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DVR 850W

Underwater Digital

Video Camcorder

Owner’s Manual

© 2009 Sakar International, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Table of Contents

 

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

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Key Features ...........................................................................................

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What your digital video camcorder includes ............................................

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Computer System Requirements for Windows XP ..................................

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Computer System Requirement for Windows Vista.................................

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Computer System Requirements for Macintosh ......................................

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A Quick Look at your Digital Video Camcorder .......................................

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Preparing Your Camcorder for Use .........................................................

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Install lithium battery................................................................................

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Inserting a SD Memory Card ...................................................................

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Maintenance and Care ............................................................................

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Software Installation: Snap ‘n Share Pro and Video Express ..................

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Powering on and setting DVR Function Control ....................................

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Capturing Videos...................................................................................

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Video Setting options.............................................................................

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Capturing Still Photos ............................................................................

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Photo Setting options ............................................................................

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

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AV mode – Using your TV to view images ............................................

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Connect DVR with PC using USB cable provided .................................

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Connect DVR with printer using USB cable provided............................

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Transferring Images to your PC using the software ..............................

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Manually transfer images and videos to your Digital Camcorder...........

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Transferring photos and videos to your MAC manually.........................

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Everything you need to get the most of your media and MORE............

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Video Express application .....................................................................

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

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

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Technical Specifications ........................................................................

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Trouble Shooting ...................................................................................

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Important Note: Using Camcorder Underwater .....................................

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Introduction

Thank you for purchasing the DVR 850W Underwater Digital Video Camcorder. With your camcorder you can shoot video clips and take individual photos. In addition, a SD compatible memory card of up to 8GB can be inserted in order to expand the memory of your DVR camcorder. Your camcorder can be used up to 3 meters underwater.

Key Features

x4 modes – Video, Camera, Playback and Set Up.

xDigital Video resolutions – 640x480 (VGA), 320x240 (QVGA).

x8.1 mega-pixelcamcorder with choice of 4 digital camera resolutions – 8.1M(3320X2490); 5M(2592X1944); 3M(2048X1536); VGA(640X480)

x2.4" TFT LCD

x8 X Digital Zoom

x64MB Internal Memory

xSupports external SD memory card up to 8GB

xBuilt-inMicrophone

xTakes digital photos and videos

xSnap ‘n Share Pro software application can be used to download the photos and videos from your camcorder

xEdit, add text, clip art and more on your digital photos

xProduce colorful movies to upload, copy to CD/DVD and much more with Video Express software.

What your digital video camcorder includes

xDigital Video Camcorder

xUSB and AV Dual Cable

xSnap n Share Pro Software installation CD

xQuick Start Guide

xHand strap

xLithium battery

xAC charger

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Computer System Requirements for Windows XP

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

yPentium 4 Processor (or above), 2.6 GHZ., with Windows XP Service Pack 2

y512 MB RAM, 200MB free disk space.

yAvailable USB Interface

yCD-ROMDrive

yRecommended screen resolution 1024 X 768 pixels or higher.

y16-bitcolor or higher display adaptor.

yWindows Media Player 9 (or above) as default media player

Computer System Requirement for Windows Vista

To be able to download photos to your PC you will need the following minimum configuration:

xWindows Vista

x800MHz processor and 512 MB of system memory

x20GB hard driver with at least 15GB of available space

xSupport for Super VGA graphics

xAvailable USB Interface

xCD-ROMdrive

Computer System Requirements for Macintosh

yPower Macintosh G3 500 MHz or higher

yMac OS X version 10.2.6 or later

y128 MB or more available system RAM (256 MB recommended),150 MB free disk space

y1024 x 768 or higher-resolutionmonitor displaying millions of colors.

Note: The Snap `n Share Pro software as well as the Video Express software are not compatible on Macintosh computers. You may however use the camcorder as a regular MSDC USB removable device.

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A Quick Look at your Digital Video Camcorder

1.DC mode/Shutter

2.DV mode/Shutter

3.Up/Zoom in

4.Left

5.Right/Flashlight mode

6.OK/Menu

7.Down/Zoom out

8.DC/DV mode LED

9.Li-ionbattery charging LED

10.LCD Color display

11.Battery/SD card/USB slot compartment

12.Playback

13.Power on/off

14.Speaker

15.Microphone

16.Lens

17.Flashlight

18.Tripod Mount

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Preparing Your Camcorder for Use

Install lithium battery

Your digital camcorder needs a lithium battery in order to operate. The battery is found separately in the packaging. To install it correctly see the diagram below:

1.Push the black battery cover lever up for the battery door to spring open.

2.Insert the battery in the battery compartment with the correct polarity facing up.

3.Use the battery clip found in the battery compartment to make sure that the battery is sitting firmly and secure.

4.Before closing the battery door, be sure that the rubber seal on the battery door is clean and smooth.

5.Close the battery door and hear a click as it locks into place.

6.On powering on your camcorder the battery icon will appear on the top left of the LCD screen.

Note:

1.In order to charge your lithium battery, make sure the battery is inserted correctly and then connect your camcorder to a running PC with the USB cable provided, or use the AC charger provided in the package. The red LED will light up indicating that your camcorder is in charging mode. The

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LED will switch off when your camcorder is fully charged after approximately 4 hours. The camcorder should not be on while charging.

2.A red battery icon will flash on the LCD when the battery power is insufficient. Shortly thereafter your camcorder will power off.

3.Please remove your battery when you don’t intend to use your camcorder for a long time.

4.64 MB of internal memory is provided in order to take photos and videos.

5.Use a SD Memory card to expand the memory in order to capture and record many more media items. All the media in the built-inmemory will not be lost if no SD Memory Card has been inserted in the DVR when battery power is low or when you change your battery.

6.Do not open the battery door to take out the battery or SD card while the photo and video are being saved to the camcorder. Doing so may cause the

photo and video to be lost or damaged.

7.We strongly recommend downloading your photos and videos regularly to your computer.

Inserting a SD Memory Card

To expand the amount of memory, a SD compatible memory card of up to 8GB (not included) should be inserted into your DV camcorder. SD Memory cards increase the number of videos and photos that can be captured with the camcorder before transferring them to a computer.

Media sitting on the memory card is not lost when your camcorder’s power runs low or on replacing the battery.

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1.Push the black battery cover lever up for the battery door to spring open.

2.Locate the SD card slot to the left of the battery compartment.

3.Insert the SD memory card correctly in the direction shown.

4.Press the memory card until you hear a “Click” sound.

Note: After you insert an SD memory card, the SD card icon will appear on the top left of the LCD, indicating that your SD memory card has been installed successfully. The media you capture will now be stored on the card and not in the internal memory.

xThis product supports SD cards of up to 8GB.

xMake sure that the card is not locked. Locked cards do not allow media transfer.

xFormatting will delete all data on the SD Memory Card.

xDownload all the media to your computer before you format the card.

xDo not remove the SD Memory Card during formatting as this may damage the card and render it unusable.

xBefore using the camcorder, be sure to format the card with the camcorder (see the Setup section further on the manual for instruction on how to format the card).

Maintenance and Care

Before using the video camcorder, please ensure that you read and understand the safety precautions described below:

xThis camcorder can be used underwater to 10 feet, when there is the Phenomenon of water leaking into the camcorder, the camcorder working properly, this is normal.

xOnce use the camcorder in the sea, clean the camcorder with clean water after using, and put in a dry place, so that the water inside the camcorder dry.

xOn Lifting and opening the LCD screen, be careful not to over rotate the screen.

xDirect sunlight might cause damage to the camcorder.

xOnly clean the lens and LCD with a soft cloth.

x Do not store the camcorder in temperatures above 4

x Condensation may appear with sudden changes in temperature. Take care to

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not leave the camcorder in extreme temperatures.

Do not try to open the case of the video camcorder or attempt to modify this video camcorder in any way. Maintenance and repairs should be carried out only by authorized service providers.

Opening the cover of the Camcorder may cause electrical shock and will void your warranty.

Use only the recommended power accessories. Use of power sources not expressly recommended for this equipment may lead to overheating, distortion of the equipment, fire, electrical shock or other hazards.

Software Installation: Snap ‘n Share Pro and Video Express

Follow the step by step instructions that appear on your computer screen during the installation process.

Software Installation

1.Insert the CD into your CD-Romdrive.

2.Wait for the computer to automatically recognize and open the first stage of the software installation

3.The Welcome to the Snap ‘n Share Pro Installation Wizard Setup screen will appear.

Note: On Vista operating systems you may see an AutoPlay window appear. Select theSMSetup.exe option to begin the software setup.

4.Click the “Begin” button to begin the software setup and installation process.

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5.The Setup wizard will start to install the Snap ‘n Share Pro application on your computer. Click “Next” to continue.

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6.Please review the license terms and click the “I Agree” button to continue.

7.In the Installation options you can choose where to install this application on your computer. However, it is recommended to let the Snap ‘n Share Pro installer create the folder to where the program will be installed. Click “Install” and follow the instructions.

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8.Click “Finish” to let the Snap ‘n Share Pro installer finish the installation program.

9.The Setup will now begin to silently install the Video Express software. This might take a few seconds to install depending on the operating system you are running.

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10. Click the “Finish” button to finish the installation.

Congratulations!! You have successfully installed the Snap ‘n Share Pro and Video Express software on your PC.

Powering on and setting DVR Function Control

To power on the camcorder, flip open the LCD Screen. The camcorder automatically powers on. The Power button is situated on the inside of the camcorder facing the LCD screen.

Power on

Press the Power button to turn on your DVR.

The LCD monitor and a blue LED next to the DC/DV shutter button, will light up indicating that your DVR is ready for use.

Power off

Press the Power button to turn your DVR camcorder off. The DVR camcorder will switch off.

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By default if the DVR camcorder is not in use or in an operation mode for 3 minutes(180 seconds) it will automatically switch off.

When there is insufficient battery power, a red battery icon will appear on the LCD screen. The camcorder will automatically power off a few moments later.

Setting the Language

When using the video camcorder for the first time after purchasing it, be sure to choose a language and set the date & time before use.

1.Turn the Power on to enter the DV mode.

2.Press the OK/Menu button.

3.Press the Le ft/Right/Up/Down arrow buttons on the OK dial to select the

Setup Mode

icon from the menu icons that appear.

4.Press the OK/Menu button.

5.Press the Left/Right/Up/Down button on the OK dial and select the

Language icon submenu option.

6.Press the OK/Menu button.

7.Press the Left/Right/Up/Down button to highlight and select the language you desire.

English /German / French / Spanish / Portuguese / Italian /Dutch / Russian / Turkish

8.Press the OK button to save your choice and for the interface of the camcorder to change to the language you selected.

9.Press the DV mode button to close the menu and press it again to exit the Setup mode function.

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Setting the Date and Time

To set the time and date that will appear on the photos you capture.

1.Turn the Power on to enter the DV mode.

2.Press the OK/Menu button.

3.Press the Left/Right/Up/Down button on the OK dial to select theSetup

Mode

icon from the menu icons that appear.

4.Press the OK/Menu button.

5.Press the Left/Right/Up/Down button on the OK dial and select the

Date/Time

icon submenu option.

6.Press the OK/Menu button.

7.Press the Left/Right button to highlight and select theYear, Month, Day, 24H, Hour and Minutes options you desire to change.

8.Press the Up/Down button to change the digits for each of the date or time options you desire to update.

9.Press the OK button to save the date and time you selected.

10.Press the DC/DV mode button to close the menu and press it again to exit

the Setup mode function.

Changing the camcorder`s modes

There are four modes in this DVR camcorder.

1.Press the Power button to turn on the camcorder.

2.The DV (Video) default capture mode appears on the LCD.

3.Press the DC (Camera) mode button to change from the video to the camera mode.

4.Press the DV mode button to revert back to the video mode.

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5.Press the Playback button situated above the Power button on the inside wall of the camcorder to preview all the images you have captured.

6.Press the OK button while in the DV or DC mode in order to open the main menu with Setting and Setup modes appearing for each respectively.

7.The Setup mode for the DVR can be accessed while in either theDV or DC mode.

8.Select the mode you wish to enter by pressing the Right/Left/Up/Down arrow buttons and press theOK button to enter the submenu.

Capturing Videos

In order to capture videos (with audio) using your camcorder you need to select the DV video mode. On turning on your camcorder the first mode to appear is theDV mode. To change between the function modes on your DVR, press theDV/DC buttons.

The camcorder has 64MB of built in memory. Use a compatible SD card of up to 8 GB to expand the memory capacity to capture even more and longer videos than can be captured using internal memory only.

The video icon will now appear on the top right corner of the LCD.

1.The amount of time left at that resolution and memory appears on the bottom right of the LCD.

2.Aim the camcorder at the subject or object you wish to capture.

3.Press the DV Shutter button again to start shooting.

4.The elapsed time of the video will appear in red font on the bottom right on the LCD.

5.Press the DV Shutter button again to stop the recording.

6.The recorded file will be saved to your memory (internal or SD card) in AVI format.

Note:

1.Press the Up button toZoom In or theDown button toZoom Out of the subject during the shooting to focus in on your subject.

2.The Zoom icon appears on the bottom left of the LCD screen.

3.You can view the AVI files in playback mode.

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4.Once they are downloaded to the PC view them using QuickTime and Windows Media Player.

5.As the internal memory of the camcorder is limited to 64MB the size of videos are limited.

6.Please insert a SD memory card of up to 8 GB to capture longer videos.

7.When the internal memory is full, a “F” icon will show on the LCD screen when you attempt to shoot further videos.

Video Setting options

In Video mode there are two video resolutions for you to choose from before capturing your video (VGA – 640x480, QVGA – 320x240 pixels). The higher the resolution selected the better the quality of the video, however higher quality videos use up more memory. You can also enter and change the White Balance/Exposure/ Color Effect /Setup Mode.

Resolution

White Balance

Exposure

Color Effect

Setup

To enter the Settings submenu options for the Video mode:

1.Press the OK button.

2.Press the Right/Left/Up/Down button to select the Setting you wish to

change from the main menu that appears.

Resolution

You can select different Video resolutions - VGA 640x480 pixels / QVGA 320x240 pixels. Using the smaller resolution allows you to take longer videos. Videos captured at higher resolution are of better quality.

1. Press the Right/Left/Up/Down button to select theResolution

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menu icon.

2.Press the OK button to open theResolution submenu.

3.Press the Right/Left button to highlight and select the resolution option:

320x240, 640x480

4.Press the OK button to confirm, save your choice and exit to the Setting menu.

5.Press the DV button to revert back to the Video capture mode to start capturing videos with the new resolution selected.

Note:

After selecting your resolution, the corresponding icon (VGA/QVGA) will appear on the top right of the LCD.

White Balance

This setting is used to adjust the color of your videos as per your light source.

1.Press the Right/Left/Up/Downbutton to select the White Balance menu icon.

2.Press the OK button to open theWhite Balance submenu.

3.Press the Right/Left/Up/Down button to highlight and select the White Balance option icon you desire:

Auto /Daylight/Cloudy/ Fluorescent/

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4.Press the OK button to confirm, save your choice and exit to the Setting menu.

5.Press the DV button to revert back to the Video capture mode to start

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capturing videos with the new white balance setting selected.

Note:

After selecting your White Balance choice, the corresponding icon will appear on the top of the LCD screen.

Exposure

This setting allows you to manually compensate for unusual lighting conditions such as indirect indoor lighting, dark backgrounds, and strong backlighting. The exposure value range is –2.0(Dark) to 2.0 (Bright).

1.Press the Right/Left/Up/Down button to select theExposure menu icon.

2.Press the OK button to open theExposure submenu.

3.Press the Left/Right buttons to select the exposure setting as per the present light condition:

EV-2.0 /EV-1.7 /EV-1.3 /EV-1.0 /EV-0.7 /EV-0.3 /EV+0.0 / EV+0.3 / EV+0.7/ EV+1.0 / EV+1.3 / EV+1.7/ EV+2.0

4.The Exposure effect selected automatically appears on the LCD.

5.Press the OK button to confirm, save your choice and exit to the Setting menu.

6.Press the DV button to revert back to the Video capture mode to start

capturing videos with the new exposure setting selected.

Note:

After selecting your Exposure choice, the corresponding icon will appear on the bottom of the LCD.

Color Effect

This setting is used to adjust the photo effect of your videos.

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1.Press the Right/Left/Up/Downbutton to select the Color Effectmenu icon.

2.Press the OK button to open theColor Effect submenu.

3.Press the Right/Left button to highlight and select the Color Effect option icon you desire:

Color/ Monochrome / Sepia

4.Press the OK button to confirm, save your choice and exit to the Setting menu.

5.Press the DV button to revert back to the Video capture mode to start capturing videos with the new color effect setting selected.

Note:

The color effect selected now appears on the LCD screen.

Setup Mode

In Setup mode you can adjust the way the camcorder is setup.

1.Press the Right/Left/Up/Down button to select theSetup Mode menu icon.

2.Press the OK button to open theSetup Mode submenu.

3.Press the Right/Left/Up/Down button to highlight and select the Setup Mode option icon you desire:

Auto Power Off – this power saving mode allows you to select thestand-bytime that is activated automatically if the camcorder is left inactive.

xPress the OK button.

xPress the Right/Left button to highlight and select one of the

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