Canon XA25 manual

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  • Brand: Canon
  • Product: Professional video camera
  • Model/name: XA25
  • Filetype: PDF
  • Available languages: English, German

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.
FCC/IC NOTICE
HD Camcorder, XA25 / XA20 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 a 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 used 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.
Model ID0025 (including WLAN Module Model RF400, FCC ID: AZD400)
This device complies with Industry Canada license-exempt RSS standard(s). Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device
may not cause interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the
device.
This transmitter must not be co-located or operated in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter.
The available scientific evidence does not show that any health problems are associated with using low power wireless devices. There is no
proof, however, that these low power wireless devices are absolutely safe. Low power wireless devices emit low levels of radio frequency
energy (RF) in the microwave range while being used. Whereas high levels of RF can produce health effects (by heating tissue), exposure of
low-level RF that does not produce heating effects causes no known adverse health effects. Many studies of low-level RF exposures have not
found any biological effects. Some studies have suggested that some biological effects might occur, but such findings have not been confirmed
by additional research. This model has been tested and found to comply with FCC/IC radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled
equipment and meets the FCC radio frequency (RF) Exposure Guidelines in Supplement C to OET65 and RSS-102 of the IC radio frequency (RF)
Exposure rules.
Compliance with FCC requirement 15.407(c)
Data transmission is always initiated by software, which is the passed down through the MAC, through the digital and analog baseband, and
finally to the RF chip. Several special packets are initiated by the MAC. These are the only ways the digital baseband portion will turn on the RF
transmitter, which it then turns off at the end of the packet. Therefore, the transmitter will be on only while one of the aforementioned packets
is being transmitted. In other words, this device automatically discontinue transmission in case of either absence of information to transmit or
operational failure.
Frequecncy Tolerance: 25 ppm
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
One Canon Park, Melville, NY 11747, USA
Tel No. 1-800-OK-CANON (1-800-652-2666)
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.
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In these safety instructions the word “product” refers to the Canon HD Camcorder XA25 / XA20 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.
REGIONS OF USE
XA25 / XA20 are in compliance (as of April 2013) with the radio signal regulations of the regions listed below. For details on other
regions where they can be used, make inquiries with the contacts listed on the back side of this instruction manual.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
CA-570 identification plate is located on the bottom.
CAN ICES-3(B)/NMB-3(B)
REGIONS
Canada, Hong Kong S.A.R., USA, South Korea
Models
ID0025: XA25 / XA20
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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Trademark Acknowledgements
• SD, SDHC and SDXC Logos are trademarks of SD-3C, LLC.
• Microsoft and Windows are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
• App Store, iPad, iPhone, iPod, iTunes and Mac OS are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
• HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC in the
United States and other countries.
• “AVCHD”, “AVCHD Progressive” and the “AVCHD Progressive” logo are trademarks of Panasonic
Corporation and Sony Corporation.
• Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories.
“Dolby” and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
• Google, Android, Google Play, YouTube are trademarks of Google Inc.
• Facebook is a registered trademark of Facebook, Inc.
• IOS is a trademark or registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. and other countries and is used under license.
• The Twitter name and marks are trademarks of Twitter, Inc.
• Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
• Wi-Fi Certified, WPA, WPA2, and the Wi-Fi Certified logo are trademarks of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
• WPS as used on the camcorder’s settings, onscreen displays and in this manual signifies Wi-Fi Protected Setup.
• The Wi-Fi Protected Setup Identifier Mark is a mark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
• JavaScript is a trademark or registered trademark of Oracle Corporation, its affiliates or subsidiaries in the United States and other
countries.
• Other names and products not mentioned above may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
• This device incorporates exFAT technology licensed from Microsoft.
• “Full HD 1080” refers to Canon camcorders compliant with high-definition video composed of 1,080 vertical pixels
(scanning lines).
• This product is licensed under AT&T patents for the MPEG-4 standard and may be used for encoding MPEG-4
compliant video and/or decoding MPEG-4 compliant video that was encoded only (1) for a personal and non-
commercial purpose or (2) by a video provider licensed under the AT&T patents to provide MPEG-4 compliant video. No license is
granted or implied for any other use for MPEG-4 standard.
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Highlights of the XA25 / XA20
The Canon XA25 / XA20 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 sensor and DIGIC DV 4
processor
The camcorder is equipped with a
1/2.84-inch CMOS sensor that captures video
at an effective pixel count of approximately
2.91 megapixels (2136x1362). The video is
then processed by the state-of-the-art DIGIC
DV 4 image processor. This allows the
camcorder to excel in low-light situations and
achieve improved image stabilization.
Wide zoom lens
With a focal length at full wide angle of
26.8 mm* (35 mm equivalent), the camcorder
has superb wide-angle shooting capability. The
newly developed lens is also capable of 20x
optical zoom.
* 28.8 mm when using Dynamic IS.
Shoot cinematic video
Using CINEMA mode and the cinema-look
filters (A 52), you can make recordings that
truly look and feel cinematic.
Operability
Emphasis on versatility
This camcorder has features to make it usable
as a main camera but is also small enough to
be very portable. The advanced image
stabilization (A 64) will let you shoot in a
variety of situations in the field. The handle unit
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/zoom ring helps you achieve the
focus you are looking for. You can also easily
change the ring's functionality so that you can
operate the zoom. Furthermore, you can
assign certain frequently used functions to a
customizable button and adjust those
functions with the accompanying dial (A 96).
If those were not enough, the camcorder also
features 5 assignable buttons to which you
can assign a variety of functions so that you
can access them with ease (A 97).
Face detection
When a subject's face is detected, the
camcorder can track and focus on it (A 57).
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
(A 94). With the built-in infrared light on the
handle unit, you can record nocturnal animals
in their natural environment or other such
scenes.
AVCHD/MP4 recording and dual
recording
When you record, you can choose between
AVCHD and MP4 formats (A 39). You can
also use dual recording (A 49) to record the
same scene to both memory cards and even
record on both memory cards using different
formats. Dual recording is convenient, for
example, to create a backup of your recording.
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Other Features
Versatile audio connectivity
You can use the built-in microphone, MIC
audio input terminal or the two INPUT
terminals when recording. When using the
INPUT terminals, you can even use
microphones that require phantom power.
Audio scene select
With the audio scene select function (A 81),
you can optimize the audio settings of the
built-in microphone by selecting the audio
scene that matches your surroundings. Your
audience will feel even more immersed in the
scene during playback.
Wi-Fi functions
Because the camcorder is compatible with
Wi-Fi, you have access to a variety of
convenient functions such as using a
smartphone or tablet as a remote control
(A 124), using the Web browser on a
smartphone or tablet to view the camcorder's
recordings (A 130), and using an iOS device
to share your videos on the Internet (A 132).
OLED screen and LCD viewfinder
The OLED screen and LCD viewfinder both
have 100% frame coverage, which will ensure
that you can accurately check that your shots
are framed how you want them. The OLED
screen has incredible clarity, which is
indispensible in checking the details of those
important shots. The viewfinder can be tilted
45 degrees upward, which gives you additional
range and versatility while you shoot.
Touch AE
By simply touching the screen, you can make
dark areas in the picture appear brighter
(A 69). This operation is simple yet allows
you to shoot with the desired exposure.
Added and improved functionality
Other functions include relay recording (A 49)
and conversion to MP4 (A 118).
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Enjoying your Recordings on Other Devices
Enjoying Your Recordings Using the Camcorder's Wi-Fi Functions
Connect the camcorder to an
external monitor (A 107).
Copy your recordings to an external
video recorder (A 119).
Save your recordings (A 114).
Use your iOS or Android device to remotely control
the camcorder and view the image on its screen
(A 124).
Use the Web browser on your iOS or Android
device to view the recordings on the
camcorder (A 130).
Connect the camcorder to an access point on a
Wi-Fi network. After doing so, you can save your
recordings on a computer (A 135) or play back
your recordings using the camcorder as a media
server (A 134).
Use an iOS device to upload your recordings
to the Internet (A 132).
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1 Introduction 11
About this Manual 11
Conventions Used in this Manual 11
Supplied Accessories 13
Names of Parts 14
2 Preparations 21
Attaching the Ferrite Core 21
Charging the Battery Pack 21
Preparing the Camcorder 24
Attaching the Microphone Holder
Unit 24
Attaching the Handle Unit 24
Using the Lens Hood and Lens Cap 25
Using the Viewfinder 25
Adjusting the OLED Screen 26
Grip Belt and Straps 27
Wireless Controller 28
Using a Tripod 29
Basic Operation of the Camcorder 30
Turning the Camcorder On and Off 30
Setting the Shooting Mode 31
Using the Touch Screen 31
Using the FUNC. Button and
Joystick 32
Using the Menus 33
First Time Settings 35
Setting the Date and Time 35
Changing the Language 35
Changing the Time Zone 36
Using a Memory Card 37
Memory Cards Compatible for Use with
the Camcorder 37
Inserting and Removing a Memory
Card 38
Initializing a Memory Card 38
Selecting the Movie Format (AVCHD/
MP4) 39
Selecting the Memory Card for
Recordings 39
3 Recording 40
Recording Movies and Photos 40
Preparing to Record 40
Recording in AUTO Mode 41
Recording in n (Manual) Mode 45
Reviewing the Latest Scene
Recorded 46
Selecting the Recording Mode (Video
Quality) 47
Dual Recording and Relay Recording 49
Selecting the Frame Rate 50
Slow & Fast Motion Recording 51
CINEMA Mode and Cinema-Look
Filters 52
Focus Adjustment 54
Manual Focus 54
Autofocus 55
Face Detection & Tracking 57
Zooming 59
Using the Focus/Zoom Ring 59
Using the Zoom Rockers or Wireless
Controller 60
Using the Touch Screen’s Zoom
Controls 62
Soft Zoom Control 63
Digital Tele-Converter 63
Advanced Image Stabilization 64
Automatic Gain Control (AGC) Limit 65
Automatic Exposure Recording
Programs 66
Exposure Adjustment 68
Using the Manual Exposure Recording
Program 68
Exposure Compensation 69
White Balance 71
Special Scene Recording Programs 73
Image Effects 75
Setting the Time Code 76
Selecting the Running Mode 76
Selecting Drop Frame or Non-Drop
Frame 77
Setting the User Bit 78
User Bit Output 78
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Recording Audio 79
Recording Audio to Channel 1 (CH1) 79
Connecting an External Microphone or
External Audio Input Source to the
Camcorder 80
Using the Built-in Microphone or an
External Microphone Connected to the
MIC Terminal 80
Audio Scenes and Other Audio
Settings 81
Audio Recording Level 82
Wind Screen (Built-in Microphone) 83
Microphone Attenuator (Built-in
Microphone) 83
Audio Equalizer (Built-in Microphone) 84
Microphone Directionality (Built-in
Microphone) 84
Switching the Input (MIC Terminal) 85
Microphone Attenuator (MIC
Terminal) 85
Low Cut Filter (MIC Terminal) 86
Using Line Input or an External
Microphone Connected to an INPUT
Terminal 86
Recording Audio to Channel 2 (CH2) 86
Audio Recording Level (INPUT
Terminals) 87
Adjusting the Microphone’s Sensitivity
(INPUT terminals) 87
Activating the Microphone’s Attenuator
(INPUT terminals) 88
Using Headphones 89
Color Bars/Audio Reference Signal 90
Recording Color Bars 90
Recording an Audio Reference
Signal 90
Video Snapshot 91
Pre-Recording 92
Onscreen Displays and Data Code 93
Infrared Recording 94
Activating Infrared Mode 94
Using the GP-E2 GPS Receiver 95
4 Customization 96
CUSTOM Dial and Button 96
Assignable Buttons 97
Changing the Assigned Function 97
Using an Assignable Button 98
Saving and Loading Menu Settings 99
Saving Menu Settings to a Memory
Card 99
Loading Menu Settings from a Memory
Card 99
5 Playback 100
Playing Back Video 100
Adjusting the volume 101
Displaying scene information 102
Capturing Photos During Movie
Playback 102
Deleting Scenes 103
Deleting a Single Scene 103
Deleting Scenes from the Index
Screen 103
Dividing Scenes 105
Trimming Scenes 106
6 External Connections 107
Connecting to an External Monitor 107
Connection Diagram 107
Selecting the Terminal Used For
Output 108
Using the HD/SD-SDI
Terminal 108
Using the HDMI OUT Terminal 108
Using the AV OUT Terminal 109
Audio Output 110
Synchronizing the Video with the Audio
being Monitored 110
Selecting the Audio Channel 110
7 Photos 111
Viewing Photos 111
Photo Jump Function 112
Deleting Photos 113
Deleting a Single Photo 113
Deleting Photos from the Index
Screen 113
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8 Saving/Sharing
Recordings 114
Saving Recordings to a Computer 114
Connection Diagram 114
Saving Movies Using Data Import
Utility 114
Copying Recordings Between Memory
Cards 116
Copying Scenes from the Movie Index
Screen 116
Copying a Single Photo 116
Copying Photos from the Index
Screen 117
Converting Movies to MP4 Format 118
Copying Recordings to an External Video
Recorder 119
In High Definition 119
In Standard Definition 119
9 Wi-Fi Functions 121
Introduction to Wi-Fi 121
Remote Operation Via the Wi-Fi Remote
Application 124
Setting the Camcorder's Password 124
Operating the Camcorder
Remotely 124
Wi-Fi Remote Onscreen Controls and
Displays 125
Remote Operation Using Wi-Fi
Remote 127
Remote Browse: Viewing Recordings
Using a Web Browser on Your iOS or
Android Device 130
Uploading Recordings Using an iOS
Device 132
Playback on a Computer 134
Transferring Files to a Computer or FTP
Server 135
Wi-Fi Connection Using an Access
Point 137
Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) 137
Searching for Access Points 138
Manual Setup 138
Viewing and Changing Wi-Fi
Settings 140
10 Additional Information 142
Appendix: Menu Options Lists 142
FUNC. Panel 142
Setup Menus 143
Appendix: Onscreen Icons and
Displays 152
Troubleshooting 156
List of Messages 161
List of Messages for Wi-Fi
Functions 165
Handling Precautions 168
Camcorder 168
Battery Pack 169
Memory Card 170
Built-in Rechargeable Lithium
Battery 170
Lithium Button Battery 171
Disposal 171
Maintenance/Others 172
Cleaning 172
Condensation 172
Using the Camcorder Abroad 173
Optional Accessories 174
Specifications 179
Index 183
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About this Manual
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Introduction
About this Manual
Thank you for purchasing the Canon XA25 / XA20. Please read this manual carefully before you use
the camcorder and retain it for future reference. Should your camcorder fail to operate correctly, refer
to Troubleshooting (A 156).
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.
• A: Reference page number within this manual.
• : Used as an abbreviation for the model indicated in the icon. The icon refers to text and
illustrations that apply only to the indicated model.
• The following terms are used in this manual:
“Memory card” refers to an SD, SDHC or SDXC memory card.
“Screen” refers to the OLED screen and the viewfinder screen.
“Scene” refers to one movie unit from the point you press the Y button to start recording
until you press again to pause the recording.
“iOS device” is used in this text to refer to Wi-Fi-enabled iPhones, iPods and iPads while “Android
device” refers to Wi-Fi-enabled Android smartphones and tablets.
• The photos included in this manual are simulated pictures taken with a still camera. Unless indicated
otherwise, illustrations and menu icons refer to the .
• 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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Focus Adjustment
Autofocus
When autofocus is activated, the camcorder continuously adjusts the focus on the subject in the
center of the screen. The focusing range is 1 cm (0.39 in.; at full wide-angle, measured from the front
of the lens barrel) to G and 60 cm (2 ft.; throughout the zoom range, measured from the front of the
lens barrel) to G. Perform the following procedure to set the autofocus speed.
1 and modes only: Press B.
2 Open the [AF Mode] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] > p > [AF Mode]
3 Touch the desired option and then touch [X].
• The icon of the selected option appears on the screen.
Operating modes:
Brackets [ ] are used to
refer to control buttons
and menu options you
will select and to other
onscreen messages
and displays.
The three sets of icons indicate the operating
mode and whether a function is available in
that mode.
: Indicates whether the
camcorder is in shooting (CAMERA) or
playback (MEDIA) mode. In this example, the
function is available only in mode. For
details, refer to Turning the Camcorder On
and Off (A 30).
: Indicates the movie format. For
details, refer to Selecting the Movie Format
(AVCHD/MP4) (A 39).
: Indicates the shooting
mode. For details, refer to Setting the
Shooting Mode (A 31).
The names of physical
buttons and switches on
the camcorder are
indicated within a
“button” frame.
For example B.
The > arrow is used to abbreviate
menu selections. For details on
how to use the menus, refer to
Using the Menus (A 33). For a
summary of available menu options
and settings, refer to the appendix
Menu Options Lists (A 142).
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Supplied Accessories
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Supplied Accessories
The following accessories are supplied with the camcorder:
* Use Data Import Utility to transfer your scenes to a computer. Refer to Saving Recordings to a
Computer (A 114). The CD-ROM includes the instruction manual of the software (on PDF file).
CA-570 Compact Power Adapter
(incl. power cord and ferrite core)
BP-820 Battery Pack Microphone holder unit
(incl. screws)
Handle unit (incl. screws) WL-D89 Wireless Controller
(incl. CR2025 lithium button battery)
HTC-100/S High Speed HDMI Cable
STV-250N Stereo Video Cable IFC-300PCU/S USB Cable Lens hood with lens barrier
Lens cap Data Import Utility CD-ROM*
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Names of Parts
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Names of Parts
1 Lens barrier switch (A 40)
2 Memory card slot 2 (A 38)
3 Memory card slot 3 (A 38)
4 u (review recording) button (A 46)/
Assignable button 5 (A 97)
5 Lens hood (A 25)
6 Focus/Zoom ring (A 54, 59)
7 CUSTOM (customizable) dial (A 96)
8 CUSTOM (customizable) button
(A 96)
9 INFRARED switch (A 94)
10 Double memory card slot cover
11 DISP. (onscreen display) button
(A 93)/BATT. INFO (battery
information) button (A 155)
3
2
4
11
9 10
8
7
6
5
1
Left side view
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Names of Parts
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1 Built-in speaker (A 101)
2 MIC terminal (A 81)
3 HDMI OUT terminal (A 107, 108)
4 REMOTE terminal
For connecting commercially
available remote controllers.
5 HD/SD-SDI terminal (A 108)
6 × (headphones) terminal (A 89)
7 USB terminal (A 114)
8 DC IN terminal (A 21)
9 AV OUT terminal (A 107, 109)
10 Grip belt (A 27)
2
6
7 3
4
5
10
1
9
8
Right side view
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Names of Parts
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1 Instant AF sensor (A 55, 172)
2 Remote sensor (A 28)
3 Illumination sensor (A 150)
4 AF/MF button (A 54)/
Assignable button 1 (A 97)
5 PRE REC (pre-recording) button
(A 92)/
Assignable button 2 (A 97)
6 OLED touch screen (A 26, 31)
7 Focus/Zoom ring switch (A 59)
8 Viewfinder (A 25)
9 Dioptric adjustment lever (A 25)
10 Joystick (A 32)/SET button (A 32)
11 Strap mount (A 27)
12 Assignable button 3 (A 97)
13 Assignable button 4 (A 97)
14 Battery attachment unit (A 21)
15 START/STOP button (A 40)
16 FUNC. button (A 32)
1
6 7
8
9
10
11
16
15
14
13
12
5
4
3
2
Front view
Back view
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Names of Parts
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1 Built-in stereo microphone
(A 79)
2 Handle attachment unit (A 24)
3 Mode switch (A 31)
4 Zoom rocker (A 59)
5 ACCESS indicator (A 40)
6 Power switch (A 30)
7 POWER / CHG (battery charging)
indicator (A 21)
1 2 3 4 5
2
7
6
Top view
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Names of Parts
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1 Tripod socket (A 29)
2 BATTERY RELEASE switch (A 22)
3 Eye cup (A 25)
1 2 3
Bottom view
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Names of Parts
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Handle unit
1 Microphone holder unit (A 79)
2 Microphone lock screw (A 79)
3 Accessory shoe
Cold shoe for attaching accessories.
4 Handle zoom rocker (A 60)
5 START/STOP lock (C) lever (A 45)
6 START/STOP button (A 40)
7 Sensitivity switches for
INPUT 1 (CH1) and INPUT 2 (CH2)
(A 86)
8 INPUT terminal ON/OFF switch
(A 80)
9 Audio level switches for INPUT
1 (CH1) and INPUT 2 (CH2) (A 87)
10 Audio level dials for INPUT 1 (CH1)
and INPUT 2 (CH2) (A 87)
11 Microphone cable clamp (A 79)
12 INPUT 1 (CH1) and INPUT 2 (CH2)
terminals (collectively referred to as
"INPUT terminals") (A 86)
13 Infrared light (A 94)
14 Tally lamp (A 41)
15 Handle unit front screw (A 24)
16 Handle unit rear screws (A 24)
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
16
15
14
13
12
11
1
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Names of Parts
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WL-D89 Wireless Controller
1 START/STOP button (A 40)
2 G (mode selection) button (A 100)
3 MENU button (A 34, 143)
4 DISP. (onscreen display) button (A 93)
5 SET button
6 Ñ (stop) button (A 100)
7 PHOTO button (A 40)
8 Zoom buttons (A 59)
9 Navigation buttons (Í/Î/Ï/Ð)
10 Ò (play/pause) button (A 100)
1
7
8
9
10
2
3
4
5
6
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Attaching the Ferrite Core
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Preparations
Attaching the Ferrite Core
Attach the enclosed ferrite core before you connect the compact power adapter to the camcorder.
Attaching the ferrite core to the compact power adapter cable is necessary to suppress RF
interference.
Attach the ferrite core to the cable about 6 cm (2.4 in.) from the
plug end (the plug to be connected to the camcorder) of the
compact power adapter cable.
Pass the cable through the center of the core and wrap it around the
core, then close the unit until it clicks shut.
Charging the Battery Pack
The camcorder can be powered with a battery pack or directly using the compact power adapter.
For approximate charging times and recording/playback times with a fully charged battery pack, refer
to Charging, Recording and Playback Times (A 175).
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.
DC IN terminal
2 Preparations
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5 Charging will start when the camcorder is turned off.
• If the camcorder was on, the green POWER/CHG indicator
will go out when you turn off the camcorder. After a
moment, the POWER/CHG indicator will turn on in red
(battery pack charging). The red POWER/CHG indicator will
go out when the battery pack is fully charged.
• If the indicator flashes, refer to Troubleshooting (A 158).
To remove the battery pack
1 Slide d in the direction of the arrow and
hold it pressed down.
2 Slide the battery pack and then pull it out.
IMPORTANT
• Turn off the camcorder before connecting or disconnecting the compact power adapter. After you
turn off the camcorder, important data is updated on the memory card. Be sure to wait until the
green POWER/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 POWER/CHG
indicator has gone out before restoring the power supply.
• If remaining battery time is an issue, you can power the camcorder using the compact power
adapter so the battery pack will not be consumed.
POWER/CHG (battery charging) indicator
BATTERY
RELEASE
switch
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• Charged battery packs continue to discharge naturally. Therefore, charge them on the day of use, or
the day before, to ensure a full charge.
• The first time you use a battery pack, fully charge it and then use the camcorder until the battery
pack is completely exhausted. Doing so will ensure that the remaining recording time will be
displayed accurately.
• We recommend that you prepare battery packs to last 2 to 3 times longer than you think you might
need.
• 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.
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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 OLED screen. When attaching the lens hood, grip belt and
straps, be careful not to drop the camcorder by placing it on a table or other stable surface.
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 handle attachment unit
and then slide the handle unit forward until it is in place.
• Make sure the front and rear 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 (A 79), the infrared light
and tally lamp will not be available.
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Using the Lens Hood and Lens Cap
While recording, the supplied lens hood with lens barrier is
effective for reducing stray light that can be the cause of lens
flare and ghost images. Additionally, closing the lens barrier
can help prevent fingerprints and dirt accumulation on the
lens. Use the supplied lens cap when carrying the camcorder
or storing it after use.
* Note that the lens cap and the lens hood with lens barrier cannot
be used simultaneously.
1 Remove the lens cap.
2 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
until it stops with a click (햳).
• Be careful not to deform the lens hood.
• Make sure that the lens hood is aligned with the thread.
• To remove the lens hood, turn it counterclockwise.
Using the Viewfinder
If it is difficult to use the OLED screen, you can use the viewfinder, which can be tilted 45 degrees
upward. You can also use the viewfinder when you rotate the OLED panel 180 degrees to let the
subject watch the recording.
1 Pull out the viewfinder.
2 Use the power switch to turn on the camcorder.
3 Adjust the viewfinder using the dioptric adjustment
lever.
• You can close the OLED panel or rotate it toward the
subject as you prefer.
• You can tilt the viewfinder 45 degrees upward.
Dioptric
adjustment
lever
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• 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.
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 (A 168),
Cleaning (A 172).
Adjusting the OLED Screen
Open the OLED panel 90 degrees.
• You can rotate the panel 90 degrees downward.
• You can rotate the panel 180 degrees toward the lens. Rotating the OLED panel 180 degrees can
be useful in the following cases:
- To allow the subject to monitor the OLED screen while you use the viewfinder.
- To allow the camcorder to be operated with the wireless controller from the front.
NOTES
• When you rotate the OLED panel, video noise may appear on the screen momentarily. This is not a
malfunction.
• You can adjust the brightness of the OLED screen with the q > [OLED Brightness] setting or
by holding D pressed down for more than 2 seconds. You can also adjust the brightness of the
viewfinder with the q > [VF Brightness] setting.
• Adjusting the brightness does not affect the brightness of the recordings.
• Using a brighter setting will shorten the effective usage time of the battery pack.
• For details about how to take care of the touch screen, refer to Handling Precautions (A 168),
Cleaning (A 172).
180°
90°
Subject can monitor the OLED screen
(you can use the viewfinder at the same time)
180°
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• About the OLED 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 dots. Misfired pixels in
the viewfinder may appear instead as white dots. This has no effect on the recorded image and
does not constitute a malfunction.
Grip Belt and Straps
Fasten the grip belt.
• Adjust the grip belt so that you can reach the zoom rocker
with your index finger, and the Y button with
your thumb.
Attaching an optional wrist strap
Attach the wrist strap to the strap mount on the grip belt,
adjust the length and fasten.
• You can use both for extra convenience and protection.
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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.
To use the wireless controller
Point the wireless controller at the camcorder’s remote sensor when you press the buttons.
• You can rotate the OLED panel 180 degrees to use the wireless controller from the front of the
camcorder.
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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
Turning the Camcorder On and Off
You can choose to turn the camcorder on in CAMERA ( ) mode for making recordings or MEDIA
( ) mode for playing back recordings. Select the mode using the power switch.
To turn on the camcorder
Set the power switch to CAMERA for mode (A 40) or
MEDIA for mode (A 100).
To turn off the camcorder
Set the power switch to OFF.
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Setting the Shooting Mode
In mode, you can change the shooting mode to match your shooting style.
(Auto) mode
Set the mode switch to N. With this mode, the camcorder takes care of all
the settings while you concentrate on recording (A 41). This operating mode is
suitable if you just prefer not to bother with detailed camcorder settings.
(Manual) mode
Set the mode switch to n. With this mode, you can enjoy full access to menus,
settings and advanced functions (A 45).
(Cinema) mode
Set the mode switch to E. With this mode, you can give your recordings
a cinematic look and use cinema-look filters to create unique movies (A 52).
Using the Touch Screen
The control buttons and menu items that appear on the touch screen change dynamically depending
on the operating mode and the task you are performing. With the intuitive touch screen interface you
have all the controls at your fingertips.
Touch
Press 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, etc.
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Drag
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.
On some screens, you can achieve the same effect by touching
the triangle control buttons.
IMPORTANT
• The camcorder features a capacitive touch screen. In the following cases, you may not be able to
perform touch operations correctly.
- Using your fingernails or hard-tipped objects, 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.
Using the FUNC. Button and Joystick
You can navigate some of the camcorder’s menus and screens using the FUNC. button and joystick
instead of using the touch panel.
Joystick/SET button
When making a menu selection, push the joystick
to move the orange selection frame in the menu.
Then, press the joystick itself (S) to select the
menu item indicated by the orange selection frame.
FUNC. button
Press the button to open the FUNC. panel and then
press again to close the menu after adjusting
desired settings.
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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
(A 142).
FUNC. Panel
In mode:
There are three ways to access the FUNC. panel: by touching [FUNC.] on the OLED screen, by
pressing F or by pushing the joystick (Ý/Þ) to select [FUNC.] and then pressing S. After
the FUNC. panel is open, select the function you want to use. You may need to scroll up and down the
screen or touch ã/ä to find the control button of the desired function. In mode, access to
functions is limited.
In mode:
Just like during mode, you can open the FUNC. panel by touching [FUNC.] on the OLED screen,
by pressing F or by pushing the joystick (Ý/Þ) to select [FUNC.] and then pressing S.
After the FUNC. panel is open, select the function you want to use.
Operating modes:
Operating modes:
Touch the control
button of the
desired function
FUNC. panel in mode
FUNC. panel in mode
Touch the control
button of the
desired operation
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Setup Menus
In this manual, navigating the setup menus is explained using the touch panel controls but they can
also be navigated using the joystick and other buttons. The procedure below explains how to use both
methods. If necessary, refer back to this section for details on using the joystick.
To use touch panel controls
1 mode only: Touch [FUNC.].
2 Touch [MENU].
3 Touch the tab of the desired menu.
4 Drag your finger up and down to bring the desired setting
into the orange selection bar.
• You can also touch [Í] and [Î] to scroll up and down.
• 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 [æ].
6 Touch the desired option and then touch [X].
• You can touch [X] to close the menu at any time.
To use the joystick
1 mode only: Push the joystick (Ý/Þ) to select [FUNC.] and then press S.
• Alternatively, you can press F.
2 Push the joystick (Ý/Þ) to select [MENU] and then press S.
3 Push the joystick (Þ) to select the desired tab and then press S.
4 Push the joystick (Ý) to move the selection bar to the desired setting and then press S.
• Menu items not available appear grayed out.
5 Push the joystick (Ý/Þ) to select the desired option and then press S.
6 Push the joystick (Ý/Þ) to select [X] and then press S.
• You can press F to close the menu at any time.
NOTES
• For brevity's sake, references in the text to settings in the setup menus will include only the tab of
the desired menu and the setting name. For example, "You can adjust the date and time later on
with the q > [Date/Time] setting."
• You can also press M on the wireless controller to open the setup menus.
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 Use the power switch to turn on the camcorder.
• The [Date/Time] screen will appear.
2 Touch a field you want to change (year, month, day, hours or minutes).
• You can also push the joystick (ÏÐ) to move between the fields.
3 Touch [Í] or [Î] to change the field as necessary.
• You can also push the joystick (ÍÎ) to change the field.
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, the date will be displayed in short form (numbers instead of month names or
only the day and month), 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 q > [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 (A 170) 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 ] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > [Language ]
• Touching [FUNC.] is necessary only when performing the procedure in mode.
Operating modes:
Operating modes:
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2 Touch the desired language and then touch [OK].
3 Touch [X] to close the menu.
NOTES
• Some control buttons, such as [ZOOM], [FUNC.] and [MENU], will appear in English regardless of
the language selected.
Changing the Time Zone
Change the time zone to match your location. The default setting is New York. In addition, the
camcorder is able to retain the date and time of an additional location. This is convenient when you
travel so that you can set the camcorder to match the time of your home location or that of your travel
destination.
1 Open the [Time Zone/DST] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > [Time Zone/DST]
• Touching [FUNC.] is necessary only when performing the procedure in mode.
2 Touch ["] to set the home time zone, or [#] to set the time zone of your destination
when you are traveling.
3 Touch [Í] or [Î] to set the desired time zone. If necessary, touch [$] to adjust for
daylight saving time.
4 Touch [X] to close the menu.
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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.
The movie recording function has been tested using SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards made by
Panasonic, Toshiba and SanDisk. For the latest information on cards that can be used, visit your local
Canon Web site.
* When using an SD memory card without a speed class rating or one rated SD Speed Class 2, 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.
To record movies using a recording mode with a video quality of 28 Mbps or 35 Mbps, we
recommend using memory cards rated SD Speed Class 6 or 10. When you record movies using
other recording modes, we recommend using memory cards rated SD Speed Class 4, 6 or 10. To
record movies using slow & fast motion, we recommend using memory cards rated SD Speed
Class 10.
SDXC Memory Cards
You can use SDXC memory cards with this camcorder. When using memory cards with other devices,
such as digital recorders, computers and card readers, make sure that the external device is
compatible with SDXC cards. For information about the compatibility of SDXC cards, contact the
computer, operating system or memory card manufacturer.
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 card and recording may stop. Save your recordings and initialize the
memory card.
Memory card type: . SD memory card, / SDHC memory card, 0 SDXC memory card
SD Speed Class*:
Capacity: 128 MB or larger**.
(as of April 2013)
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Inserting and Removing a Memory Card
Make sure to initialize (A 38) all memory cards before using them with this camcorder.
1 Turn off the camcorder.
• Make sure the POWER/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.
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 a 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.
Initializing a Memory Card
Initialize memory cards when you use them with this camcorder for the first time. You can also initialize
a memory card to permanently delete all the recordings it contains.
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.
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2 Open the initialization screen for the desired memory card.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] > > [Initialize ] > [6 Mem. Card A] or [7 Mem. Card B] >
[Initialize]
• Touching [FUNC.] is necessary only when performing the procedure in 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 card.
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 card can be used
without any problem.
4 Touch [OK] and then touch [X].
IMPORTANT
• Initializing a memory card will permanently erase all recordings. Lost original recordings cannot be
recovered. Make sure you save important recordings in advance using an external device (A 114).
Selecting the Movie Format (AVCHD/MP4)
You can choose to record movies in AVCHD or MP4 format. AVCHD movies are ideal for playback with
fantastic picture quality. MP4 movies are versatile and can easily be played back on smartphones and
tablets or uploaded to the Web.
1 Open the [Movie Format] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] > > [Movie Format]
2 Select the desired movie format.
3 Touch [X].
Selecting the Memory Card for Recordings
Movies and photos are recorded on a memory card. You can select on which memory card your
movies and photos will be recorded.
1 Open the [Recording Media] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] > > [Recording Media]
2 Touch the desired memory card ([6 Mem. Card A] or [7 Mem. Card B]) for recording
movies ([v Rec Media for Movies]) or for taking photos ([{ Rec Media for Photos]).
3 Touch [X].
• After closing the menu, the icon of the memory card selected for recording movies will appear on
the screen.
Operating modes:
Operating modes:
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Recording
Recording Movies and Photos
You can select the memory card that will be used to record movies and photos (A 39). For details on
recording audio, refer to Recording Audio (A 79).
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
(A 21).
2 Insert a memory card into a memory card slot.
• To use relay recording or dual recording (A 49), insert
memory cards into both memory card slots.
3 Open the lens barrier.
• Set the lens barrier switch to OPEN.
4 If you need to use the viewfinder, pull it out and adjust it,
if necessary.
• You can use the dioptric adjustment lever and tilt the
viewfinder 45 degrees upward.
Lens barrier switch
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 N.
2 Set the power switch to CAMERA.
To record video
Press Y to begin recording.
• During recording, Ü will appear on the screen. Additionally, if
the handle unit is attached to the camcorder, the tally lamp will
illuminate.
• The ACCESS indicator will flash from time to time while the
scene is being recorded.
• Press Y again to pause the recording. Ü will
change to Û and the scene will be recorded on the memory
card selected for recording movies. The tally lamp will also go
out.
• You can also press Y on the handle unit or wireless
controller.
To take photos
Touch [PHOTO].
• In the lower center of the screen, a green icon (g) will appear. Also, in the upper right of the screen,
{Ð will appear with the icon of the memory card selected for recording photos. The ACCESS
indicator will flash as the photo is being recorded.
• You can record photos simultaneously while recording a movie. In that case, the green icon will not
appear.
• You can also press Z on the wireless controller.
When you have finished recording
1 Set the lens barrier switch to CLOSED to close the lens barrier.
2 Make sure that the ACCESS indicator is off.
3 Set the power switch to OFF.
4 Close the OLED panel and return the viewfinder to its retracted position.
Operating modes:
[PHOTO]
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Smart AUTO
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 icons in the following table.
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
(gray)
Blue skies1
(light blue)
Vivid colors1
(yellow/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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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 card.
- 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 (A 114), especially after making important recordings.
Canon shall not be liable for any loss or corruption of data.
NOTES
• The START/STOP button on the handle unit has a lock lever to prevent accidental operation. Set the
lock lever to C 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.
• When you set the q > [Rec Command] setting to [i On] and you use the HD/SD-SDI
terminal ( only) or HDMI terminal to connect the camcorder to a device capable of receiving
recording commands through a connection via the HD/SD-SDI terminal ( only) or HDMI
terminal, if you start or stop recording with the camcorder, the connected device will also start or
stop recording.
• When the camcorder switches form recording on one memory card to another during relay
recording, the video will be recorded as two separate relay scenes. With the supplied software,
Data Import Utility, you can join relay scenes recorded on both memory cards as a single scene
and save it on a computer (A 114).
• For scenes with a long recording time, the video (stream) file in a scene will be split approximately
every 4 GB. Even in such case, playback will be continuous. With the supplied software, Data
Import Utility, you can join such split files into a single scene and save it on a computer (A 114).
• When recording in bright places, it may be difficult to use the OLED screen. In such cases, you can
adjust the brightness of the OLED screen with the q > [OLED Brightness] setting.
Alternatively, you can also use the viewfinder (A 25).
Intelligent IS
Intelligent IS allows the camcorder to select the best image stabilization option based on your
shooting method. The Intelligent IS icon will change to one of the following icons. In and
modes, you can set the image stabilization mode manually (A 64).
* With the p > [Intelligent IS] setting, you can select whether Powered IS can be set
automatically as one of the Intelligent IS modes.
Shooting method Icon
Most general situations; Zooming out (zooming toward T); Following
subjects at a distance moving left or right
Ä (Dynamic IS)
Zooming in (zooming toward S) È (Powered IS)*
Close-up of a subject  (Macro IS)
Remaining stationary, such as when using a tripod à (Tripod mode)
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Recording Movies and Photos
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• Under certain conditions, the Smart AUTO icon that appears on the screen may not match the
actual scene. Especially when shooting against orange or blue backgrounds, the sunset or one of
the blue skies icons may appear and the colors may not look natural. In such case, we recommend
recording in mode (A 45).
• Photos are recorded as JPG files. During and modes, the camcorder can take photos
during record pause mode or capture photos from a movie during playback (A 102). The photo
size and number of photos that can be saved on a 1 GB memory card are summarized in the
following table. 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 during dual recording.
• You can capture a photo from a scene during playback (A 102).
• When you need to record for a long time with the camcorder set on a tripod, you can close the
OLED panel and use only the viewfinder in order to save power when using a battery pack (A 25).
Movie Format Recording mode Photo size Number of photos
AVCHD Any 1920x1080 660
MP4
35 Mbps, 24 Mbps, 17 Mbps 1920x1080 660
4 Mbps 1280x720 1,490
3 Mbps 640x360 5,800
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Recording Movies and Photos
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Recording in n (Manual) Mode
When the mode switch is set to n (Manual), 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 (A 73).
1 Set the mode switch to n.
2 Set the power switch to CAMERA.
3 Record movies and photos.
• The procedure is the same as in mode (A 41).
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 card.
- 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 (A 114), especially after making important recordings.
Canon shall not be liable for any loss or corruption of data.
NOTES
• The START/STOP button on the handle unit has a lock lever to prevent accidental operation. Set the
lock lever to C 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.
• When you set the q > [Rec Command] setting to [i On] and you use the HD/SD-SDI
terminal ( only) or HDMI terminal to connect the camcorder to a device capable of receiving
recording commands through a connection via the HD/SD-SDI terminal ( only) or HDMI
terminal, if you start or stop recording with the camcorder, the connected device will also start or
stop recording.
Operating modes:
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• When the camcorder switches form recording on one memory card to another during relay
recording, the video will be recorded as two separate relay scenes. With the supplied software,
Data Import Utility, you can join relay scenes recorded on both memory cards as a single scene
and save it on a computer (A 114).
• For scenes with a long recording time, the video (stream) file in a scene will be split approximately
every 4 GB. Even in such case, playback will be continuous. With the supplied software, Data
Import Utility, you can join such split files into a single scene and save it on a computer (A 114).
• When recording in bright places, it may be difficult to use the OLED screen. In such cases, you can
adjust the brightness of the OLED screen with the q > [OLED Brightness] setting.
Alternatively, you can also use the viewfinder (A 25).
• Photos are recorded as JPG files. During and modes, the camcorder can take photos
during record pause mode or capture photos from a movie during playback (A 102). The photo
size and number of photos that can be saved on a 1 GB memory card are summarized in the
following table. 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 during dual recording.
• You can capture a photo from a scene during playback (A 102).
• When you need to record for a long time with the camcorder set on a tripod, you can close the
OLED panel and use only the viewfinder in order to save power when using a battery pack (A 25).
Reviewing the Latest Scene Recorded
You can review the last 4 seconds of the last scene recorded with the camcorder without switching to
mode. While reviewing the latest scene, the picture will be played back without sound. By
default, assignable button 5 is set to [ Rec Review] but you can set another assignable button to
this function (A 97).
1 Record a scene.
2 After you finish recording a scene, press .
Movie Format Recording mode Photo size Number of photos
AVCHD Any 1920x1080 660
MP4
35 Mbps, 24 Mbps, 17 Mbps 1920x1080 660
4 Mbps 1280x720 1,490
3 Mbps 640x360 5,800
Operating modes:
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Selecting the Recording Mode (Video Quality)
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Selecting the Recording Mode (Video Quality)
The camcorder offers various recording modes, depending on whether the movie format is AVCHD or
MP4. When you record an MP4 movie with a recording mode of 3 Mbps, you can upload it to an FTP
server and begin editing right away. In addition, for AVCHD movies, when the recording mode is set to
28 Mbps LPCM (59.94P) or 24 Mbps LPCM, you can enjoy two-channel linear PCM audio recording
with a sampling frequency of 48 kHz. Refer to the following tables for details.
1 Open the [Recording Mode] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] > > [Recording Mode]
2 Touch the desired recording mode and then touch [X].
NOTES
• Depending on the portable device, you may not be able to play back your recordings.
• AVCHD scenes recorded at 28 Mbps cannot be saved on AVCHD discs. Use an external Blu-ray
Disc recorder compliant with AVCHD Ver. 2.0 specifications to copy those movies onto Blu-ray
discs.
• The following types of MP4 scenes will be recognized as multiple files on other devices.
- Scenes exceeding 4 GB
- Scenes recorded at 35 Mbps exceeding 30 minutes
- Scenes recorded with a recording mode other than 35 Mbps exceeding 1 hour
• Depending on the TV, you may not be able to play back scenes recorded at 28 Mbps (AVCHD) or
35 Mbps (MP4).
• When the recording mode is set to 28 Mbps (AVCHD) or 35 Mbps (MP4), dual recording is not
available.
• In mode, 28 Mbps (AVCHD) and 35 Mbps (MP4) recording modes are not available.
• The camcorder uses a variable bit rate (VBR) to encode video so the actual recording times will vary
depending on the subject.
Operating modes:
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Recording modes by movie format
Movie format Recording mode Resolution Audio format
AVCHD
28 Mbps LPCM (59.94P)
1920x1080
Linear PCM
28 Mbps (59.94P) Dolby Digital
24 Mbps LPCM Linear PCM
24 Mbps
Dolby Digital
17 Mbps
5 Mbps 1440x1080
MP4
35 Mbps (59.94P)
1920x1080
AAC
24 Mbps
17 Mbps
4 Mbps 1280x720
3 Mbps 640x360
Approximate recording times 
Default value
For AVCHD movies:
For MP4 movies:
* A single scene can be recorded continuously for 12 hours; at that point, the camcorder will stop.
Recording mode → 28 Mbps LPCM
(59.94P) and
28 Mbps
(59.94P)
24 Mbps LPCM
and 24 Mbps
17 Mbps 5 Mbps
Memory card ↓
8 GB Memory card 35 min. 40 min. 1 hr. 3 hr.
16 GB Memory card 1 hr. 15 min. 1 hr. 25 min. 2 hr. 5 min. 6 hr. 5 min.
32 GB Memory card 2 hr. 30 min. 2 hr. 55 min. 4 hr. 10 min. 12 hr. 15 min.*
64 GB Memory card 5 hr. 5 min. 5 hr. 55 min. 8 hr. 20 min. 24 hr. 30 min.*
128 GB Memory card 10 hr. 10 min. 11 hr. 55 min. 16 hr. 45 min.* 49 hr.*
Recording mode → 35 Mbps
(59.94P)
24 Mbps 17 Mbps 4 Mbps 3 Mbps
Memory card ↓
8 GB Memory card 30 min. 40 min. 1 hr. 4 hr. 20 min. 5 hr. 40 min.
16 GB Memory card 1 hr. 1 hr. 25 min. 2 hr. 5 min. 8 hr. 40 min. 11 hr. 25 min.
32 GB Memory card 2 hr. 2 hr. 55 min. 4 hr. 10 min. 17 hr. 20 min.* 22 hr. 55 min.*
64 GB Memory card 4 hr. 5 hr. 55 min. 8 hr. 20 min. 34 hr. 45 min.* 45 hr. 55 min.*
128 GB Memory card 8 hr. 11 hr. 55 min. 16 hr. 45 min.* 69 hr. 30 min.* 91 hr. 55 min.*
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Dual Recording and Relay Recording
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Dual Recording and Relay Recording
When you record, you can use dual recording to record simultaneously on both memory cards so that
you can use one of the movies as a backup.
Alternatively, you can use relay recording so that if the memory card being recorded on becomes full,
the recording will continue uninterrupted on the other memory card.
Activating dual recording
The backup movie is recorded on memory card 3. After you activate dual recording, select the
backup movie's recording mode.
1 Open the [Dual Recording] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] > > [Dual/Relay Recording] > [Dual Recording]
• The screen shows the movie format and recording mode of the movies that will be recorded on
each card.
2 Select the movie format and recording mode for the backup movie that will be recorded
on memory card 3.
• The first option is always the same movie format and recording mode of the movie that will be
recorded on memory card 2. The second two options are always [¸ 4Mbps] and
[¸ 3Mbps], which result in small files that are ideal for transferring to a computer.
3 Touch [X].
Activating relay recording
1 Open the [Dual/Relay Recording] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] > > [Dual/Relay Recording]
2 Touch [Relay Recording] and then touch [X].
NOTES
• To use neither function, select [Standard Recording] on the [Dual/Relay Recording] screen.
• When you use relay recording, it does not matter which memory card the recording starts on. The
recording will continue on the other memory card. However, the camcorder will switch to another
memory card only one time.
• With the supplied software, Data Import Utility, you can join relay scenes (either AVCHD or MP4
format) recorded on both memory cards as a single scene and save it on a computer (A 114).
• Dual recording is not available when the recording mode is set to 28 Mbps LPCM (59.94P),
28 Mbps (59.94P) or 35 Mbps (59.94P).
Operating modes:
Operating modes:
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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. When the recording mode is set to 28 Mbps LPCM (59.94P) or 28 Mbps (59.94P) for AVCHD
movies or 35 Mbps (59.94P) for MP4 movies, the frame rate will automatically be set to 59.94P so you
will not be able to select the frame rate.
1 Open the [Frame Rate] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] > > [Frame Rate]
2 Touch the desired frame rate and then touch [X].
Options for AVCHD movies (
Default value)
* Recorded as 59.94i.
Options for MP4 movies (
Default value)
NOTES
• The frame rate can be set independently for and modes.
Operating modes:
[ 59.94i]
59.94 fields per second, interlaced. Standard frame rate of NTSC analog TV signals.
[ PF29.97] 29.97 frames per second, progressive*. Use this frame rate to easily edit your
recordings, for example, to post them on the Web.
[ 23.98P] 23.98 frames per second, progressive.
[ 29.97P]
29.97 frames per second, progressive.
[ 23.98P] 23.98 frames per second, progressive.
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Slow & Fast Motion Recording
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Slow & Fast Motion Recording
When you record MP4 movies, the camcorder can record with a frame rate (shooting frame rate) that
is different from the playback frame rate. When you record with a shooting frame rate that is faster than
the playback frame rate (overcranking), you create a slow motion effect. Oppositely, a slower frame
rate will result in a fast motion effect (undercranking). Sound is not recorded in this mode.
1 Open the [Slow & Fast Motion] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] > > [Slow & Fast Motion]
2 Select the desired frame rate.
• Available frame rates depend on the recording mode and frame rate. Refer to the following table.
3 Touch [X].
Available frame rates for slow & fast motion
NOTES
• During slow & fast motion recording mode, the following functions are not available.
- Dual recording
- Relay recording
- Pre-recording
- Video snapshot
- Color bars
- Face detection & tracking
- Taking photos
• During slow & fast motion recording mode, the running mode of the time code (A 76) is set to [Rec
Run] or [Regen.] and the time code will advance by the number of frames recorded. If you activate
slow & fast motion recording mode while the running mode is set to [Free Run], the running mode
will automatically change to [Rec Run]. When you end slow & fast motion recording mode, the
running mode will return to its previous setting.
• For low shooting frame rates, it may take approximately 1 second to stop recording.
• To record movies using slow & fast motion, we recommend using memory cards rated SD Speed
Class 10.
• The amount of video that can be recorded at one time is approximately 12 hours' worth of video at
normal playback speed. When that amount is exceeded, the camcorder will automatically stop
recording. However, when you use slow & fast motion recording, the recording time will change. For
example, when the frame rate is set to 29.97P and you select 59.94P for the shooting frame rate,
the recording time will be 6 hours (playback time will be 12 hours).
Operating modes:
Recording mode Frame rate
Available shooting frame
rates
35 Mbps (59.94P) – 29.97P, 23.98P
24 Mbps, 17 Mbps
29.97P 59.94P, 23.98P
23.98P 59.94P, 29.97P
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