PUB.DIE-253 English Digital Video Camcorder English Instruction Manual Introduction Basic Functions Advanced Functions Editing Digital Mini Video Cassette Additional Information Downloaded From VideoCamera-Manual.com Manuals...
Important Usage Instructions Introduction WARNING! TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK) NO USER SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL. WARNING! TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS PRODUCT TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
Using this Manual Thank you for purchasing the Canon MV920/MV901/MV900/MV890. 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 ( 76).
About the Operating Modes The operating modes are determined by the position of the switch. Operating Icon Operation Modes Switch Display Recording movies on a CAMERA tape Playing movies from a PLAY tape : Function can be used in this mode. : Function cannot be used in this mode.
Table of contents Introduction Using this Manual ....................3 Checking the Supplied Accessories ..............7 Components Guide..................8 Basic Functions Preparations Preparing the Power Supply ................10 Loading/Unloading a Cassette ..............13 Preparing the Camcorder ................14 Adjusting the LCD Screen ................15 Setting the Time Zone, Date and Time............16 Recording Recording Movies on a Tape .................18 Zooming......................22...
List of Messages....................70 Maintenance/Others ..................71 Troubleshooting .....................76 System Diagram (Availability differs from area to area) ........79 Optional Accessories..................80 Specifications....................82 Index......................84 Downloaded From VideoCamera-Manual.com Manuals...
Checking the Supplied Accessories CA-570 Compact BP-2L5 Battery Pack Lithium Button Battery SS-900 Shoulder Power Adapter CR1616 Strap** (incl. power cord) STV-250N Stereo PC-A10 SCART Video Cable Adapter* * Europe only. ** Not included with the Downloaded From VideoCamera-Manual.com Manuals...
Components Guide MV920/MV901/MV900/MV890 Left side view Right side view Lens cover switch ( AV terminal ( open, closed) MIC (microphone) terminal ( LCD BACKLIGHT button ( DV terminal ( 63, 65) Speaker ( Zoom lever ( CHARGE indicator ( Program selector (...
Preparing the Power Supply Basic Functions Preparations Attaching the Battery Pack 1. Turn the switch to 2. Attach the battery pack to the camcorder. • Remove the terminal cover of the battery pack. • Press lightly and slide the battery pack in the direction of the arrow until it clicks.
Using a Household Power Source Connect to a household power source to use the camcorder without worrying about the battery power. You can keep the battery pack attached; the battery power will not be consumed. 1. Turn the switch to 2.
Charging, Recording and Playback Times The following times are approximate and vary according to the charging, recording or playback conditions. Battery Pack BP-2L5 NB-2L NB-2LH BP-2L12 BP-2L14 Charging Time 95 min. 110 min. 125 min. 195 min. 220 min. Max. Recording Time Viewfinder 90 min.
Loading/Unloading a Cassette Use only videocassettes marked with the logo. 1. Slide the OPEN/EJECT switch Tape protection tab and open the cassette compartment cover. The cassette compartment opens automatically. 2. Load/unload the cassette. • Load the cassette with the window facing the grip belt.
Preparing the Camcorder Adjusting the Viewfinder (Dioptric Adjustment) 1. Turn on the camcorder and keep the LCD panel closed. 2. Adjust the dioptric adjustment lever. Fastening 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.
Adjusting the LCD Screen Rotating the LCD Screen Open the LCD panel 90 degrees. • You can rotate the panel by 90 degrees outward. • You can rotate the panel by 180 degrees inward. LCD Backlight LCD BACKLIGHT button You can switch the brightness of the LCD screen between normal and bright by pressing the LCD BACKLIGHT button.
Setting the Time Zone, Date and Time Set the time zone, date and time when you first start using your camcorder, or when you have replaced the backup battery. Setting the Time Zone/Daylight Saving Time MENU DATE/TIME SETUP T.ZONE/DST PARIS 1.
8. Press the FUNC. button to close the menu. Time Zones and Difference from GMT/UTC. London GMT/UTC Wellington (WELLINGTN) Paris Samoa Cairo Honolulu Moscow Anchorage Dubai Los Angeles (L.A.) Karachi Denver Dacca Chicago Bankok New York Singapore Caracas Tokyo Rio de Janeiro (RIO) Sydney Fernando de Noronha (FERNANDO) Solomon...
Recording Movies on a Tape Recording Before You Begin Recording Make a test recording first to check if the camcorder operates correctly. If necessary, clean the video heads ( 72). Recording 1. Open the lens cover (move the lens cover switch down to 2.
About the LCD and viewfinder screen: The screens are produced with extremely high-precision manufacturing techniques, with more than 99.99% of the pixels operating to specification. Less than 0.01% of the pixels may occasionally misfire or appear as black or green dots. This has no effect on the recorded image and does not constitute a malfunction.
Reviewing and Searching when Recording Program selector Joystick Record Review In record pause mode, this function allows you to review the last few seconds of your recording to check if it has been recorded properly. 1. Set the program selector to 2.
When the camcorder shuts off automatically, the record review and record search functions will not work. To resume normal operation turn the switch to and then back to CAMERA. Screen Displays during Recording Remaining battery charge The battery symbol indicates the charge status of the battery pack.
Zooming The camcorder is equipped with optical zoom and digital zoom. Zoom out Zoom in Zoom lever Optical Zoom 25x optical zoom 22x optical zoom Move the zoom lever toward W to zoom out (wide- angle). Move it toward T to zoom in (telephoto). You can also change the zoom speed ( 24).
Digital Zoom When the digital zoom is activated, the camcorder automatically switches between optical and digital zoom. With digital zoom, image resolution becomes lower the more you zoom 100x/800x digital zoom 88x/700x digital zoom MENU CAMERA SETUP D.ZOOM OFF 1. Press the FUNC. button to open the FUNC. menu. 2.
Selecting the Zoom Speed You can set the zoom speed to variable or to one of 3 levels of fixed zoom speeds. When set to [VARIABLE], the zoom speed depends on how you activate the zoom lever. Press softly for a slower zoom or press more strongly for a faster zoom. MENU CAMERA SETUP ZOOM SPEED VARIABLE...
Tips for Making Better Videos Holding the Camcorder For maximum stability, grip the camcorder in your right hand and keep your right elbow pressed against your body. If necessary, support the camcorder with your left hand. Be careful that your fingers do not touch the microphone or lens.
Playing Back a Tape Playback If the playback picture is distorted, clean the video heads using a Canon Head Cleaning Cassette or a commercially available digital video head-cleaning cassette ( 72). 1. Set the camcorder to mode. Set the switch to PLAY.
Special Playback Modes Joystick (Playback Pause) During normal playback, push the joystick ( ) towards (Fast Forward Playback) / (Rewind Playback) Plays back the tape at 11.5 times normal speed (forward or reverse). During normal playback, hold the joystick pushed ( ) towards or pushed ( ) towards...
Adjusting the Volume When you use the LCD screen for playback, the camcorder plays back the sound using the built-in speaker. The sound will be muted when the LCD panel is closed. Speaker Joystick MENU SPEAKER VOLUME 1. Press the FUNC. button to open the FUNC. menu. 2.
Playing Back on a TV Screen TVs with SCART Terminal Refer also to the TV or VCR instruction manual. Open the terminal cover Signal flow STV-250N Stereo Video Cable (supplied) PC-A10 SCART Adapter 1. Turn off all the devices before starting the connections. 2.
TVs with Audio/Video Terminals Refer also to the TV or VCR instruction manual. Open the terminal cover Signal flow STV-250N Stereo Video Cable (supplied) 1. Turn off all the devices before starting the connections. 2. Connect the STV-250N Stereo Video Cable to the camcorder’s AV terminal and the audio/video terminals on the TV/VCR.
Selecting the Type of TV During playback set the [TV TYPE] option according to the TV set to which you connect the camcorder. MENU VCR SETUP TV TYPE WIDE TV 1. Press the FUNC. button to open the FUNC. menu. 2.
Selecting the Audio Output Channel You can select the output channels when playing back a tape with audio recorded on two channels. MENU AUDIO SETUP OUTPUT CH L/R 1. Press the FUNC. button to open the FUNC. menu. 2. With the joystick select ( ) the icon and press 3.
Menus and Settings Advanced Functions The camcorder’s functions and settings are controlled from a series of menus that appear when you press the FUNC. button. Most basic functions appear on the first menu screen - the FUNC. menu. For more advanced settings you have to open the setup menus by selecting the [MENU] option from the FUNC.
Menu and Default Settings Default settings are shown in boldface. * The item will not appear in mode. Submenu Menu Item Setting Options FUNC. menu Recording Programs* PROGRAM AE, PORTRAIT, SPORTS, NIGHT, SNOW, BEACH, SUNSET, SPOTLIGHT, FIREWORKS White Balance AUTO, DAYLIGHT, TUNGSTEN, Image Effect...
Submenu Menu Item Setting Options FUNC. menu Speaker Volume Recording Pause End Search Digital Effects D.EFFECT OFF, FADER, EFFECT VCR SETUP REC MODE STD PLAY, LONG PLAY TV TYPE NORMAL TV, WIDE TV AUDIO SETUP OUTPUT CH L/R, L/L, R/R 12bit AUDIO STEREO1, STEREO2, MIX/FIXED, MIX/VAR.
Using the Recording Programs Recording Easy Recording Program The camcorder adjusts focus, exposure and other settings automatically, allowing you to just point and shoot. Recording Programs Program AE The camcorder adjusts focus, exposure and other settings automatically. However, you have the option of adjusting the settings manually.
Beach Use this mode to record on a sunny beach. It prevents the subject from being underexposed. Sunset Use this mode to record sunsets in vibrant colors. Spotlight Use this mode to record spotlit scenes. Fireworks Use this mode to record fireworks. Downloaded From VideoCamera-Manual.com Manuals...
Program selector Joystick Availability of Functions in Each Mode: Program Selector Recording Program Image Stabilizer (on) Focus White Balance Wind Screen Shutter Speed Exposure Adjustment Digital Effects : Available : Not available A: Auto setting Selecting the Easy Recording Program Set the program selector to “...
Selecting a Recording Program MENU PROGRAM AE 1. Set the program selector to 2. Press the FUNC. button to open the FUNC. menu. 3. With the joystick select ( ) the recording programs icon. 4. Select ( ) the recording program from the options on the bottom bar.
Adjusting the Exposure Manually Adjust the exposure when a backlit subject becomes underexposed, or overexposed due to bright light. Program selector Joystick 1. Set the program selector to 2. If the joystick guide does not appear on screen, press ( ) to display it.
Adjusting the Focus Manually Autofocus may not work well on the following subjects. In such case, focus manually. Subjects with low Reflective Fast Moving Through dirty or Night Scenes contrast or without surfaces Subjects wet windows vertical lines Program selector Zoom lever Joystick 1.
• To return to autofocus, push the joystick ( ) towards [FOCUS] once more. “MF” will disappear and [FOCUS] will turn white again. 6. Push the joystick ( ) towards [BACK] to save the focus adjustment. 7. If necessary, press ( ) again to hide the joystick guide.
Setting the White Balance You can use the preset modes to reproduce colors more accurately, or set a custom white balance to obtain the optimal setting. AUTO Settings are automatically set by the camcorder. For recording outdoors on a bright day. DAYLIGHT For recording under tungsten and tungsten type (3-wavelength) TUNGSTEN...
Use the auto setting for normal outdoor scenes. When the program selector is set to , the white balance is preset to [AUTO]. The camcorder retains the custom white balance setting even if you turn it off. When you have set the custom white balance: - Depending on the light source, “...
Setting the Shutter Speed You can adjust the shutter speed manually to make stable shots of fast moving subjects. Available shutter speed settings: AUTO, 1/50, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 MENU CAMERA SETUP SHUTTR SPEED AUTO 1. Set the program selector to 2.
Auto Slow Shutter In the Easy Recording mode or when the shutter speed is set to [AUTO] in the Program AE recording program, the camcorder uses shutter speeds down to 1/25. This allows you to obtain a brighter recording in places with insufficient lighting. However, you can set the camcorder not to use a slow shutter speed.
Using the Self-Timer FUNC. button Start/stop button MENU SELF TIMER OFF 1. Open the FUNC. menu and select ( ) the self timer icon. 2. Set ( ) it to [SELF TIMER ON] and close the menu. 3. Press the start/stop button. The camcorder starts recording after a 10-second countdown.
Changing the Recording Mode (SP/LP) You can choose between SP (standard play) and LP (long play). LP extends the tape usage by 1.5 times. MENU VCR SETUP REC MODE STD PLAY 1. Open the FUNC. menu, select ( ) the icon and press ( 2.
Audio Recording Changing the Audio Mode You can record sound in two audio modes—16-bit and 12-bit. The 12-bit mode records sound on two channels (stereo 1), leaving 2 channels free (stereo 2) for adding new sound later with another editing device. Select the 16-bit mode for higher sound quality. MENU AUDIO SETUP AUDIO MODE 12bit...
Using an External Microphone You can connect an external microphone to the MIC terminal. Use commercially available condenser microphones with their own power supply. MIC terminal Open the terminal cover You can connect almost any stereo microphone equipped with a Ø 3.5 mm plug but the audio level will be different than with the built-in microphone.
Using Digital Effects Faders ( Begin or end scenes with a fade to or from black. Fade Trigger (FADE-T) Wipe (WIPE) Corner Wipe (CORNER) Jump (JUMP) Flip (FLIP) Puzzle (PUZZLE) Zigzag (ZIGZAG) Beam (BEAM) Tide (TIDE) Downloaded From VideoCamera-Manual.com Manuals...
Effects ( Add flavor to your recordings. Black and White Sepia (SEPIA) Art (ART) (BLK&WHT) Mosaic (MOSAIC) Ball (BALL) Cube (CUBE) Wave (WAVE) Color Mask (COLOR.) Mirror (MIRROR) Selecting a Fader mode, set the program selector to * Not available if the TV type is set to [NORMAL TV]. MENU D.EFFECT OFF 1.
Fade out: During recording, press the D.EFFECTS button and pause recording by pressing the start/stop button. The fader can be activated/deactivated by pressing the D.EFFECTS button. 4. Fade in: In playback pause mode, press the D.EFFECTS button and begin playback by pushing the joystick ( ) towards Fade out: During playback, press the D.EFFECTS...
Widescreen TV Recording (16:9) The camcorder uses the full width of the CCD providing high-resolution 16:9 recording. WIDE SCR button Press the WIDE SCR button. • “ ” disappears and the picture changes to 4:3 aspect ratio. • On the LCD screen: Widescreen video will display normally; video in 4:3 aspect ratio will appear with black side bars.
Magnifying the Image Playback The playback image can be magnified up to 5 times. Zoom lever Joystick 1. Move the zoom lever toward T. • The image is magnified by 2 times. • A frame appears indicating the position of the magnified area. •...
Displaying the Data Code The camcorder maintains a data code containing the recording date and time. You can select the data code combination and display it during playback. Joystick DATA CODE button FUNC. button MENU DISPLAY SETUP/ DATA CODE DATE & TIME 1.
End Search When you have played back a tape, you can use this function to locate the end of the last recorded scene. Joystick FUNC. button In stop mode: 1. Open the FUNC. menu, select ( ) the end search icon and press 2.
Playing Back a Tape with Added Sound You can select to play back Stereo 1 (original sound), Stereo 2 (added sound), or adjust the balance of both sounds. MENU AUDIO SETUP 12bit AUDIO STEREO1 1. Open the FUNC. menu, select ( ) the icon and press ( 2.
Changing the Display Language Other Functions The language used for screen display and menu items can be changed. The available set of languages varies depending on the region. Follow the procedure below to check which set of languages are provided with your camcorder. Language Set A English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Japanese...
Other Camcorder Settings Beep You will hear a beep upon camcorder operations such as power on/off, start/stop, self- timer countdown, and unusual conditions of the camcorder. If you turn off the beep, all camcorder sounds will be turned off. MENU SYSTEM SETUP BEEP HIGH VOLUME To turn off the beep:...
The image stabilizer might not be as effective when using the Night recording program. Changing the Display of the Start-Up Image You can set whether the Canon logo will be displayed or not when you turn on the camcorder. MENU SYSTEM SETUP...
Demonstration Mode The demonstration mode displays the camcorder’s main features. It starts automatically when you leave the camcorder turned on (using the power adapter) without loading a recording media for more than 5 minutes. However, you can set the camcorder not to start the demonstration mode.
Recording to a VCR or Digital Video Editing Device You can copy your recordings by connecting the camcorder to a VCR or a digital video device. If you connect a digital video device, you can copy recordings with virtually no generation loss in image and sound quality.
We recommend powering the camcorder from a household power source. When connecting a VCR, the quality of the edited tape will be slightly lower than that of the original. When connecting a digital video device: - If the picture does not appear, reconnect the DV cable or turn the camcorder off and back on again.
Recording from Digital Video Devices (DV Dubbing) You can record from other digital video devices equipped with a DV terminal with virtually no loss in picture and sound quality. 1. Connect the camcorder to the digital video device. See Connecting a Digital Video Device ( 63).
Concerning Copyright Copyright Precaution Certain pre-recorded video tapes, films and other materials, as well as some television programmes are copyrighted. Unauthorised recording of these materials may violate copyright protection laws. Copyright Signals During playback: If you try to play back a tape that contains copyright control signals for protection of software, “COPYRIGHT PROTECTED PLAYBACK IS RESTRICTED”...
Transferring Video Recordings to a Computer Transferring Using a DV Cable You can transfer recordings to a computer equipped with a IEEE1394 (DV) terminal or IEEE1394 capture board. Use the editing software supplied with your computer/capture board to transfer video recording from tape to computer. Refer to the instruction manual of the software.
Screen Displays Additional Information Hiding the Displays on the LCD Screen You can hide the displays on the LCD screen to have a clear screen for playback. MENU DISPLAY SETUP/ DISPLAYS ON 1. Open the FUNC. menu, select ( ) the icon and press ( 2.
Screen Displays during Recording/Playback (see also Self-timer ( Digital effects ( Shutter speed ( Exposure lock ( Recording reminder ( Manual focus ( Image stabilizer ( Recording mode ( Tape operation Time code ( Remaining tape ( Operating mode ( 4), Zoom ( 22), Widescreen mode (...
List of Messages Message Explanation SET THE TIME ZONE, You have not set the time zone, date and time. This message DATE AND TIME appears each time you turn the power on until you set the time zone, date and time. CHANGE THE BATTERY Battery pack is exhausted.
Maintenance/Others Camcorder Handling Precautions Do not carry the camcorder by the LCD panel. Do not leave the camcorder in places subject to high temperatures, such as a sun- heated car, and high humidity. Do not use the camcorder near strong electric or magnetic fields such as above TVs, near plasma TVs or mobile phones.
When the playback picture becomes distorted, the video heads need to be cleaned. To maintain the best picture quality, we recommend cleaning the video heads frequently with the Canon DVM-CL Digital Video Head Cleaning Cassette or a commercially available dry cleaning cassette.
When condensation is detected: The camcorder stops operating and the warning message “CONDENSATION HAS BEEN DETECTED” appears for approx. 4 seconds and “ ” starts flashing. If a cassette is loaded, the warning message “REMOVE THE CASSETTE” appears and “ ”...
About the battery terminal cover The battery terminal cover has a [ ]-shaped hole. This is useful when you wish to differentiate between charged and uncharged battery packs. For example, with charged battery packs, attach the terminal cover so that the [ ]-shaped hole shows the blue label.
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 with PAL system.
Troubleshooting 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 Cause Solution Camcorder will not turn on. Battery pack is exhausted. Replace or charge the battery pack.
Recording Problem Cause Solution Image will not appear on the Camcorder is not set to Set the camcorder to screen. mode. mode. “SET THE TIME ZONE, Time zone, date and time are Set the time zone, date and DATE AND TIME” appears on not set.
Playback Problem Cause Solution Pressing the playback button Camcorder is turned off, or is Set the camcorder to does not start playback. not set to mode. mode. Cassette is not loaded. Load a cassette. Tape reached the end Rewind the tape. (“...
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Specifications MV920/MV901/MV900/MV890 System Video Recording System 2 rotary heads, helical scanning DV system (consumer digital VCR SD system), digital component recording Audio Recording System PCM digital sound: 16 bit (48 kHz/2 ch); 12 bit (32 kHz/4 ch) Television System EIA standard (625 lines, 50 fields) PAL color signal Image Sensor 1/6-inch CCD, approx.
Power/Others Power supply (rated) 7.4 V DC Power consumption (AF on) 2.4W (using viewfinder), 2.5 W (using LCD screen in normal brightness) Operating temperature 0 – 40 °C Dimensions (W x H x D) 49 x 92 x 115 mm excluding protrusions Weight (camcorder body only) 375 g CA-570 Compact Power Adapter...
Index only 16:9 (Widescreen) ....54 6-second auto date ....56 Grip belt .
Record review ....20 Record search ....20 Recording .
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