Canon HFM46 Camcorder User Manual

PUB. DIE-0391-000
HD Camcorder
Instruction Manual
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Introduction
Important Usage Instructions
WARNING!
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK).
NO USER SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED
SERVICE PERSONNEL.
WARNING!
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS
PRODUCT TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
COPYRIGHT WARNING:
Unauthorized recording of copyrighted materials may infringe on the rights of copyright
owners and be contrary to copyright laws.
CAUTION:
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK AND TO REDUCE ANNOYING INTERFERENCE, USE
THE RECOMMENDED ACCESSORIES ONLY.
CAUTION:
DISCONNECT THE MAINS PLUG FROM THE SUPPLY SOCKET WHEN NOT IN USE.
To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not expose this product to dripping or splashing.
The Mains plug is used as the disconnect device. The Mains plug shall remain readily operable
to disconnect the plug in case of an accident.
CA-570 identification plate is located on the bottom.
Using any device other than the Compact Power Adapter CA-570 may damage the
camcorder.
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European Union (and EEA) only.
These symbols indicate that this product is not to be disposed of with
your household waste, according to the WEEE Directive (2002/96/EC),
the Battery Directive (2006/66/EC) and/or your national laws
implementing those Directives.
This product should be handed over to a designated collection point, e.g., on an
authorized one-for-one basis when you buy a new similar product or to an authorized
collection site for recycling waste electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) and batteries
and accumulators. Improper handling of this type of waste could have a possible impact
on the environment and human health due to potentially hazardous substances that are
generally associated with EEE. Your cooperation in the correct disposal of this product will
contribute to the effective usage of natural resources.
For more information about the recycling of this product, please contact your local city
office, waste authority, approved scheme or your household waste disposal service or
visit www.canon-europe.com/environment.
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and Sony Corporation.
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“Dolby” and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
• YouTube is a trademark of Google Inc.
• Other names and products not mentioned above may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their
respective companies.
• This device incorporates exFAT technology licensed from Microsoft.
• ANY USE OF THIS PRODUCT OTHER THAN CONSUMER PERSONAL USE IN ANY MANNER THAT COMPLIES WITH
THE MPEG-2 STANDARD FOR ENCODING VIDEO INFORMATION FOR PACKAGED MEDIA IS EXPRESSLY
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• 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 noncommercial purpose or (2) by a video provider licensed under the AT&T patents to provide MPEG-4 compliant
video. No license is granted or implied for any other use for MPEG-4 standard.
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Exciting Features and New Functions
1
Your camcorder’s Full HD CMOS
sensor captures video at a
resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels2.
Videos are then recorded in the
memory, using AVCHD
specifications3.
With your new HD camcorder,
capturing the special moments in
your life with amazing image
quality and in lifelike vibrant colors
is easy and fun!
Decoration (0 62)
Story Creator (0 58)
Transform your movies into
compelling video stories just by
recording video following simple
pre-scripted suggestions,
optimized for various scenarios.
Cinema-Look Filters
(0 60)
Add flare to your movies by adding
text, stamps or freehand drawings
directly in the camcorder.
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2
3
4
Use professional cinema-look
filters to create unique movies
with distinctive looks.
“Full HD 1080” refers to Canon camcorders compliant with high-definition video
composed of 1,080 vertical pixels (scanning lines).
Video is recorded at this resolution only when the recording mode is set to MXP or
FXP mode. In other recording modes, the picture is recorded at 1,440 x 1,080
pixels.
AVCHD is a standard for recording high-definition video. With AVCHD specifications, the video signal is recorded using MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression and
the audio signal is recorded in Dolby Digital.
Smart AUTO (0 42)
Smart AUTO automatically selects the best
scene mode for the scene you want to
shoot. You get spectacular recordings
every time without worrying about settings.
Video Snapshot
Relay Recording
(0 61)
(0 37)
Shoot or capture short scenes
and arrange them into a video
clip set to your favorite
background music.
Face Detection
f94
497
The memory almost full? Use the
double memory card slot to keep
on recording video without
interruption.
Image Stabilization
(0 83)
The camcorder automatically
detects people’s faces and
adjusts the focus and other
settings accordingly for beautiful
results.
Dynamic IS (0 81)
compensates for camcorder
shake when you shoot video
while walking. Powered IS
(0 82) will produce stable shots
when you zoom in on distant
subjects (full telephoto).
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Enjoying your Recordings on Other Devices
Connect the camcorder
to an HDTV (0 119)
AVCHD-compatible HDTVs and
digital recorders with a card slot
compatible with the type of
memory card used*.
Play video
directly from
your recorded
memory card
Eye-Fi
Use an Eye-Fi card (0 133)
to wirelessly upload
recordings to your computer
or a video sharing Web site.
Save or upload to
the Web.
Create
discs
Use the supplied PIXELA’s
software (0 123, 128).
AVCHD
High Definition
MPEG-2
Standard Definition
Convert your HD movies, in
the camcorder itself, to standard
definition files (0 128).
* Refer to the instruction manual of the device. Depending on the device used, correct playback may not be possible even if the device is AVCHD-compatible. In
such case, play back the recordings on the memory card using the camcorder.
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Table of contents
„ Introduction
4
12
14
14
16
Exciting Features and New Functions
About this Manual
Getting to Know the Camcorder
Supplied Accessories and CD-ROMs
Names of Parts
„ Preparations
19
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24
26
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27
28
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31
31
33
33
35
36
37
38
Getting Started
Charging the Battery Pack
Preparing the Accessories
Adjusting the Position and Brightness of the LCD Screen
Basic Operation of the Camcorder
Using the Touch Screen
Operating Modes
Using the Menus
First Time Settings
Setting the Date and Time
Changing the Language
Changing the Time Zone
Using a Memory Card
Memory Cards Compatible for Use with the Camcorder
Inserting and Removing a Memory Card
Selecting the Memory for the Recordings
Relay Recording
Initializing the Memory
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„ AUTO Mode
40
Basic Recording
40
42
45
46
Shooting Video and Taking Photos in AUTO Mode
About the Smart AUTO function
Zooming
Quick Start Function
„ Video
48
48
52
52
54
58
58
60
61
62
66
68
69
71
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73
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75
76
78
78
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82
83
85
86
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89
Basic Playback
Playing Back Video
3D Flip View
The Index Selection Screen: Selecting the Content to Play
Back
Deleting Scenes and Stories
Video Stories and Cinema Style
Using Story Creator to Create Compelling Stories
CINEMA Mode and Cinema-Look Filters
Video Snapshot
Decoration: Adding a Personal Touch
Playing Back Stories from the Gallery
Rating Scenes
Playback with Background Music
Copying and Moving Scenes Within/Between Stories
Selecting a Story’s Thumbnail Image
Changing a Story’s Title
Advanced Functions
Recording in y (Manual) Mode
Selecting the Video Quality (Recording Mode)
Selecting the Frame Rate
Special Scene Recording Programs
Advanced Image Stabilization
Pre-Recording
Face Detection
Touch & Track
Faders
Manually Setting the Shutter Speed or Aperture
Manual Exposure Adjustment
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92
93
94
95
96
97
98
99
100
101
102
102
104
105
106
108
Automatic Gain Control (AGC) Limit
Manual Focus Adjustment
Tele Macro
White Balance
Image Effects
Self Timer
Audio Recording Level
Built-In Microphone Directionality
Audio Equalizer
Using Headphones
Using the Mini Advanced Shoe
Using an External Microphone
Using an External Video Light
Using a Zoom Remote Controller
Selecting the Playback Starting Point
Onscreen Displays and Data Code
Capturing Photos and Video Snapshot Scenes from a
Movie
Dividing Scenes
„ Photos
110
112
113
Viewing Photos
Deleting Photos
Slideshow
„ External Connections
115 Terminals on the Camcorder
116
Connection Diagrams
119 Playback on a TV Screen
120 Saving and Sharing Your Recordings
120
123
127
128
Copying Recordings to a Memory Card
Saving Recordings on a Computer
Copying Recordings to an External Video Recorder
Uploading Movies to Video Sharing Web Sites
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„ Additional Information
135 Appendix: Menu Options Lists
135
138
FUNC. Panel
Setup Menus
150 Appendix: Onscreen Icons and Displays
154 Trouble?
154
160
Troubleshooting
List of Messages
167 Do’s and Don’ts
167
172
173
Handling Precautions
Maintenance/Others
Using the Camcorder Abroad
174 General Information
174
175
180
184
Accessories
Optional Accessories
Specifications
Index
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About this Manual
Thank you for purchasing the Canon LEGRIA HF M46 / LEGRIA
HF M406. Please read this manual carefully before you use the camcorder and retain it for future reference. Should your camcorder fail to
operate correctly, refer to Troubleshooting (0 154).
Conventions Used in this Manual
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IMPORTANT: Precautions related to the camcorder’s operation.
NOTES: Additional topics that complement the basic operating
procedures.
POINTS TO CHECK: Restrictions or requirements regarding the
function described.
0: Reference page number within this manual.
rReferences to sections of the ‘Photo Application’ Instruction
Manual, included as a PDF file in the supplied Camcorder
Supplemental Disc.
: Text that applies only to the models shown in the icon.
The following terms are used in this manual:
When not specified as “memory card” or “built-in memory”, the term
“memory” by itself refers to both.
“Scene” refers to one movie unit from the point you press the
g button to start recording until you press again to pause
the recording.
The photos included in this manual are simulated pictures taken with
a still camera. Unless indicated otherwise, illustrations and menu
icons refer to the
.
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indicates that a function is available in the
operating mode indicated and
indicates
that the function is not available. For a detailed
explanation refer to Operating Modes (0 27).
Brackets [ ] are used to refer to
control buttons and menu options
you will touch on the screen and to
other onscreen messages and
displays.
Self Timer
Operating modes:
[FUNC.] 8 [MENU] 8 8 8 [Self Timer] 8
[A On n] 8 [a]
• n will appear on the screen.
• Repeat, selecting [B Off], to turn off the self timer.
Movies: In record pause mode, press g.
The camcorder starts recording after a 10-second countdown*. The
countdown appears on the screen.
Photos: In record pause mode, touch [PHOTO].
The camcorder will record the photo after a 10-second countdown*. The
countdown appears on the screen.
* 2 seconds when using the wireless controller.
The names of physical buttons
and switches on the
camcorder are indicated within
a “button” frame.
For example h.
The 8 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 Lists (0 135).
Introduction Š 13
Getting to Know the Camcorder
Supplied Accessories and CD-ROMs
The following accessories are supplied with the camcorder:
XCA-570 Compact Power Adapter
(incl. power cord)
BP-808 Battery PackW
XWL-D89 Wireless Controller
(incl. CR2025 lithium button battery)
Stylus PenW
XHTC-100/S HDMI Cable
STV-250N Stereo Video CableW
XQuick Guide
IFC-300PCU/S USB CableW
XInstallation Guide for PIXELA’s
Software
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The following CD-ROMs and software are supplied with the camcorder:
• PIXELA’s Transfer Utility CD-ROM*
- Use Transfer Utility for saving and transferring movies and music files
you can use as background music.
• PIXELA’s VideoBrowser CD-ROM*
- In addition to all the functionality of Transfer Utility, you can use
VideoBrowser for managing, editing, and playing back movies.
• Y Instruction Manual/Photo Applications Ver.35*/Music Data/
Image Mix Data CD-ROM (referred in the manual as “Camcorder Supplemental Disc”). Contains the following components.
- Instruction Manual - The full-version instruction manual of the
camcorder (this PDF file).
- Photo Application - Software for saving, managing, and printing
photos.
- Music data - Music files that can be used as background music during
playback. These music files are for exclusive use with the supplied
PIXELA’s software. The disc cannot be played back on CD players.
- Image mix data - Image files that can be used with the image mix
function (image mix frames).
* The CD-ROM includes the instruction manual of the software (on PDF file).
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Names of Parts
Left side view
1
2
5
3
4
6 7
8
Right side view
9
A
dA
f
A
q
A
a
A
g
A
s
A
h
Front view
A
j
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A
k
1 2 (camera/play) button (0 27)
2 VIDEO SNAP (video snapshot) button
(0 61)
3
(Story Creator button) (0 58)
4 DISP. (onscreen display) button (0 24,
105)/
BATT. INFO button (0 153)
5 USB terminal (0 115, 118, 127)
6 AV OUT terminal (0 115, 117)/
X (headphones) terminal (0 99)
7 COMPONENT OUT terminal
(0 115, 117)
8 HDMI OUT terminal (0 115, 116)
9 ACCESS indicator (0 40)
q Mode switch (0 27)
A
a Grip belt (0 22)
A
s Speaker (0 50)
A
d Strap mount (0 22)
A
f Double memory card slot cover
A
g Memory card slot X (0 35)
A
h Memory card slot Y (0 35)
A
j Stereo microphone (0 96, 97)
A
k Instant AF sensor (0 140)
A
A
l
q
S
a
S
s
S
q S
Top view
A
l
S
d
f
S
g
S
S
h
j
S
k
S
l
S
S
a
Mini advanced shoe (0 100)
Zoom lever (0 45)
POWER button
ON/OFF (CHG) (charge) indicator:
Green – ON
Orange – Standby (0 46)
Red – Charging (0 19)
Remote sensor (0 21)
LCD touch screen (0 24, 26)
POWERED IS button (0 82)/
WEB button (0 128)
Battery attachment unit (0 19)
START/STOP button (0 40)
DC IN terminal (0 19)
RESET button (0 158)
S
s
LCD panel
S
d
S
f
S
g
Back view
S
h
S
k
S
j
S
l
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D BATTERY RELEASE switch (0 20)
q
a Tripod socket (0 168)
D
s Serial number
D
Bottom view
D
q
D
a
D
s
Wireless Controller WL-D89
1 START/STOP button (0 40)
2 b (index selection) button (0 52)
Press and hold for more than 2
seconds to switch between shooting
and playback mode.
3 MENU button (0 29, 138)
4 DISP. (onscreen display) button
(0 105)
5 SET button
6 B (stop) button (0 48)
7 PHOTO button (0 40)
8 Zoom buttons (0 45)
9 Navigation buttons ( Z/O/y/A )
q A/C (play/pause) button (0 48)
A
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Preparations
This chapter describes basic operations, such as using the
touch panel, navigating the menus, and first time settings to
help you learn more about your camcorder.
Getting Started
Charging the Battery Pack
The camcorder can be powered with a battery pack or directly using
the compact power adapter. The first time you use a battery pack, fully
charge it and then use the camcorder until the battery pack is completely exhausted. Doing so will ensure that the remaining recording
time will be displayed accurately.
For approximate charging times and recording/playback times with a
fully charged battery pack, refer to Charging, Recording and Playback
Times (0 176).
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.
DC IN terminal
4 Attach the battery pack to the
camcorder.
Press the battery pack softly into
the battery attachment unit and
slide it up until it clicks in place.
Preparations Š 19
5 Charging will start when the
camcorder is turned off.
• If the camcorder was on, the
green ON/OFF (CHG) indicator
will go out when you turn off the
camcorder. After a moment,
the ON/OFF (CHG) indicator
will start flashing in red (battery
pack charging). The red ON/
OFF (CHG) indicator will go out
when the battery pack is fully
charged.
• If the indicator flashes quickly,
refer to Troubleshooting (0 157).
ON/OFF (CHG) (charge) indicator
4
To remove the battery pack
1 Slide U in the
direction of the arrow and hold it
pressed down.
2 Slide the battery pack and
then pull it out.
BATTERY RELEASE switch
IMPORTANT
• Turn off the camcorder before connecting or disconnecting the compact power adapter. After pressing x to turn off the camcorder,
important data is updated in the memory. Be sure to wait until the green
ON/OFF (CHG) indicator goes out.
• Do not connect to the camcorder’s DC IN terminal or to the compact
power adapter any electrical equipment that is not expressly recommended for use with this camcorder.
• To prevent equipment breakdowns and excessive heating, do not connect the supplied compact power adapter to voltage converters for
overseas travels or special power sources such as those on aircraft and
ships, DC-AC inverters, etc.
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NOTES
• We recommend charging the battery pack in temperatures between
10 °C and 30 °C. If either the ambient temperature or the battery pack’s
temperature is outside the range of approx. 0 °C to 40 °C, charging will
not start.
• The battery pack will be charged only when the camcorder is off.
• If the power supply was disconnected while charging a battery pack,
make sure the ON/OFF (CHG) indicator has gone out before restoring
the power supply.
• If remaining battery time is an issue, you can power the camcorder
using the compact power adapter so the battery pack will not be consumed.
• Charged battery packs continue to discharge naturally. Therefore,
charge them on the day of use, or the day before, to ensure a full
charge.
• We recommend that you prepare battery packs to last 2 to 3 times
longer than you think you might need.
Preparing the Accessories
Wireless Controller
First, insert the supplied CR2025 lithium button battery into the wireless controller.
1 Press the tab in the direction of the
arrow and pull out the battery holder.
2 Place the lithium button battery with
the + side facing up.
3 Insert the battery holder.
Tab
To use the wireless controller
Point the wireless controller at the camcorder’s remote sensor when
you press the buttons.
You can rotate the LCD panel 180 degrees to use the wireless controller
from the front of the camcorder.
Preparations Š 21
NOTES
• The wireless controller may not work properly when the remote sensor
is situated under strong light sources or direct sunlight.
Grip Belt and Straps
Fasten the grip belt.
Adjust the grip belt so that you can
reach the zoom lever with your index
finger, and the g button
with your thumb.
You can attach the supplied stylus
pen to the grip belt.
To remove the grip belt
1 Lift the padded handgrip’s flap and detach the strap from the Velcro
pad.
2 Pull the strap to remove it first from the front bracket on the
camcorder, then to unthread it from the handgrip and finally to
remove it from the rear bracket on the camcorder.
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To attach an optional wrist strap
Attach the wrist strap to the rear
bracket on the camcorder, adjust
the length and fasten.
You can also attach the wrist strap
to the strap mount on the grip belt
to use both for extra convenience
and protection.
To attach 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.
Preparations Š 23
Adjusting the Position and Brightness of the LCD Screen
Rotating the LCD Panel
Open the LCD panel 90 degrees.
• You can rotate the panel 90 degrees downward.
• You can rotate the panel 180 degrees toward the lens. Rotating the
LCD panel 180 degrees can be useful in the following cases:
- To include yourself in the picture when recording with the self timer.
- To allow the camcorder to be operated with the wireless controller
from the front.
180°
180°
90°
Subject can monitor the LCD screen
NOTES
• About the LCD screen: The screen is produced using extremely high-precision manufacturing techniques, with more than 99.99% of the pixels
operating to specification. Less than 0.01% of the pixels may occasionally misfire or appear as black, red, blue or green dots. This has no
effect on the recorded image and does not constitute a malfunction.
LCD Backlight
When recording in bright places it may be difficult to use the LCD
screen. Turn on the LCD backlight to make it brighter.
With the camcorder on, hold
h pressed down for more
than 2 seconds.
Repeat this action to switch the LCD
backlight between off (normal) and
on (bright).
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NOTES
• The LCD backlight does not affect the brightness of the recordings.
• Using the bright setting will shorten the effective usage time of the battery pack.
• You can further adjust the brightness of the LCD screen with the
6 8 [LCD Brightness] setting, or dim it with the 6 8 [LCD
Screen Dimmer] setting to use in places where the light from the LCD
screen can be a nuisance.
• For details about how to take care of the touch screen, refer to Handling
Precautions (0 167), Cleaning (0 172).
Preparations Š 25
Basic Operation of the Camcorder
Using the Touch Screen
The control buttons and menu items that appear on the touch screen
change dynamically depending on the operating mode and the task
you are performing. With the intuitive touch screen interface you have
all the controls at your fingertips. You can also use the supplied stylus
pen for a more precise operation.
Touch
Press firmly on an element displayed
on the touch screen.
Used to start playing back a scene in
an index screen, to select a setting
from the menus, to select the subject
whom the camcorder will recognize
as the main subject of the scene, etc.
Drag
While applying pressure, swipe your
finger up and down or left and right
across the screen.
Used to scroll menus, to browse
through index screen pages or to
adjust slider controls like the volume.
IMPORTANT
• The camcorder uses a pressure-sensitive touch screen. Press
firmly when using touch operations.
• In the following cases, you may not be able to perform touch operations
correctly.
- Using your fingernails or hard-tipped objects other than the supplied
stylus pen, such as ballpoint pens.
- Operating the touch screen with wet or gloved hands.
- Applying excessive force or forcefully scratching the touch screen.
- Attaching commercially available screen protectors or adhesive film
onto the touch screen’s surface.
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Operating Modes
Recording
In recording mode, the camcorder’s operating mode is determined by
the position of the mode switch.
Operating mode Mode switch
Operation
Let the camcorder take care of all the settings while
you concentrate on recording (0 40). Great for
beginners or if you just prefer not to bother with
detailed camcorder settings.
Enjoy full access to menus, settings and advanced
functions (0 75).
Give your recordings a cinematic look and use cinemalook filters to create unique movies (0 60).
Playback
Press the camera/play button S to switch the camcorder between camera (recording) mode and playback
mode. You can press S when the camcorder is off to
turn it on directly in playback mode.
Operating mode
Operation
Playing back movies (0 48).
Viewing photos (0 110).
NOTES
• When switching to a playback mode, the memory selected for playback
will be the same currently used for recording.
• You can also press and hold B on the wireless controller for more
than 2 seconds to switch between recording and playback mode.
Preparations Š 27
Using the Menus
Many of the camcorder’s functions can be adjusted from the FUNC.
panel and the setup menus. For details about the available menu
options and settings, refer to the appendix Menu Options Lists
(0 135).
FUNC. Panel
Operating modes:
The FUNC. panel shows a convenient overview of frequently used
shooting functions. Touch [FUNC.] to access the FUNC. panel and then
touch the function you want to set or adjust.
You may need to drag your finger up and down along the scroll bar to
find the control button of the desired function. In
mode, access to
functions is limited.
FUNC. panel in
mode
Drag your finger up
and down along the
scroll bar to display
the rest of the panel
Touch the control
button of the
desired function
Edit Panel
Operating modes:
Touch [Edit] to display a panel showing available operations (copying,
deleting, etc.), and then touch the operation you want to perform.
Edit panel in
Touch the control
button of the
desired operation
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mode
Setup Menus
Operating modes:
*
* In
mode setup menus cannot be accessed and most menu settings will be
reset to default values.
1
or
[FUNC.]
mode only: Touch
2 Touch [MENU] to open the setup
menus.
You can also press u on the
wireless controller.
3 Touch the tab of the desired
menu.
4 Drag your finger up and down to bring the setting you want to
change into the orange selection bar.
• Menu items not available appear grayed out.
• You can touch any menu item on the screen to bring it directly into
the selection bar.
5 When the desired menu item is inside the selection bar, touch the
orange frame on the right.
6 Touch the desired option and touch [a].
You can touch [a] to close the menu at any time.
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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.
When the [Date/Time] screen appears,
the year will be selected.
1 Touch a field you want to change (year, month, day, hours or
minutes).
2 Touch [Z] or [O] to change the field as necessary.
3 Set the correct date and time by changing all the fields in the
same way.
4 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), but it will still follow the order you selected.
5 Touch [24H] to use 24-hour clock or leave it unselected to use 12hour clock (AM/PM).
6 Touch [OK] to start the clock and close the setup screen.
NOTES
• You can adjust the date and time later on with the 6 8 [Date/Time]
setting.
• When you do not use the camcorder for about 3 months, the built-in
rechargeable lithium battery may discharge completely and the date
and time setting may be lost. In such case, recharge the built-in lithium
battery (0 170) and set the time zone, date and time again.
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Changing the Language
The default language of the camcorder
is English. You can set it to one of 26
other languages.
Operating modes:
[FUNC.]* 8 [MENU] 8 6 8 [Language a] 8
Desired language 8 [a]
* Only when performing the procedure in a recording mode.
NOTES
• Some control buttons, such as [ZOOM], [FUNC.] or [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
Paris.
Operating modes:
1 Open the [Time Zone/DST] screen.
[FUNC.]* 8 [MENU] 8 6 8 [Time Zone/DST]
* Only when performing the procedure in a recording mode.
2 Touch [S] to set the home time zone, or [V] to set the time zone
of your destination when you are traveling.
3 Touch [Z] or [O] to set the desired time zone. If necessary, touch
[U] to adjust for daylight saving time.
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4 Touch [a] 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.
As of October 2010, the movie recording function has been tested
using SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards made by Panasonic, Toshiba
and SanDisk.
Memory card type:
SD Speed Class*:
Capacity:
SD memory card,
SDXC memory card
SDHC memory card,
128 MB or larger**.
* When using an SD memory card without a speed class rating, you may not be able
to record movies, depending on the memory card used.
** SD memory cards with a capacity of 64 MB or smaller cannot be used to record
movies.
NOTES
• About the Speed Class: Speed Class is a standard that indicates the minimum guaranteed data transfer speed of memory cards. When you buy
a new memory card, look for the Speed Class logo on the package.
We recommend using memory cards rated SD Speed Class 4, 6 or 10.
SDXC Memory Cards
You can use SDXC memory cards with this camcorder. When using
memory cards with other devices, such as digital recorders, computers
and card readers, make sure that the external device is compatible
with SDXC cards. The table below summarizes compatibility by computer operating system, as of October 2010. For the latest information,
however, contact the computer, operating system or memory card
manufacturer.
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Compatible operating systems for SDXC memory cards
Operating system Compatibility
Windows 7
Compatible
Windows Vista
Compatible (requires Service Pack 1 or later)
Windows XP
Compatible (requires Service Pack 3 and KB955704 update)
Mac OS X
Not compatible
IMPORTANT
• If you use an SDXC memory card with a computer OS that is not SDXCcompatible, you may be prompted to format the memory card. In such
case, cancel the operation to prevent data loss.
• After repeatedly recording, deleting and editing scenes (fragmented
memory), it will take longer to write data on the memory and recording
may stop. Save your recordings and initialize the memory.
Eye-Fi Cards
This product is not guaranteed to support Eye-Fi card functions
(including wireless transfer). In case of an issue with an Eye-Fi card,
please check with the card manufacturer.
Also note that an approval is required to use Eye-Fi cards in many
countries or regions. Without approval, use of the card is not permitted. If it is unclear whether the card has been approved for use in the
area, please check with the card manufacturer.
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Inserting and Removing a Memory Card
Make sure to initialize (0 38) all memory cards before using them with
this camcorder.
1 Turn off the camcorder.
Make sure the ON/OFF (CHG)
indicator is off.
2 Open the double memory
card slot cover.
3 Insert the memory card
straight, with the label
facing up, all the way into
one of the memory card
slots until it clicks.
• You can also use two
memory cards, one in each
memory card slot.
• To use the wireless communication features of an Eye-Fi card, insert
it into memory card slot Y. Be sure you understand the information
provided in Eye-Fi Cards (0 34) before using an Eye-Fi card.
4 Close the double memory card slot cover.
Do not force the cover closed if the memory card is not correctly
inserted.
To remove the memory card
Push the memory card once to release it. When the memory card
springs out, pull it all the way out.
IMPORTANT
• Memory cards have front and back sides that are not interchangeable.
Inserting a memory card facing the wrong direction can cause a malfunction of the camcorder. Be sure to insert the memory card as
described in step 3.
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Selecting the Memory for the Recordings
You can select to record your movies and photos in the built-in memory (
only) or on a memory card. The default memory for recording both is the built-in memory (
) or memory card X (
).
Operating modes:
POINTS TO CHECK
• Be sure you understand the information provided in Eye-Fi Cards
(0 34) before using an Eye-Fi card.
[FUNC.] 8 [MENU] 8 8 8 [Rec Media for Movies] or
[Rec Media for Photos] 8 [f] (built-in memory),
[4] (memory card X) or [7] (memory card Y)* 8 [a]
[FUNC.] 8 [MENU] 8 8 8 [Rec Media for Movies] or
[Rec Media for Photos] 8 [4] (memory card X) or
[7] (memory card Y)* 8 [a]
* When selecting the memory, you can check the approximate available recording
time/number of photos, based on currently used settings.
NOTES
•
Select to record movies in the built-in memory or memory card
X if you later want to convert the movies to standard definition in order
to upload them to the Web.
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Relay Recording
You can activate the relay recording so if the memory you are using
becomes full while recording movies, the recording will continue uninterrupted on a memory card.
When recording on memory card X, you can use memory card Y for
relay recording (497).
only: When recording in the built-in
memory, you can choose to use only memory card X for relay recording (f94), or use both memory cards (f9497).
Operating modes:
1 Insert a memory card that contains no video recordings into the
card slot of the memory card you want to use for relay recording.
• When relay recording from the built-in memory (
only): memory
card slot X or both memory card slots.
• When relay recording from memory card X: memory card slot
Y only.
2 Activate the relay recording.
[FUNC.] 8 [MENU] 8 8 8 [Rec Media for Movies] 8
[f] (
only) or [4] 8 [Relay Recording] 8Desired
option* 8 [a]
* The approximate available recording time will now reflect the combined space in
the memories used for relay recording.
NOTES
•
You cannot use relay recording from the built-in memory to memory card Y. When using a single memory card, be sure to insert it into
memory card slot X.
• There will be a momentary stop in the scene at the point where the
camcorder switches from one memory to another.
• Any of the following actions will deactivate the relay recording function:
- Turning off the camcorder.
- Opening the double memory card slot cover.
- Changing the position of the mode switch.
- Changing the camcorder’s operating mode.
- Changing the memory used for recording movies.
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Initializing the Memory
Initialize memory cards when you use them with this camcorder for the
first time. You can also initialize a memory card or the built-in memory
(
only) to permanently delete all the recordings it contains.
At the time of purchase, the built-in memory comes pre-initialized and contains music files for use as background music and images
for use with the image mix function (image mix frames).
Operating modes:
1 Power the camcorder using the compact power adapter.
Do not disconnect the power source or turn off the camcorder until the
initialization is completed.
2 Initialize the memory.
[FUNC.]1 8 [MENU] 8 6 8 [Initialize f/g] 8
[f Built-in Mem.], [4 Mem. Card A] or [7 Mem. Card B]
8 [Initialize] 8 [Complete Initialization]2 8 [Yes]3 8 [OK]
8 [a]
[FUNC.]1 8 [MENU] 8 6 8 [Initialize g] 8
[4 Mem. Card A] or [7 Mem. Card B] 8 [Initialize] 8
[Complete Initialization]2 8 [Yes]3 8 [OK] 8 [a]
1
2
3
Only when performing the procedure in a recording mode.
Touch this option if you want to physically erase all the data rather than just clear
the file allocation table of the memory.
If you selected the [Complete Initialization] option, you can touch [Cancel] to cancel
the initialization while it is in progress. All recordings will be erased and the memory
can be used without any problem.
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IMPORTANT
• Initializing the memory will permanently erase all recordings. Lost original recordings cannot be recovered. Make sure you save important
recordings in advance using an external device (0 120).
• Initializing a memory card will permanently erase any music files and
images you may have transferred to the card. (
The music files
and image mix frames that come pre-installed in the built-in memory will
be restored after it is initialized.) To transfer music files from the supplied
Camcorder Supplemental Disc to the memory card:
- Windows users: Remove the memory card from the camcorder,
connect it to a computer and use the supplied PIXELA’s software. For
details, refer to the Software Guide (PDF file) of the supplied PIXELA’s
software.
- Mac OS users: Remove the memory card from the camcorder and
connect it to a computer. Use Finder to transfer music files from the
[MUSIC] folder on the supplied Camcorder Supplemental Disc to the
memory card. Refer to About the music files (0 183) for the folder
structure of the memory card.
• At the time of purchase, Eye-Fi cards contain the necessary network
configuration software. Be sure to install the software and complete the
required configuration setup before you initialize the Eye-Fi card prior to
using it with this camcorder.
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AUTO Mode
This chapter covers how to easily record video and photos in
mode, and how to use basic shooting functions like zoom
and Quick Start. To enjoy full access to menus and more
advanced functions, refer to Recording in y (Manual) Mode
(0 75).
Basic Recording
Shooting Video and Taking Photos in AUTO Mode
By default, movies and photos are recorded in the built-in memory
(
only) or on memory card X (
). You can select the memory that will be used to record movies and photos (0 36).
Please read the IMPORTANT section (0 43) before using an Eye-Fi
card.
Operating modes:
POINTS TO CHECK
• Before you begin recording, make a test recording first to check that
the camcorder is operating correctly.
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1 Set the mode switch to
.
2 Turn on the camcorder.
To record video
Press g to begin
recording.
• Press g again to pause
the recording.
• The ACCESS indicator will flash
from time to time while the scene
is being recorded.
j
To take photos
Touch [PHOTO].
• A green icon (h) will appear
momentarily on the screen and the ACCESS indicator will flash as the
photo is recorded.
• You can record photos simultaneously while recording a movie.
• You can also press j on the wireless controller.
When you have finished recording
1 Make sure that the ACCESS indicator is off.
2 Turn off the camcorder.
3 Close the LCD panel.
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Rating Scenes
You can turn on the scene rating option in recording mode with the
8 8 [Rate Scenes (Recording)] setting. Immediately after
recording a scene, you will have the option to rate it by touching
one of the rating buttons; you can also touch [
] or [a] to
leave the scene unrated. Later you can play back scenes and perform other scene operations by rating.
About AUTO mode
• Only the following functions are available in
mode.
- Zoom (0 45).
- Quick Start (0 46).
- Video snapshot (0 61).
- Advanced image stabilization modes (0 81) to shoot video while
walking or to stabilize the shot while zooming in on faraway
subjects (telephoto).
- Face detection (0 83) to get beautiful shots of people every
time, tracking the subject even if the person moves.
- Touch & Track (0 85) to track other moving subjects, keeping
them in focus and using the best settings to record them.
- Story Creator (0 58) to transform your movies into compelling
video stories by following simple scripts for various scenarios.
- Decoration (0 62) to add a fun personal touch using stamps,
drawings, image mix and more.
About the Smart AUTO function
In
mode, the camcorder will automatically detect certain
characteristics of the subject, background, lighting conditions, etc.
It will then adjust various settings (focus, exposure, color, image
stabilization, image quality, among others), selecting the best settings for the scene you want to shoot. The Smart AUTO icon will
change to one of the following icons.
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Smart AUTO icons
Background →
(color of the icon)
Bright2
(grey)
Subject ↓
Blue skies2
(light blue)
Vivid colors2
(green/red)
Sunsets
(orange)
People (stationary)
(
)
(
)
(
)
(
)
(
)
(
)
—
People (moving)
Subjects other than people,
such as landscapes
(
Close objects
(
)
(
/
1
/
1
Background →
(color of the icon)
) (
)
(
/
1
/
1
—
)
) (
/
1
/
1
)
—
Dark
(dark blue)
Subject ↓
Spotlight
Night scene
People (stationary)
—
—
People (moving)
—
—
—
—
Subjects other than people,
such as landscapes
Close objects
1
2
/
1
This icon will appear under tele macro conditions.
The icon in parentheses appears under backlight conditions.
IMPORTANT
• Observe the following precautions while the ACCESS indicator is on or
flashing. Failing to do so may result in permanent data loss or damage
to the memory.
- Do not open the double memory card slot cover.
- Do not disconnect the power source or turn off the camcorder.
- Do not change the camcorder’s operating mode.
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• Be sure to save your recordings regularly (0 120), especially after
making important recordings. Canon shall not be liable for any loss or
corruption of data.
• Photos recorded on an Eye-Fi card in memory card slot Y will be
uploaded automatically after setting the camcorder to playback mode, if
you are within the range of a configured network. Always verify that EyeFi cards have been approved in the country/region of use. See also
Using an Eye-Fi card (0 133).
NOTES
• About the power saving mode: If 6 8 [Power Saving Mode] 8 [Auto
Power Off] is set to [A On], the camcorder will shut off automatically
to save power when it is powered by a battery pack and is left without
any operation for 5 minutes. Press x to turn on the camcorder.
• When recording in bright places, it may be difficult to use the LCD
screen. In such cases, you can turn on the LCD backlight (0 24) or
adjust the brightness of the LCD screen with the 6 8 [LCD Brightness] setting.
• Under certain conditions, the Smart AUTO icon that appears on the
screen may not match the actual scene. Especially when shooting
against orange or blue backgrounds, the Sunset or one of the Blue
Skies icons may appear and the colors may not look natural. In such
case, we recommend recording in
mode (0 75).
• In
mode, most camcorder settings will return to default values, but
the following settings will be maintained even after setting the mode
switch to
.
- FUNC. panel: [Decoration], [Zoom].
- 7 menu: [AF mode], [Auto Slow Shutter].
- 8 menu: [Video Snapshot Length], [Rate Scenes (Recording)],
[Rec Media for Movies], [Recording Mode], [Rec Media for Photos].
- 6 menu: All settings.
• Photos are recorded as JPG files. The photo size (1920x1080) and
quality cannot be changed. At this size, a 1 GB memory card can hold
approximately 670 photos. However, the actual number of photos that
can be recorded will vary depending on the subject and shooting conditions.
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Zooming
Operating modes:
There are three ways you can zoom in and out: using the zoom lever on
the camcorder, using the zoom buttons on the wireless controller or
using the zoom controls on the touch screen.
In addition to the 10x optical zoom, in
mode, you can turn on the
digital zoom (40x or 200x) with the 7 8 [Digital Zoom] setting.
Using the Zoom Lever or Wireless Controller
Move the zoom lever toward Q
(wide angle) to zoom out. Move it
toward P (telephoto) to zoom in.
• By default, the zoom lever
operates at a variable speed –
press gently for a slow zoom;
press harder for faster zooms.
• You can also use the zoom
buttons on the wireless controller.
W Zoom out
T Zoom in
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Using the Touch Screen’s Zoom Controls
1 Display the zoom controls on the touch screen.
[FUNC.] 8 [ZOOM]
• The zoom controls appear on the left side of the screen.
2 Touch the zoom controls to operate
the zoom.
Touch anywhere within the Q area to
zoom out or anywhere within the P area
to zoom in. Touch closer to the center for
a slow zoom; touch closer to the e/d
icons for faster zooms.
3 Touch [a] to hide the zoom controls.
NOTES
• Keep at least 1 m away from the subject. At full wide angle, you can
focus on a subject as close as 1 cm. Using tele macro (0 92), you can
focus on a subject as close as 40 cm at full telephoto.
• In
or
mode, you can also set 7 8 [Zoom Speed] to
one of three constant speeds (3 is the fastest, 1 the slowest).
• When [Zoom Speed] is set to [I Variable]:
- When you use the P and Q buttons on the wireless controller, the
zoom speed will be constant at [J Speed 3].
- The zoom speed will be faster in record pause mode than when
actually recording, except when pre-recording (0 82) is activated.
• See Specifications (0 181) for notes about this function when the
recording program is set to [r Underwater] or [s Surface].
Quick Start Function
When you close the LCD panel with the camcorder on, the camcorder
enters the standby mode. In standby mode the camcorder consumes
only about 1/3 the power used when recording, saving energy when
you are using a battery pack. Additionally, when you open the LCD
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panel, the camcorder is ready to start recording in approximately
1 second*, allowing you to record the subject right away.
* The actual time required varies depending on the shooting conditions.
Operating modes:
1 With the camcorder on and in a recording mode, close the LCD
panel.
A beep will sound and the green ON/OFF (CHG) indicator will change
to orange to indicate the camcorder entered standby mode.
2 When you wish to resume recording, open the LCD panel.
The ON/OFF (CHG) indicator turns back green and the camcorder is
ready to record.
IMPORTANT
• Do not disconnect the power source during standby mode (while the
ON/OFF (CHG) indicator is lit in orange).
NOTES
• The camcorder will not enter standby mode if the LCD panel is closed
while the ACCESS indicator is on or flashing or while a menu is being
displayed. The camcorder may also not enter standby mode when the
battery charge is too low. Check that the ON/OFF (CHG) indicator
changes to orange.
• About standby mode and auto power off:
- The camcorder will power off automatically if left in standby mode for
10 minutes. Press x to turn on the camcorder.
- You can select the length of time until shut-off or turn off the Quick
Start function altogether with the 68 [Power Saving Mode] 8
[Quick Start (Standby)] setting.
- The usual 5-minute auto power off setting of [Power Saving Mode] is
not applicable while the camcorder is in standby mode.
• Changing the position of the mode switch while the camcorder is in
standby mode will reactivate the camcorder in the operating mode
selected.
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Video
This chapter covers functions related to movies, including playback, advanced shooting, using Story Creator and other
advanced functions. For details about basic video shooting,
refer to AUTO Mode (0 40).
Basic Playback
Playing Back Video
Operating modes:
1 Press S.
You can also press and hold
B on the wireless controller
for more than 2 seconds to
switch between shooting and
playback mode.
2 Open the date index screen, if
it is not displayed.
[b] 8 [1 Date]
3 Look for the scene you want to play back.
Move the zoom lever toward Q to show 15 scenes per page; move it
toward P to show 6 scenes per page.
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A Memory being read.
B Recording date.
C Division line between recording dates.
D Drag your finger left for the next index page*.
E Drag your finger right for the previous index page*.
F Open the index selection screen (0 52).
G 3D Flip View (0 52).
H Scene’s timeline (0 104).
* While browsing through index pages, a scroll bar will appear at the
bottom of the screen for a few seconds. When you have a large
number of scenes it may be more convenient to drag your finger
along the scroll bar.
4 Touch the desired scene to play it back.
• Playback will start from the scene selected and continue until the end
of the last scene in the index screen.
• Touch the screen to display the playback controls. During playback,
the playback controls will disappear automatically after a few
seconds without operation. In playback pause, touch the screen
again to hide the playback controls.
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During playback:
A Jump to the beginning of the scene. Double-tap to jump
to the previous scene.
B Jump to the beginning of next scene.
C Pause the playback.
D Fast playback* backward/forward.
E Display the volume (0 50) and background music mix
balance (0 69) controls.
F Stop the playback.
G Decoration (0 62).
* Touch several times to increase the playback speed to approximately 5x → 15x → 60x the normal speed. During fast playback,
touch anywhere on the screen to return to normal playback.
Adjusting the volume
1 During playback, touch the screen to display the playback controls.
2 Touch [
], drag your finger along the [Speaker Volume]* bar to
adjust the volume and touch [f].
* When 6 8 [AV/Headphones] is set to [J Headphones], adjust the [Headphone Volume] bar instead.
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During playback pause:
A Resume playback.
B Slow playback* backward/forward.
C Capture the displayed frame as a photo (0 107).
D Decoration (0 62).
* Touch several times to increase the playback speed 1/8 → 1/4 the
normal speed. During slow playback, touch anywhere on the
screen to return to playback pause.
IMPORTANT
• Observe the following precautions while the ACCESS indicator is on or
flashing. Failing to do so may result in permanent data loss.
- 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.
• You may not be able to play back with this camcorder movies recorded
on a memory card using another device.
NOTES
• You can turn off the recording date and time display or change the information displayed with the y 8 [Data Code] setting.
• Depending on the recording conditions, you may notice brief stops in
video or sound playback between scenes.
• During fast/slow playback, you may notice some anomalies (blocky
video artifacts, banding, etc.) in the playback picture.
• The speed indicated on the screen is approximate.
• Slow reverse playback will look the same as continuous frame reverse.
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3D Flip View
Touch [
] in the date index screen to switch to 3D Flip View. This fun
way of displaying scenes grouped by recording date in a 3D layout can
be useful to flip through a large number of recordings.
A Recording date.
B Drag your finger left to go to the next date with recordings.
C Drag your finger up and down to browse through the
scenes recorded in the displayed date.
D Drag your finger right to go to the previous date with
recordings.
E Return to the date index screen.
F Current scene / Total number of scenes recorded on the
selected date.
G Touch the scene in the front to play it back.
The Index Selection Screen: Selecting the Content to Play Back
From the index selection screen you can select the content you want to
play back (original scenes by date or by story, or photos, for example).
You can also select the memory from which you want to play back your
recordings.
Operating modes:
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In any index screen, touch [b].
During single photo view, touch the screen once to display the controls
then touch [Q] to open the [Photos] index screen.
A Touch the tab of the desired memory: built-in memory
(
only), memory card X or memory card Y.
B Touch a control button to select the content you want to
play back.
Options
[1 Date] Scenes organized by recording date.
[
Gallery] Scenes organized by story (0 66).
[2 Photos] Photos’ index screen.
[u SD Movies] (
only when a memory card is selected)
Scenes that were converted to standard definition to upload
them to the Web (0 128).
NOTES
•
Fast/slow playback modes are not available for scenes converted to standard definition. Scenes in the [SD Movies] index screen
can only be played back at normal speed.
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Two playback modes: the date index screen vs. the gallery
In the date index screen you can find all the movies you have
recorded, conveniently organized by recording date. When you
play back scenes from the date index screen they will be played
back in chronological order.
In the gallery, you can find your scenes grouped as video stories. If
you record movies using the Story Creator function (0 58), your
scenes will appear in the story you created; scenes recorded without using this function will appear in the [Unsorted] story (or [Video
Snapshot] story, in the case of video snapshot scenes). When you
play back a story from the gallery, scenes will be played back in the
order of the story’s outline, regardless of their recording date.
Deleting Scenes and Stories
You can delete those scenes and stories that you are not interested in
keeping. Deleting scenes allows you also to free up space on the memory.
Operating modes:
Deleting a Single Scene
1 Play back the scene you wish to delete.
2 Touch the screen to display the playback controls.
3 Delete the scene.
[C] 8 [Edit] 8 [Delete] 8 [Yes] 8 [OK]
Deleting Scenes from the Date Index Screen
1 Open the date index screen.
To delete all the scenes recorded on a specific date, drag your finger
left/right until the desired date appears in the title bar.
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2 Delete the scenes.
[Edit] 8 [Delete] 8 Desired option* 8 [Yes]** 8 [OK]
* When you select [Select], perform the following procedure to select the individual scenes you want to delete before touching [Yes].
** Touch [Stop] to interrupt the operation while it is in progress. Some scenes may
be deleted nevertheless.
To select individual scenes
1 Touch on the individual scenes you want to delete.
• A checkmark O will appear on the scenes you touch. The total
number of selected scenes will appear next to the o icon.
• Touch a selected scene to remove the checkmark. To remove all
checkmarks at once, touch [Remove All] 8 [Yes].
2 After selecting all the desired scenes, touch [OK].
Options
[date] Delete all the scenes recorded on the date shown in the
control button.
[Select] Select individual scenes to delete.
[All Scenes] Delete all the scenes.
Deleting a Single Scene from a Story
1 Open the list of scenes of the story that contains the scene you
want to delete.
[b] 8 [
Gallery] 8 Bring the desired story to the
front 8 [Scene List]
2 In the [Scene List] screen, drag your finger up/down to select the
scene you want to delete.
3 Touch the orange box on the right to open the [Edit Scene]
screen.
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4 Delete the scene.
[d] 8 [Yes] 8 [OK] 8 [f]
Deleting Scenes from a Story by Rating
1 Open the information screen of the story that contains the scenes
you want to delete.
[b] 8 [
Gallery] 8 Bring the desired story to the
front 8 [Story Details]
2 Open the rating selection screen.
[Edit Story] 8 [Delete]
3 Touch one or more of the rating buttons to select all the
applicable scenes.
A grayed out rating button indicates that no scenes in the story have
been given that particular rating.
4 Delete all applicable scenes.
[Set] 8 [Yes]* 8 [OK] 8 [f]
* Touch [Stop] to interrupt the operation while it is in progress. Some scenes may
be deleted nevertheless.
Deleting Stories
Deleting a story permanently deletes all the scenes it contains. The two
preexisting stories, [Unsorted] and [Video Snapshot], cannot be
deleted.
1 Open the gallery.
[b] 8 [
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Gallery]
2 Select the story you want to delete.
Drag your finger right/left to bring the desired story to the front.
3 Delete the story.
[Story Details] 8 [Edit Story] 8 [Delete Story] 8 [Yes]*
8 [OK]
* Touch [Stop] to interrupt the operation while it is in progress. Some scenes may
be deleted nevertheless.
IMPORTANT
• Be careful when deleting recordings. Once deleted, scenes cannot be
recovered.
• Deleting a story permanently deletes all the scenes it contains.
• When deleting scenes, scenes will be removed from the date index
screen and from any stories in the gallery they may have belonged to,
regardless of the method used to delete them.
• Save copies of important scenes before deleting them (0 123).
• Observe the following precautions while the ACCESS indicator is on or
flashing (while scenes are being deleted).
- 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.
NOTES
• To delete all movies and make all recordable space available again you
may prefer to initialize the memory (0 38).
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Video Stories and Cinema Style
Using Story Creator to Create Compelling Stories
Story Creator is a helpful function that offers suggestions for typical
scenes in a number of situations. With Story Creator, creating interesting video stories is as easy as selecting one of the story themes, such
as [Travel], [Party] or [Kids & Pets], and following the suggested categories to record video. During playback, select your story from the gallery to play back the scenes you recorded as a single, compelling video
story (0 66).
Operating modes:
Creating a New Story
1 Press
.
If the memory already contains other stories, the story selection screen
will appear. In that case, touch [New Story].
2 Select the desired theme.
• Drag your finger left/right to browse through the themes and touch
the thumbnail of the desired theme.
• A list of the suggested categories (story scenes) for the selected
theme will appear.
3 Drag your finger up/down to select a category and touch [OK].
4 In the confirmation screen, touch [Yes] to create the story.
• Initially, the current date will be used as the story’s title, but you can
change it (0 73) before pressing [Yes].
• A new story will be created and the camcorder will enter record
pause mode. The selected story scene category will appear at the
bottom of the screen.
Recording a Scene within a Story
Press g to record movies within the selected story scene
(category).
• Use the displayed recommended length as a reference when recording
scenes.
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• Scenes will be recorded under the story and category currently
selected.
• You can also record video snapshot scenes (0 61).
A Return to the list of story scenes (categories).
B Recommended length of scenes in this category.
C Currently selected story scene (category). You can
also touch here to return to the list of story scenes.
To select a different story scene (category)
1 Touch [
] to return to the list of story scenes.
When it appears on the screen, you can also touch the button of the
current story scene.
2 Drag your finger up/down to select another category and touch the
orange frame on the right (number of scenes).
To exit Story Creator mode
Press
and touch [Yes].
NOTES
• When recording video snapshot scenes, you can have the camcorder
automatically link the length of video snapshot scenes to the recommended length of story scenes with the 8 8 [Video Snapshot
Length] setting.
Recording Additional Scenes within an Existing Story
1 Press
.
2 Select the story to which you want to add new scenes.
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The list of story scenes will appear. The orange frame on the right will
show how many scenes you have recorded in each story scene
(category).
3 Drag your finger up/down to select a category and touch the
orange frame on the right (number of scenes).
The camcorder will enter record pause mode and the selected story
scene category will appear at the bottom of the screen.
4 Press g to record a scene within the selected story
scene.
CINEMA Mode and Cinema-Look Filters
In
mode, the camcorder will adjust the frame rate and several
other picture-related settings to give your recordings a cinematic look.
In this mode you can also use a variety of professional cinema-look filters to create unique movies with a distinctive appearance.
Operating modes:
1 Set the mode switch to
.
2 Select the desired cinema-look filter.
[FILTER 1] 8 Desired cinema-look filter*8 [OK]
* When you select a cinema-look filter other than [Cinema Standard], you can
change the effect level with the following procedure before touching [OK].
• The selected cinema-look filter will be applied and its number will
appear on the control button.
To select the effect level of the cinema-look filter
[5] 8 [L] (low), [M] (medium) or [H] (high) 8 [f]
Options
( Default value)
The camcorder offers 9 cinema-look filters. Select the desired filter while
previewing the effect on the screen.
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[1: Cinema Standard]
[2: Vivid]
[3: Dream]
[4: Cool]
[5: Nostalgic]
[6: Sepia]
[7: Old Movies]
[8: Memory]
[9: Dramatic B&W]
A Filter number (will appear on the control
button)
B Filter name
C Preview the effect on the screen
D Select the effect level
E Brief description (onscreen guidance)
NOTES
• Photos cannot be recorded while the camcorder is set to
mode.
Video Snapshot
Record a series of short scenes. Then, play back your video snapshot
scenes set to your favorite music (0 69) to create your own fun music
video. You will be surprised how by changing the background music,
you can give your scenes an entirely new feel.
The default length of a video snapshot scene is 4 seconds but you can
change it to 2 or 8 seconds, or to the length recommended for the
selected story scene (category) in Story Creator, with the 8 8
[Video Snapshot Length] setting.
Operating modes:
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1 Press z.
• A blue border appears on the
screen.
• Press z again to
return to normal video
recording mode.
2 Press g .
• The camcorder records for a
few seconds (the blue frame
serves as a visual progress bar) and then automatically returns to
record pause mode.
• When the camcorder stops recording, the screen will momentarily
turn black as if a camera shutter had released.
NOTES
• Changing the camcorder’s operating mode will deactivate the video
snapshot mode.
Decoration: Adding a Personal Touch
Add a new level of enjoyment to your
scenes by decorating them. You can
add animated graphics, stamps and
even your own freehand drawings. The
supplied stylus pen will be especially
useful for decorating scenes.
You can decorate scenes as they are
being recorded, during playback or just
before converting them to standard definition (
only).
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Decorating Scenes while Recording
Operating modes:
1 Open the decoration screen.
[FUNC.] 8 [
Decoration]
• The decoration screen will open automatically also when you stow
the LCD panel with the touch screen facing out.
2 Use a tool from the toolbar as explained in the following
procedures.
3 Press g to record movies with your decorations.
You can add decorations even while recording a scene.
4 Touch [a] to exit the decoration screen.
A Canvas - The area where you will draw and see your decorations
in action.
B Toolbar.
C[
Pens and Stamps] Select the type of pen or stamp and its
color. You can also save a canvas or load a previously saved
canvas.
D[
Animated Stamps] Select animated stamps to add to your
decoration.
E[
Captions] Add the date, date and time, story title or story
theme as a caption that will be included in the recording.
F [ ]* (Image Mix) Choose one of 27 different frames to add onto
the canvas. Image mix can be used in combination with the
pens, stamps and animated stamps.
G [C]* In recording mode: pause the live video. Touch [C] again to
restore the live video. You can add decorations to and record the
frozen image.
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In playback mode: pause the playback. Touch [A] to resume
playing back the scene.
H [ ] Minimize the toolbar to the top of the screen to view almost
all of the canvas. Touch [ ] to restore the toolbar.
* Not available in
mode.
To use [Pens and Stamps]
1 Touch [ ].
The [Pens and Stamps] screen will appear.
2 Select the desired pen or stamp from [Tools].
3 Select white or black from [Colors].
Alternatively, you can touch [ ] and select a color from the color
palette.
4 Draw freely on the canvas.
Touch [ ] 8 [Clear] 8 [Yes] to clear the canvas and start again.
5 When you finish drawing, save the canvas.
[
] 8 [fSave] or [4Save] 8 [Yes] 8 [f]
• The freehand drawings and stamps will be saved in the built-in
memory (
only) or on memory card X (
only).
To load a previously saved canvas
In the decoration screen:
[
] 8 [fLoad] or [4Load] 8 [Yes] 8 [f]
• The camcorder will apply the last freehand drawings and stamps that
were saved in the built-in memory (
only) or on memory card X
(
only).
To use [Animated Stamps]
1 Touch [ ].
The [Animated Stamps] screen will appear.
2 Touch one of the control buttons.
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3 Touch anywhere on the canvas to place the selected animated
stamp. You can also drag the animated stamp to a different location.
To use [Captions]
1 Touch [ ].
The [Captions] screen will appear.
2 Touch [Date] or [Time].
When recording a scene using Story Creator, you can also select [Title]
(the story’s title) or [Story Scene] (the story scene category).
3 Select the desired text settings and touch [f].
• Touch [ ] (white text on dark background), [ ] (white text) or [
(black text).
• The selected caption will appear in the center of the screen.
]
4 Touch the caption and drag it to the desired location.
To use image mix
To use the image mix function when recording on a memory card, you
will need to connect the memory card to a computer and transfer the
image mix data from the supplied Camcorder Supplemental Disc to the
memory card in advance.
See About the image files for the Image Mix function (0 183).
1 Open the [Select Image] screen.
[
] 8 [ON]
2 Touch [+] or [-] to select a different image mix frame.
You can touch one of the memory icons at the bottom of the screen to
read image mix frames saved on a different memory (
: only when
recording on or playing back scenes from a memory card).
3 Touch [f] to mix the selected frame with the live video.
Decorating Scenes during Playback
Operating modes:
1 Play back the scene you want to decorate.
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2 Touch the screen to display the playback controls.
3 Touch [
] to open the decoration screen.
4 Decorate the scene using the tools from the toolbar as explained
in the previous section.
In playback mode, the decorations will not be saved with the original
recording.
NOTES
• Initializing a memory will erase any [Pens and Stamps] drawing canvas
and image files you may have saved. (
The image mix frames that
come pre-installed in the built-in memory will be restored after it is initialized.)
• Animated stamps and captions cannot be used at the same time.
•
When 8 8 [Rec Media for Movies] is set to [f] (the built-in
memory), you will not be able to select image mix fames saved on a
memory card.
• Image mix cannot be selected during playback or while converting a
scene to standard definition (
only). Select the image mix during
playback pause or before starting the conversion.
Playing Back Stories from the Gallery
You can play back recordings made using Story Creator to play them
back as a single compelling video story following the order of the
story’s script. Regular scenes and video snapshot scenes recorded
without using Story Creator, will appear in the gallery under the
[Unsorted] or [Video Snapshot] stories. When playing back stories from
the gallery, you can choose to play back only scenes with a certain rating.
Operating modes:
1 Open the gallery.
[b] 8 [
Gallery]
• From the date index screen you can also press
gallery on the same memory.
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to open the
A Drag your finger right or left to select a story.
B Story’s theme.
C Selected story (large thumbnail in the front).
D Story’s title (0 73).
E Open the index selection screen (0 52).
F Details about the story (number of scenes, total playback time)
and editing options.
G List of scenes recorded in the selected story.
2 Select the story you want to play back.
Drag your finger right/left to bring the desired story to the front.
3 Select the rating of the stories you want to play back.
[Story Details] 8 [Play by Rating] 8 Desired rating 8
[f] 8 [f]
4 Touch the story’s thumbnail to start the playback.
• The complete story will be played back from the first scene to the
last. When playback ends, the camcorder will return to the gallery.
• Touch the screen to display the playback controls. Touch [
] to
display the scene's category during playback. Touch [
] to turn
the story scene display off.
• Playback controls are the same as when playing back scenes from
the date index screen (0 50).
IMPORTANT
• Observe the following precautions while the ACCESS indicator is on or
flashing. Failing to do so may result in permanent data loss.
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- 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.
Rating Scenes
You can rate story scenes immediately after recording them (0 42) or
during playback. You can then select multiple scenes with the same
rating, for example, in order to play back or copy only your favorite
scenes.
Operating modes:
Rating Scenes from the List of Scenes
1 Open the list of scenes of the story that contains the scenes you
want to rate.
[b] 8 [
Gallery] 8 Bring the desired story to the
front 8 [Scene List]
2 In the [Scene List] screen, drag your finger up/down to select the
scene you want to rate.
3 Touch the orange box on the right to open the [Edit Scene]
screen.
4 Touch the control button of the desired rating and touch [f]
twice to return to the gallery.
Rating Scenes During Playback
1 Play back from the gallery the story that contains the scenes you
want to rate.
2 During playback of a scene you want to rate, pause the playback
and rate the scene.
Touch the screen 8 [C] 8 [Edit] 8 [Rating] 8 Desired
rating 8 [a]
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3 Touch [A] to resume the playback and rate other scenes in the
same way or touch [B] to return to the gallery.
Playback with Background Music
You can play back movies (or a photo slideshow) using one of the supplied music tracks as background music.
Operating modes:
The supplied Camcorder Supplemental Disc contains 3 music tracks
you can use as background music.
: The music files come preinstalled in the built-in memory.
You can mix the original audio and the background music and adjust
the background music mix balance to your preference.
POINTS TO CHECK
• To play back scenes or a slideshow of photos recorded on a memory
card, you will need to connect the memory card that contains your
recordings to a computer and transfer the music tracks in advance. See
the NOTES section (0 71).
1 Open the gallery or date index screen.
[b] 8 [
Gallery] or [1 Date]
2 Select the music track.
[MENU] 8 y 8 [Select Music] 8 [A On] 8
[Z] or [O] to select the desired music track
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A Select the desired music track.
B Adjust the background music balance.
C Play back the original sound (no background music).
D Delete the music track selected.
E Listen to the music track selected. Touch again (B) to
stop the playback.
3 Adjust the mix balance between the original sound and the
background music.
Touch [1] (more of the original sound) or [b] (more of the background
music) or drag your finger along the [Music Balance] bar to adjust the
background music balance as desired.
4 Touch [a] and then touch a story or scene to start the playback
with the selected background music.
To adjust the background music balance during playback
1 During playback, touch the screen to display the playback controls.
2 Touch [
], drag your finger along the [Music Balance] bar to adjust
the background music balance as desired and touch [f].
To delete a music track
In the [Select Music] screen, touch [Z] or [O] to select the track you
want to delete.
[d] 8 [Yes]
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IMPORTANT
• If you use copyrighted songs and music tracks in your video creations,
remember that music under copyright may not be used without permission from the copyright holder, except for cases permitted under applicable laws, such as for personal use. Make sure to follow applicable
laws when using music files.
NOTES
• Initializing a memory card will permanently erase any music files you
may have transferred to the card. (
The music files that come preinstalled in the built-in memory will be restored after it is initialized.) To
transfer music files from the supplied Camcorder Supplemental Disc to
the memory card:
- Windows users: Remove the memory card from the camcorder,
connect it to a computer and use the supplied PIXELA’s software. For
details, refer to the Software Guide (PDF file) of the supplied PIXELA’s
software.
- Mac OS users: Remove the memory card from the camcorder and
connect it to a computer. Use Finder to transfer music files from the
[MUSIC] folder on the supplied Camcorder Supplemental Disc to the
memory card. Refer to About the music files (0 183) for the folder
structure of the memory card.
• Transfer music files to the memory card that contains the recordings
you want to play back with background music.
Copying and Moving Scenes Within/Between Stories
You can copy and move scenes in the gallery within the same story
scene (category), between story scenes in the same story, and
between stories recorded in the same memory.
Operating modes:
1 Open the list of scenes of the story that contains the scene you
want to copy or move.
[b] 8 [
Gallery] 8 Bring the desired story to the
front 8 [Scene List]
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2 In the [Scene List] screen, drag your finger up/down to select the
scene you want to copy/move.
3 Touch the orange box on the right to open the [Edit Scene] screen
and touch [Copy] or [Move].
4 Select the destination.
Drag your finger right/left to select the desired story and touch its
thumbnail. Then, drag your finger up/down to select the desired
category and touch the orange frame on the right (number of scenes).
And last, drag your finger up/down to move the orange bar within the
category to select the position of the scene.
5 Copy or move the scene.
[Set]* 8 [Yes]** 8 [OK] 8 [f]
* This step is not necessary when copying/moving a scene into a story scene
category that contains no other scenes.
** When copying a scene, you can touch [Stop] to interrupt the operation while it
is in progress.
NOTES
• You cannot copy or move scenes to the two preexisting stories,
[Unsorted] and [Video Snapshot].
Selecting a Story’s Thumbnail Image
Initially, the image used as the story’s thumbnail is the first frame of the
first scene in the story. You can set your favorite scene as the thumbnail that will represent the story in the gallery.
Operating modes:
1 Open the gallery.
[b] 8 [
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Gallery]
2 Select the story whose thumbnail you want to change.
Drag your finger right/left to bring the desired story to the front.
3 Open the [Story Thumbnail] screen.
[Story Details] 8 [Edit Story] 8 [Story Thumbnail]
4 Locate the frame you want to use as the story’s thumbnail.
Playback controls will appear on the screen (0 50). Use any special
playback modes (fast/slow playback, frame reverse/advance) as
necessary to locate the desired image.
5 Touch [Set] to change the story’s thumbnail.
6 Touch [f] to return to the gallery.
Changing a Story’s Title
When you first create a story, the current date will be used as the
story’s title but you can change the title later on. The title can be up to
14 characters long (available characters are limited). The title of the two
preexisting stories, [Unsorted] and [Video Snapshot] cannot be
changed.
Operating modes:
1 Open the gallery.
[b] 8 [
Gallery]
2 Select the story whose title you want to change.
Drag your finger right/left to bring the desired story to the front.
3 Open the [Edit Title] screen.
[Story Details] 8 [Edit Story] 8 [Edit Title]
4 Use the virtual keyboard to change the title.
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5 Touch [OK] 8 [f] 8 [f] to return to the gallery.
A Switch between letters and numbers/special characters.
B Change the position of the cursor.
C Delete the character to the cursor’s left (backspace).
D Caps Lock. When the numerical keyboard is displayed,
[#%?] switches between set 1 and set 2 of special characters.
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Advanced Functions
Recording in y (Manual) Mode
When the mode switch is set to y (Manual mode), you can enjoy full
access to the menus and manually adjust the exposure, focus, white
balance and many more of the camcorder’s settings to your preference. Even in
mode, though, the camcorder can help you with
the settings. For example, by using Special Scene recording programs
(0 78).
By default, movies and photos are recorded in the built-in memory
(
only) or on memory card X (
). You can select the memory that will be used to record movies and photos (0 36).
Please read the IMPORTANT section before using an Eye-Fi card.
Operating modes:
1 Set the mode switch to y.
2 Turn on the camcorder.
3 Record movies and photos.
The procedure is the same as in
mode (0 40).
IMPORTANT
• Observe the following precautions while the ACCESS indicator is on or
flashing. Failing to do so may result in permanent data loss or damage
to the memory.
- Do not open the double memory card slot cover.
- Do not disconnect the power source or turn off the camcorder.
- Do not change the camcorder’s operating mode.
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• Be sure to save your recordings regularly (0 120), especially after
making important recordings. Canon shall not be liable for any loss or
corruption of data.
• Photos recorded on an Eye-Fi card in memory card slot Y will be
uploaded automatically after setting the camcorder to playback mode, if
you are within the range of a configured network. Always verify that EyeFi cards have been approved in the country/region of use. See also
Using an Eye-Fi card (0 133).
NOTES
• The zoom, Quick Start function, power saving modes, etc. operate the
same way in
mode as in
mode. For details, refer to AUTO
Mode (0 40).
• Photos cannot be recorded while the digital zoom is activated or while
fading in or fading out a scene.
Reviewing the Latest Scene Recorded
You can review the last 4 seconds of the last scene recorded with the
camcorder without switching to playback mode. While reviewing the
latest scene, the picture will be played back without sound.
Operating modes:
1 Set the mode switch to y or
.
2 Review the last 4 seconds of the scene.
[FUNC.] 8 [
Review Recording]
Selecting the Video Quality (Recording Mode)
The camcorder offers 5 recording modes. Changing the recording
mode will change the recording time available on the memory. Select
MXP or FXP mode for better movie quality; select LP mode for longer
recording times. The following table gives approximate recording
times.
Operating modes:
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[FUNC.] 8 [MENU] 8 8 8 [Recording Mode] 8
Desired recording mode 8 [a]
NOTES
• Movies recorded in MXP mode cannot be saved on AVCHD discs. Use
an external Blu-ray Disc recorder to copy MXP movies onto Blu-ray
discs or use the supplied software VideoBrowser to create AVCHD
discs*.
• The camcorder uses a variable bit rate (VBR) to encode video so the
actual recording times will vary depending on the content of the scenes.
• The camcorder retains the last setting used even if you set the camcorder to
mode.
* MXP scenes will be converted to an image quality similar to that of FXP scenes.

Approximate recording times
Default value
MXP1
FXP1
XP+
SP
LP
4 GB Memory card
20 min.
30 min.
40 min.
1 hr.
10 min.
1 hr.
30 min.
8 GB Memory card
40 min.
1 hr.
1 hr.
25 min.
2 hr.
20 min.
3 hr.
16 GB Memory card/
Built-in memory2
1 hr.
25 min.
2 hr.
5 min.
2 hr.
50 min.
4 hr.
45 min.
6 hr.
5 min.
32 GB Memory card
2 hr.
55 min.
4 hr.
10 min.
5 hr.
45 min.
9 hr.
35 min.
12 hr.
15 min.3
Recording mode →
Memory ↓
1
2
3
Recorded in 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. Movies recorded using other recording
modes are recorded in 1,440 x 1,080 resolution.
At the time of purchase, the built-in memory contains about 70 MB of
music files (background music) and 5 MB of image files (image mix frames).
A single scene can be recorded continuously for 12 hours; at that point, the
camcorder will stop for about 3 seconds before resuming recording.
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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.
Operating modes:
[FUNC.] 8 [MENU] 8 8 8 [Frame Rate] 8
Desired frame rate 8 [a]
Options
[w 50i (Standard)]
50 fields per second, interlaced. Standard
frame rate of PAL analog TV signals.
[D PF25]
Shooting at 25 frames per second, progressive*.
Using this frame rate will give your recordings a cinematic look.
Recording in
mode will further enhance the effect.
* Recorded as 50i.
Special Scene Recording Programs
Recording in a very bright ski resort or capturing the full colors of a
sunset or a fireworks display becomes as easy as selecting a Special
Scene recording program.
Operating modes:
[FUNC.] 8 [Rec. Programs] 8 [F Portrait] 8
Desired recording program 8 [a]
Options
( Default value)
[FPortrait]
The camcorder uses a large aperture, to achieve a sharp focus on the subject
while blurring the background.
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[GSports]
To record sports scenes such as
tennis or golf.
[q Night Scene]
To record nightscapes with
lower noise.
[ISnow]
To record in bright ski resorts without
the subject being underexposed.
[JBeach]
To record on a sunny beach without
the subject being underexposed.
[KSunset]
To record sunsets in vibrant colors.
[p Low Light]
[LSpotlight]
[MFireworks]
To record in low-light situations.
To record spotlit scenes.
To record fireworks.
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[rUnderwater]
To record underwater scenes in
natural colors.
[sSurface]
To record after getting out of the
water, such as on a boat after diving.
NOTES
• [F Portrait]/[G Sports]/[I Snow]/[J Beach]: The picture may not
appear smooth during playback.
• [F Portrait]: The blur effect of the background increases the more you
zoom in (P).
• [I Snow]/[J Beach]: The subject may become overexposed on
cloudy days or in shaded places. Check the image on the screen.
• [p Low Light]:
- Moving subjects may leave a trailing afterimage.
- Picture quality may not be as good as in other modes.
- White points may appear on the screen.
- Autofocus may not work as well as in other modes. In such case,
adjust the focus manually.
• [M Fireworks]: To avoid camcorder blur (blur due to the camcorder
moving) we recommend using a tripod.
• [r Underwater]/[s Surface]:
- Use these recording programs when making recordings while the
camcorder is in the optional WP-V3 Waterproof Case.
- The [r Underwater] recording program is for making recordings
underwater*. When using underwater lighting equipment or making
recordings while on land, we recommend using the [s Surface]
recording program.
- To switch the recording program between [r Underwater] and
[s Surface] while the camcorder is in the waterproof case, turn on
the camcorder while moving the zoom lever toward P or Q. Keep
pushing the zoom lever until the r or s icon appears on the
screen.
- p will appear on the screen when the camcorder’s temperature
becomes too high. If this happens, turn off the camcorder, take it out
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of the waterproof case and keep it in a cool place until the
temperature goes down. If the camcorder becomes too hot, it will turn
off automatically.
- When making recordings underwater with the [r Underwater]
recording program, the image on the LCD screen will appear redder
than the actual subject. This will not affect the recording.
- When a commercially available wide-converter or other accessory is
attached to the waterproof case, the camcorder may focus on the
accessory. In such case, move the zoom lever toward P to focus on
the subject.
- See Specifications (0 181) for additional notes about the
[r Underwater] and [s Surface] recording programs.
* Underwater is a unique environment that is ever-changing, depending on factors
such as the weather and water conditions. In addition, water absorbs red light,
which causes objects to appear bluer and greener.
Advanced Image Stabilization
The image stabilizer reduces camcorder blur (blur due to the camcorder moving) so you can get nice, stable shots. Select the image stabilization mode according to the shooting conditions.
Operating modes:
[FUNC.] 8 [Image Stabilizer] 8 Desired IS mode 8 [a]
Options
( Default value)
[
Dynamic] (Compensates for a higher degree of camcorder
shake, such as when shooting while walking, and is more effective as the zoom approaches full wide angle.
[
Standard] Compensates for a lower degree of camcorder
shake, such as when shooting while remaining stationary, and is
suitable for shooting natural-looking scenes. Use this setting
when recording movies with the optional Wide-converter or Teleconverter.
[
Off]
Use this setting when the camcorder is mounted on a tri-
pod.
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Powered IS
You can use Powered IS to make the image stabilization even more
powerful. Powered IS is most effective when you are stationary and
zooming in on far subjects using high zoom ratios (the more you
approach the telephoto end). Holding the LCD panel with your left
hand will add to the stability of the shot.
Press and hold Y as long as
you want to activate Powered IS.
•
appears in yellow, while Powered
IS is activated. The degree of
camcorder shake will be indicated by
the icon itself (
), but you can
turn off this indication with the 7
8 [Camcorder Shake Indicator]
setting.
• You can change the operation of the Y button (long press or
toggle on/off) with the 6 8 [POWERED IS Button] setting.
NOTES
• If the degree of camcorder shake is too high, the image stabilizer may
not be able to fully compensate.
• For surveying and following shots, when you pan the camcorder from
side to side or tilt it up and down, we recommend setting the IS mode
to [
Dynamic] or [
Standard].
Pre-Recording
The camcorder will start recording 3 seconds before you press
g, ensuring you do not miss important shooting opportunities. This is especially useful when it is difficult to predict when to start
recording.
Operating modes:
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1 Activate the pre-recording function.
[FUNC.] 8 [d Pre REC] 8 [A On] 8 [a]
• d will appear on the screen.
• Repeat, selecting [B Off], to turn off pre-recording.
2 Press g.
The scene recorded in the memory will start 3 seconds before
g was pressed.
NOTES
• The camcorder will not record the full 3 seconds prior to pressing
g if the button was pressed within 3 seconds of having
turned on pre-recording or having finished the previous recording.
• Any of the following actions will deactivate the pre-recording function.
- Leaving the camcorder without any operation for 5 minutes.
- Changing the position of the mode switch.
- Pressing S or z.
- Opening the decoration screen.
- Closing the LCD panel to set the camcorder to standby mode.
- Touching any of the following control buttons in the FUNC. panel:
[MENU], [Rec. Programs], [White Balance], [AGC Limit], [Image
Stabilizer], [Faders] or [Review Recording].
Face Detection
The camcorder automatically detects people’s faces and uses this
information to select the optimal settings for beautiful videos and photos.
Operating modes:
*
* Face detection is always activated in
mode.
POINTS TO CHECK
• Select a recording program other than [q Night Scene], [p Low
Light], [M Fireworks] or [r Underwater].
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By default, face detection is activated. If the function was turned off, perform the following procedure to turn it on.
[FUNC.] 8 [MENU] 8 7 8 [Face Detection & Tracking]
8 [A On o] 8 [a]
To select the main 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 main
subject is indicated by a white face detection frame and the camcorder
will optimize the settings for that person. Other faces will have gray
frames.
Touch a different face on the
touch screen to optimize the
camcorder’s settings for that
person using the Touch &
Track function.
Main subject
NOTES
• The camcorder may mistakenly detect the faces of non-human subjects. In such case, turn face detection off.
• In certain cases, faces may not be detected correctly. Typical examples
include:
- Faces extremely small, large, dark or bright in relation to the overall
picture.
- Faces turned to the side, at a diagonal or partially hidden.
• Face detection cannot be used when the shutter speed used is slower
than 1/25 or when the digital zoom is activated at more than 40x zoom
(dark blue area on the zoom bar).
• When face detection is activated, the slowest shutter speed used by the
camcorder is 1/25.
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Touch & Track
When recording a group of people using face detection, the camcorder
will automatically detect one person as the main subject. You can use
Touch & Track to tell the camcorder to track and optimize settings for a
different person. You can also use Touch & Track to always keep in
focus other moving subjects, such as pets or moving vehicles.
Operating modes:
1 Make sure face detection is activated (0 83).
Face detection is always activated in
mode.
2 Point the camcorder at a moving subject and touch the subject on
the touch screen.
• A white double frame will appear around the subject and track it as it
moves.
• Touch [Cancel z] to remove the frame and cancel the tracking.
NOTES
• Touching somewhere with a color or pattern unique to the subject will
make it easier to track. However, if there is another subject in the vicinity
that shares similar characteristics to the selected subject, the camcorder may start tracking the incorrect subject. Touch the screen again
to select the desired subject.
• In certain cases, Touch & Track may not be able to track the subject.
Typical examples include:
- Subjects extremely small or large in relation to the overall picture.
- Subjects too similar to the background.
- Subjects lacking sufficient contrast.
- Fast moving subjects.
- When shooting indoors with insufficient lighting.
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Faders
The camcorder offers two professional looking transition effects to
fade-in or fade-out scenes. You have the option to activate the fader
only one time or every time you start or stop recording.
Operating modes:
[FUNC.] 8 [O Faders] 8 Desired fader* 8 [a]
* You can preview the transition effect on the screen.
• The icon of the selected fader appears in green.
To fade in/out
Press g in record pause mode (M) to start recording with
a fade in. Press g while recording (N) to fade out and pause
the recording.
NOTES
• When you apply a fader, not only the picture but also the sound will fade
in or out.
• Faders cannot be used in the following cases:
- While using the [Old Movies] cinema-look filter in
mode.
- When recording scenes with decorations.
- When recording video snapshot scenes.
- While pre-recording is activated.
• You can select whether to fade to/from a black screen or a white screen
with the 7 8 [Fader Setting] setting.
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Manually Setting the Shutter Speed or Aperture
[A Programmed AE] is the default automatic exposure (AE) recording
program; using it, you can change functions like the white balance or
image effects. Select one of the other AE recording programs to control
the shutter speed or aperture.
Operating modes:
[FUNC.] 8 [Rec. Programs] 8 [B Shutter-Pri. AE] or
[C Aperture-Pri. AE] 8 [y] or [A]* to set the desired
shutter speed (B) or aperture value (C) 8 [a]
* You can also drag your finger along the dial.
Options
( Default value)
[A Programmed AE]
The camcorder automatically adjusts the
aperture and shutter speed to obtain the optimal exposure for
the subject.
[B Shutter-Pri. AE]
Set the shutter speed value. The camcorder
automatically sets the appropriate aperture value.
[C Aperture-Pri. AE]
Set the aperture value. The camcorder automatically sets the appropriate shutter speed.
NOTES
• [B Shutter-Pri. AE]:
- On screen only the denominator is displayed – [B 250] indicates a
shutter speed of 1/250 second, etc.
- When recording in dark surroundings, you can obtain a brighter
picture by using slow shutter speeds; however, image quality may not
be as good and autofocus may not work well.
- The image may flicker when recording with fast shutter speeds.
• [C Aperture-Pri. AE]: The actual range of values available for selection
will vary depending on the initial zoom position.
• When setting a numeric value (aperture or shutter speed), the number
displayed will flash if the aperture value or shutter speed is not appropriate for the recording conditions. In such case, select a different value.
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• During exposure lock, the aperture value/shutter speed cannot be
changed. Set the aperture value or shutter speed before manually
adjusting the exposure.
Shutter Speed and Aperture Value Guidelines
XWith slower shutter speed you can add a nice
motion blur and sense of movement.
With faster shutter speeds you can “freeze the
action” for powerful images of moving subjects.W
1/6
1/12 1/25 1/30
1/50
Low-light situations
Most ordinary conditions
1/120 1/250 1/500 1/1000 1/2000
Fast moving subjects
or shooting from a
moving car or train
Indoor sports
Outdoor sports on sunny days
XWith small aperture values only the subject is in
focus and the background is softly blurred. Great
for portraits or to isolate a single object.
With large aperture values every part of
the image is clearly in focus. Good
for landscapes and architectural shots.W
F2.0
F1.8
F2.8
F2.4
F4.0
F3.4
F5.6
F4.8
F8.0
F6.7
More light
y Lens aperture A
Less light
Shallow
y Depth of Field A
Deep
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Manual Exposure Adjustment
At times, backlit subjects may appear too dark (underexposed) or subjects under very strong lights may appear too bright or glaring (overexposed). To correct this, you can adjust the exposure manually or use
the Touch AE function to automatically set the optimal exposure for the
subject you select. This is convenient when the brightness of the subject you want to shoot is noticeably brighter/darker than the general
brightness of the image.
Operating modes:
POINTS TO CHECK
• Select a recording program other than [M Fireworks].
1 Open the exposure adjustment screen.
[FUNC.] 8 [e Exposure]
2 Touch a subject that appears inside the e frame.
• The Touch AE mark (P) will flash and the exposure will be adjusted
automatically so the area you touched will be correctly exposed. You
have the option to further adjust the exposure manually as
necessary.
• You can touch [y] instead to adjust the exposure manually without
activating the Touch AE function.
• The manual adjustment dial appears and the adjustment value is set
at ±0.
• Touch [y] again to return the camcorder to automatic exposure.
3 Touch [y] or [A] or drag your finger along the dial to set the
exposure adjustment value.
The adjustment range may vary depending on the initial brightness of
the image, and some values may be grayed out.
4 Touch [a] to lock the exposure at the selected value.
During exposure lock, e and the selected exposure adjustment value
will appear on the screen.
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NOTES
• If the recording program is changed during exposure lock, the camcorder will return to automatic exposure.
• When shooting subjects with a strong light source behind them, the
camcorder automatically corrects for the backlight*. You can turn off the
automatic backlight correction with the 7 8 [Auto Backlight Correction] setting.
* Except in
dard].
mode when using a cinema-look filter other than [Cinema Stan-
Automatic Gain Control (AGC) Limit
When recording in dark surroundings, the camcorder will automatically
increase the gain to try to get a brighter picture. However, using higher
gain values may result in more noticeable video noise. You can select
the AGC limit to curb the amount of noise by setting the maximum gain
value to be used. The smaller the AGC limit, the picture will be darker
but will have less the noise.
Operating modes:
[FUNC.] 8 [P AGC Limit] 8 [y Manual]* 8
[y] or [A]** to set the AGC limit 8 [a]
* Touch [z Automatic] to remove the limit for the automatic gain control.
** You can also drag your finger along the dial.
• The selected AGC limit will appear on the screen.
Manual Focus Adjustment
Autofocus may not work well on the following subjects. In such case,
focus manually.
• Reflective surfaces
• Subjects with low contrast
or without vertical lines
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• Fast moving subjects
• Through wet windows
• Night scenes
Operating modes:
POINTS TO CHECK
• Adjust the zoom before you start the procedure.
1 Open the manual focus screen.
[FUNC.] 8 [X Focus]
2 Touch a subject that appears inside the X frame.
• The Touch AF mark (P) will flash and the focusing distance will be
adjusted automatically. You have the option to further adjust the
focus manually as necessary.
• You can touch [2] instead to adjust the focus manually without
activating the Touch AF function.
• The manual focus controls and an estimate of the current focusing
distance appear.
• Touch [2] again to return the camcorder to autofocus.
3 Touch and hold [l] or [W] to adjust the focus.
• The center of the screen will be magnified to help you focus more
easily. You can also turn off this function with the 7 8 [Focus
Assistance] setting.
• The focusing distance displayed will change as you adjust the focus.
You can change the units used for the distance display with the
6 8 [Distance Units] setting.
• If you wish to focus on faraway subjects such as mountains or
fireworks, touch and hold [l] until the focusing distance changes to
V.
4 Touch [a] to lock the focus at the selected distance.
During manual focus, [MF] will appear on the screen.
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Tele Macro
Using tele macro, the camcorder can focus at a shorter distance (up to
40 cm from the subject at full telephoto), allowing you get closer shots
of small subjects like flowers and insects. This function also adds a
soft focus to the background, so the subject not only looks larger but it
also stands out more.
Operating modes:
*
* In
mode, tele macro will be activated automatically when you zoom in to full
telephoto and bring the camcorder up close to the subject.
POINTS TO CHECK
• Select a recording program other than [M Fireworks].
[FUNC.] 8 [ZOOM] 8 [
]* (tele macro) 8 [a]
* Touch again to turn off the tele macro function.
• The camcorder will automatically adjust the zoom to the telephoto end.
NOTES
• Any of the following actions will deactivate the tele macro function.
- Turning off the camcorder.
- Pressing S.
- Setting the camcorder to
mode.
- Zooming out toward Q (wide angle).
- Changing the recording program to [M Fireworks].
• Tele macro cannot be turned on/off while recording.
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White Balance
The white balance function helps you to accurately reproduce colors
under different lighting conditions so that white objects will always look
truly white in your recordings.
Operating modes:
POINTS TO CHECK
• Select a recording program other than the Special Scene recording programs.
[FUNC.] 8 [m White Balance] 8 Desired option* 8 [a]
* When you select [g Custom WB], set the custom white balance with the following procedure before touching [a].
To set the custom white balance
Point the camcorder at a white object, so it fills the whole screen,
and touch [Set WB].
When the adjustment is completed, g stops flashing and disappears.
The camcorder will retain the custom white balance even if you turn it off.
Options
( Default value)
[Y Automatic]
The camcorder automatically sets the white balance for natural looking colors.
[a Daylight] To record outdoors on a bright day.
[b Shade] To record in shaded places.
[c Cloudy] To record on a cloudy day.
[e Fluorescent] To record under warm white, cool white or warmwhite-type (3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting.
[f Fluorescent H]
To record under daylight or daylight-type
(3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting.
[d Tungsten]
To record under tungsten and tungsten-type
(3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting.
[g Custom WB]
Use the custom white balance setting to make
white subjects appear white under colored lighting.
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NOTES
• When you select the custom white balance:
- Set 7 8 [Digital Zoom] to [B Off].
- Reset the white balance when you change locations or the lighting or
other conditions change.
- Depending on the light source, g may keep flashing. The result will
still be better than with [Y Automatic].
• Custom white balance may provide better results in the following cases:
- Changing lighting conditions
- Close-ups
- Subjects in a single color (sky, sea or forest)
- Under mercury lamps and certain types of fluorescent lights
• Depending on the type of fluorescent light, optimal color balance may
not be obtained with [e Fluorescent] or [f Fluorescent H]. If the color
looks unnatural, select [Y Automatic] or [g Custom WB].
Image Effects
You can adjust the color depth, brightness, contrast, and sharpness of
the image.
Operating modes:
POINTS TO CHECK
• Select a recording program other than the Special Scene recording programs.
1 Open the image effects screen.
[FUNC.] 8 [Image Effects]
2 Touch [ON] and then touch [Color Depth], [Sharpness], [Contrast] or
[Brightness].
Repeat, selecting [OFF], to turn off the image effects.
3 Touch [y] or [A] or drag your finger along the dial to adjust the
effect level.
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+ levels: richer colors, sharper image, stronger contrast, brighter
image.
- levels: shallower colors, softer image, softer contrast, darker image.
4 Touch [a] to save and apply the customized picture settings.
Z will appear on the screen.
Self Timer
Operating modes:
[FUNC.] 8 [MENU] 8 8 8 [Self Timer] 8
[A On n] 8 [a]
• n will appear on the screen.
• Repeat, selecting [B Off], to turn off the self timer.
Movies: In record pause mode, press g.
The camcorder starts recording after a 10-second countdown*. The
countdown appears on the screen.
Photos: In record pause mode, touch [PHOTO].
The camcorder will record the photo after a 10-second countdown*. The
countdown appears on the screen.
* 2 seconds when using the wireless controller.
NOTES
• Once the countdown has begun, any of the following actions will cancel
the self timer.
- Pressing g, when recording movies.
- Pressing j (on the wireless controller) or touching [PHOTO] (on
the screen), when recording photos.
- Turning off the camcorder.
- Changing the camcorder’s operating mode.
- Closing the LCD panel to set the camcorder to standby mode.
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Audio Recording Level
You can adjust the audio recording level of the built-in or an external
microphone. You can display the audio level indicator while recording.
Operating modes:
POINTS TO CHECK
• Select a recording program other than [r Underwater] or
[s Surface].
Manual Adjustment of the Audio Recording Level
1 Open the manual audio recording level adjustment screen.
[FUNC.] 8 [c Mic. Level] 8 [y Manual]
• The audio level indicator and current audio recording level will appear
on the screen.
• Touch [z Automatic] to return the camcorder to automatic audio
recording levels.
Manual audio level adjustment
Audio level indicator
Current audio level
Audio level adjustment bar
2 Touch and hold [y] or [A] to adjust the audio recording level as
necessary.
As a guideline, adjust the audio recording level so that the audio level
meter will go to the right of the -12 dB mark (yellow area) only
occasionally.
3 Touch [a] to lock the audio recording level at the current level.
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To display the audio level indicator
Usually, the audio level indicator will be displayed only after activating
the manual adjustment of the audio recording level. You can choose to
display it also when the audio level is adjusted automatically.
[FUNC.] 8 [c Mic. Level] 8 [z Automatic] 8
[Audio Level Indicator] 8 [a]
NOTES
• When the audio level meter reaches the red point (0 dB), the sound may
be distorted.
• If the audio level is too high and the sound gets distorted, activate the
microphone attenuator with the 7 8 [Microphone Attenuator] setting (or [Surround Mic Attenuator] when the optional SM-V1 Surround
Microphone is attached to the camcorder).
• We recommend using headphones to check the sound level while
adjusting the audio recording level or when the microphone attenuator
is activated.
Built-In Microphone Directionality
You can change the directionality of the built-in microphone to have
more control over how sound is recorded.
Operating modes:
[FUNC.] 8 [MENU] 8 7 8 [Built-in Mic Directionality]
8 Desired option 8 [a]
Options
( Default value)
[
Monaural]
Mono recording that emphasizes sound coming
from the front of the camcorder/microphone.
[
Normal] Standard stereo recording; a middle point between
the [Wide] and [Monaural] settings in reach.
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[
Wide] Stereo recording of ambient sound over a more extensive area that adds to the sense of presence of movies.
[
Zoom] Stereo recording with the sound linked to the zoom
position. The larger the subject appears on the screen, the louder
the sound will be.
NOTES
• An external microphone overrides the built-in microphone. The built-in
microphone’s directionality cannot be changed when an external microphone is attached to the mini advanced shoe.
Audio Equalizer
You can use the audio equalizer to adjust sound levels by specifically
targeting the high- or low-frequency range and selecting one of 3 available levels. The audio equalizer settings are only available when
recording sound using the built-in microphone.
Operating modes:
[FUNC.] 8 [MENU] 8 7 8 [Built-in Mic Freq.
Response] 8 Desired option 8 [a]
( Default value)
Options
[
Normal] Appropriate for balanced sound under most normal
recording conditions.
[
Boost LF Range] Accentuates the low-frequency range for
more powerful sound.
[
Low Cut Filter] Filters the low-frequency range to reduce the
noise of blowing wind, a car’s engine and similar ambient
sounds.
[
[
Boost MF Range] Best for recording human voices and dialog.
Boost HF+LF Range] Best, for example, for recording live
music and clearly capture the special sound characteristics of a
variety of instruments.
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Using Headphones
Use headphones for playback or to check the audio level while recording. The headphones are connected to the AV OUT/X terminal, which
is used for both the headphones and the audio/video output. Before
connecting the headphones, follow the procedure below to change the
function of the terminal from AV output to X (headphones) output.
Operating modes:
*
* Headphones can be used also in
mode but the function of the terminal cannot be changed in this mode. Change the setting in advance in one of the other
operating modes.
1 Change the function of the terminal to headphones output.
[FUNC.]* 8 [MENU] 8 6 8 [AV/Headphones] 8
[Headphones] 8 [f]
* Only when performing the procedure in a recording mode.
2 Connect the headphones to the AV OUT/X terminal.
3 Adjust the volume as necessary.
[Volume] 8 [c] or [d]** to adjust the volume 8 [a]
** You can also drag your finger along the [Headphones] bar.
• J will appear on the screen.
To adjust the volume during playback
In
mode, and in
mode during slideshow playback, adjust
the headphones volume the same way you adjust the speaker’s volume (0 50).
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IMPORTANT
• When using headphones, make sure to lower the volume to an appropriate level.
• Do not connect the headphones to the AV OUT/X terminal if the J
icon does not appear on the screen. The noise output in such case may
be harmful to your hearing.
NOTES
• Use commercially available headphones with a ∅ 3.5 mm minijack and
a cable no longer than 3 m.
• Even if [AV/Headphones] was set to [J Headphones] in a playback
mode, the function of the AV OUT/X terminal will return automatically to
AV output when you turn off the camcorder.
Using the Mini Advanced Shoe
Using the mini advanced shoe, you can attach to the camcorder a
range of optional accessories to expand its functionality. For details
about optional accessories available for use with your camcorder, refer
to Accessories (0 174). For details about how to attach and use the
accessories, refer also to the instruction manual of the accessory used.
1 Open the mini advanced
shoe cover.
2 Attach the optional
accessory to the mini
advanced shoe.
When a compatible accessory
is attached to the mini
advanced shoe,
will
appear on the screen.
Example: Attaching an optional DM-100
Directional Stereo Microphone.
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NOTES
• Accessories designed for the Advanced Accessory Shoe
cannot be used with this camcorder. Look for video
accessories bearing this logo to ensure compatibility with
the mini advanced shoe.
Using an External Microphone
When recording in very quiet surroundings, the built-in microphone
may pick up the sound of the camcorder’s internal machinery. In such
case, we recommend using an external microphone.
Operating modes:
Using the SM-V1 Surround Microphone or DM-100 Directional Stereo
Microphone
Using the SM-V1 you can add a sense of depth and presence to your
recordings with 5.1ch surround sound. Using the DM-100 you can
accurately record audio coming directly from the direction you are
recording.
Attach the optional SM-V1 Surround Microphone or DM-100
Directional Stereo Microphone to the mini advanced shoe.
Refer to Using the Mini Advanced
Shoe (0 100).
will appear on the screen.
For details about using the
optional external microphone,
refer to the instruction manual of
the accessory used.
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NOTES
• When an external microphone is connected to the camcorder, 7
8 [Wind Screen] will automatically be set to [B Off Z].
• If the audio level is too high and the sound gets distorted, adjust the
audio recording level manually (0 96) or activate the microphone attenuator with the 7 8 [Microphone Attenuator] setting.
• When using the optional SM-V1 Surround Microphone:
- Change the microphone’s directionality mode with the 7 8
[Surround Mic Directionality] setting.
- If the sound gets distorted, activate the microphone attenuator with
the 7 8 [Surround Mic Attenuator] setting.
- You can enjoy the full effect of recordings made with 5.1ch surround
sound on HDTVs compatible with 5.1ch surround sound connected
to the camcorder using the supplied HDMI cable. Audio output from
the AV OUT/X terminal (including headphone output) will be
converted to 2ch stereo. The camcorder’s built-in speaker is
monaural.
Using an External Video Light
You can use the optional VL-5 Video Light or VFL-2 Video Flash Light
when you need to record movies in dark locations.
Attach the optional video light to the mini advanced shoe.
• Refer to Using the Mini Advanced Shoe (0 100).
•
will appear on the screen when you turn on the optional video light
(ON or AUTO). For details about using the optional video light, refer to
the instruction manual of the accessory used.
• The optional VFL-2 Video Flash Light cannot be used as a flash with this
camcorder.
Using a Zoom Remote Controller
By attaching the optional RA-V1 Remote Control Adapter to the mini
advanced shoe, you can use the optional ZR-2000 or ZR-1000 Zoom
Remote Controller. Doing so will allow you to use certain functions
while viewing the picture on an external monitor without touching the
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camcorder. This is particularly useful while the camcorder is mounted
on a tripod and you want to ensure maximum stability of a shot.
Operating modes:
Attach the optional RA-V1 Remote Control Adapter to the mini
advanced shoe.
Refer to Using the Mini Advanced Shoe (0 100).
will appear on the screen. For details about using the adapter, refer
to the instruction manual of the RA-V1. For details about using the zoom
remote controller, refer to the instruction manual of the ZR-2000 or
ZR-1000.
Functions Available with the Zoom Remote Controller
Using the ZR-2000 or ZR-1000: turning the power on/off, starting/
stopping a recording, zoom, focus adjustment and displaying onscreen displays on an external monitor.
Using the ZR-2000 only: switching between autofocus and manual
focus, Push AF* and focus assistance (MAGNIFYING button).
* The Push AF function allows you to switch to autofocus temporarily during
manual focus.
NOTES
• In
mode, the only available functions are turning the power on/off,
starting/stopping a recording, and zoom.
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Selecting the Playback Starting Point
If you have a very long scene, you may want to start playing back the
scene from a certain point. You can use the movie timeline to break the
scene to segments at fixed time intervals ranging from 6 seconds to 6
minutes.
Operating modes:
1 Open the date index screen.
2 Open the scene’s [Timeline] screen.
[c] 8 Desired scene
The [Timeline] screen appears. The large thumbnail will show the first
frame of the scene. Below it, the timeline ruler shows frames taken
from the scene at fixed intervals.
3 Touch the desired frame in the timeline ruler to start playing back
the scene from that point.
A Touch twice to return to the index screen.
B Previous/next scene.
C Drag your finger left along the ruler to display the next 5 frames.
D Scene’s recording mode and length.
E Recording date and time.
F Drag your finger right along the ruler to display the previous 5
frames.
G Current scene / Total number of scenes.
H Currently selected interval between frames.
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To change the interval between frames
[6 sec] 8 Desired interval 8 [f]
Onscreen Displays and Data Code
You can turn most onscreen displays on or off.
Operating modes:
Repeatedly press h to turn the onscreen displays on/off in the
following sequence:
,
mode:
• All displays on
• Most displays off1
,
mode2:
• Only data code on
• All displays on
1
2
Pressing h will turn off most of the icons and displays that appear automatically but will not remove control buttons ([FUNC.], [PHOTO], etc.) and onscreen
displays that were turned on manually (for example, onscreen markers or the audio
level meter).
Touch the screen to display the playback controls.
About the Data Code
With every scene or photo recorded, the camcorder keeps a data code
(date/time of recording, information about the camera setup, etc.).
You can select the information to be displayed with the y / z
8 [Data Code] setting.
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Capturing Photos and Video Snapshot Scenes from a Movie
You can capture video snapshot scenes, single photos or a series of
continuous photos from a previously recorded scene. For example, you
may want to print photos from video recorded at a party or create a
small video clip using video snapshot scenes from the highlights of an
event.
Operating modes:
Capturing a Video Snapshot Scene
1 Play back the scene or story from which you want to capture the
video snapshot scene.
2 Press g to capture the video snapshot scene.
The camcorder captures the video snapshot scene for about 4
seconds (the blue frame serves as a visual progress bar), and then
enters playback pause mode. You can change the length of the video
snapshot scenes you capture to 2 or 8 seconds with the 8 8
[Video Snapshot Length] setting.
3 Touch [B] to stop the playback.
NOTES
• A video snapshot scene can be captured only during playback; it cannot be captured during playback pause mode.
• The captured video snapshot scene is saved to the same memory that
contains the source scene.
• Video snapshot scenes cannot be captured from any of the following
types of scenes.
- Scenes shorter than 1 second
- Scenes that were edited using the supplied software VideoBrowser
and were then transferred to a memory card connected to the
computer.
• When the source scene is itself a video snapshot scene, you may not
be able to capture a video snapshot scene depending on the length of
the source scene and the length currently selected for video snapshot
scenes.
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• When you start capturing a video snapshot scene less than 1 second
from the end of the scene, the video snapshot scene will be captured
starting from the beginning of the following scene.
• During the playback of video snapshot scenes captured from a previously recorded movie, you may notice some anomalies in the picture/
sound at the point where the playback switches to a new scene.
Capturing Photos
You can capture a single photo or a series of photos. The size of the
captured photos will be 1920x1080 and it cannot be changed.
Please read the IMPORTANT section before using an Eye-Fi card.
To select the photo capture settings
[MENU] 8 8 8 [Photo Capture from Video] 8
[A Single Photo] or [B Photo Sequence] 8 [a]
To capture the photos
1 Play back the scene or story from which you want to capture the
photo.
2 Pause the playback at the point you want to capture.
3 Touch [PHOTO].
To capture a photo sequence, keep touching [PHOTO]. The scene will
be played back frame-by-frame and each frame captured as a
separate photo.
4 Touch [B] to stop the playback.
IMPORTANT
• When capturing photos on an Eye-Fi card in memory card slot Y, photos will be uploaded automatically if you are within the range of a configured network. Always verify that Eye-Fi cards have been approved in
the country/region of use. See also Using an Eye-Fi card (0 133).
NOTES
• The data code of the photos will reflect the date and time of recording of
the original scene.
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• Photos captured from a scene with a lot of fast movement may be
blurred.
• Photos will be recorded on the memory selected for recording photos.
• [B Photo Sequence]:
- Up to 100 photos can be captured at a time.
- The photo sequence capture will stop when the end of the scene is
reached (playback will pause at the beginning of the following scene).
- Photos will be captured at intervals of 1/25 second.
Dividing Scenes
You can divide scenes in order to leave out the best parts and later cut
out the rest.
Operating modes:
1 Play back the scene you want to divide.
2 Pause the playback at the point where you want to divide the
scene.
3 Open the scene division screen.
[Edit] 8 [Divide]
4 Bring the scene to a precise point, if necessary.
Playback controls will appear on the screen (0 50). Use any special
playback modes (fast playback, frame reverse/advance) as necessary
to locate the desired point.
5 Divide the scene.
[A Divide] 8 [Yes]
• The video from the division point to the end of the scene will appear
as a new scene in the index screen.
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NOTES
• When advancing/reversing frames while dividing the scenes, the interval
between frames is about 0.5 seconds.
• If the scene cannot be divided at the point where you paused the playback, advance/reverse a frame and then divide the scene.
• During the playback of a scene that was divided, you may notice some
anomalies in the picture/sound at the point where the scene was cut.
• The following scenes cannot be divided:
- Video snapshot scenes and other scenes that are too short (less than
3 seconds).
- Scenes that were edited using the supplied software VideoBrowser
and were then transferred to a memory card connected to the
computer.
• Scenes cannot be divided within 1 second from the beginning or the
end of the scene.
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Photos
Refer to this chapter for details on viewing photos and other
photo-related operations.
Viewing Photos
Operating modes:
1 Press S.
2 Open the [Photos] index screen, if it is not displayed.
[b] 8 [Photos]
3 Look for the photo you want to play back.
Move the zoom lever toward Q to show 15 photos per page; move it
toward P to show 6 photos per page.
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A Memory being read.
B Drag your finger left for the next index page.*
C Drag your finger right for the previous index page*.
D Open the index selection screen (0 52).
E Division line between recording dates.
* While browsing through index pages, a scroll bar will appear at the bottom
of the screen for a few seconds. When you have a large number of photos
it may be more convenient to drag your finger along the scroll bar.
4 Touch the photo you wish to view.
• The photo is displayed in single photo view.
• Drag your finger left/right to browse through the photos one by one.
To return to the index screen from single photo view
1 Touch the screen to display the playback controls.
2 Touch [Q].
Photo Jump Function
When you have recorded a large number of photos, you can jump easily through the photos using the scroll bar.
1 Touch the screen to display the playback controls.
2 Jump through the photos using the scroll bar.
[g] 8 Drag your finger left and right along the scroll
bar 8 [f]
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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.
- 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.
• Even if you transfer them to a memory card connected to a computer,
the following image files may not be displayed correctly using the camcorder.
- Images not recorded with this camcorder.
- Images edited on a computer.
- Images whose file names have been changed.
Deleting Photos
You can delete those photos that you are not interested in keeping.
Operating modes:
Deleting a Single Photo
1 In single photo view, select the photo you want to delete.
2 Touch the screen to display the playback controls.
3 Delete the photo.
[Edit] 8 [Delete] 8 [d Proceed] 8 [Yes]
4 Drag your finger left/right to select another photo to delete or
touch [a].
Deleting Photos from the Index Screen
1 Open the [Photos] index screen.
[b] 8 [Photos]
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2 Delete the photos.
[Edit] 8 [Delete] 8 Desired option* 8 [Yes]** 8 [OK]
* When you select [Select], perform the following procedure to select the individual photos you want to delete before touching [Yes].
** Touch [Stop] to interrupt the operation while it is in progress. Some photos will
be deleted nevertheless.
To select individual photos
1 Touch on the individual photos you want to delete.
• A checkmark O will appear on the photos you touch. The total
number of selected photos will appear next to the o icon.
• Touch a selected photo to remove the checkmark. To remove all
checkmarks at once, touch [Remove All] 8 [Yes].
2 After selecting all the desired photos, touch [OK].
Options
[Select] Select individual photos to delete.
[All Photos] Delete all the photos.
IMPORTANT
• Be careful when deleting photos. Deleted photos cannot be recovered.
• Photos that were protected with other devices and then transferred to
the memory card when it was connected to a computer cannot be
deleted with this camcorder.
Slideshow
You can play a slideshow of all the photos and even set it to music.
Operating modes:
1 Open the [Photos] index screen.
[b] 8 [Photos]
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2 Select the music track to use during the photo slideshow.
Step 2 (0 69).
3 Touch the photo that will open the slideshow to display it in single
photo view.
4 Touch the screen to display the playback controls, then touch [A]
to play back the slideshow set to the selected music track.
During the photo slideshow
• Touch the screen and drag your finger left and right along the volume
bar to adjust the volume.
• Touch the screen and touch [C] to stop the slideshow. Hide the playback controls if necessary.
To change the slideshow’s transition effects
[MENU] 8 z 8 [Slideshow Transition] 8
[Off], [Dissolve] or [Slide Image] 8 [a]
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External Connections
This chapter explains how to connect your camcorder to an
external device such as a TV, VCR, or computer.
Terminals on the Camcorder
Open the LCD panel to access the terminals on the camcorder.
1 USB Terminal
2 AV OUT/X Terminal
Sound from the built-in speaker will be muted while the STV-250N Stereo
Video Cable is connected to the camcorder. Adjust the volume on the
connected TV.
3 HDMI OUT Terminal*
The HDMI OUT terminal offers a high-quality digital connection that combines
audio and video in a single convenient cable.
4 COMPONENT OUT Terminal*
The component video terminal is for video only. When you use connection B,
do not forget the audio connections using the AV OUT/X terminal.
* When connecting a cable to the camcorder, make sure to align the triangle marks
on the cable’s connector and on the camcorder’s terminal.
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Connection Diagrams
In the following connection diagrams, the left side shows the terminals
on the camcorder and the right side shows (for reference only) an
example of terminals on a connected device.
Connection A
HDMI
Type: Digital Quality: High definition Output only
Connect to a high-definition TV (HDTV) with an HDMI input terminal. If your HDTV supports
HDMI-CEC or 1080p input, you can activate these functions with the 6 8 [Control
for HDMI] and [HDMI 1080p Output] settings, respectively. You can check the standard of
the current output signal with the 6 8 [HDMI Status] setting.
(HDMI mini connector)
HTC-100/S HDMI Cable
(supplied)
(standard HDMI
connector)
About the HDMITM connection
The HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) connection (A) is a
convenient all-digital connection using a single cable for both video
and audio. When you connect the camcorder to an HDTV equipped
with an HDMI terminal, you can enjoy video and audio playback at
the highest quality.
- The HDMI OUT terminal on the camcorder is for output only. Do not
connect it to an HDMI output terminal on an external device, as this
may damage the camcorder.
- While the camcorder is connected to an HDTV using connection A, there
will be no video output from other terminals.
- Correct operation cannot be guaranteed when connecting the
camcorder to DVI monitors.
- Depending on the HDTV, correct playback of personal video content may
not be possible using connection A. Try one of the other connections.
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Connection B
Component Video
Type: Analog Quality: High Definition Output only
Connect to a high-definition TV (HDTV) with component video input terminals. Change the
following settings on the camcorder:
- 6 8 [AV/Headphones] to [H AV]
Red
Blue
CTC-100 Component Cable
(optional)
Green
White
STV-250N Stereo Video Cable
(supplied)
Red
Connection C
Composite Video
Type: Analog Quality: Standard definition Output only
Connect to a standard TV or a VCR with audio/video input terminals. Change the following
settings on the camcorder:
- y 8 [TV Type] according to the TV set (widescreen or 4:3), if the TV cannot
automatically detect and change the aspect ratio
- 6 8 [AV/Headphones] to [H AV]
Yellow
White
STV-250N Stereo Video Cable
(supplied)
Red
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Connection c
Composite Video (SCART)
In all respects, exactly the same connection as connection C.
Connect to a standard TV or VCR with SCART input terminal. Requires a SCART adapter
(commercially available).
STV-250N Stereo Video Cable
(supplied)
Connection D
Red
White
Yellow
SCART adapter
(commercially available)
USB
Type: Digital data connection
Connect to a computer to save your recordings, or to a compatible digital video recorder
to copy your recordings.
USB Cable
(supplied)
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Playback on a TV Screen
Connect the camcorder to a TV to enjoy your recordings with family
and friends. Playback on an HDTV using one of the high-definition connections will ensure the best playback quality.
Operating modes:
1 Turn off the camcorder and the TV.
2 Connect the camcorder to the TV.
Refer to Connection Diagrams (0 116) and select the most
appropriate connection for your TV.
3 Turn on the connected TV.
On the TV, select as the video input the same terminal to which you
connected the camcorder. Refer to the instruction manual of the
connected TV.
4 Turn on the camcorder and set it to
Play back the movies or photos.
or
mode.
NOTES
• To correctly play back movies recorded with x.v.Color (0 144) on an
HDTV compatible with this standard, additional settings may be
required on the connected HDTV. Refer to the TV’s instruction manual.
• We recommend powering the camcorder using the compact power
adapter.
• Connection C or c: When you play back your 16:9 movies on standard TV sets with a 4:3 aspect ratio, the TV set will switch automatically
to widescreen mode if it is compatible with the WSS system. Otherwise,
change the aspect ratio of the TV manually.
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Saving and Sharing Your Recordings
Copying Recordings to a Memory Card
You can copy your recordings only one way: from the built-in memory
(
only) or from memory card X to memory card Y. Scenes and
photos will be copied from the index screen or from a story in the gallery on the source memory to the same index screen or story on memory card Y.
Please read the IMPORTANT section (0 123) before using an Eye-Fi
card.
Copying Scenes from the Date Index Screen
Operating modes:
1 Open the date index screen.
• Check that you have selected the f tab (built-in memory,
only) or 4 tab (memory card X).
• To copy all the scenes recorded on a specific date, drag your finger
left/right until the desired date appears in the title bar.
2 Copy the scenes.
[Edit] 8 [Copy (f97)] (
only) or
[Copy (497)] 8 Desired option* 8 [Yes]** 8 [OK]
* When you select [Select], perform the following procedure to select the individual scenes you want to copy before touching [Yes].
** Touch [Stop] to interrupt the operation while it is in progress.
To select individual scenes
1 Touch on the individual scenes you want to copy.
• A checkmark O will appear on the scenes you touch. The total
number of selected scenes will appear next to the o icon.
• Touch a selected scene to remove the checkmark. To remove all
checkmarks at once, touch [Remove All] 8 [Yes].
2 After selecting all the desired scenes, touch [OK].
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Options
[date]
Copy all the scenes recorded on the date shown in the control button.
[Select] Select individual scenes to copy.
[All Scenes] Copy all the scenes.
Copying Scenes from a Story by Rating
1 Open the gallery and bring the desired story to the front.
[b] 8 [
Gallery] 8 Desired story
• Check that you have selected the f tab (built-in memory,
only) or 4 tab (memory card X).
2 Select the rating of the stories you want to copy.
[Story Details] 8 [Play by Rating] 8 Desired rating 8
[f] 8 [f]
3 Copy all the applicable scenes.
[Story Details] 8 [Edit Story] 8 [Copy (f97)]
(
only) or [Copy (497)] 8 [Yes]* 8 [OK] 8 [f]
* Touch [Stop] to interrupt the operation while it is in progress.
Copying a Single Photo
Operating modes:
1 In single photo view, select the photo you want to copy.
Check that you are viewing photos recorded in the built-in memory
(
only) or on memory card X. (f or 4 appears next to the
photo number.)
2 Touch the screen to display the playback controls.
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3 Copy the photo.
[Edit] 8 [Copy (f97)] (
8 [i Proceed] 8 [Yes]
only) or [Copy (497)]
4 Drag your finger left/right to select another photo to copy or touch
[a].
Copying Photos from the Index Screen
Operating modes:
1 Open the [Photos] index screen.
Check that you have selected the f tab (built-in memory,
or 4 tab (memory card X).
only)
2 Copy the photos.
[Edit] 8 [Copy (f97)] (
only) or [Copy (497)]
8 Desired option* 8 [Yes]** 8 [OK]
* When you select [Select], perform the following procedure to select the individual photos you want to copy before touching [Yes].
** Touch [Stop] to interrupt the operation while it is in progress.
To select individual photos
1 Touch on the individual photos you want to copy.
• A checkmark O will appear on the photos you touch. The total
number of selected photos will appear next to the o icon.
• Touch a selected photo to remove the checkmark. To remove all
checkmarks at once, touch [Remove All] 8 [Yes].
2 After selecting all the desired photos, touch [OK].
Options
[Select] Select individual photos to copy.
[All Photos] Copy all the photos.
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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.
- 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.
• When copying photos onto an Eye-Fi card in memory card slot Y, photos will be uploaded automatically if you are within the range of a configured network. Always verify that Eye-Fi cards have been approved in
the country/region of use. See also Using an Eye-Fi card (0 133).
NOTES
• In the following cases, you will not be able to copy recordings to the
memory card:
- If the double memory card slot is open.
- If the LOCK switch on memory card Y is set to prevent writing.
- If there is no memory card in memory card slot Y.
• Scenes that were edited using the supplied software VideoBrowser
and were then transferred to a memory card connected to the computer cannot be copied to another memory card.
• If there is not enough space on memory card Y, as many photos as
possible will be copied before stopping the operation.
Saving Recordings on a Computer
Movies recorded with this camcorder are saved in the built-in memory
(
only) or on a memory card. Because space is limited, make sure
to save your recordings on a computer on a regular basis.
Saving Movies (Windows only)
With the supplied software Transfer Utility or VideoBrowser you can
save to your computer the scenes you have recorded. Additionally, the
supplied software VideoBrowser offers many options for organizing
your video library, editing video, creating discs and more.
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Installation
Install the software before you connect the camcorder to the computer
for the first time. Refer to the Installation Guide (supplied leaflet) and
follow the instructions in the Software Guide (PDF file) to install the
supplied PIXELA’s software.
Connecting the Camcorder to a Computer
1 Power the camcorder using the compact power adapter.
2 Open the date index screen.
3 Connect the camcorder to the computer using the supplied USB
cable.
Connection D. Refer to Connection Diagrams (0 118).
4 Camcorder: Select [All (for PC only)].
Camcorder: When the connection is successfully established, [USB
Connection] appears on the screen.
5 Computer: Depending on the software you chose to install,
Transfer Utility or VideoBrowser will start up automatically.
• Transfer Utility: Click [Video file import] to start transferring files. For
details about using the software, click [Help] to open the Software
Guide (PDF file).
• VideoBrowser: Click
in the menu panel to start transferring files.
For details about using the software, click
to open the
Software Guide (PDF file).
Saving Photos (Windows/Mac OS)
With the supplied software Photo Application you can save photos to
your computer and easily organize and edit them.
Installation
Install the software before you connect the camcorder to the computer
for the first time. See also the relevant sections in the ‘Photo Application’ Instruction Manual (r, PDF file in the
[MANUALS_ENGLISH] folder on the supplied Camcorder Supplemental Disc).
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Install the supplied Photo Application software following the
instructions in the software’s instruction manual.
r Refer to Installing Photo Application.
First-time connection to a computer running Windows
Windows users only: The first time you connect the camcorder to the
computer, you also need to select the CameraWindow auto-launch
setting.
r Refer to Starting CameraWindow.
Connecting the Camcorder to a Computer
1 Power the camcorder using the compact power adapter.
2 Open the [Photos] index screen.
Select in advance the memory that contains the photos you want to
save.
3 Connect the camcorder to the computer using the supplied USB
cable.
• Connection D. Refer to Connection Diagrams (0 118).
• Camcorder: When the connection is successfully established, [USB
Connection] appears on the screen.
4 Save the photos onto the computer.
r Refer to Downloading Still Images to the Computer.
IMPORTANT
• When the camcorder is connected to a computer:
- Do not open the double memory card slot cover and do not remove
the memory cards.
- Do not access, change or delete any of the camcorder’s folders or
files directly from the computer as this may result in permanent data
loss. Always use only the supplied PIXELA’s software to save your
movies on the computer and, if necessary, to transfer previously save
video files to a memory card connected to the computer.
• Observe the following precautions while the ACCESS indicator is on or
flashing. Failing to do so may result in permanent data loss.
- Do not open the double memory card slot cover.
- Do not disconnect the USB cable.
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- Do not turn off the camcorder or the computer.
- Do not change the camcorder’s operating mode.
• Operation may not work correctly depending on the software and the
specifications/settings of your computer.
• If you wish to use the image files on your computer, make copies of
them first. Use the copied files, retaining the originals.
NOTES
• Refer also to the computer’s instruction manual.
• With the supplied PIXELA’s software you can also choose to save complete stories from the gallery. In such case, all the scenes in the story will
be merged and saved as a single video file.
• Users of Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP and Mac OS X: Your camcorder is equipped with the standard Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP)
allowing you to transfer photos (JPEG only) simply by connecting the
camcorder to a computer using the supplied USB cable, without having
to install the supplied software Photo Application.
• If you connect the camcorder to the computer while it is set to
mode, the process of creating scene thumbnails will start automatically.
If your intention was to save photos to the computer, you can touch
[Skip] to stop the process and use the computer’s Safely Remove Hardware function (Windows) or Eject function (Mac OS) to end the connection to the camcorder. Disconnect the USB cable, set the camcorder to
mode and restore the connection.
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Copying Recordings to an External Video Recorder
Operating modes:
In High Definition
Connect the camcorder to Blu-ray Disc recorders and other AVCHDcompatible digital video recorders using the supplied USB cable to
make perfect copies of your movies in high definition. If the external
digital video recorder has an SD memory card slot*, you can use the
memory card to copy your movies without connecting the camcorder.
* Make sure the external device is compatible with the type of memory card used.
Connecting
1 Power the camcorder using the compact power adapter.
2 Open the date index screen or gallery.
3 Connect the camcorder to the digital video recorder using the
supplied USB cable.
Connection D. Refer to Connection Diagrams (0 118).
4 Camcorder: Select the memory that contains the scenes you want
to copy.
• Select an option other than [All (for PC only)].
• Camcorder: When the connection is successfully established, [USB
Connection] appears on the screen.
Recording
Details will vary depending on the device used so be sure to refer to
the instruction manual of the digital video recorder.
In Standard Definition
You can copy your movies by connecting the camcorder to a VCR or a
digital video recorder with analog audio/video inputs. Video output will
be in standard definition, although the original scenes are in high definition.
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Connecting
Connect the camcorder to the VCR using Connection C or c. Refer
to Connection Diagrams (0 117).
Recording
1 External recorder: Load a blank cassette or disc and set the
recorder to record pause mode.
2 Turn on the camcorder and set it to
mode.
• We recommend powering the camcorder using the compact power
adapter.
• Verify that 6 8 [AV/Headphones] is set to [H AV].
3 Camcorder: Locate the scene or story you wish to copy and
pause the playback shortly just before the desired scene.
4 Camcorder: Resume playback.
By default, onscreen displays will be embedded in the output video
signal. You can change the displays by repeatedly pressing h
(0 105).
5 External recorder: Start recording when the scene you wish to
copy appears; stop recording when it ends.
6 Camcorder: Stop playback.
Uploading Movies to Video Sharing Web Sites
You can convert your high-definition scenes into standard-definition
movies in the camcorder and then use the supplied PIXELA’s software
in order to upload them to your favorite video sharing Web site. You
can even decorate scenes so your unique decorations will be embedded in the converted SD movies.
If you are using an Eye-Fi card, you can upload the standard-definition
scenes wirelessly, directly from the camcorder. Refer to Eye-Fi’s homepage for the latest information on compatible Web sites.
Installation
Install the software before you connect the camcorder to the computer
for the first time. Refer to the Installation Guide (supplied leaflet) and
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follow the instructions in the Software Guide (PDF file) to install the
supplied PIXELA’s software.
Converting Scenes into Standard Definition from the Date Index Screen
Operating modes:
1 Power the camcorder using the compact power adapter.
2 Make sure there is a memory card in memory card slot Y with
sufficient available space.
3 Open the date index screen.
• Check that you have selected the f tab (built-in memory) or 4 tab
(memory card X).
• To convert all the scenes recorded on a specific date, drag your
finger left/right until the desired date appears in the title bar.
4 Press Z to convert all the scenes recorded in the selected
date. Alternatively, touch [Edit] 8 [Convert HD9SD (f97)] or
[Convert HD9SD (497)] and select one of the options for
converting multiple scenes.
• You can convert all the scenes
recorded on the date shown in
the control button, select
individual scenes to convert or
convert all the scenes.
• When you select [Select],
perform the procedure
described below to select the
individual scenes you want to
convert.
5 Review the conversion settings and touch [Next].
• If a copyright notice appears, read it carefully and touch [OK] if you
agree.
• Before touching [Next], you can touch [5] to change the conversion
settings as described below.
6 Touch [START] to convert the scenes.
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• Before touching [START], you can touch [
] to decorate the
converted SD movies (0 62), or touch [
] to adjust the volume
(0 50) and background music balance (0 70).
• You can also decorate the scenes as they are being converted.
• Touch [STOP] to interrupt the operation while it is in progress.
7 When the conversion is completed, a confirmation screen will
appear.
Connect the camcorder to the computer at this point (0 131) to
continue uploading the converted videos to the Web or touch [End
Without Connecting] to connect to the computer later.
To select individual scenes (step 4)
1 Touch on the individual scenes you want to convert.
• A checkmark O will appear on the scenes you touch. The total
number of selected scenes will appear next to the o icon.
• Touch a selected scene to remove the checkmark. To remove all
checkmarks at once, touch [Remove All] 8 [Yes].
2 After selecting all the desired scenes, touch [OK].
To select the bit rate (step 5)
Using a higher bit rate will result in better video quality for the converted scenes, while a lower bit rate will result in smaller file sizes and
faster uploads.
[5] 8 [Bit Rate (Quality)] 8 Desired option 8 [f] 8
[f]
To automatically divide scenes (step 5)
If you are converting a long scene, you can have the camcorder divide
it into 10-minute SD movies to make uploading easier.
[5] 8 [Auto Divide] 8 [On] 8 [f] 8 [f]
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Connecting to the Computer and Uploading your Videos
1 Connect the camcorder to the computer using the supplied USB
cable.
Connection D. Refer to Connection Diagrams (0 118).
2 Computer: Depending on the software you chose to install,
Transfer Utility or VideoBrowser will start up automatically.
• Transfer Utility: Click [Web Upload] to upload your SD movies to the
Web. For details about using the software, click [Help] to open the
Software Guide (PDF file).
• VideoBrowser: Click
in the menu panel to upload your SD
movies to the Web. For details about using the software, click
to open the Software Guide (PDF file).
IMPORTANT
• While the camcorder is connected to the computer, do not open the
double memory card slot cover and do not remove the memory cards.
• Observe the following precautions while the ACCESS indicator is on or
flashing. Failing to do so may result in permanent data loss.
- Do not open the double memory card slot cover.
- Do not disconnect the USB cable.
- Do not disconnect the compact power adapter or turn off the
camcorder or the computer.
NOTES
• The time required to convert scenes is approximately equal to the total
playback time of the converted scenes. In most cases this is still faster
than converting the scenes in the computer so we recommend you
convert scenes in the camcorder.
• If after converting the scenes you selected the [End Without Connecting] option, you will need to upload the SD movies manually when you
connect the camcorder to the computer. First, open the [SD Movies]
index screen on the memory card that contains the converted SD movies and save them to the computer (0 123). Then, use the supplied
PIXELA’s software to upload the SD movies to the Web.
• You can check and play back the converted SD movies from the [SD
Movies] index screen on the memory card used for the conversion.
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Converting Scenes into Standard Definition from a Story by Rating
1 Open the gallery and bring the desired story to the front.
[b] 8 [
Gallery] 8 Desired story
• Check that you have selected the f tab (built-in memory) or 4 tab
(memory card X).
2 Select the rating of the stories you want to convert.
[Story Details] 8 [Play by Rating] 8 Desired rating 8
[f]
3 Press Z and continue the conversion to standard definition
from step 5 in the previous procedure (0 129).
NOTES
• When converting scenes from a story:
- All the scenes are merged into one converted SD movie.
- If the converted SD movie is too large, it will be split into smaller 10minute long movies.
- The maximum total playback time of the scenes to be converted is 2
hours and 30 minutes.
Converting Only Part of a Scene or Story
1 Play back the scene or story that you want to partially convert.
Check that you have selected a scene recorded in the built-in memory
or on memory card X.
2 Pause the playback where you want the converted SD movie to
begin.
3 Press Z and continue the conversion to standard definition
from step 5 in the previous procedure (0 129).
The video from the playback pause until the end of the scene/story (or
up to a maximum of 10 minutes, in case of longer scenes/stories) will
be converted to standard definition.
132 Š External Connections
Uploading your Videos Wirelessly
If you are using an Eye-Fi card, you can automatically upload the converted SD movies to your favorite video sharing Web site. You will need
to have installed the software supplied with your Eye-Fi card and completed all the required configuration setup in advance. Refer to the
instruction manual of the Eye-Fi card.
Please read the IMPORTANT section before using an Eye-Fi card.
1 Insert your Eye-Fi card into memory card slot Y and make sure
there is sufficient available space on the memory card.
2 Convert the desired movies (0 129).
• When the conversion is completed, touch [End Without Connecting].
• If you are within the range of a configured network, Web upload will
start automatically.
• The status of the wireless communication is shown by the Eye-Fi
icon as follows:
- g (grayed out) Communication not established
- g (white, flashing) Connecting; g (white, continuously on)
Wireless upload on standby
- g (animated) Wireless upload in progress
- i [Eye-Fi Communication] is set to [B Off]
- h Wireless upload stopped by the camcorder (0 159)
- o Error reading from the Eye-Fi card (0 157)
IMPORTANT
Using an Eye-Fi Card
• This product is not guaranteed to support Eye-Fi card functions (including wireless transfer). In case of an issue with an Eye-Fi card, please
check with the card manufacturer. Also note that an approval is required
to use Eye-Fi cards in many countries or regions. Without approval, use
of the card is not permitted. If it is unclear whether the card has been
approved for use in the area, please check with the card manufacturer.
• Do not use Eye-Fi cards on airplanes and in other places where wireless
communication is forbidden. Remove the Eye-Fi card from the camcorder beforehand.
External Connections Š 133
NOTES
• Depending on the amount of data to be uploaded and the network’s
wireless connection conditions, it can take some time to upload video
files. If the wireless connection is too weak, the wireless upload may fail
and the video files will be registered as incomplete uploads.
• About power saving:
- Wireless communication drains the power of the battery pack faster
than usual. We recommend powering the camcorder using the
compact power adapter.
- While files are being uploaded wirelessly, the camcorder’s automatic
power off function will be disabled.
• Wirelessly uploading files is not possible when the Eye-Fi card is in
memory card slot X (the Eye-Fi icon will not appear on the screen). Be
sure to insert the Eye-Fi card into memory card slot Y.
• While using an Eye-Fi Card, the ACCESS indicator may flash from time
to time.
• Wireless communication is available only in playback mode. Any wireless transfer in progress will be stopped if you set the camcorder to
recording mode.
• You can turn off the wireless communication with the 6 8 [Eye-Fi
Communication]* setting.
• If the LOCK switch on the Eye-Fi card is set to prevent writing, you will
not be able to turn the wireless communication on/off and the status
icon will change to o. To use wireless communication make sure the
switch on the Eye-Fi card is not in the LOCK position.
* This menu option will appear only when using an Eye-Fi card.
134 Š External Connections
Additional Information
This chapter contains troubleshooting advice, screen messages, handling and maintenance tips, and other information.
Appendix: Menu Options Lists
Menu items not available appear grayed out. For details about how to
select an item, refer to Using the Menus (0 28). For details about
each function, see the reference page. Menu options without a reference page are explained after the tables. Underlined menu options
indicate default values.
FUNC. Panel
FUNC. Menu
FUNC. Panel - Recording Modes
Control Button
AUTO y CINEMA 0
Setting options/Function
[MENU]
Open the menus
–
z
z
29
[Rec. Programs]
[A Programmed AE], [B Shutter-Pri. AE],
[C Aperture-Pri. AE]
–
z
z
87
[F Portrait], [G Sports], [q Night Scene],
[I Snow], [J Beach], [K Sunset],
[p Low Light], [L Spotlight], [M Fireworks],
[r Underwater], [s Surface]
–
z
–
78
[
[
z
z
z
62
[ ] (image mix): Toggle on ( ) or off ( ),
[C] (pause live video)
–
z
–
[
z
z
z
–
z
z
[
Decoration]1
[m White
Balance]
Pens and Stamps], [
Captions]2
Animated Stamps],
] (minimize toolbar)
[Y Automatic], [a Daylight], [b Shade],
[c Cloudy], [e Fluorescent],
[f Fluorescent H], [d Tungsten],
[g Custom WB]
93
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Control Button
AUTO y CINEMA 0
Setting options/Function
[X Focus]
[2] (manual focus): Toggle on ( ) or
off ( ), Touch AF frame
–
z
z
90
[e Exposure]
[y] (manual exposure): Toggle on ( ) or
off ( ), Touch AE frame
–
z
z
89
[ZOOM]
Zoom controls, [START]/[STOP] control
z
z
z
46
[
–
z
z
92
] (tele macro): Toggle on ( ) or off ( )
[c Mic. Level]1
[z Automatic], [y Manual]
[Audio Level Indicator]: Toggle on ( ) or
off ( )
–
z
z
96
[Image Effects]
[ON], [OFF]
When [ON] - [Color Depth], [Sharpness],
[Contrast], [Brightness]: ±0 (-2 to +2)
–
z
–
94
90
[P AGC Limit]
[z Automatic], [y Manual]: (0 dB to 24 dB)
–
z
z
[Image Stabilizer]
[
–
z
z
81
[O Faders]1
[N Off], [0 Fade Trigger/Once],
[6 Fade Trigger/Always],
[1 Wipe/Once], [7 Wipe/Always]
–
z
z
86
[d Pre REC]1
[A On], [B Off]
–
z
z
82
–
z
z
76
Dynamic], [
[
Review
Recording]1
1
2
Standard], [
–
Off]
Option available only for recording movies.
Some options are available only when recording a story using Story Creator.
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Edit Panel -
Mode
Date Index
Screen
[SD Movies]
Index Screen
Playback Pause
0
<date>, [Select],
[All Scenes]
–
–
120
<date>, [Select],
[All Scenes]
–
–
129
[Delete]
<date>, [Select],
[All Scenes]
[This Scene],
[All Scenes]
[This Scene]
54
[Divide]
–
–
z
108
Control Button
[Edit Story] from
the [Story
Details] screen
[Edit Scene] from
the [Scene List]
screen
Playback Pause
0
[Copy (497)]1
<by scene rating>
–
–
121
<by scene rating>
–
–
132
[Delete] or [d]
<by scene rating>
[This Scene]
[This Scene]
54
[Delete Story]2
z
–
–
56
[Story Thumbnail]2
z
–
–
72
Control Button
[Copy (497)]1
[Copy (f97)]1
[Convert HD9SD
(497)]1
[Convert HD9SD
(f97)]1
[Copy (f97)]1
[Convert HD9SD
(497)]1
[Convert HD9SD
(f97)]1
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Control Button
[Edit Story] from
the [Story
Details] screen
[Edit Scene] from
the [Scene List]
screen
Playback Pause
0
[Edit Title]2
z
–
–
73
[Copy]
–
z
–
71
[Move]
–
z
–
71
[Divide]
–
–
z
108
[Rating]
–
], [
], [
] (unrated), [
],
] (others)
68
[
[
1
2
Operation not available for recordings on memory card Y (7 tab).
Operation not available for the two preexisting stories, [Unsorted] and [Video Snapshot].
Edit Panel -
Mode
Index Screen
Single Photo View
0
[Select], [All Photos]
z
121,
122
z
112
Control Button
[Copy (497)]*
[Copy (f97)]*
[Delete]
* Operation not available for recordings on memory card Y (7 tab).
Setup Menus
7 Camera Setup
Menu item
Setting options
y CINEMA 0
[Digital Zoom]
[B Off], [G 40x], [H 200x]
z
–
–
[Zoom Speed]
[I Variable], [J Speed 3],
[K Speed 2], [L Speed 1]
z
z
45
–
[AF Mode]
[R Instant AF], [S Normal AF]
z
z
[Focus Assistance]1
[A On], [B Off]
z
z
–
[Face Detection &
Tracking]
[A On o], [B Off]
z
z
83
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Menu item
[Auto Backlight
Correction]
y CINEMA 0
Setting options
z
[A On], [B Off]
[Auto Slow Shutter]
[A On], [B Off]
[Conversion Lens]
[
Tele-converter], [
[B Off]
Wide-converter],
z
90
z
z
–
z
z
–
[Fader Setting]1
[
z
z
86
[Onscreen Markers]
[B Off], [e Level (White)],
[f Level (Gray)], [g Grid (White)],
[h Grid (Gray)]
z
z
–
[Camcorder Shake
Indicator]
[A On], [B Off]
z
z
–
[Wind Screen]1
[O Automatic], [B Off Z]
z
z
–
[Microphone
Attenuator]1
[O Automatic],[A On V]
z
z
–
[Built-in Mic Freq.
Response]
[
[
[
[
Normal], [
Boost LF Range],
Low Cut Filter],
Boost MF Range],
Boost HF+LF Range]
z
z
98
[Built-in Mic
Directionality]
[
[
Monaural], [
Normal],
Wide], [
Zoom]
z
z
97
[Surround Mic
Directionality]1, 2
[
Surround], [
z
z
–
[Surround Mic
Attenuator]1, 2
[A On V], [B Off]
z
z
–
1
2
Black Screen], [
White Screen]
Zoom], [
Shotgun]
Option available only for recording movies.
Option available only when the optional SM-V1 Surround Microphone is attached
to the camcorder after having updated the camcorder’s firmware using the memory card supplied with the SM-V1.
Additional Information Š 139
[Digital Zoom]: Determines the
Optical zoom
Digital zoom
operation of the digital zoom.
The color of the indicator indicates the zoom.
• When activated, the camWhite
Light
corder will switch automatically
blue
to digital zoom when you zoom
in beyond the optical zoom
Up to 10x
10x range.
40x
• With the digital zoom the
image is digitally processed, so
the image resolution will deteriorate the more you zoom in.
Dark
blue
40x 200x
[AF Mode]: Select how fast the autofocus will operate.
• With [R Instant AF] the autofocus adjusts quickly to a new subject.
This is convenient, for example, when changing the focus from a near
subject to a far subject in the background, or when recording moving
subjects.
• When the optional Wide-converter or Tele-converter is attached to the
camcorder, it may partially obstruct the Instant AF sensor. Set the AF
mode to [S Normal AF].
• When the recording program is set to [r Underwater] or [s Surface],
the AF mode is automatically set to [S Normal AF].
[Focus Assistance]: When focus assistance is activated, the image at the
center of the screen is magnified to help you focus manually (0 90).
• Using focus assistance will not affect the recordings. It will be cancelled
automatically after 4 seconds or when you start recording.
[Auto Slow Shutter]: The camcorder automatically uses slow shutter
speeds to obtain brighter recordings in places with insufficient lighting.
• Minimum shutter speed used: 1/25; 1/12 when the frame rate is set to
[D PF25].
• The auto slow shutter can only be activated when the recording program is set to [A Programmed AE], but the setting will not change even
if you set the camcorder to
mode.
• If a trailing afterimage appears, set the slow shutter to [B Off].
• When the recording program is set to [r Underwater] or [s Surface],
the auto slow shutter is automatically set to [B Off].
[Conversion Lens]: When you attach to the camcorder an optional teleconverter or wide-converter, set the appropriate conversion lens setting to
obtain optimal image stabilization.
140 Š Additional Information
• When you select a setting other than [B Off], the AF mode is automatically set to [S Normal AF].
[Onscreen Markers]: You can display a grid or a horizontal line at the center of the screen. Use the markers as a reference to make sure your subject is framed correctly (vertically and/or horizontally).
• Using the onscreen markers will not affect the recordings.
[Camcorder Shake Indicator]: The degree of camcorder shake will be indicated by the POWERED IS icon (5 levels:
,
,
,
,
) to help
you be aware of excessive movement.
[Wind Screen]: The camcorder automatically reduces the background
sound of wind when recording outdoors.
• Some low-frequency sounds will be suppressed along with the sound
of wind. When recording in surroundings unaffected by wind or if you
want to record low-frequency sounds, we recommend setting the wind
screen to [B Off Z].
[Microphone Attenuator]: Helps prevent audio distortions.
[O Automatic]: The camcorder will automatically activate the microphone attenuator as necessary for optimal audio recording levels so high
audio levels will not be distorted.
[A On V]: The microphone attenuator will be activated at all times to
reproduce more faithfully the sound dynamics. V will appear on the
screen.
• This menu option is not available when the optional SM-V1 Surround
Microphone is attached to the camcorder. In that case, activate the
microphone attenuator with the [Surround Mic Attenuator] setting.
• When the recording program is set to [r Underwater] or [s Surface],
the microphone attenuator is automatically set to [B Off].
[Surround Mic Directionality]: Sets the directionality mode of the optional
SM-V1 Surround Microphone.
[
Surround]: Records 5.1ch surround sound.
[
Zoom]: Records 5.1 audio channels. Additionally, the audio is linked
to the zoom position. The larger the subject appears on the screen, the
louder the sound will be as well.
[
Shotgun]: Records monaural audio with a highly directional setting
that is most sensitive to sound coming directly from the front of the camcorder/microphone.
[Surround Mic Attenuator]: Helps prevent audio distortions due to high
audio recording levels when the optional SM-V1 Surround Microphone is
Additional Information Š 141
attached to the camcorder. When set to [A On V], V will appear
on the screen.
y / z Playback Setup
1
2
0
[Select Music]
[B Off], [A On]
When [A On] - list of music tracks,
[1]
[b]
(Original sound/Background music)
z
z
69
[Data Code]
[B Off], [I Date], [J Time],
[K Date and Time], [L Camera Data]
z
z
–
[Slideshow
Transition]
[B Off], [i Dissolve], [j Slide Image]
–
z
113
[TV Type]*
[F Normal TV], [G Wide TV]
z
z
–
Menu item
*
Setting options
Option not available when the camcorder is connected to an HDTV using the supplied HDMI cable.
[Data Code]: Displays the date and/or time when the scene or photo was
recorded.
[L Camera Data]: Displays the aperture (f-stop) and shutter speed used
when recording the scene or photo.
[TV Type]: When you connect the camcorder to a TV using the supplied
STV-250N Stereo Video Cable, select the setting according to the type of
TV in order to display the picture in full and in the correct aspect ratio.
[F Normal TV]: TV sets with 4:3 aspect ratio.
[G Wide TV]: TV sets with 16:9 aspect ratio.
• When the TV type is set to [F Normal TV], during the playback of
video originally recorded with an aspect ratio of 16:9, the picture will not
be displayed fullscreen.
8 Recording & Connections Setup
Menu item
Setting options
y CINEMA 1
2
0
[Self Timer]
[A On n], [B Off]
z
z
–
–
95
[Video Snapshot
Length]1
[i 2 sec], [j 4 sec],
[l 8 sec], [Story Length-Based]:
Toggle on ( ) or off ( )
z
z
z
–
61,
106
142 Š Additional Information
Menu item
[Rate Scenes
(Recording)]1
[Rec Media for
Movies]1
Setting options
[A On], [B Off]
y CINEMA 1
2
0
z
z
–
–
–
z
z
–
–
36
[f] (built-in memory),
[4] (memory card X),
[7] (memory card Y),
[Relay Recording]: [B Off],
[f94], [f9497],
[497]
[4] (memory card X),
[7] (memory card Y),
[Relay Recording]: [B Off],
[497]
[Recording Mode]1
[h High Quality 24 Mbps],
[i High Quality 17 Mbps],
[j High Quality 12 Mbps],
[l Standard Play 7 Mbps],
[k Long Play 5 Mbps]
z
z
–
–
76
[Frame Rate]1, 2
[w 50i (Standard)],
[D PF25]
z
z
–
–
78
[Rec Media for
Photos]3
[f]* (built-in memory),
[4] (memory card X),
[7] (memory card Y)
z
–
z
–
36
*
only.
[Photo Capture from
Video]3
[A Single Photo],
[B Photo Sequence]
–
–
z
–
107
[Memory Info]
[f]* (built-in memory),
[4] (memory card X),
[7] (memory card Y)
z
z
z
z
–
*
only.
[x.v.Color]
[A On F], [B Off]
z
z
–
–
–
[Photo Numbering]3
[a Reset], [b Continuous]
z
–
z
z
–
1
Option available only for recording movies.
Additional Information Š 143
2
3
Can be set independently for
and
mode is [D PF25].
Option available only for recording photos.
mode. The default value in
[Rate Scenes (Recording)]: When set to [A On], the scene rating scene
will appear after every scene you record.
[Memory Info]: Displays a screen where you can verify how much of the
built-in memory (
only) or the memory card is currently in use (l
total recording time and k total number of photos) and how much space
remains available for recording.
• Estimated figures about available movie recording time and available
number of photos are approximate and based on the recording mode
and photo quality/size settings currently in use.
• In the information screen of a memory card you can also check its
Speed Class.
•
The [Total space] shown for the built-in memory indicates actually
usable space. It may be slightly smaller than the nominal built-in memory capacity listed in the specifications.
[x.v.Color]: Uses a color space with an extended gamut to achieve deeper
colors, closer to real life.
• Use this function to record video only when you intend to play back your
recordings on an HDTV compatible with x.v.Color, connected to the
camcorder using the supplied HDMI cable. If recordings made with
x.v.Color are played back on a non-compatible TV, colors may not be
reproduced correctly.
[Photo Numbering]: Select the photo numbering method to be used on a
new memory card. Photos are automatically assigned consecutive numbers from 0101 to 9900, and stored in folders containing up to 100 photos. Folders are numbered from 101 to 998.
[a Reset]: Photo numbers will restart from 101-0101 every time you
insert a new memory card.
[b Continuous]: Photo numbers will continue from the number following
that of the last photo recorded with the camcorder.
• If the memory card you insert already contains a photo with a larger
number, a new photo will be assigned a number one higher than that of
the last photo on the memory card.
• We recommend using the [b Continuous] setting.
• The photo number indicates the name and location of the file on the
memory card. For example, the file name of a photo numbered 1010107 is “IMG_0107.JPG”, stored under the folder “DCIM\101CANON”.
144 Š Additional Information
6 System Setup
Menu item
y CINEMA 1 2
Setting options
0
[Output Onscreen
Displays]
[A On], [B Off]
z
z
z
z
–
[Language a]
[
], [Dansk], [Deutsch],
[
], [English], [Español],
[Français], [Italiano], [Magyar],
[Melayu], [Nederlands], [Norsk],
[Polski], [Português], [
],
[Suomi], [Svenska], [Türkçe],
[
], [
], [
],
[
], [
], [
],
[
], [
], [
]
z
z
z
z
31
[LCD Brightness]
k
l
z
z
z
z
–
[LCD Screen
Dimmer]
[A On], [B Off]
z
z
z
z
–
[LCD Mirror Image]
[A On], [B Off]
z
z
–
–
–
[AV/Headphones]
[H AV], [J Headphones]
z
z
z
z
99
[Volume]
Speaker:
–
–
z
z
50
z
z
z
z
99
q
h, r
Headphone:
c
d, e
[Notification
Sounds]
[N High Volume],
[M Low Volume], [B Off]
z
z
z
z
–
[Wireless Remote
Control]
[A On], [B Off L]
z
z
z
z
–
[POWERED IS
Button]
[x Press and Hold],
[y Toggle On/Off]
z
z
–
–
82
[Autostart
Decoration]
[A On], [B Off]
z
z
z
–
–
[Power Saving
Mode]
[Auto Power Off]:
[B Off], [A On]
z
z
z
z
–
[Quick Start (Standby)]:
[Off], [10 min], [20 min], [30 min]
Additional Information Š 145
Menu item
Setting options
[Initialize f/g]
[f Built-in Mem.]*,
[4 Mem. Card A],
[7 Mem. Card B]
[Initialize g]
[Complete Initialization]:
Toggle on ( ) or off ( )
*
y CINEMA 1
2
0
z
z
z
z
38
only.
[Time Zone/DST]
[S] (home time zone) or [V]
(travel time zone): [Paris], list of
world time zones
[U] (DST adjustment): Toggle on
( ) or off ( )
z
z
z
z
31
[Date/Time]
[Date/Time]: –
[Date Format]:
[Y.M.D], [M.D,Y], [D.M.Y] (Y- year, Mmonth, D- day)
[24H]: Toggle on ( , 24-hour clock) or
off ( , 12-hour clock)
z
z
z
z
30
[Battery Info]
–
z
z
z
z
–
[Control for HDMI]1
[A On], [B Off]
z
z
z
z
–
[HDMI 1080p
Output]1
[A On], [B Off]
z
z
z
z
–
[HDMI Status]
[Video Output], [Audio Output]
z
z
z
z
–
[Distance Units]
[m meters], [n feet]
z
z
–
–
–
[Demo Mode]
[A On], [B Off]
z
z
–
–
–
[Firmware]
–
–
–
–
z
–
[Eye-Fi
Communication]2
[O Automatic], [B Off]
z
z
z
z
133
1
2
Option not available when the camcorder is connected to an HDTV using the supplied HDMI cable.
Option available only after having inserted an Eye-Fi card into memory card slot Y.
[Output Onscreen Displays]: When set to [A On], the camcorder’s
onscreen displays will appear also on the screen of a TV or monitor connected to the camcorder.
[LCD Brightness]: Adjusts the brightness of the LCD screen.
146 Š Additional Information
• Changing the brightness of the LCD screen does not affect the brightness of your recordings or the brightness of the playback image on a
TV.
[LCD Screen Dimmer]: When set to [A On], the LCD screen is dimmed.
Doing so is ideal when using the camcorder in locations where the LCD’s
illumination could become a nuisance to others. Hold h pressed
down for about 2 seconds to restore the LCD screen to its previous
brightness setting.
• Dimming the LCD screen does not affect the brightness of your recordings or the brightness of the playback image on a TV.
• When the screen dimmer is set to [B Off], the LCD screen will return
to the brightness level that was in use before the screen was dimmed.
[LCD Mirror Image]: When set to [A On], you can rotate the LCD panel
180 degrees to let the subject check the image while you record. While
the LCD panel is rotated toward the subject you will not be able to decorate the scene.
[Notification Sounds]: A beep will accompany some operations like turning on the camcorder, the self-timer countdown, etc.
• While pre-recording (0 82) is activated, the camcorder will not emit
any notification sounds.
[Wireless Remote Control]: Allows the camcorder to be operated with the
wireless controller.
[POWERED IS Button]: Determines the operation mode of the POWERED
IS button.
[x Press and Hold]: Powered IS will be activated while you hold the button pressed down.
[y Toggle On/Off]: Each press of the button will turn the Powered IS
function on and off.
[Autostart Decoration]: When set to [A On], the decoration screen will
open automatically when you stow the LCD panel with the LCD screen
facing out.
[Power Saving Mode]: Controls the camcorder’s automatic power off settings.
[Auto Power Off]: In order to save power when the camcorder is powered
by a battery pack, it will automatically shut off if left without any operation
for 5 minutes.
• Approximately 30 seconds before the camcorder shuts off, [Auto Power
Off] will appear.
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• In standby mode, the camcorder will shut off after the time selected for
the [Quick Start (Standby)] setting.
[Quick Start (Standby)]: Select whether to activate the Quick Start function
(0 46) when you close the LCD panel in a recording mode and the
length of time after which the camcorder will end the standby mode and
shut off automatically.
• You can set Quick Start to [Off], for example, if the camcorder is set on
a fixed position and you want to keep recording video with the LCD
panel closed in order to conserve the battery’s power.
[Battery Info]: Displays a screen where you can verify the battery charge
(as a percentage) and the remaining recording time (
playback time (
,
mode).
,
mode) or
[Control for HDMI]: Activates the HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) function. When you connect the camcorder to an HDTV compatible
with HDMI-CEC using the supplied HDMI cable, you can control the camcorder’s playback using the remote control of the TV.
• If set to [A On], when the camcorder is connected to a compatible
HDTV using the supplied HDMI cable, the video input on the TV will
automatically be set to the camcorder’s video input. Then, you can use
the up/down/left/right buttons and the OK or SET button on the TV’s
remote control to play back your recordings.
• Depending on the TV set, additional settings may be required on the TV
itself to activate the HDMI-CEC function. Refer to the TV’s instruction
manual.
• Correct operation of the HDMI-CEC function cannot be guaranteed
even when connecting the camcorder to compatible TV sets. If you
cannot use the remote control of the TV, set [Control for HDMI] to
[B Off] and operate the camcorder directly or use the camcorder’s
wireless controller.
• The remote control of the TV can only be used to play back movies or
photos (
or
mode only). If the camcorder is connected to the
TV while it is set to a recording mode, depending on the TV used, turning off the TV will automatically turn off the camcorder even if it is
recording at the time.
• We recommend not connecting more than 3 HDMI-CEC compatible
devices at a time.
[HDMI 1080p Output]: If set to [A On], when the camcorder is connected to an HDTV that supports the 1080p standard using the supplied
HDMI cable, your video recordings (made in 1080i) will be converted and
output as 1080p.
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[HDMI Status]: Displays a screen where you can verify the standard of the
output signal from the HDMI OUT terminal.
[Distance Units]: Selects the units to use for the focusing distance display
during manual focus.
[Demo Mode]: The demonstration mode displays the camcorder’s main
features. It starts automatically when the camcorder is powered with the
compact power adapter if you leave it turned on without a memory card
for more than 5 minutes.
• To cancel the demo mode once it has started, press any button or turn
off the camcorder.
[Firmware]: You can verify the current version of the camcorder’s firmware. This menu option is usually unavailable.
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Appendix: Onscreen Icons and Displays
Recording Movies (using Story Creator)
1 Control button [FUNC.]: Open the
FUNC. panel (0 28)
2 Smart AUTO (0 42)
3 Face detection frame (0 83)
4 Touch & Track frame (0 85)
5 Control button [PHOTO]: Take a
photo (0 40, 75, 107)
6 Control button [
]: Return to the
list of story scenes (0 58)
7 Memory operation (0 153)
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Image stabilizer (0 81)
Remaining battery time (0 153)
Zoom (0 46)
Recording mode (0 76)
Current story scene (category)
(0 58)
d Recommended scene length
A
(0 58)
f Decoration (0 62)
A
8
9
q
A
a
A
s
A
,
Recording Movies
y Manual mode
g Recording program (0 78, 87)
A
A Manual exposure (0 89)
h
j R Instant AF/S Normal AF
A
(0 140), MF Manual focus (0 90)
k Face detection (0 83)
A
l White balance (0 93)
A
q
S Audio level indicator (0 96)
a x.v.Color (0 144)
S
s While recording/during playback:
S
Scene counter (hours : minutes :
seconds)
d Remote sensor off (0 147)
S
f
S Fader (0 86)
g
S Frame rate (0 78)
h
S Remaining recording time
4/7 On the memory card
f In the built-in memory*
3*/5 Relay recording (0 37)
*
only.
j Tele macro (0 92)
S
CINEMA mode
S
k
l
S
q
D
a
D
D
s
d
D
D
f
g
D
D
h
j
D
k
D
l
D
q
F
F
a
Image effects (0 94)
Microphone attenuator (0 141)
Headphone output (0 99)
Control button: Last function used
([ZOOM] in this case)
Level marker (0 141)
Conversion lens (Tele-converter
shown) (0 140)
Wind screen off (0 141)
Directionality of the optional SM-V1
Surround Microphone (0 101)
Mini advanced shoe (0 100)
AGC (automatic gain control) limit
Control button [FILTER 1]: Cinemalook filters (0 60)
In record pause mode:
Total number of scenes
Self timer (0 95)
Pre-recording (0 82)
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Playing Movies (during playback)
s
F Playback control buttons (0 50)
F Eye-Fi wireless communication
d
(0 133)
F Scene number
f
g Data code (0 105, 142)
F
h Volume and background music
F
balance controls (0 50, 70)
Viewing Photos
j
F Control button [MENU]: Open the
setup menus (0 138)
k Control button [Edit]: Open the Edit
F
panel (0 138)
l Current photo / Total number of
F
photos
q Photo number (0 144)
G
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a Control button [g]: Photo jump
G
(0 111)
s Control button [A]: Slideshow
G
(0 113)
d Control button [Q]: Return to the
G
[Photos] index screen (0 110)
7 Memory operation
N Record, M Record pause, A Playback, C Playback pause, I Fast playback,
J Fast reverse playback, G Slow playback, H Slow reverse playback,
E Frame advance, F Frame reverse.
9 Remaining battery time
• The icon shows a rough estimate of
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
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.
• When
is displayed in red, replace the battery pack with a fully charged one.
• When you attach an empty battery pack, the power may turn off without displaying
.
• Depending on the conditions under which the camcorder and the battery pack are
used, the actual battery charge may not be indicated accurately.
• When the camcorder is off, press R to display the charge status of a
battery pack. The Intelligent System will display the charge status (as a percentage)
and the remaining recording time (in minutes) for 5 seconds. If the battery pack is
exhausted, the battery information may not be displayed.
S Remaining recording time
h
When there is no more free space on the memory, [f End] (built-in memory,
only) or [4 End] (memory card X) or [7 End] (memory card Y) will be displayed
in red and the recording will stop.
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Trouble?
Troubleshooting
If you have a problem with your camcorder, refer to this section. Sometimes what you think is a malfunction of the camcorder may have the
simplest of solutions - please read the “CHECK THIS FIRST” box
before going on to the more detailed problems and solutions. Consult
your dealer or a Canon Service Center if the problem persists.
CHECK THIS FIRST
Power supply
• Is the battery charged? Is the compact power adapter correctly connected to the camcorder? (0 19)
Recording
• Did you turn the camcorder on and correctly set it to a recording
mode? (0 40, 75) If you are recording on a memory card, is one correctly inserted into the camcoder? (0 35)
Playback
• Did you turn the camcorder on and correctly set it to playback mode?
(0 48, 110) If you are playing back recordings from a memory card,
is one correctly inserted into the camcorder? (0 35) Does it contain
any recordings?
Other
• Does the camcorder make a rattling sound? The internal lens fixture
can move when the camcorder is turned off or in a playback mode.
This is not a malfunction.
Power source
The camcorder will not turn on or it turns off by itself.
- The battery pack is exhausted. Replace or charge the battery pack.
- Remove the battery pack and reattach it correctly.
- When the recording program is set to [Underwater] or [Surface], the camcorder may turn off
automatically if it becomes too hot. Turn off the camcorder and let it cool down.
Cannot charge the battery pack.
- Make sure the camcorder is off so charging can start.
- The temperature of the battery pack is outside its operating range (approximately 0 – 40 °C).
Remove the battery pack, warm it or let it cool down, as necessary, and try charging it again.
- Charge the battery pack in temperatures between approximately 0 °C and 40 °C.
- The battery pack is faulty. Replace the battery pack.
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- The camcorder cannot communicate with the battery pack attached. Battery packs not recommended by Canon for use with this camcorder cannot be charged using this camcorder.
- If you are using a battery pack recommended by Canon for use with this camcorder, there
may be a problem with the camcorder or battery pack. Consult a Canon Service Center.
A noise can be heard from the compact power adapter.
- A faint sound can be heard while the compact power adapter is connected to a power outlet.
This is not a malfunction.
The battery pack is exhausted extremely quickly even at normal temperatures.
- The battery may have reached the end of its battery life. Buy a new battery pack.
Recording
Pressing g will not start recording.
- You cannot record while the camcorder is writing previous recordings onto the memory
(while the ACCESS indicator is on or flashing). Wait until the camcorder has finished.
- The memory is full or it already contains the maximum number of scenes (3,999 scenes).
Delete some recordings (0 54, 112) or initialize the memory (0 38) to free some space.
The point where g was pressed does not match the beginning/end of the
recording.
- There is a slight interval between pressing g and the actual start/end of recording. This is not a malfunction.
The camcorder will not focus.
- Autofocus does not work on the subject. Focus manually (0 90).
- The lens or Instant AF sensor is dirty. Clean the lens or sensor with a soft lens-cleaning cloth
(0 172). Never use tissue paper to clean the lens.
When a subject flits across in front of the lens, the image appears slightly bent.
- This is a phenomenon typical of CMOS image sensors. When a subject crosses very quickly in
front of the camcorder, the image may seem slightly warped. This is not a malfunction.
Changing the operating mode between recording (N)/record pause (M)/playback (A)
takes longer than usual.
- When the memory contains a large number of scenes, some operations may take longer than
usual. Save your recordings (0 123) and initialize the memory (0 38).
Movies or photos cannot be recorded properly.
- This may occur as movies and photos are recorded/deleted over time. Save your recordings
(0 123) and initialize the memory (0 38).
Cannot record a photo while recording movies.
- You cannot take photos in
mode, while the digital zoom is activated (0 140) or while
fading in or fading out a scene (0 86).
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After using the camcorder for a long time, it becomes hot.
- The camcorder may become hot after using it continuously for long periods of time; this is not
a malfunction. If the camcorder becomes unusually hot or it becomes hot after using it only
for a short while, it may indicate a problem with the camcorder. Consult a Canon Service Center.
Cannot create a new story.
- A memory can contain a maximum of 98 user-created stories. Delete some stories from the
gallery (0 56) or select a different memory (0 36).
Playback
Cannot copy/move scenes in a story.
- The memory is full. Delete some recordings (0 54, 112) to free some space.
Cannot delete a scene.
- You may not be able to delete scenes recorded or edited using another device.
Deleting scenes takes longer than usual.
- When the memory contains a large number of scenes, some operations may take longer than
usual. Save your recordings (0 123) and initialize the memory (0 38).
Cannot capture a video snapshot scene from a movie.
- You cannot capture video snapshot scenes from scenes recorded or edited using another
device and then transferred to a memory card connected to the computer.
- The memory is full. Delete some recordings (0 54, 112) to free some space.
When playing back scenes/slideshow with background music, the music track is not played
back correctly.
- This can occur when you transfer the music files to a memory card after repeatedly recording
and deleting scenes (fragmented memory). Save your recordings (0 123) and initialize the
memory card (0 38). Then, transfer the music files first and only then transfer the video
files.
- Music tracks will not play back correctly if the connection was interrupted while transferring
the music files to a memory card. Delete the music tracks and transfer the music files again.
- The transfer rate of the memory card used is too slow. Use a recommended memory card
(0 33).
Cannot divide scenes
- You cannot divide scenes recorded or edited using another device and then transferred to a
memory card connected to the computer.
- The memory is full. Delete some recordings (0 54, 112) to free some space.
Cannot copy scenes/photos
- You may not be able to copy scenes/photos recorded or edited using another device and then
transferred to a memory card connected to the computer.
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Cannot mark individual scenes/photos in the index screen with a checkmark O
- You cannot select more than 100 scenes/photos individually. Select the [All Scenes] or [All
Photos] option instead of [Select].
Indicators and Onscreen Displays
lights up in red.
- Battery pack is exhausted. Replace or charge the battery pack.
appears on the screen.
- The camcorder cannot communicate with the battery pack attached so the remaining battery
time cannot be displayed.
4/7 lights up in red.
- A memory card error occurred. Turn off the camcorder. Remove and reinsert the memory
card. Initialize the memory card if the display does not change back to normal.
- The memory card is full. Replace the memory card or delete some recordings (0 54, 112)
to free some space on the memory card.
Even after stopping recording, the ACCESS indicator does not go off.
- The scene is being recorded in the memory. This is not a malfunction.
p appears on the screen.
- The camcorder has become hot while in the [Underwater] or [Surface] recording program.
Turn off the camcorder and let it cool down.
The red ON/OFF (CHG) indicator flashes rapidly (
one flash at 0.5-second
intervals).
- Charging has stopped because the compact power adapter or the battery pack is faulty. Consult a Canon Service Center.
The red ON/OFF (CHG) indicator flashes very slowly (
one flash at 2second intervals).
- The temperature of the battery pack is outside its operating range (approximately 0 – 40 °C).
Remove the battery pack, warm it or let it cool down, as necessary, and try charging it again.
- Charge the battery pack in temperatures between approximately 0 °C and 40 °C.
- The battery pack is damaged. Use a different battery pack.
o appears on the screen
- The LOCK switch on the Eye-Fi card is set to prevent accidental erasure. Change the position
of the LOCK switch.
- An error occurred when trying to access control data on the Eye-Fi card. Turn the camcorder
off then on again. If the icon appears often, there might be a problem with the Eye-Fi card.
Contact the card manufacturer’s customer care.
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Picture and Sound
The screen appears too dark.
- The LCD screen was dimmed. Hold h pressed down for 2 seconds to restore the LCD
screen to its previous brightness setting.
Screen displays turn on and off repeatedly.
- The battery pack is exhausted. Replace or charge the battery pack.
- Remove the battery pack and reattach it correctly.
Abnormal characters appear on the screen and the camcorder does not operate properly.
- Disconnect the power source and reconnect it after a short time. If the problem still persists,
remove the battery pack and disconnect all other power sources from the camcorder. Then,
press the RESET button with a pointed object to reset all the camcorder’s settings to default
values.
Video noise appears on screen.
- Keep a distance between the camcorder and devices that emit strong electromagnetic fields
(plasma TVs, cellular phones, etc.).
Horizontal bands appear on the screen.
- This is a phenomenon typical of CMOS image sensors when recording under some types of
fluorescent, mercury or sodium lamps. To reduce the symptoms, set the recording program to
[Programmed AE] or [Shutter-Pri. AE] (0 87). This is not a malfunction.
Sound is distorted or is recorded at lower levels.
- When recording near loud sounds (such as fireworks, shows or concerts), sound may become
distorted or it may not be recorded at the actual levels. Activate the microphone attenuator
(0 141) or adjust the audio recording level manually (0 96).
The picture is displayed correctly but there is no sound from the built-in speaker.
- Speaker volume is turned off. Adjust the volume.
- If the STV-250N Stereo Video Cable is connected to the camcorder, disconnect it.
- The AV terminal is set to headphone output. Set 88 [AV/Headphones] to [AV].
Memory Card and Accessories
Cannot insert the memory card.
- The memory card was not facing the correct direction. Turn the memory card over and insert
it.
Cannot record on the memory card.
- The memory card is full. Delete some recordings (0 54, 112) to free some space or replace
the memory card.
- Initialize the memory card (0 38) when you use it with the camcorder for the first time.
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- The LOCK switch on the memory card is set to prevent accidental erasure. Change the position of the LOCK switch.
- A compatible memory card must be used to be able to record movies on a memory card
(0 33).
- The folder and file numbers have reached their maximum value. Set 88[Photo Numbering] to [Reset] and insert a new memory card.
The wireless controller will not work.
- Set 68[Wireless Remote Control] to [On].
- Replace the battery of the wireless controller.
Cannot upload files wirelessly using an Eye-Fi card.
- You may have inserted the Eye-Fi card into memory card slot X. Insert it into memory card
slot Y.
- 68 [Eye-Fi Communication] is set to [Off] (i appears onscreen). Set it to [Automatic].
- Wireless communication is not available in recording mode. Set the camcorder to playback
mode.
- Opening the LCD panel may help when the wireless connection is not strong enough.
- During wireless transfer, wireless communication may stop when the wireless signal conditions worsen (h appears onscreen). Perform wireless transfer in a place with good signal
conditions.
- Contact the card manufacturer’s customer care.
The wireless communication status icon does not appear
- You may have inserted the Eye-Fi card into memory card slot X. Insert it into memory card
slot Y.
Connections with External Devices
Video noise appears on the TV screen.
- When using the camcorder in a room where a TV is located, keep a distance between the
compact power adapter and the power or antenna cables of the TV.
Playback looks fine on the camcorder but there is no image on the TV screen.
- The video input on the TV is not set to the video terminal to which you connected the camcorder. Select the correct video input.
- There will be no video output from the AV OUT terminal while the optional CTC-100 Component Cable is connected to the camcorder’s COMPONENT OUT terminal. Disconnect the CTC100 Component Cable in advance to use the AV OUT terminal.
There is no sound from the TV.
- When connecting the camcorder to an HDTV using the optional CTC-100 Component Cable,
make sure to connect also the audio connections using the white and red plugs of the
STV-250N Stereo Video Cable.
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The camcorder is connected using the supplied HDMI cable, but there is no picture or sound
from the HDTV.
- Disconnect the supplied HDMI cable and then restore the connection or turn the camcorder off
and then on again.
The camcorder is connected using the supplied HDMI cable, but HDMI-CEC does not work
(cannot play back using the TV’s remote control).
- Disconnect the HDMI cable and turn off the camcorder and the TV. After a short while turn
them on again and restore the connection.
- 68 [Control for HDMI] is set to [Off]. Set it to [On].
- HDMI-CEC is not activated on the connected TV. Activate this function on the TV.
- Even with TV sets compatible with HDMI-CEC the range of functions available differs depending on the type of TV. Refer to the instruction manual of the connected TV.
The computer does not recognize the camcorder even though the camcorder is connected
correctly.
- Disconnect the USB cable and turn off the camcorder. After a short while, turn it on again and
restore the connection.
- Connect the camcorder to a different USB port on the computer.
Cannot save photos on my computer
- When the memory contains too many photos (Windows – 2,500 photos or more, Macintosh –
1,000 photos or more), you may not be able to transfer photos to a computer. Try using a card
only: To transfer the photos in the
reader to transfer the photos on the memory card.
built-in memory, copy them to the memory card in advance (0 120).
List of Messages (in alphabetical order)
Accessing the memory card. Do not remove the memory card.
- You opened the double memory card slot cover while the camcorder was accessing the memory card or the camcorder started accessing the memory card as you opened the double
memory card slot cover. Do not remove the memory card until this message disappears.
Back up recordings regularly
- This message may appear when you turn on the camcorder. In the event of a malfunction,
recordings may be lost so back up your recordings regularly.
Buffer overflow. Recording was stopped.
- The data transfer rate was too high for the memory card in use and the recording was
stopped. Replace the memory card with one rated SD Speed Class 2, 4, 6 or 10.
- After repeatedly recording, deleting and editing scenes (fragmented memory), it will take
longer to write data on the memory and recording may stop. Save your recordings (0 123)
and initialize the memory (0 38).
Built-in memory error
- The built-in memory could not be read. Contact a Canon Service Center.
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Built-in memory is full
- The built-in memory is full (“f End” appears on the screen). Delete some recordings
(0 54, 112) to free some space. Alternatively, save your recordings (0 123) and initialize
the built-in memory (0 38).
Cannot access the built-in memory
- There is a problem with the built-in memory. Contact a Canon Service Center.
Cannot communicate with the battery pack. Continue using this battery pack?
- You attached a battery pack that is not recommended by Canon for use with this camcorder.
- If you are using a battery pack recommended by Canon for use with this camcorder, there
may be a problem with the camcorder or battery pack. Consult a Canon Service Center.
Cannot convert
- Cannot access the memory card. Check the memory card and make sure it is inserted correctly.
- You inserted a MultiMedia Card (MMC) into the camcorder. Use a recommended memory card
(0 33).
- There was an error creating the file name. Set 8 8 [Photo Numbering] to [Reset] and
initialize the memory card (0 38) or delete all the photos (0 112) and converted SD movies (0 54).
Cannot copy
- The total size of the scenes you selected to copy exceeds the available space on the memory
card. Delete some recordings on the memory card (0 54, 112) or reduce the number of
scenes to copy.
- The memory card already contains the maximum number of scenes (3,999 scenes). Delete
some scenes (0 54) to free some space.
- The gallery already contains the maximum number of stories (98 stories in any one given
memory). Delete some stories (0 56) to free some space.
Cannot divide the scene. Initialize only using the camcorder.
- Use the supplied software VideoBrowser to save the scene and divide it on the computer.
Cannot enter standby mode now
- The camcorder cannot enter standby mode if the remaining battery charge is too low. Charge
or replace the battery pack (0 19).
Cannot load canvas
- The canvas file that was saved on the memory is corrupted.
- Canvas data cannot be read from canvas files created using other devices and then transferred to a memory card connected to the computer.
Cannot play back
- There is a problem with the memory. If this message appears often without apparent reason,
contact a Canon Service Center.
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Cannot play back Cannot access the built-in memory
- There is a problem with the built-in memory. Save your recordings (0 123) and initialize the
built-in memory using the [Complete Initialization] option (0 38). If the problem persists,
contact a Canon Service Center.
Cannot play back Check the memory card
- There is a problem with the memory card. Save your recordings (0 123) and initialize the
memory card using the [Complete Initialization] option (0 38). If the problem persists, use a
different memory card.
Cannot play the movies in the built-in memory Initialize only using the camcorder
- The camcorder's built-in memory was initialized using a computer. Initialize the built-in memory with this camcorder (0 38).
Cannot play the movies on this memory card
- Movies cannot be played back from a 64 MB or smaller memory card. Use a recommended
memory card (0 33).
Cannot play the movies on this memory card Initialize only using the camcorder
- The memory card in the camcorder was initialized using a computer. Initialize the memory
card with this camcorder (0 38).
Cannot record
- You cannot capture video snapshot scenes from scenes recorded or edited using another
device and then transferred to a memory card connected to the computer.
- There is a problem with the memory. If this message appears often without apparent reason,
contact a Canon Service Center.
Cannot record Cannot access the built-in memory
- There is a problem with the built-in memory. Save your recordings (0 123) and initialize the
built-in memory using the [Complete Initialization] option (0 38). If the problem persists,
contact a Canon Service Center.
Cannot record Check the memory card
- There is a problem with the memory card. Save your recordings (0 123) and initialize the
memory card using the [Complete Initialization] option (0 38). If the problem persists, use a
different memory card.
Cannot record movies in the built-in memory Initialize only using the camcorder
- The camcorder's built-in memory was initialized using a computer. Initialize the built-in memory with this camcorder (0 38).
Cannot record movies on this memory card
- Movies cannot be recorded on a 64 MB or smaller memory card. Use a recommended memory card (0 33).
Cannot record movies on this memory card Initialize only using the camcorder
- The memory card in the camcorder was initialized using a computer. Initialize the memory
card with this camcorder (0 38).
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Cannot save the canvas
- Cannot save your [Pens and Stamps] drawings on the memory. Save your recordings
(0 123) and initialize the memory (0 38).
Change the battery pack
- Battery pack is exhausted. Replace or charge the battery pack.
Check the memory card
- Cannot access the memory card. Check the memory card and make sure it is inserted correctly.
- A memory card error occurred. The camcorder cannot record or display the image. Try removing and reinserting the memory card, or use a different memory card.
- You inserted a MultiMedia Card (MMC) into the camcorder. Use a recommended memory card
(0 33).
- If after the message disappears, 4/7 appears in red, perform the following: Turn off the
camcorder and remove and reinsert the memory card. If 4/7 turns back to green you can
resume recording/playback. If the problem persists, save your recordings (0 123) and initialize the memory card (0 38).
Do not disconnect the power source. Do not disconnect the USB cable unless you first use
the computer to safely end the connection.
- When the camcorder is in
mode and is connected to the computer with the supplied
USB cable, the camcorder cannot be operated. Disconnecting the USB cable or power source
while this message appears may result in permanent loss of the recordings in the camcorder.
Use the computer's Safely Remove Hardware function to end the connection and disconnect
the USB cable before using the camcorder.
Error writing on the memory card. Data may be recovered if the memory card has not been
removed. Attempt recovering the data?
- This message will appear the next time you turn on the camcorder if power supply was accidentally interrupted while the camcorder was writing on the memory card. Select [Recover] to
try to recover the recordings. If you removed the memory card and used it with another device
after this happened, we recommend you select [Give Up].
File name error
- The folder and file numbers have reached their maximum value. Set 88 [Photo Numbering] to [Reset] and delete all the photos on the memory card (0 112) or initialize it
(0 38).
Initialize only using the camcorder
- There is a problem with the file system that prevents accessing the selected memory. Initialize
the memory with this camcorder (0 38).
LCD Screen has been dimmed
- Hold h pressed for 2 seconds to restore the LCD screen to its previous brightness setting.
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May not be possible to record movies on this memory card
- You may not be able to record movies on a memory card without a Speed Class rating.
Replace the memory card with one rated SD Speed Class 2, 4, 6 or 10.
Mem. Card Number of scenes already at maximum
- The memory card already contains the maximum number of scenes (3,999 scenes); no further
scenes can be copied onto the memory card. Delete some scenes (0 54) to free some
space.
Mem. Card Unable to recognize the data
- The memory card contains scenes recorded using a video configuration that is not supported
(NTSC). Play back the recordings in the memory card with the device originally used to record
them.
Memory card cover is open
- After inserting a memory card, close the double memory card slot cover.
Memory card is full
- The memory card is full. Delete some recordings (0 54, 112) to free some space or replace
the memory card.
Memory card is write-protected
- The LOCK switch on the memory card is set to prevent accidental erasure. Change the position of the LOCK switch.
Need to recover files from the memory card. Change the position of the LOCK switch on the
memory card.
- This message will appear the next time you turn on the camcorder if power supply was accidentally interrupted while the camcorder was writing on the memory card and later the position of the card's LOCK switch was changed to prevent erasure. Change the position of the
LOCK switch.
No memory card
- Insert a compatible memory card into the camcorder (0 35).
No photos
- There are no photos to play back. Have fun taking some photos (0 40).
No scenes
- There are no scenes in the memory selected. Have fun shooting some video (0 40).
Not enough available space
- Delete some recordings on the memory card (0 54, 112) or select the [3 Mbps] bit rate for
the conversion to SD.
Number of scenes already at maximum
- The maximum number of scenes (3,999 scenes) has been reached. Delete some scenes
(0 54) to free some space.
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Number of stories already at maximum
- The gallery already contains the maximum number of stories (98 stories in any one given
memory). Delete some stories (0 56) or change the recording memory for movies (0 36).
Recording program: Underwater / Surface
Turn on the camcorder while holding the zoom lever toward T or W to change the recording
program rXs.
- Follow the instructions to switch the recording program between [Underwater] and [Surface]
while the camcorder is secured inside the optional WP-V3 Waterproof Case.
Scene recorded using another device. Cannot divide the scene.
- Scenes that were not recorded with this camcorder cannot be divided with this camcorder.
Scene recorded using another device. Cannot play back the scene.
- Scenes that were not recorded with this camcorder cannot be played back.
Select the desired scene number
- A number of scenes have the same recording date but different file control information. This
can occur for example when you edit photos and write the files back to the camcorder. Select
a number to display the corresponding group of scenes.
Some scenes could not be converted
- Some scenes selected for conversion to SD were recorded using another device and then
transferred to a memory card connected to the computer. These scenes were not converted.
- Among the scenes selected for conversion to SD there are scenes recorded with another
device using 24p frame rate and then transferred to a memory card connected to the computer. When converting scenes to SD, leave out scenes recorded using another devices.
Some scenes could not be deleted
- Movies that were protected/edited with other devices and then transferred to a memory card
connected to the computer, cannot be deleted with this camcorder.
Some scenes were recorded using another device and cannot be copied.
- Scenes that were not recorded with this camcorder cannot be copied to memory card Y.
Task in progress. Do not disconnect the power source.
- The camcorder is updating the memory. Wait until the operation ends and do not disconnect
the compact power adapter or remove the battery pack.
There are no scenes with the selected rating
- No scenes have been rated yet. Rate the scenes as you like (0 68).
- The criteria you used to select scenes by rating resulted in no applicable scenes. Change the
criteria used to select scenes by rating.
This memory card contains scenes. Delete all scenes to use relay recording.
- Save your movies (0 123) if necessary, and delete all the movies from the memory card
(0 54).
This photo cannot be displayed
- You may not be able to display photos taken with other devices or image files created or
edited on a computer and then transferred to a memory card connected to the computer.
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This scene was recorded using another device and cannot be copied.
- Scenes that were not recorded with this camcorder cannot be copied to memory card Y.
To record video on this memory card, it is recommended to use only the XP+/SP/LP recording
modes
- Movies may not be recorded correctly on this memory card if the recording mode is set to
MXP or FXP mode (0 76).
To use the wireless function, insert the Eye-Fi card into slot B.
- You may have inserted the Eye-Fi card into memory card slot X. Insert it into memory card
slot Y.
Too many photos. Disconnect the USB cable.
- Disconnect the USB cable. Try using a memory card reader or decrease the number of photos
on the memory card to fewer than 2,500 photos (Windows), or 1,000 photos (Mac OS).
- If a dialog box appeared on the computer screen, close it. Disconnect the USB cable, and
restore the connection after a short while.
Total play time is too long
- When converting scenes from a story, the maximum total playback time of the scenes to be
converted is 2 hours and 30 minutes. Reduce the number of scenes to be converted to SD.
Unable to recognize the data
- You transferred data to the camcorder recorded using a video configuration that is not supported (NTSC). Play back the recordings with the device originally used to record them.
Unable to recover data
- Could not recover a corrupted file. Save your recordings (0 123) and initialize the memory
using the [Complete Initialization] option (0 38).
Unsupported gallery data detected. Cannot record or edit. Delete gallery data?
- The gallery data of the movies in the selected memory card is not supported. The movies can
be played back but you cannot edit them or record additional scenes to this gallery. Select
[Yes] to delete the unsupported gallery data. Note that after doing so, you will not be able to
play back the movies with the device originally used to record the unsupported gallery data.
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Do’s and Don’ts
Handling Precautions
Camcorder
Be sure to observe the following precautions to ensure maximum performance.
• Save your recordings periodically. Make sure to transfer your recordings to an external device such as a computer or digital video recorder
(0 120) and save them on a regular basis. This will protect your important recordings in case of damage and create more free space on the
memory. Canon shall not be liable for any data loss.
• Do not carry the camcorder by the LCD panel. Be careful when closing
the LCD panel. When using a wrist strap, do not allow the camcorder to
swing and hit an object.
• Handle the touch screen with care. Do not apply excessive force and,
with the exception of the supplied stylus pen, do not use ballpoint pens
or other hard-tipped tools to operate the touch screen. This may damage the touch screen’s surface or the pressure-sensitive layer beneath
it.
• Do not attach protective film on the touch screen. The touch screen’s
operation is based on detecting applied pressure, so you may not be
able to correctly operate the touch screen with an additional protective
layer.
• Do not leave the camcorder in places subject to high temperatures (like
the inside of a car parked under direct sunlight), or high humidity.
• Do not use the camcorder near strong electromagnetic fields such as
above TVs, near plasma TVs or mobile phones.
• Do not point the lens at strong light sources. Do not leave the camcorder pointed at a bright subject.
• Do not use or store the camcorder in dusty or sandy places. The camcorder is not waterproof – avoid also water, mud or salt. If any of the
above should get into the camcorder it may damage the camcorder
and/or the lens.
• Be careful of heat generated by lighting equipment.
• Do not disassemble the camcorder. If the camcorder does not function
properly, consult qualified service personnel.
• Handle the camcorder with care. Do not subject the camcorder to
shocks or vibration as this may cause damage.
Additional Information Š 167
• When mounting the camcorder on a
5.5 mm
tripod, make sure that the tripod’s fastening screw is shorter than 5.5 mm.
Using other tripods may damage the
camcorder.
• When recording movies, try to get a
calm, stable picture. Excessive camcorder movement while shooting and extensive use of fast zooms and
panning can result in jittery scenes. In extreme cases, the playback of
such scenes may result in visually induced motion sickness. If you experience such a reaction, stop the playback immediately and take a rest
break as necessary.
• Do not insert the supplied stylus pen into the mouth. If swallowed, seek
medical assistance immediately.
• Handle the supplied stylus pen with extreme care and keep it out of the
reach of children. If mishandled, the stylus pen can present a risk of
severe eye injury and even blindness.
Long-term storage
If you do not intend to use the camcorder for a long time, store it in a
place free of dust, in low humidity, and at temperatures not higher than
30 °C.
Battery Pack
DANGER!
Treat the battery pack with care.
• Keep it away from fire (or it might explode).
• Do not expose the battery pack to temperature higher than 60 °C. Do
not leave it near a heater or inside a car in hot weather.
• Do not try to disassemble or modify it.
• Do not drop it or subject it to shocks.
• Do not get it wet.
• Dirty terminals may cause a poor contact between the battery pack and
the camcorder. Wipe the terminals with a soft cloth.
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Long-term storage
• Store battery packs in a dry place at temperatures no higher than
30 °C.
• To extend the battery life of the battery pack, discharge it completely
before storing it.
• Charge and discharge all your battery packs fully at least once a year.
Remaining battery time
If the remaining battery time displayed is not correct, charge the battery
pack fully. Still, the correct time may not be displayed after a large number
of repeated uses, if a fully charged battery pack is left unused, or if a battery pack is used for long periods of time in high temperatures. Use the
time shown on the screen as an approximation.
Regarding the use of non-Canon battery packs
• For your safety, battery packs that are not genuine Canon battery packs
will not be charged even if you attach them to this camcorder or to the
optional CG-800E Battery Charger.
• We recommend using genuine Canon battery
packs bearing the Intelligent System mark.
• If you attach to the camcorder battery packs
that are not genuine Canon battery packs,
will appear and the
remaining battery time will not be displayed.
Memory Card
• We recommend backing up the recordings on the memory card onto
your computer. Data may be corrupted or lost due to memory card
defects or exposure to static electricity. Canon shall not be liable for lost
or corrupted data.
• Do not touch or expose the terminals to dust or dirt.
• Do not use memory cards in places subject to strong magnetic fields.
• Do not leave memory cards in places subject to high humidity and high
temperature.
• Do not disassemble, bend, drop, or subject memory cards to shocks
and do not expose them to water.
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• Check the direction before inserting the memory card. Forcing a memory card into the slot if it is not correctly oriented may damage the memory card or the camcorder.
• Do not attach any labels or stickers on the memory card.
• Secure Digital (SD) memory cards
have a physical switch to prevent writing on the card so as to avoid the
accidental erasure of the card’s content. To write-protect the memory card
set the switch to the LOCK position.
LOCK switch
Built-in Rechargeable Lithium Battery
The camcorder has a built-in rechargeable lithium battery to keep the
date/time and other settings. The built-in lithium battery is recharged
while you use the camcorder; however, it will discharge completely if
you do not use the camcorder for about 3 months.
To recharge the built-in lithium battery: Connect the compact power
adapter to the camcorder and leave it connected for 24 hours with the
camcorder off.
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Lithium Button Battery
WARNING!
• The battery used in this device may present a fire or chemical burn
hazard if mishandled.
• Do not disassemble, modify, immerse in water, heat above 100 °C or
incinerate the battery.
• Replace with a CR2025 battery made by Panasonic, Hitachi Maxell,
Sony, FDK, or with Duracell2025. Use of other batteries may present a
risk of fire or explosion.
• Do not insert the battery into the mouth. If swallowed, seek medical
assistance immediately. The battery case may break and the battery
fluids may cause internal injuries.
• Keep the battery out of the reach of children.
• Do not recharge, short-circuit or insert the battery in the wrong direction.
• The used battery should be returned to the supplier for safe disposal.
• Do not pick up the battery using tweezers or other metal tools, as this
will cause a short circuit.
• Wipe the battery with a clean dry cloth to ensure proper contact.
Disposal
When you delete movies or initialize the memory, only the file allocation
table is altered and stored data is not physically erased. Take the necessary precautions when you dispose of the camcorder or memory
card, for example by physically damaging it to prevent the leakage of
private data.
If giving the camcorder or memory card to another person, initialize the
built-in memory (
only) or memory card using the [Complete Initialization] option (0 38). Fill it up with unimportant recordings, and
then initialize it again using the same option. This makes recovering the
original recordings very difficult.
Additional Information Š 171
Maintenance/Others
Cleaning
Camcorder Body
• Use a soft, dry cloth to clean the camcorder body. Never use chemically
treated cloths or volatile solvents such as paint thinner.
Lens and Instant AF Sensor
• If the lens surface or Instant AF sensor is dirty, autofocus may not work
properly.
• Remove any dust or dirt particles using a non-aerosol type blower
brush.
• Use a clean, soft lens-cleaning cloth to gently wipe the lens. Never use
tissue paper.
LCD Touch Screen
• Clean the LCD touch screen using a clean, soft lens-cleaning cloth.
• Condensation may form on the surface of the screen when the temperature changes suddenly. Wipe it with a soft dry cloth.
Condensation
Moving the camcorder rapidly between hot and cold temperatures may
cause condensation (water droplets) to form on its internal surfaces.
Stop using the camcorder if condensation is detected. Continued use
may damage the camcorder.
Condensation may form in the following cases:
• When the camcorder is moved quickly from cold to warm places
• When the camcorder is left in a humid room
• When a cold room is heated rapidly
To avoid condensation
• Do not expose the camcorder to sudden or extreme changes in temperature.
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• Remove the memory card and battery pack. Then, place the camcorder
in an airtight plastic bag and let it adjust gradually to temperature
changes before removing it from the bag.
When condensation is detected
The camcorder automatically shuts off.
The precise time required for water droplets to evaporate will vary
depending on the location and weather conditions. As a general rule, wait
for 2 hours before resuming use of the camcorder.
Using the Camcorder Abroad
Power Sources
You can use the compact power adapter to operate the camcorder and to
charge battery packs in any country with power supply between 100 and
240 V AC, 50/60 Hz. Consult a Canon Service Center for information on
plug adapters for overseas use.
Playback on a TV Screen
You can only play back your recordings on TVs compatible with the PAL
system. PAL (or the compatible SECAM system) is used in the following
regions/countries:
Europe: All of Europe and Russia. Americas: Only in Argentina, Brazil,
Uruguay and French territories (French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique,
etc.). Asia: Most of Asia (except in Japan, the Philippines, South Korea,
Taiwan and Myanmar). Africa: All of Africa and African islands. Australia/
Oceania: Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea; most Pacific
islands (except for Micronesia, Samoa, Tonga and US territories like Guam
and American Samoa).
Additional Information Š 173
General Information
Accessories (Availability differs from area to area)
Computer
Card
reader/writer
TV/HDTV
VCR/DVD
recorder
SCART Adapter
Optional accessories not listed below are described in more detail in
the following pages.
1
2
3
6
q
A
a
A
SS-600/SS-650 Shoulder Strap
WS-20 Wrist Strap
WL-D89 Wireless Controller
CA-570 Compact Power Adapter
Memory card
IFC-300PCU/S* or IFC-300PCU USB
Cable
j
A
k
A
l
A
q
S
a
S
s
S
ZR-1000 Zoom Remote Controller
ZR-2000 Zoom Remote Controller
HTC-100/S* or HTC-100 HDMI Cable
DTC-100 D Terminal Cable
CTC-100 Component Cable
STV-250N Stereo Video Cable
* Supplied with the camcorder; not available as an optional accessory.
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NOTES
• Accessories that are compatible with the Advanced Accessory Shoe
cannot be attached to this camcorder. Look for the Mini ADVANCED
SHOE logo to ensure compatibility with the mini advanced shoe.
Optional Accessories
Use of genuine Canon accessories is recommended.
This product is designed to achieve excellent performance when used
with genuine Canon accessories. Canon shall not be liable for any damage to this product and/or accidents such as fire, etc., caused by the
malfunction of non-genuine Canon accessories (e.g., a leakage and/or
explosion of a battery pack). Please note that this warranty does not
apply to repairs arising out of the malfunction of non-genuine Canon
accessories, although you may request such repairs on a chargeable
basis.
4 Battery Packs
When you need extra battery packs,
select one of the following models:
BP-808*, BP-809(B)*, BP-809(S)*,
BP-819, or BP-827.
* Please note that the shape/color of this battery does not match the external design of
the camcorder.
When you use battery packs bearing the Intelligent System mark, the
camcorder will communicate with the battery and display the remaining
usage time (accurate to 1 minute). You can only use and charge these
battery packs with camcorders and chargers compatible with Intelligent
System.
5 CG-800E Battery Charger
Use the battery charger to charge the
battery packs.
Additional Information Š 175
Charging, Recording and Playback Times
The charging times given in the following table are approximate and vary
according to charging conditions and initial charge of the battery pack.
Battery pack→
BP-808
BP-809
Charging conditions↓
BP-819
BP-827
Using the camcorder
150 min.
260 min.
385 min.
Using the CG-800E Battery Charger
105 min.
190 min.
260 min.
Recording and playback times given in the following tables are approximate and vary according to recording mode and charging, recording or
playback conditions. The effective usage time of the battery pack may
decrease when recording in cold surroundings, when using the brighter
screen settings, etc.
Using the built-in memory
Battery pack
BP-808
BP-809
BP-819
BP-827
Recording mode
Recording
(maximum)
Recording
(typical)*
Playback
MXP
125 min.
80 min.
195 min.
FXP
125 min.
80 min.
195 min.
XP+
130 min.
85 min.
200 min.
SP
130 min.
85 min.
200 min.
LP
130 min.
85 min.
200 min.
MXP
255 min.
160 min.
390 min.
FXP
255 min.
160 min.
390 min.
XP+
260 min.
165 min.
400 min.
SP
265 min.
170 min.
405 min.
LP
270 min.
170 min.
405 min.
MXP
385 min.
240 min.
595 min.
FXP
390 min.
245 min.
600 min.
XP+
400 min.
255 min.
615 min.
SP
405 min.
255 min.
620 min.
LP
405 min.
255 min.
620 min.
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Using a memory card
Battery pack
BP-808
BP-809
BP-819
BP-827
Recording mode
Recording
(maximum)
Recording
(typical)*
Playback
MXP
125 min.
80 min.
190 min.
FXP
125 min.
80 min.
190 min.
XP+
130 min.
85 min.
195 min.
SP
130 min.
85 min.
195 min.
LP
130 min.
85 min.
195 min.
MXP
255 min.
160 min.
380 min.
FXP
255 min.
160 min.
385 min.
XP+
265 min.
170 min.
395 min.
SP
265 min.
170 min.
395 min.
LP
270 min.
170 min.
395 min.
MXP
390 min.
245 min.
580 min.
FXP
390 min.
245 min.
590 min.
XP+
400 min.
255 min.
605 min.
SP
405 min.
255 min.
605 min.
LP
405 min.
255 min.
610 min.
* Approximate times for recording with repeated operations such as start/stop,
zooming, and power on/off.
7 TL-H43 Tele-converter
This Tele-converter lens increases the
focal length of the camcorder lens by a
factor of 1.5.
• The image stabilizer is not as effective
when the Tele-converter is attached.
• The minimum focusing distance at full
telephoto with the TL-H43 is 3.3 m.
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8 WD-H43 Wide-converter
This Wide-converter lens decreases the
focal length by a factor of 0.7, giving you
a wide perspective for indoor shots or
panoramic views.
9 FS-H43U II Filter Set
Neutral density and MC protector filters
help you to control difficult lighting conditions.
s
A SM-V1 Surround Microphone
Use 5.1ch surround sound to add a
sense of presence to your movies. You
can link the surround sound to the zoom
position or use the microphone as a
highly directional shotgun microphone
(monaural).
d
A DM-100 Directional Stereo
Microphone
This highly sensitive, super-directional
microphone attaches to the camcorder’s
mini advanced shoe. It can be used as
directional microphone (monaural) or
stereo microphone.
f
A VL-5 Video Light
This video light enables you to record
brightly in color even in dark places. It
attaches to the camcorder’s mini
advanced shoe for cable-free operation.
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g
A VFL-2 Video Flash Light
This video flash light allows you to
record photos and movies even at night
or in dark places. It attaches to the camcorder’s mini advanced shoe for cablefree operation.
• The VFL-2 cannot be used as a flash
with this camcorder.
h
A RA-V1 Remote Control Adapter
Attaching this adapter to the mini
advanced shoe allows you to use the
optional ZR-2000 or ZR-1000 Zoom
Remote Controller, which is useful when
operating the camcorder while it is
mounted on a tripod.
d
S WP-V3 Waterproof Case
This case allows you to record movies
and take photos underwater without getting the camcorder wet.
f
S SC-2000 Soft Carrying Case
A handy camcorder bag with padded
compartments and plenty of space for
accessories.
This mark identifies genuine Canon video accessories.
When you use Canon video equipment, we
recommend Canon-brand accessories or products
bearing the same mark.
Additional Information Š 179
Specifications
LEGRIA HF M46 / LEGRIA HF M406

— Values given are approximate figures.
System
• Recording System
Movies: AVCHD
Video compression: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264;
Audio compression: Dolby Digital 2ch; Dolby Digital 5.1ch*
* Only when using the optional SM-V1 Surround Microphone.
Photos: DCF (Design rule for Camera File system), compatible with Exif* Ver. 2.2
Image compression: JPEG
* This camcorder supports Exif 2.2 (also called “Exif Print”). Exif Print is a standard for enhancing the
communication between camcorders and printers. By connecting to an Exif Print-compliant printer,
the camcorder’s image data at the time of shooting is used and optimized, yielding extremely high
quality prints.
• Video Signal Configuration
1080/50i*
* Recordings made with the [PF25] frame rate are converted and recorded on the memory as 50i.
• Recording Media
Built-in memory: 16 GB
- SD, SDHC (SD High Capacity) or SDXC (SD eXtended Capacity) memory card (not included)
• Maximum Recording Time
16 GB built-in memory:
MXP mode: 1 hr. 25 min. FXP mode: 2 hr. 5 min.
SP mode: 4 hr. 45 min. LP mode: 6 hr. 5 min.
Commercially available 8 GB memory card:
MXP mode: 40 min.
FXP mode: 1 hr.
SP mode: 2 hr. 20 min. LP mode: 3 hr.
XP+ mode: 2 hr. 50 min.
XP+ mode: 1 hr. 25 min.
• Image Sensor
1/3-type CMOS, 2,370,000 pixels
Effective pixels:
2,070,000 pixels
• LCD Touch Screen: 7.51 cm (3 inch), wide, TFT color, 230,000 dots, touch operation
• Microphone: Stereo electret condenser microphone with multiple directionality settings
• Lens
f=6.1-61 mm, F/1.8-3.0, 10x optical zoom, iris aperture
35 mm equivalent: 43.6 – 436 mm
• Lens Configuration: 11 elements in 9 groups (1 double-sided aspheric element)
• AF System
Autofocus (TTL + external distance sensor when set to [Instant AF]) or Manual focus
• Filter Diameter: 43 mm
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• Minimum Focusing Distance
1 m; 40 cm with tele macro on at full telephoto; 1 cm at full wide angle
• White Balance
Auto white balance, Custom white balance or Preset white balance settings:
Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H
• Minimum Illumination
0.1 lx ([Low Light] recording program, Shutter speed at 1/2)
1.3 lx ([Programmed AE] recording program, Auto slow shutter [On], Shutter speed at 1/25)
• Recommended Illumination: More than 100 lx
• Image Stabilization: Optical-Shift Image Stabilizer
• Size of Video Recordings
MXP, FXP mode: 1920 x 1080 pixels; XP+, SP, LP mode: 1440 x 1080 pixels
• Size of Photos: 1920 x 1080 pixels
Terminals
• AV OUT/X Terminal
∅ 3.5 mm minijack; output only (dual purpose terminal also for headphones stereo output)
Video: 1 Vp-p / 75 Ω unbalanced
Audio: –10 dBV (47 kΩ load) / 3 kΩ or less
• USB Terminal: mini-B, USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed USB); output only
• COMPONENT OUT Terminal (proprietary mini-D terminal)
Luminance (Y): 1 Vp-p / 75 Ω; Chrominance (PB/PR): ±350 mV / 75 Ω
1080i (D3) compatible; output only
• HDMI OUT Terminal
HDMI mini connector; output only; compatible with HDMI-CEC and x.v.Color
Power/Others
• Power supply (rated)
7.4 V DC (battery pack), 8.4 V DC (compact power adapter)
• Power consumption: 2.7 W (SP mode, AF on)
• Operating temperature: 0 – 40 °C
• Dimensions [W x H x D] (excluding the grip belt): 74 x 71 x 131 mm
• Weight (camcorder body only): 350 g
• When the recording program is set to [Underwater] or [Surface]
- The following functions are not available: face detection (available only for [Surface]), Instant AF, auto
slow shutter, manual audio recording level adjustment, microphone attenuator, zoom speed
adjustment (zoom speed is faster than [Speed 3] when [Zoom Speed] is set to [Variable])
- The following settings are adjusted: white balance, image effects
- Minimum focusing distance from the waterproof case lens window
In the water: approx. 75 cm at full telephoto; approx. 5 cm at full wide angle
In the air: approx. 1 m at full telephoto; approx. 5 cm at full wide angle
Additional Information Š 181
CA-570 Compact Power Adapter
• Power supply: 100 – 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
• Rated output / consumption: 8.4 V DC, 1.5 A / 29 VA (100 V) – 39 VA (240 V)
• Operating temperature: 0 – 40 °C
• Dimensions: 52 x 29 x 90 mm
• Weight: 135 g
BP-808 Battery Pack
• Battery type
Rechargeable lithium ion battery, compatible with Intelligent System
• Rated voltage: 7.4 V DC
• Operating temperature: 0 – 40 °C
• Battery capacity: 890 mAh (typical); 6.3 Wh / 850 mAh (minimum)
• Dimensions: 30.7 x 23.3 x 40.2 mm
• Weight: 46 g
182 Š Additional Information
About the music files
The specifications of the music files compatible with the camcorder
are as follows.
Audio encoding: Linear PCM
Audio sampling: 48 kHz, 16 bits, 2 channels
Minimum length: 1 second
File type: WAV
The music data is saved in the memory under the following folders.
In the built-in memory:
\CANON\MY_MUSIC\MUSIC_01.WAV to MUSIC_99.WAV
On the memory card:
\CANON\PRIVATE\MY_MUSIC\MUSIC_01.WAV to
MUSIC_99.WAV
About the image files for the Image Mix function
Image files are saved in the memory under the following folders.
In the built-in memory:
\CANON\MY_PICT\MIX_01.JPG to MIX_99.JPG
On the memory card:
\CANON\PRIVATE\MY_PICT\MIX_01.JPG to MIX_99.JPG
Weight and dimensions are approximate. Errors and omissions excepted.
The information in this manual is verified as ofJanuary 2011. Subject to change
without notice.
Additional Information Š 183
Index
3D Flip View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52
A
Abroad, using the camcorder . . . . 173
AGC (automatic gain control) limit .90
Aperture (f number) . . . . . . . . . . . .87
Aspect ratio of a connected
TV (TV type) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
Audio equalizer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .98
Audio recording level . . . . . . . . . . .96
AUTO mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40
Auto slow shutter . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
Autofocus (AF):
Instant AF/Normal AF . . . . . . 140
Automatic backlight correction . . . .90
Av (recording program) . . . . . . . . .87
AV OUT/X terminal . . . . 99, 115, 117
AVCHD specifications . . . . . . . . . . .4
B
Background music . . . . . . . . . . . . .69
Battery pack
Battery information . . . .148, 153
Charging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
Remaining charge indicator . . 153
Beach (recording program) . . . . . . .79
Built-in backup battery . . . . . . . . . 170
C
Camcorder supplemental disc . . . .15
Capturing photos/video snapshot
scenes from a movie . . . . . . . . . 106
CINEMA mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60
Cinema-look filters . . . . . . . . . . . .60
COMPONENT OUT terminal 115, 117
Condensation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
Connections to external devices . 116
Copying recordings to a memory
card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
D
Data code . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105, 142
Date and time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Decoration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Deleting
Movies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Photos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
Dividing scenes . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108
E
Edit panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28, 137
Editing stories . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71, 72
Error messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
External microphone . . . . . . . . . . 101
Eye-Fi card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
F
Face detection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Faders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Fireworks (recording program) . . . . 79
Frame rate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
FUNC. panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28, 135
G
Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54, 66
H
HD to SD conversion* . . . . . 129, 132
HDMI OUT terminal . . . . . . . 115, 116
HDMI-CEC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
Headphones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
I
Image effects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Image mix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Image stabilizer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Index screen selection . . . . . . . . . . 52
Initializing the memory . . . . . . . . . . 38
L
Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
*
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only.
LCD screen dimmer . . . . . . . . . . . 147
LCD touch screen . . . . . . . . . . 24, 26
Low light (recording program) . . . . 79
M
M (Manual) mode . . . . .
Maintenance . . . . . . . . .
Manual exposure . . . . . .
Manual focus . . . . . . . .
Markers . . . . . . . . . . . .
Memory card . . . . . . . . .
Microphone attenuator .
Microphone directionality
Mini advanced shoe . . .
Mode switch . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . 75
. . . . . . . 172
. . . . . . . . 89
. . . . . . . . 90
. . . . . . . 141
. . . . 33, 169
. . . . . . . 141
. . . . . . . . 97
. . . . . . . 100
. . . . . . . . 27
N
Night scene (recording program) . . 79
Notification sounds . . . . . . . . . . . 147
O
Onscreen display selection . . . . . 105
Onscreen icons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150
P
P (recording program) . . . . . . . . . . 87
Photo numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
Playback
Movies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48, 66
Photos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
Portrait (recording program) . . . . . . 78
Power saving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Powered IS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
Pre-recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
Q
Quick Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
R
Rating scenes . . . . .
Recording
Movies . . . . . . .
Photos . . . . . . .
Recording mode . . .
Recording programs
. . . . . . . . 42, 68
. . . . . 40, 60, 75
. . . . . . . . 40, 75
. . . . . . . . . . . 76
. . . . . . . . 78, 87
Recording time . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Relay recording . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Remote sensor . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Resetting all camcorder settings .
Reviewing recordings . . . . . . . . .
. 77
. 37
. 21
158
. 76
S
Saving recordings . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
Transferring to a computer . . 123
Using external
video recorders . . . . . . . . 127
Selecting the memory
for playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
for recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Self timer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Serial number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Setup menus . . . . . . . . . . . . 29, 138
Shutter speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
Slideshow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Smart AUTO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Snow (recording program) . . . . . . . 79
Sports (recording program) . . . . . . 79
Spotlight (recording program) . . . . 79
Story Creator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Sunset (recording program) . . . . . . 79
Surface (recording program) . . . . . 80
T
Tele macro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Telephoto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Time zone/DST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Timeline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
Touch & Track . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Touch AE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Touch AF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Touch screen operations . . . . . . . . 26
Tripod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
Tv (recording program) . . . . . . . . . 87
U
Underwater (recording program) . . 80
Uploading movies to video sharing
Web sites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
USB terminal . . . . . . . 115, 118, 127
Additional Information Š 185
V
Z
Video snapshot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61
Volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50
Zoom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Digital zoom . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
Zoom speed . . . . . . . . . 45, 138
W
White balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93
Wide angle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45
Wind screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
Wireless controller . . . . . . . . . . . . .21
186 Š Additional Information
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Sales & Enquiries:
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For support concerning the supplied PIXELA's software, please call PIXELA customer support
(see the back cover of the Installation Guide for PIXELA's software).
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