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Digital Video Camcorder
Instruction Manual
2
Introduction
Important Usage Instructions
WARNING!
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS
PRODUCT TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
WARNING!
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK AND TO REDUCE ANNOYING
INTERFERENCE, USE THE RECOMMENDED ACCESSORIES ONLY.
COPYRIGHT WARNING:
Unauthorized recording of copyrighted materials may infringe on the rights of copyright
owners and be contrary to copyright laws.
Digital Video Camcorder, FS31 A/FS30 A/FS300 A systems
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause
harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired
operation.
Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC
Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and use in accordance with the instructions,
may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Use of shielded cable is required to comply with class B limits in Subpart B of Part 15 of FCC Rules.
Do not make any changes or modifications to the equipment unless otherwise specified in the manual.
If such changes or modifications should be made, you could be required to stop operation of the equipment.
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
One Canon Plaza, Lake Success, NY 11042, U.S.A.
Tel No. (516)328-5600
CAUTION:
TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK, MATCH WIDE BLADE OF PLUG TO WIDE SLOT, FULLY INSERT.
WARNING:
To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not expose this product to dripping or splashing.
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.
CAUTION:
Danger of explosion if the wrong type of batteries are attached. Use only the same type of batteries.
Do not expose batteries or product to excessive heat such as the inside of a car under direct sunlight, fire,
etc.
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CAUTION:
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC
SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR
BACK). NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS
INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED
SERVICE PERSONNEL.
CAUTION
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol,
within an equilateral triangle, is intended to
alert the user to the presence of uninsulated
“dangerous voltage” within the product’s
enclosure, that may be of sufficient
magnitude to constitute a risk of electric
shock to persons.
The exclamation point, within an equilateral
triangle, is intended to alert the user to the
presence of important operating and
maintenance (servicing) instructions in the
literature accompanying the product.
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In these safety instructions the word “product” refers
to the Canon Digital Video Camcorder FS31 A/FS30 A/
FS300 A and all its accessories.
1Read these instructions.
2Keep these instructions.
3Heed all warnings.
4Follow all instructions.
5Do not use this apparatus near water.
6Clean only with dry cloth.
7Do not install near any heat sources such as
radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other
apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce
heat.
8Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized
or grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has two
blades with one wider than the other. A grounding
type plug has two blades and a third grounding
prong. The wide blade or the third prong are
provided for your safety. If the provided plug does
not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for
replacement of the obsolete outlet.
9Protect the power cord from being walked on or
pinched particularly at plugs, convenience
receptacles, and the point where they exit from
the apparatus.
10 Only use attachments/accessories specified by
the manufacturer.
11 Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or
when unused for long periods of time.
12 Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
Servicing is required when the apparatus has
been damaged in any way, such as power-supply
cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled
or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the
apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture,
does not operate normally, or has been dropped.
13 Read Instructions — All the safety and operating
instructions should be read before the product is
operated.
14 Retain Instructions — The safety and operating
instructions should be retained for future
reference.
15 Heed Warnings — All warnings on the product
and in the operating instructions should be
adhered to.
16 Follow Instructions — All operating and
maintenance instructions should be followed.
17 Cleaning — Unplug this product from the wall
outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid or
aerosol cleaners. The product should be cleaned
only as recommended in this manual.
18 Accessories — Do not use accessories not
recommended in this manual as they may be
hazardous.
19 Avoid magnetic or electric fields — Do not use
the camera close to TV transmitters, portable
communication devices or other sources of
electric or magnetic radiation. They may cause
picture interference, or permanently damage the
camera.
20 Water and Moisture — Hazard of electric shock
— Do not use this product near water or in rainy/
moist situations.
21 Placing or Moving — Do not place on an unstable
cart, stand, tripod, bracket or table. The product
may fall, causing serious injury to a child or adult,
and serious damage to the product.
A product and cart
combination should be
moved with care. Quick
stops, excessive force, and
uneven surfaces may cause
the product and cart
combination to overturn.
22 Power Sources — The CA-570 Compact Power
Adapter should be operated only from the type of
power source indicated on the marking label. If
you are not sure of the type of power supply to
your home, consult your product dealer or local
power company. Regarding other power sources
such as battery power, refer to instructions in this
manual.
23 Polarization — The CA-570 Compact Power
Adapter is equipped with a polarized 2-prong
plug (a plug having one blade wider than the
other).
The 2-prong polarized plug will fit into the power
outlet only one way. This is a safety feature. If you
are unable to insert the plug fully into the outlet,
try reversing the plug. If the plug still fails to fit,
contact your electrician to replace your obsolete
outlet. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the
polarized plug.
24 Power Cord Protection — Power cords should be
routed so that they are not likely to be walked on
or pinched by items placed upon or against them.
Pay particular attention to plugs and the point
from which the cords exit the product.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
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25 Outdoor Antenna Grounding — If an outside
antenna is connected to the product, be sure the
antenna is grounded so as to provide some
protection against voltage surges and built-up
static charges. Section 810 of the National
Electrical Code, ANSI / NFPA No. 70—1984,
provides information with respect to proper
grounding of the mast and supporting structure,
grounding of the lead-in wire to an antenna
discharge unit, size of grounding conductors,
location of antenna discharge unit, connection to
grounding electrodes, and requirements for the
grounding electrode. See figure 1.
26 Lightning — For added protection of this product
during a lightning storm, or when it is left
unattended and unused for long periods of time,
disconnect it from the wall outlet and disconnect
the antenna. This will prevent damage to the
product due to lightning and power-line surges.
27 Overloading — Do not overload wall outlets and
extension cords as this can result in a risk of fire
or electric shock.
28 Objects and Liquid Entry — Never push objects
of any kind into this product through openings as
they may touch dangerous voltage points or short
out parts that could result in a fire or electric
shock. Be careful not to spill liquid of any kind
onto the product.
29 Servicing — Do not attempt to service this
product yourself as opening or removing covers
may expose you to dangerous voltage or other
hazards. Refer all servicing to qualified service
personnel.
30 Damage Requiring Service — Disconnect this
product from the wall outlet and all power
sources including battery, and refer servicing to
qualified service personnel under the following
conditions:
a. When the power-supply cord or plug is
damaged.
b. If any liquid has been spilled onto, or objects
have fallen into, the product.
c. If the product has been exposed to rain or
water.
d. If the product does not operate normally even
if you follow the operating instructions. Adjust
only those controls that are covered by the
operation instructions. Improper adjustment of
other controls may result in damage and will
often require extensive work by a qualified
technician to restore the product to its normal
operation.
e. If the product has been dropped or the cabinet
has been damaged.
f. When the product exhibits a distinct change in
performance. This indicates a need for
service.
31 Replacement Parts — When replacement parts
are required, be sure the service technician has
used replacement parts that are specified by
Canon or that have the same characteristics as
the original part. Unauthorized substitutions may
result in fire, electric shock or other hazards.
32 Safety Check — Upon completion of any service
or repairs to this product, ask the service
technician to perform safety checks to determine
that the product is in safe operating order.
33 Heat — The product should be situated away
from heat sources such as radiators, heat
registers, stoves, or other products (including
amplifiers) that produce heat.
EXAMPLE OF ANTENNA GROUNDING AS PER NATIONAL
ELECTRICAL CODE
ANTENNA LEAD
IN WIRE
ANTENNA DISCHARGE UNIT
(NEC SECTION 810-20)
GROUNDING CONDUCTORS
(NEC SECTION 810-21)
GROUND CLAMPS
POWER SERVICE GROUNDING
ELECTRODE SYSTEM
(NEC ART 250. PART H)
NEC - NATIONAL
ELECTRICAL CODE
ELECTRIC
SERVICE
EQUIPMENT
GROUND
CLAMP
Fig. 1
When replacement of the power supply is required, please return it to the responsible nearest Canon
Service Center and please replace it with the same type number CA-570.
CA-570 identification plate is located on the bottom.
The Adapter can be used with a power supply between 100 and 240 V AC. For areas where 120 V AC power
is not used, you will need a special plug adapter. Contact your nearest Canon Service Center for further
information.
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
6
Getting to Know the Camcorder
What is so special about recording on flash memory?
Your videos and photos are recorded in the built-in memory ( / only) or on a
memory card (SD or SDHC card). Recording on flash memory means that there are no
moving parts in the recorder unit of the camcorder. To you, it means a camcorder that is
smaller, lighter and faster.
Other features of this camcorder
Whether you are using a camcorder for the first time or are very experienced, this
camcorder offers many easy-to-use functions. The following are just but a few examples of
the many functions that can enrich your shooting experience.
Dual Shot ( 24): With Dual Shot ( mode), recording is as simple as pressing a
single button and using the zoom lever. The camcorder will take care of the rest!
Image Stabilization ( 81): Dynamic IS compensates for camcorder shake when
shooting video while walking. This gives you more freedom and mobility when recording
movies.
Special Scene recording programs ( 42): When recording in a variety of situations,
such as at the beach, the camcorder automatically selects the optimal settings for that
situation.
Pre-recording function ( 47): The camcorder records for 3 seconds before you start
shooting, ensuring that those once-in-a-lifetime moments do not slip by.
Video Snapshot ( 45): Create a montage of scenes and even set it to music when you
play it back.
Table of contents
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Introduction ______________________________
6 Getting to Know the Camcorder
11 About this Manual
13 Overview
13 Supplied Accessories and CD-ROMs
14 Components Guide
16 Screen Displays
Preparations ______________________________
19 Getting Started
19 Charging the Battery Pack
21 Preparing the Accessories
22 Adjusting the Position and Brightness of the LCD Screen
24 Basic Operation of the Camcorder
24 Operating Modes
25 Joystick and Joystick Guide
26 Using the Menus
27 First Time Settings
27 Setting the Date and Time
28 Changing the Language
28 Changing the Time Zone
29 Using a Memory Card
29 Memory Cards Compatible for Use with the Camcorder
30 Inserting and Removing a Memory Card
30 / Selecting the Memory for the Recordings
31 Initializing the Built-In Memory ( / only) or Memory
Card
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Video ___________________________________
32 Basic Recording
32 Shooting Video
33 Selecting the Video Quality
(Recording Mode)
33 Zooming: Optical, Advanced and Digital Zoom
35 Quick Start Function
36 Basic Playback
36 Playing Back the Video
37 Selecting What Recordings to Play Back
38 Selecting Scenes by Recording Date
39 Selecting the Playback Starting Point from the Movie Timeline
40 Pre-selecting Recordings from the Index Screen
41 Deleting Scenes
42 Advanced Functions
42 Special Scene Recording Programs
43 Controlling Shutter Speed and Other Functions while Shooting
45 Mini Video Light
45 Video Snapshot
47 Pre-recording Function
48 Self Timer
48 Automatic Backlight Correction and Manual Exposure
Adjustment
49 Manual Focus Adjustment
50 White Balance
51 Image Effects
51 Digital Effects
52 On-Screen Displays and Data Code
53 Playlist and Scene Operations
53 Dividing Scenes
54 Editing the Playlist: Adding, Deleting and Moving Playlist
Scenes
55 / Copying Scenes
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Table of contents
Photos ___________________________________
57 Basic Recording
57 Taking Photos
57 Selecting Photo Size and Quality
58 Erasing a Photo Right After Recording It
59 Basic Playback
59 Viewing Photos
61 Magnifying Photos during Playback
61 Deleting Photos
63 Additional Functions
63 Histogram Display
63 Protecting Photos
64 / Copying Photos
65 Other Functions You Can Use When Taking Photos
65 Printing Photos
65 Printing Photos
66 Selecting the Print Settings
68 Print Orders
External Connections _______________________
71 Terminals on the Camcorder
71 Connection Diagrams
72 Playback on a TV Screen
72 Saving Your Recordings
72 Saving Your Recordings on a Computer
73 Authoring DVD Discs and Photo DVDs
75 Transfer Orders
76 Copying your Recordings to an External Video Recorder
77 Transferring Photos to a Computer
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Additional Information ______________________
79 Appendix: Menu Options Lists
79 FUNC. Menu
81 Setup Menus
87 Trouble?
87 Troubleshooting
91 List of Messages
99 Do’s and Don’ts
99 Handling Precautions
102 Maintenance/Others
102 Using the Camcorder Abroad
103 Music Files
104 General Information
104 System Diagram
105 Optional Accessories
107 Product Codes
108 Specifications
111 Index
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Thank you for purchasing the Canon FS31/FS30/FS300. 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 ( 87).
Conventions Used in this Manual
IMPORTANT: Precautions related to the camcorder’s operation.
NOTES: Additional topics that complement the basic operating procedures.
POINTS TO CHECK: Restrictions or requirements regarding the function
described.
: Reference page number in this manual.
: Text that applies only to the model shown in the icon.
The following terms are used in this manual:
When not specified as “memory card” or “built-in memory”, the term “memory” by
itself refers to both ( / only).
“Scene” refers to one movie unit from the point you press the button to
start recording until you press again to pause the recording.
The photos included in this manual are simulated pictures taken with a still camera.
Unless indicated otherwise, illustrations and menu icons refer to the .
About this Manual
To complete some operations, you will need to refer also to the instruction
manual of the optional DW-100 DVD Burner. This will be indicated with the
icon and the name of the relevant chapter or section.
Start/Stop
Introduction
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The serial number of this product can be found on the battery compartment
cover of the camcorder. Write down the number and other information here and
retain this book as a permanent record of your purchase to aid identification in
case of theft.
Model Name: FS31 A/FS30 A/FS300 A
Date of Purchase: Serial No.:
Purchased From:
Dealer Address:
Dealer Phone No.:
Special Scene Recording Programs
[PROGRAM AE]
[ PORTRAIT]
Press to display the Special
Scene (SCN) recording programs
Desired recording program
( 25)
FUNC.
FUNC.
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. For details about the available
options, refer to the following sidebar.
Brackets [ ] are used to refer to menu
options as they are displayed on
screen. In tables in this manual the
default value is shown in boldface.
For example [ON], [OFF].
In this manual, the arrow is used to abbreviate menu selections.
For a detailed explanation refer to Using the Menus ( 26).
Names of buttons and switches other
than the joystick are indicated within
a “button” frame.
For example .
FUNC.
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Overview
The following accessories are supplied with the camcorder.
The following CD-ROMs and software are supplied with the camcorder.
* The CD-ROM includes the instruction manual of the software (electronic version on PDF file).
Supplied Accessories and CD-ROMs
CA-570 Compact Power
Adapter (incl. power cord)
BP-808 Battery Pack STV-250N
Stereo Video Cable
Yellow • Red • White plugs
IFC-300PCU USB Cable
Quick Guide
PIXELA Application - Disc 1 CD-ROM* and ‘PIXELA Applications Installation Guide’
- ImageMixer 3 SE Transfer Utility - For saving and transferring movies.
- Music Transfer Utility - For transferring music files that can be used during playback
on the camcorder.
PIXELA Application - Disc 2 CD-ROM*
- ImageMixer 3 SE Video Tools - For managing, editing, and playing back movies.
Instruction Manual/Music Data Disc CD-ROM - Contains the full-length camcorder
instruction manual (electronic version on PDF file) and music files that can be used as
background music during playback. This CD-ROM cannot be played back on a CD
player. The music files on this CD-ROM are for exclusive use with the supplied PIXELA
applications, Music Transfer Utility and ImageMixer 3 SE Video Tools. For more
details, refer to the ‘Music Transfer Utility Software Guide’ and ‘ImageMixer 3 SE
Software Guide’ on the PIXELA Application - Disc 1 CD-ROM.
Introduction
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Components Guide
Left side view
Front view
Right side view
RESET button ( 90)
VIDEO SNAP (Video Snapshot) button
( 45)/ (print/share) button
( 66)
DISP. (on-screen display) button
( 52, 63)/
BATT. INFO button ( 18)
USB terminal ( 71)
AV OUT terminal ( 71)
Speaker ( 36)
Strap mount ( 21)
ACCESS (memory access) indicator
( 32, 57)
Grip belt
DC IN terminal ( 19)
Mini video light ( 45)
Stereo microphone
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Back view
Bottom view
Top view
LCD screen ( 22)
ON/OFF(CHG) (power/charge) indicator
( 20)
Camera mode dial ( 24)
Start/Stop button ( 32)
(camera/play) button ( 25)
PLAYLIST button ( 53)/
Zoom in T (telephoto) button ( 33)
(stop) button ( 36)/
Zoom out W (wide-angle) button ( 33)
/ (play/pause) button ( 36)/
START/STOP button ( 32)
FUNC. button ( 26, 79)
Joystick ( 25)
PHOTO button ( 57)
Zoom lever ( 33)
POWER button
Tripod socket ( 99)
Battery release latch ( 20)
Memory card slot ( 30)
Battery compartment ( 19)
Battery compartment cover/
Memory card slot cover
Serial number
The serial number label is located on the top
surface of the battery compartment cover.
Introduction
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Recording Movies
Playing Movies
(During Playback)
Screen Displays
Operating mode ( 24)
Recording program ( 42, 43)
White balance ( 50)
Image effects ( 51)
Digital effects ( 51)
Recording mode ( 33)
Manual focus ( 49)
Image stabilizer ( 81)
Pre-recording function ( 47)
Memory operation ( 18)
Number of scenes recorded (record
pause)/Time code (hours : minutes :
seconds, while recording)
Remaining recording time
On the memory card
/In the built-in memory
Remaining battery time ( 18)
Wind screen off ( 81)
Backlight correction ( 48)
Joystick guide ( 25)
Mini video light ( 45)
Level marker ( 83)
Audio level indicator ( 83)
Time code/Playback time
(hours : minutes : seconds)
Scene number
Data code ( 83)
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Recording Photos
Viewing Photos
Zoom ( 33), Exposure ( 48)
Recording program ( 42, 43)
White balance ( 50)
Image effect ( 51)
Digital effect ( 51)
Photo quality/size ( 57)
Manual focus ( 49)
Remaining battery time ( 18)
Number of photos available ( 18)
On the memory card
/In the built-in memory
Self timer ( 48)
AF frame ( 82)
Joystick guide ( 25)
Mini video light ( 45)
Focus and exposure lock ( 57)
Camcorder shake warning ( 82)
Photo number ( 18, 86)
Current photo / Total number of photos
Histogram ( 63)
Date and time of recording
Photo protection mark ( 63)
Manual exposure ( 48)
Photo size ( 57)
File size
Aperture value
Shutter speed ( 43)
Introduction
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Memory operation
Record, Record pause,
Playback, Playback pause,
Fast playback,
Fast reverse playback,
Slow playback,
Slow reverse playback
Remaining recording time
When there is no more free space on the memory,
[ END] (built-in memory, /
only) or [ END] (memory card) will be
displayed and the recording will stop.
, Remaining battery time
• The icon shows a rough estimate of the
remaining charge as a percentage of the full
charge of the battery pack. The remaining
recording/playback time of the battery pack is
displayed, in minutes, next to the icon.
• When is displayed in red, replace the
battery pack with a fully charged one.
• When you attach an empty battery pack, the
power may turn off without displaying .
• The first time you use a battery pack, fully
charge it and then use the camcorder until the
battery pack is completely exhausted. Doing so
will ensure that the remaining recording time
will be displayed accurately.
• Depending on the conditions under which the
camcorder and the battery pack are used, the
actual battery charge may not be indicated
accurately.
• When the camcorder is off, press
to display the charge status of a battery pack.
The Intelligent System will display the charge
status (as a percentage) and the remaining
recording time (in minutes) for 5 seconds. If the
battery pack is exhausted, the battery
information may not be displayed.
Number of photos available
in red: No card
in green: 6 or more photos
in yellow: 1 to 5 photos
in red: No more photos can be recorded
• When viewing the photos, the display will
always be in green.
• Depending on the recording conditions, the
number of available photos displayed may not
decrease even after a recording has been
made, or may decrease by 2 photos at once.
Photo number
The photo number indicates the name and
location of the file on the memory card. For
example, the file name of photo 101-0107 is
“IMG_0107.JPG”, stored under the folder
“DCIM\101CANON”.
BATT.INFO
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Preparations
This chapter describes basic operations, such as navigating the
menus, and first time settings to help you learn more about your
camcorder.
Charging the Battery Pack
The camcorder can be powered with a
battery pack or directly using the
compact power adapter. Charge the
battery pack before use.
For approximate charging times and
recording/playback times with a full
battery pack, refer to the tables on
pages 105-106.
1Connect the power cord to the
compact power adapter.
2Plug the power cord into a power
outlet.
3Connect the compact power
adapter to the camcorder’s DC IN
terminal.
4Slide the battery compartment
cover away from the lens and
open it.
5Insert the battery pack all the way
into the compartment and press
gently until it clicks.
6Close the cover and slide it toward
the lens until you hear a click.
Getting Started
DC IN terminal
Preparations
20
7Charging will start when the
camcorder is turned off.
The ON/OFF(CHG) indicator starts
flashing in red. The indicator will go
out when the charging is
completed.
If the indicator flashes quickly,
refer to Troubleshooting ( 87).
1 Disconnect the compact power
adapter from the camcorder.
2 Unplug the power cord from the
power outletand the compact
power adapter.
1 Slide the battery compartment
cover away from the lens and
open it.
2 Press the battery release latch and
pull out the battery pack.
3 Close the cover and slide it toward
the lens until you hear a click.
IMPORTANT
Turn off the camcorder before
connecting or disconnecting the
compact power adapter. After turning
off the camcorder, important data is
updated in the memory. Be sure to wait
until the ON/OFF(CHG) indicator turns
off.
We recommend charging the battery
pack in temperatures between 10 °C
and 30 °C (50 °F and 86 °F). Outside the
temperature range of 0 °C to 40 °C
(32 °F to 104 °F), the charging will not
start.
Do not connect to the camcorder’s DC
IN terminal or to the compact power
adapter any electrical equipment that is
not expressly recommended for use
with this camcorder.
ONCE THE BATTERY PACK IS FULLY CHARGED
ON/OFF(CHG) indicator TO REMOVE THE BATTERY PACK
Battery release latch
21
To prevent equipment breakdowns and
excessive heating, do not connect the
supplied compact power adapter to
voltage converters for overseas travels
or special power sources such as those
on aircraft and ships, DC-AC inverters,
etc.
NOTES
Turn off the camcorder before charging
the battery pack. The battery pack will
not charge while the camcorder is on.
If remaining battery time is an issue, you
can power the camcorder using the
compact power adapter so the battery
pack will not be consumed.
Charged battery packs continue to
discharge naturally. Therefore, charge
them on the day of use, or the day
before, to ensure a full charge.
We recommend that you prepare battery
packs to last 2 to 3 times longer than
you think you might need.
USA and Canada only: The
Lithium ion/polymer battery
that powers the product is
recyclable. Please call
1-800-8-BATTERY for
information on how to recycle
this battery.
Preparing the Accessories
Fasten the grip belt.
Adjust the grip belt so that you can
reach the zoom lever with your index
finger, and the button with
your thumb.
1 Lift the padded handgrip’s flap
and detach the strap from the
Velcro pad.
2 Pull the strap to remove it first
from the front bracket on the
camcorder, then to unthread it
from the handgrip and finally to
remove it from the rear bracket on
the camcorder.
TO REMOVE THE GRIP BELT
Start/Stop
Preparations
22
Pass the attaching end of the wrist
strap through the back bracket on
the camcorder, thread the wrist strap
through the loop and fasten.
You can also attach the wrist strap to
the strap mount on the grip belt to use
both for extra convenience and
protection.
Pass the ends of the shoulder strap
through the strap mount on the grip
belt and adjust the length of the
strap.
You can also remove the grip belt and
attach the shoulder strap directly to the
rear bracket on the camcorder.
1 Pass the end of the strap through
the rear bracket on the
camcorder.
2 Thread the strap through the
padded handgrip and then pass it
through the front bracket on the
camcorder.
3 Fasten the grip belt as necessary,
attach the strap to the Velcro pad
on the handgrip and close the flap.
Adjusting the Position and Brightness
of the LCD Screen
Rotating the LCD Panel
Open the LCD panel 90 degrees.
You can rotate the panel 90 degrees
downward.
You can rotate the panel 180 degrees
toward the lens. Rotating the LCD
panel 180 degrees can be useful
when you wish to include yourself in
the picture when recording with the
self timer.
TO ATTACH A WRIST STRAP
TO ATTACH A SHOULDER STRAP
TO REATTACH THE GRIP BELT
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NOTES
About the LCD screen: The screen is
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, red, blue or green dots. This has
no effect on the recorded image and does
not constitute a malfunction.
LCD Backlight
You can set the brightness of the
screen to dim, normal or bright. To set
the screen to dim, turn on [LCD
DIMMER] (s83). To toggle between
normal and bright or to turn off [LCD
DIMMER], perform the following
procedure.
While the camcorder is on, hold
pressed down for more than
2 seconds.
Repeat the operation to switch between
normal and bright.
NOTES
This setting does not affect the
brightness of the recording.
Using the bright setting will shorten the
effective usage time of the battery pack.
When the compact power adapter is
connected while the brightness of the
screen is normal, the brightness will
automatically change to bright.
180°
90°
180°
Subject can monitor the LCD screen DISP.
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Operating Modes
The camcorder’s operating mode is
determined by the button and
the position of the camera mode dial. In
this manual, indicates that a
function is available in the operating
mode shown and indicates that
the function is not available. See the
following table for a summary of the
operating modes.
Recording: Dual Shot and Flexible
Recording
The camcorder offers two basic modes
for recording video or photos: Dual
Shot ( mode) for beginners or if
you just prefer not to bother with
detailed camcorder settings, and
flexible recording mode, which lets
you change the camcorder’s settings to
your preference.
Turn the camera mode dial to to set
the camcorder to mode. You do
not need to worry about any settings
and can shoot video using just
or take photos using just
. You can also use the zoom
lever, Quick Start ( 35) and Video
Snapshot ( 45).
To set the camcorder to flexible
recording mode, turn the camera mode
dial to for movies or for photos.
You can access the menus and change
settings to your preference. Even in
Basic Operation of the
Camcorder
Operating mode Icon display Operation
Recording movies or photos to the memory (Dual Shot) 24
(green) Recording movies to the memory 32
(blue) Recording photos to the memory 57
(green)
Playing movies from the memory (press while the
camera mode dial is set to or )36
(blue)
Viewing photos from the memory (press while the
camera mode dial is set to ) 59
Start/Stop
PHOTO
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flexible recording mode, the camcorder
can help you with the settings. For
example, you can use the Special
Scene recording programs ( 42) to
set at once all the optimal settings to
match special recording conditions.
Playback
Press to switch between the
recording mode indicated by the
camera mode dial and playback mode
(/ the selected media will
remain the same). When the camera
mode dial is set to or , pressing
switches the camcorder to
movie playback mode. When the
camera mode dial is set to , pressing
switches the camcorder to
photo playback mode.
Even if the camcorder is turned off,
pressing will start the camcorder
in the corresponding playback mode.
NOTES
In mode you cannot access the
menus or joystick guide but you can
change the following settings in advance,
before setting the camcorder to
mode.
- Recording mode of movies
- Size/quality of photos
- Widescreen
- Auto slow shutter
- All settings in the [ SYSTEM SETUP]
menu
- LCD screen dimmer
-Demo mode
- Image stabilizer (If you select [DYNAMIC]
in advance, [IMG STAB] will be set to
[DYNAMIC]; if you select
[ STANDARD] or [ OFF] in
advance, [IMG STAB] will be set to
[STANDARD].)
Joystick and Joystick Guide
Use the joystick to operate the
camcorder’s menus.
The functions that appear in the joystick
guide depend on the operating mode.
By default, the joystick guide is
minimized. Push the joystick ( ) to
display it.
During or mode, select ( )
a function and press to change the
setting. With some functions, you will
need to make further adjustments
(indicated by small arrows).
During playback mode, select ( ) a
“row” of functions and press to
operate the function in the middle or
push the joystick ( ) to operate the
function on the left or right side of the
row, respectively.
Press the joystick itself ( ) to save the
settings or confirm an action. On menu
screens, this is indicated by the icon
().
Push the joystick up, down, left or right
( , ) to select an item or change
settings.
OFF
OFF
OFF
A
M
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In either mode, if you wait a few
seconds, the joystick guide will
minimize again but the selected
function can still be operated. You can
also push the joystick ( ) to hide the
joystick guide.
Using the Menus
Many of the camcorder’s functions can
be adjusted from the menus that open
after pressing the FUNC. button
( ). To access the menus, set the
camcorder to flexible recording mode.
In mode, except for a few
exceptions, most menu settings will
return to their default values.
For details about the available menu
options and settings, refer to the
appendix Menu Options Lists ( 79).
Selecting a FUNC. Menu Option in
Recording Mode
1Press .
2Select ( ) the icon of the
function you want to change from
the left side column.
Menu items not available will appear
grayed out.
3Select ( ) the desired setting
from the available options at the
bottom bar.
The selected option will be
highlighted in orange.
With some settings you will need
to make further selections and/or
press . Follow the additional
operation guides that will appear
on the screen (such as the
icon, small arrows, etc.).
4Press to save the settings
and close the menu.
You can press to close the
menu at any time.
Selecting an Option from the Setup Menus
1Press .
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2Select ( , ) the icon and
press to open the setup
menus.
You can also hold pressed
down for more than 1 second to
open directly the setup menus
screen.
3Select ( ) the desired menu from
the left side column and press .
The title of the selected menu
appears on top of the screen and
under it the list of settings.
4Select ( ) the setting you want
to change and press .
The orange selection bar indicates
the menu setting currently
selected. Items not available
appear in black.
Push the joystick ( ) to return to
the menu selection screen (step 3).
5Select ( ) the desired option and
press to save the setting.
6Press .
You can press to close the
menu at any time.
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.
When the [DATE/TIME] screen appears,
the year will be displayed in orange and
indicated with up/down arrows.
1Change ( ) the year and move
( ) to the month.
2Change the rest of the fields
(month, day, hour and minutes) in
the same way.
3Select ( ) [OK] and press to
start the clock and close the setup
screen.
IMPORTANT
When you do not use the camcorder for
about 3 months, the built-in
rechargeable lithium battery may
discharge completely and the date and
time setting may be lost. In such case,
recharge the built-in lithium battery
( 101) and set the time zone, date
and time again.
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First Time Settings
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The date appears in a year-month-day
format only in the first setup screen. In
subsequent screen displays the date
and time will appear as month-day-year
(for example, [JAN. 1, 2010 12:00 AM]).
You can change the date format ( 86).
You can also change the date and time
later on (not during the initial setup). To
open the [DATE/TIME] screen:
[ MENU]
[ DATE/TIME SETUP]
[DATE/TIME]
Changing the Language
Options Default value
[ MENU]
[ DISPLAY SETUP]
[LANGUAGE ]
Desired language
NOTES
If you changed the language by mistake,
select the menu item with the mark
and change the setting.
The displays and that
appear in some menu screens refer to
the name of buttons on the camcorder
and will not change, regardless of the
language selected.
Changing the Time Zone
Change the time zone to match your
location. The default setting is New
Yor k .
[ MENU]
[ DATE/TIME SETUP]
[T.ZONE/DST]
Your local time zone*
[ MENU]
[ DATE/TIME SETUP]
[T.ZONE/DST]
Local time at your destination*
( 24)
[][MELAYU][]
[DEUTSCH][NEDERLANDS][ ]
[][POLSKI][]
[ENGLISH][PORTUGUÊS][ ]
[ESPAÑOL][ ] [ ]
[FRANÇAIS][TÜRKÇE][]
[ITALIANO][ ] [ ]
[MAGYAR][ ]
FUNC.
FUNC.
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TO SET THE HOME TIME ZONE
WHEN YOU TRAVEL
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* To adjust for daylight saving time, select the
area name marked with a .
Memory Cards Compatible for Use with
the Camcorder
You can use commercially available
SDHC (SD high capacity) memory
cards and SD memory cards with
this camcorder to record movies and
photos. However, depending on the
memory card, you may not be able to
record movies on it. Refer to the
following table.
As of October 2009, the movie
recording function has been tested
using SD/SDHC memory cards made
by Panasonic, SanDisk and Toshiba.
NOTES
About the SD Speed Class: The SD Speed
Class is a standard that indicates the
minimum guaranteed data transfer speed
of SD/SDHC memory cards. When you
buy a new memory card, look for the
Speed Class logo on the package.
FUNC. Using a Memory Card
Memory cards usable for recording movies
* Depending on the memory card, it may not be possible to record movies.
Memory card Capacity SD Speed Class Recording movies
SD memory cards
64 MB or less – –
128 MB to 2 GB – *
512 MB to 2 GB , ,
,
SDHC memory cards 4 GB to 32 GB , ,
,
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Inserting and Removing a Memory Card
Make sure to initialize all memory cards
before using them with this camcorder
( 31).
1Turn off the camcorder.
Make sure that the ON/OFF(CHG)
(power/charge) indicator is off.
2Slide the memory card slot cover
away from the lens and open it.
3Insert the memory card straight,
with the label facing away from the
lens, all the way into the memory
card slot until it clicks.
4Close the cover and slide it toward
the lens until you hear a click.
Do not force the cover closed if the
memory card is not correctly
inserted.
IMPORTANT
Memory cards have front and back sides
that are not interchangeable. Inserting a
memory card facing the wrong direction
can cause a malfunction of the camcorder.
NOTES
To remove the memory card: Push the
memory card once to release it. When the
memory card springs out, pull it all the
way out.
/ Selecting the Memory for
the Recordings
You can select to record your movies
and photos in the built-in memory or on
the memory card. The built-in memory
is the default media for recording both.
[ MENU]
[ MEMORY OPER.]
[MEDIA:MOVIES] or
[MEDIA:PHOTOS]
The memory you want to use*
Press
* For each media, you can check the total,
used, and approximate available space.
The approximate available space will
depend on the recording mode (for movies)
or size/quality (for photos) currently in use.
( 24)
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Initializing the Built-In Memory ( /
only) or Memory Card
Initialize memory cards when you use
them with this camcorder for the first
time. You can also initialize a memory
card or the built-in memory ( /
only) to permanently delete all the
data it contains.
/ At the time of purchase,
the built-in memory comes pre-initialized
and contains music files that can be
used as background music during
playback.
Options
/
[ MENU]
[ MEMORY OPER.]
[INITIALIZE] The memory you
want to initialize
Initialization method
[YES]* [OK]
[ MENU]
[ MEMORY OPER.]
[INITIALIZE]
Initialization method
[YES]* [OK]
* Press to cancel the complete
initialization while it is in progress. All
recordings will be erased but the recording
media can be used without any problem.
IMPORTANT
Initializing the memory will permanently
erase all data. Lost original recordings
cannot be recovered. Make sure you
save important recordings in advance
using an external device ( 72).
When the memory is initialized, music
files will also be erased.
- Windows users: Use the supplied
software Music Transfer Utility to
transfer the music files on the supplied
Instruction Manual/Music Data Disc
CD-ROM. For details, refer to the
software’s instruction manual (PDF
file).
- Mac OS users: Use the Finder to
transfer the music files on the supplied
Instruction Manual/Music Data Disc
CD-ROM. Refer to Music Files
( 103) for the folder structure of the
memory and CD-ROM.
While the initialization is in progress, do
not disconnect the power source or turn
off the camcorder. In addition, do not
perform any operation on the camcorder
(except canceling initialization, if
necessary).
( 24)
[INITIALIZE]
Clears the file allocation table but does not
physically erase the stored data.
[COMPL.INIT.]
Erases all data completely.
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Video
This chapter covers functions related to shooting movies, including
recording, playback, and memory operations.
Shooting Video
1Set the camera mode dial to or
.
2Turn on the camcorder.
/ You can select the
memory to be used for recording
movies ( 30).
3Press to begin
recording.
Recording starts; press
again to pause the recording.
You can also press on
the LCD panel.
1 Make sure that the ACCESS
indicator is off.
2 Turn off the camcorder.
3 Close the LCD panel.
IMPORTANT
Observe the following precautions while
the ACCESS indicator is on or flashing.
Failing to do so may result in permanent
data loss or damage to the memory.
- Do not open the memory card slot cover.
- Do not disconnect the power source or
turn off the camcorder.
- Do not change the operating mode.
NOTES
About the Power Save mode: To save power
when the camcorder is powered by a
battery pack, the camcorder will
automatically shut off if left without any
operations for 5 minutes ( 85). Press
to turn on the camcorder.
When recording in bright places it may
be difficult to use the LCD screen.
Conversely, when recording in dark
places, the LCD panel may be a
nuisance to others nearby. In such
cases, change the brightness of the
LCD screen accordingly ( 22, 84).
Basic Recording
( 24)
Start/Stop
Start/Stop
WHEN YOU HAVE FINISHED RECORDING
START/STOP
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Selecting the Video Quality
(Recording Mode)
The camcorder offers 3 recording
modes. Changing the recording mode
will change the recording time available
on the memory. Select XP mode for
better movie quality; select LP mode for
longer recording times. The following
table gives approximate recording
times.
[ STANDARD PLAY 6Mbps]
Desired recording mode
NOTES
The camcorder uses a variable bit rate
(VBR) to encode video so the actual
recording times will vary depending on
the content of the scenes.
The camcorder retains the last setting
used even if you set the camcorder to
mode.
Zooming: Optical, Advanced and Digital
Zoom
The camcorder offers three types of
zoom: optical (37x), advanced (41x) and
digital (2000x). In mode, all three
types are available. In mode, the
advanced zoom and optical zoom are
( 24)
FUNC.
FUNC.
Approximate recording times for movies Default value
• When a recording exceeds 4 GB, it will be divided and saved as scenes smaller than 4 GB.
/ The camcorder comes pre-installed with about 75 MB of music files.
Recording mode XP SPLP
Memory
1 GB memory card 10 min. 20 min. 35 min.
2 GB memory card 25 min. 40 min. 1 hr. 15 min.
4 GB memory card 55 min. 1 hr. 20 min. 2 hr. 35 min.
Built-in memory/
8 GB memory card 1 hr. 50 min. 2 hr. 45 min. 5 hr. 10 min.
Built-in memory/
16 GB memory card 3 hr. 40 min. 5 hr. 30 min. 10 hr. 25 min.
32 GB memory card 7 hr. 20 min. 11 hr. 5 min. 20 hr. 50 min.
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available; in mode, only the optical
zoom is available.
Using the Zoom
Move the zoom lever toward W to
zoom out (wide-angle). Move it
toward T to zoom in (telephoto).
Press gently for a slow zoom; press
harder for faster zooms. You can also
set [ZOOM SPEED] ( 81) to one of
three constant speeds (3 is the fastest,
1 the slowest).
NOTES
Keep at least 1 m (3.3 ft.) away from the
subject. At full wide angle, you can
focus on a subject as close as 1 cm
(0.39 in.).
While advanced zoom is in use, the
picture angle will be wider at full wide-
angle.
When [IMG STAB] is set to
[ DYNAMIC], the maximum zoom
range is 1800x.
When [ZOOM SPEED] is set to
[VARIABLE]:
- The zoom speed will be faster in
record pause mode than when actually
recording.
( 24)
About the Zoom Types
Optical: The zoom range is limited to the optical magnification ratio of the lens.
Advanced: In addition to the optical zoom range, the camcorder processes the
image digitally to obtain a larger zoom range without any deterioration in image
quality. In mode, advanced zoom is used except when [IMG STAB] is set to
[ DYNAMIC] or when [WIDESCREEN] is set to [ OFF]. In mode,
advanced zoom is used except when [IMG STAB] is set to [ DYNAMIC]. In
either case, the optical zoom will still be available.
Digital:
This is the [D.ZOOM] setting in the [CAMERA SETUP] menu ( 81). When
this option is selected, the camcorder will switch to digital zoom (light blue area on the
zoom indicator) when you zoom in beyond the optical zoom range (white area on the
zoom indicator). With the digital zoom, the image is processed digitally so image
quality will deteriorate the more you zoom in.
W Zoom out T Zoom in
35
- When you use the T and W buttons on
the LCD panel, the zoom speed will be
constant at [ SPEED 3].
Quick Start Function
When you close the LCD panel with the
camcorder on, the camcorder enters
the standby mode. In standby mode the
camcorder consumes only about half
the power used when recording, saving
energy when you are using a battery
pack. Additionally, when you open the
LCD panel or change the position of the
mode dial, the camcorder is ready to
start recording in approximately
1 second*, allowing you to record the
subject right away.
* The actual time required varies depending
on the shooting conditions.
1With the camcorder on and in a
recording mode, close the LCD
panel.
A beep will sound and the ON/
OFF(CHG) (power/charge) indicator
will change to orange to indicate the
camcorder entered the standby
mode.
2When you wish to resume
recording, open the LCD panel.
The ON/OFF(CHG) indicator will
return to green and the camcorder
will be ready to record.
IMPORTANT
Do not disconnect the power source
during standby mode (while the ON/
OFF(CHG) indicator is lit in orange).
NOTES
The camcorder will not enter standby
mode if the LCD panel is closed while
the ACCESS indicator is on or flashing
or while a menu is being displayed. The
camcorder may also not enter standby
mode if the LCD panel is closed while
the memory card slot cover is open or
when the battery charge is too low.
Check that the ON/OFF(CHG) indicator
changes to orange.
The camcorder will shut off if left in
standby mode for 10 minutes,
regardless of the [POWER SAVE] setting
( 85). Press to turn on the
camcorder.
You can select the length of time until
shut-off or turn off the Quick Start function
with the [QUICK START] setting ( 85).
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Playing Back the Video
1Set the camera mode dial to
or .
2Press .
Even if the camcorder is off,
pressing will turn on the
camcorder in playback mode.
The original movies index screen
appears after a few seconds.
3Move ( , ) the selection
frame to the scene you want to
play back.
Push the joystick ( ) to extend the
selection frame and browse ( )
through whole index pages. Push the
joystick ( ) to return to the index
screen.
4Press or to begin the
playback.
Playback will start from the scene
selected and continue until the end
of the last scene recorded.
Press again to pause the
playback.
Press to stop the playback
and return to the index screen.
1 Push the joystick ( ) to display
the joystick guide.
2 Push the joystick ( ) to select
the top row.
3Adjust ( ) the volume.
To turn off the volume, keep the
joystick pressed ( ) toward until
the volume bars disappear.
IMPORTANT
Observe the following precautions while
the ACCESS indicator is on or flashing.
Failing to do so may result in permanent
data loss.
- Do not open the memory card slot
cover.
- Do not disconnect the power source
or turn off the camcorder.
- Do not change the operating mode.
You may not be able to play back with
another device the movies you recorded
on the memory card with this
camcorder. In such case, play back the
Basic Playback
( 24) ADJUSTING THE VOLUME DURING PLAYBACK
/
/
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movies on the memory card using this
camcorder.
You may not be able to play back with
this camcorder movies recorded using
another device.
NOTES
Depending on the recording conditions,
you may notice brief stops in video or
sound playback between scenes.
Special playback modes
To enter the special playback modes,
use the joystick guide ( 25). There is
no sound during the special playback
modes.
Fast playback
From normal playback, play back
scenes at a faster speed than normal.
Every time the operation is performed,
the playback speed is increased
5x
15x
60x.
Display the joystick guide select
( ) the middle row Push the
joystick ( ) toward or .
Slow playback
From playback pause mode, play back
scenes at a slower speed than normal.
Slow playback is 1/8 the normal speed;
slow reverse playback is 1/12 the
normal speed.
Display the joystick guide Select
( ) the middle row Push the
joystick ( ) toward or .
Skipping scenes
To skip to the next scene:
Display the joystick guide Select
( ) the bottom row Push the
joystick ( ) toward .
To return to the beginning of the current
scene or skip to the previous scene:
Display the joystick guide Select
( ) the bottom row Push the
joystick ( ) toward *.
* Repeat to skip to the beginning of the
previous scene.
Ending special playback modes
During any special playback mode,
press to return the camcorder to
its initial playback mode.
NOTES
During some special playback modes,
you may notice some anomalies (blocky
video artifacts, banding, etc.) in the
playback picture.
The speed indicated on the screen is
approximate.
Selecting What Recordings to Play Back
From the index screen, you can select
whether to play back movies or photos.
You can also use the tabs on the top of
the screen to select the media from
which to play back recordings ( /
only).
1 In the index screen, move ( ) the
orange selection frame to the tabs
on the top of the screen.
( 24)
/
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/
Movies
Photos
Recordings in the built-in
memory
Recordings on the memory
card
2 Select ( ) the media ( /
only) and the recording type
(scenes or photos).
3 Return ( ) to the index screen to
select the scene or photo.
Selecting Scenes by Recording Date
You can search for all the recordings
you made on a particular date (for
example, to find all the movies you shot
during a special event).
POINTS TO CHECK
Selecting scenes by recording date is
available only from the original movies
index screen.
Selecting from the List of Recordings
1Open the original movies index
screen.
From this index screen, you can
also press to open the
index screen for Video Snapshot
scenes.
/ You can select the
scenes in the built-in memory or
on the memory card ( 37).
2Open the list of recordings.
[ SCENE SEARCH]
[SELECT DATE]
The list of recordings displays all
dates in which recordings were
made. An orange selection frame
appears on the day.
The thumbnail shows a photo from
the first scene recorded on that
day. Below it will appear the
number of scenes recorded and
the total recording time for the
same day.
3Change ( ) the day and move
( ) to the month or year.
4Change the other fields in the
same way to select the desired
date and press .
The index screen will appear with the
selection frame on the first scene
recorded on the selected date.
Selecting from the Calendar Screen
1Open the original movies index
screen.
( 24)
VIDEO SNAP
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From this index screen, you can
also press to open the
index screen for Video Snapshot
scenes.
/ You can select the
scenes in the built-in memory or
on the memory card ( 37).
2Open the calendar screen.
[ SCENE SEARCH]
[CALENDAR]
The calendar screen appears.
Dates that contain scenes (that is,
movies were recorded on that
date) appear in white. Dates
without recordings appear in
black.
3Move ( , ) the cursor to the
desired date.
When you move the cursor to a
date displayed in white, a
thumbnail showing a photo from
the first scene recorded on that
date will be displayed next to the
calendar. Below it will appear the
number of scenes recorded and
the total recording time for the
same day.
You can select ( ) the year or
month field and change ( ) the
year or month to move faster
between calendar months.
4Press to return to the index
screen.
The orange selection frame will
appear on the first scene recorded
on the selected date.
NOTES
You can change on what day to start the
week for the calendar display ( 84).
You can press to return to the
index screen at any time.
Selecting the Playback Starting Point
from the Movie Timeline
You can display a timeline of the scene
and select where to begin the playback.
This is very convenient when you want
to play back a long scene from a
specific point.
1In the index screen select the
scene you want to view and press
.
The timeline screen appears. The
large thumbnail will show the first
frame of the scene. Below it, the
timeline ruler shows frames taken
from the scene at fixed intervals.
VIDEO SNAP
FUNC.
( 24)
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Press again to return to the
index screen.
2Select ( ) the playback starting
point from the timeline ruler.
3Press to begin the playback.
Move ( ) the orange selection
frame to the large thumbnail and
change ( ) the scene.
Move ( ) the orange selection
frame to the slidebar below the ruler
and display ( ) the previous/next 5
frames in the scene.
Desired interval
Pre-selecting Recordings from the
Index Screen
You can select in advance a number of
movies or photos from the index screen
in order to perform certain actions on
them collectively, all at once.
mode: Delete ( 41), copy
(/ only; 55) or add the
selected scenes to the playlist ( 54).
mode: Delete ( 61), copy
(/ only; 64) or protect
( 63) the selected photos or mark all
of them with print orders ( 68) or
transfer orders ( 75).
1Select the movies or the photo
index screen.
From the movies index screen, you
can also press to open
the index screen for Video
Snapshot scenes.
/ You can select the
recordings in the built-in memory
or on the memory card ( 37).
2Open the selection screen.
[ SELECT]
[INDIVIDUAL SCENES] or
[INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS]
The selection screen appears.
3Move ( , ) between the
scenes or photos in the index
screen and press to select an
individual scene/photo.
A checkmark will appear on the
selected scenes/photos.
TO SELECT ANOTHER SCENE
TO MOVE BETWEEN TIMELINE RULER PAGES
TO CHANGE THE INTERVAL BETWEEN FRAMES
DISP.
Interval between frames
Page slidebar
Timeline ruler
Recording date and time
Scene length
Current scene / Total number of scenes
Frame selected for start of playback
FUNC. FUNC.
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Repeat this step to add all the
scenes/photos you want to include
in your selection (up to 100).
4Press twice to close the
menu.
[ SELECT]
[REMOVE ALL SELECTIONS]
[YES] [OK]
NOTES
The selection of scenes/photos will be
canceled if you turn off the camcorder
or change the operating mode.
Scenes in the playlist cannot be
included in the selection.
Deleting Scenes
You can delete original scenes that you
are not interested in keeping. Deleting
scenes also allows you to free up space
on the memory. To delete scenes in the
playlist, refer to Deleting Scenes from
the Playlist ( 55).
Options
1Select ( , ) the scene you
want to delete, or a scene
recorded on the date you want to
delete.
This step is not necessary to delete
all scenes or previously selected
scenes.
2Delete the scene(s).
[ DELETE]
Desired option [YES]* [OK]
* If you selected any option other than [ONE
SCENE], you can press to interrupt the
operation while it is in progress. Some
scenes will be deleted nevertheless.
IMPORTANT
Be careful when deleting original
recordings. Once deleted, an original
scene cannot be recovered.
Save important scenes before deleting
them ( 72).
TO CANCEL ALL THE SELECTIONS
Selected scenes
Total number of scenes selected
FUNC.
FUNC.
FUNC.
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[ALL SCENES]
Deletes all the scenes.
[ALL SCENES (THIS DATE)]
Deletes all the scenes recorded on the same day
as the selected scene.
[ONE SCENE]
Deletes only the selected scene.
[SELECTED SCENES]
Deletes all the scenes selected in advance
(marked with a checkmark). Refer to
Pre-
selecting Recordings from the Index Screen
( 40).
FUNC.
FUNC.
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Observe the following precautions while
the ACCESS indicator is on or flashing
(while scenes are being deleted).
- Do not open the memory card slot
cover.
- Do not disconnect the power source
or turn off the camcorder.
- Do not change the operating mode.
NOTES
Deleting a scene from the original
movies index screen also deletes that
scene from the playlist.
To delete all movies and make all
recordable space available again you
may prefer to initialize the memory
(31).
You may not be able to delete scenes
recorded or edited using another
device.
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. For details about the available
options, refer to the following sidebar.
[PROGRAM AE]
[PORTRAIT]
Press to display the Special
Scene (SCN) recording programs
Desired recording program
NOTES
• [ NIGHT]
- Moving subjects may leave a trailing
afterimage.
- Picture quality may not be as good as
in other modes.
- White points may appear on the
screen.
- Autofocus may not work as well as in
other modes. In such case, adjust the
focus manually.
• [ FIREWORKS]
- To avoid camcorder shake, we
recommend using a tripod. Make sure
to use a tripod especially in
mode, as the shutter speed slows
down.
Advanced Functions
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[ PORTRAIT]/[ SPORTS]/
[BEACH]/[SNOW]
- The picture may not appear smooth
during playback.
•[ PORTRAIT]
- The blur effect of the background
increases the more you zoom in (T).
•[ SNOW]/[ BEACH]
- The subject may become
overexposed on cloudy days or in
shaded places. Check the image on
the screen.
Controlling Shutter Speed and Other
Functions while Shooting
Use the automatic exposure (AE)
program to use functions like the white
balance or image effects, or give
priority to the shutter speed.
Use faster shutter speeds to record
subjects moving quickly; use slower
shutter speeds to add motion blur,
emphasizing the feel of movement.
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[ PORTRAIT]
The camcorder uses
a large aperture,
achieving a focus on
the subject while
blurring other distracting details.
[BEACH]
Use this mode to
record on a sunny
beach. It prevents
the subject from
being underexposed.
[ SPORTS]
Use this mode to
record sports
scenes such as
tennis or golf.
[SUNSET]
Use this mode to
record sunsets in
vibrant colors.
[ NIGHT]
Use this mode to
record in dimly lit
places.
[ SPOTLIGHT]
Use this mode to
record spotlit
scenes.
[SNOW]
Use this mode to
record in bright ski
resorts. It prevents
the subject from
being underexposed.
[FIREWORKS]
Use this mode to
record fireworks.
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Options Default value
[ PROGRAM AE] Desired
recording program*
* When you select [ SHUTTER-PRIO.AE],
do not press and continue instead
with the following procedure.
1 Adjust ( ) the shutter speed to
the desired value and then press
.
2Press .
Shutter speed guidelines
Note that on screen only the denominator
is displayed – [ 250] indicates a
shutter speed of 1/250 second, etc.
* mode only.
** mode only.
NOTES
[ SHUTTER-PRIO.AE]
- When setting the shutter speed, the
number display will flash if the value is
not appropriate for the recording
conditions. In such case, select a
different value.
- If you use a slow shutter speed in dark
places, you can obtain a brighter image,
but image quality may be lower, and
autofocus may not work well.
- The image may flicker when recording
with fast shutter speeds.
-Recording movies under fluorescent lights: If
the screen starts to flicker, select
[ SHUTTER-PRIO.AE] and set the
shutter speed to 1/100.
[ PROGRAM AE]
The camcorder automatically adjusts the
aperture and shutter speed to obtain the optimal
exposure for the subject.
[ SHUTTER-PRIO.AE]
Set the shutter speed value. The camcorder
automatically sets the appropriate aperture
value.
TO SET THE SHUTTER SPEED
FUNC.
FUNC.
FUNC.
FUNC.
1/2*, 1/4*, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30
To record in dimly lit places.
1/60
To record under most ordinary conditions.
1/100
To record indoor sports scenes.
1/250, 1/500, 1/1000**
To record from within a moving car or train or to
shoot fast-moving subjects such as roller
coasters.
1/2000**
To record outdoor sports scenes on sunny days.
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Mini Video Light
You can turn on the mini video light to
shoot video or take photos in dark
places.
1Push the joystick ( ) to display
the joystick guide.
2Select ( ) [VID.LIGHT ] and
press .
appears on the screen.
Press again to turn the mini
video light off.
Video Snapshot
Record a series of short scenes and
combine them with music to add a new
level of enjoyment to your movies. By
changing the music, you can give your
scenes an entirely new feel. You can
also add to the playlist ( 53) just the
scenes you want to watch and change
their order.
Recording Scenes
1Press .
The button’s light illuminates.
A blue border appears on the
screen.
2Press .
The camcorder records for about 4
seconds and then automatically
switches to record pause mode.
The blue border changes to black
and roughly indicates how much
time has passed. When the
camcorder has finished recording,
the screen will momentarily turn
black as if a camera shutter had
released.
Video Snapshot scenes are
indicated in the index screen with a
mark.
( 24)
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Start/Stop
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Combining Scenes with Music
POINTS TO CHECK ( only)
- Windows users: Use the supplied
software Music Transfer Utility to
transfer the music files on the supplied
Instruction Manual/Music Data Disc
CD-ROM to a memory card. For details,
refer to the software’s instruction manual
(PDF file).
- Mac OS users: Use the Finder to transfer
the music files on the supplied
Instruction Manual/Music Data Disc
CD-ROM to a memory card. Refer to
Music Files ( 103) for the folder
structure of the memory and CD-ROM.
1In the original movies index
screen, press .
The button’s light illuminates.
An index screen appears that
contains only the Video Snapshot
scenes.
2Set the background music.
[ SELECT MUSIC]
Select ( ) a track* Press
twice
* Press to start/stop the track. Select
[OFF] to set the original audio of the
scenes.
/ Make sure the
music files are in the same media
(built-in memory or memory card)
that contains the scenes.
During playback, the selected
background music will play instead
of the scene’s original audio.
Playing Back the Scenes
Select a scene from which to start
playback and press .
There is no sound during fast playback.
1 In the track selection screen,
select ( ) a track to delete.
2 Select ( ) and press .
3 Select ( ) [YES] and press .
Press twice to return to the
index screen.
IMPORTANT
Music files transferred to the memory may
not be used without permission from the
copyright holder, except for cases
permitted under applicable laws, such as
for personal use. Make sure to follow
applicable laws when using music files.
NOTES
Windows users: For details, refer to the
instruction manual (PDF file) of the
supplied software Music Transfer
Utility.
Video Snapshot is deactivated if the
camcorder is switched to playback
mode.
When the memory is initialized, music
files will also be erased.
- Windows users: Use the supplied
software Music Transfer Utility to
transfer the music files on the supplied
Instruction Manual/Music Data Disc
CD-ROM. For details, refer to the
( 24)
VIDEO SNAP
FUNC.
FUNC.
( 24)
TO DELETE A MUSIC TRACK
/
FUNC.
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software’s instruction manual (PDF
file).
- Mac OS users: Use the Finder to
transfer the music files on the supplied
Instruction Manual/Music Data Disc
CD-ROM. Refer to Music Files
( 103) for the folder structure of the
memory and CD-ROM.
•/ The Instruction
Manual/Music Data Disc CD-ROM
contains the tracks pre-installed in the
built-in memory as well as tracks that
were not. You can change the tracks in
the memory and try out new
combinations.
Before transferring music files, we
recommend making sure that there is
enough available space in the memory
(about 5 times more than the size of the
music files). If there is not enough
available space, the video and audio
may not play back correctly.
If the connection is interrupted while
transferring music files, playback of
those files may not be possible. In such
case, erase those music files ( 46)
and transfer the files again.
Pre-recording Function
The camcorder will start recording 3
seconds before you press ,
ensuring you do not miss important
shooting opportunities. This is
especially useful when it is difficult to
predict when to start recording.
1Push the joystick ( ) to display
the joystick guide.
2Select ( ) [Pre REC ] and
press .
appears.
Press again to turn pre-
recording off.
3Press to begin recording.
The recording will include the 3
seconds before was
pressed.
NOTES
While pre-recording is on, all operational
sounds will be turned off.
The camcorder will not record the full
3 seconds if any of the following
operations are not performed before
3 seconds have elapsed.
- Turning on pre-recording
- Exiting standby mode
- Stopping a recording
Pre-recording will be turned off when
any of the following operations are
performed.
- Opening the FUNC. menu or setup
menus
- Leaving the camcorder without any
operation for 5 minutes
- Changing the operating mode
- Turning on Video Snapshot
- Setting the camcorder to standby
mode
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Start/Stop
Start/Stop
Start/Stop
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Self Timer
[ MENU]
[ CAMERA SETUP]
[SELF TIMER] [ON ]
appears.
mode:
In record pause mode, press
.
The camcorder starts recording after a
10-second countdown. The countdown
appears on the screen.
mode:
Press , first halfway to
activate the autofocus and then fully.
The camcorder will record the photo
after a 10-second countdown. The
countdown appears on the screen.
NOTES
When the LCD panel is rotated toward
the lens, we recommend pushing the
joystick ( ) to hide the joystick guide
and make the icon appear larger.
The self timer will be canceled when any
of the following operations are
performed.
- Pressing (when recording
movies) or (when taking
photos) once the countdown has
begun
- Turning off the camcorder
- Changing the operating mode
- Setting the camcorder to standby
mode
Automatic Backlight Correction and
Manual Exposure Adjustment
At times, backlit subjects may appear
too dark (underexposed) or subjects
under very strong lights may appear too
bright or glaring (overexposed). To
correct this, you can manually adjust
the exposure or use the automatic
backlight correction.
POINTS TO CHECK
Select a recording program other than
[ FIREWORKS].
Automatic Backlight Correction
When shooting subjects with a strong
light source behind them, you can have
the camcorder automatically correct for
the backlight.
1Push the joystick ( ) to display
the joystick guide.
2Select ( ) [BLC ] and press
.
appears on the screen.
Press again to end the backlight
correction mode.
( 24)
FUNC.
FUNC.
Start/Stop
PHOTO
Start/Stop
PHOTO
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Manual Exposure Adjustment
1Push the joystick ( ) to display
the joystick guide.
2Select ( ) [EXPOSURE ] and
press .
The exposure adjustment indicator
and the neutral value [±0]
appear on the screen.
The adjustment range and the
length of the exposure adjustment
indicator will vary depending on
the initial brightness of the picture.
3Adjust the ( ) the brightness of
the image as required.
If you operate the zoom lever during
exposure lock, the brightness of the
image may change.
During exposure lock, press to
return the camcorder to automatic
exposure.
Manual Focus Adjustment
Autofocus may not work well on the
following subjects. In such case, focus
manually.
Reflective surfaces
Subjects with low contrast or without
vertical lines
Fast moving subjects
Through wet windows
Night scenes
POINTS TO CHECK
Adjust the zoom before you start the
procedure.
1Push the joystick ( ) to display
the joystick guide.
2Select ( ) [FOCUS ] and
press .
[MF] appears on the screen.
3Adjust ( ) the focus as
necessary.
The focus will be locked.
During focus lock, press to
return the camcorder to autofocus.
Infinity Focus
Use this function when you wish to
focus on faraway subjects such as
mountains or fireworks.
Instead of step 3 in the previous
procedure:
Push the joystick ( ) toward and
hold it down.
• appears.
If you operate the zoom or push the
joystick ( ) and hold it down,
changes to [MF] and the camcorder
returns to manual focus.
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White Balance
The white balance function helps you to
accurately reproduce colors under
different lighting conditions so that
white objects will always look truly
white in your recordings.
POINTS TO CHECK
Select a recording program other than
the Special Scene recording programs.
Options Default value
[ AUTO]
Desired option*
* When you select [ SET], do not press
and continue instead with the
following procedure.
1 Point the camcorder at a white
object, zoom in until it fills the
whole screen and press .
When the adjustment is completed,
stops flashing and stays on. The
camcorder retains the custom
setting even if you turn off the
camcorder.
2 Press to save the setting
and close the menu.
NOTES
When you select the custom white balance:
- Set the custom white balance in a
sufficiently illuminated place.
- Set [D.ZOOM] to [ OFF].
- Reset the white balance when the
lighting conditions change.
- Depending on the light source,
may keep flashing. The result will still
be better than with [ AUTO].
Custom white balance may provide
better results in the following cases:
- Changing lighting conditions
-Close-ups
- Subjects in a single color (sky, sea or
forest)
- Under mercury lamps and certain
types of fluorescent lights
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[AUTO]
The camcorder automatically sets the white
balance for natural-looking colors.
[DAYLIGHT]
For recording outdoors on a bright day.
[ TUNGSTEN]
For recording under tungsten and tungsten type
(3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting.
[SET]
Use the custom white balance setting to make
white subjects appear white under colored
lighting.
FUNC.
FUNC.
FUNC.
TO SET THE CUSTOM WHITE BALANCE
FUNC.
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Image Effects
You can use the image effects to
change the color saturation and
contrast to record images with special
color effects.
POINTS TO CHECK
Select a recording program other than the
Special Scene recording programs.
Options Default value
[ IMAGE EFFECT OFF]
Desired option
Digital Effects
Options Default value
* Only these digital effects are available in
mode.
Setting
[ D.EFFECT OFF]
Desired fader/effect*
**
* You can preview the digital effect on the
screen.
** The icon of the selected digital effect
appears.
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[ IMAGE EFFECT OFF]
Records with no image enhancing effects.
[ VIVID]
Emphasizes the contrast and color saturation.
[ NEUTRAL]
Tones down the contrast and color saturation.
[ SOFT SKIN DETAIL]
Softens the details in the skin tone area for a
more complimentary appearance. To obtain the
best effect, use this setting when recording a
person in close-up. Note that areas similar to the
skin color may lack in detail.
FUNC.
FUNC.
( 24)
[ D.EFFECT OFF]
Select this setting when you do not intend to use
the digital effects.
[ FADE-T] (fade trigger), [ WIPE]
Select one of the faders to begin or end a scene
with a fade from or to a black screen.
[ BLK&WHT]*
Records images in black and white.
[ SEPIA]*
Records images in sepia tones for an “old” look.
[ ART], [ MOSAIC]
Select one of these digital effects to add “flavor”
to your recordings.
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FUNC.
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Applying
1Push the joystick ( ) to display
the joystick guide.
2Select ( ) [D.EFFECT ] and
press .
The icon of the selected effect
turns green.
Press again to deactivate the
digital effect (its icon will turn white
again).
Activate the selected fader in record
pause mode ( ), then press
to start recording with a fade in.
Activate the selected fader while
recording ( ), then press to
fade out and pause the recording.
mode: Activate the selected effect
while recording or in record pause
mode.
mode: Activate the selected effect
and then press to record the
photo.
NOTES
When you apply a fader, not only the
picture but also the sound will fade in or
out. When you apply an effect, the
sound will be recorded normally.
The camcorder retains the last setting
used even if you turn off the digital
effects or change the recording
program.
On-Screen Displays and Data Code
With every scene or photo recorded,
the camcorder keeps a data code that
includes the date, time and information
about the camera setup at the time of
recording. While viewing a photo, all the
data is displayed in the form of
information icons. During movie
playback you can select what to display
with the [DATA CODE] setting ( 84).
You can also turn most on-screen
displays on or off.
Repeatedly press to turn the
on-screen displays on/off in the
following sequence:
, mode:
All displays on
Most displays off*
TO FADE IN
TO FADE OUT
TO ACTIVATE AN EFFECT
Start/Stop
Start/Stop
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mode:
All displays on
Data code only
All displays off
mode:
All displays on
Regular displays only (removes the
histogram and information icons)
All displays off
* The following icons will appear even when
all other on-screen displays are turned off:
The icons and (in mode), the
icon and AF frames when the autofocus
is locked (in mode), screen markers
(both recording modes).
Dividing Scenes
You can divide scenes (original scenes
only) in order to leave out the best parts
and later cut out the rest.
1Open the original movies index
screen.
/ You can select the
movies in the built-in memory or on
the memory card ( 37).
2Select ( , ) the scene you
want to divide.
3Open the scene division screen.
[ DIVIDE]
The scene selected will start playing
back.
4Select ( ) the icon and press
where you want to divide the
scene.
You can use the following icons to
bring the scene to a precise point.
/ : Fast playback reverse/
forward.
/ : Skip to the beginning/
end of the current scene.
/ : Frame reverse/advance.
Press or to stop the
playback and exit the scene
division screen.
5 Select ( ) [YES] and press .
Playlist and Scene Operations
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A progress bar will be displayed on
the screen.
You can press to cancel the
operation while it is in progress.
6 When the confirmation screen
appears, press .
The video from the division point to
the end of the scene will appear as a
new scene in the index screen.
NOTES
In this mode, the scene playback will
pause only at points where the scene
can be divided.
The following scenes cannot be divided:
- Scenes included in the scene
selection (marked with a
checkmark). Remove the selection
mark in advance.
- Scenes too short (5 seconds or
shorter).
- Video Snapshot scenes
- Scenes that were not recorded with
this camcorder.
Scenes cannot be divided within
2 seconds from the beginning or the end
of the scene.
During the playback of a scene that was
divided, you may notice some
anomalies in the picture/sound at the
point where the scene was cut.
Editing the Playlist: Adding, Deleting
and Moving Playlist Scenes
Create a playlist to play back only the
scenes you prefer and in the order of
your choice and even set them to music
in the same way you can set Video
Snapshot scenes to music ( 45). You
can also create a playlist that contains
only Video Snapshot scenes ( 45).
Moving or deleting scenes in the playlist
will not affect the original recordings.
Adding Scenes to the Playlist
Options
1Open the original movies index
screen.
From the this index screen, you
can also press to open
the index screen for Video
Snapshot scenes.
/ You can select the
movies in the built-in memory or
on the memory card ( 37).
2Select ( , ) the scene you
want to add to the playlist, or a
scene recorded on the date you
want to add to the playlist.
This step is not necessary for scenes
selected in advance.
3Add the scene(s) to the playlist.
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[ALL SCENES (THIS DATE)]
Adds to the playlist all the scenes that were
recorded on the same day as the selected scene.
[ONE SCENE]
Adds to the playlist only the scene marked with
the orange selection frame.
[SELECTED SCENES]
Adds to the playlist all the scenes selected in
advance (marked with a checkmark). Refer to
Pre-selecting Recordings from the Index Screen
( 40).
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[ ADD TO PLAYLIST]
Desired option [YES]
When the operation is completed
[ADDED TO PLAYLIST] will be
displayed.
/ Scenes are added
to the playlist on the same media
they are recorded on.
To check the playlist, press
.
NOTES
/ You can copy scenes
from the built-in memory to the memory
card ( 55) to include in the memory
card’s playlist also scenes that were
originally recorded in the built-in
memory.
You may not be able to add scenes to the
playlist if they were recorded or edited
using another device or if there is not
enough space available in the memory.
Deleting Scenes from the Playlist
Deleting scenes from the playlist will
not affect your original recordings.
Options
1Open the playlist index screen.
In the original movies index screen,
press .
2Select ( , ) the scene you
want to delete.
This step is not necessary to delete
all scenes.
3Delete the scene(s).
[ DELETE]
Desired option [YES] [OK]
Moving Scenes in the Playlist
Move the scenes in the playlist to play
them back in the order of your choice.
1Open the playlist index screen.
In the original movies index screen,
press .
2Select ( , ) the scene you
want to move.
3Open the screen to move scenes.
[ MOVE]
4Move ( , ) the orange marker
to the desired position of the
scene and press .
The original position of the scene
and the current position of the
marker are displayed at the bottom
of the screen.
5Select ( ) [YES] and press to
move the scene.
NOTES
You may not be able to move scenes in
the playlist if there is not enough space
available in the memory.
/ Copying Scenes
You can copy original movies or the
entire playlist only from the built-in
memory to the corresponding location
on the memory card. Use this function
to copy movies from the built-in
[ALL SCENES]
Deletes all the scenes from the playlist.
[ONE SCENE]
Deletes from the playlist only the scene marked
with the orange selection frame.
FUNC.
PLAYLIST
PLAYLIST
FUNC.
FUNC.
PLAYLIST
FUNC.
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memory to the memory card in order to
play them back with music tracks.
Copying Original Movies
Options
1Open the original movies index
screen of the built-in memory.
2Select ( , ) the scene you
want to copy to the memory card,
or a scene recorded on the date
you want to copy.
This step is not necessary to copy all
scenes or previously selected
scenes.
3Copy the scene(s).
[ COPY]
Desired option [YES]*
[OK]
* Press to interrupt the operation while it
is in progress.
Copying the Entire Playlist
1Open the index screen of the built-
in memory’s playlist.
In the original movies index screen of
the built-in memory, press .
2Copy the scene(s).
[ COPY]
[YES]* [OK]
* Press to interrupt the operation while it
is in progress.
IMPORTANT
Observe the following precautions while
the ACCESS indicator is on or flashing.
Failing to do so may result in permanent
data loss.
- Do not open the memory card slot cover.
- Do not disconnect the power source or
turn off the camcorder.
- Do not change the operating mode.
NOTES
If the memory card does not have
enough free space, you will not be able
to copy movies.
If the memory card slot cover is open, or
the LOCK switch on the memory card is
set to prevent writing, you will not be
able to copy movies to the memory
card.
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[ALL SCENES]
Copies all the scenes to the memory card.
[ALL SCENES (THIS DATE)]
Copies to the memory card all the scenes that
were recorded on the same day as the selected
scene.
[ONE SCENE]
Copies only the scene marked with the orange
selection frame to the memory card.
[SELECTED SCENES]
Copies to the memory card all the scenes
selected in advance (marked with a
checkmark). Refer to
Pre-selecting Recordings
from the Index Screen
( 40).
FUNC.
FUNC.
PLAYLIST
FUNC.
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Photos
Refer to this chapter for details on shooting photos – from capturing
and playing back photos to printing them.
Taking Photos
1Set the camera mode dial to or
.
2Turn on the camcorder.
/ You can select the
memory to be used for recording
photos ( 30).
3Press halfway.
Once the focus is automatically
adjusted, will turn green and one
or more AF frames will appear.
4Press fully.
The ACCESS indicator will flash as
the photo is being recorded.
IMPORTANT
Observe the following precautions while
the ACCESS indicator is on or flashing.
Failing to do so may result in permanent
data loss.
- Do not open the memory card slot cover.
- Do not disconnect the power source or
turn off the camcorder.
- Do not change the operating mode.
NOTES
If the subject is not suitable for autofocus,
turns yellow. Adjust the focus manually
( 49).
Selecting Photo Size and Quality
Photos are recorded as JPG files. As a
general rule, select a larger photo size
for higher quality.
Options
Photo size options and the approximate
number of photos that can be recorded
on memory cards of various sizes are
given in the following sidebar.
Basic Recording
( 24)
PHOTO
( 24)
PHOTO
Photos
58
[ 1024x768]
Desired photo size*
Desired photo quality*
* Press to move back and forth between
size and quality selection. The number
displayed on the right corner indicates the
approximate number of photos that can be
recorded with the current quality/size
setting.
NOTES
The camcorder retains the last setting
used even if you set the camcorder to
mode.
When printing photos, use the following
guidelines as a reference for selecting
the print size.
Erasing a Photo Right After Recording It
You can erase the photo recorded last
while reviewing it within the time set for
the [REVIEW] option or immediately
after recording it, if [REVIEW] is set to
[ OFF].
While reviewing the photo immediately
after recording:
1Push the joystick ( ) to display
the joystick guide.
2Press .
3Select ( ) [YES] and press .
Photo size Recommended use
L 1024x768 To print photos up to L size
(9 x 13 cm, 3.5 x 5 in.) or
postcard size (10 x 14.8 cm,
4 x 6 in.).
S 640x480 To send photos as e-mail
attachments or to post on
the Web.
FUNC.
FUNC.
Approximate number of photos on a memory card
Default value
1: [SUPER FINE], : [FINE], : [NORMAL]
2Approximate number of photos that can actually be recorded on the memory card.
(The maximum number of remaining photos displayed on the screen is 9999.)
Memory card 128 MB 512 MB 1 GB
Photo quality1   
Photo size
L 1024x768235 345 695 940 1,370 2,740 1,885 2,745 5,490
S 640x480 585 850 1,530 2,320 3,350 6,035 4,645 6,710 12,0852
( 24)
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Viewing Photos
When the camera mode dial is set
to or :
1Press .
Even if the camcorder is off,
pressing will turn on the
camcorder in playback mode.
The original movies index screen
appears after a few seconds.
2Move ( ) the orange selection
frame to the tabs on the top of the
screen.
3Select ( ) the tab that contains
the photos you want to play back.
/ You can switch
between the photos recorded in
the built-in memory and those
recorded on the memory card.
Refer to Selecting What
Recordings to Play Back ( 37).
4Return ( ) to the index screen.
5Select ( , ) a photo.
Move the orange selection frame
to the photo you want to view.
Push the joystick ( ) to extend
the selection frame and browse
( ) through whole index pages.
Push the joystick ( ) to return to
the index screen.
6Press .
The index screen closes and the
selected photo is displayed.
7Push the joystick ( ) to move
between images.
Push the joystick ( ) and hold it
down to run quickly through the
photos.
When the camera mode dial is set
to :
1Press .
Even if the camcorder is off,
pressing will turn on the
camcorder in playback mode.
The last photo recorded will
appear.
2Push the joystick ( ) to move
between photos.
Push the joystick ( ) and hold it
down to run quickly through the
photos.
Photo Jump Function
When you have recorded a large
number of photos, you can jump 10 or
100 photos at a time.
Basic Playback
( 24)
Photos
60
1Push the joystick ( ) to display
the joystick guide.
2Select ( ) and press .
3Select ( ) [ JUMP 10
PHOTOS] or [ JUMP 100
PHOTOS].
4Jump ( ) the number of photos
selected and press .
Index Screen
1Move the zoom lever toward W.
The photo index screen appears.
/ You can switch
between the photos recorded in
the built-in memory and those
recorded on the memory card.
Refer to Selecting What
Recordings to Play Back ( 37).
2Select ( , ) a photo.
Move the orange selection frame
to the photo you want to view.
Push the joystick ( ) to extend
the selection frame and browse
( ) through whole index pages.
Push the joystick ( ) to return to
the index screen.
3Press .
The index screen closes and the
selected photo is displayed.
Slideshow
You can play a slideshow of all the
photos and even set it to music.
1Select the first photo of the
slideshow.
2Press to play back the photos
one after another.
Press to stop the slideshow.
POINTS TO CHECK ( only)
- Windows users: Use the supplied
software Music Transfer Utility to
transfer the music files on the supplied
Instruction Manual/Music Data Disc
CD-ROM. For details, refer to the
software’s instruction manual (PDF file).
- Mac OS users: Use the Finder to transfer
the music files on the supplied
Instruction Manual/Music Data Disc
CD-ROM. Refer to Music Files ( 103)
for the folder structure of the memory
and CD-ROM.
1In the photo index screen, press
.
2Select a track to play with the
slideshow.
[ SELECT MUSIC]
Select ( ) a track*
* Press to start/stop the track.
You can delete music files to free
up space in the memory ( 46).
•Refer to Adjusting the volume
( 36) for details on adjusting the
speaker’s volume.
IMPORTANT
Observe the following precautions while
the ACCESS indicator is on or flashing.
Failing to do so may result in permanent
data loss.
- Do not open the memory card slot
cover.
- Do not disconnect the power source
or turn off the camcorder.
JUMP 10 PHOTOS
/
TO SET THE SLIDESHOW TO MUSIC
FUNC.
FUNC.
FUNC.
FUNC.
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- Do not change the operating mode.
The following may not be displayed
correctly.
- Photos not recorded with this
camcorder.
- Photos edited on or uploaded from a
computer.
- Photos whose file names have been
changed.
NOTES
/ When playing back a
slideshow with music, make sure the
music files are in the same media (built-
in memory or memory card) that
contains the photos.
The background music may not be
played back correctly when playing
back a slideshow from a memory card
with slow transfer rates.
Magnifying Photos during Playback
During playback, photos can be
magnified up to 5 times.
1Move the zoom lever toward T.
The photo is magnified by 2 times
and a frame appears indicating the
position of the magnified area.
To further enlarge the photo, move
the zoom lever toward T. To reduce
the magnification to less than 2
times, move it toward W.
will appear for photos that
cannot be enlarged.
2Move ( , ) the frame to the
part of the photo you want to see
enlarged.
To cancel the magnification, move
the zoom lever toward W until the
frame disappears.
Deleting Photos
You can delete those photos that you
are not interested in keeping.
Deleting a Single Photo
1Select ( ) the photo you want to
erase.
2Push the joystick ( ) to display
the joystick guide.
3Select ( ) and press .
4Select ( ) [YES] and press .
( 24)
( 24)
Photos
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Deleting Photos from the Index Screen
Options
1Open the photo index screen.
Move the zoom lever toward W.
/ You can switch
between the photos recorded in
the built-in memory and those
recorded on the memory card.
Refer to Selecting What
Recordings to Play Back ( 37).
2Select ( , ) the photo you
want to delete.
This step is not necessary to delete
all photos or previously selected
photos.
3Delete the photo(s).
[ DELETE]
Desired option [YES]*
[OK]
* If you selected an option other than [ONE
PHOTO], you can press to interrupt the
operation while it is in progress. Some
photos will be deleted nevertheless.
IMPORTANT
Be careful when deleting photos. Deleted
photos cannot be recovered.
NOTES
Protected photos cannot be deleted.
[ALL PHOTOS]
Deletes all the photos.
[ONE PHOTO]
Deletes only the photo marked with the orange
selection frame.
[SELECTED PHOTOS]
Deletes all the photos selected in advance
(marked with a checkmark). Refer to
Pre-
selecting Recordings from the Index Screen
( 40).
FUNC.
FUNC.
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Histogram Display
When viewing photos you can display
the histogram and the icons of all the
functions used at the time of recording.
Use the histogram as a reference to
verify the correct exposure of the
photo.
The area to the right of the histogram
represents highlights and the left side
represents shadows. A photo whose
histogram skews to the right is relatively
bright; while one whose histogram
peaks to the left, is relatively dark.
NOTES
The histogram will appear also after
recording a photo, while reviewing it within
the time set for the [REVIEW] option. You
can choose to turn off the histogram by
pressing ( 52).
Protecting Photos
You can protect photos from accidental
erasure.
Protecting Single Photos
1Open the photo selection screen.
[ PROTECT]
[ PROTECT] appears on the
screen.
2Select ( ) the photo you want to
protect.
3Press to protect the photo.
appears on the bottom bar and
the photo cannot be deleted. Press
again to remove the protection.
4Repeat steps 2-3 to protect
additional photos or press
twice to close the menu.
Protecting Photos from the Index Screen
Options
Additional Functions
( 24)
Shadows
Pixel Count
Highlights
DISP.
( 24)
[INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS]
Opens the same screen described in
Protecting
Single Photos
( 63). Continue from step 3 of
that procedure to protect the photo.
[SELECTED PHOTOS]
Protects all the photos selected in advance
(marked with a checkmark). Refer to
Pre-
selecting Recordings from the Index Screen
( 40).
[REMOVE ALL SELECTIONS]
Removes the protection from all photos.
FUNC.
FUNC.
Photos
64
[ PROTECT]
Desired option [YES] [OK]
IMPORTANT
Initializing the recording media ( 31) will
permanently erase all recordings,
including protected photos.
/ Copying Photos
You can copy photos only from the
built-in memory to the memory card.
Copying Single Photos
1Open in single photo view the
photo you want to copy ( 60).
2Copy the photo to the memory
card.
[ COPY] Press
[YES] Press twice
Copying Photos from the Index Screen
Options
1Open the index screen of the
photos recorded in the built-in
memory.
Move the zoom lever toward W and
then select the (built-in memory)
tab.
2If you want to copy only one
photo, select ( , ) the photo
you want to copy.
3Copy the photo(s).
[ COPY]
Desired option [YES]* [OK]**
* If you selected [SELECTED PHOTOS] or
[ALL PHOTOS], you can press to
interrupt the operation while it is in
progress.
**This step is not required when copying a
single photo.
IMPORTANT
Observe the following precautions while
the ACCESS indicator is on or flashing.
Failing to do so may result in permanent
data loss.
- Do not open the memory card slot cover.
- Do not disconnect the power source or
turn off the camcorder.
- Do not change the operating mode.
NOTES
If there is not enough space on the
memory card, the camcorder will copy
as many photos as possible before
stopping the operation.
( 24)
[ALL PHOTOS]
Copies all the photos.
[ONE PHOTO]
Copies only the photo marked with the orange
selection frame.
FUNC.
FUNC.
FUNC.
FUNC.
[SELECTED PHOTOS]
Copies all the photos selected in advance
(marked with a checkmark). Refer to
Pre-
selecting Recordings from the Index Screen
( 40).
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FUNC.
65
If the memory card slot cover is open, or
the LOCK switch on the memory card is
set to prevent writing, you will not be
able to copy photos to the memory
card.
Other Functions You Can Use When Taking Photos Printing Photos
The camcorder can be connected to
any PictBridge-compatible printer. You
can mark in advance the photos you
want to print and set the desired
number of copies as a print order
( 68).
Canon printers: SELPHY printers of the
CP, DS and ES series and PIXMA
printers marked with the PictBridge
logo.
Connecting the Camcorder to the Printer
1Tur n on the print er.
2Connect the camcorder to the
printer using the supplied USB
cable.
Connection . Refer to
Connection Diagrams ( 71).
If the device selection screen
appears, select [PC/PRINTER] and
press .
/ Select in advance
the memory from which you want
to print the photos ( 37).
If the photo index screen is
displayed, move the zoom lever
toward T to display a photo.
You can also use the following
functions...
The following functions and features of
the camcorder can be used either for
shooting video or for taking photos.
The way to set and use them was
already explained in detail, so we refer
you to the relevant page in the “Video”
section.
Zoom ( 33)
Quick Start ( 35)
Recording programs ( 42, 43)
Mini video light ( 45)
Self timer ( 48)
Automatic backlight correction and manual
exposure adjustment ( 48)
Manual focus adjustment ( 49)
White balance ( 50)
Image effects ( 51)
Digital effects ( 51)
Printing Photos
( 24)
Photos
66
appears and changes to .
The (print/share) button lights
up and the current print settings
will be displayed for approx.
6 seconds.
IMPORTANT
If continues to flash (for more than 1
minute) or if does not appear, the
camcorder is not correctly connected to
the printer. In such case, disconnect the
USB cable and turn off the camcorder
and the printer. After a short while, turn
them on again, set the camcorder to
mode and restore the connection.
During the following operations, even if
you connect a printer to the camcorder
it will not be recognized.
- Erasing all photos
- Erasing all transfer orders
- Erasing all print orders
NOTES
will appear for photos that cannot be
printed.
We recommend powering the
camcorder using the compact power
adapter.
Refer also to the printers instruction
manual.
If you have no intention to use the
optional DW-100 DVD Burner, you can
set [USB SETTING] to [ PC/PRINTER]
( 85) so the device selection screen
does not appear every time you connect
the camcorder to a printer.
Connection to a PictBridge-compatible
printer will not work when the memory
card contains 1,800 photos or more.
For best performance, we recommend
keeping the number of photos on the
memory card under 100.
Disconnect the USB cable before
changing the operating mode.
Printing with the (Print/Share)
Button
You can print a photo without changing
the settings simply by pressing .
1Select ( ) the photo you wish to
print.
2Press .
Printing starts. The button
flashes and stays on when the
printing is completed.
To continue printing, select ( )
another photo.
Selecting the Print Settings
You can select the number of copies
and other settings for printing. The
setting options vary depending on your
printer model.
( 24)
67
Options
NOTES
Print setting options and [DEFAULT]
settings vary depending on the printer
model. For details, refer to the printer’s
instruction manual.
Printing after Changing the Print Settings
1Push the joystick ( ) to display
the joystick guide.
2Select ( ) and press .
The print settings menu appears.
3In the print settings menu, select
(, ) the setting you want to
change and press .
4Select ( ) the desired setting
option and press .
5Select ( , ) [PRINT] and
press .
Printing starts. The print settings
menu disappears when the
printing is completed.
To continue printing, select ( )
another photo.
1 Press while printing.
2 Select ( ) [OK] and press .
Disconnect the cable from the camcorder
and printer and turn off the camcorder.
[PAPER]
[ PAPER SIZE]: Available paper sizes vary
depending on the printer model.
[ PAPER TYPE]: Select [PHOTO], [FAST
PHOTO], [PLAIN] or [DEFAULT].
[ PAGE LAYOUT]: Select [DEFAULT],
[BORDERED] or one of the following page
layouts.
[BORDERLESS]: The photo is enlarged and may
be slightly cropped at the edges to fit the paper.
[2-UP], [4-UP], [8-UP], [9-UP], [16-UP]: Refer to
the sidebar on page 68.
[] (Date print)
Select [ON], [OFF] or [DEFAULT].
[ ] (Print effect)
Available only with printers compatible with the
Image Optimize function. Select [ON], [OFF] or
[DEFAULT].
Canon PIXMA/SELPHY DS printers: You can
also select [VIVID], [NR] and [VIVID+NR].
[ ] (Number of copies)
Select 1-99 copies.
TO CANCEL THE PRINTING
WHEN YOU HAVE FINISHED PRINTING
Current paper settings (paper size, paper
type and page layout)
Date printing
Print effect
Number of copies
Paper settings
Photos
68
If an error occurs while printing, an error
message, for example [NO PAPER], will
appear on the camcorder. Solve the
problem referring to the error message list
( 97) and to the printer’s instruction
manual.
Canon’s PictBridge-compatible printers:
If
printing does not resume automatically
after you solved the problem, select
[CONTINUE] and press to resume
printing. If that option is not available,
select [STOP] and press and then
restart printing from the beginning.
Other printers or if the error still persists with
a Canon printer: If printing does not
resume automatically, disconnect the
USB cable and turn off the camcorder.
After a short while, turn on the
camcorder and restore the USB
connection.
IMPORTANT
You may not be able to print correctly
with a PictBridge-compatible printer
photos whose file names have been
changed or that were recorded, created,
edited or changed with any device other
than this camcorder.
If [BUSY] does not disappear,
disconnect the USB cable and restore
the connection after a short while.
Print Orders
You can mark in advance the photos
you want to print and set the desired
number of copies as a print order. Later,
you can easily print out the print orders
by connecting the camcorder to a
PictBridge-compatible printer ( 65).
You can set print orders for up to 998
photos.
PRINT ERRORS
( 24)
Printing multiple photos on the same sheet [2-UP], [4-UP], etc.
When using Canon printers you can print the same photo multiple times on the same
sheet of paper. Use the following table as a guideline for the recommended number of
copies depending on the [ PAPER SIZE] setting.
1You can also use the special sticker sheets.
2With the [8-UP] setting, you can also use the special sticker sheets (SELPHY CP printers
only).
SELPHY CP: When you use the wide-sized photo paper with the [DEFAULT] setting, you
can also use [2-UP] or [4-UP].
[ PAPER SIZE] [CREDITCARD] [9 x 13 cm] [10 x 14.8 cm] [A4]
Canon printer
PIXMA printers
SELPHY DS 2, 4, 9 or 1614
SELPHY CP/ES 2, 4 or 822 or 4 2 or 4
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Selecting Photos for Printing (Print Order)
Set the print orders before connecting
the supplied USB cable to the
camcorder.
Marking Single Photos with Print Orders
1Open the photo selection screen.
[ PRINT ORDER]
appears on the screen.
2Select () the photo you want to
mark with a print order.
3Press to set the print order.
The number of copies appears in
orange.
4Set ( ) the number of copies
desired and press .
To cancel the print order, set the
number of copies to 0.
5Repeat steps 2-4 to mark
additional photos with print orders
or press twice to close the
menu.
Setting Print Orders from the Index Screen
Options
[ PRINT ORDER]
Desired option [YES] [OK]
Printing the Photos Marked with Print
Orders
1Connect the camcorder to the
printer using the supplied USB
cable.
Connection . Refer to Connection
Diagrams ( 71).
2Open the print settings menu.
[ MENU]
[ PRINT]
The print settings menu appears.
If there are no photos marked with
print orders, [SET PRINT
ORDER] appears.
3Select ( , ) [PRINT] and
press .
FUNC.
FUNC.
[INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS]
Opens the same screen described in
Marking
Single Photos with Print Orders
( 69).
Continue from step 3 of that procedure to set the
print order.
[SELECTED PHOTOS(1 COPY)]
Sets a print order of 1 copy of each of the photos
selected in advance (marked with a
checkmark). Refer to
Pre-selecting Recordings
from the Index Screen
( 40).
[REMOVE ALL]
Removes all the print orders.
FUNC.
FUNC.
FUNC.
Photos
70
Printing starts. The print settings
menu disappears when the printing
is completed.
NOTES
Depending on the connected printer,
you can change some print settings
before step 3 ( 66).
To cancel the printing, refer to page 67.
Restarting Printing: Open the print
settings menu as explained in step 2. In
the print settings menu, select
[RESUME]* and press . The
remaining photos will be printed.
Printing cannot be restarted when the
print order settings have been changed
or if you deleted a photo with print order
settings.
* In case the print order was interrupted
after the first photo, this menu option
will appear as [PRINT] instead.
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External Connections
This chapter explains how to connect your camcorder to an external
device such as a TV, VCR, or computer.
Connection Diagrams
Terminals on the Camcorder
AV OUT Terminal
Access: Open the LCD panel.
Sound from the built-in speaker will be muted while the
STV-250N Stereo Video Cable is connected to the
camcorder.
USB Terminal
Access: Open the LCD panel.
Connection
Type: Analog Output only
Connect to a TV or VCR with audio/video input terminals. If the TV cannot automatically
detect and change the aspect ratio ( 85), change [TV TYPE] according to the TV set
(widescreen or 4:3).
Connection
Type: Digital data connection
Connect to a computer to transfer and save your recordings, to the optional DW-100
DVD Burner to create DVD discs from them, or to a printer to print out photos.
VIDEO
AUDIO
R
L
STV-250N Stereo Video Cable
(supplied)
Yellow
White
Red
USB Cable (supplied)
External Connections
72
Connect the camcorder to a TV to enjoy
your recordings with family and friends.
1Turn off the camcorder and the TV.
2Connect the camcorder to the TV.
Refer to Connection Diagrams
( 71).
3Turn on the connected TV.
On the TV, select as the video input
the same terminal to which you
connected the camcorder. Refer to
the instruction manual of the
connected TV.
4Set the camcorder to mode
( 36) or mode ( 59).
Start the playback of movies or
photos.
NOTES
We recommend powering the
camcorder using the compact power
adapter.
Sound from the built-in speaker will be
muted while the STV-250N Stereo Video
Cable is connected to the camcorder.
Adjust the volume using the TV.
When you play back your 16:9 movies
on standard TV sets with a 4:3 aspect
ratio, the TV set will switch automatically
to widescreen mode if it is compatible
with the Video ID-1 system. Otherwise,
change the aspect ratio of the TV
manually.
Saving Your Recordings on a Computer
Movies recorded with this camcorder
are saved on the memory card or in the
built-in memory ( / only).
Because space on the memory is
limited, make sure to save your movies
onto a computer on a regular basis.
PIXELA ImageMixer 3 SE
With the supplied software ImageMixer
3 SE Transfer Utility you can save
scenes in the camcorder to your
computer. On the computer, you can
neatly organize all your video
recordings into albums and add
comments for quick and easy searches.
With the supplied software ImageMixer
3 SE Video Tools, you can also edit
scenes, convert and resize them to
upload them to your Web site or to take
with you on your portable video player
and more. For details about the
functions available, refer to the
software’s instruction manual (PDF file).
For details about installing the software
refer to PIXELA Applications
Installation Guide.
Playback on a TV Screen
( 24)
Saving Your Recordings
73
Saving your Recordings without a
Computer
If you prefer to save your recordings
without having to use a computer, you
can use the optional DW-100 DVD
Burner to create DVD discs of your
movies and Photo DVDs of your photos
( 73). You can also connect the
camcorder to an external recording
device (DVD or HDD recorder, VCR,
etc.) to save copies of your movies
( 76).
IMPORTANT
When the camcorder is connected to
a computer: Do not access, change or
delete directly from the computer
folders and files in the camcorder that
contain scenes as this may result in
permanent data loss.
While the camcorder is connected to a
computer, do not open the memory card
slot cover and do not remove the
memory card.
Authoring DVD Discs and Photo DVDs
You can connect the camcorder to the
optional DW-100 DVD Burner to create
DVD discs from your movies or Photo
DVD discs from your photos. For details
about the connection and operation,
refer to the instruction manual of the
DW-100.
Refer to this section along with the
relevant sections in the instruction
manual of the DW-100.
Options for creating DVD discs
(mode)
Options for creating Photo DVDs
(mode)
Preparations on the Camcorder
1Set the camcorder to mode
to create DVD discs of your
movies or mode to create
Photo DVDs of your photos.
Power the camcorder using the
compact power adapter.
/ Select in advance
the memory from which you want
to add the scenes or photos
( 37).
2Select the scenes or photos you
want to add to the disc.
[ MENU]
[ SYSTEM SETUP]
( 24)
[ALL SCENES]
Add all the scenes to the disc(s).
[REM.SCENES]
Add only those scenes that have not been
previously added to a disc.
[PLAYLIST]
Add only the scenes included in the playlist
( 53).
[ALL PHOTOS]
Add all the photos to the slideshow on the disc.
[TRANS.ORD]
Add only photos marked with transfer orders
( 75).
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External Connections
74
[ADD TO DISC] Desired option
Connecting to the DVD Burner and
Creating a Disc
1Turn on the DVD burner.
Refer to Creating DVDs.
2Connect the camcorder to the
DVD burner using the supplied
USB cable.
Connection . Refer to
Connection Diagrams (71) and
Connections.
If the device selection screen
appears, select [DVD BURNER]
and press .
When the connection is
completed, [NO DISC] will be
displayed.
3Insert a brand new disc into the
DVD burner.
Use the OPEN/CLOSE button on
the DVD burner to open and close
the disc tray.
After the disc is recognized, an
information screen will display the
type of DVD you are creating, the
estimated time and number of
discs it will require (based on the
disc you inserted).
If you inserted a DVD-RW disc that
already contains data, [THE DISC
CONTAINS DATA] will be
displayed. To overwrite the data
(erasing the previous content of
the disc), press , select [YES]
and press again.
4Press the start button on the DVD
burner.
A progress bar will be displayed on
the screen.
After pressing the start button
(while the current disc is being
written) the operation cannot be
canceled.
When the disc (or the last disc, if
the data requires multiple discs) is
finalized, [TASK COMPLETED] will
be displayed. Take out the disc
and close the disc tray.
After a disc is finalized it will be ejected
automatically and [INSERT A NEW/
BLANK DISC AND CLOSE THE DISC
TRAY] will appear. Insert the next disc
and close the disc tray.
After the operation is finished, [INSERT
A NEW/BLANK DISC] will be displayed
again. Insert a brand new disc and
close the disc tray.
Discs created with this camcorder and
the DVD burner can be played back on
FUNC.
WHEN THE DATA REQUIRES MULTIPLE DISCS
TO CREATE AN ADDITIONAL COPY OF THE
SAME DISC
TO PLAY BACK A DVD DISC
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DVD players and computers that meet
the following requirements:
Compatible with the discs you
created (DVD-R/DVD-R DL/DVD-RW
discs)
Compatible with DVD-Video
specifications
DVD playback software that is
installed and running (in the case of
computers)
Refer to the instruction manual of the
external device and make sure it is
compatible.
IMPORTANT
While the camcorder is connected to the
DVD burner, do not open the memory
card slot cover and do not remove the
memory card.
Observe the following precautions while
the ACCESS indicator on the camcorder
is on or flashing. Failing to do so may
result in permanent data loss.
- Do not open the memory card slot
cover.
- Do not disconnect the USB cable.
- Do not disconnect the power source
or turn off the camcorder or the DVD
burner.
When creating discs with the optional
DW-100 DVD Burner, you cannot add,
using the [PLAYLIST] option, scenes
recorded while the pre-recording
function was on or divided scenes. To
add such scenes, use the [ALL
SCENES] or [REM.SCENES] option.
For important information on handling
your discs, refer to Cautions
on handling.
NOTES
If the LOCK switch on the memory card
is set to prevent writing, you will not be
able to create a disc with movies on the
memory card.
The FUNC. menu and setup menus
cannot be accessed while the
camcorder is connected to the DVD
burner.
Disconnect the USB cable before
changing the operating mode.
The amount of time required for step 2
depends on how many scenes are being
included on a disc. We recommend
keeping the number of scenes to 2,000
or less. (In such case, the connection
time will be about 3 minutes 30
seconds).
Transfer Orders
Using transfer orders, you can mark in
advance which photos to add when
creating a Photo DVD disc with the
optional DW-100 DVD Burner. You can
set transfer orders for up to 998 photos.
Selecting Photos to Transfer
(Transfer Order)
Set the transfer orders before connecting
the camcorder to the DW-100.
/ Select in advance the
memory from which you want to add
photos ( 37).
Marking Single Photos with Transfer
Orders
1Open the photo selection screen.
[ TRANSFER ORDER]
appears on the screen.
( 24)
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External Connections
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2Select ( ) the photo you want to
mark with a transfer order.
3Press to set the transfer order.
A checkmark appears in the box
next to the transfer order icon .
Press again to cancel the
transfer order.
4Repeat steps 2-3 to mark
additional photos with transfer
orders or press twice to
close the menu.
Setting Transfer Orders from the Index
Screen
Options
[ TRANSFER ORDER]
Desired option [YES] [OK]
Copying your Recordings to an External
Video Recorder
You can copy your recordings by
connecting the camcorder to a VCR or
a digital video device.
Connecting
Connect the camcorder to the VCR
using Connection . Refer to
Connection Diagrams (71).
Recording
1External device: Load a blank
cassette or disc and set the device
to record pause mode.
2Camcorder: Locate the scene you
wish to copy and pause playback
shortly before the scene.
3Camcorder: Resume the movie
playback.
4External device: Begin recording
when the scene you wish to copy
appears. Stop recording when
copying is complete.
5Camcorder: Stop playback.
NOTES
We recommend powering the
camcorder using the compact power
adapter.
By default, on-screen displays will be
embedded in the output video signal.
You can change the displays by
repeatedly pressing ( 52).
[INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS]
Opens the same screen described in
Marking
Single Photos with Transfer Orders
( 75).
Continue from step 3 of that procedure to set the
transfer order.
[SELECTED PHOTOS]
Marks all the photos selected in advance
(marked with a checkmark) with a transfer
order. Refer to
Pre-selecting Recordings from the
Index Screen
( 40).
[REMOVE ALL]
Removes all the transfer orders.
FUNC.
FUNC.
FUNC.
( 24)
DISP.
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Transferring Photos to a Computer
You can connect the camcorder to a
computer using the supplied USB cable
to transfer photos in the memory. The
procedure varies depending on your
computer’s operating system.
1Set the camcorder to mode.
/ Select in advance the
memory from which you want to
transfer photos ( 37).
2Connect the camcorder to the
computer using the USB cable.
Connection . Refer to
Connection Diagrams ( 71).
If the device selection screen
appears, select [PC/PRINTER] and
press .
The button lights up.
3Open [Computer].
4Open [Canon FS31]* and then
open [Removable Storage].
5Open the [DCIM] folder and then
the folder that contains the photos
to transfer.
6Transfer the desired photos.
* The displayed text varies depending on
your camcorder model.
3Open [My Computer] and then
open [Canon FS31]*.
4Transfer the desired photos.
* The displayed text varies depending on
your camcorder model.
3Open [Macintosh HD] and then
open the [Applications] folder.
4Start the Image Capture program.
5Transfer the desired photos.
IMPORTANT
While the camcorder is connected to the
computer, do not open the memory card
slot cover and do not remove the
memory card.
Observe the following precautions while
the ACCESS indicator is on or flashing.
Failing to do so may result in permanent
data loss.
- Do not open the memory card slot
cover.
- Do not disconnect the USB cable.
- Do not turn off the camcorder or the
computer.
- Do not change the operating mode.
Operation may not work correctly
depending on the software and the
specifications/settings of your
computer.
If you wish to use the image files on your
computer, make copies of them first.
Use the copied files, retaining the
originals.
( 24)
CONNECTION TO A COMPUTER RUNNING
WINDOWS 7 OR WINDOWS VISTA
CONNECTION TO A COMPUTER RUNNING
WINDOWS XP
CONNECTION TO A COMPUTER RUNNING
MAC OS
External Connections
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During the following operations, even if
you connect the camcorder to the
computer it will not be recognized.
- Erasing all photos
- Erasing all transfer orders
- Erasing all print orders
NOTES
We recommend powering the camcorder
using the compact power adapter.
Refer also to the computers instruction
manual.
If you have no intention to use the
optional DW-100 DVD Burner, you can
set [USB SETTING] to [ PC/PRINTER]
( 85) so the selection screen does not
appear every time you connect the
camcorder to a computer.
Depending on the number of photos on
the memory card (Windows: 1,800
photos or more; Macintosh: 1,000
photos or more), you may not be able to
transfer photos to a computer. Try using
a card reader.
Disconnect the USB cable before
changing the operating mode.
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Additional Information
This chapter contains troubleshooting advice, screen messages,
handling and maintenance tips, and other information.
Menu items not available appear grayed out in the FUNC. menu or in black in the
setup menus. For details about how to select an item, refer to Using the Menus
( 26). For details about each function, see the reference page. Menu options
without a reference page are explained below the tables.
FUNC. Menu
FUNC. Menu (Recording Modes)
Appendix: Menu Options Lists
Menu item Setting options
Recording programs [ PROGRAM AE], [ SHUTTER-PRIO.AE] zz43
[ PORTRAIT], [ SPORTS], [ NIGHT], [ SNOW],
[BEACH], [ SUNSET], [ SPOTLIGHT],
[ FIREWORKS]
zz42
White balance [AUTO], [ DAYLIGHT], [ TUNGSTEN], [ SET] zz50
Image effects [ IMAGE EFFECT OFF], [ VIVID],
[ NEUTRAL], [ SOFT SKIN DETAIL]
zz51
Digital effects [ D.EFFECT OFF], [ FADE-T], [ WIPE],
[BLK&WHT], [SEPIA], [ART], [MOSAIC]
z–51
[ D.EFFECT OFF], [BLK&WHT], [SEPIA] z
Recording mode [ HIGH QUALITY 9Mbps],
[ STANDARD PLAY 6Mbps],
[ LONG PLAY 3Mbps]
z–33
Photos size/quality [L1024x768], [S640x480] z57
[SUPERFINE], [FINE], [ NORMAL]
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FUNC. Menu (Playback Modes)
Menu item Setting options
[SELECT MUSIC] [OFF], list of music files in the camcorder z1z46
[SELECT] [INDIVIDUAL SCENES], [REMOVE ALL SELECTIONS],
[CANCEL]
z2–40
From the index screen:
[INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS], [REMOVE ALL SELECTIONS],
[CANCEL]
z40
/[COPY] [ALL SCENES], [ALL SCENES (THIS DATE)], [ONE SCENE],
[SELECTED SCENES], [CANCEL]
z2–56
[NO], [YES] z3–56
From single photo view: [NO], [YES] z64
From the index screen:
[ALL PHOTOS], [ONE PHOTO], [SELECTED PHOTOS],
[CANCEL]
z64
[ADD TO PLAYLIST] [ALL SCENES (THIS DATE)], [ONE SCENE],
[SELECTED SCENES], [CANCEL]
z2–53
[DIVIDE] – z4–53
[MOVE] – z3–55
[PROTECT] From single photo view: -
From the index screen:
[INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS], [SELECTED PHOTOS],
[REMOVE ALL SELECTIONS], [CANCEL]
z63
[PRINT ORDER] From single photo view: 0-99 copies
From the index screen:
[INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS], [SELECTED PHOTOS(1 COPY)],
[REMOVE ALL], [CANCEL]
z68
[TRANSFER ORDER] From single photo view: -
From the index screen:
[INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS], [SELECTED PHOTOS],
[REMOVE ALL], [CANCEL]
z75
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1Option not available from the original movies index screen.
2Option available from the original movies index screen and Video Snapshot index screen.
3Option available from the playlist index screen and Video Snapshot playlist index screen.
4Option available from the original movies index screen.
Setup Me nus
Camera Setup (Zoom Type, Image Stabilizer, etc.)
CAMERA SETUP
* Option available only when the recording program is set to [ PROGRAM AE].
[IMG STAB]: The image stabilizer compensates for camcorder shake. You can select the
degree of compensation.
[DYNAMIC]: This setting compensates for a higher degree of camcorder shake, such
as when shooting while walking, and is more effective as the zoom approaches full wide
angle.
[ STANDARD]: This setting compensates for a lower degree for camcorder shake, such
as when shooting while remaining stationary, and is suitable for shooting natural-looking
scenes. The picture angle will be wider at full wide-angle.
[DELETE] [ALL SCENES], [ALL SCENES (THIS DATE)], [ONE SCENE],
[SELECTED SCENES], [CANCEL]
z2–41
[ALL SCENES], [ONE SCENE], [CANCEL] z3–55
From single photo view: [NO], [YES]
From the index screen:
[ALL PHOTOS], [ONE PHOTO], [SELECTED PHOTOS],
[CANCEL]
z61
[SCENE SEARCH] [CALENDAR], [SELECT DATE], [CANCEL] z2–38
Menu item Setting options
[SELF TIMER] [ ON ], [ OFF] zz48
[D.ZOOM] [ ON], [OFF] z–33
[ZOOM SPEED] [ VARIABLE], [ SPEED 3], [ SPEED 2],
[SPEED1]
zz33
[IMG STAB] [ DYNAMIC], [ STANDARD], [ OFF] z––
[WIDESCREEN] [ON], [ OFF] z––
[FOCUS PRI.] [ ON:AiAF], [ ON:CENTER], [ OFF] z
[A.SL SHUTTER]*[ON], [ OFF] zz
[WIND SCREEN] [AUTO], [ OFF ] z––
[REVIEW] [ OFF], [ 2 sec], [ 4 sec],
[6sec], [8sec], [10sec]
z
Menu item Setting options
Additional Information
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If the degree of camcorder shake is too high, the image stabilizer may not be able to fully
compensate. The image stabilizer may not be able to successfully eliminate all blur if the
camcorder or the subject is moving too much.
The image stabilizer may not work well on subjects with low contrast, with a recurring,
repetitive pattern or without vertical lines.
When [IMG STAB] is set to [ DYNAMIC], if the background’s movement does not
appear natural, select [ STANDARD] or [ OFF].
We recommend setting the image stabilizer to [ OFF] when using a tripod.
[WIDESCREEN]: The camcorder uses the full width of the image sensor providing high-
resolution 16:9 recordings.
Since the screen on the camcorder has an aspect ratio of 16:9, recordings with a 4:3
aspect ratio will appear in the center of the screen with black sidebars.
Playing back a widescreen recording: TV sets compatible with the Video ID-1 system
will automatically switch to wide (16:9) mode. Otherwise, change the aspect ratio of the
TV manually. To play back on a TV with normal aspect ratio (4:3) change the [TV TYPE]
setting accordingly ( 85).
The camcorder retains the last setting used even if you set the camcorder to mode.
[FOCUS PRI.]:
When the focus priority is activated, the camcorder records a photo only
after the focus has been adjusted automatically. You can also select which AF frames to use.
[ ON:AiAF]: One or more AF frames out of the nine frames available are automatically
selected and the focus is fixed on them.
[ ON:CENTER]: A single focusing frame appears in the center of the screen and the
focus is automatically fixed on it.
[ OFF]: No AF frame will appear and the photo will be recorded immediately after you
press .
When the recording program is set to [ FIREWORKS], focus priority is
automatically set to [ OFF].
[A.SL SHUTTER]: The camcorder automatically uses slow shutter speeds to obtain
brighter recordings in places with insufficient lighting.
The camcorder uses shutter speeds down to 1/30 (1/15 in mode).
The setting can be changed when the camcorder is set to or mode. The
camcorder retains the last setting used even if you set the camcorder to mode.
If a trailing afterimage appears, set the slow shutter to [ OFF].
If (camcorder shake warning) appears, we recommend stabilizing the camcorder, for
example, by mounting it on a tripod.
[WIND SCREEN]: The camcorder automatically reduces the background sound of wind
when recording outdoors.
Some low-frequency sounds will be suppressed along with the sound of wind. When
recording in surroundings unaffected by wind or if you want to record low-frequency
sounds, we recommend setting the wind screen to [ OFF ].
[REVIEW]: Selects the time to display a photo after it has been recorded to the memory.
If you press while reviewing a photo it will continue to be displayed indefinitely.
Press halfway to return to the normal display.
PHOTO
DISP.
PHOTO
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Memory Operations (Initialization, etc.)
/ MEMORY OPER.
* Option available from the original movies index screen and Video Snapshot index screen.
[MEMORY INFO]/[CARD INFO]: Displays a screen where you can verify how much of the
built-in memory ( / only) or the memory card is currently in use (total
recording time and total number of photos) and approximately how much memory remains
available for recording.
Estimated figures about available movie recording time and available number of photos
are approximate and based on the recording mode and photo quality/size settings
currently in use.
/ The total space for the built-in memory may be less than the capacity
listed in Specifications (108).
In the [CARD INFO] screen you can also verify the Speed Class of the memory card.
The maximum number of remaining photos displayed on the screen is 99999.
Display Setup (LCD Brightness, Language, etc.)
DISPLAY SETUP
Menu item Setting options
/
[MEMORY INFO]
zzzz
[CARD INFO] zzzz
/
[MEDIA:MOVIES]
[BUILT-IN MEM], [CARD] zz ––30
/
[MEDIA:PHOTOS]
[BUILT-IN MEM], [CARD] zz ––30
[INITIALIZE] / [BUILT-IN MEM],
[CARD], [CANCEL]
zzz
*z31
[INITIALIZE], [COMPL.INIT.], [CANCEL]
Menu item Setting options
[BRIGHTNESS] zzzz
[LCD DIMMER] [ ON], [OFF] zzzz
[AUDIO LEVEL] [ ON], [ OFF] z––––
[TV SCREEN] [ON], [ OFF] zz –––
[DATA CODE] [ DATE], [ TIME],
[DATE & TIME], [ CAMERA DATA]
––z––
[MARKERS] [ OFF], [ LEVEL(WHT)],
[ LEVEL(GRY)], [ GRID(WHT)],
[GRID(GRY)]
zz –––
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[BRIGHTNESS]: Adjusts the brightness of the LCD screen.
Changing the brightness of the LCD screen does not affect the brightness of your
recordings or that of the playback image on a TV.
[LCD DIMMER]: When set to [ ON], this function dims the LCD screen. Doing so is
ideal when using the camcorder in environments where the LCD’s illumination could be an
annoyance.
To turn off the LCD screen dimmer, change this setting to [ OFF] or press for
2 seconds or more.
Dimming the LCD screen does not affect the brightness of your recordings or that of the
playback image on a TV.
When the LCD screen dimmer is turned off, the screen’s brightness returns to the
previous setting.
[AUDIO LEVEL]: Displays the audio level indicator on the LCD screen so you can check
the audio recording level while recording.
[TV SCREEN]: When set to [ ON], the camcorder’s on-screen displays will appear also
on the screen of a TV or monitor connected using the STV-250N Stereo Video Cable.
[DATA CODE]: Displays the date and/or time when the scene was recorded.
[ CAMERA DATA]: Displays the aperture (f-stop) and shutter speed used when
recording.
[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).
Using the markers will not affect the recordings.
[START WEEK]: Select the day on which the week starts for the calendar display ( 38).
[LANGUAGE ] [ ],[DEUTSCH], [ ]
[ENGLISH], [ESPAÑOL], [FRANÇAIS],
[ITALIANO], [MAGYAR], [MELAYU],
[NEDERLANDS], [POLSKI], [PORTUGUÊS],
[ ], [TÜRKÇE], [ ],
[ ], [ ], [ ],
[ ], [ ], [ ],
[], [ ]
zzzz28
[START WEEK] [SATURDAY], [SUNDAY], [MONDAY] ––z––
[DEMO MODE] [ON], [ OFF] zz –––
Menu item Setting options
DISP.
Low High
Audio level
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[DEMO MODE]: The demonstration mode displays the camcorder’s main features. It starts
automatically when the camcorder is powered with the compact power adapter if you
leave it turned on for more than 5 minutes.
To cancel the demo mode once it has started, press any button or turn off the
camcorder.
System Setup (Speaker Volume, Beep, etc.)
SYSTEM SETUP
[BATTERY INFO]: Displays a screen where you can verify the battery charge (as a
percentage) and the remaining recording time ( , mode) or playback time
(, mode).
[BEEP]: A beep will accompany some operations like turning on the camcorder, the self-
timer countdown, etc.
[POWER SAVE]: In order to save power when the camcorder is powered by a battery
pack, it will automatically shut off if left without any operation for 5 minutes.
Approximately 30 seconds before the camcorder shuts off, [AUTO POWER OFF] will appear.
In standby mode, the camcorder will shut off after the time selected for the [QUICK
START] setting.
The Power Save mode cannot be set while the compact power adapter is connected to
the camcorder.
[QUICK START]: Select whether to activate the Quick Start function ( 35) when you
close the LCD panel in a recording mode and the length of time after which the camcorder
will end the standby mode and shut off automatically.
Menu item Setting options
[BATTERY INFO] zzzz
[BEEP] [ HIGH VOLUME],
[ LOW VOLUME], [ OFF]
zzzz
[POWER SAVE] [ON], [ OFF] zzzz
[QUICK START] [ OFF], [ 10 min],
[ 20 min], [ 30 min]
zz –––
[SPEAKER VOL.] zz
[TV TYPE] [ NORMAL TV], [ WIDE TV] ––zz
[USB SETTING] [ DVD BURNER], [ PC/PRINTER],
[CONNECT&SET]
––zz
[ADD TO DISC][ALL SCENES], [REM.SCENES],
[PLAYLIST]
––z–73
[ALL PHOTOS], [ TRANS.ORD] z73
[PHOTO NOS.] [ RESET], [ CONTINUOUS] zz
[FIRMWARE] z
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[SPEAKER VOL.]: Adjust ( ) the volume of the playback. You can also adjust the
volume using the joystick guide ( 36).
[TV TYPE]: In order to display the picture in full and in the correct aspect ratio, select the
setting according to the type of television to which you will connect the camcorder.
[ NORMAL TV]: TV sets with 4:3 aspect ratio.
[ WIDE TV]: TV sets with 16:9 aspect ratio.
When the TV type is set to [ NORMAL TV], the picture displayed on the LCD screen
will be smaller than the full display area.
[USB SETTING]: Select the connection protocol to use when connecting the camcorder to
an external device using the USB cable.
[ DVD BURNER]: To connect exclusively to the optional DW-100 DVD Burner.
[ PC/PRINTER]: To connect to a computer, a printer or similar USB peripherals.
[ CONNECT&SET]: To make the selection from a screen that appears at the time of the
connection to the external device.
[PHOTO NOS.]: Select the photo numbering method to be used on a new memory card.
Photos are automatically assigned consecutive photo numbers from 0101 to 9900, and
stored in folders containing up to 100 photos. Folders are numbered from 101 to 998.
[ RESET]: Photo numbers will restart from 101-0101 every time you insert a new
memory card.
[ CONTINUOUS]: Photo numbers will continue from the number following that of the
last photo recorded with the camcorder.
If the memory card you insert already contains a photo with a larger number, a new
photo will be assigned a number one higher than that of the last photo on the memory
card.
We recommend using the [ CONTINUOUS] setting.
[FIRMWARE]: You can verify the current version of the camcorder’s firmware. This menu
option is usually unavailable.
Date/T ime Setup
DATE/TIME SETUP
[DATE FORMAT]: Select the date format to be used for most on-screen displays, and (if
selected) for the date printed on photos.
Menu item Setting options
[T.ZONE/DST] List of world time zones. zzzz28
[DATE/TIME] – zzzz27
[DATE FORMAT] [Y.M.D (2010.1.1 AM 12:00)],
[M.D,Y (JAN. 1, 2010 12:00 AM)],
[D.M.Y (1.JAN.2010 12:00 AM)]
zzzz
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Trou b le ?
If you have a problem with your camcorder, refer to this section. Sometimes what you
think is a malfunction of the camcorder may have the simplest of solutions - please
read the “CHECK THIS FIRST” box before going on to the more detailed problems
and solutions. Consult your dealer or a Canon Service Center if the problem persists.
CHECK THIS FIRST
Power source
The camcorder will not turn on or it turns off by itself.
- The battery pack is exhausted. Replace or charge the battery pack ( 19).
- Remove the battery pack and reattach it correctly.
Cannot charge the battery pack
- Make sure the camcorder is off so charging can start.
- The battery pack’s temperature has either fallen below 0 °C (32 °F) or risen above 40 °C (100 °F). If the
battery pack is too cold, warm it up. If the battery pack is too hot, let it cool down until its temperature is
below 40 °C (100 °F).
-Charge the battery pack in temperatures between 0 °C and 40 °C(32 °F and 104 °F).
- The battery pack is damaged. Use a different battery pack.
- The camcorder cannot communicate with the battery pack attached. Such battery packs cannot be charged
using this camcorder.
A noise can be heard from the compact power adapter.
- A faint sound can be heard while the compact power adapter is connected to a power outlet. This is not a
malfunction.
Troubleshooting
Power supply
Is the battery charged? Is the compact power adapter correctly connected to the
camcorder? ( 19)
Recording
Did you turn the camcorder on and set it to recording mode? ( 24)
If you are recording to a memory card, is one correctly inserted into the camcorder?
(30)
Playback
Did you turn the camcorder on and set it to playback mode? ( 24)
If you are playing back recordings from a memory card, is one correctly inserted into the
camcorder? ( 30) Does it contain any recordings?
Additional Information
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After using the camcorder for a long time, it becomes hot.
- The camcorder may become hot after using it continuously for long periods of time; this is not a malfunction.
If it becomes hot very quickly or it becomes too hot to touch, it may indicate a problem with the camcorder.
Consult a Canon Service Center.
The battery pack is exhausted extremely quickly even at normal temperatures.
- The battery may have reached the end of its battery life. Buy a new battery pack.
Recording
Pressing will not start recording.
- You cannot record while the camcorder is writing previous recordings onto the memory (while the ACCESS
indicator is on or flashing).
- The memory is full or it already contains 3,999 scenes (the maximum number of scenes). Delete some
recordings ( 41) or initialize the memory ( 31) to free some space.
The point where was pressed does not match the beginning/end of the recording.
- There is a slight interval between pressing and the actual start of recording. This is not a
malfunction.
- When the pre-recording function is used, the beginning of the scene will differ from when was
pressed.
The camcorder will not focus.
- Autofocus does not work on the subject. Focus manually ( 49).
- Lens is dirty. Clean the lens with a soft lens-cleaning cloth ( 102). Never use tissue paper to clean the lens.
When a subject flits across in front of the lens, the image appears slightly bent.
- This is a phenomenon typical of CMOS image sensors. When a subject crosses very quickly in front of the
camcorder, the image may seem slightly warped. This is not a malfunction.
Changing the operating mode between recording ( )/record pause ( )/playback ( ) takes longer than
usual.
- When the memory contains a large number of scenes, some operations may take longer than usual. Save
your recordings ( 72) and initialize the memory ( 31).
Movies or photos cannot be recorded properly.
- This may occur as movies and photos are recorded/deleted over time. Save your recordings ( 72) and
initialize the memory ( 31).
Playback
Cannot add scenes to the playlist.
- The playlist cannot contain more than 99 scenes or 100 hours of scenes.
- You may not be able to add scenes to the playlist if they were recorded or edited using another device.
Cannot delete a scene.
- You may not be able to delete scenes recorded or edited using another device.
Start/Stop
Start/Stop
Start/Stop
Start/Stop
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Deleting scenes takes longer than usual.
- When the memory contains a large number of scenes, some operations may take longer than usual. Save
your recordings ( 72) and initialize the memory ( 31).
Cannot erase a photo
- The photo is protected. Remove the protection ( 63).
Cannot play back a music track.
- If the music tracks were erased when the memory was initialized, transfer music files back to the memory.
Windows users: Use the supplied software Music Transfer Utility to transfer the music files on the supplied
Instruction Manual/Music Data Disc CD-ROM. For details, refer to the software’s instruction manual (PDF
file). Mac OS users: Use the Finder to transfer the music files on the supplied Instruction Manual/Music
Data Disc CD-ROM. Refer to
Music Files
( 103) for folder structure of the memory and CD-ROM.
When playing back recordings combined with music, the video and audio do not play back correctly (playback
skips or stops).
- This occurs when music files are transferred and there is not enough available space in the memory (about
5 times more than the size of the music files). Make sure there is enough space and then transfer the music
files again.
When playing a slideshow, it takes longer than usual for the photos to advance or there are brief stops in the
audio.
- This may occur when using a memory card with no Speed Class rating or playing back photos recorded with
another device. Play back photos taken with this camcorder from a memory card rated Speed Class 2 or
higher.
Indicators and Onscreen Displays
lights up in red.
- Battery pack is exhausted. Replace or charge the battery pack ( 19).
appears on the screen.
- The camcorder cannot communicate with the battery pack attached so the remaining battery time cannot be
displayed.
lights up in red.
- A memory card error occurred. Turn off the camcorder. Remove and reinsert the memory card. Initialize the
memory card ( 31) if the display does not change back to normal.
- The memory card is full. Replace the memory card or delete some recordings ( 41, 61) to free some space
on the memory card.
The ON/OFF(CHG) (power/charge) indicator flashes rapidly while the camcorder is charging.
- (one flash at 0.5-second intervals)
Charging has stopped because the compact power adapter or the battery pack is faulty. Consult a Canon
Service Center.
The ON/OFF(CHG) (power/charge) indicator flashes very slowly while the camcorder is charging.
- (one flash at 2-second intervals)
The battery pack’s temperature has either fallen below 0 °C (32 °F) or risen above 40 °C (100 °F). If the
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battery pack is too cold, warm it up. If the battery pack is too hot, let it cool down until its temperature is
below 40 °C (100 °F).
-Charge the battery pack in temperatures between 0 °C and 40 °C(32 °F and 104 °F).
- The battery pack is damaged. Use a different battery pack.
Picture and Sound
The LCD screen appears dim.
- The LCD screen dimmer is on. To turn it off, press for 2 seconds or more.
Screen displays turn on and off repeatedly.
- The battery pack is exhausted. Replace or charge the battery pack ( 19).
- Remove the battery pack and reattach it correctly.
Abnormal characters appear on the screen and the camcorder does not operate properly.
- Disconnect the power source and reconnect it after a short time. If the problem still persists, disconnect the
power source and press the RESET button with a pointed item. Pressing the RESET button resets all settings.
Video noise appears on screen.
- When using the camcorder close to devices that emit strong electromagnetic fields (plasma TVs, cellular
phones, etc.), keep a distance between the camcorder and these devices.
Sound is distorted or is recorded at lower levels.
- When recording near loud sounds (such as fireworks, shows or concerts), sound may become distorted or it
may not be recorded at the actual levels. This is not a malfunction.
The picture is displayed correctly but there is no sound from the built-in speaker.
- Speaker volume is turned off. Adjust the volume ( 36).
- If the STV-250N Stereo Video Cable is connected to the camcorder, disconnect it.
Memory Card and Accessories
Cannot insert the memory card.
- The memory card was not facing the correct direction. Turn the memory card over and insert it ( 30).
Cannot record on the memory card.
- The memory card is full. Erase some recordings to free some space or replace the memory card.
- Initialize the memory card ( 31) when you use it with the camcorder for the first time.
- The LOCK switch on the SD or SDHC memory card is set to prevent accidental erasure. Change the position of
the LOCK switch.
- In order to record movies, a compatible memory card must be inserted ( 29).
- The folder and file numbers have reached their maximum value. Set [PHOTO NOS.] to [RESET] ( 85) and
insert a new memory card.
- The camcorder may not be able to record on a memory card that was recorded on with another device.
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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.
- The video input on the TV is not set to the video terminal to which you connected the camcorder. Select the
correct video input.
The computer doesn’t recognize the camcorder even though the camcorder is connected correctly.
- [USB SETTING] is set to [DVD BURNER]. Set it to [PC/PRINTER] or to [CONNECT&SET] ( 85).
- Disconnect the USB cable and turn off the camcorder. After a short while, turn it on again and restore the
connection.
-Connect the camcorder to a different USB port on the computer.
The printer is not working even though the camcorder and printer are connected correctly.
- [USB SETTING] is set to [DVD BURNER]. Set it to [PC/PRINTER] or to [CONNECT&SET] ( 85).
- Disconnect the USB cable. Turn the printer off and then on again and restore the connection.
The camcorder doesn’t recognize the DW-100 DVD Burner even though it is connected correctly.
- [USB SETTING] is set to [PC/PRINTER]. Set it to [DVD BURNER] or to [CONNECT&SET] ( 85).
List of Messages
Following the list of messages for the camcorder you can find separate lists for
printing-related messages ( 97) and for messages that appear only when using the
optional DW-100 DVD Burner ( 96).
ACCESSING THE CARD DO NOT REMOVE THE CARD
- You opened the memory card slot cover while the camcorder was accessing the memory card or the
camcorder started accessing the memory card as you opened the memory card slot cover. Do not remove the
memory card until this message disappears.
BACK UP RECORDINGS REGULARLY
- This message may appear when you turn on the camcorder. In the event of a malfunction, recordings may be
lost so save your recordings regularly ( 72).
BUFFER OVERFLOW RECORDING WAS STOPPED
- The data transfer rate was too high for the memory card in use and the recording was stopped. Replace the
memory card with one rated Speed Class 2, 4, 6 or 10.
/ BUILT-IN MEM INITIALIZE USING ONLY THE CAMCORDER
- There is a problem that prevents accessing the built-in memory. Initialize the built-in memory with this
camcorder ( 31).
(in alphabetical order)
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/ BUILT-IN MEMORY ERROR
- The built-in memory could not be read. This may indicate a problem with the camcorder. Consult a Canon
Service Center.
/ BUILT-IN MEMORY FULL
- The built-in memory is full ([ END] appears on the screen). Delete some recordings ( 41, 61) to free
some space.
/ CANNOT ACCESS THE BUILT-IN MEMORY
- There is a problem with the built-in memory.
CANNOT COMMUNICATE WITH THE BATTERY PACK CONTINUE USING THIS BATTERY PACK?
- 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.
/ CANNOT COPY
- The total size of the scenes you selected to copy exceeds the available space on the memory card. Delete
some recordings on the memory card ( 41, 61) or reduce the number of scenes to copy.
CANNOT DIVIDE THE SCENE. INITIALIZE ONLY USING THE CAMCORDER.
- The scene could not be divided because data could not be added to the camcorder’s file management data.
Save the recordings ( 72) and initialize the memory ( 31). / Write back the backup
files and try dividing the scene again.
- Use the supplied supplied software ImageMixer 3 SE Transfer Utility to transfer the scene to a computer and
divide it.
CANNOT EDIT
-Cannot move or delete original scenes or scenes in the playlist.
CANNOT EDIT CHECK THE CARD
- The memory card in the camcorder was initialized using a computer. Initialize the memory card with this
camcorder ( 31).
CANNOT ENTER THE STANDBY MODE NOW
- The camcorder cannot enter the standby mode if the remaining battery charge is too low.
CANNOT PLAY BACK
- There is a problem with the memory.
/ CANNOT PLAY BACK CANNOT ACCESS THE BUILT-IN MEMORY
- There is a problem with the built-in memory.
CANNOT PLAY BACK CHECK THE CARD
- There is a problem with the memory card.
/ CANNOT PLAY THE MOVIES IN THE BUILT-IN MEMORY INITIALIZE USING ONLY THE
CAMCORDER
- The camcorder’s built-in memory was initialized using a computer. Initialize the built-in memory with this
camcorder ( 31).
CANNOT PLAY THE MOVIES ON THIS CARD
- Movies cannot be played back from a memory card with a capacity of 64 MB or less.
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CANNOT PLAY THE MOVIES ON THIS CARD INITIALIZE USING ONLY THE CAMCORDER
- The memory card in the camcorder was initialized using a computer. Initialize the memory card with this
camcorder ( 31).
CANNOT RECORD
- There is a problem with the memory.
- This message can also appear if condensation has formed ( 102). Wait until the camcorder dries
completely before resuming use.
/ CANNOT RECORD CANNOT ACCESS THE BUILT-IN MEMORY
- There is a problem with the built-in memory.
CANNOT RECORD CHECK THE CARD
- There is a problem with the memory card.
/ CANNOT RECORD MOVIES IN THE BUILT-IN MEMORY INITIALIZE USING ONLY THE
CAMCORDER
- The camcorder’s built-in memory was initialized using a computer. Initialize the built-in memory with this
camcorder ( 31).
CANNOT RECORD MOVIES ON THIS CARD
- Movies cannot be recorded on a memory card with a capacity of 64 MB or less.
CANNOT RECORD MOVIES ON THIS CARD INITIALIZE USING ONLY THE CAMCORDER
- The memory card in the camcorder was initialized using a computer. Initialize the memory card with this
camcorder ( 31).
CARD FULL
- The memory card is full. Erase some recordings ( 41, 61) to free some space or replace the memory card.
/ CARD REACHED THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF SCENES
- The memory card already contains 3,999 scenes (the maximum number of scenes); no further scenes can be
copied onto the memory card. Delete some recordings ( 41) to free some space.
CARD INITIALIZE USING ONLY THE CAMCORDER
- There is a problem that prevents accessing the memory card. Initialize the memory card with this camcorder
( 31).
CARD UNABLE TO RECOGNIZE THE DATA
- The memory card contains scenes recorded in a different television system (PAL or SECAM).
CHANGE THE BATTERY PACK
- Battery pack is exhausted. Replace or charge the battery pack ( 19).
CHECK THE CARD
-Cannot access the memory card. Check the memory card and make sure it is inserted correctly ( 30).
- A memory card error occurred. The camcorder cannot record or display the image.
- You inserted a MultiMedia Card (MMC) into the camcorder. Replace it with an SD/SDHC memory card
compatible for use with this camcorder.
- If after the message disappears, appears in red, perform the following: Turn off the camcorder and
remove and reinsert the memory card. If turns back to green you can resume recording/playback.
- Initialize the memory card ( 31). (Doing so will erase all the recordings on the memory card.)
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CONNECT THE COMPACT POWER ADAPTER
- When the camcorder is in mode and is connected to the computer, this message will appear if the
camcorder is being powered by the battery pack. Connect the compact power adapter to the camcorder.
COULD NOT ADD TO PLAYLIST
- The playlist cannot contain more than 100 hours of scenes.
LCD SCREEN HAS BEEN DIMMED
- Hold pressed down for 2 seconds or more.
MAY NOT BE POSSIBLE TO RECORD MOVIES ON THIS CARD
- You may not be able to record movies on a memory card without a Speed Class rating. Replace the memory
card with one rated Speed Class 2 or higher.
NAMING ERROR
- The folder and file numbers have reached their maximum value. Set [PHOTO NOS.] to [RESET] ( 85) and
erase all the photos on the memory card or initialize it.
NEED TO RECOVER FILES FROM THE CARD. CHANGE THE POSITION OF THE CARD’S LOCK SWITCH.
- This message will appear the next time you turn on the camcorder if power supply was accidentally
interrupted while the camcorder was writing to the memory card and later the position of the card’s LOCK
switch was changed to prevent erasure. Change the position of the LOCK switch.
NO CARD
- There is no memory card in the camcorder.
NO PHOTOS
- There are no photos to play back.
NO SCENES
- There are no scenes recorded in the memory selected.
NOT AVAILABLE IN DUAL SHOT
- You pressed a button that cannot be used in mode. Turn the camera mode dial to a flexible recording
mode ( or ).
NOT ENOUGH AVAILABLE SPACE CANNOT DIVIDE THE SCENE
- The scene could not be divided because there was not enough available space in the memory. Delete some
scenes ( 41).
PLAYLIST IS FULL. CANNOT DIVIDE THE SCENE.
- Scene could not be divided. The playlist cannot contain more than 99 scenes. Delete some scenes ( 41).
PRINT ORDER ERROR
- You attempted to set more than 998 photos in the print order.
PROCESS CANCELED
- The process was canceled following user intervention.
REACHED THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF SCENES
- The maximum number of scenes has been reached. Delete some scenes ( 41).
- Scene could not be added to the playlist ( 54). The playlist cannot contain more than 99 scenes. Delete
some scenes ( 55).
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/ READING THE BUILT-IN MEMORY
- Reading data from the built-in memory.
READING THE CARD
- Reading data from the memory card.
SCENE RECORDED USING ANOTHER DEVICE. CANNOT DIVIDE THE SCENE.
- Scenes recorded with another device cannot be divided using this camcorder.
SOME PHOTOS COULD NOT BE DELETED
- Protected photos cannot be deleted. Cancel the protection setting before deleting.
SOME SCENES COULD NOT BE ADDED
- Scene could not be added to the playlist. The playlist cannot contain more than 99 scenes. Delete some
scenes from the playlist ( 55).
SOME SCENES COULD NOT BE DELETED
- Movies that were protected/edited with other devices cannot be deleted.
TASK IN PROGRESS DO NOT DISCONNECT THE POWER SOURCE
- The camcorder is updating the memory. Do not disconnect the compact power adapter or remove the battery
pack.
THE CAMCORDER IS SET TO MOVIE MODE
- You pressed while the camera mode dial was set to .
THE CAMCORDER IS SET TO PHOTO MODE
- You pressed while the camera mode dial was set to .
THE CARD IS SET FOR ERASURE PREVENTION
- The LOCK switch on the SD or SDHC memory card is set to prevent accidental erasure. Change the position of
the LOCK switch.
THE MEMORY CARD COVER IS OPEN
- After inserting a memory card, close the memory card slot cover ( 30).
THIS PHOTO COULD NOT BE DELETED
- Protected photos cannot be deleted. Cancel the protection setting before deleting.
TOO MANY PHOTOS DISCONNECT USB CABLE
- Disconnect the USB cable and decrease the number of photos on the memory card to fewer than 1,800.
If a dialog box appeared on the computer screen, close it. Disconnect the USB cable, and restore the
connection after a short while.
TRANSFER ORDER ERROR
- You attempted to set more than 998 transfer orders. Reduce the number of photos marked with transfer
orders.
UNABLE TO RECOGNIZE THE DATA
- A memory card with data recorded in a different television system (PAL or SECAM) was inserted into the
camcorder.
UNABLE TO RECOVER DATA
-Could not recover a corrupted file.
PHOTO
Start/Stop
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WHILE THE CAMCORDER IS CONNECTED TO A PC DO NOT DISCONNECT THE USB CABLE OR POWER SOURCE
CANNOT TURN OFF POWER OR CHANGE MODES
- When the camcorder is in mode and is connected to the computer with a USB cable, the camcorder
cannot be operated. Disconnecting the USB cable or power source while this message appears may result in
permanent loss of the recordings in the camcorder. Use the computer’s Safely Remove Hardware function to
end the connection and disconnect the USB cable before using the camcorder.
Messages Related to the Optional DW-100 DVD Burner
If a message appears while the camcorder is connected to the optional DW-100 DVD
Burner, refer to the following section and also to the instruction manual of the DVD
burner.
CANNOT READ THE DISC CHECK THE DISC
- During disc recording mode, this message can appear when a commercially available DVD disc (a DVD disc
containing movies, software, etc.) or an 8 cm mini DVD disc is inserted.
- During disc playback mode, this message can appear when a commercially available DVD disc or a brand
new DVD disc is inserted.
CLOSE THE MEMORY CARD SLOT COVER
- The memory card slot cover is open. Close the cover after correctly inserting the memory card ( 30).
CONNECT THE COMPACT POWER ADAPTER
- The camcorder is being powered by the battery pack. Connect the compact power adapter to the camcorder.
DISC ACCESS FAILURE CHECK THE DISC
- There was an error when reading the disc or attempting to write onto it.
- This message can also appear if condensation has formed. Wait until the DVD burner dries completely before
resuming use ( 102).
- The disc may not be loaded correctly. Try removing the disc and reinserting it.
ERROR READING THE DATA
- Error while reading the recordings from the camcorder.
-Check that the USB cable was not accidentally disconnected.
LOADING THE DISC
- Reading data from the disc.
NO DISC
- Insert a disc into the DVD burner.
- This message can also appear if condensation has formed. Wait until the DVD burner dries completely before
resuming use ( 102).
NO PHOTOS
- There are no photos to add to the disc.
NO SCENES
- There are no movies to add to the disc.
NO SCENES LEFT TO ADD
- You selected to create a DVD with the [REM.SCENES] setting, but all the scenes have already been added to
discs created in the past; there are no applicable scenes.
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NO TRANSFER ORDERS
- You selected to create a DVD with the [TRANS.ORD] setting, but no photos have been marked with transfer
orders ( 75).
OPERATION CANCELED
- The USB cable was disconnected and the operation was canceled. Check the USB connection.
UNABLE TO RECOVER DATA
-Could not recover a corrupted file.
Direct Print Related Messages
CANNOT PRINT!
- You attempted to print a photo that was recorded with another camcorder, has a different compression, or
was edited on a computer.
CHECK PRINT SETTINGS
-Current print settings cannot be used for printing with the button.
COMMUNICATION ERROR
- The printer is experiencing a data transfer error. Cancel printing, disconnect the USB cable and turn off the
printer. After a while, turn the printer back on and reconnect the USB cable. When you are printing using the
button, check the print settings.
Or, you attempted to print from a memory card that contains a large number of photos. Reduce the number of
photos.
COULD NOT PRINT X PHOTOS
- You attempted to use the print order settings to print X photos that were recorded with another camcorder,
with a different compression or were edited on a computer.
FILE ERROR
- You attempted to print a photo that was recorded with another camcorder, has a different compression, or
was edited on a computer.
HARDWARE ERROR
-Cancel printing. Turn off the printer and turn it back on. Check the printer status. If the printer is equipped with
a battery, it might be exhausted. In such case, turn off the printer, replace the battery and turn it back on.
INCOMPATIBLE PAPER SIZE
- The paper settings of the camcorder conflict with the printer’s settings.
INK ABSORBER FULL
- Select [CONTINUE] to resume printing. Consult a Canon Service Center (refer to the list included with the
printer) to replace the ink absorber.
INK ERROR
- There is a problem with the ink. Replace the ink cartridge.
LOW INK LEVEL
- The ink cartridge needs to be replaced soon. Select [CONTINUE] to restart printing.
NO INK
- The ink cartridge is not inserted or is out of ink.
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NO PAPER
- Paper is not correctly inserted or there is no paper.
NO PRINTHEAD
- No print head is installed in the printer or the print head is defective.
PAPER ERROR
- There is a problem with the paper. The paper is not correctly loaded or the paper size is wrong. Alternatively,
if the paper output tray is closed, open it to print.
PAPER JAM
- The paper jammed during printing. Select [STOP] to cancel printing. After removing the paper, set some paper
again and retry printing.
PAPER LEVER ERROR
- Paper lever error occurred. Adjust the paper selection lever to the proper position.
PRINT ERROR
-Cancel printing, disconnect the USB cable and turn off the printer. After a while, turn the printer back on and
reconnect the USB cable. Check the printer status.
- When you are printing using the button, check the print settings.
PRINTER COVER OPEN
-Close the printer cover securely.
PRINTER ERROR
- A malfunction has occurred that may require repairs. (Canon PIXMA printers: the printer’s green power lamp
and orange error lamp flash alternately.)
- Disconnect the USB cable and turn off the printer. Unplug the printers power cord from the power outlet and
contact the appropriate customer support center or service center.
PRINTER IN USE
- The printer is in use. Check the printer status.
SET PRINT ORDER
- No photo has been marked with a print order.
NOTES
About Canon PIXMA/SELPHY DS Printers: If the printer’s error indicator flashes or an error
message appears on the printer’s operation panel, refer to the printer’s instruction manual.
If you cannot solve the problem even after consulting this list and the printer’s instruction
manual, contact the closest Canon Service Center (refer to the list included with the
printer).
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Do’s an d Don ’ts
Camcorder
Be sure to observe the following
precautions to ensure maximum
performance.
Save your recordings periodically.
Make sure to transfer your recordings
to an external device such as a
computer or digital video recorder
( 72) and back them up on a
regular basis. This will protect your
important recordings in case of
damage and create more free space
on the memory. Canon shall not be
liable for any data loss.
When using a wrist strap or a
shoulder strap, do not allow the
camcorder to swing and hit an object.
Do not carry the camcorder by the
LCD panel. Be careful when closing
the LCD panel.
Do not leave the camcorder in places
subject to high temperatures (like the
inside of a car under direct sunlight),
or high humidity.
Do not use the camcorder near strong
electromagnetic fields such as above
TVs, near plasma TVs or mobile
phones.
Do not point the lens at strong light
sources. Do not leave the camcorder
pointed at a bright subject.
Do not use or store the camcorder in
dusty or sandy places. The
camcorder is not waterproof – avoid
also water, mud or salt. If any of the
above should get into the camcorder
it may damage the camcorder and/or
the lens.
Be careful of heat generated by
lighting equipment.
Do not disassemble the camcorder. If
the camcorder does not function
properly, consult qualified service
personnel.
Handle the camcorder with care. Do
not subject the camcorder to shocks
or vibration as this may cause
damage.
When mounting the camcorder on a
tripod, make sure that the tripod’s
fastening screw is shorter than
5.5 mm (0.2 in.). Using other tripods
may damage the camcorder.
When recording movies, try to get a
calm, stable pi