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  • Page 1 PUB. DIE-0508-000 HD Camcorder Instruction Manual...
  • Page 2 • This device incorporates exFAT technology licensed from Microsoft. • “Full HD 1080” refers to Canon camcorders compliant with high-definition video composed of 1,080 vertical pixels (scanning lines). • This product is licensed under AT&T patents for the MPEG-4 standard and may be used for encoding MPEG-4 compliant video and/or decoding MPEG-4 compliant video that was encoded only (1) for a personal and non- commercial purpose or (2) by a video provider licensed under the AT&T patents to provide MPEG-4 compliant video.
  • Page 3 Highlights of the Camcorder The Canon XA15 / XA11 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...
  • Page 4 AVCHD/MP4 recording and dual LCD screen and viewfinder The LCD screen and viewfinder both have recording 100% frame coverage, which will ensure that When you record, you can choose between you can accurately check that your shots are AVCHD and MP4 formats (A 33). You can framed how you want them.
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Table of contents 1 Introduction 8 Selecting the Recording Mode (Video Quality) 40 About this Manual 8 Dual Recording and Relay Recording 41 Conventions Used in this Manual 8 Selecting the Frame Rate 42 Supplied Accessories 10 Slow & Fast Motion Recording 43 Names of Parts 11 CINEMA Mode and Cinema-Look Filters 45...
  • Page 6 Activating the Microphone’s Attenuator Deleting Scenes 98 Deleting a Single Scene 98 (INPUT terminals) 75 Deleting Scenes from the Index Using the Built-in Microphone or an Screen 98 External Microphone Connected to the MIC Terminal 76 Dividing Scenes 100 Switching the Input (MIC Terminal) 76 Trimming Scenes 101 Audio Scenes 76 Audio Recording Level (Built-in...
  • Page 7 Converting Movies to MP4 Format 114 Copying Recordings to an External Video Recorder 115 In High Definition 115 In Standard Definition 115 9 Additional Information 117 Appendix: Menu Options Lists 117 FUNC. Menu 117 Setup Menus 118 Appendix: Onscreen Icons and Displays 127 Troubleshooting 131 List of Messages 135...
  • Page 8: Introduction

    Introduction Introduction About this Manual Thank you for purchasing the Canon XA15 / XA11. Please read this manual carefully before you use the camcorder and retain it for future reference. Should your camcorder fail to operate correctly, refer Troubleshooting (A 131).
  • Page 9 About this Manual The three sets of icons indicate the operating : Indicates the movie format. For Selecting the Movie Format mode and whether a function is available in details, refer to (AVCHD/MP4) that mode. (A 34). : Indicates whether the : Indicates the camera Setting the camcorder is in shooting (CAMERA) or...
  • Page 10: Supplied Accessories

    Supplied Accessories Supplied Accessories The following accessories are supplied with the camcorder: CA-570 Compact Power Adapter BP-820 Battery Pack Microphone holder unit (incl. power cord and ferrite core) (incl. screws) Handle unit (incl. screws) Lens hood with lens barrier Lens cap Quick Guide...
  • Page 11: Names Of Parts

    Names of Parts Names of Parts Left side view 1 Lens barrier switch (A 35) 8 CUSTOM (customizable) button 2 Memory card slot 2 (A 32) (A 90) 3 Memory card slot 3 (A 32) 9 INFRARED switch (A 87) 4 u (review recording) button (A 39)/ 10 Double memory card slot cover Assignable button 5 (A 91)
  • Page 12 Names of Parts Right side view 1 Built-in speaker (A 95) 5 o HD/SD-SDI terminal (A 103) 2 MIC terminal (A 72) 6 × (headphones) terminal (A 82) 3 HDMI OUT terminal (A 102, 103) 7 USB terminal (A 88) 4 REMOTE terminal 8 DC IN terminal (A 16) For connecting commercially...
  • Page 13 Names of Parts Front view Back view 1 Instant AF sensor (A 49, 144) 7 Dioptric adjustment lever (A 20) 2 AF/MF button (A 47)/ 8 Joystick (A 26)/SET button (A 26) Assignable button 1 (A 91) 9 Strap mount (A 22) 3 PRE REC (pre-recording) button 10 Assignable button 3 (A 91) (A 85)/...
  • Page 14 Names of Parts Top view Bottom view 1 Power switch (A 24) 8 Handle unit mount (A 19) 2 POWER / CHG (battery charging) 9 Lens hood mount index mark indicator (A 16) 10 Tripod socket 3 Built-in stereo microphone For mounting the camcorder on a (A 72) tripod with a mounting screw 6.5 mm...
  • Page 15 Names of Parts Handle unit 1 Microphone holder unit (A 72) 9 Audio level switches for CH1 and 2 Microphone lock screw (A 72) CH2 (A 74) 3 Accessory shoe 10 Audio level dials for CH1 and CH2 For attaching accessories. (A 74) 4 Handle zoom rocker (A 53) 11 Microphone cable clamp (A 72)
  • Page 16: Preparations

    Attaching the Ferrite Core Preparations 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.
  • Page 17 Charging the Battery Pack POWER/CHG (battery charging) indicator 5 Charging will start when the camcorder is turned off. • If the camcorder was on, the green POWER/CHG indicator will go out when you turn off the camcorder. After a moment, the POWER/CHG indicator will turn on in red (battery pack charging).
  • Page 18 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. •...
  • Page 19: Preparing The Camcorder

    Preparing the Camcorder Preparing the Camcorder This section covers the basic preparations for the camcorder such as attaching the handle unit and lens hood, and adjusting the viewfinder and 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. Attaching the Microphone Holder Unit Use the supplied screws to attach the microphone holder unit to the handle unit.
  • Page 20: Using The Lens Hood And Lens Cap

    Preparing the Camcorder 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.
  • Page 21: Adjusting The Lcd Screen

    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. NOTES • You cannot use the LCD screen and viewfinder simultaneously. To use the viewfinder, make sure you close the LCD panel.
  • Page 22: Grip Belt And Straps

    Preparing the Camcorder • 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.
  • Page 23 Preparing the Camcorder 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.
  • Page 24: Basic Operation Of The Camcorder

    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. To turn on the camcorder Set the power switch to CAMERA for mode (A...
  • Page 25: Setting The Camera Mode

    Basic Operation of the Camcorder Setting the Camera Mode When making recordings, you can change the camera mode to match your shooting style. (Auto) mode Set the mode switch to N. With this mode, the camcorder takes care of all the settings while you concentrate on recording (A 35).
  • Page 26: Using The Func. Button And Joystick

    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.
  • Page 27: First Time 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. Operating modes: 1 Use the power switch to turn on the camcorder.
  • Page 28: Changing The Language

    First Time Settings Changing the Language The default language of the camcorder is English. You can set it to one of 27 languages. Setup Menus Refer to (A 30) for details on how to navigate the menu for this procedure. Operating modes: 1 Open the [Language ] screen.
  • Page 29: Using The Menus

    First Time Settings Using the Menus Many of the camcorder’s functions can be adjusted from the FUNC. menu and the setup menus. For Menu Options Lists details about the available menu options and settings, refer to the appendix (A 117). FUNC.
  • Page 30 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 mode only: Touch [FUNC.].
  • Page 31: Using A Memory Card

    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...
  • Page 32: Inserting And Removing A Memory Card

    Using a Memory Card Inserting and Removing a Memory Card Make sure to initialize (A 32) all memory cards before using them with this camcorder. 1 Turn off the camcorder. • Make sure the indicator is off. POWER/CHG 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.
  • Page 33: Selecting The Memory Card For Recordings

    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.
  • Page 34: Selecting The Movie Format (Avchd/Mp4)

    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.
  • Page 35: Recording

    Recording Movies and Photos Recording Recording Recording Movies and Photos You can select the memory card that will be used to record movies and photos (A 33). For details on Recording Audio recording audio, refer to (A 72). Should the camcorder fail to operate correctly, refer Troubleshooting (A 131).
  • Page 36 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. Smart AUTO mode, the camcorder will automatically detect certain characteristics of the subject, background, lighting conditions, etc.
  • Page 37: Recording In N (Manual) Mode

    3 Record movies and photos. • The procedure is the same as in mode (A 35). IMPORTANT • Be sure to save your recordings regularly (A 110), especially after making important recordings. Canon shall not be liable for any loss or corruption of data.
  • Page 38 Recording Movies and Photos NOTES • The START/STOP button on the handle unit has a lock lever to prevent accidental operation. Set the lock lever to C in cases such as when you do not want a recording inadvertently paused or do not plan to use this START/STOP button.
  • Page 39: Reviewing The Latest Scene Recorded

    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 91).
  • Page 40: Selecting The Recording Mode (Video Quality)

    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.
  • Page 41: Dual Recording And Relay Recording

    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.
  • Page 42: Selecting The Frame Rate

    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.
  • Page 43: Slow & Fast Motion Recording

    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.
  • Page 44 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).
  • Page 45: Cinema Mode And Cinema-Look Filters

    CINEMA Mode and Cinema-Look Filters CINEMA Mode and Cinema-Look Filters 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 114).
  • Page 46 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.
  • Page 47: Focus Adjustment

    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. POINTS TO CHECK •...
  • Page 48 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.
  • Page 49: Autofocus

    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.
  • Page 50: Face Detection & Tracking

    Focus Adjustment • 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. •...
  • Page 51 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. Set an assignable button to [~ Face Only AF] (A 91) and press the button.
  • Page 52: Zooming

    Zooming Zooming Operating modes: To zoom in and out, you can use the focus/zoom ring, the zoom rockers on the camcorder and handle unit, 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.] >...
  • Page 53: Using The Zoom Rockers

    Zooming Using the Zoom Rockers Move the zoom rocker on the camcorder or handle unit toward T (wide angle) to zoom out. Move it toward S (telephoto) to zoom in. • By default, the camcorder zoom rocker (the rocker near the grip belt) operates at a variable speed –...
  • Page 54: Using The Touch Screen's Zoom Controls

    Zooming To use high-speed zoom You can use high-speed zoom when [Zoom Rocker Zoom Speed] is set to [Y]. When you use high- speed 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.
  • Page 55: Soft Zoom Control

    Zooming 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.
  • Page 56: Advanced Image Stabilization

    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] >...
  • Page 57: 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. 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.
  • Page 58: Automatic Exposure Recording Programs

    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: 1 Open the screen of the desired recording program.
  • Page 59 Automatic Exposure Recording Programs - 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.
  • Page 60: Exposure Adjustment

    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.
  • Page 61: Exposure Compensation

    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.
  • Page 62 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 • Setting the exposure compensation is not available during infrared mode. •...
  • Page 63: White Balance

    White Balance White Balance The white balance function helps you to accurately reproduce colors under different lighting conditions. Operating modes: POINTS TO CHECK • Select a recording program other than the Special Scene recording programs. 1 Open the white balance screen. [FUNC.] [Ä...
  • Page 64 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 •...
  • Page 65: Special Scene Recording Programs

    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. [FUNC.] [Rec.
  • Page 66 Special Scene Recording Programs To record spotlit scenes. [œSpotlight] To record fireworks. [PFireworks] 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). •...
  • Page 67: Looks And Other Image Effects

    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.
  • Page 68 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 • Image effects are not available during infrared mode. •...
  • Page 69: Setting The Time Code

    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 HD/SD-SDI terminal (o only) and HDMI OUT terminal.
  • Page 70: Selecting Drop Frame Or Non-Drop Frame

    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.
  • Page 71: Setting The User Bit

    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.
  • Page 72: Recording Audio

    Recording Audio Recording Audio You can record audio using the built-in stereo microphone, commercially available external microphone (INPUT 1/INPUT 2 terminals*, MIC terminal) or line input (INPUT 1/INPUT 2 terminals*). Using the INPUT 1/INPUT 2 terminals, you can select the audio input independently for channel 1 (CH1) and channel 2 (CH2).
  • Page 73: Connecting An External Microphone Or External Audio Input Source To The Camcorder

    Recording Audio Connecting an External Microphone or External Audio Input Source to the Camcorder In order to use the microphone holder and INPUT 1/INPUT 2 terminals, the handle unit must be attached to the camcorder. 1 Loosen the microphone lock screw ( ), open the microphone holder and insert the microphone ( ).
  • Page 74: Recording Audio To Channel 2 (Ch2)

    Recording Audio Recording Audio to Channel 2 (CH2) You can select the audio source that will be recorded to channel 2. 1 Open the [CH2 Input] screen. [FUNC.] > [MENU] > p > [CH2 Input] 2 Touch the desired option and then touch [X]. Options ( Default value) The audio signal input through the INPUT 1 terminal will be recorded to channel 1...
  • Page 75: Adjusting The Microphone's Sensitivity (Input Terminals)

    Recording Audio NOTES • When the audio level meter reaches the red point (0 dB), the sound may be distorted. • If the audio level meter display is normal but the sound is distorted, activate the microphone's attenuator (A 75). •...
  • Page 76: Using The Built-In Microphone Or An External Microphone Connected To The Mic Terminal

    Recording Audio Using the Built-in Microphone or an External Microphone Connected to the MIC Terminal Follow the step below to use the built-in microphone or an external microphone connected to the MIC terminal. Use commercially available condenser microphones with their own power supply and a ∅...
  • Page 77: Audio Recording Level (Built-In Microphone/Mic Terminal)

    Recording Audio Options ( Default value) To record most general situations. The camcorder records with standard settings. ‘ Standard] To vibrantly record music performances and singing indoors. ’ Music] Best for recording human voices and dialog. ‚ Speech] To record birds and scenes in forests. The camcorder clearly captures sound “...
  • Page 78: Microphone Directionality (Built-In Microphone)

    Recording Audio 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.
  • Page 79: Audio Equalizer (Built-In Microphone)

    Recording Audio Audio Equalizer (Built-in Microphone) You can use the audio equalizer to adjust sound levels by specifically targeting the high- or low- frequency range and selecting one of 3 available levels. Operating modes: 1 Set [— Audio Scene] to [„ Custom Setting] (A 76). 2 Open the [Built-in Mic Freq.
  • Page 80: Microphone Attenuator (Built-In Microphone)

    Recording Audio Microphone Attenuator (Built-in Microphone) If the audio level is too high and the audio sounds distorted while recording with the built-in microphone, activate the microphone attenuator (20 dB). Operating modes: 1 Set [— Audio Scene] to [„ Custom Setting] (A 76). 2 Open the [Built-in Mic Att.] screen.
  • Page 81: Microphone Attenuator (Mic Terminal)

    Recording Audio Microphone Attenuator (MIC Terminal) You can activate the microphone attenuator (20 dB) for a microphone connected to the MIC terminal to prevent audio from being distorted if the audio level is too high. Operating modes: 1 Open the [MIC Att.] screen. [FUNC.] [MENU] [MIC Att.]...
  • Page 82: Using Headphones

    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: 1 Connect headphones to the × (headphone) terminal. 2 Open the [Headphone Volume] screen. [FUNC.] [MENU] [Headphone Volume]...
  • Page 83: Color Bars/Audio Reference Signal

    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, HD/SD-SDI terminal (o only) and ×...
  • Page 84: Video Snapshot

    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 91). 2 Press the assignable button to activate video snapshot mode. •...
  • Page 85: Pre-Recording

    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. Operating modes: 1 Press the PRE REC button.
  • Page 86: Onscreen Displays And Data Code

    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 •...
  • Page 87: Infrared Recording

    Infrared Recording Infrared Recording Using the infrared mode, the camcorder becomes more sensitive to infrared light, allowing you to record in dark locations. You can also use the handle unit's infrared light to keep shooting even in very dark conditions. Also, you can select whether the brighter areas of the picture appear in green or white.
  • Page 88: Using The Gp-E2 Gps Receiver

    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 Turn off the camcorder and the receiver.
  • Page 89 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.
  • Page 90: Customization

    CUSTOM Dial and Button Customization Customization CUSTOM Dial and Button 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.
  • Page 91: Assignable Buttons

    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: Changing the Assigned Function 1 Open the selection screen for the desired assignable button.
  • Page 92: Using An Assignable Button

    Assignable Buttons Functions the same as selecting [x AGC Limit] (A 57) in the FUNC. menu. AGC Limit]* Functions the same as selecting [< Focus] (A 47) in the FUNC. menu. Focus]* Functions the same as selecting [y Exposure] (A 60) in the FUNC. menu. Exposure]* Functions the same as selecting [—...
  • Page 93: Saving And Loading Menu Settings

    NOTES • The camcorder can load settings from other XA15 and XA11 camcorders. After settings are loaded, settings common to both camcorders are overwritten while settings not common to both are...
  • Page 94: Playback

    Playing Back Video Playback Playback Playing Back Video This section explains how to play back scenes. For details on playing back scenes using an external Connecting to an External Monitor monitor, refer to (A 102). Operating modes: 1 Set the power switch to MEDIA. •...
  • Page 95: Adjusting The Volume

    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] View Assistance] setting to >...
  • Page 96: Displaying Scene Information

    Playing Back Video During playback pause: ! Resume playback. " Slow playback* backward/forward. # Capture the displayed frame as a photo (A 97). * 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].
  • Page 97: Capturing Photos During Movie Playback

    Playing Back Video Capturing Photos During Movie Playback You can capture a photo while a movie is being played back. 1 Play back the scene from which you want to capture the photo. 2 Pause the playback at the point where you want to capture the photo. 3 Touch [PHOTO].
  • Page 98: Deleting Scenes

    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: Deleting a Single Scene 1 Play back the scene you wish to delete (A 94). 2 Touch the screen to display the playback controls.
  • Page 99 Deleting Scenes Options Delete all the scenes recorded on a particular date. For AVCHD movies, the date date/folder name will appear in the onscreen button. For MP4 movies, the folder name (A 95) will appear, with the last four digits indicating the month and day. Select individual scenes to delete.
  • Page 100: Dividing Scenes

    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: 1 Play back the desired scene (A 94). 2 Pause the playback at the point where you want to divide the scene. 3 Open the screen for dividing scenes.
  • Page 101: Trimming Scenes

    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 94). 2 Pause the playback. 3 Open the screen for trimming scenes. [FUNC.] [Trim] >...
  • Page 102: External Connections

    Connecting to an External Monitor External Connections External Connections Connecting to an External Monitor 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.
  • Page 103: Selecting The Terminal Used For Output

    Connecting to an External Monitor o Selecting the Terminal Used For Output To output your recordings on an external monitor, you must first select which terminal you will use. 1 Open the [Output Terminal] screen. [FUNC.] [MENU] [Output Terminal] > >...
  • Page 104: Using The Av Out Terminal

    Connecting to an External Monitor NOTES • o When [FUNC.] [MENU] [Output Terminal] is set to [ HD/SD-SDI & > > > HDMI], the signal output from the HDMI OUT terminal will be determined by the [FUNC.] [MENU] > [HD/SD-SDI Output] setting. >...
  • Page 105: Audio Output

    Audio Output Audio Output The camcorder can output audio from the HD/SD-SDI terminal (o only), HDMI OUT terminal, AV OUT terminal or × (headphone) terminal. When audio is output from the AV OUT terminal or × (headphone) terminal, you can configure the following settings. Synchronizing the Video with the Audio being Monitored When audio is output from the AV OUT terminal or ×...
  • Page 106 Audio Output NOTES • If you set an assignable button to [Audio Output CH] (A 91), you can press the button to change the audio channel directly.
  • Page 107: Photos

    Viewing Photos 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) >...
  • Page 108: Photo Jump Function

    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]. 3 Drag your finger left and right along the scroll bar and then touch [K]. IMPORTANT •...
  • Page 109: Deleting Photos

    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.
  • Page 110: Saving/Sharing Recordings

    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_biz.html Check the Data Import Utility Software Guide for details on features, system requirements, installation and how to use the software.
  • Page 111: Transferring Movies To The Computer

    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. IFC-400PCU USB Cable (optional) 1 Camcorder: Power the camcorder using the compact power adapter. 2 Camcorder: Set the power switch to MEDIA. 3 Camcorder: Open the desired movie index screen (A 94).
  • Page 112: Copying Recordings Between Memory Cards

    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 Operating modes: 1 Open the desired movie index screen (A 94). • To copy all the scenes recorded on a specific date, drag your finger left/right until a scene you want to copy appears.
  • Page 113: Copying Photos From The Index Screen

    Copying Recordings Between Memory Cards Copying Photos from the Index Screen Operating modes: 1 Open the desired photo index screen (A 107). 2 Open the screen to copy photos. [FUNC.] [Copy (6'7)] or [Copy (7'6)] > 3 Touch the desired option and then touch [Yes]. •...
  • Page 114 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.
  • Page 115 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.
  • Page 116 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.
  • Page 117 Appendix: Menu Options Lists Additional Information Additional Information Appendix: Menu Options Lists Using the Menu items not available appear grayed out. For details about how to select an item, refer to Menus (A 29). For details about each function, see the reference page. Menu options without a reference page are explained after the tables.
  • Page 118 Appendix: Menu Options Lists Onscreen button Setting options/Function AUTO CINEMA [Image Effects] [ON], [OFF] – – When [ON] is selected - [Looks]: [Standard], [Highlight Priority], [Wide DR] [Color Depth], [Sharpness], [Contrast], [Brightness]: –2 to +2 (±0) Option available only for recording movies. The setting is maintained when the camcorder is switched from mode to mode.
  • Page 119 Appendix: Menu Options Lists Menu item Setting options [Focus Assistance] [i On], [j Off] – [Face Detection & Tracking] [i On }], [j Off] [Auto Backlight Correction] [i On], [j Off] – [Auto Slow Shutter] [i On], [j Off] – [Flicker Reduction] [j Off], [k Automatic] –...
  • Page 120 Appendix: Menu Options Lists When set to [i On], the camcorder will automatically detect and [Auto Backlight Correction]: 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 >...
  • Page 121 Appendix: Menu Options Lists Playback Setup Menu item Setting options [Data Code] For AVCHD movies and photos: – [j Off], [% Date], [& Time], [' Date and Time], [( Camera Data] For MP4 movies: [j Off], [% Date] [TV Type] [+ 4:3 TV], [, Wide TV] –...
  • Page 122 Appendix: Menu Options Lists Menu item Setting options [Slow & Fast When the frame rate is 59.94P: – – Motion] [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] [Video Snapshot [C 2 sec], [D 4 sec], [F 8 sec]...
  • Page 123 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.
  • Page 124 Appendix: Menu Options Lists Menu item Setting options [Assign Button 1] [È Powered IS], [° BLC Always On], [~ Face Only AF], – – [¦ Video Snapshot], [Ä WB Priority], [z Pre REC], [Assign Button 5]* [< IR Light], [œ Audio Output CH], [ AF/MF], Rec Review], [ Rec.
  • Page 125 Appendix: Menu Options Lists Menu item Setting options [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].
  • Page 126 Appendix: Menu Options Lists When set to [i On], the HDMI signal output from the camcorder includes the [HDMI Time Code]: camcorder's time code. Displays a screen where you can verify the standard of the output signal from the HDMI [HDMI Status]: OUT terminal.
  • Page 127 Appendix: Onscreen Icons and Displays Appendix: Onscreen Icons and Displays Recording Onscreen markers (A119) mode Tracking (A50) Face detection frame (A50) Left side of the screen Icon/Display Description ó Smart AUTO (A 36) ’, ‚, “, n, H, Recording program (A 58, 60, 65) I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P Infrared mode (A 87)
  • Page 128 Appendix: Onscreen Icons and Displays Top of the screen Icon/Display Description [FUNC.] Opens the FUNC. menu (A 29). [PHOTO] Takes a photo (A 35). 0:00:00.00, 0:00:00:00 Time code (A 69) Ñ, Ü Recording operation (A 35) Ñ Record standby, Ü Recording C, D, F Video snapshot length (A 84)
  • Page 129 Appendix: Onscreen Icons and Displays Bottom of the screen Icon/Display Description [PHOTO] Takes a photo (A 35). [FILTER 1] Cinema-look filters (A 45) ¾, ¿ Conversion lens (A 119) š, Ÿ, Œ Audio output channel (A 105) LPCM Linear PCM audio (A 40) Playback Movies Photos...
  • Page 130 Appendix: Onscreen Icons and Displays Bottom of the screen Icon/Display Description Ú, Ù, Ý, Ð, Playback controls for movies (A 95) Ñ, Ø, Ö, ×, Õ [PHOTO] Captures a photo from a movie (A 97). Headphone/Speaker volume (A 95) Ð, f, h Playback controls for photos (A 107) Time and date Data code (A 86)
  • Page 131 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.
  • Page 132 - 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.
  • Page 133 104 °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.
  • Page 134 Troubleshooting 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.).
  • Page 135 - 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.
  • Page 136 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.
  • Page 137 Troubleshooting 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.
  • Page 138 Troubleshooting 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.
  • Page 139 Troubleshooting 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).
  • Page 140 Safety Instructions and Handling Precautions Safety Instructions and Handling Precautions Be sure to read these instructions in order to operate the product safely. WARNING 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.
  • Page 141 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 –...
  • Page 142 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 143 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. LOCK switch Built-in Rechargeable Lithium Battery The camcorder has a built-in rechargeable lithium battery to keep the date/time and other settings.
  • Page 144 Maintenance/Others Maintenance/Others Cleaning Camcorder Body • Use a soft, dry cloth to clean the camcorder body. Never use chemically treated cloths or volatile solvents such as paint thinner. Lens, Viewfinder and Instant AF Sensor • If the lens surface or Instant AF sensor is dirty, autofocus may not work properly. •...
  • Page 145 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.
  • Page 146 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. BP-820, BP-828 CG-800 CA-570 Compact TL-H58 Battery Pack Battery Charger Power Adapter Tele-converter WA-H58 Wide...
  • Page 147 This product is designed to achieve excellent performance when used with genuine Canon accesso- ries. 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).
  • Page 148 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.
  • Page 149 Specifications Specifications XA15 / XA11 — Values given are approximate figures. System • Recording System Movies: AVCHD Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264; Audio: Linear PCM, 16 bits, 48 kHz, 2ch Dolby Digital 2ch Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Audio: MPEG-2 AAC-LC (2ch) Photos: DCF (Design rule for Camera File system), compatible with Exif Ver.
  • Page 150 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 •...
  • Page 151 Specifications • 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 : o 4.8 W p 4.7 W (17 Mbps, AF on, LCD normal brightness) •...
  • Page 152 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. For AVCHD movies: Recording mode → 28 Mbps LPCM (59.94P) and 24 Mbps LPCM 17 Mbps 5 Mbps...
  • Page 153 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 Charging conditions↓ Using the camcorder 275 min. 405 min.
  • Page 154 Reference Tables p Recording AVCHD movies Battery pack Recording mode Recording (maximum) Recording (typical)* Playback 28 Mbps LPCM (59.94P) / 145 min. 90 min. 240 min. 28 Mbps (59.94P) BP-820 17 Mbps 155 min. 95 min. 250 min. 5 Mbps 155 min.
  • Page 155 Index Deleting Movies ......98 Abroad, using the camcorder ... 145 Photos .
  • Page 156 Low light (recording program) ... . .65 Saving recordings Using a computer ....110 M (Manual) mode .
  • Page 157 Zebra pattern ......61 Zoom ....... . 52 Digital zoom .
  • Page 158 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 159 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 Canada) that cause damage to the Equipment or that cause abnormally frequent service calls or service problems;...
  • Page 160 CANON U.S.A., INC. http://pro.usa.canon.com/support (855) CINE-EOS (855-246-3367) (USA only) 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. © CANON INC. 2017 PUB.DIE-0508-000...

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