Thank you for purchasing this digital
video camera. Before use, please
read the safety information and
precautions contained in the pages
2 4 and 6 to ensure safe use of this
Please visit our Homepage on the World Wide Web for
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To deactivate the demonstration,
set "DEMO MODE" to "OFF".
pg. 22, 25)
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Before recording important video, be sure to
make a trial recording.
Play back your trial recording to make sure the
video and audio have been recorded properly.
We recommend cleaning your video heads
If you haven't used your
camcorder for awhile, the
heads may be dirty. We
cleaning the video heads
with a cleaning cassette
Be sure to store your
cassette tapes and
camcorder in the proper environment.
Video heads can become dirty more easily if your
cassette tapes and camcorder are stored in a
dusty area. Cassette tapes should be removed
from the camcorder and stored in cassette cases.
Store the camcorder in a bag or other container.
Use SP (Standard) mode for important video
LP (Long Play) mode lets you record 50% more
video than SP (Standard) mode, but you may
experience mosaic-like noise during playback
depending on the tape characteristics and the
So, for important recordings, we recommend
using SP mode.
For safety and reliability.
It is recommended only genuine JVC batteries
and accessories are used in this camcorder.
This product includes patented and other
proprietary technology and will operate only
with JVC Data Battery. Use the JVC BN-
VF707U/VF714/VF733U battery packs. Using
generic non-JVC batteries can cause damage
to the internal charging circuitry.
Make sure you only use cassettes with the
Mini DV mark
This camcorder is designed exclusively for the
digital video cassette. Only cassettes marked
" can be used with this unit.
Remember that this camcorder is intended for
private consumer use only.
Any commercial use without proper permission is
prohibited. (Even if you record an event such as a
show, performance or exhibition for personal
enjoyment, it is strongly recommended that you
obtain permission beforehand.)
DO NOT leave the unit
- in place of over 50°C.
- in place where humidity is extremely low (below
35%) or extremely high (80%).
- in direct sunlight.
- in a closed car in summer.
- near a heater.
The LCD monitor is made with high-precision
technology. However, black spots or bright spots
of light (red, green or blue) may appear constantly
on the LCD monitor. These spots are not
recorded on the tape. This is not due to any
defect of the unit. (Effective dots: more than
Do not leave the battery pack attached when the
camcorder is not in use and check the unit
regularly whether it is working or not.
READ THIS FIRST!
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WARNING: TO PREVENT FIRE OR SHOCK
HAZARD, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS UNIT TO
RAIN OR MOISTURE.
÷ If you notice smoke or a peculiar smell coming
from the camcorder or AC Adapter, shut it down
and unplug it immediately. Continue using the
camcorder or AC Adapter under these
conditions could lead to fire or electric shock.
Contact your JVC dealer. Do not attempt to
repair the malfunction yourself.
÷ To prevent shock, do not open the cabinet. No
user serviceable parts inside. Refer servicing
to qualified personnel.
÷ When you are not using the AC Adapter for a
long period of time, it is recommended that you
disconnect the power cord from AC outlet.
To avoid electric
shock or damage to
the unit, first firmly
insert the small end
of the power cord into
the AC Adapter until it
is no longer wobbly,
and then plug the
larger end of the
power cord into an
÷ This camcorder is designed to be used with
PAL-type colour television signals. It cannot be
used for playback with a television of a different
standard. However, live recording and LCD
monitor/viewfinder playback are possible
This product includes patented and other
proprietary technology and will operate
only with JVC Data Battery. Use the JVC
BN-VF707U/VF714U/VF733U battery packs
and, to recharge them or to supply power to
the camcorder from an AC outlet, use the
provided multi-voltage AC Adapter. (An
appropriate conversion adapter may be
necessary to accommodate different
designs of AC outlets in different
The rating plate (serial number plate) and
safety caution are on the bottom and/or the
back of the main unit.
The rating information and safety caution of
the AC Adapter are on its upper and lower
When the equipment is installed in a cabinet or on
a shelf, make sure that it has sufficient space on
all sides to allow for ventilation (10 cm or more on
both sides, on top and at the rear).
Do not block the ventilation holes.
(If the ventilation holes are blocked by a
newspaper, or cloth etc. the heat may not be able
to get out.)
No naked flame sources, such as lighted candles,
should be placed on the apparatus.
When discarding batteries, environmental
problems must be considered and the local rules
or laws governing the disposal of these batteries
must be followed strictly.
The apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping or
Do not use this equipment in a bathroom or
places with water.
Also do not place any containers filled with water
or liquids (such as cosmetics or medicines, flower
vases, potted plants, cups etc.) on top of this unit.
(If water or liquid is allowed to enter this
equipment, fire or electric shock may be caused.)
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Do not point the lens or the viewfinder directly into
the sun. This can cause eye injuries, as well as
lead to the malfunctioning of internal circuitry.
There is also a risk of fire or electric shock.
The following notes concern possible physical
damage to the camcorder and to the user.
When carrying, be sure to always securely attach
and use the provided strap. Carrying or holding
the camcorder by the viewfinder and/or the LCD
monitor can result in dropping the unit, or in a
Take care not to get your finger caught in the
cassette holder cover. Do not let children operate
the camcorder, as they are particularly
susceptible to this type of injury.
Do not use a tripod on unsteady or unlevel
surfaces. It could tip over, causing serious
damage to the camcorder.
Connecting cables (Audio/Video, S-Video, etc.) to
the camcorder and leaving it on top of the TV is
not recommended, as tripping on the cables will
cause the camcorder to fall, resulting in damage.
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You can use the Wipe/Fader Effects to make
pro-style scene transitions. (
Program AE and Special Effects
For example, "SPORTS" mode allows fast-
moving images to be captured one frame at a
time, for vivid, stable slow-motion. (
You can change the recording mode between
manual setting to the standard mode setting
of the camcorder by pressing the AUTO
Simply pressing the BACKLIGHT button
brightens the image darkened by backlight.
÷ You can also select a spot metering area so
that more precise exposure compensation
is available. (
pg. 29, Spot Exposure
You can check the battery status by simply
pressing the DATA button. (
Major Features of this Camcorder
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