Canon XF100 Pro HD manual

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  • Brand: Canon
  • Product: Professional video camera
  • Model/name: XF100 Pro HD
  • Filetype: PDF
  • Available languages: English, Danish, Spanish

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Important Usage Instructions
WARNING!
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS PRODUCT TO
RAIN OR MOISTURE.
For Canada only:
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS PRODUCT TO DRIPPING
OR SPLASHING.
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, XF105 A / XF100 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
CAUTION:
TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK, MATCH WIDE BLADE OF PLUG TO WIDE SLOT, FULLY INSERT.
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.
CA-930 identification plate is located on the bottom.
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Important Safety Instructions
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
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.
In these safety instructions the word “product” refers
to the Canon HD Camcorder XF105 A / XF100 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 doe
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-suppl
cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled o
objects have fallen into the apparatus, the
apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture
does not operate normally, or has been dropped
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Trademark Acknowledgements
• SD and SDHC Logos are trademarks of SD-3C, LLC.
• CompactFlash is a trademark of SanDisk Corporation.
• The Logo is a trademark of CompactFlash Association.
• Microsoft and Windows are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States
and/or other countries.
• Apple, Mac OS, Final Cut Pro are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
• Avid, Media Composer and NewsCutter are trademarks or registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. or
its subsidiaries in the United States and/or 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.
• 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.
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Highlights of the XF105/XF100
The Canon XF105/XF100 HD Camcorder has been designed with quality and functionality at the forefront while
maintaining a compact size. The following are just some of the many features that will help turn your creative
vision into reality.
HD Recording
CMOS system and DIGIC DV III image processor
The camcorder is equipped with a 1/3-in. CMOS
sensor that captures video at an effective pixel count
of approximately 2.07 megapixels (1920x1080).
Images are then processed by the state-of-the-art
DIGIC DV III image processor.
Superb HD video
The camcorder uses the MPEG-2 Long GOP codec.
When you record using the 50 Mbps bit rate (with
4:2:2 color sampling), the quality of your recordings
will rival that of broadcast video. Your recordings are
saved as Material eXchange Format (MXF) files,
which are compatible with major non-linear editing
(NLE) software.
You can configure the video recording signal to suit
your needs. By combining the bit rate/resolution
setting with the frame rate setting, you can produce
video from 1440x1080/24P at 25 Mbps to
1280x720/60P at 35 Mbps to 1920x1080/60i at 50
Mbps. You can select from a total of 16 different
combinations!
Operability
Easy-to-use controls in a compact body
This camcorder has a variety of external controls at
your fingertips, such as the manual ring, which
allows you to adjust the focus, zoom or aperture
simply by moving a switch and turning the ring. All of
this is in a body that is so compact that you can
carry and use the camcorder for long periods of time
without experiencing fatigue.
Face detection
When a subject’s face is detected, the camcorder
can track and focus on it. Furthermore, you can
have the camcorder in manual focus but switch to
autofocus only when a face is detected (0 51),
ensuring that important subjects are in focus.
Recording media
The camcorder records video and audio to
CompactFlash (CF) cards. You can even make
lengthy recordings without worry because the
camcorder features two CF card slots. When one
CF card becomes full, the recording will
automatically continue on the other one without
interruption when you use relay recording (0 39).
Supplied Canon XF Utility software
Managing your recordings is as simple as using the
supplied Canon XF Utility software. You can
transfer your recordings to your computer, where
you can view and manage them. Using the supplied
plugins, you can then use the recordings with major
NLE software*.
* Refer to Saving Clips to a Computer (0 131) for details
on compatible software.
Versatile Artistic Expression
Special recording modes
The special recording modes (0 88) give you more
creative control over your recordings. You can create
a slow motion or fast motion effect in your
recordings, record a certain number of frames at a
set interval (ideal for subjects with little movement) or
record a certain number of frames every time you
press a button (ideal for stop motion animation).
Custom picture settings
With custom picture settings (0 99), you can enjoy
unparalleled image control to deliver the “look” you
want by adjusting parameters, such as gamma and
sharpness. The custom picture settings can be
recorded onto an SD card, which allows multiple
XF105/XF100 camcorders to use the same settings,
or embedded in the recording itself.
Infrared recording
Record in darkness using infrared recording
(0 93). With the built-in infrared light, you can
record nocturnal animals in their natural environment
or other such scenes.
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Advanced Professional Features
Pro-level connectivity (b only)
An industry-standard HD/SD SDI terminal (0 127)
for uncompressed HD signal output, embedded
audio and SMPTE time code (LTC) give the
camcorder the functionality of professional broadcast
cameras. Genlock synchronization (0 74) and time
code synchronization (0 74) allow the camcorder to
be part of any multi-camera shooting setup.
Customization
The camcorder features several customization
options. You can assign often-used functions to
assignable buttons (0 97) so that you can call up
those functions with the press of a single button.
Custom functions (0 107) and custom onscreen
displays (0 108) give you even more freedom to
control many aspects of the camcorder’s operation.
Save custom picture and menu settings to an SD
card so that you can transfer your setting preferences
to other XF105/XF100 camcorders in order to use
them in the same way.
Other Functions
Audio
Sound is recorded as 2-channel linear PCM audio
(16-bit/48 kHz). You can use the built-in microphone,
MIC audio input terminal or the two XLR audio input
terminals (with phantom power supply) when
recording.
Video scopes
Check the brightness of the image using the
waveform monitor (0 84) or the focus using the
edge monitor (0 85).
Added and improved functionality
Other functions include improved image stabilization
(0 53), the option to add metadata to recordings
(0 82), and the Intelligent System-compatible
battery pack (0 173). Also, optical axis shift (0 95)
and the focal length guide (0 96) have been added
to aid in 3D shooting.
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1. Introduction 10
About this Manual 10
Conventions Used in this Manual 10
Supplied Accessories 12
Names of Parts 13
2. Preparations 22
Preparing the Power Supply 22
Using a Battery Pack 22
Turning the Camcorder On and Off 25
Date, Time and Language Settings 26
Setting the Date and Time 26
Changing the Time Zone 26
Displaying the Date and Time while Recording 27
Changing the Language 27
Using the Menus 28
Selecting an Option from the Menu 28
Preparing the Camcorder 30
Attaching the Microphone Holder Unit 30
Attaching the Lens Hood 30
Dioptric Adjustment 30
Using the LCD Panel 31
Using the Viewfinder and LCD Screen
Simultaneously 31
Adjusting the Viewfinder/LCD Screen 31
Setting the Screen to Black & White 32
Adjusting the Grip Belt 32
Attaching a Shoulder Strap 32
Removing and Attaching the Terminal Covers 33
Using the Wireless Controller 33
Using a Tripod 34
Preparing Recording Media 35
Inserting a CF Card 35
Checking the Status of the CF Card Slots 36
Removing a CF card 36
Inserting and Removing an SD Card 37
Initializing the Recording Media 37
Switching Between the CF Card Slots 38
Selecting the CF Card Recording Method 38
Checking the Available Recording Time 39
Recovering Data on the CF Card 39
3. Recording 40
Recording Video 40
Preparing to Record 40
Recording 40
Onscreen Displays 43
Power Save Mode 45
Video Configuration: Bit Rate, Resolution and
Frame Rate 46
Custom Button and Dial 47
Adjusting the Focus 48
Manual Focus Mode 48
Using the Focus Assistance Functions 49
Autofocus Mode 50
Detecting and Focusing On Faces 51
Focus Limit and Macro Shooting 52
Image Stabilizer 53
Gain 54
Automatic Gain Control (AGC) 54
Manual Gain Control 55
Shutter Speed 56
Changing the Shutter Speed Mode 57
Flicker Reduction 57
Adjusting the Aperture 58
Automatic Aperture Control 58
Manual Aperture Control 58
Adjusting the AE Level 59
Setting the Light Metering Mode 59
White Balance 60
Auto White Balance 60
Preset White Balance 60
Setting the Color Temperature 61
Custom White Balance 62
Zooming 63
Using the Manual Ring 63
Using the Zoom Rockers, Wireless Controller or
Optional Remote Control 63
Soft Zoom Control 66
Using Optional Conversion Lenses 67
Onscreen Markers and Zebra Patterns 68
Displaying Onscreen Markers 68
Displaying Zebra Patterns 69
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Setting the Time Code 70
Selecting the Running Mode 70
Selecting Drop or Non-Drop Frame 71
Putting the Time Code Display on Hold 71
Setting the User Bit 73
b Synchronizing with an External
Device 74
Connecting an External Device 74
Using a Reference Video Signal
(Genlock Synchronization) 74
Using a Time Code Signal 74
Time Code Signal Output 75
Recording Audio 77
Using the Built-in or External Microphone
Connected to the MIC Terminal 77
Using Line Input or an External Microphone
Connected to an XLR Terminal 78
Adjusting the Audio Level 80
Monitoring the Audio with Headphones 81
Using Metadata 82
Setting a User Memo 82
Color Bars/Audio Reference Signal 83
Recording Color Bars 83
Recording an Audio Reference Signal 83
Video Scopes 84
Displaying a Video Scope 84
Configuring the Waveform Monitor 84
Configuring the Edge Monitor 85
Adding Shot Marks while Recording 86
Reviewing a Recording 87
Special Recording Modes 88
Interval Recording Mode 88
Frame Recording Mode 89
Slow & Fast Motion Mode 90
Pre-recording Mode 91
Infrared Recording 93
Activating Infrared Mode 93
Using the Infrared Light 93
Optical Axis Shift 95
Using the Focal Length Guide 96
4. Customization 97
Assignable Buttons 97
Changing the Assigned Function 97
Using an Assignable Button 97
Custom Picture Settings 99
Selecting Custom Picture Files 99
Editing a Custom Picture File’s Settings 100
Renaming Custom Picture Files 100
Protecting Custom Picture Files 100
Transferring Custom Picture Files 101
Embedding Custom Picture Settings in a
Recording 102
Available Custom Picture Settings 102
Customizing Functions and Onscreen
Displays 107
Customizing Functions 107
Customizing Onscreen Displays 108
Saving and Loading Camera Settings 109
Saving Camera Settings to an SD Card 109
Loading Camera Settings from an SD Card 109
5. Playback 110
Playback 110
Clip Index Screen 110
Playing Back Clips 112
Onscreen Displays 113
Playback Controls 114
Adjusting the Volume 114
Adding Shot Marks during Playback 115
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Clip Operations 116
Using the Clip Menu 117
Displaying Clip Information 117
Adding e Marks or Z Marks 118
Deleting e Marks or Z Marks 118
Copying Clips 119
Deleting Clips 120
Deleting the User Memo 120
Copying a Custom Picture File Embedded in a
Clip 121
Displaying an Index Screen of Shot Marks 121
Displaying a Frame Index Screen of a Single
Clip 122
Adding or Deleting Shot Marks from an Index
Screen 122
Changing a Clip’s Thumbnail 123
6. External Connections 124
Video Output Configuration 124
Video Output Configuration by Terminal 124
SD Output 125
Connecting to an External Monitor 126
Connection Diagram 126
b Using the HD/SD SDI Terminal 127
Using the HDMI OUT Terminal 127
Using the HD/SD COMPONENT OUT
Terminal 127
Using the AV Terminal 128
Superimposing Onscreen Displays to Appear on
an External Monitor 128
Audio Output 129
b Embedded Audio 129
Synchronizing the Video with the Audio being
Monitored 129
Selecting the Audio Channel 129
Selecting the Output Level of the AV
Terminal 130
Saving Clips to a Computer 131
System Requirements 131
Installing and Uninstalling Canon XF Utility
(Windows) 132
Installing and Uninstalling Canon XF Utility
(Mac OS) 134
Viewing the Software Instruction Manuals 137
7. Photos 138
Taking Photos 138
Taking Photos in CAMERA Mode 138
Capturing Photos in MEDIA Mode 138
Photo Playback 140
Displaying the [Photos] Index Screen 140
Viewing Photos 140
Photo Operations 141
Using the Photo Menu 141
Deleting Photos 141
Protecting Photos 142
Copying Custom Picture Files 143
Photo Numbering 144
8. Additional Information 145
Menu Options 145
Displaying the Status Screens 156
Troubleshooting 162
List of Messages 165
Handling Precautions 168
Maintenance/Others 171
Optional Accessories 172
Specifications 177
Index 181
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Introduction
About this Manual
Thank you for purchasing the Canon XF105/XF100. Please read this manual carefully before you use the
camcorder and retain it for future reference. Should the camcorder fail to operate correctly, refer to
Troubleshooting (0 162).
Conventions Used in this Manual
• IMPORTANT: Precautions related to the camcorder’s operation.
• NOTES: Additional topics that complement the basic operating procedures.
• 0: Reference page number.
• b: Text that applies only to the model shown in the icon.
• The following terms are used in this manual.
“Screen” refers to the LCD screen and the viewfinder screen.
“CF card” refers to a CompactFlash (CF) card.
“SD card” refers to an SD or SDHC memory card.
“Recording media” refers to CF cards and SD cards.
• Photographs in the manual are simulated pictures taken with a still camera. Some screenshots have been
altered to make them easier to read.
• Illustrations in the manual show the b.
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About this Manual
Reviewing a Recording
Reviewing a Recording
When the camcorder is in mode, you can review the last clip that
was recorded.
1 Open the [Rec Review] submenu to set the review length.
[J Other Functions] [Rec Review]
2 Select the desired option and then press SET.
3 After you finish recording, press the U button.
• The last clip that was recorded is played back without audio for the
selected duration. [A REVIEW] appears at the top of the screen.
• Press the CANCEL button to stop reviewing the clip and change the
camcorder back to record pause mode.
• After the clip finishes playing back, the camcorder returns to record
pause mode.
Options
NOTES
• When you are using a special recording mode (0 88), you cannot review a clip.
• If the camcorder switched CF cards during a recording, the camcorder will play back the clip on the CF card
most recently recorded on.
Operating modes:
[Entire Clip]: Allows you to review the entire clip.
[Last 4 sec]: Allows you to review just the last 4 seconds of the clip.
[J Other Functions]
[Rec Review]
[Last 4 sec]
Operating modes
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 Turning the Camcorder On and Off (0 25).
When a procedure requires selecting an option,
the available options are listed within or after the
procedure. Brackets [ ] are used to refer to menu
options as they are displayed on screen.
The arrow is used to abbreviate menu selections. For
a detailed explanation on how to use the menus,
refer to Using the Menus (0 28). For a concise
summary of all available menu options and settings,
refer to the appendix Menu Options (0 145).
When a function requires the use of the menu,
the quick reference shows the submenus and,
when applicable, the default setting for the
menu item. The example illustration indicates
that you can find the function by selecting the
[J Other Functions] menu and then the [Rec
Review] menu item.
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Supplied Accessories
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Supplied Accessories
The following accessories are supplied with the camcorder.
*
The Canon XF Utilities Disc includes software for saving and managing clips on a computer. For details on installing the software, refer
to Saving Clips to a Computer (0 131). For more information on the functions, refer to the ‘Canon XF Utility Instruction Manual’ after
you install the software.
CA-930 Compact Power Adapter
(incl. power cord)
Microphone holder unit BP-925 Battery Pack
(incl. terminal cover)
DC-930 DC Cable
CTC-100/S Component
Cable
Lens Hood Lens Cap WL-D6000 Wireless Controller
(incl. CR2025 Lithium Battery)
SS-1200 Shoulder Strap Canon XF Utilities Disc*
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Names of Parts
Names of Parts
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
Operation panel 햲
(0 19)
Operation panel 햳
(0 19)
1 CF card slot covers for CF card slot A (CFj) and
CF card slot B (CFl)
2 CF card slots A (CFj) and B (CFl) (0 35)
3 CF card release buttons (0 36)
4 d switch (0 25)
5 ON/OFF indicator
6 SLOT SELECT (CF card slot selection) button
(0 38)
7 DISP. button (0 43)/
BATT. (battery information) button (0 23)
8 RESET button (0 163)
9 INDEX button (0 112)/
U (review recording) button (0 87)
10 S (white balance adjustment) button (0 61)
11 WB (white balance) button (0 60)
12 CAMERA switch (0 42)
13 CF card slot cover switches for CF card slot A
(CFj) and CF card slot B (CFl) (0 35)
14 SHUTTER button (0 57)
15 GAIN button (0 55)
16 IRIS button (0 58)
17 CUSTOM (customizable) dial (0 47)
18 AF/MF (autofocus/manual focus) button
(0 48, 50)
19 Manual ring switch (0 48, 58, 63)
20 Manual ring (0 48, 58, 63)
21 Lens hood (0 30)
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Names of Parts
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1 2 3 4 5
6
7
8
9
10
Terminals 햲
(0 20)
1 REMOTE terminal
2 SD card access indicator (0 37)
3 SD card slot (0 37)
4 SD card slot cover
5 MIC (microphone) terminal (0 77)
6 XLR terminals (CH1 and CH2) (0 78)
7 Lens hood lock screw (0 30)
8 b HD/SD SDI terminal (0 127)
9 b GENLOCK terminal (0 74) / TC (time code) terminal (0 74)
10 Grip belt (0 32)
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Names of Parts
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2
3
4
5
6
8
7
9
10
11
1 Built-in microphone (0 77)
2 Built-in speaker (0 115)
3 Strap mount (0 32)
4 CUSTOM (customizable) button (0 47)
5 INFRARED switch (0 93)
6 Instant AF sensor (0 50)
7 Remote sensor (0 34)
8 Infrared light (0 93)
9 Microphone cable clamp (0 78)
10 Microphone holder unit (0 78)
11 Microphone lock screw (0 78)
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Names of Parts
16
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
Terminals 햳
(0 20)
1 Viewfinder (0 30, 31)
2 Dioptric adjustment lever (0 30)
3 BATT. RELEASE (battery release) key (0 23)
4 START/STOP button (0 40)
5 Strap mount (0 32)
6 WFM (waveform monitor) button (0 84)/Assignable button 3 (0 97)
7 ZEBRA button (0 68)/Assignable button 2 (0 97)
8 CANCEL button (0 28)
9 Joystick (0 28)/SET button (0 28)
10 MENU button (0 28)
11 LCD screen (0 31)
12 POWERED IS button (0 53)/Assignable button 1 (0 97)
13 POWER SAVE button (0 45)
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Names of Parts
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9
10
11
1 Front tally lamp (0 40)
2 Accessory shoe
For attaching accessories such as the optional VL-10Li II Battery Video Light.
3 Rear tally lamp (0 40)
4 START/STOP lock lever (0 41)
5 START/STOP button (0 40)
6 Handle socket for 1/4" screws
7 Grip zoom rocker (0 64)
8 MAGN. (magnification) button (0 50)/Assignable button 4 (0 97)
9 CF card slot A (CFj) and CF card slot B (CFl) access indicators (0 36)
10 Handle zoom rocker (0 65)
11 Audio level dials for CH1 and CH2 (0 81)
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Names of Parts
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1
2
3
4
1 Attachment sockets for the optional TA-100 Tripod Adapter (0 34)
2 Attachment screws for a tripod base (0 34)
3 Tripod socket (0 34)
4 Tripod base for tripods with 1/4" screws (0 34)
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Names of Parts
1 Audio level switches for CH1 and CH2 (0 81)
2 XLR terminal switches for CH1 and CH2 (0 79)
3 AUDIO IN switches for CH1 and CH2 (0 77, 79)
4 D (play/pause) button (0 112)/
Assignable button 6 (0 97)
5 I (fast playback) button (0 114)/
Assignable button 7 (0 97)
6 K (skip forward) button (0 114)/
Assignable button 10 (0 97)
7 B (stop) button (0 112)/
Assignable button 9 (0 97)
8 L (skip backward) button (0 114)/
Assignable button 8 (0 97)
9 J (fast reverse playback) button (0 114)/
Assignable button 5 (0 97)
1
2
3
7
4
9
8
5
6
Operation panel 햲
Operation panel 햳
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Names of Parts
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1 HD/SD COMPONENT OUT terminal (0 127)
2 USB terminal (0 131)
3 HDMI OUT terminal (0 127)
4 W (headphone) terminal (0 81)
5 AV terminal (0 128)
6 DC IN terminal (0 24)
1 2 3
4 5 6
Terminals 햲
Terminals 햳
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Names of Parts
WL-D6000 Wireless Controller
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
1 START/STOP button (0 40)
2 ZOOM buttons (0 65)
3 F/O/E/A buttons
4 MENU button (0 28)
5 J/I (fast playback/reverse playback) buttons (0 114)
6 Z/Y (frame forward/reverse) buttons (0 114)
7 B (stop) button (0 112)
8 D (play/pause) button (0 112)
9 INDEX button (0 112)
10 SET button (0 28)
11 CANCEL button (0 28)
12 SHOT1 (shot mark 1) button (0 86)
13 PHOTO button (0 138)
14 Record enable button: When you use the START/STOP button or ZOOM buttons,
you must press this button simultaneously with the desired button.
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Preparations
Preparing the Power Supply
You can power the camcorder using a battery pack or directly using the compact power adapter. If you connect
the compact power adapter to the camcorder while a battery pack is attached, the camcorder will draw power
from the power outlet.
Charge battery packs before use. For approximate charging times and recording/playback times with a fully
charged battery pack, refer to Charging Times (0 173) and Recording and Playback Times (0 173).
Using a Battery Pack
You can power the camcorder using the supplied BP-925 or optional BP-950G, BP-955, BP-970G or BP-975
Battery Pack. The BP-925, BP-955 and BP-975 Battery Packs are compatible with Intelligent System, meaning
that you can check the remaining battery time even while the camcorder is turned off.
Charging the Battery Pack
Charge battery packs using the supplied compact power adapter. Before
charging, disconnect the DC cable from the compact power adapter and
remove the terminal cover of the battery pack.
1 If the DC cable is connected to the compact power adapter, disconnect
it.
• If the DC cable is connected to the compact power adapter, charging
will not start.
2 Connect the power cord to the compact power adapter (햲).
3 Plug the power cord into a power outlet (햳).
4 Attach the battery pack to the compact power adapter (햴).
• Press lightly and slide the battery pack in the direction of the arrow until it clicks.
• The CHARGE indicator starts flashing and also indicates the battery pack’s approximate charge. The
indicator will stay on when charging has completed.
0-34%: Flashes once per second
35-69%: Flashes twice per second
70-99%: Flashes 3 times per second
5 When charging has completed, remove the battery pack from the compact power adapter.
6 Unplug the power cord from the power outlet and disconnect it from the compact power adapter.
NOTES
• To charge the battery pack, disconnect the DC cable from the compact power adapter.
햲
햴
햳
CHARGE indicator
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Attaching the Battery Pack
1 Move the d switch to OFF (햲).
2 Insert the battery pack all the way into the compartment and press
gently until it clicks (햳).
Removing the Battery Pack
1 Move the d switch to OFF.
2 Hold down the BATT. RELEASE (battery release) key and remove the
battery.
Checking the Remaining Battery Charge
If you are using the supplied BP-925 or optional BP-955 or BP-975 Battery
Pack, you can check the approximate remaining battery charge using one
of the following methods when the camcorder is turned off. When the
camcorder is turned on, you can check on the remaining battery charge by
looking at any recording/playback screen or the [Battery / Hour Meter]
status screen (0 160).
Press the CHECK button on the battery pack. An indicator will light for
approximately 3 seconds and show the approximate remaining battery
charge.
0-25%
26-50%
51-75%
76-100%
0 100%
CHECK button
Battery charge indicator
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When the camcorder is off and an Intelligent System-compatible battery
pack is attached, press the BATT. (battery information) button to display the
remaining battery time and available recording time (displays for 5
seconds). Depending on the battery life, the battery information may not be
displayed.
IMPORTANT
• Do not connect to the compact power adapter any product that is not
expressly recommended for use with this camcorder.
NOTES
• We recommend charging the battery pack in temperatures between
10 ºC and 30 ºC (50 ºF and 86 ºF). Outside the temperature range of 0 ºC
to 40 ºC (32 ºF to 104 ºF), charging will not start.
• If there is a malfunction with the compact power adapter or battery pack,
the charge indicator will go out and charging will stop.
• For handling precautions regarding the battery pack, refer to Battery
Pack (0 168).
• 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.
• 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.
• Repeatedly charging and discharging the battery pack will eventually shorten its battery life. When you are
using the supplied BP-925 or optional BP-955 or BP-975 Battery Pack, you can check the battery life on the
[Battery / Hour Meter] status screen (0 160) or the battery information screen (press the BATT. button while
the camcorder is turned off). Fully charging the battery pack and then discharging it will give you a more
accurate reading.
• 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.
Using a Household Power Outlet
When Using the Supplied CA-930 Compact Power Adapter and
DC-930 DC Cable:
1 Move the d switch to OFF (햲).
2 Connect the DC cable to the DC IN terminal on the camcorder (햳).
3 Connect the power cord to the compact power adapter and plug it into a
power outlet (햴).
4 Connect the DC cable to the compact power adapter (햵).
IMPORTANT
• Turn off the camcorder before connecting or disconnecting the compact
power adapter.
NOTES
• When using the camcorder with a household power outlet, you can
change the battery pack while the power is on.
DC IN
terminal
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When Using the Optional CA-920 Compact Power Adapter and
DC-920 DC Coupler:
1 Move the d switch to OFF (햲).
2 Attach the DC coupler to the camcorder (햳).
3 Connect the power cord to the compact power adapter and plug it into a
power outlet (햴).
4 Connect the DC coupler to the adapter (햵).
5 Detach the DC coupler after use.
• Push the BATT. RELEASE key and pull out the DC coupler.
IMPORTANT
• Turn off the camcorder before connecting or disconnecting the compact
power adapter.
Turning the Camcorder On and Off
The camcorder has two operating modes: CAMERA ( ) mode for
making recordings and MEDIA ( ) mode for playing back recordings.
Select the operating mode using the d switch.
To turn on the camcorder
Hold down the button on the d switch and move it to CAMERA for
mode or MEDIA for mode. The ON/OFF indicator will
illuminate in green.
To turn off the camcorder
Move the d switch to OFF. The ON/OFF indicator will turn off.
CAMERA mode MEDIA mode
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Date, Time and Language Settings
Setting the Date and Time
You will need to set the date and time of the camcorder before you can start using it. When the camcorder’s
clock is not set, the [Date/Time] screen will appear automatically with the month selected.
1 Push the joystick up/down to change the month then move (A) to the day.
2 Change the rest of the fields in the same way.
3 Select (A) [Set] and then press SET to start the clock and close the screen.
NOTES
• When the built-in rechargeable lithium battery is exhausted, the date and time setting may be lost. In such
case, recharge the built-in lithium battery (0 170) and set the time zone, date and time again.
• You can change the date format and the clock format (12/24 hours) with the [J Other Functions] [Clock
Set] [Date Format] setting.
• You can also change the date and time later on (not during the initial setup) with the [J Other Functions]
[Clock Set] [Date/Time] setting.
Changing the Time Zone
Change the time zone to match the time zone of your location. The default
setting is [UTC-05:00 New York]. The time zones are based on
Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
1 Press the MENU button.
2 Push the joystick up/down to select [J Other Functions] and then press SET.
3 Select [Time Zone] in a similar fashion.
4 Push the joystick up/down to change the time zone.
5 Press SET to set the time zone and then press the MENU button to close the menu.
Operating modes:
Operating modes:
[J Other Functions]
[Time Zone]
[UTC-05:00 New York]
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Displaying the Date and Time while Recording
You can display the date and time in the lower left of the screen.
1 Press the MENU button.
2 Push the joystick up/down to select [M LCD/VF Setup].
3 Select [Custom Display 2] and then [Date/Time] in a similar
fashion.
4 Push the joystick up/down to select the information to display.
• Select [Off] to record without displaying the date and time.
5 Press SET and then press the MENU button to close the menu.
Changing the Language
You can change the language in which onscreen messages are displayed.
The default language is English but you can select German, Spanish,
French, Italian, Polish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Korean or Japanese.
1 Press the MENU button.
2 Push the joystick up/down to select [J Other Functions].
3 Select [Language o] in a similar fashion.
4 Use the joystick to select a language.
5 Press SET to select the language and then press the MENU button to close the menu.
Operating modes:
Operating modes:
[M LCD/VF Setup]
[Custom Display 2]
[Date/Time]
[Off]
[J Other Functions]
[Language o]
[English]
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Using the Menus
In mode, many of the camcorder’s functions can be adjusted from the menu for general settings, which
opens after pressing the MENU button. In mode, press the MENU button to open the menu for general
settings or SET to open the clip menu for clip operations. For details about the available menu options and
settings, refer to Menu Options (0 145).
Selecting an Option from the Menu
The following is a step-by-step explanation of how to select an option from the menu. In the procedures
throughout the rest of this manual, opening and closing the menu is assumed and not included in the procedure.
1 Press the MENU button.
• The menu opens with the orange selection frame indicating the menu item that was selected the previous
time the menu was closed (unless the camcorder was turned off).
2 Push the joystick up/down to select the desired submenu.
3 Push the joystick right or press SET.
• The orange selection frame will appear on a menu item in the submenu.
• Press the CANCEL button, push the joystick left, or select [a] to return to the previous submenu.
4 Push the joystick up/down to select the desired menu item.
• If a submenu contains many menu items, a scroll bar will appear on the right side of the submenu indicating
that you must scroll up or down to see other menu items.
• A A mark next to a menu item indicates another submenu. Repeat steps 3 and 4.
5 Push the joystick right or press SET.
• The orange selection frame will appear on a setting option.
• Press the CANCEL button to return to the previous submenu.
6 Push the joystick up/down to select the desired setting option and then press SET.
• Depending on the menu item, additional selections may be necessary.
7 Press the MENU button to close the menu.
Operating modes:
MENU button
Press to open the menu and then press again to close
the menu after adjusting desired settings.
Joystick/SET button
Push the joystick to move the orange selection frame in the
menu. Then, press the joystick itself (SET button) to select
the menu item indicated by the orange selection frame.
CANCEL button
Press to return to the previous menu or to stop some
operations that are in progress.
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NOTES
• Unavailable items may appear grayed out.
• Pressing the MENU button at any time closes the menu.
• When using the wireless controller, use the h, i, f, g and SET buttons in the same way as the
camcorder’s joystick.
• You can check the current settings on the status screens (0 156).
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Preparing the Camcorder
This section outlines the basic preparations for the camcorder such as attaching the lens hood, attaching the
microphone holder unit, and adjusting the viewfinder and LCD screen.
Attaching the Microphone Holder Unit
Use the supplied screws to attach the microphone holder unit to the
handle.
Attaching the Lens Hood
Attach the lens hood to protect the lens and reduce the amount of stray
light that may hit the lens.
1 Place the lens hood on the front of the lens (햲) and turn it 90
degrees clockwise (햳).
• Be careful not to deform the lens hood.
• Make sure that the lens hood is aligned with the thread.
2 Tighten the lock screw (햴).
Dioptric Adjustment
Turn on the camcorder and adjust the dioptric adjustment lever.
햴
햲
햳
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Using the LCD Panel
Open the LCD panel 90 degrees.
• You can rotate the panel 90 degrees downward or 180 degrees toward
the lens.
NOTES
• By default, the viewfinder screen is turned off while you use the LCD
screen. However, you can also use both displays simultaneously. See the
following section.
• You can set the LCD screen to black & white (0 32).
• When you use a commercially available lens adapter and the image on the screen is inverted, you can use the
[J Other Functions] [Custom Function] [Scan Reverse Rec] setting to return the image to the correct
orientation.
Using the Viewfinder and LCD Screen Simultaneously
By default, the viewfinder screen is turned off while you use the LCD
screen. Follow the procedure below to use both of them simultaneously.
1 Open the [LCD/VF Simul.] submenu.
[M LCD/VF Setup] [LCD/VF Simul.]
2 Select [On] and then press SET.
Adjusting the Viewfinder/LCD Screen
You can adjust the brightness, contrast, color, sharpness*, and backlight
of the viewfinder and LCD screen independently of each other. These
adjustments will not affect your recordings.
* The viewfinder's sharpness cannot be adjusted.
1 Open the setup menu for the viewfinder or LCD screen.
[M LCD/VF Setup] [LCD Setup] or [VF Setup]
2 Select [Brightness], [Contrast], [Color], [Sharpness] or [Backlight]
and then press SET.
3 Adjust the setting and then press SET.
• Repeat steps 2 and 3 to adjust other settings as necessary.
NOTES
• If you set an assignable button to [LCD Setup] (0 97), you can press the button to open the [LCD Setup]
submenu.
Operating modes:
Operating modes:
[M LCD/VF Setup]
[LCD/VF Simul.]
[Off]
[M LCD/VF Setup]
[LCD Setup]
[VF Setup]
[Brightness: 0]
[Contrast: 0]
[Color: 0]
[Sharpness: 2]*
[Backlight: Normal]
* The viewfinder's sharpness
cannot be adjusted.
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Setting the Screen to Black & White
The viewfinder and LCD screen display in color by default but you can set
them to black & white. Even when the screen is black & white, onscreen
text and icons will still be displayed in color.
1 Open the [LCD/VF B&W] submenu.
[M LCD/VF Setup] [LCD/VF B&W]
2 Select [On] and then press SET.
NOTES
• You can also set the screen to black & white by setting an assignable button to [LCD/VF B&W] (0 97).
Adjusting the Grip Belt
Adjust the grip belt so that you can reach the grip zoom rocker with
your index and middle fingers, and the START/STOP button with
your thumb.
IMPORTANT
• Be careful not to drop the camcorder when adjusting the grip belt.
Attaching a Shoulder Strap
Pass the ends through the strap mount and adjust the length of the
strap.
IMPORTANT
• Be careful not to drop the camcorder when attaching or adjusting the
shoulder strap.
Operating modes:
[M LCD/VF Setup]
[LCD/VF B&W]
[Off]
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Removing and Attaching the Terminal Covers
Remove the covers for the following terminals in order to access them.
* b only.
Removing the Terminal Covers
1 Open the terminal cover.
2 Grasp the strip connecting the terminal cover to the camcorder and pull
straight out.
Attaching the Terminal Covers
Insert the connecting strip into the opening to attach the terminal cover.
NOTES
• If the connecting strip is difficult to grasp, use a pair of tweezers or similar
tool.
Using the Wireless Controller
Inserting the Battery
Insert the supplied CR2025 lithium button battery into the wireless
controller before use.
1 Press the tab in the direction of the arrow (햲) and pull out the battery
holder (햳).
2 Place the lithium button battery with the + side facing up (햴).
3 Insert the battery holder (햵).
Activating the Wireless Controller
By default, the wireless controller is activated. If it has been deactivated,
follow the procedure below to activate it.
1 Open the [Wireless Controller] submenu.
[J Other Functions] [Wireless Controller]
2 Select [On] and then press SET.
NOTES
• You can also activate the wireless controller by setting an assignable button to [Wireless Controller] (0 97).
• HD/SD SDI and GENLOCK/TC terminals*
• W (headphone), AV and DC IN terminals
• REMOTE terminal
• HD/SD COMPONENT OUT, USB and HDMI
OUT terminals
Operating modes:
햲
햳
햵
햴
[J Other Functions]
[Wireless Controller]
[On]
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Using the Wireless Controller to Operate the Camcorder
When using the wireless controller, point it at the camcorder’s remote
sensor. When the wireless controller's buttons are operated, the
camcorder's tally lamps will illuminate.
NOTES
• When you use the START/STOP button or ZOOM buttons on the wireless
controller, you must press the record enable button simultaneously with
the desired button.
• 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 located 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 5.5 mm (0.2 in.) as this may cause damage to
the camcorder.
Using a Tripod with 3/8" Mounting Screws
To use a tripod with 3/8" mounting screws, first attach the optional TB-1
Tripod Adapter Base to the camcorder and then attach the tripod to the
adapter base.
1 Remove the tripod base from the camcorder.
• Remove the 4 screws and then remove the base.
2 Attach the optional TB-1 Tripod Adapter Base.
• Firmly screw in the 4 screws.
3 Attach the tripod.
• Firmly screw in the tripod screw.
• If a tripod has both a 1/4" screw and 3/8" mounting screw, firmly screw
in both.
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Preparing Recording Media
Preparing Recording Media
The camcorder records clips to CompactFlash (CF) cards and photos* to SD and SDHC memory
cards. The camcorder is equipped with two CF card slots. Initialize recording media (0 37) when you use them
with this camcorder for the first time.
* The camcorder can record custom picture settings (0 101) and camera settings (0 109) on to an SD card. To record a user
memo (0 82) with a clip, use the supplied Canon XF Utility software to a create user memo file and save it to the SD card. The
camcorder can read the file and embed it in the clip.
Compatible CF cards
You can use UDMA-compatible* Type I CF cards with a capacity of at least 512 MB with the camcorder. For
more details on cards that can be used, visit your local Canon Web site.
* The Ultra Direct Memory Access (UDMA) specification allows data to be transferred between the CF card and device at high
transfer speeds (measured in MBps). Depending on the CF card, you may not be able to record even when using a UDMA-
comptaible CF card.
NOTES
• Proper operation cannot be guaranteed for all CF cards.
Inserting a CF Card
You can insert a CF card into CF card slot A or slot B. If you have two CF
cards, you can use both slots.
1 Slide the CF card slot cover switch in the direction of the E/A
mark (햲).
• The CF card slot cover will open to the left (slot A) or to the right
(slot B).
2 Insert the CF card straight, with the label facing away from the
lens, all the way into the slot until it clicks (햳).
3 Close the CF card slot cover.
• Do not force the cover closed if the CF card is not correctly inserted.
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Checking the Status of the CF Card Slots
You can check the status of the CF card slots immediately by looking at the
CFj/CFl access indicator. Refer to the following table.
Removing a CF card
1 Wait until the access indicator for the card slot with the CF card to
be removed is off (햲).
2 Slide the CF card slot cover switch in the direction of the
E/A mark (햳).
• The CF card slot cover will open to the left (slot A) or to the right
(slot B).
3 Push the CF card release button (햴).
• The release button partially pops out.
4 Push in the CF card release button to release the CF card (햵).
5 Pull the CF card all the way out and close the CF card slot cover.
IMPORTANT
• Observe the following precautions while the CFj or CFl access
indicator is illuminated in red. Failure to do so may result in permanent
data loss.
- Do not disconnect the power source or turn off the camcorder.
- Do not open the cover of the CF card slot being accessed.
NOTES
• If you set the [J Other Functions] [Media Access LED] function to
[Off], the access indicators will not illuminate.
Access indicator color CF card slot status
Red Accessing CF card.
Green
Recording/playback is possible and the CF card slot is selected
for recording/playback.
Indicator off
A CF card is not inserted, the CF card slot is not currently
selected, or the CF card is not being accessed.
CF card release
button
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Inserting and Removing an SD Card
1 Turn off the camcorder (햲).
2 Open the SD card slot cover.
3 Insert the SD card straight, with the label facing the grip belt, all
the way into the SD card slot until it clicks (햳).
4 Close the SD card slot cover (햴).
• Do not force the cover closed if the SD card is not correctly inserted.
IMPORTANT
• Observe the following precautions while the SD card 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 SD card.
• Turn off the camcorder before inserting or removing an SD card.
Inserting or removing the SD card with the camcorder on may result in
permanent data loss.
• SD cards have front and back sides that are not interchangeable.
Inserting an SD card facing the wrong direction can cause a malfunction of the camcorder. Be sure to insert
the SD card as described in step 3.
NOTES
• To remove the SD card: Push the SD card once to release it. When the SD card springs out, pull it all the
way out.
• If you set the [J Other Functions] [Media Access LED] function to [Off], the access indicators will not
illuminate.
Initializing the Recording Media
The first time you use any recording media with this camcorder, initialize it
first. You can also initialize a recording media to permanently delete all the
data it contains.
When initializing an SD card, you can select quick initialization, which
clears the file allocation table but does not physically erase the stored data, or complete initialization, which
deletes all data completely.
1 Open the [Initialize Media] submenu.
[J Other Functions] [Initialize Media]
2 Select [CF A], [CF B] or [SD Card] and then press SET.
To initialize a CF card
3 Select [OK] and then press SET.
4 When the confirmation message appears, press SET.
• The CF card is initialized and all the data it contains is erased.
To initialize an SD card
3 Select [Complete] (complete initialization) or [Quick] (quick initialization) and then press SET.
Operating modes:
SD card access indicator
[J Other Functions]
[Initialize Media]
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4 Select [OK] and then press SET.
• If you are using the [Complete] initialization option, press SET to cancel the operation while it is in progress.
You can use the SD card but all data will be erased.
5 When the confirmation message appears, press SET.
• The SD card is initialized and all the data it contains is erased.
IMPORTANT
• Initializing the recording media will permanently erase all data, including clips with an e mark, protected
photos, and custom picture information. Lost data cannot be recovered. Make sure you save important
recordings in advance.
• Depending on the SD card, the complete initialization may take up to a few minutes.
NOTES
• While recording on a CF card, you can initialize another CF card in the other CF card slot.
Switching Between the CF Card Slots
The camcorder features two CF card slots, CF card slot A (CFj) and CF
card slot B (CFl). If both slots contain a CF card, you can switch between
them as necessary.
Press the SLOT SELECT button.
• The access indicator of the selected CF card slot will illuminate in green.
NOTES
• If both CF card slots contain a CF card and you open the cover of the
selected slot, the camcorder will automatically switch to the other slot.
• You cannot use the SLOT SELECT button to switch between CF card
slots while recording.
Selecting the CF Card Recording Method
The camcorder features two useful CF card recording methods, relay recording and double slot recording.
Relay recording: This allows you to continue recording on another CF card without interruption if the CF card you
are using becomes full. Relay recording is available from CF card slot A to CF card slot B, and vice versa.
Double slot recording: This records the same clip simultaneously to both CF cards, which is a convenient way to
make a backup copy of your recording while you record.
Operating modes:
Operating modes:
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To use relay recording
By default, this function is activated. If it has been deactivated, follow the
procedure below to activate it.
1 Open the [Relay Rec] submenu.
[J Other Functions] [Relay Rec]
2 Select [On] and then press SET.
To use double slot recording
1 Open the [Double Slot Rec] submenu.
[J Other Functions] [Double Slot Rec]
2 Select [On] and then press SET.
NOTES
• When the bit rate is set to 50 Mbps (0 46) during slow motion
recording, relay recording is not available.
• If a CF card becomes full during double slot recording, recording on both cards will stop. On the other hand, if
an error occurs with one of the cards, recording will continue on the other card.
• Double slot recording cannot be used with relay recording or slow & fast motion recording.
Checking the Available Recording Time
When the camcorder is in mode, the screen indicates which CF card slot is in use and the available
recording time (in minutes*) that remains on each CF card.
On the [Media] status screen (0 158), you can check the available recording time, total space and used space
of each recording media, and the available number of photos.
* The approximate available recording time is based on the current bit rate.
Recovering Data on the CF Card
An error may occur with data on the CF card in cases such as turning off the camcorder while recording or
removing the CF card while recording. In such case, you may be able to recover the data on the CF card.
1 Insert the CF card with the data to be recovered into the camcorder.
2 When the screen prompts you to recover the data, select [Yes] and then press SET.
3 After a message appears indicating that the data has been recovered, press SET.
NOTES
• This procedure will delete clips shorter than 10 seconds in length. Additionally, up to 10 seconds will be
deleted from the end of clips on the CF card.
• In some cases, data may not be recovered, such as when the FAT32 file system is corrupted or the CF card is
physically damaged.
• While you are recording, you can recover data on the CF card that is not being recorded to.
Operating modes:
[J Other Functions]
[Relay Rec]
[On]
[J Other Functions]
[Double Slot Rec]
[Off]
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Recording
Recording Video
This section explains the recording basics. Before you begin recording, make a test recording first to check if the
camcorder operates correctly. Record for approximately 6 minutes at 50 Mbps (0 46). Should the camcorder
fail to operate correctly, refer to Troubleshooting (0 162).
For details on recording audio, refer to Recording Audio (0 77).
Preparing to Record
1 Attach a charged battery pack to the camcorder (0 23).
2 Insert a CF card into a CF card slot (0 35).
• Insert another CF card into the other CF card slot to use relay
recording (0 39) or double slot recording (0 39).
3 Remove the lens cap.
4 Adjust the viewfinder.
NOTES
• The camcorder can add a user memo (0 82) to a clip as you record. It
can be used to store information such as the clip name, camera operator
and filming location. However, you must set the user memo before
recording.
• You can attach commercially available accessories to the handle by using the socket for 1/4" mounting
screws.
Recording
1 Hold down the button on the d switch and move it to
CAMERA.
• The camcorder turns on in mode and enters record pause
mode.
• The access indicator for the CF card slot selected for recording
illuminates in red and then changes to green.
Operating modes:
Lens cap Viewfinder
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Recording Video
2 Press the START/STOP button to begin recording.
• Recording starts. The front and rear tally lamps illuminate and the
recording indicator [NREC] appears on the screen.
• You can use the START/STOP button on the side grip or handle.
• When you use the wireless controller, press the START/STOP button
and the record enable button simultaneously.
3 Press the START/STOP button to pause the recording.
• The clip* is recorded to the CF card and the camcorder enters record
pause mode. The tally lamps will also go out.
* “Clip” refers to one movie unit from the point you press the START/STOP button to start
recording until you press again to pause the recording. You can also include custom
picture settings (0 99) and metadata (0 82) with the clip.
IMPORTANT
• Observe the following precautions while the CFj or CFl access
indicator is illuminated in red. Failure to do so may result in permanent
data loss.
- Do not open the CF card slot cover of the CF card slot being accessed and remove the CF card.
- Do not disconnect the power source or turn off the camcorder.
• Be sure to save your recordings regularly (0 131), 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 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 the START/
STOP button. Return the lever to its previous position to enable use of the START/STOP button again.
• You can use the [J Other Functions] [Rec Review] setting (0 87) to review the last clip recorded.
• If you set an assignable button to [Add e Mark] or [Add Z Mark] (0 97), you can press the button to add an
e mark or Z mark to the last clip recorded.
• You can use the [J Other Functions] [Clips] [Delete Last Clip] setting (0 153) to delete the last clip
recorded. Alternatively, you can set an assignable button to [Delete Last Clip]. However, you cannot delete the
last clip if double slot recording is on.
• b When you set the [J Other Functions] [SDI Rec Command] setting to [On] and you connect the
camcorder to another device using the HD/SD SDI terminal, if you start or stop recording with the camcorder,
the other device will also start or stop recording. For more details, visit your local Canon Web site.
• The area around the tripod base may become hot after using the camcorder for an extended period of time.
This is not a malfunction.
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Recording Video
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Recording in Full Auto Mode
Move the CAMERA switch to FULL AUTO to change the camcorder to
full auto mode. In full auto mode, the camcorder automatically sets the
iris, gain, shutter speed, and white balance. The camcorder will
continuously adjust the brightness and white balance automatically*. In
full auto mode, however, the autofocus will not be turned on.
* The light metering mode (0 59) will be set to [Standard], the AE level (0 59) will be
set to [±0] and the AGC limit (0 54) will be set to [Off/24 dB].
Locking Buttons
Moving the CAMERA switch to R will lock the following buttons: IRIS,
GAIN, SHUTTER, WB, S, AF/MF. Doing so will also lock the settings
of the corresponding functions. This is useful in preventing settings from
being changed due to inadvertently pressing one of the buttons.
About Clips
When the camcorder records a clip, it also assigns a 6-character clip
name consisting of a 2-letter prefix and 4 numerals (for example, “AA0001”). The numerals increase every
time a clip is recorded. You can set the initial clip name in advance using the [J Other Functions] [Clips]
[Title Prefix] and [Number Setting] settings. You cannot change the clip name after the clip is recorded.
The video file (stream) in a clip will be split approximately every 2 GB for clips with a long recording time. Even
in such case, playback will be continuous.
NOTES
• If you are recording with two CF cards and the CF card you are using becomes full while recording, the clip
will continue uninterrupted on the other CF card when relay recording (0 39) is activated. In such case,
the recording will be recorded as separate clips.
• If you record using the custom picture and metadata settings, those settings will be recorded with the clip.
For more details, refer to Custom Picture Settings (0 99) and Using Metadata (0 82).
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Recording Video
Onscreen Displays
Refer to this section for an explanation of the various screen displays that appear in mode. You can use
the custom display function (0 108) to display or hide most of the screen displays. Such screen displays are
denoted with an asterisk (*).
When displaying the date and time:
1 3
2 6
9
21
7
8
10
11
19
20
12
38
39
37
36
33
32
31
30
29
34
35
28 27 25 24 23 22
26
16 17 18
15
14 13
5
4
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1 Remaining battery time* (0 44)
2 Double slot recording (0 39)
3 Recording operation* (0 44)
4 Character recording* (0 107)
5 Genlock (0 74)
6 Time code* (0 70)
7 Interval counter* (0 88)
8 SD card status*
9 Bit rate/Resolution* (0 46)
10 Frame rate* (0 46)
11 b SDI recording command* (0 154)
12 Output displays* (0 150)
13 Wireless controller* (0 150)
14 Object distance* (0 150)
15 Conversion lens*
16 Magnification* (0 50)
17 Peaking* (0 49)
18 Digital tele-converter* (0 146)
19 User memo* (0 82)
20 User bit* (0 73)
21 Audio output channel* (0 129)
22 Audio level meter (0 81)
23 Audio peak limiter (0 81)
24 Image stabilizer* (0 53)/OIS lens shift (0 95)
25 Shutter speed* (0 56)
26 AE level* (0 59)
27 Gain* (0 54)
28 Aperture value* (0 58)
29 White balance* (0 60)
30 Full auto mode* (0 42)/
Lock* (0 42)
31 Focus mode* (0 48)
32 ND filter* (0 150)
33 Custom picture* (0 99)
34 Light metering mode* (0 59)
35 Infrared mode, infrared light (0 93)
36 Focal length guide (0 96)
37 Zoom indicator* (0 63)
38 Remaining recording time for double slot
recording (0 39)
39 CF card status/available recording time* (0 44)
40 Exposure bar* (0 55)
41 Date/time* (0 26)
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NOTES
• You can press the DISP. button to turn off most icons and displays.
• When the A icon appears next to the white balance, aperture value, gain or shutter speed, it indicates that the
setting is in auto mode.
1 Remaining battery time
• The icon shows a rough estimate of the remaining charge as a percentage of the full charge of the battery
pack. The remaining recording/playback time of the battery pack is displayed, in minutes, next to the
icon.
• P  Q  R  S  U (in red).
When U is displayed, replace the battery pack with a fully charged one.
• Depending on the conditions under which the camcorder and the battery pack are used, the actual
battery charge may not be indicated accurately.
3 Recording operation
14 Conversion lens
• When the optional WD-H58W Wide-converter is attached to the camcorder, the Z icon will appear.
When the optional TL-H58 Tele-converter is attached, the W icon will appear.
38 CF card status/available recording time
• The following indicates the CF card status.
j/l Can record on CF card
k/m No CF card or cannot record on CF card
The CF card selected for recording is indicated with a A mark.
NREC Recording
STBY Record pause
NINT REC Interval recording
INT STBY (INT flashes) Interval record pause
NFRM REC Frame recording
NFRM STBY Frame record pause (after starting recording)
FRM STBY (FRM flashes) Frame record pause (before starting recording)
NS&F REC Slow & fast motion recording
S&F STBY Slow & fast motion record pause
NPRE REC Pre-recording (after pressing the START/STOP button)
PRE REC STBY Pre-recording (before pressing the START/STOP button)
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Recording Video
Power Save Mode
Activate the power save mode to turn off the screen and reduce battery
consumption. At the press of a button, the camcorder will immediately
return to record pause mode.
1 Hold the POWER SAVE button pressed down for at least
2 seconds.
• The screen will turn off and the ON/OFF indicator will illuminate in
orange.
• During power save mode, the tally lamps will flash twice approximately
every 3 seconds. The camcorder retains previous time code and
camcorder settings.
2 Press the POWER SAVE button to return the camcorder to record
pause mode.
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Video Configuration: Bit Rate, Resolution and Frame Rate
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Video Configuration: Bit Rate, Resolution and Frame Rate
Before you record, select the bit rate, resolution (frame size) and frame
rate that best match your creative needs.
1 Open the [Bit Rate/Resolution] submenu to set the bit rate and
resolution.
[J Other Functions] [Bit Rate/Resolution]
2 Select the desired option and then press SET.
• The selected bit rate and resolution will appear on the right side of the
screen.
• If you selected [35 Mbps 1440x1080], [Frame Rate] will automatically
be set to [60i] so you do not need to continue with the rest of this
procedure.
3 Open the [Frame Rate] submenu to set the frame rate.
[J Other Functions] [Frame Rate]
4 Select the desired option and then press SET.
• The selected frame rate will appear on the right side of the screen.
NOTES
• For details on the signal output from each terminal, refer to Video Output Configuration (0 124).
Operating modes:
[J Other Functions]
[Bit Rate/Resolution]
[50 Mbps 1920x1080]
[J Other Functions]
[Frame Rate]
[60i]
Available bit rate, resolution and frame rate settings
* The first line indicates the bit rate (in Mbps); the second line indicates in parentheses whether the bit rate is constant (CBR) or
variable (VBR), and the color sampling.
Bit rate* Resolution
Frame rate
60i 60P 30P 24P
50 Mbps
(CBR 4:2:2)
1920 x 1080 N – N N
1280 x 720 – N N N
35 Mbps
(VBR 4:2:0)
1920 x 1080 N – N N
1440 x 1080 N – – –
1280 x 720 – N N N
25 Mbps
(CBR 4:2:0)
1440 x 1080 N – N N
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Custom Button and Dial
Custom Button and Dial
You can assign to the CUSTOM button and dial one of several frequently
used functions. You can then adjust the selected function using the
CUSTOM button and dial, without having to access the menu.
The functions that can be assigned to the CUSTOM button differ
depending on whether the camcorder is in Infrared mode.
1 Open the [Custom Key/Dial] submenu.
[J Other Functions] [Custom Key/Dial]
2 Select [Normal] or [Infrared] and then press SET.
• [Normal] refers to when the camcorder is not in Infrared mode.
3 Select the desired option and then press SET.
• If you selected [Normal], [IR Light] will not be an available option. If you
selected [Infrared], [Iris(ND)] and [Face AF] will not be available options.
Options
NOTES
• To open the option menu, you can hold down the CUSTOM button for at least 2 seconds instead of the
procedure above.
Operating modes:
[Iris(ND)]: Aperture adjustment (0 58). Press the CUSTOM button to toggle between manual and
automatic aperture adjustment and turn the dial to adjust the aperture.
[Face AF]: Face autofocus (0 51). Press the CUSTOM button to toggle between the [Face AF] settings
([Face Pri.], [Face Only], [Off]) and turn the dial to change the main subject.
[IR Light]: Infrared light (0 93). If [l Camera Setup] [Infrared] [Light] is set to [Toggle], press the
CUSTOM button to turn the infrared light on/off.
[Headphone Volume]: Headphone volume (0 114). Turn the CUSTOM dial to adjust the headphone volume.
[Tele-converter]: Digital tele-converter (0 146). Press the CUSTOM button to turn the digital tele-converter on/
off and turn the dial to select 1.5x, 3x or 6x.
[Off]: Use this setting if you do not intend to use the CUSTOM button or dial.
[J Other Functions]
[Custom Key/Dial]
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Adjusting the Focus
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Adjusting the Focus
This camcorder features the following two methods for adjusting the focus.
Manual focus (MF): Use the manual ring to adjust the focus. You can use the peaking and magnification
functions to help you focus more accurately.
Autofocus (AF): The camcorder continuously adjusts the focus automatically. When using autofocus, you can
select Instant AF, Medium AF or Normal AF mode. You can also use the manual ring.
Manual Focus Mode
Turn the manual ring to manually adjust the focus. The faster you turn the manual ring, the more quickly you can
focus on your subject.
1 Move the manual ring switch to FOCUS.
• If [MF] appears on the bottom left of the screen, the camcorder is in
manual focus mode. Skip to step 3. If A appears instead, the
camcorder is in autofocus mode. Proceed to step 2.
2 Press the AF/MF button.
3 Turn the manual ring to adjust the focus.
Operating modes:
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Adjusting the Focus
NOTES
• Using the subject distance display on the screen:
- When the camcorder switches out of autofocus mode or when you adjust the focus with the manual ring,
the approximate subject distance is displayed on the screen for approximately 3 seconds.
- Use the subject distance display as an estimate; when the distance reading is not considered very precise
for a particular zoom range, it will be displayed in gray.
- [f] indicates infinity focus and [f–] indicates over infinity focus.
- You can change the units of distance between meters and feet using the [J Other Functions] [Custom
Function] [Obj. Dist. Unit] setting (0 107).
- The correct subject distance will not be displayed when the optional WD-H58W Wide-converter or TL-H58
Tele-converter is attached.
• You can use the manual ring to adjust the focus while you are operating the zoom. When the camcorder is
initially in autofocus mode, it will return to autofocus mode after you manually adjust the focus.
• You can set the response sensitivity of the manual ring using the [J Other Functions] [Custom Function]
[F. Ring Control] setting (0 107).
• If you focus manually and then leave the camcorder with the power turned on, the focus on the subject may
be lost after a while. This possible slight shift in focus is a result of the internal temperature rising in the
camcorder and lens. Check the focus before resuming shooting.
Using the Focus Assistance Functions
In order to focus more accurately, you can use two focus assistance functions – peaking, which creates a clearer
contrast by emphasizing the outlines of the subject, and magnifying, which enlarges the image on the screen.
You can use both functions simultaneously for greater effect.
You can also use the [J Other Functions] [Custom Function] [F. Assist. B&W] setting (0 107) to switch
the screen to black & white while using the focus assistance functions.
Peaking
The camcorder offers two peaking levels. Select the level before activating
peaking.
1 Open the [Select] submenu (under [Peaking]) to select the peaking level.
[M LCD/VF Setup] [Select] (under [Peaking])
2 Select the desired level and then press SET.
3 Open the [Peaking] submenu.
[M LCD/VF Setup] [Peaking]
4 Select [On] and then press SET.
• The peaking icon (a or b) appears and the outlines in the
image will be emphasized.
NOTES
• Peaking appears only on the camcorder screen. It will not appear on an external monitor connected to the camcorder.
• Peaking will not affect your recordings.
• You can set the color, gain and frequency of the two peaking levels independently of each other.
• When you are adjusting the focus, you can use the [J Other Functions] [WFM (LCD)] [Edge Monitor]
setting (0 85) to help you focus even more accurately.
• If you set an assignable button to [Peaking] (0 97), you can press the button to activate the selected peaking level.
[M LCD/VF Setup]
[Select]
(under [Peaking])
[Peaking 1]
[M LCD/VF Setup]
[Peaking]
[Off]
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Magnification
Press the MAGN. button.
• i appears on the bottom of the screen and the center of the screen is
magnified approximately 2 times*.
• Press the button again to cancel the function.
* The magnification that appears on the LCD screen and on the viewfinder screen is
different. The magnification also differs based on the video configuration.
NOTES
• Magnification appears only on the camcorder screen. It will not appear
on an external monitor connected to the camcorder.
• Magnification will not affect your recordings.
Autofocus Mode
The camcorder uses the TTL autofocus system and continuously adjusts the focus on the subject in the center
of the screen. The focusing range is 2 cm (0.8 in.; at full wide-angle, measured from the front of the lens barrel) to
f.
During autofocus mode, you can turn the manual ring to focus manually. When you stop turning the ring, the
camcorder returns to autofocus mode. This is useful in situations such as when focusing on a subject on the
other side of a window.
Press the AF/MF button.
• A appears on the bottom left of the screen.
Setting the Autofocus Mode
You can select how the camcorder focuses during autofocus mode.
1 Open the autofocus [Speed] submenu.
[l Camera Setup] [AF Mode] [Speed]
2 Select the desired option and then press SET.
[l Camera Setup]
[AF Mode]
[Speed]
[Instant]
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Adjusting the Focus
Options
NOTES
• When recording in bright surroundings, the camcorder closes down the aperture. This may cause the picture
to appear blurred and is more noticeable toward the wide-angle end of the zoom range. In such case, set the
[l Camera Setup] [ND Filter] setting (0 145) to [Automatic].
• When you attach the optional WD-H58W Wide-converter or TL-H58 Tele-converter to the camcorder, the
[Instant] and [Medium] settings are not available.
• Autofocus takes longer to focus when the frame rate is set to [30P] or [24P] than when it is set to [60i].
• When recording under dark conditions, the focusing range narrows and the picture may appear blurred.
• Autofocus may not work well on the following subjects or in the following cases. In such case, focus manually.
- Reflective surfaces
- Subjects with low contrast or without vertical lines
- Fast moving subjects
- Through dirty or wet windows
- Night scenes
Detecting and Focusing On Faces
The camcorder can detect a person’s face during autofocus mode,
automatically focus on it, and even track it if the person moves. When
there are a number of people in the picture, one person (with the white
face detection frame) will be determined to be the main subject and the
camcorder will focus on that person’s face.
1 Open the [Face AF] submenu.
[l Camera Setup] [AF Mode] [Face AF]
2 Select the desired option and then press SET.
3 Set an assignable button to [Select Face] (0 97).
4 Point the camcorder at the subject.
• If there is more than one person in the picture, the camcorder will automatically select one person it
determines is the main subject. The camcorder will indicate the main subject with a white face detection
frame and other faces with gray frames.
• To change the main subject when there is more than one person, press the assignable button set to [Select
Face] (0 97) or set [J Other Functions] [Custom Key/Dial] [Normal] to [Face AF] (0 47) and turn
the CUSTOM dial.
[Instant]: Sets the autofocus mode to Instant AF. The focus is adjusted at the highest speed. This mode is useful
even when recording in very bright or low-light surroundings. This mode uses both the TTL system and
external sensor for focusing.
[Medium]: Sets the autofocus mode to Medium AF. The camcorder focuses more smoothly on the subject than when
using the [Instant] setting.
[Normal]: Sets the autofocus mode to Normal AF. The autofocus adjustment is made at a stable speed.
[l Camera Setup]
[AF Mode]
[Face AF]
[Off]
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