Gateway DV-S20 User Manual

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DV-S20 digital MPEG 4 camcorder user's guide

Contents

Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . i Introducing Your Gateway Digital MPEG4 Camcorder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Important Safeguards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Package contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Connecting the wrist strap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Installing the batteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Installing an optional SD memory card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Turning on your camcorder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Setting the date and time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Using the OSD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Using your camcorder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Understanding LCD display information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Understanding image quality and storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Recording video and still images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Using the flash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Using the digital zoom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Using the self-timer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Viewing images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Deleting images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Connecting your camcorder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Error messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 LED indicators and audible beeps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 FCC Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

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Introducing Your Gateway Digital MPEG4

Camcorder

This section provides basic information about your Gateway Digital MPEG4 Camcorder.

Read this section to learn about:

Features

Warnings and safeguards

Package contents

Controls and connections

©2003 Gateway, Inc. All rights reserved. Gateway, Gateway Country, the Gateway stylized logo, and the black-and-white spot design are trademarks or registered trademarks of Gateway, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other brands and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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Features

MPEG4-compressed format

2.1 mega pixel CMOS sensor and 2.5 digital zoom

320 × 240 QVGA video

1600 × 1200 resolution still images

Three quality settings — Super fine, fine, and normal

1.5-inch color LTPS LCD display that swivels 270 degrees

Auto flash

Accurate color processing

64 MB internal memory to capture and store images

Accepts external SD memory cards (up to 512 MB)

AV connection to your TV or VCR

USB connection to download images to your computer

Video editing, creating, and sharing software

Photo editing, printing, and sharing software

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Important Safeguards

Warning

Risk of electric shock - Do not open

 

To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not

 

modify your camcorder or open the case.

 

There are no user-serviceable parts inside.

 

Opening the case voids the warranty.

 

Have your camcorder repaired by qualified

 

service personnel only.

 

 

Warnings and precautions

Disconnect all cables before moving your camcorder. Moving your camcorder with its cables attached may damage the cables and cause fire or electric shock danger.

Do not expose your camcorder to rain or moisture.

Do not drop your camcorder.

Do not try to operate your camcorder while driving a vehicle.

Keep your camcorder away from excessive dust, high temperatures, moisture, or direct sunlight.

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Disconnect your camcorder and remove the batteries when not used for a long period of time.

Do not use any other batteries than ones specified for your camcorder.

Never use different types of batteries together (alkaline and Ni-MH) or mix old and new batteries.

Disconnect your camcorder and remove the batteries if your camcorder acts in any way abnormal while following normal operating instructions.

Do not place your camcorder on an unstable cart, stand, or table. Your camcorder may fall, causing serious damage.

Never place your camcorder near or over a radiator or heat source.

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Package contents

Along with your camcorder, the packaging box contains the following items:

Camcorder strap

Two AA batteries

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USB cable

AV cable

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Software

Digital

camcorder

Driver for:

Windows 98/98SE/ME

Windows 2000/XP

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User’s guide

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Accessories

You can purchase these optional accessories for your camcorder:

Accessory kit:

AC adapter

Battery charger and rechargeable batteries

Carrying pouch

Tripod

SD memory cards

SD memory card reader

Contact Gateway for these and other accessories.

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Front

Power/Menu button

LCD display

Lens

Microphone

Flash

Self-timer LED

Battery/Memory

card cover

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Item

Description

 

 

Power/Menu button (top)

Turns your camcorder on and off and enters the OSD

 

(on-screen display). For more information, see “Using the

 

OSD” on page 21.

 

 

Lens

Lets light into your camcorder to capture images.

 

 

Microphone

Records audio.

 

 

Flash

Activates when lighting conditions are dark.

 

 

Self-timer LED

Blinks blue when in self-timer mode.

 

 

Battery/Memory card cover

Open to install batteries and optional SD memory cards.

 

 

LCD display

Open to view images you are recording. You can also view

 

images previously recorded using playback mode.

 

The LCD swivels 270 degrees.

 

 

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Back

Flash/ button Zoom out/ button System LED indicator Image shutter button Playback/Pause button

Tripod socket

Record/Stop button

Zoom in/ button

Self-timer/ button

Digital zoom/OK button Delete button

AV out connector

USB connector

Power connector

Wrist strap eyelet

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Item

 

Description

 

 

 

Flash/

button

Manually activates flash mode. For additional information,

 

 

see “Using the flash” on page 33.

 

 

OSD active: Moves up through menu options.

 

 

 

Zoom out/

button

Reduces the zoom level.

 

 

OSD active: Enters a menu and moves to the next item field.

 

 

System LED indicator

Displays system status. For additional information, see “LED

 

 

indicators and audible beeps” on page 50.

 

 

Image shutter button

Takes still photographs with your camcorder.

 

 

Playback/Pause button

Activates playback mode. Press this button again to pause

 

 

recording or playback. For additional information, see

 

 

“Viewing images” on page 36.

 

 

Record/Stop button

Starts and stops image recording.

 

 

 

Zoom in/

button

Enlarges the zoom level.

 

 

OSD active: Enters a menu and moves to the next item field.

 

 

 

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Item

 

Description

 

 

 

Self-timer/

button

Activates the self-timer. For additional information, see “Using

 

 

the self-timer” on page 35.

 

 

OSD active: Moves down through menu options.

 

 

Digital Zoom/OK button

Activates digital zoom. For additional information, see “Using

 

 

the digital zoom” on page 34.

 

 

OSD active: Saves menu changes.

 

 

 

Delete button

 

Deletes any images that you do not want to keep.

 

 

AV out connector

Plug the AV cable in here to send still images or video to an

 

 

external device, such as a TV or VCR.

 

 

USB connector

Plug the USB cable in here to transfer still images or video

 

 

to your computer.

 

 

Power connector

Plug the optional AC power adapter in here. The power

 

 

adapter does not charge batteries.

 

 

Wrist strap eyelet

Attach the wrist strap for your camcorder here.

 

 

Tripod socket (bottom)

Attach a tripod here to stabilize your camcorder during

 

 

filming.

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Getting Started

Read this section to learn how to:

Connect the wrist strap

Install the batteries

Install an optional SD memory card

Turn on your camcorder

Set the date and time

Use the OSD (on screen display) menus

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