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  • Brand: Canon
  • Product: Camcorder
  • Model/name: Legria HF M52
  • Filetype: PDF
  • Available languages: English, Dutch, French

Table of Contents

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PUB. DIE-0420-000B
HD Camcorder
Instruction Manual
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Important Usage Instructions
Unauthorized recording of copyrighted materials may infringe on the rights of copyright
owners and be contrary to copyright laws.
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.
While using the compact power adapter, do not wrap it or cover it with a piece of cloth, and do
not place it in confined narrow spaces.
CA-110E identification plate is located on the bottom.
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
(EEA: Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein)
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LEGRIA HF M52 is in compliance (as of January 2012) with the radio signal regulations of
the regions listed below. For details on other regions where it can be used, make inquiries
with the contacts listed on the back side of this instruction manual.
* France: Cannot be used outdoors.
Statement on EC directive
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland,
France*, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong S.A.R., Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia,
Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland,
Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,
United Kingdom
Hereby, Canon Inc., declares that this WM217 is in compliance with the essential requirements
and other relevant provisions of Directive 1999/5/EC.
Please contact the following address for the original Declaration of Conformity:
Bovenkerkerweg 59-61, 1158 XB Amstelveen, The Netherlands
30-2, Shimomaruko 3-chome, Ohta-ku, Tokyo 146-8501, Japan
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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.
• App Store, iPhone, iTunes, Mac OS and Macintosh 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.
• Facebook is a registered trademark of Facebook, Inc.
• Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
• Wi-Fi Certified, WPA, WPA2, and the Wi-Fi Certified logo are trademarks of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
• WPS as used on the camcorder's settings, onscreen displays and in this manual signifies Wi-Fi Protected
• DLNA, the DLNA Logo and DLNA CERTIFIED are trademarks, service marks, or certification marks of the Digital
Living Network Alliance.
• 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.
• “Full HD 1080” refers to Canon camcorders compliant with high-definition video
composed of 1,080 vertical pixels (scanning lines).
• 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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Exciting Features and New Functions
Wi-Fi Functions
(A 161)
Audio Scene Select
(A 113)
Enjoy the freedom of Wi-Fi
functions by making your
camcorder an active part of your
Wi-Fi home network or by
conveniently accessing Wi-Fi
hotspots to upload your videos
wherever you may be.
• You can save your recordings
wirelessly to a computer in your
home network using the sup-
plied software Network Utility
(A 168). You can also send
your recordings wirelessly to an
FTP server (A 168), for exam-
ple to send your videos from
your vacation spot to a network-
attached storage drive back
• You can upload your recordings
wirelessly, directly from your
camcorder to YouTube and
Facebook (A 172).
• You can play back the record-
ings in your camcorder from
DLNA-compatible TV sets and
other DLNA media players con-
nected to your home network
(A 176).
Optimize the audio settings of the
built-in microphone by selecting
the audio scene that matches
your surroundings. Your audience
will feel even more immersed in
the scene during playback.
Cinema-Look Filters
(A 69)
Use professional cinema-look
filters to create unique movies
with distinctive looks.
Recording (A 30)
Record movies in AVCHD and play
them back on an HDTV in all their
splendor. Alternatively, record
movies in MP4 for uploading to the
Web and transferring to mobile
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Smart AUTO (A 46)
Smart AUTO automatically selects the best
scene mode for the scene you want to
shoot. You get spectacular recordings
every time without worrying about settings.
Video Snapshot
(A 70)
Face Detection
(A 99)
Shoot or capture short scenes
and arrange them into a video
clip set to your favorite
background music.
The camcorder automatically
detects people’s faces and
adjusts the focus and other
settings accordingly for beautiful
Memory Save (A 149) Image Stabilization
Easily save the whole content of
the built-in memory or a memory
card onto an external hard drive
connected directly to the
camcorder. With no need for a
computer, this is a very
convenient way to save backup
copies of your recordings.
Dynamic IS (A 97)
compensates for camcorder
shake when you shoot video
while walking. Powered IS
(A 97) will produce stable shots
when you zoom in on distant
subjects (full telephoto).
Intelligent IS (A 48) selects the
type of image stabilization for the
recording situation.
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Enjoying Your Recordings on Other Devices
Connect the camcorder
to an HDTV (A 140)
Use an Eye-Fi card
(A 158) to wirelessly
upload recordings to
your computer or a video
sharing Web site.
Upload MP4 movies to
your computer (A 146).
Save your recordings.
You can also create discs
from your recordings.
Standard Definition
Upload AVCHD movies to your computer. You can also choose to
convert your AVCHD movies to standard definition files (A 154)
before uploading.
High Definition
Use the supplied PIXELA’s
software (A 144).
Upload your AVCHD
movies (A 154) or
MP4 movies
(A 160) to the Web.
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Enjoying Your Recordings Using the Camcorder's Wi-Fi Functions
LAN cable
Play video wirelessly directly from the memory on
AVCHD- and DLNA-compatible HDTVs and other
devices connected to the network (A 176).
Join a Wi-Fi
network by first
connecting to an
access point
(A 163).
Transfer your recordings
wirelessly from the
camcorder to a computer or
FTP server (A 168).
Wirelessly connect to a Wi-Fi-enabled iOS
device like an iPhone to upload your
recordings (A 173). Because you do not
need to be near your home network, you can
even upload videos while traveling!
Upload your recordings wirelessly
to YouTube and Facebook
(A 172) to share your videos
with friends and family.
Upload your recordings to the Web.
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„ Introduction
5 Exciting Features and New Functions
13 About this Manual
15 Getting to Know the Camcorder
15 Supplied Accessories and CD-ROMs
17 Names of Parts
„ Preparations
20 Getting Started
20 Charging the Battery Pack
23 Preparing the Accessories
25 Adjusting the LCD Screen
26 Basic Operation of the Camcorder
26 Using the Touch Screen
27 Using the Menus
30 Operating Modes
33 First Time Settings
33 Setting the Date and Time
34 Changing the Language
35 Changing the Time Zone
36 Using a Memory Card
36 Memory Cards Compatible for Use with the Camcorder
38 Inserting and Removing a Memory Card
39 Selecting the Memory (Built-in Memory/Memory Card) for
the Recordings
39 Relay Recording
40 Initializing the Memory
42 Using the Optional Wireless Controller
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„ AUTO Mode
44 Basic Recording
44 Shooting Video and Taking Photos in AUTO Mode
46 About the Smart AUTO function
48 Intelligent IS
49 Zooming
51 Quick Start
„ Video
53 Basic Playback
53 Playing Back Video
57 3D Flip View
58 The [Index Selection] Screen: Selecting the Content to
Play Back
59 Deleting Scenes and Stories
63 Selecting the Playback Starting Point
65 Onscreen Displays and Data Code
66 Video Stories and Cinema Style
66 Using Story Creator to Create Compelling Stories
69 Cinema Mode and Cinema-Look Filters
70 Video Snapshot
71 Decoration: Adding a Personal Touch
77 Playing Back Stories from the Gallery
79 Rating Scenes
81 Playback with Background Music
85 Copying and Moving Scenes Within/Between Stories
86 Selecting a Story’s Thumbnail Image
86 Changing a Story’s Title
88 Advanced Functions
88 Recording in Manual Mode
90 Selecting the Video Quality (Recording Mode)
93 Selecting the Frame Rate
94 Special Scene Recording Programs
97 Advanced Image Stabilization
97 Powered IS
98 Pre-Recording
99 Face Detection
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101 Touch & Track
102 Faders
103 Manually Setting the Shutter Speed or Aperture
105 Manual Exposure Adjustment
106 Automatic Gain Control (AGC) Limit
107 Manual Focus Adjustment
108 Tele Macro
109 White Balance
111 Image Effects
112 Self Timer
113 Audio Scenes and Other Audio Settings
117 Audio Recording Level
119 Using Headphones
121 Using the Mini Advanced Shoe
122 Using an External Microphone
124 Using an External Video Light
125 Audio Mix
126 Capturing Video Snapshot Scenes and Photos from a
128 Dividing Scenes
„ Photos
130 Viewing Photos
132 Deleting Photos
134 Slideshow
„ External Connections
136 Terminals on the Camcorder
137 Connection Diagrams
140 Playback on a TV Screen
141 Saving and Sharing Your Recordings
141 Copying Movies and Photos to a Memory Card
144 Saving Recordings on a Computer
149 Memory Save: Saving an Entire Memory onto an External
Hard Drive
153 Copying Recordings to an External Video Recorder
154 Uploading AVCHD Movies to the Web
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160 Uploading MP4 Movies and Photos to the Web
„ Wi-Fi Functions
161 Introduction to Wi-Fi
163 Connecting to a Wi-Fi Network
168 Transferring Files to a Computer or FTP server
172 Uploading Recordings to YouTube and Facebook
173 Uploading Videos Using an iOS Device
176 Wireless Playback on a DLNA-Compatible Device
„ Additional Information
180 Appendix: Menu Options Lists
180 [Main Functions] Panel
184 [Other Settings] Menus
196 Appendix: Onscreen Icons and Displays
201 Trouble?
201 Troubleshooting
208 List of Messages
220 Do’s and Don’ts
220 Handling Precautions
225 Maintenance/Others
226 Using the Camcorder Abroad
227 General Information
227 Accessories
228 Optional Accessories
234 Specifications
238 Index
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About this Manual
Thank you for purchasing the Canon LEGRIA HF M52. 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 (A 201).
Conventions Used in this Manual
• IMPORTANT: Precautions related to the camcorder’s operation.
• NOTES: Additional topics that complement the basic operating
• POINTS TO CHECK: Restrictions or requirements regarding the
function described.
• A: Reference page number within this manual.
• 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
Y button to start recording until you press again to pause
the recording.
“Photo” and “still image” are used interchangeably with the same
• The photos included in this manual are simulated pictures taken with
a still camera.
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Self Timer
Operating modes:
* For movies only.
1 Press .
2 Activate the self timer.
• < will appear on the screen.
• Repeat, selecting [j Off], to turn off the self timer.
Movies: In record pause mode, press Y.
The camcorder starts recording after a 10-second countdown. The
countdown appears on the screen.
[ Other Settings] > r > [Self Timer] >
[i On <] > [X]
Brackets [ ] are used to refer to
control buttons and menu options
you will touch on the screen and to
other onscreen messages and
indicates that a function is available in the
operating mode indicated and indicates
that the function is not available. The operating
mode icons are divided into three groups: the
first three icons represent the camera mode,
the second three icons represent the recording
standard, and the last two represent playback
modes. For a detailed explanation refer to
Operating Modes (A 30).
The names of physical buttons
and switches on the
camcorder are indicated within
a “button” frame.
For example Y.
The > arrow is used to abbreviate menu selections.
For a detailed explanation on how to use the menus,
refer to Using the Menus (A 27). For a concise
summary of all available menu options and settings,
refer to the appendix Menu Options Lists (A 180).
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Getting to Know the Camcorder
Supplied Accessories and CD-ROMs
The following accessories are supplied with the camcorder:
XCA-110E Compact Power Adapter
(incl. power cord)
BP-718 Battery PackW
HTC-100/S HDMI CableW
XQuick Guide
XWi-Fi Basic Setup Guide
Stylus PenW
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The following CD-ROMs and software are supplied with the camcorder:
- You can use VideoBrowser for managing, editing, and playing back
AVCHD movies, and Network Utility when transferring recordings
wirelessly to a computer.
- A printed Startup Guide for PIXELA's software is also supplied. Refer
to this Startup Guide for details about the supplied software.
• Canon LEGRIA CD-ROM. Contains the following components.
- Instruction Manual - The full-version instruction manual of the
camcorder (this PDF file).
- ImageBrowser EX - This CD-ROM contains an automatic installer for
the supplied software ImageBrowser EX, which allows you to save
and manage MP4 movies and photos; and upload MP4 movies to
CANON iMAGE GATEWAY**, YouTube and Facebook. This CD-ROM
contains an automatic installer for the supplied software
ImageBrowser EX, which allows you to save and manage MP4 movies
and photos, and share MP4 movies. An Internet connection is
required for installation.
- 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).
**CANON iMAGE GATEWAY is an online service that allows you to share mov-
ies and photos, make photo albums, and more. This service may not be
available in all countries/regions.
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Names of Parts
1 VIDEO SNAP (video snapshot) button
(A 70)
2 HOME (home) button (A 27)
3 U (camera/play) button (A 32)
4 BATTERY RELEASE switch (A 21)
5 USB terminal (A 136, 139, 149, 153)
6 HDMI OUT terminal (A 136, 137)
7 AV OUT terminal (A 136, 138)/
× (headphones) terminal (A 119)
8 MIC terminal (A 123)
9 START/STOP button (A 44)
q Wi-Fi antenna
a Strap mount (A 23)
s Grip belt (A 23)
d Memory card slot (A 38)
f Stereo microphone (A 117, 125)
g Remote sensor (A 42)
h Instant AF sensor (A 185)
f A
f A
Left side view
9 A
Right side view
Front view
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j Speaker (A 55)
k Zoom lever (A 49)
l Mini advanced shoe (A 121)
q ACCESS (access) indicator (A 44)
a POWER button
s ON/OFF (CHG) (charge) indicator:
Green – On
Orange – Standby (A 51)
Red – Charging (A 20)
d LCD touch screen (A 25, 26)
Top view
j S
a S
LCD panel
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f DC IN terminal (A 20)
g Battery attachment unit (A 20)
h Serial number
j Tripod socket (A 221)
h S
Bottom view
Back view
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20  Preparations
This chapter describes basic operations, such as using the
touch panel, navigating the menus, and first time settings to
help you learn more about your camcorder.
Getting Started
Charging the Battery Pack
The camcorder can be powered with a battery pack or directly using
the compact power adapter.
For approximate charging times and recording/playback times with a
fully charged battery pack, refer to Charging, Recording and Playback
Times (A 229).
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 camcorders DC
IN terminal.
4 Attach the battery pack to the
Press the battery pack softly into
the battery attachment unit and
slide it up until it clicks in place.

DC IN terminal
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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 turn on in red (battery pack
charging). The red ON/OFF
(CHG) indicator will go out
when the battery pack is fully
• If the indicator flashes, refer to Troubleshooting (A 204).
To remove the battery pack
1 Slide d in the
direction of the arrow and hold it
pressed down.
2 Slide the battery pack and
then pull it out.
• Turn off the camcorder before connecting or disconnecting the com-
pact power adapter. After pressing P 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 recom-
mended for use with this camcorder.
ON/OFF (CHG) (charge) indicator
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• To prevent equipment breakdowns and excessive heating, do not con-
nect 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.
• 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 con-
• Charged battery packs continue to discharge naturally. Therefore,
charge them on the day of use, or the day before, to ensure a full
• 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.
• We recommend that you prepare battery packs to last 2 to 3 times
longer than you think you might need.
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Preparing the Accessories
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 Y
button with your thumb.
You can attach the supplied stylus
pen to the grip belt.
To remove the grip belt
1 Lift the padded handgrips flap and detach the strap from the Velcro
2 Pull the strap to remove it first from the front bracket on the
camcorder, then to unthread it from the handgrip and finally to
remove it from the rear bracket on the camcorder.

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To attach an optional wrist strap
Attach the wrist strap to the rear
bracket on the camcorder, 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.
To attach 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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Adjusting 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 to allow the camcorder to include
yourself in the picture when recording with the self timer.
• About the LCD screen: The screen is produced using extremely high-pre-
cision manufacturing techniques, with more than 99.99% of the pixels
operating to specification. Less than 0.01% of the pixels may occasion-
ally misfire or appear as black, red, blue or green dots. This has no
effect on the recorded image and does not constitute a malfunction.
• For details about how to take care of the touch screen, refer to Handling
Precautions (A 220), Cleaning (A 225).
• You can adjust the screen's brightness using the q > [LCD Bright-
ness] and [LCD Backlight] settings. When the compact power adapter
is connected, [LCD Backlight] will automatically change to [H Bright].
Subject can monitor the LCD screen
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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.
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 cam-
corder will recognize as the main subject of
the scene, etc.
While applying pressure, swipe your finger
up and down or left and right across the
Used to scroll menus, to browse through
index screen pages or to adjust slider
controls like the volume.
• 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
- 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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Using the Menus
Many of the camcorder's functions can be adjusted from the [ Main
Functions] panel and [ Other Settings] menus in the HOME menu.
For details about the available menu options and settings, refer to the
appendix Menu Options Lists (A 180).
Operating modes:
The HOME menu is the gateway to
most of the camcorder's functions
and settings. After you press
, the HOME menu will
appear and you can select from
the following control buttons. The
available control buttons depend
on whether the camcorder is in
recording or playback mode.
• [ Main Functions] - This contains functions commonly used while
shooting, such as focus and exposure. Available only in recording
• [ Other Settings] - Selecting this control button will open up the
[Other Settings] menus, which gives you access to settings such as the
video quality (recording mode) and LCD brightness.
In recording mode In playback mode
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• [ Camera Mode] - From the [ Camera Mode] menu, you will be
able to change whether you record movies in mode (camcorder
automatically takes care of many settings), mode (you can manu-
ally change settings), or mode (using the cinema-look filters, you
can make movies with a cinematic feel). Available only in recording
mode. For details on how to set the camera mode, refer to Recording
(A 30).
• [ Recording Standard] - This camcorder can record movies in either
the AVCHD or MP4 recording standard. Use this menu to select the
standard that best suits your needs. You can also use Story Creator
mode (A 66) when choosing to record in AVCHD. Available only in
recording mode. For details on how to set the recording standard, refer
to Recording (A 30).
• [ Wi-Fi] - Allows you to access the various Wi-Fi functions this cam-
corder has to offer. Available only in playback mode. For more details on
Wi-Fi functions, refer to Wi-Fi Functions (A 161).
• [G Index Selection] - Use this to switch between the various index
screens in playback mode (A 58).
[Main Functions] Panel
Operating modes:
* In mode, access to functions is limited.
The [ Main Functions] panel contains frequently used shooting func-
tions. Press to open the HOME menu and then touch [ Main
Functions] to open the panel. Alternatively, you can touch F in the
upper-left portion of the recording screen. Next, touch the function you
want to set or adjust.
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You may need to drag your finger up and down along the scroll bar or
touch [ ] and [ ] to find the control button of the desired function.
[Edit] Panel
Operating modes:
Touch [Edit] to display a panel showing available operations (copying,
deleting, etc.), and then touch the operation you want to perform.
[Other Settings] Menus
Operating modes:
* In mode, access to functions is limited.
Touch the control
button of the
desired function
Drag your finger up
and down along the
scroll bar to display
the rest of the panel
In mode
Touch to scroll up
or down
In mode
Touch the control
button of the
desired operation
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1 Press to open the HOME
2 Touch [ Other Settings] to open
the [Other Settings] menus.
3 Touch the tab of the desired
4 Drag your finger up and down to
bring the setting you want to
change into the orange selection bar.
• You can also use the [ ] and [ ] icons for scrolling.
• 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
[ ].
6 Touch the desired option and touch [X].
You can touch [X] to close the menu at any time.
Operating Modes
When recording, the camcorder's operating mode is determined by the
[ Camera Mode] and [ Recording Standard] menus in the HOME
menu. First, set the camera mode.
1 Press to open the
HOME menu.
2 Touch [ Camera Mode] and
then touch the desired camera
3 Touch [OK].
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Next, set the recording standard. The recording standard determines
the type of data the movie is recorded as — namely, AVCHD or MP4.
1 Press to open the HOME menu.
2 Touch [ Recording Standard] and then touch the desired
recording standard.
3 Touch [OK].
Camera mode Operation
(AUTO mode)
Let the camcorder take care of most of the settings while you
concentrate on recording (A 44). Great for beginners or if you just
prefer not to bother with detailed camcorder settings.
(Manual mode)
Enjoy full access to menus, settings and advanced functions (A 88).
(Cinema mode)
Give your recordings a cinematic look and use cinema-look filters to
create unique movies (A 69).
Movies are recorded in AVCHD, which is designed for
playback on HDTVs. Select this recording standard if you
plan to show off your movies and you want to impress your
audience with fantastic picture quality.
Movies are recorded in AVCHD using Story Creator
(A 66), which allows you to create compelling video
stories. Because Story Creator mode records in AVCHD,
your movies will look amazing when played back on an
By recording movies in MP4, your movies are smaller in
size but retain high quality. This is especially useful for
playback on portable devices or sharing on the Web.
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• You can adjust the video quality using the r > [Recording Mode]
• Some portable devices may not be able to play back MP4 movies
recorded with this camcorder.
Press the camera/play button
T to switch the camcorder
between camera (recording) mode
and playback mode. You can press
T when the camcorder is off
to turn it on directly in playback
• When switching to a playback mode, the memory selected for playback
will be the same currently used for recording.
Playback mode Operation
Playing back movies (A 53).
Viewing photos (A 130).
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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 (date
and time setup screen) will appear auto-
matically when the camcorder’s clock is
not set.
When the [Date/Time] screen appears, the year will be selected.
1 Touch a field you want to change (year, month, day, hours or
2 Touch [Î] or [Í] to change the field as necessary.
3 Set the correct date and time by changing all the fields in the
same way.
4 Touch [Y.M.D], [M.D,Y] or [D.M.Y] to select the date format you
In some screens, the date will be displayed in short form (numbers
instead of month names), but it will still follow the order you selected.
5 Touch [24H] to use 24-hour clock or leave it unselected to use
12-hour clock (AM/PM).
6 Touch [OK] to start the clock and close the setup screen.
• You can adjust the date and time later on with the q > [Date/Time]
• 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 (A 223) and set the time zone, date and time again.
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Changing the Language
The default language of the camcorder
is English. You can set it to one of 27
Operating modes:
1 Press .
2 Select the desired language.
* After changing the camcoder’s language to English, select q >
[Language !] to change the language.
• Some control buttons, such as [ZOOM] or [PHOTO], will appear in
English regardless of the language selected.
[ Other Settings] > q > [Language !]* >
Desired language > [OK] > [X]
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Changing the Time Zone
Change the time zone to match your location. The default setting is
Operating modes:
1 Press .
2 Open the [Time Zone/DST] screen.
3 Touch ["] to set the home time zone, or [#] to set the time zone
of your destination when you are traveling.
4 Touch [Í] or [Î] to set the desired time zone. If necessary, touch
[$] to adjust for daylight saving time.
5 Touch [X] to close the menu.
[ Other Settings] > q > [Time Zone/DST]
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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 Digi-
tal (SD) cards with this camcorder.
As of December 2011, the movie recording function has been tested
using SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards made by Panasonic, Toshiba
and SanDisk. For the latest information on cards that can be used, visit
your local Canon Web site.
* 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
• About the Speed Class: Speed Class is a standard that indicates the mini-
mum 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 com-
puter operating system, as of December 2011. For the latest informa-
tion, however, contact the computer, operating system or memory card
Memory card type: . SD memory card, / SDHC memory card,
0 SDXC memory card
SD Speed Class*:
Capacity: 128 MB or larger**.
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Compatible operating systems for SDXC memory cards
• 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.
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 permit-
ted. If it is unclear whether the card has been approved for use in the
area, please check with the card manufacturer.
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 Compatible (requires version 10.6.5 or later)
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Inserting and Removing a Memory Card
Make sure to initialize (A 40) 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 memory card slot
3 Insert the memory card
straight, with the label facing
away from the camcorder, all
the way into the memory card
slot until it clicks.
• Be sure you understand the
information provided in Eye-Fi
Cards (A 37) before using an
Eye-Fi card.
4 Close the memory card slot cover.
Do not force the cover closed if the memory card is not correctly
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.
• Memory cards have front and back sides that are not interchangeable.
Inserting a memory card facing the wrong direction can cause a mal-
function of the camcorder. Be sure to insert the memory card as
described in step 3.
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Selecting the Memory (Built-in Memory/Memory Card) for the
You can select to record your movies and photos in the built-in mem-
ory or on a memory card. The default memory for recording both is the
built-in memory.
Operating modes:
• Be sure you understand the information provided in Eye-Fi Cards
(A 37) before using an Eye-Fi card.
1 Press .
2 Select the desired memory.
* When selecting the memory, you can check the approximate available recording
time/number of photos, based on currently used settings.
Relay Recording
You can activate the relay recording so if the built-in memory becomes
full while recording movies, the recording will continue uninterrupted
on the memory card.
Operating modes:
1 Insert a memory card that contains no video recordings into the
memory card slot.
2 Press .
[ Other Settings] > r > [Rec Media for Movies]
or [Rec Media for Photos] > [&] (built-in memory) or
[*] (memory card)* > [X]
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3 Activate the relay recording.
* The approximate available recording time will now reflect the combined space in
the memories used for relay recording.
• 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 memory card slot cover.
- Changing the camcorder’s operating mode.
- Changing the memory used for recording movies.
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).
Operating modes:
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 Press .
3 Initialize the memory.
[ Other Settings] > r > [Rec Media for Movies] >
[&] > [Relay Recording] > [%]* > [X]
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Touch this option if you want to physically erase all the data rather than just clear
the file allocation table of the memory.
2 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.
• Initializing the memory will permanently erase all recordings. Lost origi-
nal recordings cannot be recovered. Make sure you save important
recordings in advance using an external device (A 141).
• 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
LEGRIA CD-ROM 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 LEGRIA CD-ROM to the memory card. Refer to
About the music files (A 237) for the folder structure of the memory
• 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.
[ Other Settings] > q > [Initialize &/*] >
[& Built-in Mem.] or [* Mem. Card] > [Initialize] >
[Complete Initialization]1 > [Yes]2 > [OK] > [X]
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Using the Optional Wireless Controller
When you use the optional WL-D89 Wireless Controller, you can con-
veniently operate the camcorder from a distance when, for example,
you are using a tripod to achieve a stable shot. To use the wireless
controller, first perform the following procedure to turn on the cam-
corder's remote sensor.
Operating modes:
1 Press .
2 Turn on the remote sensor.
3 Point the wireless controller at the camcorder’s remote sensor
when you press the buttons.
You can rotate the LCD panel 180 degrees to view the screen while
using the wireless controller.
[ Other Settings] > q >
[Wireless Remote Control] > [i On] > [X]
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Wireless Controller’s Buttons
• The wireless controller may not work properly when the remote sensor
is situated under strong light sources or direct sunlight.
1 START/STOP button (A 44)
2 G (index selection) button
• In any index screen (during playback
mode), press to open the [G Index
Selection] screen (A 58).
• Press and hold for more than
2 seconds to switch between
shooting and playback mode.
3 MENU button (A 29, 184)
Functions the same as on the
4 DISP. (onscreen display) button
(A 65)
Selects whether to display onscreen
information during playback.
5 SET button
Selects an onscreen item.
6 Ñ (stop) button (A 53)
7 PHOTO button (A 44)
8 Zoom buttons (A 49)
9 Navigation buttons (Í/Î/Ï/Ð)
q Ò (play/pause) button (A 53)
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44  AUTO Mode
This chapter covers how to easily record video and photos in
mode, and how to use basic shooting functions like zoom
and Quick Start. To enjoy full access to menus and more
advanced functions, refer to Recording in Manual Mode
(A 88).
Basic Recording
Shooting Video and Taking Photos in AUTO Mode
With mode, you can take great-looking videos and photos by let-
ting the camcorder automatically adjust settings based on the record-
ing situation.
Operating modes:
 Before you begin recording, make a test recording first to check that
the camcorder is operating correctly.
1 Press P to turn on the
 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 (A 39).
 Please read the
(A 48) before using an
Eye-Fi card.
2 Press .
To change the recording standard, refer to Recording (A 30).

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3 Set the camcorder to mode.
To record video
Press Y to begin recording.
• Press Y again to pause the recording.
• You can also press Y on the optional WL-D89 Wireless Con-
• The ACCESS indicator will flash from time to time while the scene is
being recorded.
• You can turn on the scene rating option in recording mode with the
r > [Rate Scenes (Recording)] setting.
To take photos
Touch [PHOTO].
• You can record photos simultaneously while recording a movie.
• A green icon ( ) will appear momentarily on the screen and the
ACCESS indicator will flash as the photo is recorded. However, if you
record a photo while recording a movie, the green icon will not appear.
Instead, a Ð icon will appear in the upper right of the screen.
• You can also press Z on the optional 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.
[ Camera Mode] > [N] > [OK]
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About AUTO mode
• Only the following functions are available in mode.
- Zoom (A 49).
- Quick Start (A 51).
- Video snapshot (A 70).
- Face detection (A 99) to get beautiful shots of people every
time, tracking the subject even if the person moves.
- Touch & Track (A 101) to track other moving subjects, keeping
them in focus and using the best settings to record them.
- Story Creator (A 66) to transform your movies into compelling
video stories by following simple scripts for various scenarios.
- Decoration (A 71) to add a fun personal touch 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 set-
tings for the scene you want to shoot. The Smart AUTO icon will
change to one of the following icons.
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Smart AUTO icons
* The icon in parentheses appears under backlight conditions.
Background →
(color of the icon) Bright*
Blue skies*
(light blue)
Vivid colors*
Subject ↓
People (stationary) ( ) ( ) ( ) —
People (moving) ( ) ( ) ( ) —
Subjects other than people,
such as landscapes ( ) ( ) ( )
Close objects /
( / )
( / )
( / )
Background →
(color of the icon)
(dark blue)
Subject ↓ Spotlight Night scene
People (stationary) — —
People (moving) — —
Subjects other than people,
such as landscapes
Close objects / — —
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• 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 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 (A 141), especially after
making important recordings. Canon shall not be liable for any loss or
corruption of data.
• Recordings on an Eye-Fi card will be uploaded automatically after set-
ting 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
(A 159).
• About the power saving mode: If q > [Power Saving Mode] > [Auto
Power Off] is set to [i 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 P to turn on the camcorder.
Intelligent IS
Intelligent IS allows the camcorder to select the best image stabilization option
based on your shooting method. The Intelligent IS icon will change to one of the
following icons. In and modes, you can set the image stabilization
manually (A 97).
* You can turn off Powered IS through the [ Main Functions] panel (A 97).
Shooting method Icon
Most general situations; Zooming out (zooming toward
T); Following subjects at a distance moving left or right
Ä (Dynamic IS)
Zooming in (zooming toward S) È (Powered IS)*
Close-up of a subject (Macro IS)
Remaining stationary, such as when using a tripod (Tripod mode)
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• When recording in bright places, it may be difficult to use the LCD
screen. In such cases, you can adjust the LCD backlight with the q
> [LCD Backlight] setting or adjust the brightness of the LCD screen
with the q > [LCD Brightness] setting.
• 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 (A 88).
• 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 condi-
There are three ways you can zoom in and out: using the zoom lever on
the camcorder, using the zoom buttons on the optional WL-D89 Wire-
less 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 p > [Digital Zoom] setting.
Operating modes:
Using the Zoom Lever
Move the zoom lever toward T
(wide angle) to zoom out. Move it
toward S (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 optional wireless
T Zoom out S Zoom in
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Using the Touch Screen’s Zoom Controls
1 Display the zoom controls on the touch screen.
• The zoom controls appear on the left side of the screen.
2 Touch the zoom controls to operate
the zoom.
Touch anywhere within the T area to
zoom out or anywhere within the S area
to zoom in. Touch closer to the center for
a slow zoom; touch closer to the V/U
icons for faster zooms.
3 Touch [X] to hide the zoom controls.
• Keep at least 1 m away from the subject. At full wide angle, you can
focus on a subject as close as 1 cm. Using tele macro (A 108), you
can focus on a subject as close as 40 cm at full telephoto.
• In or mode, you can also set p > [Zoom Speed] to
one of three constant speeds (3 is the fastest, 1 the slowest). When
[Zoom Speed] is set to [Y Variable]:
- When you use the S and T buttons on the optional wireless
controller, the zoom speed will be constant at [Z Speed 3].
- The zoom speed will be faster in record pause mode than when
actually recording, except when pre-recording (A 98) is activated.
• See Specifications (A 236) for notes about this function when the
recording program is set to [š SCN: Underwater] or [Ÿ SCN: Sur-
[FUNC.] > [ZOOM Zoom]

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