Changing the Recording programs according to the situation, such as in dark surroundings (XC10)
Article ID: ART163105 | Date published: 10/15/2015 | Date last updated: 10/15/2015


Changing the Recording programs according to the situation, such as in dark surroundings (XC10)


In this mode, after you adjust the shutter speed, the camcorder automatically sets the appropriate aperture to obtain the optimal exposure for the subject.
You can also adjust the special scene mode to record in low-light situations.

Adjusting the Shutter Speed

1. Turn the camcorder on.

2. You can use the camera’s shooting mode dial to set the recording mode to [ ]. While pressing down the shooting mode dial button (), turn the shooting mode dial () to select the desired mode.

3. Turn the control dial to adjust the shutter speed ().

  • You can also set the shutter speed by touching [ ], and dragging your finger left/right along the adjustment dial displayed at the bottom of the screen to select the desired value.

  • The selectable shutter speeds are shown below:

Shutter speed
(1/4-stop increments)
1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/9, 1/10, 1/12, 1/15, 1/17, 1/20, 1/24, 1/30, 1/34, 1/40, 1/48, 1/60, 1/75, 1/90, 1/100, 1/120, 1/150, 1/180, 1/210, 1/250, 1/300, 1/360, 1/420, 1/500, 1/600, 1/720, 1/840, 1/1000, 1/1200, 1/1400, 1/1700, 1/2000
(1/3-stop increments)
0"5*, 0"4*, 0"3*, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10, 1/13, 1/15, 1/20, 1/25, 1/30, 1/40, 1/50, 1/60, 1/80, 1/100, 1/125, 1/160, 1/200, 1/250, 1/320, 1/400, 1/500, 1/640, 1/800, 1/1000, 1/1250, 1/1600, 1/2000
* These values represent 0.5 seconds, 0.4 seconds and 0.3 seconds, respectively.

  • Depending on the brightness of the subject, the camcorder will not be able to control the exposure and the shutter speed value will flash. In such case, select a different shutter speed.

Changing the Special Scene Mode

You can select the special scene mode that best matches your shooting situation. Some shooting situations, such as when the subject is lit with just a spotlight, can be tricky so you may find setting the appropriate special scene mode to be convenient.

1. Set the shooting mode dial to [ ].

2 Touch [ ] and then touch [Scene].

3. Select the desired option.

4. Touch [ ].


Portrait The camcorder uses a large aperture, to achieve a sharp focus on the subject while blurring the background.
Sports To record sports scenes such as tennis or golf.
Night Scene To record nightscapes with lower noise.
Snow To record in bright ski resorts without the subject being underexposed.
Beach To record on a sunny beach without the subject being underexposed.
Sunset To record sunsets in vibrant colors.
Low Light To record in low-light situations.
Spotlight To record spotlit scenes.
Fireworks To record fireworks.

  • [Portrait] / [Sports] / [Snow] / [Beach]: The picture may not appear smooth during playback.
  • [Snow] / [Beach]: The subject may become overexposed on cloudy days or in shaded places.
[Low Light]:
- 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] / [Low Light]: To avoid camcorder blur (blur due to the camcorder moving) we recommend using a tripod.

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