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  • Brand: Canon
  • Product: Camcorder
  • Model/name: Legria HF G10
  • Filetype: PDF
  • Available languages: English, Italian

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Introduction
Important Usage Instructions
WARNING!
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK). NO USER SERVICEABLE PARTS
INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL.
WARNING!
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS PRODUCT TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
COPYRIGHT WARNING:
Unauthorized recording of copyrighted materials may infringe on the rights of copyright owners and be contrary to copyright
laws.
CAUTION:
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK AND TO REDUCE ANNOYING INTERFERENCE, USE THE RECOMMENDED ACCESSORIES
ONLY.
CAUTION:
DISCONNECT THE MAINS PLUG FROM THE SUPPLY SOCKET WHEN NOT IN USE.
To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not expose this product to dripping or splashing.
The Mains plug is used as the disconnect device. The Mains plug shall remain readily operable to disconnect the plug in case of
an accident.
CA-570 identification plate is located on the bottom.
Using any device other than the Compact Power Adapter CA-570 may damage the camcorder.
European Union (and EEA) only.
These symbols indicate that this product is not to be disposed of with your household waste, according to the
WEEE Directive (2002/96/EC), the Battery Directive (2006/66/EC) and/or your national laws implementing those
Directives.
This product should be handed over to a designated collection point, e.g., on an authorized one-for-one basis
when you buy a new similar product or to an authorized collection site for recycling waste electrical and
electronic equipment (EEE) and batteries and accumulators. Improper handling of this type of waste could have a possible impact on
the environment and human health due to potentially hazardous substances that are generally associated with EEE. Your cooperation
in the correct disposal of this product will contribute to the effective usage of natural resources.
For more information about the recycling of this product, please contact your local city office, waste authority, approved scheme or
your household waste disposal service or visit www.canon-europe.com/environment.
(EEA: Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein)
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Trademark Acknowledgements
• SD, SDHC and SDXC Logos are trademarks of SD-3C, LLC.
• Microsoft and Windows are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
• Macintosh and Mac OS are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
• “x.v.Color” and the “x.v.Color” logo are trademarks.
• HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC in the
United States and other countries.
• “AVCHD” and the “AVCHD” logo are trademarks of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation.
• Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories.
“Dolby” and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
• YouTube is a trademark of Google Inc.
• Other names and products not mentioned above may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their
respective companies.
• This device incorporates exFAT technology licensed from Microsoft.
• ANY USE OF THIS PRODUCT OTHER THAN CONSUMER PERSONAL USE IN ANY MANNER THAT COMPLIES WITH THE MPEG-2
STANDARD FOR ENCODING VIDEO INFORMATION FOR PACKAGED MEDIA IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED WITHOUT A LICENSE UNDER
APPLICABLE PATENTS IN THE MPEG-2 PATENT PORTFOLIO, WHICH LICENSE IS AVAILABLE FROM MPEG LA, L.L.C., 250 STEELE
STREET, SUITE 300, DENVER, COLORADO 80206.
• This product is licensed under AT&T patents for the MPEG-4 standard and may be used for encoding MPEG-4 compliant video and/or
decoding MPEG-4 compliant video that was encoded only (1) for a personal and non-commercial purpose or (2) by a video provider
licensed under the AT&T patents to provide MPEG-4 compliant video. No license is granted or implied for any other use for MPEG-4
standard.
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Highlights of the LEGRIA HF G10
The Canon LEGRIA HF G10 HD Camcorder is a high-performance camcorder whose compact size
makes it ideal in a variety of situations. The following are just some of the many functions featured in
the camcorder.
HD Recording
HD CMOS PRO and DIGIC DV III
processor
The camcorder is equipped with a
1/3-type CMOS sensor that captures video at
an effective pixel count of approximately 2.07
megapixels (1920x1080). The video is then
processed by the state-of-the-art DIGIC DV III
image processor. This allows the camcorder to
excel in low-light situations and produce a
wide dynamic range.
Wide zoom lens
With a focal length at full wide angle of
30.4 mm (35 mm equivalent), the camcorder
has superb wide-angle shooting capability. The
minimum object distance is 60 cm throughout
the entire zoom range, which means that you
can create a pleasing blurred background
effect at full telephoto. The 8-bladed iris
aperture also enhances the blurred
background effect.
Shoot cinematic video
Using CINEMA mode and the cinema-look
filters (0 100), you can make recordings that
truly look and feel cinematic.
Operability
Emphasis on versatility
This camcorder has features to make it usable
as a main camera but is also small enough to
be very portable. The advanced image
stabilization (0 53) will let you shoot in a
variety of situations in the field.
Manual controls at your fingertips
The focus ring helps you achieve the focus you
are looking for. Furthermore, you can assign
certain frequently used functions to a
customizable button and adjust those
functions with the accompanying dial (0 82).
Face detection
When a subject's face is detected, the
camcorder can track and focus on it (0 47).
Furthermore, you can have the camcorder in
manual focus but switch to autofocus only
when a face is detected, ensuring that
important subjects are in focus.
Relay recording and double slot
recording
When you use relay recording (0 33), you
can use the double memory card slot to keep
on recording video without interruption. Double
slot recording (0 34) allows you to record
movies simultaneously to two memory cards,
which is a convenient way to back up your
recordings.
Other Features
Smart AUTO
Smart AUTO (0 38) automatically selects the
best scene mode for the scene you want to
shoot. You get spectacular recordings every
time without worrying about settings.
LCD screen and viewfinder
The LCD screen and viewfinder both have
100% frame coverage, which will ensure that
you can accurately check that your shots are
framed how you want them.
Touch AE
By simply touching the screen, you can make
dark areas in the picture appear brighter
(0 58). This operation is simple yet allows
you to shoot with the desired exposure.
Added and improved functionality
Other functions include two types of video
scopes (0 77), conversion to standard
definition (0 132) and Story Creator mode
(0 97), which allows you to create
engrossing video stories.
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Enjoying your Recordings on Other Devices
Eye-Fi
Connect the camcorder to an
HDTV (0 119) Play video directly
fromyour recorded
memory card
AVCHD-compatible HDTVs and
digital recorders with a card slot
compatible with the type of
memory card used*.
Use an Eye-Fi card (0 135)
to wirelessly upload
recordings to your computer
or a video sharing Web site.
Save or upload to
the Web.
Standard Definition
Convert your HD movies, in the camcorder itself, to standard
definition files (0 132).
High Definition
Use the supplied PIXELA’s
software (0 127, 132).
Create discs
* Refer to the instruction manual of the device. Depending on the device used, correct playback may
not be possible even if the device is AVCHD-compatible. In such case, play back the recordings on the
memory card using the camcorder.
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1 Introduction 9
About this Manual 9
Conventions Used in this Manual 9
Supplied Accessories and CD-ROMs 11
Names of Parts 13
2 Preparations 19
Charging the Battery Pack 19
Preparing the Camcorder 21
Attaching the Lens Hood 21
Using the Viewfinder 21
Adjusting the Position and Brightness of
the LCD Screen 22
Wireless Controller 24
Using a Tripod 24
Basic Operation of the Camcorder 25
Using the Touch Screen 25
Operating Modes 26
Using the Menus 27
First Time Settings 29
Setting the Date and Time 29
Changing the Language 29
Changing the Time Zone 30
Using a Memory Card 31
Memory Cards Compatible for Use with
the Camcorder 31
Inserting and Removing a Memory
Card 32
Selecting the Memory for the
Recordings 33
Relay Recording 33
Double Slot Recording 34
Initializing the Memory 35
3 Recording 36
Recording Movies and Photos 36
Preparing to Record 36
Recording in AUTO Mode 37
Recording in y (Manual) Mode 40
Quick Start Function 42
Selecting the Video Quality (Recording
Mode) 43
Selecting the Frame Rate 44
Focus Adjustment 45
Manual Focus 45
Autofocus 46
Face Detection 47
Touch & Track 48
Zooming 50
Using the Zoom Lever or Wireless
Controller 50
Using the Touch Screen’s Zoom
Controls 51
Soft Zoom Control 52
Digital Tele-Converter 52
Advanced Image Stabilization 53
Automatic Gain Control (AGC) Limit 54
Automatic Exposure Recording
Programs 55
Exposure Adjustment 57
Using the Manual Exposure Recording
Program 57
Exposure Compensation 58
White Balance 60
Special Scene Recording Programs 62
Image Effects 64
Self Timer 65
Audio Recording Level 66
Built-In Microphone Directionality 67
Audio Equalizer 68
Audio Mix 69
Using Headphones 70
Using the Mini Advanced Shoe 71
Using an External Microphone 72
Using the SM-V1 Surround Microphone
or DM-100 Directional Stereo
Microphone 72
Using the WM-V1 Wireless
Microphone 72
Using Commercially Available
Microphones 73
Using an External Video Light 74
Using a Zoom Remote Controller 75
Color Bars/Audio Reference Signal 76
Video Scopes 77
Displaying the Waveform Monitor during
[A Programmed AE] Recording
Program 77
Displaying the Waveform Monitor during
[y Manual Exposure] Recording
Program 77
Displaying the Edge Monitor 77
Video Snapshot 78
Pre-Recording 79
Onscreen Displays and Data Code 80
Faders 81
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4 Customization 82
Custom Button and Dial 82
Assignable Buttons 83
Changing the Assigned Function 83
Using an Assignable Button 83
Saving and Loading Menu Settings 84
Saving Menu Settings to a Memory
Card 84
Loading Camera Settings from a Memory
Card 84
5 Playback 85
Playing Back Video 85
Adjusting the volume 87
3D Flip View 88
The Index Selection Screen: Selecting the
Content to Play Back 89
Deleting Scenes and Stories 90
Deleting a Single Scene 90
Deleting Scenes from the Date Index
Screen 90
Deleting a Single Scene from a Story 91
Deleting Scenes from a Story by
Rating 91
Deleting Stories 92
Dividing Scenes 93
Selecting the Playback Starting Point 94
Capturing Video Snapshot Scenes and
Photos from a Movie 95
Capturing a Video Snapshot Scene 95
Capturing Photos 96
6 Video Stories and Cinema
Style 97
Using Story Creator to Create Video
Stories 97
Creating a New Story 97
Recording a Scene within a Story 98
Recording Additional Scenes within an
Existing Story 99
CINEMA Mode and Cinema-Look
Filters 100
Adding Decorations 102
Decorating Scenes while
Recording 102
Decorating Scenes during
Playback 106
Playing Back Stories from the
Gallery 107
Rating Scenes 109
Rating Scenes from the List of
Scenes 109
Rating Scenes During Playback 109
Playback with Background Music 110
Using One of the Supplied Music Tracks
as Background Music 110
Using an External Audio Player for
Background Music 111
Copying and Moving Scenes Within/
Between Stories 113
Selecting a Story’s Thumbnail Image 114
Changing a Story’s Title 115
7 External Connections 116
Terminals on the Camcorder 116
Connection Diagrams 117
Playback on a TV Screen 119
8 Photos 120
Viewing Photos 120
Photo Jump Function 121
Deleting Photos 122
Deleting a Single Photo 122
Deleting Photos from the Index
Screen 122
Slideshow 123
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9 Saving/Sharing
Recordings 124
Copying Recordings to a Memory
Card 124
Copying Scenes from the Date Index
Screen 124
Copying Scenes from a Story by
Rating 125
Copying a Single Photo 125
Copying Photos from the Index
Screen 125
Saving Recordings on a Computer 127
Saving Movies (Windows only) 127
Saving Photos (Windows/Mac OS) 128
Copying Recordings to an External Video
Recorder 130
In High Definition 130
In Standard Definition 130
Uploading Movies to Video Sharing Web
Sites 132
Converting Scenes into Standard
Definition from the Date Index
Screen 132
Connecting to the Computer and
Uploading your Videos 133
Converting Scenes into Standard
Definition from a Story by Rating 134
Converting Only Part of a Scene or
Story 134
Uploading your Videos Wirelessly 135
10 Additional Information 137
Appendix: Menu Options Lists 137
FUNC. Panel 137
Setup Menus 139
Appendix: Onscreen Icons and
Displays 148
Troubleshooting 152
List of Messages 157
Handling Precautions 163
Camcorder 163
Battery Pack 164
Memory Card 164
Built-in Rechargeable Lithium
Battery 165
Lithium Button Battery 165
Disposal 165
Maintenance/Others 166
Cleaning 166
Condensation 166
Using the Camcorder Abroad 167
Accessories 168
Optional Accessories 169
Specifications 173
Index 177
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About this Manual
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Introduction
About this Manual
Thank you for purchasing the Canon LEGRIA HF G10. Please read this manual carefully before you
use the camcorder and retain it for future reference. Should your camcorder fail to operate correctly,
refer to Troubleshooting (0 152).
Conventions Used in this Manual
• IMPORTANT: Precautions related to the camcorder’s operation.
• NOTES: Additional topics that complement the basic operating procedures.
• POINTS TO CHECK: Restrictions or requirements regarding the function described.
• 0: Reference page number within this manual.
• rReferences to sections of the ‘Photo Application’ Instruction Manual, included as a PDF file
in the supplied Camcorder Supplemental Disc.
• The following terms are used in this manual:
When not specified as “memory card” or “built-in memory”, the term “memory” by itself refers to
both.
“Scene” refers to one movie unit from the point you press the g button to start recording
until you press again to pause the recording.
• The photos included in this manual are simulated pictures taken with a still camera.
• Some screenshots in this manual have been simplified to show only relevant icons.
1 Introduction
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About this Manual
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Self Timer
Self Timer
1 Open the [Self Timer] screen.
[FUNC.] [MENU] 8 [Self Timer]
2 Touch [A On n] and then touch [a].
• n will appear on the screen.
• Repeat, selecting [B Off], to turn off the self timer.
Movies: In record pause mode, press g.
The camcorder starts recording after a 10-second countdown*. The countdown appears on the
screen.
Photos: In record pause mode, touch [PHOTO].
The camcorder will record the photo after a 10-second countdown*. The countdown appears on the
screen.
* 2 seconds when using the wireless controller.
NOTES
• Once the countdown has begun, any of the following actions will cancel the self timer.
- Pressing g, when recording movies.
j
Operating modes:
Brackets [ ] are used to refer to control
buttons and menu options you will
touch on the screen and to other
onscreen messages and displays.
indicates that a function is available in the
operating mode indicated and indicates
that the function is not available. For a detailed
explanation refer to Operating Modes (0 26).
The names of physical buttons
and switches on the camcorder
are indicated within a “button”
frame.
For example h.
The arrow is used to abbreviate menu selections. For a
detailed explanation on how to use the menus, refer to
Using the Menus (0 27). For a concise summary of all
available menu options and settings, refer to the
appendix Menu Options Lists (0 137).
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Supplied Accessories and CD-ROMs
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Supplied Accessories and CD-ROMs
The following accessories are supplied with the camcorder:
CA-570 Compact Power Adapter
(incl. power cord)
BP-808 Battery Pack WL-D89 Wireless Controller
(incl. CR2025 lithium button battery)
Stylus Pen HTC-100/S HDMI Cable STV-250N Stereo Video Cable
IFC-300PCU/S USB Cable Lens hood Lens cap
Installation Guide for PIXELA’s
Software
Quick Guide
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Supplied Accessories and CD-ROMs
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The following CD-ROMs and software are supplied with the camcorder:
• PIXELA’s Transfer Utility CD-ROM*
- Use Transfer Utility for saving and transferring movies and music files you can use as
background music.
• PIXELA’s VideoBrowser CD-ROM*
- In addition to all the functionality of Transfer Utility, you can use VideoBrowser for managing,
editing, and playing back movies.
• Y Instruction Manual/Photo Applications Ver.35*/Music Data/Image Mix Data CD-ROM
(referred in the manual as “Camcorder Supplemental Disc”). Contains the following components.
- Instruction Manual - The full-version instruction manual of the camcorder (this PDF file).
- Photo Application - Software for saving, managing, and printing photos.
- Music data - Music files that can be used as background music during playback. These music
files are for exclusive use with the supplied PIXELA’s software. The disc cannot be played back on
CD players.
- Image mix data - Image files that can be used with the image mix function (image mix frames).
* The CD-ROM includes the instruction manual of the software (on PDF file).
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Names of Parts
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Names of Parts
1 RESET button (0 155)
2 2 (camera/play) button (0 26)
3 DISP. (onscreen display) button
(0 80)/BATT. INFO (battery info)
button (0 151)
4 Double memory card slot cover
5 Memory card slot X (0 32)
6 Memory card slot Y (0 32)
7 AV OUT terminal (0 116, 118)/
X (headphones) terminal (0 70)
8 COMPONENT OUT terminal
(0 116, 117)
9 Focus ring (0 45)
10 Lens hood (0 21)
8 7
10 9
2
1 3 4
5 6
Left side view
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Names of Parts
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1 MIC terminal (0 73)
2 Grip belt (0 23)
3 USB terminal (0 116, 118, 130)
4 HDMI OUT terminal (0 116, 117)
5 REMOTE terminal (0 75)
6 Built-in speaker (0 87)
6
2 1
5 4 3
Right side view
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Names of Parts
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1 Instant AF sensor (0 166)
2 Viewfinder (0 21)
3 START/STOP button (0 36)
4 Strap mount (0 23)
5 DC IN terminal (0 19)
6 Dioptric adjustment lever (0 21)
7 CUSTOM (customizable) dial (0 82)
8 CUSTOM (customizable) button
(0 82)
9 LCD touch screen (0 22, 25)
10 POWERED IS button (0 53)/
Assignable button 2 (0 83)
11 AF/MF button (0 45)/
WEB button (0 132)/
Assignable button 1 (0 83)
12 Remote sensor (0 24)
1
2
3
4
5
7
9 8 6
12
11
10
Front view
Back view
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Names of Parts
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1 Built-in microphone (0 67)
2 Zoom lever (0 50)
3 Mode switch (0 26)
4 Mini advanced shoe
5 ACCESS indicator (0 36)
6 ON/OFF (CHG) indicator (0 19)
Green - ON
Orange - Standby (0 42)
Red - Charging (0 19)
7 POWER button
3
2
1
5
4
6
7
Top view
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Names of Parts
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1 Serial number
2 BATTERY RELEASE switch (0 20)
3 Tripod socket (0 24)
2
3
1
Bottom view
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Names of Parts
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Wireless Controller WL-D89
1 START/STOP button (0 36)
2 b (index selection) button (0 89)
Press and hold for more than 2 seconds to switch between shooting and playback mode.
3 MENU button (0 28, 139)
4 DISP. (onscreen display) button (0 80)
5 SET button
6 B (stop) button (0 85)
7 PHOTO button (0 36)
8 Zoom buttons (0 50)
9 Navigation buttons ( Z/O/y/A )
10 A/C (play/pause) button (0 85)
1
7
8
9
10
2
3
4
5
6
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Charging the Battery Pack
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Preparations
Charging the Battery Pack
The camcorder can be powered with a battery pack or directly using the compact power adapter. The
first time you use a battery pack, fully charge it and then use the camcorder until the battery pack is
completely exhausted. Doing so will ensure that the remaining recording time will be displayed
accurately.
For approximate charging times and recording/playback times with a fully charged battery pack, refer
to Charging, Recording and Playback Times (0 169).
1 Connect the power cord to the compact power adapter.
2 Plug the power cord into a power outlet.
3 Connect the compact power adapter to the camcorder’s
DC IN terminal.
4 Attach the battery pack to the camcorder.
• Press the battery pack softly into the battery attachment
unit and slide it forward until it clicks in place.
5 Charging will start when the camcorder is turned off.
• If the camcorder was on, the green ON/OFF (CHG)
indicator will go out when you turn off the camcorder. After
a moment, the ON/OFF (CHG) indicator will start flashing in
red (battery pack charging). The red ON/OFF (CHG)
indicator will go out when the battery pack is fully charged.
• If the indicator flashes quickly, refer to Troubleshooting
(0 154).
DC IN terminal
ON/OFF (CHG) (charge) indicator
2 Preparations
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Charging the Battery Pack
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To remove the battery pack
1 Slide U in the direction of the arrow and
hold it pressed down.
2 Slide the battery pack and then pull it out.
IMPORTANT
• Turn off the camcorder before connecting or disconnecting the compact power adapter. After
pressing x to turn off the camcorder, important data is updated in the memory. Be sure to
wait until the green ON/OFF (CHG) indicator goes out.
• Do not connect to the camcorder’s DC IN terminal or to the compact power adapter any electrical
equipment that is not expressly recommended for use with this camcorder.
• To prevent equipment breakdowns and excessive heating, do not connect the supplied compact
power adapter to voltage converters for overseas travels or special power sources such as those on
aircraft and ships, DC-AC inverters, etc.
NOTES
• We recommend charging the battery pack in temperatures between 10 °C and 30 °C. If either the
ambient temperature or the battery pack’s temperature is outside the range of approx. 0 °C to
40 °C, charging will not start.
• The battery pack will be charged only when the camcorder is off.
• If the power supply was disconnected while charging a battery pack, make sure the ON/OFF (CHG)
indicator has gone out before restoring the power supply.
• If remaining battery time is an issue, you can power the camcorder using the compact power
adapter so the battery pack will not be consumed.
• Charged battery packs continue to discharge naturally. Therefore, charge them on the day of use, or
the day before, to ensure a full charge.
• We recommend that you prepare battery packs to last 2 to 3 times longer than you think you might
need.
BATTERY
RELEASE
switch
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Preparing the Camcorder
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Preparing the Camcorder
This section covers the basic preparations for the camcorder such as attaching the lens hood,
adjusting the grip belt and adjusting the viewfinder and LCD screen. When attaching the lens hood,
grip belt and straps, be careful not to drop the camcorder.
Attaching the Lens Hood
Attach the lens hood to protect the lens and reduce the amount
of stray light that may hit the lens. Remove the lens cap before
attaching the lens hood.
Place the lens hood on the front of the lens so that the
groove on the lens hood is aligned with the bottom of the
lens (햲), and then turn the lens hood clockwise (햳).
• Be careful not to deform the lens hood.
• Make sure that the lens hood is aligned with the thread.
Using the Viewfinder
If it is difficult to use the LCD screen while the LCD backlight is on (0 22), you can use the viewfinder.
You can also use the viewfinder when you rotate the LCD panel 180 degrees to let the subject watch
the recording.
1 Pull out the viewfinder.
2 Press x to turn on the camcorder.
3 Adjust the viewfinder using the dioptric adjustment
lever.
• You can close the LCD panel or rotate it toward the
subject as you prefer.
• The LCD backlight setting (0 22) is common to the LCD
screen and the viewfinder.
NOTES
• For details about how to take care of the viewfinder, refer to
Handling Precautions (0 163), Cleaning (0 166).
Dioptric adjustment lever
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Preparing the Camcorder
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Adjusting the Position and Brightness of the LCD Screen
Rotating the LCD Panel
Open the LCD panel 90 degrees.
• You can rotate the panel 90 degrees downward.
• You can rotate the panel 180 degrees toward the lens. Rotating the LCD panel 180 degrees can be
useful in the following cases:
- To allow the subject to monitor the LCD screen while you use the viewfinder.
- To include yourself in the picture when recording with the self timer.
- To allow the camcorder to be operated with the wireless controller from the front.
NOTES
• About the LCD and viewfinder screens: The screens are produced using extremely high-precision
manufacturing techniques, with more than 99.99% of the pixels operating to specification. Less
than 0.01% of the pixels may occasionally misfire or appear as black, red, blue or green dots. This
has no effect on the recorded image and does not constitute a malfunction.
LCD Backlight
When recording in bright places it may be difficult to use the LCD screen. Turn on the LCD backlight to
make it brighter.
With the camcorder on, hold h pressed down for more
than 2 seconds.
• Repeat this action to switch the LCD backlight between off
(normal) and on (bright).
180°
90°
Subject can monitor the LCD screen
(You can use the viewfinder at the same time)
180°
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Preparing the Camcorder
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NOTES
• Using the bright setting will shorten the effective usage time of the battery pack.
• You can further adjust the brightness of the LCD screen with the 6 [LCD Brightness] setting,
or dim it with the 6 [LCD Screen Dimmer] setting to use in places where the light from the
LCD screen can be a nuisance.
• Adjusting the brightness does not affect the brightness of the recordings.
• For details about how to take care of the touch screen, refer to Handling Precautions (0 163),
Cleaning (0 166).
Grip Belt and Straps
Fasten the grip belt.
• Adjust the grip belt so that you can reach the zoom lever
with your index finger, and the g button with your
thumb.
• You can attach the supplied stylus pen to the grip belt.
Attaching an optional wrist strap
Attach the wrist strap to the strap mount on the grip belt,
adjust the length and fasten.
• You can also attach the wrist strap to the strap mount on the
grip belt to use both for extra convenience and protection.
Attaching an optional shoulder strap
Pass the ends of the shoulder strap through the strap mount on the grip belt and adjust the length of
the strap.
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Preparing the Camcorder
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Wireless Controller
First, insert the supplied CR2025 lithium button battery into the wireless controller.
1 Press the tab in the direction of the arrow and pull out
the battery holder.
2 Place the lithium button battery with the + side facing
up.
3 Insert the battery holder.
To use the wireless controller
Point the wireless controller at the camcorder’s remote sensor when you press the buttons.
• You can rotate the LCD panel 180 degrees to use the wireless controller from the front of the
camcorder.
NOTES
• When the camcorder cannot be operated with the wireless controller, or when it can only be
operated at very close range, replace the battery.
• The wireless controller may not work properly when the remote sensor is situated under strong light
sources or direct sunlight.
Using a Tripod
You can mount the camcorder on a tripod but do not use tripods
with mounting screws longer than 6.5 mm as this may cause
damage to the camcorder.
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Basic Operation of the Camcorder
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Basic Operation of the Camcorder
Using the Touch Screen
The control buttons and menu items that appear on the touch screen change dynamically depending
on the operating mode and the task you are performing. With the intuitive touch screen interface you
have all the controls at your fingertips. You can also use the supplied stylus pen for a more precise
operation.
Touch
Press firmly on an element displayed on the touch screen.
Used to start playing back a scene in an index screen, to select
a setting from the menus, to select the subject whom the
camcorder will recognize as the main subject of the scene, etc.
Drag
While applying pressure, swipe your finger up and down or left
and right across the screen.
Used to scroll menus, to browse through index screen pages or
to adjust slider controls like the volume.
IMPORTANT
• The camcorder uses a pressure-sensitive touch screen. Press firmly when using touch
operations.
• In the following cases, you may not be able to perform touch operations correctly.
- Using your fingernails or hard-tipped objects other than the supplied stylus pen, such as ballpoint
pens.
- Operating the touch screen with wet or gloved hands.
- Applying excessive force or forcefully scratching the touch screen.
- Attaching commercially available screen protectors or adhesive film onto the touch screen’s
surface.
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Operating Modes
Recording
In recording mode, the camcorder’s operating mode is determined by the position of the mode switch.
Playback
Press the camera/play button S to switch the camcorder
between camera (recording) mode and playback mode. You can
press S when the camcorder is off to turn it on directly in
playback mode.
NOTES
• When switching to a playback mode, the memory selected for playback will be the same currently
used for recording.
• You can also press and hold B on the wireless controller for more than 2 seconds to switch
between recording and playback mode.
Operating mode Mode switch Operation
Let the camcorder take care of all the settings while you concentrate on recording
(0 37). This operating mode is suitable if you just prefer not to bother with
detailed camcorder settings.
Enjoy full access to menus, settings and advanced functions (0 40).
Give your recordings a cinematic look and use cinema-look filters to create unique
movies (0 100).
Operating mode Operation
Playing back movies (0 85).
Viewing photos (0 120).
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Using the Menus
Many of the camcorder’s functions can be adjusted from the FUNC. panel and the setup menus. For
details about the available menu options and settings, refer to the appendix Menu Options Lists
(0 137).
FUNC. Panel
The FUNC. panel shows a convenient overview of frequently used shooting functions. Touch [FUNC.]
to access the FUNC. panel and then touch the function you want to set or adjust.
You may need to drag your finger up and down the screen to find the control button of the desired
function. In mode, access to functions is limited.
Edit Panel
Touch [Edit] to display a panel showing available operations (copying, deleting, etc.), and then touch
the operation you want to perform.
Operating modes:
Operating modes:
Touch the control
button of the
desired function
FUNC. panel in mode
Edit panel in mode
Touch the control
button of the
desired operation
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Setup Menus
* In mode setup menus cannot be accessed and most menu settings will be reset to default
values.
1 or mode only: Touch [FUNC.]
2 Touch [MENU] to open the setup menus.
• You can also press u on the wireless controller.
3 Touch the tab of the desired menu.
4 Drag your finger up and down to bring the setting you
want to change into the orange selection bar.
• Menu items not available appear grayed out.
• You can touch any menu item on the screen to bring it
directly into the selection bar.
5 When the desired menu item is inside the selection bar, touch the orange frame on the
right.
6 Touch the desired option and touch [a].
• You can touch [a] to close the menu at any time.
Operating modes: *
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First Time Settings
Setting the Date and Time
You will need to set the date and time of the camcorder before
you can start using it. The [Date/Time] screen will appear
automatically when the camcorder’s clock is not set.
1 Press x to turn on the camcorder.
• The [Date/Time] screen appears and the year will be
selected.
2 Touch a field you want to change (year, month, day, hours or minutes).
3 Touch [Z] or [O] to change the field as necessary.
4 Set the correct date and time by changing all the fields in the same way.
5 Touch [Y.M.D], [M.D,Y] or [D.M.Y] to select the date format you prefer.
• In some screens, only the month and day are displayed but it will still follow the order you
selected.
6 Touch [24H] to use 24-hour clock or leave it unselected to use 12-hour clock (AM/PM).
7 Touch [OK] to start the clock and close the setup screen.
NOTES
• You can adjust the date and time later on with the 6 [Date/Time] setting.
• When you do not use the camcorder for about 3 months, the built-in rechargeable lithium battery
may discharge completely and the date and time setting may be lost. In such case, recharge the
built-in lithium battery (0 165) and set the time zone, date and time again.
Changing the Language
The default language of the camcorder is English. You can set
it to one of 27 languages.
1 Open the [Language a] screen.
[FUNC.] [MENU] 6 [Language a]
• Touching [FUNC.] is necessary only when performing the procedure in a recording mode.
2 Touch the desired language and then touch [a].
NOTES
• Some control buttons, such as [ZOOM], [FUNC.] or [MENU], will appear in English regardless of the
language selected.
Operating modes:
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Changing the Time Zone
Change the time zone to match your location. The default setting is Paris.
1 Open the [Time Zone/DST] screen.
[FUNC.] [MENU] 6 [Time Zone/DST]
• Touching [FUNC.] is necessary only when performing the procedure in a recording mode.
2 Touch [S] to set the home time zone, or [V] to set the time zone of your destination
when you are traveling.
3 Touch [Z] or [O] to set the desired time zone. If necessary, touch [U] to adjust for
daylight saving time.
4 Touch [a] to close the menu.
Operating modes:
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Using a Memory Card
Memory Cards Compatible for Use with the Camcorder
You can use the following types of commercially available Secure Digital (SD) cards with this
camcorder.
As of October 2010, the movie recording function has been tested using SD/SDHC/SDXC memory
cards made by Panasonic, Toshiba and SanDisk.
* When using an SD memory card without a speed class rating, you may not be able to record movies,
depending on the memory card used.
**SD memory cards with a capacity of 64 MB or smaller cannot be used to record movies.
NOTES
• About the Speed Class: Speed Class is a standard that indicates the minimum guaranteed data
transfer speed of memory cards. When you buy a new memory card, look for the Speed Class logo
on the package.
We recommend using memory cards rated SD Speed Class 4, 6 or 10.
SDXC Memory Cards
You can use SDXC memory cards with this camcorder. When using memory cards with other devices,
such as digital recorders, computers and card readers, make sure that the external device is
compatible with SDXC cards. The table below summarizes compatibility by computer operating
system, as of October 2010. For the latest information, however, contact the computer, operating
system or memory card manufacturer.
Compatible operating systems for SDXC memory cards
IMPORTANT
• If you use an SDXC memory card with a computer OS that is not SDXC-compatible, you may be
prompted to format the memory card. In such case, cancel the operation to prevent data loss.
• After repeatedly recording, deleting and editing scenes (fragmented memory), it will take longer to
write data on the memory and recording may stop. Save your recordings and initialize the memory
using the camcorder.
Memory card type: SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
SD Speed Class*:
Capacity: 128 MB or larger**.
Operating system Compatibility
Windows 7 Compatible
Windows Vista Compatible (requires Service Pack 1 or later)
Windows XP Compatible (requires Service Pack 3 and KB955704 update)
Mac OS X Not compatible
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Eye-Fi Cards
This product is not guaranteed to support Eye-Fi card functions (including wireless transfer). In case of
an issue with an Eye-Fi card, please check with the card manufacturer.
Also note that an approval is required to use Eye-Fi cards in many countries or regions. Without
approval, use of the card is not permitted. If it is unclear whether the card has been approved for use
in the area, please check with the card manufacturer.
Inserting and Removing a Memory Card
Make sure to initialize (0 35) all memory cards before using them with this camcorder.
1 Turn off the camcorder.
• Make sure the ON/OFF (CHG) indicator is off.
2 Open the double memory card slot cover.
3 Insert the memory card straight, with the label facing the
front of the camcorder, all the way into one of the
memory card slots until it clicks.
• You can also use two memory cards, one in each memory
card slot.
• To use the wireless communication features of an Eye-Fi
card, insert it into memory card slot Y. Be sure you
understand the information provided in Eye-Fi Cards
(0 32) before using an Eye-Fi card.
4 Close the double memory card slot cover.
• Do not force the cover closed if the memory card is not
correctly inserted.
To remove the memory card
Push the memory card once to release it. When the memory card springs out, pull it all the way out.
IMPORTANT
• Observe the following precautions while the ACCESS indicator is flashing. Failure to do so may
result in permanent data loss.
- Do not disconnect the power source or turn off the camcorder.
- Do not remove the memory card.
• Turn off the camcorder before inserting or removing an memory card. Inserting or removing the
memory card with the camcorder on may result in permanent data loss.
• Memory cards have front and back sides that are not interchangeable. Inserting a memory card
facing the wrong direction can cause a malfunction of the camcorder. Be sure to insert the memory
card as described in step 3.
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Selecting the Memory for the Recordings
You can select to record your movies and photos in the built-in memory or on a memory card. The
default memory for recording both is the built-in memory.
POINTS TO CHECK
• Be sure you understand the information provided in Eye-Fi Cards (0 32) before using an Eye-Fi
card.
1 Open the [Rec Media for Movies] or [Rec Media for Photos] screen.
[FUNC.] [MENU] 8 [Rec Media for Movies] or [Rec Media for Photos]
2 Touch [f] (built-in memory), [4] (memory card X) or [7] (memory card Y) and then
touch [a].
• When selecting the memory, you can check the approximate available recording time/number of
photos, based on currently used settings.
NOTES
• Select to record movies in the built-in memory or memory card X if you later want to convert the
movies to standard definition in order to upload them to the Web.
Relay Recording
You can activate relay recording so if the memory you are using becomes full while recording movies,
the recording will continue uninterrupted on a memory card.
When recording on memory card X, you can use memory card Y for relay recording (497). When
recording in the built-in memory, you can choose to use only memory card X for relay recording
(f94), or use both memory cards (f9497).
1 Insert a memory card that contains no video recordings into the card slot of the memory
card you want to use for relay recording.
• When relay recording from the built-in memory: memory card slot X or both memory card slots.
• When relay recording from memory card X: memory card slot Y only.
2 Open the relay recording screen.
[FUNC.] [MENU] 8 [Rec Media for Movies] [f] or [4] [Relay Recording]
3 Touch the desired option and then touch [a].
• The approximate available recording time will now reflect the combined space in the memories
used for relay recording.
Operating modes:
Operating modes:
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NOTES
• You cannot use relay recording from the built-in memory to memory card Y. When using a single
memory card, be sure to insert it into memory card slot X.
• There will be a momentary stop in the scene at the point where the camcorder switches from one
memory to another.
• Any of the following actions will deactivate the relay recording function:
- Turning off the camcorder.
- Opening the double memory card slot cover.
- Changing the position of the mode switch.
- Changing the camcorder’s operating mode.
- Changing the memory used for recording movies.
Double Slot Recording
Double slot recording allows you to record the same scene simultaneously to both memory cards. This
is a convenient way to make a backup copy of your recording while you record.
1 Insert memory cards into memory card slot X and memory card slot Y.
2 Open the [Rec Media for Movies] screen.
[FUNC.] [MENU] 8 [Rec Media for Movies]
3 Activate double slot recording.
[4] [Double Slot Rec] [A]
4 Touch [a].
• will appear on the screen.
NOTES
• If a memory card becomes full during double slot recording, recording on both cards will stop.
• If an error occurs with one of the memory cards, recording will continue on the other card.
Operating modes:
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Initializing the Memory
Initialize memory cards when you use them with this camcorder for the first time. You can also initialize
a memory card or the built-in memory to permanently delete all the recordings it contains.
At the time of purchase, the built-in memory comes pre-initialized and contains music files for use as
background music and images for use with the image mix function (image mix frames).
1 Power the camcorder using the compact power adapter.
• Do not disconnect the power source or turn off the camcorder until the initialization is completed.
2 Open the initialization screen for the desired memory.
[FUNC.] [MENU] 6 [Initialize f/g] [f Built-in Mem.], [4 Mem. Card A] or
[7 Mem. Card B] [Initialize]
• Touching [FUNC.] is necessary only when performing the procedure in a recording mode.
• In the initialization screen, touch [Complete Initialization] to physically erase all the data rather than
just clear the file allocation table of the memory.
3 Touch [Yes].
• If you selected the [Complete Initialization] option, you can touch [Cancel] to cancel the
initialization while it is in progress. All recordings will be erased and the memory can be used
without any problem.
4 Touch [OK] and then touch [a].
IMPORTANT
• Initializing the memory will permanently erase all recordings. Lost original recordings cannot be
recovered. Make sure you save important recordings in advance using an external device (0 124).
• Initializing a memory card will permanently erase any music files and images you may have
transferred to the card. (The music files and image mix frames that come pre-installed in the built-in
memory will be restored after it is initialized.) To transfer music files from the supplied Camcorder
Supplemental Disc to the memory card:
- Windows users: Use the supplied PIXELA’s software. For details, refer to the Software Guide
(PDF file) of the supplied PIXELA’s software.
- Mac OS users: Use Finder to transfer music files from the [MUSIC] folder on the supplied
Camcorder Supplemental Disc to the memory card. Refer to About the music files (0 176) for
the folder structure of the memory card.
• At the time of purchase, Eye-Fi cards contain the necessary network configuration software. Be
sure to install the software and complete the required configuration setup before you initialize the
Eye-Fi card prior to using it with this camcorder.
Operating modes:
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Recording
Recording Movies and Photos
By default, movies and photos are recorded in the built-in memory. You can select the memory that will
be used to record movies and photos (0 33).
Please read the IMPORTANT section (0 41) before using an Eye-Fi card.
POINTS TO CHECK
• Before you begin recording, make a test recording first to check that the camcorder is operating
correctly.
Preparing to Record
1 Attach a charged battery pack to the camcorder
(0 19).
2 Turn on the camcorder.
3 Select the memory for recording (0 33).
• To use relay recording (0 33), insert a memory card into
memory card slot X or both memory card slots.
• To use double slot recording (0 34), insert memory cards
into both memory card slots.
4 Remove the lens cap.
5 If you need to use the viewfinder, pull it out and, if
necessary, adjust it using the dioptric adjustment lever.
Lens cap
Viewfinder
3 Recording
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Recording in AUTO Mode
When you use mode to shoot video and take photos, the camcorder will automatically adjust
various settings for you.
1 Set the mode switch to .
2 Turn on the camcorder.
To record video
Press g to begin recording.
• Press g again to pause the recording.
• The ACCESS indicator will flash from time to time while the
scene is being recorded.
• During recording, N will appear on the screen.
To take photos
Touch [PHOTO].
• A green icon (h) will appear momentarily on the screen and the ACCESS indicator will flash as the
photo is recorded.
• You can record photos simultaneously while recording a movie.
• You can also press j on the wireless controller.
When you have finished recording
1 Make sure that the ACCESS indicator is off.
2 Turn off the camcorder.
3 Close the LCD panel.
Operating modes:
[PHOTO]
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Rating Scenes
You can turn on the scene rating option in recording mode with the 8 [Rate Scenes
(Recording)] setting. Immediately after recording a scene, you will have the option to rate it by
touching one of the rating buttons; you can also touch [ ] or [a] to leave the scene unrated.
Later you can play back scenes and perform other scene operations by rating.
You can rate scenes while the camcorder is in mode but you must change the setting
described above in or mode.
About AUTO mode
• Only the following functions are available in mode.
- Zoom (0 50).
- Quick Start (0 42).
- Video snapshot (0 78).
- Advanced image stabilization modes (0 53) to shoot video while walking or to stabilize the
shot while zooming in on faraway subjects (telephoto).
- Face detection (0 47) to get beautiful shots of people every time, tracking the subject even
if the person moves.
- Touch & Track (0 48) to track other moving subjects, keeping them in focus and using the
best settings to record them.
- Story Creator (0 97) to transform your movies into compelling video stories by following
simple scripts for various scenarios.
- Decoration (0 102) to add graphical elements using stamps, drawings, image mix and
more.
About the Smart AUTO function
In mode, the camcorder will automatically detect certain characteristics of the subject,
background, lighting conditions, etc. It will then adjust various settings (focus, exposure, color,
image stabilization, image quality, among others), selecting the best settings for the scene you
want to shoot. The Smart AUTO icon will change to one of the following icons.
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IMPORTANT
• Observe the following precautions while the ACCESS indicator is on or flashing. Failing to do so
may result in permanent data loss or damage to the memory.
- Do not open the double memory card slot cover.
- Do not disconnect the power source or turn off the camcorder.
- Do not change the camcorder’s operating mode.
• Be sure to save your recordings regularly (0 124), especially after making important recordings.
Canon shall not be liable for any loss or corruption of data.
• Photos recorded on an Eye-Fi card in memory card slot Y will be uploaded automatically after
setting the camcorder to playback mode, if you are within the range of a configured network.
Always verify that Eye-Fi cards have been approved in the country/region of use. See also Using an
Eye-Fi Card (0 135).
Smart AUTO icons
1
The icon in parentheses appears under backlight conditions.
2
This icon will appear under tele macro conditions. Tele macro is activated automatically when you
zoom toward the telephoto end and close in on the subject. Tele macro allows you to get closer
shots of small subjects and adds a soft focus to the background, so the subject not only looks
larger but also stands out more.
Background (color of the icon) → Bright1
(grey)
Blue skies1
(light blue)
Vivid colors1
(green/red)
Sunsets1
(orange)
Subject ↓
People (stationary)
( ) ( ) ( )
—
People (moving)
( ) ( ) ( )
—
Subjects other than people,
such as landscapes
( ) ( ) ( )
Close objects / 2
( / 2
)
/ 2
( / 2
)
/ 2
( / 2
)
—
Background (color of the icon) → Dark (dark blue)
Subject ↓ Spotlight Night scene
People (stationary) — —
People (moving) — —
Subjects other than people, such as
landscapes
Close objects / 2
— —
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NOTES
• About the power saving mode: If 6 [Power Saving Mode] [Auto Power Off] is set to
[A On], the camcorder will shut off automatically to save power when it is powered by a battery
pack and is left without any operation for 5 minutes. Press x to turn on the camcorder.
• When recording in bright places, it may be difficult to use the LCD screen. In such cases, you can
turn on the LCD backlight (0 22) or adjust the brightness of the LCD screen with the 6
[LCD Brightness] setting. Alternatively, you can also use the viewfinder (0 21).
• Under certain conditions, the Smart AUTO icon that appears on the screen may not match the
actual scene. Especially when shooting against orange or blue backgrounds, the sunset or one of
the blue skies icons may appear and the colors may not look natural. In such case, we recommend
recording in mode (0 40).
• In mode, most camcorder settings will return to default values, but the following settings will
be maintained even after setting the mode switch to .
- FUNC. panel: [Zoom], [Decoration].
- 7 menu: [Soft Zoom Control], [Zoom Speed Level], [Zoom Lever Zoom Speed], [Wireless
Ctrlr Zoom Speed], [AF Mode], [Auto Slow Shutter], [Conversion Lens], [Camcorder Shake
Indicator].
- 8 menu: [Video Snapshot Length], [Rate Scenes (Recording)], [Rec Media for Movies],
[Recording Mode], [Rec Media for Photos], [Scan Reverse Rec].
- 6 menu: All settings.
• Photos are recorded as JPG files. The photo size (1920x1080) and quality cannot be changed. At
this size, a 1 GB memory card can hold approximately 670 photos. However, the actual number of
photos that can be recorded will vary depending on the subject and shooting conditions.
• Photos cannot be recorded while the digital zoom is activated or while fading in or fading out a
scene.
Recording in y (Manual) Mode
When the mode switch is set to y (Manual mode), you can enjoy full access to the menus and
manually adjust the exposure, focus, white balance and many more of the camcorder’s settings to
your preference. Even in mode, though, the camcorder can help you with the settings. For
example, by using Special Scene recording programs (0 62).
1 Set the mode switch to y.
2 Turn on the camcorder.
3 Record movies and photos.
• The procedure is the same as in mode (0 37).
Operating modes:
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Reviewing the Latest Scene Recorded
You can review the last 4 seconds of the last scene recorded with the camcorder without switching to
playback mode. While reviewing the latest scene, the picture will be played back without sound.
1 Set the mode switch to y or .
2 Review the last 4 seconds of the scene.
[FUNC.] [ Review Recording]
NOTES
• When double slot recording is activated, only the scene recorded on memory card X will be played
back.
IMPORTANT
• Observe the following precautions while the ACCESS indicator is on or flashing. Failing to do so
may result in permanent data loss or damage to the memory.
- Do not open the double memory card slot cover.
- Do not disconnect the power source or turn off the camcorder.
- Do not change the camcorder’s operating mode.
• Be sure to save your recordings regularly (0 124), especially after making important recordings.
Canon shall not be liable for any loss or corruption of data.
• Photos recorded on an Eye-Fi card in memory card slot Y will be uploaded automatically after
setting the camcorder to playback mode, if you are within the range of a configured network.
Always verify that Eye-Fi cards have been approved in the country/region of use. See also Using an
Eye-Fi Card (0 135).
NOTES
• About the power saving mode: If 6 [Power Saving Mode] [Auto Power Off] is set to
[A On], the camcorder will shut off automatically to save power when it is powered by a battery
pack and is left without any operation for 5 minutes. Press x to turn on the camcorder.
• When recording in bright places, it may be difficult to use the LCD screen. In such cases, you can
turn on the LCD backlight (0 22) or adjust the brightness of the LCD screen with the 6
[LCD Brightness] setting. Alternatively, you can also use the viewfinder (0 21).
• Photos are recorded as JPG files. The photo size (1920x1080) and quality cannot be changed. At
this size, a 1 GB memory card can hold approximately 670 photos. However, the actual number of
photos that can be recorded will vary depending on the subject and shooting conditions.
• Photos cannot be recorded while the digital zoom is activated or while fading in or fading out a
scene.
Operating modes:
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Quick Start Function
When you close the LCD panel with the camcorder on, the camcorder enters the standby mode. In
standby mode the camcorder consumes only about 1/3 the power used when recording, saving
energy when you are using a battery pack. Additionally, when you open the LCD panel or pull out the
viewfinder, the camcorder is ready to start recording in approximately 1 second*, allowing you to
record the subject right away.
* The actual time required varies depending on the shooting conditions.
1 With the camcorder on and in a recording mode, close the LCD panel.
• A beep will sound and the green ON/OFF (CHG) indicator will change to orange to indicate the
camcorder entered standby mode.
• When using only the viewfinder (with the LCD panel closed), you can return the viewfinder to its
retracted position to set the camcorder in standby mode.
2 When you wish to resume recording, open the LCD panel.
• The ON/OFF (CHG) indicator turns back green and the camcorder is ready to record.
• You can also pull out the viewfinder to start recording with the LCD panel closed.
IMPORTANT
• Do not disconnect the power source during standby mode (while the ON/OFF (CHG) indicator is lit
in orange).
NOTES
• The camcorder will not enter standby mode while the ACCESS indicator is on or flashing, while a
menu is being displayed or while using the viewfinder. The camcorder may also not enter standby
mode when the battery charge is too low. Check that the ON/OFF (CHG) indicator changes to
orange.
• About standby mode and auto power off:
- The camcorder will power off automatically if left in standby mode for 10 minutes. Press x
to turn on the camcorder.
- You can select the length of time until shut-off or turn off the Quick Start function altogether with
the 6 [Power Saving Mode] [Quick Start (Standby)] setting.
- The usual 5-minute auto power off setting of [Power Saving Mode] is not applicable while the
camcorder is in standby mode.
• Changing the position of the mode switch while the camcorder is in standby mode will reactivate the
camcorder in the operating mode selected.
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Selecting the Video Quality (Recording Mode)
The camcorder offers 5 recording modes. Changing the recording mode will change the recording
time available on the memory. Select MXP or FXP mode for better movie quality; select LP mode for
longer recording times. The following table gives approximate recording times.
1 Open the [Recording Mode] screen.
[FUNC.] [MENU] 8 [Recording Mode]
2 Touch the desired recording mode and then touch [a].
NOTES
• Movies recorded in MXP mode cannot be saved on AVCHD discs. Use an external Blu-ray Disc
recorder to copy MXP movies onto Blu-ray discs or use the supplied software VideoBrowser to
create AVCHD discs*.
• The camcorder uses a variable bit rate (VBR) to encode video so the actual recording times will vary
depending on the content of the scenes.
• The camcorder retains the last setting used even if you set the camcorder to mode.
* MXP scenes will be converted to an image quality similar to that of FXP scenes.
Operating modes:
Approximate recording times 
Default value
1
Recorded in 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. Movies recorded using other recording modes are recorded
in 1,440 x 1,080 resolution.
2
At the time of purchase, the built-in memory contains about 70 MB of music files (background
music) and 5 MB of image files (image mix frames).
3
A single scene can be recorded continuously for 12 hours; at that point, the camcorder will stop
for about 3 seconds before resuming recording.
Recording mode →
MXP1
FXP1
XP+ SP
LP
Memory ↓
4 GB Memory card 20 min. 30 min. 40 min. 1 hr. 10 min. 1 hr. 30 min.
8 GB Memory card 40 min. 1 hr. 1 hr. 25 min. 2 hr. 20 min. 3 hr.
16 GB Memory card 1 hr. 25 min. 2 hr. 5 min. 2 hr. 50 min. 4 hr. 45 min. 6 hr. 5 min.
32 GB Memory card/
Built-in memory2 2 hr. 55 min. 4 hr. 10 min. 5 hr. 45 min. 9 hr. 35 min. 12 hr. 15 min.3
64 GB Memory card 5 hr. 55 min. 8 hr. 20 min. 11 hr. 30 min. 19 hr. 10 min.3
24 hr. 30 min.3
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Selecting the Frame Rate
You can change the frame rate (the number of frames recorded per second) to change the look of your
movies.
1 Open the [Frame Rate] screen.
[FUNC.] [MENU] 8 [Frame Rate]
2 Touch the desired frame rate and then touch [a].
Options
* Recorded as 50i.
Operating modes:
[w 50i (Standard)] 50 fields per second, interlaced. Standard frame rate of PAL analog TV signals.
[D PF25] Shooting at 25 frames per second, progressive*. Using this frame rate will give your
recordings a cinematic look. Recording in mode will further enhance the effect.
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Focus Adjustment
You can adjust the focus manually and use the peaking function to assist you or you can let the
camcorder focus for you by using autofocus. With autofocus, you can set the autofocus speed.
The camcorder also features two more focusing functions, face detection and Touch & Track.
POINTS TO CHECK
• Adjust the zoom before you start the procedure.
Manual Focus
Use the focus ring to focus manually. You can also use peaking to help you focus more accurately.
1 Open the focus controls.
[FUNC.] [X Focus]
• To switch to autofocus without opening the focus controls, press . In such case, Touch AF
(step 3) will not be available.
2 Touch [2].
3 Touch a subject that appears inside the X frame.
• The Touch AF mark (P) will flash and the focusing distance will be adjusted automatically. You
have the option to further adjust the focus manually as necessary.
4 Turn the focus ring to adjust the focus.
• The center of the screen will be magnified to help you focus more easily. You can also turn off this
function with the 7 [Focus Assistance] setting.
• The focusing distance displayed will change as you adjust the focus. You can change the units
used for the distance display with the 6 [Distance Units] setting.
• You can use the 6 [Focus Ring Response] setting to adjust the sensitivity of the focus
ring.
• You can use the 6 [Focus Ring Direction] setting to select which direction to turn the
focus ring.
Focus Preset
When focusing manually, you can set a preset position for the focus in advance so that you can later
return to that preset focus position instantly.
1 Open the focus controls.
[FUNC.] [X Focus]
2 Touch [MF].
3 Turn the focus ring to the desired focus position.
4 Touch [ ] to set the preset focus position.
Operating modes:
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5 After adjusting the focus, touch [ ] to return to the preset focus position.
• Touch [ ] again to cancel the current preset focus position.
• [ ] will be grayed out while adjusting the focus or zoom.
• You can use the 6 [Focus Preset Speed] setting to adjust the speed at which the
camcorder returns to the preset focus position.
NOTES
• The preset focus position will be canceled when the camcorder is turned off.
• When the camcorder is in mode, the focus preset function cannot be used.
Peaking
When peaking is activated, edges in focus on the screen will be highlighted in red, blue or yellow. In
addition, you can choose to switch the screen to black & white, further emphasizing the edges.
1 Open the focus controls.
[FUNC.] [X Focus]
2 Touch [5].
For the black & white setting: Touch [Off] or [On]
For the peaking color: Touch [Red], [Blue] or [Yellow]
3 Touch [f].
4 Touch [d].
• Peaking is activated and edges are highlighted. You can turn the focus ring on this screen or
touch [a] to hide the focus controls.
• The peaking effect and black & white picture will not appear in your recordings.
Autofocus
When autofocus is activated, the camcorder continuously adjusts the focus on the subject in the
center of the screen. The focusing range is 2 cm (at full wide-angle, measured from the front of the
lens barrel) to f and 60 cm (throughout the zoom range, measured from the front of the lens barrel)
to f. Perform the following procedure to set the autofocus speed.
1 Open the [AF Mode] screen.
[FUNC.] [MENU] 7 [AF Mode]
2 Touch the desired option and then touch [a].
• The icon of the selected option appears on the screen.
Options (
Default value)
[R Instant AF]
Sets the autofocus to Instant AF. The focus is adjusted at the highest speed. This
mode is useful even when recording in very bright or low-light surroundings. This mode uses both the
TTL system and external sensor for focusing.
[ Medium AF] Sets the autofocus to Medium AF. The camcorder focuses more smoothly on the
subject than when using the [R Instant AF] setting. This mode uses both the TTL system and
external sensor for focusing.
[S Normal AF] Sets the autofocus to Normal AF. The autofocus adjustment is made at a stable
speed.
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NOTES
• While using autofocus, you can turn the manual ring to focus manually. When you stop turning the
ring, the camcorder returns to autofocus. This is useful in situations such as when focusing on a
subject on the other side of a window.
• When recording in bright surroundings, the camcorder closes down the aperture. This may cause
the picture to appear blurred and is more noticeable toward the wide angle end of the zoom range.
In such case, set 7 [ND Filter] to [O Automatic].
• When you set 7 [Conversion Lens] to a setting other than [B Off], the [ Instant AF]
and [ Medium AF] settings are not available.
• Autofocus takes longer to focus when the frame rate is set to [D PF25] than when it is set to
[w 50i (Standard)].
• When recording under dark conditions, the focusing range narrows and the picture may appear
blurred.
• Autofocus may not work well on the following subjects or in the following cases. In such case, focus
manually.
- Reflective surfaces
- Subjects with low contrast or without vertical lines
- Fast moving subjects
- Through dirty or wet windows
- Night scenes
Face Detection
The camcorder automatically detects people’s faces and uses this information to select the optimal
focus and exposure settings.
* Face detection is always activated in mode.
POINTS TO CHECK
• Select a recording program other than [q Night Scene], [p Low Light], [M Fireworks] or
[y Manual Exposure].
By default, face detection is activated. If the function was turned off, perform the following procedure
to turn it on.
1 Open the [Face Detection & Tracking] screen.
[FUNC.] [MENU] 7 [Face Detection & Tracking]
2 Touch [A On o] and then touch [a].
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To select the main subject
If there is more than one person in the picture, the camcorder will automatically select one person it
determines is the main subject. The main subject is indicated by a white face detection frame and the
camcorder will optimize the settings for that person. Other faces will have gray frames.
Touch a different face on the touch screen to optimize the
camcorder’s settings for that person using the Touch & Track
function.
Limiting Autofocus to Faces
While using autofocus, you can limit the autofocus function only to cases when a subject’s face is
detected and use manual focus for all other scenes. The camcorder will also adjust the brightness
when focusing automatically on the subject’s face.
Set assignable button 2 to [ Face Only AF] (0 83) and press the button.
• appears on the screen.
NOTES
• The camcorder may mistakenly detect the faces of non-human subjects. In such case, turn face
detection off.
• In certain cases, faces may not be detected correctly. Typical examples include:
- Faces extremely small, large, dark or bright in relation to the overall picture.
- Faces turned to the side, at a diagonal or partially hidden.
• Face detection cannot be used in the following cases.
- When the shutter speed used is slower than 1/25.
- When the digital zoom is activated at more than 40x zoom (dark blue area on the zoom bar).
- When 8 [Scan Reverse Rec] is set to an option other than [B Off].
• When face detection is activated, the slowest shutter speed used by the camcorder is 1/25.
Touch & Track
When recording a group of people using face detection, the camcorder will automatically detect one
person as the main subject. You can use Touch & Track to tell the camcorder to track and optimize
settings for a different person. You can also use Touch & Track to always keep in focus other moving
subjects, such as pets or moving vehicles.
1 Make sure face detection (0 47) and autofocus (0 46) are activated.
• Face detection is always activated in mode.
2 Point the camcorder at a moving subject and touch the subject on the touch screen.
• A white double frame will appear around the subject and track it as it moves.
• Touch [Cancel z] to remove the frame and cancel the tracking.
Operating modes:
Main subject
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NOTES
• Touching somewhere with a color or pattern unique to the subject will make it easier to track.
However, if there is another subject in the vicinity that shares similar characteristics to the selected
subject, the camcorder may start tracking the incorrect subject. Touch the screen again to select
the desired subject.
• In certain cases, Touch & Track may not be able to track the subject. Typical examples include:
- Subjects extremely small or large in relation to the overall picture.
- Subjects too similar to the background.
- Subjects lacking sufficient contrast.
- Fast moving subjects.
- When shooting indoors with insufficient lighting.
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Zooming
There are three ways you can zoom in and out: using the zoom lever on the camcorder, using the
zoom buttons on the wireless controller or using the zoom controls on the touch screen.
In addition to the 10x optical zoom, in mode, you can turn on the digital zoom* (40x or 200x)
with the 7 [Digital Zoom] setting.
This camcorder also features a digital tele-converter, which allows you to enlarge the image on the
screen digitally.
* Digital zoom is not available in and modes.
Using the Zoom Lever or Wireless Controller
Move the zoom lever toward Q (wide angle) to zoom out.
Move it toward P (telephoto) to zoom in.
• By default, the zoom lever operates at a variable speed –
press gently for a slow zoom; press harder for faster zooms.
• You can also use the zoom buttons on the wireless controller.
Setting the Zoom Speed
You can set the zoom speed for the zoom lever and wireless
controller.
To set the zoom lever's zoom speed
For the zoom lever, first set the overall zoom speed to one of
three levels. Next, select whether the zoom lever operates at a
variable or constant speed. Refer to the following table for a
summary of the zoom speed.
1 Open the zoom speed level screen.
[FUNC.] [MENU] 7 [Zoom Speed Level]
2 Touch [J Fast], [K Normal] or [L Slow] and then touch [f].
3 Touch [Zoom Lever Zoom Speed].
4 Touch [I] for variable speed or [ ] for constant speed.
• If you selected [ ], touch [ ] or [ ] or drag your finger along the bar to select a constant
speed.
5 Touch [a].
Operating modes:
W Zoom out T Zoom in
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