To activate auto focusing, very bright condition and proper contrast are required. Use manual focus
according to the conditions. You can focus manually even if the HOLD/AUTO LOCK selector is set to
AUTO LOCK (Automatic Mode).
When to Use Manual Focus
In the following cases you should obtain better results by adjusting the focus manually.
Insufficient light [a]
Subjects with little contrast walls, sky, etc. [b]
Too much brightness behind the subject [c]
Horizontal stripes [d]
Bright subject or subject reflecting light
Shooting a stationary subject when using a tripod
When focusing manually, first focus in telephoto before recording, and then reset the shot length.
(1) Set FOCUS to MANUAL while the camcorder is recording or in Standby mode.
f appears in the viewfinder.
(2) Keep pressing the T (telephoto) side of the zoom button until the zooming stops.
(3) Turn the focus ring to achieve a sharp focus.
While turning the focus ring,
appears in the viewfinder.
appears in the viewfinder in focus.
(4) Set the desired shot length using the zoom button.