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VIDEOKAMERA MED FLYTANDE KRISTALLSKÄRM
CAMCORDER COM VISOR DE CRISTAL LÍQUIDO
LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY CAMCORDER
VL-AX1S
BRUKSANVISNING
MANUAL DE OPERAÇÃO
OPERATION MANUAL

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  • Page 1 VIDEOKAMERA MED FLYTANDE KRISTALLSKÄRM CAMCORDER COM VISOR DE CRISTAL LÍQUIDO LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY CAMCORDER VL-AX1S BRUKSANVISNING MANUAL DE OPERAÇÃO OPERATION MANUAL...
  • Page 2 This equipment complies with the requirements of Directives 89/336/ EEC and 73/23/EEC as amended by 93/68/EEC. Dieses Gerät entspricht den Anforderungen der EG-Richtlinien 89/336/ EWG und 73/23/EWG mit Änderung 93/68/EWG. Ce matériel répond aux exigences contenues dans les directives 89/336/ CEE et 73/23/CEE modifiées par la directive 93/68/CEE.
  • Page 3 Before using the camcorder, please read this operation manual carefully, especially page ix. OPERATION MANUAL ENGLISH WARNING CAUTION TO PREVENT SHOCK To prevent shock, do not open the cabinet. No user serviceable parts HAZARD, DO NOT EXPOSE inside. Refer servicing to qualified THIS APPLIANCE TO RAIN dealer or service centre.
  • Page 4: Quick Operation Guide

    Quick Operation Guide Attaching the Battery Please consult this operation manual further for details on these and other Pack functions of your camcorder. Make sure that the POWER switch is set Charging the Battery to OFF. Pack Pull out the viewfinder completely ( ), then lift it up ( ).
  • Page 5: Inserting A Cassette

    Inserting a Cassette Inserting a Card Attach the power source to the Make sure that the POWER switch is set camcorder. to OFF. Slide the cassette compartment door Press the LCD monitor PUSH OPEN release ( ) and open the cassette release and open the LCD monitor.
  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Quick Operation Guide Using the Viewfinder Using the LCD Monitor Pull out the viewfinder completely. Press the LCD monitor PUSH OPEN release, and open the LCD monitor to a 90° angle to a camcorder body. 90˚ Raise the viewfinder to aim the camcorder better depending on your position.
  • Page 7 Zooming Power Zoom control/ Media Selection switch Push the Power Zoom control to T ( ) (tele- Volume control photo) or W ( ) (wide angle) side. STILL button Tape Playback Set the Media Selection POWER switch REC START/ switch to TAPE. STOP button Easy Camera Recording Hold down the Lock button...
  • Page 8 Quick Operation Guide Card Recording Card Playback Set the Media Selection Insert a card into the camcorder. switch to CARD. Set the Media Selection switch to CARD. Hold down the Lock button and set the POWER switch to VCR. • The images recorded on the card Hold down the Lock button and set the displays in a thumbnail format.
  • Page 9 About Your Camcorder DV Technology SD Memory Card and MultiMediaCard Digital video (DV) is a revolutionary technology that enables recording and playback of high SD Memory card and MultiMediaCard are quality images with the use of special digital compact recording media just 32 mm long and features previously unavailable with conven- 24 mm wide which support the needs of the tional analog formats.
  • Page 10: Supplied Accessories

    Supplied Accessories Battery pack AC adapter/ BT-L221 battery charger Power cord DC cable CR2025 type Remote control Audio/video cable Zoom microphone lithium battery 2 Shoulder strap Lens cap Lens hood 8 MB SD Memory Card PixLab Video Capture Software (Lite Version) PC connecting cable...
  • Page 11: Optional Accessories

    Optional Accessories Standard-life Extended-life Standard-life intelligent Extended-life intelligent battery pack battery pack battery pack battery pack BT-L221 BT-L441 BT-LS222 BT-LS442A *IR & Flash light VR-3VIF Note: • When using the *IR & Flash light VR-3VIF with this camcorder, it can only be used as a flash. viii...
  • Page 12 Precautions • When the camcorder is not in use, remem- • Always respect prohibitions or restrictions ber to remove the cassette tape, turn off on the use of electronic equipment on the power, and disconnect the camcorder commercial flights or in other sensitive ar- from the power source.
  • Page 13: Dew Formation

    Dew Formation • “Dew” warning feature If dew forms, the word “DEW” flashes on the screen, and the power will automatically turn • What is “dew formation”? off in approximately 10 seconds. When cold water is poured into a glass, dew drops form on the glass.
  • Page 14: Dirty Video Heads

    C L E AN I N G If the video heads become clogged, the indicator appears on the screen. Contact • After about 20 seconds, video head the nearest SHARP service centre or your cleaning automatically finishes, and dealer for further advice. “EJECT THE CASSETTE.” displays.
  • Page 15 Contents Operation References Part Names ............... 1 Quick Reference List ..........4 On-screen Display Index .......... 5 Warning Indicators ............ 7 Preparation Charging the Battery Pack ........9 Attaching and Removing the Battery Pack ..... 10 Powering the Camcorder from an AC Outlet ... 11 Inserting and Removing a Cassette ......
  • Page 16 Contents Useful Features Quick Return ............36 Edit Search ............... 36 Fade In and Fade Out ..........37 Still Recording ............38 Self Recording ............40 Digital Picture Effects ..........41 Recording in LP (Long Play Recording) Mode ..42 Selecting the 16-bit Audio Recording Mode ....
  • Page 17 Digital Still Camera Camera Recording Selecting the Picture Quality and Image Size ..71 Features Card Recording ............73 Recording with the Self-Timer ........74 Using the Flash Light (Optional Accessory) .... 75 Formatting a Card ........... 76 Playback Card Playback ............77 Delete Protection ............
  • Page 18: Part Names

    Operation References Operation References Part Names For details on the use of each part, refer to the page number indicated in brackets. Front view FADE button [p. 37] RETURN button [p. 36] Accessory shoe [pp. 32, 75] GAMMA/ BRIGHTER button [pp.
  • Page 19 Left view Power source UNLOCK release [p. 10] Dioptre adjustment dial [p. 19] Viewfinder [p. 19] Viewfinder eyepiece release [p. 98] RECord START/STOP button [p. 23] LCD monitor [p. 20] LCD monitor Shoulder strap PUSH OPEN release loop [p. 18] [p.
  • Page 20 Operation References Right view Power Zoom Wide angle/ Telephoto control [p. 24]/ STILL button VOLume control [p. 26] [pp. 39, 73] DV terminal [p. 65] Jack cover POWER switch (CAMERA/VCR select switch) [p. 22] Media Selection switch (TAPE/ PC connection CARD selection jack [p.
  • Page 21: Quick Reference List

    Quick Reference List Below are some examples of camcorder’s features. • To record powerful close-up images. —See page 31 (Setting the Digital Zoom) • To record a backlit subject. —See page 34 (Gamma Brightness Compensation) or page 57 (Manual Exposure) •...
  • Page 22: On-screen Display Index

    Operation References On-screen Display Index For details on the use of each function, refer to the page number indicated. TAPE-CAMERA mode p. 92 MA N U A L S E T O T H E R S p. 43 p. 41 P I C .
  • Page 23: See Page

    CARD-CAMERA mode p. 71 C AME R A S E T L C D / V F S E T p. 73 CARD R E C MO D E B A C K L I G H T p. 72 I MA GE S I Z E L C D B R I GH T p.
  • Page 24: Warning Indicators

    Call your local L AMP L AMP authorized Sharp dealer to have it replaced. When the setting of a MANUAL screen or the vertical rotation of the LCD monitor is between 135° and 180° in CAMERA mode, all warnings...
  • Page 25 Displayed for Description of warning 5 seconds The card is not inserted or is inserted improperly. Check that it is MEMORY CARD properly inserted (see page 13). The capacity of the card is full and cannot store any more images. MEMORY CARD Delete unnecessary images (see page 79) or replace the card with a...
  • Page 26: Charging The Battery Pack

    • See pages 96 and 97 for more information on using the battery pack. Caution: • Charge only SHARP model BT-L221, BT-L441, BT-LS222 or BT-LS442A battery packs. Other types of battery packs may burst, causing personal injury and damage.
  • Page 27: Pull Out The Viewfinder Completely

    • To prevent damage to the battery pack when removing, be sure to firmly hold the battery pack while pressing the release. • Use only SHARP model BT-L221, BT-L441, BT- LS222 or BT-LS442A battery packs with this camcorder. Use of other batteries may create a risk of fire or explosion.
  • Page 28: Powering The Camcorder From An Ac Outlet

    Preparation Powering the Camcorder from an AC DC OUT jack Outlet POWER indicator You can also power the camcorder from a power outlet by using the supplied AC adapter/ battery charger and DC cable. To power Caution: outlet • The supplied AC adapter/battery charger is specially designed for use with this camcorder, and should not be used as a power supply for Note:...
  • Page 29: Inserting And Removing A Cassette

    Inserting and Removing Wait for the cassette holder to fully retract. Close the compartment door by a Cassette pressing the centre until it clicks into place. Inserting Attach the power source to the camcorder. Hold the camcorder as shown below, slide the cassette compartment door release ( ) and open the cassette compartment door completely ( ).
  • Page 30: Press The Lcd Monitor Push Open

    Preparation Inserting and Removing Removing a Card Perform steps 1 to 3 above, push the card ( ) and pull the card straight out ( ) as shown You can use an SD Memory Card (supplied) or below. a MultiMediaCard (commercially available) for storing still images.
  • Page 31: Installing The Lithium Batteries

    Installing the Lithium Installing the Battery to Re- mote Control Batteries Another supplied lithium battery is used to Installing the Memory Battery power the remote control unit. One of the supplied lithium batteries is used to Hold the remote control store the memory of the date and time settings.
  • Page 32: Selecting The Language For The On-screen Display

    Preparation Selecting the Language for the Changing the Language On-screen Display In TAPE-CAMERA or CARD-CAMERA mode, press the MENU button until the Available modes: menu screen appears. TAPE-CAMERA, CARD-CAMERA Turn the CONTROL dial to select This camcorder allows you to choose English, then press the dial.
  • Page 33: Setting The Area, Date And Time

    Setting the Area, Date Then press the dial. and Time C L O C K S E T D I S P L A Y A R E A L ON DON Available modes: S UMR T I ME S E T T I NG TAPE-CAMERA, CARD-CAMERA 1 2 H 2 4 H R E T UR N...
  • Page 34: Using The Lens Cap

    Preparation Using the Lens Cap Turn the CONTROL dial to select “10 ” (hour), then press the dial. Attach the strap of the lens cap to the hand SE T T I NG 6 2 0 0 3 strap as shown below. Turn the CONTROL dial to select “30”...
  • Page 35: Adjusting The Hand Strap

    Adjusting the Hand Attaching the Shoulder Strap Strap Open the hand strap flap ( ) and the Hold the end of the strap and thread it grip strap ( ). through the loop on the left side of the power source mounting surface. Loosen the strap in the buckle, and feed the end of the strap through the buckle, as shown.
  • Page 36: Using The Viewfinder

    Preparation Using the Viewfinder Closing the viewfinder Lower the viewfinder ( ), and push it in You can record the subject using the electronic completely ( ). LCD colour viewfinder. You can also watch video playback through the viewfinder. Viewfinder Cautions: •...
  • Page 37: Release, And Open The Lcd Monitor To A

    Using the LCD Monitor • You can also fold the LCD monitor into the camcorder with the screen facing out for watching playback on the You can use the LCD monitor to play back monitor. recordings that you have made or to watch the subject during recording.
  • Page 38: Tips On Recording Positions

    Preparation Tips on Recording Positions To create images that are easy to watch during playback, try to record with a stable posture and steady hand to prevent a shaky image. Holding the camcorder Put your right hand through the hand strap, and place your left hand under the camcorder for support. Basic posture Shooting from a high angle Turn the LCD monitor so...
  • Page 39: Camera Recording

    Basic Operations Camera Recording Selecting the Camcorder Mode Media Selection switch This camcorder includes functions for use as both a video camera for recording and playing back images on a tape and as a digital still camera for recording and playing back still images on a card.
  • Page 40: Easy Camera Recording On Tape In Full Auto Mode

    Basic Operations Camera Recording Easy Camera Recording To pause recording on Tape in Full Auto Mode Press the REC START/STOP button again. Recording pauses, and the camcorder enters Available mode: Recording Standby mode. TAPE-CAMERA • Before you start recording, perform the opera- PAUSE tions described on pages 9 through 21 to prepare your camcorder for recording.
  • Page 41: Zooming

    Zooming Auto Focus Available modes: Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, CARD-CAMERA TAPE-CAMERA, CARD-CAMERA Zooming allows you to move visually closer to The camcorder is preset to Auto Focus mode, or farther from a subject without physically which is designed to focus on most types of changing your position.
  • Page 42: Remaining Recording Time Display

    Basic Operations Camera Recording Remaining Recording Remaining Battery Time Display Power Display Available mode: Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA All modes When the camcorder is recording in TAPE- When using the camcorder with the battery CAMERA mode, an on-screen indicator pack as the power source, you can turn on and displays the approximate remaining tape time off the remaining battery power indicator by in minutes.
  • Page 43: Playback Tape Playback

    Basic Operations Playback Tape Playback To stop playback Press Available mode: TAPE-VCR The LCD monitor screen functions as a handy playback monitor. Nothing needs to be con- nected, allowing instant on-screen playback with the sound through the built-in speaker. To turn the power off Media Selection switch Set the POWER switch to OFF without pressing the Lock button.
  • Page 44: Video Search

    Basic Operations Playback Video Search Still Available mode: Available mode: TAPE-VCR TAPE-VCR The video search function makes it easy to The still function allows you to pause playback search for a desired scene on the tape. in TAPE-VCR mode. During playback in TAPE-VCR mode, press Searching for a Scene Near on the Operation button.
  • Page 45: Using Earphones (commercially Available)

    Using Earphones Watching Playback on a TV (Commercially available) Available modes: TAPE-VCR, CARD-VCR Available modes: TAPE-VCR, TAPE-CAMERA You can connect the camcorder to a TV to allow a larger audience to enjoy playback. You can monitor the sound via stereo ear- phones (commercially available) during Open the jack cover on the camcorder playback or recording.
  • Page 46 Basic Operations Playback Connect the camcorder to your TV (or Notes: • If your TV or VCR has a 21-pin Euro-SCART VCR) with the supplied audio/video connector, use the RCA/21-pin Euro-SCART cable as shown. conversion connector (QSOCZ0033TAZZ). 21-pin Euro-SCART on TV or VCR RCA/21-pin Euro-SCART conversion connector (QSOCZ0033TAZZ)
  • Page 47: Using The Menu Screens

    Useful Features Using the Menu Screens Turn the CONTROL dial to select the desired menu screen ( ), then press the dial. Use the menu screens to adjust the various Example camcorder settings. C AME R A S E T Example: Changing the DGTL ZOOM menu P H O T O S N A P S N A P...
  • Page 48: Camera Recording

    Useful Features Useful features Camera Recording Camera Recording Setting the Digital Zoom The “D” digital zoom indicator is displayed during digital zooming. Available mode: TAPE-CAMERA Power Zoom control You can select three different zoom ranges: 1– (optical zoom), 23–100 (digital zoom) or 23–690 (digital zoom).
  • Page 49: Using The Zoom Microphone

    Using the Zoom Selecting Zoom Microphone Mode Microphone Select a Zoom Microphone mode when the Available mode: zoom microphone is mounted. TAPE-CAMERA With the zoom microphone, you can record AUTO: The camcorder automatically selects audio according to the magnification of the the optimum sound according to the zoom lens for producing the optimum sound.
  • Page 50: Windbreak

    Useful features Camera Recording Windbreak Dialog Recording Available mode: Available mode: TAPE-CAMERA TAPE-CAMERA The windbreak function allows you to reduce When you want to record from a distance at a annoying noise from strong winds when lecture, workshop, or other such occasion, the recording.
  • Page 51: Gamma Brightness Compensation

    Gamma Brightness To obtain a brighter picture Compensation Press the GAMMA/BRIGHTER button again. • The indicator appears. Available modes: GAMMA GAMMA TAPE-CAMERA, CARD-CAMERA GAMMA/BRIGHTER button A U T O A U T O 0 min 0 min Note: • When the indicator is displayed, the background will become slightly brighter.
  • Page 52: Gain-up

    Useful features Camera Recording Gain-up To obtain a brighter picture Press the GAMMA/BRIGHTER button again. Available modes: • The e indicator appears. TAPE-CAMERA, CARD-CAMERA GAMMA GAMMA/BRIGHTER button A U T O 3 0 min To cancel the gain-up function Press the GAMMA/BRIGHTER button until “GAMMA”...
  • Page 53: Quick Return

    Quick Return Edit Search Available mode: Available mode: TAPE-CAMERA TAPE-CAMERA If while playing back your tape you want to The edit search function lets you search, quickly return to the last recorded scene and without switching from TAPE-CAMERA mode to start recording again, use the quick return TAPE-VCR mode, for the point on the tape function.
  • Page 54: Fade In And Fade Out

    Useful features Camera Recording Fade In and Fade Out Press the REC START/STOP button to begin recording. • The picture turns white, and the image Available mode: and sound fade in. TAPE-CAMERA The fade function allows you to gradually bring F A D E F A D E R E C...
  • Page 55: Still Recording

    Still Recording Still Recording Effects Available mode: Still Recording Mode TAPE-CAMERA Available mode: You can select one of these still recording TAPE-CAMERA effects to record the still images with an effect. You can record still images of subjects with PHOTO SHOT: A still picture is recorded normal sound on a tape by selecting one of two with the sound and visual effects of a still recording modes.
  • Page 56 Useful Features Camera Recording Using Still Recording To pause recording Press the REC START/STOP button. STILL button To cancel the still image In SNAP mode, press the STILL button fully while the camcorder is in Recording Standby mode. In STILL mode, press the STILL button fully. Notes: •...
  • Page 57: Self Recording

    Self Recording Set the POWER switch to CAMERA. • The subject is displayed in the viewfinder, and a mirror image of the Available modes: subject is displayed on the LCD monitor. TAPE-CAMERA, CARD-CAMERA Open the LCD monitor and rotate it 180° vertically so that the screen faces the other way and the subject can monitor the shot while you are recording with the viewfinder.
  • Page 58: Digital Picture Effects

    Useful Features Camera Recording Digital Picture Effects Turn the CONTROL dial to select the desired digital picture effect, then press the dial. Available mode: • The selected digital picture effect is TAPE-CAMERA displayed on the menu screen. These digital picture effects let you record the P I C.
  • Page 59: Recording In Lp (long Play Recording) Mode

    Recording in LP (Long Notes on the use of LP mode Play Recording) Mode • To record in LP mode, be sure to use a Mini DV cassette labelled for use with LP mode. • Frozen images, mosaic-pattern picture noise, Available mode: audio interruptions or audio loss may occur in TAPE-CAMERA...
  • Page 60: Selecting The 16-bit Audio Recording Mode

    Useful Features Camera Recording Selecting the 16-bit Digital Image Audio Recording Mode Stabilization (DIS) Available mode: Available mode: TAPE-CAMERA TAPE-CAMERA This camcorder allows you to select between The digital image stabilization (DIS) function 12-bit and 16-bit audio recording modes. The allows you to stabilize the image by electroni- camcorder normally records audio in the 12-bit cally compensating for relatively minor image...
  • Page 61: Wide Screen (16:9)

    Wide Screen (16:9) Turning on/off the On- screen Indicators Available mode: TAPE-CAMERA Available modes: All modes The wide screen function lets you record scenes with the wide-screen feel of a movie You can turn the on-screen indicators on and shown in a theatre. The top and bottom of the off as you like.
  • Page 62: Playback

    Useful Features Useful Features Playback Playback Using the Remote Operating Control Aim the remote control at the remote sensor of the camcorder, and press the control buttons to Use the supplied remote control to operate the operate. camcorder from a distance, such as when you want to record yourself in a scene, or when the camcorder is connected to a TV for use as a VCR.
  • Page 63: Tape Playback Functions With The Remote Control

    Tape Playback Frame Advance Functions with the The frame advance function allows you to play Remote Control back still images frame by frame. During playback in TAPE-VCR Available mode: mode, press the PAUSE/STILL TAPE-VCR button ( ) to pause playback. You can use the following playback functions with the supplied remote control.
  • Page 64: Playback Zoom

    Useful Features Playback Playback Zoom To cancel Playback Zoom Press the ZOOM W button, which zooms out to Available modes: the widest angle. TAPE-VCR, CARD-VCR Notes: The playback zoom function allows you to • Use of Playback Zoom may cause a reduction in magnify the playback picture up to 10 times its picture quality for still images.
  • Page 65: Displaying The Date And Time Of Recording

    Displaying the Date and Notes: • Before recording, make sure that the date and Time of Recording time have been correctly set. If they have not been set, the display will be left blank when playing back the recording. (The display will also Available modes: be left blank for unrecorded or damaged All modes...
  • Page 66: Gamma Playback

    Useful Features Playback Gamma Playback To cancel Gamma Playback Press the GAMMA/BRIGHTER button until Available mode: “GAMMA1” and “GAMMA2” disappear. TAPE-VCR Note: • Gamma Playback has no effect during still playback. GAMMA/BRIGHTER button The gamma playback function improves the playback picture in TAPE-VCR mode by increasing the brightness of the subject while leaving the brighter portions of the image unaffected.
  • Page 67: Multiple Strobe Playback

    Multiple Strobe Turn the CONTROL dial to select “9 FRAMES” (9-frame picture) or “16 Playback FRAMES” (16-frame picture), then press the dial. Available mode: MULTI F RAME FRAME S TAPE-VCR Press the MENU button to turn off the menu screen, then begin playback. Press the STILL button fully at the point where you want to begin the multiple strobe...
  • Page 68: Copying An Image From Tape To Card

    Useful Features Playback Copying an Image from Press the STILL button fully to copy the image to the card. Tape to Card • The indicator flashes red while the image is copied. Available mode: TAPE-VCR CARD You can capture your favourite image frame A UD I O 1 2 A UD I O 1 2 from a video tape recording and save it on...
  • Page 69: Picture Effect Playback

    Picture Effect Playback Turn the CONTROL dial to select the desired picture effect, then press the dial. Available modes: TAPE-VCR, CARD-VCR P I C. E F F E C T These picture effects let you play back images with a more dramatic effect. Press the MENU button to turn off the menu screen.
  • Page 70: Advanced Features

    Advanced Features Advanced Features Camera Recording Camera Recording Setting the Camcorder When the Manual Selection switch is set to MANUAL, MANUAL screen appears. to Full Auto Mode MA NU A L Available modes: WH I T E B A L . A U T O TAPE-CAMERA, CARD-CAMERA E X P O S U R E...
  • Page 71: Manual Focus

    Manual Focus Set the camcorder to TAPE-CAMERA or CARD-CAMERA mode. Available modes: In Recording Standby mode, set the TAPE-CAMERA, CARD-CAMERA FOCUS switch to MANUAL. • “MF” appears. Auto Focus may not be able to focus on the subject in the situations shown below. In such situations, set the camcorder to Manual Focus mode and focus manually.
  • Page 72 Advanced Features Camera Recording To temporarily use Auto Focus To cancel Manual Focus mode You can use this feature to shift away from a Set the FOCUS switch to AUTO. subject you have focused on manually to another subject, and it will automatically stay in focus to give you a smooth image.
  • Page 73: Adjusting White Balance

    Adjusting White Set the Manual Selection switch to LOCK to lock the selected White Balance Balance setting. • The camera recording screen appears. Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, CARD-CAMERA Locking the White Balance The colour of the subject on the screen looks Select “LOCK”...
  • Page 74: Manual Exposure

    Advanced Features Camera Recording Manual Exposure Turn the CONTROL dial to select “MANUAL”, then press the dial to display the exposure setting screen. Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, CARD-CAMERA E X PO S U R E The camcorder is preset to Auto Exposure mode, which automatically selects the optimal aperture.
  • Page 75: Manual Gain

    Manual Gain Turn the CONTROL dial to select “MANUAL”, then press the dial to display the BRIGHTER adjustment screen. Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, CARD-CAMERA BR I G H T E R When recording in a dark or poorly illuminated location with Auto Gain mode, the light sensitivity of the camcorder (gain) will be automatically adjusted and the recorded image may be brighter than the subject actually is.
  • Page 76: Setting The Shutter Speed

    Advanced Features Camera Recording Setting the Shutter Turn the CONTROL dial to select the desired shutter speed, then press the Speed dial. • In TAPE-CAMERA mode, you can select Available modes: 17 speeds from 1/25 sec. (“25”) (slowest TAPE-CAMERA, CARD-CAMERA shutter speed) to 1/10,000 sec.
  • Page 77: Recommended Shutter Speeds

    Recommended Shutter Speeds Notes: • Recording with a shutter speed faster than 1/50 The faster the shutter speed, the darker the sec. tends to darken the picture. Record in picture becomes. Select the most appropriate bright locations when you use a fast shutter speed.
  • Page 78: Scene Menu (program Ae)

    Advanced Features Camera Recording Scene Menu (Program In TAPE-CAMERA or CARD-CAMERA mode, set the Manual Selection switch to MANUAL to display the MANUAL screen. Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, CARD-CAMERA MA NU A L WH I T E B A L . A U T O You can set the camcorder to the shooting E X P O S U R E...
  • Page 79 Adjusting the SHUT.SPEED Adjusting the EXPOSURE scene setting scene setting After performing step 2 on the previous After performing step 2 on the previous page, turn the CONTROL dial to select page, turn the CONTROL dial to select “SHUT.SPEED”, then press the dial. “EXPOSURE”, then press the dial.
  • Page 80: Playback

    Advanced Features Advanced Features Playback Playback Using the Time Code Press the MENU button to turn off the menu screen. • The time code appears. Available modes: TAPE-VCR, TAPE-CAMERA TC 0 0 5 The time code shows the hour, minute and second of recording, and the frame number (1 frame = approx.
  • Page 81: Editing

    Editing Cutting Unwanted Sequences Playback the tape to be edited on the Available mode: camcorder, and locate the beginning TAPE-VCR and end of the sequence you wish to Video editing lets you refine your videos by cut. Write down the time code reading at removing unwanted sequences from your tape, the beginning and end of that sequence or transposing one sequence with another.
  • Page 82: Editing With The Dv Terminal (ieee1394)

    Advanced Features Playback Editing with the DV To Record from Video Equip- ment Terminal (IEEE1394) Set the camcorder to TAPE-VCR mode, Available mode: and insert a Mini DV cassette. TAPE-VCR Begin playback on the video equipment This camcorder enables you to perform digital connected to the camcorder.
  • Page 83: Audio Dubbing Feature

    Audio Dubbing Feature Audio Recording In normal recording mode Available mode: TAPE-VCR 12-bit audio recording The audio is recorded in stereo on Audio 1. You can add narration to recordings made with Audio 1: Stereo (left and right) sound this camcorder, while preserving the original Audio 2: No audio audio and video recordings.
  • Page 84: Audio Dubbing

    Advanced Features Playback Audio Dubbing To pause audio dubbing Press the CONTROL dial. To resume audio Play back the recorded Mini DV cassette dubbing, press the CONTROL dial again. and locate the tape position where you wish to start audio dubbing. To cancel audio dubbing Press to pause playback.
  • Page 85: Selecting The Audio Playback Mode

    Selecting the Audio Turn the CONTROL dial to select then press the dial. Playback Mode Turn the CONTROL dial to select Available mode: “AUDIO”, then press the dial. TAPE-VCR P L A Y B A C K S E T You can select any of the following audio P I C .
  • Page 86: Configuring Software For Pc Connection

    Advanced Features Playback Configuring Software Connecting the camcorder to a Personal Computer for PC Connection Turn off the camcorder and PC. This camcorder can transfer still playback images in TAPE-VCR mode or still images in Connect the camcorder as shown below. TAPE-CAMERA and CARD modes to a •...
  • Page 87: Using The Software

    Using the Software Follow the instructions as they appear on the PC monitor until the installation is For tips on how to use the Video Capture complete. Software, refer to the operation manual located on the CD-ROM in PDF format. Follow the steps Restart the PC.
  • Page 88: Camera Recording

    Digital Still Camera Features Digital Still Camera Features Camera Recording Camera Recording Selecting the Picture In CARD-CAMERA mode, press the MENU button until the menu screen Quality and Image Size appears. Available mode: Turn the CONTROL dial to select CARD-CAMERA then press the dial.
  • Page 89: Selecting The Image Size

    Selecting the image size Still images recorded on a card are made up of pixels. You can select the number of pixels in still images. Larger numbers of pixels provide greater image detail, but also use more card memory. 1152 864 (1152): Images are recorded in 1152 864 pixels.
  • Page 90: Card Recording

    Digital Still Camera Features Camera Recording Card Recording Adjust the Power Zoom control to frame the subject as you desire. • The zoom range is 1–22 in this mode. Available mode: CARD-CAMERA Press the STILL button half-way down to focus on the subject. You can take a still picture in the same way as •...
  • Page 91: Recording With The Self-timer

    Recording with the Self- Press the STILL button fully to set the timer. Timer • The self-timer operating indicator flashes while the timer counts down. Available mode: Self-timer operating indicator CARD-CAMERA The self-timer function allows you to record CARD images after a time-lag of 10 seconds. This is 9 3 1 convenient when you want to record an image E C ON OMY...
  • Page 92: Using The Flash Light (optional Accessory)

    Digital Still Camera Features Camera Recording Using the Flash Light Selecting Flash Mode (Optional Accessory) AUTO: Flash automatically fires in dark locations (when “LIGHT” is displayed on Available mode: the screen) each time you press the STILL CARD-CAMERA button. Using the flash function of the optional IR & ON: Flash fires every time you press the Flash Light VR-3VIF enables you to record STILL button.
  • Page 93: Formatting A Card

    Formatting a Card Turn the CONTROL dial to select “FORMAT”, then press the dial. • To cancel formatting, turn the CONTROL Available mode: dial to select “NO”, then press the dial. CARD-CAMERA O T H E R S Before using a commercially available card D E F A U L T with this camcorder, you must first have it F ORMA T...
  • Page 94: Playback

    Digital Still Camera Features Digital Still Camera Features Playback Playback Card Playback Note: • Holding down increases the speed of motion of the selection frame. Available mode: CARD-VCR Press the MULTI button. • The selected image is displayed in full- You can play back and view still images screen.
  • Page 95: Delete Protection

    Delete Protection Press the CONTROL dial to set delete protection. • The indicator appears. Available mode: CARD-VCR Delete protection indicator You can prevent your important images recorded on the card from accidental erasure. In CARD-VCR mode, press the MENU button until the menu screen appears. P R O T E C T N O RMA L P A G E...
  • Page 96: Deleting Stored Images

    Digital Still Camera Features Playback Deleting Stored Images Press the CONTROL dial to set the image. • To cancel deletion, turn the CONTROL Available mode: dial to select “NO”, then press the dial. CARD-VCR Turn the CONTROL dial to select “YES”, Deleting One Stored Image then press the dial to delete the image.
  • Page 97: Deleting All Stored Images

    Deleting All Stored Images Turn the CONTROL dial to select “ALL IMAGES”, then press the dial. You can delete all stored images on a card in one operation. P L A Y B A C K S E T P I C . E F F E C T S L I D E S HOW...
  • Page 98: Slide Show Playback

    Digital Still Camera Features Playback Slide Show Playback Turn the CONTROL dial to select “SLIDE SHOW”, then press the dial. • Beginning from the image selected in Available mode: step 2, the recorded images will display CARD-VCR in full-screen one after another in order of recording.
  • Page 99: Slide Show Effects

    Slide Show Effects Using In CARD-VCR mode, press the MENU Available mode: button until the menu screen appears. CARD-VCR Turn the CONTROL dial to select Use slide show effects to create an interesting then press the dial. transition between still images during slide show playback.
  • Page 100: Copying An Image From Card To Tape

    Digital Still Camera Features Playback Copying an Image from Press the REC START/STOP button. • The camcorder enters Recording Card to Tape Standby mode. Available mode: CARD-VCR Use the procedure below to select still images recorded on a card and insert them in a tape. Insert the recorded card and a Mini DV REC START/ cassette into the camcorder.
  • Page 101: Print Order

    Print Order Press to select the image to which you want to assign a print order. Available mode: CARD-VCR The print order function allows you to add print information called DPOF to still images recorded on a card. P R I N T N O RMA L P A G E About DPOF...
  • Page 102: Assigning Print Order To All Images

    Digital Still Camera Features Playback Assigning Print Order to All To cancel the print order for an image Images Select the image for cancelling out of print order in step 5 above, then press Perform steps 1 to 3 in “Assigning Print the CONTROL dial.
  • Page 103: Using The Shortcut Menu

    Using the Shortcut Assigning Print Order to an Image Menu In CARD-VCR mode, display the image Available menu: to which you want to assign a print Delete Protection, Deleting Stored Images, Print order. Order Press the CONTROL dial to display the Using the Shortcut menu, you can set the same Shortcut menu screen.
  • Page 104: Transferring Data On Card To Computer

    Digital Still Camera Features Playback Transferring Data on Using a PC Card Adapter (Commercially Available) Card to Computer Using a commercially available PC card adapter for each card type, you can transfer still images directly from a card to a computer. Image Folders and File Names To PC card slot Still images recorded using the camcorder are...
  • Page 105: Picture/backlight Adjustments

    Appendix Picture/Backlight Adjusting the Backlight Adjustments Press the MENU button until the menu screen appears. Available modes: All modes Turn the CONTROL dial to select then press the dial. If the picture is difficult to see due to ambient light or other factors, adjust the monitor picture Turn the CONTROL dial to select settings.
  • Page 106: World Clock

    Appendix World Clock Turn the CONTROL dial to select “AREA”, then press the dial. Available modes: C L O C K S E T TAPE-CAMERA, CARD-CAMERA D I S P L A Y A R E A P AR I S S UMR T I ME The world clock function allows you to easily...
  • Page 107 Area Table Area number Area name Countries or areas* LONDON England, Morocco, GMT (Greenwich mean time) PARIS Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzer- land, Portugal, CST (Continental Standard Time), Tunisia CAIRO Egypt, Finland, Greece, Turkey MOSCOW Ethiopia, Iraq, Kenya, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Russia (Moscow) DUBAI United Arab Emirates...
  • Page 108: Selecting Summer Time

    Appendix Selecting Summer Time Setting the Confirmation Sounds Available modes: TAPE-CAMERA, CARD-CAMERA Available modes: All modes Perform the procedure below to advance the clock of the camcorder one hour to Summer A confirmation sound is made when you turn time. on or off the POWER switch, press the REC START/STOP button, or perform other desig- In TAPE-CAMERA or CARD-CAMERA...
  • Page 109: Setting The Camcorder To Factory Presettings

    Setting the Camcorder to Factory Presettings Available modes: All modes You can set the camcorder to the factory presettings in one operation. Press the MENU button until the menu screen appears. Turn the CONTROL dial to select then press the dial. Turn the CONTROL dial to select “DEFAULT”, then press the dial.
  • Page 110: Useful Information

    Appendix Useful Information Lighting For clear, good-quality recording, 500 to Hints for Better Shooting 100,000 lux is needed. Recording is possible with less light, but the picture quality may • Position the subject in the centre of the suffer. Adequate lighting is also essential for scene.
  • Page 111: Mini Dv Cassette

    Mini DV Cassette To protect recordings against acciden- tal erasure Slide the protect tab on the rear of the Mini DV cassette to the “SAVE” position. Erasure protect tab Precautions when using a Mini DV cassette • Be sure to use only Mini DV cassettes with the To record over a previously recorded tape, mark.
  • Page 112 Data on the card may be destroyed (erased). • Please be aware that Sharp Corporation will not be liable for any damages resulting from • Locations exposed to direct sunlight.
  • Page 113: Sd Memory Card

    Contact • Do not use or store the card in humid or dusty the nearest SHARP service centre or your locations. dealer for further advice.
  • Page 114 • Improper handling of the battery pack may Note: present a risk of fire or explosion. Pay close • Use only SHARP BT-L221, BT-L441, BT-LS222 or attention to the following: BT-LS442A battery packs. These are designed — Do not allow metallic objects to come in specifically for use with this camcorder.
  • Page 115: Using Your Camcorder Abroad

    • Be aware of the humidity and shocks when using clean the lens and the viewfinder eyepiece. • In the case of malfunction, contact SHARP or • To clean the viewfinder eyepiece, detach the authorized service centre.
  • Page 116: Demonstration Mode

    Appendix Demonstration Mode Cancelling Demo Mode During the demonstration, press the Available mode: MENU button to pause the demonstra- TAPE-CAMERA tion. You can watch a brief demonstration of the Turn the CONTROL dial to select special camcorder features in Demo mode. then press the dial.
  • Page 117: Before Requesting Service

    Before Requesting Service Before calling for service, please check the following troubleshooting table. Symptom Possible cause Suggested solution No power. Power source is not properly con- Connect power source properly nected. (pp. 10, 11). Battery pack is not charged. Charge battery pack sufficiently (p.
  • Page 118 Appendix Symptom Possible cause Suggested solution Cannot rewind or fast Position at beginning or end of tape. Rewind or fast forward tape to de- forward tape. sired point (p. 26). Video noise in image. Dirty video heads. Call for service or use a commercially available cleaning tape (p.
  • Page 119: Specifications

    Specifications Camcorder Signal System: PAL standard Recording System: 2 rotary heads, helical scanning system Cassette: Digital VCR Mini DV video cassette Recording/Playback Time: 90 minutes (DVM60, LP mode) Tape Speed: SP mode: 18.831 mm/second LP mode: 12.568 mm/second Pickup Device: 1/3.6 (6.4 mm, effective size: 5.0 mm) CCD image sensor (with approx.
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