Bushnell 118326 User Manual

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Digital Camera binocular

Version 2.0

User Manual

Model#: 118326 Lit. #: 98-0917/02-10

Camera and Binocular Parts Guide

(A) LCD Display

(D) 5-wayKeypad w/ “Enter”, Left/Right, Plus/Minus

(F) Diopter


(E) Reticle Focus








(H) Remote






(J) Card

(G) BatterySlot




(K) Binocular


(M) Camera



1)The SyncFocus is powered by two AAA batteries (not included). Insert batteries into the compartment (G), using the polarity marks inside for reference. A power meter in the lower left corner of the display indicates battery condition.

2)Insert an SD or SDHC card into slot (J) if greater storage is desired. The card will click into place. You may use SD/SDHC cards (not MMC cards) up to 32 GB capacity. If the card you insert was previously used in other devices, format it before taking photos. Press theEnter button(D) to enter Play mode, then press theMENU button(C). Press the Minus key(D) once to select “Format”, then pressEnter. Note the warning that this will erase allfiles-make sure you have backed up any files you wanted to keep. Press the Plus key(D) to select “OK”, then pressEnter to format the card. PressEnter again to exit the Play mode.

3)Raise the LCD display (A), and press theON/OFF button(B) briefly. The camera will automatically turn itself off after two minutes of inactivity (this can be changed using the “Auto Off” option in the Setup menu).

4)To set the menu language, press the MENU button. Keep pressing thePlus orMinus key until you highlight “Language”, pressEnter, then pressPlus to highlight your language and pressEnter.

The Date/Time imprint feature is turned on by default. Press the Plus key to highlight “Clock Set” and pressEnter. Now set the Year, Month, Date, Hour and Minute (in order from left to right), using thePlus/Minus keys to make changes, and theRight key to move to the next item. Once date & time are set, press theEnter button. Use “Date Stamp” to set your preference (month first, year first or off) PressEnter then Exit the menu to return to the preview display. Reset the date/time if you replace


5)Turn the reticle focus (E) until the black circle is sharp, then adjust the binocular focus (K) until your subject is sharp. Hold the camera steady with both hands and press the SNAP button(L) to take a still photo. When using a tripod, you can help avoid the effects of camera shake by plugging the supplied remote shutter release cable into the jack next to the SD card slot rather thanSNAP to take photos.

6)To shoot a video, press the Right key(D) three times until the red movie camera icon appears at the top right corner of the display(see “LCD Preview Display Icons”-#10).You can then start shooting the video at any time by pressing theSNAP button.



To stop recording the video, press the SNAP button again. By default, videos are recorded as a 15 second loop (“instant replay”). To change this, pressMENU-thefirst item is “Resolution”. PressEnter, then select “Video Size”. Use thePlus/Minus keys to select a different video resolution and frame rate combination (which determines looplength-8,15, 30 or 60 seconds). You also have the option to select a “Norm” video setting if you prefer to shoot standard video clips, instead of loops that rerecord (refresh) automatically.For more information regarding the still and video resolution options and other menu settings, please see the “Using the Main Menu” section of this manual.

7) To review or playback a still photo or video, press theEnter button. You will see the most recent still photo or video. To review previous photos or videos one at a time, press theLeft key. To play back a video, press theSNAP button (press again to stop playback). To delete photos/videos, pressMENU. Select Delete One (only the currently displayed photo/video) by pressingEnter, then thePlus button to select “OK”, and pressEnter to delete the file. If you wish to delete all photos/videos, use the Format menu option as described earlier.

8) To download photos/videos to your PC, connect the USB cable from the SyncFocus to your computer. The SyncFocus will be recognized as a standard “USB Mass Storage” device and will appear as a “Removable Disk” under the “My Computer” list (on Macs, an icon will appear on your desktop). The photo files are located in the“DCIM”folder on this“Removable Disk”. Copy the files to your hard drive (drag or use the “copy files” option), then disconnect the camera. (On Mac computers, drag the “disk” that appeared on your desktop when the camera was connected into your Trash to “eject” it before disconnecting.) The jpg standard files from the SyncFocus may be edited with any photo software you choose to use.

NOTE: If you are not using an SD card in the SyncFocus, be sure to download all files from its internal memory before changing batteries and before storing the camera for a long period. If you use an SD card, photos may also be downloaded by removing the card and using any USB card reader with an SD slot.

Your SyncFocus camera is already set for high resolution and quality right out of the box, and it is not necessary to change any of the settings to get good results. However, many features and options are provided to enhance your enjoyment of the camera. For more information about them, please refer to the remainder of this User Manual.



Loading Batteries

Turn the SyncFocus over, slide open the battery cover as indicated by the arrow, remove and set aside. Insert 2 AAA Alkaline or Lithium batteries into the compartment (G) in the direction indicated inside, then replace the cover, sliding it back into place until it clicks.Note: Rechargeable NiMh type batteries may also be used, but some may not deliver adequate current to power the camera and display. AAA NiMh batteries with a current rating of 850 mAh or higher are recommended.

Inserting An SD Card

The camera can store from about 15 (at 2660x1920 resolution and “Best” quality) up to over 100 photos in the internal memory, depending on resolution and quality settings. To expand the available storage, you may add an optional SD or SDHC (High Capacity) memory card, with 32GB or lower capacity. The camera will not function if a 64GB or higher capacity SD card is inserted. Do not use “MMC” cards, which look similar to SD cards. The card is inserted into the slot(J) on the back of the camera pod (pull down the rubber cover flapplease refer to the “Camera and Binocular Parts Guide” page), label side up with the “notched” corner on the right as indicated by the card icon above the slot.Note: be sure the power is turned off before inserting or removing cards to prevent possible loss of files or damage to the card. A new card will not require formatting, but a card that has been previously used in other devices (cameras, mp3 players, etc) should be formatted by the SyncFocus before you start taking photos (see the “Using the Review Menu” section for details).Note that formatting will erase all files previously stored on the card, so be sure they have been downloaded and saved on your computer first if you wish to keep them.



Setting the Date and Time/Date Stamp Feature

You may want to go into the main options menu and set the correct date and time before beginning to take photos (or turn off the date stamp feature, as the default setting is “on”). To set date and time:

1.Raise the LCD display and press the ON/OFF (B) button.

2.Press MENU (C). Press theMinus key(D) 7 times to highlight “Clock Set”, and press theEnter button(D).

3.Now set the Year, Month, Date, Hour (24 hr format), and Minute, using the Plus/Minus keys to make changes, and theRight key(D) to move to the next field.

4.Once the date & time are set, press the Enter button.

5.Press the Minus arrow key once to highlight “Date Stamp”, pressEnter, then highlight your preference using thePlus/Minus keys:Month-Day-Yearformat,Year-Month-Dayformat, or OFF (the date will not be stamped on your photos).

6.Press Enter, then press theMinus key twice to highlight “Exit” , then pressEnter again to exit the menu options and return to the “live” preview display.

Auto Off (Power Save)

By default, the SyncFocus will automatically turn off if no buttons or controls have been pressed for two minutes. This helps save power and extend battery life when the camera is accidently left on. However, when you are first learning to use the camera you may want power to remain on (until you press ON/OFF) as you get familiar with the features and controls. To do this, enter the main menu as described above in “Setting the Date...”, highlight “Auto Off”, pressEnter, and select “Cancel”. PressEnter, then exit the menu as described

6 above.

Menu Display Language Options (English, Spanish, Italian, French, German)

The main menu also has an option to select your preferred language for all menu screens.

SYNCFOCUS SETUP (Reticle & Diopter)

Setting the Reticle Focus and Diopter Adjustment

Before you begin taking photos, a few simple, one-timeadjustments should be made to ensure that you can get sharp photos of any subject by just using the main focus knob on the binoculars. This process will compensate for any variations in the eyesight or vision of the individual user:

1.Leave the rubber eyecups in their “up” position if you are not wearing glasses, or roll them down if you are. Grasp the left and right sides of the binocular, and pull them apart or push them together while looking through the binocular to adjust the eyepiece spacing until your view is a single circular image.

2.Look through just the left side of the binocular-youwill see a black ring (reticle) in the center. Point the binocular at a plain, light background like the sky or a wall in your house.

3.Rotate the reticle focus (left eyecup-(E))until the circular reticle appears as sharp as possible to your left eye.This compensates for any difference in between your vision and the correct focus for the camera.

4.Next, continuing to look through the left side only, aim at a distant object (preferably one containing fine detail such as a tree or sign), and adjust the binocular’s center focusing knob (K) until it appears as sharp as possible to your left eye.

5.Finally, view the same object through only the right side of the binocular, and rotate the diopter adjustment (right eyecup-(F))until it appears sharp to your right eye (donot touch the center focus knob while doing this).This compensates for any vision differences between your left and right eyes.


SYNCFOCUS SETUP (Reticle & Diopter)

Once set, note the number on the left and right binocular tubes that the index mark on each eyecup is lined up with. With the reticle focus and diopter adjustment set to these positions, you should be able to get sharp photos/videos of a subject at any distance by simply adjusting the center focus knob while you look through the binocular optics. There is no need to re-adjustthe reticle focus or diopter adjustment, unless you share the Syncfocus with another user, or if your eyes become tired over a long period of use.

The camera lens provides 8x magnification, which is the same power as the binocular’s optics, and it is aligned so that an object centered in the binocular will also be centered in your photos or videos. Therefore, it is not necessary to have the LCD turned on or even raised while you are shooting photos or videos. Reducing use of the LCD will extend battery life significantly.



After completing the basic and Syncfocus setups as described in the previous pages, you are ready to take a photo:

1.Raise the LCD display (A) and briefly press and release theON/OFF button-thestartup screen will appear, followed by the live image from the camera lens. The display also shows the battery condition, number of photos remaining, and the current setting of various options.Please refer to “LCD Preview Display Icons” for more details.

2.The SyncFocus will default to high resolution and quality settings, as well as “everything on automatic” when it is turned on for the first time, so you’re ready to take photos under most conditions with no need to change anything. If you’d like to explore the various available options, see the manual section titled “Using the Main Menu-Optionsand Settings”for directions regarding how to select and change settings such as resolution, image quality and exposure.

3.You may compose your photo while looking through the binocular (the LCD does not need to be on to take a photo). However, for the most accurate framing, checking the LCD preview display is recommended.

4.Hold the camera as steady as possible with both hands and gently press the SNAP button. If possible, attach the SyncFocus to a tripod and plug the supplied remote shutter cable into the remote jack (H) to obtain the steadiest results (press the button on the remote to take a photo). The display will “freeze” briefly immediately after a photo istaken-thisis normal while the image is being stored in the internal or card memory.



5.The“remaining photos”4-digitcounter in the lower left corner of the display above the battery indicator will drop by one number after each photo (or two, depending on your subject and settings) is taken. Once it reaches “0000”, and the display indicates “Memory Full !” whenSNAP is pressed, you are out of memory (storage space) and will need to download the photos you have taken so they can be deleted to make room in the memory for new photos, or you may remove the filled up card and install another SD card if you are on a trip away from your computer.

6.A digital zoom feature is available. Press the Plus arrow key to zoom in (you will see the result on the LCD, and the digital zoom indicator bar moves towards“T”for“Telephoto”). Press theMinus arrow key to zoom back out (the zoom indicator bar moves towards “W” for “Wide Angle”). To turn off all digital zoom (go back to the 8x optical magnification only) keep pressing theMinus key until the zoom bar indicator goes back fully left to “W” and disappears.

7.To review a photo after you take it, press the Enter button. To see previous photos, press theLeft arrowkey-eachpress takes you back one photo, and pressing theRight arrow key moves forward to more recent photos. Press theEnter button again to return to the live preview. See the section “Review Menu” for directions covering deleting photos, formatting internal or card memory, and protecting important photos.

NOTE: Use care during handling to avoid touching the camera lens (M), located in the center between the binocular lenses, to prevent degrading the image quality. Clean the camera lens only with dry lens tissue or microfiber cloth. DO NOT use liquids of any type.