Vivitar 980HD User Manual

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User’s Manual

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Contents

 

Section 1

Getting to Know Your Camera............................................

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Section 2

Getting Started.....................................................................

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Section 3

Enjoying the Record Mode..................................................

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Section 4

Enjoying the Playback Mode.............................................

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Section 5

Setting Your Camera .........................................................

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Section 6

Viewing Pictures and Movies on TV.................................

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Section 7

Using the Software.............................................................

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Section 8

Transferring Media.............................................................

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Section 9

Sakar Warranty Card.........................................................

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Section 10

Technical Support..............................................................

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Section 11 Specifications and System Requirements.......................

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Section 12

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

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Section 1

Getting to Know Your Camera

Overview

Thank you for purchasing this camera. Everything you need to take quality digital photos and videos is included with your camera.

Vivitar makes capturing those special moments as easy as possible.

The camera with 5 Mega Pixel sensor can take H.264 movies. By way of using H.264 technology, more videos can be taken within certain amount of memory. High quality images with up to 16 mega-pixelscan also be delivered smoothly. With a color LCD monitor, users can compose images and examine them easily.

The camera features 3” LCD touch panel which is an ideal platform for you to operate your camera. The menu options are accessible with your finger. With the touch panel, you can select the options directly and quickly.

The camera also features movie recording at an HD resolution of 1920x1080. You can also connect it to an HDTV via an HDMI cable, and easily playback the recorded high-definitionvideos on the wide screen HDTV.

Moreover, the camera has an advanced uploading feature. With the exclusive built-inInternet Direct application, you can upload the videos captured by the camera to Internet more effortlessly.

ISO sensitivity and color balance can either be adjusted automatically or changed manually. A 4x digital zoom helps you to control over the movies and pictures you take.

The varied effect options, such as Time Lapse and Slow Motion, make recording more fun.

The built-inmemory allows you to take pictures and to record movies without a memory card. The memory card slot allows users to increase the storage capacity.

Note

Partial memory of the built-inmemory is used for the camera’s Firmware code.

Standard Accessories

Unpack the package and make sure all standard accessories listed are included:

Camera

USB Cable

AV Cable

HDMI Cable

Adaptor

Lithium-ionRechargeable Battery

Quick Guide

CD-ROM(Software and User’s Manual)

Cloth Bag

Lens Cover Set (Lens cover and Strap)

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Front View

Tele/Wide Button

Speaker

Flash

 

Lens

Microphone

 

Rear View

Playback LED Indicator

 

 

 

Movie Mode LED Indicator

 

 

 

Picture Mode LED Indicator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playback Button

Mode Button

Rolling Wheel

OK Button

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Side View

SD card Slot

Power Button

Pre -Record/InternetButton

 

LCD Touch Panel

 

TV Port HDMI Port Mini USB 2.0 Port

Bottom View

Self Timer LED

Safety latch

Battery Cover

Tripod Socket

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Section 2

Getting Started

Loading the Battery

Before using the camera, users must load the Lithium-ionrechargeable battery come within the package.

1.Slide the safety latch to the unlocked position and open the battery cover.

2.Insert the battery according to the correct polarity marks ( + or -).

3. Close the battery cover firmly, and slide the safety latch to the locked position.

Inserting and Removing an SD Card (Optional)

The camera comes with an internal memory which allows you to store pictures and movies. You can expand the memory capacity by using an optional SD/SDHC memory card.

1.Insert the memory card into the slot. Please refer to the figure on the right side.

2. To remove an installed SD card, press the card inwards to release it.

3.When the card pops out, gently remove it from its slot.

4.Recommended memory capacity: 1GB or above.

Note

When a memory card is fitted, movies/pictures are saved on the card rather than on the built-inmemory.

Protecting Data on an SD Card: SD Card is read-

only when it is locked. No pictures or movies can be recorded when the SD card is locked. Make sure the lock is on the writeable position before recording any media.

Writeable Write-Protected

position Position

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Turning the Camera On and Getting Started

To turn on the camera:

1.Flip out the LCD panel; the camera will turn on automatically.

2.Or press Power Button for one second to turn it on.

To record movies: Press Mode Button or touch on the screen to switch to the Movie Record

mode .(The Movie Mode LED Indicator

will light up.) Press OK Button to record movies.

• To take a picture: Press Mode Button or touch on the screen to switch to the Picture Record mode. (The Picture Mode LED Indicator will light up.) Press OK Button halfway down until the focusing frame turns from white to green. Then, press it fully down to take pictures.

 

 

Focusing Frame: White

Focusing Frame: Green

 

 

To take a picture during movie recording: When recording movies, press Mode Button () to capture the image. The Dual record icon() appears on the LCD monitor.

To view stored movies and pictures: Press Playback Button or press on the screen to switch

to the Playback mode. (The Playback LED Indicator will light up.) Press Mode Button or touch on the screen to switch between Movie Preview Screen and Picture Preview Screen.

Turning the Camera Off

To turn off the camera: You can either press the Power Button for one second, or you can place the LCD panel back to its original position.

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Section 3

Enjoying the Record Mode

Button Function

Rolling Wheel: Rotate to move between the wheel menu options.

Right Button: LCD Information ON/OFF. In Record menu, press to switch to the submenu.

Left Button: FlashAuto/Red-Eye-Reduction/DigitalLight/ Flash OFF. In Record menu, press to return to the main menu.

Up Button: Move between the option items.

Down Button: Delete the current or all movies/pictures. Move between the option items.

OK Button:

1.Validate the setting.

2.In Movie Record Mode, press to take movies. To stop recording, press it again.

3.In Picture Record Mode, press to take pictures.

Tele Button : Zoom In

Wide Button : Zoom out

Playback Button:

1.Switch between Record / Playback Mode.

2.For quick review, press it after recording.

3.In Record menu, press to exit.

Mode Button:

1. Switch between Movie Mode and Picture Mode.

2. When recording movies, press to capture the image.

Power Button: Press down for one second to turn on or turn off the camera.

Pre-Record/InternetButton:In Record Mode, press

to activate the function that the movies are recorded 3 seconds before the OK Button is pressed.

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LCD Monitor Information

The indicators shown below may display on LCD when movies and pictures are recorded:

Movie Resolution

FHD (1080p 30)

HD (720p 30)

WVGA 60

VGA (4:3)

(1)

Slow Motion (Record movies at 320x240 resolution.)

Picture Resolution

 

High (16 MP)

 

Standard (5 MP)

 

Low (3 MP)

 

Recording time of the movie that can still be taken at current

(2)

resolution

 

 

Number of images that can still be taken at current resolution

(3)

Self-timerenabled

Dual Record

 

(4)

Stabilization

 

Pre-RecordMode

(5)

Time Lapse

 

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Scene

(6)

Skin

Night

 

 

Backlight

(7)

Macro Position Focusing

(8)

Manual White Balance

(9)

Motion Detection

 

Zoom meter:

(10)

FHD (1080p 30):1X~10X (10X Optical zoom and 1X Digital zoom)

Other video resolution:1X~40X (10X Optical zoom and 4X Digital

 

 

zoom)

(11)

Option Menu

(12)

Playback Mode

(13)

Movie/Picture Record Mode

 

Movie Mode

 

Digital Light On

 

Picture Mode

(14)

Flash Auto

 

Red Eye Reduction

 

Digital Light On

 

Flash Off

(15)

SD Card Inserted

 

Battery: full power

 

Battery: medium power

(16)

Battery: low power

 

Battery: empty power

 

DC power mode

Note

Scene: B/W / Classic / Negative effect can be previewed immediately without indicator on the LCD.

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Movie Recording

In Movie Record Mode (The Movie Record LED Indicator

lights up), press OK Button to start

 

recording. When a movie is being recorded, a time indicator will display on the LCD monitor. To stop

 

recording, press OK Button again.

 

 

 

Optional function

 

 

 

 

1. Dual record: press Mode Button (

) to capture the image. The Dual record icon(

) appears

 

on the LCD monitor.

 

 

 

Press Playback Button to view the recorded movies.

Four resolution settings are available:

Video Quality

FHD (1080p 30)

HD (720p 30)

WVGA 60

VGA (4:3)

Note

The image resolution captured during movies recording is the same as the video resolution.

The flash can not be used when capturing image during movies recording.

Using the Pre-RecordFunction

The Pre-recordfunction ensures that you will not miss any critical recording opportunities, The movies are recorded 3 seconds before the OK Button is pressed.

To use the Pre-Recordfunction:

1.Press the Pre-RecordButton () in Record Mode. ThePre-Recordicon() appears on the LCD monitor.

2.Aim the camera at the subject and position it securely.

3.Press the OK Button to start recording. (The camera records 3 seconds before you actually press the OK Button.)

To use the function again, set it again.

Note

• Time Lapse function can not be used when the Pre-Recordfunction is activated.

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Picture Recording

• In Picture Record Mode (The Picture Record LED Indicator lights up), press OK Button halfway down until the focusing frame turns from white to green. Then, press it fully down to take a picture.

Press Playback Button to view the picture.

Three resolution settings are available:

Image Quality

High Quality:16 Mega Pixels

Standard Quality:5 Mega Pixels

Low Quality:3 Mega Pixels

Using Flash or Digital Light Function

This camera has three flash settings and one setting to allow you to extend the brightness of the objects that are dark or in the shadow. Using Left Button to change the settings.

1.Flash Auto (): The flash fires automatically according to light conditions. Use this mode for general photography. (Picture Recording Only)

2.Red Eye Reduction( ): Thepre-flashwill fire to reduce thered-eyeeffect. (Picture Recording

Only)

3. Digital Light ( ): To extend the dynamic range for backlight and high contrast sense so that the objects will be brighter and clearer.

4.Flash Off ( ): The flash will not fire under any circumstances. Use this mode when taking images in a place where flash photography is prohibited, or when the subject is distant (beyond the range of the flash). (Picture Recording Only)

Note

The flash will be disabled automatically when the battery power is low ().

Using Zoom Function

The zoom magnifies images when recording movies or taking pictures.

1.To zoom in/out, press the Tele/Wide Button.

2.It can be set from 1X~10X (10X Optical zoom and 1X Digital zoom)/1X~40X (10X Optical zoom and 4X Digital zoom)

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Options for Record Menu

Movie Record Mode Menu

 

Movie Resolution

 

White Balance

 

Scene

 

Effect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FHD (1080p 30)

Auto

Auto

Stabilization

HD (720p 30)

Daylight

Skin

Macro Mode

WVGA60

Fluorescent

Night

Motion Detect.

VGA (4:3)

Tungsten

Backlight

 

(Motion Detection)

 

 

 

 

B/W (Black/White)

Slow Motion

 

 

 

 

Classic

Time Lapse

 

 

 

 

Negative

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture Record Mode Menu

 

 

 

 

 

Picture Resolution

 

White Balance

 

Scene

 

Effect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High (16MP)

Auto

Auto

Self-Timer

Std (5MP)

Daylight

Skin

Macro Mode

Low (3MP)

Fluorescent

Night

ISO

 

 

Tungsten

Backlight

 

 

 

 

 

 

B/W (Black/White)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classic

 

 

 

 

 

 

Negative

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operations for Record Mode

Operation

Screen

1.Touch(on-screenicon) in Record Mode. The wheel menu will show on the screen.

2.Scroll the wheel menu on the screen lightly with your finger to move between the options, which are

Resolution, Scene, Effect, White Balance, and Setting.

3.Submenu will pop up while stopping on each option.

4.Touch to select the specific option you want to adjust, then touch [OK] to validate the setting.

5.Or touch the Return icon ( ) to exit without any change.

6.Touch /on the screen to change between the pages.

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Movie Resolution

Four resolution settings are available.

FHD (1080p 30): Record movies at 1920x1080p 30 resolution.

HD (720p 30): Record movies at 1280x720p 30 resolution.

WVGA 60: Record movies at 848x480 60 resolution.

VGA(4:3): Record movies at 640x480p 30 resolution.

Operation

Display Screen

1.In Movie Record Mode, touch (on-screenicon) to show the wheel menu.

2.Scroll and stop on [Resolution]. The submenu of Resolution pops up.

3.Touch the desired option.

4.Touch [OK] to validate the setting.

Picture Resolution

Three resolution settings are available.

High (16MP): Shoot pictures at 4608x3456, 16MP quality.

Std (5MP)(Standard): Shoot pictures at 2592x1944, 5MP quality.

Low (3MP): Shoot pictures at 2048 x 1536, 3MP quality.

Operation

Display Screen

1.In Picture Record Mode, touch (on-screenicon) to show the wheel menu.

2.Scroll and stop on [Resolution]. The submenu of Resolution pops up.

3.Touch the desired option.

4.Touch [OK] to validate the setting.

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White Balance

The camera adjusts the color balance of images automatically. Three manual white balance settings are available:

Auto: The camera automatically adjusts white balance.

Daylight: Under outdoor condition.

Fluorescent: Under fluorescent light condition.

Tungsten: Under tungsten light condition.

Operation

Display Screen

1.In Movie/Picture Record Mode, touch (onscreen icon) to show the wheel menu.

2.Scroll and stop on [White Balance]. The submenu of White Balance pops up.

3.Touch the desired option.

4.Touch [OK] to validate the setting.

Scene

You can select the mode according to the scene condition.

Auto: Shoot without any special effect on the image.

Skin: Shoot with an effect that makes skin tones more natural.

Night: Use Night Mode for night scenes or low light conditions.

Backlight: You can take shots when the bright light is behind the subject.

B/W (Black/White): The image is converted toblack-and-white.

Classic: The image is converted to a sepia look.

Negative: The image is converted as the negative of the normal

Operation

Display Screen

1.In Movie/Picture Record Mode, touch (onscreen icon) to show the wheel menu.

2.Scroll and stop on [Scene]. The submenu of Scene pops up.

3.Touch the desired option.

4.Touch [OK] to validate the setting.

Note

To avoid blurry pictures, place the camera on a flat, steady surface, or use a tripod when taking shots in the Night Mode.

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Movie Effect

Operation

Display Screen

1.In Movie Record Mode, touch (on-screenicon) to show the wheel menu.

2.Scroll and stop on [Effect]. The submenu of Effect pops up.

3.Touch the desired Effect option to enter its option screen.

4.The Movie Effect submenu contains 5 options--Stabilization, Macro Mode, Motion Detection, Slow Motion, and Time Lapse--foryou to adjust the camera’s settings.

Stabilization

Record with an effect of reducing camera shake to result in more stable videos.

Operation

Display Screen

1.In the Effect submenu, touch [Stabilization] to enter the option screen.

2.Touch the desired option.

3.Touch [OK] to validate the setting.

Note

Stabilization doesn’t apply on FHD(1080p 30) and WVGA60.

Macro Mode

• Auto: The camera adjusts the focus automatically.

• Macro( ): The camera adjusts the focus with priority on closeup objects. Shoot in Macro mode when the objects are located in 1 cm~Infinite (setting to the Wide side)/60 cm~Infinite (setting to the Tele side).

Operation

Display Screen

1.In the Effect submenu, touch [Macro] to enter the option screen.

2.Touch the desired option.

3.Touch [OK] to validate the setting.

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Motion Detection

Record videos automatically when the camera detects a movement.

Operation

Display Screen

1.In the Effect submenu, touch [Motion Detect.] to enter the option screen.

2.Touch the desired option.

3.Touch [OK] to validate the setting.

4.Camera will start to record video automatically if it detects a movement. Stop recording if it does not detect a movement.

Slow Motion

Record videos with slow motion effect. When the video is played, the playback time will be longer than the actual recording time.

Operation

Display Screen

1.In the Effect submenu, touch [Slow Motion] to enter the option screen.

2.Touch the desired option.

3.Touch [OK] to validate the setting.

Time Lapse

Record still images at specific intervals you can set and play them as one movie file.

Off: Disable Time Lapse.

1 Sec.: Record one frame per second.

3 Sec.: Record one frame every 3 seconds.

5 Sec.: Record one frame every 5 seconds.

Operation

Display Screen

1.In the Effect submenu, touch [Time Lapse] to enter the option screen.

2.Touch the desired option.

3.Touch [OK] to validate the setting.

Note

• Stabilization function can not be used when Time Lapse function is activated.

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Picture Effect

Operation

Display Screen

1.In Picture Record Mode, touch (on-screenicon) to show the wheel menu.

2.Scroll and stop on [Effect]. The submenu of Effect pops up.

3.Touch the desired Effect option to enter its option screen.

4.The Picture Effect submenu contains 3 options --SelfTimer, Macro Mode, andISO--for you to adjust the camera’s setting.

Self-Timer

The self-timerallows you to take pictures with aten-secondtime delay. Theself-timerlight on the front of the camera will also blink. The speed of blinking will increase just before the picture is taken.

Operation

Display Screen

1.In the Effect submenu, touch [Self-Timer]to enter the option screen.

2.Touch the desired option.

3.Touch [OK] to validate the setting..

Macro Mode

• Auto: The camera adjusts the focus automatically.

• Macro( ): The camera adjusts the focus with priority on closeup objects. Shoot in Macro mode when the objects are located in 1 cm~Infinite (setting to the Wide side)/60 cm~Infinite (setting to the Tele side).

Operation

Display Screen

1.In Effect submenu, touch [Macro Mode] to enter the option screen.

2.Touch the desired option.

3.Touch [OK] to validate the setting.

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ISO

The camera adjusts the ISO sensitivity of its images automatically. Two manual ISO sensitivity settings are available. (800/1600) The larger the number is, the higher the ISO sensitivity is set to. Select a small number to shoot a smoother image. Select a large number to shoot an image in a dark location or to shoot a subject moving at high speed.

Operation

Display Screen

1.In the Effect submenu, touch [ISO] to enter the option screen.

2.Touch the desired option.

3.Touch [OK] to validate the setting.

Note

The image may become noisy when the ISO number is large.

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Section 4

Enjoying the Playback Mode

Button Function

The Buttons have the following functions in Playback Mode.

Rolling Wheel: Rotate to move to the previous/next movie/ picture.

Right Button: LCD Information ON/OFF; Fast forward.

Left Button: Fast rewind.

Down Button: Delete the current movie/picture or all movies/ pictures.

OK Button:

1. Enter Movie/Picture Playback Mode.

2. Validate the setting.

3.In Picture Playback Mode, press to start/stop the slideshow.

Tele Button : Zoom In

Wide Button : Zoom out

Mode Button:

1.Switch between Movie Preview Screen and Picture Preview Screen.

Playback Button:

1.Switch between Record /Playback Mode.

2.Return to the previous screen.

Pre-Record/Internet Button: In Movie Playback Mode, press to select the current movie to upload to Internet.

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