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ViviCam 3200

Digital Still Camera

User Manual

Copyright © 1999 Vivitar Corporation

Vivitar Corporation

1280 Rancho Conejo Blvd.

Newbury Park, CA 91320 USA

www.vivitar.com

www.vivitar.co.jp

www.vivitar.co.uk

Image Expert and Camio are trademarks of Sierra Imaging, Inc.

Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. CompactFlash is a registered trademark of the CompactFlash Association.

 

Contents

Contents

 

CONTENTS ............................................................................................................................

I

GETTING STARTED ..............................................................................................................

1

Camera Package Contents......................................................................................................

1

Camera Parts .........................................................................................................................

2

Safety and Handling Information..............................................................................................

4

TAKING A PICTURE..............................................................................................................

5

Powering the Camera On/Off...................................................................................................

5

Taking a Picture......................................................................................................................

6

Using Quick Review ................................................................................................................

7

Using Focus Lock ...................................................................................................................

8

Using the Memory Card ..........................................................................................................

9

Using the Self-Timer .............................................................................................................

10

Resolution and Quality Levels................................................................................................

11

Flash Setting ........................................................................................................................

12

Macro Function.....................................................................................................................

13

Battery Status.......................................................................................................................

14

REVIEWING PICTURES .......................................................................................................

15

Viewing Images Using the Camera's LCD Screen ...................................................................

15

Displaying Information about Your Pictures ............................................................................

16

Viewing Pictures on Your Television ......................................................................................

17

Taking a Picture Using Your Television ..................................................................................

18

Deleting Pictures ..................................................................................................................

19

Locking and Unlocking Pictures .............................................................................................

21

SETTING CAMERA PREFERENCES ....................................................................................

22

Setting the Resolution Level ..................................................................................................

22

Setting the Quality Level .......................................................................................................

22

Setting the Camera Sounds ...................................................................................................

23

Setting Quick Review............................................................................................................

23

Setting the Camera Date and Time ........................................................................................

24

Adjusting the Brightness of the LCD screen ............................................................................

24

Changing the Exposure .........................................................................................................

25

Reformatting the Memory Card ..............................................................................................

25

Setting the Video Mode.........................................................................................................

26

Setting the Camera Language ...............................................................................................

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VIEWING AND DOWNLOADING YOUR PICTURES USING A PC .........................................

27

Connecting your Camera to a PC...........................................................................................

27

Downloading Pictures using a Compact Flash Card Reader ....................................................

27

Using Image Expert to View and Download Pictures ...............................................................

27

TROUBLESHOOTING..........................................................................................................

28

Camera Problems.................................................................................................................

28

Image Problems ...................................................................................................................

29

APPENDIX...........................................................................................................................

30

Regulatory information ..........................................................................................................

30

Warranty ..............................................................................................................................

31

Camera Specifications ..........................................................................................................

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Getting Started

Getting Started

Congratulations on your purchase of a new ViviCam 3200 (V3200) Digital Camera! The V3200 is an easy-to-usehigh-qualitydigital camera that features:

Two resolution settings and three quality settings that enable you to take 24-bitcolor pictures up to a megapixel in size

Fast image processing of approximately five (5) seconds

Built-infour-modeflash

Self-timerwith a10-seconddelay

Auto-Focusinglens with Macro mode

Removable Compact Flash memory storage card

Serial cable for transferring pictures from the camera to your PC

Video cable that lets you connect your camera to a TV for viewing and even taking pictures

Software for transferring, managing, editing, and printing your pictures

This guide contains complete operating information for your V3200 camera. For information on installing and using Image Expert software to download, edit, and print your pictures, see the Image Expert User’s Guide.

Camera Package Contents

Your camera package contains the following parts and accessories:

V3200 camera

1 4MB Compact Flash storage card

4 AA rechargeable NiMH batteries & charger*

PC serial cable

Macintosh cable

Video cable

Hand strap

V3200 Camera Quick Start Guide

V3200 Camera User’s Guide

Image Expert software

Image Expert User’s Guide

*Please note that the basic inclusions do vary somewhat depending upon special manufacturing circumstances, and promotional programs in which your dealer or supplier may have specified unique or special package contents. In some instances, 4 AA alkaline batteries may be included instead of the NiMH

batteries & charger.

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Camera Parts

Front View

Back View

2

Getting Started

Top View

Bottom View

Memory storage compartment

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V3200 Camera User’s Guide

Safety and Handling Information

For your safety and the protection of your camera, observe the following tips while handling your camera.

Camera information

Do not take apart or attempt to service the camera yourself.

Do not expose the camera to moisture, excessive heat, or excessive cold.

Let the camera warm up when moving from a cold to a warm temperature.

Avoid touching the LCD screen.

Do not expose the lens to direct sunlight for long periods of time.

Ensure that the memory card is fully inserted before turning on the camera.

Protect the memory card from heat, moisture, static electricity, and magnetic fields.

Battery information

Turn off the camera before installing or removing batteries.

Use only AA alkaline, lithium, or rechargeable NiCD or NiMH batteries.

Do not mix types of batteries.

Always replace all four batteries with four new or freshly charged batteries.

Do not use batteries that are leaking, corroded, or damaged.

Do not attempt to recharge non-rechargeablebatteries.

When charging rechargeable batteries, use a battery recharger specifically designed for the type of battery. If the recharger is designed to accommodate multiple battery types, be sure to adjust its settings to match the type of battery you are recharging.

Remove the batteries from the camera if you are storing your camera for prolonged periods of time.

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Taking a Picture

Taking a Picture

Using the Capture mode on your camera, you can:

Take a picture

Preview the picture on the LCD display before taking it

Instantly review and (if you don't like what you see) delete the picture just taken

To select this mode, slide the Mode switch to the position labeled “Capture”.

Powering the Camera On/Off

To turn the camera on:

1Press the Power button.

2Wait until the Ready light on the back of the camera stops blinking and turns a solid, steady green.

è The camera is now ready to take pictures.

To turn the camera off:

Press the Power button again.

è The camera will preserve all preference settings (adjustments) made prior to turning it off.

Note: When the camera is powered off, your settings will be retained. However, if you remove or replace the batteries the camera will loose the current settings and the camera will revert to the factory default settings.

Using power-save:

Your camera contains a power-savingfeature that automatically turns the camera off after three (3) minutes of inactivity or after five (5) minutes of inactivity when the camera is connected to a computer.

If you are using the LCD to preview pictures while the camera is powered by batteries, the camera will shut off after 30 seconds of inactivity. You can extend this time interval to 3 minutes by holding down the Select button for 2 seconds when starting LCD preview mode.

èTo restore power to the camera after it has automatically turned off, press the Power button.

èTo adjust the time interval of the power-savefunction, see theImage Expert User’s Guide.

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Taking a Picture

To take a picture with your camera:

1Make sure you have a Compact Flash memory card inserted in the memory card slot.

2Set the Mode switch to Capture.

3Turn the camera on.

4Frame your subject in the optical viewfinder.

5Hold the camera still and press the Shutter button down fully. You will hear the sound of the autofocus motor as it adjusts and focuses the lens.

èThe Ready light will blink red while the picture is processing. When the light changes to solid green, the camera is ready to take another picture.

TIP

When using the flash, you can decrease the amount of time required for the camera to become

 

ready between pictures by turning off the LCD screen display.

 

 

To preview your picture on the LCD screen before taking it:

1Set the Mode switch to Capture.

2Turn the camera on.

3Press the red Select button to turn on the LCD display.

4Frame your subject by looking at the LCD screen.

5Hold the camera still and press the Shutter button down fully.

èTo turn off the LCD screen and return to using the optical viewfinder, press the Select button a second time.

Use the optical viewfinder when...

Use the LCD to preview pictures when...

You want to conserve your camera’s batteries.

♦ You need exact framing, particularly in Macro

You want the flash to charge faster between

mode.

 

 

pictures.

 

The lighting is too bright to see the LCD screen.

The lighting is too low to get an image on the LCD screen.

èTo learn how to adjust the brightness of the LCD screen, see Adjusting the Brightness of the LCD Screen on page 24.

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Taking a Picture

Using Quick Review

When the Quick Review preference is set to On, the camera LCD displays the picture for a short period of time after you have taken it. This feature allows you to instantly review a picture. It also gives you a chance to immediately delete, or discard the image you have just taken.

To review and delete pictures using Quick Review:

1Set the Mode switch to Capture.

2Turn the camera on.

3Take a picture.

4Notice how the image appears on the LCD screen. The LCD will display a Delete icon and a status bar indicating that the picture is being processed.

5If you want to delete the picture before it is stored on the memory storage card, press the button immediately below the Delete icon while the image is still processing.

èWhen the picture has finished processing, the status bar disappears and the image is displayed for two more seconds before the

screen goes blank. During this time, the camera is ready to take a new picture, although you still have the opportunity to delete the current picture.

èFor information on changing the Quick Review setting, see Setting Quick Review on page 23.

TIP

Quick Review increases the drain on your batteries. If your batteries have a low charge, or if

 

you want to maximize the number of pictures you can take using one set of batteries, turn

 

Quick Review off.

 

 

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Using Focus Lock

When taking a picture, your camera automatically focuses on the object in the center of the viewfinder. If you want the camera to focus on a subject that is not in the center of the picture, you can use the camera’s focus lock feature to set the focus.

To take a picture using focus lock:

1Set the Mode switch to Capture.

2Turn the camera on.

3Position the subject on which you want the camera to focus in the center of the viewfinder.

4Press the Shutter button halfway down and hold it. You will hear a clicking sound as the lens adjusts to the distance.

5While continuing to press the Shutter button halfway down (thereby focusing on the object of interest), frame your picture, and then press the Shutter button down fully to take a picture.

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Taking a Picture

Using a Memory Card

Your camera stores pictures on a removable Compact Flash memory storage card. A 4 MB Compact Flash card is included with the camera kit. You may purchase additional cards in varying sizes.

The camera does not contain internal storage memory; therefore, the camera will not operate fi a memory card is not inserted. The camera’s Status LCD displays an error if you try to operate the camera without a memory storage card. If you try to use the camera without a CF card, the camera will also generate a volley of quick beeps – if sounds are enabled.

To insert a CF memory card:

1Make sure the camera power is off.

2Hold the camera with the front facing you and open the rubber flap covering the memory card slot.

3Hold the memory card with the end containing the connectors pointing in towards the camera and the label of the CF card towards the front of the camera.

4Insert the card into the memory card slot and push it all the way in. The edge of the card should be flush with the camera slot when the card is properly inserted.

5Close the rubber cover.

6The camera will recognize the CF card and the camera will turn on.

7Turn the camera off if you do not plan to use it immediately.

To remove the memory card:

1Make sure the camera power is off.

2Hold the camera with the bottom facing you and open the rubber flap covering the memory card slot.

3Slide the Card Eject switch on the bottom of your camera until the memory storage card is released from the slot.

4Remove the memory storage card from the camera.

5Note: The camera will briefly display the “No Card” icon nine to ten times.

When your camera's CF memory card is full, the picture count on the Status LCD changes to "0", the ready light shines solid red, and the camera beeps repeatedly when you press the Shutter button. To take more pictures when the memory card is full:

Delete some of the pictures on the memory card.

Download the pictures to your computer and then erase them from the memory card.

Replace the full memory card with one containing free space.

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Number of

Using the Self-Timer

images

remaining

Use the self-timerto delay taking a picture for 10 seconds after

 

pressing the shutter button.

 

To take a picture using the self-timer:

1Turn the camera on.

2Set the Mode switch to Capture.

3Press the Self-timerbutton. Theself-timersymbol in the Status LCD will flash to indicate that the timer is onstand-by.

4Frame your subject, then press the Shutter button to activate the timer. The red Self-timerlight on the front of the camera will shine steadily for 7 seconds, then flash for 3 seconds before the camera takes the picture. The camera beeps when the image capture is complete.

To turn off the self-timer:

Press the Self-timerbutton again.

è Theself-timerautomatically turns off once the picture is taken or the camera is turned off.

TIP

For best image quality, use the self-timeronly after securely mounting the camera on a

 

tripod or other solid surface.

 

 

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Taking a Picture

Checking Resolution and Quality Levels

The resolution setting determines the size of the picture in pixels. Your camera has two resolution settings: Megapixel (1152 x 864 pixels) andVGA (640 x 480 pixels).

The quality setting controls how much your pictures will be compressed on the memory card. Your camera has three quality settings: Best,High, andMedium.

The current resolution and quality settings of your camera are displayed as a combined symbol on the Status LCD.

Symbol

Resolution Level

Quality Level

Approximate Picture Count

 

 

 

(4MB card)

 

1152 x 864 Megapixel resolution

Best

Stores up to 7 images.

 

 

 

 

 

1152 x 864 Megapixel resolution

High

Stores up to 14 images.

 

 

 

 

 

1152 x 864 Megapixel resolution

Medium

Stores up to 23 images.

 

 

 

 

 

640 x 480 VGA resolution

Best

Stores up to 21 images.

 

 

 

 

 

640 x 480 VGA resolution

High

Stores up to 43 images.

 

 

 

 

 

640 x 480 VGA resolution

Medium

Stores up to 69 images.

 

 

 

 

Key: Two rows of dots (n) represent megapixel resolution, whereas one row is VGA resolution.

Three columns of dots represent Best, two represent High, and one represents Medium quality.

To change the resolution or quality level:

See Setting the Resolution Leveland Setting the Quality Levelon page 22.

TIP

In general, pictures taken at the higher resolution and quality settings capture more detail

 

and look sharper, but also take up more space on your memory card. To maximize the

 

number of pictures that can be stored, choose a lower setting. To maximize image detail,

 

choose a higher setting.

 

A resolution setting of 1152 x 864 (Megapixel) and a quality setting of High is usually

 

sufficient for most purposes.

 

 

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Flash Settings

Your camera has four different flash modes: Flash Off,Red-Eye,On/Fill, andAutomatic. The current flash setting is displayed on the camera Status LCD.

Symbol

Flash Setting

Use when…

 

Flash Off: No flash used.

Taking picture in bright lighting conditions.

 

 

 

 

Red-Eye:Automatic flash used, preceded

Taking pictures of people, to reduce red-eye

 

by a pre-flash.

effect.

 

 

 

 

On/Fill: Flash used with every image taken,

Taking pictures of dark subjects when the area

 

regardless of lighting levels.

behind the subjects is highly illuminated. (High

 

 

scene contrast)

 

 

 

 

Automatic: Flash automatically used when

No unusual lighting conditions are present.

 

lighting is insufficient for optimum image

 

 

capture.

 

 

 

 

To change the flash setting:

Press the Flash button repeatedly until the symbol for the desired setting is displayed in the Status LCD.

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Taking a Picture

Macro Function

Use the Macro setting to take pictures of subjects that are close to the camera, such as flowers. When the Macro setting is on, the Macro symbol is displayed on the camera Status LCD.

Symbol

Setting

Use when...

 

Macro

The distance between your camera and the subject is between 10 inches

 

 

(25 cm) and 2 feet (60 cm).

 

 

 

[No symbol]

Normal

The distance between your camera and the subject is greater than 2 feet

 

 

(60 cm).

 

 

 

To turn the Macro setting on/off:

Press the Macro button. No symbol is displayed on the Status LCD when the camera is in Normal mode.

Tip: For accurate framing when using Macro mode use the image LCD. An optical parallax exists between the optical viewfinder and the imager that is evident in macro mode. Using the image LCD will avoid the optical parallax issue and ensure optimal framing of your subject.

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Battery Status

Your camera kit includes 4 AA batteries. When these batteries are drained, you may replace them with any standard AA alkaline, lithium, or rechargeable NiCd or NiMH batteries.

The battery-shapedsymbol on the Status LCD shows the approximate charge state of the batteries in the camera. As the batteries drain, the number of segments displayed in the symbol decreases from two to zero.

If the battery symbol looks like this... Then...

The batteries are at full charge, or an AC adapter is in use.

The batteries are approximately 75% discharged.

The batteries are close to empty. Recharge the batteries or install fresh ones.

The camera can no longer be used at full functionality.

You may be able to take a few more pictures by turning off (flashing) the Quick Review setting and by not using the LCD

display to take or review pictures.

To insert batteries into the camera:

1Make sure the camera power is off.

2Turn the camera upside down.

3Slide back the latch on the battery compartment cover and swing open the door.

4Use the battery orientation diagram inside the compartment to insert the 4 batteries.

5Close the door to the compartment, and slide the latch firmly shut.

TIP

Digital cameras are high-currentdevices that place heavy power demands on batteries. You

 

may want to consider the following tips to extend the life of your camera’s batteries:

 

♦ Use rechargeable NiMH or NiCad batteries instead of alkaline batteries, particularly if

 

you frequently use the LCD screen to preview pictures.

 

♦ Minimize use of the LCD screen, especially when using alkaline batteries.

 

♦ Do not use the LCD for previewing or reviewing pictures when the Status LCD battery

 

symbol contains one or no segments.

 

♦ If the Status LCD battery symbol displays empty and begins flashing while you are

 

using the camera with the LCD screen or Quick Review turned on, you can usually

 

take more pictures with the same battery set by doing the following:

 

1

Turn the power off.

 

2

Turn the power back on.

 

3

Immediately set the Quick Review Preferences setting to Off.

 

4

Continue taking pictures, but do not use the LCD screen to preview your shots.

 

♦ Use an AC power adapter when the camera is connected to a computer or TV.

 

♦ Turn the Flash Mode to OFF to avoid charging the flash capacitor

 

 

 

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Viewing and Downloading Your Pictures Using a PC

Reviewing Pictures

The Review mode of your camera allows you to:

Display pictures on the camera’s LCD screen and review, lock, or delete them.

Display pictures on a TV monitor connected to your camera.

View a slide show of the pictures stored on the camera’s memory card.

To select this mode, slide the Mode switch to the position labeled “Review”.

Viewing Images Using the Camera's LCD Screen

To review the images stored on your memory card:

1Set the Mode switch to Review.

2Turn the camera on.

3Press the 6 or5 button to display the previous or next picture stored on the memory card.

To view thumbnails of all the pictures on your memory card:

Select Button

1Set the Mode switch to Review.

2Turn the camera on.

3Press the Select button to display the Review menu.

4Press the 6 button until the Browse option is highlighted.

5Press the Select button to enter Browse mode.

6Press the 6or5 button to move up or down through the pictures. If more than nine pictures are stored on your memory card, the LCD screen will automatically display the next set of images when you reach the top or bottom of the screen.

To select a thumbnail to display:

1While in Browse mode, highlight the row containing the picture you want to display.

2Press the Select button.

3Press the 6 or5 button to move the highlight to the picture you want to display.

4Press the Select button.

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To display a slide show of your pictures on the LCD screen:

1Press the Select button to display the Review menu.

2Press the 6 button until the Slide Show menu option is highlighted.

3Press the Select button to start the slide show. The LCD will display a different picture every four seconds.

èTo reverse the order of the slide show, press the 6 or5 button.

èTo stop the slide show and resume manual control of the display, press the Select button.

Displaying Information about Your Pictures

While reviewing your pictures, you can display information about each image, such as the picture number, the total number of pictures on the card, the locked status of the picture, and the resolution/quality at which the picture was taken.

To turn the picture information on or off while reviewing pictures:

1Press the Select button to display the Review menu.

2Press the 6 button to highlight the Information option.

3Press the Select button to open the Information menu.

4Press the 6 button to highlight the setting you want.

5Press the Select button to activate the setting and exit the menu.

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