DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA
The D.S.C. (Digital Still Camera) features
are available on GR-DVL915, GR-DVL715
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VIDEO RECORDING &
VIDEO RECORDING ............ 16 20
VIDEO PLAYBACK .............. 21 24
DIGITAL STILL CAMERA (D.S.C.)
D.S.C. RECORDING ............ 26 27
D.S.C. PLAYBACK .............. 28 36
FOR RECORDING ................ 38 45
USING MENUS FOR
DETAILED ADJUSTMENT ...... 46 51
DUBBING ......................... 52 56
USING THE REMOTE
CONTROL UNIT ................ 57 67
SYSTEM CONNECTIONS ........ 68 69
DETAILS ................................... 71
TROUBLESHOOTING ............ 72 76
USER MAINTENANCE ................... 77
INDEX ............................. 78 84
CAUTIONS ........................ 85 87
TERMS ............................ 88 89
SPECIFICATIONS ................. 90 91
The camcorder illustrations
appearing in this instruction
manual are of the GR-DVL915.
Using This Instruction Manual
·All major sections and subsections 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 (
pgs. 78 84) and familiarize yourself with button locations, etc. before use.
.... read thoroughly the Safety Precautions. They contain extremely important information regarding the safe
use of this product.
You are recommended to carefully read the cautions on pages 85 through 87 before use.
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 sides.
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.
TO PREVENT FIRE OR SHOCK
HAZARD, DO NOT EXPOSE
THIS UNIT TO RAIN OR
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
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.
Caution on Replaceable 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
Replace battery with Panasonic (Matsushita
Electric), Sanyo, Sony or Maxell CR2025.
Danger of explosion or Risk of fire if the battery
is incorrectly replaced.
Dispose of used battery promptly.
Keep away from children.
Do not disassemble and do not dispose of in
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
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 and
Power Cord. (An appropriate conversion
adapter may be necessary to accommodate
different designs of AC outlets in different
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
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
(If water or liquid is allowed to enter this
equipment, fire or electric shock may be
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 AC outlet.
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 shoulder 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 camcorder.
Connecting cables (Audio/Video, S-Video, etc.) to the camcorder and leaving the unit on top of
the TV is not recommended, as tripping on the cables will cause the camcorder to fall, resulting
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
*Memory cards can be used with GR-DVL915/DVL715/DVL515 only.
(ø3.5 mini-plug to RCA plug)
· Shoulder Strap
·Memory Card (8 MB)
DVL515 only) (Already
inserted in the
·Battery Pack BN-V408U
·PC Connection Cable
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 the camcorder.
· AC Adapter
· Power Cord
One plug has 3 rings around the pin,
and the other has 1 ring around the pin.
Both plugs have 1 ring around the pin.
·Lens Cap (Already attached
to the camcorder)
· Core Filter x 1 (GR-DVL510/
DVL410 only) (for optional
pg. 6 for
·Remote Control Unit
·Lithium Battery CR2025
(for remote control unit)
· Core Filter x 2 (GR-DVL310 only)
(for optional S-Video cable and PC
Connection cable provided with
optional HS-V16KIT software)
pg. 6 for attachment