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2 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.
3 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
4 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.
5 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.
6 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.
7 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.
8 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 Table of contents
9 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
10 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
About this Manual 11 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
About this Manual 12 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).
Supplied Accessories and CD-ROMs 13 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
Supplied Accessories and CD-ROMs 14 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).
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
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
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
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
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
Names of Parts 20 1 Serial number 2 BATTERY RELEASE switch (0 23) 3 Tripod socket (0 29) 2 3 1 Bottom view
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
Charging the Battery Pack 22 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
Charging the Battery Pack 23 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
Preparing the Camcorder 24 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.
Preparing the Camcorder 25 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
Preparing the Camcorder 26 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°
Preparing the Camcorder 27 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.
Preparing the Camcorder 28 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
Preparing the Camcorder 29 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.
Basic Operation of the Camcorder 30 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.
Basic Operation of the Camcorder 31 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).
Basic Operation of the Camcorder 32 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
Basic Operation of the Camcorder 33 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: *
First Time Settings 34 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:
First Time Settings 35 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:
Using a Memory Card 36 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
Using a Memory Card 37 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.
Using a Memory Card 38 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),  (memory card X) or  (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  [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:
Using a Memory Card 39 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.  [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:
Using a Memory Card 40 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:
Recording Movies and Photos 41 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
Recording Movies and Photos 42 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]
Recording Movies and Photos 43 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.
Recording Movies and Photos 44 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 — —
Recording Movies and Photos 45 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.
Recording Movies and Photos 46 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:
Recording Movies and Photos 47 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.
Quick Start Function 48 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:
Selecting the Video Quality (Recording Mode) 49 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
Selecting the Frame Rate 50 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.
Focus Adjustment 51 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 . 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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