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  • Brand: Panasonic
  • Product: Camcorder
  • Model/name: HC-V250
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  • Available languages: English, Italian

Table of Contents

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Owner’s Manual
High Definition Video Camera
Model No.
HC-V550
HC-V250
Please read these instructions carefully before using this product,
and save this manual for future use.
SQT0016
until
2014/1/24
Register online at www.panasonic.com/register (U.S. customers only)
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∫ About the recording format for
recording motion pictures
You can select from AVCHD*1, MP4 or iFrame
recording formats to record motion pictures
using this unit. (l 69)
*1 It is compatible with the AVCHD
Progressive (1080/60p).
AVCHD:
It is suitable for viewing on a high-definition TV
or for saving to disc*2
.
*2 The following methods are available for
saving an image recorded in 1080/60p:
j Copy the image to a disc using the
supplied software HD Writer LE 2.1.
j Copy the image to a Panasonic Blu-ray
disc recorder that supports AVCHD
Progressive.
≥ Blu-ray recorders are not sold in US.
MP4:
This is a recording format suitable for playing
back or editing on a PC.
≥ It is not compatible with motion pictures
recorded in AVCHD format.
iFrame:
This is a recording format suitable for playing
back or editing on a Mac (iMovie etc.).
≥ It is not compatible with motion pictures
recorded in AVCHD format.
∫ Indemnity about recorded
content
Panasonic does not accept any responsibility
for damages directly or indirectly due to any
type of problems that result in loss of recording
or edited content, and does not guarantee any
content if recording or editing does not work
properly. Likewise, the above also applies in a
case where any type of repair is made to the
unit.
∫ About Condensation (When
the lens or the LCD monitor is
fogged up)
Condensation occurs when there is a change in
temperature or humidity, such as when the unit
is taken from outside or a cold room to a warm
room. Please be careful, as it may cause the
lens or LCD monitor to become soiled, moldy,
or damaged.
When taking the unit to a place which has a
different temperature, if the unit is accustomed
to the room temperature of the destination for
about one hour, condensation can be
prevented. (When the difference in temperature
is severe, place the unit in a plastic bag or the
like, remove air from the bag, and seal the bag.)
When condensation has occurred, remove the
battery and/or the AC adapter and leave the
unit like that for about one hour. When the unit
becomes accustomed to the surrounding
temperature, fogginess will disappear naturally.
∫ Cards that you can use with
this unit
SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card and
SDXC Memory Card
≥ 4 GB or more Memory Cards that do not have
the SDHC logo or 48 GB or more Memory
Cards that do not have the SDXC logo are
not based on SD Memory Card
Specifications.
≥ Refer to page 14 for more details on SD
cards.
Read this first
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∫ For the purposes of this
owner’s manual
≥ SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card and
SDXC Memory Card are referred to as the
“SD card”.
≥ The smartphone and tablet are indicated as
“smartphone”.
≥ Function that can be used for Motion Picture
Recording Mode:
Function that can be used for Still Picture
Recording Mode:
≥ Function that can be used for the Playback
Mode:
Function that can be used for the Playback
Mode (motion pictures only):
Function that can be used for the Playback
Mode (still pictures only):
≥ Scene(s) recorded in the recording format
[AVCHD]: “AVCHD scene(s)”
≥ Scene(s) recorded in the recording format
[MP4/iFrame], scene(s) saved in
MP4 (Low Quality): “MP4/iFrame scene(s)”
≥ Pages for reference are indicated by an
arrow, for example: l 00
This owner's manual is designed for use with
models and . Pictures
may be slightly different from the original.
≥ The illustrations used in this owner's manual
show model , however, parts of
the explanation refer to different models.
≥ Depending on the model, some functions
are not available.
≥ and are equipped
with the Wi-Fi®
function.
≥ Features may vary, so please read carefully.
≥ Not all models may be available depending
on the region of purchase.
HC-V550 HC-V250
HC-V550
HC-V550 HC-V250
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Read this first.................................................2
Preparation
Names and Functions of Main Parts ............6
Power supply................................................10
Inserting/removing the battery ............... 10
Charging the battery .............................. 11
Charging and recording time ................. 12
Recording to a card .....................................14
Cards that you can use with this unit..... 14
Inserting/removing an SD card .............. 15
Turning the unit on/off.................................16
Selecting a mode .........................................17
Switching this unit between Recording
Mode and Playback Mode ..................... 17
Switching this unit between
Motion Picture Recording Mode and
Still Picture Recording Mode ................. 17
How to use the touch screen......................18
About the Touch Menu........................... 19
Setting date and time...................................20
Basic
Before recording..........................................21
Recording motion pictures .........................22
Recording still pictures...............................24
Recording still pictures in
Motion Picture Recording Mode ............ 25
Motion picture/Still picture playback .........26
Using the menu screen ...............................29
Using the Setup Menu .................................30
Advanced (Recording)
Using the zoom ............................................40
Zoom ratio during the Still Picture
Recording Mode .................................... 40
Level Shot Function [HC-V550] ..................41
Image Stabilizer Function [HC-V250] .........42
Changing the Recording Mode...................43
Intelligent Auto....................................... 44
Intelligent Auto Plus............................... 46
Creative Control..................................... 46
Scene Mode .......................................... 50
Endless Loop Recording ....................... 52
Stop Motion Animation Assist
[HC-V550] .............................................. 53
Manual recording .........................................54
White Balance........................................ 55
Manual shutter speed/iris adjustment .... 56
Manual Focus adjustment...................... 57
Recording with the Touch Function ...........58
Touch function icons .............................. 58
Recording functions of operation icons ....64
Operation icons...................................... 64
Recording functions of menus ...................68
Advanced (Playback)
Playback Operations....................................78
Motion picture playback using
operation icon ........................................ 78
Creating still picture from
motion picture ........................................ 79
Highlight & Time Frame Index ............... 80
Repeat Playback.................................... 80
Resuming the previous playback........... 81
Zooming in on a still picture during
playback (Playback zoom)..................... 81
Various playback functions.........................82
Playing back motion pictures/
still pictures by date ............................... 82
Highlight Playback ................................. 83
Manual Edit............................................ 89
Baby Calendar ....................................... 92
Changing the playback settings and
playing back the slide show ................... 94
Playing back still pictures recorded in
Stop Motion Animation Assist Mode
as a slide show [HC-V550]..................... 95
Deleting scenes/still pictures......................96
Deleting part of a scene (AVCHD) ......... 98
Dividing a scene (AVCHD)..................... 99
Dividing a scene to partially delete
(MP4/iFrame)....................................... 100
Protecting scenes/still pictures............. 101
Convert to MP4...........................................102
Watching Video/Pictures on your TV .......103
Connecting with a HDMI mini cable..... 106
Playback using VIERA Link™ ...................107
Contents
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Copy/Dubbing
Copying/playing back with a USB HDD ...109
Preparing for copying/playing back ..... 109
Simple copy ......................................... 111
Copy selected files .............................. 112
Playing back the USB HDD ................. 113
Dubbing with a Blu-ray disc recorder,
video device, etc. ....................................... 114
Using the Eye-Fi™ card............................. 118
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi® function...........................................121
[Link to Cell] ...............................................123
Preparations before using
[Link to Cell]......................................... 123
Using [Link to Cell] with
a direct connection .............................. 125
Using [Link to Cell] with a wireless
access point connection ...................... 126
About [Link to Cell] .............................. 127
[Baby Monitor]............................................129
Preparations before using
[Baby Monitor] ..................................... 129
Using [Baby Monitor] ........................... 130
[Home Cam]................................................132
Preparations before using
[Home Cam] ........................................ 132
Using [Home Cam] .............................. 133
[DLNA Play] ................................................138
Preparations before using
[DLNA Play] ......................................... 138
Playing back on a TV........................... 138
[Copy]..........................................................140
Preparations before using [Copy] ........ 140
Copying to a PC .................................. 142
[Live Cast]...................................................144
Preparations before using
[Live Cast]............................................ 145
Broadcasting live ................................. 146
Install the “Image App” .............................150
Setting Up a Wi-Fi Connection .................151
Using the [Wi-Fi Easy Setup] to set up
a connection ........................................ 152
Connecting to a wireless
access point......................................... 153
Setting up a direct connection to a
smartphone.......................................... 157
Connecting from the history................. 159
How to Use the [Wi-Fi Setup] Menu..........162
With a PC
What you can do with a PC .......................168
End User License Agreement.............. 170
Operating environment..............................172
Installation ..................................................175
Connecting to a PC ....................................176
About the PC display ........................... 178
Starting HD Writer LE 2.1...........................179
Reading the operating instructions of
the software applications ..................... 179
If using Mac ................................................180
Others
Indications ..................................................181
Messages ....................................................184
About recovery..................................... 185
Troubleshooting.........................................186
Cautions for use.........................................192
About copyright .........................................197
Recording modes/approximate
recordable time ..........................................199
Approximate number of recordable
pictures .......................................................200
Optional accessories .................................201
About the Remote Pan Tilt Cradle ....... 202
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1 Speaker
2 A/V connector [A/V] (l 103, 117)
3 Recording/playback button [ / ]
(l 17)
4
Level Shot Function button [ ]
(l 41)
Optical Image Stabilizer button
[ O.I.S.] (l 42)
5 Battery release lever [BATT] (l 10)
6 Power button [ ] (l 16)
7 HDMI mini connector [HDMI] (l 103)
8 USB terminal [ ] (l 109, 115, 176)
9 Status indicator (l 16, 151)
10 Recording start/stop button (l 22)
11 Battery holder (l 10)
12 Tripod receptacle
≥ Attaching a tripod with a screw length of
5.5 mm (0.22 q) or more may damage the
unit.
13 SD card cover (l 15)
14 Access lamp [ACCESS] (l 15)
15 Card slot (l 15)
Preparation
Names and Functions of Main Parts
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
10
9
11
12
13
14
15
HC-V550
HC-V250
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16 DC input terminal [DC IN] (l 11)
≥ Do not use any other AC adaptors except the
supplied one.
17 Shoulder strap fixture
18 Grip belt
Adjust the length of the grip belt so that it fits
your hand.
1 Flip the belt.
2 Adjust the length.
3 Replace the belt.
19 Photoshot button [ ] (l 24)
20 Zoom lever [W/T] (In Motion Picture
Recording Mode or Still Picture
Recording Mode) (l 40)/
Thumbnail display switch [ / ]
(l 27)/
Volume lever [sVOLr] (In Playback
Mode) (l 28)
20
19
16
17 18
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
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21 Wi-Fi button [Wi-Fi]
(l 123, 129, 132, 138, 140, 144, 159, 162)
22 Wi-Fi Transmitter (l 122)
23 NFC touch area [ ] (l 125, 133)
24 LCD monitor (Touch screen) (l 18)
≥ It can open up to 90o.
≥ It can rotate up to 180o A towards the lens or
90o B towards the opposite direction.
21
22
23
HC-V550 HC-V250
24 24
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25 Lens cover
≥ The lens cover opens in Motion Picture
Recording Mode or Still Picture
Recording Mode. (l 17)
26 Lens
27 Internal stereo microphones
28 Lens cover opening/closing switch
When not using the unit, close the lens cover to
protect the lens.
≥ Slide the opening/closing switch to open/
close the cover.
29 Lens cover
30 Lens
31 Internal stereo microphones
HC-V550
25 26
27
HC-V250
29
30
31
28
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∫ About batteries that you can use with this unit
The battery that can be used with this unit is VW-VBT190/VW-VBT380.
≥ The unit has a function for distinguishing batteries which can be used safely. The
dedicated battery (VW-VBT190/VW-VBT380) supports this function. The only batteries
suitable for use with this unit are genuine Panasonic products and batteries manufactured
by other companies and certified by Panasonic. Panasonic cannot in any way guarantee
the quality, performance or safety of batteries which have been manufactured by other
companies and are not genuine Panasonic products.
Inserting/removing the battery
≥ Press the power button to turn off the unit. (l 16)
Install the battery by inserting it in the direction shown in the figure.
Preparation
Power supply
It has been found that counterfeit battery packs which look very similar to the genuine
product are made available to purchase in some markets. Some of these battery packs
are not adequately protected with internal protection to meet the requirements of
appropriate safety standards. There is a possibility that these battery packs may lead to
fire or explosion. Please be advised that we are not liable for any accident or failure
occurring as a result of use of a counterfeit battery pack. To ensure that safe products are
used we would recommend that a genuine Panasonic battery pack is used.
Removing the battery
Be sure to hold down the power button until
the status indicator goes off. Then remove the
battery while supporting the unit to prevent it
from dropping.
Move the battery release lever in the
direction indicated by the arrow and
remove the battery when unlocked.
ャモヵヵ
Insert the battery until it clicks and locks.
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Charging the battery
The unit is in the standby condition when the AC adaptor is connected. The primary circuit is always
“live” as long as the AC adaptor is connected to an electrical outlet.
Important:
≥ Do not use the AC adaptor/DC cable with any other equipment as it is designed only for
this unit. Also, do not use the AC adaptor/DC cable from other equipment with this unit.
≥ The battery will not be charged if the unit is turned on.
≥ It is recommended to charge the battery in a temperature between 10 oC and 30 oC (50 oF
and 86 oF). (The battery temperature should also be the same.)
A DC input terminal
1 Connect the DC cable to the AC adaptor and to the DC input terminal of this
unit.
≥ Insert the plugs as far as they will go.
2 Insert the AC adaptor into an AC outlet.
≥ The status indicator will flash red at an interval of approximately 2 seconds (approximately
1 second on, approximately 1 second off), indicating that charging has begun.
It will turn off when the charging is completed.
∫ Connecting to the AC outlet
It is possible to use this unit with power supplied from the AC outlet by turning on the unit with the
AC adaptor connected.
Even when you use the AC adaptor for recording images, keep the battery connected.
This allows you to continue the recording even if a power failure occurs or the AC adaptor is
unplugged from the AC outlet by accident.
∫ To charge by connecting to other device
It is possible to charge by connecting to other device with the USB cable (supplied).
Please refer to page 177.
≥ If the status indicator flashes at a particularly fast or slow rate, refer to page 194.
≥ We recommend using Panasonic batteries (l 12, 13).
≥ If you use other batteries, we cannot guarantee the quality of this product.
≥ Do not heat or expose to flame.
When this unit is purchased, the battery is not charged. Charge the battery fully before
using this unit for the first time.
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≥ Do not leave the battery(ies) in a car exposed to direct sunlight for a long period of time with
doors and windows closed.
Charging and recording time
∫ Charging/Recording time
≥ Temperature: 25 oC (77 oF)/humidity: 60%RH
≥ Charging times in parentheses are when charging from the USB terminal.
HC-V550
Battery model
number
[Voltage/Capacity
(minimum)]
Charging
time
Recording
format
Recording
mode
Maximum
continuous
recordable
time
Actual
recordable
time
Supplied battery/
VW-VBT190
(optional)
[3.6 V/1940 mAh]
2 h 20 min
(5 h 20 min)
[AVCHD]
[1080/60p] 2 h 1 h
[PH],[HA],
[HG],[HE]
2 h 5 min 1 h 5 min
[MP4/
iFrame]
[1080] 2 h 1 h
[720] 2 h 25 min
1 h 15 min
[iFrame] 2 h 30 min
VW-VBT380
(optional)
[3.6 V/3880 mAh]
3 h 45 min
(9 h 45 min)
[AVCHD]
[1080/60p] 4 h 15 min 2 h 10 min
[PH] 4 h 20 min
2 h 15 min
[HA],[HG],
[HE]
4 h 25 min
[MP4/
iFrame]
[1080] 4 h 15 min 2 h 10 min
[720] 5 h 10 min
2 h 40 min
[iFrame] 5 h 15 min
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≥ “h” is an abbreviation for hour, “min” for minute and “s” for second.
≥ These times are approximations.
≥ The indicated charging time is for when the battery has been discharged completely.
Charging time and recordable time vary depending on the usage conditions such as high/
low temperature.
≥ The actual recordable time refers to the recordable time when repeatedly starting/stopping
recording, turning the unit on/off, moving the zoom lever etc.
≥ The batteries heat up after use or charging. This is not a malfunction.
HC-V250
Battery model
number
[Voltage/Capacity
(minimum)]
Charging
time
Recording
format
Recording
mode
Maximum
continuous
recordable
time
Actual
recordable
time
Supplied battery/
VW-VBT190
(optional)
[3.6 V/1940 mAh]
2 h 20 min
(5 h 20 min)
[AVCHD]
[1080/60p] 2 h 1 h
[PH],[HA] 2 h 5 min
1 h 5 min
[HG],[HE] 2 h 10 min
[MP4/
iFrame]
[1080] 2 h 1 h
[720] 2 h 30 min 1 h 15 min
[iFrame] 2 h 35 min 1 h 20 min
VW-VBT380
(optional)
[3.6 V/3880 mAh]
3 h 45 min
(9 h 45 min)
[AVCHD]
[1080/60p] 4 h 10 min 2 h 10 min
[PH] 4 h 15 min
2 h 15 min
[HA],[HG] 4 h 20 min
[HE] 4 h 25 min
[MP4/
iFrame]
[1080] 4 h 10 min 2 h 10 min
[720] 5 h 5 min 2 h 35 min
[iFrame] 5 h 15 min 2 h 45 min
Battery capacity indication
≥ The display changes as the battery capacity reduces. # # # #
If there is less than 3 minutes remaining, then will become red. If the battery
discharges, then will flash.
≥ Screen display will disappear when no touch operation is performed for a specific period of
time. However, it will be constantly displayed when the remaining battery time becomes less
than 30 minutes.
≥ The remaining battery capacity is displayed when using the Panasonic battery that you can
use for this unit. The actual time can vary depending on your actual use.
≥ When using the AC adaptor or batteries made by other companies, the remaining battery
capacity will not be shown.
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The unit can record still pictures or motion pictures to an SD card. To record to an SD card, read the
following.
Cards that you can use with this unit
Use SD cards conforming to Class 4 or higher of the SD Speed Class Rating* for motion
picture recording.
* SD Speed Class Rating is the speed
standard regarding continuous writing. Check
via the label on the card, etc.
≥ Please check the latest information on the support website below.
http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/e_cam
(This website is in English only.)
≥ When using an SDHC Memory Card/SDXC Memory Card with other equipment, check the
equipment is compatible with these Memory Cards.
≥ An Eye-Fi X2 series SD card is required to use functions related to Eye-Fi. (l 118)
≥ We do not guarantee the operation of SD cards other than the ones above. Further, SD cards
with a capacity of less than 32 MB cannot be used for motion picture recording.
≥ 4 GB or more Memory Cards that do not have the SDHC logo or 48 GB or more Memory Cards
that do not have the SDXC logo are not based on SD Memory Card Specifications.
≥ When the write-protect switch A on SD card is locked, no recording, deletion
or editing will be possible on the card.
≥ Keep the Memory Card out of reach of children to prevent swallowing.
Preparation
Recording to a card
Card type Capacity
SD Memory Card 512 MB/1 GB/2 GB
SDHC Memory Card 4 GB/6 GB/8 GB/12 GB/16 GB/24 GB/32 GB
SDXC Memory Card 48 GB/64 GB
e.g.:
32
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Inserting/removing an SD card
Caution:
Check that the access lamp has gone off.
1 Open the SD card cover and insert (remove) the SD card into (from) the card
slot B.
≥ Face the terminal side C in the direction shown in the illustration and press it straight in as far as
it will go.
≥ Press the center of the SD card and then pull it straight out.
2 Securely close the SD card cover.
≥ Securely close it until it clicks.
≥ Do not touch the terminals on the back of the
SD card.
≥ Do not apply strong shocks, bend, or drop the
SD card.
≥ Electrical noise, static electricity or the failure
of this unit or the SD card may damage or
erase the data stored on the SD card.
≥ When the card access lamp is lit, do not:
j Remove the SD card
j Turn the unit off
j Insert and remove the USB cable
j Expose the unit to vibrations or shock
Performing the above while the lamp is on
may result in damage to data/SD card or this
unit.
≥ Do not expose the terminals of the SD card to
water, dirt or dust.
≥ Do not place SD cards in the following areas:
j In direct sunlight
j In very dusty or humid areas
j Near a heater
j Locations susceptible to significant
difference in temperature (condensation
can occur.)
j Where static electricity or electromagnetic
waves occur
≥ To protect SD cards, return them to their
cases when you are not using them.
≥ About disposing of or giving away the SD
card. (l 195)
When using an SD card not from Panasonic, or one previously used on other equipment, for the
first time on this unit, format the SD card. (l 37) When the SD card is formatted, all of the
recorded data is deleted. Once the data is deleted, it cannot be restored.
Access lamp
[ACCESS] A
≥ When this unit is accessing
the SD card, the access
lamp lights up.
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You can turn the unit on and off using the power button or by opening and closing the LCD monitor.
Open the LCD monitor and press the power button to turn on the unit.
A The status indicator lights on.
The unit is turned on when the LCD monitor is opened, and unit is turned off when it is closed.
During normal use, opening and closing of the LCD monitor can be conveniently used to
turn the unit on/off.
≥ The unit will not turn off while recording motion pictures or connecting to Wi-Fi even if the LCD
monitor is closed.
≥ In the following cases, opening the LCD monitor does not turn on the unit. Press the power button
to turn on the unit.
j When the unit is originally purchased
j When you have turned off the unit using the power button
Preparation
Turning the unit on/off
Turning the unit on and off with the power button
Turning the unit on and off with the LCD monitor

To turn off the unit
Hold down the power button until the status
indicator goes off.
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You can switch this unit between Recording Mode (Motion Picture Recording Mode/Still Picture
Recording Mode) and Playback Mode by pressing the recording/playback button.
If you touch the recording mode switching icon in Recording Mode, this unit can be switched
between Motion Picture Recording Mode and Still Picture Recording Mode.
Switching this unit between Recording Mode and
Playback Mode
Switching this unit between Motion Picture Recording
Mode and Still Picture Recording Mode
Touch the recording mode switching icon displayed on the LCD monitor (touch screen) to switch this
unit between Motion Picture Recording Mode and Still Picture Recording Mode.
1 Press the recording/playback button to
switch this unit to Recording Mode.
≥ The recording mode switching icon A is displayed on
the screen.
2 Touch the recording mode switching icon.
≥ Refer to page 18 for touch screen operation.
Preparation
Selecting a mode
Motion Picture Recording Mode (l 22) Recording motion pictures.
Still Picture Recording Mode (l 24) Recording still pictures.
Playback Mode (l 26, 78) Motion picture/Still picture playback.
Motion Picture Recording Mode
Still Picture Recording Mode
Recording/playback button
Press the button to switch this unit between
Recording Mode and Playback Mode.
≥ When you turn on this unit, it starts up in
Recording Mode.
(Motion Picture Recording Mode)
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To display the recording mode switching icon
Display of the recording mode switching icon will disappear when no touch operation is performed
for a specific period of time. To display it again, touch the screen.
≥ If the recording start/stop button is pressed in Still Picture Recording Mode or Playback Mode,
this unit will be switched to Motion Picture Recording Mode. During motion picture/still picture
playback or in other conditions, even if the recording start/stop button is pressed, the recording
mode may not be switched.
You can operate by directly touching the LCD monitor (touch screen) with your finger.
∫ Touch
Touch and release the touch screen to select icon or
picture.
≥ Touch the center of the icon.
≥ Touching the touch screen will not operate while you
are touching another part of the touch screen.
∫ Slide while touching
Move your finger while pressing on the touch screen.
∫ About the operation icons
/ / / :
Touch when changing a page or performing settings.
:
Touch to return to the previous screen.
Preparation
How to use the touch screen
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About the Touch Menu
Touch (left side)/ (right side) of on the Touch Menu to switch the
operation icons.
≥ It is also possible to switch the operation icons by sliding the Touch Menu right or left while
touching it.
B You can change the operation icons to display. (l 35)
C Displayed only in Intelligent Auto Plus Mode (l 46) and [Miniature Effect]/[8mm movie]/
[Silent movie] of the Creative Control Mode (l 46).
D Displayed only in [Time Lapse Rec] of the Creative Control Mode (l 46), Scene Mode
(l 50), Endless Loop Recording Mode (l 52), Stop Motion Animation Assist Mode*
(l 53) and Manual Mode (l 54).
* only
∫ To display the Touch Menu
≥ Do not touch on the LCD monitor with hard pointed tips, such as ball point pens.
A Touch Menu
Recording Mode Playback Mode
Display of the Touch Menu will disappear when no
touch operation is performed for a specific period of
time during recording of motion picture/still picture. To
display it again, touch .
T
W

MENU
T
W
FOCUS
WB
SHTR
IRIS
 

MENU
ALL
HC-V550
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The clock is not set at the time of purchase. Make sure to set the clock.
1 Select the menu. (l 29)
2 Touch the date or time to be set, then set the desired value using / .
A Displaying the World Time setting (l 30):
[HOME]/ [DESTINATION]
≥ The year can be set between 2000 and 2039.
3 Touch [ENTER].
≥ A message prompting for World Time setting may be
displayed. Perform the World Time setting by touching the
screen. (l 30)
≥ Touch [EXIT] to complete the setting.
≥ When the unit is turned on for the first time, a message asking you to set the date and time will
appear. Select [YES] and perform Steps 2 to 3 to set the date and time.
≥ The date and time function is driven by a built-in lithium battery.
≥ If the time display becomes [- -], the built-in lithium battery needs to be charged. To recharge the
built-in lithium battery, connect the AC adaptor or attach the battery to this unit. The battery is still
being recharged even if the unit is off. Leave the unit as it is for approx. 24 hours and the battery
will maintain the date and time for approx. 4 months.
Preparation
Setting date and time
: [SETUP] # [CLOCK SET]
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∫ Basic camera positioning
1 Hold the unit with both hands.
2 Put your hand through the grip belt.
3 It is convenient to use the Recording button icon A when holding the unit at waist level.
≥ When recording, make sure your footing is stable and there is no danger of colliding with another
person or object.
≥ When you are outdoors, record pictures with the sunlight behind you. If the subject is backlit, it will
become dark in the recording.
≥ Keep your arms near your body and separate your legs for better balance.
≥ Do not cover the microphones with your hand etc.
∫ Basic motion picture recording
≥ The unit should normally be held steady when recording.
≥ If you move the unit when recording, do so slowly, maintaining a constant speed.
≥ The zoom operation is useful for recording subjects you cannot get close to, but overuse of zoom
in and zoom out can make the resulting motion picture less enjoyable to watch.
∫ Recording Yourself
Rotate the LCD monitor towards the lens side.
≥ The image is horizontally flipped as if you see a mirror image.
(However the image recorded is the same as a normal
recording.)
≥ Only some indications will appear on the screen. When
appears, return the direction of the LCD monitor to normal
position and check the warning/alarm indication. (l 184)
Basic
Before recording
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≥
Open the lens cover before turning on the unit. (l 9)
1 Open the LCD monitor, and set this
unit to Motion Picture Recording
Mode. (l 17)
2 Press the recording start/stop
button to start recording.
3 Press the recording start/stop
button again to pause recording.
≥ Recording can also be started/stopped by touching the recording button icon.
∫ Screen indications in the Motion Picture Recording Mode
≥ Screen display will disappear when no touch operation is performed for a specific period of time.
To display it again, touch the screen. (l 30)
≥ It will be constantly displayed when the remaining recordable time becomes less than 30 minutes.
≥ If the recording/playback button is pressed during motion picture recording, the recording
will stop and this unit will be switched to Playback Mode.
≥ To change the recording format, change the [REC FORMAT] or [REC MODE]. (l 69, 70)
≥ Still pictures can be recorded while recording the motion picture. (l 25)
≥ The images recorded between pressing the recording start/stop button to start recording and
pressing it again to pause recording become one scene.
When you record with the [REC FORMAT] set to [MP4/iFrame], the scenes longer than
approximately 20 minutes will be automatically divided. (Recording will continue.)
Basic
Recording motion pictures
Recording mode
R 1h20m
Approximate remaining recordable time
≥ When the remaining time is less than
1 minute, R 0h00m flashes red.
0h00m00s
Recording time elapsed
≥ “h” is an abbreviation for hour, “m” for
minute and “s” for second.
≥ Each time the unit is put into recording
pause, the counter display will be reset
to 0h00m00s.
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A When you begin recording, ; changes
to ¥.
B Recording button icon
0h00m00s
0h00m00s
0h00m00s
R 1h20m
R 1h20m
R 1h20m
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≥ While recording is in progress, the recording will not stop even if the LCD monitor is closed.
≥ Please refer to page 199 for details about approximate recordable time.
≥ (Maximum recordable scenes of a single SD card)
Recording format [AVCHD] [MP4/iFrame]
Recordable scenes Approx. 3900 Approx. 89100
Different dates (l 82) Approx. 900 Approx. 900
≥ Maximum number of recordable scenes and maximum number of different dates will be less than
above table when there are both MP4/iFrame scenes and still pictures recorded on an SD card.
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≥
Open the lens cover before turning on the unit. (l 9)
1 Open the LCD monitor, and set this unit
to Still Picture Recording Mode. (l 17)
2 Press the button halfway. (For Auto
Focus only)
Focus indication:
3 Press the button fully.
≥
If you set the Optical Image Stabilizer function (l 59) to ([MODE1]), then the Image
Stabilizer function will be more effective. ( (MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer) will be
displayed when the button is pressed halfway.)
If you set the Optical Image Stabilizer function (l 42) to ([MODE1]), then the Image
Stabilizer function will be more effective. ( (MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer) will be
displayed when the button is pressed halfway.)
≥ Using a tripod is recommended when recording still pictures in dark places because the shutter
speed becomes slow.
≥ You can also take a picture just by touching the subject to focus. (Touch Shutter: l 63)
≥ The still picture recording time may be long depending on the picture size.
≥ The focus indication and the focus area may not be displayed depending on the recording
conditions or the menu settings.
Basic
Recording still pictures
A Focus indication:
± (The white lamp flashes.): Focusing
¥ (The green lamp lights up.): When in focus
No mark: When focusing is unsuccessful.
B Focus area (area inside brackets)
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∫ About the screen indications in Still Picture Recording Mode
∫ About the focusing area
When there is a contrasting object ahead or behind the subject in the focus area, the subject may
not be focused. If so, move the contrasting object out of the focus area.
Recording still pictures in Motion Picture Recording
Mode
¬ Set this unit to Motion Picture Recording Mode (l 17)
Press the button fully (press to the bottom) to take the picture.
≥ It is possible to record still pictures while recording motion pictures.
(Simultaneous recording)
≥ While still pictures are being recorded, turns red and the remaining number
of recordable pictures is displayed.
≥ No shutter sound is emitted when recording still pictures.
≥ Self-timer (l 66) do not work.
≥ While recording motion pictures or during the PRE-REC operation, image quality is different from
ordinary still pictures so that motion picture recording takes preference over still picture recording.
≥ If simultaneous recording is performed during motion picture recording, the remaining recordable
time will be shortened. If this unit is turned off or the recording/playback button is pressed, the
remaining recordable time may be lengthened.
≥ The still picture recording time may be long depending on the picture size.
≥ Maximum number of recordable pictures that can be displayed is 9999. If the number of
recordable pictures exceeds 9999, R 9999+ is displayed. The number will not change when the
picture is taken until the number of recordable pictures is 9999 or less.
≥ The recording time may be long depending on the recording condition.
Still picture operation indicator (l 181)
R3000
Remaining number of still pictures
≥ Flashes in red when [0] appears.
Size of still pictures (l 76)
MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer (l 24)
Optical Image Stabilizer (l 59)
Optical Image Stabilizer (l 42)
R3000
R3000
R3000
MEGA
10M
≥ Screen display will disappear when
no touch operation is performed for a
specific period of time. To display it
again, touch the screen.
≥ It will be constantly displayed when
the remaining number of still pictures
that can be recorded becomes 200
or less.
10M
MEGA
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1 Set this unit to Playback Mode (l 17).
2 Touch the play mode select icon A (l 19).
≥ You can also set by touching , selecting [VIDEO
SETUP] or [PICT. SETUP] # [MEDIA, VIDEO/
PICTURE]. (l 29)
3 Select the still picture C or the recording
format of the motion picture D you wish to
play back.
≥ Touch [Enter].
4 (When [AVCHD] or [MP4/iFrame] is touched)
Touch the desired recording format for playback.
≥ When [AVCHD] is selected
≥ When [MP4/iFrame] is selected
≥ The recording mode icon B is displayed in the thumbnail display when the item is touched.
( , , , , , , and )
≥ The following icons are displayed on thumbnails when [ALL AVCHD] or [1080/60i] is touched:
j AVCHD [1080/60p] scene:
j AVCHD [PH] scene:
j AVCHD [HA] scene:
j AVCHD [HG] scene:
j AVCHD [HE] scene:
≥ The following icons are displayed on thumbnails when [ALL MP4/iFrame] is touched:
j MP4 [1080/60p] scene:
j MP4 [720/30p] scene:
j MP4 [360/30p] scene:
j iFrame scene:
5 Touch the scene or the still picture to be played back.
≥ To display the next (previous) page:
j Slide the thumbnail display upward (downward) while touching it.
j Switch the Touch Menu, and then touch (up) / (down) on the thumbnail scroll
lever.
Basic
Motion picture/Still picture playback
[ALL AVCHD]/[1080/60p]/[1080/60i]
[ALL MP4/iFrame]/[1080/60p]/[720/30p]/[360/30p]/[iFrame]
ALL
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MENU
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60p
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6 Select the playback operation by touching
the operation icon.
≥ Operation icons and screen display will disappear when
no touch operation is performed for a specific period of
time. To display them again, touch the screen.
* When touched two times, the fast rewind/fast forward speed increases. (The screen display
changes to / .)
∫ Change the thumbnail display
While the thumbnail is displayed, the thumbnail display changes in the
following order if the zoom lever is operated to side or side.
20 scenes () 9 scenes () 1 scene () Highlight & Time Frame Index*
(l 80)
* Highlight & Time Frame Index can only set in Motion Picture Playback
Mode.
≥ If the recording/playback button is pressed, the thumbnail display will return to the one that
displays 9 scenes.
≥ By displaying in 1 scene or touching and holding the thumbnail in the 20 scenes or 9 scenes
display, recording date and time are displayed when playing back motion pictures, and recording
date and file number when playing back still pictures.
0h01m30s
0h01m30s
0h01m30s
Operation icon
Motion picture playback Still picture playback
1/;: Playback/Pause
6: Fast rewind playback*
5: Fast forward playback*
∫: Stops the playback and shows the
thumbnails.
1/;: Slide show (playback of the still
pictures in numerical order) start/
pause.
2;: Plays back the previous picture.
;1: Plays back the next picture.
∫: Stops the playback and shows the
thumbnails.
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∫ Speaker volume adjustment
Operate the volume lever to adjust the speaker
volume during Motion Picture Playback Mode.
≥ Sound will be heard only during normal playback.
≥ If pause play is continued for approx. 5 minutes, the screen returns to the thumbnails.
≥ The elapsed time for playback indication will be reset to 0h00m00s each scene.
≥ When played back with [ALL AVCHD] or [ALL MP4/iFrame] selected, the screen may become
black momentarily at the time the scene switches.
Towards “r”: Increases the volume
Towards “s”: Decreases the volume
Motion picture compatibility
≥ This unit is based on AVCHD Progressive/AVCHD format/MPEG-4 AVC file format.
≥ Even if the devices used have compatible standards, when playback of motion pictures
recorded using another device is performed using this unit, or when motion pictures recorded
using this unit is played back in another device, playback may not proceed normally, or may
not be possible. (Please check compatibility in the operating instruction of your device.)
≥ The only MP4 scenes that can be played back on this unit are those recorded with this unit.
Still picture compatibility
≥ This unit is compliant with the unified standard DCF (Design rule for Camera File system)
established by JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association).
≥ The file formats of still pictures supported by this unit is JPEG. (Not all JPEG formatted files
will be played back.)
≥ This unit may degrade or not play back still pictures recorded or created on other products
and other products may degrade or not play back still pictures recorded on this unit.
≥ Depending on the playback device, still pictures may be played back with picture sizes
different from the ones with which they were recorded.
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≥ Touch (left side)/ (right side) of on the Touch Menu to display . (l 19)
1 Touch .
2 Touch the top menu A.
3 Touch the submenu B.
≥ Next (previous) page is displayed by touching
/ .
4 Touch the desired item to enter the
setting.
5 Touch [EXIT] to exit the menu
setting.
∫ About guide display
After touching , touching the submenus
and items will cause function descriptions and
settings confirmation messages to appear.
≥ After the messages have been displayed, the
guide display is canceled.
Basic
Using the menu screen
MENU
MENU
MENU
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Set the display method for the screen information display.
Please refer to page 20.
It is possible to display and record the time at the travel destination by selecting your home region
and the travel destination.
1 Select the menu.
≥ If the clock is not set, adjust the clock to the current time. (l 20)
≥ When the [HOME] (your home region) is not set, the message appears. Touch [ENTER] and
proceed to Step 3.
2 (Only when setting your home region)
Touch [HOME].
≥ Touch [ENTER].
3 (Only when setting your home region)
Touch / to select your home
region and touch [ENTER].
≥ Touch [DAYLIGHT SAVING] to set daylight
saving time. is displayed and the
summer time setting is turned on, the time
difference between the current time and GMT
will be set forward by 1 hour. Touch [DAYLIGHT
SAVING] again to return to the normal time
setting.
If you set [Link Clock to Daylight Saving] to
[ON], the current time will also be set forward
by 1 hour. (l 31)
4 (Only when setting the region of your travel destination)
Touch [DESTINATION].
≥ Touch [ENTER].
Basic
Using the Setup Menu
[DISPLAY]
: [SETUP] # [DISPLAY] # desired setting
[5 SECONDS]: Information is displayed on the screen for 5 seconds after starting the
Motion Picture Recording Mode or Still Picture Recording Mode, starting
to playback, or touching the screen.
[ON]: Constantly displayed.
[CLOCK SET]
[SET WORLD TIME]
: [SETUP] # [SET WORLD TIME]
MENU
MENU
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A The current time
B The time difference from GMT
(Greenwich Mean Time)
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≥ When the home region is set for the first time, the screen for selecting home/travel destination
appears after setting the home region successively. If the home region has already been set
once, execute the menu operation for Step 1.
5 (Only when setting the region of your travel
destination)
Touch / to select your travel
destination and touch [ENTER].
≥ Touch [DAYLIGHT SAVING] to set daylight
saving time. is displayed and the
summer time setting is turned on, the time
difference between the travel destination and
the home region will be set forward by 1 hour.
Touch [DAYLIGHT SAVING] again to return to
the normal time setting.
If you set [Link Clock to Daylight Saving] to
[ON], the time at the travel destination will also
be set forward by 1 hour.
≥ Close the setting by touching [EXIT].
appears and the time of the travel destination is indicated.
To return the display to the home setting
Set the home region using Steps 1 to 3, and close the setting by touching [EXIT].
≥ If you cannot find your travel destination in the area shown on the screen, set it by using the time
difference from your home region.
If you set this function to [ON] and turn on the summer time setting in [SET WORLD TIME], the
following times will be set forward by 1 hour:
j When setting your home region: the current time
j When setting the region of your travel destination: the time at the travel destination
[Link Clock to Daylight Saving]
: [SETUP] # [Link Clock to Daylight Saving] # desired display
[ON]: The times are adjusted when the summer time setting is turned on.
[OFF]: The times are not adjusted when the summer time setting is turned on.
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C The local time at the selected
travel destination
D The time difference between the
travel destination and the home
region
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It is possible to change the date and time display mode.
≥ The date and time are not displayed while the recording mode switching icon is displayed. (l 17)
≥ When the Touch Shutter is enabled, the recording mode switching icon is constantly displayed.
This causes the date and time to disappear from the screen.
It is possible to change the date format.
You can set the display method of the zoom button icons ( / ) and recording button icon
( ).
Please refer to page 62.
Please refer to page 105.
[DATE/TIME]
: [SETUP] # [DATE/TIME] # desired display
[DATE]/[D/T]/[OFF]
[DATE FORMAT]
: [SETUP] # [DATE FORMAT] # desired setting
[Y/M/D]/[M/D/Y]/[D/M/Y]
[ZOOM/REC DISPLAY]
: [SETUP] # [ZOOM/REC DISPLAY] # desired setting
[ON]: Constantly displayed.
[OFF]: Icons will disappear after approx. 5 seconds without any touch operation.
[O.I.S. LOCK DISPLAY]
[EXT. DISPLAY]
MENU
MENU
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When about 5 minutes have passed without any operation, this unit automatically turns off to save
battery life.
≥ This unit will not automatically turn off even if [ECONOMY (BATT)] is set to [ON] in following
cases:
j Using the AC adaptor*
j Using the USB cable for PC etc.
j PRE-REC is used
j During slide show playback
j Using the Wi-Fi function
* When [ECONOMY (AC)] is activated, this unit automatically turns off.
When about 30 minutes have passed without any operation while connecting AC adaptor with this
unit, this unit automatically turns off.
≥ This unit will not automatically turn off even if [ECONOMY (AC)] is set to [ON] in following cases:
j Using the USB cable for PC etc.
j PRE-REC is used
j During slide show playback
j Using the Wi-Fi function
[ECONOMY (BATT)]
: [SETUP] # [ECONOMY (BATT)] # [ON]
[ECONOMY (AC)]
: [SETUP] # [ECONOMY (AC)] # [ON]
MENU
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This unit is put into recording pause approx. 0.6 seconds after the LCD monitor is reopened.
≥ When in Quick Start Standby Mode about 50% of the power used in recording pause mode
is being consumed, so the recording time will be reduced.
≥ Quick Start will not work if there is no SD card inserted.
1 Select the menu.
2 Close the LCD monitor.
The status indicator A flashes green and the unit goes into
Quick Start Standby Mode.
≥
The lens cover does not close.
3 Open the LCD monitor.
The status indicator A lights red and the unit is put
into recording pause.
≥ About 5 minutes have passed, the Quick Start Standby Mode is canceled, and the unit is turned
off.
≥ Depending on the recording conditions and menu settings, time for Quick Start may be longer
than 0.6 seconds.
≥ It may take some time for Automatic White Balance to adjust.
≥ In the Quick Start Mode, the zoom magnification becomes approx. 1k.
≥ When it has gone into Quick Start Standby Mode automatically with the [ECONOMY (BATT)]
(l 33)/[ECONOMY (AC)] (l 33), close the LCD monitor once and open it again.
≥ Turn the unit off using the power button.
Touch screen operation, starting and stopping of recording and unit on/off can be confirmed with this
sound.
When [OFF] is selected, the sound is not output at the start/end of recording, etc.
2 Beeps for 4 times
When an error occurs. Check the sentence displayed on the screen. (l 184)
[QUICK START]
: [SETUP] # [QUICK START] # [ON]
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: [SETUP] # [ALERT SOUND] # desired setting
(Volume low)/ (Volume high)/[OFF]
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You can change the operation icons (l 64) to display in the Touch Menu.
Register 3 favorite operation icons.
≥ The default settings are, (Fade), (PRE-REC) and (Backlight Compensation) for
Motion Picture Recording Mode, and (Self-timer), (Backlight Compensation) and
(Tele Macro) for Still Picture Recording Mode.
1 Select the menu.
2 Touch the operation icon you would like to change to cancel the setting.
3 Touch the operation icon to be set.
≥ Name of the function is displayed by touching and holding on the operation icon.
≥ To cancel, touch the operation icon again.
4 Touch [ENTER].
This makes it easier to view the LCD monitor in bright places including outdoors.
≥ These settings will not affect the images actually recorded.
≥ When the AC adaptor is in use, the LCD monitor is set to automatically.
≥ Recordable time with the battery is shortened when the LCD is made brighter.
It adjusts brightness and color density on the LCD monitor.
≥ These settings will not affect the images actually recorded.
1 Select the menu.
2 Touch / to adjust settings.
3 Touch [ENTER].
≥ Touch [EXIT] to exit the menu screen.
[SELECT OPERATION ICONS]
: [SETUP] # [SELECT OPERATION ICONS]
[POWER LCD]
: [SETUP] # [POWER LCD] # desired setting
(Makes brighter)/ (Normal)/ (Makes less bright)
[LCD SET]
: [SETUP] # [LCD SET] # desired setting
[BRIGHTNESS]: Brightness of the LCD monitor
[COLOR]: Color level of the LCD monitor
MENU
MENU
+1 0 -1
+1
MENU
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Please refer to page 106.
Please refer to page 107.
Please refer to page 105.
Set to [YES] for changing the menu settings back to the default condition.
≥ Settings for [CLOCK SET] and [LANGUAGE] will not be changed.
≥ If you restore the default settings, this unit will switch to the Motion Picture Recording Mode.
Set to [YES] for changing the Wi-Fi settings back to the default condition.
≥ The “LUMIX CLUB” Login ID and Wi-Fi Password are also deleted.
The entered character is confirmed in approx. 1 second after character input, and the cursor is
moved to the right.
It makes the input easy without moving the cursor when characters on the same key are to be
entered again.
≥ Character input screen is displayed in following conditions:
j When setting [TITLE SETUP] for the Highlight Playback (l 87)
j When entering a name in the Baby Calendar (l 92)
j When you configure the Wi-Fi function (l 142, 154, 155, 163, 164, 165, 166)
[HDMI RESOLUTION]
[VIERA Link]
[TV ASPECT]
[INITIAL SET]
: [SETUP] # [INITIAL SET]
[Reset Wi-Fi Settings]
: [SETUP] # [Reset Wi-Fi Settings]
[Auto Cursor Position]
: [SETUP] # [Auto Cursor Position] # [ON]
MENU
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Set the file number of the MP4/iFrame and still picture recorded next to 0001.
≥ Folder number is updated and file number will start from 0001. (l 178)
≥ To reset the folder number, format the SD card, and then perform [NUMBER RESET].
≥
The file numbers of still pictures you record in Stop Motion Animation Assist Mode are not reset.
Please be aware that if a medium is formatted, then all the data recorded on the medium will be
erased and cannot be restored. Back up important data on a PC, DVD disc etc. (l 168)
* Displayed when connecting a USB HDD. (l 109)
≥ Media selection screen is not displayed when the USB HDD is not connected. Touch [YES].
≥ When formatting is complete, touch [EXIT] to exit the message screen.
≥ Perform a physical formatting of the SD card when the SD card is to be disposed/ transferred.
(l 195)
≥ Do not turn this unit off or remove the SD card, while formatting. Do not expose the unit to
vibrations or shock.
[NUMBER RESET]
: [SETUP] # [NUMBER RESET]
[FORMAT MEDIA]
: [SETUP] # [FORMAT MEDIA] # desired media
[SD CARD]/[HDD]*
Use this unit to format media.
Do not format an SD card using any other equipment such as a PC. The card may not be
used on this unit.
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The used space and remaining recordable time of the SD card can be checked.
≥ The remaining recordable time in the currently set Recording Mode is displayed only in the
Motion Picture Recording Mode.
≥ Touch [EXIT] to close the indication.
≥ The SD card requires some space to store information and manage system files, so the actual
usable space is slightly less than the indicated value. The usable SD card space is generally
calculated as 1 GB=1,000,000,000 bytes. The capacities of this unit, PCs and software are
expressed as 1 GB=1,024k1,024k1,024=1,073,741,824 bytes. Therefore, the indicated value of
the capacity appears to be smaller.
The firmware version of this unit is displayed.
You can update the firmware version of this unit.
[MEDIA STATUS]
: [SETUP] # [MEDIA STATUS]
[Firmware Version Info]
: [SETUP] # [Firmware Version Info]
[Firmware Upgrade]
: [SETUP] # [Firmware Upgrade]
For the latest update information, check the support website below. (As of November
2013)
http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/e_cam
(This Site is English only)
MENU
MENU
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This item is used to start the unit demonstration.
≥ If [DEMO MODE] is switched to [ON] and you touch [EXIT] when there is no SD card inserted and
while this unit is connected to the AC adaptor, the demonstration automatically starts.
If any operation takes place, the demonstration is canceled. However if no operations take place
for approx. 10 minutes, the demonstration automatically starts again. To stop the demonstration,
set [DEMO MODE] to [OFF] or insert an SD card.
≥
When Demo Mode is in operation, the lens cover remains open.
This item is used to start the Optical Image Stabilizer demo.
≥ Touch [O.I.S. DEMO], the demonstration automatically starts.
When you touch [EXIT], the demonstration will be canceled.
This item is displayed only when an Eye-Fi card is inserted.
Please refer to page 118.
This item is displayed only when an Eye-Fi card is inserted.
Please refer to page 119.
You can select the language on the screen display and the menu screen.
[DEMO MODE]
: [SETUP] # [DEMO MODE] # [ON]
[O.I.S. DEMO]
: [SETUP] # [O.I.S. DEMO]
[Eye-Fi TRANSFER]
[Eye-Fi DIRECT]
[LANGUAGE]
: [SETUP] # [LANGUAGE] # desired language
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A Zoom bar
≥ Maximum zoom ratio for recording motion pictures can be set with [ZOOM MODE]. (l 69)
∫ About the zoom bar
The zoom bar is displayed during the zoom operation.
∫ About the zoom speed
≥ The zoom speed varies depending on the range over which the zoom lever is moved.
≥ The zoom operation using the zoom button icons will be performed at a constant speed
respectively.
Zoom ratio during the Still Picture Recording Mode
The zoom ratio can be expanded up to 100k without degrading the picture quality for the Still
Picture Recording Mode. (Extra Optical Zoom)
≥ Maximum zoom ratio in Still Picture Recording Mode varies depending on the setting of
[PICTURE SIZE]. (l 76)
≥ If you take your finger off the zoom lever during zoom operation, the operation sound may be
recorded. When returning the zoom lever to the original position, move it quietly.
≥ When the zoom magnification is at its maximum, the subjects are focused at about 2.2 m
(7.2 feet) or more.
≥ When the zoom magnification is 1k, this unit can focus on a subject approx. 2 cm (0.8 q) away
from the lens.
Advanced (Recording)
Using the zoom
T
W
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W
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6 W T
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Zoom lever/Zoom button icons
T side:
Close-up recording (zoom in)
W side:
Wide-angle recording (zoom out)
T
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B i.Zoom off
C i.Zoom/Digital zoom/Extra Optical Zoom (Blue)
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This function detects the horizontal tilt of the unit, and automatically corrects it to the level
position.
≥ The icon changes when the tilt exceeds the correction range.
≥ When the tilt exceeds the correction range, move the unit to the position where / is
displayed.
≥ This function's default setting is (Normal).
≥ The range that this icon can be displayed correctly the slope is about 45 o to the horizontal
direction.
≥ Level Shot Function is canceled when [LEVEL GAUGE] is set to [ON]. (l 72)
≥ When recording horizontal images using a tripod, attach the unit on the tripod using [LEVEL
GAUGE] (l 72), and then set Level Shot Function to (Normal) or (Strong) before
use.
≥ When you switch the setting of the Level Shot Function, the screen may become black
momentarily.
≥ If you set the option to (Normal)/ (Strong), the angle of view will change.
Advanced (Recording)
Level Shot Function [HC-V550]
(When setting (Normal)) (When setting (Strong))
: With Level Shot Function
: Without Level Shot Function
/ When the tilt is corrected
/ / / When the tilt is above the correction range
Level Shot Function button
Each press of this button switches Level Shot Function.
(Normal) # (Strong) # Off
(Normal): Corrects the tilt.
(Strong): Strengthen tilt correction.
Off: Cancel the setting.
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Optical Image Stabilizer can stabilize the image without decreasing the image quality as much.
∫ Changing Image Stabilizer Mode
(Motion Picture Recording Mode)
(Still Picture Recording Mode)
≥ The Image Stabilizer can also be turned on/off using the Touch Function. (l 60)
≥ Please refer to page 62 for details about Optical Image Stabilizer Lock.
Advanced (Recording)
Image Stabilizer Function [HC-V250]
: [RECORD SETUP] # [O.I.S.] # [Standard] or [Active]
[Standard]: Compensates for blurring caused by hand-shake
[Active]: Compensates for even greater blurring caused by hand-shake.
: [RECORD SETUP] # [O.I.S.] # [MODE1] or [MODE2]
[MODE1]: The function works all the time.
[MODE2]: The function works when the button is pressed. We recommend
using this mode when you are recording yourself or recording with a tripod
in Still Picture Recording Mode.
Optical Image Stabilizer button
Press the button to turn Optical Image Stabilizer on/off.
(Motion Picture Recording Mode)
/ # (setting canceled)
≥ When [O.I.S.] is set to [Standard], is displayed; when
[O.I.S.] is set to [Active], is displayed.
≥ When recording with a tripod in Motion Picture Recording
Mode, we recommend that you set the Image Stabilizer
(off).
(Still Picture Recording Mode)
/ # (setting canceled)
≥ When [O.I.S.] is [MODE1], is displayed. When
[O.I.S.] is [MODE2], is displayed.
O.I.S.
MENU
MENU
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1 Touch the Recording Mode button icon.
2 Touch the desired Recording Mode button icon.
*1 In Motion Picture Recording Mode only
*2 only
*3 In Still Picture Recording Mode only
Advanced (Recording)
Changing the Recording Mode
Mode Effect
Intelligent Auto
You can switch the mode to the Intelligent Auto Mode,
which optimizes settings to the recording environment
you are in. (l 44)
Intelligent Auto Plus
You can add manually-adjusted brightness and color
balance settings to the Intelligent Auto Mode, and
record. (l 46)
*1
Creative Control
You can record motion pictures with added effects.
(l 46)
Scene Mode
This option allows this unit to automatically adjust the
shutter speed and aperture, etc. according to the scene
you want to record. (l 50)
Manual
You can set the shutter speed, focus, White Balance
and brightness (iris/gain). (l 54)
*1 Endless Loop
Recording
No matter how long you record, you can only record
scenes for the last 1 hour to SD card. (l 52)
*2, 3 Stop Motion
Animation Assist
You can set a recorded still picture as the background,
and record the next picture while looking at that
recorded picture as the background. (l 53)
MENU
MNL
HC-V550
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Intelligent Auto
The following modes (appropriate for the condition) are set just by pointing the unit to what you want
to record.
*1 In Motion Picture Recording Mode only
*2 In Still Picture Recording Mode only
≥ Depending on the recording conditions, the unit may not enter the desired mode.
≥ In the Portrait, Spotlight, or Low Light Mode, the face will be surrounded by a white frame when
detected. In the Portrait Mode, a subject that is bigger and close to center of the screen will be
surrounded by an orange frame. (l 71)
≥ Using a tripod is recommended in Night Scenery Mode.
≥ Faces cannot be detected depending on the recording conditions, such as when faces are of
certain sizes or at certain tilts or when digital zoom is used.
Mode Effect
Portrait Faces are detected and focused automatically, and the brightness is
adjusted so it is recorded clearly.
Scenery The whole landscape will be recorded vividly without whiting out the
background sky, which may be very bright.
*1
Spotlight Very bright object is recorded clearly.
*1
Low Light It can record very clearly even in a dark room or twilight.
*2
Night Scenery You can record night scenery vividly by slowing the shutter speed.
*2
Macro This allows recording at very close proximity to the object of recording.
*1
*2
Normal
Normal
In modes other than those described above, the contrast is adjusted to
give a clear picture.
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∫ Intelligent Auto Mode
When switching to Intelligent Auto Mode, the Automatic White Balance and Auto Focus operate and
automatically adjust the color balance and focusing.
Depending on the brightness of the subject etc., the aperture and shutter speed are automatically
adjusted for an optimum brightness.
≥ Color balance and focus may not be adjusted automatically depending on light sources or
scenes. If so, manually adjust these settings. (l 55, 57)
Automatic White Balance
The illustration shows the range over which Automatic White Balance functions.
1) The effective range of Automatic White Balance adjustment
on this unit
2) Blue sky
3) Cloudy sky (rain)
4) Sunlight
5) White fluorescent lamp
6) Halogen light bulb
7) Incandescent light bulb
8) Sunrise or sunset
9) Candlelight
If the Automatic White Balance is not functioning normally, adjust
the White Balance manually. (l 55)
Auto Focus
The unit focuses automatically.
≥ Auto Focus does not work correctly in the following situations.
Record pictures in the Manual Focus Mode. (l 57)
j Recording distant and close-up objects at the same time
j Recording a subject behind dirty or dusty window
j Recording a subject that is surrounded by objects with glossy surfaces or by highly reflective
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Intelligent Auto Plus
Please refer to page 44 for details about the effect of each mode.
(Portrait)/ (Scenery)/ (Spotlight)*1/ (Low Light)*1/
(Night Scenery)*2
/ (Macro)*2
/ (Normal)*1
/ (Normal)*2
*1 In Motion Picture Recording Mode only
*2 In Still Picture Recording Mode only
≥ Change the Recording Mode to . (l 43)
1 (When adjusting the brightness)
Touch .
(When adjusting the color balance)
Touch .
≥ R side: Sets the balance to a reddish tone.
B side: Sets the balance to a bluish tone.
≥ Except for when adjusting the brightness or color balance, if you do not touch the screen for a
while, the Touch Menu will disappear. To display it again, touch .
2 Touch / to adjust settings.
≥ Touch while adjusting the brightness, or touch while adjusting the color balance to make
the display of the adjustment bar disappear.
3 Start recording.
Creative Control
≥ Set [REC FORMAT] to [AVCHD]. (l 69)
≥ Change the Recording Mode to . (l 43)
Select the desired Creative Control Mode, then touch [Enter].
≥ Still pictures cannot be taken.
Mode Effect
[Miniature Effect]
You can record motion pictures with a diorama effect like recording a
miniature by intentionally creating focused area and out of focused
area in the peripheral of the image and recording motion picture with
an interval. (l 47)
≥ Motion pictures recorded with this function will look as if the frame
rate is low.
[8mm movie] You can record motion pictures with a faded retro effect. (l 48)
[Silent movie]
You can record motion pictures that are similar to black-and-white
silent films by lowering the amount of incoming light. (l 48)
[Time Lapse Rec]
You can record a scene that moves slowly over a long period of time
as a short time motion picture by recording one frame at each set
time lapse. (l 49)
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1 Touch to adjust the horizontal position of
the in-focus portion.
≥ If you touch the screen, you can adjust the horizontal
position of the in-focus portion.
≥ When no touch operations are performed for approximately
1 second, [Reset], [SIZE], and [ENTER] are displayed. If
you touch the screen, you can readjust the horizontal
position of the in-focus portion.
≥ Position of the in-focus portion will return to original position when you touch [Reset].
2 Touch [SIZE].
≥ The size of the in-focus portion is switched every time you touch [SIZE].
Medium size # Large size # Small size
≥ If you touch the screen, you can adjust the horizontal position of the in-focus portion.
≥ If you touch [Reset], the in-focus portion is reset to the original position and [SIZE] is reset to the
medium size.
3 Touch [ENTER].
4 (When adjusting the brightness)
Touch .
≥ The level of brightness is switched every time you touch the icon.
(Standard) # (Bright) # (Dark)
5 (When adjusting the vividness)
Touch .
≥ The level of vividness is switched every time you touch the icon.
(Standard) # (Vivid) # (Most vivid)
6 Start recording.
≥ It will record with an interval. 1 second will be recorded for approximately every 6 seconds of
recording.
≥ To make the Miniature Effect easier to gain, record objects incorporating a distant view or those
that can provide depth or a skewed perspective. Also, use a tripod and avoid zooming.
≥ You may see a lot of noise in the in-focus portion when recording dark subjects such as night
scenes.
≥ Audio cannot be recorded.
≥ [REC MODE] is set to [HA].
≥ The maximum recordable time is 12 hours.
≥ Motion pictures recorded with this function will look as if the frame rate is low.
[Miniature Effect]
MINI
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1 (When adjusting the brightness)
Touch .
≥ The level of brightness is switched every time you touch the icon.
(Standard) # (Bright) # (Dark)
2 (When adjusting the color balance)
Touch .
≥ The level of color balance is switched every time you touch the icon.
(Blue) # (Red) # (Yellow)
3 Start recording.
≥ The sound is monaural.
1 (When adjusting the brightness)
Touch .
≥ The level of brightness is switched every time you touch the icon.
(Standard) # (Bright) # (Dark)
2 Start recording.
≥ Audio cannot be recorded.
[8mm movie]
[Silent movie]
8mm
SILN
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Touch the desired setup time.
≥ Touch [ENTER].
≥ A frame is recorded with a set recording interval. 30 frames will make up motion picture of 1
second.
≥ “h” is an abbreviation for hour, “min” for minute and “s” for second.
≥ These times are approximations.
≥ Maximum recordable time is 12 hours.
≥ Audio cannot be recorded.
≥ [REC MODE] is set to [HA].
≥ The shortest motion picture recording time is 1 second.
≥ The color balance and focus may not be adjusted automatically depending on the light source or
scene. If so, manually adjust those settings. (l 55, 57)
≥ When recording for a long time, we recommend recording with the AC adaptor connected.
[Time Lapse Rec]
[1 SECOND]/[10 SECONDS]/[30 SECONDS]/[1 MINUTE]/[2 MINUTES]
Setup example
Setup time
(recording
interval)
Recording time Recorded time
Sunset 1 s 1 h 2 min
Blooming 30 s 3 h 12 s
INTV
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Scene Mode
≥ Change the Recording Mode to . (l 43)
Touch the desired Scene Mode.
≥ Touch [ENTER].
≥ (Sports/Portrait/Soft Skin/Spotlight/Snow/Beach/Sunset/Scenery)
j The shutter speed is 1/8 or more in Still Picture Recording Mode.
≥ (Sunset/Low Light)
j The shutter speed is 1/30 or more in Motion Picture Recording Mode.
≥ (Sunset/Scenery/Fireworks/Night Scenery)
j Image may get blurry when close object is recorded.
≥ (Sports)
j During normal playback, the image movement may not look smooth.
j Color and screen brightness may change under indoor lighting.
j If the brightness is insufficient, the Sports Mode does not function. The display flashes.
≥ (Portrait)
j Color and screen brightness may change under indoor lighting.
≥ (Soft Skin)
j If the background or anything else in the scene has colors similar to the skin color, they will also
be smoothed.
j If the brightness is insufficient, the effect may not be clear.
j If you record a person in the distance, the face may not be recorded clearly. In this case, cancel
Soft Skin Mode or zoom in on the face (close-up) to record.
≥ (Fireworks)
j The shutter speed is 1/30.
j Image may get washed out when recorded in bright surrounding.
Mode Effect
5Sports: To make fast moving scenes less shaky with slow playback and
pause of playback
Portrait: To make people stand out against the background
Soft Skin: To makes skin colors appear softer for a more attractive
appearance
Spotlight: Improved quality when subject is brightly illuminated.
Snow: Improved image quality when shooting in snowy locations.
Beach: To make blue in the sea or sky vibrant
Sunset: To make red in the sunrise or sunset vibrant
Scenery: For spatial scenery
Fireworks: To capture the fireworks in the night sky beautifully
Night Scenery: To capture the evening or night scenery beautifully
Low Light: For dark scenes, such as at dusk
(In Motion Picture Recording Mode only)

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