Gateway DC-M50 User Manual

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DC-M50

digital camera user's guide

SYSTEM REQUIREMETS WINDOWS

0 Prof./ï WindowsÆ98Me / WindowsÆXP

ï32 MB RAM

ï110 MB free memory capacity

ïVGA color monitor

ïCD ROM drive

ïUSB

SYSTEM REQUIREMETS

IMac,iBook,G3 blue&white series,G4 series

ïMacOS 9.0~10.1.3

ï64 MB RAM or higher

ï110 MB free memory capacity

ïVGA color monitor

ïCD ROM drive

ïUSB

Take the time to read through this instruction manual so you can enjoy all your cameraís features.

Canada

Industry Canada (IC)

Unintentional emitter per ICES-003 / NMB-003

This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions from digital apparatus as set out in the radio interference regulations of Industry Canada.

Le prÈsent appareil numÈrique n'Èmet pas de bruits radioÈlectriques dÈpassant les limites applicables aux appareils numÈriques de Classe B prescrites dans le rËglement sur le brouillage radioÈlectrique ÈdictÈ par Industrie Canada.

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Regulatory compliance statements

United States of America

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Unintentional emitter per FCC Part 15

This device has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio or television reception. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause interference to radio and television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

ïReorient or relocate the receiving antenna

ïIncrease the separation between the equipment and receiver

ïConnect the equipment to an outlet on a different circuit from that to which the receiver is connected. Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

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Compliance Accessories: The compliance accessories associated with this equipment are shipped with it. These accessories are required to be used in order to ensure compliance with FCC rules. Do not remove the ferrite cores from the cables.

FCC declaration of conformity

Responsible party: Gateway Companies, Inc.

610 Gateway Drive, North Sioux City, SD 57049

(605) 232-2000 Fax: (605) 232-2023

This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation of this device is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

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Digital Camera

DC-M50

Tested To Comply

With FCC

Standards

FOR HOME OR OFFICE USE

This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and

(2) this device must accept any interference recieved, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.

Do not remove the ferrite cores from the cables.

Caution

Changes or modifications not expressly approved by Gateway could void the FCC compliance and negate your authority to operate the product.

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FOR PROPER AND SAFE USE

Read and understand all warnings and cautions before using this product.

This is a descriptive statement that warns of the result if the instructions are ignored or not understood.

WARNING

Batteries may become hot or explode due to improper use.

ïUse only the batteries specified in this instruction manual.

ïDo not install the batteries with the polarity (+/-) reversed.

ïDo not attempt to recharge, short, or disassemble.

ïDo not mix batteries of different types, brands, ages or charge levels.

ïFollow local regulations for battery disposal.

Use caution, accidents may occur when using this product near young children. Keep batteries or things that could be swallowed away from young children. Contact a doctor immediately if an object is swallowed. Immediately remove the batteries and discontinue use if:

ïThe camera is dropped or subjected to an impact in which the interior is exposed.

ïThe product emits a strange smell, heat, or smoke.

Do not walk while looking at the monitor.

Do not disassemble. Electric shock may occur if a high voltage circuit inside the camera is touched.

ïDo not use batteries which show wear or damaged.

ïDo not expose batteries to fire, high temperature environment, water or moist places.

ïDo not store the batteries nearby metalic products.

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ïNever charge alkaline batteries.

ïDo not use leaking batteries. If fluid from the batteries gets in your eyes, immediately rinse eyes with lots of fresh water and contact the doctor.If fluid from the batteries makes contact with your skin or clothing, wash the area thoroughly.

ïDo not fire the flash directly into the eyes or at vehicle operators. It may cause eyesight injury or cause an accident.

ïDo not use the camera in a humid environment, or operate with wet hands. If any liquid flows into the camera, immediately remove the power supply (including batteries and adapter) and discontinue use. Or it may cause electric shock.

ïDo not use the camera near flammable gases or liquids or use them to clean the camera like gasoline,benzine,or paint thinner. Or it may cause an explosion or fire.

ïDo not just pull on the power cord while unplugging from the outlet on the wall. Holding the adapter plug unit is recommend.

ïDo not continue to use if the camera has an odor, or smoke. Immediately remove the power supply taking care not to burn yourself.

Contact Gateway when repairs are required.

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CAUTION

The temperature of the camera rises with extended periods of use. Use cautiously when handling the camera or removing the batteries and Compact FlashÆ card.

ïDo not leave the camera in places subject to extermely high temperatures, like a sealed vehicle, direct sunlight or other places of high temperature.

ïExposure to high temperature may adversely affect the internal components of the camera.

ïAlways unplug the camera from the power supply for safety purposes when the camera is not in use for long periods.

ïAllowing dust to accumulate in the camera over a long period is hazardous as extreme circumstances may cause a fire. It is best to clean the camera prior to seasonal periods of high humidity.

ïConsult Gateway for information on the cost of cleaning your camera.

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BEFORE YOU BEGIN

Check the packing list before you begin. If some parts are missing, contact your Gateway.

ïGateway DC-M50 5MP Digital Camera (x 1)

ïAA-size Alkaline Batteries (x 4)

ïVideo Cable (x 1)

ïHand Strap (x 1)

ïCamera Case (x 1)

ïUSB Cable (x 1)

ï32 MB CompactFlash Card (x 1)

ïSoftware and Documentation on CD-ROM:

USB Driver Software for Windows Æ 98 / Windows Æ 98 SE / Windows Æ 2000 / Windows Æ XP and Mac OS 9.0~10.1.3

Instruction Manual (PDF) Windows Æ /Macintosh

Photo Impression, Video Impression

ï Documentation (Printed)

Warranty Card (x 1)

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

FOR PROPER AND SAFE USE . . . . . . . . . . .4 BEFORE YOU BEGIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 TABLE OF CONTENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 NAMES OF PARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 CAMERA BODY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 INSIDE THE TERMINAL COVER . . . . . .14 BOTTOM OF BODY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 DATA PANEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 VIEWFINDER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16

QUICK REFERENCES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 GETTING STARTED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 TAKING PICTURES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 MONITORING THE CAPTURED IMAGES . .20 DELETING IMAGES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21

PREPARATION

ATTACHING THE HAND STRAP . . . . . . . . . .24 INSERTING THE BATTERIES . . . . . . . . . . . .25 CHECKING THE BATTERY POWER . . .27

AUTO POWER OFF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 USING THE DC

ADAPTER (Sold Separately) . . . . . . . . . . .28 INSERTING/REMOVING THE COMPACT FLASH (CF) CARD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29

INSERTING THE CF CARD . . . . . . . . . . .29 REMOVING THE CF CARD . . . . . . . . . . .30

TAKING PICTURES

BASIC RECORDING PROCEDURE. . . . . . . . .33 THE RECORDING MODE DISPLAY ON THE LCD MONITOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 THE DISPLAY OF THE CAMERA SETTINGS .36 ADJUSTING THE FOCUS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37

FOCUS LAMP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37

FOCUS DISTANCE IN THE AUTOFOCUS

 

MODE (Minimum Focus Distance)....................

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THE SUBJECT THAT IS DIFFICULT TO

 

FOCUS

 

 

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IN THE AUTOFOCUS MODE . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 WHEN THE SUBJECT IS NOT IN THE CENTER OF THE FRAME

(Focus Lock Function) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 ADJUSTING THE FOCUS DISTANCE . . . .40 CLOSE UP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 ADJUSTING THE FOCUS AREA . . . . . . . .43 FLASH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 FLASH RANGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 SELECTING THE FLASH MODE . . . . . . .45 FLASH LAMP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..46

ADVANCED OPERATIONS

P/A/S/M EXPOSURE

EXPOSURE MODES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 DIGITAL ZOOM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 BURST IMAGE CAPTURE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 SELF-TIMER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 ISO SETTING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 EXPOSURE COMPENSATION . . . . . . . . . . ..57

MOVIE CLIP SHOT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 12

MOVIE CLIP PLAYBACK . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 MOVIE CLIP SETTING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 VOICE RECORDING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 VOICE PLAYBACK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62

SPECIFYING THE RECORDING MODE

SPECIFYING THE RECORDING MODE . . . .64 THE RECORDING MODE MENU DISPLAY (LCD Monitor) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 RECORDING MODE MENU ITEMS . . . .64 SPECIFYING IMAGE QUALITY MODE . . . . .68 SPECIFYING THE IMAGE SIZE MODE . . . .71 SPECIFYING WHITE BALANCE MODE . . . .73 SPECIFYING THE SHARPNESS MODE . . .75

RESETING TO THE RECORDING MODE DEFAULT SETTINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77

PLAYBACK MODE

SINGLE-FRAME PLAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 THE PLAYBACK MODE DISPLAY ON THE LCD MONITOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 THE IMAGE INFORMATION DISPLAY

IN THE PLAYBACKMODE . . . . . . . . . . . . .82 INDEX PLAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 ZOOM PLAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 SLIDE SHOW

TO START THE SLIDE SHOW . . . . . . . . .87 TO STOP THE SLIDE SHOW . . . . . . . . . .88 THE SETTING IN THE SLIDE SHOW MODE MENU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89

DELETING IMAGES

DELETING SELECTED IMAGE . . . . . . . . . . .92 DELETING ALL IMAGES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 DELETING FOLDERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 ADJUSTING THE BRIGHTNESS OF THE LCD MONITOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99

SPECIFYING THE PLAYBACK MODE

THE PLAYBACK MODE MENU . . . . . . . . . .101 THE PLAYBACK MODE MENU

(LCD Monitor) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 THE PLAYBACK MODE MENU ITEMS AND EACH SETTINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 SPECIFYING THE PRINT SETTINGS WITH THE DPOF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103

SPECIFYING THE IMAGE AND THE NUMBER TO BE PRINTED . . . . . . . . . .104 SPECIFYING THE INDEX PRINT SETTINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .106 TO CANCEL THE PRINT SETTINGS WITH THE DPOF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .108

FOLDER NAME . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109 SELECTED AN FOLDER . . . . . . . . . . . .110 GIVE FOLDER A NEW NAME . . . . . . . . .111 On DCF (Design rule for Camera File system)

FORMAT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113

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SETUP

THE SETUP MODE MENU DISPLAY . . . . . .115 THE SETUP MODE MENU DISPLAY ON THE LCD MONITOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 THE SETUP MODE MENU ITEMS AND EACH SETTINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115

SPECIFYING THE TIME FOR THE AUTO POWER OFF FUNCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .117 FORMATTING THE CFCARD . . . . . . . . . . .119 SETTING THE DATE / TIME . . . . . . . . . . . .121 SETTING THE BEEP SOUND . . . . . . . . . . .123 SWITCHING THE VIDEO SIGNAL FROM

THE VIDEO OUTPUT TERMINAL . . . . . . . .125 SWITCHING THE LANGUAGE DISPLAYED

ON THE LCD MONITOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .127 RESETTING TO THE DEFAULT SETTINGS. 128

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CONNECTING TO THE PERSONAL

COMPUER

 

CONNECT TO PERSONAL COMPUTER

For WindowsÆ 98 . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . .131

Installation of Digital Image(Mac) . .135(144)

For Macintosh . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . 141

CAUTIONS WHEN CONNECTING TO THE

PERSONAL COMPUTER .

. . . . . . . . . . . . .153

INSTALLING of Photo Impression & Video

Impression(Mac) . . . . . . . .

135(148)&141(151)

APPENDIX

WATCHING THE CAPTURED IMAGES

ON TV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 TROUBLESHOOTING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 NOTES ON THE HANDLING . . . . . . . . . . .155 CARE AND STORAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .159 TECHNICAL DETAILS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160

NAMES OF PARTS

CAMERA BODY_ FRONT VIEW

* Do not touch.

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Gateway DC-M50 User Manual

CAMERA BODY_REAR VIEW

* Do not touch.

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INSIDE THE TERMINAL COVER

USB connector

Video-out terminal

DC terminal

BOTTOM OF BODY

Battery-chamber door

Tripod socket

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DATA PANEL

The following diagram shows the items displayed on the data panel.

Image-size indicators

Flash-mode indicators

Battery-condition indicator

Self-timer indicator

Number of recordable remaining frames/

No-card indicator

* Refer to the number of recordable remaining frames as a guide.

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VIEWFINDER

Focus Iamp

Close-framing guide

(green)

 

Flash Iamp

(red)

Close-framing guide

When you shoot a subject which is closer than 3ft (100 cm ) through the viewfinder, only the part under the close-framing guide is recorded. So, use the LCD monitor to check the image composition when you shoot a subject which is closer than 3ft (100 cm ).

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Focus Lamp (Green)

Lights.

The focus is determined and locked.

Blinks quickly (about 8

The focus is not determined.

times in a second).

(The subject contrast is too low, the subject is too dark or too close,

or the subject is too far in the close up mode.)

 

 

 

Blinks slowly (about 2

The image is being recorded in the CF (Compact Flash) card.

times in a second).

The camera reads out the image from the CF card.

Focus Area (as a Guide)

Flash Lamp (Red)

In the autofocus mode, the focus is adjusted at the gray part as shown in the figure.

Lights.

The flash is ready.

Blinks quickly when the shutter-release

The flash is being charged.

button is pressed half-way down

The shutter-release button is not released.

(about 8 times in a second).

 

(When the flash function is cancelled)

The shutter speed becomes slow.

Blinks slowly (about 2 times in a second).

Taking a picture in this mode may cause

 

a blurred image.

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QUICK REFERENCES

GETTING STARTED

1 Insert the batteries (see page 25).

2 Insert the CF card (see page 29).

TAKING PICTURES ñ See page 33 for details.

1 Rotate the function dial to .

2 Slide the power switch to turn on the camera.

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3 Determine the image composition while looking into LCD monitor or viewfinder.

4 Adjust the image range and size with the four-way keys ( / ).

ï

When the

key is pressed, the image size becomes large.

ï

When the

key is pressed, the image range becomes wide.

5Press the shutter-release button half-way down.

ïWhen the image is focused, the focus lamp (green) lights up.

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6 Press the shutter-release button all the way down to take the picture.

ïThe captured image is displayed on the LCD monitor.

ïWhile the captured image is recorded in the CF card, the focus lamp (green)

blinks slowly (about 2 times in a second).

MONITORING THE CAPTURED IMAGES ñ See page 82 for details.

1 Rotate the function dial to .

2 Slide the power switch to turn on the camera.

ï The last recorded image is displayed on the LCD monitor.

3 When the or key is pressed, the image changes to the previous or next one respectively.

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DELETING IMAGES ñ See page 92 for details.

1Display the image to be deleted on the LCD monitor by performing steps 1 to 3 of "MONITORING THE CAPTURED IMAGES" described on the previous page.

2 Press the MENU button.

ï The playback mode menu is displayed on the LCD monitor.

3 After confirming that [SELECTED IMAGE] is highlighted, press the key.

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4When the selected image is highlighted, press the ENTER button.

ï The image to be deleted is displayed on the LCD monitor and a message to confirm whether you want to delete the image appears as shown in the figure.

5 Press the

key so that [YES] is highlighted and press

the

key.

 

ï The image displayed on the LCD monitor in step 1 is deleted.

6 To complete the operation of deleting an image, after confirming that [NO] is highlighted in the display to confirm,

press the key.

ï The LCD monitor display returns to the playback mode menu.

7 Press the MENU button.

ï The LCD monitor display returns to the playback mode.

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PREPARATION

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ATTACHING THE HAND STRAP

1Insert the smaller loop of the hand strap through the strap eyelet.

2Insert the other end of the hand strap through the small loop.

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INSERTING THE BATTERIES

This camera uses four AA-size alkaline or Ni-MH batteries.

* When using AA-size Ni-MH batteries, fully recharge them with a vendor-endorsed battery charger.

1 When replacing the batteries, slide the power switch to turn off the camera.

ï You may skip this step when inserting the batteries for the first time.

2 Slide the battery-chamber door slightly in the direction of the arrow 1 and open it in the direction of the arrow 2 .

3 Insert the batteries by following the +/- diagram in the front of the battery-chamber door.

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4Close the battery-chamber door in the direction of the arrow 1 and slide it until it clicks 2 .

ïAfter replacing the batteries, check that the built-in clock (date and time) works correctly (See page 121).

If the camera is not used more than 5 minutes, the built-in clock may delay or be reset to the default setting. In this case, set the date and time again by following the procedure described on page 121.

ïDo not place the camera with the battery-chamber door facing down when the battery-chamber door is open. Doing so may damage the battery-chamber door.

ïBecause the batteries become hot right after the camera is operated, be careful when replacing the batteries.

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CHECKING THE BATTERY POWER

When the batteries are installed in the camera, the camera checks the battery power automatically and shows the result on the data panel.

lights - The battery power is sufficient.

Lights - Prepare new batteries. Even in this status, the recording or playback can be performed.

All indicators go out, blinks for 5 seconds and then, all indicators go out again. ï Replace all batteries with new ones.

Taking a picture or playing back cannot be excuted.

*When nothing is displayed on the data panel, make sure that the batteries are installed with a correct polarity (+/-). When nothing is displayed even though the batteries are installed correctly, replace the batteries with new ones.

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AUTO POWER OFF

To save the battery power, this camera will turn off automatically if it is not operated for more than 3 minutes. (Auto Power Off function)

To operate the camera, slide the power switch to turn on the camera again.

ïWhen using the batteries, the time for the auto power off function can be changed to 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes or 30 minutes. See page 117 for details.

ïWhen using the AC adapter (sold separately), this camera will turn off automatically if it is not operated for more than 30 minutes. The time for the auto power off function is fixed at 30 minutes.

We recommend you use the AC adapter (sold separately) when using the camera indoors where an AC outlet can be used to supply power to the camera or when connecting the camera to a computer for editing the images.

Be sure to turn off the power of the camera when changing the power supply from the batteries to the AC adapter or vice versa. Do not change it when the camera is turned on.

1Connect the mini plug on the AC adapter to the DC terminal on the camera.

ïThe shape of the mini plug may vary depending on the AC adapter.

2 Connect the power plug on the AC adapter to an AC outlet.

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INSERTING/REMOVING THE COMPACT FLASH(CF) CARD

Be sure to turn off the camera when inserting or removing the CF card into or from the camera. Otherwise, the data in the card may be lost or the card may be damaged.

If you insert or remove the CF card when the camera is turned on, re-format the CF card after transferring the data from the card to your computer if the data is safe.

INSERTING THE CF CARD

1 Open the card-slot door as shown in the figure.

2 Insert the CF card into the card slot.

ïPosition the flat edge side of the card towards the camera lens and insert the card with the signal part facing down until the card stops.

ïInsert the card straight. Do not insert it on the angle.

ïIf the card is stopped halfway, check the direction of the card. Forcing the card into the slot may damage the card or the camera.

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INSERTING/REMOVING THE COMPACT FLASH(CF) CARD

3 Fold the card-release lever down as shown in the figure.

ï Be sure to fold the lever. Otherwise, the card-slot door cannot be closed.

4 Press the card-slot door until it clicks.

REMOVING THE CF CARD

1 Make sure that the power is turned off.

2 Open the card-slot door as shown in the figure.

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INSERTING/REMOVING THE COMPACT FLASH(CF) CARD

3 Lift the card-release lever up as shown in the figure.

4 Push the card-release lever straight in.

ïWhen the CF card ejects slightly from the camera, pull out the card.

ïBe careful with the card because it may be hot.

ïKeep the CF card in the protection bag supplied with the card.

5 Press the card-slot door until it clicks.

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TAKING PICTURES

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BASIC RECORDING PROCEDURE

1 Rotate the function dial to .

2 Slide the power switch to turn on the camera.

ï The power switch returns to the initial position.

When the power switch is on in the recording mode, the LCD monitor is off. If you need to turn on the LCD, press once.

3 Determine the image composition while looking into the LCD monitor or viewfinder.

ïWhen holding the camera, be sure not to cover the lens with your fingers or other objects.

ïWhen the focus is not adjusted for the subject, use the focus lock function (see page 39).

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4 Adjust the image range and size with the / keys.

ïWhen the key is pressed, the image size becomes large (Telephoto mode). When the key is pressed, the image range becomes wide (Wide-angle mode).

*When pressing the shutter-release button, the button stops half-way. This action is described as "Press half-way down" in this manual.

5 Press the shutter-release button half-way down.

ïThe camera adjusts the focus automatically. When the subject is focused, the focus lamp (green) lights up.

ï When the focus lamp (green) blinks, follow the operation from step 3 again.

ïWhen the flash will fire, the flash lamp (red) lights up.

ïWhen the flash lamp (red) blinks slowly (about 2 times in a second), the shutter speed becomes slow. Taking a picture in this mode may cause an image blurred. We recommend you take pictures after fixing the camera on the tripod.

6 Press the shutter-release button the rest of the way down.

ï If the flash lamp (red) blinks when the shutter-release button is pressed all the way down, the flash is being charged. When the shutter-release

button is kept pressed in this status, the shutter is released at the same time when the flash is charged.

ï The captured image is displayed on the LCD monitor and is recorded on the CF card. While the image is recorded, the focus lamp (green) blinks slowly (about 2 times in a second) and "RECORDING" blinks on the LCD monitor slowly. Be sure not to open the battery-chamber door or remove the CF card until the recording is complete. Otherwise, the data on the CF card may be damaged or lost.

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THE RECORDING MODE DISPLAY ON THE LCD MONITOR

Each time the display button is pressed, the display on the LCD monitor changes in the following order.

The LCD monitor is turned off

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Live view

 

 

Live view

(The camera settings are not displayed)

(The camera settings are displayed)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE DISPLAY OF THE CAMERA SETTINGS

(For details, see the pages in parentheses)

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ADJUSTING THE FOCUS

FOCUS LAMP

When the shutter-release button is pressed half-way, the camera adjusts the focus automatically and the focus lamp (green) shows the focus status (when the focus mode is set to the autofocus mode.)

 

 

 

 

Lights

The focus is determined and locked.

 

Blinks quickly

The focus is not determined.

 

(about 8 times in a second)

The shutter can be released.

When the focus lamp (green) blinks, check the following points:

ïDo you need to adjust the focus on the subject which is difficult to focus in the autofocus mode? (See page 38).

ïIs the subject closer than the minimum focus distance [or farther than 15.7 inches (39.9 cm) in the close up mode]? (Refer to the following.)

FOCUS DISTANCE IN THE AUTOFOCUS MODE (Minimum Focus Distance)

The focus distance in the autofocus mode is described on the list below.

When the subject is closer than the minimum focus distance of 15.7 inches (40 cm) or farther than 15.7 inches (40 cm) in the close up mode, the focus lamp (green) blinks.

Standard mode

15.7 inches (40 cm) to ∞ (infinity)

 

 

Close up mode

3.1 inches (8 cm) to 15.7 inches (40 cm)

(Refer to the page 53)

 

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THE SUBJECT IS DIFFICULT TO FOCUS IN THE AUTOFOCUS MODE

The autofocus mode uses the image contrast (the difference between light and dark parts) on the CCD (Charge Coupled Device) to focus on. Therefore, with the autofocus mode, the focus may not be adjusted correctly on the following subjects. In this case, use the focus lock function (see page 39).

The subject is too dark.

 

Some subjects at different

 

 

distances overlap in the

 

 

focus range.

 

 

 

The subject has no

 

The subject is too bright

contrast such as a blue sky

 

such as a shining car body

or a white wall.

 

or a surface of water.

 

 

 

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WHEN THE SUBJECT IS NOT IN THE CENTER OF THE FRAME (Focus Lock Function)

When the subject is not in the center of the frame, the camera adjusts the focus on the background. In this case, take a picture with the focus lock function.

1 Aim the camera so that the subject is in the center of the frame and press the shutter-release button half-way down.

ïThe camera adjusts the focus automatically. When the focus is adjusted, the focus lamp (green) lights.

2 While you are pressing the shutter-release button half-way down, change the camera position to obtain the desired image composition and press the button all the way down to take a picture.

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ADJUSTING THE FOCUS DISTANCE

Pressing the key allows you to adjust the focus distance for the best situations.

Auto focus The camera will automatically adjust the focus according to distance of the subject. (No icon)

The camera sets the focus at infinity. Flash is disabled by default.

Landscape

 

The camera will focus closely on a subject from 3.1 inches (8 cm) to 15.7 inches (40 cm)

Close up

away.

 

The camera will focus at a specified distance. Options are 19.6 inches (50 cm), 39.3

Specified

inches (100 cm), and 98.4 inches (250 cm).

1

Rotate the function dial to

.

ï Be sure that the camera is turned on.

 

2

Press

key to change the focus distance.

ï The icons on upper-right side of the LCD monitor will change.

3 Press the shutter-release button half-way down to adjust the focus.

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CLOSE UP

The close up function allows you to take a picture as close as 3.2 inches (8 cm) to the subject, and fills the frame with the subject in about 2.4 inches (6 cm) x 1.6 inches (4 cm).

1 Rotate the function dial to .

ï The recording mode menu is displayed on the LCD monitor.

2 Press

button to change the Focus distance to

.

ï

is displayed on the upper-right side of the LCD monitor and indicates that

 

the close up mode is selected.

 

 

ï

The flash mode is set to "FLASH CANCEL"

automatically. When the

close up mode is selected, the flash does not fire.

3 Determine the image composition while looking into the LCD monitor.

ïThere is a difference between the image range through the viewfinder and the actual one in the close up mode. We recommend you to use the LCD monitor when you determine the image composition.

ïWe recommend you set the camera on a stable surface or attach it to a tripod.

ïThe LCD monitor cannot be turned off in the close up mode.

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4 Press the shutter-release button half-way down.

ïIf the focus lamp (green) blinks, make sure that the subject is within 3.1 inches (8 cm) to 15.7 inches (40 cm) [is not more than 15.7 inches (40 cm)

from the camera].

5 Press the shutter-release button all the way down to take the picture.

ï Even after taking a picture, the close up mode is not cancelled. When the camera is turned off and on again, the camera enters autofocus mode.

ïWhen the camera enters the autofocus mode, the flash mode is returned to "AUTOFLASH WITH RED-EYE REDUCTION".

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ADJUSTING THE FOCUS AREA

Adjust the focus area while looking into the LCD monitor.

1 Rotate the function dial to and press the MENU button.

ï The recording mode menu is displayed on the LCD monitor

Central

Spot

2 Press the or key so that [FOCUSING] is highlighted and press the key.

3 Press theor key to select desired focus area and press the key to finish the setting.

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FLASH

The following 5 flash modes are available.

 

 

AUTOFLASH

The flash fires automatically when the light level

 

 

is low or the subject is backlit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The flash fires every time a picture is taken

 

 

 

 

 

regardless of the brightness.

 

 

FILL-FLASH

For example, select this mode to reduce the

 

 

 

 

 

harsh shadows when you take the picture out-

 

 

 

 

 

doors and the subjectís face is shaded with a hat.

 

 

FLASH

 

The flash does not fire. Select this mode when

 

 

 

taking a picture in the place where the flash

 

 

CANCEL

 

 

photography is prohibited such as in a museum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The flash fires the short burst 2 times before the

 

 

AUTOFLASH WITH RED-EYE

main flash burst to reduce the red-eye phenomenon.

 

 

Select this mode when taking a picture of people or

 

 

REDUCTION

 

 

 

 

 

animals in the dark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NIGHT MODE

*The flash fires even in long shutter night mode, to

 

 

 

 

get the best exposure of a subject.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flash Range

 

 

 

The flash range has the limit. Take pictures by referring to the flash range indicated below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The flash range:wide

 

19.6 inches (50 cm)~118.1 inches (300 cm)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The flash range:Tele

 

19.6 inches (50 cm)~98.4 inches (250 cm)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SELECTING THE FLASH MODE

1 Rotate the function dial to

.

ï The recording mode menu is displayed on the LCD monitor.

2 Press the or key to change the Flash mode as follows :

AUTOFLASH

FILL-FLASH

FLASH-CANCEL

AUTOFLASH WITH RED-EYE

REDUCTION

NIGHT MODE

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*The camera usually shows the icon on the upper-left side of the LCD monitor when taking a shot of a darker subject with FLASH-CANCEL mode . The icon reminds you to hold the camera steady when taking the picture.

ïThe icon for the selected flash mode (see previous page) is displayed on the upper-right side of the LCD monitor (see page 36).

ïThe flash mode returns to "AUTOFLASH WITH RED-EYE REDUCTION" when the camera is turned off and on again.

Flash Lamp

The flash lamp (red) shows the flash status.

Lights

The flash is ready to fire.

Blinks quickly when the

The flash is being charged. The shutter-release

shutter-release button is pressed all

button is not released.

the way down (about 8 times in a

 

second).

 

Blinks slowly when the flash function

The shutter speed becomes slow. Taking a picture

is cancelled (about 2 times in a

in this mode may cause an blurred image.

second).

The flash function is cancelled when the flash

 

mode is set to "FLASH CANCEL," when the drive

 

mode is set to the burst image capture, or when

 

the focus mode is set to the close-up mode.

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