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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS In these safety instructions the word “product” refers to the Canon Digital Video Camcorder ZR and all its accessories. 1. Read Instructions — All the safety and operating instructions should be read before the product is operated.
20. Replacement Parts — When replacement parts are required, be sure the service technician has used replacement parts that are specified by Canon or that have the same characteristics as the original part. Unauthorized substitutions may result in fire, electric shock or other hazards.
Contents Introduction Important Usage Instructions ... 2 Important Safety Instructions ... 3 Thank you for Choosing a Canon ... 6 Introducing the ZR ... 7 Mastering the Basics Powering Your Camcorder ... 8 Loading a Cassette ... 11 Basic Recording ... 13 Zooming ...
Thank you for choosing a Canon First, we’d like to thank you for purchasing this Canon camcorder. Its advanced technology makes it very easy to use — you will soon be making high-quality videos which will give you pleasure for years to come.
Introducing the ZR Digital Video ZR is a next generation digital video camcorder that conforms to the new digital video Mini standard to give you outstanding picture quality. 2.5” LCD Screen (180,000 Pixels) The high resolution LCD screen makes it easy for you to shoot colorful, well composed video.
Powering Your Camcorder Before operating your camera, you will need to use the power adapter to: provide power from an AC outlet or charge battery packs Notes: • The power adapter converts current from a household power socket (100–240 V AC, 50/60 Hz) to the DC current used by your camera.
Charging and attaching battery packs Your battery pack was partially charged before it left the factory. It should have enough power for you to check that your camera is working properly. However, you must charge the battery pack fully if you want it to power the camera for more than a few minutes.
Notes: • The adapter can charge a single battery pack from either side, A or B. If you attach two battery packs, charging begins from the battery you first attach to the adapter, or, if the adapter was already plugged into an AC outlet, from the side labeled “A”.
Loading a Cassette OPEN/ EJECT Use videocassettes marked with the Loading and unloading 1. Make sure that you have inserted a power source. 2. Slide the OPEN/EJECT 5 button downwards to release the cover (the camera’s grip). • Pull the cover fully open and wait a couple of seconds for the cassette compartment to open automatically.
Protecting tapes from accidental erasure SAVE To protect your recording from accidental erasure, slide the tab on the cassette so that it exposes the hole. (This switch position is usually labeled SAVE or ERASE OFF). If you load this cassette and put the camera in record pause mode (p. 13), “THE TAPE IS SET FOR ERASURE PREVENTION”...
Basic Recording MOVIE PHOTO OPEN CLOSE Before you start recording Have you completed the following steps? • Attached a power source (p. 8). • Loaded a cassette (p. 11). • Fastened the shoulder strap (p. 60). • Removed the LCD cover (p. 60). You may also want to charge the backup battery (p.
(p. 36) and also to the digital effects (p. 40). • To check that the camera is recording correctly, make a test recording first. • Before making important recordings, clean the video heads using a Canon DVM-CL Digital Video Head Cleaning Cassette or a commercially available digital video head cleaning cassette.
Changing the recording mode (SP/LP) You can record and play back a tape in SP (standard play) and LP (long play) modes. LP extends tape usage by 1.5 times. To switch to LP mode, select REC MODE from the camera or VCR menu, select LP and then close the menu (for instructions on how to use the menus, refer to page 28).
Zooming 11 optical zoom The camera’s 11 zoom lens allows you to choose the best picture angle for each scene: • Turn the zoom control towards W to zoom out to wide-angle. • Turn it towards T to zoom in to telephoto. You can also control the speed of zooming: •...
Using the LCD Screen Changing the angle of the LCD screen You can choose the angle of the screen that suits you best by tilting it upwards and away from you. • You can use the screen for low and high- angle recording.
About the LCD Screen The LCD screen built into this camcorder is a high precision product. However, small black dots or bright points of light (red, blue or green) may appear constantly on the LCD screen. This is not a malfunction of the LCD screen and they are not recorded on the tape.
• To wind the tape backwards, stop playback and turn the multi-switch lever towards the lens. • If the playback picture is rough (mosaic-like noise), clean the video heads using a Canon DVM-CL Digital Video Head Cleaning Cassette or a commercially available digital video head cleaning cassette. OFF VCR...
Other playback modes Playback pause To view the video as a still picture, press down the a (pause) side of the multi- switch. Since you play and pause playback from the same position on the multi- switch, press here again to resume normal playback. The camera automatically goes into stop mode after about five minutes’...
Special playback These can only be operated from the wireless controller (p. 31) Frame Advance To play back frame by frame, press the +/ae button repeatedly during playback pause. Press and hold to play back continuous frame advance. Frame Reverse To play back on reverse frame by frame, press the –/4a button repeatedly during playback pause.
Connections for Playback on a TV Screen You can connect the camera to a TV or VCR in order to play back your recordings. See your TV or VCR instruction manual for further details. You will need to attach a power source to the camera (see p. 8), and for S-video or to use an RF Unit, attach the DU-100 Docking Unit.
If your TV (or VCR) has audio/video input terminals DV IN/OUT AUDIO VIDEO OUT STV-250 Stereo Video Cable • Connect the camera using the STV-250 Stereo Video Cable. Connect the white plug to the white audio terminal 7 (left). Connect the red plug to the red audio terminal 9 (right).
If your TV does not have audio/video terminals TV with coaxial antenna cable TV with flat twin-lead antenna cable To connect the camera directly to a TV which does not have audio/video terminals, you will need to use the optional RU-100 RF Unit together with the DU-100 Docking Unit.
Attaching the 300–75 ohm adapter Loosen the screws on the adapter and insert the antenna cable. Tighten the screws again. If the antenna cable does not have antenna lugs, you will need to strip one end of the cable and wind the wires around the screws.
Tips for Making Better Videos Holding the camera For maximum stability, grip the camera firmly with your right hand and keep your right elbow pressed against your body. Support the camera underneath with your left hand. With practice, you will be able to operate the controls by touch, without taking your eye off the action.
Picture angle Instead of zooming while recording, try to choose your picture angle before you begin. A good way to tell a story with video is to begin with a long shot that establishes the situation, and then move in with medium shots and close-ups to show the details.
Selecting from the Camera & VCR Menus Many of the camera’s advanced functions are selected from menus which appear in the display. There are three main menus: 1. Camera menu (when the camera is in record pause mode: the POWER switch set to [ or switch set to OPEN).
2, 4 1. Press the MENU button to open the menu. 2. Turn the select dial up or down to move the arrow up or down the display. 3. Press in the select dial to select your chosen option from the menu. •...
Turning the Image Stabilizer On/Off With most camcorders, even the slightest hand movements will be noticeable during telephoto recording. However, the ZR’s image stabilizer allows you to obtain steady recordings even at 11 or 44 magnification. Before you start recording, turn the image stabilizer on or off from the IMAGE S. option at the camera menu.
• When the batteries run out, replace them both together. Turning off the remote sensor The remote sensor can be turned off to prevent interference from other Canon wireless controllers being used nearby. 1. Open either the camera or the VCR menu, and point the arrow at SENSOR.
Setting the Date and Time The date and/or time display forms part of the data code. You can choose to display or hide it during playback (see p. 52). Set the date and time display when you first start using your camera. Charge the backup battery before you begin (see p.
Taking Still Pictures (Photo Mode) MOVIE PHOTO You can record still pictures like a photograph. The camera records the picture to tape for 6 seconds. The exposure is automatically adjusted. 1. Set the camera to photo standby mode (slide the POWER switch to [ (Easy Recording) or PHOTO and the LENS COVER switch to OPEN.
Searching and Reviewing While Recording Record search When the camera is in record pause mode, you can use record search to play the tape forwards or backwards to find the point where you want to start or restart recording. This is useful when you want to add a new scene to a previously used cassette.
Record review MENU When the camera is in record pause mode, you can use record review to play back the last few seconds of your recording and then return automatically to record pause mode. You can quickly make sure that a scene has recorded properly and then go on to shoot the next scene, without producing any noise in the picture.
Using the Various Recording Programs The camera provides you with a choice of seven recording programs. They use different combinations of camera settings in order to adjust the exposure and other functions to match the recording situation. • For simple point-and-shoot operation, select the Easy Recording program. Slide the POWER switch to the [ position.
Notes: • To leave the menu without making any changes, select the RETURN option. • The program menu Recording Program is reset to AUTO when you turn the camera off using the POWER switch. • Avoid changing programs during recording as the brightness of the image may change suddenly.
Auto In normal recording conditions, set the POWER switch to , and choose AUTO from the program menu. This is the same as the Easy Recording program, except that you now have the option of using any of the camera’s manual functions —...
Spotlight This program is designed for recording spotlit scenes, such as on a stage. The exposure is automatically adjusted for glare-free recordings of subjects lit by a concentrated light source. Sand & Snow Use this program in places where the background is so bright that the subject appears underexposed in the display —...
Using the Digital Effects Fade Trigger When you start recording, the scene gradually fades in from a black screen. When you stop recording, it gradually fades out. Wipe When you start recording, the picture begins as a thin vertical line in the center of the screen which gradually expands sideways until it fills the whole of the screen.
Sepia Records a monochrome image with a sepia tint. Strobe This effect converts on-screen action to a series of still images, giving an effect similar to slow-motion.
Selecting the effect 1. Put the camera in record pause mode, with the POWER switch set to the position. 2. Select the D. EFFECT option from the camera menu and choose one of the digital effects from list. • When you close the menu, the name of the digital effect that you have chosen flashes in the display.
Reactivating the Fade, Scroll and Wipe Effects You need to activate the fade trigger, scroll and wipe effects each time you wish to use them. • When you start or stop recording, the scene will begin or end with the effect. (Sound and image fade together).
Audio Recording Selecting the audio mode AUDIO MODE••16b i t (see p. 28) ZR can record sound in two audio modes — 16 bit (48kHz, 2 channel) and 12 bit (32 kHz, 4 channel). The 16 bit mode produces the higher sound quality (slightly superior to CD) while the 12 bit mode records on two channels (stereo 1), leaving two channels free (stereo 2) for you to add new sound at a later date.
Wind screen WIND SCREEN•AUTO (see p. 28) The camera has an automatic wind screen to prevent wind noise from interfering with the sound track. (It does not operate with an external microphone: WS | is displayed). Turn it off when you want the microphone to be as sensitive as possible.
Setting the Self-Timer OFF VCR POWER This is useful when you want to include yourself in the picture when recording. SELF–TIMER••ON (see p. 28) 1. Put the camera in record pause mode, with the MOVIE/PHOTO switch set to MOVIE. 2. Turn the self-timer on from the SELF-TIMER option at the camera menu.
Adjusting Exposure Manually Exposure lock When you are recording in situations where the lighting may change suddenly, you can lock the exposure at the current level in order to control the brightness of the image. To lock the exposure, press the EXP side of the multi-switch. Press it again to return to the automatically set exposure level.
Shutter speed adjustment SHUTTER•••••1/100 (see p. 28) You can increase or decrease the shutter speed before you record a scene at the camera menu. 1. Make sure the camera is set to record pause mode, in the Auto recording program. 2.
Adjusting Focus Manually The camera can focus automatically. All you have to do is point it, and whatever is in the center of the display will usually be in sharp focus. If it does not seem to be focusing well, it may be because the subject is not suitable for autofocus (p. 69). It also has functions which give you more control over focusing.
Setting the White Balance The camera’s auto white balance system compensates for a wide range of lighting conditions. Although slight variations are unavoidable, colors will appear natural in virtually every situation. In some cases, you will get better results by setting the white balance yourself, or using one of the two preset modes: Indoor Mode...
Setting the white balance manually will probably work better than auto white balance when shooting: Subjects with one dominant color, such as sky, sea or forest. Close-ups In rapidly changing lighting conditions In places lit by certain types of fluorescent or mercury vapor lights.
Displaying Data Code A data code, containing the date and time the recording was made and other camera data (shutter speed and exposure settings) is automatically recorded on a special data section of the tape. During playback, the date code can be displayed or hidden while the camera is in, play, slow or still mode.
Setting the World Clock There is no need to reset the date and time when you travel to another time zone; use the camera’s World Clock to make sure the display shows the correct time when you play back your recordings. Set the base time zone that agrees with the date and time you have set to the camera.
Selecting the base zone BASE ZONE•••18/DENVER (see p. 28) 1. Set the camera to VCR mode, open the VCR menu and select the BASE ZONE option. 2. Move up or down the list of time zones by turning the select dial and press in the dial to select the option that represents your base time zone.
Returning to a Pre-Marked Position OFF VCR POWER Use the wireless controller to go back to a pre-determined point on a tape following playback. 1. Press the ZERO SET MEMORY button during playback at a point you want to return to later. •...
Searching the Tape (Photo Search/Date Search) OFF VCR POWER Move quickly through still pictures recorded anywhere on a tape (photo search) or between different days of recording (date search). • You can only use this function from the Remote Controller. 1.
Editing to a VCR Playback the tape on the camcorder. By connecting the camera to another VCR, you can edit your recordings in order to remove unwanted scenes — or combine different shots to create your own video productions. Preparations 1.
DV cable can handle data in both directions. Use a Canon CV-150F DV cable to connect two digital devices together. When you are recording from the ZR, make sure you connect the cable to the ZR before connecting the other end of the cable to the recording device.
m REMOTE terminal The m REMOTE terminal on the DU-100 Docking Unit (p. 22) allows you to connect the camera to equipment. Some buttons on other editing equipment may operate differently from those on the camera. • m (LANC) is a trademark. It stands for Local Application Control Bus System. •...
Preparing the Camera Remove the LCD cover • Remove the cover by pushing it in at the center and pulling it off from the top first. • Replace the cover when you are not using the LCD screen, clipping it on to the screen base first.
Notes on Using the Batteries Charging and recording times • These times vary — the safest policy is always to have two or three times as many battery packs as you think you will need. • You will get more recording time if you turn the camera off between shots, instead of leaving it in record pause mode.
In this case, connect a power source to the camcorder, reset the date and time (p. 52) and recharge the back-up battery (as above). • If you discard this product, dispose of the lithium back-up battery separately to prevent pollution. For further information, contact your local Canon service center or dealer. DANGER! Treat the battery pack with care.
Setting the Audio Mix When you play back a tape that was recorded in 12 bit mode, you can set the audio output: stereo 1 (the original sound), stereo 2 (any new sound, dubbed to the tape after recording), or a mixture of the two. •...
Maintenance Cautions Avoid high temperatures and high humidity. • Do not leave the camera inside a car in hot weather, for example. • Be careful of heat radiating from video lighting equipment. • Do not take the camera into a humid room. Avoid sudden changes in temperature.
When the video heads are badly contaminated, the camera may show a blank blue screen. • Clean the video heads using Canon’s DVM-CL Digital Video Head Cleaning Cassette. If the “noise” remains, repeat the cleaning (up to maximum of five times).
• You can use the compact power adapter to operate your camera and charge battery packs in any country where the electricity supply is between 100 and 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz. Contact your Canon dealer for information about plug adapters for overseas use.
Condensation Condensation may form on the camera when it is moved from a cold place to a warm place. Using the camera while condensation is present can damage both the tape and the camera. Condensation may become a problem: When you bring the camera from a cold place to a warm room When the camera is left in a humid room Protecting the camera from condensation...
Troubleshooting Refer to this checklist first if you have any problems with your camcorder. Possible explanations are given for each problem on the list — turn to the page numbers in brackets for more information. Make sure that the camera is properly connected if you are using it with a TV or VCR.
? The camera won’t focus. Note: Some subjects are not suitable for autofocus. In these situations, you will often get better results using manual focus (see p. 49). Focus on something which is about the same distance away, lock the focus, and then point the camera at your original, hard-to-focus subject.
Recording/Playback (Contd.) Problem ? The e (play) button doesn’t work. ? There’s a bright stripe on the screen. ? The playback picture is rough (with mosaic-like noise). ? There’s no picture on the TV screen, even though the tape is moving.
Miscellaneous Problem ? The wireless controller doesn’t work. ? The camera malfunctions. ? The DV cable is connected correctly, but there’s nothing in the display. ? The camera becomes warm during use. ? The camera doesn’t display the correct date and time. Cause and/or what to do about it •...
The ZR System Diagram SS-200 Shoulder Strap WS-20 Wrist Strap WL-D67 Wireless Controller FU-100 Finder Unit and Case SC-1000 Soft Carrying Case (Availability differs from area to area) CH-900 Dual Battery Charger/Holder CB-600 Car Battery MiniDV DC-600 Adapter Video DC Coupler Cassette BP-608 Battery Pack...
Optional Accessories Battery pack BP-608 For use with the ZR. It is also available as an optional accessory. CB-600 Car Battery Adapter Power your camera, or recharge battery packs on the move. The car battery adapter plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter socket and runs off a 12-24 V DC negative ground battery.
The DC-600 DC Coupler (supplied with the ZR) connects directly to the CH-900. Use it in place of the DC Coupler that is supplied with the CH-900. This mark identifies genuine Canon video accessories. When you use Canon video equipment, we recommend Canon-brand accessories or products bearing the same mark.
Finding Your Way Around ZR POWER switch (P. 13) OFF VCR POWER Camera mode Auto Program menu VCR mode START/STOP button (P. 13) Cassette cover (P. 11) Cassette compartment (P. 11) DU-100 Docking Unit MONO DC terminal AUDIO terminal VIDEO terminal AUDIO terminal MOVIE/PHOTO switch (P.
Camera mode Focus Exposition Multi-switch (P. 19, 51, 53) Multi-switch lever (P. 19, 51, 53) Camera mode • Manual exposure adjustment • Manual focus VCR mode • Fast forward playback • Rewind playback c (record review) button (P. 35) Select dial (P. 29) MENU button (P.
START/STOP button (P. 13) MENU button (P. 29) DATA CODE button (P. 52) TV SCREEN button (P. 78) PAUSE button (P. 20) button (P. 20) PLAY button (P. 19) button (P. 21) REC PAUSE button (P. 58) Transmitter Zoom buttons (P. 16) START ZOOM /STOP...
Screen Displays To display the date and time on a connected TV, press the wireless controller’s DATA CODE button. Press the wireless controller’s TV SCREEN button to see the other displays on the TV screen. (The displays appear white on-screen.) They will not be added to any recordings you make with the camera.
Rewind (p. 20) Fast forward playback (p. 20) Rewind playback (p. 20) Frame advance playback (p. 21) Frame reverse playback (p. 21) Playback pause (forward and reverse) (p. 20) Slow playback (forward and reverse) (p. 21) 2 playback (forward and reverse) (p. 21) 1 playback (forward and reverse) (p.
Photo mode (p. 33) • Setting the AF/AE mark flashes white • AF/AE locked mark lights up green Record search (p. 34) REC SEARCH Recording programs (p. 36). AUTO SPORTS PORTRAIT SPOTLIGHT SAND&SNOW LOW LIGHT Manual exposure display (p. 47): Exposure locked E.LOCK 0 Brighter than standard...
Time Code 0:12:34:10 This records counter information, including hour, minute, second, and frame number on a special data code area on the tape itself. It is reset automatically when a new tape is loaded. Recording reminder 0s e c 10s e c When you start recording, the camera counts from 0SEC to 10SEC.
Battery capacity: 750 mAh Dimensions: 1 71 mm) Weight: 2 oz (60 g) Weight and dimensions are approximate Errors and omissions excepted. Subject to change without notice. Canon is a trademark of Canon Inc. * Using the DU-100 Docking Unit (supplied).
Index Abroad, Using the Camera, 66 Accessories, 6, 73 Adapter, AC, 8 AE Programs, 36 Art, 40 Audio Output, 63 Audio Recording and Playback, 44 Audio/Video Terminals, 22 Auto, 38 Autofocus, 49 Backup Battery, 62 Basic Recording, 13 Battery Pack, 9 Black and White, 40 Cables, 6, 22 Cassettes, 11...
Pause, Record, 13 Photo Mode, 33 Photo Search, 56 Playback, 19 Playback Connection, 22 Playback pause, 20 Portrait, 38 Power Adapter, 8 Powering your camcoder, 8 Pre-Marked Position, 55 Preparing the Camera, 60 Problems, 68 Recharging the Battery Pack, 61 Recording, 13 Recording Programs, 36 Record Pause Mode, 13...
CANON ZR DIGITAL VIDEO CAMCORDER LIMITED WARRANTY The limited warranty set forth below is given by Canon U.S.A., Inc. (“CUSA”) with respect to each Canon ZR Digital Video Camcorder (“DV Camcorder”) purchased and used in the United States. Each Canon DV Camcorder, when delivered to you in new condition in its original container, is warranted against defective material or workmanship as follows: for a period of one (1) year from the date of original purchase (three (3) months in the case of the video head part), defective parts or DV Camcorders returned to a CUSA factory service center (“CUSA Center”)
Ship your Canon digital video equipment in its original carton, box or equivalent, properly packed, fully insured with shipping charges prepaid, together with a copy of your bill of sale or other proof of purchase and a description of the problem to any of the Canon Service Facilities in Canada.