Canon XA50 Instruction Manual

Canon XA50 Instruction Manual

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  • Page 1 PUB. DIE-0532-000 4K Camcorder Instruction Manual NTSC...
  • Page 2 Introduction Highlights of the Camcorder The Canon XA55 / XA50 4K 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.
  • Page 3 Software for aiding production workflow Other Features Canon XF Utility (A 113) lets you copy the clips you • Battery packs compatible with Intelligent System recorded from an SD card to a computer, play back for better remaining usage time information.
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents 1. Introduction 7 3. Recording 37 About this Manual 7 Recording Video and Photos 37 Conventions Used in this Manual 7 Recording 37 Before Using the Camcorder 8 Reviewing the Latest Clip Recorded 39 Setting the File Name for XF-AVC Clips 39 Supplied Accessories 9 Names of Parts 10 Onscreen Displays 41...
  • Page 6 Using Looks 73 Clip and Photo Operations 101 Deleting Clips and Photos 101 Setting the Time Code 74 Selecting the Time Code Mode 74 Trimming MP4 Clips 102 Selecting Drop Frame or Non-Drop Frame 75 Copying Clips and Photos 103 Setting the User Bit 76 6.
  • Page 7: Introduction

    Introduction About this Manual Thank you for purchasing the Canon XA55 / XA50. Please read this manual carefully before you use the camcorder and retain it for future reference. Should the camcorder fail to operate correctly, refer to Troubleshooting (A 123).
  • Page 8: Before Using The Camcorder

    About this Manual • The following style is used to represent menu selections. For a detailed explanation on how to use the menus, refer to Using the Menus (A 29). For a summary of all available menu options and settings, refer to Menu Options (A 115).
  • Page 9: Supplied Accessories

    Supplied Accessories Supplied Accessories The following accessories are supplied with the camcorder: CA-570 Compact Power Adapter Ferrite Core BP-820 Battery Pack Handle unit (incl. screws) (incl. power cord) Microphone holder unit Lens hood with lens barrier Lens cap WL-D89 Wireless Controller (incl.
  • Page 10: Names Of Parts

    Names of Parts Names of Parts Camcorder 7 8 9 1 ND FILTER +/– buttons (A 70) 6 Focus/Zoom ring (A 47, 55) 2 PRE REC (pre-recording) button (A 87)/ 7 CUSTOM (customizable) dial (A 93) Assignable button 3 (A 94) 8 CUSTOM (customizable) button (A 93) 3 u (review recording) button (A 39)/ 9 Focus/Zoom ring switch (A 47, 55)
  • Page 11 Names of Parts 1 DC IN terminal (A 17) 5 Grip belt (A 23) 2 REMOTE terminal 6 USB terminal (A 90) For connecting the optional RC-V100 Remote 7 HDMI OUT terminal (A 107, 108) 8 × (headphones) terminal (A 85, 110) Controller (A 89) or commercially available 9 u SDI OUT terminal (A 107) remote controllers.
  • Page 12 Names of Parts 1 Joystick/SET button (A 29) 8 Viewfinder (A 22) 2 MENU button (A 29) 9 ACCESS (card access) indicator (A 8, 37) 3 Remote sensor (A 24) 10 Dioptric adjustment lever (A 22) 4 AF/MF button (A 47)/ 11 MAGN.
  • Page 13 Names of Parts 1 Handle attachment unit (A 20) 7 Mode switch (A 26) 2 POWER/CHG (battery charging) indicator 8 Card compartment cover (A 33) 9 SD card slot 2 (A 17) 10 SD card slot 3 3 Power switch (A 25) 4 Cold shoe/Handle attachment unit (A 20) 11 SD CARD (open the card compartment cover) 5 Built-in stereo microphone (A 77)
  • Page 14 Names of Parts 1 Socket for tripod's anti-rotation pin 2 Tripod socket For use with tripods with a mounting screw up to 6 mm (0.24 in.) long 3 BATTERY RELEASE switch (A 18) 4 Eye cup (A 22)
  • Page 15: Handle Unit

    Names of Parts Handle Unit 10 11 1 Cold shoe 8 INPUT 1 (left) / INPUT 2 (right) switches 2 Handle zoom rocker (A 57) (audio source selection) (A 79) 3 REC button's lock (C) lever (A 38) 9 INPUT terminals: INPUT 1 (right), INPUT 2 (left) 4 REC (start/stop recording video) button (A 37) (A 79) 5 Audio level dials: for CH1 (left) and CH2 (right)
  • Page 16: Wl-D89 Wireless Controller

    Names of Parts WL-D89 Wireless Controller Ñ 1 START/STOP button (A 37) (stop) button (A 98) Same as the REC button on the camcorder, 7 PHOTO button (A 38) used to start/stop recording video. 8 Zoom buttons (A 57) 2 G (open the index selection screen) button 9 Navigation buttons (Í/Î/Ï/Ð) 10 Ò...
  • Page 17: Preparations

    Preparations Preparing the Power Supply You can power the camcorder using a battery pack or directly using the supplied compact power adapter. If you connect the compact power adapter to the camcorder while a battery pack is attached, the camcorder will draw power from the power outlet.
  • Page 18 Preparing the Power Supply 3 Charging will start when the camcorder is turned off. • The POWER/CHG (charge) indicator will illuminate in red while the battery is charging. If the POWER/CHG indicator starts flashing, refer to Troubleshooting (A 124). Illuminated in red while the battery is charging 4 When the POWER/CHG indicator goes out, the battery is fully charged.
  • Page 19 Preparing 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.
  • Page 20: Preparing The Camcorder

    Preparing the Camcorder Preparing the Camcorder This section covers basic preparations for the camcorder such as attaching the handle unit and lens hood, and adjusting the viewfinder and LCD screen. IMPORTANT • Be careful not to drop the camcorder when attaching, removing or adjusting the various accessories. Using a table or other stable surface is recommended.
  • Page 21: Attaching The Lens Hood

    Preparing the Camcorder Attaching the Lens Hood 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.
  • Page 22: Using The Lcd Screen

    Preparing the Camcorder Using the LCD Screen Open the LCD panel 90 degrees and adjust the viewing angle. NOTES > [£ Display Setup] > [LCD Brightness] • You can adjust the brightness of the LCD screen with the and [LCD Backlight] settings. When the camcorder is on, you can also press and hold the DISP button for more than 2 seconds to change the [LCD Backlight] setting between bright and normal or from dim to normal.
  • Page 23: Adjusting The Grip Belt And Using Straps

    Preparing the Camcorder NOTES • The viewfinder and LCD screen cannot be used simultaneously. To use the viewfinder, make sure to close the LCD panel and pull out the viewfinder. > [£ Display Setup] > [Viewfinder • You can adjust the brightness of the viewfinder with the Backlight] setting.
  • Page 24: Wireless Controller

    Preparing the Camcorder Wireless Controller First, insert the supplied CR2025 lithium button battery into the wireless controller. 1 Press the tab in the direction of the arrow ( ) and pull out the battery holder ( ). 2 Place the lithium button battery with the + side facing up ( ).
  • Page 25: Basic Operation Of The Camcorder

    Basic Operation of the Camcorder Basic Operation of the Camcorder Turning the Camcorder On and Off The camcorder has two operating modes: CAMERA ( ) mode for making recordings or MEDIA ( ) mode for playing back recordings. Select the operating mode using the power switch. To turn on the camcorder Set the power switch to CAMERA for mode (A 37) or...
  • Page 26: Changing The Camcorder's Operating Mode

    Basic Operation of the Camcorder Changing the Camcorder's Operating Mode When making recordings, you can change the camera mode to match your shooting style (A 37). (Auto) mode Set the mode switch to N. With this mode, the camcorder takes care of all the settings while you concentrate on recording.
  • Page 27: Date, Time And Language Settings

    Date, Time and Language Settings Date, Time and Language Settings Setting the Date and Time You will need to set the date and time of the camcorder before you can start using it. The [Date/Time] screen will appear automatically when the camcorder’s clock is not set. Operating modes: 1 Turn on the camcorder.
  • Page 28: Changing The Language

    Date, Time and Language 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 29) for details on how to navigate the menu to complete this procedure. Operating modes: 1 Select [Language H].
  • Page 29: Using The Menus

    Using the Menus Using the Menus The camcorder's functions can be adjusted from the setup menus, accessed by pressing the MENU button, or from the FUNC menu, accessed by touching or selecting the onscreen [FUNC] button. For details about the available menu options and settings, refer to Menu Options (A 115).
  • Page 30: Func Menu

    Using the Menus To use the joystick 1 Press the MENU button. 2 Push the joystick (Þ) to select the icon of the desired setup menu. • In the example, the B icon, corresponding to the [System Setup] menu. Ý •...
  • Page 31 Using the Menus NOTES • Depending on the selected function, other buttons, adjustment dials, and other controls may appear on the screen. These are explained in the respective section of the manual.
  • Page 32: Using Sd Cards

    Compatible SD Cards The following types of SD cards can be used with this camcorder. For the latest information about SD cards tested for use with this camcorder, visit your local Canon website. SD card type: SD cards SDHC cards...
  • Page 33: Inserting And Removing An Sd Card

    Using SD Cards Inserting and Removing an SD Card 1 Turn off the camcorder. • Make sure the POWER/CHG indicator is off. 2 Open the card compartment cover. • Slide the SD CARD switch all the way in the direction of the arrow to open the cover.
  • Page 34: Selecting The Sd Card For Recordings

    Using SD Cards IMPORTANT • Initializing a card will permanently erase all recordings. Lost data cannot be recovered. Make sure you save important recordings in advance (A 113). • Depending on the card, the initialization may take up to a few minutes. Selecting the SD Card for Recordings You can select the card on which clips and photos will be recorded.
  • Page 35: Recovering Clips

    Using SD Cards Recovering Clips Some actions, such as suddenly turning off the camcorder or removing the SD card while data is being recorded, can cause data errors in the recorded clip. You may be able to recover clips with corrupted data with the following procedure.
  • Page 36 Using SD Cards...
  • Page 37: Recording

    Recording Recording Video and Photos This section explains the basics of recording clips* and photos. For details on recording audio, refer to Recording Audio (A 77). * "Clip" refers to a single movie unit recorded with a single recording operation. Operating modes: Recording When you use...
  • Page 38 4 Close the LCD panel and return the viewfinder to its retracted position. IMPORTANT • Be sure to save your recordings regularly (A 113), especially after making important recordings. Canon shall not be liable for any loss or corruption of data.
  • Page 39: Reviewing The Latest Clip Recorded

    Recording Video and Photos Reviewing the Latest Clip Recorded You can review the last 4 seconds of the last clip recorded with the camcorder without switching to mode. While reviewing the clip, there will be no sound from the built-in speaker. After having finished recording a clip, press the u button.
  • Page 40 Recording Video and Photos To set the clip numbering method 1 Select [Clip Numbering]. > [Æ $ Recording Setup] > [Clip Numbering] 2 Select [m Reset] or [n Continuous] and then select [OK]. Options [m Reset]: The clip number will restart from 001 every time you insert a new card. [n Continuous]: Clip numbers will start from the initial number set with [Clip Number] (following procedure) and continue across multiple cards.
  • Page 41: Onscreen Displays

    Recording Video and Photos Onscreen Displays Refer to this section for an explanation of the various screen displays that appear in mode. The onscreen displays that actually appear at any time will vary depending on the current menu settings and operating mode. AF frames Depending on the selected AF frame size (A 52) and focus function used, you may see some of the following AF frames.
  • Page 42 Recording Video and Photos Icon/Display Description è, é, ê, ë (in white), Remaining battery charge (A 19) ë (in yellow), (in red) The icon shows an estimate of the remaining charge. The remaining recording time is displayed, in 000 min minutes, next to the icon.
  • Page 43 Recording Video and Photos Icon/Display Description 0000x0000 Resolution (A 44) 000Mbps Bit rate ¾,¿ Settings optimized for an optional conversion lens (A 117) å Microphone attenuator (A 83) Audio limiter (A 83) Plug-in power supply from MIC terminal turned off (A 84) ƒ, š, Ÿ, Monitor channels (A 110) MP4 audio format (A 77)
  • Page 44: Video Configuration: Video Format, Resolution, Bit Rate And Frame Rate

    Video Configuration: Video Format, Resolution, Bit Rate and Frame Rate Video Configuration: Video Format, Resolution, Bit Rate and Frame Rate With the following procedures you can set the video configuration used for recording clips. Select the combination of video format, resolution/bit rate and frame rate settings that best matches your creative needs. The color sampling will be YCbCr 4:2:0, 8 bit.
  • Page 45 Video Configuration: Video Format, Resolution, Bit Rate and Frame Rate XF-AVC clips: Available video configuration settings Frame rate Resolution (Bit rate) 59.94P 59.94i 29.97P 23.98P ● ● 3840x2160 (160 Mbps) — — ● ● ● ● 1920x1080 (45 Mbps) NOTES NOTES •...
  • Page 46: Slow & Fast Motion Recording

    Slow & Fast Motion Recording Slow & Fast Motion Recording You can record clips that have a slow motion or fast motion effect during playback, simply by selecting the desired slow/fast motion rate. Available slow/fast motion rates will vary depending on the resolution and frame rate currently selected.
  • Page 47: Adjusting The Focus

    Adjusting the Focus Adjusting the Focus The camcorder offers the following ways to focus. Manual focus: Turn the focus/zoom ring to adjust the focus manually. You can use the focus assistance functions (A 48) to help you focus more accurately when using the manual focus. AF-Boosted MF: Focus manually most of the way and let the camcorder finish focusing automatically.
  • Page 48 Adjusting the Focus Focus Preset When manual focus is activated, you can register a certain focus point and then, after you focus manually somewhere else, have the camcorder return to the preset focus position. Operating modes: Touch to return to the Current focusing 1 Activate the manual focus using the FUNC menu and preset focus position...
  • Page 49 Adjusting the Focus Focus guide > [v Camera Setup] > [Focus Guide] is set to [i On], so the focus guide will appear By default, when the camcorder is set to manual focus mode. The focus guide gives you an intuitive visual indication of the current focus distance and the direction and amount of adjustment necessary to bring the picture into full focus.
  • Page 50 Adjusting the Focus Magnification 1 Press the MAGN. button. • Alternatively, you can select [FUNC] > [^ Magnification] > [OK]. • ^ appears at the lower right of the screen and the center of the screen* is magnified 2 times. •...
  • Page 51: Af-Boosted Mf

    Adjusting the Focus AF-Boosted MF With this focus mode, you can focus manually most of the way and let the camcorder finish focusing automatically. This is very convenient when you want to make certain that your 4K recordings are in sharp focus. Additionally, with this mode, if the camcorder cannot evaluate how to adjust the focus, it will not perform unreliable focus adjustments.
  • Page 52: Continuous Af

    Adjusting the Focus Continuous AF By default, the camcorder will focus automatically on a subject at the center of the screen. If the AF frame size has been changed to an option other than [k Automatic] (A 52), the camcorder will focus automatically on a subject inside the AF frame that appears on the screen.
  • Page 53: Face Detection & Tracking

    Adjusting the Focus About the autofocus (AF) functions: • You can change some aspects of the autofocus function with the following settings. > [v Camera Setup] > [AF Speed] to set the AF speed (the speed at which the focus is adjusted) to one of 3 levels.
  • Page 54 Adjusting the Focus 3 If necessary, touch the desired subject on the screen to select a different main subject. • To select a different person: Touch a face with a gray frame. The face detection frame will change to a double frame £...
  • Page 55: Zooming

    Zooming Zooming To zoom in and out, you can use the focus/zoom ring, the zoom rockers on the camcorder and handle unit, the supplied wireless controller or an optional RC-V100 Remote Controller, or the onscreen zoom controls. > [v Camera Setup] > [Digital Zoom] setting* to In addition to the 15x optical zoom, you can use the activate the digital zoom (300x) or the digital tele-converter, which allows you to enlarge the image on the screen digitally.
  • Page 56 Zooming Setting the Zoom Speed of the Grip Zoom Rocker You can select a variable speed (the harder you press, the faster the zoom) or a constant speed that you can set. Grip zoom rocker: Approximate zoom speeds (time required to zoom end-to-end) [Zoom Speed Level] setting Selected constant [Grip Zoom Speed] setting...
  • Page 57: Using The Handle Zoom Rocker

    Zooming Using the Handle Zoom Rocker To use the handle zoom rocker, attach the handle unit to the camcorder in advance (A 20). Move the handle zoom rocker toward T (wide angle) to zoom out. Move it toward S (telephoto) to zoom in. •...
  • Page 58: Using The Touch Screen's Zoom Controls

    Zooming Setting the Zoom Speed of the Supplied Wireless Controller Supplied wireless controller: Approximate zoom speeds (time required to zoom end-to-end) [Zoom Speed Level] setting [Wireless Ctrlr Zoom Speed] setting [] Slow] [[ Normal] [Z Fast] 1 (slowest) 4 min. 38 sec. 2 min.
  • Page 59 Zooming NOTES NOTES • You can attach the optional TL-U58 Tele-converter and use it in conjunction with this function to increase the effect. > [v Camera Setup] > • The digital tele-converter cannot be activated while recording or when [Conversion Lens] is set to [¿ WA-U58]. •...
  • Page 60: Image Stabilization

    Image Stabilization Image Stabilization Use the image stabilizer to compensate for camcorder shake in order to achieve steadier shots. The camcorder offers the following IS modes. Standard IS (¯): Standard IS compensates for a lower degree of camcorder shake, for example, for handheld shots while you remain stationary, and is suitable for shooting natural-looking scenes.
  • Page 61 Image Stabilization NOTES NOTES • If the degree of camcorder shake is too high, the image stabilizer may not be able to compensate fully. • Powered IS is available even when [Image Stabilizer] is set to [® Off]. > • You can change the operation of the POWERED IS button (long press or toggle on/off) with the [v Camera Setup] >...
  • Page 62: Automatic Gain Control (Agc) Limit

    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. By setting a maximum gain value, you can limit the amount of noise in the picture and keep a darker look.
  • Page 63: Shooting Modes

    Shooting Modes Shooting Modes mode, the camcorder offers a number of shooting modes that give you varying degrees of control over the camcorder's settings. Select the shooting mode most appropriate to your needs or creative vision and adjust manually those settings you wish to control, letting the camcorder take care of the rest. Shooting modes cannot be used when infrared recording is activated.
  • Page 64 Shooting Modes Fireworks] To record fireworks. NOTES NOTES • [H Portrait]/[û Sports]/[ý Snow]/[L Beach]: The picture may not appear smooth during playback. • [ý Snow]/[L Beach]: The subject may become overexposed on cloudy days or in shaded places. Check the image on the screen. •...
  • Page 65: Adjusting The Exposure

    Adjusting the Exposure Adjusting the Exposure The first part of this section covers the main shooting modes used to adjust the exposure. Select a shooting mode according to which elements of the exposure (aperture, shutter speed and gain) you want to control and let the camcorder adjust the rest of the settings automatically.
  • Page 66: Automatic Exposure: Programmed Ae (')

    Adjusting the Exposure Automatic Exposure: Programmed AE (’) The camcorder automatically sets the shutter speed, aperture and gain (for clips) but you will have the option to use other functions that are not available in mode. Set the shooting mode to [’ Programmed AE] (A 63). Automatic Exposure: Shutter Priority (‚) With this shooting mode you set the shutter speed manually, for example, to capture fast-moving subjects in sharp focus or to obtain a brighter image in low-light situations.
  • Page 67: Touch Exposure

    Adjusting the Exposure Touch Exposure You can touch the screen to optimize the exposure for a specific subject or area. The camcorder will automatically adjust the exposure for the selected point and lock the exposure settings. You can even touch a bright area of the image to make that point the 100% brightness level and so try to avoid overexposure (Highlight AE).
  • Page 68: Exposure Compensation

    Adjusting the Exposure Exposure Compensation You can compensate the exposure that was set using automatic exposure, in order to darken or lighten the image. This function can only be used when the shooting mode is set to ’, ‚ or “. 1 Open the exposure screen.
  • Page 69: Zebra Pattern

    Adjusting the Exposure Zebra Pattern You can display 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 highlight areas that will lose detail will be identified, while 70% will identify also areas that are dangerously close to losing detail.
  • Page 70: Nd Filter

    ND Filter ND Filter Using the ND filter allows you to open up the aperture to obtain a shallower depth of field even when recording in bright surroundings. You can also use the ND filter to avoid the soft focus caused by diffraction when using small apertures.
  • Page 71: White Balance

    White Balance White Balance The camcorder uses an electronic white balance process to calibrate the picture and produce accurate colors under different lighting conditions. This function can only be used when the shooting mode is set to ’, ‚, “ or n.
  • Page 72 White Balance • If you set an assignable button to [Å Set WB] (A 94), you can press the button to register a custom white balance after you point the camcorder at a gray card or white object. • 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)
  • Page 73 Using Looks Using Looks The camcorder can shoot using looks — combinations of settings that affect the characteristics of the image produced. The camcorder offers a number of preset looks, some of whose settings you can adjust to your preference. This function can only be used when the shooting mode is set to ’, ‚, “ or n. Operating modes: 1 Open the looks screen.
  • Page 74: Setting The Time Code

    Setting the Time Code Setting the Time Code The camcorder generates a time code signal and records it with the recorded clips. The time code signal is output from the SDI OUT terminal (u only) and can be output also from the HDMI OUT terminal (A 108). Depending on the frame rate used, you may be able to select between a drop frame an non-drop frame time code signal (A 75).
  • Page 75 Setting the Time Code 3 After completing all the fields of the time code, select [OK]. • Select [Cancel] to close the screen without changing the time code. • If the running mode is set to [ Free Run], the time code will start running from the time code entered the moment you select [OK].
  • Page 76: Setting The User Bit

    Setting the User Bit Setting the User Bit The user bit 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.
  • Page 77: Recording Audio

    Recording Audio Recording Audio The camcorder features 4-channel linear PCM (LPCM) or 2-channel AAC audio recording and playback for MP4 clips, and 4-channel LPCM audio recording and playback for XF-AVC clips. The sampling frequency is 48 kHz. You can record audio using the INPUT terminals* (commercially available microphones or analog line-in audio sources), the MIC terminal (commercially available microphones) or the built-in microphone.
  • Page 78 Recording Audio Audio Settings and Recorded Audio Channels Which audio inputs are recorded to which audio channels is determined by a combination of menu settings, whether the handle unit is attached, and other audio-related controls on the camcorder. The following table gives an overview of the possible combinations.
  • Page 79 Recording Audio Connecting an External Microphone or External Audio Input Source to the Camcorder To each of the INPUT terminals you can attach commercially available microphones or analog line-in sources with an XLR connector. To use the INPUT terminals and microphone holder, the handle unit must be correctly attached to the camcorder.
  • Page 80 Recording Audio Recording the Same Audio Input to Two Channels By default, when using the INPUT terminals, each audio input is recorded to a separate audio channel (INPUT 1 to CH1 and INPUT 2 to CH2). If necessary (for example, as an audio backup recording), you can record the audio input into the INPUT 1 terminal to both audio channels, CH1 and CH2.
  • Page 81: Adjusting The Audio Recording Level

    Recording Audio Adjusting the Audio Recording Level You can adjust the audio recording level of the various audio channels using the audio controls on the handle unit or the audio screen in the FUNC menu. The audio screen shows an overview of the audio channels used and, for each audio channel: the audio input currently selected, whether the audio recording level is adjusted automatically or manually and the audio level indicator.
  • Page 82 Recording Audio Manual Audio Level Adjustment for CH1 or CH2 When the handle unit is attached to the camcorder, adjust the audio level using the controls on the handle unit. If the handle unit is not attached, adjust the audio levels using the FUNC menu (A 82). CH1/CH2 audio level dials CH1/CH2 audio level switches 1 Set the audio level switch of the desired channel to M (manual).
  • Page 83 Recording Audio Audio peak limiter • If at least one of the channels is set to the INPUT terminals and manual audio level adjustment, you can activate the audio limiter to lessen audio distortions. When activated, the audio limiter will limit the amplitude >...
  • Page 84 Recording Audio Low-Cut Filter (Built-in Microphone) When one of the audio channels is set to the built-in microphone/MIC terminal and no external microphone is connected to the MIC terminal, you can activate the low cut filter to reduce the sound of blowing wind and other ambient sounds when recording outdoors.
  • Page 85: Using Headphones

    Using Headphones Using Headphones Connect headphones with a ∅ 3.5 mm stereo mini plug to the × (headphone) terminal for playback or to monitor the recorded audio. Operating modes: 1 Select [Headphone Volume]. > [C # Audio Setup] > [Headphone Volume] 2 Select [Ô] or [Õ] to adjust the volume and then select [X].
  • Page 86: Audio Reference Signal

    Color Bars/Audio Reference Signal Color Bars/Audio Reference Signal You can have the camcorder generate color bars and a 1 kHz audio reference signal and output them from the SDI OUT terminal (u only), HDMI OUT terminal and × (headphone) terminal*. * Audio reference signal only.
  • Page 87 Pre-Recording Pre-Recording When pre-recording is activated, the camcorder starts recording continuously into a temporary memory (approx. 3 seconds) so when you press the REC button, the clip will contain also a few seconds of video and audio recorded before you pressed the button. Operating modes: 1 Press the PRE REC button.
  • Page 88: Infrared Recording

    Infrared Recording Infrared Recording In infrared mode the camcorder becomes more sensitive to infrared light, allowing you to record in dark locations. You can select the color of brighter areas of the picture (white or green). When the handle unit is attached to the camcorder, you can also use the handle unit's infrared light to make recordings even brighter.
  • Page 89 Using the Optional RC-V100 Remote Controller Using the Optional RC-V100 Remote Controller You can connect the optional RC-V100 Remote Controller to the camcorder’s REMOTE terminal in order to control the camcorder (including advanced recording functions) from a distance. The remote controller lets you turn the camcorder on, navigate the menus and remotely control the aperture and shutter speed, and more.
  • Page 90: Using The Optional Gp-E2 Gps Receiver

    For XF-AVC clips, the GPS information is recorded as part of the clip's metadata and can be used to organize and search recordings using Canon XF Utility (A 113). The recorded GPS information can be checked on the clip information screen or photo playback screen (single photo view).
  • Page 91 Using the Optional GP-E2 GPS Receiver 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.
  • Page 92 Using the Optional GP-E2 GPS Receiver...
  • Page 93: Custom Dial And Button

    Customization CUSTOM Dial and Button You can assign to the CUSTOM button and dial one of several frequently used functions. You can then adjust the selected function using the CUSTOM button and dial, without having to access the menu. Operating modes: 1 Press and hold the CUSTOM button.
  • Page 94: Assignable Buttons

    Assignable Buttons Assignable Buttons The camcorder offers 5 assignable buttons on the camcorder's body and an onscreen button (touch operation) to which you can assign various functions (assignable buttons). Assign often-used functions to the buttons you find most convenient, to personalize the camcorder to your needs and preferences. The names of the buttons printed on the camcorder also indicate their default settings.
  • Page 95: Assignable Functions

    Assignable Buttons Assignable functions Function name Description AF/MF] Switches between autofocus and manual focus. [~ Face Only AF] Switches between standard autofocus and autofocus only when a face is detected. [^ Magnification] Turns magnification on/off. Focus Guide] Turns the focus guide on/off. BLC Always On] Turns the constant backlight correction function on/off.
  • Page 96: Saving And Loading Menu Settings

    After you adjust settings in the various menus, you can save those settings on an SD card. Only SD card B can be used to save and load menu settings files. You can load those settings at a later date or on another XA55 / XA50 camcorder so that you can use that camcorder in the same way. Operating modes: Saving Menu Settings 1 Insert the card where you want to save the menu settings into SD card slot B.
  • Page 97: Changing The Index Screen

    Playback Playback This section explains how to play back clips and photos. For details on playing back recordings using an external monitor, refer to Connecting to an External Monitor (A 107). Operating modes: The Playback Index Screen 1 Set the power switch to MEDIA. •...
  • Page 98: Playing Back Recordings

    Playback Playing Back Recordings 1 In the index screen, touch the thumbnail of the desired recording. • Clips: Playback will start from the selected clip until the last clip in the index screen. Photos: The selected photo will be displayed. Swipe left/right to view other photos. 2 Touch the screen to display the playback controls.
  • Page 99: Playback Controls

    Playback Playback Controls The following playback types are available using the onscreen controls. Using the joystick, push the joystick to select the desired button and then press the joystick. For clip playback, you can also use the playback buttons on the supplied wireless controller. Clip playback controls Playback type Operation...
  • Page 100 Playback Displaying Clip Information 1 In the clip index screen select [I] and then select the desired clip. • The [Clip Info] screen will be displayed. • Select [Ï] / [Ð] to view the information for the previous/next clip. 2 Select [L] twice to return to the index screen. 1 File number (MP4 clips, A 119) 6 Date and time at the start of recording Clip's file name (XF-AVC clips, A 39)
  • Page 101: Clip And Photo Operations

    Clip and Photo Operations Clip and Photo Operations Deleting Clips and Photos You can delete clips and photos you are not interested in keeping. Operating modes: Deleting Clips and Photos from the Index Screen 1 Open the desired index screen (A 97). •...
  • Page 102 Clip and Photo Operations IMPORTANT • Be careful when deleting recordings. Once deleted, they cannot be recovered. • Save copies of important recordings before deleting them (A 113). NOTES • Photos that were protected with other devices cannot be deleted with this camcorder. •...
  • Page 103 Clip and Photo Operations Copying Clips and Photos You can copy clips and photos from one card to the other. Operating modes: Copying Clips and Photos from the Index Screen 1 Open the desired index screen (A 97). • To copy all the MP4 clips or photos recorded on the same date (saved in the same folder), drag your finger left/right until an MP4 clip or photo you want to copy appears.
  • Page 104 Clip and Photo Operations...
  • Page 105: External Connections

    External Connections Video Output Configuration The video signal output from the SDI OUT terminal (u only) and HDMI™ OUT terminal depends on the clip's video configuration and on various menu settings. The video signal output from the HDMI OUT terminal can also change depending on the capabilities of the connected monitor.
  • Page 106 Video Output Configuration Video Output Configuration (Playback) Recording Maximum Video output configuration video configuration Scan mode output resolution Resolution Frame rate Resolution Frame rate Color sampling 3840x2160 3840x2160 Same as the recording 1920x1080 1920x1080 Same as the recording 1280x720 29.97P 1280x720 59.94P 3840x2160...
  • Page 107: Connecting To An External Monitor

    Connecting to an External Monitor Connecting to an External Monitor When you connect the camcorder to an external monitor (to monitor the recording or for playback), use the HDMI OUT terminal (v only) or the terminal on the camcorder that matches the one you wish to use on the monitor (u only).
  • Page 108 Connecting to an External Monitor > [3 Recording Setup] > [Rec Command] to [i On] to use the camcorder’s REC • You can set button to control also the recording operation of an external recorder compatible with recording commands connected to the SDI OUT terminal. •...
  • Page 109 Connecting to an External Monitor Selecting the Video Output’s Scan Mode When using external devices that support only interlaced scanning, you can change the scan mode of the video signal output from the SDI OUT terminal (u only) or HDMI OUT terminal. 1 Select [SDI/HDMI Scan Mode] or [HDMI Scan Mode].
  • Page 110: Audio Output

    Audio Output Audio Output The camcorder can output audio from the SDI OUT terminal (u only), HDMI OUT terminal, × (headphone) terminal or built-in speaker (monaural audio; mode only). When recording or playing back clips recorded with 4-channel audio, you can select which audio channels are output. Audio output configuration Audio output configuration Audio configuration of the...
  • Page 111 Audio Output Selecting the Audio Channels for HDMI Output The audio signal output from the HDMI OUT terminal will be 2-channel linear PCM audio (16 bit). You can select the pair of audio channels that are output from the terminal. 1 Select [HDMI Channels].
  • Page 112 Audio Output...
  • Page 113: Saving Mp4 Clips

    Saving XF-AVC Clips Use Canon XF Utility to save and organize XF-AVC clips on a computer. You can use the Canon XF plugins to easily use clips directly from Avid non-linear editing (NLE) software. The software and plugins are available as free downloads from your local Canon website.
  • Page 114 Working with Clips on a Computer Canon XF Plugin for Avid Media Access (for Windows/macOS): Plugin that allows you to easily import clips from an SD card or a local folder in the computer to the compatible version of Avid Media Composer (an NLE...
  • Page 115: Additional Information

    Additional Information Menu Options For details about how to select an item, refer to Using the Menus (A 29). For details about each function, see the reference page. Setting options in boldface indicate default values. Depending on the camcorder’s operating mode and other current settings, some menu items may not be available.
  • Page 116 Menu Options FUNC menu in mode Menu item Setting options and additional information For clips: [y] index screen Single clip (playback pause) [Copy (6'7)], [Copy (7'6)] — (A 103) <folder name>**, Ü [Select], [All Clips] [Delete] (A 101) Ü [Trim] —...
  • Page 117 Menu Options Menu item Setting options and additional information [Auto Slow Shutter] [i On], [j Off] The camcorder automatically uses slow shutter speeds to obtain brighter recordings in places with insufficient lighting. • When this setting is set to [i On], the fastest shutter speed used is: 1/30 (59.94P), 1/15 (29.97P) or 1/12 (23.98P).
  • Page 118 Menu Options [É Playback Setup] menu ( mode only) Menu item Setting options and additional information [¸ Data Code] [j Off], [% Date] Data Code] [j Off], [% Date], [& Time], [ Date and Time], [ Camera Data] (XF-AVC [{ Data Code] clips) or [{ Camera Data] (photos) Displays the date when an MP4 clip was recorded ([¸...
  • Page 119 Menu Options Menu item Setting options and additional information [User Defined] Up to 5 characters, A to Z, 0 to 9 ([CANON]) (A 40) [Color Bars] [j Off], [ SMPTE], [ ARIB] (A 86) [1 kHz Tone] [ü –12 dB], [þ –18 dB], [ÿ –20 dB], [j Off]...
  • Page 120 Menu Options Menu item Setting options and additional information [Speaker Volume] Volume adjustment bar: 0 to 15 (8), [Ø] (softer), [Ù] (louder) mode only, this setting is an alternative way to adjust the built-in speaker's volume (A 99). [Monitor Channels] [ƒ...
  • Page 121 Menu Options Menu item Setting options and additional information [Distance Units] [. meters], [/ feet] Selects the units to use for the focusing distance display while focusing manually. This setting also affects units for the altitude in the GPS information of geotagged recordings. [B System Setup] menu Menu item Setting options and additional information...
  • Page 122 Menu Options Menu item Setting options and additional information [GPS Information Display]* — When the optional GP-E2 GPS Receiver is attached to the camcorder, the following settings become available: [GPS Auto Time Setting]: You can have the camcorder automatically set the time based on the information acquired from GPS.
  • Page 123: Troubleshooting

    - 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.
  • Page 124 - 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.
  • Page 125: Picture And Sound

    Troubleshooting 7 flashes on the screen. - You connected the optional GP-E2 GPS Receiver to the camcorder in mode. Disconnect the receiver and connect it again after setting the camcorder to mode. Picture and Sound The screen appears too dark. >...
  • Page 126: List Of Messages

    - 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.
  • Page 127 Turn the camcorder off and the on again. Remove the cards and reinsert them, or replace them with new cards. If the problem persists, consult a Canon Service Center. - Corrupted file control information cannot be recovered. Cards or XF-AVC clips with corrupt file control information cannot be read by Canon XF Utility.
  • Page 128 Troubleshooting Recording was stopped due to insufficient write speed of the memory card - The write speed of the SD card was too slow so recording was stopped. To record clips with a resolution of 3840x2160 or using slow & fast motion recording, use an SD card rated UHS Speed Class U3. To record other clips, use an SD card rated SD Speed Class 6* or 10, or UHS Speed Class U1 or U3.
  • Page 129 Safety Instructions and Handling Precautions Safety Instructions and Handling Precautions Be sure to read these instructions in order to operate the product safely. Follow these instructions to prevent injury or harm to the operator of the product or others. WARNING Denotes the risk of serious injury or death.
  • Page 130: Battery Pack

    This will protect your important recordings in case of damage and create more free space on the 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.
  • Page 131 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.
  • Page 132: Lithium Button Battery

    Safety Instructions and Handling Precautions Lithium Button Battery WARNING • The battery used in this device may present a fire or chemical burn hazard if mishandled. • Do not disassemble, modify, immerse in water, heat above 100 °C (212 °F) or incinerate the battery. •...
  • Page 133: Using The Camcorder Abroad

    You can use the compact power adapter to operate the camcorder and the battery charger to charge battery packs in any country/region 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.
  • Page 134: Optional Accessories

    The message [Battery communication error] is displayed if you use a non-genuine Canon battery pack, and user response is required. Note that Canon shall not be liable for any damages resulting from accidents, such as malfunction or fire, that occur due to use of non-genuine Canon battery packs.
  • Page 135 • The tele-converter cannot be used together with the supplied lens hood. WA-U58 wide attachment • The wide attachment cannot be used together with the supplied lens hood. This mark identifies genuine Canon video accessories. When you use Canon video equipment, we recommend Canon-brand accessories or products bearing the same mark.
  • Page 136: Specifications

    Specifications Specifications XA55 / XA50 Camcorder — Values given are approximate figures. System • Recording System Clips: Video compression: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Audio format: MPEG-2 AAC-LC, 16 bit, 48 kHz, 2 channels Linear PCM, 16 bit, 48 kHz, 4 channels File format: XF-AVC Video compression: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264...
  • Page 137 Specifications • White Balance Automatic white balance (AWB); 2 preset settings (daylight, tungsten lamp); color temperature setting; custom white balance (2 sets) • Minimum Illumination 0.1 lx ([NLow Light] shooting mode, shutter speed 1/2) 1.7 lx ([’ Programmed AE] shooting mode, 59.94P, shutter speed 1/30, auto slow shutter [On]) •...
  • Page 138 Specifications • Weight Camcorder body (including grip belt): u 970 g (2.1 lb.), v 960 g (2.1 lb.) u 1,445 g (3.2 lb.), v 1,435 g (3.2 lb.) Typical working configuration*: * Camcorder with grip belt, lens hood, handle unit with microphone holder, BP-820 battery pack and one SD card. CA-570 Compact Power Adapter •...
  • Page 139: Reference Tables

    Reference Tables Reference Tables Approximate Recording Time on an SD Card Approximate times, for reference only, based on a continuous recording operation until the card is full. MP4 clips SD card Resolution MP4 audio format (bit rate) 8 GB 16 GB 32 GB 64 GB 128 GB...
  • Page 140 Reference Tables Video configuration Battery pack Usage conditions Resolution (bit rate) Frame rate BP-820 (supplied) BP-828 (optional) MP4 clips Recording (maximum) 135 min. 210 min. 3840x2160 Recording (typical) 75 min. 115 min. (150 Mbps) Playback 180 min. 275 min. Recording (maximum) 155 min.
  • Page 141 Reference Tables Video configuration Battery pack Usage conditions Resolution (bit rate) Frame rate BP-820 (supplied) BP-828 (optional) MP4 clips Recording (maximum) 140 min. 215 min. 3840x2160 Recording (typical) 75 min. 120 min. (150 Mbps) Playback 190 min. 290 min. Recording (maximum) 165 min.
  • Page 142 Focus guide ......49 Canon XF Utility (download) ....113 Focus/zoom ring .
  • Page 143 Index screens ......97 Peaking ......49 Infrared light .
  • Page 144 Specifications ......136 Sports (shooting mode) ....63 Video configuration .
  • Page 145 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 parts or supplies (other than those sold by Canon USA) that cause damage to the Equipment or that cause abnormally frequent service calls or service problems;...
  • Page 146 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. Labor: For a period of ONE YEAR from the date of original purchase, labor will be provided free of charge by Canon Canada's factory service center or designated service facilities located in Canada.
  • Page 147 30-2, Shimomaruko 3-chome, Ohta-ku, Tokyo 146-8501, Japan • The information in this document in verified as of March 2019. Subject to change without notice. Visit your local Canon website to download the latest version. © CANON INC. 2019 PUB. DIE-0532-000...

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