PUB. DIE-0511-000
HD Camcorder
Instruction Manual
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Trademark Acknowledgements
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SD, SDHC and SDXC Logos are trademarks of SD-3C, LLC.
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United States and other countries.
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Corporation and Sony Corporation.
Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories.
“Dolby” and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
Other names and products not mentioned above may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their
respective companies.
This device incorporates exFAT technology licensed from Microsoft.
“Full HD 1080” refers to Canon camcorders compliant with high-definition video composed of 1,080 vertical pixels
(scanning lines).
This product is licensed under AT&T patents for the MPEG-4 standard and may be used for encoding MPEG-4
compliant video and/or decoding MPEG-4 compliant video that was encoded only (1) for a personal and 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.
Highlights of the Camcorder
The Canon VIXIA HF G21 HD Camcorder is a high-performance camcorder whose compact size
makes it ideal in a variety of situations. The following are just some of the many functions featured in
the camcorder.
HD Recording
Operability
HD CMOS PRO sensor and DIGIC DV 4
image processor
Emphasis on versatility
The camcorder is equipped with a
1/2.84-inch CMOS sensor that captures video
at an effective pixel count of approximately
2.91 megapixels (2136x1362). The video is
then processed by the DIGIC DV 4 image
processor. This allows the camcorder to excel
in low-light situations and achieve improved
image stabilization.
Wide zoom lens
With a focal length at full wide angle of
26.8 mm* (35 mm equivalent), the camcorder
has superb wide-angle shooting capability. The
lens is also capable of 20x optical zoom.
* 28.8 mm when using Dynamic IS.
Shooting video with the look you want
You can adjust many aspects of the picture,
such as the color depth, sharpness and
brightness so that you create a desired "look"
(A 64). The camera also comes with preset
looks from which you can choose. The first is
the [Wide DR] look, which applies a gamma
curve with a very wide dynamic range and an
appropriate color matrix. The second is the
[Highlight Priority] look, which creates a natural
gradation in tones and reduces overexposure
in bright areas by not compressing highlights.
When playing back video shot with that look,
you can appreciate the improved detail when
using an external monitor set to brighter
settings.
This camcorder has features to make it usable
as a main camera but is also small enough to
be very portable. The advanced image
stabilization (A 53) will let you shoot in a
variety of situations in the field.
Manual controls at your fingertips
The focus/zoom ring helps you achieve the
focus you are looking for. You can also easily
change the ring's functionality so that you can
operate the zoom. Furthermore, you can
assign certain frequently used functions to a
customizable button and adjust those
functions with the accompanying dial (A 84).
If those were not enough, the camcorder also
features 5 assignable buttons to which you
can assign a variety of functions so that you
can access them with ease (A 85).
Face detection
When a subject's face is detected, the
camcorder can track and focus on it (A 47).
Furthermore, you can have the camcorder in
manual focus but switch to autofocus only
when a face is detected, ensuring that
important subjects are in focus.
AVCHD/MP4 recording and dual
recording
When you record, you can choose between
AVCHD and MP4 formats (A 30). You can
also use dual recording (A 38) to record the
same scene to both memory cards and even
record on both memory cards using different
formats. Dual recording is convenient, for
example, to create a backup of your recording.
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Special recording modes (A 40, 80)
When you make recordings, you can change
the recording frame rate to achieve a fast or
slow motion effect. Alternatively, you can use
pre-recording to record 3 seconds before you
decide to start recording, helping you capture
those hard-to-catch opportunities.
Other Features
Audio scene select
With the audio scene select function (A 71),
you can optimize the audio settings of the
built-in microphone by selecting the audio
scene that matches your surroundings. Your
audience will feel even more immersed in the
scene during playback.
Smart AUTO
Smart AUTO (A 33) automatically selects the
best scene mode for the scene you want to
shoot. You get spectacular recordings every
time without worrying about settings.
LCD screen and viewfinder
The LCD screen and viewfinder both have
100% frame coverage, which will ensure that
you can accurately check that your shots are
framed how you want them. The LCD screen
has incredible clarity, which is indispensible in
checking the details of those important shots.
The viewfinder can be tilted 45 degrees
upward, which gives you additional range and
versatility while you shoot.
Touch AE
By simply touching the screen, you can make
dark areas in the picture appear brighter
(A 58). This operation is simple yet allows
you to shoot with the desired exposure.
Additional functions
Other functions include relay recording
(A 38), which allows you to continue
recording on the other memory card when one
becomes full, and converting scenes to MP4
(A 106).
Table of contents
1 Introduction 8
About this Manual 8
Conventions Used in this Manual 8
Supplied Accessories 10
Names of Parts 11
2 Preparations 15
Attaching the Ferrite Core 15
Charging the Battery Pack 15
Preparing the Camcorder 18
Using the Lens Hood and Lens Cap 18
Using the Viewfinder 18
Adjusting the LCD Screen 19
Grip Belt and Straps 20
Basic Operation of the Camcorder 21
Turning the Camcorder On and Off 21
Setting the Camera Mode 22
Using the Touch Screen 22
Using the FUNC. Button and
Joystick 23
First Time Settings 24
Setting the Date and Time 24
Changing the Language 25
Changing the Time Zone 25
Using the Menus 26
Using a Memory Card 28
Memory Cards Compatible for Use with
the Camcorder 28
Inserting and Removing a Memory
Card 29
Initializing a Memory Card 29
Selecting the Memory Card for
Recordings 30
Selecting the Movie Format (AVCHD/
MP4) 31
3 Recording 32
Recording Movies and Photos 32
Recording in AUTO Mode 32
Recording in n (Manual) Mode 34
Reviewing the Latest Scene
Recorded 36
Selecting the Recording Mode (Video
Quality) 37
Dual Recording and Relay Recording 38
Selecting the Frame Rate 39
Slow & Fast Motion Recording 40
CINEMA Mode and Cinema-Look
Filters 42
Focus Adjustment 44
Manual Focus 44
Autofocus 46
Face Detection & Tracking 47
Zooming 49
Using the Focus/Zoom Ring 49
Using the Zoom Rocker 50
Using the Touch Screen’s Zoom
Controls 51
Soft Zoom Control 51
Digital Tele-Converter 52
Advanced Image Stabilization 53
Automatic Gain Control (AGC) Limit 54
Automatic Exposure Recording
Programs 55
Exposure Adjustment 57
Using the Manual Exposure Recording
Program 57
Exposure Compensation 58
White Balance 60
Special Scene Recording Programs 62
Looks and Other Image Effects 64
Selecting a Look 64
Adjusting Picture Settings 64
Setting the Time Code 66
Selecting the Running Mode 66
Selecting Drop Frame or Non-Drop
Frame 67
Setting the User Bit 68
Using the Mini Advanced Shoe 69
Recording Audio 70
Using an External Microphone 70
Switching the Input (MIC Terminal) 71
Audio Scenes 71
Audio Recording Level (Built-in
Microphone/MIC Terminal) 73
Microphone Directionality (Built-in
Microphone) 74
Audio Equalizer (Built-in Microphone) 74
Wind Screen (Built-in Microphone) 75
Microphone Attenuator 75
Low Cut Filter (MIC Terminal) 76
Audio Mix 76
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Using Headphones 77
Color Bars/Audio Reference Signal 78
Recording Color Bars 78
Recording an Audio Reference
Signal 78
Video Snapshot 79
Pre-Recording 80
Onscreen Displays and Data Code 81
Using the GP-E2 GPS Receiver 82
Connecting the GPS Receiver 82
4 Customization 84
CUSTOM Dial and Button 84
Assignable Buttons 85
Changing the Assigned Function 85
Using an Assignable Button 86
Saving and Loading Menu Settings 87
Saving Menu Settings to a Memory
Card 87
Loading Menu Settings from a Memory
Card 87
Deleting Photos 101
Deleting a Single Photo 101
Deleting Photos from the Index
Screen 101
8 Saving/Sharing
Recordings 102
Saving Movies to a Computer 102
Transferring Movies to the
Computer 103
Copying Recordings Between Memory
Cards 104
Copying Scenes from the Movie Index
Screen 104
Copying a Single Photo 104
Copying Photos from the Index
Screen 105
Converting Movies to MP4 Format 106
Copying Recordings to an External Video
Recorder 107
In High Definition 107
In Standard Definition 107
5 Playback 88
Playing Back Video 88
Adjusting the volume 89
Displaying scene information 90
Capturing Photos During Movie
Playback 91
Deleting Scenes 92
Deleting a Single Scene 92
Deleting Scenes from the Index
Screen 92
Dividing Scenes 94
Trimming Scenes 95
6 External Connections 96
Connecting to an External Monitor 96
Connection Diagram 96
Using the HDMI OUT Terminal 97
Using the AV OUT Terminal 97
Audio Output 98
Synchronizing the Video with the Audio
being Monitored 98
7 Photos 99
Viewing Photos 99
Photo Jump Function 100
9 Additional Information 109
Appendix: Menu Options Lists 109
FUNC. Menu 109
Setup Menus 110
Appendix: Onscreen Icons and
Displays 119
Troubleshooting 123
List of Messages 127
Safety Instructions and Handling
Precautions 132
Camcorder 133
Battery Pack 134
Memory Card 134
Built-in Rechargeable Lithium
Battery 135
Disposal 135
Maintenance/Others 136
Cleaning 136
Condensation 136
Viewing the Certification Logo 136
Using the Camcorder Abroad 137
Optional Accessories 138
Specifications 141
Reference Tables 144
Approximate recording times 144
Approximate number of photos 144
Charging, Recording and Playback
Times 145
Index 146
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About this Manual
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Introduction
Introduction
About this Manual
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Thank you for purchasing the Canon VIXIA HF G21. Please read this manual carefully before you use
the camcorder and retain it for future reference. Should your camcorder fail to operate correctly, refer
to Troubleshooting (A 123).
Conventions Used in this Manual
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IMPORTANT: Precautions related to the camcorder’s operation.
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NOTES: Additional topics that complement the basic operating procedures.
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POINTS TO CHECK: Restrictions or requirements regarding the function described.
• A: Reference page number within this manual.
• The following terms are used in this manual:
“Memory card” refers to an SD, SDHC or SDXC memory card.
“Screen” refers to the LCD screen and the viewfinder screen.
“Scene” refers to one movie unit from the point you press the START/STOP button to start
recording until you press again to pause the recording.
• The photos included in this manual are simulated pictures taken with a still camera.
• Some screenshots in this manual have been simplified to show only relevant icons.
IMPORTANT
• Observe the following precautions while the camcorder’s ACCESS indicator is on or flashing. Failing
to do so may result in permanent data loss or damage to the memory.
- Do not disconnect the power source or turn off the camcorder.
- Do not open the double memory card slot cover.
- Do not change the camcorder’s camera mode.
- Do not set the camcorder to MEDIA mode.
- When a USB cable is connected to the camcorder, do not disconnect the USB cable.
About this Manual
The three sets of icons indicate the operating
mode and whether a function is available in
that mode.
: Indicates the movie format. For
details, refer to Selecting the Movie Format
(AVCHD/MP4) (A 31).
: Indicates whether the
camcorder is in shooting (CAMERA) or
playback (MEDIA) mode. In this example, the
function is available only in
mode. For
details, refer to Turning the Camcorder On
and Off (A 21).
: Indicates the camera
mode. For details, refer to Setting the
Camera Mode (A 22).
Focus Adjustment
Autofocus
When autofocus is activated, the camcorder continuously adjusts the focus on the subject in the
center of the screen. The focusing range is 1 cm (0.39 in.; at full wide-angle, measured from the front
of the lens barrel) to G and 60 cm (2 ft.; throughout the zoom range, measured from the front of the
lens barrel) to G. Perform the following procedure to set the autofocus speed.
Operating modes:
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and
modes only: Press the AF/MF button.
2 Open the [AF Mode] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] > p > [AF Mode]
3 Touch the desired option and then touch [X].
• The icon of the selected option appears on the screen.
Options ( Default value)
[= I t t AF] S
h
Brackets [ ] are used to
refer to onscreen buttons
and menu options you will
select and to other
onscreen messages and
displays.
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AF Th f
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dj
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h hi h
d Thi
The > arrow is used to abbreviate menu
selections. For details on how to use the
menus, refer to Using the Menus (A 26).
For a summary of available menu options
and settings, refer to the appendix Menu
Options Lists (A 109).
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Supplied Accessories
Supplied Accessories
The following accessories are supplied with the camcorder:
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CA-570 Compact Power Adapter
(incl. power cord and ferrite core)
BP-820 Battery Pack
Lens cap
Quick Guide
Lens hood with lens barrier
Names of Parts
Names of Parts
Left side view
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2
3
1
4
5
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2
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5
6
7
6
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Lens barrier switch (A 32)
Memory card slot 2 (A 29)
Memory card slot 3 (A 29)
u (review recording) button (A 36)/
Assignable button 5 (A 85)
Lens hood (A 18)
Focus/Zoom ring (A 44, 49)
CUSTOM (customizable) dial (A 84)
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CUSTOM (customizable) button
(A 84)
9 Double memory card slot cover
10 DISP. (onscreen display) button
(A 81)/BATT. INFO (battery
information) button (A 122)
Names of Parts
Right side view
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7
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5
2
6
3
4
1
2
3
4
Built-in speaker (A 89)
MIC terminal (A 71)
HDMI OUT terminal (A 96, 97)
REMOTE terminal
For connecting commercially
available remote controllers.
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× (headphones) terminal (A 77)
USB terminal (A 82)
DC IN terminal (A 15)
AV OUT terminal (A 96, 97)
Grip belt (A 20)
Names of Parts
Front view
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1
6
Back view
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5
7
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2
3
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13 14
15
1
2
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4
5
6
Instant AF sensor (A 46, 136)
AF/MF button (A 44)/
Assignable button 1 (A 85)
PRE REC (pre-recording) button
(A 80)/
Assignable button 2 (A 85)
LCD touch screen (A 19, 22)
Focus/Zoom ring switch (A 44, 49)
Viewfinder (A 18)
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12
13
14
15
Dioptric adjustment lever (A 18)
Joystick (A 23)/SET button (A 23)
Strap mount (A 20)
Assignable button 3 (A 85)
Assignable button 4 (A 85)
Battery attachment unit (A 15)
START/STOP button (A 32)
FUNC. button (A 23)
Serial number
Names of Parts
Top view
Bottom view
3
14
9
4
5
1
6
2
7
10
11
8
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Power switch (A 21)
POWER / CHG (battery charging)
indicator (A 15)
Built-in stereo microphone
(A 70)
Accessory shoe
Mode switch (A 22)
Camcorder zoom rocker (A 50)
ACCESS indicator (A 32)
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8 Mini advanced shoe (A 69)
9 Lens hood mount index mark
10 Tripod socket
For mounting the camcorder on a
tripod with a mounting screw 6.5 mm
(0.26 in.) or shorter.
11 BATTERY RELEASE switch (A 16)
12 Eye cup (A 18)
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Preparations
Attaching the Ferrite Core
Preparations
Attaching the Ferrite Core
Attach the enclosed ferrite core before you connect the compact power adapter to the camcorder.
Attaching the ferrite core to the compact power adapter cable is necessary to suppress RF
interference.
Attach the ferrite core to the cable about 6 cm (2.4 in.) from the
DC plug (the plug to be connected to the DC IN terminal).
Pass the cable through the center of the core and wrap it around the
core (as shown in the illustration), then close the unit until it clicks shut.
Charging the Battery Pack
The camcorder can be powered with a battery pack or directly using the compact power adapter.
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 forward until it clicks in place.
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Charging the Battery Pack
5 Charging will start when the camcorder is turned off.
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POWER/CHG (battery charging) indicator
• If the camcorder was on, the green POWER/CHG indicator
will go out when you turn off the camcorder. After a
moment, the POWER/CHG indicator will turn on in red
(battery pack charging). The red POWER/CHG indicator will
go out when the battery pack is fully charged.
• If the indicator flashes, refer to Troubleshooting (A 125).
6 Disconnect the compact power adapter in the order
shown in the illustration.
햷 -2
햷 -1
햷 -3
햷 -4
To remove the battery pack
1 Slide the BATTERY RELEASE switch in the direction of the
arrow and hold it pressed down.
2 Slide the battery pack and then pull it out.
BATTERY
RELEASE
switch
Charging the Battery Pack
IMPORTANT
• Turn off the camcorder before connecting or disconnecting the compact power adapter. After you
turn off the camcorder, important data is updated on the memory card. Be sure to wait until the
green POWER/CHG indicator goes out.
• When using the compact power adapter, do not fix it permanently to one place as this may cause a
malfunction.
• 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.
• For details on how to take care of the battery pack, refer to Safety Instructions and Handling
Precautions (A 132).
NOTES
• We recommend charging the battery pack in temperatures between 10 °C and 30 °C (50 °F and
86 °F). If either the ambient temperature or the battery pack’s temperature is outside the range of
approx. 0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 104 °F), charging will not start.
• The battery pack will be charged only when the camcorder is off.
• If the power supply was disconnected while charging a battery pack, make sure the POWER/CHG
indicator has gone out before restoring the power supply.
• If remaining battery time is an issue, you can power the camcorder using the compact power
adapter so the battery pack will not be consumed.
• Charged battery packs continue to discharge naturally. Therefore, charge them on the day of use, or
the day before, to ensure a full charge.
• The first time you use a battery pack, fully charge it and then use the camcorder until the battery
pack is completely exhausted. Doing so will ensure that the remaining recording time will be
displayed accurately.
• We recommend that you prepare battery packs to last 2 to 3 times longer than you think you might
need.
• For charging times and approximate usage times, refer to Reference Tables (A 144).
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Preparing the Camcorder
Preparing the Camcorder
This section covers the basic preparations for the camcorder such as attaching the lens hood,
adjusting the grip belt and adjusting the viewfinder and LCD screen. When attaching the lens hood,
grip belt and straps, be careful not to drop the camcorder by placing it on a table or other stable
surface.
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Using the Lens Hood and Lens Cap
While recording, the supplied lens hood with lens barrier is
effective for reducing stray light that can be the cause of lens
flare and ghost images. Additionally, closing the lens barrier
can help prevent fingerprints and dirt accumulation on the
lens.
1 Remove the lens cap.
2 Align the mark on the lens hood with the lens hood
mount index mark on the camera (햲), and then turn
the lens hood clockwise until it stops with a click (햳).
• Be careful not to deform the lens hood.
• Make sure that the lens hood is aligned with the thread.
• To remove the lens hood, turn it counterclockwise.
NOTES
• Use the supplied lens cap when carrying the camcorder or storing it after use.
• Note that the lens cap and the lens hood with lens barrier cannot be used simultaneously.
Using the Viewfinder
If it is difficult to use the LCD screen, you can use the viewfinder, which can be tilted 45 degrees
upward.
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2
3
4
Close the LCD panel.
Pull out the viewfinder.
Use the power switch to turn on the camcorder.
Adjust the viewfinder using the dioptric adjustment
lever.
Dioptric
adjustment
lever
Preparing the Camcorder
• If you wear glasses, you may find the viewfinder easier to
use if you flip back the outer edge of the eye cup toward
the camcorder body.
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NOTES
• You cannot use the LCD screen and viewfinder simultaneously. To use the viewfinder, make sure
you close the LCD panel.
• Make sure you keep the eye cup attached when using the camcorder.
• For details about how to take care of the viewfinder, refer to Handling Precautions (A 133),
Cleaning (A 136).
Adjusting the LCD Screen
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 toward the lens can be
useful to allow the subject to monitor the LCD screen while you use the viewfinder.
180°
180°
90°
Subject can monitor the LCD screen
(you can use the viewfinder at the same time)
NOTES
• You can adjust the brightness of the LCD screen with the [FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > [LCD
Brightness] or [LCD Backlight] setting. Also, you can hold the DISP. button pressed down for more
than 2 seconds to change the [LCD Backlight] setting between bright and normal. You can adjust
the brightness of the viewfinder with the [FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > [Viewfinder Backlight]
setting.
• Adjusting the brightness or using the [FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > [
View Assistance] setting
does not affect the brightness of recordings.
• Using a brighter setting will shorten the effective usage time of the battery pack.
• For details about how to take care of the LCD screen and viewfinder, refer to Handling Precautions
(A 133), Cleaning (A 136).
• About the LCD and viewfinder screens: The screens are produced using extremely high-precision
manufacturing techniques, with more than 99.99% of the pixels operating to specification. Very
rarely, pixels may misfire or may light up permanently as white dots. This has no effect on the
recorded image and does not constitute a malfunction.
Preparing the Camcorder
Grip Belt and Straps
Fasten the grip belt.
• Adjust the grip belt so that you can reach the camcorder
zoom rocker with your index finger, and the START/STOP
button with your thumb.
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Attaching an optional wrist strap
Attach the wrist strap to the strap mount on the grip belt,
adjust the length and fasten.
• You can use both for extra convenience and protection.
Attaching an optional shoulder strap
Pass the ends of the shoulder strap
through the strap mount on the grip belt
and adjust the length of the strap.
Basic Operation of the Camcorder
Basic Operation of the Camcorder
Turning the Camcorder On and Off
You can choose to turn the camcorder on in CAMERA (
) mode for making recordings or MEDIA
(
) mode for playing back recordings. Select the mode using the power switch.
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To turn on the camcorder
Set the power switch to CAMERA for
MEDIA for
mode (A 88).
mode
To turn off the camcorder
Set the power switch to OFF.
mode
mode (A 32) or
Basic Operation of the Camcorder
Setting the Camera Mode
When making recordings, you can change the camera mode
to match your shooting style.
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(Auto) mode
Set the mode switch to N. With this mode, the camcorder takes care of all
the settings while you concentrate on recording (A 32). This operating mode is
suitable if you just prefer not to bother with detailed camcorder settings.
(Manual) mode
Set the mode switch to n. With this mode, you can enjoy full access to menus,
settings and advanced functions (A 34).
(Cinema) mode
Set the mode switch to E. With this mode, you can give your recordings
a cinematic look and use cinema-look filters to create unique movies (A 42).
Using the Touch Screen
The onscreen buttons and menu items that appear on the touch screen change dynamically
depending on the operating mode and the task you are performing. With the intuitive touch screen
interface you have all the controls at your fingertips.
Touch
Press on an element displayed on the touch screen.
Used to start playing back a scene in an index screen, to select
a setting from the menus, etc.
Basic Operation of the Camcorder
Drag
Swipe your finger up and down or left and right across the
screen. Used to scroll menus, to browse through index screen
pages or to adjust slider controls like the volume.
On some screens, you can achieve the same effect by touching
the triangle onscreen buttons.
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IMPORTANT
• The camcorder features a capacitive touch screen. In the following cases, you may not be able to
perform touch operations correctly.
- Using your fingernails or hard-tipped objects, such as ballpoint pens.
- Operating the touch screen with wet or gloved hands.
- Applying excessive force or forcefully scratching the touch screen.
- Attaching commercially available screen protectors or adhesive film onto the touch screen’s
surface.
Using the FUNC. Button and Joystick
You can navigate some of the camcorder’s menus and screens using the FUNC. button and joystick
instead of using the touch panel.
Joystick/SET button
When making a menu selection, push the joystick
to move the orange selection frame in the menu.
Then, press the joystick itself (SET) to select the
menu item indicated by the orange selection frame.
FUNC. button
Press the button to open the FUNC. menu and then
press again to close the menu after adjusting
desired settings.
First Time Settings
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.
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Operating modes:
1 Use the power switch to turn on the camcorder.
• The [Date/Time] screen will appear.
2 Touch a field you want to change (year, month, day, hours or minutes).
• You can also push the joystick (ÏÐ) to move between the fields.
3 Touch [Í] or [Î] to change the field as necessary.
• You can also push the joystick (ÍÎ) to change the field.
4 Set the correct date and time by changing all the fields in the same way.
5 Touch [Y.M.D], [M.D,Y] or [D.M.Y] to select the date format you prefer.
• In some screens, the date will be displayed in short form (numbers instead of month names or
only the day and month), but it will still follow the order you selected.
6 Touch [24H] to use 24-hour clock or leave it unselected to use 12-hour clock (AM/PM).
7 Touch [OK] to start the clock and close the setup screen.
NOTES
• You can adjust the date and time later on with the [FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > [Date/Time]
setting.
• When you do not use the camcorder for about 3 months, the built-in rechargeable lithium battery
may discharge completely and the date and time setting may be lost. In such case, recharge the
built-in lithium battery (A 135) and set the time zone, date and time again.
First Time Settings
Changing the Language
The default language of the camcorder is English. You can set
it to one of 27 languages.
Refer to Setup Menus (A 27) for details on how to navigate
the menu for this procedure.
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Operating modes:
1 Open the [Language
] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > [Language
]
• Touching [FUNC.] is necessary only when performing the procedure in
mode.
2 Touch the desired language and then touch [OK].
3 Touch [X] to close the menu.
NOTES
• Some onscreen buttons, such as [ZOOM], [FUNC.] and [MENU], will appear in English regardless of
the language selected.
Changing the Time Zone
Change the time zone to match your location. The default setting is New York. In addition, the
camcorder is able to retain the date and time of an additional location. This is convenient when you
travel so that you can set the camcorder to match the time of your home location or that of your travel
destination.
Refer to Setup Menus (A 27) for details on how to navigate the menu for this procedure.
Operating modes:
1 Open the [Time Zone/DST] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > [Time Zone/DST]
• Touching [FUNC.] is necessary only when performing the procedure in
mode.
2 Touch ["] to set the home time zone, or [#] to set the time zone of your destination
when you are traveling.
3 Touch [Í] or [Î] to set the desired time zone. If necessary, touch [$] to adjust for
daylight saving time.
4 Touch [X] to close the menu.
First Time Settings
Using the Menus
Many of the camcorder’s functions can be adjusted from the FUNC. menu and the setup menus. For
details about the available menu options and settings, refer to the appendix Menu Options Lists
(A 109).
FUNC. Menu
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In
mode:
Operating modes:
There are three ways to access the FUNC. menu: by touching [FUNC.] on the screen, by pressing the
FUNC. button or by pushing the joystick (Ý/Þ) to select [FUNC.] and then pressing the SET
button. After the FUNC. menu is open, select the function you want to use. You may need to scroll up
and down the screen or touch [Í]/[Î] to find the onscreen button of the desired function. In
mode, access to functions is limited.
FUNC. menu in
mode
Touch the onscreen
button of the
desired function
In
mode:
Operating modes:
Just like during
mode, you can open the FUNC. menu by touching [FUNC.] on the screen, by
pressing the FUNC. button or by pushing the joystick (Ý/Þ) to select [FUNC.] and then pressing
the SET button. After the FUNC. menu is open, select the function you want to use.
FUNC. menu in
Touch the onscreen
button of the
desired operation
mode
First Time Settings
Setup Menus
In this manual, navigating the setup menus is explained using the touch panel controls but they can
also be navigated using the joystick and other buttons. The procedure below explains how to use both
methods. If necessary, refer back to this section for details on using the joystick.
Operating modes:
To use touch panel controls
1
mode only: Touch [FUNC.].
2 Touch [MENU].
3 Touch the tab of the desired menu.
4 Drag your finger up and down to bring the desired setting
into the orange selection bar.
• You can also touch [Í] and [Î] to scroll up and down.
• Menu items not available appear grayed out.
• You can touch any menu item on the screen to bring it
directly into the selection bar.
5 When the desired menu item is inside the selection bar, touch [æ].
6 Touch the desired option and then touch [X].
• You can touch [X] to close the menu at any time.
To use the joystick
1
mode only: Push the joystick (Ý/Þ) to select [FUNC.] and then press the SET button.
• Alternatively, you can press the FUNC. button.
2 Push the joystick (Ý/Þ) to select [MENU] and then press the SET button.
3 Push the joystick (Þ) to select the desired tab and then press the SET button.
4 Push the joystick (Ý) to move the selection bar to the desired setting and then press the SET
button.
• Menu items not available appear grayed out.
5 Push the joystick (Ý/Þ) to select the desired option and then press the SET button.
6 Push the joystick (Ý/Þ) to select [X] and then press the SET button.
• You can press the FUNC. button to close the menu at any time.
NOTES
• For brevity's sake, references in the text to settings in the setup menus and functions in the FUNC.
menu will include only a simplified way to show how to access them in the camcorder. For example,
"You can adjust the date and time later on with the [FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > [Date/Time]
setting." Note that in
mode, it is not necessary to select [FUNC.] for settings in the setup
menus.
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Using a Memory Card
Using a Memory Card
Memory Cards Compatible for Use with the Camcorder
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You can use the following types of commercially available Secure Digital (SD) cards with this
camcorder. We recommend using memory cards rated CLASS 4, 6 or 10*.
As of June 2017, the movie recording function has been tested using SD/SDHC/SDXC cards made by
Panasonic, Toshiba and SanDisk. For the latest information about recording media tested for use with
this camera, visit your local Canon Web site.
Memory card type: . SD memory card, / SDHC memory card, 0 SDXC memory card
SD Speed Class*:
* When using an SD memory card without a speed class rating or one rated SD Speed Class 2, you may
not be able to record movies, depending on the memory card used.
NOTES
• About the Speed Class: Speed Class is a standard that indicates the minimum guaranteed data
transfer speed of memory cards. When you buy a new memory card, look for the Speed Class logo
on the package.
To record movies using a recording mode with a video quality of 28 Mbps or 35 Mbps, we
recommend using memory cards rated SD Speed Class 6 or 10. To record movies using slow & fast
motion, we recommend using memory cards rated SD Speed Class 10.
SDXC Memory Cards
You can use SDXC memory cards with this camcorder. When using memory cards with other devices,
such as digital recorders, computers and card readers, make sure that the external device is
compatible with SDXC cards. For information about the compatibility of SDXC cards, contact the
computer, operating system or memory card manufacturer.
IMPORTANT
• If you use an SDXC memory card with a computer OS that is not SDXC-compatible, you may be
prompted to format the memory card. In such case, cancel the operation to prevent data loss.
• After repeatedly recording, deleting and editing clips (if the memory is fragmented), you may notice
slower writing speeds to the recording media and recording may even stop. In such case, save your
recordings and initialize the recording media with the camera (using the [Complete Initialization]
option). Be sure to initialize recording media especially before shooting important scenes.
Using a Memory Card
Inserting and Removing a Memory Card
Make sure to initialize (A 29) all memory cards before using them with this camcorder.
1 Turn off the camcorder.
• Make sure the POWER/CHG indicator is off.
2 Open the double memory card slot cover.
3 Insert the memory card straight, with the label facing
the front of the camcorder, all the way into one of the
memory card slots.
• You can also use two memory cards, one in each memory
card slot.
4 Close the double memory card slot cover.
• Do not force the cover closed if the memory card is not
correctly inserted.
To remove the memory card
Push the memory card once to release it. When the memory card springs out, pull it all the way out.
IMPORTANT
• Turn off the camcorder before inserting or removing a memory card. Inserting or removing the
memory card with the camcorder on may result in permanent data loss.
• Memory cards have front and back sides that are not interchangeable. Inserting a memory card
facing the wrong direction can cause a malfunction of the camcorder. Be sure to insert the memory
card as described in step 3.
Initializing a Memory Card
Initialize memory cards when you use them with this camcorder for the first time. You can also initialize
a memory card to permanently delete all the recordings it contains.
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 Open the initialization screen for the desired memory card.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] >
> [Initialize 8] > [6 Mem. Card A] or [7 Mem. Card B] >
[Initialize]
• Touching [FUNC.] is necessary only when performing the procedure in
mode.
• In the initialization screen, touch [Complete Initialization] to physically erase all the data rather than
just clear the file allocation table of the memory card.
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Using a Memory Card
3 Touch [Yes].
• If you selected the [Complete Initialization] option, you can touch [Cancel] to cancel the
initialization while it is in progress. All recordings will be erased and the memory card can be used
without any problem.
4 Touch [OK] and then touch [X].
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IMPORTANT
• Initializing a memory card will permanently erase all recordings. Lost original recordings cannot be
recovered. Make sure you save important recordings in advance using an external device (A 102).
Selecting the Memory Card for Recordings
Movies and photos are recorded on a memory card. You can select on which memory card your
movies and photos will be recorded.
Operating modes:
1 Open the [Recording Media] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] >
> [Recording Media]
2 Touch the desired memory card ([6 Mem. Card A] or [7 Mem. Card B]) for recording
movies ([v Rec Media for Movies]) or for taking photos ([{ Rec Media for Photos]).
3 Touch [X].
• After closing the menu, the icon of the memory card selected for recording movies will appear on
the screen.
Selecting the Movie Format (AVCHD/MP4)
Selecting the Movie Format (AVCHD/MP4)
You can choose to record movies in AVCHD or MP4 format. AVCHD movies are ideal for playback with
fantastic picture quality. MP4 movies are versatile and can easily be played back on smartphones and
tablets or uploaded to the Web.
Operating modes:
1 Open the [Movie Format] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] >
> [Movie Format]
2 Select the desired movie format.
3 Touch [X].
• The icon of the selected movie format will appear on the screen.
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Recording Movies and Photos
3
Recording
Recording
Recording Movies and Photos
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You can select the memory card that will be used to record movies and photos (A 30). For details on
recording audio, refer to Recording Audio (A 70). Should the camcorder fail to operate correctly, refer
to Troubleshooting (A 123).
POINTS TO CHECK
• Before you begin recording, make a test recording first to check that the camcorder is operating
correctly.
Recording in AUTO Mode
When you use
mode to shoot video and take photos, the camcorder will automatically adjust
various settings for you.
Operating modes:
1 Open the lens barrier.
• Set the lens barrier switch to OPEN.
Lens barrier
switch
2 Set the mode switch to N.
3 Set the power switch to CAMERA.
• The POWER/CHG indicator will illuminate in green.
To record video
Press the START/STOP button to begin recording.
• During recording, Ü will appear on the screen.
• The ACCESS indicator will flash from time to time while
the scene is being recorded.
• Press the START/STOP button again to pause the
recording. Ü will change to Ñ and the scene will be
recorded on the memory card selected for recording
movies.
[PHOTO]
POWER/CHG
indicator
To take photos
Touch [PHOTO].
• In the lower center of the screen, a green icon (g) will appear. Also, in the upper right of the screen,
{Ð will appear with the icon of the memory card selected for recording photos. The ACCESS
indicator will flash as the photo is being recorded.
Recording Movies and Photos
When you have finished recording
1 Set the lens barrier switch to CLOSED to close the lens barrier.
2 Make sure that the ACCESS indicator is off.
3 Set the power switch to OFF.
4 Close the LCD panel and return the viewfinder to its retracted position.
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Smart AUTO
In
mode, the camcorder will automatically detect certain characteristics of the subject,
background, lighting conditions, etc. It will then adjust various settings (focus, exposure, color,
image stabilization, image quality, among others), selecting the best settings for the scene you
want to shoot. The Smart AUTO icon will change to one of the icons in the following table.
Smart AUTO icons
Background (color of the icon) →
Bright1
(gray)
Subject ↓
Vivid colors1
(yellow/green/
red)
Blue skies1
(light blue)
Sunsets1
(orange)
People (stationary)
(
)
(
)
(
)
(
)
(
)
(
)
—
People (moving)
Subjects other than people,
such as landscapes
(
Close objects
(
)
(
/
2
/
2
)
(
Background (color of the icon) →
)
(
/
2
/
2
)
(
—
)
/
2
/
2
—
)
Dark (dark blue)
Subject ↓
Spotlight
Night scene
People (stationary)
—
—
People (moving)
—
—
—
—
Subjects other than people, such as
landscapes
Close objects
1
2
/
2
The icon in parentheses appears under backlight conditions.
This icon will appear under tele macro conditions. Tele macro is activated automatically when you
zoom toward the telephoto end and close in on the subject. Tele macro allows you to get closer
shots of small subjects and adds a soft focus to the background, so the subject not only looks
larger but also stands out more.
• Under certain conditions, the Smart AUTO icon that appears on the screen may not match the
actual scene. Especially when shooting against orange or blue backgrounds, the sunset or one
of the blue skies icons may appear and the colors may not look natural. In such case, we
recommend recording in
mode (A 34).
Recording Movies and Photos
Intelligent IS
Intelligent IS allows the camcorder to select the best image stabilization option based on your
shooting method. The Intelligent IS icon will change to one of the following icons. In
and
modes, you can set the image stabilization mode manually (A 53).
Shooting method
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Icon
Most general situations; Zooming out (zooming toward T); Following
subjects at a distance moving left or right
Ä (Dynamic IS)
Zooming in (zooming toward S)
È (Powered IS)*
 (Macro IS)
Close-up of a subject
Remaining stationary, such as when using a tripod
à (Tripod mode)
* With the [FUNC.] > [MENU] > p > [Intelligent IS] setting, you can select whether Powered
IS can be set automatically as one of the Intelligent IS modes.
Recording in n (Manual) Mode
In
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 (A 62).
Operating modes:
1 Set the mode switch to n.
2 Set the power switch to CAMERA.
• The POWER/CHG indicator ill illuminate in green.
3 Record movies and photos.
• The procedure is the same as in
mode (A 32).
IMPORTANT
• Be sure to save your recordings regularly (A 102), especially after making important recordings.
Canon shall not be liable for any loss or corruption of data.
Recording Movies and Photos
NOTES
• When you set the [FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > [Rec Command] setting to [i On] and you
use the HDMI OUT terminal to connect the camcorder to a device capable of receiving recording
commands through a connection via the HDMI OUT terminal, if you start or stop recording with the
camcorder, the connected device will also start or stop recording. (When [Rec Command] is set to
[i On], video snapshot and power saving mode ([FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > [Auto Power
Off]) will not be available.)
• When the camcorder switches form recording on one memory card to another during relay
recording, the video will be recorded as two separate relay scenes. With the software Data Import
Utility, you can join relay scenes recorded on different memory cards as a single scene and save it
on a computer (A 102).
• For scenes with a long recording time, the video (stream) file in a scene will be split approximately
every 4 GB. Even in such case, playback will be continuous. With the software Data Import Utility,
you can join such split files into a single scene and save it on a computer (A 102).
• When recording in bright places, it may be difficult to use the LCD screen. In such cases, you can
adjust the brightness of the LCD screen with the [FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > [LCD Brightness]
setting. Alternatively, you can also use the viewfinder (A 18).
• About the power saving mode: If [FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > [Auto Power Off] is set to
[i 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. Use the power switch to turn on the
camcorder.
• Photos are recorded as JPG files. During
and
modes, the camcorder can take photos
while recording a movie or during record standby mode. For the approximate number of photos that
can be taken, refer to Reference Tables (A 144).
• Photos cannot be recorded during slow & fast motion recording mode or when [FUNC.] > [Image
Effects] > [Looks] is set to [Highlight Priority].
• You can capture a photo from a scene during playback (A 91).
• When you need to record for a long time with the camcorder set on a tripod, you can close the LCD
panel and use only the viewfinder in order to save power when using a battery pack (A 18).
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Recording Movies and Photos
Reviewing the Latest Scene Recorded
You can review the last 4 seconds of the last scene recorded with the camcorder without switching to
mode. While reviewing the latest scene, the picture will be played back without sound. By
default, assignable button 5 is set to [
Rec Review] but you can set another assignable button to
this function (A 85).
Operating modes:
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1 Record a scene.
2 After you finish recording a scene, press the u button.
Selecting the Recording Mode (Video Quality)
Selecting the Recording Mode (Video Quality)
The camcorder offers various recording modes, depending on whether the movie format is AVCHD or
MP4. When the recording mode of an AVCHD scene is set to 28 Mbps LPCM (59.94P) or 24 Mbps
LPCM, you can enjoy two-channel linear PCM audio recording with a sampling frequency of 48 kHz.
Refer to the following tables for details.
Operating modes:
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1 Open the [Recording Mode] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] >
> [Recording Mode]
2 Touch the desired recording mode and then touch [X].
NOTES
• For details on approximate recording times, refer to Approximate recording times (A 144).
• About scenes recorded at [28 Mbps LPCM (59.94P)]/[28 Mbps (59.94P)] (AVCHD) or [35
Mbps (59.94P)]/[8 Mbps (59.94P)] (MP4):
- Recording such scenes is not available during
mode.
- When recording such scenes, dual recording is not available.
- Depending on the TV, scenes may not be able to be played back.
• AVCHD scenes recorded at 28 Mbps cannot be saved on AVCHD discs. Use an external Blu-ray
Disc recorder compliant with AVCHD Ver. 2.0 specifications to copy those movies onto Blu-ray
discs.
• The following types of MP4 scenes will be recognized as multiple files on other devices.
- Scenes exceeding 4 GB
- Scenes recorded at 35 Mbps or 8 Mbps exceeding 30 minutes
- Scenes recorded with a recording mode other than 35 Mbps or 8 Mbps exceeding 1 hour
• When the recording mode is set to [28 Mbps LPCM (59.94P)] or [24 Mbps LPCM], recording with
5.1ch surround sound is not available when using the optional SM-V1 Surround Microphone.
Recording modes by movie format
Movie format
AVCHD
Recording mode
Resolution
Audio format
28 Mbps LPCM (59.94P)
Linear PCM
28 Mbps (59.94P)
Dolby Digital
24 Mbps LPCM
1920x1080
Linear PCM
24 Mbps
17 Mbps
5 Mbps
Dolby Digital
1440x1080
35 Mbps (59.94P)
24 Mbps
MP4
1920x1080
17 Mbps
8 Mbps (59.94P)
4 Mbps
3 Mbps
AAC
1280x720
640x360
Dual Recording and Relay Recording
Dual Recording and Relay Recording
When you record, you can use dual recording to record simultaneously on both memory cards.
Alternatively, you can use relay recording so that if the memory card being recorded on becomes full,
the recording will continue uninterrupted on the other memory card.
Activating dual recording
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The backup movie is recorded on memory card B. After you activate dual recording, select the backup
movie's recording mode.
Operating modes:
1 Open the [Dual Recording] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] >
> [Dual/Relay Recording] > [Dual Recording]
• The screen shows the movie format and recording mode of the movies that will be recorded on
each card.
2 Select the movie format and recording mode for the backup movie that will be recorded
on memory card B.
• The first option is always the same movie format and recording mode of the movie that will be
recorded on memory card A. The second two options are always [¸ 4Mbps] and
[¸ 3Mbps], which result in small files that are ideal for transferring to a computer.
3 Touch [X].
Activating relay recording
Operating modes:
1 Open the [Dual/Relay Recording] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] >
> [Dual/Relay Recording]
2 Touch [Relay Recording] and then touch [X].
NOTES
• To use neither function, select [Standard Recording] on the [Dual/Relay Recording] screen.
• When you use relay recording, it does not matter which memory card the recording starts on. The
recording will continue on the other memory card. However, the camcorder will switch to another
memory card only one time.
• With the software Data Import Utility, you can join relay scenes (either AVCHD or MP4 format)
recorded on both memory cards as a single scene and save it on a computer (A 102).
• Dual recording is not available when the recording mode uses a frame rate of 59.94P.
Selecting the Frame Rate
Selecting the Frame Rate
You can change the frame rate (the number of frames recorded per second) to change the look of your
movies. When the recording mode is set to 28 Mbps LPCM (59.94P) or 28 Mbps (59.94P) for AVCHD
movies, or 35 Mbps (59.94P) or 8 Mbps (59.94P) for MP4 movies, the frame rate will automatically be
set to 59.94P so you will not be able to select the frame rate.
Operating modes:
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1 Open the [Frame Rate] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] >
> [Frame Rate]
2 Touch the desired frame rate and then touch [X].
Options for AVCHD movies ( Default value)
[
59.94i] 59.94 fields per second, interlaced. Standard frame rate of TV signals.
[
PF29.97] 29.97 frames per second, progressive*.
[
23.98P] 23.98 frames per second, progressive.
* Recorded as 59.94i.
Options for MP4 movies ( Default value)
[
29.97P] 29.97 frames per second, progressive.
[
23.98P] 23.98 frames per second, progressive.
NOTES
• The frame rate can be set independently for
and
modes.
Slow & Fast Motion Recording
Slow & Fast Motion Recording
When the movie format is set to MP4, you can record scenes that have a slow motion or fast motion
effect during playback. You simply select the slow motion or fast motion rate you are trying to achieve
(x0.4 to x1200 the normal speed) and then record. Sound is not recorded for such scenes.
Operating modes:
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1 Open the [Slow & Fast Motion] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] >
> [Slow & Fast Motion]
2 Select the desired rate.
3 Touch [X].
•
or
and the selected option will appear on the screen.
• To turn off slow & fast motion recording mode, repeat the procedure selecting [OFF] instead.
4 Press the START/STOP button to start recording.
• While recording, the time code's dividers (:) will flash. Note that the higher the rate used, the more
slowly the time code will advance.
5 Press the START/STOP button again to stop recording.
• When recording with a fast motion effect, the camcorder will adjust the time code after the
recording stops.
Available Slow/Fast Motion Rates
Recording mode
Frame rate
Available slow/fast motion rates
35 Mbps (59.94P),
8 Mbps (59.94P)
–
x2, x2.5
29.97P
x0.5, x1.25, x2, x4, x10, x20, x60, x120, x1200
23.98P
x0.4, x0.8
24 Mbps, 17 Mbps
NOTES
• The following functions cannot be used with slow & fast motion recording mode:
- Dual recording
- Relay recording
- Pre-recording mode
- Video snapshot
- Color bars
- Face detection & tracking
• During slow & fast motion recording mode, the running mode of the time code (A 66) is set to [Rec
Run] or [Regen.] and the time code will advance by the number of frames recorded. If you activate
slow & fast motion recording mode while the running mode is set to [Free Run], the running mode
will automatically change to [Rec Run]. When you end slow & fast motion recording mode, the
running mode will return to its previous setting.
• When the recording mode is 35 Mbps (59.94P) or 8 Mbps (59.94P) and the slow/fast motion rate is
x2 or x2.5, it may take approximately 1 second to stop recording.
• To record movies using slow & fast motion, we recommend using memory cards rated SD Speed
Class 10.
Slow & Fast Motion Recording
• The amount of video that can be recorded at one time is approximately 12 hours' worth of video at
normal playback speed. When that amount is exceeded, the camcorder will automatically stop
recording. However, when you use slow & fast motion recording, the recording time will change. For
example, when [x0.5] is selected, the recording time will be 6 hours (playback time will be 12 hours).
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CINEMA Mode and Cinema-Look Filters
CINEMA Mode and Cinema-Look Filters
In
mode, you can use a variety of professional cinema-look filters to create unique movies with a
distinctive appearance. You can also use cinema-look filters when you convert movies to MP4
(A 106).
Operating modes:
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1 Set the mode switch to E.
2 Touch [FILTER 1] to open the cinema-look filter
selection screen.
3 Drag your finger up and down along the photos to
select the desired cinema-look filter and then touch
[OK].
• You can change the effect level before touching [OK]
(see below).
• [Cinema Standard] offers different adjustment options
than the other cinema-look filters.
• The selected cinema-look filter will be applied and its
number will appear in the onscreen button.
To select the effect level of [Cinema Standard]
1 Open the parameter selection screen.
[w] > [ON]
2 Touch [Color Depth], [Softening Filter], [Key (Brightness)] or [Contrast].
3 Touch the desired level or touch [Ï] or [Ð] to adjust the parameter.
• You can also drag your finger along the dial.
• The picture will change immediately according to the adjustment.
• To adjust other parameters, touch [K] to return to the previous screen. Touch the desired
onscreen button and repeat step 3.
4 Touch [K].
To select the effect level of the other cinema-look filters
1 Touch [w] to open the adjustment screen.
2 Touch [L] (low), [M] (medium) or [H] (high).
3 Touch [K].
CINEMA Mode and Cinema-Look Filters
Options
( Default value)
The camcorder offers the following cinema-look filters. Select the desired filter while previewing the
effect on the screen.
[1. Cinema Standard]
[2. Vivid]
[3. Dream]
[4. Cool]
[5. Sepia]
[6. Old Movies]
[7. Memory]
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!Filter number (will appear on the onscreen button) and name
"Preview the effect on the screen
#Select the effect level
$Brief description (onscreen guidance)
NOTES
• During
mode, the following functions are not available.
- Taking photos
- Dual recording
- Using a recording mode that uses a frame rate of 59.94P.
- Slow & fast motion recording mode
Focus Adjustment
Focus Adjustment
The camcorder offers manual and automatic focus adjustment. When using manual focus, you can
use the focus preset and peaking functions to assist you. When using automatic focus, you can use
face detection & tracking to help make sure the subject is in focus.
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POINTS TO CHECK
• Adjust the zoom before you start the procedure.
Manual Focus
Use the focus/zoom ring to focus manually. You can change the direction and sensitivity of the focus/
zoom ring (A 117). Manual focus is available even after touching the screen to adjust the focus
automatically.
Operating modes:
1 Set the focus/zoom ring switch to FOCUS.
Focus/zoom ring
To focus using only the focus/zoom ring
2 Press the AF/MF button.
• [MF] will appear on the screen.
3 Turn the focus/zoom ring to adjust the focus.
To focus by touching the subject on the screen
2 Open the focus controls.
[FUNC.] > [< Focus]
• The focus adjustment screen will appear.
3 Touch a subject that appears inside the < frame.
• The Touch AF mark (I) will flash and the focusing distance will be adjusted automatically.
• To return the camcorder to autofocus, touch D.
4 If necessary, turn the focus/zoom ring to further adjust the focus.
NOTES
• The center of the screen will be magnified to help you focus more easily. You can also turn off this
function with the [FUNC.] > [MENU] > p > [Focus Assistance] setting.
• The focusing distance displayed will change as you adjust the focus with the focus/zoom ring. You
can change the units used for the distance display with the [FUNC.] > [MENU] > q >
[Distance Units] setting.
Focus Adjustment
Focus Preset
When focusing manually, you can set a preset position for the focus in advance so that you can later
return to that preset focus position instantly.
1 Open the focus/zoom controls.
[FUNC.] > [< Focus]
2 Touch [MF].
3 Use Touch AF or turn the focus/zoom ring to obtain the desired focus position.
4 Touch [SET] to set the preset focus position.
5 After adjusting the focus, touch [ON] to return to the preset focus position.
• Touch [SET] again to cancel the current preset focus position.
• [ON] will be grayed out while adjusting the focus or zoom.
• You can use the [FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > [Focus Preset Speed] setting to adjust the
speed at which the camcorder returns to the preset focus position.
NOTES
• The preset focus position will be canceled when the camcorder is turned off.
Peaking
When peaking is activated, the edges of objects in focus will be highlighted in red, blue or yellow on
the screen. In addition, you can choose to switch the screen to black & white, further emphasizing the
edges.
1 Open the focus controls.
[FUNC.] > [< Focus]
2 Touch [w].
For the black & white setting: Touch [Off] or [On]
For the peaking color: Touch [Red], [Blue] or [Yellow]
3 Touch [K].
4 Touch [O].
• Peaking is activated and edges are highlighted. You can turn the focus/zoom ring on this screen
or touch [X] to hide the focus controls.
• Touch [O] again to turn off the peaking effect.
NOTES
• The peaking effect and black & white picture will not appear in your recordings.
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Focus Adjustment
Autofocus
When autofocus is activated, the camcorder continuously adjusts the focus on the subject in the
center of the screen. The focusing range is 1 cm (0.39 in.; at full wide-angle, measured from the front
of the lens barrel) to G and 60 cm (2 ft.; throughout the zoom range, measured from the front of the
lens barrel) to G. Perform the following procedure to set the autofocus speed.
Operating modes:
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1
and
modes only: Press the AF/MF button.
2 Open the [AF Mode] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] > p > [AF Mode]
3 Touch the desired option and then touch [X].
• The icon of the selected option appears on the screen.
Options ( Default value)
[= Instant AF] Sets the autofocus to Instant AF. The focus is adjusted at the highest speed. This
mode is useful even when recording in very bright or low-light surroundings. This mode uses both the
TTL system and external sensor for focusing.
[? Medium AF] Sets the autofocus to Medium AF. The camcorder focuses more smoothly on the
subject than when using the [= Instant AF] setting. This mode uses both the TTL system and
external sensor for focusing.
[@ Normal AF]
speed.
Sets the autofocus to Normal AF. The autofocus adjustment is made at a stable
NOTES
• When recording in bright surroundings, the camcorder closes down the aperture. This may cause
the picture to appear blurred and is more noticeable toward the wide angle end of the zoom range.
In such case, in
and
modes, select [’ Programmed AE], [‚ Shutter-Pri. AE],
[“ Aperture-Pri. AE] or [n Manual Exposure] recording program and set [FUNC.] > [MENU] >
p > [ND Filter] to [k Automatic].
• When you set [FUNC.] > [MENU] > p > [Conversion Lens] to a setting other than [j Off],
the [= Instant AF] and [? Medium AF] settings are not available.
• Autofocus takes longer to focus when the frame rate is PF29.97 or 23.98P than when it is 59.94P
or 59.94i.
• When recording under dark conditions, the focusing range narrows and the picture may appear
blurred.
• While using autofocus, you can turn the focus/zoom ring to focus manually. When you stop turning
the ring, the camcorder returns to autofocus. This is useful in situations such as when focusing on a
subject on the other side of a window.
• When the recording program is set to [P Fireworks], the focus will be set to G and cannot be
changed.
Focus Adjustment
• Autofocus may not work well on the following subjects or in the following cases. In such case, focus
manually.
- Reflective surfaces
- Through dirty or wet windows
- Subjects with low contrast or without vertical lines
- Night scenes
- Fast moving subjects
- When [FUNC.] > [Image Effects] > [Looks] is set to [Wide DR].
- When subjects at different distances appear inside the AF frame.
Face Detection & Tracking
During autofocus, the camcorder automatically detects people’s faces and uses this information to
select the optimal focus and exposure settings. When a face cannot be detected, the camcorder will
adjust the focus using autofocus. When multiple faces are detected, you can use tracking to have the
camcorder track and optimize settings for a different subject. You can also use tracking to optimize
settings for moving subjects such as pets. You must use the touch screen to select the subject.
Operating modes:
POINTS TO CHECK
• Select a recording program other than [ü Night Scene], [Œ Low Light] or [P Fireworks].
By default, face detection & tracking are activated. If the function was turned off, perform the following
procedure to turn it on.
1 Open the [Face Detection & Tracking] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] > p > [Face Detection & Tracking]
2 Touch [i On }] and then touch [X].
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.
• You can also touch other moving objects, such as a pet.
• A white double frame will appear around the subject and
track it as it moves.
• Touch [Cancel £] to remove the frame and cancel the
tracking.
Main subject
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Focus Adjustment
Limiting Autofocus to Faces
While using autofocus, you can limit the autofocus function only to cases when a subject’s face is
detected and use manual focus for all other scenes. The camcorder will also adjust the brightness
when focusing automatically on the subject’s face.
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Set an assignable button to [~ Face Only AF] (A 85) and press the button.
• ~ appears on the screen.
NOTES
• The camcorder may mistakenly detect the faces of non-human subjects. In such case, turn face
detection & tracking off.
• When face detection is activated, the slowest shutter speed used by the camcorder is 1/30 (1/24 if
the frame rate is set to 23.98P).
• 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, upside down, at a diagonal or partially hidden.
• Face detection & tracking cannot be used in the following cases.
- When the shutter speed used is slower than 1/30 (1/24 if the frame rate is set to 23.98P).
- When the digital zoom is activated at more than 80x zoom.
- During fast & slow motion recording mode.
• 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, the camcorder 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.
Zooming
Zooming
Operating modes:
To zoom in and out, you can use the focus/zoom ring, the zoom rocker on the camcorder or the zoom
controls on the touch screen.
In addition to the 20x optical zoom, you can turn on the digital zoom* (400x) with the [FUNC.] >
[MENU] > p > [Digital Zoom] setting.
This camcorder also features a digital tele-converter, which allows you to enlarge the image on the
screen digitally.
* Digital zoom is not available in
Lens] is set to [WA-H58].
mode or when [FUNC.] > [MENU] > p > [Conversion
Using the Focus/Zoom Ring
1 Set the focus/zoom ring switch to ZOOM.
2 Turn the focus/zoom ring to adjust the zoom.
• Turn the focus/zoom ring slowly for a slow zoom; turn it
faster for faster zooms.
• The zoom bar that appears on the screen indicates the
approximate zoom position.
NOTES
• If you turn the focus/zoom ring too quickly, the camcorder
may not be able to zoom immediately. In such case, the
camcorder will zoom after you finish turning the ring.
Focus/zoom ring
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Zooming
Using the Zoom Rocker
Move the zoom rocker toward T (wide angle) to zoom
out. Move it toward S (telephoto) to zoom in.
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• By default, the camcorder zoom rocker operates at a variable
speed – press gently for a slow zoom; press harder for faster
zooms. You can perform the following procedure to adjust the
zoom speed and to select a constant speed.
Setting the Zoom Speed
You can set the zoom speed for the zoom rocker.
To set the zoom speed of the camcorder zoom rocker
First, set the overall zoom speed to one of three levels. Next,
select whether the zoom rocker operates at a constant or
variable speed. Refer to the following table for a summary of the
zoom speed.
W Zoom out
T Zoom in
1 Open the [Zoom Speed Level] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] > p > [Zoom Speed Level]
2 Touch [Z Fast], [[ Normal] or [] Slow] and then touch [K].
• When [Zoom Speed Level] is set to [Z Fast], the sound made by the camcorder's internal
machinery will increase and may be recorded in the scene.
3 Touch [Zoom Rocker Zoom Speed].
4 Touch [Y] for variable speed or [X] for constant speed.
• If you selected [X], touch [ð] or [ñ] or drag your finger along the bar to select a constant
speed.
5 Touch [X].
Approximate zoom speeds*
[Zoom Rocker
Zoom Speed]
setting
[Zoom Speed Level] setting
Selected
constant speed
[] Slow]
[[ Normal]
[Z Fast]
[Y] (variable)
–
4 sec. to 4 min. 45 sec.
2.5 sec. to 3 min.
1.9 sec.** to 1 min.
[X] (constant)
1 (slowest)
4 min. 45 sec.
3 min.
1 min.
16 (fastest)
4 sec.
2.5 sec.
1.9 sec.**
* Measured from full wide-angle to full telephoto.
** The camcorder will have more trouble focusing automatically while zooming.
Zooming
To use high-speed zoom
You can use high-speed zoom when [Zoom Rocker Zoom Speed] is set to [Y]. When you use highspeed zoom, during record standby mode, [Zoom Speed Level] will be set to [Z Fast]. During
recording, the zoom speed is determined by [Zoom Speed Level].
1 Open the [High-Speed Zoom] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] > p > [High-Speed Zoom]
2 Touch [i On] and then touch [X].
NOTES
• When pre-recording is activated during record standby mode, the zoom speed will be determined
by the [Zoom Speed Level] setting.
• When you are using an external microphone while recording, the sound made by the camcorder's
internal machinery while zooming may be recorded in the scene.
Using the Touch Screen’s Zoom Controls
1 Display the zoom controls on the touch screen.
[FUNC.] > [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 V area to zoom out or
anywhere within the U area to zoom in. Touch closer to the
center for a slow zoom; touch closer to the V/U icons for
faster zooms.
3 Touch [X] to hide the zoom controls.
Soft Zoom Control
Soft zoom control allows you to start and/or stop the zoom gradually.
1 Open the [Soft Zoom Control] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] > p > [Soft Zoom Control]
2 Touch the desired option and then touch [X].
Options ( Default value)
[j Off] Use this setting if you do not intend to use soft zoom control.
[¬ Start] Zoom starts gradually.
[® Stop] Zoom stops gradually.
[¯ Start & Stop] Zoom start and stops gradually.
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Zooming
Digital Tele-Converter
Using the digital tele-converter, you can digitally increase the focal length of the camcorder by a factor
of approx. 2 and record the enlarged image.
Operating modes:
1 Open the [Digital Zoom] screen.
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[FUNC.] > [MENU] > p > [Digital Zoom]
2 Touch [f Digital Tele-conv.] and then touch [X].
3 Open the zoom controls.
[FUNC.] > [ZOOM]
4 Touch [f] (digital tele-converter) and then touch [X].
• The center of the screen will be enlarged approximately 2 times and the f icon will appear.
• Touch [f] again before closing the screen to deactivate the digital tele-converter.
NOTES
• You can attach the optional tele-converter and use it in conjunction with this function to increase the
effect.
• The digital tele-converter cannot be set while recording or when [FUNC.] > [MENU] > p >
[Conversion Lens] is set to [WA-H58].
• The image is digitally processed so the image will deteriorate throughout the zoom range.
Advanced Image Stabilization
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:
1 Open the [Image Stabilizer] screen.
[FUNC.] > [Image Stabilizer]
2 Touch the desired IS mode and then touch [X].
Options ( Default value)
[Ä 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.
Compensates for a lower degree of camcorder shake, such as when shooting while
remaining stationary, and is suitable for shooting natural-looking scenes.
[Å Standard]
[Ì Off]
Use this setting when the camcorder is mounted on a tripod.
Powered IS
After setting an assignable button to [È 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.
Operating modes:
1 Set an assignable button to [È Powered IS] (A 85).
2 Press and hold the assignable button as long as you want to activate Powered IS.
• È appears in yellow while Powered IS is activated.
• You can change the operation of the assignable button set to [È Powered IS] (long press
or toggle on/off) with the [FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > [Powered IS Button] setting.
• Powered IS is available even when [Image Stabilizer] is set to [Ì Off].
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 [Image Stabilizer] to [Ä Dynamic] or [Å Standard].
• The angle of view will change when [Image Stabilizer] is set to [Ä Dynamic].
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Automatic Gain Control (AGC) Limit
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 darker the picture but the less noise it will contain.
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Operating modes:
POINTS TO CHECK
• Select a recording program other than the Special Scene recording programs or
[n Manual Exposure].
1 Open the AGC limit adjustment screen.
[FUNC.] > [x AGC Limit] > [n] (manual)
• Touch [m] (automatic) to remove the AGC limit.
2 Touch [Ï] or [Ð] to set the AGC limit.
• You can also drag your finger along the dial.
3 Touch [X].
• The selected AGC limit will appear on the screen.
NOTES
• Setting the AGC limit is not available when [FUNC.] > [y Exposure] is set to [n].
• When the [FUNC.] > [Image Effects] > [Looks] setting is set to [Wide DR], note the following.
- The lowest available setting for the AGC limit is 6 dB.
- If [Image Effects] is switched between [ON] and [OFF], or [Looks] is changed from [Wide DR] to
another option, [x AGC Limit] will be set to [m], regardless of the previous setting.
• If you set [FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > [CUSTOM Dial & Button] to [x AGC Limit] (A 84),
you can adjust the AGC limit with the CUSTOM dial and button.
Automatic Exposure Recording Programs
Automatic Exposure Recording Programs
With the automatic exposure (AE) recording programs, the camcorder will adjust some camera-related
settings to obtain the optimal exposure. When using the AE recording programs, you can change
functions like the white balance and image effects.
Operating modes:
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1 Open the screen of the desired recording program.
[FUNC.] > [Rec. Programs] > [‚ Shutter-Pri. AE] or [“ Aperture-Pri. AE]
2 Touch [Ï] or [Ð] to set the desired shutter speed (‚) or aperture value (“) and then
touch [X].
• You can also drag your finger along the dial.
• The selected shutter speed or aperture value will appear on the screen next to the recording
program icon.
Options ( Default value)
[’ Programmed AE] The camcorder automatically adjusts the aperture and shutter speed to obtain
the optimal exposure for the subject.
Set the shutter speed value. The camcorder automatically sets the appropriate
[‚ Shutter-Pri. AE]
aperture value.
[“ Aperture-Pri. AE]
shutter speed.
Set the aperture value. The camcorder automatically sets the appropriate
Available shutter speed settings
[1/8]
[1/15]
[1/30]
[1/60]
[1/250]
[1/500]
[1/1000]
[1/2000]
[1/100]
Available shutter speed settings when the frame rate is set to 23.98P
[1/6]
[1/12]
[1/24]
[1/48]
[1/60]
[1/100]
[1/250]
[1/500]
[1/1000]
[1/2000]
Available aperture value settings
ND filter settings will be available when the aperture value is [F4.0].
[F1.8]
[F2.0]
[F2.2]
[F2.4]
[F2.6]
[F2.8]
[F3.2]
[F3.4]
[F3.7]
[F4.0]
[F4.4]
[F4.8]
[F5.2]
[F5.6]
[F6.2]
[F6.7]
[F7.3]
[F8.0]
NOTES
• [‚ Shutter-Pri. AE]:
- On screen only the denominator is displayed – [‚ 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.
Automatic Exposure Recording Programs
•
•
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•
•
- The image may flicker when recording with fast shutter speeds.
- Recording movies under fluorescent lights: If the screen starts to flicker, select [‚ Shutter-Pri.
AE] and set the shutter speed to 1/100.
[“ 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.
During exposure lock, the aperture value/shutter speed cannot be changed. Set the aperture value
or shutter speed before manually adjusting the exposure.
If you set [FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > [CUSTOM Dial & Button] to [” Tv / Av] (A 84), you
can adjust the shutter speed or aperture value with the CUSTOM dial and button.
Exposure Adjustment
Exposure Adjustment
At times, backlit subjects may appear too dark (underexposed) or subjects under very strong lights
may appear too bright or glaring (overexposed). In such cases, adjusting the exposure will correct this.
This camcorder features a dedicated recording program, [n Manual Exposure], for adjusting the
exposure manually. However, you can also compensate the exposure when using other recording
programs.
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Using the Manual Exposure Recording Program
Using the [n Manual Exposure] recording program, you can adjust the aperture, shutter speed and
gain to achieve the desired exposure.
Operating modes:
1 Activate the [n Manual Exposure] recording program.
[FUNC.] > [Rec. Programs] > [n Manual Exposure]
• The exposure adjustment screen appears.
2 Touch the onscreen button of the setting you wish to adjust.
Aperture
Shutter speed
Gain
Adjustment dial
3 Touch [Ï] or [Ð] to set the desired value.
• You can also drag your finger along the dial.
• The exposure will change according to the setting's new value. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to adjust
other settings.
• Before touching [X], you can also use the zebra pattern (see below).
4 Touch [X].
NOTES
• When the [FUNC.] > [Image Effects] > [Looks] setting is set to [Wide DR], the lowest available
gain setting is 6 dB.
• If you set [FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > [CUSTOM Dial & Button] to [l Manual Exposure]
(A 84), you can adjust the aperture, shutter speed and gain with the CUSTOM dial and button.
Exposure Adjustment
Using the Zebra Pattern
You can use the zebra pattern to identify areas that might be overexposed, so you can correct the
exposure appropriately. The camcorder offers two levels of zebra pattern: With 100% only areas that
will lose detail in the highlight areas will be identified, while 70% will identify also areas that are
dangerously close to losing detail.
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1 From the exposure adjustment screen (A 57), touch [w] to select the zebra level.
2 Touch [70%] or [100%] and then touch [K].
3 Touch [z] or [{] and then touch [X].
• The zebra pattern will appear on the overexposed areas of the picture.
• Touch again to turn off the zebra pattern.
NOTES
• Using the zebra pattern will not affect your recordings.
Exposure Compensation
When you use a recording program other than [P Fireworks] or [n Manual Exposure], the
camcorder will adjust the exposure automatically. However, you can compensate and lock the
exposure 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 [P Fireworks] or [n Manual Exposure].
1 Open the exposure adjustment screen.
[FUNC.] > [y Exposure]
• The exposure adjustment screen appears.
2 Touch a subject that appears inside the y frame.
• The Touch AE mark (I) 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. Depending on the subject, you may want to use the [Highlights] setting as described
below.
• You can touch [n] instead to compensate the exposure without activating the Touch AE
function.
• The manual adjustment dial appears and the adjustment value is set at ±0.
• Touch [n] again to return the camcorder to automatic exposure.
3 Touch [Ï] or [Ð] or drag your finger along the dial to set the exposure compensation
value.
• The adjustment range may vary depending on the initial brightness of the image, and some
values may be grayed out.
• Before touching [X], you can also use the zebra pattern (A 58).
Exposure Adjustment
4 Touch [X] to lock the exposure at the selected value.
• During exposure lock, y and the selected exposure compensation value will appear on the
screen.
NOTES
• The camcorder will return to automatic exposure if the camcorder is turned off, the power switch is
operated, or the camera mode or recording program is changed.
• If you set [FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > [CUSTOM Dial & Button] to [y Exposure] (A 84), you
can adjust the exposure compensation value with the CUSTOM dial and button.
To adjust the Touch AE function for highlights (Highlight AE)
Certain subjects, like clouds or white objects, are easily overexposed and can end up appearing as
bright areas where all detail is lost. Using the [Highlights] setting, you can touch the brightest area
inside the y frame and the camcorder will automatically make corrections so that area is not
overexposed. When you touch a dark area in the picture or the highlights are too bright, the
camcorder may not be able to correctly adjust the exposure.
After step 1 above:
1 Touch [w].
2 Touch [Highlights] and then touch [K].
• Touch [Normal] to return the camcorder to normal Touch AE settings.
To use backlight correction
When recording in situations in which the subject is constantly backlit, you can use backlight
correction to make the entire picture brighter, especially dark areas.
1 Open the [° BLC Always On] screen.
[FUNC.] > [° BLC Always On]
2 Touch [ON] and then touch [X].
• ° appears on the screen.
• Touch [OFF] to turn off backlight correction.
• Alternatively, you can set an assignable button to [° BLC Always On] (A 85). In that case,
press the assignable button to turn the backlight correction on and off.
NOTES
• Backlight correction cannot be used in the following cases.
- When the recording program is set to [P Fireworks].
- When [FUNC.] > [Image Effects] > [Looks] is set to [Wide DR].
• This camcorder also has an automatic backlight correction feature with the [FUNC.] > [MENU] >
p > [Auto Backlight Correction] setting.
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White Balance
White Balance
The white balance function helps you to accurately reproduce colors under different lighting
conditions.
Operating modes:
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POINTS TO CHECK
• Select a recording program other than the Special Scene recording programs.
1 Open the white balance screen.
[FUNC.] > [Ä White Balance]
2 Touch the desired option and then touch [X].
• When you select [Â Color Temperature], [Æ Set 1] or [Ç Set 2], set the color temperature or a
custom white balance with the appropriate procedure below before touching [X].
• The icon of the selected option will appear on the screen.
To set the color temperature ([Â Color Temperature])
Touch [Ï] or [Ð] to set the desired value.
• You can also drag your finger along the dial.
To set a custom white balance ([Æ Set 1] or [Ç Set 2])
1 Point the camcorder at a gray card or white object so it fills the entire screen.
2 Touch [Set WB].
• When the adjustment is completed, Å stops flashing and disappears. The camcorder will retain
the custom white balance even if you turn it off.
Options ( Default value)
[à Automatic] The camcorder automatically sets the white balance for natural looking colors.
[¼ Daylight] To record outdoors on a bright day.
[½ Shade] To record in shaded places.
[¾ Cloudy] To record on a cloudy day.
[¿Fluorescent] To record under warm white, cool white or warm-white-type (3-wavelength)
fluorescent lighting.
[À Fluorescent H] To record under daylight or daylight-type (3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting.
[É Tungsten] To record under tungsten and tungsten-type (3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting.
[Â Color Temperature] Allows you to set the color temperature between 2,000 K and 15,000 K.
[Æ Set 1], [Ç Set 2] Use the custom white balance settings to make white subjects appear white
under colored lighting.
NOTES
• When you select a custom white balance:
- Set [FUNC.] > [MENU] > p > [Digital Zoom] to [j Off].
- Reset the white balance when you change locations or the lighting or other conditions change.
- Depending on the light source, Å may keep flashing. The result will still be better than with
[Ã Automatic].
White Balance
• Using a 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, certain types of fluorescent lights and LED lights
• Depending on the type of fluorescent light, optimal color balance may not be obtained with
[¿ Fluorescent] or [À Fluorescent H]. If the color looks unnatural, select [Ã Automatic] or a
custom white balance setting.
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Special Scene Recording Programs
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:
1 Open the recording programs screen.
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[FUNC.] > [Rec. Programs] > [ú Portrait]
2 Touch the desired recording program and then touch [X].
Options ( Default value)
[úPortrait] The camcorder uses a large aperture, to achieve a sharp focus
on the subject while blurring the background.
[ûSports]
To record scenes with lots of movement.
[ü Night Scene]
To record nightscapes with lower noise.
[ýSnow] To record in bright ski resorts without the subject being
underexposed.
[LBeach] To record on a sunny beach without the subject being
underexposed.
[ÿSunset]
[ΠLow Light]
To record sunsets in vibrant colors.
To record in low-light situations.
Special Scene Recording Programs
[œSpotlight]
[PFireworks]
To record spotlit scenes.
To record fireworks.
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NOTES
• [ú Portrait]/[û Sports]/[ý Snow]/[L Beach]: The picture may not appear smooth during
playback.
• [ú Portrait]: The blur effect of the background increases the more you zoom in (S).
• [ý Snow]/[L Beach]: The subject may become overexposed on cloudy days or in shaded
places. Check the image on the screen.
• [Œ 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.
• [P Fireworks]: To avoid camcorder blur (blur due to the camcorder moving) we recommend using
a tripod.
Looks and Other Image Effects
Looks and Other Image Effects
You have the option of adding a "look" to your recordings. A look is a combination of various picture
settings that can enhance the recording's visual quality. You can also adjust various aspects of the
picture, such as the color depth and sharpness.
Operating modes:
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POINTS TO CHECK
• Select a recording program other than the Special Scene recording programs.
Selecting a Look
If you do not plan to use a preset look, skip this procedure and perform the procedure Adjusting
Picture Settings after this one.
1 Open the image effects screen.
[FUNC.] > [Image Effects]
2 Touch [ON].
• Select [OFF] instead to turn off the image effects.
3 Touch [Looks] and then touch the desired option.
• To further adjust the picture, touch [K] and continue with step 3 from the procedure below. If
not, touch [X].
• b will appear on the screen. If you selected [Highlight Priority], – will also appear on the
screen.
Options ( Default value)
[Standard] Standard look for general shooting situations.
[Highlight Priority] Creates a picture with a natural gradation in tones and reduces overexposure in
bright areas by not compressing highlights.
[Wide DR]
Applies a gamma curve with a very wide dynamic range and an appropriate color matrix.
Adjusting Picture Settings
1 Open the image effects screen.
[FUNC.] > [Image Effects]
2 Touch [ON].
• Select [OFF] instead to turn off the image effects.
3 Touch [Color Depth], [Sharpness], [Contrast] or [Brightness].
4 Touch [Ï] or [Ð] or drag your finger along the dial to adjust the effect level.
• + levels: richer colors, sharper image, stronger contrast, brighter image.
- levels: shallower colors, softer image, softer contrast, darker image.
• To adjust other parameters, touch [K] to return to the image effects screen and repeat steps 3
and 4.
Looks and Other Image Effects
5 Touch [X] to save and apply the customized picture settings.
• b will appear on the screen. If you selected [Highlight Priority], – will also appear on the
screen.
NOTES
• When [FUNC.] > [y Exposure] is set to [n], the [Brightness] parameter is not available.
• When the [FUNC.] > [Image Effects] > [Looks] setting is set to [Wide DR] or [Highlight Priority], the
[Contrast] parameter is not available.
• When the [Looks] setting is set to [Highlight Priority], you can use the [FUNC.] > [MENU] > q
> [ View Assistance] setting to display the picture on the screen with more accurate colors.
• When the [Looks] setting is set to [Wide DR], the lowest available gain setting is 6 dB. As such,
when shooting outdoors in daylight or other bright surroundings, the subject may appear bright
because the camcorder cannot achieve the optimal exposure.
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Setting the Time Code
Setting the Time Code
The camcorder can generate a time code signal and embed it in your recordings. In addition, the time
code will appear in the video output from the HDMI OUT terminal. You can select whether the time
code is output from the HDMI OUT terminal (A 117). You can also select between a drop frame and
non-drop frame time code.
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Operating modes:
Selecting the Running Mode
You can select the running mode of the camcorder’s time code.
1 Open the [Time Code Mode] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] >
> [Time Code Mode]
2 Touch the desired option.
• If you selected [
Preset], touch [K] and continue to step 3. If you selected [
touch [X]; you do not need to perform the rest of this procedure.
Regen.],
3 Touch [Time Code Running Mode].
• If you would like to set the time code’s initial value, see the following section Setting the Time
Code’s Initial Value.
4 Touch the desired option and then touch [X].
• If you selected [
Free Run], the time code will start running.
Options ( Default value)
[
Preset] After you select this option, select a [Time Code Running Mode] option. With
[
Rec Run], the time code runs only when recording and scenes on the same memory card will
have a continuous time code; with [
Free Run], the time code runs regardless of the camcorder’s
operation. You can also choose to set the time code’s initial value for either [Time Code Running
Mode] option.
[
Regen.] The time code runs while recording. Use this running mode to continue from the last
time code recorded on the memory card.
Setting the Time Code’s Initial Value
If you set the running mode to [
Preset], you can set the initial value of the time code.
1 Open the [Initial Time Code] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] >
> [Initial Time Code]
• The time code setting screen will appear with the orange selection frame indicating the hours.
• To reset the time code to [00:00:00:00], select [Reset] instead.
• Touch [Cancel] to close the screen without setting the time code.
2 Touch [Í] or [Î] to change the field as necessary.
3 Touch another field you want to change (hours, minutes, seconds, frames).
4 Change the rest of the fields in the same way.
5 Touch [OK].
Setting the Time Code
Selecting Drop Frame or Non-Drop Frame
You can select between a drop frame (DF) or non-drop frame (NDF) time code, depending on how you
plan to use your recording. When the frame rate is set to 23.98P, the time code will be set to non-drop
frame.
1 Open the [DF/NDF] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] >
2 Select [
DF] or [
> [DF/NDF]
NDF] and then touch [X].
• The time code’s display will differ depending on the setting. If you selected [
DF], the time
code will appear as [00:00:00.00]; if you select [
NDF], it will appear as [00:00:00:00].
NOTES
• When the frame rate is set to 23.98P, the frames value in the time code runs from 0 to 23. For other
settings, it runs from 0 to 29.
• When you are using pre-recording mode, [Free Run] is automatically set and cannot be changed.
• When you mix drop frame and non-drop frame time codes, there might be a discontinuity in the time
code at the point where the recordings starts.
• As long as the built-in rechargeable lithium battery is charged and you selected the [Free Run]
option, the time code continues to run even if you disconnect all other power sources. However, this
is less accurate than when the camcorder is on.
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Setting the User Bit
Setting the User Bit
The user bit display can be selected from the date or the time of recording, or an identification code
consisting of 8 characters in the hexadecimal system. There are sixteen possible characters: the
numbers 0 to 9 and the letters A to F. When you record a scene, the user bit will be recorded with it.
The user bit is also output from the HDMI OUT terminal.
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Operating modes:
1 Open the user bit [Setting] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] >
> [User Bit Type] > [
Setting]
• To set the time for the user bit, select [
Time] instead; to set the date for the user bit, select
[
Date]. Then, touch [X]. The rest of the procedure is not necessary.
• The user bit setting screen will appear with the orange selection frame on the leftmost digit.
• To reset the user bit to [00 00 00 00], select [Reset].
• Touch [Cancel] to close the screen without setting the user bit.
2 Touch the digit you want to change and then touch [Í] or [Î] to change it as necessary.
3 Touch another digit you want to change.
4 Change the rest of the digits in the same way.
5 Touch [OK] and then touch [X].
NOTES
• When the frame rate is set to 23.98P and [FUNC.] > [MENU] >
> [User Bit Output Mode]
is set to [Pulldown], the user bit will be 2:3 pulldown data.
• When playing back MP4 movies, the user bit embedded in the signal output from the HDMI OUT
terminal will have a value of 0 and cannot be changed.
Using the Mini Advanced Shoe
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 Optional Accessories (A 138). 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.
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• When a compatible accessory is attached to the mini
advanced shoe, º will appear on the screen.
Example: Attaching an optional DM-100
Directional Stereo Microphone.
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.
Recording Audio
Recording Audio
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The camcorder features many audio-related functions you can use when recording. You can record
audio using the built-in stereo microphone, an optional external microphone (mini advanced shoe) or a
commercially available microphone (MIC terminal). Using an external microphone is useful when
recording in very quiet surroundings, where the built-in microphone may pick up the sound of the
camcorder's internal machinery, or when recording outside, where the built-in microphone may pick
up excessive noise from wind.
When you are recording AVCHD movies and the recording mode is set to 28 Mbps LPCM or 24 Mbps
LPCM, you can enjoy 2-channel, 16-bit linear PCM audio recording with a sampling frequency of 48
kHz. LPCM audio playback is also available for scenes recorded with those recording modes.
Using an External Microphone
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. In either case, to reduce the amount of noise due to wind, we recommend that you use the
wind screen supplied with the microphone.
When you use the optional SM-V1 Surround Microphone with this camcorder for the first time, you will
need to update the camcorder's firmware using the memory card supplied with the SM-V1. Please
note an important change to the firmware update procedure in the instruction manual of the SM-V1. It
states that you must set the camcorder to photo playback mode and open the [Firmware] setting in
the setup menus. In this camcorder, however, you must set the camcorder to
mode and open
[FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > [Firmware].
Operating modes:
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 (A 69).
º will appear on the screen. For details about using the
optional external microphone, refer to the instruction manual of
the accessory used.
Recording Audio
NOTES
• When using the optional SM-V1 Surround Microphone:
- Change the microphone’s directionality mode with the [FUNC.] > [MENU] > p >
[Surround Mic Directionality] 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 optional HTC-100 High Speed
HDMI cable. Audio output from the AV OUT and × (headphones) terminals will be converted to
2ch stereo. The camcorder’s built-in speaker is monaural.
- When the recording mode is set to 28 Mbps LPCM (59.94P) or 24 Mbps LPCM for AVCHD
movies or when recording MP4 movies, recordings will be made with 2ch sound.
Using Commercially Available Microphones
You can also use commercially available condenser microphones
with their own power supply. You can connect almost any stereo
microphone with a ∅ 3.5 mm plug but audio recording levels
may vary.
NOTES
• To adjust the audio recording level of an external microphone
connected to the MIC terminal, refer to Audio Recording Level
(A 73).
Switching the Input (MIC Terminal)
You can switch the input of the MIC terminal depending on whether you are using an external
microphone or an external audio source, such as a digital audio player.
Operating modes:
1 Open the [MIC Terminal Input] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] > p > [MIC Terminal Input]
2 Touch [Þ External Audio] or [ß Microphone] and then touch [X].
• If necessary, activate and adjust the audio mix balance (A 76).
Audio Scenes
You can have the camcorder optimize the audio settings of the built-in microphone by selecting the
audio scene that matches your surroundings. This will greatly enhance the sense of "being there".
Alternatively, you can select [„ Custom Setting]* in order to adjust the camcorder's various audio
settings to your liking.
See the following table for the settings used by each audio scene.
* Not available in
Operating modes:
mode.
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Recording Audio
1 Open the audio scene selection screen.
[FUNC.] > [— Audio Scene]
2 Touch the desired option and then touch [X].
• When you select [„ Custom Setting], customize the audio settings to your preference with the
relevant procedures (see the reference pages in the following table).
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Options ( Default value)
[‘ Standard] To record most general situations. The camcorder records with standard settings.
[’ Music] To vibrantly record music performances and singing indoors.
[‚ Speech] Best for recording human voices and dialog.
[“ Forest and Birds] To record birds and scenes in forests. The camcorder clearly captures sound
as it spreads.
To record scenes while reducing noise from wind, passing vehicles and
similar ambient sound. Ideal for recording at the beach or in places with a lot of noise.
[” Noise Suppression]
[„ Custom Setting] Allows you to adjust the audio settings to your liking. The settings that you can
adjust are the [ä Mic Level] setting in the FUNC. menu and the following settings in the p menu:
[Built-in Mic Wind Screen], [Microphone Attenuator], [Built-in Mic Freq. Response] (audio equalizer),
and [Built-in Mic Directionality].
Settings for each audio scene
[ä Mic Level]
[Microphone
Attenuator]
[‘ Standard]
[n] (manual): 70
[k Automatic]
[’ Music]
[n] (manual): 70
[k Automatic]
[‚ Speech]
[n] (manual): 86
[k Automatic]
[“ Forest and
Birds]
[n] (manual): 80
[” Noise
Suppression]
[„ Custom
Setting]
[Built-in Mic
Wind Screen]
[Built-in Mic
Freq. Response]
[Built-in Mic
Directionality]
[h Normal]
[h Normal]
[ê Boost
HF+LF Range]
[î Wide]
[H Auto (High)]
[é Boost MF
Range]
[í Monaural]
[k Automatic]
[H Auto (High)]
[è Low Cut
Filter]
[î Wide]
[n] (manual): 70
[k Automatic]
[H Auto (High)]
[è Low Cut
Filter]
[í Monaural]
(A 73)
(A 75)
(A 74)
(A 74)
[H Auto (High)]
[L Auto (Low)
]
Selected by user
(A 75)
NOTES
• Audio scenes cannot be selected in the following cases:
- When an external microphone is attached to the mini advanced shoe.
- When an external microphone is connected to the MIC terminal with p > [Audio Mix] set to
[j Off].
• [„ Custom Setting] is not available in
mode. After setting [— Audio Scene] to [„ Custom
Setting], if the camcorder is then set to
mode, this setting will change to [‘ Standard].
Recording Audio
Audio Recording Level (Built-in Microphone/MIC Terminal)
You can adjust the audio recording level of the built-in microphone or an external microphone
connected to the MIC terminal. You can display the audio level indicator while recording.
Operating modes:
1 When setting the audio recording level of the built-in microphone, set [— Audio Scene]
to [„ Custom Setting] (A 71).
2 Open the manual audio recording level adjustment screen.
[FUNC.] > [ä Mic Level] > [n] (manual)
• The audio level indicator and current audio recording level will appear on the screen.
• Touch [m] (automatic) to return the camcorder to automatic audio recording levels.
Audio level indicator
Current audio level
Manual audio level adjustment
Audio level adjustment bar
3 Touch and hold [Ï] or [Ð] 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 –18 dB mark (one mark right of the –20 dB mark) only occasionally.
• When [FUNC.] > [MENU] > p > [Audio Mix] is set to [i On], two audio level indicators
will appear; the top one ([INT]) for the built-in microphone, and the bottom one ([EXT]) for the
external audio connected to the MIC terminal.
4 Touch [X] to lock the audio recording level at the current level.
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.
1 Open the automatic audio recording level screen.
[FUNC.] > [ä Mic Level] > [m] (automatic)
2 Touch [Audio Level Indicator] and then touch [X].
NOTES
• When the audio level meter reaches the red point (0 dB), the sound may be distorted.
• We recommend using headphones to check the sound level while adjusting the audio recording
level or when the microphone attenuator is activated.
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Recording Audio
Microphone Directionality (Built-in Microphone)
You can change the directionality of the built-in microphone to have more control over how sound is
recorded.
Operating modes:
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1 Set [— Audio Scene] to [„ Custom Setting] (A 71).
2 Open the [Built-in Mic Directionality] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] > p > [Built-in Mic Directionality]
3 Touch the desired option and then touch [X].
Options ( Default value)
[í Monaural] Mono recording that emphasizes sound coming from the front of the camcorder/
microphone.
[h Normal] Standard stereo recording; a middle point between the [î Wide] and
[í Monaural] settings in reach.
[î Wide] Stereo recording of ambient sound over a more extensive area that adds to the sense of
presence of movies.
Stereo recording with the sound linked to the zoom position. The larger the subject
appears on the screen, the louder the sound will be.
[ï Zoom]
Audio Equalizer (Built-in Microphone)
You can use the audio equalizer to adjust sound levels by specifically targeting the high- or lowfrequency range and selecting one of 3 available levels.
Operating modes:
1 Set [— Audio Scene] to [„ Custom Setting] (A 71).
2 Open the [Built-in Mic Freq. Response] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] > p > [Built-in Mic Freq. Response]
3 Touch the desired option and then touch [X].
Options ( Default value)
[h Normal] Appropriate for balanced sound under most normal recording conditions.
[ç Boost LF Range] Accentuates the low-frequency range for more powerful sound.
[è Low Cut Filter] Filters the low-frequency range to reduce the noise of blowing wind, a car’s
engine and similar ambient sounds.
[é Boost MF Range] Best for recording human voices and dialog.
[ê Boost HF+LF Range] Best, for example, for recording live music and clearly capture the special
sound characteristics of a variety of instruments.
Recording Audio
Wind Screen (Built-in Microphone)
The camcorder automatically reduces the background sound of wind when recording outdoors. You
can select from two levels or turn off the auto wind screen.
Operating modes:
1 Set [— Audio Scene] to [„ Custom Setting] (A 71).
2 Open the [Built-in Mic Wind Screen] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] > p > [Built-in Mic Wind Screen]
3 Touch the desired option and then touch [X].
Options ( Default value)
[H Auto (High)] The camcorder will automatically activate the built-in microphone wind screen at a
high level, as necessary.
] The camcorder will automatically activate the built-in microphone wind screen at a
low level, as necessary.
[L Auto (Low)
[j Off à]
The built-in microphone wind screen will be deactivated at all times.
NOTES
• 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 [Built-in Mic Wind Screen] to [j Off à].
Microphone Attenuator
If the audio level is too high and the audio sounds distorted while recording with the built-in or external
microphone, activate the microphone attenuator (20 dB).
Operating modes:
1 Set [— Audio Scene] to [„ Custom Setting] (A 71).
2 Open the [Microphone Attenuator] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] > p > [Microphone Attenuator]
3 Touch the desired option and then touch [X].
Options ( Default value)
[2 Automatic] The camcorder will automatically activate the microphone attenuator as necessary
for optimal audio recording levels so high audio levels will not be distorted.
The microphone attenuator will be activated at all times to reproduce more faithfully
the sound dynamics. å will appear on the screen.
[i On å]
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Recording Audio
Low Cut Filter (MIC Terminal)
When you are recording using a microphone connected to the MIC terminal, you can activate the low
cut filter to reduce the sound of blowing wind, a car’s engine and similar ambient sounds.
Operating modes:
1 Open the [MIC Low Cut] screen.
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[FUNC.] > [MENU] > p > [MIC Low Cut]
2 Touch [i On] and then touch [X].
NOTES
• When recording in surroundings unaffected by wind or if you want to record low-frequency sounds,
we recommend setting [MIC Low Cut] to [j Off].
Audio Mix
When recording, you can mix audio from the built-in microphone with external audio from the MIC
terminal and adjust the mix balance for original sound effects. The external audio input can be from a
commercially available external microphone or from an external audio player (analog Line In).
Operating modes:
1 Connect the external audio source to the MIC terminal.
2 Open the [MIC Terminal Input] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] > p > [MIC Terminal Input]
3 Touch [Þ External Audio] or [ß Microphone] and then touch [K].
4 Activate the audio mix.
[Audio Mix] > [i On]
5 Adjust the audio mix balance as necessary.
• Touch [INT] (more of the sound from the built-in microphone) or [EXT] (more of the sound from the
external audio) or drag your finger along the audio mix bar to adjust the mix balance as desired.
6 Touch [X] to set the audio mix and close the menu.
Using Headphones
Using Headphones
Use headphones for playback or to check the audio level while recording. The following procedure
explains how to adjust the volume.
Operating modes:
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1 Connect headphones to the × (headphone) terminal.
2 Open the [Headphone Volume] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > [Headphone Volume]
• Touching [FUNC.] is necessary only when performing the procedure in
mode.
3 Touch [Ô] or [Õ] to adjust the volume and then touch [X].
• You can also drag your finger along the volume bar.
To adjust the volume during playback
During playback, adjust the headphones volume the same way you adjust the speaker’s volume
(A 89).
IMPORTANT
• When using headphones, make sure to lower the volume to an appropriate level.
NOTES
• Use commercially available headphones with a ∅ 3.5 mm minijack.
• When you are monitoring the audio, you can choose to synchronize the audio signal with the video
signal or monitor the audio in real time. Use the [FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > [Monitor Delay]
setting to select the method. Note that there will be a slight delay when you monitor in real time.
Regardless of the setting, however, the audio and video signals recorded will be synchronized.
Color Bars/Audio Reference Signal
Color Bars/Audio Reference Signal
You can have the camcorder output and record color bars and a 1 kHz audio reference signal and
output them from the HDMI OUT terminal, AV OUT terminal, and × (headphone) terminal (audio
reference signal only).
Operating modes:
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Recording Color Bars
You can choose between SMPTE standard-definition color bars and ARIB multi-format HDTV color
bars.
1 Open the [Color Bars] menu.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] >
> [Color Bars]
2 Touch the desired option and then touch [X].
• The selected color bars appear on the screen and will be recorded when you press the START/
STOP button.
Recording an Audio Reference Signal
The camcorder can output a 1 kHz audio reference signal with the color bars.
1 Open the [1 kHz Tone] submenu.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] >
> [1 kHz Tone]
2 Select the desired level and then touch [X].
• Available levels are -12 dB, -18 dB and -20 dB.
• Select [j Off] to turn off the signal.
• The signal is output at the selected level and will be recorded when you press the START/STOP
button.
Video Snapshot
Video Snapshot
Record a series of short scenes. To record a video snapshot scene, set an assignable button to
[¦ Video Snapshot] in advance.
Operating modes:
1 Set an assignable button to [¦ Video Snapshot] (A 85).
2 Press the assignable button to activate video snapshot mode.
• D (the default length of a video snapshot scene) appears on the screen.
• Press the button again to deactivate video snapshot mode.
3 Press the START/STOP button.
• The camcorder records for a few seconds and then automatically returns to record standby
mode.
• When the camcorder stops recording, the screen will momentarily turn black as if a camera
shutter had released.
NOTES
• The default length of a video snapshot scene is 4 seconds but you can change it to 2 or 8 seconds
with the [FUNC.] > [MENU] >
> [Video Snapshot Length] setting.
• Any of the following will deactivate video snapshot mode:
- Turning off the camcorder.
- Changing the camcorder's operating mode.
- Changing the movie format or frame rate.
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Pre-Recording
Pre-Recording
The camcorder will start recording 3 seconds before you press the START/STOP button, ensuring you
do not miss important shooting opportunities. This is especially useful when it is difficult to predict
when to start recording.
By default, the pre-recording function is assigned to assignable button 2.
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Operating modes:
1 Press the PRE REC button.
• z will appear on the screen.
• Press the PRE REC button again to turn off pre-recording.
2 Press the START/STOP button.
• The scene recorded on the memory card will start 3
seconds before the START/STOP button was pressed.
NOTES
• The camcorder will not record the full 3 seconds prior to pressing the START/STOP button 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 1 hour.
- Changing the camcorder’s operating mode.
- Activating video snapshot.
- Touching any of the following onscreen buttons in the FUNC. menu: [MENU], [Rec. Programs],
[Ä White Balance], [x AGC Limit], [— Audio Scene] or [Image Stabilizer].
- Changing the [FUNC.] > [Image Effects] > [Looks] setting.
Onscreen Displays and Data Code
Onscreen Displays and Data Code
You can turn most onscreen displays on or off.
Operating modes:
Repeatedly press the DISP. button to turn the onscreen displays on/off in the following
sequence:
mode:
• All displays on
• Onscreen markers1
• Displays off
mode2:
• Only data code on
• All displays on
1
The onscreen markers will be displayed only when [FUNC.] >
[MENU] > p > [Onscreen Markers] is set to an option other
than [j Off].
2 Pressing D has the same effect as touching the screen. During single photo view and while playing
back a scene, the playback controls are displayed only momentarily.
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 [MENU] > s /
> [Data Code]
setting. Note that available options depend on the type of recording.
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Using the GP-E2 GPS Receiver
Using the GP-E2 GPS Receiver
When you attach the optional GP-E2 GPS Receiver to the camcorder, you can acquire GPS
information (latitude, longitude and altitude) and add it to your movies and photos.
Connecting the GPS Receiver
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Turn off the camcorder and the receiver. Connect the receiver to the camcorder’s USB terminal using
the USB cable*. While recording, place the receiver in the carrying case* and attach it to the
camcorder’s grip belt or carry it on your person. For details about connecting and using the receiver,
refer to the GP-E2 Instruction Manual.
* Supplied with the optional GP-E2 GPS Receiver.
Activating the GPS Receiver
Operating modes:
Turn on the camcorder and receiver.
• The
icon appears on the right of the screen and will blink as the receiver tries to acquire satellite
signals.
• When satellite signals are correctly acquired, the
icon will stay continuously on. GPS functions
will be activated, and scenes and photos recorded thereafter will be geotagged.
IMPORTANT
• In certain countries/regions, the use of GPS may be restricted. Be sure to use the GPS receiver in
accordance with local laws and regulations of the country/region where the receiver is used. Be
particularly careful when traveling outside of your home country.
• Be careful about using the GPS receiver in places where the use of electronic devices is restricted.
• The GPS information recorded with scenes and photos may contain data that can lead others to
locate or identify you. Be careful when sharing geotagged recordings with others or when uploading
them to the Web.
• Do not leave the GPS receiver near strong electromagnetic fields such as near powerful magnets
and motors.
Using the GP-E2 GPS Receiver
NOTES
• GPS signal reception may take some time after replacing the battery pack or when first turning on
the camcorder after a long period without use.
• The camcorder is not compatible with the GPS receiver’s digital compass and positioning interval
functions. Also, the [Set now] option is not available for [FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > [GPS Auto
Time Setting].
• You cannot add GPS information to the following types of recordings.
- Photos captured from a movie.
- MP4 movies that were converted from another movie.
• GPS information added to AVCHD movies cannot be deleted with the camcorder or software Data
Import Utility.
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CUSTOM Dial and Button
Customization
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Customization
CUSTOM Dial and Button
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You can assign to the CUSTOM button and the CUSTOM dial one of several frequently used functions.
You can then adjust the selected function using the CUSTOM button and the CUSTOM dial, without
having to access the menu.
Operating modes:
1 Press and hold the CUSTOM button for approx.
1 second.
• A quick menu of available options will appear.
2 Turn the CUSTOM dial to select the desired option and
then press the CUSTOM button.
• Alternatively, you can select an option using the [FUNC.]
> [MENU] > q > [CUSTOM Dial & Button] setting.
Options
[” Tv/Av]
( Default value)
When you set the recording program to [‚ Shutter-Pri. AE] or [“ Aperture-Pri. AE], you
can adjust the shutter speed or aperture value with the CUSTOM dial.
[l Manual Exposure] When you set the recording program to [n Manual Exposure], repeatedly
press the CUSTOM button to toggle between the aperture value, shutter speed and gain. Next, use
the CUSTOM dial to adjust the setting.
[x AGC Limit] Adjusts the AGC limit. Press the CUSTOM button to switch the AGC limit to manual
adjustment and then use the CUSTOM dial to adjust it. Press the button again to switch it back to
automatic.
When using a recording program other than [P Fireworks] or [n Manual
Exposure], you can compensate the automatic exposure set by the camcorder. Press the CUSTOM
button to switch the exposure compensation to manual adjustment and then use the CUSTOM dial to
adjust it. Press the button again to switch it back to automatic.
[y Exposure]
[j Off]
Use this setting if you do not intend to use the CUSTOM button or the CUSTOM dial.
Assignable Buttons
Assignable Buttons
The camcorder conveniently features 5 buttons to which you can assign various functions. By
assigning often used functions, you can quickly access them with a single press of a button.
Operating modes:
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Changing the Assigned Function
1 Open the selection screen for the desired assignable button.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > Select from [Assign Button 1] to [Assign Button 5]
2 Select the desired option and then touch [X].
Options
[È Powered IS]* Turns Powered IS on/off (A 53).
[° BLC Always On]* Turns backlight correction on/off (A 59).
[~ Face Only AF]* Turns face only autofocus on/off (A 48).
[¦ Video Snapshot] Turns video snapshot on/off (A 79).
[Ä WB Priority]* Turns white balance priority on/off (A 117).
[z Pre REC] Turns pre-recording on/off (A 80). Default setting for assignable button 2.
[
AF/MF]* Switches between autofocus and manual focus (A 44). Default setting for assignable
button 1.
[
Rec Review]
assignable button 5.
[
Reviews the last scene that was recorded (A 36). Default setting for
Rec. Programs]*
FUNC. menu.
[
BLC Always On]*
Functions the same as selecting [° BLC Always On] (A 59) in the FUNC.
White Balance]*
Functions the same as selecting [Ä White Balance] (A 60) in the FUNC.
menu.
[
menu.
[
[
[
Functions the same as selecting [Rec. Programs] (A 55, 57, 62) in the
AGC Limit]* Functions the same as selecting [x AGC Limit] (A 54) in the FUNC. menu.
Focus]* Functions the same as selecting [< Focus] (A 44) in the FUNC. menu.
Exposure]* Functions the same as selecting [y Exposure] (A 57) in the FUNC. menu.
Assignable Buttons
[
menu.
[
[
[
menu.
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Audio Scene]
Functions the same as selecting [— Audio Scene] (A 71) in the FUNC.
Mic Level]* Functions the same as selecting [ä Mic Level] (A 73) in the FUNC. menu.
Zoom] Functions the same as selecting [R Zoom] (A 49) in the FUNC. menu.
Image Stabilizer]* Functions the same as selecting [Image Stabilizer] (A 53) in the FUNC.
[
Image Effects]* Functions the same as selecting [Image Effects] (A 64) in the FUNC. menu.
[j Off] Does not assign a function to the assignable button. Default setting for assignable
button 3 and assignable button 4.
* Even if this function is assigned to an assignable button in
disabled if you set the camcorder to
mode.
or
mode, the button will be
Using an Assignable Button
After you assign a function to one of the buttons, press the button to activate the function.
Saving and Loading Menu Settings
Saving and Loading Menu Settings
After you adjust the cinema-look filters and other settings in the FUNC. menu and setup menus, you
can save those settings on memory card B. You can load those settings at a later date or on another
HF G21 camcorder so that you can use that camcorder in the same way.
Operating modes:
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Saving Menu Settings to a Memory Card
Menu settings must be saved to memory card B. If the memory card already has menu settings on it,
they will be overwritten.
1 Insert a memory card into memory card slot 3.
2 Open the [Backup Menu Settings 7] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > [Backup Menu Settings 7]
3 Touch [Save] and then touch [Yes].
• The current settings are saved to the memory card.
4 Touch [OK] and then touch [X].
Loading Menu Settings from a Memory Card
1 Insert a memory card with menu settings into memory card slot 3.
2 Open the [Backup Menu Settings 7] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > [Backup Menu Settings 7]
3 Touch [Load] and then touch [Yes].
• After the camcorder’s current settings are replaced with the settings saved on the memory card,
the screen will turn black momentarily and the camcorder will restart.
Playing Back Video
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Playback
Playback
Playing Back Video
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This section explains how to play back scenes. For details on playing back scenes using an external
monitor, refer to Connecting to an External Monitor (A 96).
Operating modes:
1 Set the power switch to MEDIA.
• The AVCHD or MP4 movie index screen will appear.
2 If necessary, change the index screen.
[6 ·] > Tab of the desired memory card (6 or 7) >
Onscreen button of the content you want to play back
([y· Movies] or [y¸ Movies]).
3 Look for the scene you want to play back.
! Index screen button. Displays the currently selected memory card and movie format.
Press to change the index screen.
" Drag your finger left/right for the next/previous index page.
# Display the next/previous index page.
$ Scene information.
% Recording date (for AVCHD movies) or folder name (for MP4 movies; see About folder
names in the following sidebar).
& Icon indicating a scene recorded using the [FUNC.] > [Image Effects] > [Looks] >
[Highlight Priority] look.
4 Touch the desired scene to play it back.
• The camcorder will play back 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.
Playing Back Video
Playing back scenes recorded using the [Highlight Priority] look
When playing back a scene recorded using the [FUNC.] > [Image Effects] > [Looks] > [Highlight
Priority] look, you can use the [FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > [ View Assistance] setting to
display the picture on the camcorder's screen with more accurate colors. When playing back such
a scene on an external monitor, such as a TV, we recommend increasing the monitor's overall
brightness.
About folder names
MP4 movies and photos are saved as files in folders. The folder names appear in a format such as
"101_1025." The first three digits indicate the folder number and the last four digits indicate the
month and day (October 25, for the example folder above).
During playback:
! Jump to the beginning of the scene. Double-tap to jump to the previous scene.
" Jump to the beginning of the next scene.
# Pause the playback.
$ Fast playback* backward/forward.
% Display the volume controls (A 89).
& Stop the playback.
' Data code (A 81)
* Touch several times to increase the playback speed to approximately 5x → 15x → 60x
normal speed.
Adjusting the volume
1 During playback, touch the screen to display the playback controls.
2 Touch [Ó/ ].
3 Touch [Ø]/[Ô] or [Ù]/[Õ] to adjust the volume and then touch [K].
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Playing Back Video
During playback pause:
90
! Resume playback.
" Slow playback* backward/forward.
# Capture the displayed frame as a photo (A 91).
* Touch several times to increase the playback speed 1/8 → 1/4 the normal speed.
Displaying scene information
1 In either the AVCHD or MP4 movie index screen, touch [I].
2 Touch the desired scene.
• The scene information screen appears.
• If the optional GP-E2 GPS Receiver was attached to the camcorder during recording, GPS
information will also appear.
• Touch Ï/Ð to select the previous/next scene.
3 Touch [K] twice when finished.
IMPORTANT
• 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
[MENU] > s > [Data Code] setting. Note that available options depend on the type of
recording.
• 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.
Playing Back Video
Capturing Photos During Movie Playback
You can capture a photo while a movie is being played back.
1
2
3
4
Play back the scene from which you want to capture the photo.
Pause the playback at the point where you want to capture the photo.
Touch [PHOTO].
Touch [Ñ] to stop the playback.
•
•
•
•
The size of the captured photos will be 1920x1080.
The date of the photos will reflect the date and time of recording of the original scene.
Photos captured from a scene with a lot of fast movement may be blurred.
Photos will be recorded on the memory card selected for recording photos.
NOTES
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Deleting Scenes
Deleting Scenes
You can delete those scenes that you are not interested in keeping. Deleting scenes allows you also to
free up space on the memory card.
Operating modes:
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Deleting a Single Scene
1 Play back the scene you wish to delete (A 88).
2 Touch the screen to display the playback controls.
3 Open the [Delete] screen.
[Ý] > [FUNC.] > [Delete]
4 Touch [Yes].
• The scene is deleted.
5 Touch [OK].
Deleting Scenes from the Index Screen
1 Open the index screen (A 88).
• To delete all the scenes recorded on a specific date, drag your finger left/right until a scene you
want to delete appears.
2 Open the [Delete] screen.
[FUNC.] > [Delete]
3 Touch the desired option.
• When you touch [Select], perform the following procedure to select the individual scenes you
want to delete before touching [Yes].
4 Touch [Yes].
• Touch [Stop] to interrupt the operation while it is in progress. Some scenes may be deleted
nevertheless.
• The selected scenes are deleted.
5 Touch [OK].
To select individual scenes
1 Touch on the individual scenes you want to delete.
• A checkmark ! will appear on the scenes you touch. The total number of selected scenes will
appear next to the " icon.
• Touch a selected scene to remove the checkmark. To remove all checkmarks at once, touch
[Remove All] > [Yes].
2 After selecting all the desired scenes, touch [OK].
Deleting Scenes
Options
[date/folder name]
Delete all the scenes recorded on a particular date. For AVCHD movies, the date
will appear in the onscreen button. For MP4 movies, the folder name (A 89) will appear, with the last
four digits indicating the month and day.
[Select] Select individual scenes to delete.
[All Scenes] Delete all the scenes.
IMPORTANT
• Be careful when deleting recordings. Once deleted, scenes cannot be recovered.
• Save copies of important scenes before deleting them (A 102).
NOTES
• To delete all movies and make all recordable space available again you may prefer to initialize the
memory card (A 29).
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Dividing Scenes
Dividing Scenes
You can divide AVCHD scenes in order to leave out the best parts and later cut out the rest.
Operating modes:
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1 Play back the desired scene (A 88).
2 Pause the playback at the point where you want to divide the scene.
3 Open the screen for dividing scenes.
[FUNC.] > [Divide]
4 Bring the scene to a precise point, if necessary.
• The point at which the movie will be divided is indicated by the marker.
• Playback controls will appear on the screen (A 90). Use any special playback modes as
necessary to locate the desired point.
5 Divide the scene.
[μ Divide] > [Yes]
• The video from the division point to the end of the scene will appear as a new scene in the index
screen.
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.
• Scenes that are too short (less than 3 seconds) cannot be divided.
• Scenes cannot be divided within 1 second from the beginning or the end of the scene.
Trimming Scenes
Trimming Scenes
You can trim MP4 scenes by removing everything up to a certain point or everything after a certain
point.
Operating modes:
1 Play back the desired scene (A 88).
2 Pause the playback.
3 Open the screen for trimming scenes.
[FUNC.] > [Trim]
4 Bring the scene to a precise point, if necessary.
• The point at which the movie will be trimmed is indicated by the marker.
• Playback controls will appear on the screen (A 90). Use any special playback modes as
necessary to locate the desired point.
5 Trim the scene.
[Trim] > Select whether to trim before ([Trim Before Marker]) or after ([Trim After Marker]) the
marker > Select whether to save as a new scene ([Save as New]) or overwrite the existing scene
([Overwrite])
• If you chose to save the trimmed scene as a new scene, you can touch [Stop] to interrupt the
operation while it is in progress.
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Connecting to an External Monitor
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External Connections
External Connections
Connecting to an External Monitor
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When you connect the camcorder to an external monitor for playback, use the terminal on the
camcorder that matches the one you wish to use on the monitor. Then, select the video signal output
configuration. The camcorder will automatically switch between the AV OUT and HDMI OUT terminals
based on the external connection.
Operating modes:
Connection Diagram
We recommend that you power the camcorder from a power outlet using the compact power adapter.
AV OUT terminal
HDMI OUT
terminal
STV-250N
Stereo Video
Cable (optional)
VIDEO IN/
AUDIO IN
HTC-100 High
Speed HDMI
Cable (optional)
HDMI IN
Connecting to an External Monitor
Using the HDMI OUT Terminal
The HDMITM OUT terminal also offers a digital connection and outputs both a video and audio signal.
If you select [k Automatic], the output signal will automatically switch to HD or SD depending on the
capability of the external monitor. In
mode, the audio output signal will be 2-channel linear PCM
audio (16-bit, 48 kHz sampling).
1 Open the [HDMI Output] screen.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > [HDMI Output]
• Touching [FUNC.] is necessary only when performing the procedure in
mode.
2 Touch the desired option and then touch [X].
NOTES
• In
mode, you can use the [FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > [HDMI Time Code] setting to
include the time code in the signal output from the HDMI OUT terminal.
• 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.
• There will be no video output from the AV OUT terminal while an external monitor is connected to
the HDMI OUT terminal.
• Correct operation cannot be guaranteed when connecting the camcorder to DVI monitors.
• Video may not be output correctly depending on the monitor. In such case, use another terminal.
• If you selected an option other than [k Automatic] and the connected monitor is not compatible
with the signal output from the camcorder, then HDMI output will stop.
• You can use the [FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > [Output Onscreen Displays] setting to select
whether onscreen displays are embedded in the output video signal.
Using the AV OUT Terminal
The AV OUT terminal outputs a down-converted analog video signal and audio signal for connection
to monitors with a composite audio/video input.
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Audio Output
Audio Output
The camcorder can output audio from the HDMI OUT terminal, AV OUT terminal or × (headphone)
terminal.
Synchronizing the Video with the Audio being Monitored
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When audio is output from the AV OUT terminal or × (headphone) terminal, you can choose to
synchronize the audio signal with the video signal or have the camcorder output the audio in real time.
When the audio is output in real time, there will be a slight delay. Regardless of the setting, however,
the audio and video signals recorded will be synchronized.
1 Open the [Monitor Delay] submenu.
[FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > [Monitor Delay]
• Touching [FUNC.] is necessary only when performing the procedure in
2 Touch the desired option and then touch [X].
Options ( Default value)
[Þ Line Out] Synchronizes the audio and video signals.
[h Normal] Allows you to monitor the audio in real time.
mode.
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Photos
Viewing Photos
Photos
Viewing Photos
Operating modes:
1 Set the power switch to MEDIA.
• The AVCHD or MP4 movie index screen will appear.
2 Open the photo index screen.
[6 ·] > Tab of the desired memory card (6 or 7) >
[} Photos]
3 Look for the photo you want to play back.
! Index screen button. Displays the currently selected memory card. Press to change
the index screen.
" Drag your finger left/right for the next/previous index page*.
# Display the next/previous index page.
$ Folder name (A 89).
* 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.
• If the optional GP-E2 GPS Receiver was attached to the camcorder during recording, GPS
information will also appear.
To return to the index screen from single photo view
1 Touch the screen to display the playback controls.
2 Touch [f].
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Viewing Photos
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 Touch [h].
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3 Drag your finger left and right along the scroll bar and then touch [K].
IMPORTANT
• The following image files may not be displayed correctly.
- Images not recorded with this camcorder.
- Images edited on a computer.
- Images whose file names have been changed.
Deleting Photos
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 Open the [Delete] screen.
[FUNC.] > [Delete]
4 Touch [
Proceed] and then touch [Yes].
• The photo is deleted.
5 Drag your finger left/right to select another photo to delete or touch [X].
Deleting Photos from the Index Screen
1 Open the photo index screen.
2 Open the [Delete] screen.
[FUNC.] > [Delete]
3 Touch the desired option and then touch [Yes].
• 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.
4 Touch [OK].
To select individual photos
1 Touch on the individual photos you want to delete.
• A checkmark ! will appear on the photos you touch. The total number of selected photos will
appear next to the " icon.
• Touch a selected photo to remove the checkmark. To remove all checkmarks at once, touch
[Remove All] > [Yes].
2 After selecting all the desired photos, touch [OK].
Options
[folder name]
Delete all the photos taken on a particular date. The folder name (A 89) will appear in
the onscreen button, with the last four digits indicating the month and day.
[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 cannot be deleted with this camcorder.
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Saving Movies to a Computer
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Saving/Sharing Recordings
Saving/Sharing Recordings
Saving Movies to a Computer
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You can use the software Data Import Utility to save your AVCHD and MP4 scenes to a computer.
With the software, you can do the following.
- Save scenes to a computer (all scenes/new scenes only).
- Join relay scenes (either AVCHD or MP4 format) that were saved on separate memory cards
(A 38) and save them as a single scene.
- Join multiple video stream files of a single scene (either AVCHD or MP4 format) split because of
the 4 GB maximum file size restriction and save them as a single scene.
Access PIXELA's website below to download the software and to check the latest information.
http://www.pixela.co.jp/oem/canon/e/index_c.html
Check the Data Import Utility Software Guide1 for details on features, system requirements, installation
and how to use the software.
1
The software guide is a PDF file in the [\Manual] folder of the downloaded compressed file that contains
the software.
IMPORTANT
• Before saving scenes to your computer with Data Import Utility using a memory card reader or your
computer’s memory card slot, do not access or manipulate the files on the memory card with other
software. Failing to do so may result in not being able to save the files to your computer.
• When the camcorder is connected to a computer:
- Do not open the double memory card slot cover.
- Do not change or delete any of the camcorder’s folders or files directly from the computer as this
may result in permanent data loss.
- Do not set the computer in Sleep or Hibernate mode (Windows) and do not activate the Sleep
function (macOS).
• If you wish to use the recordings on your computer, make copies of them first. Use the copied files,
retaining the originals.
Saving Movies to a Computer
Transferring Movies to the Computer
After you install the software Data Import Utility, you can save movies to your computer.
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IFC-400PCU USB
Cable (optional)
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Camcorder: Power the camcorder using the compact power adapter.
Camcorder: Set the power switch to MEDIA.
Camcorder: Open the desired movie index screen (A 88).
Connect the camcorder to the computer using the optional IFC-400PCU USB Cable.
Camcorder: Touch [All (for PC only)].
Computer: Click the
icon on the desktop to start Data Import Utility.
Computer: Use Data Import Utility to save the movies onto the computer.
• Follow the onscreen instructions and refer to the Data Import Utility Software Guide (PDF file).
Copying Recordings Between Memory Cards
Copying Recordings Between Memory Cards
You can copy recordings from one memory card to the other.
Copying Scenes from the Movie Index Screen
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Operating modes:
1 Open the desired movie index screen (A 88).
• To copy all the scenes recorded on a specific date, drag your finger left/right until a scene you
want to copy appears.
2 Open the screen to copy scenes.
[FUNC.] > [Copy (6'7)] or [Copy (7'6)]
3 Touch the desired option and then touch [Yes].
• 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.
4 Touch [OK].
To select individual scenes
1 Touch on the individual scenes you want to copy.
• A checkmark ! will appear on the scenes you touch. The total number of selected scenes will
appear next to the " icon.
• Touch a selected scene to remove the checkmark. To remove all checkmarks at once, touch
[Remove All] > [Yes].
2 After selecting all the desired scenes, touch [OK].
Options
[date/folder name]
Copy all the scenes recorded on a particular date. For AVCHD movies, the date
will appear in the onscreen button. For MP4 movies, the folder name (A 89) will appear in the
onscreen button, with the last four digits indicating the month and day.
[Select] Select individual scenes to copy.
[All Scenes] Copy all the scenes.
Copying a Single Photo
Operating modes:
1 In single photo view, select the photo you want to copy.
2 Touch the screen to display the playback controls.
3 Open the screen to copy photos.
[FUNC.] > [Copy (6'7)] or [Copy (7'6)]
4 Touch [¨ Proceed] and then touch [Yes].
• The photo is copied.
5 Drag your finger left/right to select another photo to copy or touch [X].
Copying Recordings Between Memory Cards
Copying Photos from the Index Screen
Operating modes:
1 Open the desired photo index screen (A 99).
2 Open the screen to copy photos.
[FUNC.] > [Copy (6'7)] or [Copy (7'6)]
3 Touch the desired option and then touch [Yes].
• 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.
• The selected photos are copied.
4 Touch [OK].
To select individual photos
1 Touch on the individual photos you want to copy.
• A checkmark ! will appear on the photos you touch. The total number of selected photos will
appear next to the " icon.
• Touch a selected photo to remove the checkmark. To remove all checkmarks at once, touch
[Remove All] > [Yes].
2 After selecting all the desired photos, touch [OK].
Options
[folder name]
Copy all the photos taken on a particular date. The folder name (A 89) will appear in
the onscreen button, with the last four digits indicating the month and day.
[Select] Select individual photos to copy.
[All Photos] Copy all the photos.
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 the memory card is set to prevent writing.
- If a file number (A 114) cannot be created because the number of folders and files in the
memory card has reached its maximum.
• If there is not enough space on the memory card, as many photos as possible will be copied before
stopping the operation.
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Converting Movies to MP4 Format
Converting Movies to MP4 Format
You can convert AVCHD movies into MP4 movies or even convert (resize) MP4 movies into smaller
MP4 movies. This is convenient, for example, when you want to upload the MP4 movies to the Web.
When you convert movies on one memory card, they will be saved to the other memory card. While
converting movies, the camcorder can add a cinema-look filter to the converted movie.
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Operating modes:
1 Open the desired movie index screen (A 88).
2 Open the screen to convert scenes.
[FUNC.] > [Convert to MP4 (6'7)] or [Convert to MP4 (7'6)] > Desired video quality
(resolution and bit rate) of converted movies*
* Before selecting the video quality, you can touch [Join Scenes] to join the converted movies into one
movie.
• When converting movies with a frame rate of 23.98P, the converted MP4 movie will also have a
frame rate of 23.98P. When converting movies with other frame rates, the converted MP4 movie
will have a frame rate of 29.97P.
3 Touch the individual scenes you want to convert.
• A checkmark ! will appear on the scenes you touch. The total number of selected scenes will
appear next to the " icon.
• Touch a selected scene to remove the checkmark. To remove all checkmarks at once, touch
[Remove All] > [Yes].
4 After selecting all the desired scenes, touch [OK] and then touch [Next].
• To add a cinema-look filter (A 42): Touch [FILTER 1] and then select the desired filter. Touch the
button again to deactivate the filter.
5 Touch [START] to convert the scene.
• Touch [STOP] to interrupt the operation while it is in progress.
6 Touch [OK].
Recording mode before conversion
Video quality options
AVCHD
MP4
28 Mbps LPCM (59.94P),
28 Mbps (59.94P)
35 Mbps (59.94P),
8 Mbps (59.94P)
Cannot be converted
24 Mbps LPCM, 17 Mbps, 5 Mbps
24 Mbps, 17 Mbps
24 Mbps, 17 Mbps, 4 Mbps, 3 Mbps
–
4 Mbps
4 Mbps, 3 Mbps
–
3 Mbps
3 Mbps
NOTES
• Scenes with a frame rate of 23.98P can be joined only with other scenes with a frame rate of
23.98P. They cannot be joined with scenes with other frame rates.
• While converting movies, video and audio signals will not be output from the camcorder's terminals.
• When you add a cinema-look filter while converting the movie, the effect may differ from when
recording a movie.
Copying Recordings to an External Video Recorder
Copying Recordings to an External Video Recorder
Operating modes:
In High Definition
Connect the camcorder to Blu-ray Disc recorders and other AVCHD-compatible digital video
recorders using the optional IFC-400PCU USB Cable to make 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 desired AVCHD movie index screen (A 88).
3 Connect the camcorder to the digital video recorder using the USB cable.
4 Select the memory card that contains the scenes you want to copy.
• Select an option other than [All (for PC only)].
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 digital video recorder with analog audio/
video inputs. Video output will be in standard definition, although the original scenes may be in high
definition.
Connecting
Connect the camcorder to the digital video recorder using the optional STV-250N Stereo Video Cable.
Refer to Connection Diagram (A 96).
Recording
1 Camcorder: Power the camcorder using the compact power adapter.
2 External recorder: Load a blank cassette or disc and set the recorder to record standby
mode.
3 Camcorder: Open the desired movie index screen (A 88).
4 Camcorder: Locate the scene you wish to copy and pause the playback just before the
desired scene.
5 Camcorder: Resume playback.
• By default, the data code will be embedded in the output video signal. You can change this using
the [MENU] > s > [Data Code] setting.
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Copying Recordings to an External Video Recorder
6 External recorder: Start recording when the scene you wish to copy appears; stop
recording when it ends.
7 Camcorder: Stop playback.
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Additional Information
Appendix: Menu Options Lists
Additional 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 (A 26). 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. Menu
FUNC. Menu -
Mode
Onscreen button
Setting options/Function
AUTO
n
CINEMA
A
[MENU]
Open the setup menus
z
z
z
27
[Rec. Programs]
[’ Programmed AE], [‚ Shutter-Pri. AE],
[“ Aperture-Pri. AE], [n Manual Exposure]
–
z
z
55,
57
[ú Portrait], [û Sports], [ü Night Scene], [ý Snow],
[L Beach], [ÿ Sunset], [Œ Low Light], [œ Spotlight],
[P Fireworks]
–
z
–
62
[° BLC Always On] [ON], [OFF]
–
z
z
59
[Ä White Balance]
[Ã Automatic], [¼ Daylight], [½ Shade], [¾ Cloudy],
[¿ Fluorescent], [À Fluorescent H], [É Tungsten],
[Â Color Temperature], [Æ Set 1], [Ç Set 2]
–
z
z
60
[x AGC Limit]
[m] (automatic), [n] (manual)
–
z
z
54
[< Focus]
Touch AF frame; [D] (manual focus): Toggle on or off;
[O] (peaking): Toggle on or off; [w] (settings):
[Peaking and B&W], [Peaking Color]
When [D] is on - [SET] (focus preset)
When [SET] is on - [ON] (return to preset focus position)
–
z
z
44
[y Exposure]
Touch AE frame; [n] (exposure compensation): Toggle on or
off, [w] (settings): [AE Lock (Touch)], [Zebra Pattern];
[z] or [{] (zebra pattern): Toggle on or off
–
z
z
58
[— Audio
Scene]1, 2
[‘ Standard], [’ Music], [‚ Speech],
[“ Forest and Birds], [” Noise Suppression]
z
z
z
71
[„ Custom Setting]
–
z
z
[ä Mic Level]1
[m] (automatic), [n] (manual)
When [m] is on - [Audio Level Indicator]: Toggle on or off
–
z
z
73
[ZOOM]2
Zoom controls, [START]/[STOP] control (for movies)
z
z
z
51
[PHOTO] control (for photos)
z
z
–
[Ä Dynamic], [Å Standard], [Ì Off]
–
z
z
[Image Stabilizer]
53
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Setting options/Function
AUTO
n
CINEMA
A
[ON], [OFF]
When [ON] is selected [Looks]: [Standard], [Highlight Priority], [Wide DR]
[Color Depth], [Sharpness], [Contrast], [Brightness]: –2 to +2
(±0)
–
z
–
64
Onscreen button
[Image Effects]
110
1
2
Option available only for recording movies.
The setting is maintained when the camcorder is switched from
(Except for [„ Custom Setting] under [— Audio Scene].)
FUNC. Menu -
or
mode to
mode.
Mode (Movies)
Movie Index Screen
Playback Pause
A
<date/folder name>, [Select],
[All Scenes]
–
104
Conversion quality settings,
[Join Scenes]
–
106
[Delete]
<date/folder name>, [Select],
[All Scenes]
[This Scene]
92
[Divide]
–
z
94
[Trim]
–
z
95
Photo Index Screen
Single Photo View
A
<folder name>, [Select],
[All Photos]
z
104
Onscreen button
[Copy (6'7)]
[Copy (7'6)]
[Convert to MP4 (6'7)]
[Convert to MP4 (7'6)]
FUNC. Menu -
Mode (Photos)
Onscreen button
[Copy (6'7)]
[Copy (7'6)]
[Delete]
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Setup Menus
p Camera Setup
Menu item
Setting options
A
[Digital Zoom]
[j Off], [s 400x], [f Digital Tele-conv.]
–
[Soft Zoom Control]
[j Off], [¬ Start], [® Stop], [¯ Start & Stop]
51
[Zoom Speed Level]
[Z Fast], [[ Normal], [] Slow]
50
[Zoom Rocker Zoom Speed] [Y] (variable speed), [X] (constant speed)
When [X]: 1-16 (8)
50
[High-Speed Zoom]
[i On], [j Off]
51
[AF Mode]
[= Instant AF], [? Medium AF], [@ Normal AF]
46
[Focus Assistance]
[i On], [j Off]
–
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Menu item
A
Setting options
[Face Detection & Tracking] [i On }], [j Off]
47
[Auto Backlight Correction]
[i On], [j Off]
–
[Auto Slow Shutter]
[i On], [j Off]
–
[Flicker Reduction]
[j Off], [k Automatic]
–
[ND Filter]
[k Automatic], [j Off]
–
[Conversion Lens]
[¾ TL-H58], [¿ WA-H58], [j Off]
–
[Intelligent IS]
[È With È], [
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[Onscreen Markers]
[j Off], [4 Level (Gray)], [
[
Grid (Black)]
[Microphone Attenuator]
[k Automatic], [i On å]
[Built-in Mic Wind Screen]
[H Auto (High)], [L Auto (Low)
[Built-in Mic Freq.
Response]
[h Normal], [ç Boost LF Range], [è Low Cut Filter],
[é Boost MF Range], [ê Boost HF+LF Range]
74
[Built-in Mic Directionality]
[í Monaural], [h Normal], [î Wide], [ï Zoom]
74
[MIC Low Cut]
[i On], [j Off]
76
[MIC Terminal Input]
[Þ External Audio], [ß Microphone]
71
[Audio Mix]
[j Off], [i On]
When [i On] is selected: [INT]
[Internal Microphone]/[MIC Terminal Input]
[Surround Mic
Directionality]*
Without È]
Level (Black)], [6 Grid (Gray)],
–
75
], [j Off à]
75
76
[EXT],
[ò Surround], [ó Zoom], [ô Shotgun]
–
* 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.
[Digital Zoom]: Determines the operation of the digital zoom.
• When you zoom, once you exceed the optical zoom range, the camcorder will automatically switch
to digital zoom.
• With the digital zoom the image is digitally processed, so the image resolution will deteriorate the
more you zoom in.
• Digital zoom is available only for movies.
[Focus Assistance]: When focus assistance is activated, the image at the center of the screen is
magnified to help you focus manually (A 44).
• Using focus assistance will not affect the recordings. It will be cancelled automatically after
4 seconds or when you start recording.
• Focus assistance is available only for movies.
[Auto Backlight Correction]: When set to [i On], the camcorder will automatically detect and
compensate the exposure for backlit subjects. This is useful in situations in which the subject is not
constantly backlit.
• When [FUNC.] > [Image Effects] > [Looks] is set to [Wide DR] or [Highlight Priority], this setting is
not available.
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[Auto Slow Shutter]: The camcorder automatically uses slow shutter speeds to obtain brighter
recordings in places with insufficient lighting.
• Minimum shutter speed used: 1/30; 1/15 when the frame rate is set to PF29.97 or 29.97P; 1/12
when the frame rate is set to 23.98P.
• The auto slow shutter can be activated only during
mode, when the recording program is set
to [’ Programmed AE].
• If a trailing afterimage appears, set the slow shutter to [j Off].
• If > (camcorder shake warning) appears, we recommend stabilizing the camcorder, for example,
by mounting it on a tripod.
[Flicker Reduction]: When set to [k Automatic], the camcorder will automatically detect and reduce
flicker.
• When recording under light sources such as fluorescent, mercury or halogen lamps, the screen may
flicker depending on the shutter speed. You may be able to avoid flicker by setting the shutter speed
mode to a value matching the frequency of the local electrical system: 1/100 for 50 Hz systems,
1/60 for 60 Hz systems.
[ND Filter]: Available in any recording program other than the Special Scene recording programs. When
set to [k Automatic], ND filter settings will be available when the aperture value is F4.0.
[Conversion Lens]: When you attach to the camcorder the optional TL-H58 Tele-converter or WA-H58
Wide Attachment, set the appropriate conversion lens setting. The camcorder will then optimize the
image stabilization and adjust the minimum object distance. The minimum object distance throughout
the entire zoom range will be 130 cm (4 ft. 3 in.) for the Tele-converter and about 60 cm (2 ft.) for the
Wide Attachment. When you select [¿ WA-H58] and you zoom in, the zoom position marker will
stop before reaching the end of the zoom bar.
• This Wide Attachment decreases the focal length by a factor of 0.75.
• When you select a setting other than [j Off], the AF mode is automatically set to [@ Normal
AF].
• The approximate subject distance displayed on the screen will change depending on the setting. If
you are not using an optional lens, select [j Off].
[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.
[Surround Mic Directionality]: Sets the directionality mode of the optional SM-V1 Surround Microphone.
[ò Surround]: Records 5.1ch surround sound.
[ó Zoom]: Records 5.1ch sound. 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.
[ô Shotgun]: Records 5.1ch sound. This is a highly directional setting that is most sensitive to
sound coming directly from the front of the camcorder/microphone.
Appendix: Menu Options Lists
s/
Playback Setup
Menu item
[Data Code]
[TV Type]
Setting options
y
}
For AVCHD movies and photos:
[j Off], [% Date], [& Time], [' Date and Time],
[( Camera Data]
For MP4 movies:
[j Off], [% Date]
z
z
[+ 4:3 TV], [, Wide TV]
z
A
–
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z
–
[Data Code]: Displays the date and/or time when the scene or photo was recorded.
[( 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 optional 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.
[+ 4:3 TV]: TV sets with 4:3 aspect ratio.
[, Wide TV]: TV sets with 16:9 aspect ratio.
• When the TV type is set to [+ 4:3 TV], during the playback of video originally recorded with an
aspect ratio of 16:9, the picture will not be displayed fullscreen.
Recording Setup
Menu item
Setting options
y
}
A
[Movie Format]
[· AVCHD], [¸ MP4]
z
–
–
31
[Recording
Mode]
For AVCHD movies:
[28 Mbps LPCM (59.94P)], [28 Mbps (59.94P)],
[24 Mbps LPCM], [24 Mbps], [17 Mbps], [5 Mbps]
For MP4 movies:
[35 Mbps (59.94P)], [24 Mbps], [17 Mbps],
[8 Mbps (59.94P)], [4 Mbps], [3 Mbps]
z
–
–
37
[Recording
Media]
[v Rec Media for Movies]:
[6 Mem. Card A], [7 Mem. Card B]
z
–
–
30
[{ Rec Media for Photos]:
[6 Mem. Card A], [7 Mem. Card B]
z
z
z
[Dual/Relay
Recording]
[Standard Recording], [Dual Recording], [Relay Recording]
z
–
–
38
[Frame Rate]
For AVCHD movies:
[
59.94i], [
For MP4 movies:
[
29.97P], [
z
–
–
39
PF29.97], [
23.98P]
23.98P]
Appendix: Menu Options Lists
Menu item
Setting options
y
}
A
[Slow & Fast
Motion]
When the frame rate is 59.94P:
[OFF], [x2], [x2.5]
When the frame rate is 29.97P:
[OFF], [x0.5], [x1.25], [x2], [x4], [x10], [x20], [x60], [x120],
[x1200]
When the frame rate is 23.98P:
[OFF], [x0.4], [x0.8]
z
–
–
40
[Video Snapshot
Length]
[C 2 sec], [D 4 sec], [F 8 sec]
z
–
–
79
[Time Code
Mode]
[
Preset], [
z
–
–
66
[Time Code
Running Mode]
[
Rec Run], [
z
–
–
66
[DF/NDF]
[
z
–
–
67
[Initial Time
Code]
00:00:00.00 to 23:59:59.29 [Reset]
z
–
–
66
[User Bit Output
Mode]
[
Fixed], [
Pulldown]
z
–
–
114
[User Bit Type]
[
Setting], [
Time], [
Date]
z
–
–
68
[Color Bars]
[j Off], [
ARIB]
z
–
–
78
[1 kHz Tone]
[ü -12 dB], [þ -18 dB], [ÿ -20 dB], [j Off]
z
–
–
78
z
z
z
–
114
DF], [
Regen.]
Free Run]
NDF]
SMPTE], [
[File Numbering] [m Reset], [n Continuous]
[Available Space
in Memory]
[6], [7]
z
–
–
–
[Used Space in
Memory]
[6], [7]
–
z
z
–
[Initialize 8]
[6 Mem. Card A], [7 Mem. Card B]
z
z
z
29
[File Numbering]: MP4 movies and photos are saved as files in folders. You can select the file
numbering method for those files. File numbers appear on screens in playback mode in a format such
as "101-0107". The first three digits indicate the folder number and the last four digits are different for
each file in a folder.
[m Reset]: File numbers will restart from 100-0001 every time you record on a memory card that has
been initialized.
[n Continuous]: File numbers will continue from the number following that of the last file recorded
with the camcorder.
• If the memory card you insert already contains a file with a larger number, a new file will be assigned
a number one higher than that of the last file on the memory card.
• We recommend using the [n Continuous] setting.
• When you use a computer to view the contents of a memory card with MP4 movies or photos, an
MP4 movie with a file number of "100-0107" recorded on October 25th will be saved in the
"DCIM\100_1025" folder as the file "MVI_0107.MP4"; a photo with the same file number will be
saved in the same folder as the file "IMG_0107.JPG".
Appendix: Menu Options Lists
• Folders can contain up to 500 files (MP4 movies and photos combined) and a new folder is created
every time a folder exceeds this number.
• The first three digits of the file number range from 100 to 999 and the last four digits range from
0001 to 9999. File numbers are automatically assigned consecutive numbers.
[Available Space in Memory]/[Used Space in Memory]: Displays a screen where you can verify how much
of the memory card is currently available for recording or how much is in use (« total recording time
and ª total number of photos).
• Estimated figures about available movie recording time and available number of photos are
approximate and based on the recording mode currently in use and a photo size of 1920x1080.
• You can also check the memory card's Speed Class.
q System Setup
Menu item
Setting options
y
}
A
[
], [Dansk], [Deutsch], [
], [English], [Español],
[Français], [Italiano], [Magyar], [Melayu], [Nederlands], [Norsk],
[Polski], [Português], [
], [Suomi], [Svenska], [Türkçe],
[
], [
], [
], [
], [
],
[
], [
], [
], [
]
z
z
z
25
[Time Zone/DST]
["] (home time zone) or [#] (travel time zone):
[New York], list of world time zones
[$] (DST adjustment): Toggle on or off
z
z
z
25
[Date/Time]
[Date/Time]: –
[Date Format]: [Y.M.D], [M.D,Y], [D.M.Y]
(Y- year, M- month, D- day)
[24H]: Toggle on (24-hour clock) or off (12-hour clock)
z
z
z
24
[ View
Assistance]
[i On], [j Off]
z
z
–
89
z
z
z
–
z
z
z
–
[LCD Mirror Image] [i On], [j Off]
z
–
–
–
[Viewfinder
Backlight]
[H Bright], [M Normal]
z
z
z
–
[Headphone
Volume]
Ô
Õ, Ö
z
z
z
77
Ù, Ú
–
z
z
89
[Language
]
[LCD Brightness]
[LCD Backlight]
[Speaker Volume]
[H Bright], [M Normal], [L Dim]
0-15 (8)
Ø
0-15 (8)
[Notification
Sounds]
[÷ High Volume], [ø Low Volume], [j Off]
z
z
z
–
[Monitor Delay]
[Þ Line Out], [h Normal]
z
–
–
77
[CUSTOM Dial &
Button]
[” Tv/Av], [l Manual Exposure], [x AGC Limit],
[y Exposure], [j Off]
z
–
–
84
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Menu item
Setting options
y
}
A
[Assign Button 1]
to
[Assign Button 5]*
[È Powered IS], [° BLC Always On], [~ Face Only AF],
[¦ Video Snapshot], [Ä WB Priority], [z Pre REC],
[
AF/MF], [
Rec Review], [
Rec. Programs],
[
BLC Always On], [
White Balance],
[
AGC Limit], [
Focus], [
Exposure],
[
Audio Scene], [
Mic Level], [
Zoom],
[
Image Stabilizer], [
Image Effects], [j Off]
z
–
–
85
[Powered IS
Button]
[Î Press and Hold], [Ï Toggle On/Off]
z
–
–
–
[Set WB Priority]
[Ã Automatic], [¼ Daylight], [½ Shade], [¾ Cloudy],
[¿ Fluorescent], [À Fluorescent H], [É Tungsten],
[
Color Temperature], [Æ Set 1], [Ç Set 2]
z
–
–
–
[Focus Ring
Direction]
[h Normal], [X Reverse]
z
–
–
–
[Focus Ring
Response]
[Z Fast], [[ Normal], [] Slow]
z
–
–
–
[Focus Preset
Speed]
[Z Fast], [[ Normal], [] Slow]
z
–
–
–
[Auto Power Off]
[i On], [j Off]
z
z
z
–
z
z
z
–
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[Battery Info]
–
[Rec Command]
[i On], [j Off]
[HDMI Output]
[k Automatic], [
[¿ 1080i], [
[HDMI Time Code]
[i On], [j Off]
480i], [
1080P]
480P], [
720P],
z
–
–
35
z
z
z
97
z
–
–
–
z
z
z
–
[Output Onscreen
Displays]
[i On], [j Off]
z
z
z
–
[Distance Units]
[. meters], [/ feet]
z
z
z
–
[Backup Menu
Settings 7]
[Save], [Load]
z
–
–
87
[GPS Auto Time
Setting]**
[Disable], [Auto Update]
z
–
–
–
[HDMI Status]
–
[GPS Information
Display]**
–
z
–
–
–
[Certification Logo
Display]
–
z
z
z
–
z
–
–
–
z
–
–
–
z
z
z
–
[Demo Mode]
[i On], [j Off]
[Firmware]
[Reset All]
–
[No], [Yes]
* The default settings are as follows. [Assign Button 1]: [
AF/MF], [Assign Button 2]: [z PRE REC],
[Assign Button 3]: [j Off], [Assign Button 4]: [j Off], [Assign Button 5]: [
Rec Review].
** Option available only when the optional GP-E2 GPS Receiver is attached to the camcorder.
Appendix: Menu Options Lists
[LCD Brightness]: Adjusts the brightness of the LCD screen.
• 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 Backlight]/[Viewfinder Backlight]: Sets the screen to one of three brightness levels (for the LCD
screen) or two brightness levels (for the viewfinder).
• Changing the brightness of the screen does not affect the brightness of your recordings or the
brightness of the playback image on a TV.
• Using the [H Bright] setting will shorten the effective usage time of the battery pack.
[LCD Mirror Image]: When this setting is set to [i On], this function reverses the image on the screen
horizontally when you rotate the LCD panel 180 degrees toward the subject. In other words, the
screen will show a mirror image of the subject.
[Notification Sounds]: A beep will accompany some of the camcorder's operations.
• While pre-recording (A 80) is activated, the camcorder will not emit any notification sounds.
[Powered IS Button]: Determines the operation mode of the assignable button set to [È Powered IS]
(A 53).
[Î Press and Hold]: Powered IS will be activated while you hold the button pressed down.
[Ï Toggle On/Off]: Each press of the button will turn the Powered IS function on and off.
[Set WB Priority]: Convenient for times when you need to use a particular white balance setting
frequently. You can press an assignable button set to [Ä WB Priority] to switch between the current
white balance and the white balance setting selected for [Set WB Priority].
[Focus Ring Direction]: Changes the direction the focus/zoom ring needs to be turned. This setting
affects the focus/zoom ring only when using it to adjust the focus (when the focus/zoom ring switch is
set to FOCUS).
[Focus Ring Response]: Selects the sensitivity of the response when operating the focus/zoom ring.
This setting affects the focus/zoom ring only when using it to adjust the focus (when the focus/zoom
ring switch is set to FOCUS).
[Focus Preset Speed]: Determines the speed at which the focus changes to the preset position.
[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.
[Battery Info]: When you are using a battery pack that is compatible with Intelligent System, this option
displays a screen where you can verify the battery charge (as a percentage) and the remaining
recording time (
mode) or playback time (
mode).
• If the battery pack is exhausted, the battery information may not be displayed.
[HDMI Time Code]: When set to [i On], the HDMI signal output from the camcorder includes the
camcorder's time code.
[HDMI Status]: Displays a screen where you can verify the standard of the output signal from the HDMI
OUT terminal.
[Output Onscreen Displays]: When set to [i On], the camcorder’s onscreen displays will appear also
on the screen of a TV or monitor connected to the camcorder.
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[Distance Units]: Selects the units to use for the focusing distance display while focusing manually. This
setting also affects units for GPS information when using the optional GP-E2 GPS Receiver.
[GPS Auto Time Setting]: When the optional GP-E2 GPS Receiver is attached to the camcorder, you
can have the camcorder automatically set the [Date/Time] setting based on the information acquired
from GPS. For more details, refer to Setting Time from GPS on the Camera in the receiver's instruction
manual.
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[GPS Information Display]: When the optional GP-E2 GPS Receiver is attached to the camcorder, this
function allows you to view GPS information. For more details, refer to Viewing GPS Information in the
receiver's instruction manual.
[Certification Logo Display]: This displays select certification logos that apply to this camcorder.
• This setting may not be available depending on the country/region of purchase.
[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.
[Reset All]: Resets all of the camcorder's settings.
Appendix: Onscreen Icons and Displays
Appendix: Onscreen Icons and Displays
Recording
Onscreen markers (A111)
mode
119
Face detection frame (A47)
Tracking (A47)
Left side of the screen
Icon/Display
Description
ó
Smart AUTO (A 33)
’, ‚, “, n, H,
I, J, K, L, M,
N, O, P
Recording program (A 55, 57, 62)
F00.0
Aperture value (A 55)
ND1/0
ND filter (A 112)
y
Exposure compensation (A 58)
1/0000
Shutter speed (A 55)
00dB
AGC limit (A 54)/Gain (A 58)
=, ?, @, A
Focus (A 44)
}, ~
Face detection & tracking (A 47)
Ã, ¼, ½, ¾, ¿,
À, É, È, Æ, Ç
White balance (A 60)
b
–
Image effects (A 64)
[Highlight Priority] look
°
Backlight correction (A 59)
O, N
Peaking (A 45)
z, {
Zebra pattern (A 58)
GPS active (A 82)
Only when the optional GP-E2 GPS Receiver is attached to the camcorder.
f
Digital tele-converter (A 52)
REC`, STBY`
Recording command (A 35)
Appendix: Onscreen Icons and Displays
Top of the screen
Icon/Display
120
Description
[FUNC.]
Opens the FUNC. menu (A 26).
[PHOTO]
Takes a photo (A 32).
0:00:00.00, 0:00:00:00
Time code (A 66)
Ñ, Ü
Recording operation (A 32)
Ñ Record standby, Ü Recording
C, D, F
Video snapshot length (A 79)
z
Pre-recording mode (A 80)
Ä, Å, Æ
Image stabilizer (A 53)
,
,
(in red)
,
,
Remaining battery charge (A 122)
Right side of the screen
Icon/Display
Description
6 /7 0h00m
Remaining recording time
6 /7 END (in red)
No more free space on the memory card.
/
0h00m
Relay recording (A 38)
¼, ½, ¸,
», º
Frame rate (A 39)
00Mbps
Recording mode (A 37)
·, ¸
Movie format (A 31)
/
x0000.00
Slow & fast motion recording mode (A 40)
å
Microphone attenuator (A 75)
ë, à
Wind screen (A 75)
’, ‚, “, ”, „
Audio scenes (A 71)
ò, ó, ô
Optional surround microphone (A 70)
Þ
MIC terminal input (A 76)
Audio recording level (A 73)
¬, ®
Start/stop recording (A 32, 34)
Appears on the zooming screen.
Appendix: Onscreen Icons and Displays
Bottom of the screen
Icon/Display
Description
[PHOTO]
Takes a photo (A 32).
[FILTER 1]
Cinema-look filters (A 42)
¾, ¿
Conversion lens (A 111)
º
Mini advanced shoe (A 69)
LPCM
Linear PCM audio (A 37)
121
Playback
Movies
Photos
Top of the screen
Icon/Display
Description
[MENU]
Opens the setup menus (A 110).
[FUNC.]
Opens the FUNC. menu (A 26).
Ð, Ý
Playback operation
Ð: Playback, Ý: Playback pause
LPCM
Linear PCM audio (A 37)
6 /7
Memory card in use.
0:00:00.00, 0:00:00:00
Time code (A 66)
000/000
Current photo / Total number of photos
/
x0000.00
Slow & fast motion recording mode (A 40)
–
[Highlight Priority] look (A 64)
·, ¸
Movie format (A 31)
00Mbps
Recording mode (A 37)
000
Scene number
000-0000
File number (A 114)
Appendix: Onscreen Icons and Displays
Bottom of the screen
Icon/Display
Description
Ú, Ù, Ý, Ð,
Playback controls for movies (A 89)
Ñ, Ø, Ö, ×, Õ
[PHOTO]
122
Captures a photo from a movie (A 91).
Headphone/Speaker volume (A 89)
Ð, f, h
Playback controls for photos (A 99)
Time and date
F00.0
1/0000
Data code (A 81)
NOTES
• You can press the DISP. button to turn off most icons and displays.
Remaining battery time
• The icon shows a rough estimate of the remaining charge as a percentage of the full charge of
the battery pack. The remaining recording/playback time of the battery pack is displayed, in
minutes, next to the icon.
• When the battery charge becomes low,
will appear in yellow. When the battery pack is
exhausted,
will appear in red. Replace or charge the battery pack.
• 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 the BATT. INFO button 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.
Troubleshooting
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.
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CHECK THIS FIRST
Power supply
• Is the battery charged? Is the compact power adapter correctly connected to the camcorder?
(A 15)
Recording
• Did you turn the camcorder on and correctly set it to
correctly inserted into the camcorder? (A 29)
mode? (A 32) Is a memory card
Playback
• Did you turn the camcorder on and correctly set it to
mode? (A 88, 99) Is a memory card
correctly inserted into the camcorder? (A 29) 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
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.
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
(32 – 104 °F)). 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 (32 °F and
104 °F).
- The battery pack is faulty. Replace the battery pack.
- 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.
Troubleshooting
Recording
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Pressing the START/STOP button will not start recording.
- You cannot record while the camcorder is writing previous recordings onto a memory card
(while the ACCESS indicator is on or flashing). Wait until the camcorder has finished.
- The memory card is full or it already contains 3,999 scenes (the maximum number of scenes
for AVCHD movies). Delete some recordings (A 92, 101) or initialize the memory card (A 29)
to free some space.
- The file numbers have reached their maximum value. Insert a new memory card in to the
camcorder and set [FUNC.] > [MENU] >
> [File Numbering] to [Reset].
The point where the START/STOP button was pressed does not match the beginning/end of
the recording.
- There may be a slight interval between pressing the START/STOP button 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 (A 44).
- The lens or Instant AF sensor is dirty. Clean the lens or sensor with a soft lens-cleaning cloth
(A 136). 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 (Ü)/record standby (Ñ)/playback (Ð) takes
longer than usual.
- When the memory card contains a large number of scenes, some operations may take longer
than usual. Save your recordings (A 102) and initialize the memory card (A 29).
Movies or photos cannot be recorded properly.
- This may occur as movies and photos are recorded/deleted over time. Save your recordings
(A 102) and initialize the memory card (A 29).
Cannot record a photo while recording movies.
- You cannot take photos in
mode.
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.
Playback
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 card contains a large number of scenes, some operations may take longer
than usual. Save your recordings (A 102) and initialize the memory card (A 29).
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 card is full. Delete some recordings (A 92, 101) to free some space.
Troubleshooting
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.
Cannot mark individual scenes/photos in the index screen with a checkmark !
- 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.
6/7 lights up in red.
- The memory card is full. Delete some recordings (A 92, 101) to free some space or replace
the memory card.
/
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.
Even after stopping recording, the ACCESS indicator does not go off.
- The scene is being recorded on the memory card. This is not a malfunction.
The red POWER/CHG indicator flashes rapidly (one flash at 0.5-second intervals).
- The temperature of the battery pack is outside its operating range (approximately 0 – 40 °C
(32 – 104 °F)). 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 (32 °F and
104 °F).
- The battery pack is damaged. Use a different battery pack.
- Charging has stopped because the compact power adapter or the battery pack is faulty.
Consult a Canon Service Center.
Picture and Sound
The screen appears too dark.
- Adjust the brightness with the [FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > [LCD Brightness] or [LCD
Backlight] 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.
Video noise appears on screen.
- Keep a distance between the camcorder and devices that emit strong electromagnetic fields
(plasma TVs, cellular phones, etc.).
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Troubleshooting
Horizontal bands appear on the screen.
- This is a phenomenon typical of CMOS image sensors when recording under certain lighting
conditions. This is not a malfunction. You may be able to reduce the symptoms by setting
[FUNC.] > [MENU] > p > [Flicker Reduction] to [Automatic]. Alternatively, set the
shutter speed to a value matching the frequency of the local electrical system (1/100 for 50 Hz
systems, 1/60 for 60 Hz systems).
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Viewfinder picture is blurred.
- Adjust the viewfinder with the dioptric adjustment lever (A 18).
No picture appears on the viewfinder.
- Close the LCD panel and then pull out the viewfinder to activate it.
Audio cannot be recorded.
- When using a microphone connected to the MIC terminal, make sure the microphone is turned
on. Also, make sure its battery is not exhausted.
- The audio recording level is not set correctly (A 73).
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. Adjust the audio recording level
manually (A 73).
The picture is displayed correctly but there is no sound from the built-in speaker.
- Speaker volume is turned off. Adjust the volume (A 89).
- If the STV-250N Stereo Video Cable is connected to the camcorder, disconnect it.
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 (A 92, 101) to free some space or replace
the memory card.
- Initialize the memory card (A 29) when you use it with the camcorder for the first time.
- 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
(A 28).
- The folder and file numbers have reached their maximum value. Set [FUNC.] > [MENU] >
> [File Numbering] to [Reset] and insert a new memory card.
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.
Troubleshooting
The camcorder is connected using the optional HTC-100 High Speed HDMI Cable, but there is
no picture or sound from the HDTV.
- Disconnect the High Speed HDMI cable and then restore the connection or turn the camcorder
off and then on again.
- When [FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > [HDMI Output] is set to an option other than
[Automatic], the external monitor is not compatible with the signal output from the camcorder.
Set [HDMI Output] to [Automatic] or an option compatible with the monitor.
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 card contains too many photos (Windows – 2,500 or more, macOS – 1,000
or more), you may not be able to transfer photos to a computer. Try using a card reader to
transfer the photos on the memory card.
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.
Battery pack is not compatible. Turning off the camcorder.
- A battery pack not recommended by Canon for use with this camcorder was attached and the
camcorder was turned on. The camcorder will automatically turn off in 4 seconds.
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 scenes recorded at 59.94P
- Scenes that were recorded with a recording mode of 28 Mbps LPCM (59.94P), 28 Mbps
(59.94P) or 35 Mbps (59.94P) cannot be converted.
Cannot convert the scene
- The camcorder cannot convert scenes that were recorded using a video configuration that is
not supported (PAL or SECAM).
- You cannot convert scenes that were recorded or edited using another device and then
transferred to a memory card connected to a computer.
- MP4 scenes recorded with a recording mode of 4 Mbps can only be converted to MP4 movies
with a recording mode of 4 Mbps or 3 Mbps. Similarly, MP4 scenes recorded with a recording
mode of 3 Mbps can only be converted to MP4 movies with a recording mode of 3 Mbps.
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Troubleshooting
Cannot divide the scene.
Cannot divide the scene. Initialize only using the camcorder.
- The scene could not be divided because the camcorder’s internal scene management data log
is full. Save your recordings (A 102) and initialize the memory card (A 29). Try dividing the
scene again.
- Use thesoftware Data Import Utility to save the scene and divide it on the computer.
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Cannot join 23.98P and 29.97P scenes to convert them
Cannot join 59.94i and 23.98P scenes to convert them
Cannot join PF29.97 and 23.98P scenes to convert them
- The combination of scenes you are trying to convert does not allow for joining scenes due to
the scenes' frame rate settings. Convert the scenes to MP4 without joining them.
Cannot play back Check the memory card
- There is a problem with the memory card. Save your recordings (A 102) and initialize the
memory card using the [Complete Initialization] option (A 29). If the problem persists, use a
different memory card.
Cannot play back Initialize only using the camcorder
- The memory card in the camcorder was initialized using a computer. Initialize the memory card
with this camcorder (A 29).
Cannot play back
- Movies cannot be played back from a 64 MB or smaller memory card. Use a recommended
memory card (A 28).
Cannot record Check the memory card
- There is a problem with the memory card. Save your recordings (A 102) and initialize the
memory card using the [Complete Initialization] option (A 29). If the problem persists, use a
different memory card.
Cannot record movies on this memory card
- Movies cannot be recorded on a 64 MB or smaller memory card. Use a recommended memory
card (A 28).
Cannot record
- There is a problem with the memory card. If this message appears often without apparent
reason, contact a Canon Service Center.
Cannot trim the scene
- MP4 movies that were copied to a memory card with a larger cluster size than the memory card
they were recorded on cannot be trimmed.
- MP4 movies that were recorded or copied using other devices cannot be trimmed.
Charge the battery pack
- Battery pack is exhausted. 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
(A 28).
- If after the message disappears, 6/7 appears in red, perform the following: Turn off the
camcorder and remove and reinsert the memory card. If 6/7 turns back to green you can
resume recording/playback. If the problem persists, save your recordings (A 102) and
initialize the memory card (A 29).
Troubleshooting
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 a 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 on the memory card. Use the
computer's Safely Remove Hardware function to end the connection and disconnect the USB
cable before using the camcorder.
File name error
- The folder and file numbers have reached their maximum value. Set [FUNC.] > [MENU] >
> [File Numbering] to [Reset] and delete all the MP4 movies (A 92) and photos
(A 101) on the memory card or initialize it (A 29).
Initialize only using the camcorder
- Initialize the memory card with this camcorder (A 29).
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 or rated
SD Speed Class 2. Replace the memory card with one rated SD Speed Class 4, 6 or 10.
Mem. Card Number of scenes already at maximum
- The memory card already contains 3,999 scenes (the maximum number of scenes for AVCHD
movies); no further scenes can be copied onto the memory card. Delete some scenes (A 92)
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
(PAL or SECAM). Play back the recordings in the memory card with the device originally used
to record them.
Memory card A/B writing error Attempt to recover the data? (Can take up to 3 min.)
- This message will appear the next time you turn on the camcorder if power supply was
accidentally interrupted while the camcorder was writing to the memory card. Select [Recover]
to try to recover the recordings. If you inserted a memory card that contains scenes recorded
using another device, we recommend that you select [No].
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 (A 92, 101) 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 (A 29).
No photos
- There are no photos to play back.
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Troubleshooting
No scenes
- There are no scenes on the memory card selected.
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Not enough available space
- Delete some recordings to free some space (A 92, 101).
- Set the recording mode to 5 Mbps for AVCHD movies or 3 Mbps for MP4 movies.
- The available space on the memory card is less than the size of the recordings you are trying to
copy. Delete some recordings to free some space (A 92, 101) or reduce the number of
recordings to copy.
Number of scenes already at maximum
- The number of scenes on the memory card has reached 3,999 (the maximum number of
scenes for AVCHD movies). Delete some scenes (A 92) to free some space.
Recording was stopped due to insufficient write speed of the memory card
- The write speed of the memory card was too slow so recording was stopped. Replace the
memory card with one rated SD Speed Class 4, 6 or 10.
- When the recording mode is 28 Mbps LPCM, 28 Mbps or 35 Mbps, you must use a memory
card rated SD Speed Class 6 or 10.
- When recoding movies using slow & fast motion, you must use a memory card rated SD Speed
Class 10.
- After repeatedly recording, deleting and editing scenes (fragmented memory), it will take longer
to write data on the memory card and recording may stop. Save your recordings (A 102) and
initialize the memory card (A 29).
Scene recorded using another device. Cannot copy the scene.
Scene recorded using another device. Cannot divide the scene.
- Scenes that were not recorded with this camcorder cannot be copied or divided with this
camcorder.
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.
Task in progress. Do not disconnect the power source.
- The camcorder is updating the memory card. Wait until the operation ends and do not
disconnect the compact power adapter or remove the battery pack.
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.
To record video on this memory card, it is recommended to use a video quality setting other
than [59.94P Recording].
- When using a memory card rated SD Speed Class 2 or 4, you may not be able to record
movies if you use a recording mode of 28 Mbps LPCM (59.94P), 28 Mbps (59.94P) or 35 Mbps
(59.94P).
To use this function change the camera mode to Manual or Cinema
- The CUSTOM button, the CUSTOM dial (A 84) and some of the functions that can be
assigned to the assignable buttons (A 85) cannot be used in
mode. Set the mode
switch to n (
mode) or E(
mode) to use them.
Troubleshooting
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 (Windows), or 1,000 (macOS).
- If a dialog box appeared on the computer screen, close it. Disconnect the USB cable, and
restore the connection after a short while.
Unable to recognize the data
- The camcorder cannot recognize data that was recorded using a video configuration that is not
supported (PAL or SECAM).
Unable to recover data
- Could not recover a corrupted file. Save your recordings (A 102) and initialize the memory
card using the [Complete Initialization] option (A 29).
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Safety Instructions and Handling Precautions
Safety Instructions and Handling Precautions
Be sure to read these instructions in order to operate the product safely.
WARNING
132
Denotes the risk of serious injury or death.
• Stop using the product in any case of unusual circumstances such as the presence of smoke or a
strange smell.
• Do not touch any exposed internal parts.
• Do not get the product wet. Do not insert foreign objects or liquids into the product.
• Do not touch the product connected to a power outlet during lightning storms. This may cause
electric shock.
• Do not disassemble or modify the product.
• Do not expose the product to strong shocks or vibration.
• Observe the following instructions when using commercially available batteries or provided battery
packs.
- Use batteries/battery packs only with their specified product.
- Do not heat batteries or expose them to fire.
- Do not charge batteries/battery packs using non-authorized battery chargers.
- Do not expose the terminals to dirt or let them come into contact with metallic pins or other metal
objects.
- Do not use leaking batteries/battery packs. If a battery/battery pack leaks and the material
contacts your skin or clothing, flush the exposed area thoroughly with running water. In case of
eye contact, flush thoroughly with copious amounts of clean running water and seek immediate
medical assistance.
- When disposing of batteries/battery packs, insulate the terminals with tape or other means. This
may cause electric shock, explosion or fire.
• Use only power sources specified in this instruction manual for use with the product.
• Observe the following instructions when using a battery charger or AC adapter.
- Do not plug in or unplug the product with wet hands.
- Do not use the product if the power plug is not fully inserted into the power outlet.
- Do not expose the power plug and terminals to dirt or let them come into contact with metallic
pins or other metal objects.
- Do not place heavy objects on the power cord. Do not damage, break or modify the power cord.
- Do not wrap the product in cloth or other materials when in use or shortly after use when the
product is still warm in temperature.
- Do not unplug the product by pulling the power cord.
- Do not leave the product connected to a power source for long periods of time.
• Do not allow the product to maintain contact with the same area of skin for extended periods of
time during use. This may result in low-temperature contact burns, including skin redness and
blistering, even if the product does not feel hot. The use of a tripod or similar equipment is
recommended when using the product in hot places and for people with circulation problems or
less sensitive skin.
• Keep the product out of the reach of young children.
• Periodically remove any dust buildup from the power plug and power outlet using a dry cloth.
• Follow any indications to turn off the product in places where its use is forbidden. Not doing so may
cause other equipment to malfunction due to the effect of electromagnetic waves and even result in
accidents.
Safety Instructions and Handling Precautions
CAUTION
Denotes the risk of injury.
• Do not leave the product in places exposed to extremely high or low temperatures. The product
may become extremely hot/cold and cause burns or injury when touched.
• Only mount the product on a tripod that is sufficiently sturdy.
• Do not look at the screen or through the viewfinder for prolonged periods of time. This may induce
symptoms similar to motion sickness. In such a case, stop using the product immediately and rest
for a while before resuming use.
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 (A 102) 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
card. Canon shall not be liable for any data loss.
• 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.
• Do not use the camcorder near strong electromagnetic fields such as near powerful magnets and
motors, MRI machines or high-voltage power lines. Using the camcorder in such places may cause
anomalies in the video, or audio or video noise to appear.
• Do not point the lens or viewfinder at strong light sources. Do not leave the camcorder pointed at a
bright subject. Take special care when the camcorder is mounted on a tripod or the camcorder is
being carried as the lens or viewfinder might be pointed toward such strong light sources. When the
camcorder is not in use, make sure the lens barrier is closed.
• 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 do not use ballpoint pens or
other hard-tipped tools to operate the touch screen. This may damage the touch screen’s surface.
• Do not attach protective film on the touch screen. The camcorder features a capacitive touch
screen so you may not be able to correctly operate the touch screen with an additional protective
layer.
• When mounting the camcorder on a tripod, make sure that the
6.5 mm
tripod’s fastening screw is shorter than 6.5 mm (0.26 in.). 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.
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 (86 °F).
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Safety Instructions and Handling Precautions
Battery Pack
DANGER!
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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 (140 °F). 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.
Long-term storage
• Store battery packs in a dry place at temperatures no higher than 30 °C (86 °F).
• 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
When you are using a battery pack that is compatible with Intelligent System, 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-800 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.
• Check the direction before inserting the memory card. Forcing a memory card into a 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.
Safety Instructions and Handling Precautions
• 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.
Built-in Rechargeable Lithium Battery
LOCK switch
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.
Disposal
When you delete movies or initialize a memory card, only the file allocation table is altered and stored
data is not physically erased. When you dispose of a memory card or give either to another person,
initialize it using the [Complete Initialization] option (A 29). Fill it up with unimportant recordings, and
then initialize it again using the same option. This makes recovering the original recordings very
difficult.
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Maintenance/Others
Maintenance/Others
Cleaning
Camcorder Body
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• Use a soft, dry cloth to clean the camcorder body. Never use chemically treated cloths or volatile
solvents such as paint thinner.
Lens, Viewfinder 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.
• Use a clean, soft lens-cleaning cloth to gently wipe the lens or viewfinder. 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.
• 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 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.
Viewing the Certification Logo
You can open the [FUNC.] > [MENU] > q > [Certification Logo Display] screen to view some
certification information for this camcorder.
Maintenance/Others
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 NTSC system. NTSC is used in
the following regions/countries:
Americas: All of North America and Central America; most Caribbean islands (except in French
territories like Guadeloupe and Martinique); most of South America (except in Argentina, Brazil and
Uruguay). Asia: Only in Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan and Myanmar. Oceania: US
territories (Guam, American Samoa, etc.) and some Pacific islands like Micronesia, Samoa and Tonga.
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Optional Accessories
Optional Accessories (Availability differs from area to area)
The following optional accessories are compatible with this camcorder. Select accessories are
described in more detail in the following pages.
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BP-820, BP-828
Battery Pack
CG-800
Battery Charger
CA-570 Compact
Power Adapter
TL-H58
Tele-converter
WA-H58 Wide
Attachment
Protect Filter 58 mm,
ND4L Filter 58 mm,
ND8L Filter 58 mm
HTC-100 High Speed
HDMI Cable
STV-250N
Stereo Video Cable
IFC-400PCU
USB Cable
VL-5 Video Light
SM-V1
Surround Microphone
DM-100 Directional
Stereo Microphone
GP-E2
GPS Receiver
SS-600/SS-650
Shoulder Strap
WS-20
Wrist Strap
SC-2000
Soft Carrying Case
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
Call or visit your local retailer/dealer for genuine Canon video accessories. You can also obtain genuine
accessories for your Canon camcorder by calling: 1-800-828-4040, Canon U.S.A. Information Center.
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.
Battery Packs
When you need extra battery packs, select one of the following
models: BP-820 or BP-828.
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.
CG-800 Battery Charger
Use the battery charger to charge the battery packs. It plugs directly
into a power outlet without a cable.
TL-H58 Tele-converter
This Tele-converter lens increases the focal length of the camcorder
lens by a factor of 1.5.
• The Tele-converter cannot be used together with the supplied lens
hood with lens barrier.
• The image stabilizer is not as effective when the Tele-converter is
attached.
• The minimum focusing distance at full telephoto with the Tele-converter is 1.3 m (4.3 ft.).
WA-H58 Wide Attachment
This Wide Attachment lens decreases the focal length by a factor of
0.75, giving you a wide perspective for indoor shots or panoramic
views.
• The Wide Attachment cannot be used together with the supplied
lens hood with lens barrier.
Protect Filter 58 mm, ND4L Filter 58 mm,
ND8L Filter 58 mm
Neutral density and MC protector filters help you to control difficult
lighting conditions.
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Optional Accessories
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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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).
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.
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.
Specifications
Specifications
VIXIA HF G21

— Values given are approximate figures.
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System
• Recording System
Movies: AVCHD1 Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264;
Audio: Linear PCM, 16 bits, 48 kHz, 2ch2
Dolby Digital 2ch; Dolby Digital 5.1ch3
MP4
Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: MPEG-2 AAC-LC (2ch)
Photos: DCF (Design rule for Camera File system), compatible with Exif4 Ver. 2.3
Image type: JPEG
1
2
3
4
Compatible with AVCHD ver. 2.0 specifications.
Linear PCM is available only when the recording mode is 28 Mbps LPCM or 24 Mbps LPCM.
Dolby Digital 5.1ch is available only when using the optional SM-V1 Surround Microphone.
This camcorder supports Exif 2.3 (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.
• Recording Media
SD, SDHC (SD High Capacity) or SDXC (SD eXtended Capacity) memory card (not included);
two memory card slots
• Image Sensor
1/2.84-inch CMOS, 3,090,000 pixels
Effective pixels: 2,910,000 pixels
• LCD Touch Screen: 3.0 in., wide, TFT color, 460,000 dots, 100% coverage, capacitive touch
screen operation
• Viewfinder: 0.24 in., wide, color, equivalent to 1,560,000 dots, 100% coverage
• Microphone: Stereo electret condenser microphone, attenuator (20 dB)
• Lens
f=3.67-73.4 mm, F/1.8-2.8, 20x optical zoom, 8-bladed circular aperture
35 mm equivalent: 26.8 – 576 mm
28.8 – 576 mm (when Dynamic IS is activated)
• Lens Configuration: 12 elements in 10 groups (double-sided aspheric element)
• AF System
Autofocus (TTL + external distance sensor when set to [Instant AF] or [Medium AF]) or Manual focus
• Filter Diameter: 58 mm
• Minimum Focusing Distance
60 cm (2 ft.); 1 cm (0.39 in.) at full wide angle
• White Balance
Auto white balance, Custom white balance (2 settings), User-defined color temperature or Preset
white balance settings: Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Tungsten
Specifications
• Minimum Illumination
0.1 lx ([Low Light] recording program, Shutter speed at 1/2)
1.2 lx ([Programmed AE] recording program, Auto slow shutter [On], Shutter speed at 1/30)
• Recommended Illumination: More than 100 lx
• Image Stabilization: Optical-Shift Image Stabilizer
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• Size of Video Recordings
AVCHD movies:
28 Mbps LPCM (59.94P), 28 Mbps (59.94P), 24 Mbps LPCM, 24 Mbps, 17 Mbps: 1920 x 1080
pixels; 5 Mbps: 1440 x 1080 pixels
MP4 movies:
35 Mbps (59.94P), 24 Mbps, 17 Mbps: 1920 x 1080 pixels; 8 Mbps (59.94P),
4 Mbps: 1280 x 720 pixels; 3 Mbps: 640 x 360 pixels
• Size of Photos: 1920 x 1080 pixels
1280 x 720 pixels (when recording MP4 movies at 8 or 4 Mbps)
640 x 360 pixels (when recording MP4 movies at 3 Mbps)
1920 x 1080 pixels (photos captured from movies)
Terminals
• HDMI OUT Terminal: HDMI mini connector; output only
• USB Terminal: mini-B receptacle, Hi-Speed USB; output only
• AV OUT Terminal
∅ 3.5 mm 4-pole minijack; output only
Video: 1 Vp-p / 75 Ω unbalanced
Audio: –10 dBV (47 kΩ load) / 3 kΩ or less
• MIC Terminal
∅ 3.5 mm stereo minijack (unbalanced)
Sensitivity:
For microphone input: -65 dBV (auto volume, full scale -12 dB) / 5 kΩ or more
For line input: -30 dBV (auto volume, full scale -12 dB) / 5 kΩ or more
Microphone attenuator: 20 dB
• × (headphone) Terminal
∅ 3.5 mm stereo minijack (unbalanced)
-29 dBV (16 Ω load, Max volume) / 100 Ω
• REMOTE Terminal: ∅ 2.5 mm stereo sub-mini jack; input only
Power/Others
• Power supply (rated)
7.4 V DC (battery pack), 8.4 V DC (compact power adapter)
• Power consumption:
4.3 W (17 Mbps, AF on, LCD normal brightness)
• Operating temperature: 0 – 40 °C (32 – 104 °F)
• Dimensions [W x H x D] (excluding the grip belt)
Camcorder only: 109 x 84 x 182 mm (4.3 x 3.3 x 7.2 in.)
Camcorder with the lens hood attached: 115 x 84 x 231 mm (4.5 x 3.3 x 9.1 in.)
Specifications
• Weight
Camcorder only: 745 g (1.6 lb.)
Camcorder with lens hood, BP-820 Battery Pack, memory card: 880 g (1.9 lb.)
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 (32 – 104 °F)
• Dimensions: 52 x 29 x 90 mm (2.1 x 1.1 x 3.5 in.)
• Weight: 135 g (4.8 oz.)
BP-820 Battery Pack
• Battery type
Rechargeable lithium ion battery, compatible with Intelligent System
• Rated voltage: 7.4 V DC
• Operating temperature: 0 – 40 °C (32 – 104 °F)
• Battery capacity: 1780 mAh (typical); 13 Wh / 1700 mAh (minimum)
• Dimensions: 30.7 x 39.4 x 40.2 mm (1.2 x 1.6 x 1.6 in.)
• Weight: 85 g (3.0 oz.)
Weight and dimensions are approximate. Errors and omissions excepted.
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Reference Tables
Reference Tables
Approximate recording times
The camcorder uses a variable bit rate (VBR) to encode video so the actual recording times will vary
depending on the subject.
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For AVCHD movies:
Recording mode →
Memory card ↓
28 Mbps LPCM
(59.94P) and
28 Mbps
(59.94P)
24 Mbps LPCM
and 24 Mbps
17 Mbps
5 Mbps
8 GB Memory card
35 min.
40 min.
1 hr.
3 hr.
16 GB Memory card
1 hr. 15 min.
1 hr. 25 min.
2 hr. 5 min.
6 hr. 5 min.
32 GB Memory card
2 hr. 30 min.
2 hr. 55 min.
4 hr. 10 min.
12 hr. 15 min.*
64 GB Memory card
5 hr. 5 min.
5 hr. 55 min.
8 hr. 20 min.
24 hr. 30 min.*
128 GB Memory card
10 hr. 10 min.
11 hr. 55 min.
16 hr. 45 min.*
49 hr.*
For MP4 movies:
Recording mode →
Memory card ↓
8 GB Memory card
16 GB Memory card
32 GB Memory card
64 GB Memory card
128 GB Memory card
35 Mbps
(59.94P)
24 Mbps
17 Mbps
8 Mbps
(59.94P)
4 Mbps
3 Mbps
30 min.
40 min.
1 hr.
2 hr. 10 min.
4 hr.
20 min.
5 hr.
40 min.
1 hr.
1 hr.
25 min.
2 hr.
5 min.
4 hr. 20 min.
8 hr.
40 min.
11 hr.
25 min.
2 hr.
2 hr.
55 min.
4 hr.
10 min.
8 hr. 40 min.
17 hr.
20 min.*
22 hr.
55 min.*
4 hr.
5 hr.
55 min.
8 hr.
20 min.
17 hr. 20 min.*
34 hr.
45 min.*
45 hr.
55 min.*
8 hr.
11 hr.
55 min.
16 hr.
45 min.*
34 hr. 45 min.*
69 hr.
30 min.*
91 hr.
55 min.*
* A single scene can be recorded continuously for 12 hours; at that point, the camcorder will stop.
Approximate number of photos
The photo size and number of photos that can be saved on a 1 GB memory card are summarized in
the following table. However, the actual number of photos that can be recorded will vary depending on
the subject and shooting conditions.
Movie Format
AVCHD
MP4
Recording mode
Photo size
Number of photos
Any
1920x1080
660
35 Mbps, 24 Mbps, 17 Mbps
1920x1080
660
8 Mbps, 4 Mbps
1280x720
1,490
3 Mbps
640x360
5,800
Reference Tables
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-820
BP-828
Using the camcorder
275 min.
405 min.
Using the CG-800 Battery Charger
190 min.
260 min.
Charging conditions↓
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Recording and playback times given in the following tables are approximate and vary according to
recording mode and charging, recording or playback conditions. The times are based on using the
LCD screen. The effective usage time of the battery pack may decrease when recording in cold
surroundings, when using the brighter screen settings, etc.
Recording AVCHD movies
Battery pack
BP-820
BP-828
Recording mode
Recording (maximum)
Recording (typical)*
Playback
28 Mbps LPCM (59.94P) /
28 Mbps (59.94P)
155 min.
95 min.
270 min.
17 Mbps
170 min.
105 min.
285 min.
5 Mbps
175 min.
100 min.
295 min.
28 Mbps LPCM (59.94P) /
28 Mbps (59.94P)
230 min.
145 min.
405 min.
17 Mbps
250 min.
160 min.
425 min.
5 Mbps
260 min.
160 min.
440 min.
Recording (maximum)
Recording (typical)*
Playback
Recording MP4 movies
Battery pack
BP-820
BP-828
Recording mode
35 Mbps (59.94P)
155 min.
95 min.
270 min.
17 Mbps
185 min.
115 min.
290 min.
3 Mbps
190 min.
115 min.
310 min.
35 Mbps (59.94P)
230 min.
140 min.
400 min.
17 Mbps
275 min.
170 min.
435 min.
3 Mbps
295 min.
185 min.
465 min.
* Approximate times for recording with repeated operations such as start/stop, zooming, and power
on/off.
Index
A
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Abroad, using the camcorder . . . . . . . . . . . 137
AGC (automatic gain control) limit . . . . . . . . . 54
Aperture (f number) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55, 57
Aspect ratio of a connected
TV (TV type) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Assignable buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Audio equalizer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Audio mix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Audio output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Audio recording level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Audio reference signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Audio scene select . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
AUTO mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Auto slow shutter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
Autofocus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Av (recording program) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
AV OUT terminal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96, 97
AVCHD format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
B
Backlight correction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Battery pack
Battery information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
Charging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Remaining charge indicator . . . . . . . . . 122
Beach (recording program) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Built-in backup battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
C
Capturing photos from a movie . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Charging time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
CINEMA mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Cinema-look filters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Color bars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Compact power adapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Condensation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
Connection to an external monitor . . . . . . . . 96
Converting movies to MP4 format . . . . . . . 106
Copying recordings to a memory card . . . . 104
CUSTOM button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
CUSTOM dial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
D
Data code . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81, 113
Data Import Utility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
Date and time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
DC IN terminal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Deleting
Movies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Photos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Digital tele-converter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Dioptric adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Dividing scenes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Dual recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
E
Error messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Exposure compensation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
External audio input . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
External microphone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
F
Face detection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Ferrite core, attaching . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Fireworks (recording program) . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Flicker reduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Focus preset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Focus/zoom ring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44, 49
Frame rate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
FUNC. menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26, 109
H
HDMI OUT terminal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96, 97
Headphones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
× (headphones) terminal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
High-speed zoom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Highlight AE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Highlight Priority . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
I
Image effects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Image stabilizer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Initializing a memory card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Intelligent IS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
L
Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
LCD touch screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Lens hood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Looks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Low cut filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Low light (recording program) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
M
M (Manual) mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .136
Manual exposure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57
Manual focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44
Markers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .112
Memory card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28, 134
Menu settings, saving and loading . . . . . . . . .87
MIC terminal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71
Microphone directionality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74
Mini advanced shoe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69
Mode switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
Monitor delay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .98
Movie format (AVCHD/MP4) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30
MP4 format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37
Selecting the memory card
for recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Setup menus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27, 110
Shutter speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55, 57
Slow & fast motion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Smart AUTO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Snow (recording program) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Speaker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Special Scene recording programs . . . . . . . . 62
Sports (recording program) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Spotlight (recording program) . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Sunset (recording program) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
T
N
ND filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .112
Night scene (recording program) . . . . . . . . . .62
Notification sounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .117
O
Onscreen display selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81
Onscreen icons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .119
P
P (recording program) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55
Peaking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45
Playback
Movies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88
Photos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99
Portrait (recording program) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62
Powered IS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53
Pre-recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80
R
Recording
Movies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32, 34, 42
Photos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32, 34
Recording audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70
Recording mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37
Recording programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55, 57, 62
Recording time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .144
Relay recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38
Resetting all camcorder settings . . . . . . . . .118
Reviewing recordings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36
S
Saving recordings
Using a computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102
Using external video recorders . . . . . . .107
Telephoto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Time code . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Time zone/DST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Touch AE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Touch AF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Touch screen operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Trimming scenes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Tripod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
Turning off notification sounds . . . . . . . . . . . 117
Turning the camcorder on/off . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Tv (recording program) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
U
USB terminal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96, 107
User bit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
V
Video snapshot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
View assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Viewfinder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
79
89
18
89
W
White balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Wide angle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Wide DR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Wind screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
60
49
64
75
Z
Zebra pattern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Zoom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Digital zoom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
Soft zoom control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Zoom speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
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USA
CANON CONSUMER DIGITAL VIDEO EQUIPMENT LIMITED WARRANTY FOR THE UNITED
STATES
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The limited warranty set forth below is given by Canon U.S.A., Inc. (“Canon USA”) with respect to Canon Consumer Digital Video Equipment (the “Equipment”)
purchased in the United States. This limited warranty is only effective upon presentation of your Bill of Sale or other proof of purchase.
The Equipment is warranted under normal, non-commercial, personal use, against defective materials or workmanship as follows:
Parts: Defective parts will be exchanged for new parts or comparable rebuilt parts for a period of ONE YEAR from the date of original purchase, except for a
defective Video Head, which will be exchanged for a period of three months from the date of purchase.
Labor: For a period of ONE YEAR from the date of original purchase, labor will be provided free of charge by our factory service centers or designated service
facilities located in the United States.
When returning Equipment under this warranty, you must pre-pay the shipping charges, and you must enclose the Bill of Sale or other proof of purchase with
a complete explanation of the problem. During the ONE-YEAR warranty period, repairs will be made and the Equipment will be return-shipped to you free of
charge. For repairs after the warranty period is over, you will be given an estimate of the cost of repair and an opportunity to approve or disapprove of the
repair expense before it is incurred. If you approve, repairs will be made and the Equipment will be return-shipped to you. (shipping charges apply). If you
disapprove, we will return-ship the equipment at no charge to you.
Non-Canon brand peripheral equipment and software which may be distributed with, or factory loaded on, the Equipment, are sold “AS IS” without
warranty of any kind by Canon USA, including any implied warranty regarding merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. The sole warranty
with respect to such non-Canon brand items is given by the manufacturer or producer thereof. If the Equipment contains a hard disk drive, Canon
USA recommends that data stored on that drive be duplicated or backed up to prevent its loss in the event of failure or other malfunction of such
drive.
Canon USA shall have no responsibility under this limited warranty for use of the Equipment in conjunction with incompatible peripheral equipment and
incompatible software.
In order to obtain warranty service, contact the authorized Canon retail dealer from whom you purchased the Equipment or call the CANON INFORMATION
CENTER AT 1-800-OK-CANON). You will be directed to the nearest service facility for your Equipment.
This Limited Warranty covers all defects encountered in normal use of the Equipment and does not apply in the following cases:
A) Loss or damage to the Equipment due to abuse, mishandling, accident, improper maintenance, or failure to follow operating instructions;
B) If the Equipment is defective as a result of leaking batteries, sand, dirt or water damage;
C) If defects or damages are caused by the use of unauthorized parts or by service other than by Canon USA’s factory service centers or authorized
service facilities;
D) If the Equipment is used for commercial or industrial use.
This Limited Warranty does not cover cabinet (exterior finish), video cassette tape, head cleanings, nor does it apply to Equipment purchased outside the
United States. This warranty does not cover units sold to rental firms, military operations, hotels, schools, hospitals or for other commercial, industrial, or
institutional applications. These uses are covered only by such specific warranty as Canon may issue with such sales.
This Limited Warranty does not apply to accessories or consumables for the Equipment, which are sold “AS IS”, without warranty of any kind by Canon USA.
Please retain this warranty card and your Bill of Sale as a permanent record of your purchase. This card is most important in order to be sure you are
contacted right away should there be a safety inspection, modification or product recall under applicable laws or regulations.
NO IMPLIED WARRANTY, INCLUDING MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE APPLIES TO THIS EQUIPMENT AFTER THE APPLICABLE
PERIOD OF EXPRESS WARRANTY OR GUARANTY, EXCEPT AS MENTIONED ABOVE, GIVEN BY ANY PERSON, FIRM OR CORPORATION WITH RESPECT TO THIS
EQUIPMENT SHALL BIND THE UNDERSIGNED (SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS, SO THE ABOVE
LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU). CANON USA SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR LOSS OF REVENUES OR PROFITS, EXPENSE FOR SUBSTITUTE
EQUIPMENT OR SERVICE, STORAGE CHARGES, LOSS OR CORRUPTION OF DATA, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOSS OR CORRUPTION OF DATA STORED
ON THE EQUIPMENT’S HARD DRIVE, OR ANY OTHER SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES CAUSED BY THE USE, MISUSE OR INABILITY TO USE
THE EQUIPMENT, REGARDLESS OF THE LEGAL THEORY ON WHICH THE CLAIM IS BASED, AND EVEN IF CANON USA HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY
OF SUCH DAMAGES. NOR SHALL RECOVERY OF ANY KIND AGAINST CANON USA BE GREATER THAN THE PURCHASE PRICE OF THE EQUIPMENT SOLD BY
CANON USA AND CAUSING THE ALLEGED DAMAGE. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, YOU ASSUME ALL RISK AND LIABILITY FOR LOSS, DAMAGE OR
INJURY TO YOU AND YOUR PROPERTY AND TO OTHERS AND THEIR PROPERTY ARISING OUT OF USE, MISUSE OR INABILITY TO USE THE EQUIPMENT NOT
CAUSED DIRECTLY BY THE NEGLIGENCE OF CANON USA. (SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL
DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU).THIS WARRANTY SHALL NOT EXTEND TO ANYONE OTHER THAN THE ORIGINAL PURCHASER
OF THIS EQUIPMENT OR THE PERSON FOR WHOM IT WAS PURCHASED AS A GIFT.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.
CANON U.S.A., INC.
CANADA
CANON CONSUMER DIGITAL VIDEO EQUIPMENT LIMITED WARRANTY
The limited warranty set forth below is given by Canon Canada Inc. (“Canon Canada”) with respect to Canon Consumer Digital Video Equipment (the
“Equipment”) purchased in Canada. This limited warranty is only effective upon presentation of a bill of sale or other proof of purchase for this Equipment to a
Canon Service Facility when repairs are required.
The Equipment is warranted under normal, non-commercial, personal use, against defective materials or workmanship as follows:
Parts: Defective parts will be exchanged for new parts or, at Canon Canada’s option, comparable rebuilt parts for a period of one year from the date of original
purchase, except Video Heads which will be exchanged for a period of 3 months from the date of purchase.
Labour: For a period of one year from the date of original purchase, labour will be provided free of charge by our Canon Service Facilities in Canada.
This limited warranty covers all defects except where:
(a) The loss or damage to the product results from:
i) accident, natural disaster, mishandling, abuse, neglect, unauthorized product modification or failure to follow instructions contained in the
instruction manual;
ii) the use of accessories, attachments, products, supplies, parts or devices with the Equipment that do not conform to Canon specifications or that
cause abnormally frequent service problems;
iii) repairs or services performed by any party other than a Canon Service Facility;
iv) defective batteries or any exposure to water, sand or dirt;
v) shipping (claim must be presented to the shipper);
(b) Any serial number on the video equipment is altered or removed.
(c) The Equipment is used for commercial, professional or industrial purposes.
This limited warranty does not cover the cabinet (exterior finish) of the Equipment, media, nor does it apply to Equipment purchased outside Canada.
If the Equipment contains a hard disk drive, Canon Canada recommends that data stored on that drive be duplicated or backed up to prevent its loss in the
event of a failure or other malfunction of such drive.
TO OBTAIN WARRANTY SERVICE
Ship your Equipment in its original carton, box or equivalent, properly packed, fully insured with shipping charges prepaid, together with a copy of your bill of
sale or other proof of purchase and a description of the problem to any of the Canon Service Facilities in Canada.
LIMITATIONS
Except as otherwise required by applicable legislation, this warranty is in lieu of all other warranties, conditions, guarantees or representations, express or
implied, statutory or otherwise, relative to the Equipment, including implied warranties or conditions of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
Canon Canada assumes no liability for special, consequential or incidental damages, loss or corruption of data including, without limitation, data stored on the
hard disk drive of the Equipment or loss that may arise, whether on account of negligence or otherwise, from the use, misuse or inability to use the Equipment
(including loss of profit, revenue, media or enjoyment) or from failure to conform to any express or implied warranties, conditions, guarantees or
representations. Any recovery under this limited warranty shall not exceed the purchase price of the equipment. Canon Canada does not assume or authorize
any other person to assume for Canon Canada any other liability with respect to this equipment.
This warranty does not extend to any person other than the original purchaser of the Equipment or the person for whom it was purchased as a gift and states
your exclusive remedy.
NOTICE TO CONSUMER
If you plan to take important videos or if the product has not been used for some time, please check all functions with the instruction book before using it.
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O If you have any questions, call the Canon U.S.A. Information Center toll-free
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The information in this document is verified as of July 2017. Subject to change without
notice. Visit your local Canon website to download the latest version.
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