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DVR 1020HD

Digital Camcorder

User Manual

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Contents

 

Introduction ...........................................................................................................................................

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What‟s Included ....................................................................................................................................

2

Camera Technical Specifications ..........................................................................................................

3

Computer System Requirements – Windows........................................................................................

4

Computer System Requirements – Macintosh......................................................................................

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Parts of the Camera ..............................................................................................................................

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Initial Camera Setup .............................................................................................................................

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Powering ON/OFF Your Digital Video Camera......................................................................................

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Changing Camera Mode .......................................................................................................................

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Navigating the Menus .........................................................................................................................

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Video Capture Mode ...........................................................................................................................

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Video Playback Mode .........................................................................................................................

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Photo Capture Mode...........................................................................................................................

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Photo Playback Mode .........................................................................................................................

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Connecting the Digital Video Camera to a TV.....................................................................................

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Installing the Software.........................................................................................................................

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Connecting the Camera to the Computer ...........................................................................................

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Getting Photos and Videos from Your Camera to Your Computer.......................................................

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Get started! .........................................................................................................................................

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Transferring Images from My Camera to My Computer Manually.......................................................

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Camera Maintenance..........................................................................................................................

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

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

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

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Introduction

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

Vivitar makes capturing those special moments as easy as possible.

Note: Your digital video camera needs an SD Memory card (up to 32GB) for normal use. SD Memory cards are not included and need to be purchased separately.

It is recommended to use an SDHC Class 4 SD card or higher.

Please read this manual carefully first in order to get the most out of your digital video camera.

What‟s Included

1)Digital Camcorder

2)USB Cable

3)AV Cable

4)Vivitar Experience Image Manager Software Installation CD

5)Hand Strap (not shown)

Note: SDHC Class 4 (or higher) Memory card and batteries not included.

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Camera Technical Specifications

Image Sensor

CMOS Sensor

 

 

Image Resolution

3264x2448 (8M), 2592x1944(5M) / 2048x1536(3M) /

 

 

1600x1200(2M) / 1280x1024(1M) / 640x480(VGA)

 

 

Video Resolution

1920x1080 (FHD), 1280x720 (HD), 848x480 (D1),

 

 

VGA 640x480 (640), QVGA 320x240 (320)

 

 

File Format

JPEG/AVI

 

 

External Memory

SDHC Card (up to 32GB)

 

 

LCD Display

2.7 Inch TFT

 

 

Zoom

4X Digital Zoom

 

 

Exposure

-3.0EV~ +3.0EV

 

 

White Balance

Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Incandescent , Fluorescent

 

 

ISO

Auto / 100 / 200 / 400

 

 

Scene

Auto, Scenery, Portrait, Night Scenery, Night Portrait,

 

 

Sport, Beach, Party

 

 

Language

English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Dutch,

 

Italian, Turkish

 

 

Flash

LED Flash lamp

 

 

Self-Timer

2, 5 or 10 second delay

 

 

Multi Shot

Yes

 

 

Anti-Shake

Yes

 

 

Face Detect

Yes

 

 

Smile Capture

Yes

 

 

Print Photos

Yes

 

 

Interface

USB 2.0

 

 

 

Windows XP (SP 3), Vista (SP1) and 7;

System Requirements

 

 

Mac OSX v10.5.x and above

 

 

Battery

3 x AA Batteries (Alkaline batteries recommended)

 

 

Working Temperature

0~40 C

 

 

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Computer System Requirements – Windows

To be able to download photos and videos to your PC, you will need the following minimum

configuration:

Microsoft® Windows XP with Service Pack 3, Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 or Windows 7

Pentium® 4 processor (or above)

512 MB of RAM, with 250 MB of free hard disk space

16-bitColor monitor, 1024 X 768 recommended screen resolution

CD-ROMDrive

QuickTime® 6 or higher

Microsoft® Internet Explorer 7 or higher

Windows Media Player 10 or higher

DirectX 9 or higher

Internet connection required

Computer System Requirements – Macintosh

To be able to download photos and videos to your Macintosh, you will need the following minimum configuration:

Intel processor running Mac OS X v10.5.x or later

256 MB RAM, 250 MB free hard disk space

Display: 1024 x 768 or higher-resolutionmonitor

QuickTime® 6 or higher

Internet connection required

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Parts of the Camera

1.

Display Button

13.

Down / Zoom Out Button

2.

Delete Button

14.

OK Button

3.

MODE Button

15.

Left / ViviLink Button

4.

POWER Button

16.

Speaker

5.

MENU Button

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LCD Screen

6.

Up / Zoom In Button

18.

Self-TimerLED Indicator

7.

USB Port

19.

Digital Lens

8.

Busy LED Indicator

20.

LED Light

9.

Shutter Button

21.

Microphone

10.

SD Memory Card Slot

22.

Tripod Mount

11.

AV Out Port

23.

Battery Compartment

12.Right / LED On-OffButton

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Initial Camera Setup

Installing the Batteries

Insert 3 x AA batteries as shown above. Alkaline batteries recommended (not included).

Turning On the Camera

Installing the Memory Card

SD Memory card

(up to 32GB) needed for normal use.

SDHC Class 4 (or higher) recommended (not included).

Using the Camera

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When powering the camera ON for the first time the camera will take you through the initial camera

setup.

Powering the Camera ON

1)Installing the Batteries

Make sure the batteries have been inserted properly into your digital camera, according to the polarity shown inside the battery compartment.

Use 3 x AA (1.5V) batteries. Alkaline batteries are recommended. Batteries not included.

Note:

Remove the batteries from the camera when not in use for an extended period.

Do not mix alkaline and non-alkalinebatteries.

Some features, such as Flash (if included with your camera), will not work if the battery power level is low.

When the battery power is low the battery icon turns red and the camera will automatically turn off a few seconds later.

The energy status of the power is displayed on LCD as shown below:

Full battery power

Medium battery power

Low battery power

2) Installing the SD Memory Card

Open the SD cover to reveal the SD Memory card slot.

Make sure a Memory Card (up to 32GB, Class 4 (or higher) SDHC recommended) has been properly inserted into your camera. SD card not included.

To properly insert the SD Card:

-Press the SD card into the slot in the direction shown on the SD icon located on the cover of the SD slot.

-Press the SD card until you hear a slight clicking sound. This indicates the SD card has been

inserted correctly.

Note:

After the camera is powered on, an SD icon will appear on the LCD display. If you do not see the SD icon on the display, please check if the card was inserted properly.

Make sure the SD card is not locked (check the lock switch on the side of the SD card).

If the SD card is locked this will prevent the camera from saving captured images to the SD card.

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3)Powering ON the camera

Press the POWER button to turn on the camera.

Setting the Camera Language

1)You will first be prompted to select a language for the camera.

2)The Language selection menu will appear.

3)Press the Up andDown buttons to select the language of your choice and press theOK button to confirm the selection.

Setting the Date and Time

The next step in the initial camera setup is to set the date and time on the camera.

1)Set the Date and Time as desired by pressing the UP andDOWN buttons to change the setting and theRight andLeft buttons to move to the next setting option.

2)Press the OK button to confirm the selection.

Your camera is now ready to use.

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Powering ON/OFF Your Digital Video Camera

Make sure the batteries have been inserted properly into your digital camera.

If your camera uses a rechargeable lithium battery, make sure the battery is fully charged.

Make sure an SDHC card has been inserted into your camera. (SDHC card up to 32GB - SD Card not included)

Powering the camera ON

Press the Power buttonto turn your camera ON. The camera will be in Video Capture mode to

start.

Powering the camera OFF

While the camera is on, you can press the Power buttonagain at any point to turn your camera

OFF. You will see a “Goodbye” splash screen and then the camera will power off completely.

Note: Your digital video camera also has an Auto Power Off feature that will automatically turn off your camera after a specific period of time that your camera is left idle. The Auto Power Off settings can be set from the Auto Power Off settings menu.

Changing Camera Mode

Your camera has three main modes:

1)Video Capture Mode - Use this mode to capture videos with your camera.

2)Photo Capture Mode - Use this mode to capture photos with your camera.

3)Playback Mode (for photos and videos) - Use this mode to view the photos and videos you have already taken with your camera.

When the camera is first powered ON, the Video Capture Mode will be active. The icons that appear on the LCD screen are the best default settings so that you can begin to capture and enjoy clear quality photos.

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To change the active camera mode, make sure the camera is powered ON and press the MODE button.

When in Video Capture Mode, this icon will display on the top-leftcorner of the LCD display

When in Photo Capture Mode, this icon will display on the top-leftcorner of the LCD display

When in Playback Mode, this icon will display on the top-leftcorner of the LCD display

Navigating the Menus

Each camera mode has a set of menus specific to that mode.

1)Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.

2)Press the LEFT orRIGHT button to scroll between the various menus for the current mode.

3)Press the UP orDOWN button to highlight the desired menu selection.

4)Press the OK button to confirm and select the highlighted menu option.

5)If the selection can be remembered by the camera, a selection icon will appear to the right of the selected menu option. Changes made to these options will remain as is until you decide to change them again at a later time.

6)Some menu options are single-usefunctions that are not remembered by the camera and do not display this icon when selected.

7)At any time you can press the MENU button to exit the menus and return to the previous screen.

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Video Capture Mode

The Video Capture Mode allows you to capture videos with your digital video camera. When the camera is first powered ON, the camera will be in Video Capture Mode.

Taking a Video

1)While in Video Capture Mode use the LCD display to direct your digital video recorder at the scene you would like to capture.

2)Press the UP/Zoom In and DOWN/Zoom Out buttons to better set the camera display if desired.

3)Press the RIGHT/LED ON-OFF button to turn on the LED light. This helps to better illuminate the area you would like to capture on video.

4)Press the Shutter button to start the video capture.

5)A blinking red circle appears at the top of the LCD indicating that the record is in progress. The elapsed recording time is shown on the top right cornder of the LCD screen.

6)To stop the video recording, press the Shutter button again.

7)The video will automatically be saved to the camera‟s SD memory card.

Video Capture Mode Quick Function Buttons

Your digital video camera has a four-directionalcontrol button that functions as Quick Function

buttons.

Quick Function Button

Function

 

 

Left

ViviLink - Opens the ViviLink for Videos menu

 

 

 

Up

Zooms In

 

 

 

Right

Turns on and off the LED light

 

 

 

Down

Zooms out

 

 

 

Other

 

 

 

Shutter

STARTS/STOPS the video capture

 

 

 

Delete Image - Opens the Delete Menu with the option to delete the

Delete

last captured image (video or photo) or to delete all, unlocked

 

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captured images

 

- Opens the menu options for Video Capture Mode

MENU

- Exits the menu screen

- Note: Use the LEFT/RIGHT/UP/DOWN buttons to navigate the

 

 

menus.

OK

Saves your selected option in the Menu view

 

 

MODE

Toggles between the Video Capture Mode, Photo Capture Mode,

and Playback Mode

 

DISPLAY

Hides or shows the display icons on the LCD screen

 

 

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Video Capture Mode Menus

The following are the menus that appear in your camera‟s Video Capture Mode:

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Scene Menu

The Scene Menu allows you to choose scene settings that let your camera to adapt properly to your

current environment.

1)Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.

2)Press the direction button LEFT orRIGHT to scroll and select the Scene menu.

3)Press the direction button UP orDOWN to highlight the desired menu selection.

4)Press the OK button to confirm and select the highlighted menu option.

5)A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.

6)Press the direction button LEFT orRIGHT to select the next menu item.

7)Press the MENU button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.

8)An icon reflecting your selection will display on the LCD screen.

9)This setting will be remembered by your camera until you manually change the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

Movie Size Menu

The Movie Size menu allows you to choose the desired size of the images taken by your camera. Keep in mind that images with a higher resolution will also take up more of your camera‟s memory.

1)Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.

2)Press the direction button LEFT orRIGHT to scroll and select the Movie Size menu.

3)Press the direction button UP orDOWN to highlight the desired menu selection.

4)Press the OK button to confirm and select the highlighted menu option.

5)A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.

6)Press the direction button LEFT orRIGHT to select the next menu item.

7)Press the MENU button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.

8)An icon reflecting your selection will display on the LCD screen.

9)This setting will be remembered by your camera until you manually change the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

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Image Quality Menu

The Image Quality menu allows you to select the desired quality level of the images taken by your camera. Keep in mind that images with a higher image quality level will also take up more memory on your camera.

1)Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.

2)Press the direction button LEFT orRIGHT to scroll and select the Image Quality menu.

3)Press the direction button UP orDOWN to highlight the desired menu selection.

4)Press the OK button to confirm and select the highlighted menu option.

5)A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.

6)Press the direction button LEFT orRIGHT to select the next menu item.

7)Press the MENU button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.

8)An icon reflecting your selection will display on the LCD screen.

9)This setting will be remembered by your camera until you manually change the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

Anti-ShakeMenu

The Anti-Shakefeature reduces image corruption that can be caused by movement of the camera

while capturing the image.

1)Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.

2)Press the direction button LEFT orRIGHT to scroll and select theAnti-Shakemenu.

3)Press the direction button UP orDOWN to highlight the desired menu selection.

4)Press the OK button to confirm and select the highlighted menu option.

5)A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.

6)Press the direction button LEFT orRIGHT to select the next menu item.

7)Press the MENU button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.

8)An icon reflecting your selection will display on the LCD screen.

9)This setting will be remembered by your camera until you manually change the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

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White Balance Menu

The White Balance feature allows your camera to adjust the coloring of the captured images depending on the type of light source in the current environment.

Properly adjusting the White Balance setting to match your current environment will allow the camera to properly balance the colors in the images that are taken with your camera.

1)Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.

2)Press the direction button LEFT orRIGHT to scroll and select the White Balance menu.

3)Press the direction button UP orDOWN to highlight the desired menu selection.

4)Press the OK button to confirm and select the highlighted menu option.

5)A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.

6)Press the direction button LEFT orRIGHT to select the next menu item.

7)Press the MENU button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.

8)An icon reflecting your selection will display on the LCD screen.

9)This setting will be remembered by your camera until you manually change the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

Color Effect Menu

You can choose to add a color effect to the images taken with your camera.

1)Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.

2)Press the direction button LEFT orRIGHT to scroll and select the Color Effect menu.

3)Press the direction button UP orDOWN to highlight the desired menu selection.

4)Press the OK button to confirm and select the highlighted menu option.

5)A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.

6)Press the direction button LEFT orRIGHT to select the next menu item.

7)Press the MENU button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.

8)This setting will be remembered by your camera until you manually change the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

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Image Sharpness Menu

You can set the level of sharpness in the images taken with your camera. The sharpness level dictates if the edges of objects in the image are more or less distinct.

1)Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.

2)Press the direction button LEFT orRIGHT to scroll and select the Image Sharpness menu.

3)Press the direction button UP orDOWN to highlight the desired menu selection.

4)Press the OK button to confirm and select the highlighted menu option.

5)A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.

6)Press the direction button LEFT orRIGHT to select the next menu item.

7)Press the MENU button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.

8)An icon reflecting your selection will display on the LCD screen.

9)This setting will be remembered by your camera until you manually change the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

Light Exposure Menu

The Light Exposure setting helps you control the amount of light that enters your camera‟s lens. This setting should be adjusted when the environment is lighter or darker than normal.

When the environment has more light than is needed, reduce the exposure setting (by using the negative - count) to reduce the amount of light allowed into the lens by your camera.

If the environment has less light (darker) than is needed, increase the exposure setting (by using the positive + count) to increase the amount of light allowed into the lens by your camera.

1)Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.

2)Press the direction button LEFT orRIGHT to scroll and select the Light Exposure menu.

3)Press the direction button UP orDOWN to highlight the desired menu selection.

4)Press the OK button to confirm and select the highlighted menu option.

5)A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.

6)Press the direction button LEFT orRIGHT to select the next menu item.

7)Press the MENU button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.

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8)An icon reflecting your selection will display on the LCD screen.

9)This setting will be remembered by your camera until you manually change the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

ISO Menu

The ISO menu allows you to set the level of sensitivity that your camera has to light in the surrounding environment. When the ISO level is increased, the image sensor in your camera will be more sensitive to light and allow you to capture images in lower-lightsituations. The higher sensitivity to light however, may reduce the quality of the images that are taken.

When the ISO is reduced, the image sensor in your camera will be less sensitive to light and will optimize the image quality in environments with bright lighting.

1)Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.

2)Press the direction button LEFT orRIGHT to scroll and select the ISO menu.

3)Press the direction button UP orDOWN to highlight the desired menu selection.

4)Press the OK button to confirm and select the highlighted menu option.

5)A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.

6)Press the direction button LEFT orRIGHT to select the next menu item.

7)Press the MENU button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.

8)An icon reflecting your selection will display on the LCD screen.

9)This setting will be remembered by your camera until you manually change the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

Metering Menu

The Metering setting will affect how your camera focuses when capturing an image. Depending on your selection, the camera will be more sensitive to focusing on particular areas in the display and adjust the image color and lighting accordingly.

Center – Averages the light metered from the entire frame, but giving greater weight to the subject in the center.

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Multi – Used in standard conditions the camera divides and adjusts the settings of the image into several zones for light metering such as complex light conditions, position of subject, brightness, background, direct light and scenes.

Spot – Meters the area within the spot point frame at the center of the LCD to set the exposure on the subject in the center of the monitor.

1)Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.

2)Press the direction button LEFT orRIGHT to scroll and select the Metering menu.

3)Press the direction button UP orDOWN to highlight the desired menu selection.

4)Press the OK button to confirm and select the highlighted menu option.

5)A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.

6)Press the direction button LEFT orRIGHT to select the next menu item.

7)Press the MENU button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.

8)An icon reflecting your selection will display on the LCD screen.

9)This setting will be remembered by your camera until you manually change the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

Language Menu

You can select your camera‟s language setting by selecting the desired language from the Language

menu.

1)Press the MENU button to open the menus for the current mode.

2)Press the direction button LEFT orRIGHT to scroll and select the Language menu.

3)Press the direction button UP orDOWN to highlight the desired menu selection.

4)Press the OK button to confirm and select the highlighted menu option.

5)A selected option icon will appear on the selected item.

6)Press the direction button LEFT orRIGHT to select the next menu item.

7)Press the MENU button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.

8)This setting will be remembered by your camera until you manually change the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

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