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  • Page 1 PUB. DIE-0566-000 4K Camcorder Instruction Manual...
  • Page 2 • Other names and products not mentioned above may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. • This device incorporates exFAT technology licensed from Microsoft. • “Full HD 1080” refers to Canon camcorders compliant with high-definition video composed of 1,080 vertical pixels (scanning lines).
  • Page 3 Highlights of the Camcorder The Canon XA65 / XA60 4K Camcorder is a high-performance camcorder whose compact size makes it ideal in a variety of situations. The following are just some of the many functions featured in the camcorder. 4K Recording...
  • Page 4 XA65 / XA60 camcorder (A 98). ensuring that important subjects are in focus. • Battery packs compatible with Intelligent...
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Table of contents 1 Introduction 8 Selecting the Resolution and Bit Rate 38 About this Manual 8 Selecting the Frame Rate 38 Conventions Used in this Manual 8 Slow & Fast Motion Recording 40 Supplied Accessories 10 Shooting Modes 42 Names of Parts 11 Special Scene Modes 43 Exposure Adjustment 45...
  • Page 6 Using Line Input or an External 5 Playback 99 Microphone Connected to an INPUT Basic Playback 99 Terminal 74 Playback Controls 101 Adjusting the Microphone’s Sensitivity Adjusting the Volume 102 (INPUT terminals) 74 Displaying Clip Information 102 Microphone Attenuator (INPUT Clip and Photo Operations 103 terminals) 75 Deleting Clips and Photos 103...
  • Page 7 Condensation 141 Viewing the Certification Logo 141 Using the Camcorder Abroad 142 Optional Accessories 143 Specifications 146 Reference Tables 149 Approximate recording times 149 Charging, Recording and Playback Times 149 Index 152...
  • Page 8: Introduction

    Introduction Introduction About this Manual Thank you for purchasing the Canon XA65 / XA60. 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 130).
  • Page 9 About this Manual These icons indicate the camcorder’s operating mode and whether a function is available in that mode. : Indicates whether the : Indicates the camera mode. For Setting the Camera Mode camcorder is in shooting (CAMERA) or details, refer to playback (MEDIA) mode.
  • Page 10: Supplied Accessories

    Supplied Accessories Supplied Accessories The following accessories are supplied with the camcorder: PD-E1 USB Power Adapter Cable Clamp BP-820 Battery Pack (comes pre-attached to the camcorder) Microphone holder unit Handle unit (incl. screws) Lens hood with lens barrier (incl. screws) Lens cap Quick Guide...
  • Page 11: Names Of Parts

    Names of Parts Names of Parts Left side view 1 Lens barrier switch (A 34) 8 CUSTOM (customizable) button 2 SD card slot 2 (A 30) (A 87) 3 SD card slot 3 (A 30) 9 INFRARED switch (A 82) 4 u (review recording) button (A 36)/ 10 SD card compartment cover Assignable button 5 (A 88)
  • Page 12 Names of Parts Right side view 1 Built-in speaker (A 102) SDI OUT terminal (A 109) 6 × (headphones) terminal (A 78) 2 MIC terminal (A 71) 3 HDMI OUT terminal (A 108, 109) 7 USB terminal (A 85) 4 REMOTE terminal (A 83) 8 DC IN terminal (A 16) For connecting commercially 9 Cable clamp (A 17)
  • Page 13 Names of Parts Front view Back view 1 Instant AF sensor (A 63, 141) 7 Dioptric adjustment lever (A 21) 2 AF/MF button (A 60)/ 8 Joystick/SET button (A 24) Assignable button 1 (A 88) 9 Strap mount (A 22) 3 PRE REC (pre-recording) button 10 Assignable button 3 (A 88) (A 80)/...
  • Page 14 Names of Parts Top view Bottom view 1 Power switch (A 23) 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 71) tripod with a mounting screw 6.2 mm...
  • Page 15 Names of Parts Handle unit 1 Microphone holder unit (A 71) 10 Audio level dials for CH1 and CH2 2 Microphone lock screw (A 71) (A 75) 3 Accessory shoe 11 Microphone cable clamp (A 73) 4 Handle zoom rocker (A 56) 12 INPUT 1 and INPUT 2 terminals 5 START/STOP lock (C) lever (A 35) (collectively referred to as "INPUT...
  • Page 16: Preparations

    Charging the Battery Pack Preparations Preparations Charging the Battery Pack The camcorder can be powered with a battery pack or directly using the PD-E1 USB Power Adapter. 1 Connect the USB power adapter to the camcorder and plug the power cord into a power outlet. DC IN terminal 2 Attach the battery pack to the camcorder.
  • Page 17: Using A Power Outlet

    Charging the Battery Pack To remove the battery pack 1 Slide the BATTERY RELEASE switch in the direction of the arrow and hold it pressed down ( 2 Slide the battery pack and then pull it out ( BATTERY RELEASE switch Checking the Remaining Battery Charge With the camcorder turned off, press the BATT.
  • Page 18 Charging the Battery Pack IMPORTANT • Do not connect to the USB power adapter any electrical equipment that is not expressly recommended for use with this camcorder. • Turn off the camcorder before connecting or disconnecting the USB power adapter. After you turn off the camcorder, important data is updated on the SD card.
  • Page 19: Preparing The Camcorder

    Preparing the Camcorder Preparing the Camcorder This section covers the basic preparations for the camcorder such as attaching the supplied handle unit and lens hood, and adjusting the viewfinder and LCD screen. IMPORTANT • Be careful not to drop the camcorder when attaching, removing or adjusting the various accessories.
  • Page 20: Using The Lens Hood

    Preparing the Camcorder Using the Lens Hood While recording, the supplied lens hood with lens barrier is effective for reducing stray light that can be the cause of lens flare and ghost images. Additionally, closing the lens barrier can help prevent fingerprints and dirt accumulation on the lens.
  • Page 21: Using The Viewfinder

    Preparing the Camcorder > • When the LCD panel is turned 180 degrees toward the subject, you can use the > [£ Display Setup] [LCD Mirror Image] setting to reverse the screen’s image horizontally, showing a mirror image of the subject. •...
  • Page 22: Grip Belt And Straps

    Preparing the Camcorder Grip Belt and Straps Fasten the grip belt. • Adjust the grip belt so that you can reach the grip zoom rocker with your index finger, and the START/STOP button with your thumb. Attaching an optional wrist strap Attach the wrist strap to the strap mount on the grip belt, adjust the length and fasten.
  • Page 23: 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 24: 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 camera mode switch to N. With this mode, the camcorder takes care of all the settings while you concentrate on recording (A 35). This operating mode is suitable if you just prefer not to bother with detailed camcorder settings.
  • Page 25: 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 26: 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 27) for details on how to navigate the menu for this procedure. Operating modes: 1 Open the [Language ] screen.
  • Page 27: Using The Menus

    Using the Menus Using the Menus The camcorder’s functions can be adjusted from the setup menus, accessed by pressing the MENU button, or from the FUNC menu, accessed by touching or selecting the onscreen [FUNC] button. For Menu Options details about the available menu options and settings, refer to (A 115).
  • Page 28: Func Menu

    Using the Menus To use the joystick 1 Press the MENU button. 2 Push the joystick (Þ) to select the icon of the desired setup menu. • In the example, the B icon, corresponding to the [System Setup] menu. • If one of the icons in the top row is not selected when you open the menu, first push the joystick Ý...
  • Page 29 Using the Menus To use the joystick 1 On the shooting screen, push the joystick to select [FUNC] and then press SET. 2 Push the joystick (Ý) to select the desired icon from the left column and then press SET. 3 Push the joystick (Þ) to select the desired icon from the bottom row and then press SET.
  • Page 30: Using Sd Cards

    The SD card is used also to save custom picture files and menu settings files. Compatible SD Cards The following types of SD cards can be used with this camcorder. For the latest information about SD cards tested for use with this camcorder, visit your local Canon website. SD card type: SD cards...
  • Page 31: Inserting And Removing An Sd Card

    Using SD Cards Inserting and Removing an SD Card 1 Turn off the camcorder ( • Make sure the indicator is off. POWER/CHG 2 Open the SD card compartment cover ( 3 Insert the SD card straight, with the label facing the front of the camcorder, all the way into one of the SD card slots ( •...
  • Page 32: Initializing An Sd Card

    Using SD Cards Initializing an SD Card Initialize SD cards when you use them with this camcorder for the first time. You can also initialize a card to permanently delete all the recordings it contains. Operating modes: 1 Select [Initialize] for the desired SD card. >...
  • Page 33: Recovering Clips

    Using SD Cards 2 Select [4 Dual Recording] or [ Relay Recording] (or [ Relay Recording]) and then select [X]. • When dual recording is activated, the status of both SD cards will appear at the top right of the screen.
  • Page 34: Recording

    Recording Clips and Photos Recording Recording Recording Clips and Photos This section explains the basics of recording clips* and photos. For details on recording audio, refer to Recording Audio (A 71). * “Clip” refers to a single movie unit recorded with a single recording operation. Basic Recording When you use mode to shoot video and take photos, the camcorder will automatically adjust...
  • Page 35 IMPORTANT • Be sure to save your recordings regularly (A 112), especially after making important recordings. Canon shall not be liable for any loss or corruption of data. 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 36: Reviewing The Latest Clip Recorded

    Recording Clips and Photos Reviewing the Latest Clip Recorded You can review the last 4 seconds of the last clip recorded with the camcorder without switching to mode. While reviewing the clip, there will be no sound from the built-in speaker. 1 Record a clip.
  • Page 37 Recording Clips and Photos Setting the Components of the Clip File Name To set the camcorder identifier (camera index) 1 Select [Camera Index]. > [3 $ Recording Setup] > [Camera Index] 2 Select [Í] or [Î] to set the desired index and then select [OK]. To set the clip numbering method 1 Select [Clip Numbering].
  • Page 38: Video Configuration: Resolution, Bit Rate And Frame Rate

    Video Configuration: Resolution, Bit Rate and Frame Rate Video Configuration: Resolution, Bit Rate and Frame Rate With the following procedures you can set the video configuration used for recording clips. Select the combination of video format, resolution/bit rate and frame rate settings that best matches your creative needs.
  • Page 39 Video Configuration: Resolution, Bit Rate and Frame Rate XF-AVC clips: Available video configuration settings Frame rate Resolution (Bit rate) 59.94P 59.94i 29.97P 23.98P ● ● 3840x2160 (160 Mbps) — — ● ● ● ● 1920x1080 (45 Mbps) NOTES • The camcorder uses a variable bit rate (VBR). Approximate recording times •...
  • Page 40: Slow & Fast Motion Recording

    Slow & Fast Motion Recording Slow & Fast Motion Recording You can record clips that have a slow motion or fast motion effect during playback, simply by selecting the desired slow/fast motion rate. Available slow/fast motion rates will vary depending on the resolution and frame rate currently selected.
  • Page 41 Slow & Fast Motion Recording • While slow & fast motion recording is activated, the recording command signal will not be output from the SDI OUT terminal ( only) or HDMI OUT terminal. • About the time code when slow & fast motion recording is activated: - The time code mode can be set to [ Regen.], or to [ Preset] with [...
  • Page 42: Shooting Modes

    Shooting Modes Shooting Modes mode, the camcorder offers a number of shooting modes that give you varying degrees of control over the camcorder’s settings. Select the shooting mode most appropriate to your needs or creative vision and adjust manually those settings you wish to control, letting the camcorder take care of the rest.
  • Page 43: Special Scene Modes

    Shooting Modes Special Scene Modes Using a Special Scene mode can be an easy and convenient alternative to adjusting detailed exposure settings. [HPortrait] The camcorder uses a large aperture, to achieve a sharp focus on the subject while blurring the background. û...
  • Page 44 Shooting Modes Fireworks] To record fireworks. NOTES • [H Portrait]/[û Sports]/[K Snow]/[L Beach]: The picture may not appear smooth during playback. • [H Portrait]: The blur effect of the background increases the more you zoom in (S). • [K Snow]/[L Beach]: The subject may become overexposed on cloudy days or in shaded places. Check the image on the screen.
  • Page 45: Exposure Adjustment

    Exposure Adjustment Exposure Adjustment At times, the overall exposure obtained automatically by the camcorder may not be best for your shot. You can select a shooting mode that will give you a varying amount of control over the aperture, shutter speed and gain, from partial to full control, while the camcorder automatically adjusts the settings that you do not.
  • Page 46: Momentary Automatic Aperture - Push Auto Iris

    Exposure Adjustment The exposure bar Optimal exposure AE±0 When the shooting mode is set to n, the exposure bar will appear on the screen, showing the optimal automatic exposure and current exposure. When the difference between current and optimal exposure is larger than ±2 EV, the indicator will flash at the edge of the exposure bar.
  • Page 47: Touch Exposure

    Exposure Adjustment 3 Drag your finger along the dial to set the desired shutter speed. • You can also adjust the shutter speed using the CUSTOM dial (A 87). • For available shutter speeds, see the manual exposure table (A 45). 4 Select [X].
  • Page 48: Exposure Lock (Ae Lock)

    Exposure Adjustment 3 Touch the desired area on the LCD screen to optimize and lock the exposure. • The I mark will flash and the exposure will be adjusted automatically so the area you touched will be correctly exposed. • The exposure compensation value ±0 and will appear on the screen.
  • Page 49: Nd Filter

    Exposure Adjustment 2 Drag your finger along the dial to compensate the exposure. • You can select a compensation level from –2 to +2 in 1/4 increments. 3 Select [X]. • [AE] and the exposure compensation value will appear at the left of the screen. NOTES •...
  • Page 50: Backlight Correction

    Exposure Adjustment 1 Select the aperture, shutter speed, gain or exposure compensation. > Aperture: [FUNC] Aperture] > Shutter speed: [FUNC] Shutter Speed] > Gain: [FUNC] Gain] > Exposure compensation: [FUNC] [y Exposure Comp.] 2 Select the desired zebra level. > >...
  • Page 51: Automatic Gain Control (Agc) Limit

    Automatic Gain Control (AGC) Limit Automatic Gain Control (AGC) Limit When recording in dark surroundings, the camcorder will automatically increase the gain to try to get a brighter picture. By setting a maximum gain value, you can limit the amount of noise in the picture and keep a darker look.
  • Page 52: White Balance

    White Balance White Balance The camcorder uses an electronic white balance process to calibrate the picture and produce accurate colors under different lighting conditions. This function can only be used when the shooting mode is set to ’, ‚, “ or n. Operating modes: 1 Select [ White Balance].
  • Page 53 White Balance NOTES • When you select a custom white balance: - Do not adjust the zoom to the digital zoom range (light blue area of the zoom bar). - Reset the white balance when you change locations or the lighting or other conditions change. - Very rarely and depending on the light source, Å...
  • Page 54: Using Looks

    Using Looks Using Looks You have the option of adding a “look” to your recordings. A look is a combination of various picture settings, such as color depth and sharpness, that can enhance the recording's visual quality. This function can only be used when the shooting mode is set to ’, ‚, “ or n. You can fully adjust the image quality using a custom picture file (A 90).
  • Page 55: 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. You can also zoom using the optional RC-V100 Remote Controller (A 83).
  • Page 56: 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 grip zoom rocker (the rocker near the grip belt) operates at a variable speed –...
  • Page 57 Zooming Approximate zoom speeds* (grip zoom rocker) [Zoom Speed Level] setting [Grip Zoom Selected Speed] setting constant speed [] Slow] [[ Normal] [Z Fast] [Y] (variable) – 3 sec. to 3 min. 25 sec. 2.5 sec. to 2 min 10 sec. 1.8 sec.** to 45 sec.
  • Page 58: Using The Touch Screen's Zoom Controls

    Zooming Using the Touch Screen’s Zoom Controls 1 Open the onscreen zoom controls. > [FUNC] [R Zoom] • The zoom controls appear at the bottom the screen. 2 Touch the zoom controls to operate the zoom. • Touch anywhere within the V area to zoom out or anywhere within the U area to zoom in.
  • Page 59: Digital Tele-Converter

    Zooming Digital Tele-Converter Using the digital tele-converter, you can digitally increase the focal length of the camcorder by a factor of approx. 2 and record the enlarged image. Operating modes: 1 Select [Digital Zoom]. > [v ! Camera Setup] > [Digital Zoom] 2 Select [ Digital Tele-conv.] and then select [X].
  • Page 60: 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. Manual Focus Use the focus/zoom ring to focus manually.
  • Page 61 Focus Adjustment Focus Preset Select to return to the When manual focus is activated, you can register a Current focusing preset focus position distance certain focus point and then, after you focus manually somewhere else, have the camcorder return to the preset focus position.
  • Page 62 Focus Adjustment Peaking When peaking is activated, the edges of objects in focus will be highlighted in red, blue or yellow on the screen. In addition, you can choose to switch the screen to black & white while peaking is activated, further emphasizing the edges.
  • Page 63: 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 64: Face Detection & Tracking

    Focus Adjustment • About soft focus due to smaller apertures: When recording in bright surroundings, the camcorder closes down the aperture. This may cause the picture to appear blurred and is more noticeable toward the wide angle end of the zoom range. In such case, in mode, select the [’...
  • Page 65 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 88) and press the button.
  • Page 66: Image Stabilization

    Image Stabilization Image Stabilization Use the image stabilizer to compensate for camcorder shake in order to achieve steadier shots. The camcorder offers 3 methods of image stabilization. Standard IS (Å): Standard IS compensates for a lower degree of camcorder shake, for example, for handheld shots while you remain stationary, and is suitable for shooting natural-looking scenes.
  • Page 67: Setting The Time Code

    Setting the Time Code Setting the Time Code The camcorder generates a time code signal and records it with the recorded clips. The time code signal can be output from the SDI OUT terminal ( only) and HDMI OUT terminal. Depending on the frame rate used, you may be able to select between a drop frame an non-drop frame time code signal (A 69).
  • Page 68 Setting the Time Code Setting the Time Code’s Initial Value If you set the running mode to [ Preset], you can set the initial value of the time code. 1 Select [Initial Time Code]. > [3 # Recording Setup] > [Initial Time Code] •...
  • Page 69: 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 recordings. However, when the frame rate is set to 23.98P, the time code is set to non-drop frame (NDF) and cannot be changed.
  • Page 70: 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 71: Recording Audio

    Recording Audio Recording Audio The camcorder features 4-channel linear PCM or 2-channel AAC audio recording and playback for MP4 clips, and 4-channe linear PCM for XF-AVC clips. The sampling frequency is 48 kHz. 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*).
  • Page 72: Audio Settings And Recorded Audio Channels

    Recording Audio Audio Settings and Recorded Audio Channels The audio format differs depending on the video format. Which audio inputs are recorded to which audio channels is determined by a combination of menu settings, whether the handle unit is attached, and other audio-related controls on the camcorder. The following table gives an overview of the possible combinations.
  • Page 73: Connecting An External Microphone Or External Audio Input Source To The Camcorder

    Recording Audio > [¡ Audio Setup] [CH2 Input]. Not available when the resolution is 1280x720. Connecting an External Microphone or External Audio Input Source to the Camcorder To each of the INPUT terminals you can attach commercially available microphones or analog line-in sources with an XLR connector.
  • Page 74: Using Line Input Or An External Microphone Connected To An Input Terminal

    Recording Audio Using Line Input or an External Microphone Connected to an INPUT Terminal 1 Set the INPUT terminal ON/OFF switch to ON. 2 Set the sensitivity selection switches for INPUT 1/ INPUT 2 to LINE or MIC. • To supply a microphone with phantom power, set the switch to MIC+48V instead.
  • Page 75: Microphone Attenuator (Input Terminals)

    Recording Audio Microphone Attenuator (INPUT terminals) When one of the audio channels is set to the INPUT terminals and the corresponding sensitivity selection switch is set to MIC or MIC+48V, you can activate the external microphone’s attenuator (20 dB). 1 Select the desired INPUT terminal’s sensitivity. >...
  • Page 76: Audio Level Adjustment Using The Func Menu

    Recording Audio Automatic Level Control (ALC): Linking or separating the audio adjustment of CH1/CH2 or CH3/CH4 (INPUT terminals / MIC terminal) When the INPUT 1 and INPUT 2 switches are both set to the same type of audio source (line input >...
  • Page 77: Microphone Sensitivity (Built-In Microphone)

    Recording Audio Microphone Sensitivity (Built-in Microphone) You can increase the built-in microphone’s sensitivity. 1 Select [Built-in Mic Sensitivity]. > [C " Audio Setup] > [Built-in Mic Sensitivity] 2 Select the desired option and then select [X]. Options [h Normal]: For recording audio under usual conditions. High]: For recording audio at a higher level (+6 db).
  • Page 78: 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 Select [Headphone Volume]. > [C # Audio Setup] > [Headphone Volume] 2 Select [Ô] or [Õ] to adjust the volume and then select [X]. •...
  • Page 79: 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 only) and × (headphone) output them from the HDMI OUT terminal, SDI OUT terminal ( terminal (audio reference signal only).
  • Page 80: Pre-Recording

    Pre-Recording Pre-Recording When pre-recording is activated, the camcorder starts recording continuously into a temporary memory (approx. 3 seconds) so when you press the START/STOP button, the clip will contain also a few seconds of video and audio recorded before you pressed the button. Operating modes: 1 Press the PRE REC button.
  • Page 81: Onscreen Displays

    Onscreen Displays Onscreen Displays You can turn most onscreen displays on or off. Operating modes: Repeatedly press the DISP button to turn the onscreen displays on/off in the following sequence: mode: • All displays on • Onscreen markers • Displays off mode •...
  • Page 82: 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 83: Using The Optional Rc-V100 Remote Controller

    Using the Optional RC-V100 Remote Controller Using the Optional RC-V100 Remote Controller You can connect the optional RC-V100 Remote Controller to the camcorder’s REMOTE terminal in order to control the camcorder (including advanced recording functions) from a distance. The remote controller lets you turn the camcorder on, navigate the menus and remotely control the aperture and shutter speed, and more.
  • Page 84: Web Camera Function

    (with compatible software). Only video can be recorded while using this function. For more details about supported operative systems or software tested for use with the camcorder, visit your local Canon website. For more details, refer to the computer’s and the USB cable's instruction manuals.
  • Page 85: Using The Gp-E2 Gps Receiver

    (coordinated universal time) date and time will be recorded as well. For XF-AVC clips, the GPS information is recorded as part of the clip's metadata and can be used to organize and search recordings using Canon XF Utility (A 112). The recorded GPS information can be checked on the clip information screen or photo playback screen (single photo view).
  • Page 86 Using the GP-E2 GPS Receiver To adjust the date and time automatically according to the GPS data > > You can set [B System Setup] [GPS Auto Time Setting] to [i Auto Update], to have the camcorder automatically adjust its date and time settings according to the information received from the GPS signal.
  • Page 87: Customization

    CUSTOM Dial and Button Customization Customization CUSTOM Dial and Button You can assign to the CUSTOM button and dial one of several frequently used functions. You can then adjust the selected function using the CUSTOM button and dial, without having to access the menu. Operating modes: 1 Select [CUSTOM Dial &...
  • Page 88: Assignable Buttons

    Assignable Buttons Assignable Buttons The camcorder offers 5 assignable buttons on the camcorder's body and an onscreen button (touch operation) to which you can assign various functions (assignable buttons). Assign often-used functions to the buttons you find most convenient, to personalize the camcorder to your needs and preferences. The names of the buttons printed on the camcorder also indicate their default settings.
  • Page 89 Assignable Buttons Assignable functions Function name Description [f Digital Tele-conv.] Turns the digital tele-converter on/off. Only possible when [Digital Zoom] is set to [f Digital Tele-conv.]. [B AF/MF] Switches between autofocus and manual focus. [~ Face Only AF] Switches between standard autofocus and autofocus only when a face is detected.
  • Page 90: Custom Picture Settings

    Custom Picture Settings Custom Picture Settings The camcorder lets you change many settings (A 93) that control various aspects of the image produced. As a set, all these settings are treated as a single custom picture file. After adjusting the desired settings to your preference, you can save up to 6 custom picture files (in the camcorder or on an SD card), and load them later to apply exactly the same settings (A 92).
  • Page 91: Editing A Custom Picture File's Settings

    Custom Picture Settings NOTES • About changing custom picture related settings using the optional RC-V100 Remote Controller - When a RC-V100 Remote Controller is connected to the camcorder, you can press the remote controller’s CUSTOM PICT. button to open the custom picture menu. - If a protected custom picture file is selected on the camcorder, custom picture related settings cannot be changed using the remote controller.
  • Page 92: Displaying The Current Custom Picture File Settings

    Custom Picture Settings Using the virtual keyboard screen 1 Touch the keys on the screen to enter the desired text. • Touch [Ï]/[Ð] to change the position of the cursor. • Touch [123] to switch between letters and numbers/special characters. •...
  • Page 93: Available Custom Picture Settings

    Custom Picture Settings Replacing a File in the Camcorder with a File on a Card 1 Select [Load]. [Save / File 7] > > [Load] 2 Select the file with the settings that you want to replicate and then select [OK]. •...
  • Page 94 Custom Picture Settings Menu items Setting options and additional information [Range], [Point] –20 to 50 (±0) [Point] These settings control the lower part of the gamma curve (dark areas of [Level] the image). [Level]: Raises or lowers the lower part of the gamma curve. [Range]: Selects the adjustment range from the selected [Point].
  • Page 95 Custom Picture Settings Menu items Setting options and additional information [Sharpness] [Level] –10 to 50 (±0) Sets the sharpness level of the video output signal and the recorded signal. [Detail Frequency] –8 to 8 (±0) Sets the center frequency of horizontal sharpness. Setting higher values increases the frequency, which, in turn, increases the sharpness.
  • Page 96 Custom Picture Settings Menu items Setting options and additional information [White Balance] [R Gain], [B Gain] –50 to 50 (±0) These settings adjust the amount of white balance throughout the whole image by changing the intensity of red tones ([R gain]) and blue tones ([B Gain]).
  • Page 97 Custom Picture Settings • When an optional RC-V100 Remote Controller is connected to the camcorder and the custom picture function is activated (A 90), the following custom picture settings can be changed using the buttons and dials on the remote controller. >...
  • Page 98: Saving And Loading Menu Settings

    After you adjust settings in the various menus, you can save those settings on an SD card. You can load those settings at a later date or on another XA65 / XA60 camcorder so that you can use that camcorder in a similar way.
  • Page 99: Playback

    Basic Playback Playback Playback Basic Playback This section explains how to play back clips and photos. For details on playing back recordings using Connecting to an External Monitor an external monitor, refer to (A 108). Operating modes: 1 Set the power switch to MEDIA. •...
  • Page 100 Basic Playback 4 Touch the screen to display the playback controls. • During video or photo playback, the playback controls will disappear automatically after a few seconds. In video playback pause, touch the screen again to hide the playback controls. Playback Controls •...
  • Page 101: Playback Controls

    Basic Playback Playback Controls The following playback types are available using the onscreen controls. Using the joystick, push the joystick to select the desired button and then press the joystick. Clip playback controls Playback type Operation Onscreen icon Fast playback* During playback, select [Ø] / [×].
  • Page 102: Adjusting The Volume

    Basic Playback Adjusting the Volume During playback, audio will be output from the monaural built-in speaker. You can connect a pair of headphones to the × (headphone) terminal to listen to the audio in stereo. 1 During playback, touch the screen to display the playback controls. 2 Select [Ó/ ].
  • Page 103: Clip And Photo Operations

    Clip and Photo Operations Clip and Photo Operations Deleting Clips and Photos You can delete clips and photos you are not interested in keeping. Operating modes: Deleting Clips and Photos from the Index Screen 1 Open the desired index screen (A 99). •...
  • Page 104: Trimming Mp4 Clips

    Clip and Photo Operations Deleting a Photo during Playback 1 Play back the desired photo (A 99). 2 Touch the screen to display the playback controls and then delete the photo. > > > [FUNC] [Delete] [¸ Proceed] [Yes] 3 Drag your finger left/right to select another photo to delete or select [X]. IMPORTANT •...
  • Page 105: External Connections

    Video Output Configuration External Connections External Connections Video Output Configuration The video signal output from the SDI OUT terminal ( only) and HDMI™ OUT terminal depends on the clip's video configuration and on various menu settings. The video signal output from the HDMI OUT terminal can also change depending on the capabilities of the connected monitor.
  • Page 106 Video Output Configuration only. HDMI output only. Only when the frame rate is set to 59.94P. Automatically selected depending on the capabilities of the connected monitor. XF-AVC video format only. MP4 video format only. Video Output Configuration (Playback) Video configuration Maximum Video output configuration Scan mode...
  • Page 107 Video Output Configuration Only HDMI output is available for this video configuration. only. YCbCr 4:2:0 video recorded on the card is output as a YCbCr 4:2:2 signal. XF-AVC video format only. MP4 video format only.
  • Page 108: Connecting To An External Monitor

    Connecting to an External Monitor Connecting to an External Monitor When you connect the camcorder to an external monitor for playback, use the terminal that matches the one you with to use on the monitor ( only) or the HDMI OUT terminal. Then, select the video signal output configuration.
  • Page 109: Using The Sdi Out Terminal

    Connecting to an External Monitor Using the SDI OUT Terminal The digital signal that is output from the SDI OUT terminal includes the video signal, audio signal, time code and recording command. You can output also the onscreen displays (A 122). Make sure the SDI OUT terminal is set for output in advance (A 108).
  • Page 110 Connecting to an External Monitor NOTES • The HDMI OUT terminal on the camcorder is for output only. Do not connect it to an HDMI output terminal on an external device, as this may damage the camcorder. • Correct operation cannot be guaranteed when connecting the camcorder to DVI monitors. •...
  • Page 111: Audio Output

    Audio Output Audio Output only), HDMI OUT terminal, × The camcorder can output audio from the SDI OUT terminal ( (headphone) terminal or speaker (monaural; mode only). When recording or playing back clips recorded with 4-channel audio, you can select the 2-channel output. Audio output configuration Audio output configuration Audio configuration of the recorded clips...
  • Page 112: Saving Clips

    (PDF file) that is installed with the software. Saving XF-AVC Clips Use Canon XF Utility to save and organize XF-AVC clips on a computer. You can use the Canon XF plugins to easily use clips directly from Avid non-linear editing (NLE) software. The software and plugins are available as free downloads from your local Canon website.
  • Page 113 Working with Clips on a Computer Canon XF Plugin for Avid Media Access (for Windows/macOS): Plugin that allows you to easily import clips from a card or a local folder in the computer to the compatible version of Avid Media Composer (an NLE application compatible with Avid Media Access), directly from within the application.
  • Page 114: Copying Clips And Photos Between Cards

    Copying Clips and Photos Between Cards Copying Clips and Photos Between Cards You can copy clips and photos from one card to the other. Operating modes: 1 Open the desired index screen (A 99). • To copy all the MP4 clips or photos recorded on the same date (saved in the same folder), drag your finger left/right until an MP4 clip or photo you want to copy appears.
  • Page 115: Additional Information

    Menu Options Additional Information Additional Information Menu Options Menu items not available appear grayed out. For details about how to select an item, refer to Using the Menus (A 27). For details about each function, see the reference page. Menu options without a reference page are explained after the tables.
  • Page 116: Setup Menus

    Menu Options FUNC Menu ( Mode) Menu item Setting options and additional information For clips: [y] index screen Single clip (playback pause) [Copy (6'7)], [Copy (7'6)] – folder name < >, [Select], [All Clips] [Delete]  [Trim] –  For photos: [}] index screen Single photo view [Copy (6'7)], [Copy (7'6)]...
  • Page 117 Menu Options Menu item Setting options [Zoom Ring Direction] [h Normal], [X Reverse] – [IR Light] [i On], [j Off] – [IR Rec Color] [± White], [² Green] [/ Function] [i On], [j Off] [Digital Zoom]: Determines the operation of the digital zoom. •...
  • Page 118 Menu Options [Conversion Lens]: When you attach to the camcorder the optional TL-H58 Tele-converter or WA-H58 Wide Attachment, set the appropriate conversion lens setting. The camcorder will then optimize the image stabilization and adjust the minimum object distance. The minimum object distance throughout the entire zoom range will be 130 cm (4 ft.
  • Page 119 –  [Clip Number] [Clip Numbering] [m Reset], [n Continuous] –  [User Defined] Up to 5 characters, A to Z, 0 to 9 ([CANON]) –  [Add / File] [i On], [j Off] –  [Color Bars] [j Off], [...
  • Page 120 Menu Options Menu item Setting options [OSD Recording] Time Code/Date/Time], [ Date/Time], –  Time Code], [ Time], [ Date], [j Off] [OSD Recording Top Left], [ Top Right], [ Bottom Left], [ Bottom –  Position] Right] [Available Space in Memory]/[Used Space in Memory]: Displays a screen where you can verify how much of the SD card is currently available for recording or how much is in use («...
  • Page 121 Menu Options Menu item Setting options [INPUT 1 Mic [i On], [j Off] – –  Att.] [INPUT 2 Mic +12 dB], [ +6 dB], [ù 0 dB], [ –6 dB], – –  Trimming] [ü –12 dB] [INPUT 2 Mic [i On], [j Off] –...
  • Page 122 Menu Options Menu item Setting options [HDMI Max [3840x2160]*, [1920x1080], [1280x720(59.94P)]   Resolution] mode only. [SDI Output] [1920x1080], [1280x720(59.94P)]   [3G-SDI Level A], [ Level B]   Mapping] P], [ PsF (Forced 1080i)] 109,   [SDI/HDMI Scan Mode] [HDMI Scan Mode] [Output Status]...
  • Page 123 Menu Options [Onscreen Markers]: You can display a grid or a horizontal line at the center of the screen. Use the markers as a reference to make sure your subject is framed correctly (vertically and/or horizontally). • Onscreen markers are not available when magnification is activated. •...
  • Page 124 Menu Options Menu item Setting options [Certification – –   Information] [Firmware] – – –  [Reset All] [No], [Yes] –   * Option available only when the optional GP-E2 GPS Receiver is attached to the camcorder. [Tally Lamp]: Activates the tally lamp when the camcorder is recording, the battery level is low or an SD card is full.
  • Page 125: Appendix: Onscreen Icons And Displays

    Appendix: Onscreen Icons and Displays Appendix: Onscreen Icons and Displays Recording Onscreen markers (A122) Face detection frame (A64) Tracking (A64) Left side of the screen Icon/Display Description E F00.0 Aperture value (A 45, 46) ND1/0 ND filter (A 49) Infrared light (A 82) 1/00000 Shutter speed (A 45) 00.0dB...
  • Page 126 Appendix: Onscreen Icons and Displays Top of the screen Icon/Display Description mode (A 34, 35) Shooting mode (A 42) ’, ‚, “, n, H, I, Q, K, L, M, R, S, T Infrared mode (A 82) 00:00:00.00, 00:00:00:00 Time code (A 67) Recording operation (A 34) Ñ, Ü...
  • Page 127 Appendix: Onscreen Icons and Displays Icon/Display Description 000Mbps Bit rate (A 38) Conversion lens (A 116) ¾, ¿ Microphone attenuator (A 77) å Audio peak limiter (A 76) æ CH0/0, CH0+0/0+0 Audio output channel (A 111) Audio format (A 71) Time code/date/time recording (A 69) Bottom of the screen Icon/Display...
  • Page 128 Appendix: Onscreen Icons and Displays Playback Clips Photos Top of the screen Icon/Display Description [FUNC] Opens the FUNC menu (A 28). Playback operation (A 101) Ð, Ý, Ø, ×, Ö, Ð: Playback, Ý: Playback pause, Ø/×: Fast playback, Õ, Ô, Ó Ö/Õ: Slow playback, Ô/Ó: Frame reverse/advance CH0/0, CH0+0/0+0 Audio output channel (A 111)
  • Page 129 Appendix: Onscreen Icons and Displays Icon/Display Description Time and date Data code (A 118) F00 1/00000...
  • Page 130: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Troubleshooting If you have a problem with your camcorder, refer to this section. Consult your dealer or a Canon Service Center if the problem persists. Power source The camcorder will not turn on or it turns off by itself.
  • Page 131 - 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 clips/photos.
  • Page 132 - The battery pack is damaged. Use a different battery pack. - Charging has stopped because the USB power adapter or the battery pack is faulty. Consult a Canon Service Center. 7 flashes on the screen. - You connected the optional GP-E2 GPS Receiver to the camcorder in mode.
  • Page 133 Troubleshooting Horizontal bands appear on the screen. - This is a phenomenon typical of CMOS image sensors when recording under some types of fluorescent, mercury or sodium lamps. This is not a malfunction. You may be able to reduce the >...
  • Page 134: List Of Messages

    - You attached a battery pack that is not recommended by Canon for use with this camcorder. - If you are using a battery pack recommended by Canon for use with this camcorder, there may be a problem with the camcorder or battery pack. Consult a Canon Service Center.
  • Page 135 Troubleshooting Cannot play back Initialize only using the camcorder - The SD card in the camcorder was initialized using a computer. Initialize the card with this camcorder (A 32). Cannot record on this memory card - Clips cannot be recorded on a 512 MB or smaller SD card. Use a compatible SD card (A 30). Cannot trim the clip - Clips that were recorded or copied using other devices cannot be trimmed.
  • Page 136 Canon Service Center. - Corrupted file control information cannot be recovered. Cards or XF-AVC clips with corrupt file control information cannot be read by Canon XF Utility. Recording was stopped due to insufficient write speed of the memory card - The write speed of the SD card was too slow so recording was stopped.
  • Page 137: Safety Instructions And Handling Precautions

    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 138: Camcorder

    This will protect your important recordings in case of damage and create more free space on the SD card. Canon shall not be liable for any data loss. • Do not use or store the camcorder in dusty or sandy places. The camcorder is not waterproof –...
  • Page 139: Battery Pack

    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 140: Built-In Rechargeable Lithium Battery

    Safety Instructions and Handling Precautions Built-in Rechargeable Lithium Battery The camcorder has a built-in rechargeable lithium battery to keep the date/time and other settings. The built-in lithium battery is recharged while you use the camcorder; however, it will discharge completely if you do not use the camcorder for about 3 months. To recharge the built-in lithium battery: Connect the PD-E1 USB Power Adapter to the camcorder and leave it connected for 24 hours with the camcorder off.
  • Page 141: Maintenance/Others

    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 142 You can use the USB 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 143 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 PD-E1 USB Power TL-H58 Battery Pack Battery Charger Adapter Tele-converter WA-H58 Wide...
  • Page 144 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 145 Optional 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 146 Specifications Specifications XA65 / XA60  — Values given are approximate figures. System • Recording System Clips: Video compression: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Audio format: MPEG-2 AAC-LC, 16 bit, 48 kHz, 2 channels Linear PCM, 16 bit, 48 kHz, 4 channels File format: XF-AVC Video compression: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264...
  • Page 147 Specifications • Lens Configuration: 12 elements in 10 groups (two aspheric elements) • AF System Autofocus (TTL + external distance sensor when set to [Instant AF] or [Medium AF]) or Manual focus • Filter Diameter: 58 mm • Minimum Focusing Distance 60 cm (2 ft.);...
  • Page 148 Specifications  • Power consumption 3840x2160 recording at 29.97P, using autofocus, LCD screen at normal brightness 4.7 W (MP4)/4.8 W (XF-AVC), 4.6 W (MP4 clips: 150 Mbps, XF-AVC clips: 160 Mbps)  • Operating temperature : 0 – 40 °C (32 – 104 °F) ...
  • Page 149 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. The following table shows the approximate recording times for a single recording operation until the indicated SD card becomes full.
  • Page 150 Reference Tables may result in considerably longer charging times. Charging will not start if either the battery or ambient temperature is outside of an approximate 5 ºC to 35 ºC (41 ºF to 95 ºF) range. Recording and playback times given in the following tables are approximate and vary according to video configuration and charging, recording or playback conditions.
  • Page 151 Reference Tables Video configuration Battery pack Usage conditions Resolution (bit rate) Frame rate BP-820 (supplied) BP-828 (optional) MP4 clips Recording (maximum) 160 min. 235 min. 3840x2160 Recording (typical)* 90 min. 135 min. (150 Mbps) Playback 235 min. 345 min. Recording (maximum) 185 min.
  • Page 152 Focus/zoom ring ....55 Canon XF Utility (download) ... . 112 Frame rate ......38 Charging time .
  • Page 153 Joystick ......24 Recording ......34 Recording audio .
  • Page 154 Video configuration ....38 Video format ......38 Video output configuration .
  • Page 155 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 156 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 157 Canon Inc. 30-2, Shimomaruko 3-chome, Ohta-ku, Tokyo 146-8501, Japan The information in this document is verified as of June 2022. Subject to change without notice. Visit your local Canon website to download the latest version. © CANON INC. 2022...

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