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  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    About this manual............v Copyright ..............v Precautions ..............vi Before You Start ............viii Introducing the camcorder .......1 System requirements..........1 Features .............. 1 Unpacking the camcorder........2 About the camcorder ........... 3 1.4.1 Front view..........3 1.4.2 Top view ..........3 1.4.3 Bottom view..........
  • Page 3 Before you start ..........18 2.6.1 Setting the date and time ...... 18 2.6.2 Setting the language......19 2.6.3 Setting the beep ........20 Shoot/Playback video......... 21 2.7.1 Shooting a video clip......21 2.7.2 Playing the video clip......23 Taking/viewing pictures........24 2.8.1 Taking a still picture......
  • Page 4 3.2.3 Using the zoom function....... 32 3.2.4 Using the LED light module....32 3.2.5 Quick access controls ......32 Camcorder Playback mode ........ 33 3.3.1 Camcorder Playback mode icons ..33 Camera Playback mode ........35 3.4.1 Camera Playback mode icons....35 Thumbnail mode ..........
  • Page 5 4.3.5 Selftimer..........51 4.3.6 Aspect Ratio........... 52 Camera playback menu ........53 4.4.1 Delete ............. 53 4.4.2 Protect............ 55 4.4.3 Autoplay..........56 System menu ............. 57 4.5.1 Setting the beep ........57 4.5.2 Auto power off ........57 4.5.3 TV standard........... 58 4.5.4 Format............
  • Page 6: About This Manual

    Preface Congratulations on your purchase of this advanced camcorder. Ensure that you read this manual carefully and keep it in a safe place for future reference. About this manual Every effort has been made to ensure that the contents of this manual are correct and up to date.
  • Page 7: Precautions

    Precautions General precautions Do not use or store the product in dusty, dirty, or sandy areas,  as its components may be damaged. Do not store the product in a hot environment. High  temperatures can shorten the life of electronic devices, damage batteries and warp or melt certain plastics.
  • Page 8: Power Supply

    Notes on the LCD Screen Be very careful to ensure the fluid contained in the LCD screen does not escape if the screen becomes cracked or damaged. If this occurs, follow these steps: If the fluids make contact with skin, wipe it with a clean cloth ...
  • Page 9: Before You Start

    Remove the battery to avoid the fluid leakage if the camcorder  is not going to be used for a long time. If the battery is crushed or damaged, remove it immediately to  avoid the battery fluid leakage and abnormal expansion. Battery will be in high temperature after long time using ...
  • Page 10: Introducing The Camcorder

    1 Introducing the camcorder Read this section to learn about the features and functions of the camcorder. This chapter also covers system requirements, package contents, and descriptions of the hardware components. 1.1 System requirements The camcorder requires a PC with the following specifications: ...
  • Page 11: Unpacking The Camcorder

    1.3 Unpacking the camcorder The following items should be present in the package. If any item is missing or appears damaged, contact your dealer immediately. Camcorder Pouch User manual USB cable Battery charger Li-ion battery NP-120 CD-ROM AV cable HDMI cable (Application software) Power cord Power cord...
  • Page 12: About The Camcorder

    1.4 About the camcorder Refer to the following illustrations to familiarize yourself with the buttons and controls of this camcorder. 1.4.1 Front view Flash Lens Self-timer LED LED light 1.4.2 Top view Battery cover latch Shutter button Zoom/ Volume button...
  • Page 13: Bottom View

    1.4.3 Bottom view Tripod mount 1.4.4 Right view LCD Display Microphone...
  • Page 14: Left View

    1.4.5 Left view Battery cover Hand strap 1.4.6 Back view LCD display Power/Camera status LED Mode dial REC/STOP button Playback button DC-in/AV/USB Output Joystick HD Output...
  • Page 15: Control Panel

    1.4.7 Control Panel Speaker Display button Menu button Flash button LED light Power button display SD card cover la tch SD card cover...
  • Page 16: Adjusting The Lcd Display

    1.4.8 Adjusting the LCD display Flip and twist the LCD screen as shown while capturing a still image or recording a video clip.
  • Page 17 See the table below for a description of each button’s function. Button Name Function Power Press to turn power on/off. button Menu Press to display main OSD menus. button Use to turn Camcorder, Camera, and Mode dial SET modes.  In Camcorder and Camera mode: 1.
  • Page 18 joystick to move the image. Then you may press the center joystick button to switch the moving directions (up/down  left/right). 3. Move the joystick up to enter the Thumbnail mode. 4. In the Thumbnail mode, move up, down, left, right to select the thumbnail images and then press the center joystick button to view the image in full screen mode.
  • Page 19 center joystick button to confirm.  In Camera mode, press to take a photo. Shutter  In Camcorder mode, you can button also press to take a photo before and during recording a video clip.  REC/Stop In Camcorder mode, press to start recording a video clip.
  • Page 20  In Camcorder and Camera modes, LED light press the button to turn on/ off the button increase light.  Flash In Camera modes, press the button to switch between the flash modes. button  Slide the latch to open the SD card SD card cover when you insert/remove the cover latch...
  • Page 21: About The Leds

    1.4.9 About the LEDs The following table describes the camcorder LEDs: Colour Definition Power / Green Power-on Rec./ Green/ Red Recording Camcorder Blinking Status Camcorder busy Self-timer Red Blinking Self-timer is activated. Red Blinking 2 seconds self-timer Rapidly remaining.
  • Page 22: Getting Started

    2 Getting started Read this section to learn how to start using the camcorder. This section covers basic functions such as switching on, inserting the battery and memory cards, and configuring preliminary settings. See later chapters for advanced functions. 2.1 Inserting an SD card An SD card can be installed in the camcorder to provide additional storage space for still images, video clips, or other files.
  • Page 23 Close the SD card compartment cover.
  • Page 24: Inserting The Batteries

    2.2 Inserting the batteries This camcorder is designed to use a rechargeable Li-ion battery. Only use the batteries supplied or similar batteries recommended by the manufacturer or your dealer.  Note: Install the battery exactly as described here. Installing the battery incorrectly could cause damage to the camcorder and possibly start a fire.
  • Page 25 Close the battery cover as shown.
  • Page 26: Charging The Battery

    2.3 Charging the battery You can charge the battery with the charging unit provided. Follow the below steps to charge your battery. Insert the Li-ion battery into the charging bay. Connect one end of the power cord to the charging unit and then plug the other end to the wall outlet as shown.
  • Page 27: Before You Start

    2.6 Before you start Before you start using the camcorder, some basic settings such as date and time, languages and beep function need to be configured. 2.6.1 Setting the date and time Turn on the camcorder, and move the mode dial to SET. Move the joystick left and right or tap the screen to highlight Date / Time.
  • Page 28: Setting The Language

    2.6.2 Setting the language Turn on the camcorder, and move the mode dial to SET. Move the joystick left and right or tap the screen to highlight Language. Press the center joystick button to enter the Language menu. Move the joystick left and right or tap the screen to select the following languages: English, Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Turkish, German, Russian,...
  • Page 29: Setting The Beep

    2.6.3 Setting the beep Turn on the camcorder, and move the mode dial to SET. Move the joystick left and right or tap the screen to highlight Beep. Press the center joystick button to enter the Beep menu. Move the joystick left and right to select Beep Off or Beep On options.
  • Page 30: Shoot/Playback Video

    2.7 Shoot/Playback video 2.7.1 Shooting a video clip Turn on the camcorder and move the mode dial to mode. Camcorder Camcorder mode Use the LCD screen to frame the video. Press the REC/STOP button to start recording. Press the REC/STOP button again to stop recording. The video clip is automatically saved with a unique file name.
  • Page 31 3. The LCD preview and the ratio of a still-image capture can vary depending on the different video resolution settings. See the following table: Taking pictures Video resolution Preview and focusing WQVGA 16:9 ratio 4:3 ratio WVGA 720P 1080P 4. Before shooting a video clip, you can still take a photo in Camcorder mode.
  • Page 32: Playing The Video Clip

    2.7.2 Playing the video clip mode, press the Playback button. The most Camcorder recent file displays on the LCD screen. Camcorder playback mode indicator Move the joystick right and left to or tap select a desired video clip and press the center joystick button or .
  • Page 33: Taking/Viewing Pictures

    2.8 Taking/viewing pictures 2.8.1 Taking a still picture Turn on the camcorder and move the Mode Dial to Camera mode. Camera mode Use the LCD screen to frame the picture. Press the Shutter button to capture the image. The picture is automatically saved with a unique file name.
  • Page 34: Viewing Images

    2.8.2 Viewing images In Camera mode, press the Playback button. The most recent image displays on the LCD screen. Camera Playback mode Press the joystick right and left or tap scroll through the images. Move the Zoom button right to zoom in the picture. There are four direction keys appears on the LCD screen.
  • Page 35: Connecting To A Computer

    2.9 Connecting to a computer Read this section to learn how to transfer files to a PC, show the video clips or photos on a TV. Connect the camcorder to a computer with the USB cable provided. 2.10 Connecting to a standard TV Connect the camcorder to a standard TV as shown with the AV cable provided.
  • Page 36: Connecting To An Hdtv

    2.11 Connecting to an HDTV Read this section to learn how to show the video clips or photos on an HDTV. Connecting to an HDTV offers the high resolution for displaying the video clips or photos. Connect the camcorder to an HDTV as shown with the HDMI cable provided.
  • Page 37: Using The Camcorder

    3 Using the camcorder Read this section to learn how to use the camcorder. 3.1 Camcorder mode Use this mode to capture video clips or record voice and store them on an SD card. 3.1.1 Camcorder mode Use the following picture to familiarize yourself with the Camcorder mode icons and symbols.
  • Page 38: Using The Macro Function

    Stabilizer indicator Dual video indicator Colour effect indicator Quality indicator Macro indicator LED light indicator Menu indicator. Tap to enter the video menu. Battery indicator EV compensation indicator White balance indicator Video resolution indicator Camcorder mode indicator Zoom indicator 3.1.2 Using the macro function This function can capture subjects close to the lens.
  • Page 39: Using The Led Light

    The camcorder is equipped with 5x optical zoom and 10X digital zoom. Move the Zoom button right to get closer to a subject. Move the Zoom button left to move away from a subject. 3.1.4 Using the LED light Use the LED light to illuminate subjects in dark environments. Press the LED Light button to switch on the flash light and press again to switch it off.
  • Page 40: Camera Mode

    3.2 Camera mode Use Camera mode to capture still pictures and store them in the on an SD card. 3.2.1 Camera mode icons Use the following picture to familiarize yourself with the Camera mode icons and symbols. Camera mode See the table below for a description of each icon and symbol. Remaining number of photos Memory status indicator : SD card in...
  • Page 41: Using The Macro Function

    Colour effect indicator Quality indicator Macro indicator LED light indicator Flash indicator Menu indicator. Tap to enter the camera menu. Battery indicator EV compensation indicator White balance indicator Video resolution indicator Camera mode indicator Zoom indicator 3.2.2 Using the macro function See section 3.1.2 “Using the macro function”.
  • Page 42: Camcorder Playback Mode

    3.3 Camcorder Playback mode Use Camcorder Playback mode to review all the movie files stored on the SD card. 3.3.1 Camcorder Playback mode icons Refer to the following picture to familiarize yourself with the Camcorder Playback mode icons and symbols. Camcorder playback mode Camcorder mode: See the table below for a description of each icon and symbol.
  • Page 43 Volume level indicator Fast forward icon. Tap to fast forward the video clip Slow motion icon. Tap to play the video in slow motion Stop icon. Tap to stop the video. Pause icon. Tap to pause the video. Rewind icon. Tap to rewind the video. File protect indicator Camcorder playback mode icon Displays the file number of the video clip...
  • Page 44: Camera Playback Mode

    3.4 Camera Playback mode Use Camera Playback mode to review all the image files stored in the camcorder. 3.4.1 Camera Playback mode icons Refer to the following picture to familiarize yourself with the Camera Playback mode icons and symbols. See the table below for a description of each icon and symbol. Next icon.
  • Page 45: Thumbnail Mode

    3.5 Thumbnail mode When in Camera Playback or Camcorder Playback modes, move the joystick up or tap to show images as thumbnails. Turn on the camcorder and make sure it is in Camera Playback or Camcorder Playback mode. The most recent image /video clip displays on the screen. Move the joystick up or tap to view six thumbnail images /video clips on the LCD screen.
  • Page 46: Using The Menus

    4 Using the menus Read this section to learn how to configure the camcorder settings and use the advanced features. 4.1 Camcorder menu When in Camcorder mode, press the Menu button or tap show the camcorder options menu. 4.1.1. Video resolution Use the resolution option to determine the resolution of the captured video.
  • Page 47: Video Quality

    Press the Enter button to exit the menu.  Note: In 1080P mode, you can capture a photo when the video is recording. The still image resolution is 2560*1440. 4.1.2. Video quality There are two different levels of video quality setting. Higher quality video needs more memory storage space.
  • Page 48 Press the Enter button to exit the menu.
  • Page 49: White Balance

    4.1.3. White balance Use this option to correct colour difference for different lighting conditions. When white balance is set to Auto, the camcorder automatically compensates for different lighting conditions. Turn the camcorder on and ensure it is in Camcorder mode. Press the Menu button or tap to enter the Camcorder menu...
  • Page 50: Colour Effect

    4.1.4. Colour effect The camcorder can capture standard colour images, black and white images, or sepia tone to give an old-fashioned look. Turn the camcorder on and ensure it is in Camcorder mode. Press the Menu button or tap to enter the Camcorder menu Move the joystick left and right or tap the screen to highlight the Effect menu.
  • Page 51: Stabilizer

    4.1.5. Stabilizer Use this function to reduce vibration caused by camcorder shakes during a video shoot. Turn the camcorder on and ensure it is in Camcorder mode. Press the Menu button or tap to enter the Camcorder menu Move the joystick left and right or tap the screen to highlight the Stabilizer menu.
  • Page 52: Dual Video Mode

    4.1.6. Dual Video mode Use this function to record two different resolution video clips at same time. Turn the camcorder on and ensure it is in Camcorder mode. Press the Menu button or tap to enter the Camcorder menu Move the joystick left and right or tap the screen to highlight the Dual Video menu.
  • Page 53: Camcorder Playback Menu

    4.2 Camcorder playback menu Use the playback menu to manage the files stored on the SD card. 4.2.1 Delete Use this function to delete files. Turn the camcorder on and ensure it is in Camcorder mode. Press the Playback button and then press the Menu button or tap to display the Camcorder Playback menu.
  • Page 54 If you select Delete All, a prompt appears on screen for confirmation. Move the joystick left and right or tap the screen to select the desired option. Press the center joystick button or to confirm. All files stored in memory will be deleted.
  • Page 55: Protect

    4.2.2 Protect Use this function to lock files to prevent accidental deletion. Turn the camcorder on and ensure it is in Camcorder mode. Press the Playback button and then press the Menu button or tap to display Camcorder Playback menu. Move the joystick left and right or tap the screen to select Protect menu.
  • Page 56: Autoplay

    4.2.3 Autoplay This camcorder includes an Autoplay function, which plays each video clip in turn. Turn the camcorder on and ensure it is in Camcorder mode. Press the Playback button and then press the Menu button or tap to display Camcorder Playback menu.
  • Page 57: Camera Menu

    4.3 Camera menu In Camera mode, press the Menu button to show the Camera Options menu. 4.3.1 Resolution Use this option to set the size of the captured image. Larger images contain more detail and therefore use more memory space. Turn the camcorder on and ensure it is in Camera mode.
  • Page 58: Photo Quality

    4.3.2 Photo Quality There are two different levels of video quality setting. Higher quality video needs more memory storage space. Turn the camcorder on and ensure it is in Camera mode. Press the Menu button or tap to enter the Camera menu.
  • Page 59: Colour Effect

    Move the joystick left and right or tap the screen to highlight the White Balance option. Press the center joystick button to display the submenu. Move the joystick left and right to select Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Tungsten, or Fluorescent. Press the center joystick button or tap to confirm.
  • Page 60: Selftimer

    Press the Enter button to exit the menu. 4.3.5 Selftimer Use the self timer function to take a photo of yourself. Turn the camcorder on and ensure it is in Camera mode. Press the Menu button or tap to enter the Camera menu.
  • Page 61: Aspect Ratio

    4.3.6 Aspect Ratio Use the aspect ratio function to adjust the aspect ratio of the display. Turn the camcorder on and ensure it is in Camera mode. Press the Menu button or tap to enter the Camera menu. Move the joystick left and right or tap the screen to highlight the Aspect Ratio menu.
  • Page 62: Camera Playback Menu

    4.4 Camera playback menu 4.4.1 Delete Use this function to delete files. Turn the camcorder on and ensure it is in Camera mode. Press the Playback button and then press the Menu button or tap to display the Camera Playback menu.
  • Page 63 If you select Delete All, a prompt appears on screen for confirmation. Move the joystick left and right or tap the screen to select the desired option. Press the center joystick button or to confirm. All files stored in memory will be deleted.
  • Page 64: Protect

    4.4.2 Protect Use this function to lock files to prevent accidental deletion. Turn the camcorder on and ensure it is in Camera mode. Press the Playback button and then press the Menu button or tap to display Camera Playback menu. Move the joystick left and right or tap the screen to select Protect menu.
  • Page 65: Autoplay

    4.4.3 Autoplay The camcorder includes a slide show function, which displays each image in turn with a regular interval between pictures. Turn the camcorder on and ensure it is in Camera mode. Press the Playback button and then press the Menu button or tap to display Camera Playback menu.
  • Page 66: System Menu

    System menu The system menu is used to configure miscellaneous camcorder functions. 4.4.4 Setting the beep See section 2.6.3 “Setting the Beep”. 4.4.5 Auto power off Use this function to switch the camcorder off automatically after a period of inactivity for power saving. Turn on the camcorder and switch to SET mode.
  • Page 67: Tv Standard

    4.4.6 TV standard Use the TV option to set the TV system for the area. Turn on the camcorder and switch to SET mode. Move the joystick left and right or tap to highlight the TV standard option. Press the center joystick button to display the submenu.
  • Page 68: Format

    4.4.7 Format Use this function to format the current storage media. This format action will delete everything on the media. Turn on the camcorder and switch to SET mode. Move the joystick left and right or tap to highlight the Format option.
  • Page 69: Default

    4.4.8 Default Use this option to reset all settings to the default settings. Turn on the camcorder and switch to SET mode. Move the joystick left and right highlight the Default option. Press the center joystick button to display the submenu.
  • Page 70: Frequency

    4.4.10 Frequency Use the Frequency option to set the frequency system for your area. To set the frequency: Turn on the camcorder and switch to SET mode. Move the joystick left and right to highlight the Frequency option. Press the center joystick button to display the submenu.
  • Page 71: Installing The Software And Drivers

    5 Installing the software and drivers Read this section to learn how to install the software for the camcorder. 5.1 HD Cam...
  • Page 87: Specifications

    Appendix Specifications General Imaging 1/2.3” CMOS 10.0 Megapixel sensor sensor 10.0 Megapixel Active pixels Storage media Internal: Built-in 128MB Flash Memory(The available memory for image storage is approximately 70MB) External: SD Card (Up to SDHC 16GB Class6) Sensor Auto sensitivity Colour effects Natural/B&W/Sepia 5X Optical zoom lens Lens...
  • Page 88 General Macro: 2cm ~ 80cm (Wide) Still image Formats: JPEG (EXIF2.2), DCF Resolution: 2M, 5M, 10M, 12M (Firmware interpolation) Continuous Shots: 10M, Max. 7 photos/sec; 2M, Max. 30 photos/sec. Movie clips Format: H.264 (MOV) Resolution: WQVGA (240fps), WVGA (30fps), WVGA (60fps), 720p (30fps), 720p (60fps), 1080p (30fps), 1080i (60fps) Zoom Movie: 5X Optical Zoom, 10X Digital...
  • Page 89 General -2.0 EV~+2.0 EV compensation Self-timer Off, 5, 10 seconds PC interface MSDC: USB 2.0 (high speed) TV out format NTSC/PAL/ HDMI Shutter Still: 1/2-1/2000 Video: 1/30-1/4000 Auto power Off, 5 min., 10 min Power supply Li-Ion battery NP-120 battery/DC-in via Dimension 57 (W) x 70 (H) x 129 (D) mm Weight...
  • Page 90: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Problem Possible Cause Solution Cannot turn on The batteries are  Insert the the camcorder. not inserted batteries correctly. correctly. (See 2.2 Inserting the The batteries batteries.) have no power.  Please charge the battery. (See 2.3 Charging the battery.) The camcorder The auto power off...
  • Page 91 Problem Possible Cause Solution The camcorder The camcorder is  Please charge turns off when running out of the battery. (see capturing battery power. 2.3 Charging the image using battery) self-timer. The image is The subject is  Please take a out of focus.
  • Page 92 Problem Possible Cause Solution Memory card The memory  Unlock the cannot be card is protected. memory card. used. The memory  Format the card contains memory card. non-DCF images (See 4.4.7 taken by other Format.) Before camcorders. formatting the card, ensure you The SD card back up the...
  • Page 97 SD Card Capacity & Approximate Recording Time: Approximate Memory Card Occupied Capacity Residual Capacity Video Resolution Video Quality Recordable Time Capacity (MB) (KB) (Minutes) 1080i/60fps 6.24 1080P/30fps 720P/60fps 5.61 720P/30fps 5.58 Super Fine WVGA/60fps 5.27 WVGA/30fps 5.31 WQVGA/240fps 5.12 1080i/60fps 5.79 1080P/30fps 5.82...
  • Page 98 SD Card Capacity & Approximate Numbers of Recordable Pictures: Memory Card Video Occupied Capacity Residual Capacity Approximate number Photo Resolution Capacity Resolution (MB) (KB) of Recordable Pictures 12 M 17336.32 10 M 16998.4 Fine 2158 16865.28 4431 15902.72 12 M 18073.6 10 M 17141.76...