Using the infrared mode with the XA10

Article ID: ART109809 | Date published: 05/11/2015 | Date last updated: 08/17/2015


Using the infrared mode with the XA10


This camcorder features the ability to shoot movies in dark surroundings using the camcorder's infrared light and other sources of infrared light. Also, you can select whether the lighter areas of the picture appear in green or white.

1. Set the mode switch to <AUTO> or <M>.

2. Move the <INFRARED> switch to <ON>.

3. Open the [IR Rec Color] screen to select a color.

3-1. Touch [ ].

3-2. Touch [ ].

3-3. Drag your finger up and down bring [IR Rec Color] into the orange selection bar, and touch inside the frame on the right.

3-4. Touch [White] or [Green].

4. Touch [ ] to close the menu.


By turning on the infrared light (IR light), you can effectively capture scenes such as animal ecology at night. The infrared light is located in the handle unit. Make sure to attach it to use the infrared light.

Select [ ] -> [ ] -> [IR Light] -> [ON] to turn on the infrared light during infrared recording.

If you set an assignable button to [IR Light], you can press the button to turn on the infrared light*.

*Select [ ] -> [ ] -> [IR Light] -> [OFF].

  • When the camcorder is in Infrared mode, the following adjustments are made automatically.
    - Gain, shutter speed and aperture are set to auto.
    - Autofocus is set to Normal AF. However, you can change the focus mode to manual focus.
    - AGC limit, white balance, image effects, exposure, backlight correction, recording program and face detection cannot be set.
    - ND filters are not available.
  • Depending on the light source, autofocus may not work well during zoom.
  • When switching the camcorder to infrared mode, do not point the lens at strong sources of light or heat. The camcorder's sensitivity to such sources is much higher than when shooting video normally. If there are such sources in the picture before you switch the camcorder to infrared mode, shield the lens first.



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