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  • Brand: Canon
  • Product: Camcorder
  • Model/name: Legria HF R46
  • Filetype: PDF
  • Available languages: English, Dutch, German, Danish, Norwegian, French, Polish

Table of Contents

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PUB. DIE-0433-000
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 R48, LEGRIA HF R47 and LEGRIA HF R46 are in compliance (as of January 2013)
with the radio signal regulations of the regions listed below. For details on other regions
where they can be used, make inquiries with the contacts listed on the back side of this
instruction manual.
Statement on EC directive
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China (PRC mainland), 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, 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, iPad, iPhone, iTunes and Mac OS are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other
• 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”, “AVCHD Progressive” and the “AVCHD Progressive” 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.
• Google, Android, Google Play, YouTube are trademarks of Google Inc.
• Facebook is a registered trademark of Facebook, Inc.
• IOS is a trademark or registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. and other countries and is used under license.
• The Twitter name and marks are trademarks of Twitter, 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
• The Wi-Fi Protected Setup Identifier Mark is a mark of the Wi-Fi 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 119)
Baby Mode (A 63)
Using Baby mode, you will not
miss out on baby’s precious
moments. The camcorder’s
settings are optimized to capture
the beauty of baby’s skin. You
can also add stamps to the video
to keep track of baby’s growth.
Enjoy the freedom of Wi-Fi* by
using convenient Wi-Fi functions
such as the following.
• You can use a smartphone as a
remote control and record mov-
ies from a distance (A 122).
• You can wirelessly connect the
camcorder to your home net-
work and upload your record-
ings to CANON iMAGE
GATEWAY (A 126). This will
allow you to even share your
videos on YouTube and Face-
book. You can share your videos
on YouTube and Facebook also
by uploading them using an iOS
device (A 125).
• Enjoying your recordings with
family and friends has just
become easier because you can
use the Web browser on a
smartphone or computer to view
the camcorder’s recordings
(A 123).
* Wi-Fi is a connection method for
devices to connect wirelessly and is
certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance.
Recording (A 59)
When you record movies, you
have the freedom to choose
whether the movie is in AVCHD or
MP4 format. Record movies in
AVCHD and play them back with
fantastic picture quality.
Alternatively, record movies in
MP4 for uploading to the Web and
transferring to mobile devices.
When you use the highest video
quality setting for AVCHD
(28 Mbps) and MP4 movies
(35 Mbps), you can record at 50
frames per second. With video at
50 frames per second, your videos
will achieve a level of realistic
movement that will impress your
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Smart AUTO (A 42)
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 72)
Cinema-Look Filters
(A 64)
Shoot or capture short scenes
and arrange them into a video
clip set to your favorite
background music.
Use professional cinema-look
filters to create unique movies
with distinctive looks.
Face Detection
(A 75)
Image Stabilization
The camcorder automatically
detects people’s faces and
adjusts the focus and other
settings accordingly for beautiful
Dynamic IS (A 73)
compensates for camcorder
shake when you shoot video
while walking. Powered IS
(A 74) will produce stable shots
when you zoom in on distant
subjects (full telephoto).
Intelligent IS (A 44) 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 103).
Upload recordings to your
computer (A 108). Save your recordings.
Upload your MP4 movies
and photos to the Web
(A 118).
Copy the camcorder’s entire
memory onto an external
hard drive (A 113).
Copy your recordings to
an external video recorder
(A 116).
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Enjoying Your Recordings Using the Camcorder’s Wi-Fi Functions
Connect the camcorder to an
access point on your home
network and then share your
recordings on CANON iMAGE
GATEWAY (A 126). From
there, you can make online
albums to enjoy your
Save your recordings on an
iPhone or iPad and play them
back (A 125).
After connecting the
camcorder to an iPhone, iPad
you can upload your
recordings to other sites.
Use your iOS or Android smartphone or
tablet to remotely view to remotely
control the camcorder (A 122).
Use the Web browser on your iOS or
Android smartphone or tablet the
recordings on the camcorder (A 123).
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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-ROM
17 Names of Parts
„ Preparations
19 Getting Started
19 Charging the Battery Pack
21 Turning On the Camcorder
22 Using the Grip Belt
23 Opening the Lens Cover and Adjusting the LCD Screen
25 Using a Memory Card
25 Memory Cards Compatible for Use with the Camcorder
27 Inserting and Removing a Memory Card
29 First Time Settings
29 Basic Setup
31 Changing the Time Zone
31 Initializing the Memory
34 Basic Operation of the Camcorder
34 Using the Touch Screen
34 Using the Menus
38 Operating Modes
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„ Basic Shooting and Playback
40 Basic Recording
40 Shooting Video
42 About the Smart AUTO function
44 Intelligent IS
45 Taking Photos
46 Zooming
49 Basic Playback
49 Playing Back Video
53 Viewing Photos
55 Deleting Scenes
57 Deleting Photos
„ Advanced Shooting
59 Selecting the Movie Format (AVCHD/MP4)
59 Selecting the Video Quality
62 :/9/8 Selecting the Memory (Built-in
Memory/Memory Card) for Recordings
62 :/9/8 Dual Recording and Relay Recording
63 Baby Mode
64 Cinema Mode and Cinema-Look Filters
65 Special Scene Modes
67 Programmed AE Mode: Adjusting Settings to Match Your
68 Decoration: Adding a Personal Touch
72 Video Snapshot
73 Advanced Image Stabilization
74 Powered IS
75 Face Detection and Tracking
76 Faders
77 Adjusting the Exposure
79 Adjusting the Focus
80 Pre-Recording
81 White Balance
82 Self Timer
83 Frame Rate
84 Tele Macro
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85 Audio Scenes
86 Audio Recording Level
87 Using Headphones
„ Advanced Playback and Editing
89 Capturing Video Snapshot Scenes and Photos from a
90 Playing Back Scenes in the Baby Album
91 Playing Back Video Snapshot Scenes
92 Playback with Background Music
94 Selecting the Playback Starting Point
96 Dividing Scenes
97 Trimming Scenes
97 Slideshow
„ External Connections
99 Terminals on the Camcorder
100 Connection Diagrams
103 Playback on a TV Screen
104 Saving and Sharing Your Recordings
104 :/9/8 Copying Movies and Photos to a
Memory Card
107 :/9/8 Converting Movies to MP4 Format
108 Saving Recordings on a Computer
113 :/9/8 Memory Save: Saving an Entire
Memory onto an External Hard Drive
116 Copying Recordings to an External Video Recorder
118 Uploading MP4 Movies and Photos to the Web
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„ :/9/8 Wi-Fi Functions
119 Introduction to Wi-Fi
122 Recording Movies Using a Smartphone as a Remote
123 Remote Browse: Viewing Recordings Using a Web
Browser on Your iOS Device or Android Smartphone
125 Uploading Videos Using an iOS Device
126 Sharing Recordings with CANON iMAGE GATEWAY
133 Playback on a Computer
134 Wi-Fi Connection Using an Access Point
138 Viewing and Changing Wi-Fi Settings
„ Additional Information
141 Appendix: Menu Options Lists
141 [ Main Functions] and [Edit] Panels
143 [ Other Settings] Menus
151 Appendix: Onscreen Icons and Displays
155 Trouble?
155 Troubleshooting
161 List of Messages
170 Do’s and Don’ts
170 Handling Precautions
174 Maintenance/Others
175 Using the Camcorder Abroad
176 General Information
176 Accessories
177 Optional Accessories
181 Specifications
186 Index
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About this Manual
Thank you for purchasing the Canon LEGRIA HF R48 / LEGRIA HF
R47 / LEGRIA HF R46 / LEGRIA HF R406. Please read this manual
carefully before you use the camcorder and retain it for future refer-
ence. Should your camcorder fail to operate correctly, refer to Trouble-
shooting (A 155).
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.
• : : Text that applies only to the models shown in the icon.
• 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.
• The photos included in this manual are simulated pictures taken with
a still camera. Unless indicated otherwise, illustrations and menu
icons refer to the :.
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Self Timer
Operating modes:
* For movies only.
• will appear on the screen.
• Repeat, selecting [ Off], to turn off the self timer.
Movies: In record pause mode, press .
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.
[ Other Settings] [Self Timer]
[ On ] [ ]
> > p > >
i < > 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
modes are divided into the following three
groups. For a detailed explanation, refer to
Operating Modes (A 38).
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 34). For a concise
summary of all available menu options and settings,
refer to the appendix Menu Options Lists (A 141).
Shooting mode
Movie format
Playback mode
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Getting to Know the Camcorder
Supplied Accessories and CD-ROM
The following accessories are supplied with the camcorder:
* :/9/8 only.
Transfer Utility LE Startup Guide: This guide explains how to download
PIXELA’s Transfer Utility LE software, which allows you to save your
AVCHD movies and transfer music data from the supplied Canon LEGRIA
CD-ROM (see next page) to the camcorder. For details on using the
software, refer to the Transfer Utility LE Software Guide included with the
downloaded software.
• The camcorder may make a rattling sound if it is shaken (A 158).
XCA-110E Compact Power Adapter
(incl. power cord)
BP-718 Battery PackW
HTC-100/S High Speed HDMI CableW
XQuick Guide
XWi-Fi Basic Setup Guide*
Transfer Utility LE Startup GuideW
(see below)
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The Canon LEGRIA CD-ROM is also supplied with the camcorder. The
CD-ROM contains the following components:
- Instruction Manual - The full-version instruction manual of the
camcorder (this PDF file).
- ImageBrowser EX - The CD-ROM contains an automatic installer for
the software ImageBrowser EX, which allows you to save and
manage MP4 movies and photos and upload CANON iMAGE
GATEWAY*, YouTube and Facebook. An Internet connection is
required for full installation of the software.
- Music data - Music files that can be used as background music during
playback. These music files are for exclusive use with 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).
* 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 (playback mode) button (A 39)
2 ON/OFF button (A 21)
3 Memory card slot cover
4 AV OUT terminal (A 99, 101)/
× (headphones) terminal (A 87)
5 HDMI OUT terminal (A 99, 100)
6 USB terminal (A 99, 102)
7 Memory card slot (A 27)
8 START/STOP button (A 40)
9 DC IN terminal (A 19)
q Grip belt (A 22)
a Lens cover switch (A 23)
s Stereo microphone (A 86)
Left side view
1 2 3
45 6
9 A
q A
Right side view
Front view
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d Speaker (A 51)
f Zoom lever (A 46)
g LCD touch screen (A 23, 34)
h ACCESS indicator (A 40)
j :98Wi-Fi antenna
(A 121)
k POWER/CHG (charge) indicator:
Green - On
Red - Charging (A 19)
l Battery attachment unit (A 19)
q Serial number
a Tripod socket (A 171)
s BATTERY RELEASE switch (A 20)
Top view
d A
LCD panel
h A
q S
a S
Bottom view
Back view
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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 177).
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 POWER/CHG indicator
will go out when you turn off the
camcorder. After a moment,
the POWER/CHG indicator will
turn on in red (battery pack
charging). The red POWER/
CHG indicator will go out when
the battery pack is fully
 If the indicator flashes, refer to Troubleshooting (A 158).
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 turning off the camcorder, important data is
updated in the memory. Be sure to wait until the green POWER/CHG
indicator goes out.
 Do not connect to the camcorders DC IN terminal or to the compact
power adapter any electrical equipment that is not expressly recom-
mended for use with this camcorder.
 To prevent equipment breakdowns and excessive heating, do not con-
nect the supplied compact power adapter to voltage converters for

POWER/CHG (charge) indicator

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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.
• If the ambient temperature or the battery pack’s temperature is low,
charging may take longer than usual.
• 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 POWER/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
• Battery packs for this camcorder can display the remaining battery time.
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.
Turning On the Camcorder
You can turn the camcorder on and off by opening and closing the LCD
panel. The first time you turn on the camcorder, the initial setup
screens will appear and guide you through the basic settings (A 29).
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• You can use the > q > [Power On Using LCD Panel] setting
so that you can turn the camcorder on and off only by pressing .
Using the Grip Belt
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.
To remove the grip belt
1 Lift the padded handgrip’s flap and detach the strap from the Velcro
Open the LCD panel to turn on the
To turn off the camcorder
Close the LCD panel or press .
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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.
Opening the Lens Cover and Adjusting the LCD Screen
Before you start recording, open the lens cover.
Move the lens cover switch
down to to open the lens
Rotating the LCD Panel
The first time you open the LCD panel, the initial setup screens will
appear and guide you through the basic settings (A 29).
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.
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• 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 170), Cleaning (A 174).
• You can adjust the screen’s brightness using the > > [LCD
Brightness] 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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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 January 2013, 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.
When you record movies with a video quality of 50P or 35 Mbps, we
recommend using memory cards rated SD Speed Class 6 or 10. When
you record movies with other video quality options, 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. For more information on compatibility, contact the
computer, operating system or memory card manufacturer.
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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• 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.
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Inserting and Removing a Memory Card
If you plan on using a memory card, turn off the camcorder before per-
forming the initial setup and then insert the memory card. After per-
forming the initial setup, initialize the memory card (A 31).
1 Open the LCD panel.
If this is your first time to turn on
the camcorder, the language
selection screen of the initial
setup screens will appear.
2 Press to turn off the
Make sure the POWER/CHG
indicator is off.
3 Open the memory card slot
4 Insert the memory card at a
slight angle, with the label
facing toward the lens, all the
way into the memory card slot
until it clicks.
The memory card slot is at a
slight angle toward the lens so
be careful not to damage the
memory card when inserting it.
5 Close the memory card slot
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 card
Top view
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• 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 4.
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First Time Settings
Basic Setup
The first time you turn on the camcorder, you will be guided by the
camcorder’s easy-to-follow setup screens to configure the cam-
corder’s initial settings. You will set the date and time, movie format,
and other basic functions. For details on how to use the touch screen,
refer to Using the Touch Screen (A 34).
1 Touch the language used for onscreen
displays and then touch [æ].
• You may need to scroll down to find your
• After you select a language, the [Date
Format] screen will appear.
2 Touch [Y.M.D], [M.D,Y] or [D.M.Y] to select
the date format you prefer and then touch [æ].
After you select the date format, the [Date/Time] screen will appear
with the first field selected.
3 Touch a field you want to change (year, month, day, hours or
4 Touch [Í] or [Î] to change the field as necessary.
5 Set the correct date and time by changing
all the fields in the same way
• Touch [24H] to use 24-hour clock or leave it
unselected to use 12-hour clock (AM/PM).
6 Touch [OK] and then touch [æ].
• After you select the date and time, the [Movie Format] screen will
7 Touch [·] or [¸] to select the movie format and then touch
• :/9/8 After you select the movie format, the [v Rec
Media for Movies] screen will appear, where you can select the
memory to which you want to record movies.
Touch [æ] after selecting
a language
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• ; Skip to step 10.
8 Touch [&] (built-in memory) or [ ] (memory card) and then
touch [æ].
• When selecting the memory, you can check the available recording
time based on the video quality setting.
• After you select the memory to which you want to record movies, the
[{ Rec Media for Photos] screen will appear.
9 Touch [&] (built-in memory) or [ ] (memory card) and then
touch [æ].
When selecting the memory, you can check the number of photos that
can be recorded, based on a photo size of 1920x1080.
10Touch [OK].
Setup is complete. The settings you selected will appear briefly and
then the camcorder will be ready to record.
• Some control buttons, such as [ZOOM] or [PHOTO], will appear in
English regardless of the language selected.
• You can change the language later on with the > q > [Lan-
guage ] setting. You can adjust the date and time later on with the
> q > [Date/Time] setting. You can change the movie format
later on with the > [Movie Format] setting. :/9/8 You
can select the memory for movies and photos later on with the >
[Recording Media] > [v Rec Media for Movies] and [{ Rec Media
for Photos] settings.
• 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 173). The next time you turn on the camcorder, you will
have to configure the initial settings again.
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Changing the Time Zone
Change the time zone to match your location. The default setting is
Paris. In addition, the camcorder is able to retain the date and time of
another location. This is convenient when you travel so that you can
set the camcorder to match the time of your home location or that of
your destination.
Operating modes:
1 Open the [Time Zone/DST] screen.
2 Touch ["] to set the home time zone, or [#] to set the time zone
of your destination when you are traveling.
3 Touch [Í] or [Î] to set the desired time zone. If necessary, touch
[$] to adjust for daylight saving time.
4 Touch [X] to close the menu.
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
(:/9/8 only) to permanently delete all the recordings it
:/9/8 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
Operating modes:
1 Power the camcorder using the compact power adapter.
> [ Other Settings] > q > [Time Zone/DST]
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Do not disconnect the power source or turn off the camcorder until the
initialization is completed.
2 Initialize the memory.
Touch this option if you want to physically erase all the data rather than just clear
the file allocation table of the memory.
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 104).
• Initializing a memory card will permanently erase any music files and
images you may have transferred to the card. (:/9/8 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 connected to a
- Windows users: Remove the memory card from the camcorder,
connect it to a computer and use the supplied software for AVCHD
movies, Transfer Utility LE. For details, refer to the Software Guide
(PDF file) of PIXELA’s software.
- Mac OS users: Remove the memory card from the camcorder and
connect it to a computer. Use Finder to transfer music files from the
> [ Other Settings] > q > [Initialize &/ ] >
[& Built-in Mem.] or [ Mem. Card] > [Initialize] >
[Complete Initialization]1 > [Yes]2 > [OK] > [X]
> [ Other Settings] > q > [Initialize ] >
[Initialize] > [Complete Initialization]1 > [Yes]2 > [OK] >
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“MUSIC” folder on the supplied LEGRIA CD-ROM to the memory card
connected to a computer. Refer to About the music files (A 185) for
the folder structure of the memory card.
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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.
Touch on an element displayed on the touch
Used to start playing back a scene in an
index screen, to select a setting from the
menus, etc.
While touching the screen, swipe your fin-
ger 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.
• In the following cases, you may not be able to perform touch operations
- Using your fingernails or hard-tipped objects, such as ballpoint pens.
- Operating the touch screen with wet or gloved hands.
- Applying excessive force with your finger.
Using the Menus
Many of the camcorder’s functions can be adjusted from the menus in
the (Home) menu. In addition, you will find it useful to learn how to
navigate the other menus as well so that you can access all that your
camcorder has to offer.
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(Home) Menu
The (Home) menu is the gateway to most of the camcorder’s func-
tions and settings.
Operating modes:
1 Touch [ ] on the upper left of the screen to open the (Home)
2 Drag your finger left/right to bring the desired menu to the center.
3 Touch the icon of the desired menu to open it.
See below for a description of each menu. The menus that appear
depend on whether the camcorder is in recording mode or playback
Menus Available in Recording Mode
In recording mode In playback mode
Menu Description
[ Other Settings]
Opens the [ Other Settings] menus, which gives you access
to various camcorder settings. For details on how to navigate
this menu, refer to Using the [ Other Settings] Menus
(A 36).
[ Recording Setup]
Open this menu to select the movie format (A 59), video
quality (A 59), the memory used for recordings* (A 62) and
whether to use dual recording or relay recording (A 62).
[Shooting Mode]
From this menu, you will be able to select the shooting mode.
Each of the 5 modes offers you different functionality and control
over the camcorder. For more details, refer to Recording
(A 38).
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* :/9/8 only.
Menus Available in Playback Mode
* :/9/8 only.
• For brevity’s sake, references to settings in the (Home) menu will
include only the icon of the menu, the tab of the desired submenu (for
settings in the [ Other Settings] menu) and the setting name. For
example, to adjust the screen’s brightness, use the > >
[LCD Brightness] setting.
Using the [ Other Settings] Menus
Refer to [ Other Settings] Menus (A 143) for available functions.
[ Main Functions]
This contains functions commonly used while shooting, such as
focus and exposure. For details on how to navigate this menu,
refer to [ Main Functions] Panel (A 37).
[ Remote Control+
After installing the remote control app, use your smartphone as a
remote control to record movies with the camcorder (A 122).
Menu Description
Menu Description
[ Other Settings]
Open the [ Other Settings] menus (A 36). The available
functions differ in recording mode and playback mode.
[ Photo Playback] Switches the camcorder to photo playback mode (A 53).
[y Movie Playback] Switches the camcorder to movie playback mode (A 49).
[ Baby Album]
You can play back the movies you recorded with Baby mode
(A 90).
[¦ Video Snapshot] You can play back video snapshot scenes (A 91).
[ Wi-Fi]*
Allows you to access the various Wi-Fi functions, such as
uploading recordings to the Web or playing back recordings
using a smartphone. For more details on Wi-Fi functions, refer to
Wi-Fi Functions (A 119).
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Operating modes:
* In mode, access to functions is limited.
1 Touch [ ] on the upper left of the
screen to open the (Home)
2 Drag your finger left/right to bring
[ Other Settings] to the center.
3 Touch the icon to open the
[ Other Settings] menus.
4 Touch the tab of the desired
5 Drag your finger up/down to bring the setting you want to change
into the orange selection bar.
• You can also use the [Í] and [Î] 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.
6 When the desired menu item is inside the selection bar, touch [æ].
7 Touch the desired option and touch [X].
You can touch [X] to close the menu at any time.
[ Main Functions] Panel
The [ Main Functions] panel contains frequently used shooting func-
tions. Refer to [ Main Functions] Panel (A 141) for available func-
Operating modes:
* In mode, access to functions is limited.
Touch [ ] on the lower right of the screen to open the [ Main
Functions] panel.
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You may need to drag your finger up and down along the scroll bar or
touch [Í] and [Î] to find the control button of the desired function.
Operating Modes
When recording, the camcorder’s operating mode is determined by the
[Shooting Mode] menu in the (Home) menu and the [Movie Format]
option in the [ Recording Setup] menu. Perform the following proce-
dure to set the shooting mode. Refer to Selecting the Movie Format
(AVCHD/MP4) (A 59) for a detailed explanation on how to set the
movie format.
1 Touch the shooting mode
button on the left side of the
2 Drag your finger up/down to
bring the desired shooting
mode to the center and then
touch [OK].
For and modes, you
will need to make additional selections and then touch [OK].
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
Shooting mode Operation
(Baby mode)
Use Baby mode so that you can record all your little one’s precious
moments (A 63).
Shooting mode button
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Press the button to switch
the camcorder between camera
(recording) mode and playback
mode. You can press when
the camcorder is off to turn it on
directly in playback mode.
• :/9/8 When switching to a playback mode, the memory
selected for playback will be the same currently used for recording.
(AUTO mode)
Let the camcorder take care of most of the settings while you
concentrate on recording (A 40). Great for beginners or if you just
prefer not to bother with detailed camcorder settings.
(Cinema mode)
Give your recordings a cinematic look and use cinema-look filters to
create unique movies (A 64).
(Special scene
From nightscapes to beaches, have the camcorder select the best
settings that match the situation you are in (A 65).
AE mode)
Enjoy full access to menus, settings and advanced functions (A 67).
Playback mode Operation
Playing back movies (A 49). You
can also open index screens to play
back only video snapshot scenes
(A 91) or scenes recorded in
Baby mode (A 90).
Viewing photos (A 53).
Shooting mode Operation
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Basic Shooting and Playback
This chapter covers how to easily record video and photos in
mode, play them back, and how to use other basic func-
tions. To enjoy full access to menus and more advanced func-
tions, refer to Advanced Shooting (A 59) and Advanced
Playback and Editing (A 89).
Basic Recording
Shooting Video
With mode, you can take great-looking videos by letting the cam-
corder automatically adjust settings based on the recording situation.
Operating modes:
 Before you begin recording, make a test recording first to check that
the camcorder is operating correctly.
1 Open the LCD panel to turn
on the camcorder.
 :/9/8 By
default, movies are
recorded in the built-in
memory. You can select the
memory that will be used to
record movies (A 62).
 You can also press .
2 Slide the lens cover switch

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3 Set the camcorder to mode.
• This step is not necessary the first time you use the camcorder.
• To change the movie format, refer to Selecting the Movie Format
(AVCHD/MP4) (A 59).
4 Press Y to begin recording.
• Press Y again to pause the recording.
• The ACCESS indicator will flash from time to time while the scene is
being recorded.
When you have finished recording
1 Make sure that the ACCESS indicator is off.
2 Close the LCD panel to turn off the camcorder.
You can also press .
3 Slide the lens cover switch up.
(shooting mode button) > [N Auto] > [OK]
Shooting mode button
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About AUTO mode
• Only the following functions are available in mode.
- Zoom (A 46).
- Video snapshot (A 72).
- Face detection and tracking (A 75) to get beautiful shots of
people every time, tracking the subject even if the person moves.
- Decoration (A 68) 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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• To protect the lens, keep the lens cover closed when you are not
recording movies and when you are not using the camcorder.
• 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 104), especially after
making important recordings. Canon shall not be liable for any loss or
corruption of data.
• About the power saving mode: If > q > [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 3 minutes. Should this happen, turn the camcorder back on.
• 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 >
Intelligent IS
Intelligent IS allows the camcorder to select the best image stabilization option
based on your shooting method. During and mode, the Intelligent
IS icon will change to one of the following icons. In other shooting modes, you
can set the image stabilization manually (A 73).
* You can use the > p > [Intelligent IS] setting to change whether
Powered IS is available when Intelligent IS is activated.
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), while remaining
stationary, on subjects at a distance
È (Powered IS)*
Close-up of a subject  (Macro IS)
When using a tripod à (tripod mode)
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> [LCD Backlight] setting or adjust the brightness of the LCD
screen with the > > [LCD Brightness] setting.
 If you plan on making a long recording while the camcorder is in a fixed
position, such as on a tripod, you can record with the LCD panel closed
in order to conserve the batterys power. In such case, make sure
> q > [Power On Using LCD Panel] is set to [Off].
 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 67).
Taking Photos
You can easily take photos with the camcorder. You can even take pho-
tos simultaneously while recording a movie.
Operating modes:
1 Open the LCD panel to turn
on the camcorder.
 :/9/8 By
default, photos are
recorded in the built-in
memory. You can select the
memory that will be used to
record photos (A 62).
 You can also press .
2 Slide the lens cover switch
3 Set the camcorder to
 This step is not necessary the first time you use the camcorder.
4 Touch [PHOTO] to take a photo.

> [Shooting Mode] > [N Auto] > [OK]
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A green icon ( ) and {æ& (:/9/8 only) or {æ 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, will not appear.
When you have finished taking photos
1 Make sure that the ACCESS indicator is off.
2 Close the LCD panel to turn off the camcorder.
You can also press .
3 Slide the lens cover switch up.
• The information in the sidebars (A 42, 43, 44), IMPORTANT section
(A 44) and NOTES section (A 44) on the previous pages also apply
to photos.
• Photos are recorded as JPG files. The photo size is 1920x1080*. At this
size, a 1 GB memory card can hold approximately 660 photos. How-
ever, the actual number of photos that can be recorded will vary
depending on the subject and shooting conditions.
* When the video quality is 4 Mbps for MP4 movies, the photo size is 1280x720.
At this size, a 1 GB memory card can hold approximately 1,490 photos.
• Photos cannot be recorded while fading in or fading out a scene.
There are two ways you can zoom in and out: using the zoom lever on
the camcorder or using the zoom controls on the touch screen. You
can also select the zoom type (optical, advanced or digital).
Operating modes:
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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.
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 [START] to begin recording.
Touch [STOP] to pause the recording.
4 Touch [X] to hide the zoom controls.
Selecting the Zoom Type
The camcorder offers three types of zoom - optical, advanced and
T Zoom out S Zoom in
> [ZOOM]
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Operating modes:
* In mode, [Zoom Type] will be set to [ Optical].
• 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 84), you can
focus on a subject as close as 50 cm at full telephoto.
• You can also set > p > [Zoom Speed] to one of three con-
stant speeds (3 is the fastest, 1 the slowest). When [Zoom Speed] is set
to [Y Variable], the zoom speed will be faster in record pause mode
than when actually recording, except when pre-recording (A 80) is
• When you turn off the camcorder, it “remembers” the zoom position so
the next time you turn it on, the zoom position will be the same. You can
activate this feature using the > p > [Zoom Position at Star-
tup] setting.
* * SCN
> [Zoom Type] > Desired zoom type > [X]
[ Optical] For optical zoom, the camcorder uses the optical
magnification ratio of the lens.
[ Advanced] For advanced zoom, the camcorder processes
the image beyond the range of the optical zoom to obtain a
larger zoom without any deterioration in image quality. At full wide
angle, the angle of view with advanced zoom is wider than the
angle of view with optical zoom.
[ Digital] (9 [ Digital]) For digital zoom (light blue area
on the zoom bar), the image is processed digitally so image qual-
ity will deteriorate the more you zoom in.
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Basic Playback
Playing Back Video
Operating modes:
1 Press .
2 If necessary, change the index screen.
Index screen
(next to [ ])
[& ·] (index screen button) > Select the memory
with the desired scene (& or ) and the movie format of
the desired scene (· or ¸) > [OK]
[ ·] (index screen button) > Movie format of the
desired scene (· or ¸) > [OK]
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3 Look for the scene you want to play back.
4 Touch the desired scene to play it back.
• The camcorder will play back the scene selected and continue until
the end of the last scene in the index screen.
• Touch the screen to display the playback controls. During playback,
the playback controls will disappear automatically after a few
seconds without operation. In playback pause, touch the screen
again to hide the playback controls.
Displaying scene information for MP4 movies
1 In the [y Movie Playback] index screen for MP4 movies, touch
2 Touch the desired scene.
• The scene information screen appears.
• Touch Ï/Ð to select the previous/next scene.
! Index screen button. Displays the currently selected
memory (:/9/8 only) and movie format.
Press to change the index screen.
" Drag your finger left/right for the next/previous index
# Display the next/previous index page.
$ Scene’s timeline (A 94; for AVCHD movies).
I Scene information (for MP4 movies).
% Recording date (for AVCHD movies) or folder name (for
MP4 movies; A 149).

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