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    IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS In these safety instructions the word “product” refers to the Canon Digital Video Camcorder OPTURA60/OPTURA50 A and all its accessories. 1. Read Instructions — All the safety and operating instructions should be read before the product is operated.

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    When replacement of power supply is required, please return it to the responsible nearest Canon Service Center and please replace it with the same type number CA-570. The Adapter can be used with a power supply between 100 and 240 V AC. For areas where 120 V AC power is not used, you will need a special plug adapter.

  • Page 5: Using This Manual

    Using this Manual Thank you for purchasing the Canon OPTURA60/OPTURA50. Please read this manual carefully before you use the camcorder and retain it for future reference. Symbols and References Used in This Manual : Precautions related to the camcorder operation.

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    Trademark Acknowledgements • is a trademark. • is a trademark. ® • Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/ or other countries. • Macintosh and Mac OS are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the United States and other countries.

  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    Step 1: Preparing the Power Supply...18 Step 2: Loading a Cassette ...21 Step 3: Inserting a Memory Card...22 Step 4: Preparing the Camcorder ...23 Step 5: Using the Wireless Controller...25 Step 6: Adjusting the LCD Screen ...26 Step 7: Changing the Display Language ...27 Step 8: Setting the Time Zone, Date and Time...28...

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    List of Menu Items (MENU) ...72 Changing the Recording Mode (SP/LP) ...77 Adjusting the Audio Recording Level...78 Using the Wind Screen...80 Widescreen TV Recording (16:9) ...81 Changing the My Camera Settings...82 Playback Magnifying the Image ...84 Displaying the Data Code...85 End Search...86 Returning to a Pre-marked Position ...87 Date Search...88...

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    Do’s & Don’ts Handling Precautions ...144 Cleaning the Video Heads...148 Maintenance/Others ...149 Additional Information System Diagram ...150 Optional Accessories...151 Specifications...154 Product Codes...156 Index...157...

  • Page 10: Checking Supplied Accessories

    The serial number of this product can be found at the battery attachment unit of the camcorder. Write down the number and other information here and retain this book as a permanent record of your purchase to aid identification in case of theft.

  • Page 11: Components Guide

    Components Guide OPTURA60/OPTURA50 Left side view Right side view Focus ring ( FUNC. button ( SET dial ( 42, 57, 71) Speaker ( Memory card slot ( FOCUS button ( 53) / DATA CODE button ( EXP button ( 52) /...

  • Page 12: Front View

    Front view Back view Flash ( Mini video light (assist lamp)* ( Terminal cover Stereo microphone Remote sensor ( USB terminal ( 119, 132) S-video terminal ( Viewfinder ( Dioptric adjustment lever ( LCD screen ( * OPTURA60 only. OPEN button ( Card access indicator ( BATTERY RELEASE button ( LIGHT button* (...

  • Page 13: Top View

    Top view Bottom view (print/share) button ( TAPE/CARD switch ( PHOTO button ( Zoom lever ( Advanced accessory shoe ( Accessory shoe ( 120, 133) Cassette compartment ( OPEN/EJECT Cassette compartment cover ( Strap mount ( Tripod socket ( switch (...

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    Wireless Controller WL-D85 Transmitter START/STOP button ( CARD –/+ buttons ( DATE SEARCH button ( –/ button ( PAUSE button ( SLOW button ( AUDIO DUB. button ( START/ STOP PHOTO ZOOM CARD DATE SEARCH PLAY STOP PAUSE SLOW ZERO SET AUDIO DUB.

  • Page 15: Screen Displays

    Screen Displays Screen Displays during Recording/Playback CAMERA Mode Recording Program ( White balance ( Image effect ( Digital effects ( Condensation warning ( Still image quality/size ( Remote sensor mode ( Mini video light* ( Flash ( * OPTURA60 only. AF/AE locked during still image recording Accessory connected to the Advanced Accessory Shoe*...

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    White balance ( Image effect ( Drive mode ( Digital effects ( Movie size ( Still image quality/size ( Camcorder shake warning ( Remaining card capacity for movies Remaining card capacity for still images 116) 117) : Playback pause (...

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    CARD PLAY Mode Protect mark ( 103) File number ( Number of images Still image size Data code ( Movie size/playback time...

  • Page 18: Step 1: Preparing The Power Supply

    Step 1: Preparing the Power Supply Preparation The camcorder can be powered by a battery pack or connected to a household power source. Charge the battery pack before use. Attaching the Battery Pack 1. Turn the POWER switch to OFF.

  • Page 19: Using A Household Power Source

    Using a Household Power Source Connect to a household power source to use the camcorder without worrying about the battery power. You can keep the battery pack attached; the battery power will not be consumed. 1. Turn the POWER switch to OFF.

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    To conserve battery power, turn off the camcorder instead of leaving it in record pause mode. We recommend that you prepare battery packs 2 to 3 times longer than you think you might need.

  • Page 21: Step 2: Loading A Cassette

    Be careful not to get your fingers caught in the cassette compartment cover. If the camcorder is connected to a power source, cassettes can be loaded/ unloaded even if the POWER switch is set to OFF. logo.

  • Page 22: Step 3: Inserting A Memory Card

    Step 3: Inserting a Memory Card This camcorder is for use with MultiMediaCards and SD Memory Cards only. Inserting the Card 1. Set the POWER switch to OFF. 2. Open the cover. 3. Insert the memory card straight all the way into the memory card slot.

  • Page 23: Step 4: Preparing The Camcorder

    Step 4: Preparing the Camcorder Adjusting the Viewfinder (Dioptric Adjustment) 1. Turn on the camcorder and keep the LCD panel closed. 2. Pull out the viewfinder. 3. Adjust the dioptric adjustment lever. 4. Push the viewfinder back in. Attaching the Lens Cap 1.

  • Page 24: Attaching The Shoulder Strap

    Attaching the Shoulder Strap Pass the ends through the strap mount and adjust the length of the strap.

  • Page 25: Step 5: Using The Wireless Controller

    If the wireless controller does not work, check if the remote sensor is set to [OFF 75). When the camcorder cannot be operated with the wireless controller, or when it can only be operated in very close range, replace the battery.

  • Page 26: Step 6: Adjusting The Lcd Screen

    This setting does not affect the brightness of the recording or the viewfinder screen. When using a battery pack, the camcorder retains the setting even if you change the position of the POWER switch. The battery usage time shortens when the LCD screen is set brighter.

  • Page 27: Step 7: Changing The Display Language

    Step 7: Changing the Display Language The language used in the camcorder displays and menu items can be changed to German, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean or Japanese. MENU DISPLAY SETUP/ 1. Turn the POWER switch to CAMERA or PLAY (VCR).

  • Page 28: Step 8: Setting The Time Zone, Date And Time

    8. Press the MENU button to close the menu and to start the clock. When you do not use the camcorder for about 3 months, the built-in rechargeable lithium battery may become discharged, and the date/time setting may be canceled. In such case, recharge the built-in lithium battery ( T.ZONE/DST•••N.Y.

  • Page 29: Time Zones

    Once you have set time zone, date and time, you do not need to reset the clock each time you travel to another time zone. Just set the time zone to the one of your destination, and the camcorder automatically adjusts the clock. 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23...

  • Page 30: Recording

    Basic Functions Recording Movies on a Tape Recording Before You Begin Recording Make a test recording first to check if the camcorder operates correctly. If necessary, clean the video heads ( 1. Set the camcorder to CAMERA mode. • Set the POWER switch to CAMERA and the TAPE/CARD switch to •...

  • Page 31: Screen Displays During Recording

    When powered by a battery pack, the camcorder shuts off after 5 minutes when the camcorder is left without any operation to save power ( Approximately 30 seconds before the camcorder shuts off, “ POWER OFF” appears in the center of the screen. If the camcorder shuts off, turn the POWER switch to OFF and back on again.

  • Page 32: Reviewing And Searching When Recording

    (record search). Record Review CAMERA In record pause mode: Press and release the The camcorder rewinds the tape, plays back the last few seconds, and returns to record pause mode. Record Search CAMERA In record pause mode: Press and hold the REC SEARCH + button (forward) or –...

  • Page 33: Recording On A Memory Card

    Recording on a Memory Card Recording Still Images on a Memory Card 1. Set the camcorder to CARD CAMERA mode. • Set the POWER switch to CAMERA and the TAPE/CARD switch to • The POWER indicator lights up. 2. Press the PHOTO button halfway.

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    Sound for movies recorded on the memory card will be monaural. When you use a SD Memory Card, we recommend using a Canon SD Memory Card, or a SD Memory Card with a transfer rate of more than 2 MB/sec., right after you have formatted it with this camcorder.

  • Page 35: Screen Displays During Still Image Recording

    Movie size Indicates the movie size. Card Access Display “ ” appears to indicate that the camcorder is writing on the memory card. Remaining Card Capacity for Still Images flashing in red: No card in green: 6 or more images...

  • Page 36: Zooming

    Zooming The camcorder is equipped with optical zoom and digital zoom. Optical Zoom 14x optical zoom CAMERA Move the zoom lever toward W to zoom out (wide- angle). Move it toward T to zoom in (telephoto). Press the zoom lever slightly for a slow zoom. Press harder for a faster zoom.

  • Page 37: Digital Zoom

    5. Press the MENU button to close the menu. A zoom indicator appears for 4 seconds. It extends in light blue when the digital zoom is set to 56x (OPTURA60) or 40x (OPTURA50), and extends further in dark blue when set to 280x (OPTURA60) or 200x (OPTURA50).

  • Page 38: Tips For Better Recording

    Tips for Better Recording Holding the Camcorder For maximum stability, grip the camcorder in your right hand and keep your right elbow pressed against your body. If necessary, support the camcorder with your left hand. Be careful that your fingers do not touch the microphone or lens.

  • Page 39: Playing Back A Tape

    Playing Back a Tape Playback If the playback picture is distorted, clean the video heads using a Canon Head Cleaning Cassette or a commercially available digital video head-cleaning cassette ( 1. Set the camcorder to PLAY (VCR) mode. Set the POWER switch to PLAY (VCR) and the TAPE/CARD switch to 2.

  • Page 40: Special Playback Modes

    There is no sound during special playback. The picture may become distorted during some special playback modes. The camcorder stops the tape automatically after 4 minutes 30 seconds in playback pause mode to protect tape and video heads. button during normal playback.

  • Page 41: Playing Back A Memory Card

    Do not turn off the camcorder, change the position of the TAPE/CARD switch, disconnect the power source, open the memory card cover or remove the memory card while the card access indicator is flashing. Doing so could result in data damage.

  • Page 42: Adjusting The Volume

    Adjusting the Volume When you use the LCD screen for playback, the camcorder plays back the sound via built-in speaker. The speaker does not sound when you close the LCD panel. Use headphones when using the viewfinder. SET dial Speaker...

  • Page 43: Playing Back On A Tv Screen

    (supplied) 1. Turn off all devices before starting the connections. 2. Connect the STV-250N Stereo Video Cable to the camcorder’s AV terminal and the audio/video terminals on the TV/VCR. Connect the white plug to the white audio terminal L (left), the red plug to the red audio terminal R (right) and the yellow plug to the yellow video terminal VIDEO.

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    1. Turn off all devices before starting the connections. 2. Connect the S-150 S-video Cable (optional) to the S-video terminals. 3. Connect the STV-250N Stereo Video Cable to the camcorder’s AV terminal and the audio terminals of the TV/VCR. Connect the white plug to the white AUDIO terminal L (left), and the red plug to the red AUDIO terminal R (right).

  • Page 45: Using The Recording Programs

    Using the Recording Programs Advanced Functions Recording Programs Auto The camcorder adjusts focus, exposure and other settings automatically, allowing you to just point and shoot. Portrait The camcorder uses a large aperture, achieving a focus on the subject while blurring other distracting details.

  • Page 46: Selecting The Recording Program

    The picture may not appear smooth when played back. Slow Shutter mode: - In CAMERA mode, picture quality may not be as good as in other modes. - The camcorder may have difficulty to focus automatically. PLAY (VCR) CARD CAMERA...

  • Page 47: Using The Super Night Mode

    Using the Super Night Mode Allows you to record in dimly lit places without sacrificing color. The assist lamp lights up automatically responding to the surrounding brightness. Assist lamp SET dial PLAY (VCR) CAMERA 1. Set the mode dial to 2.

  • Page 48: Using The Special Scene Modes

    Check the image on the screen. - The picture may not appear smooth when played back. Fireworks mode: To avoid camcorder shake, we recommend using a tripod. Use a tripod in CARD CAMERA mode as the shutter speed slows down. SNOW Use this mode to record in bright ski resorts.

  • Page 49: Using The Program Ae Mode

    Using the Program AE Mode The camcorder automatically adjusts shutter speed and exposure according to the brightness of the subject. In Program AE mode, you can point and shoot as in Auto mode, however, you have the option of changing some settings.

  • Page 50: Using The Shutter-priority Ae Mode

    If the shutter speed is set to 1/1000 or higher in CAMERA mode and you switch to CARD CAMERA mode, it automatically changes to 1/500. Do not point the camcorder directly at the sun when the shutter speed is set to 1/1000 or higher.

  • Page 51: Using The Aperture-priority Ae Mode

    Using the Aperture-Priority AE Mode You can select an aperture value, and the camcorder automatically chooses the appropriate shutter speed. Aperture values: 1.8, 2.0, 2.4, 2.8, 3.4, 4.0, 4.8, 5.6, 6.7, 8.0 Use low aperture values (large aperture) to blur the background for a portrait, or high aperture values (small aperture) to achieve a broad depth of field for recording landscapes.

  • Page 52: Adjusting Exposure Manually

    Adjusting Exposure Manually Recording Adjust the exposure when a backlit subject becomes underexposed, or overexposed due to bright light. SET dial Exposure Lock CAMERA 1. Set the mode dial to a mode other than Exposure cannot be adjusted in the Fireworks mode (SCN). 2.

  • Page 53: Adjusting The Focus Manually

    • Press the FOCUS button to return to autofocus. The setting resets to autofocus when you switch the mode dial to Readjust the focus when you have turned off the camcorder. Infinity Focus Use this function when you wish to focus on faraway subjects such as mountains or fireworks.

  • Page 54: Using The Mini Video Light

    Using the Mini Video Light You can turn on the mini video light (assist lamp) at any time regardless of the recording program. CAMERA Press the LIGHT button. • “ ” appears on the screen. • The mini video light turns on and off with each press of the button. Do not point the mini video light at persons while they are driving.

  • Page 55: Using The Self-timer

    ” appears. 2. Press the start/stop button. • The camcorder starts recording after a 10-second countdown (2 seconds when using the wireless controller). The count down appears on the screen. • To record a still image, press the PHOTO button (...

  • Page 56: Recording With An External Microphone

    2. When using a commercially available microphone, connect it to the MIC terminal. When recording in silent places, the built-in microphone may pick up the motor noise of the camcorder. In such case, we recommend using an external microphone. When using a commercially available microphone: - Use a microphone with built-in power supply (condenser microphone).

  • Page 57: Changing The Settings With The Func. Button

    Changing the Settings with the FUNC. Changing the Settings (1) Button Many of the camcorder’s functions are selected from the FUNC. menu that appears when pressing the FUNC. button. For menu items, see List of Menu Items (FUNC.) ( 1. Press the FUNC. button.

  • Page 58: List Of Menu Items (func.)

    List of Menu Items (FUNC.) Available menu items vary depending on the operation mode. Default settings are in boldface text. For details on each function, see the reference page. Menu Items Metering (EVALUATIVE), (CENT.WEIGHT.AVERAGE), method White balance (AUTO), (CLOUDY), (FLUORESCENT), (SET) Image effect (IMAGE EFFECT OFF),...

  • Page 59: Setting The White Balance

    4. When you have selected [ object, zoom in until it fills the whole screen and press the SET dial. • Keep the camcorder zoomed at the white object until step 5 is completed. • flashes and stops flashing when adjustment is complete.

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    [FLUORESCENT] or [FLUORESCENT H]. If the color looks unnatural on the screen, adjust using [AUTO] or [SET]. The camcorder retains the custom white balance setting even if you turn it off. When you want to use a previously made [SET] setting, after selecting [SET] in step 3, press the FUNC.

  • Page 61: Selecting An Image Effect

    Selecting an Image Effect You can record with different saturation and contrast color effects. (IMAGE EFFECT OFF) Records with no effect. Emphasizes the contrast and color saturation to record in (VIVID) crisp colors. Tones down the contrast and color saturation to record in (NEUTRAL) neutral hues.

  • Page 62: Using Digital Effects

    Using Digital Effects The Digital Effects functions include a fader and effects, multi-image screen and Card Mix 68). Faders ( Begin or end scenes with a fade to or from black. Fade Trigger (FADE-T) Corner Wipe (CORNER) Flip (FLIP) Zigzag (ZIGZAG) Tide (TIDE) Wipe (WIPE) Jump (JUMP)

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    Effects ( Add flavor to your recordings. Black and White (BLK & WHT) Mosaic (MOSAIC) Wave (WAVE) Multi-Image Screen ( Captures moving subjects in 4, 9 or 16 sequences of still images and displays them at one time. Sound will be recorded normally. 4 Sequences Sepia (SEPIA) Ball (BALL)

  • Page 64: Selecting A Fader

    Availability of Digital Effects by Operating Modes: CAMERA Movies Faders Effects Multi-image screen : Available : Not available * : Black and White only. Selecting a Fader In CAMERA mode, set the mode dial to a mode other than CAMERA D.EFFECT 1.

  • Page 65: Selecting An Effect

    PLAY (VCR) mode: 6. Fade in: Press the mode. Fade out: Press the Selecting an Effect In CAMERA mode, set the mode dial to a mode other than CAMERA PLAY (VCR) D.EFFECT 1. Press the FUNC. button. 2. Select the digital effect symbol followed by EFFECT].

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    Selecting an Effect in CARD CAMERA Mode CAMERA D.EFFECT 1. Press the FUNC. button. 2. Select the digital effects symbol followed by BLK&WHT]. The symbol of the current setting is displayed. 3. Press the FUNC. button. “ ” appears. 4. Press the D.EFFECTS button. •...

  • Page 67: Using The Multi-image Screen

    Using the Multi-Image Screen You can operate the multi-image screen only in the following playback modes: • When [S.SPEED] is set to [MANUAL]: Playback pause, slow forward/reverse playback • When [S.SPEED] is set to [FAST], [MOD.] or [SLOW]: Playback pause In CAMERA mode, set the mode dial to a mode other than CAMERA PLAY (VCR)

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    (such as picture frames, backgrounds and animations) and combine it with the live video recording. Movies recorded on a memory card cannot be combined with camcorder recordings. Card Chroma Key (CARD CHROMA) Combines frames with your recordings. The live video recording will appear in place of the blue area of the card mix image.

  • Page 69: Selecting The Card Mix Effect

    ” turns green and the combined image appears. Turn off the digital effect when you do not use it. The camcorder retains the setting even if you turn it off or change the recording program. The image quality may be slightly lower with digital effects.

  • Page 70: Sample Images

    Camera Chroma Key Card Animation The sample images provided on the supplied DIGITAL VIDEO SOLUTION DISK are intended only for the personal use with this camcorder. Do not use these sample images for other purposes. PhotoEssentials – Royalty Free Stock Photography...

  • Page 71: Changing The Settings With The Menu Button

    Changing the Settings with the MENU Changing the Settings (2) Button Many of the camcorder’s functions are selected from a menu that appears when pressing the MENU button. For menu items, see List of Menu Items (MENU) ( Selecting Menus and Settings 1.

  • Page 72: List Of Menu Items (menu)

    A.SL SHUTTER: The camcorder automatically uses slow shutter speeds to record brightly in places with insufficient lighting. The camcorder uses shutter speeds down to 1/30 (1/15 in CARD CAMERA mode). In CARD CAMERA mode, set the flash mode to When a trailing afterimage appears, set it to [OFF].

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    Menu Items PROTECT PRINT ORDER TRANSFER ORDER VCR SETUP Menu Items REC MODE SP, LP AV/PHONES AV, PHONES OPTURA60: ON, OFF OPTURA50: Setting Options Setting Options Setting Options Setting Options CAMERA PLAY CARD CARD (VCR) CAMERA PLAY CAMERA PLAY CARD...

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    AUDIO SETUP Menu Items OUTPUT CH L/R, L/L, R/R AUDIO DUB. AUDIO IN, MIC. IN WIND SCREEN AUTO, OFF MIC ATT MIC LEVEL AUTO, MANUAL 12bit AUDIO STEREO1, STEREO2, MIX/FIXED, MIX/ VARI. MIX BALANCE AUDIO MODE 16bit, 12bit VOLUME OUTPUT CH: Switches the output channels when playing back a tape with audio recorded on two channels.

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    5 minutes using the power adapter. To cancel the demo mode once it has begun, press any button, turn off the camcorder or load a recording media.

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    MY CAMERA Menu Items CREATE START-UP IMAGE SEL. S-UP IMG OFF, CANON LOGO, MY IMAGE S-UP SOUND OFF, DEFAULT, MY SOUND SHTR SOUND OPER.SOUND SELF-T SOUND Setting Options CAMERA PLAY CARD CARD (VCR) CAMERA PLAY...

  • Page 77: Changing The Recording Mode (sp/lp)

    If you play back a tape that has been recorded in LP mode with another digital device on this camcorder, or vice versa, picture and sound may become distorted.

  • Page 78: Adjusting The Audio Recording Level

    Adjusting the Audio Recording Level You can manually adjust the audio recording level of the built-in microphone or an external microphone. You can also display the audio recording level during playback. CAMERA MENU AUDIO SETUP 1. Set the mode dial to a mode other than 2.

  • Page 79: Adjusting The Headphone Volume

    About the audio level indicator: When [MIC LEVEL] is set to [AUTO], the audio level indicator switches on and off with each press of the AUDIO LEVEL button. -dB40 The audio level can be changed when the green bar is displayed. We recommend hiding the bar when you have finished adjusting to prevent accidental changes.

  • Page 80: Using The Wind Screen

    Using the Wind Screen The camcorder reduces wind noise automatically. However, you can turn off the wind screen when recording indoors, or when you want the microphone to be as sensitive as possible. CAMERA * Only when [AUDIO DUB.] is set to [MIC. IN].

  • Page 81: Widescreen Tv Recording (16:9)

    Widescreen TV Recording (16:9) The camcorder uses the full width of the CCD providing high-resolution 16:9 recording. PLAY (VCR) CAMERA MENU CAMERA SETUP Press the MENU button and select [CAMERA SETUP]. Select [WIDESCREEN], set it to [ON] and press the MENU button.

  • Page 82: Changing The My Camera Settings

    Changing the My Camera Settings You can personalize your camcorder by customizing the start-up image and the sound it makes for start-up, shutter, operation and self-timer. You can also create a start-up image using a still image on the memory card.

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    You can save your original images, or the images and sounds contained in the supplied software (ZoomBrowser EX for Windows or ImageBrowser for Macintosh) to the setting options [MY IMAGE] and [MY SOUND]. For details, refer to the Digital Video Software Instruction Manual. Retain the original data of the still image you have set as the start-up image on your computer or removable disk.

  • Page 84: Magnifying The Image

    Magnifying the Image Playback The playback image can be magnified up to 5 times. Zoom lever SET dial CAMERA 1. Move the zoom lever toward T. • The image is magnified by 2 times. • A frame appears indicating the position of the magnified area. •...

  • Page 85: Displaying The Data Code

    • In CARD PLAY mode, only date and time appear. • Pressing the DATA CODE button again makes the data code disappear. The data code will not display the next time you turn on the camcorder. DATA CODE button CARD CAMERA CARD PLAY D/TIME SEL•••DATE &...

  • Page 86: End Search

    In stop mode, press the END SEARCH button. • “END SEARCH” appears. • The camcorder rewinds/fast forwards the tape, plays back the last few seconds of the recording and stops the tape. • Pressing the button again cancels the search.

  • Page 87: Returning To A Pre-marked Position

    Returning to a Pre-marked Position If you wish to return to a particular scene later, mark the point with the zero set memory and the tape will stop at that point when you rewind/fast forward the tape. This function is operated with the wireless controller.

  • Page 88: Date Search

    Date Search You can locate the change of the date/time zone with the date search function. This function is operated with the wireless controller. CAMERA Press the • Press more than once to search for further date changes (up to 10 times). •...

  • Page 89: Selecting The Image Quality/size

    Selecting the Image Quality/Size Digital Camera Functions You can select the image quality of still images, and the image size of still images and movies. Still Image Quality SUPER FINE), Image size Still Image Movie Still images are compressed and recorded in JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group). Movies are recorded in Motion JPEG.

  • Page 90: Selecting The Still Image Size And Quality

    Selecting the Still Image Size and Quality CAMERA 1632x1224/FINE 1. Press the FUNC. button. 2. Select the still image size/quality symbol. The symbol of the current setting is displayed. 3. Select the still image size. The number indicates the approximate number of images remaining on the memory card.

  • Page 91: Simultaneous Recording On Tape And Memory Card

    Simultaneous Recording on Tape and Memory Card When you are recording a movie on a tape, you can record the same picture as a still image on the memory card. The size of the still image will be 640 x 480. The image quality can be selected.

  • Page 92: Using The Flash

    1. Press the (flash) button. • Set the camcorder to a recording program other than the Fireworks mode (SCN). • The setting changes with each press of the button. • The symbol of the selected flash mode appears on the screen. “...

  • Page 93

    The range of the flash decreases in continuous shooting mode. For the red-eye reduction mode to be effective, the subject needs to look at the assist lamp (OPTURA60) or flash (OPTURA50). The degree of reduction depends upon the distance and on each individual.

  • Page 94: Selecting The Metering Method

    4. Press the FUNC. button. If you have selected [ Appropriate for standard shooting conditions, including backlit scenes. The camcorder divides images into several zones for light metering. It evaluates complex lighting conditions, such as the position and brightness of the subject, background, direct light or backlight, and adjusts the exposure of the main subject accordingly.

  • Page 95: Changing The Focusing Method

    Changing the Focusing Method You can change the AF (autofocus) frame selection method. Auto selection (AiAF) Depending on the shooting conditions, an AF frame is automatically selected from the 9 frames and focused. Center point Of 9 AF frames, the center one is selected to focus. This is convenient for making sure the focus is exactly where you want it.

  • Page 96: Selecting The Drive Mode

    PHOTO button. For the number of frames per second, refer to the table on the next page. The camcorder records a still image in three different exposures (dark, normal, light in 1/2 EV steps), allowing you to choose the perfect exposed shot.

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    Make sure that there is sufficient space on the memory card. Frames per Second Normal speed High speed 2 frames 3 frames 3 frames 5 frames 3 frames 5 frames Maximum Number of Continuous Shots 10 images 10 images 60 images ” (camcorder shake...

  • Page 98: Recording Panoramic Images (stitch Assist Mode)

    Recording Panoramic Images (Stitch Assist Mode) You can shoot a series of overlapping images and merge them into one large panoramic scene using the supplied software (PhotoStitch) on a computer. CARD +/– button FUNC. button SET dial When Recording in Stitch Assist Mode: PhotoStitch detects the overlapping portion of adjoining images and merges them.

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    7. Record the second image so that it overlaps a portion of the first image. • Minor discrepancies in the overlapped area can be corrected with the software. • You can retake an image by pressing the CARD +/– button to return to the previous image.

  • Page 100: Reviewing A Still Image Right After Recording

    Reviewing a Still Image Right after Recording You can select to display a still image for 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10 seconds after it has been recorded. CAMERA MENU CAMERA SETUP Press the MENU button and select [CAMERA SETUP]. Select [REVIEW], select a setting option and press the MENU button.

  • Page 101: Playing Back/searching Images

    Playing Back/Searching Images You can display images one after another (slide show) or 6 at one time (index screen). With the Card Jump function, you can quickly locate an image without displaying them one by one. Zoom lever FUNC. button Slide Show CAMERA PLAY (VCR)

  • Page 102

    Card Jump Function You can locate images without displaying them one by one. The number in the upper right of the screen indicates the image number of the current image by the total number of images. CAMERA PLAY (VCR) CARD CAMERA CARD PLAY Press and hold the CARD + or CARD –...

  • Page 103: Protecting Images

    Protecting Images You can protect important images from accidental erasure when displaying a single image or index screen. If a memory card is formatted, all still images and movies, even protected ones, will be erased permanently. Movies can only be protected when the first scene is displayed as a still image. Protecting during Single Image Playback CAMERA PLAY (VCR)

  • Page 104: Erasing Images

    Erasing Images You can erase images singly or all at once. Be careful when erasing images. Erased images cannot be recovered. Protected images cannot be erased. Movies can only be erased when the first scene is displayed as a still image. Erasing a Single Image CAMERA IMAGE ERASE...

  • Page 105: Formatting A Memory Card

    Formatting a memory card erases all data, including protected images. Images erased by formatting cannot be recovered. If you use a memory card other than the supplied one, format it with the camcorder. CAMERA PLAY (VCR) MENU CARD OPERATIONS 1.

  • Page 106: Recording To A Vcr Or Digital Video Device

    Editing Device You can copy your recordings by connecting the camcorder to a VCR or a digital video device. If you connect a digital video device, you can copy recordings with virtually no generation loss in image and sound quality.

  • Page 107

    When connecting a digital video device: - If the picture does not appear, reconnect the DV cable or turn the camcorder off and back on again. - Proper operation cannot be guaranteed for all digital video devices equipped...

  • Page 108: Analog Line-in Recording

    You can input video from other analog devices (VCR, TV or camcorder) via the S-video terminal or AV terminal, and record the input video on the tape in the camcorder. You can also record the input video as a movie or still image on a memory card.

  • Page 109

    An image recorded from an image in widescreen mode will be vertically compressed. The data code of the image will reflect the date and time it has been recorded on the memory card. DV] (OPTURA50), set it to [ON] and press the...

  • Page 110: Dv Dubbing

    You can input video from other digital video devices via the DV terminal, and record the input video on the tape in the camcorder. You can also record the input video as a movie or still image on a memory card.

  • Page 111

    Pressing the start/stop button again stops recording. Blank sections may be recorded as anomalous picture. If the picture does not appear, reconnect the DV cable or turn the camcorder off and back on again. Do not connect any devices to the camcorder’s USB terminal.

  • Page 112: Converting Analog Signals Into Digital Signals (analog-digital Converter)

    Converting Analog Signals into Digital Signals (Analog-Digital Converter) By connecting the camcorder to a VCR or 8mm video camcorder, you can convert analog video/audio signals to digital signals and output the digital signals via the DV terminal. The DV terminal serves as output terminal only.

  • Page 113

    DV terminal. We recommend powering the camcorder from a household power source. Users of Windows XP with Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port can output the signals to a computer using the USB cable by installing the Canon USB Video Driver ( 131).

  • Page 114: Audio Dubbing

    CAMERA MENU AUDIO SETUP 1. Set the camcorder to PLAY (VCR) mode and load a recorded cassette. Use a tape recorded in SP, 12-bit mode with this camcorder. 2. Press the MENU button and select [AUDIO SETUP]. Select [AUDIO DUB.], set it to [AUDIO IN] or [MIC. IN] and press the MENU button.

  • Page 115

    MIC terminal. You cannot use the DV terminal for audio dubbing. If you add sound to a tape not recorded with this camcorder, sound quality may decrease. Sound quality may decrease when you add sound to the same scene for more than 3 times.

  • Page 116: Playing Back The Added Sound

    Turn the SET dial down to increase the volume of Stereo 1 and up to increase the volume of Stereo 2. The camcorder resets to [STEREO1] when you turn the camcorder off. However, the mix balance is memorized by the camcorder.

  • Page 117: Recording From The Tape On A Memory Card

    Recording from the Tape on a Memory Card You can record movies or still images from a tape in the camcorder. Recording a Movie from the Tape The movie size can be selected. CAMERA PLAY (VCR) 320x240 1. Selecting the movie size: Press the FUNC.

  • Page 118

    3. Press the PHOTO button fully. • The card access indicator flashes. • You can also record a still image by pressing the PHOTO button fully when the tape is in playback pause mode. An image recorded from an image in widescreen mode will be vertically compressed.

  • Page 119: Printing Still Images

    Printing Still Images Printing You can print still images by connecting the camcorder to a printer with direct print function. You can also use the print order settings for direct printing ( Following printers can be connected to your camcorder:...

  • Page 120: Printing With The (print/share) Button

    Refer to the instruction manual of each printer for information on which interface cable to use with the camcorder. The Canon CP-Printers CP-10 and CP-100 are supplied with two direct interface cables. Use the cable with the USB logo on the connector (DIF-100).

  • Page 121

    [CONTINUE] cannot be selected, select [STOP], press the SET dial and retry printing. Refer also to the printer manual for details. - Canon CP printers: Select [STOP] or [RESUME] and press the SET dial. (The [RESUME] setting may not appear with some error messages. In that case, select [STOP].) Refer also to the printer manual for details.

  • Page 122: Selecting The Print Settings

    The image’s top, bottom and sides may be cropped slightly. [VIVID], [VIVID+NR] and [NR] can be selected with Canon PIXMA/SELPHY DS printers. When you use 10 x 15 cm (4" x 6") size paper, you can select the layout from [2-UP], [4-UP], [8-UP], [9-UP] and [16-UP].

  • Page 123

    Paper Settings 1. In the print setting menu, turn the SET dial to select [PAPER] and press the SET dial. 2. Turn the SET dial to select the paper size and press the SET dial. Select the paper size of the paper set in your printer. 3.

  • Page 124: Setting The Print Effect (image Optimize)

    Setting the Print Effect (Image Optimize) This function uses the camcorder's recording information to optimize the image data, yielding high quality prints. 1. In the print setting menu, turn the SET dial to select (print effect) and press the SET dial.

  • Page 125

    3. Turn the SET dial to select the paper size and press the SET dial. • Select the paper size of the paper set in your printer. • Pressing the MENU button brings you back to the print settings menu. 4.

  • Page 126

    Selecting the Image Style 2. Make sure that the SET dial. 3. Turn the SET dial to select the image style and press the SET dial. Pressing the MENU button brings you back to the print settings menu. Selecting the Borders 2.

  • Page 127: Trimming Settings

    • Pressing the MENU button brings you back to the print settings menu. About the color of the trimming frame (Canon CP printers only): - White: No trimming settings. - Green: Recommended trimming size. (The trimming frame may not appear in green depending on the image size, paper size or borders settings.)

  • Page 128: Printing With Print Order Settings

    DPOF compatible printers ( can be selected. Selecting Still Images for Printing (Print Order) Do not connect a USB or DV cable to the camcorder while setting the print orders. CAMERA PRINT ORDER 1. Press the FUNC. button.

  • Page 129: Erasing All Print Orders

    CAMERA PLAY (VCR) MENU PRINT 1. Connect the printer to the camcorder ( 2. Press the MENU button and select [ • The print setting menu appears. • “SET PRINT ORDER” appears, when you connect a printer with direct print function and select [ 3.

  • Page 130: Transferring Video Recordings To A Computer

    Before connecting the camcorder to the computer using a DV cable make sure that camcorder and computer are not connected with a USB cable, and that no other 1394 device is connected to the computer. We recommend powering the camcorder from a household power source while it is connected to the computer.

  • Page 131

    To transfer video recordings to the computer, the Canon USB Video Driver and Windows Movie Maker 2 (version 2.0.3312.0) are required. For details, refer to the Digital Video Software Instruction Manual.

  • Page 132: Transferring Memory Card Images To A Computer

    Make sure that camcorder and computer are not connected with a DV cable before connecting the camcorder to the computer using the USB cable.

  • Page 133: Direct Transfer (windows Os Only)

    SET dial Preparations The first time you connect the camcorder to the computer, you need to install the software and set the auto-launch setting. From the second time on, you only need to connect the camcorder to the computer to transfer images.

  • Page 134

    When transferring with the setting even if you change the position of the POWER switch. When the camcorder is connected to the computer and screen to select images displays, press the MENU button. The transfer menu will display. When the protect switch of the SD Memory Card is activated during image transfer, the images will not be marked as “already transferred”, and will be...

  • Page 135: Selecting Images For Transfer (transfer Order)

    You can select images for transfer to the computer. These transfer settings are compatible with the Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) standards. A maximum of 998 images can be selected. Do not connect a USB or DV cable to the camcorder while setting the transfer orders. CAMERA PLAY (VCR) TRANSFER ORDER 1.

  • Page 136: Using The Network Mode (dv Messenger Version 2)

    Preparation for Using DV Messenger 1. Start the computer. 2. Install DV Messenger. If you wish to connect the camcorder using a USB cable, you also need to install the Canon USB Video Driver ( 3. Connect the power adapter to the camcorder.

  • Page 137: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Trouble? If you have a problem with your camcorder, refer to this checklist. Consult your dealer or a Canon Service Center if the problem persists. Power Source Problem Camcorder will not turn on. The camcorder switches off by itself.

  • Page 138

    Recording Problem “ ” flashes red on the screen. The camcorder malfunctions. Consult a Canon Service Image will not appear on the screen. “SET THE TIME ZONE, DATE AND TIME” appears on the screen. Pressing the start/stop button will not start recording.

  • Page 139

    Insert a memory card. Image is protected. Cancel the protection. SD memory card is protected. Change the position of the protect switch. Card error occurred. Turn off the camcorder. Remove and reinsert the memory card. Format the memory card if flashing persists. Solution 1.

  • Page 140

    When the camcorder is left in a humid room How to avoid condensation: Unload the cassette, place the camcorder in an airtight plastic bag and let it adjust to temperature changes slowly before removing it from the bag. When condensation is detected: The camcorder stops operating and the warning message “CONDENSATION HAS...

  • Page 141: List Of Messages

    Cassette is protected. Replace the cassette or change the ERASURE PREVENTION position of the protect switch. REMOVE THE Camcorder stopped operating to protect the tape. Unload and CASSETTE reload the cassette. CHECK THE INPUT DV cable or USB cable is not connected, or the connected digital device is turned off.

  • Page 142: Direct Print Related Messages

    USB CABLE Direct Print Related Messages Following messages may appear on the camcorder screen. On printers equipped with an operation panel or printer that can be connected to a TV, an error number or message displays on the panel or TV monitor. Refer to the printer manual for the remedies corresponding to the error numbers or messages.

  • Page 143

    WASTE TANK FULL Waste tank is full. Select [CONTINUE] to restart printing. Consult your dealer or a Canon Service Center listed in the Contact List provided with the printer or the printer manual to replace the waste tank (waste ink absorber).

  • Page 144: Handling Precautions

    Do not use the camcorder near strong electric or magnetic fields such as above TVs, near plasma TVs or mobile phones. Do not point the lens or viewfinder at strong light sources. Do not leave the camcorder pointed at a bright subject.

  • Page 145

    Rewind tapes after use. If the tape becomes slack and damaged, it may cause picture and sound distortion. Return cassettes in the case and store them upright. Do not leave the cassette in the camcorder after use. Do not use spliced tapes or nonstandard cassettes as they may damage the camcorder.

  • Page 146: Memory Card

    We recommend saving backups of memory card images on your computer’s hard drive or other external memory device. Image data may be corrupted or lost due to memory card defects or exposure to static electricity. Canon Inc. makes no warranties for corrupted or lost data.

  • Page 147

    Recycling the Built-in Rechargeable Lithium Battery If you should dispose of your camcorder, first remove the built-in rechargeable lithium battery for recycling according to the recycling system of your country. 1. Remove the cover using tweezers or a flat tip driver.

  • Page 148: Cleaning The Video Heads

    To maintain the best picture quality, we recommend cleaning the video heads frequently with the Canon DVM-CL Digital Video Head Cleaning Cassette or a commercially available dry cleaning cassette.

  • Page 149: Maintenance/others

    Maintenance/Others Storage If you do not intend to use the camcorder for a long time, store it in a place free of dust, in low humidity, and at temperatures not higher than 86 °F (30 °C). After storage, check the functions of your camcorder to make sure that the camcorder is still working properly.

  • Page 150: System Diagram

    Stereo Video Cable Commercially available DV Cable MultiMediaCard SDC-128M SD Memory Card IFC-300PCU USB Cable SC-A50 Soft Canon printers with direct print function / Carrying Case PictBridge-compliant printers NB-2L, NB-2LH, BP-2L12, BP-2L14 Battery Pack CA-570 Compact Power Adapter NB-2L, NB-2LH,...

  • Page 151: Optional Accessories

    Optional Accessories Call or visit your local retailer/dealer for genuine Canon video accessories. You can also obtain genuine accessories for your Canon camcorder by calling: 1-800-828-4040, Canon U.S.A. Information Center. Use of genuine Canon accessories is recommended. This product is designed to achieve excellent performance when used with genuine Canon accessories.

  • Page 152

    TL-H34 Tele-converter This Tele-converter lens increases the focal length of the camcorder lens by a factor of 1.5. • The image stabilizer is not as effective when the Tele-converter is attached. • The minimum focusing distance with the TL-H34 is 8.2 ft. (2.5 m); 0.98 in. (2.5 cm) at maximum wide angle.

  • Page 153

    It can be used as directional microphone (monaural) or stereo microphone. 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 154: Specifications

    Number of Recording Pixels File Format * This camcorder supports Exif 2.2 (also called “Exif Print”). Exif Print is a standard for enhancing the communication between camcorders and printers. By connecting to an Exif Print-compliant printer, the camcorder’s image data at the time of shooting is used and optimized, yielding extremely high quality prints.

  • Page 155

    Headphone Terminal USB Terminal S-video Terminal Power/Others Power supply (rated) Power consumption (AF on) Operating temperature Dimensions (W x H x D) Weight (camcorder body only) CA-570 Compact Power Adapter Power supply Power consumption Rated output Operating temperature Dimensions Weight...

  • Page 156: Product Codes

    Product Codes Provided Accessories Lens Cap SS-900 Shoulder Strap CA-570 Compact Power Adapter NB-2LH Battery Pack STV-250N Stereo Video Cable WL-D85 Wireless Controller IFC-300PCU USB Cable Optional Accessories BP-2L12 Battery Pack BP-2L14 Battery Pack NB-2L Battery Pack CB-2LT Battery Charger CBC-NB2 Car Battery Charger S-150 S-Video Cable TL-H34 Tele-converter...

  • Page 157: Index

    12bit audio ..... 116 Abroad, using the camcorder ..149 Advanced accessory shoe ..56 AF-assist lamp .

  • Page 158

    Menu (MENU) ....72 Metering method ....94 Microphone attenuator .

  • Page 159

    FOR THE UNITED STATES The warranty set forward below is given by Canon U.S.A., Inc. with respect to equipment purchased in the United States. The limited warranty is only effective upon presentation of your Bill of Sale or other proof of purchase.

  • Page 160

    Video Heads which will be exchanged for a period of 3 months from the date of purchase. Labour: For a period of one year from the date of original purchase, labour will be provided free of charge by our Canon Service Facilities in Canada.

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