Adjusting the focus on a XL H1 series camcorder

Article ID: ART125205 | Date published: 05/12/2015 | Date last updated: 08/14/2015


Adjusting the focus on a XL H1 series camcorder


Adjusting the Focus


Temporary Autofocus

Manual focus

Using focus presets

Autofocus (Lenses Equipped with the Autofocus Function)

Autofocus is set when the focus selector on the lens is set to AF. The camcorder uses TTL autofocus system with a focusing range of 0.8 in. (2 cm) (at wide-angle from the front of the lens barrel) to infinity (when using the 20X L IS lens). The camcorder focuses on the subject in the center of the screen.

When using an HDV compatible lens only, the focal distance to the subject will be displayed for approx. 3 seconds when you switch from autofocus to manual focus or when you operate the focus ring in the manual focus mode. You can select to display the distance in metric or imperial units.

Temporary Focus Override

Turn the focus ring during autofocus to focus manually. Autofocus will resume as soon as you take your hand away from the focus ring.

  • When recording under bright conditions, the camcorder sets a small aperture value, and the picture may appear blurred. This may be more noticeable at wide-angle. When you are using a lens with built-in ND filter, turn it on/off according to the screen display.
  • When recording under dark conditions, the focusing range narrows and the picture may appear blurred.
  • In 30p and 24p mode, autofocus takes longer than in the 60i mode.
  • 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 dirty or wet windows
    - Night scenes

Manual focus

  1. Lenses equipped with autofocus function: Slide the focus selector on the lens to M.

  2. Zoom into telephoto.

  3. Rotate the focus ring to adjust the focus.

  4. Operate the zoom to reframe the subject.
    If you focus manually then leave the camcorder with the power turned on, you may lose focus on your subject. This possible slight shift in focus is due to a rise in temperature in the camcorder interior and lens. Check the focus before resuming shooting.

Temporary Autofocus

Press the AF switch on the lens in the direction of AF and hold it. Autofocus is activated as long as you hold the AF switch.

When using the AF switch, make sure the POSITION PRESET switch is set to OFF.

Focus Preset (Lenses Equipped with the Focus Preset Function)

This function enables a focus setting to be memorized and to return to the focus setting instantly. You can also select the speed with which the camcorder returns to the preset focus setting.

Presetting the Focus

  1. Set the focus selector to M.
    "MF" appears in the viewfinder.

  2. Set the POSITION PRESET switch to FOCUS.

  3. Adjust the focus with the focus ring.

  4. Move the POSITION PRESET ON/SET switch to SET.
    "MF" and the focus preset speed appear in yellow.

Setting the Focus Preset Speed

Open the menu and select [CAMERA SETUP]. Select [F SPEED PSET], select a setting option and close the menu.
The selected speed appears next to "MF".

Returning to the Preset Focus Setting

Move the POSITION PRESET ON/SET switch to ON.
The camcorder returns to the preset focus setting.

The preset setting resets and sets to OFF when you turn the camcorder off or unmount the lens.



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