Canon XA10 manual

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  • Brand: Canon
  • Product: Digital Video Recorder
  • Model/name: XA10
  • Filetype: PDF
  • Available languages: English

Table of Contents

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Introduction
Important Usage Instructions
WARNING!
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS PRODUCT TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
WARNING!
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK AND TO REDUCE ANNOYING INTERFERENCE, USE THE RECOMMENDED
ACCESSORIES ONLY.
COPYRIGHT WARNING:
Unauthorized recording of copyrighted materials may infringe on the rights of copyright owners and be contrary to copyright
laws.
HD Camcorder, XA10 A systems
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These
limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses
and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and use in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to
radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause
harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to
try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Use of shielded cable is required to comply with class B limits in Subpart B of Part 15 of FCC Rules.
Do not make any changes or modifications to the equipment unless otherwise specified in the manual. If such changes or modifications should
be made, you could be required to stop operation of the equipment.
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
One Canon Plaza, Lake Success, NY 11042, U.S.A.
Tel No. (516)328-5600
WARNING:
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.
CAUTION:
• Danger of explosion if the wrong type of batteries are attached. Use only the same type of batteries.
• Do not expose batteries or product to excessive heat such as the inside of a car under direct sunlight, fire, etc.
Important Warning
CAUTION:
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT
REMOVE COVER (OR BACK). NO USER-SERVICEABLE
PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED
SERVICE PERSONNEL.
CAUTION
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, within
an equilateral triangle, is intended to alert the user
to the presence of uninsulated “dangerous
voltage” within the product’s enclosure, that may
be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of
electric shock to persons.
The exclamation point, within an equilateral
triangle, is intended to alert the user to the
presence of important operating and maintenance
(servicing) instructions in the literature
accompanying the product.
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In these safety instructions the word “product” refers to the Canon HD Camcorder XA10 A and all its accessories.
1 Read these instructions.
2 Keep these instructions.
3 Heed all warnings.
4 Follow all instructions.
5 Do not use this apparatus near water.
6 Clean only with dry cloth.
7 Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that
produce heat.
8 Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has two blades with one wider than the
other. A grounding type plug has two blades and a third grounding prong. The wide blade or the third prong are provided for your
safety. If the provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.
9 Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they
exit from the apparatus.
10 Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
11 Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time.
12 Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as
power-supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been
exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped.
13 Read Instructions — All the safety and operating instructions should be read before the product is operated.
14 Retain Instructions — The safety and operating instructions should be retained for future reference.
15 Heed Warnings — All warnings on the product and in the operating instructions should be adhered to.
16 Follow Instructions — All operating and maintenance instructions should be followed.
17 Cleaning — Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners. The product should be
cleaned only as recommended in this manual.
18 Accessories — Do not use accessories not recommended in this manual as they may be hazardous.
19 Avoid magnetic or electric fields — Do not use the camera close to TV transmitters, portable communication devices or other
sources of electric or magnetic radiation. They may cause picture interference, or permanently damage the camera.
20 Water and Moisture — Hazard of electric shock — Do not use this product near water or in rainy/moist situations.
21 Placing or Moving — Do not place on an unstable cart, stand, tripod, bracket or table. The product may fall,
causing serious injury to a child or adult, and serious damage to the product.
A product and cart combination should be moved with care. Quick stops, excessive force, and uneven surfaces
may cause the product and cart combination to overturn.
22 Power Sources — The CA-570 Compact Power Adapter should be operated only from the type of power source
indicated on the marking label. If you are not sure of the type of power supply to your home, consult your
product dealer or local power company. Regarding other power sources such as battery power, refer to
instructions in this manual.
23 Polarization — The CA-570 Compact Power Adapter is equipped with a polarized 2-prong plug (a plug having one blade wider
than the other). The 2-prong polarized plug will fit into the power outlet only one way. This is a safety feature. If you are unable to
insert the plug fully into the outlet, try reversing the plug. If the plug still fails to fit, contact your electrician to replace your obsolete
outlet. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized plug.
24 Power Cord Protection — Power cords should be routed so that they are not likely to be walked on or pinched by items placed
upon or against them. Pay particular attention to plugs and the point from which the cords exit the product.
25 Outdoor Antenna Grounding — If an outside antenna is connected to
the product, be sure the antenna is grounded so as to provide some
protection against voltage surges and built-up static charges. Section
810 of the National Electrical Code, ANSI / NFPA No. 70—1984,
provides information with respect to proper grounding of the mast and
supporting structure, grounding of the lead-in wire to an antenna
discharge unit, size of grounding conductors, location of antenna
discharge unit, connection to grounding electrodes, and requirements
for the grounding electrode. See figure 1.
26 Lightning — For added protection of this product during a lightning
storm, or when it is left unattended and unused for long periods of
time, disconnect it from the wall outlet and disconnect the antenna.
This will prevent damage to the product due to lightning and power-
line surges.
27 Overloading — Do not overload wall outlets and extension cords as
this can result in a risk of fire or electric shock.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
EXAMPLE OF ANTENNA GROUNDING AS
PER NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE
ANTENNA LEAD IN WIRE
ANTENNA DISCHARGE
UNIT (NEC SECTION
810-20)
GROUNDING
CONDUCTORS
(NEC SECTION 810-21)
GROUND CLAMPS
POWER SERVICE GROUNDING
ELECTRODE SYSTEM
(NEC ART 250. PART H)
NEC - NATIONAL
ELECTRICAL CODE
ELECTRIC
SERVICE
EQUIPMENT
GROUND
CLAMP
Fig. 1
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28 Objects and Liquid Entry — Never push objects of any kind into this product through openings as they may touch dangerous
voltage points or short out parts that could result in a fire or electric shock. Be careful not to spill liquid of any kind onto the
product.
29 Servicing — Do not attempt to service this product yourself as opening or removing covers may expose you to dangerous voltage
or other hazards. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
30 Damage Requiring Service — Disconnect this product from the wall outlet and all power sources including battery, and refer
servicing to qualified service personnel under the following conditions:
a. When the power-supply cord or plug is damaged.
b. If any liquid has been spilled onto, or objects have fallen into, the product.
c. If the product has been exposed to rain or water.
d. If the product does not operate normally even if you follow the operating instructions.
Adjust only those controls that are covered by the operation instructions. Improper adjustment of other controls may result in
damage and will often require extensive work by a qualified technician to restore the product to its normal operation.
e. If the product has been dropped or the cabinet has been damaged.
f. When the product exhibits a distinct change in performance. This indicates a need for service.
31 Replacement Parts — When replacement parts are required, be sure the service technician has used replacement parts that are
specified by Canon or that have the same characteristics as the original part. Unauthorized substitutions may result in fire, electric
shock or other hazards.
32 Safety Check — Upon completion of any service or repairs to this product, ask the service technician to perform safety checks to
determine that the product is in safe operating order.
33 Heat — The product should be situated away from heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other products
(including amplifiers) that produce heat.
CA-570 identification plate is located on the bottom.
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
Trademark Acknowledgements
• SD, SDHC and SDXC Logos are trademarks of SD-3C, LLC.
• Microsoft and Windows are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
• Macintosh and Mac OS are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
• “x.v.Color” and the “x.v.Color” logo are trademarks.
• HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC in the
United States and other countries.
• “AVCHD” and the “AVCHD” logo are trademarks of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation.
• Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories.
“Dolby” and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
• YouTube is a trademark of Google Inc.
• Other names and products not mentioned above may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their
respective companies.
• This device incorporates exFAT technology licensed from Microsoft.
• ANY USE OF THIS PRODUCT OTHER THAN CONSUMER PERSONAL USE IN ANY MANNER THAT COMPLIES WITH THE MPEG-2
STANDARD FOR ENCODING VIDEO INFORMATION FOR PACKAGED MEDIA IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED WITHOUT A LICENSE UNDER
APPLICABLE PATENTS IN THE MPEG-2 PATENT PORTFOLIO, WHICH LICENSE IS AVAILABLE FROM MPEG LA, L.L.C., 250 STEELE
STREET, SUITE 300, DENVER, COLORADO 80206.
• This product is licensed under AT&T patents for the MPEG-4 standard and may be used for encoding MPEG-4 compliant video and/or
decoding MPEG-4 compliant video that was encoded only (1) for a personal and non-commercial purpose or (2) by a video provider
licensed under the AT&T patents to provide MPEG-4 compliant video. No license is granted or implied for any other use for MPEG-4
standard.
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Highlights of the XA10
The Canon XA10 HD Camcorder is a high-performance camcorder whose compact size makes it
ideal in a variety of situations. The following are just some of the many functions featured in the
camcorder.
HD Recording
HD CMOS PRO and DIGIC DV III
processor
The camcorder is equipped with a
1/3-inch CMOS sensor that captures video at
an effective pixel count of approximately 2.07
megapixels (1920x1080). The video is then
processed by the state-of-the-art DIGIC DV III
image processor. This allows the camcorder to
excel in low-light situations and produce a
wide dynamic range.
Wide zoom lens
With a focal length at full wide angle of
30.4 mm (35 mm equivalent), the camcorder
has superb wide-angle shooting capability. The
minimum object distance is 60 cm (2 ft.)
throughout the entire zoom range, which
means that you can create a pleasing blurred
background effect at full telephoto. The
8-bladed iris aperture also enhances the
blurred background effect.
Operability
Emphasis on versatility
This camcorder has features to make it usable
as a main camera but is also small enough to
be very portable. The advanced image
stabilization (0 60) will let you shoot in a
variety of situations in the field. The handle is
removable so you can detach it when you
need improved portability and then reattach it
when you need extra functionality.
Manual controls at your fingertips
The focus ring helps you achieve the focus you
are looking for. Furthermore, you can assign
certain frequently used functions to a
customizable button and adjust those
functions with the accompanying dial (0 90).
Face detection
When a subject's face is detected, the
camcorder can track and focus on it (0 53).
Furthermore, you can have the camcorder in
manual focus but switch to autofocus only
when a face is detected, ensuring that
important subjects are in focus.
Infrared recording
Record in darkness using infrared recording
(0 89). With the built-in infrared light on the
handle, you can record nocturnal animals in
their natural environment or other such
scenes.
Relay recording and double slot
recording
When you use relay recording (0 38), you
can use the double memory card slot to keep
on recording video without interruption. Double
slot recording (0 39) allows you to record
movies simultaneously to two memory cards,
which is a convenient way to back up your
recordings.
Other Features
Audio
You can use the built-in microphone, MIC
audio input terminal or the two XLR audio input
terminals when recording. When using the XLR
terminals, you can even use microphones that
require phantom power.
LCD screen and viewfinder
The LCD screen and viewfinder both have
100% frame coverage, which will ensure that
you can accurately check that your shots are
framed how you want them.
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Touch AE
By simply touching the screen, you can make
dark areas in the picture appear brighter
(0 65). This operation is simple yet allows
you to shoot with the desired exposure.
Added and improved functionality
Other functions include two types of video
scopes (0 84), conversion to standard
definition (0 139) and Story Creator mode
(0 105), which allows you to create
engrossing video stories.
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Enjoying your Recordings on Other Devices
Eye-Fi
Connect the camcorder to an
HDTV (0 127)
Play video directly
fromyour recorded
memory card
AVCHD-compatible HDTVs and
digital recorders with a card slot
compatible with the type of
memory card used*.
Use an Eye-Fi card (0 142)
to wirelessly upload
recordings to your computer
or a video sharing Web site.
Save or upload to
the Web.
Standard Definition
Convert your HD movies, in the camcorder itself, to standard
definition files (0 139).
High Definition
Use the supplied PIXELA’s
software (0 135, 139).
* Refer to the instruction manual of the device. Depending on the device used, correct playback may
not be possible even if the device is AVCHD-compatible. In such case, play back the recordings on the
memory card using the camcorder.
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1 Introduction 11
About this Manual 11
Conventions Used in this Manual 11
Supplied Accessories and CD-ROMs 13
Names of Parts 15
2 Preparations 22
Charging the Battery Pack 22
Preparing the Camcorder 24
Attaching the Microphone Holder
Unit 24
Attaching the Handle Unit 24
Attaching the Lens Hood 25
Using the Viewfinder 25
Adjusting the Position and Brightness of
the LCD Screen 26
Wireless Controller 28
Using a Tripod 29
Basic Operation of the Camcorder 30
Using the Touch Screen 30
Operating Modes 31
Using the Menus 32
First Time Settings 34
Setting the Date and Time 34
Changing the Language 34
Changing the Time Zone 35
Using a Memory Card 36
Memory Cards Compatible for Use with
the Camcorder 36
Inserting and Removing a Memory
Card 37
Selecting the Memory for the
Recordings 38
Relay Recording 38
Double Slot Recording 39
Initializing the Memory 40
3 Recording 41
Recording Movies and Photos 41
Preparing to Record 41
Recording in AUTO Mode 42
Recording in y (Manual) Mode 46
Quick Start Function 48
Selecting the Video Quality (Recording
Mode) 49
Selecting the Frame Rate 50
Focus Adjustment 51
Manual Focus 51
Autofocus 52
Face Detection 53
Touch & Track 55
Zooming 56
Using the Zoom Lever, Handle Zoom
Rocker or Wireless Controller 56
Using the Touch Screen’s Zoom
Controls 58
Soft Zoom Control 58
Digital Tele-Converter 59
Advanced Image Stabilization 60
Automatic Gain Control (AGC) Limit 61
Automatic Exposure Recording
Programs 62
Exposure Adjustment 64
Using the Manual Exposure Recording
Program 64
Exposure Compensation 65
White Balance 67
Special Scene Recording Programs 69
Image Effects 71
Self Timer 72
Recording Audio 73
Using the Built-in Microphone or an
External Microphone Connected to the
MIC Terminal 73
Using Line Input or an External
Microphone Connected to an XLR
Terminal 74
Audio Recording Level 76
Using the Built-in Microphone or
Microphone Connected to the MIC
Terminal 76
Using a Microphone or Audio Source
Connected to an XLR Terminal 77
Built-In Microphone Directionality 78
Audio Equalizer 79
Audio Mix 80
Using Headphones 81
Using a Zoom Remote Controller 82
Color Bars/Audio Reference Signal 83
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Video Scopes 84
Displaying the Waveform Monitor during
[A Programmed AE] Recording
Program 84
Displaying the Waveform Monitor during
[y Manual Exposure] Recording
Program 84
Displaying the Edge Monitor 84
Video Snapshot 85
Pre-Recording 86
Onscreen Displays and Data Code 87
Faders 88
Infrared Recording 89
Activating Infrared Mode 89
4 Customization 90
Custom Button and Dial 90
Assignable Buttons 91
Changing the Assigned Function 91
Using an Assignable Button 91
Saving and Loading Menu Settings 92
Saving Menu Settings to a Memory
Card 92
Loading Camera Settings from a Memory
Card 92
5 Playback 93
Playing Back Video 93
Adjusting the volume 94
3D Flip View 96
The Index Selection Screen: Selecting the
Content to Play Back 97
Deleting Scenes and Stories 98
Deleting a Single Scene 98
Deleting Scenes from the Date Index
Screen 98
Deleting a Single Scene from a Story 99
Deleting Scenes from a Story by
Rating 99
Deleting Stories 100
Dividing Scenes 101
Selecting the Playback Starting
Point 102
Capturing Video Snapshot Scenes and
Photos from a Movie 103
Capturing a Video Snapshot Scene 103
Capturing Photos 104
6 Video Stories and Cinema
Style 105
Using Story Creator to Create Video
Stories 105
Creating a New Story 105
Recording a Scene within a Story 106
Recording Additional Scenes within an
Existing Story 107
CINEMA Mode and Cinema-Look
Filters 108
Adding Decorations 110
Decorating Scenes while
Recording 110
Decorating Scenes during
Playback 114
Playing Back Stories from the
Gallery 115
Rating Scenes 117
Rating Scenes from the List of
Scenes 117
Rating Scenes During Playback 117
Playback with Background Music 118
Using One of the Supplied Music Tracks
as Background Music 118
Using an External Audio Player for
Background Music 119
Copying and Moving Scenes Within/
Between Stories 121
Selecting a Story’s Thumbnail Image 122
Changing a Story’s Title 123
7 External Connections 124
Terminals on the Camcorder 124
Connection Diagrams 125
Playback on a TV Screen 127
8 Photos 128
Viewing Photos 128
Photo Jump Function 129
Deleting Photos 130
Deleting a Single Photo 130
Deleting Photos from the Index
Screen 130
Slideshow 131
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9 Saving/Sharing
Recordings 132
Copying Recordings to a Memory
Card 132
Copying Scenes from the Date Index
Screen 132
Copying Scenes from a Story by
Rating 133
Copying a Single Photo 133
Copying Photos from the Index
Screen 133
Saving Recordings on a Computer 135
Saving Movies (Windows only) 135
Saving Photos (Windows/Mac OS) 135
Copying Recordings to an External Video
Recorder 137
In High Definition 137
In Standard Definition 137
Uploading Movies to Video Sharing Web
Sites 139
Converting Scenes into Standard
Definition from the Date Index
Screen 139
Connecting to the Computer and
Uploading your Videos 141
Converting Scenes into Standard
Definition from a Story by Rating 141
Converting Only Part of a Scene or
Story 142
Uploading your Videos Wirelessly 142
10 Additional Information 144
Appendix: Menu Options Lists 144
FUNC. Panel 144
Setup Menus 146
Appendix: Onscreen Icons and
Displays 155
Troubleshooting 159
List of Messages 164
Handling Precautions 171
Camcorder 171
Battery Pack 172
Memory Card 172
Built-in Rechargeable Lithium
Battery 173
Lithium Button Battery 173
Disposal 173
Maintenance/Others 174
Cleaning 174
Condensation 174
Using the Camcorder Abroad 175
Accessories 176
Optional Accessories 177
Product Codes 181
Specifications 182
Index 186
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About this Manual
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Introduction
About this Manual
Thank you for purchasing the Canon XA10. Please read this manual carefully before you use the
camcorder and retain it for future reference. Should your camcorder fail to operate correctly, refer to
Troubleshooting (0 159).
Conventions Used in this Manual
• IMPORTANT: Precautions related to the camcorder’s operation.
• NOTES: Additional topics that complement the basic operating procedures.
• POINTS TO CHECK: Restrictions or requirements regarding the function described.
• 0: Reference page number within this manual.
• The following terms are used in this manual:
When not specified as “memory card” or “built-in memory”, the term “memory” by itself refers to
both.
“Scene” refers to one movie unit from the point you press the g button to start recording
until you press again to pause the recording.
• The photos included in this manual are simulated pictures taken with a still camera.
• Some screenshots in this manual have been simplified to show only relevant icons.
1 Introduction
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About this Manual
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Self Timer
Self Timer
1 Open the [Self Timer] screen.
[FUNC.] [MENU] 8 [Self Timer]
2 Touch [A On n] and then touch [a].
• n will appear on the screen.
• Repeat, selecting [B Off], to turn off the self timer.
Movies: In record pause mode, press g.
The camcorder starts recording after a 10-second countdown*. The countdown appears on the
screen.
Photos: In record pause mode, touch [PHOTO].
The camcorder will record the photo after a 10-second countdown*. The countdown appears on the
screen.
* 2 seconds when using the wireless controller.
NOTES
• Once the countdown has begun, any of the following actions will cancel the self timer.
- Pressing g, when recording movies.
j
Operating modes:
Brackets [ ] are used to refer to control
buttons and menu options you will
touch on the screen and to other
onscreen messages and displays.
indicates that a function is available in the
operating mode indicated and indicates
that the function is not available. For a detailed
explanation refer to Operating Modes (0 31).
The names of physical buttons
and switches on the camcorder
are indicated within a “button”
frame.
For example h.
The arrow is used to abbreviate menu selections. For a
detailed explanation on how to use the menus, refer to
Using the Menus (0 32). For a concise summary of all
available menu options and settings, refer to the
appendix Menu Options Lists (0 144).
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Supplied Accessories and CD-ROMs
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Supplied Accessories and CD-ROMs
The following accessories are supplied with the camcorder:
CA-570 Compact Power Adapter
(incl. power cord)
BP-808 Battery Pack Microphone holder unit
(incl. screws)
Handle unit (incl. screws) WL-D89 Wireless Controller
(incl. CR2025 lithium button battery)
Stylus Pen
CTC-100/S Component Cable
Red • Green • Blue plugs
STV-250N Stereo Video Cable
Yellow • Red • White plugs
IFC-300PCU/S USB Cable
Lens hood Lens cap Installation Guide for PIXELA’s
Software
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Supplied Accessories and CD-ROMs
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The following CD-ROMs and software are supplied with the camcorder:
• PIXELA’s Transfer Utility CD-ROM*
- Use Transfer Utility for saving and transferring movies and music files you can use as
background music.
• Music Data/Image Mix Data CD-ROM (referred in the manual as “Camcorder Supplemental
Disc”). Contains the following components.
- Music data - Music files that can be used as background music during playback. These music
files are for exclusive use with the supplied PIXELA’s software. The disc cannot be played back on
CD players.
- Image mix data - Image files that can be used with the image mix function (image mix frames).
* The CD-ROM includes the instruction manual of the software (on PDF file).
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Names of Parts
15
Names of Parts
1 Handle unit front screw (0 24)
2 RESET button (0 162)
3 2 (camera/play) button (0 31)
4 DISP. (onscreen display) button
(0 87)/BATT. INFO (battery info)
button (0 158)
5 Double memory card slot cover
6 Memory card slot X (0 37)
7 Memory card slot Y (0 37)
8 Handle unit rear screw (0 24)
9 ON/OFF (CHG) indicator (0 22)
Green - ON
Orange - Standby (0 48)
Red - Charging (0 22)
10 INFRARED switch (0 89)
11 AV OUT terminal (0 124, 126)/
X (headphones) terminal (0 81)
12 COMPONENT OUT terminal
(0 124, 125)
13 Focus ring (0 51)
14 Lens hood (0 25)
15 Built-in microphone (0 78)
16 Audio level dials for CH1 and CH2
(0 77)
17 Audio input switch (0 73)
18 ATT (microphone attenuator)
switches for CH1 and CH2 (0 75)
19 XLR terminal switches for CH1 and
CH2 (0 75)
4 6 7
14 13
10
8
9
2
1 3
12 11
5
19 17
18 16
15
Left side view
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Names of Parts
16
1 XLR terminals for CH1 and CH2
(0 75)
2 Built-in microphone (0 78)
3 MIC terminal (0 73)
4 Grip belt (0 27)
5 USB terminal (0 124, 126, 137)
6 HDMI OUT terminal (0 124, 125)
7 REMOTE terminal (0 82)
8 Built-in speaker (0 94)
9 ACCESS indicator (0 41)
10 Zoom lever (0 56)
1
8
4 3
7 6 5
9
10
2
Right side view
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Names of Parts
17
1 Tally lamp (0 153)
2 Instant AF sensor (0 174)
3 Infrared light (0 89)
4 Microphone cable clamp (0 24)
5 Microphone holder unit (0 24)
6 Microphone lock screw (0 24)
2
3 1
4
5
6
Front view
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Names of Parts
18
1 Viewfinder (0 25)
2 START/STOP button (0 41)
3 Strap mount (0 27)
4 DC IN terminal (0 22)
5 Dioptric adjustment lever (0 25)
6 CUSTOM (customizable) dial (0 90)
7 CUSTOM (customizable) button
(0 90)
8 LCD touch screen (0 26, 30)
9 POWERED IS button (0 60)/
Assignable button 2 (0 91)
10 AF/MF button (0 51)/
WEB button (0 139)/
Assignable button 1 (0 91)
11 Remote sensor (0 29)
1
2
3
4
8 6
7 5
11
10
9
Back view
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Names of Parts
19
1 Accessory shoe
Cold shoe for attaching accessories such as the optional VL-10Li II Battery Video Light.
2 START/STOP button (0 41)
3 START/STOP lock ( ) lever (0 47)
4 Mode switch (0 31)
5 Eye cup
6 POWER button
7 Handle zoom rocker (0 56)
1 2 3 4
6 5
7
Top view
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Names of Parts
20
1 Serial number
2 BATTERY RELEASE switch (0 23)
3 Tripod socket (0 29)
2
3
1
Bottom view
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Names of Parts
21
Wireless Controller WL-D89
1 START/STOP button (0 41)
2 b (index selection) button (0 97)
Press and hold for more than 2 seconds to switch between shooting and playback mode.
3 MENU button (0 33, 146)
4 DISP. (onscreen display) button (0 87)
5 SET button
6 B (stop) button (0 93)
7 PHOTO button (0 41)
8 Zoom buttons (0 56)
9 Navigation buttons ( Z/O/y/A )
10 A/C (play/pause) button (0 93)
1
7
8
9
10
2
3
4
5
6
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Preparations
Charging the Battery Pack
The camcorder can be powered with a battery pack or directly using the compact power adapter. The
first time you use a battery pack, fully charge it and then use the camcorder until the battery pack is
completely exhausted. Doing so will ensure that the remaining recording time will be displayed
accurately.
For approximate charging times and recording/playback times with a fully charged battery pack, refer
to Charging, Recording and Playback Times (0 177).
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 camcorder’s
DC IN terminal.
4 Attach the battery pack to the camcorder.
• Press the battery pack softly into the battery attachment
unit and slide it forward until it clicks in place.
5 Charging will start when the camcorder is turned off.
• If the camcorder was on, the green ON/OFF (CHG)
indicator will go out when you turn off the camcorder. After
a moment, the ON/OFF (CHG) indicator will start flashing in
red (battery pack charging). The red ON/OFF (CHG)
indicator will go out when the battery pack is fully charged.
• If the indicator flashes quickly, refer to Troubleshooting
(0 161).
DC IN terminal
ON/OFF (CHG) (charge) indicator
2 Preparations
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To remove the battery pack
1 Slide U in the direction of the arrow and
hold it pressed down.
2 Slide the battery pack and then pull it out.
IMPORTANT
• Turn off the camcorder before connecting or disconnecting the compact power adapter. After
pressing x to turn off the camcorder, important data is updated in the memory. Be sure to
wait until the green ON/OFF (CHG) indicator goes out.
• Do not connect to the camcorder’s DC IN terminal or to the compact power adapter any electrical
equipment that is not expressly recommended for use with this camcorder.
• To prevent equipment breakdowns and excessive heating, do not connect the supplied compact
power adapter to voltage converters for overseas travels or special power sources such as those on
aircraft and ships, DC-AC inverters, etc.
NOTES
• We recommend charging the battery pack in temperatures between 10 °C and 30 °C (50 °F and
86 °F). If either the ambient temperature or the battery pack’s temperature is outside the range of
approx. 0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 104 °F), charging will not start.
• The battery pack will be charged only when the camcorder is off.
• If the power supply was disconnected while charging a battery pack, make sure the ON/OFF (CHG)
indicator has gone out before restoring the power supply.
• If remaining battery time is an issue, you can power the camcorder using the compact power
adapter so the battery pack will not be consumed.
• Charged battery packs continue to discharge naturally. Therefore, charge them on the day of use, or
the day before, to ensure a full charge.
• We recommend that you prepare battery packs to last 2 to 3 times longer than you think you might
need.
• USA and Canada only: The Lithium ion/polymer battery that powers the product is
recyclable. Please call 1-800-8-BATTERY for information on how to recycle this
battery.
BATTERY
RELEASE
switch
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Preparing the Camcorder
This section covers the basic preparations for the camcorder such as attaching the handle unit and
lens hood, and adjusting the viewfinder and LCD screen. When attaching the lens hood, grip belt and
straps, be careful not to drop the camcorder.
Attaching the Microphone Holder Unit
Use the supplied screws to attach the microphone holder unit to
the handle unit.
Attaching the Handle Unit
1 Align the handle unit with the front and rear sockets and
then slide the handle unit forward until it is in place.
• Make sure the screws are raised when you slide the handle
unit.
2 Firmly tighten the front and rear screws with a coin or
similar object.
NOTES
• The camcorder is functional even if you remove the handle
unit. However, some audio options (0 73, 76), the infrared
light and tally lamp will not be available.
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Attaching the Lens Hood
Attach the lens hood to protect the lens and reduce the amount
of stray light that may hit the lens. Remove the lens cap before
attaching the lens hood.
Place the lens hood on the front of the lens so that the
groove on the lens hood is aligned with the bottom of the
lens (햲), and then turn the lens hood clockwise (햳).
• Be careful not to deform the lens hood.
• Make sure that the lens hood is aligned with the thread.
Using the Viewfinder
If it is difficult to use the LCD screen while the LCD backlight is on (0 27), you can use the viewfinder.
You can also use the viewfinder when you rotate the LCD panel 180 degrees to let the subject watch
the recording.
1 Pull out the viewfinder.
2 Press x to turn on the camcorder.
3 Adjust the viewfinder using the dioptric adjustment
lever.
• You can close the LCD panel or rotate it toward the
subject as you prefer.
• The LCD backlight setting (0 27) is common to the LCD
screen and the viewfinder.
• If you wear glasses, you may find the viewfinder easier to
use if you flip back the outer edge of the eye cup toward
the camcorder body.
Dioptric adjustment lever
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NOTES
• Make sure you keep the eye cup attached when using the camcorder.
• For details about how to take care of the viewfinder, refer to Handling Precautions (0 171),
Cleaning (0 174).
Adjusting the Position and Brightness of the LCD Screen
Rotating the LCD Panel
Open the LCD panel 90 degrees.
• You can rotate the panel 90 degrees downward.
• You can rotate the panel 180 degrees toward the lens. Rotating the LCD panel 180 degrees can be
useful in the following cases:
- To allow the subject to monitor the LCD screen while you use the viewfinder.
- To include yourself in the picture when recording with the self timer.
- To allow the camcorder to be operated with the wireless controller from the front.
NOTES
• About the LCD and viewfinder screens: The screens are produced using extremely high-precision
manufacturing techniques, with more than 99.99% of the pixels operating to specification. Less
than 0.01% of the pixels may occasionally misfire or appear as black, red, blue or green dots. This
has no effect on the recorded image and does not constitute a malfunction.
180°
90°
Subject can monitor the LCD screen
(You can use the viewfinder at the same time)
180°
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LCD Backlight
When recording in bright places it may be difficult to use the LCD screen. Turn on the LCD backlight to
make it brighter.
With the camcorder on, hold h pressed down for more
than 2 seconds.
• Repeat this action to switch the LCD backlight between off
(normal) and on (bright).
NOTES
• Using the bright setting will shorten the effective usage time of the battery pack.
• You can further adjust the brightness of the LCD screen with the 6 [LCD Brightness] setting,
or dim it with the 6 [LCD Screen Dimmer] setting to use in places where the light from the
LCD screen can be a nuisance.
• Adjusting the brightness does not affect the brightness of the recordings.
• For details about how to take care of the touch screen, refer to Handling Precautions (0 171),
Cleaning (0 174).
Grip Belt and Straps
Fasten the grip belt.
• Adjust the grip belt so that you can reach the zoom lever
with your index finger, and the g button with your
thumb.
• You can attach the supplied stylus pen to the grip belt.
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Attaching an optional wrist strap
Attach the wrist strap to the strap mount on the grip belt,
adjust the length and fasten.
• You can also attach the wrist strap to the strap mount on the
grip belt to use both for extra convenience and protection.
Attaching an optional shoulder strap
Pass the ends of the shoulder strap through the strap mount on the grip belt and adjust the length of
the strap.
Wireless Controller
First, insert the supplied CR2025 lithium button battery into the wireless controller.
1 Press the tab in the direction of the arrow and pull out
the battery holder.
2 Place the lithium button battery with the + side facing
up.
3 Insert the battery holder. Tab
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To use the wireless controller
Point the wireless controller at the camcorder’s remote sensor when you press the buttons.
• You can rotate the LCD panel 180 degrees to use the wireless controller from the front of the
camcorder.
• When you operate the wireless controller, the camcorder's tally lamp will illuminate.
NOTES
• When the camcorder cannot be operated with the wireless controller, or when it can only be
operated at very close range, replace the battery.
• The wireless controller may not work properly when the remote sensor is situated under strong light
sources or direct sunlight.
Using a Tripod
You can mount the camcorder on a tripod but do not use tripods
with mounting screws longer than 6.5 mm (0.26 in.) as this may
cause damage to the camcorder.
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Basic Operation of the Camcorder
Using the Touch Screen
The control buttons and menu items that appear on the touch screen change dynamically depending
on the operating mode and the task you are performing. With the intuitive touch screen interface you
have all the controls at your fingertips. You can also use the supplied stylus pen for a more precise
operation.
Touch
Press firmly on an element displayed on the touch screen.
Used to start playing back a scene in an index screen, to select
a setting from the menus, to select the subject whom the
camcorder will recognize as the main subject of the scene, etc.
Drag
While applying pressure, swipe your finger up and down or left
and right across the screen.
Used to scroll menus, to browse through index screen pages or
to adjust slider controls like the volume.
IMPORTANT
• The camcorder uses a pressure-sensitive touch screen. Press firmly when using touch
operations.
• In the following cases, you may not be able to perform touch operations correctly.
- Using your fingernails or hard-tipped objects other than the supplied stylus pen, such as ballpoint
pens.
- Operating the touch screen with wet or gloved hands.
- Applying excessive force or forcefully scratching the touch screen.
- Attaching commercially available screen protectors or adhesive film onto the touch screen’s
surface.
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Operating Modes
Recording
In recording mode, the camcorder’s operating mode is determined by the position of the mode switch.
Playback
Press the camera/play button S to switch the camcorder
between camera (recording) mode and playback mode. You can
press S when the camcorder is off to turn it on directly in
playback mode.
NOTES
• When switching to a playback mode, the memory selected for playback will be the same currently
used for recording.
• You can also press and hold B on the wireless controller for more than 2 seconds to switch
between recording and playback mode.
Operating mode Mode switch Operation
Let the camcorder take care of all the settings while you concentrate on recording
(0 42). This operating mode is suitable if you just prefer not to bother with
detailed camcorder settings.
Enjoy full access to menus, settings and advanced functions (0 46).
Give your recordings a cinematic look and use cinema-look filters to create unique
movies (0 108).
Operating mode Operation
Playing back movies (0 93).
Viewing photos (0 128).
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Using the Menus
Many of the camcorder’s functions can be adjusted from the FUNC. panel and the setup menus. For
details about the available menu options and settings, refer to the appendix Menu Options Lists
(0 144).
FUNC. Panel
The FUNC. panel shows a convenient overview of frequently used shooting functions. Touch [FUNC.]
to access the FUNC. panel and then touch the function you want to set or adjust.
You may need to drag your finger up and down the screen to find the control button of the desired
function. In mode, access to functions is limited.
Edit Panel
Touch [Edit] to display a panel showing available operations (copying, deleting, etc.), and then touch
the operation you want to perform.
Operating modes:
Operating modes:
Touch the control
button of the
desired function
FUNC. panel in mode
Edit panel in mode
Touch the control
button of the
desired operation
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Setup Menus
* In mode setup menus cannot be accessed and most menu settings will be reset to default
values.
1 or mode only: Touch [FUNC.]
2 Touch [MENU] to open the setup menus.
• You can also press u on the wireless controller.
3 Touch the tab of the desired menu.
4 Drag your finger up and down to bring the setting you
want to change into the orange selection bar.
• Menu items not available appear grayed out.
• You can touch any menu item on the screen to bring it
directly into the selection bar.
5 When the desired menu item is inside the selection bar, touch the orange frame on the
right.
6 Touch the desired option and touch [a].
• You can touch [a] to close the menu at any time.
Operating modes: *
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First Time Settings
Setting the Date and Time
You will need to set the date and time of the camcorder before
you can start using it. The [Date/Time] screen will appear
automatically when the camcorder’s clock is not set.
1 Press x to turn on the camcorder.
• The [Date/Time] screen appears and the year will be
selected.
2 Touch a field you want to change (year, month, day, hours or minutes).
3 Touch [Z] or [O] to change the field as necessary.
4 Set the correct date and time by changing all the fields in the same way.
5 Touch [Y.M.D], [M.D,Y] or [D.M.Y] to select the date format you prefer.
• In some screens, only the month and day are displayed but it will still follow the order you
selected.
6 Touch [24H] to use 24-hour clock or leave it unselected to use 12-hour clock (AM/PM).
7 Touch [OK] to start the clock and close the setup screen.
NOTES
• You can adjust the date and time later on with the 6 [Date/Time] setting.
• When you do not use the camcorder for about 3 months, the built-in rechargeable lithium battery
may discharge completely and the date and time setting may be lost. In such case, recharge the
built-in lithium battery (0 173) and set the time zone, date and time again.
Changing the Language
The default language of the camcorder is English. You can set
it to one of 27 languages.
1 Open the [Language a] screen.
[FUNC.] [MENU] 6 [Language a]
• Touching [FUNC.] is necessary only when performing the procedure in a recording mode.
2 Touch the desired language and then touch [a].
NOTES
• Some control buttons, such as [ZOOM], [FUNC.] or [MENU], will appear in English regardless of the
language selected.
Operating modes:
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Changing the Time Zone
Change the time zone to match your location. The default setting is New York.
1 Open the [Time Zone/DST] screen.
[FUNC.] [MENU] 6 [Time Zone/DST]
• Touching [FUNC.] is necessary only when performing the procedure in a recording mode.
2 Touch [S] to set the home time zone, or [V] to set the time zone of your destination
when you are traveling.
3 Touch [Z] or [O] to set the desired time zone. If necessary, touch [U] to adjust for
daylight saving time.
4 Touch [a] to close the menu.
Operating modes:
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Using a Memory Card
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Using a Memory Card
Memory Cards Compatible for Use with the Camcorder
You can use the following types of commercially available Secure Digital (SD) cards with this
camcorder.
As of October 2010, the movie recording function has been tested using SD/SDHC/SDXC memory
cards made by Panasonic, Toshiba and SanDisk.
* When using an SD memory card without a speed class rating, you may not be able to record movies,
depending on the memory card used.
**SD memory cards with a capacity of 64 MB or smaller cannot be used to record movies.
NOTES
• About the Speed Class: Speed Class is a standard that indicates the minimum guaranteed data
transfer speed of memory cards. When you buy a new memory card, look for the Speed Class logo
on the package.
We recommend using memory cards rated SD Speed Class 4, 6 or 10.
SDXC Memory Cards
You can use SDXC memory cards with this camcorder. When using memory cards with other devices,
such as digital recorders, computers and card readers, make sure that the external device is
compatible with SDXC cards. The table below summarizes compatibility by computer operating
system, as of October 2010. For the latest information, however, contact the computer, operating
system or memory card manufacturer.
Compatible operating systems for SDXC memory cards
IMPORTANT
• If you use an SDXC memory card with a computer OS that is not SDXC-compatible, you may be
prompted to format the memory card. In such case, cancel the operation to prevent data loss.
• After repeatedly recording, deleting and editing scenes (fragmented memory), it will take longer to
write data on the memory and recording may stop. Save your recordings and initialize the memory
using the camcorder.
Memory card type: SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
SD Speed Class*:
Capacity: 128 MB or larger**.
Operating system Compatibility
Windows 7 Compatible
Windows Vista Compatible (requires Service Pack 1 or later)
Windows XP Compatible (requires Service Pack 3 and KB955704 update)
Mac OS X Not compatible
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Eye-Fi Cards
This product is not guaranteed to support Eye-Fi card functions (including wireless transfer). In case of
an issue with an Eye-Fi card, please check with the card manufacturer.
Also note that an approval is required to use Eye-Fi cards in many countries or regions. Without
approval, use of the card is not permitted. If it is unclear whether the card has been approved for use
in the area, please check with the card manufacturer.
Inserting and Removing a Memory Card
Make sure to initialize (0 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 double memory card slot cover.
3 Insert the memory card straight, with the label facing the
front of the camcorder, all the way into one of the
memory card slots until it clicks.
• You can also use two memory cards, one in each memory
card slot.
• To use the wireless communication features of an Eye-Fi
card, insert it into memory card slot Y. Be sure you
understand the information provided in Eye-Fi Cards
(0 37) before using an Eye-Fi card.
4 Close the double memory card slot cover.
• Do not force the cover closed if the memory card is not
correctly inserted.
To remove the memory card
Push the memory card once to release it. When the memory card springs out, pull it all the way out.
IMPORTANT
• Observe the following precautions while the ACCESS indicator is flashing. Failure to do so may
result in permanent data loss.
- Do not disconnect the power source or turn off the camcorder.
- Do not remove the memory card.
• Turn off the camcorder before inserting or removing an memory card. Inserting or removing the
memory card with the camcorder on may result in permanent data loss.
• Memory cards have front and back sides that are not interchangeable. Inserting a memory card
facing the wrong direction can cause a malfunction of the camcorder. Be sure to insert the memory
card as described in step 3.
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Selecting the Memory for the Recordings
You can select to record your movies and photos in the built-in memory or on a memory card. The
default memory for recording both is the built-in memory.
POINTS TO CHECK
• Be sure you understand the information provided in Eye-Fi Cards (0 37) before using an Eye-Fi
card.
1 Open the [Rec Media for Movies] or [Rec Media for Photos] screen.
[FUNC.] [MENU] 8 [Rec Media for Movies] or [Rec Media for Photos]
2 Touch [f] (built-in memory), [4] (memory card X) or [7] (memory card Y) and then
touch [a].
• When selecting the memory, you can check the approximate available recording time/number of
photos, based on currently used settings.
NOTES
• Select to record movies in the built-in memory or memory card X if you later want to convert the
movies to standard definition in order to upload them to the Web.
Relay Recording
You can activate relay recording so if the memory you are using becomes full while recording movies,
the recording will continue uninterrupted on a memory card.
When recording on memory card X, you can use memory card Y for relay recording (497). When
recording in the built-in memory, you can choose to use only memory card X for relay recording
(f94), or use both memory cards (f9497).
1 Insert a memory card that contains no video recordings into the card slot of the memory
card you want to use for relay recording.
• When relay recording from the built-in memory: memory card slot X or both memory card slots.
• When relay recording from memory card X: memory card slot Y only.
2 Open the relay recording screen.
[FUNC.] [MENU] 8 [Rec Media for Movies] [f] or [4] [Relay Recording]
3 Touch the desired option and then touch [a].
• The approximate available recording time will now reflect the combined space in the memories
used for relay recording.
Operating modes:
Operating modes:
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NOTES
• You cannot use relay recording from the built-in memory to memory card Y. When using a single
memory card, be sure to insert it into memory card slot X.
• There will be a momentary stop in the scene at the point where the camcorder switches from one
memory to another.
• Any of the following actions will deactivate the relay recording function:
- Turning off the camcorder.
- Opening the double memory card slot cover.
- Changing the position of the mode switch.
- Changing the camcorder’s operating mode.
- Changing the memory used for recording movies.
Double Slot Recording
Double slot recording allows you to record the same scene simultaneously to both memory cards. This
is a convenient way to make a backup copy of your recording while you record.
1 Insert memory cards into memory card slot X and memory card slot Y.
2 Open the [Rec Media for Movies] screen.
[FUNC.] [MENU] 8 [Rec Media for Movies]
3 Activate double slot recording.
[4] [Double Slot Rec] [A]
4 Touch [a].
• will appear on the screen.
NOTES
• If a memory card becomes full during double slot recording, recording on both cards will stop.
• If an error occurs with one of the memory cards, recording will continue on the other card.
Operating modes:
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Initializing the Memory
Initialize memory cards when you use them with this camcorder for the first time. You can also initialize
a memory card or the built-in memory to permanently delete all the recordings it contains.
At the time of purchase, the built-in memory comes pre-initialized and contains music files for use as
background music and images for use with the image mix function (image mix frames).
1 Power the camcorder using the compact power adapter.
• Do not disconnect the power source or turn off the camcorder until the initialization is completed.
2 Open the initialization screen for the desired memory.
[FUNC.] [MENU] 6 [Initialize f/g] [f Built-in Mem.], [4 Mem. Card A] or
[7 Mem. Card B] [Initialize]
• Touching [FUNC.] is necessary only when performing the procedure in a recording mode.
• In the initialization screen, touch [Complete Initialization] to physically erase all the data rather than
just clear the file allocation table of the memory.
3 Touch [Yes].
• If you selected the [Complete Initialization] option, you can touch [Cancel] to cancel the
initialization while it is in progress. All recordings will be erased and the memory can be used
without any problem.
4 Touch [OK] and then touch [a].
IMPORTANT
• Initializing the memory will permanently erase all recordings. Lost original recordings cannot be
recovered. Make sure you save important recordings in advance using an external device (0 132).
• Initializing a memory card will permanently erase any music files and images you may have
transferred to the card. (The music files and image mix frames that come pre-installed in the built-in
memory will be restored after it is initialized.) To transfer music files from the supplied Camcorder
Supplemental Disc to the memory card:
- Windows users: Use the supplied PIXELA’s software. For details, refer to the Software Guide
(PDF file) of the supplied PIXELA’s software.
- Mac OS users: Use Finder to transfer music files from the [MUSIC] folder on the supplied
Camcorder Supplemental Disc to the memory card. Refer to About the music files (0 185) for
the folder structure of the memory card.
• At the time of purchase, Eye-Fi cards contain the necessary network configuration software. Be
sure to install the software and complete the required configuration setup before you initialize the
Eye-Fi card prior to using it with this camcorder.
Operating modes:
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Recording
Recording Movies and Photos
By default, movies and photos are recorded in the built-in memory. You can select the memory that will
be used to record movies and photos (0 38). For details on recording audio, refer to Recording
Audio (0 73).
Please read the IMPORTANT section (0 47) before using an Eye-Fi card.
POINTS TO CHECK
• Before you begin recording, make a test recording first to check that the camcorder is operating
correctly.
Preparing to Record
1 Attach a charged battery pack to the camcorder
(0 22).
2 Turn on the camcorder.
3 Select the memory for recording (0 38).
• To use relay recording (0 38), insert a memory card into
memory card slot X or both memory card slots.
• To use double slot recording (0 39), insert memory cards
into both memory card slots.
4 Remove the lens cap.
5 If you need to use the viewfinder, pull it out and, if
necessary, adjust it using the dioptric adjustment lever.
Lens cap
Viewfinder
3 Recording
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Recording in AUTO Mode
When you use mode to shoot video and take photos, the camcorder will automatically adjust
various settings for you.
1 Set the mode switch to .
2 Turn on the camcorder.
To record video
Press g to begin recording.
• Press g again to pause the recording.
• The ACCESS indicator will flash from time to time while the
scene is being recorded.
• During recording, N will appear on the screen. Additionally,
the tally lamp will illuminate.
To take photos
Touch [PHOTO].
• A green icon (h) will appear momentarily on the screen and the ACCESS indicator will flash as the
photo is recorded.
• You can record photos simultaneously while recording a movie.
• You can also press j on the wireless controller.
When you have finished recording
1 Make sure that the ACCESS indicator is off.
2 Turn off the camcorder.
3 Close the LCD panel.
Operating modes:
[PHOTO]
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Rating Scenes
You can turn on the scene rating option in recording mode with the 8 [Rate Scenes
(Recording)] setting. Immediately after recording a scene, you will have the option to rate it by
touching one of the rating buttons; you can also touch [ ] or [a] to leave the scene unrated.
Later you can play back scenes and perform other scene operations by rating.
You can rate scenes while the camcorder is in mode but you must change the setting
described above in or mode.
About AUTO mode
• Only the following functions are available in mode.
- Zoom (0 56).
- Quick Start (0 48).
- Video snapshot (0 85).
- Advanced image stabilization modes (0 60) to shoot video while walking or to stabilize the
shot while zooming in on faraway subjects (telephoto).
- Face detection (0 53) to get beautiful shots of people every time, tracking the subject even
if the person moves.
- Touch & Track (0 55) to track other moving subjects, keeping them in focus and using the
best settings to record them.
- Story Creator (0 105) to transform your movies into compelling video stories by following
simple scripts for various scenarios.
- Decoration (0 110) to add graphical elements using stamps, drawings, image mix and
more.
About the Smart AUTO function
In mode, the camcorder will automatically detect certain characteristics of the subject,
background, lighting conditions, etc. It will then adjust various settings (focus, exposure, color,
image stabilization, image quality, among others), selecting the best settings for the scene you
want to shoot. The Smart AUTO icon will change to one of the following icons.
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IMPORTANT
• Observe the following precautions while the ACCESS indicator is on or flashing. Failing to do so
may result in permanent data loss or damage to the memory.
- Do not open the double memory card slot cover.
- Do not disconnect the power source or turn off the camcorder.
- Do not change the camcorder’s operating mode.
• Be sure to save your recordings regularly (0 132), especially after making important recordings.
Canon shall not be liable for any loss or corruption of data.
• Photos recorded on an Eye-Fi card in memory card slot Y will be uploaded automatically after
setting the camcorder to playback mode, if you are within the range of a configured network.
Always verify that Eye-Fi cards have been approved in the country/region of use. See also Using an
Eye-Fi Card (0 142).
Smart AUTO icons
1
The icon in parentheses appears under backlight conditions.
2
This icon will appear under tele macro conditions. Tele macro is activated automatically when you
zoom toward the telephoto end and close in on the subject. Tele macro allows you to get closer
shots of small subjects and adds a soft focus to the background, so the subject not only looks
larger but also stands out more.
Background (color of the icon) → Bright1
(grey)
Blue skies1
(light blue)
Vivid colors1
(green/red)
Sunsets1
(orange)
Subject ↓
People (stationary)
( ) ( ) ( )
—
People (moving)
( ) ( ) ( )
—
Subjects other than people,
such as landscapes ( ) ( ) ( )
Close objects / 2
( / 2
)
/ 2
( / 2
)
/ 2
( / 2
)
—
Background (color of the icon) → Dark (dark blue)
Subject ↓ Spotlight Night scene
People (stationary) — —
People (moving) — —
Subjects other than people, such as
landscapes
Close objects / 2
— —
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NOTES
• The START/STOP button on the handle has a lock lever to prevent accidental operation. Set the
lock lever to R in cases such as when you do not want a recording inadvertently paused or do not
plan to use this START/STOP button. Return the lever to its previous position to enable use of the
START/STOP button again.
• About the power saving mode: If 6 [Power Saving Mode] [Auto Power Off] is set to
[A On], the camcorder will shut off automatically to save power when it is powered by a battery
pack and is left without any operation for 5 minutes. Press x to turn on the camcorder.
• When recording in bright places, it may be difficult to use the LCD screen. In such cases, you can
turn on the LCD backlight (0 27) or adjust the brightness of the LCD screen with the 6
[LCD Brightness] setting. Alternatively, you can also use the viewfinder (0 25).
• Under certain conditions, the Smart AUTO icon that appears on the screen may not match the
actual scene. Especially when shooting against orange or blue backgrounds, the sunset or one of
the blue skies icons may appear and the colors may not look natural. In such case, we recommend
recording in mode (0 46).
• In mode, most camcorder settings will return to default values, but the following settings will
be maintained even after setting the mode switch to .
- FUNC. panel: [Zoom], [Decoration].
- 7 menu: [Soft Zoom Control], [Zoom Speed Level], [Zoom Lever Zoom Speed],
[Handle Rocker Zoom Speed], [Wireless Ctrlr Zoom Speed], [AF Mode], [Auto Slow Shutter],
[Conversion Lens], [Camcorder Shake Indicator], [IR Light], [IR Rec Color].
- 8 menu: [Video Snapshot Length], [Rate Scenes (Recording)], [Rec Media for Movies],
[Recording Mode], [Rec Media for Photos], [Scan Reverse Rec].
- 6 menu: All settings except for [Audio Output CH].
• Photos are recorded as JPG files. The photo size (1920x1080) and quality cannot be changed. At
this size, a 1 GB memory card can hold approximately 670 photos. However, the actual number of
photos that can be recorded will vary depending on the subject and shooting conditions.
• Photos cannot be recorded while the digital zoom is activated or while fading in or fading out a
scene.
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Recording Movies and Photos
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Recording in y (Manual) Mode
When the mode switch is set to y (Manual mode), you can enjoy full access to the menus and
manually adjust the exposure, focus, white balance and many more of the camcorder’s settings to
your preference. Even in mode, though, the camcorder can help you with the settings. For
example, by using Special Scene recording programs (0 69).
1 Set the mode switch to y.
2 Turn on the camcorder.
3 Record movies and photos.
• The procedure is the same as in mode (0 42).
Reviewing the Latest Scene Recorded
You can review the last 4 seconds of the last scene recorded with the camcorder without switching to
playback mode. While reviewing the latest scene, the picture will be played back without sound.
1 Set the mode switch to y or .
2 Review the last 4 seconds of the scene.
[FUNC.] [ Review Recording]
NOTES
• When double slot recording is activated, only the scene recorded on memory card X will be played
back.
Operating modes:
Operating modes:
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IMPORTANT
• Observe the following precautions while the ACCESS indicator is on or flashing. Failing to do so
may result in permanent data loss or damage to the memory.
- Do not open the double memory card slot cover.
- Do not disconnect the power source or turn off the camcorder.
- Do not change the camcorder’s operating mode.
• Be sure to save your recordings regularly (0 132), especially after making important recordings.
Canon shall not be liable for any loss or corruption of data.
• Photos recorded on an Eye-Fi card in memory card slot Y will be uploaded automatically after
setting the camcorder to playback mode, if you are within the range of a configured network.
Always verify that Eye-Fi cards have been approved in the country/region of use. See also Using an
Eye-Fi Card (0 142).
NOTES
• The START/STOP button on the handle has a lock lever to prevent accidental operation. Set the
lock lever to R in cases such as when you do not want a recording inadvertently paused or do not
plan to use this START/STOP button. Return the lever to its previous position to enable use of the
START/STOP button again.
• About the power saving mode: If 6 [Power Saving Mode] [Auto Power Off] is set to
[A On], the camcorder will shut off automatically to save power when it is powered by a battery
pack and is left without any operation for 5 minutes. Press x to turn on the camcorder.
• When recording in bright places, it may be difficult to use the LCD screen. In such cases, you can
turn on the LCD backlight (0 27) or adjust the brightness of the LCD screen with the 6
[LCD Brightness] setting. Alternatively, you can also use the viewfinder (0 25).
• Photos are recorded as JPG files. The photo size (1920x1080) and quality cannot be changed. At
this size, a 1 GB memory card can hold approximately 670 photos. However, the actual number of
photos that can be recorded will vary depending on the subject and shooting conditions.
• Photos cannot be recorded while the digital zoom is activated or while fading in or fading out a
scene.
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Quick Start Function
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Quick Start Function
When you close the LCD panel with the camcorder on, the camcorder enters the standby mode. In
standby mode the camcorder consumes only about 1/3 the power used when recording, saving
energy when you are using a battery pack. Additionally, when you open the LCD panel or pull out the
viewfinder, the camcorder is ready to start recording in approximately 1 second*, allowing you to
record the subject right away.
* The actual time required varies depending on the shooting conditions.
1 With the camcorder on and in a recording mode, close the LCD panel.
• A beep will sound and the green ON/OFF (CHG) indicator will change to orange to indicate the
camcorder entered standby mode. In addition, the tally lamp will flash twice approximately every
3 seconds.
• When using only the viewfinder (with the LCD panel closed), you can return the viewfinder to its
retracted position to set the camcorder in standby mode.
2 When you wish to resume recording, open the LCD panel.
• The ON/OFF (CHG) indicator turns back green and the camcorder is ready to record.
• You can also pull out the viewfinder to start recording with the LCD panel closed.
IMPORTANT
• Do not disconnect the power source during standby mode (while the ON/OFF (CHG) indicator is lit
in orange).
NOTES
• The camcorder will not enter standby mode while the ACCESS indicator is on or flashing, while a
menu is being displayed or while using the viewfinder. The camcorder may also not enter standby
mode when the battery charge is too low. Check that the ON/OFF (CHG) indicator changes to
orange.
• About standby mode and auto power off:
- The camcorder will power off automatically if left in standby mode for 10 minutes. Press x
to turn on the camcorder.
- You can select the length of time until shut-off or turn off the Quick Start function altogether with
the 6 [Power Saving Mode] [Quick Start (Standby)] setting.
- The usual 5-minute auto power off setting of [Power Saving Mode] is not applicable while the
camcorder is in standby mode.
• Changing the position of the mode switch while the camcorder is in standby mode will reactivate the
camcorder in the operating mode selected.
Operating modes:
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Selecting the Video Quality (Recording Mode)
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Selecting the Video Quality (Recording Mode)
The camcorder offers 5 recording modes. Changing the recording mode will change the recording
time available on the memory. Select MXP or FXP mode for better movie quality; select LP mode for
longer recording times. The following table gives approximate recording times.
1 Open the [Recording Mode] screen.
[FUNC.] [MENU] 8 [Recording Mode]
2 Touch the desired recording mode and then touch [a].
NOTES
• Movies recorded in MXP mode cannot be saved on AVCHD discs. Use an external Blu-ray Disc
recorder to copy MXP movies onto Blu-ray discs.
• The camcorder uses a variable bit rate (VBR) to encode video so the actual recording times will vary
depending on the content of the scenes.
• The camcorder retains the last setting used even if you set the camcorder to mode.
Operating modes:
Approximate recording times  Default value
1
Recorded in 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. Movies recorded using other recording modes are recorded
in 1,440 x 1,080 resolution.
2
At the time of purchase, the built-in memory contains about 70 MB of music files (background
music) and 5 MB of image files (image mix frames).
3
A single scene can be recorded continuously for 12 hours; at that point, the camcorder will stop
for about 3 seconds before resuming recording.
Recording mode →
MXP1 FXP1 XP+ SP
LP
Memory ↓
4 GB Memory card 20 min. 30 min. 40 min. 1 hr. 10 min. 1 hr. 30 min.
8 GB Memory card 40 min. 1 hr. 1 hr. 25 min. 2 hr. 20 min. 3 hr.
16 GB Memory card 1 hr. 25 min. 2 hr. 5 min. 2 hr. 50 min. 4 hr. 45 min. 6 hr. 5 min.
32 GB Memory card 2 hr. 55 min. 4 hr. 10 min. 5 hr. 45 min. 9 hr. 35 min. 12 hr. 15 min.3
64 GB Memory card/
Built-in memory2 5 hr. 55 min. 8 hr. 20 min. 11 hr. 30 min. 19 hr. 10 min.3
24 hr. 30 min.3
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Selecting the Frame Rate
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Selecting the Frame Rate
You can change the frame rate (the number of frames recorded per second) to change the look of your
movies.
1 Open the [Frame Rate] screen.
[FUNC.] [MENU] 8 [Frame Rate]
2 Touch the desired frame rate and then touch [a].
Options
* Recorded as 60i.
NOTES
• Movies recorded with the [ 24P] frame rate cannot be converted to standard definition using the
camcorder. If you want to upload your movies to video sharing Web sites, set the frame rate to
[E PF24].
Operating modes:
[C 60i (Standard)] 60 fields per second, interlaced. Standard frame rate of NTSC analog TV
signals.
[o PF30] Shooting at 30 frames per second, progressive*. Use this frame rate to easily edit your
recordings, for example, to post them on the Web.
[E PF24] Shooting at 24 frames per second, progressive*. Using this frame rate will give your
recordings a cinematic look. Recording in mode will further enhance the effect.
[ 24P] 24 frames per second, progressive. Using this frame rate will achieve the same cinematic
look as [E PF24], the difference being that video is recorded as true 24p.
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Focus Adjustment
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Focus Adjustment
You can adjust the focus manually and use the peaking function to assist you or you can let the
camcorder focus for you by using autofocus. With autofocus, you can set the autofocus speed.
The camcorder also features two more focusing functions, face detection and Touch & Track.
POINTS TO CHECK
• Adjust the zoom before you start the procedure.
Manual Focus
Use the focus ring to focus manually. You can also use peaking to help you focus more accurately.
1 Open the focus controls.
[FUNC.] [X Focus]
• To switch to autofocus without opening the focus controls, press . In such case, Touch AF
(step 3) will not be available.
2 Touch [2].
3 Touch a subject that appears inside the X frame.
• The Touch AF mark (P) will flash and the focusing distance will be adjusted automatically. You
have the option to further adjust the focus manually as necessary.
4 Turn the focus ring to adjust the focus.
• The center of the screen will be magnified to help you focus more easily. You can also turn off this
function with the 7 [Focus Assistance] setting.
• The focusing distance displayed will change as you adjust the focus. You can change the units
used for the distance display with the 6 [Distance Units] setting.
• You can use the 6 [Focus Ring Response] setting to adjust the sensitivity of the focus
ring.
• You can use the 6 [Focus Ring Direction] setting to select which direction to turn the
focus ring.
Operating modes:

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Canon XA10 keeps displaying "Task in Progress do not disconnect from power source" message on shut down even after leaving plugged in for 24 hours. Camera appears to be working fine other than this message recurring. Tried factory reset but still get "Task in Progress" message. Thanks for any help in advance.

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