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  • Page 1: Instruction Manual

    PUB. DIM-1071-000 HD Camcorder Instruction Manual Caméscope HD Manuel d'instruction Videocámara HD Manual de Instrucciones...
  • Page 2: Important Usage Instructions

    Frequecncy Tolerance: 25 ppm Canon U.S.A., Inc. One Canon Park, Melville, NY 11747, USA Tel No. 1-800-OK-CANON (1-800-652-2666) The Mains plug is used as the disconnect device. The Mains plug shall remain readily operable to disconnect the plug in case of an accident.
  • Page 3: Important Safety Instructions

    (servicing) instructions in the literature accompanying the product. IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS In these safety instructions the word “product” refers to the Canon HD Camcorder XA25 / XA20 and all its accessories. Read these instructions. Keep these instructions. Heed all warnings.
  • Page 4 • 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 5 Highlights of the XA25 / XA20 The Canon XA25 / XA20 HD Camcorder is a high-performance camcorder whose compact size makes it ideal in a variety of situations. The following are just some of the many functions featured in the camcorder.
  • Page 6: Other Features

    Other Features OLED screen and LCD viewfinder The OLED screen and LCD viewfinder both Versatile audio connectivity have 100% frame coverage, which will ensure You can use the built-in microphone, MIC that you can accurately check that your shots audio input terminal or the two INPUT are framed how you want them.
  • Page 7 Enjoying your Recordings on Other Devices Copy your recordings to an external Connect the camcorder to an video recorder (A 119). external monitor (A 107). Save your recordings (A 114). Enjoying Your Recordings Using the Camcorder's Wi-Fi Functions Use your iOS or Android device to remotely control the camcorder and view the image on its screen (A 124).
  • Page 8: Table Of Contents

    Table of contents 1 Introduction 11 3 Recording 40 About this Manual 11 Recording Movies and Photos 40 Conventions Used in this Manual 11 Preparing to Record 40 Recording in AUTO Mode 41 Supplied Accessories 13 Recording in n (Manual) Mode 45 Names of Parts 14 Reviewing the Latest Scene Recorded 46...
  • Page 9 4 Customization 96 Recording Audio 79 Recording Audio to Channel 1 (CH1) 79 CUSTOM Dial and Button 96 Connecting an External Microphone or Assignable Buttons 97 External Audio Input Source to the Changing the Assigned Function 97 Camcorder 80 Using an Assignable Button 98 Using the Built-in Microphone or an Saving and Loading Menu Settings 99 External Microphone Connected to the...
  • Page 10 8 Saving/Sharing 10 Additional Information 142 Recordings 114 Appendix: Menu Options Lists 142 FUNC. Panel 142 Saving Recordings to a Computer 114 Setup Menus 143 Connection Diagram 114 Appendix: Onscreen Icons and Saving Movies Using Data Import Displays 152 Utility 114 Troubleshooting 156 Copying Recordings Between Memory List of Messages 161...
  • Page 11: Introduction

    Introduction About this Manual Thank you for purchasing the Canon XA25 / XA20. Please read this manual carefully before you use the camcorder and retain it for future reference. Should your camcorder fail to operate correctly, refer to Troubleshooting (A 156).
  • Page 12 About this Manual The three sets of icons indicate the operating : Indicates the movie format. For mode and whether a function is available in details, refer to Selecting the Movie Format that mode. (AVCHD/MP4) (A 39). : Indicates whether the : Indicates the shooting camcorder is in shooting (CAMERA) or mode.
  • Page 13: Supplied Accessories

    Supplied Accessories Supplied Accessories The following accessories are supplied with the camcorder: CA-570 Compact Power Adapter BP-820 Battery Pack Microphone holder unit (incl. power cord and ferrite core) (incl. screws) Handle unit (incl. screws) WL-D89 Wireless Controller HTC-100/S High Speed HDMI Cable (incl.
  • Page 14: Names Of Parts

    Names of Parts Names of Parts Left side view 1 Lens barrier switch (A 40) 8 CUSTOM (customizable) button 2 Memory card slot 2 (A 38) (A 96) 3 Memory card slot 3 (A 38) 9 INFRARED switch (A 94) 4 u (review recording) button (A 46)/ 10 Double memory card slot cover Assignable button 5 (A 97)
  • Page 15 Names of Parts Right side view 1 Built-in speaker (A 101) HD/SD-SDI terminal (A 108) 6 × (headphones) terminal (A 89) 2 MIC terminal (A 81) 3 HDMI OUT terminal (A 107, 108) 7 USB terminal (A 114) 4 REMOTE terminal 8 DC IN terminal (A 21) For connecting commercially 9 AV OUT terminal (A 107, 109)
  • Page 16 Names of Parts Front view Back view 1 Instant AF sensor (A 55, 172) 8 Viewfinder (A 25) 2 Remote sensor (A 28) 9 Dioptric adjustment lever (A 25) 3 Illumination sensor (A 150) 10 Joystick (A 32)/SET button (A 32) 4 AF/MF button (A 54)/ 11 Strap mount (A 27) Assignable button 1 (A 97)
  • Page 17 Names of Parts Top view 1 Built-in stereo microphone 6 Power switch (A 30) (A 79) 7 POWER / CHG (battery charging) 2 Handle attachment unit (A 24) indicator (A 21) 3 Mode switch (A 31) 4 Zoom rocker (A 59) 5 ACCESS indicator (A 40)
  • Page 18 Names of Parts Bottom view 1 Tripod socket (A 29) 2 BATTERY RELEASE switch (A 22) 3 Eye cup (A 25)
  • Page 19 Names of Parts Handle unit 1 Microphone holder unit (A 79) 9 Audio level switches for INPUT 2 Microphone lock screw (A 79) 1 (CH1) and INPUT 2 (CH2) (A 87) 3 Accessory shoe 10 Audio level dials for INPUT 1 (CH1) Cold shoe for attaching accessories.
  • Page 20 Names of Parts WL-D89 Wireless Controller 1 START/STOP button (A 40) 2 G (mode selection) button (A 100) 3 MENU button (A 34, 143) 4 DISP. (onscreen display) button (A 93) 5 SET button Ñ (stop) button (A 100) 7 PHOTO button (A 40) 8 Zoom buttons (A 59) 9 Navigation buttons (Í/Î/Ï/Ð) 10 Ò...
  • Page 21: Preparations

    Attaching the Ferrite Core Preparations Preparations Attaching the Ferrite Core Attach the enclosed ferrite core before you connect the compact power adapter to the camcorder. Attaching the ferrite core to the compact power adapter cable is necessary to suppress RF interference.
  • Page 22 Charging the Battery Pack POWER/CHG (battery charging) indicator 5 Charging will start when the camcorder is turned off. • If the camcorder was on, the green POWER/CHG indicator will go out when you turn off the camcorder. After a moment, the POWER/CHG indicator will turn on in red (battery pack charging).
  • Page 23 Charging the Battery Pack • Charged battery packs continue to discharge naturally. Therefore, charge them on the day of use, or the day before, to ensure a full charge. • The first time you use a battery pack, fully charge it and then use the camcorder until the battery pack is completely exhausted.
  • Page 24: Preparing The Camcorder

    Preparing the Camcorder Preparing the Camcorder This section covers the basic preparations for the camcorder such as attaching the handle unit and lens hood, and adjusting the viewfinder and OLED screen. When attaching the lens hood, grip belt and straps, be careful not to drop the camcorder by placing it on a table or other stable surface. Attaching the Microphone Holder Unit Use the supplied screws to attach the microphone holder unit to the handle unit.
  • Page 25: Using The Lens Hood And Lens Cap

    Preparing the Camcorder Using the Lens Hood and Lens Cap While recording, the supplied lens hood with lens barrier is effective for reducing stray light that can be the cause of lens flare and ghost images. Additionally, closing the lens barrier can help prevent fingerprints and dirt accumulation on the lens.
  • Page 26: Adjusting The Oled Screen

    Preparing the Camcorder • If you wear glasses, you may find the viewfinder easier to use if you flip back the outer edge of the eye cup toward the camcorder body. NOTES • Make sure you keep the eye cup attached when using the camcorder. •...
  • Page 27: Grip Belt And Straps

    Preparing the Camcorder • About the OLED and viewfinder screens: The screens are produced using extremely high- precision manufacturing techniques, with more than 99.99% of the pixels operating to specification. Less than 0.01% of the pixels may occasionally misfire or appear as black dots. Misfired pixels in the viewfinder may appear instead as white dots.
  • Page 28: Wireless Controller

    Preparing the Camcorder Attaching an optional shoulder strap Pass the ends of the shoulder strap through the strap mount on the grip belt and adjust the length of the strap. Wireless Controller First, insert the supplied CR2025 lithium button battery into the wireless controller. 1 Press the tab in the direction of the arrow and pull out the battery holder.
  • Page 29: Using A Tripod

    Preparing the Camcorder NOTES • When the camcorder cannot be operated with the wireless controller, or when it can only be operated at very close range, replace the battery. • The wireless controller may not work properly when the remote sensor is situated under strong light sources or direct sunlight.
  • Page 30: 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 31: Setting The Shooting Mode

    Basic Operation of the Camcorder Setting the Shooting Mode mode, you can change the shooting mode to match your shooting style. (Auto) mode Set the mode switch to N. With this mode, the camcorder takes care of all the settings while you concentrate on recording (A 41). This operating mode is suitable if you just prefer not to bother with detailed camcorder settings.
  • Page 32: Using The Func. Button And Joystick

    Basic Operation of the Camcorder Drag Swipe your finger up and down or left and right across the screen. Used to scroll menus, to browse through index screen pages or to adjust slider controls like the volume. On some screens, you can achieve the same effect by touching the triangle control buttons.
  • Page 33: Using The Menus

    Basic Operation of the Camcorder Using the Menus Many of the camcorder’s functions can be adjusted from the FUNC. panel and the setup menus. For details about the available menu options and settings, refer to the appendix Menu Options Lists (A 142).
  • Page 34 Basic Operation of the Camcorder Setup Menus In this manual, navigating the setup menus is explained using the touch panel controls but they can also be navigated using the joystick and other buttons. The procedure below explains how to use both methods.
  • Page 35: 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 36: Changing The Time Zone

    First Time Settings 2 Touch the desired language and then touch [OK]. 3 Touch [X] to close the menu. NOTES • Some control buttons, such as [ZOOM], [FUNC.] and [MENU], will appear in English regardless of the language selected. Changing the Time Zone Change the time zone to match your location.
  • Page 37: Using A Memory Card

    The movie recording function has been tested using SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards made by Panasonic, Toshiba and SanDisk. For the latest information on cards that can be used, visit your local Canon Web site. Memory card type: . SD memory card, / SDHC memory card, 0 SDXC memory card...
  • Page 38: Inserting And Removing A Memory Card

    Using a Memory Card Inserting and Removing a Memory Card Make sure to initialize (A 38) all memory cards before using them with this camcorder. 1 Turn off the camcorder. • Make sure the indicator is off. POWER/CHG 2 Open the double memory card slot cover. 3 Insert the memory card straight, with the label facing the front of the camcorder, all the way into one of the memory card slots until it clicks.
  • Page 39: Selecting The Movie Format (Avchd/ Mp4)

    Using a Memory Card 2 Open the initialization screen for the desired memory card. > > > > > [FUNC.] [MENU] [Initialize [6 Mem. Card A] or [7 Mem. Card B] [Initialize] • Touching [FUNC.] is necessary only when performing the procedure in mode.
  • Page 40: Recording

    Recording Movies and Photos Recording Recording Recording Movies and Photos You can select the memory card that will be used to record movies and photos (A 39). For details on recording audio, refer to Recording Audio (A 79). POINTS TO CHECK •...
  • Page 41: Recording In Auto Mode

    Recording Movies and Photos Recording in AUTO Mode When you use mode to shoot video and take photos, the camcorder will automatically adjust various settings for you. Operating modes: 1 Set the mode switch to N. 2 Set the power switch to CAMERA. To record video Press Y to begin recording.
  • Page 42 Recording Movies and Photos Smart AUTO mode, the camcorder will automatically detect certain characteristics of the subject, background, lighting conditions, etc. It will then adjust various settings (focus, exposure, color, image stabilization, image quality, among others), selecting the best settings for the scene you want to shoot.
  • Page 43 - Do not change the camcorder’s operating mode. • Be sure to save your recordings regularly (A 114), 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 44 Recording Movies and Photos • Under certain conditions, the Smart AUTO icon that appears on the screen may not match the actual scene. Especially when shooting against orange or blue backgrounds, the sunset or one of the blue skies icons may appear and the colors may not look natural. In such case, we recommend recording in mode (A 45).
  • Page 45: Recording In N (Manual) Mode

    - Do not change the camcorder’s operating mode. • Be sure to save your recordings regularly (A 114), 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 46: Reviewing The Latest Scene Recorded

    Recording Movies and Photos • When the camcorder switches form recording on one memory card to another during relay recording, the video will be recorded as two separate relay scenes. With the supplied software, Data Import Utility, you can join relay scenes recorded on both memory cards as a single scene and save it on a computer (A 114).
  • Page 47: Selecting The Recording Mode (Video Quality)

    Selecting the Recording Mode (Video Quality) Selecting the Recording Mode (Video Quality) The camcorder offers various recording modes, depending on whether the movie format is AVCHD or MP4. When you record an MP4 movie with a recording mode of 3 Mbps, you can upload it to an FTP server and begin editing right away.
  • Page 48 Selecting the Recording Mode (Video Quality) Recording modes by movie format Movie format Recording mode Resolution Audio format 28 Mbps LPCM (59.94P) Linear PCM 28 Mbps (59.94P) Dolby Digital 24 Mbps LPCM 1920x1080 Linear PCM AVCHD 24 Mbps 17 Mbps Dolby Digital 5 Mbps 1440x1080...
  • Page 49: Dual Recording And Relay Recording

    Dual Recording and Relay Recording Dual Recording and Relay Recording When you record, you can use dual recording to record simultaneously on both memory cards so that you can use one of the movies as a backup. Alternatively, you can use relay recording so that if the memory card being recorded on becomes full, the recording will continue uninterrupted on the other memory card.
  • Page 50: Selecting The Frame Rate

    Selecting the Frame Rate Selecting the Frame Rate You can change the frame rate (the number of frames recorded per second) to change the look of your movies. When the recording mode is set to 28 Mbps LPCM (59.94P) or 28 Mbps (59.94P) for AVCHD movies or 35 Mbps (59.94P) for MP4 movies, the frame rate will automatically be set to 59.94P so you will not be able to select the frame rate.
  • Page 51: Slow & Fast Motion Recording

    Slow & Fast Motion Recording Slow & Fast Motion Recording When you record MP4 movies, the camcorder can record with a frame rate (shooting frame rate) that is different from the playback frame rate. When you record with a shooting frame rate that is faster than the playback frame rate (overcranking), you create a slow motion effect.
  • Page 52: Cinema Mode And Cinema-Look Filters

    CINEMA Mode and Cinema-Look Filters CINEMA Mode and Cinema-Look Filters mode, you can use a variety of professional cinema-look filters to create unique movies with a distinctive appearance. You can also use cinema-look filters when you convert movies to MP4 (A 118).
  • Page 53 CINEMA Mode and Cinema-Look Filters Options ( Default value) The camcorder offers 9 cinema-look filters. Select the desired filter while previewing the effect on the screen. [1. Cinema Standard] [2. Vivid] [3. Dream] [4. Cool] [5. Nostalgic] [6. Sepia] [7. Old Movies] [8.
  • Page 54: Focus Adjustment

    Focus Adjustment Focus Adjustment You can adjust the focus manually and use the peaking function to assist you or you can let the camcorder focus for you by using autofocus. With autofocus, you can set the autofocus speed. The camcorder also features face detection & tracking. POINTS TO CHECK •...
  • Page 55: Autofocus

    Focus Adjustment 3 Use Touch AF or turn the focus/zoom ring to obtain the desired focus position. 4 Touch [SET] to set the preset focus position. 5 After adjusting the focus, touch [ON] to return to the preset focus position. •...
  • Page 56 Focus Adjustment modes only: Press B. 2 Open the [AF Mode] screen. > > > [FUNC.] [MENU] [AF Mode] 3 Touch the desired option and then touch [X]. • The icon of the selected option appears on the screen. Options ( Default value) [= Instant AF] Sets the autofocus to Instant AF.
  • Page 57: Face Detection & Tracking

    Focus Adjustment • Autofocus may not work well on the following subjects or in the following cases. In such case, focus manually. - Reflective surfaces - Subjects with low contrast or without vertical lines - Fast moving subjects - Through dirty or wet windows - Night scenes Face Detection &...
  • Page 58 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 97) and press the button.
  • Page 59: 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, the zoom buttons on the wireless controller or the zoom controls on the touch screen. In addition to the 20x optical zoom, in mode, you can turn on the digital zoom* (400x) with the >...
  • Page 60: Using The Zoom Rockers Or Wireless Controller

    Zooming Using the Zoom Rockers or Wireless Controller 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. • You can also use the zoom buttons on the wireless controller. •...
  • Page 61 Zooming NOTES • When [High-Speed Zoom] is set to [i On] and [Zoom Rocker Zoom Speed] is set to [Y], [Zoom Speed Level] during record pause mode will automatically be set to [Z Fast]. Also, when pre-recording is activated during record pause mode, the zoom speed will be determined by the [Zoom Speed Level] setting.
  • Page 62: Using The Touch Screen's Zoom Controls

    Zooming To set the zoom speed of the wireless controller For the wireless controller, first set the overall zoom speed to one of three levels. The wireless controller operates at a constant speed that you can select. Refer to the following table for a summary of the zoom speed.
  • Page 63: Soft Zoom Control

    Zooming Soft Zoom Control Soft zoom control allows you to start and/or stop the zoom gradually. 1 Open the [Soft Zoom Control] screen. > > > [FUNC.] [MENU] [Soft Zoom Control] 2 Touch the desired option and then touch [ Options ( Default value) Off]...
  • Page 64: Advanced Image Stabilization

    Advanced Image Stabilization Advanced Image Stabilization The image stabilizer reduces camcorder blur (blur due to the camcorder moving) so you can get nice, stable shots. Select the image stabilization mode according to the shooting conditions. Operating modes: 1 Open the [Image Stabilizer] screen. >...
  • Page 65: Automatic Gain Control (Agc) Limit

    Automatic Gain Control (AGC) Limit Automatic Gain Control (AGC) Limit When recording in dark surroundings, the camcorder will automatically increase the gain to try to get a brighter picture. However, using higher gain values may result in more noticeable video noise. You can select the AGC limit to curb the amount of noise by setting the maximum gain value to be used.
  • Page 66: Automatic Exposure Recording Programs

    Automatic Exposure Recording Programs Automatic Exposure Recording Programs With the automatic exposure (AE) recording programs, the camcorder will adjust the shutter speed and/or aperture value to obtain the optimal exposure. When using the AE recording programs, you can change functions like the white balance and image effects. Operating modes: 1 Open the screen of the desired recording program.
  • Page 67 Automatic Exposure Recording Programs NOTES • [‚ Shutter-Pri. AE]: - On screen only the denominator is displayed – [‚ 250] indicates a shutter speed of 1/250 second, etc. - When recording in dark surroundings, you can obtain a brighter picture by using slow shutter speeds;...
  • Page 68: Exposure Adjustment

    Exposure Adjustment Exposure Adjustment At times, backlit subjects may appear too dark (underexposed) or subjects under very strong lights may appear too bright or glaring (overexposed). In such cases, adjusting the exposure will correct this. This camcorder features a dedicated recording program, [n Manual Exposure], for adjusting the exposure manually.
  • Page 69: Exposure Compensation

    Exposure Adjustment 1 From the exposure adjustment screen, touch [w] to select the zebra level. 2 Touch [70%] or [100%] and then touch [K]. 3 Touch [z] or [{] and then touch [X]. • The zebra pattern will appear on the overexposed areas of the picture. •...
  • Page 70 Exposure Adjustment To adjust the Touch AE function for highlights (Highlight AE) Certain subjects, like clouds or white objects, are easily overexposed and can end up appearing as bright areas where all detail is lost. Using the [Highlights] setting, you can touch the brightest area inside the y frame and the camcorder will automatically make corrections so that area is not overexposed.
  • Page 71: White Balance

    White Balance White Balance The white balance function helps you to accurately reproduce colors under different lighting conditions. Operating modes: POINTS TO CHECK • Select a recording program other than the Special Scene recording programs. 1 Open the white balance screen. >...
  • Page 72 White Balance NOTES • When you select a custom white balance: - Set p > [Digital Zoom] to [j Off]. - Reset the white balance when you change locations or the lighting or other conditions change. - Depending on the light source, Å may keep flashing. The result will still be better than with [Ã...
  • Page 73: Special Scene Recording Programs

    Special Scene Recording Programs Special Scene Recording Programs Recording in a very bright ski resort or capturing the full colors of a sunset or a fireworks display becomes as easy as selecting a Special Scene recording program. Operating modes: 1 Open the recording programs screen. >...
  • Page 74 Special Scene Recording Programs [œSpotlight] To record spotlit scenes. [ŠFireworks] To record fireworks. NOTES • [ú Portrait]/[û Sports]/[ý Snow]/[þ Beach]: The picture may not appear smooth during playback. • [ú Portrait]: The blur effect of the background increases the more you zoom in (S). •...
  • Page 75: Image Effects

    Image Effects Image Effects You can adjust the color depth, brightness, contrast, and sharpness of the image. Operating modes: POINTS TO CHECK • Select a recording program other than the Special Scene recording programs. 1 Open the image effects screen. >...
  • Page 76: Setting The Time Code

    Setting the Time Code Setting the Time Code The camcorder can generate a time code signal and embed it in your recordings. In addition, the time code will appear in the recordings output from the HD/SD-SDI terminal ( only) and HDMI terminal.
  • Page 77: Selecting Drop Frame Or Non-Drop Frame

    Setting the Time Code Selecting Drop Frame or Non-Drop Frame You can select between a drop frame (DF) or non-drop frame (NDF) time code, depending on how you plan to use your recording. When the frame rate is set to 23.98P, the time code will be set to non-drop frame.
  • Page 78: 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 79: Recording Audio

    Recording Audio Recording Audio You can record audio using the built-in stereo microphone, commercially available external microphone (INPUT 1/INPUT 2 terminals*, MIC terminal) or line input (INPUT 1/INPUT 2 terminals*). Using the INPUT 1/INPUT 2 terminals, you can select the audio input independently for channel 1 (CH1) and channel 2 (CH2).
  • Page 80: Connecting An External Microphone Or External Audio Input Source To The Camcorder

    Recording Audio Connecting an External Microphone or External Audio Input Source to the Camcorder In order to use the microphone holder and INPUT 1/INPUT 2 terminals, the handle unit must be attached to the camcorder. Follow the procedure below to attach a microphone (refer also to the following illustration).
  • Page 81: Audio Scenes And Other Audio Settings

    Recording Audio Using the WM-V1 Wireless Microphone Using the optional WM-V1 Wireless Microphone, you can reliably record sound even when recording subjects at a distance exceeding the practical range of the built-in microphone. For details about using the WM-V1, refer to the instruction manual supplied with the microphone. Audio Scenes and Other Audio Settings You can have the camcorder optimize the audio settings of the built-in microphone by selecting the audio scene that matches your surroundings.
  • Page 82: Audio Recording Level

    Recording Audio Settings for each audio scene [Built-in Mic [Built-in Mic [Built-in Mic [ä Mic Level] [Built-in Mic Att.] Wind Screen] Freq. Response] Directionality] [‘ Standard] [n] (manual): 70 [k Automatic] [H Auto (High)] [h Normal] [h Normal] [’ Music] [n] (manual): 70 [k Automatic] [L Auto (Low)
  • Page 83: Wind Screen (Built-In Microphone)

    Recording Audio To display the audio level indicator Usually, the audio level indicator will be displayed only after activating the manual adjustment of the audio recording level. You can choose to display it also when the audio level is adjusted automatically. 1 Open the automatic audio recording level screen.
  • Page 84: Audio Equalizer (Built-In Microphone)

    Recording Audio POINTS TO CHECK • Set [— Audio Scene] to [„ Custom Setting] (A 81). 1 Open the [Built-in Mic Att.] screen. > > > [FUNC.] [MENU] [Built-in Mic Att.] 2 Touch the desired option and then touch [X]. Options ( Default value) Automatic]...
  • Page 85: Switching The Input (Mic Terminal)

    Recording Audio 1 Open the [Built-in Mic Directionality] screen. > > > [FUNC.] [MENU] [Built-in Mic Directionality] 2 Touch the desired option and then touch [X]. Options ( Default value) [í Monaural] Mono recording that emphasizes sound coming from the front of the camcorder/ microphone.
  • Page 86: Low Cut Filter (Mic Terminal)

    Recording Audio Low Cut Filter (MIC Terminal) When you are recording using a microphone connected to the MIC terminal, you can activate the low cut filter to reduce the sound of blowing wind, a car’s engine and similar ambient sounds. Operating modes: 1 Open the [MIC Low Cut] screen.
  • Page 87: Audio Recording Level (Input Terminals)

    Recording Audio NOTES • Even if you select [ INPUT 1], the audio recording level will be determined by the audio level switch and dial for INPUT 2. • If you select [ Built-in Mic/MIC], the camcorder will record monaural sound. In such case, [—...
  • Page 88: Activating The Microphone's Attenuator (Input Terminals)

    Recording Audio 1 Open the desired INPUT terminal’s sensitivity submenu. [FUNC.] > [MENU] > p > [INPUT 1 Mic Trimming] or [INPUT 2 Mic Trimming] 2 Touch the desired level and then touch [X]. • The available sensitivity levels are +12 dB, +6 dB, 0 dB, -6 dB and -12 dB. Activating the Microphone’s Attenuator (INPUT terminals) You can activate the microphone attenuator (20 dB) for microphones connected to the INPUT 1 and INPUT 2 terminals to prevent audio from being distorted if the audio level is too high.
  • Page 89: 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 Open the [Headphone Volume] screen. > > > [FUNC.] [MENU] [Headphone Volume] •...
  • Page 90: Color Bars/Audio Reference Signal

    Color Bars/Audio Reference Signal Color Bars/Audio Reference Signal You can have the camcorder output and record color bars and a 1 kHz audio reference signal and output them from the HDMI OUT terminal, AV OUT terminal, HD/SD-SDI terminal ( only) and ×...
  • Page 91: Video Snapshot

    Video Snapshot Video Snapshot Record a series of short scenes. To record a video snapshot scene, set an assignable button to [¦ Video Snapshot] in advance. Operating modes: 1 Set an assignable button to [¦ Video Snapshot] (A 97). 2 Press the assignable button to activate video snapshot mode. •...
  • Page 92: Pre-Recording

    Pre-Recording Pre-Recording The camcorder will start recording 3 seconds before you press Y, ensuring you do not miss important shooting opportunities. This is especially useful when it is difficult to predict when to start recording. By default, the pre-recording function is assigned to assignable button 2. Operating modes: 1 Press •...
  • Page 93: Onscreen Displays And Data Code

    Onscreen Displays and Data Code Onscreen Displays and Data Code You can turn most onscreen displays on or off. Operating modes: Repeatedly press D to turn the onscreen displays on/off in the following sequence: mode: • All displays on • Onscreen markers •...
  • Page 94: Infrared Recording

    Infrared Recording Infrared Recording This camcorder features the ability to shoot movies in dark surroundings using the camcorder's infrared light and other sources of infrared light. Also, you can select whether the lighter areas of the picture appear in green or white. To use the infrared light, set an assignable button to [< IR Light] or use the menu, as described below.
  • Page 95: Using The Gp-E2 Gps Receiver

    Using the GP-E2 GPS Receiver Using the GP-E2 GPS Receiver When you attach the optional GP-E2 GPS Receiver to the camcorder, you can acquire GPS information and add it to your movies and photos. For details about how to attach and use the receiver, refer also to the receiver's instruction manual.
  • Page 96: Customization

    CUSTOM Dial and Button Customization Customization CUSTOM Dial and Button You can assign to C and the CUSTOM dial one of several frequently used functions. You can then adjust the selected function using C and the CUSTOM dial, without having to access the menu.
  • Page 97: Assignable Buttons

    Assignable Buttons Assignable Buttons The camcorder conveniently features 5 buttons to which you can assign various functions. By assigning often used functions, you can quickly access them with a single press of a button. Operating modes: Changing the Assigned Function 1 Open the selection screen for the desired assignable button.
  • Page 98: Using An Assignable Button

    Assignable Buttons AGC Limit]* Functions the same as selecting [x AGC Limit] (A 65) in the FUNC. panel. Focus]* Functions the same as selecting [< Focus] (A 54) in the FUNC. panel. Exposure]* Functions the same as selecting [y Exposure] (A 68) in the FUNC. panel. Audio Scene] Functions the same as selecting [—...
  • Page 99: Saving And Loading Menu Settings

    Saving and Loading Menu Settings Saving and Loading Menu Settings After you adjust the cinema-look filters and other settings in the FUNC. panel and setup menus, you can save those settings on a memory card. You can load those settings at a later date or on another XA25 or XA20 camcorder so that you can use that camcorder in the same way.
  • Page 100: Playback

    Playing Back Video Playback Playback Playing Back Video This section explains how to play back scenes. For details on playing back scenes using an external monitor, refer to Connecting to an External Monitor (A 107). Operating modes: 1 Set the power switch to MEDIA. •...
  • Page 101: Adjusting The Volume

    Playing Back Video About folder names MP4 movies and photos are saved as files in folders. The folder names appear in a format such as "101_0501." The first three digits indicate the folder number and the last four digits indicate the month and day (May 1, for the example folder above).
  • Page 102: Displaying Scene Information

    Playing Back Video Displaying scene information 1 In either the AVCHD or MP4 movie index screen, touch [I]. 2 Touch the desired scene. • The scene information screen appears. • If the optional GP-E2 Receiver was attached to the camcorder during recording, GPS information will also appear.
  • Page 103: Deleting Scenes

    Deleting Scenes Deleting Scenes You can delete those scenes that you are not interested in keeping. Deleting scenes allows you also to free up space on the memory card. Operating modes: Deleting a Single Scene 1 Play back the scene you wish to delete (A 100). 2 Touch the screen to display the playback controls.
  • Page 104 Deleting Scenes 2 After selecting all the desired scenes, touch [OK]. Options [date/folder name] Delete all the scenes recorded on a particular date. For AVCHD movies, the date will appear in the control button. For MP4 movies, the folder name (A 101) will appear, with the last four digits indicating the month and day.
  • Page 105: Dividing Scenes

    Dividing Scenes Dividing Scenes You can divide AVCHD scenes in order to leave out the best parts and later cut out the rest. Operating modes: 1 Play back the desired scene (A 100). 2 Pause the playback at the point where you want to divide the scene. 3 Open the screen for dividing scenes.
  • Page 106: Trimming Scenes

    Trimming Scenes Trimming Scenes You can trim MP4 scenes by removing everything up to a certain point or everything after a certain point. Operating modes: 1 Play back the desired scene (A 100). 2 Pause the playback. 3 Open the screen for trimming scenes. >...
  • Page 107: External Connections

    Connecting to an External Monitor External Connections External Connections Connecting to an External Monitor When you connect the camcorder to an external monitor for recording or playback, use the terminal on the camcorder that matches the one you wish to use on the monitor. Then, select the video signal output configuration.
  • Page 108: Selecting The Terminal Used For Output

    Connecting to an External Monitor Selecting the Terminal Used For Output To output your recordings on an external monitor, you must first select which terminal you will use. 1 Open the [Output Terminal] screen. > > > [FUNC.] [MENU] [Output Terminal] •...
  • Page 109: Using The Av Out Terminal

    Connecting to an External Monitor NOTES When q > • [Output Terminal] is set to [ HD/SD-SDI & HDMI], the signal output from the HDMI OUT terminal will be determined by the q > [HD/SD-SDI Output] setting. • 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.
  • Page 110: Audio Output

    Audio Output Audio Output The camcorder can output audio from the HD/SD-SDI terminal ( only), HDMI OUT terminal, AV OUT terminal or × (headphone) terminal. When audio is output from the AV OUT terminal or × (headphone) terminal, you can configure the following settings. Synchronizing the Video with the Audio being Monitored When audio is output from the AV OUT terminal or ×...
  • Page 111: Photos

    Viewing Photos Photos Photos Viewing Photos Operating modes: 1 Set the power switch to MEDIA. • The AVCHD movie index screen will appear. 2 Open the photo index screen. [6 ·] > Tab of the desired memory card (6 or 7) >...
  • Page 112: Photo Jump Function

    Viewing Photos Photo Jump Function When you have recorded a large number of photos, you can jump easily through the photos using the scroll bar. 1 Touch the screen to display the playback controls. 2 Touch [h]. 3 Drag your finger left and right along the scroll bar and then touch [K]. IMPORTANT •...
  • Page 113: Deleting Photos

    Deleting Photos Deleting Photos You can delete those photos that you are not interested in keeping. Operating modes: Deleting a Single Photo 1 In single photo view, select the photo you want to delete. 2 Touch the screen to display the playback controls. 3 Open the [Delete] screen.
  • Page 114: Recordings

    Saving Recordings to a Computer Saving/Sharing Recordings Saving/Sharing Recordings Saving Recordings to a Computer Using the supplied software Data Import Utility to save your movies, you have the additional advantage of automatically joining scenes that were saved as multiple files so you can work with them as single scenes with the editing software of your choice.
  • Page 115 Saving Recordings to a Computer Installing the Software See Installation and System requirements in the Data Import Utility Software Guide (PDF file) for step- by-step installation instructions and full system requirements. Below are the main system requirements. Windows XP , SP3 Windows Vista , SP2 Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 or 10.8...
  • Page 116: Copying Recordings Between Memory Cards

    Copying Recordings Between Memory Cards Copying Recordings Between Memory Cards You can copy recordings from one memory card to the other. Copying Scenes from the Movie Index Screen Operating modes: 1 Open the desired movie index screen (A 100). • To copy all the scenes recorded on a specific date, drag your finger left/right until a scene you want to copy appears.
  • Page 117: Copying Photos From The Index Screen

    Copying Recordings Between Memory Cards Copying Photos from the Index Screen Operating modes: 1 Open the desired photo index screen (A 111). 2 Open the screen to copy photos. > [FUNC.] [Copy (6'7)] or [Copy (7'6)] 3 Touch the desired option and then touch [Yes]. •...
  • Page 118: Converting Movies To Mp4 Format

    Converting Movies to MP4 Format Converting Movies to MP4 Format You can convert AVCHD movies into MP4 movies or even convert MP4 movies into smaller MP4 movies. This is convenient, for example, when you want to upload the MP4 movies to the Web. When you convert movies on one memory card, they will be saved to the other memory card.
  • Page 119: Copying Recordings To An External Video Recorder

    Copying Recordings to an External Video Recorder Copying Recordings to an External Video Recorder Operating modes: In High Definition Connect the camcorder to Blu-ray Disc recorders and other AVCHD-compatible digital video recorders using the supplied USB cable to make perfect copies of your movies in high definition. If the external digital video recorder has an SD memory card slot*, you can use the memory card to copy your movies without connecting the camcorder.
  • Page 120 Copying Recordings to an External Video Recorder 5 Camcorder: Resume playback. • By default, the data code will be embedded in the output video signal. You can change this using the s > [Data Code] setting. 6 External recorder: Start recording when the scene you wish to copy appears; stop recording when it ends.
  • Page 121: Wi-Fi Functions

    Introduction to Wi-Fi Wi-Fi Functions Wi-Fi Functions Introduction to Wi-Fi When you use the camcorder’s Wi-Fi function to connect to a smartphone or tablet, you can wirelessly save, play back and upload your recordings. You can even use a smartphone or tablet (iOS or Android device ) as a remote control and record using the device’s Web browser.
  • Page 122 Introduction to Wi-Fi Wi-Fi connection After you download the Movie Uploader app , wirelessly connect the camcorder to an iOS device (A 132) to save, play back and upload your recordings. You can even use this connection type if you plan to share videos on YouTube and Facebook on the go.
  • Page 123 Introduction to Wi-Fi NOTES • While using Wi-Fi functions other than remotely controlling the camcorder using the Wi-Fi Remote application, do not open the double memory card slot cover. Before using Wi-Fi functions Based on the function, the camcorder will wirelessly connect to a Wi-Fi-enabled device, such as a smartphone, or directly to a Wi-Fi network via an access point (wireless router)*.
  • Page 124: Remote Operation Via The Wi-Fi Remote Application

    * A Web browser that has JavaScript and cookies enabled is required. ** For details about compatible devices, operating systems, Web browsers, etc. please visit your local Canon Web site. Operating modes: iOS or Android device...
  • Page 125: Wi-Fi Remote Onscreen Controls And Displays

    Remote Operation Via the Wi-Fi Remote Application 3 iOS/Android device: Activate Wi-Fi in the settings screen. • The network names of detected access points will appear. 4 iOS/Android device: Touch the access point with the same SSID displayed in step 2. •...
  • Page 126 Remote Operation Via the Wi-Fi Remote Application Advanced controls When the recording program is set to [“ Aperture-Pri. AE]: 1 Screen selection tab: Switch between advanced controls and basic controls. 2 Recording program (A 66, 73) 3 Time code (A 76) 4 Wi-Fi Remote connection status 5 Operation (A 155) 6 D (key lock): Press to lock all the controls on the application's screens.
  • Page 127: Remote Operation Using Wi-Fi Remote

    Remote Operation Via the Wi-Fi Remote Application 8 Memory card status/Remaining recording time: The currently selected memory card slot will be indicated with a Î mark above it. 9 SLOT SELECT (memory card slot selection) button A q Exposure mode button (A 69) A a MF (manual focus) button (A 54) A s Exposure compensation value button (A 69) A d White balance mode and setting buttons (A 71)
  • Page 128 Remote Operation Via the Wi-Fi Remote Application Selecting the recording program 1 Press the recording program button. • The recording programs will appear. 2 Select the desired recording program. Adjusting the exposure compensation value 1 Touch [y]. 2 Press the exposure compensation value button. •...
  • Page 129 Remote Operation Via the Wi-Fi Remote Application Adjusting the gain 1 Press the gain button. • The available gain values will appear. 2 Select the desired gain value. • The selected value will be displayed on the Wi-Fi Remote screen and will be applied to the camcorder.
  • Page 130: Using A Web Browser On Your Ios Or Android Device

    This conveniently allows you to view your recordings while you are out. * Depending on the device, OS, browser, movie format and recording mode, you may not be able to play back or download recordings. For details, visit your local Canon Web site. iOS device, Android device, etc.
  • Page 131 Remote Browse: Viewing Recordings Using a Web Browser on Your iOS or Android Device 10 iOS/Android device: Touch to return to the index screen. > 11 Camcorder: Touch [End] [OK] when finished. NOTES • The following types of MP4 scenes will be recognized as multiple files on other devices. - Scenes exceeding 4 GB - Scenes recorded at 35 Mbps exceeding 30 minutes - Scenes recorded with a recording mode other than 35 Mbps exceeding 1 hour...
  • Page 132: Uploading Recordings Using An Ios Device

    Uploading Recordings Using an iOS Device Uploading Recordings Using an iOS Device Using the Movie Uploader app* for iOS devices, you can wirelessly connect the camcorder to the device to upload your movies to YouTube and your movies and photos to Facebook even when you are away from your home network.
  • Page 133 • The procedure above may differ depending on the version of iOS you are using. • For details about the Movie Uploader app, visit PIXELA’s Web site. http://www.pixela.co.jp/oem/canon/e/movieuploader/ (English only) • The following types of MP4 scenes will be recognized as multiple files on other devices.
  • Page 134: Playback On A Computer

    Playback on a Computer Playback on a Computer Using the Media Server function, you can wirelessly view your movies and photos from your computer or similar device. You will need an access point connected to your home network and software installed on your computer that can play back movies and photos on the media server.
  • Page 135: Transferring Files To A Computer Or Ftp Server

    Transferring Files to a Computer or FTP Server Transferring Files to a Computer or FTP Server You can wirelessly transfer files (recordings) directly to a computer or an FTP server. You will need a correctly configured FTP server. During the manual setup procedure, you will need to enter the FTP server's IP address, port, user name, password and file transfer destination (where the files will be transferred to).
  • Page 136 Transferring Files to a Computer or FTP Server Using the virtual keyboard When you need to enter text for various settings, touch the text field and a virtual keyboard will appear on the screen. You must use the touch screen to operate the virtual keyboard. The illustrations below explain the various keys you can use.
  • Page 137: Wi-Fi Connection Using An Access Point

    Wi-Fi Connection Using an Access Point Wi-Fi Connection Using an Access Point The camcorder can connect to a Wi-Fi network using a wireless router (access point) and even remember the settings for the four most recently used access points. General requirements •...
  • Page 138: Searching For Access Points

    Wi-Fi Connection Using an Access Point 2 Within 2 minutes, touch [OK] on the camcorder’s screen. • The camcorder will connect to the access point. • You can touch [Stop] and then [OK] to interrupt the Wi-Fi Protected Setup while it is in progress. •...
  • Page 139 Wi-Fi Connection Using an Access Point 7 In the [Default Gateway] field, touch [0.0.0.0] and then touch [Í]/[Î] to change the value and then touch [Next]. • Touch the next field to change the value, as necessary. 8 Touch [Next]. 9 For the [Primary DNS Server] and [Secondary DNS Server] fields, touch [0.0.0.0] and then touch [Í]/[Î] to change the value and then touch [Next].
  • Page 140: Viewing And Changing Wi-Fi Settings

    Viewing and Changing Wi-Fi Settings Viewing and Changing Wi-Fi Settings When the camcorder is connected to an access point or to a Wi-Fi-enabled device, you can view the Wi-Fi connection settings and even change them, if necessary. To enter text for the various settings, use the virtual keyboard (A 136). Operating modes: 1 Open the [Wi-Fi] screen.
  • Page 141 Viewing and Changing Wi-Fi Settings Glossary This is a glossary of some of the basic terms used frequently in this chapter. The documentation for your access point may also contain a glossary you can refer to. Access Point A wireless access point (WAP) is a device that allows wireless devices, like your camcorder, to connect to a wired network (including to the Internet) using the Wi-Fi standard.
  • Page 142: Additional Information

    Appendix: Menu Options Lists Additional Information Additional Information Appendix: Menu Options Lists Menu items not available appear grayed out. For details about how to select an item, refer to Using the Menus (A 33). For details about each function, see the reference page. Menu options without a reference page are explained after the tables.
  • Page 143: Setup Menus

    Appendix: Menu Options Lists Control Button Setting options/Function AUTO CINEMA [„ Wi-Fi [ON], [OFF] Remote] Option available only for recording movies. The setting is maintained when the camcorder is switched from mode to mode. (Except for [„ Custom Setting] under [— Audio Scene].) FUNC.
  • Page 144 Appendix: Menu Options Lists Menu item Setting options [Focus Assistance] [i On], [j Off] – [Face Detection & Tracking] [i On }], [j Off] [Auto Backlight Correction] [i On], [j Off] [Auto Slow Shutter] [i On], [j Off] – [ND Filter] [k Automatic], [j Off] –...
  • Page 145 Appendix: Menu Options Lists [Auto Slow Shutter]: The camcorder automatically uses slow shutter speeds to obtain brighter recordings in places with insufficient lighting. • Minimum shutter speed used: 1/30; 1/15 when the frame rate is set to PF29.97 or 29.97P; 1/12 when the frame rate is set to 23.98P.
  • Page 146 Appendix: Menu Options Lists [Data Code]: Displays the date and/or time when the scene or photo was recorded. [( Camera Data]: Displays the aperture (f-stop) and shutter speed used when recording the scene or photo. [TV Type]: When you connect the camcorder to a TV using the supplied STV-250N Stereo Video Cable, select the setting according to the type of TV in order to display the picture in full and in the correct aspect ratio.
  • Page 147 Appendix: Menu Options Lists Menu item Setting options [Initial Time [Reset], [OK] – – Code] [User Bit Output Fixed], [ Pulldown] – – Mode] [User Bit Type] Setting], [ Time], [ Date] – – [Color Bars] [j Off], [ SMPTE], [ ARIB] –...
  • Page 148: System Setup

    Appendix: Menu Options Lists q System Setup Menu item Setting options [Language ], [Dansk], [Deutsch], [ ], [English], [Español], [Français], [Italiano], [Magyar], [Melayu], [Nederlands], [Norsk], [Polski], [Português], [ ], [Suomi], [Svenska], [Türkçe], ], [ ], [ ], [ ], [ ], [ ], [ ], [...
  • Page 149 Appendix: Menu Options Lists Menu item Setting options [Powered IS [Î Press and Hold], [Ï Toggle On/Off] – – – Button] [Set WB Priority] [Ã Automatic], [¼ Daylight], [½ Shade], [¾ Cloudy], – – – [¿ Fluorescent], [À Fluorescent H], [É Tungsten], Color Temperature], [Æ...
  • Page 150 Appendix: Menu Options Lists [OLED Brightness]: Sets the OLED screen to one of two brightness levels. You can use this to make the screen brighter when recording in bright places, for example. [OLED Dimmer]: When set to on, the illumination sensor will detect the surrounding brightness and the camcorder will automatically adjust the screen's brightness accordingly.
  • Page 151 Appendix: Menu Options Lists [HDMI Time Code]: When set to [i On], the HDMI signal output from the camcorder includes the camcorder's time code. [HDMI Status]: Displays a screen where you can verify the standard of the output signal from the HDMI OUT terminal.
  • Page 152: Appendix: Onscreen Icons And Displays

    Appendix: Onscreen Icons and Displays Appendix: Onscreen Icons and Displays Recording Movies 1213 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 1 Control button [FUNC.]: Open the 15 Remaining recording time FUNC. panel (A 33) On the memory card Relay recording (A 49) 2 Smart AUTO (A 42) 16 Recording mode (A 47) 3 Autofocus mode (A 55)
  • Page 153 Appendix: Onscreen Icons and Displays Recording Movies mode mode 1216 29 Recording program (A 66, 68, 73) 39 Audio scene select (A 81) ; Infrared mode (A 94), 40 External audio input from the MIC < / = Infrared light on/off (A 94) terminal (A 85) 30 Exposure compensation (A 69) 41 Digital tele-converter (A 63)
  • Page 154 Appendix: Onscreen Icons and Displays Playing Movies (during playback) 48 Playback control buttons (A 101) 50 Data code (A 93, 146) 49 Scene number 51 Volume controls (A 101) Viewing Photos 52 Control button [MENU]: Open the setup 55 Control button [f]: Return to the menus (A 34, 143) photo index screen (A 111) 53 Current photo / Total number of photos...
  • Page 155 Appendix: Onscreen Icons and Displays 9 Operation Ü Record, Û Record pause, Ð Playback, Ý Playback pause, × Fast playback, Ø Fast reverse playback, Õ Slow playback, Ö Slow reverse playback, Ó Frame advance, Ô Frame reverse. 14 Remaining battery time •...
  • Page 156: Troubleshooting

    Canon for use with this camcorder cannot be charged using this camcorder. - If you are using a battery pack recommended by Canon for use with this camcorder, there may be a problem with the camcorder or battery pack. Consult a Canon Service Center.
  • Page 157 - The camcorder may become hot after using it continuously for long periods of time; this is not a malfunction. If the camcorder becomes unusually hot or it becomes hot after using it only for a short while, it may indicate a problem with the camcorder. Consult a Canon Service Center. Playback Cannot delete a scene.
  • Page 158: Picture And Sound

    104 °F). - The battery pack is damaged. Use a different battery pack. - Charging has stopped because the compact power adapter or the battery pack is faulty. Consult a Canon Service Center. Picture and Sound The screen appears too dark.
  • Page 159 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. To reduce the symptoms, set the recording program to [Programmed AE] or [Shutter-Pri. AE] (A 66). This is not a malfunction. Viewfinder picture is blurred.
  • Page 160 Troubleshooting Connections with External Devices Video noise appears on the TV screen. - When using the camcorder in a room where a TV is located, keep a distance between the compact power adapter and the power or antenna cables of the TV. Playback looks fine on the camcorder but there is no image on the TV screen.
  • Page 161: 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 162 Cannot record - There is a problem with the memory card. If this message appears often without apparent reason, contact a Canon Service Center. Cannot record Check the memory card - There is a problem with the memory card. Save your recordings (A 114) and initialize the memory card using the [Complete Initialization] option (A 38).
  • Page 163 Troubleshooting Check the memory card - Cannot access the memory card. Check the memory card and make sure it is inserted correctly. - A memory card error occurred. The camcorder cannot record or display the image. Try removing and reinserting the memory card, or use a different memory card. - You inserted a MultiMedia Card (MMC) into the camcorder.
  • Page 164 Troubleshooting Need to recover files from the memory card. Change the position of the LOCK switch on the memory card. - This message will appear the next time you turn on the camcorder if power supply was accidentally interrupted while the camcorder was writing on the memory card and later the position of the card's LOCK switch was changed to prevent erasure.
  • Page 165: List Of Messages For Wi-Fi Functions

    - If the access point is using MAC address filtering, enter the camcorder’s MAC address in the access point’s configuration screen. Unable to access configuration files - Turn off the camcorder. After a short while, turn it on again. If the problem persists contact a Canon Service Center.
  • Page 166 Troubleshooting Unable to complete WPS. - Turn off the camcorder and access point. After a short while, turn them on again and try again. If the problem persists, perform setup using the [Search for Access Points] option (A 137). Unable to complete WPS. Try the operation again. - Some access points require pressing and holding the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) button.
  • Page 167 Try using the camcorder in a location farther away from such appliances. - Turn off the camcorder and access point. After a short while, turn them on again and perform the Wi-Fi network setup again. If the problem persists contact a Canon Service Center.
  • Page 168: Handling Precautions

    Canon shall not be liable for any data loss. • Do not carry the camcorder by the OLED panel. Be careful when closing the OLED panel. When using a wrist strap, do not allow the camcorder to swing and hit an object.
  • Page 169: Battery Pack

    Handling Precautions • When mounting the camcorder on a tripod, make sure that the 6.5 mm tripod’s fastening screw is shorter than 6.5 mm (0.26 in.). Using other tripods may damage the camcorder. • When recording movies, try to get a calm, stable picture. Excessive camcorder movement while shooting and extensive use of fast zooms and panning can result in jittery scenes.
  • Page 170: Memory Card

    Handling Precautions 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 171: Lithium Button Battery

    Handling Precautions Lithium Button Battery WARNING! • The battery used in this device may present a fire or chemical burn hazard if mishandled. • Do not disassemble, modify, immerse in water, heat above 100 °C (212 °F) or incinerate the battery.
  • Page 172: 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 173: Using The Camcorder Abroad

    You can use the compact power adapter to operate the camcorder and to charge battery packs in any country with power supply between 100 and 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz. Consult a Canon Service Center for information on plug adapters for overseas use.
  • Page 174: Optional Accessories

    Optional Accessories Optional Accessories (Availability differs from area to area) The following optional accessories are compatible with this camcorder. Select accessories are described in more detail in the following pages. BP-820, BP-828 CG-800 CA-570 Compact TL-H58 Battery Pack Battery Charger Power Adapter Tele-converter WA-H58 Wide...
  • Page 175 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 176: Recording Mp4 Movies

    Optional Accessories Recording AVCHD movies Recording (maximum) Recording (typical)* Playback Battery pack Recording mode OLED Viewfinder OLED Viewfinder OLED 28 Mbps LPCM (59.94P) / 140 min. 140 min. 85 min. 85 min. 220 min. 28 Mbps (59.94P) 24 Mbps LPCM / 24 Mbps 150 min.
  • Page 177 Optional Accessories Recording AVCHD movies Recording (maximum) Recording (typical)* Playback Battery pack Recording mode OLED Viewfinder OLED Viewfinder OLED 28 Mbps LPCM (59.94P) / 145 min. 145 min. 85 min. 85 min. 230 min. 28 Mbps (59.94P) 24 Mbps LPCM / 24 Mbps 155 min.
  • Page 178 SC-2000 Soft Carrying Case A handy camcorder bag with padded compartments and plenty of space for accessories. This mark identifies genuine Canon video accessories. When you use Canon video equipment, we recommend Canon-brand accessories or products bearing the same mark.
  • Page 179: Specifications

    Specifications Specifications XA25 / XA20 — Values given are approximate figures. System • Recording System Movies: AVCHD Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264; Audio: Linear PCM, 16 bits, 48 kHz, 2ch Dolby Digital 2ch Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Audio: MPEG-2 AAC-LC (2ch) Photos: DCF (Design rule for Camera File system), compatible with Exif Ver.
  • Page 180 Specifications • Image Sensor 1/2.84-inch CMOS, 3,090,000 pixels Effective pixels: 2,910,000 pixels • OLED Touch Screen: 3.5 in., wide, TFT color, equivalent to 1,230,000 dots , 100% coverage, touch operation • Viewfinder: 0.24 in., wide, color, equivalent to 1,560,000 dots , 100% coverage •...
  • Page 181 Specifications Terminals • HD/SD-SDI Terminal BNC jack, output only, 0.8 Vp-p / 75 Ω, unbalanced HD-SDI: SMPTE 292M Video: 1080i, 720P SD-SDI: SMPTE 259M Video: 480i Embedded audio, time code (VITC/LTC) • HDMI OUT Terminal HDMI mini connector; output only •...
  • Page 182 Specifications • Dimensions [W x H x D] (excluding the grip belt) Camcorder only: 109 x 84 x 182 mm (4.3 x 3.3 x 7.2 in.) Camcorder with the lens hood attached: 115 x 84 x 231 mm (4.5 x 3.3 x 9.1 in.) Camcorder with the lens hood and handle unit attached: 131 x 180 x 231 mm (5.2 x 7.1 x 9.1 in.) •...
  • Page 183: Index

    Index Abroad, using the camcorder Error messages ... 173 ......161 AGC (automatic gain control) limit Exposure compensation .
  • Page 184 Microphone directionality ....84 Snow (recording program) ....73 Mode switch Sports (recording program) .
  • Page 185 B) If the Equipment is defective as a result of leaking batteries, sand, dirt or water damage; C) If defects or damages are caused by the use of unauthorized parts or by service other than by Canon USA’s factory service centers or authorized service facilities;...
  • Page 186 The Equipment is warranted under normal, non-commercial, personal use, against defective materials or workmanship as follows: Parts: Defective parts will be exchanged for new parts or, at Canon Canada’s option, comparable rebuilt parts for a period of one year from the date of original purchase, except Video Heads which will be exchanged for a period of 3 months from the date of purchase.
  • Page 187 Visit your local Canon Web site to download the latest version of this Instruction Manual. For support concerning the supplied software, contact your local Canon Service Center. Consultez le site Web Canon de votre pays pour télécharger la version la plus récente de ce manuel d'instruction.

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