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E INSTRUCTION MANUAL

9222-2727-11PM-A303/ME-0303

Before you begin

Thank you for purchasing this Minolta digital camera. Please take the time to read through this instruction manual so you can enjoy all the features of your new camera.

Check the packing list before using this product. If any items are missing, immediately contact your camera dealer.

Minolta DiMAGE E223 digital camera

AA alkaline batteries (set of two)

Hand strap HS-DG223

Video cable VIC-100

USB cable USB-700

DiMAGE Viewer CD-ROM

DiMAGE Instruction Manuals CD-ROM

Quick Reference Guide (printed)

Minolta International Warranty Certificate

Because the performance of alkaline batteries with digital cameras is low, the use of Ni-MHbatteries or aCR-V3lithium battery is recommended.

2 BEFORE YOU BEGIN

For proper and safe use

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

WARNING

Using batteries improperly can cause them to leak harmful solutions, overheat, or explode which may damage property or cause personal injury. Do not ignore the following warnings.

Only use the batteries specified in this instruction manual.

Do not install the batteries with the polarity (+/–)reversed.

Do not use batteries which show wear or damage.

Do not expose batteries to fire, high temperatures, water, or moisture.

Do not attempt to short or disassemble batteries.

Do not store batteries near or in metallic products.

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

Do not charge alkaline or lithium batteries.

When recharging rechargeable batteries, only use the recommended charger.

Do not use leaking batteries. If fluid from the batteries enters your eye, immediately rinse the eye with plenty of fresh water and contact a doctor. If fluid from the batteries makes contact with your skin or clothing, wash the area thoroughly with water.

Tape over battery contacts to avoid short-circuitingduring disposal; always follow local regulations for battery disposal.

Use only the specified AC adapter within the voltage range indicated on the adapter unit. An inappropriate adapter or current may cause damage or injury through fire or electric shock.

Do not disassemble this product. Electric shock may cause injury if a high voltage circuit inside the product is touched.

Immediately remove the batteries or unplug the AC adapter and discontinue use if the camera is dropped or subjected to an impact in which the interior, especially the flash unit, is exposed. The flash has a high voltage circuit which may cause an electric shock resulting in injury. The continued use of a damaged product or part may cause injuries or fire

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Keep batteries or small parts that could be swallowed away from infants. Contact a doctor immediately if an object is swallowed.

Store this product out of reach of children. Be careful when around children not to harm them with the product or parts.

Do not fire the flash directly into the eyes. It may damage eyesight.

Do not fire the flash at vehicle operators. It may cause a distraction or temporary blindness which may lead to an accident.

Do not use the monitor while operating a vehicle or walking. It may result in injury or an accident.

Do not look directly at the sun or strong light sources through the viewfinder. It may damage your eyesight or cause blindness.

Do not use this product in a humid environment, or operate this product with wet hands. If liquid enters the product, immediately remove the batteries or unplug the AC adapter and discontinue use. The continued use of a product exposed to liquids may cause damage or injury through fire or electric shock.

Do not use the product near inflammable gases or liquids such as gasoline, benzine, or paint thinner. Do not use inflammable products such as alcohol, benzine, or paint thinner to clean the

product. The use of inflammable cleaners and solvents may cause an explosion or fire.

When unplugging the AC adapter, do not pull on the power cord. Hold the adapter unit when removing it from an outlet.

Do not damage, twist, modify, heat, or place heavy objects on the AC adapter cord. A damaged cord may cause damage or injury through fire or electric shock.

If the product emits a strange odor, heat, or smoke, discontinue use. Immediately remove the batteries taking care not to burn yourself as the batteries become hot with use. The continued use of a damaged product or part may cause injuries or fire.

Take the product to a Minolta Service Facility when repairs are required.

4 FOR PROPER AND SAFE USE

CAUTION

Do not use or store the product in a hot or humid environment such as the glove compartment or trunk of a car. It may damage the product and batteries which may result in burns or injuries caused by heat, fire, explosion, or leaking battery fluid.

If batteries are leaking, discontinue use of the product.

The lens retracts when the camera is turned off. Touching the lens barrel while it is retracting may cause injury.

The camera temperature rises with extended periods of use. Care should be taken to avoid burns.

Burns may result if the memory card or batteries are removed immediately after extended periods

of use. Turn the camera off and wait for it to cool.

Do not fire the flash while it is in contact with people or objects. The flash unit discharges a large amount of energy which may cause burns.

Do not apply pressure to the LCD monitor. A damaged monitor may cause injury, and the liquid from the monitor may cause inflammation. If liquid from the monitor makes contact with skin, wash the area with fresh water. If liquid from the monitor comes in contact with the eyes, immediately rinse the eyes with plenty of water and contact a doctor.

When using the AC adapter, insert the plug securely into the electrical outlet.

Do not use if the AC adapter cord is damaged.

Do not cover the AC adapter. A fire may result.

Do not obstruct access to the AC adapter; this can hinder the unplugging of the unit in emergencies.

Unplug the AC adapter when cleaning or when the product is not in use.

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About this manual

The basic operation of this camera is covered between pages 10 and 25. This section of the manual covers the camera parts, preparation of the camera for use, and the basic camera operation for recording, viewing, and deleting images.

The other sections can be read as needed. Many of the features of this camera are controlled with menus. The menu navigation sections concisely describe how to change menu settings. Descriptions of the settings immediately follow the navigation sections.

Names of parts .....................................................................................................

8

Camera body ..............................................................................................

8

Mode dial ....................................................................................................

9

Getting up and running .......................................................................................

10

Attaching the hand strap ..........................................................................

10

Installing batteries.....................................................................................

11

Battery condition indicator ........................................................................

12

Auto power off...........................................................................................

12

Connecting the AC adapter (sold separately) ..........................................

13

Setting the language.................................................................................

14

Setting the date and time .........................................................................

14

Image storage...........................................................................................

16

Basic recording and playback.............................................................................

18

Auto-recording mode display ....................................................................

18

Frame counter ..........................................................................................

18

Viewfinder .................................................................................................

19

Handling the camera ................................................................................

19

Using the zoom lens .................................................................................

20

Basic recording operation.........................................................................

21

Indicator lamp ...........................................................................................

22

Focus lock.................................................................................................

22

Special focusing situations .......................................................................

23

Playback mode display .............................................................................

24

Viewing images.........................................................................................

24

Display button - playback mode................................................................

25

Deleting images........................................................................................

25

6 TABLE OF CONTENTS

Auto-recording mode ..........................................................................................

26

Flash modes .............................................................................................

26

Flash range...............................................................................................

27

Display button - recording mode...............................................................

27

Exposure compensation ...........................................................................

28

What is an Ev? What is a stop? ...........................................................

29

White balance...........................................................................................

30

Automatic white balance.......................................................................

30

Preset white balance ............................................................................

30

Movie-recording ..................................................................................................

31

Program-recording mode ....................................................................................

32

Self-timer ..............................................................................................

32

Macro....................................................................................................

33

Night portrait.........................................................................................

33

Portrait ..................................................................................................

33

Landscape ............................................................................................

33

Playback mode ...................................................................................................

34

Index playback ..........................................................................................

34

Enlarged playback ....................................................................................

35

Playing back movies .................................................................................

35

Image copy ...............................................................................................

36

Viewing images on a television ................................................................

37

Setup mode ........................................................................................................

38

Navigating the setup menu.......................................................................

38

Deleting all images ...................................................................................

40

Format ......................................................................................................

40

Image quality ............................................................................................

41

Buzzer.......................................................................................................

42

About DPOF .............................................................................................

42

Creating a DPOF Print Order ...............................................................

43

Memory type.............................................................................................

45

Video output .............................................................................................

45

Data-transfer mode .............................................................................................

46

System requirements................................................................................

46

Connecting the camera to a computer .....................................................

47

Connecting to Windows 98 and 98 Second Edition .................................

49

QuickTime system requirements ..............................................................

51

Memory card folder organization..............................................................

52

Uninstalling the driver software - Windows...............................................

53

Disconnecting the camera from the computer..........................................

54

Appendix ..........................................................................................................

56

Troubleshooting ........................................................................................

56

Care and storage......................................................................................

58

About Ni-MH batteries ..............................................................................

60

About the DiMAGE Viewer .......................................................................

60

Technical specifications ............................................................................

61

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NAMES OF PARTS

Camera body

*This camera is a sophisticated optical instrument. Care should be taken to keep these surfaces clean. Please read the care and storage instructions in the back of this manual (p. 58).

The DC terminal (p. 13), videoout terminal (p. 37), and USB port (p. 47) are located behind the terminal cover.

Shutter-releasebutton

Flash (p. 26)

Self-timerlamp (p. 32)

Viewfinder window*

Strap eyelet (p. 10)

Microphone Lens*

Battery/ Card chamber door (p. 11, 16)

The tripod socket is located on the bottom of the body.

8 NAMES OF PARTS

Main switch

White balance/ Delete button (p. 25, 30)

Viewfinder* (p. 18, 24)

Flash-mode/Copy button (p. 26, 36)

Indicator lamp (p. 22)

Zoom lever (p. 20)

Scroll-upbutton

Scroll-downbutton

Display/ Enter button (p. 25, 27)

Mode dial

Speaker

LCD monitor*

Mode dial

This dial gives direct and easy access to the camera’s major modes.

Movie-recordingmode (p. 31)

Program-recordingmode (p. 32)

Auto-recordingmode (p. 18, 26)

Playback mode (p. 24, 34)

Setup mode (p. 38)

Data-transfermode (p. 46)

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GETTING UP AND RUNNING

Attaching the hand strap

Always keep the strap around your wrist in the event that the camera is accidentally dropped.

 

Pass the small loop of the hand strap through the

1

strap eyelet on the camera body (1).

 

Pass the other end of the strap through the small loop and tighten (2).

2

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Installing batteries

This digital camera uses two AA-sizeNi-MHbatteries or oneCR-V3lithium battery. When using NiMH batteries, fully recharge them with a battery charger suitable for complex electronic equipment. Although alkaline batteries can be used, their performance is very low and is not recommended for normal use. Do not use other types of AA batteries.

When replacing the batteries, the camera should be turned off.

Open the battery-chamberdoor on the bottom of the camera by2 sliding the door toward the side of the camera (1) to release the

safety catch; the door can then be opened (2).

1

AA-sizebatteries

Insert the batteries as shown. Never force the battery.

CR-V3lithium battery

3

Close the battery-chamberdoor (3) and slide it4 toward the body (4) to engage the safety catch.

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When replacing batteries, the date information will reset if there are no batteries in the camera for a few minutes. See page 14 if the date reset.

Battery condition indicator

This camera is equipped with an automatic batterycondition indicator. When the camera is on, the bat- tery-conditionindicator appears on the LCD monitor. If it does not appear, the battery may be exhausted or installed incorrectly.

Full-batteryindicator - the battery is fully charged.

Low-batteryindicator - battery power is low. The battery should be replaced soon.

Low-batterywarning - battery power is very low. The icon is red. The battery should be replaced as soon as possible.

Replace-batterymessage - power is insufficient for camera operation. Indicator lamp by the viewfinder turns red and blinks. Change the batteries. The shutter will not release.

Auto power off

To conserve battery power, the camera will shut down if an operation is not made within three minutes. To restore power, press the main switch.

Connecting the AC adapter (sold separately)

the camera to be powered from an electrical household outlet. The AC when the camera is interfaced with a computer or during periods of heavy

the camera before changing between power supplies.

Lift the terminal cover from the top (1). The cover is attached to the body to prevent loss.

Insert the mini plug of the AC adapter into the DC terminal (2).

Insert the AC adapter plug into an electrical outlet.

When the AC adapter is used, camera will shut down if an operation is not made within 30 minutes.

Setting the language

Depending on the region, the menu language may have to be set. Four languages are available: English, French, Spanish, and German.

Turn the mode dial to the setup position (1).

Turn the camera on (2).

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5

4

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Use the scroll language option button (4) to open

Use the scroll buttons (3) to highlight the appropriate language. Press the display/enter button (4) to select the language.

S E T U P

M E M O RY T Y P E L A N G UAG E

V I D E O O U T

S E L E C T O K

L A N G UAG E

E N G L I S H

E S PA Ñ O L

D E U T S C H

F R A N Ç A I S

S E L E C T O K

Setting the date and time

The camera’s clock and calendar must be set. When images are recorded, the image data is saved with the date and time of recording. The date and time display blinks if the clock and calender are not set.

Turn the mode dial to the setup position (1).

Turn the camera on (2).

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Use the scroll buttons (3) to select the date/time option.

 

S E T U P

 

Press the display/enter button (4) to open the date/time

 

 

 

D E L E T E A L L

 

 

screen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F O R M AT

 

 

 

 

 

 

QUA L I T Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

BU Z Z E R

 

 

 

 

 

 

D P O F

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAT E / T I M E

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S E L E C T

O K

 

S E T U P

 

 

 

 

 

Use the scroll buttons (3) to select the style option.

 

S T Y L E

 

 

 

Press the display/enter button (4) to continue.

 

C L O C K

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S E L E C T

O K

 

 

 

 

Use the scroll buttons (3) to select the date format. Press the display/enter button (4) to select the format.

The main setup menu is displayed. Highlight the date/time option with the scroll buttons and press the display/enter button to continue.

Use the scroll buttons (3) to select the clock option. Press the display/enter button (4) to display the date/time setting screen.

S E T U P

M O N T H / DAY

DAY / M O N T H

S E L E C T O K

Use the flash-mode/copybutton (5) to select the item to be changed. Use the scroll buttons (3) to adjust the item.

Pressing the white-balance/deletebutton (6) will close the screen and cancel any changes made.

C L O C K

0 0 : 0 0

2 0 0 3 / 1 / 1

A D J U S T N E X TC O P Y S E T

When the correct date and time is displayed, press the display/ enter button (4) to set the clock and calendar.

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Image storage

This camera has an 8MB internal memory where the image can be stored without the need for a separate a memory card. To switch between the internal memory and a memory card, see pages 38 and 45.

The LCD monitor shows where the images will be stored. “IN” indicates the internal memory and “EX” indicates an external memory card.

An SD Memory Card or MultiMediaCard, sold separately, can be inserted in the camera for image storage.

Always turn off the camera and confirm the indicator lamp is not lit before removing a memory card; damage and data loss may result.

Open the card-slotdoor (1).

Insert the memory card all the way into the card slot until it stops (2). Insert the card so the face is toward the front of the camera. Always push the card in straight. Never force the card. If the card does not fit, check that it is oriented correctly.

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4

To remove a memory card, hold the edge of the card and pull it out straight (3). Take care when removing the card as it becomes hot with use.

Close the card-chamberdoor and slide it toward the body (4) to engage the safety catch.

If the card-protectmessage appears, the inserted card in the camera is locked. The card’swrite-pro-tect switch must be in the unlock position to use the card. If thememory-card-errormessage appears, the inserted card may need to be formatted, or may not be compatible with this camera. To format the memory card, see pages 38 and 40. A card used in another camera may have to be formatted before being used. See the card’s manual for details on card use.

Images are not transferred automatically to the memory card from internal memory when a memory card is inserted. To copy the data, see page 36.

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BASIC RECORDING AND PLAYBACK

This section covers the basic operation of this camera. Thoroughly familiarize yourself with the operations in this section before moving on to the other sections in the manual.

Auto-recordingmode display

When the mode dial is turned to the auto-recordingmode position, the following display will appear in the LCD moni-

tor. Indicators are displayed when camera settings are changed.

White-balanceindicator (p. 30)

Digital-zoomdisplay (p. 20)

Memory-typeindicator (p. 45)

Flash-modeindicator (p. 26)

Zoom scale (p. 20)

Battery-conditionindicator (p. 12)

Frame counter (p. 18)

Image-qualitydisplay (p. 41)

Focus frame (p. 21)

Date/time (p. 14)

Date/time appears briefly when the mode is changed.

Exposure-compensationdisplay (p. 28)

Frame counter

The frame counter cannot exceed 999. When the number of recordable images exceeds this, 999 will be displayed. The frame counter will continue to count down when the number of recordable images falls below one thousand.

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Viewfinder

 

 

 

Because the optical viewfinder and the lens are slightly

Close-framingguide

separated, the image seen through one is not exactly

 

 

 

the same as the other; this is called parallax. Parallax

 

 

 

can cause errors in framing at close distances and is

 

 

 

more pronounced at longer focal lengths. When the sub-

 

 

 

ject is closer than 0.4m (1.3ft) in the macro mode, the

 

 

 

use of the LCD monitor is recommended because it

 

 

 

does not suffer from parallax. If the viewfinder is used,

 

 

 

point the camera slightly upwards so that the top of the

 

 

 

image is aligned with the close-framingguide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Handling the camera

While using the viewfinder or LCD monitor, grip the camera firmly with your right hand while supporting the body with your left. Keep your elbows at your side and your feet shoulder-widthapart to hold the camera steadily.

When taking vertical pictures, hold the camera so that the flash is above the lens with the grip to the top. Take care not to cover the lens with your fingers or the strap.

Indicator lamp

The indicator lamp glows green when the camera is turned on. When the shutter-releasebutton is pressed partway down, it shows the focus and flash status. See page 22 for the details.

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Using the zoom lens

This camera is equipped with a 6.2 to 18.6mm optical zoom. This is equivalent to a 38 to 114mm zoom lens on a 35mm camera. In 35mm photography, focal lengths below 50mm are referred to as wide-angle;the angle of view is larger than that of the human eye. Above 50mm is referred to as telephoto and makes distant objects appear closer. The effect of the optical zoom is visible in both the viewfinder and LCD monitor.

Zoom lever

The zoom lens is operated by the zoom lever. Pressing

 

the right side (T) will zoom in to the telephoto position of

 

the lens. Pressing the left side (W) will zoom out to the

 

wide-angleposition. The optical zoom position is indicat-

 

ed by the lower white section of the zoom scale in the

 

LCD monitor.

If the zoom lever is pressed toward the telephoto

Digital zoom magnification

position at the telephoto position of the optical

 

zoom, the digital zoom will activate; this is indicated

 

by the upper red section of the zoom scale. The

 

digital zoom extends the power of the telephoto

 

position of the optical zoom by up to 3X in 0.2X

 

increments. When the digital zoom is active, the

 

image magnification is displayed on the monitor.

 

Digital zoom images are interpolated to the set image size. There can be some loss of quality with images taken with the digital zoom.

Zoom scale

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