COMPACT VHS CAMCORDER
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 camcorder.
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 anywhere. Use the BN-V12U/V18U/
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
The rating plate (serial number plate) and
safety caution are on the bottom and/or the
back of the main unit.
The rating plate (serial number plate) of the
AC Power Adapter/Charger is on its bottom.
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
Replace battery with Maxell, Panasonic
(Matsushita Electric), Sanyo or Sony CR2025;
use of another battery may present a risk of fire
Dispose of used battery promptly.
Keep away from children.
Do not disassemble and do not dispose of in
TO PREVENT FIRE OR SHOCK
HAZARD, DO NOT EXPOSE
THIS UNIT TO RAIN OR
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 Power
Adapter/Charger for a long period of time, it
is recommended that you disconnect the
power cord from AC outlet.
Using This Instruction Manual
· All major sections and subsections are listed in
the Table of Contents (
pgs. 8, 9).
· 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. 74 79) and
familiarize yourself with button locations, etc.
.... read thoroughly the Safety Precautions that
follow and cautions (
pgs. 83 85). They
contain extremely important information
regarding the safe use of your new camcorder.
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
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 conduc-
tors, 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 power-line surges.
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. 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
Do not overload wall outlets, extension cords, or
integral convenience receptacles as this can result
in a risk of fire or electric shock.
3. 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 recepta-
cles, and the point where they exit from the
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.
5. Wall or Ceiling Mounting
The product should be mounted to a wall or ceiling
only as recommended by the manufacturer.
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)
Program AE with Special
pg. 28, 29)
Auto Mode Lock
Auto Mode Release
Electronic Fog Filter
1/2000 sec. High Speed Shutter
Digital Hyper Zoom
Picture Stabilizer (
Integrated Auto Light
LCD Color Monitor (
Digital Still Camera Built-in
(PC communication capable)
pg. 48 63)
Program Manager II
pg. 28 41)
Program AE with Special Effects,
Fade/Wipe, Wide, Super LoLux,
Instant Titles, Menu Adjustment
(Focus, Exposure Control and so on.)
can be used with this
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