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VIDEO RECORDING &
DIGITAL STILL CAMERA
(D.S.C.) RECORDING &
Please visit our Homepage on the World Wide
Web for Digital Video Camera:
For Customer Use:
Enter below the Model No. and Serial No. which is
located on the bottom of the camcorder. Retain this
information for future reference.
in this instruction
manual are of the
DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA
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Using This Instruction Manual
All major sections are listed in the Table Of Contents on the cover page.
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 (
pg. 80 85) and familiarize yourself with button locations, etc. before use.
... read thoroughly the Safety Precautions and Safety Instructions that follow. They contain extremely
important information regarding the safe use of this product.
Thank you for purchasing this digital video camera. Before use, please read the safety information and
precautions contained in the following pages to ensure safe use of this product.
You are recommended to carefully read the cautions on pages 74 through 76 before use.
TO PREVENT FIRE OR SHOCK
HAZARD, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS
UNIT TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
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.
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 safty caution of the
AC Adapter are on its upper and lower sides.
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 LCD
monitor/viewfinder playback are possible
Use the JVC BN-V408U/V416U/V428U 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 countries.)
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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 (3-15/16") 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 splashing.
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.)
This product has a fluorescent lamp that contains a small amount of mercury. Disposal of these materials
may be regulated in your community due to environmental considerations.
For disposal or recycling information please contact your local authorities, or the Electronics Industries
IMPORTANT SAFTY INSTRUCTIONS
1) Read these instructions.
2) Keep these instructions.
3) Heed all warnings.
4) Follow all instructions.
5) Do not use this apparatus near water.
6) Clean only with dry cloth.
7) Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in
accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
8) Do not install near any heat sources such as
radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other
apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce
9) Only use attachments/accessories specified by
10)Use only with the cart,
stand, tripod, bracket, or
table specified by the
manufacturer, or sold
with the apparatus.
When a cart is used, use
caution when moving
combination to avoid
injury from tip-over.
11)Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or
when unused for long periods of time.
12)Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
Servicing is required when the apparatus has
been damaged in any way, such as power-supply
cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled
or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the
apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture,
does not operate normally, or has been dropped.
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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 malfunction.
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
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.
Attach only the optional JVC VL-V3U Video Light, VL-F3U Flash, MZ-V3U Stereo Zoom Microphone or
MZ-V5U Stereo Microphone to the camcorder's Info-Shoe.
This camcorder is designed exclusively for the digital video cassette, SD Memory Card and
MultiMediaCard. Only cassettes marked "
" and memory cards marked "
" can be used with this unit.
Before recording an important scene...
... make sure you only use cassettes with the Mini DV mark
... make sure you only use memory cards with the mark
... remember that this camcorder is not compatible with other digital video formats.
... 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.)
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In order to maintain optimum performance of the camcorder, provided cables may be equipped with one or
more core filter. If a cable has only one core filter, the end that is closest to the filter should be connected to
Make sure to use the provided cables for connections. Do not use any other cables.
(ø3.5 mini-plug to RCA
Remote Control Unit
RM-V717U (GR-DV900 only)
RM-V718U* (GR-DV800/500 only)
Memory Card 8 MB
(Already inserted in the
pg. 7 for
AAA (R03) Battery x 2 (GR-DV900 only)
Lithium Battery CR2025* (GR-DV800/
(for remote control unit)
* A lithium battery is pre-installed in the
Remote Control Unit at time of shipment
(with insulation sheet). To use the
Remote Control Unit, remove the
pg. 7 for
Core Filter (GR-DV800/
500 only) (for optional
Audio Cable x 2
(for connection of
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