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Record mode

Record mode Check before recording

Check the following before recording important events such as weddings or when the Camcorder has not been used for a long time. Conduct a test recording to make sure that the image recording and the audio recording work properly.

ª Basic Camcorder positioning


ª About auto mode

Press the [AUTO] button and the color balance (white balance) and focusing will be adjusted automatically. (The [ AUTO ] indication appears on the screen.) Auto white balance: -49- Auto focusing: -49- Depending on the brightness of the subject etc., the aperture and shutter speed are automatically adjusted for an optimum brightness. (When set to the tape recording mode: The shutter speed is adjusted to a maximum of 1/250.) Color balance and focus may not be adjusted depending on light sources or scenes. If so, manually adjust the white balance and focus.


Scene mode (-32-) White balance (-33-) Shutter speed (-34-) Iris/gain value (-34-) Focus (-33-)


ª Recording mode





  • 1)

    Hold the Camcorder with both hands.

  • 2)

    Put your hand through the grip belt.

  • 3)

    Do not cover the microphones or sensors with

your hands.

  • 4)

    Keep your arms near your body.

  • 5)

    Separate your legs for better balance.

When you are outdoors, record pictures with the sunlight as far in the background as possible. If the subject is backlit, it will become dark in the recording.

ª Check points

Grip belt adjustment (-12-) Open the LCD monitor or extend the viewfinder.

(Recording cannot start while the LCD monitor is closed and the viewfinder is retracted. Even if the LCD monitor and viewfinder are closed during recording, the power will not turn off until recording stops.) Adjusting LCD monitor/viewfinder (-21-) Power supply (-12-) Insert a cassette (-18-) Setting date/time (-15-) Setting SP/LP mode

You can switch the tape recording mode. Set to Tape Recording/Playback Mode. 1 Set [BASIC] or [ADVANCED] >>

[REC SPEED] >> [SP] or [LP]. If the LP mode is selected, the recording time will be 1.5 times the SP mode, but some functions will be disabled.

We recommend using the SP mode for important recording. In order to fully exhibit the performances of the LP mode, we recommend using Panasonic cassettes marked LP mode. In the LP mode, the picture quality will not be degraded in comparison with the SP mode, but mosaic noise may appear on the playback image or some functions may be disabled. Playback on other digital video equipment or on digital video equipment without the LP mode. Playback of the image on other digital video equipment recorded in the LP mode. Frame-by-frame playback.


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