COMPACT VHS CAMCORDER
For Customer Use:
Enter below the Model No. and Serial
No. which is located on the bottom of
cabinet. Retain this information for
(The camcorder illustrations appearing in
the illustrations are of the GR-AX730.)
Thank you for purchasing the JVC Compact VHS
camcorder. Before use, please read the safety
information and precautions contained in the
following pages to ensure safe use of your new
Using This Instruction Manual
· All major sections and subsections are listed in the
Table Of Contents (
· Notes appear after most subsections. Be sure to read
these as well.
· Basic and advanced features/operation are separated
for easier reference.
It is recommended that you . . .
...... refer to the Index (
pgs. 51 54) and
familiarize yourself with button locations, etc.
...... read thoroughly the Safety Precautions and Safety
Instructions that follow. They contain extremely
important information regarding the safe use of
your new camcorder.
The AA-V15U AC Power Adapter/Charger should
be used with:
AC 120 V`, 60 Hz in the USA and Canada,
AC 110 240 V`, 50/60 Hz in other countries.
CAUTION (applies to the AA-V15U)
TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK MATCH WIDE
BLADE OF PLUG TO WIDE SLOT, FULLY INSERT.
ATTENTION (s'applique à l'AA-V15U)
POUR ÉVITER LES CHOCS ÉLECTRIQUES,
INTRODUIRE LA LAME LA PLUS LARGE DE LA
FICHE DANS LA BORNE CORRESPONDANTE DE
LA PRISE ET POUSSER JUSQU'AU FOND.
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK.
DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK).
NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE.
REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL.
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, within an
equilateral triangle, is intended to alert the user to the
presence of uninsulated "dangerous voltage" within the
product's enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude
to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons.
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is
intended to alert the user to the presence of important
operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in
the literature accompanying the appliance.
TO PREVENT FIRE OR SHOCK
HAZARD, DO NOT EXPOSE
THIS UNIT TO RAIN OR
Warning on lithium battery
The battery used in this device may present a fire
or chemical burn hazard if mistreated. Do not
recharge, disassemble, heat above 100°C (212°F)
Replace the battery with Maxell, Panasonic
(Matsushita Electric), Sanyo or Sony CR2025; use
of another battery may present a risk of fire or
Dispose of used battery promptly.
Keep away from children.
Do not disassemble and do not dispose of in fire.
You are recommended to carefully read the cautions
on pages 55 and 56 before use.
The rating plate (serial number plate) and safety
caution are on the bottom and/or the back of the
The rating plate (serial number plate) of the AC
Power Adapter/Charger is on its bottom.
This Class B digital apparatus meets all require-
ments of the Canadian Interference Causing
"Cet appareil numérique de la classe B respecte
toutes les exigences du Règlement sur le matériel
brouilleur du Canada."
This camcorder is designed to be used with NTSC-
type color television signals. It cannot be used for
playback with a television of a different standard.
However, live recording and viewfinder playback
are possible anywhere. Use the BN-V11U/V12U/
V22U/V25U battery packs and, to recharge them,
the provided multi-voltage AC Power Adapter/
Charger. (An appropriate conversion adapter may
be necessary to accommodate different designs of
AC outlets in different countries.)
The product that you have purchased is powered
by a rechargeable battery. The battery is recycla-
ble. At the end of its useful life, under various state
and local laws, it may be illegal to dispose of this
battery into the municipal waste stream. Check
with your local solid waste officials for details in
your area for recycling options or proper disposal.
Slots and openings in the cabinet are provided for
ventilation. To ensure reliable operation of the product
and to protect it from overheating, these openings must
not be blocked or covered.
· Do not block the openings by placing the product on
a bed, sofa, rug or other similar surface.
· Do not place the product in a built-in installation
such as a bookcase or rack unless proper ventilation
is provided or the manufacturer's instructions have
been adhered to.
6. Wall or Ceiling Mounting
The product should be mounted to a wall or ceiling
only as recommended by the manufacturer.
1. Outdoor Antenna Grounding
If an outside antenna or cable system is connected to
the product, be sure the antenna or cable system is
grounded so as to provide some protection against
voltage surges and built-up static charges. Article 810
of the National Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA 70,
provides information with regard to proper grounding
of the mast and supporting structure, grounding of the
lead-in wire to an antenna discharge unit, size of
grounding conductors, location of antenna discharge
unit, connection to grounding electrodes, and
requirements for the grounding electrode.
For added protection for this product during a lightning
storm, or when it is left unattended and unused for long
periods of time, unplug it from the wall outlet and
disconnect the antenna or cable system. This will
prevent damage to the product due to lightning and
3. Power Lines
An outside antenna system should not be located in the
vicinity of overhead power lines or other electric light
or power circuits, or where it can fall into such power
lines or circuits. When installing an outside antenna
system, extreme care should be taken to keep from
touching such power lines or circuits as contact with
them might be fatal.
Electrical energy can perform many useful func-
tions. But improper use can result in potential
electrical shock or fire hazards. This product has
been engineered and manufactured to assure your
personal safety. In order not to defeat the built-in
safeguards, observe the following basic rules for its
installation, use and servicing.
Follow and obey all warnings and instructions
marked on your product and its operating instruc-
tions. For your safety, please read all the safety and
operating instructions before you operate this
product and keep this manual for future reference.
1. Grounding or Polarization
(A) Your product may be equipped with a polarized
alternating-current line plug (a plug having one
blade wider than the other). This plug will fit into
the power outlet only one way. This is a safety
If you are unable to insert the plug fully into the
outlet, try reversing the plug. If the plug should still
fail to fit, contact your electrician to replace your
obsolete outlet. Do not defeat the safety purpose of
the polarized plug.
(B) Your product may be equipped with a 3-wire
grounding-type plug, a plug having a third
(grounding) pin. This plug will only fit into a
grounding-type power outlet. This is a safety
If you are unable to insert the plug into the outlet,
contact your electrician to replace your obsolete
outlet. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the
2. Power Sources
Operate your product only from the type of power
source indicated on the marking label. If you are not
sure of the type of power supply to your home, consult
your product dealer or local power company. If your
product is intended to operate from battery power, or
other sources, refer to the operating instructions.
Do not overload wall outlets, extension cords, or
integral convenience receptacles as this can result in a
risk of fire or electric shock.
4. Power Cord Protection
Power supply cords should be routed so that they are
not likely to be walked on or pinched by items placed
upon or against them, paying particular attention to
cords at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point
where they exit from the product.
LEAD IN WIRE
(NEC SECTION 810-21)
POWER SERVICE GROUNDING ELECTRODE SYSTEM
(NEC ART 250. PART H)
NEC NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE
EXAMPLE OF ANTENNA GROUNDING AS PER
NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE, ANSI/NFPA 70
To avoid personal injury:
· Do not place this product on an unstable cart,
stand, tripod, bracket or table. It may fall, causing
serious injury to a child or adult, and serious
damage to the product.
· Use only with a cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or
table recommended by the manufacturer or sold
with the product.
· Use a mounting accessory recommended by the
manufacturer and follow the manufacturer's
instructions for any mounting of the product.
· Do not try to roll a cart with small casters across
thresholds or deep-pile carpets.
2. Product and Cart Combination
A product and cart combination should be moved
with care. Quick stops, excessive force, and uneven
surfaces may cause the product and cart combina-
tion to overturn.
3. Water and Moisture
Do not use this product
near water--for example,
near a bath tub, wash
bowl, kitchen sink or
laundry tub, in a wet
basement, or near a
swimming pool and the
4. Object and Liquid Entry
Never push objects of any kind into this product
through openings as they may touch dangerous
voltage points or short-out parts that could result in
a fire or electric shock. Never spill liquid of any
kind on the product.
Do not use attachments not recommended by the
manufacturer of this product as they may cause
Unplug this product from the wall outlet before
cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol
cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning.
The product should be situated away from heat
sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or
other products (including amplifiers) that produce
If your product is not operating correctly or exhibits
a marked change in performance and you are
unable to restore normal operation by following the
detailed procedure in its operating instructions, do
not attempt to service it yourself as opening or
removing covers may expose you to dangerous
voltage or other hazards. Refer all servicing to
qualified service personnel.
2. Damage Requiring Service
Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer
servicing to qualified service personnel under the
a. When the power supply cord or plug is damaged.
b. If liquid has been spilled, or objects have fallen
into the product.
c. If the product has been exposed to rain or water.
d. If the product does not operate normally by
following the operating instructions. Adjust only
those controls that are covered by the operating
instructions as an improper adjustment of other
controls may result in damage and will often
require extensive work by a qualified technician
to restore the product to its normal operation.
e. If the product has been dropped or damaged in
f. When the product exhibits a distinct change in
performance--this indicates a need for service.
3. Replacement Parts
When replacement parts are required, be sure the
service technician has used replacement parts
specified by the manufacturer or have the same
characteristics as the original part. Unauthorized
substitutions may result in fire, electric shock or
4. Safety Check
Upon completion of any service or repairs to this
product, ask the service technician to perform safety
checks to determine that the product is in safe
PORTABLE CART WARNING
(Symbol provided by RETAC)
Using the battery pack
1 Hook-on the battery pack's top end to the
camcorder. (Charging procedure,
2 Push in the battery pack until it locks into
To remove the battery pack
Slide BATT. RELEASE and pull out the battery
QUICK OPERATION GUIDE
1 Set the Power Switch to "PLAY".
2 Press REW.
-- The tape will automatically stop at the
beginning of the tape.
3 Press PLAY/PAUSE.
-- Playback starts and the playback picture
·To stop playback, press STOP.
(For more details,
Or simply play back the tape on a VHS
VCR using the Cassette Adapter (VHS
INSERTING A VIDEO
1 Slide EJECT to open the cassette holder.
2 Insert a video cassette.
3 Press PUSH to close the cassette holder.
(For more details,
1 Slide the LENS COVER Open/Close Switch
to open the lens cover.
2 Set the Power Switch to "CAMERA".
-- The power indicator will light and an
image will appear.
3 Press the Recording Start/Stop Button.
-- Recording starts.
· To stop recording temporarily, momentarily
press the Recording Start/Stop Button once
(For more details,
pgs. 16, 17)
Set to "PLAY"
Recording Start/Stop Button
Set to "CAMERA"