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PUB. DIE-0455-000C
HD Camcorder
Instruction Manual2

Important Usage Instructions
COPYRIGHT WARNING:
Unauthorized recording of copyrighted materials may infringe on the rights of copyright own-
ers and be contrary to copyright laws.
CAUTION:
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK AND TO REDUCE ANNOYING INTERFER-
ENCE, USE THE RECOMMENDED ACCESSORIES ONLY.
CAUTION:
DISCONNECT THE MAINS PLUG FROM THE SUPPLY SOCKET WHEN NOT IN USE.
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 opera-
ble to disconnect the plug in case of an accident.
CA-110E identification plate is located on the bottom.
This product is installed with the WLAN Module which is certified to
standards set by IDA Singapore.
While using the compact power adapter, do not wrap it or cover it with a piece of cloth, and
do not place it in confined narrow spaces.
Only for European Union and EEA (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein)
These symbols indicate that this product is not to be disposed of
with your household waste, according to the WEEE Directive (2012/
19/EU), the Battery Directive (2006/66/EC) and/or national legislation
implementing those Directives.
If a chemical symbol is printed beneath the symbol shown above, in accordance with
the Battery Directive, this indicates that a heavy metal (Hg = Mercury, Cd = Cadmium,
Pb = Lead) is present in this battery or accumulator at a concentration above an appli-
cable threshold specified in the Battery Directive.
Complies with
IDA Standards
DB007613

This product should be handed over to a designated collection point, e.g., on an
authorized one-for-one basis when you buy a new similar product or to an authorized
collection site for recycling waste electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) and batter-
ies and accumulators. Improper handling of this type of waste could have a possible
impact on the environment and human health due to potentially hazardous sub-
stances that are generally associated with EEE. Your cooperation in the correct dis-
posal of this product will contribute to the effective usage of natural resources.
For more information about the recycling of this product, please contact your local city
office, waste authority, approved scheme or your household waste disposal service or
visit www.canon-europe.com/weee, or www.canon-europe.com/battery.
REGIONS OF USE
The LEGRIA mini X is in compliance (as of January 2014) with the radio signal regula-
tions of the regions listed below. For details on other regions where it can be used,
make inquiries with the contacts listed at the end of this instruction manual (A 304).
Statement on EC directive
Hereby, Canon Inc., declares that this RF401 is in compliance with the
essential requirements and other relevant provisions of Directive 1999/5/EC.
Please contact the following address for the original Declaration of Conformity:
CANON EUROPA N.V.
Bovenkerkerweg 59, 1185 XB Amstelveen, The Netherlands
CANON INC.
30-2, Shimomaruko 3-chome, Ohta-ku, Tokyo 146-8501, Japan
Model
ID0037: LEGRIA mini X
REGIONS
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China (PRC mainland), Cyprus, Czech Repub-
lic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong S.A.R., Hun-
gary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta,
Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore,
Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom4

Trademark Acknowledgements
• SD, SDHC and SDXC Logos are trademarks of SD-3C, LLC.
 Microsoft and Windows are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United
States and/or other countries.
 App Store, iPad, iPhone, iTunes and Mac OS are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and
other countries.
 HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trade-
marks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC in the United States
and other countries.
 “AVCHD” and the “AVCHD” logo are trademarks of Panasonic Corporation
and Sony Corporation.
 Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories.
“Dolby” and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
 Google, Android, Google Play, YouTube are trademarks of Google Inc.
 Facebook is a registered trademark of Facebook, Inc.
 IOS is a trademark or registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. and other countries and is used under
license.
 Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
 Wi-Fi Certified, WPA, WPA2, and the Wi-Fi Certified logo are trademarks of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
 WPS as used on the camcorder’s settings, onscreen displays and in this manual signifies Wi-Fi Pro-
tected Setup.
 The Wi-Fi Protected Setup Identifier Mark is a mark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
 Other names and products not mentioned above may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their
respective companies.
 This device incorporates exFAT technology licensed from Microsoft.
 “Full HD 1080” refers to Canon camcorders compliant with high-definition video com-
posed of 1,080 vertical pixels (scanning lines).
 This product is licensed under AT&T patents for the MPEG-4 standard and may be
used for encoding MPEG-4 compliant video and/or decoding MPEG-4 compliant
video that was encoded only (1) for a personal and non-commercial purpose or (2) by a video provider
licensed under the AT&T patents to provide MPEG-4 compliant video. No license is granted or implied
for any other use for MPEG-4 standard.5

About this Manual and Camcorder
Thank you for purchasing the Canon LEGRIA mini X. Please
read this manual carefully before you use the camcorder and
retain it for future reference. Should your camcorder fail to oper-
ate correctly, refer to Troubleshooting (A 246).
Conventions Used in this Manual
 “Scene” refers to one movie unit from the point you press the
start/stop button or touch [Ü] to start recording until you
press the start/stop button or touch [Ñ] to stop recording.
 Brackets [ ] are used to refer to onscreen controls you need to
touch (menus, buttons, etc.) and to messages as they are dis-
played on the screen.
Important precautions related to the camcorder’s opera-
tion.
Additional notes and topics that complement the basic
operating procedures.
Restrictions, requirements or preconditions regarding the
function described.
A
Reference page number within this manual.
>
This arrow is used to abbreviate menu selections. For a
detailed explanation on how to use the menus, refer to
Using the Menus (A 46).6

 The photos included in this manual are simulated pictures
taken with a still camera.
 Illustrations of the camcorder’s screen or a computer’s screen
included in this manual may show only relevant parts of the
screen.
 Navigation buttons: The navigation bar at the bottom of the
page offers up to four buttons to let you get quickly to the
information you want to find.
Jump to the general table of contents.
Go to a list of select functions grouped by their uses in
real-life situations. This alternative index can be very
useful for beginners who encounter a particular chal-
lenge but are not sure of what function to use.
Jump to the alphabetical index.
The button with a number in it will take you to the
beginning of the current chapter, where you will find an
overview of the information and related functions cov-
ered in that chapter. Note that the icon itself will
change depending on the chapter you are currently
reading.7

 Observe the following precautions while the cam-
corder`s ACCESS indicator is on or flashing. Failing to
do so may result in permanent data loss or damage to
the memory card.
– Do not open the memory card slot cover.
– Do not disconnect the power source or turn off the
camcorder.
– Do not press and hold the ^ button.8
Table of Contents
Important Usage Instructions……………………………….. 2
About this Manual and Camcorder……………………….. 5
The Camcorder’s Functions in Real-Life
Situations ………………………………………………………… 14
Unique functions for special cases ……………………… 14
Getting the look you want………………………………….. 15
Challenging subjects and shooting conditions ………. 16
Playback, editing and others ……………………………… 17
Wireless functions ……………………………………………. 18
Getting to Know the Camcorder…………………………. 20
Supplied Accessories……………………………………….. 20
Names of Parts ……………………………………………….. 21
Preparations……………………………………………….. 28
Charging the Battery Pack…………………………………. 30
Using a Memory Card ……………………………………….. 35
Memory Cards Compatible for Use with the
Camcorder……………………………………………………… 359
Inserting and Removing a Memory Card………………. 37
First Time Settings ……………………………………………. 39
Basic Setup ……………………………………………………. 39
Changing the Time Zone …………………………………… 42
Initializing a Memory Card………………………………….. 43
Basic Operation of the Camcorder ……………………… 45
Using the Touch Screen……………………………………. 45
Using the Menus ……………………………………………… 46
Operating Modes …………………………………………….. 53
Selecting the Movie Recording Format
(AVCHD/MP4) ………………………………………………….. 55
Basic Recording and Playback …………………….. 56
Basic Recording……………………………………………….. 57
Recording Video………………………………………………. 57
Changing the Field of View ………………………………… 59
Taking Photos…………………………………………………. 62
AUTO Mode……………………………………………………. 64
Basic Playback…………………………………………………. 67
Playing Back Video ………………………………………….. 67
Viewing Photos ……………………………………………….. 75
Deleting Scenes and Photos ……………………………… 79
Dividing Scenes……………………………………………….. 83
Trimming Scenes …………………………………………….. 85
Slideshow ………………………………………………………. 8610
Advanced Functions ……………………………………. 88
Video Quality and Shooting Modes …………………….. 90
Selecting the Video Quality………………………………… 90
Selecting the Photo Size …………………………………… 92
Selecting the Shooting Mode …………………………….. 93
Special Recording Modes………………………………….. 97
Interval Recording ……………………………………………. 97
Slow and Fast Motion……………………………………… 101
Video Snapshot……………………………………………… 104
Pre-Recording……………………………………………….. 105
Convenient Functions ……………………………………… 108
Self Timer……………………………………………………… 108
Decoration: Adding a Personal Touch ……………….. 109
Image Rotation and Image Flipping …………………… 113
Recording Audio …………………………………………….. 116
Using an External Microphone………………………….. 116
Audio Scenes (Built-in Microphone)…………………… 118
Audio Recording Level ……………………………………. 124
Wind Screen (Built-in Microphone)…………………….. 126
Microphone Attenuator (Built-in Microphone)………. 127
Audio Equalizer (Built-in Microphone) ………………… 129
Microphone Directionality (Built-in Microphone) …… 130
Microphone Attenuator (External Microphone)…….. 131
Low Cut Filter (External Microphone) …………………. 132
Switching the Input (External Microphone)………….. 13311
Audio Mix……………………………………………………… 134
Audio Limiter…………………………………………………. 135
Audio Compressor …………………………………………. 135
Using Headphones…………………………………………. 137
When You Want More Control ………………………….. 139
White Balance……………………………………………….. 139
Exposure………………………………………………………. 141
Face Detection………………………………………………. 144
Capturing Video Snapshot Scenes and Photos
from a Movie …………………………………………………. 147
External Connections…………………………………. 150
Terminals on the Camcorder ……………………………. 151
Connection Diagrams……………………………………… 152
Playback on a TV Screen ………………………………… 154
Saving and Sharing Your Recordings………………… 156
Converting Movies to MP4 Format ……………………. 156
Saving Recordings on a Computer……………………. 159
Copying Recordings to an External Video
Recorder………………………………………………………. 168
Wi-Fi Functions …………………………………………. 170
Overview of the Camcorder`s Wi-Fi Functions ……. 172
The Camcorder`s Wi-Fi Functions …………………….. 178
Using an iOS or Android Device as a Remote
Control…………………………………………………………. 17812
Remote Browse: Viewing Recordings Using a Web
Browser on an iOS or Android Device ……………….. 188
Saving Recordings and Uploading Movies to the
Web Using an iOS Device ……………………………….. 191
Sharing Recordings with CANON iMAGE
GATEWAY ……………………………………………………. 193
Wireless Playback on a Computer…………………….. 201
Wi-Fi Connection and Settings …………………………. 204
Wi-Fi Connection Using an Access Point……………. 204
Viewing and Changing Wi-Fi Settings ………………… 213
Additional Information ……………………………….. 217
Appendix: Menu Options Lists………………………….. 219
[1 Other Settings] Menus ………………………………. 222
Appendix: Onscreen Icons and Displays ……………. 236
Trouble? ………………………………………………………… 246
Troubleshooting …………………………………………….. 246
List of Messages ……………………………………………. 259
Do’s and Don’ts ……………………………………………… 276
Handling Precautions ……………………………………… 276
Maintenance/Others………………………………………… 283
Cleaning……………………………………………………….. 283
Condensation………………………………………………… 284
Using the Camcorder Abroad…………………………… 285
General Information ………………………………………… 28613
Optional Accessories………………………………………. 286
Specifications………………………………………………… 290
Reference Tables ……………………………………………. 297
Index …………………………………………………………….. 30014
The Camcorder’s Functions in
Real-Life Situations
Unique functions for special cases
Change the field of view you record from a fisheye-
like ultra wide angle to a close-up center view.
X Field of View (A 59)
Record the best sound possible
according to your shooting situation,
such as at a business meeting or
musical performance.
X Audio Scenes (A 118)
Shoot a cool time-lapse video or use slow motion to check
your golf swing.
X Interval Recording (A 97)
X Slow and Fast Motion Recording (A 101)15
Record a mirror image of your dance training so you can
practice along with the playback scene.
X Automatic Image Rotation and
Image Flipping (A 113)
Decorate movies with graphics and stamps.
X Decoration (A 109)
Create a dynamic montage sequence with short cuts.
X Video Snapshot ( A 104)
Getting the look you want
Get gorgeous video and photos
without bothering with settings.
X N mode (A 57)
Make the image brighter or darker
than the exposure set by the
camcorder.
X Exposure (A 141)16
Create a copy of your movies
applying a unique cinematic filter.
X Converting and Resizing Movies
(A 156)
Choose whether to record in AVCHD or MP4 format.
X Selecting the Recording Format (A 55)
Challenging subjects and shooting conditions
Shoot great video of special scene situations with minimal
settings.
X Shooting Modes (A 93)
Obtain natural-looking colors even
under special lighting conditions.
X White Balance (A 139)
Optimize the exposure for the desired subject just by touch-
ing the screen.
X Touch AE (A 143)
Cinema filter
[FILTER 2] (Vivid)17
Keep the exposure optimized while shooting a moving subject.
X Face Detection and Tracking (A 144)
Give yourself time to get in the picture.
X Self Timer (A 108)
Playback, editing and others
Save parts of your video as photos or short video snapshot
scenes.
X Capturing Photos/Video Snapshot Scenes (A 147)
Convert your scenes into a smaller file size to upload to the
Web.
X Converting Movies to MP4 Format (A 156)
Play a slideshow of your photos.
X Slideshow (A 86)
Enjoy your recordings on a TV.
X HDMI Connection (A 152)
X Playback (A 154)18
Save recordings on your computer and upload them to the
Web.
X Saving Recordings (A 159)
Wireless functions
Use your smartphone or tablet as a remote control while
recording.
X Wi-Fi Remote Control (CameraAccess plus) (A 178)
Use a Web browser on your smartphone or tablet to access
and play back the recordings in the camcorder.
X Remote Browse/Playback via Browser (A 188)19
Use an iOS app to wirelessly transfer recordings to your
iPhone/iPad and upload them to the Web.
X Movie Uploader (A 191)
Share your recordings with Web albums using CANON
iMAGE GATEWAY.
X CANON iMAGE GATEWAY (A 193)
Connect the camcorder to your home network and wire-
lessly stream your recordings.
X Media Server (A 201)
X Wi-Fi Connection to an Access Point (A 204)
Review and change Wi-Fi settings (for advanced users).
X Wi-Fi Settings (A 213)20

Getting to Know the Camcorder
Supplied Accessories
The following accessories are supplied with the camcorder:
* This guide explains how to download PIXELA`s Transfer Utility LE
software, which allows you to save your AVCHD movies to a memory
card. For details on using the software, refer to the Transfer Utility LE
Software Guide included with the downloaded software.
X CA-110E Compact Power
Adapter
(incl. power cord)
NB-12L Battery Pack W X IFC-300PCU/S USB Cable
WS-DC11 Wrist Strap W X Getting Started Leaflet
Transfer Utility LE
Startup Guide* W21

Names of Parts
Left side view
1 Start/Stop button (A 57, 62)
2 Terminal cover
3 LCD panel (A 26)
4 ^ (playback mode) button (A 67)
5 HDMI terminal (A 151, 152)
6 USB terminal (A 151, 153)
7 Adjustable stand (A 26)
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4
5 6
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Right side view
8 MIC LEVEL dial (A 124)
9 DC IN terminal (A 30)
10 × (headphones) terminal (A 137)
11 MIC terminal (A 116)
12 Power/Charge indicator (A 30)
13 Power switch (ON/OFF) (A 57, 62)
8 9 10 11 12 1323

Front view Top view
14 Lens cover
15 Stereo microphone (A 118)
16 Speaker (A 69)
17 LCD touch screen (A 27, 45)
14
15
16 1724

Bottom view Back view
18 Serial number
19 Tripod socket (A 278)
20 Memory card slot/Battery compartment cover (A 37)
21 Memory card slot (A 37)
22 Battery release latch (A 30)
23 Battery compartment (A 30)
24 ACCESS indicator (A 57, 62)
18 19 20
21 22
23 24
25
2625

25 Wi-Fi antenna (A 172)
26 Strap mounts (A 27)26

Adjusting the camcorder’s position
The camcorder has an adjustable stand (7) and an articu-
lated LCD panel (3) that allow you to easily adjust its position
to match your recording conditions.
Here are typical shooting positions (all degree measure-
ments are approximate):
80° 90°
123°
12 327

17 LCD touch 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.
 For details about how to take care of the touch screen,
refer to Handling Precautions (A 276), Cleaning
(A 283).
 You can adjust the screen’s brightness using the 1 >
q > [LCD Brightness] and [LCD Backlight] settings.
26 Strap mounts
You can attach the supplied wrist
strap to either side of the camcorder.28
Preparations
Charging the Battery Pack
The first step for using your camcorder is to prepare the
power supply. This section explains how to charge a bat-
tery pack.
Using a Memory Card
Next, you need to prepare a memory card where your
movies and photos will be recorded. This section explains
the types of memory cards that can be used and how to
insert one into the camcorder.
First Time Settings
Now that your camcorder is powered up and has a mem-
ory card, you can turn it on and complete the basic setup.
These include selecting the camcorder’s language and
setting the date and time.
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Basic Operation of the Camcorder
In this section you can learn more about basic operations,
such as using the touch screen, changing operating
modes and using the menus.
Selecting the Movie Recording Format
(AVCHD/MP4)
Before you begin recording, you can select whether to
record in AVCHD or MP4 format.
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Charging the Battery Pack

Charging the Battery Pack
The camcorder can be powered with a battery pack or directly
using the compact power adapter.
For approximate charging times and recording/playback times
with a fully charged battery pack, refer to Charging Times
(A 298).
1 Connect the power cord to the compact power
adapter.
2 Plug the power cord into a power outlet.
3 Connect the compact power adapter to the cam-
corder’s DC IN terminal.
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1
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3
231
Charging the Battery Pack

4 Push the battery compartment cover in the direction of
the arrow to open it.
5 Insert the battery pack with the Canon label facing the
top of the camcorder.
 When inserting the battery pack, push it up against the
battery release latch. Next, push it all the way in until the
battery release latch secures it in place.
6 Close the battery compartment cover.
 Push the cover until you hear a click. Do not force the
cover closed if the battery pack is not correctly inserted.
5
7
5 4
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Charging the Battery Pack

7 Charging will start when the camcorder is turned off.
 If the camcorder was on, the green power/charge indica-
tor will go out when you turn off the camcorder. After a
moment, the power/charge indicator will turn on in red
(battery pack charging). The red power/charge indicator
will go out when the battery pack is fully charged.
 If the indicator flashes, refer to Troubleshooting (A 246).
To remove the battery pack
Open the battery compartment cover and slide the battery
release latch in the direction of the arrow so the battery pack
springs out. Remove the battery pack and close the cover.
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334
1, 433
Charging the Battery Pack

 Turn off the camcorder before connecting or discon-
necting the compact power adapter. After turning off
the camcorder, important data is updated in the mem-
ory. Be sure to wait until the green power/charge indi-
cator goes out.
 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.
 When inserting the battery pack, do not force it in to the
battery compartment as this may cause damage.
 To prevent equipment breakdowns and excessive heat-
ing, 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.
 We recommend charging the battery pack in tempera-
tures between 10 °C and 30 °C. If either the ambient
temperature or the battery pack’s temperature is out-
side the range of approx. 0 °C to 40 °C, charging will
not start.
 If the ambient temperature or the battery pack’s tem-
perature is low, charging may take longer than usual.34
Charging the Battery Pack

 The battery pack will be charged only when the cam-
corder is off.
 If the power supply was disconnected while charging a
battery pack, make sure the power/charge indicator
has gone out before restoring the power supply.
 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.
 You can use an optional battery charger to charge the
battery pack. For details on charging times, refer to
Charging Times (A 298).35
Using a Memory Card

Using a Memory Card
Memory Cards Compatible for Use with the
Camcorder
You can use the following types of commercially available SD
cards with this camcorder. We recommend using memory cards
rated CLASS 4, 6 or 10.
As of November 2013, the movie recording function has been
tested using SD/SDHC/SDXC cards made by Panasonic,
Toshiba and SanDisk. For the latest information on memory
cards that can be used, visit your local Canon Web site.
* When using an SD memory card without a Speed Class rating or one
rated CLASS 2, you may not be able to record movies, depending on
the memory card used.
Memory card type:. SD card
/ SDHC card
0 SDXC card
SD Speed Class*: CLASS 4 or better36
Using a Memory Card

■ SDXC Cards
You can use SDXC cards with this camcorder. When using
SDXC cards with other devices, such as digital recorders, com-
puters and card readers, make sure that the external device
is compatible with SDXC cards. For more information on com-
patibility, contact the computer, operating system or memory
card manufacturer.
 After repeatedly recording, deleting and editing scenes
(fragmented memory), it will take longer to write data on
the memory card and recording may stop. Back up
your recordings and initialize the memory card using the
[Complete Initialization] option.
 About the Speed Class: Speed Class is a standard
that indicates the minimum guaranteed data transfer
speed of memory cards. When you buy a new memory
card, look for the Speed Class logo on the package.
 If you use a SDXC card with a computer OS that is not
SDXC-compatible, you may be prompted to format the
memory card. In such case, cancel the operation to
prevent data loss.37
Using a Memory Card

Inserting and Removing a Memory Card
Make sure to initialize all memory cards with the camcorder,
using the [Complete Initialization] option, before using them
for the first time. When you turn on the camcorder for the first
time, you will need to complete the basic setup first (A 39), and
then initialize the memory card (A 43).
1 Turn off the camcorder.
 Set the power switch to OFF and check that the power/
charge indicator is off.
2 Open the memory card slot cover.
3 Insert the memory card with the label facing down and
push it all the way into the memory card slot until it
clicks.
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Using a Memory Card

4 Close the memory card slot cover.
 Do not force the cover closed if the memory card is not
correctly inserted.
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.
 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 cam-
corder. Be sure to insert the memory card as described
in step 3.39
First Time Settings

First Time Settings
Basic Setup
The first time you turn on the camcorder, you will be guided by
the camcorder’s basic setup screens to select the camcorder’s
language and set the date and time. For details on how to use
the touch screen, refer to Using the Touch Screen (A 45).
1 Set the power switch to ON to turn on the camcorder.
 The lens cover will open.
 The language selection screen will appear.
 After the power/charge indicator turns on in green, it will
go out.
2 Touch the language that you want to be used for
onscreen displays and then touch [æ].
 You can select one of 27 languages. You may need to
scroll down to find your language.
 After you select a language, the [Date Format] screen will
appear.
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First Time Settings

3 Touch [Y .M.D], [M.D,Y] or [D.M.Y] to select the date for-
mat you prefer and then touch [æ].
 After you select the date format, the [Date/Time] screen
will appear with the first field selected.
4 Touch a field you want to change (year, month, day,
hours or minutes).
5 Touch [Í] or [Î] to change the field as necessary.
Touch [æ] after selecting a
language41
First Time Settings

6 Set the correct date and time by changing all the fields
in the same way.
 Touch [24H] to use 24-hour clock or leave it unselected to
use 12-hour clock (AM/PM).
7 Touch [OK] to complete the basic setup and close the
setup screen.
 Some buttons, such as [ON]/[OFF] in some screens, will
appear in English regardless of the language selected.
 You can change the language and adjust the date and
time later on, using the following menu settings.
-1 > q > [LanguageH]
-1 > q > [Date/Time]
 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 (A 282). The next time you turn on the cam-
corder, you will have to perform the basic setup again.42
First Time Settings

Changing the Time Zone
Change the time zone to match your location. The default set-
ting is Paris. In addition, the camcorder is able to retain the date
and time of another location. This is convenient when you travel
so that you can set the camcorder to match the time of your
home location or that of your destination.
This section requires using the camcorder’s menus. For details
about how to use the menus, refer to Using the Menus
(A 46).
1 Open the [Time Zone/DST] screen.
2 Touch [“] to set the home time zone, or [#] to set the
time zone of your destination when you are traveling.
3 Touch [Í] or [Î] to set the desired time zone. If nec-
essary, touch [$] to adjust for daylight saving time.
4 Touch [X] to close the menu.
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Shooting mode Playback Format
0 > [1 Other Settings] > q > [Time Zone/DST]43
First Time Settings

Initializing a Memory Card
Initialize memory cards when you use them with this camcorder
for the first time. You can also initialize a memory card to perma-
nently delete all the recordings it contains.
1 Power the camcorder using the compact power
adapter.
 Do not disconnect the power source or turn off the cam-
corder until the initialization is completed.
2 Set the power switch to ON to turn on the camcorder.
 The lens cover will open.
 After the power/charge indicator turns on in green, it will
go out.
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3 Initialize the memory card.
1
Touch this option if you want to physically erase all the data
rather than just clear the file allocation table of the memory card.
2
If you selected the [Complete Initialization] option, you can touch
[Cancel] to cancel the initialization while it is in progress. All
recordings will be erased and the memory card can be used
without any problem.
 Initializing a memory card will permanently erase all
recordings. Lost original recordings cannot be recov-
ered. Make sure you save important recordings in
advance (A 159).
0 > [1 Other Settings] > q > [Initialize 8] >
[Initialize] > [Complete Initialization]
1
> [Yes]
2
> [OK]
> [X]45
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Basic Operation of the Camcorder
Using the Touch Screen
The buttons and menu items that appear on the touch screen
change dynamically depending on the operating mode and the
task you are performing. With the intuitive touch screen interface
you have all the controls at your fingertips.
1 Touch
Touch on an element displayed on the touch screen.
Used to start playing back a scene in an index screen, to select
a setting from the menus, etc.
2 Drag
While touching the screen, swipe your finger up and down or left
and right across the screen.
Used to scroll menus, to browse through index screen pages or
to adjust slider controls like the volume.
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Using the Menus
The 0 (Home) menu is the gateway to most of the camcorder’s
functions and settings. In recording mode, the 0 (Home) menu
offers immediate access to some frequently used functions. In
playback mode, it is from the 0 (Home) menu that you will
switch between the movies’ and photos’ index screens. In both
modes, from the 0 (Home) menu you can open the [1Other
Settings] menus for more detailed settings, and also access the
camcorder’s various Wi-Fi functions.
 In the following cases, you may not be able to perform
touch operations correctly.
– Using your fingernails or hard-tipped objects, such as
ballpoint pens.
– Operating the touch screen with wet or gloved hands.
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■0 (Home) Menu
1 Touch [0] on the bottom left corner (recording mode)
or top left corner (playback mode) of the screen to
open the 0 (Home) menu.
2 Drag your finger left/right to bring the desired menu to
the center.
3 Touch the icon of the desired menu to open it.
 See the following table for a description of each menu.
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Menu item
Description
[1 Other Settings] (A 51, 222)
Opens the [1 Other Settings] menus, which give you
access to various camcorder settings.
[Audio Scene]* (recording mode only) (A 118)
Optimize audio settings for your surroundings to get the
best possible sound.
[Special Rec Modes]* (recording mode only) (A 97)
Enjoy special recording modes, like slow and fast motion
and interval recording, to achieve unique effects.
[Shooting Mode]* (recording mode only) (A 93)
The camcorder features a number of shooting modes that
offer the most appropriate settings for a variety of special
scenes.
[ Flip/Rotate Image] (recording mode only) (A 113)
You can have the camcorder record a mirror image (flipped
horizontally) or automatically detect its position to rotate the
image during playback.
* For these menu items, the icon shown in the 0 (Home) menu indi-
cates, respectively, the audio scene, special recording mode or
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[< Self Timer] (recording mode only) (A 108) Convenient function to give you time to get in the picture after setting up the camcorder. [ Remote Control+Streaming] (recording mode only) (A 178) Use your smartphone or tablet as a remote control to record with the camcorder. You can also stream video from the camcorder and record it on the smartphone or tablet. [} Photo Playback] (playback mode only) (A 75) Switches the camcorder to photo playback mode and opens the [}] index screen. [· Movie Playback] (playback mode only) (A 67) Switches the camcorder to playback mode for AVCHD movies and opens the [y·] index screen. [¸ Movie Playback] (playback mode only) (A 67) Switches the camcorder to playback mode for MP4 movies and opens the [y¸] index screen. [ Video Snapshot] (playback mode only) (A 67) Switches the camcorder to movie playback mode and opens the [¦¸] index screen, which displays only your MP4 video snapshot scenes. Menu item Description50 Basic Operation of the Camcorder ■ Using the Menus Changing the camcorder’s various settings using the menus is very easy. You make your selection simply by touching the but- ton of the desired option. When they appear on the screen, you can touch [K] to return to the previous screen or [X] to close the menu. In some screens, you will need to scroll to find the desired option. [— Wi-Fi] (playback mode only) (A 170) Allows you to access the various Wi-Fi functions, such as uploading recordings to the Web or playing back record- ings using a smartphone. Menu item Description Some screens provide additional information about the options. In that case, simply drag your finger up and down along the column of icons.51 Basic Operation of the Camcorder The [1 Other Settings] Menu The [1 Other Settings] menus offer many options to control various aspects of the camcorder’s operation. For details, refer to the complete list of settings in the appendix [1 Other Set- tings] Menus (A 222). In the [1 Other Settings] menus, settings are organized under submenus (tabs). For brevity’s sake, these settings are refer- enced throughout the manual like this: “1 > q >
[LanguageH]”. In this example (to change the language), you
will need to do the following:
1 Touch [0] to open the 0 (Home) menu.
2 Drag your finger left/right to bring [1 Other Settings]
to the center. Then, touch the icon to open the
[1 Other Settings] menus.
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3 Touch the tab of the desired menu.
4 Drag your finger up/down to bring the setting you want
to change into the orange selection bar.
 You can also use the [Í] and [Î] icons for scrolling.
 Menu items not available appear grayed out.
 You can touch any menu item on the screen to bring it
directly into the selection bar.
5 When the desired menu item is inside the selection bar,
touch [æ].
6 Touch the desired option and touch [X].
 You can touch [X] to close the menu at any time.
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Operating Modes
In this manual, the camcorder’s operating modes are indicated
with a bar of icons. A full icon in blue (N) indicates that the
function described can be used in that particular operating
mode; a grayed-out icon (}) indicates the function is not avail-
able in that operating mode. Icons are divided into movie format
(A 55), shooting modes and playback modes.
■ Recording
When you set the power switch to ON, the camcorder will turn
on in recording mode. In recording mode, the camcorder’s oper-
ating mode is determined by the selected shooting mode
(A 93). The shooting mode icons are the same icons used in
the shooting mode selection screen.
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■ Playback
Press and hold the ^ button to switch the camcorder between
recording mode and playback mode.
In the bar of operating mode icons, the y icon refers to playing
back movies, whether from the [y·] or [y¸] index
screen (all AVCHD or MP4 scenes) or from the [¦¸] index
screen (only MP4 video snapshot scenes) (A 67). The } icon
refers to viewing photos from the [}] index screen (A 75).
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Selecting the Movie Recording
Format (AVCHD/MP4)
You can choose to record movies in AVCHD or MP4 format.
AVCHD movies are ideal for copying to an external device such
as a Blu-Ray Disc recorder. MP4 movies are versatile and can
easily be played back on smartphones or uploaded to the Web.
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Desired movie format > [X]56
Basic Recording and Playback
Basic Recording
This section covers how to easily record video and photos
and explains the convenient N mode. To record using
other shooting modes, use more advanced functions and
enjoy full access to all menu settings, refer to Advanced
Functions (A 88).
Basic Playback
This section covers how to play back, trim, delete and
divide movies and how to view photos (including in slide-
show mode) and delete them.
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Basic Recording
Recording Video
You are now ready to record movies. Because the camcorder
uses an ultra wide angle lens, you can even change the field of
view (ultra wide or close up). You can also select a different
shooting mode according to the shooting conditions (A 93).
1 Set the power switch to ON to turn on the camcorder.
 The lens cover will open.
 Before you begin recording, make a test recording
first to check that the camcorder is operating correctly.
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 After the power/charge indicator turns on in green, it will
go out.
 Place and adjust the camcorder as necessary. If shooting
with the camcorder hand-held, be careful not to obstruct
the lens.
2 Press the start/stop button to begin recording.
 You can also touch [Ü] on the bottom right corner of the
screen.
 The ACCESS indicator will flash from time to time while the
scene is being recorded.
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3 Press the start/stop button again to stop recording.
 You can also touch [Ñ] on the bottom right corner of the
screen.
When you have finished recording
Make sure the ACCESS indicator is off and set the power switch
to OFF.
■ Changing the Field of View
The camcorder features an ultra wide angle lens so you can
capture a vast field of view (about 150° for AVCHD movies,
about 160° for MP4 movies, about 170° for photos), for example
to include a large group in a fisheye-like image. The ultra wide
angle means also that subjects on the sides of the image will
appear to have a curved distortion. Alternatively, you can enlarge
the center of the screen for a closer view.
Touch [ ] to enlarge the center of the screen (close-up).
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Switching Between Movies and Photos
With a single touch, you can switch between recording
movies ( ) and taking photos ( ).
To take photos (photo mode),
touch [ ].
To record movies (movie mode),
touch [ ].
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 In order to protect the lens, turn off the camcorder after
you have finished recording to keep the lens cover
closed.
 Be sure to save your recordings regularly (A 159),
especially after making important recordings. Canon
shall not be liable for any loss or corruption of data.
 If a subject is too close to the camcorder, it may not be
able to focus correctly. You can set the shooting mode
to (A 93) to be able to focus a subject at a dis-
tance of only 20 cm from the camcorder.
If 1 > q > [Auto Power Off] is set to [i On],
the camcorder will shut off automatically to save power
when it is powered by a battery pack and is left without
any operation for 3 minutes. Should this happen, set
the power switch to OFF and then ON again to turn the
camcorder back on.
 When recording in bright places, it may be difficult to
use the LCD screen. In such cases, you can adjust the
LCD backlight with the 1 > q > [LCD Back-
light] setting or adjust the brightness of the LCD screen
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Taking Photos
You can easily take photos with the camcorder.
1 Set the power switch to ON to turn on the camcorder.
 The lens cover will open.
 After the power/charge indicator turns on in green, it will
go out.
 Place and adjust the camcorder as necessary. If shooting
with the camcorder hand-held, be careful not to obstruct
the lens.
2 Touch [ ] to switch the camcorder to photo mode
(A 60).
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Touch [ ] to
switch modes
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3 Touch [PHOTO] to take a photo.
 You can also press the start/stop button.
 will appear on the screen. The screen will turn black
momentarily and the aperture value and shutter speed will
appear.
 Photos have an aspect ratio of 4:3.
When you have finished taking photos
Make sure the ACCESS indicator is off and set the power switch
to OFF.
The information in the (important precautions) and
(additional notes) sections in the previous pages
apply also to photo shooting.
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AUTO Mode
With N mode, you can take great-looking videos by letting
the camcorder automatically adjust settings.
 Photos cannot be recorded while the camcorder is in
movie mode.
 You can use the 1 > > [Photo Size] setting
to change the size of the photos you take.
 In order to save power, the image shown on the screen
in photo mode is less detailed than the photo that will
actually be recorded.
 For details on how many photos you can take, refer to
Reference Tables (A 297).
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* Under certain conditions, the Smart AUTO icon that appears on the
screen may not match the actual scene. Especially when shooting
against orange or blue backgrounds, the Sunset or one of the Blue
Skies icons may appear and the colors may not look natural. In such
case, we recommend recording in ’ mode (A 93).
** There are times when the Smart AUTO function cannot detect the
subject, such as during interval recording or when you touch a sub-
ject`s face for face detection. In such case, N will be displayed as
the Smart AUTO icon.
About the Smart AUTO function
In N mode, the camcorder will automatically detect cer-
tain characteristics of the subject, background, lighting con-
ditions, etc.* It will then adjust the exposure and color,
selecting the best settings for the scene you want to shoot.
The icon in the shooting mode button will automatically
change to one of the following Smart AUTO icons.**66
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Smart AUTO icons
* The icon in parentheses appears under backlight conditions.
Subject
Background
Bright* Blue skies* Vivid colors*
People (stationary)
( )

( )

( )
People (moving)

( )

( )

( )
Subjects other than peo-
ple, such as landscapes ( ) ( ) ( )
Subject
Background
Sunset Dark
Dark +
Spotlight
People (stationary) — —
People (moving) — —
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Basic Playback
Playing Back Video
1 Press and hold the ^ button until an index screen
appears.
 The index screen that appears will depend on the record-
ing mode that was used previously. If you were using
movie mode, a movie index screen ([y¸], [y·] or
[¦¸]) will appear; for photo mode, the [}] index
screen will appear.
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 To play back AVCHD movies:
Touch 0 > [· Movie Playback] to open the
[y·] index screen.
To play back MP4 movies:
Touch 0 > [¸ Movie Playback] to open the
[y¸] index screen.
To play back MP4 video snapshot scenes only:
Touch 0 > [ Video Snapshot] to open the
[¦¸] index screen.
 After the power/charge indicator turns on in green, it will
go out.
2b
2a
2b
2a
For MP4 movies: Folder name.
The last four digits represent the
recording date (1025 = October
25).
For AVCHD movies: Recording
date.
Visual bar shows
the relative loca-
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2 Look for the scene you want to play back.
 Drag your finger right/left (2a) or touch [Ï] or [Ð] (2b) to
display the previous/next index screen.
3 Touch the desired scene to play it back.
 The camcorder will play back the scene selected and con-
tinue until the end of the last scene in the index screen.
 Touch the screen to display the playback controls. During
playback, the playback controls will disappear automati-
cally after a few seconds without operation.
To adjust the volume
1 During playback, touch the screen to display the play-
back controls.
2 Touch [Ó/ ], drag your finger along the [Headphone
Volume] or [Speaker Volume] bar, or repeatedly touch
the headphone or speaker icon on either end of it to
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Playback controls
1 Stop the playback.
2 Jump to the beginning of the scene. Double-tap to jump to
the previous scene.
3 Pause the playback.
4 Volume control.
5 Decoration (A 109).
6 Capture a video snapshot scene (A 147).
7 Fast playback* backward/forward.
For AVCHD movies:
Playback Playback pause
For MP4 movies:
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Playback Playback pause
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8 For AVCHD scenes: Recording date and time.
For MP4 scenes: Recording date.
9 Jump to the beginning of the next scene.
10 Resume the playback.
11 Capture the displayed frame as a photo (A 149).
12 Slow playback** backward/forward.
13 Mirror image playback (MP4 scenes only).
14 Repeat playback (MP4 scenes only).
* Touch several times to increase the playback speed to 5x → 15x →
60x normal speed.
** Touch several times to increase the playback speed to 1/8x → 1/4x
normal speed.
■ The Scene Information Screen
On the scene information screen you can check various details,
including the scene’s length, date and time of recording and
video quality.
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1 In the [y·], [y¸] or [¦¸] index screen,
touch [I] and then touch the desired scene.
 The [Scene Info] screen appears.
 Touch [Ï]/[Ð] to select the previous/next scene.
2 Touch [K] twice to return to the index screen.
■ Repeat Playback
During playback of the desired scene:
 The same scene will be played back in a loop. Repeat the pro-
cedure to return to normal playback. Stopping the playback
will also cancel the repeat playback setting.
■ Mirror Image Playback
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Touch the screen to display the playback controls > [Ý] >
[] > [Ð]
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During playback of the desired scene:
 The image will be flipped left to right. Repeat the proce-
dure to end the mirror image playback.
The ^ button
When the camcorder is turned on, press and hold the ^
button to switch back and forth between playback and
recording mode.
 When the camcorder is off, you can press and hold the
^ button to turn it on directly in playback mode.
The ^ button cannot be used while recording movies
(except during interval recording).
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 You may not be able to play back with this camcorder
movies recorded on or copied onto a memory card
using another device.
 MP4 video snapshot scenes can be played back from
the [¦¸] or [y¸] index screen while AVCHD
video snapshot scenes can be played back only from
the [y·] index screen.
 You can use the 1 > > [Display Date/Time]
setting to choose whether to display the recording date
(MP4 movies) or date and time (AVCHD movies) when
you play back scenes.
 Depending on the recording conditions, you may notice
brief stops in video or sound playback between scenes.
 During fast/slow playback, you may notice some anom-
alies (blocky video artifacts,

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