Moving Scenes in the Playlist...54 Deleting Scenes ...55...
  • Page 10: Selecting Option - Menu/Func.

    About this Manual Thank you for purchasing the Canon DC100. Please read this manual carefully before you use the camcorder and retain it for future reference. Should your camcorder fail to operate correctly, refer to the Troubleshooting table ( Conventions Used in the Manual : Precautions related to the camcorder operation.
  • Page 11: About The Operating Modes

    5. Press again to close the menu. To change the operating mode In addition to turning the camcorder on and off, the power switch also toggles the camcorder’s operating mode. From the ON position, slide down the power switch momentarily towards MODE and release it.
  • Page 12: Checking The Supplied Accessories

    The serial number of this product can be found at the battery attachment unit of the camcorder. Write down the number and other information here and retain this book as a permanent record of your purchase to aid identification in case of theft.
  • Page 13: Components Guide

    Components Guide Left side view FUNC. button ( MENU button ( Lens cover switch ( 24, 26) - open, - closed) EXP (Exposure) switch ( DISPLAY button ( 32) (Multi Selector) button (Multi Selector) ( FOCUS button ( 44) (Multi Selector) WIDE SCR (Widescreen) button ( PLAYLIST button ( Buttons and switches other than (...
  • Page 14: Top View

    Top view Mode switch ( Zoom lever ( Speaker ( Tripod socket ( OPEN (disc cover) switch ( Strap mount Viewfinder ( Dioptric adjustment lever ( Operating mode indicator ( (CAMERA), Green (PLAY) Power switch ( Buttons and switches other than ( MENU example, Bottom view...
  • Page 15: Screen Displays

    Screen Displays Recording Movies Recording Still Images Recording reminder The camcorder counts from 1 to 10 seconds when you start recording. This is helpful to avoid scenes that are too short. Remaining recording time When there is no more available disc space, “...
  • Page 16 “ ”. • Depending on the conditions under which the camcorder and the battery pack are used, the actual battery charge may not be indicated accurately. Current scene number / Total number of...
  • Page 17: Getting Started

    Getting Started Preparations Step 1: Preparing the Power Supply The camcorder can be powered with a battery pack or directly using the compact power adapter. Charge the battery pack before use. 1. Turn off the camcorder. 2. Attach the battery pack to the camcorder.
  • Page 18 Turn off the camcorder before connecting or disconnecting the power adapter. Do not connect to the camcorder’s DC IN terminal or to the compact power adapter any electrical equipment that is not expressly recommended for use with this camcorder.
  • Page 19: Step 2: Preparing The Camcorder

    Step 2: Preparing the Camcorder 1. Turn on the camcorder. 2. Adjust the viewfinder. Keep the LCD panel closed to use the viewfinder and adjust the dioptric adjustment lever as necessary. 3. Fasten the grip belt. Adjust the grip belt so that you can reach the zoom lever with your index finger, and the start/ stop button with your thumb.
  • Page 20: Step 4: Changing The Display Language

    Step 4: Changing the Display Language MENU DISPLAY SETUP Options [DEUTSCH] [ENGLISH] [ESPAÑOL] [FRANÇAIS] [ITALIANO] [POLSKI] MENU 1. Press 2. Select ( ) [DISPLAY SETUP] and press ( 3. Select ( ) [LANGUAGE 4. Select ( MENU 5. Press to close the menu. If you changed the language by mistake, follow the to change the setting.
  • Page 21: Step 6: Setting The Date And Time

    5. Press to close the menu and start the clock. When you do not use the camcorder for about 3 months, the built-in rechargeable lithium battery may discharge completely and the date and time setting may be lost. In such case, recharge the built-in lithium battery ( and set the time zone, date and time again.
  • Page 22: Step 7: Loading And Removing A Disc

    Retract the grip belt under the camcorder so it will not get in the way of the disc cover. 3. Insert the disc and press its center firmly until it clicks in place.
  • Page 23 • Do not subject the camcorder to strong impacts while the DISC access indicator is on or flashing. • Retract the grip belt under the camcorder so it will not get in the way of the disc cover. • It may take a moment after pressing 2.
  • Page 24: Recording

    This is not a malfunction. About the Power Save mode: In order to save power when the camcorder is powered by a battery pack, the camcorder will automatically shut off if left...
  • Page 25: Selecting The Aspect Ratio Of Your Recordings (16:9 Widescreen Or 4:3)

    Doing so may damage the camcorder. Reviewing the Last Scene Recorded Press and release (record review). • The camcorder plays back the last scene and returns to record pause mode. • While reviewing the scene, select ( recording mode. • While reviewing a scene immediately after recording it, you can also delete the scene...
  • Page 26: Recording Still Images

    - Do not subject the camcorder to vibrations or strong impacts. - Do not open the disc cover and do not remove the disc. - Do not disconnect the power source or turn off the camcorder. - Do not change the operating mode.
  • Page 27: Zooming

    Zooming To change the operating mode, refer to About the Operating Modes ( : In addition to the 25x optical zoom, the 1000x digital zoom is also available 33). Zoom out 25x Optical Zoom Move the zoom lever toward W to zoom out (wide- angle).
  • Page 28: Playback

    You can also choose to display instead the date and time when the scene was recorded and additional recording data ( As long as you don’t turn off the camcorder you can resume playback from the point you stopped last.
  • Page 29: Adjusting The Volume

    Adjusting the Volume The camcorder plays the sound with the built-in speaker. The volume will be muted when you close the LCD panel. To change the operating mode, refer to About the Operating Modes (...
  • Page 30: Viewing Still Images

    - Do not subject the camcorder to vibrations or strong impacts. - Do not open the disc cover and do not remove the disc. - Do not disconnect the power source or turn off the camcorder. - Do not change the operating mode.
  • Page 31: Magnifying The Image

    Image Jump Function You can also quickly locate a specific image without having to browse all of them one by one. Push the multi selector ( Image numbers will quickly run in sequence. When you release the multi selector the image corresponding to the number selected will be displayed.
  • Page 32: Selecting The Recording Data Display

    Selecting the Recording Data Display The camcorder keeps a data code containing the recording date and time and other camera data such as shutter speed and exposure (f-stop). To change the operating mode, refer to About the Operating Modes ( : [DATE], [TIME], [DATE&TIME] only.
  • Page 33: Options Lists - Menu / Func

    The camcorder automatically uses slow shutter speeds to obtain brighter recordings in places with insufficient lighting. The camcorder uses shutter speeds down to 1/30 (1/15 when recording still images). If a trailing afterimage appears, set the slow shutter to [OFF].
  • Page 34: Still Image Operations (Erase All Images)

    FOCUS PRI. ON], [ OFF] The camcorder records the still image only after the focus has been adjusted. Set it to [ OFF] if you wish to record a still image as soon as you press Start/Stop . When set to [...
  • Page 35: Display Setup (Lcd Brightness, Language, Etc.)

    PLAYLST ALL DEL [NO], [YES] This option is available only in the playlist index screen. DISC PROTECT [NO], [YES] PHOTOMOVIE [NO], [YES] DISC TITLE Display Setup (LCD Brightness, Language, etc.) DISPLAY SETUP BRIGHTNESS Adjusts the brightness of the LCD screen. Use the multi selector ( Changing the brightness of the LCD screen does not affect that of the viewfinder or the recordings.
  • Page 36: System Setup (Volume, Beep, Etc.)

    OFF] The demonstration mode displays the camcorder’s main features. It starts automatically when the camcorder is powered with the power adapter if you leave it turned on without loading a disc for more than 5 minutes. To cancel the demo mode once it started, press any button, turn off the camcorder or load a disc.
  • Page 37: Date/Time Setup

    WIDE TV] In order to display the picture in full and in the correct aspect ratio, select the setting according to the type of television to which you will connect the camcorder. [NORMAL TV]: TV sets with 4:3 aspect ratio.
  • Page 38 Depending on the recording mode, you might occasionally notice a brief stop of the picture or sound at the point where the scene changes. The camcorder uses a variable bit rate (VBR) when encoding the video data so the actual recording times will vary depending on the content of the scenes.
  • Page 39: Using The Recording Programs

    Using the Recording Programs Recording Programs To change the operating mode, refer to About the Operating Modes ( Auto The camcorder adjusts focus, exposure and other settings automatically, allowing you to just point and shoot. Program AE ( Shutter-Priority AE (...
  • Page 40: Selecting The Recording Program

    Check the image on the screen. - The picture may not appear smooth when played back. FIREWORKS] - To avoid camcorder shake, we recommend using a tripod. Make sure to use a tripod especially in Using the Program AE Mode The camcorder automatically adjusts the aperture and shutter speed according to the subject to achieve the best exposure conditions.
  • Page 41: Using The Shutter-Priority Ae Mode

    Do not point the camcorder directly at the sun when the shutter speed is set to 1/1000 or higher. The image may flicker when recording with high shutter speeds.
  • Page 42: Using The Aperture-Priority Ae Mode

    Using the Aperture-Priority AE Mode You can select an aperture value, and the camcorder automatically sets the shutter speed most appropriate for the subject. Use low aperture values (large aperture) to blur the background for a portrait, or high aperture values (small aperture) to achieve a broad depth of field for recording landscapes.
  • Page 43: Manually Adjusting The Exposure

    • The adjustment range depends on the brightness of the picture at the time you locked the exposure. • Pressing ) again will cancel the exposure lock and return the camcorder to the previous setting. Changing the Metering Method You can select the light metering mode.
  • Page 44: Manually Adjusting The Focus

    ) the focus as required until the image appears focused. FOCUS Pressing The camcorder will automatically return to autofocus when you set the mode switch to Readjust the focus when you have turned off the camcorder. Infinity Focus Use this function when you wish to focus on faraway subjects such as mountains or fireworks.
  • Page 45: Changing The Autofocus Mode

    Changing the Autofocus Mode You can change the AF (autofocus) frame selection mode. To change the operating mode, refer to About the Operating Modes ( Options 9 Point AiAF Depending on the shooting conditions, one or more AF Mode switch: frames out of the nine frames available are automatically selected and focused on.
  • Page 46: Using The Self Timer

    The camcorder will record the still image after a 10-second countdown. The countdown appears on the screen. Once the countdown has begun, you can also press self timer. The self timer will be canceled if you turn off the camcorder. , first halfway to activate the autofocus and then fully 11).
  • Page 47: Setting The White Balance

    Desired option* * To set the custom white balance when you select [ 1. Point the camcorder at a white object, zoom in until it fills the whole screen and press ( Keep the camcorder zoomed at the white object until FUNC.
  • Page 48 Custom white balance may provide better results in the following cases: - Changing lighting conditions - Close-ups - Subjects in a single color (sky, sea or forest) - Under mercury lamps and certain types of fluorescent lights...
  • Page 49: Applying Image Enhancing Effects

    Applying Image Enhancing Effects You can record with different color saturation and contrast effects. To change the operating mode, refer to About the Operating Modes ( Mode switch: IMAGE EFFECT OFF Options IMAGE EFFECT OFF] Records with no image enhancing effects. VIVID] NEUTRAL] LOW SHARPENING]...
  • Page 50: Using The Digital Effects

    Using the Digital Effects FADER] Faders Begin or end scenes with a fade to or from black. You can preview the effect on the display. [FADE-T] (fade trigger) [JUMP] [ZIGZAG] EFFECT] Effects Add flavor to your recordings. Sound will be recorded normally. You can preview the effect on the display.
  • Page 51: Using The Multi-Image Screen

    D.EFFECTS 2. Press again to deactivate the fader/effect. The camcorder retains the setting last used even if you turn off the digital effects or change the recording program. Using the Multi-Image Screen To change the operating mode, refer to About the Operating Modes (...
  • Page 52 Setting FUNC. Digital Effects icon MULTI-S Press ( FUNC. Press ( “ ” appears. Applying D.EFFECTS 1. Press Start/Stop 2. Press screen displayed. S.SPEED S.SPLIT to capture the images. to record the multi-image ) Desired transition speed ) Desired number of images...
  • Page 53: Selecting The Size And Quality Of Still Images

    Selecting the Size and Quality of Still Images Still images are recorded on the disc using the JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) compression. As a general rule select a larger image size for higher quality. To change the operating mode, refer to About the Operating Modes ( 1024x768/FINE Options and number of still images that can be recorded on a disc: Image Size...
  • Page 54: Editing The Scenes (Dvd-Rw In Vr Mode Only)

    Editing the Scenes Editing Functions (DVD-RW in VR mode only) Creating a Playlist Create a playlist to easily edit your movies (for example, change the order in which the scenes you recorded will be played back or edit scenes including only the best parts and cutting out the rest) without affecting your original recordings.
  • Page 55: Deleting Scenes

    FUNC. Deleting a Scene Just After Recording As long as you have not turned the camcorder off or changed the operating mode after recording a scene, you can delete it while reviewing it. To change the operating mode, refer to About the Operating Modes ( Disc type: DVD-RW discs (VIDEO or VR mode).
  • Page 56: Dividing A Scene

    DISC OPERATIONS MENU MOVIES ALL DEL MENU * When you are deleting the playlist, this menu option will be replaced by [PLAYLST ALL DEL]. Dividing a Scene You can divide your recordings in order to leave only the best parts and later cut out the rest.
  • Page 57: Disc Options

    MENU Initializing the Disc You need to initialize a DVD-RW disc when first inserting it into the camcorder and you may have to initialize a disc if you get the “DISC ERROR” message. You can also choose to initialize the disc if you wish to erase all the recordings on the disc or in order to change the disc specification.
  • Page 58: Changing The Disc Title

    Changing the Disc Title Before you finalize your disc, you can give it a title. The disc title will be displayed on the index screen when playing the finalized disc in most DVD players. To change the operating mode, refer to About the Operating Modes ( DISC OPERATIONS MENU DISC TITLE...
  • Page 59: Erasing Still Images

    Still Image Options Erasing Still Images Be careful when erasing images. Erased images cannot be recovered. Still images on a protected disc cannot be erased. Erasing a Single Image To change the operating mode, refer to About the Operating Modes ( Disc type: DVD-RW initialized in VR mode.
  • Page 60: Converting Still Images Into Photomovie Scenes

    Converting Still Images into Photomovie Scenes Still images are recorded using JPEG compression, but a DVD player only recognizes the MPEG standard. Thus, to play back your still images with your DVD player, first you need to create a Photomovie scene – a slide show of all still images on the disc, where each image will be displayed for approx.
  • Page 61: Preparing Your Disc For Playing On A Dvd Player - [Finalize]

    Place the camcorder on a table or other stable surface before starting the procedure. Subjecting the camcorder even to slight impacts (for example to place it on a table or to disconnect the AV cable) after the finalization process started may result in permanent data loss.
  • Page 62: Playing Back Your Disc On A Dvd Player Or A Computer's Dvd Drive

    Finalizing the Disc The length of the finalization process depends on the scenes recorded and the remaining free space on the disc. MENU DISC OPERATIONS FINALIZE MENU * During the disc finalization a progress bar is displayed. Close the menu only after the screen display returns to the [DISC OPERATIONS] menu.
  • Page 63: Recording Additional Movies On A Finalized Disc - [Unfinalize]

    Place the camcorder on a table or other stable surface before starting the procedure. Subjecting the camcorder even to slight impacts (for example to place it on a table or to disconnect the AV cable) after the unfinalization process started may result in permanent data loss.
  • Page 64: Playing Back On A Tv Screen

    Before connecting the camcorder, select the [TV TYPE] setting according to the TV set to which you will connect the camcorder - [WIDE TV]: TV sets with 16:9 aspect ratio or [NORMAL TV]: TV sets with 4:3 aspect ratio (...
  • Page 65: Recording To A Vcr

    Recording to a VCR You can copy your recordings by connecting the camcorder to a VCR or a digital video device. For a connection diagram showing how to connect the camcorder to a VCR see the previous section Playing Back on a TV Screen ( To change the operating mode, refer to About the Operating Modes ( 1.
  • Page 66: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Trouble? If you have a problem with your camcorder, refer to this checklist. Consult your dealer or a Canon Service Center if the problem persists. Power Source Problem • Camcorder will not turn on. • The camcorder switches off by itself.
  • Page 67 • Occasionally the operation sound can be heard. After using the camcorder for This is not a malfunction. Turn the camcorder off and let it cool a long time the lights up for a while before resuming operation. in red.
  • Page 68 Check that the disc contains recorded scenes. Load a disc. Set the camcorder to You may not be able to play with this camcorder discs recorded or edited with other DVD recorders or computer DVD drives. If using a single-sided disc, check that the disc is inserted with the label side facing up.
  • Page 69: List Of Messages

    Cannot edit my recordings or It may not be possible to edit or add recordings with an add recordings to the disc external DVD recorder on a disc recorded with this camcorder. with the DVD device. When writing on a disc in this The camcorder has exceeded its operational temperature.
  • Page 70 The disc is being read. Wait before you start recording. Try not to move the camcorder while the image is being recorded. Could not recover a corrupted file. This message can also appear if condensation has formed. If you suspect condensation is the reason, do not initialize the disc and wait until the camcorder dries completely before resuming use.
  • Page 71: Handling Precautions

    Do not touch the pick up lens. Do not carry the camcorder by the LCD panel or the disc cover. Be careful when closing the LCD panel. Do not leave the camcorder in places subject to high temperatures (like the inside of a car under direct sunlight), or high humidity.
  • Page 72 Carefully inspect the recording surface of the disc before inserting it in the camcorder. If the disc gets dirty use a dry, soft lens-cleaning cloth to remove any fingerprints, dirt buildup or smudges from the disc surface.
  • Page 73: Maintenance/Others

    Maintenance/Others Storage If you do not intend to use the camcorder for a long time, store it in a place free of dust, in low humidity, and at temperatures not higher than 30 °C (86 °F). Cleaning Camcorder Body Use a soft, dry cloth to clean the camcorder body. Never use chemically treated cloth or volatile solvents such as paint thinner.
  • Page 74: Using The Camcorder Abroad

    You can use the compact power adapter to operate the camcorder and to charge battery packs in any country with power supply between 100 and 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz. Consult the Canon Service Center for information on plug adapters for overseas use. Playback on a TV Screen You can only play back your recordings on TVs compatible with the NTSC system.
  • Page 75: System Diagram

    System Diagram Additional Information WS-20 Wrist Strap Shoulder Strap Mini DVD Disc DVD-R/RW SC-2000 Soft Carrying Case (Availability differs from area to area) CG-300 Battery Charger BP-208 Battery Pack STV-250N Stereo Video Cable Mini DVD Disc DVD-R/RW BP-208 Battery Pack CA-570 Compact Power Adapter DVD player/...
  • Page 76: Optional Accessories

    Optional Accessories Call or visit your local retailer/dealer for genuine Canon video accessories. You can also obtain genuine accessories for your Canon camcorder by calling: 1-800-828-4040, Canon U.S.A. Information Center. Use of genuine Canon accessories is recommended. This product is designed to achieve excellent performance when used with genuine Canon accessories.
  • Page 77: Product Codes

    SC-2000 Soft Carrying Case A handy camcorder bag with padded compartments and plenty of space for accessories. This mark identifies genuine Canon video accessories. When you use Canon video equipment, we recommend Canon-brand accessories or products bearing the same mark. Product Codes...
  • Page 78: Specifications

    Specifications DC100 System Disc Recording System Television System Image Sensor Compatible Media Maximum Recording Time (1.4 GB single-sided 8 cm Mini DVD) LCD Screen Viewfinder Microphone Lens Lens Configuration AF system Minimum Focusing Distance White Balance Minimum Illumination Recommended Illumination...
  • Page 79 CA-570 Compact Power Adapter Power supply Power consumption Rated output Operating temperature Dimensions Weight BP-208 Battery Pack Battery type Rated voltage Operating temperature Battery capacity Dimensions Weight Weight and dimensions are approximate. Errors and omissions excepted. Subject to change without notice. 100 –...
  • Page 80: Index

    9 Point AiAF ..... 45 Abroad, using the camcorder ..74 Auto (recording program) ... 39 Auto slow shutter .
  • Page 81 Recording - Movies ....24 Recording - Still images ... . 26 Recording data ....32 Recording mode .
  • Page 82 FOR THE UNITED STATES The warranty set forward below is given by Canon U.S.A., Inc. with respect to equipment purchased in the United States. The limited warranty is only effective upon presentation of your Bill of Sale or other proof of purchase.
  • Page 83 Video Heads which will be exchanged for a period of 3 months from the date of purchase. Labour: For a period of one year from the date of original purchase, labour will be provided free of charge by our Canon Service Facilities in Canada.

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