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 anywhere. Use the
BN-V408U/V416U/V428U 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 countries.)
● 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.
Dear Customer,
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.
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. 66 – 72) 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 73 – 75 before use.
Ⅲ To prevent shock, do not open the cabinet. No
user serviceable parts inside. Refer servicing to
qualified personnel.
Ⅲ 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.
Before recording an important scene . . .
..... make sure you only use cassettes with the Mini DV 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.)
Ⅲ This camcorder is designed
exclusively for the digital
video cassette. Only
cassettes marked 
be used with this unit.
IMPORTANT (for owners in the U.K.)
Connection to the mains supply in the United
DO NOT cut off the mains plug from this equipment.
If the plug fitted is not suitable for the power points in
your home or the cable is too short to reach a power
point, then obtain an appropriate safety approved
extension lead or consult your dealer.
BE SURE to replace the fuse only with an identical
approved type, as originally fitted, and to replace
the fuse cover.
If nonetheless the mains plug is cut off be sure to
remove the fuse and dispose of the plug
immediately, to avoid possible shock hazard by
inadvertent connection to the mains supply.
If this product is not supplied fitted with a mains
plug then follow the instructions given below:
DO NOT make any connection to the Larger
Terminal coded E or Green.
The wires in the mains lead are coloured in
accordance with the following code:
Blue to N (Neutral) or Black
Brown to L (Live) or Red
If these colours do not correspond with the terminal
identifications of your plug, connect as follows:
Blue wire to terminal coded N (Neutral) or coloured
Brown wire to terminal coded L (Live) or coloured
If in doubt — consult a competent electrician.