About the Camcorder’s Wi-Fi Functions (HF R42/HF R40 only)
You can enjoy a variety of Wi-Fi functions with your camcorder. While these functions are beyond the scope of this Quick Guide, you can read the Wi-Fi Basic Setup Guide supplied with the camcorder to get you started. And you have the complete information in the full-version Instruction Manual (PDF file).
About the Camcorder’s PDF Instruction Manual
This guide will get you started and show you how to use the most basic functions of your camcorder to shoot video, take photos and play back your recordings (using the camcorder or connecting it to your TV). To learn more about the more advanced functions of your camcorder, to read important handling precautions and to consult the troubleshooting section if an error message is displayed, be sure to read the full-version Instruction Manual (PDF file). In this Quick Guide, the PDF; mark indicates reference page numbers in the PDF file.
step 1 Charging the Battery Pack
The camcorder can be powered with a battery pack or directly using the compact power adapter. When you use the compact power adapter, the power of the battery pack will not be consumed. Charge the battery pack before use.
step 2 Basic Preparations
Before you begin, make basic adjustments and learn about a few of the frequently-used parts. See Using the Grip Belt (24), Opening the Lens Cover and Adjusting the LCD Screen (;25) for details. See Handling Precautions ( 174), Cleaning (178) for important information about how to take care of the touch screen.
step 3 Using a Memory Card
Use commercially available SD, SDHC (SD High Capacity) or SDXC (SD eXtended Capacity) memory cards. Make sure you use a compatible memory card. See Memory Cards Compatible for Use with the Camcorder (;27) for memory cards that can be used.
step 4 First-time Setup
When you turn on the camcorder for the first time, you will need to set a few important settings, which the camcorder will guide you through. You can also change these settings later by touching the [ home ] control button that appears on the upper left of the screen after you finish this setup.