Vivitar DVR 610 User Manual

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DVR 610 Digital Camcorder

with Camera

User Manual

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Table of Contents

 

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

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

2

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

3

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

4

Main Camera Modes ....................................................................................................................

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

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Computer System Requirements – WINDOWS OS .....................................................................

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Computer System Requirements – MAC OS ...............................................................................

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Powering ON/OFF Your Digital Camcorder ................................................................................

10

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

10

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 Camera to a TV .................................................................................................

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Connecting the Camera to a Headset ........................................................................................

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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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Transfer media from my camera to my computer manually (Using Windows)............................

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Transfer media from my camera to my computer manually (Using Macintosh)..........................

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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 camera. Everything you need to take quality digital Videos and Photos is included with your camera.

Vivitar makes capturing those special moments as easy as possible.

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

Note: Your digital camcorder requires an SD Memory card (up to 16GB) for normal use. SD Memory cards are not included and need to be purchased separately.

What‟s Included

1. Digital Camcorder

2.TV Cable

3.Vivitar Experience Image Manager software Installation CD

4.Wrist Strap

5.Built-inUSB Connector

Note: SD Memory Card and batteries not included.

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Parts of the Camera

1.

Power Button

11.

Battery Compartment

2.

Shutter Button

12.

SD Memory Card Slot

3.

Left / Zoom Out/ Thumbnail View

13.

USB Connector

4.

Right / Zoom In

14.

USB Lever

5.

M (Mode) Button

15.

AV Out Port

6.

SET Button

16.

Wrist Strap Connector

7.

UP / Previous Image / Scene Selection Button

17.

Speaker

8.

Down / Next Image / Delete Last Image Button

18.

Microphone

9.

LCD Flip Screen

19.

Tripod Socket

10.

Digital Lens

 

 

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Initial Camera Setup

Installing the Batteries

 

Installing the Memory Card

 

 

 

Slide open the battery cover and install 2 AA alkaline batteries with the correct polarity (as illustrated inside the battery compartment) into the battery compartment on the back of the camera.

SD Memory card (up to 16GB) needed for normal use.

Turning On the Camera

 

Using the Camera

 

 

 

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When powering the digital camcorder ON for the first time, the camera takes you through the

INITIAL CAMERA SETUP.

Powering the Camera ON

1.Batteries

Make sure the batteries have been inserted properly into your digital camcorder. Slide the battery cover on the back of the camera in a downward direction to open the cover.

Insert 2 x AA (1.5v) batteries (not included) with the correct polarity, according to the polarity illustrated inside the battery compartment.

Note: Alkaline batteries are recommended.

2.SD Memory Card

Make sure an SD card has been properly inserted into your camera. (SD card not included.)

To properly insert the SD Card:

Push the SD card into the slot in the direction shown on the camera (see SD icon by the SD card slot). Push 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 photos to the SD card.

3.Power On

Press the POWER button, on the top of the camera, to turn on the camera.

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Setting the Camera Language

1.You will be prompted to select a language for the camera. The Language selection menu will appear.

2.Select the language of your choice by pressing the UP orDOWN direction control buttons.

3.Press the SET button to confirm the selection.

After selecting a language, the digital camcorder opens with the Video Capture mode ready for

you to capture your videos.

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Main Camera Modes

Your camera has different modes for the various camera functions.

You can switch modes by pressing the MODE (M) button on your camera after the camera has been powered ON.

Video Capture Mode

Use this mode to capture videos with your digital camcorder.

This is the default mode when the camera is powered ON.

To take a video, aim your camera as desired and press the Shutter button to start the record. A blinking record indicator will appear on the LCD screen while record is in progress. To stop the record, press theShutter button again. The video will be automatically saved to your camera‟s memory card.

To access the various menus for the Video Capture mode, press the SET button while in the Video Capture mode.

Photo Capture Mode

Use this mode to capture pictures with your camera.

After turning on your camera, press the MODE (M) button once to open the Photo Capture mode.

To take a picture, aim your camera as desired and press the Shutter button. The picture will be automatically saved to your camera‟s memory card.

To access the various menus for the Photo Capture mode, press the SET button while in the Photo Capture mode.

Playback Mode (Photos & Videos)

Use this mode to view and manage the photos and videos on your camera.

After turning on your camera, press the MODE (M) button twice to open the Playback mode for photos and videos. You can scroll through the photos and videos that you‟ve previously taken to view, edit or delete them as desired.

To access the various menus for the Playback mode for photos and videos, press the SET button while in the Playback mode.

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Camera Technical Specifications

Product type

Digital Camcorder

 

 

Digital Video Resolution

640*480 pixels (30fps) / 320*240 pixels(30fps )

 

 

Digital Photo Resolution

2M (1600x1200), 1.3M (1280x1024), VGA (640x480)

 

 

Image Sensor

CMOS Sensor

 

 

LCD Display

1.8 Inch TFT

 

 

Internal Memory

Limited for test images (3 seconds for video or 2 photos)

 

 

External Memory

SD card (up to 16GB) needs to be inserted to use the camera

 

 

Zoom

2 x Digital Zoom

 

 

Frequency

50Hz / 60 Hz

 

 

Scene

Auto / Scenery / Portrait / Night Scenery / Night Portrait / High

Sensitivity / Sport / Beach / Party

 

Self Timer

2 seconds / 5 seconds / 10 seconds / Off

 

 

Anti-Shake

Yes

 

 

White Balance

Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Fluorescent / Incandescent

 

 

Multi SnapShots

Yes

 

 

Exposure

-3.0EV~ +3.0EV

 

 

ISO

Auto / 100 / 200 / 400

 

 

Slide Show

3 seconds / 5 seconds / 10 seconds

 

 

Language

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

 

 

Speaker

Built-in

 

 

File Format

AVI and JPEG

 

 

TV out / Headset

PAL / NTSC / Headset

 

 

Power Saving

1 minute / 3 minutes / 5 minutes / Disable

 

 

Battery

2 AA batteries (1.5V)

 

 

Transmission interface

USB 1.1

 

 

Working temperature

-20~45C

 

 

Computer System

Window XP SP3 / Vista SP1/ Windows 7

Requirements

Mac OS X v10.5.x or higher

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Computer System Requirements – WINDOWS OS

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 – MAC OS

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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Powering ON/OFF Your Digital Camcorder

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

Make sure an SD card has been inserted into your camera. (SD card up to 16 MB - SD Card not included)

Powering the Digital camcorder ON

Press the Power button to turn your camera ON.

The camera will be in Video Capture mode to start.

Powering the Digital camcorder OFF

While the camera is on, you can press the Power button again 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 camcorder also has an Auto Power Off feature that automatically turns 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 setting in the Video Capture Mode or Photo Capture Mode menu.

Changing Camera Mode

Your camera has three main modes:

1.Video Capture Mode - Use this mode to capture videos with your digital camcorder

2.Photo Capture Mode - Use this mode to capture photos with your digital camcorder.

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

When the camera is first powered ON, the Video Capture Mode is 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 videos and photos.

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

(M) 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 SET button to open the menus for the current mode.

2.Press the LEFT orRIGHT direction control buttons to scroll between the various menus for the current mode.

3.Press the UP orDOWN direction control buttons to highlight the desired menu option.

4.Press the SET button to select and save the highlighted menu option.

5.If the selection can be remembered by the camera, a selection icon appears to the right of the selected menu option. Changes made to these options remain until you 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 the selection iconwhen selected.

7.At any time you can press the MODE (M) 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 camcorder. 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 the camera at the scene you would like to capture.

2.Click the Right - T/Zoom In andLeft - W/Zoom Out buttons to better set the camera display if desired.

3.Press theShutter button to START the video capture.

4.The elapsed time appears on the top right corner of the LCD screen.

A blinking red record indicator appears on the LCD screen while record is in progress.

5.To STOP the video record, press the Shutter button again.

6.The video will automatically be saved to the camera‟s memory or SD card.

7.You can also capture your videos using the Flip Screen.

When you would like to quickly and easily include yourself in the video, simply flip the LCD display out and hold the camera facing towards you. Make sure you can see yourself within the scene on the LCD screen, look at the lens, then click the Shutter button to begin recording.

It‟s as easy as twist and shoot!

Note: The amount of recording time available for the resolution selected appears on the top center of LCD screen. The lower the resolution setting the more recording time is available. However, videos recorded at lower resolution are of less quality than videos recorded at the higher resolution.

Remember, the amount of time that you can capture videos also depends on the size of the SD memory card inserted as well as the video resolution selected.

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Video Capture Mode Button Functionality

Your digital camcorder has a four-directionalpad that functions as Quick Function buttons.

Quick Function Buttons

Action

Left

Zooms Out

 

 

Up

Scene Selection – Opens the Scene menu

 

 

Right

Zooms In

 

 

Down

Delete – Allows you to delete the last video captured

 

 

Other

 

 

 

Shutter

Starts and stops the video recording

 

 

 

 

Opens the Menu options for Video Capture Mode

SET/OK

Saves your selected menu option

Note: To navigate through the Menus, use theLeft,Up,

 

 

Right, andDown directions control buttons.

 

 

 

Toggles between the Video Capture Mode, Photo

MODE (M)

Capture Mode, and Playback Mode

 

Exits the Menu options screen

 

 

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Video Capture Mode Menus

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

Scene Menu

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

1.Press the SET button to open the menus for the current mode.

2.Press the LEFT orRIGHT direction control buttons to scroll and select the Scene menu.

3.Press the UP orDOWN direction control buttons to scroll through the menu options.

4.Press the SET button to select and save the desired option.

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

6.Press the LEFT orRIGHT direction control buttons to select the next menu item.

7.Press the MODE (M) button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.

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

9.Remember that this setting will be saved by your camera until you manually change the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

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Image Resolution Menu

The Image Resolution menu allows you to choose the desired size of the images taken by your camera. The Image Resolution Options include:

VGA (640x480)

QVGA (320x240)

Keep in mind that images with a larger size will also take up more of your camera‟s memory.

Videos captured in VGA are of a better quality than QVGA videos and therefore take up more memory.

1.Press the SET button to open the menus for the current mode.

2.Press the LEFT orRIGHT direction control buttons to scroll and select the Image Resolution menu.

3.Press the UP orDOWN direction control buttons to scroll through the menu options.

4.Press the SET button to select and save the desired option.

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

6.Press the LEFT orRIGHT direction control buttons to select the next menu item.

7.Press the MODE (M) button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.

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

9.Remember that this setting will be saved by your camera until you manually change the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

White Balance Menu

The White Balance feature allows your camcorder 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 SET button to open the menus for the current mode.

2.Press the LEFT orRIGHT direction control buttons to scroll and select the White Balance menu.

3.Press the UP orDOWN direction control buttons to scroll through the menu options.

4.Press the SET button to select and save the desired option.

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

6.Press the LEFT orRIGHT direction control buttons to select the next menu item.

7.Press the MODE (M) button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.

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

9.Remember that this setting will be saved 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 SET button to open the menus for the current mode.

2.Press the LEFT orRIGHT direction control buttons to scroll and select the Light Exposure menu.

3.Press the UP orDOWN direction control buttons to scroll through the menu options.

4.Press the SET button to select and save the desired option.

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

6.Press the LEFT orRIGHT direction control buttons to select the next menu item.

7.Press the MODE (M) button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.

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

9.Remember that this setting will be saved by your camera until you manually change the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

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Language Menu

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

Language menu.

1.Press the SET button to open the menus for the current mode.

2.Press the LEFT orRIGHT direction control buttons to scroll and select the Language menu.

3.Press the UP orDOWN direction control buttons to scroll through the menu options.

4.Press the SET button to select and save the desired option.

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

6.Press the LEFT orRIGHT direction control buttons to select the next menu item.

7.Press the MODE (M) button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.

8.Remember that this setting will be saved by your camera until you manually change the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

Auto Power Off Menu

You can use the Auto Power Off feature in order to conserve you camera‟s battery life. The designated time represents when your camera will automatically power off.

When the camera sits idle for the designated period of time, the camera will shut off completely and will need to be turned on again with the power button before the next use.

1.Press the SET button to open the menus for the current mode.

2.Press the LEFT orRIGHT direction control buttons to scroll and select the Auto Power Off menu.

3.Press the UP orDOWN direction control buttons to scroll through the menu options.

4.Press the SET button to select and save the desired option.

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

6.Press the LEFT orRIGHT direction control buttons to select the next menu item.

7.Press the MODE (M) button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.

8.Remember that this setting will be saved by your camera until you manually change the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

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Frequency Menu

The options in the Frequency menu represent the frequency of the electrical current in fluorescent lighting sources in your locale. If your camera is set to a frequency that does not match your country‟s electric current, you may see flickering or waves on the images taken by your camera.

50Hz – UK, Europe and Australia

60Hz – US, Canada and South America

1.Press the SET button to open the menus for the current mode.

2.Press the LEFT orRIGHT direction control buttons to scroll and select the Frequency menu.

3.Press the UP orDOWN direction control buttons to scroll through the menu options.

4.Press the SET button to select and save the desired option.

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

6.Press the LEFT orRIGHT direction control buttons to select the next menu item.

7.Press the MODE (M) button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.

8.Remember that this setting will be saved by your camera until you manually change the setting or restore the camera‟s default factory settings.

Format Memory Card Menu

You can use the Format Memory Card menu to delete all of the content that is currently on your

camera‟s memory card.

Keep in mind that formatting the memory card will permanently delete all of the content on

your camera‟s memory card.

This option can only delete all of the content at one time. If you would like to delete individual

images, use the delete menu in the camera‟s Playback mode.

1.Press the SET button to open the menus for the current mode.

2.Press the LEFT orRIGHT direction control buttons to scroll and select the Format Memory Card menu.

3.Press the UP orDOWN direction control buttons to highlight the menu options.

4.To exit without formatting the card, select „Cancel‟ and press the SET button

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5.To proceed with the format, select “Yes” and press the SET button. The memory card will be then be automatically completely formatted.

Note: Formatting your memory card permanently deletes all images.

6.Press the MODE (M) button to exit the menu and return to your previous mode.

Firmware (Factory Default Settings) Menu

Use this menu to view the Firmware version on your camera or to reset your camcorder settings

to the Factory Default Settings.

1.Press the SET button to open the menus for the current mode.

2.Press the LEFT orRIGHT direction control buttons to scroll and select the Firmware (Factory Default Setting) menu.

3.To reset the digital camcorder‟s settings to the Factory Default Settings, press the SET button to select „Default Setting‟.

To proceed with the reset, select „Yes‟ and press the SET button to confirm. The settings will be reset.

You will automatically exit the menu and return to the previous mode with the digital camcorder‟s settings set to the Factory Default Settings.

To exit the resetting to the default settings, select „No‟ and press the SET button. You will automatically exit the menu and return to the previous mode.

Note: After RESETTING to the default settings, it is recommended to select your system language using the Video/Photo Capture Mode Menu. If you do not, the next time the digital camcorder is powered on, you will be prompted to select a system language.

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