Making the infrared recording setting (XA25 / XA20)

Article ID: ART140197 | Date published: 05/13/2015 | Date last updated: 08/17/2015


Making the infrared recording setting (XA25 / XA20)


This camcorder features the ability to shoot movies in dark surroundings using the camcorder's infrared light and other sources of infrared light. Also, you can select whether the lighter areas of the picture appear in green or white. To use the infrared light, set an assignable button to [ IR Light] or use the menu, as described below. Make sure you attach the handle unit to the camcorder in advance.

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

2. Set 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 the button.

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.
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.
  • When the camcorder is in infrared mode, the following adjustments are made automatically.
    - Gain, shutter speed and aperture are set to automatic levels.
    - Autofocus is activated. However, you can change the focus mode to manual focus.
    - AGC limit, white balance, image effects, exposure, backlight correction, recording program and face detection & tracking cannot be set. Also, [Instant AF] and [ Medium AF] cannot be set for the AF mode.
ND filters are not available
  • Depending on the light source, autofocus may not work well while zooming.
  • 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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