Vivitar VIVICAM 8690 User Manual

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ViviCam 8690Digital Camera

User‟s Manual

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Table of content

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

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

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What Your Camera Includes ...............................................................................................................

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

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Computer System Requirements for Windows Vista ...........................................................................

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

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Quick Look at Your Camera ................................................................................................................

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Prepare Your Camera for use..............................................................................................................

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Starting Your Digital Camera ...............................................................................................................

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Main Icons on the LCD ......................................................................................................................

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Camera mode...................................................................................................................................

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Video Mode ......................................................................................................................................

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Playback Mode .................................................................................................................................

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Install the Vivitar Experience Image Manager Software.....................................................................

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Connect your camera to the computer ..............................................................................................

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Get 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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Maintenance of Your Digital Camera .................................................................................................

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

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

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Appendix A: Technical Specifications ................................................................................................

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Appendix B: Troubleshooting..........................................................................................................

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Introduction

Thank you for purchasing the ViviCam 8690 Digital Camera. Everything you need to take quality digital photos and videos is included with your camera.

Your digital camera can also be used as a removable disk. It enriches your life. Vivitar makes capturing those special moments so easy.

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

Key Features

Digital Video resolutions - 320x240 Pixels, 640x480 Pixels.

8.1 mega pixels camera with choice of 6 digital camera resolutions-

3264X2448(8MP), 2560X1920(5MP), 2048x1536 (3M), 1600x1200 (2M), 1280x960 (1MP), 640x480 (VGA) pixels.

2.4 inch TFT LCD

4X digital zoom

SD memory card slot accepts SD compatible memory card up to 8GB.

Built in Flash

Vivitar Experience Image Manager software for uploading and managing photos and videos to or from the most popular photo sharing and social network websites.

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What Your Camera Includes

Digital Camera

Vivitar Experience Image Manager software Installation CD

USB cable

Quick Start Guide

Strap

Computer System Requirements for Windows XP

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

Pentium 4 processor or above with Windows XP service pack 2

512 MB RAM, with 100MB of free disk space

1024 x 768 Recommended screen resolution

16-bitcolor or higher display adaptor

CD-ROMDrive

QuickTime 6 or higher

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 or higher

Windows Media Player 10 or higher

Internet connection required

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Computer System Requirements for Windows Vista

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

Windows Vista

800MHz processor and 512 MB of system memory

20GB hard drive with at least 15GB of available space

Support for Super VGA graphics

Available USB Interface

CD-ROMdrive QuickTime 6 or higher

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 or higher

Internet connection required

Computer System Requirements for Macintosh

Macintosh with Intel processor running Mac OS X v10.4.6 or later

256 MB RAM, 100 MB free disk space

Display: 1024 x 768 or higher-resolutionmonitor

QuickTime 6 or higher

Internet connection required

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Quick Look at Your Camera

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Prepare Your Camera for use

Install batteries

Your camera requires three AAA batteries (alkaline batteries recommended). Please refer to the following installation instructions:

1.Open the battery compartment on the side of the camera.

2.Insert the alkaline batteries correctly, with the correct polarity as shown on the battery cover.

3.Close the battery compartment.

When the Low Battery icon and “Low Battery” message flashes on the LCD screen, you need to replace your camera‟s batteries. If you do not have an SD memory card in the camera, you will need to download the test photos you have on the camera before switching off the camera.

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WARNING: Unless you are using an SD memory card, opening the battery compartment and removing the battery will erase the test photo currently stored in the camera. Download your photo as often as possible. The test photo will be lost when the cameraswitches-offor when the batteries run low. Do not open the battery door before switching off the camera.

Note:

1.Please remove your batteries when you don‟t intend to use your camera for a long time to prevent leakage and corrosion.

2.Please take care that you do not take out the batteries or power off your camera at will, otherwise the test photos in the built-inmemory will be lost before they are either downloaded or copied to the SD memory card inserted.

3.Do not mix old and new batteries.

4.Do not mix alkaline, standard (carbon-zinc),or rechargeable(nickel-cadmiummetal hydride) batteries.

Install SD memory card

This camera needs an SD Memory card for normal use. This camera supports any compatible SD memory card up to 8GB. Limited internal memory is only for you to take one test photo. The photo will be lost when the camera turns off or if the batteries are removed.

Please refer to the below diagram for correct installation method:

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Locate the SD memory card slot on the bottom of the camera and insert an SD memory card as above.

You will feel and hear a “Click” sound. When the icon appears on the LCD screen this indicates that your SD card is installed correctly.

Note:

1.After you insert the SD memory card, a “Copy to Card?” message will appear on the LCD. To save the photo, press the Right/Left button to select “Yes” and press the Menu/OK button to save the test photo to the SD memory card. Select “No” and press the Menu/OK button if you do not want to save the test photo.

2.After the SD memory is inserted successful, the photos/videos you take will be stored on the SD memory card.

3.Formatting will delete all data on the SD memory card including protected data.

4.Don‟t remove the SD card during formatting as this may damage the card and render it unusable.

5.An SD memory card formatted on a PC or device other than the camera should not be used. Be sure to format the card with your camera.

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Starting Your Digital Camera

Power on

Press the Power button once to turn on your camera. The LCD will light up and the camera will emit a “beep” to indicate that your camera is turned on and ready for use.

Power off

Press the Power button once to turn off your camera. When there is insufficient battery power, a “Low Battery” message will appear on the LCD screen and the camera will power off automatically after a few seconds.

MODE switch

Your digital camera has 3 modes - Camera mode, Video mode and Playback mode.

Move the mode switch between the 3 modes to select the one that you want to use.

 

Camera Mode (Left):

Take still photos

 

Video Mode (Middle):

Capture video files

 

Playback Mode (Right):

View, print and edit photos and view videos

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The Camera mode is for you to take still photos. You can shoot video files while in Video mode. In Playback mode you can preview the photos/videos you captured, rotate, protect, delete, crop and print your photos.

Main buttons on the camera

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Main Icons on the LCD

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Battery power level

Full battery power

Medium battery power

Low battery power

Photo quality

Normal quality

Fine quality

Super quality

Flash

Force Flash

Auto

No Flash

Modes

Camera

Playback

Video

 

SD card inserted

SD card inserted (Locked)

Self-timerOn 10 seconds

Self-timerOn 2 seconds

Normal Capture

Macro Capture

Date on photo

Digital Zoom

Protect

Protect On

Anti-Shake

Anti-ShakeonAnti-Shakeoff

Scenes

Auto

Night Portrait

Night Scenery

Portrait

Scenery

Sport

Party

Beach

High Sensitivity

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Camera mode

Set the mode switch to Camera Mode – the icon will appear on the top right corner of the LCD screen.

Taking Photos

1.Hold the camera steady and compose your object as appears in the LCD screen.

2.Press the Shutter button and wait a moment for the photo to be taken and saved to memory.

3.After each photo is shot and the camera returns to icon mode, the numbers of photos left to shoot at this resolution is displayed on the top right of the LCD screen.

Note: When the memory is full, the LCD screen will display “Disk Full” If you attempt to take a photo when the camera‟s internal memory is full, the camera will beep continuously. Please download the test images to your computer as soon as possible using the Vivitar Experience Image Manager software as described below in the section “Transfer photos and videos to your computer” or insert an SD memory card in order to take more images!

Short-cutbuttons on the camera

Digital Zoom function

In the Photo, Video and Playback modes, you can magnify your subject using the 4X digital zoom.

1.Use the T andW buttons to adjust the zoom.

2.The icon will appear on the LCD screen.

3.Press the T button to zoom in on your subject.

4.Push the W button to zoom back out.

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Macro/Far shooting

The camera has the function that allows you to capture objects at very near (macro) or very far distances per your request.

1.Slide the Macro/Far switch on the left side of the camera up to the position.

2.The icon will appear on the left hand side of the LCD screen and indicates that the macro shooting is on.

3.For far shooting slide the Macro/Far switch down to the position.

4.The icon appears on the LCD screen to indicate that the far shooting is on.

Note: The flash will not work if the camera is in the Macro setting.

Flash

Your camera has a built in flash function which enables you to take photos when the light condition is not good. The flash can only be activated in the photo mode.

1.Press the Up button on the Menu dial to activate the flash.

2.Press the Up button once until you see the icon appear on the LCD screen. This indicates that the Auto flash is on. Auto flash will operated the flash if the lighting conditions are too dark when you take a photo.

3.Press the Up button again to change to the force flash function.

4.The icon will appear on the LCD indicating that the force flash is turned on and ready to use.

5.To turn off the flash function, press the Up button again until the icon is displayed on the LCD.

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Note: A “No Power” message will appear on the LCD screen, if you select the flash function when the battery power is insufficient. To continue using the camera with the flash, please install new batteries.

Self-Timer

You can include yourself in a photo by using this feature to delay the time between your pressing the shutter and when the photo is actually taken. It is recommended that you use a tripod or place the camera on a steady and flat surface before you use the self-timer.The timer is either for 2 or 10 seconds.

1.Press the Down or Timer button.

2.The iconappears on the top of the LCD screen. Press the Shutter button to activate the 2 second timer.

3.The LED will flash and the camera will countdown 2 seconds before the picture is taken.

4.Press the down button again to select the 10 seconds self timer.

5.Press the shutter button to start a 10 second count down after which the photo will automatically be taken.

Delete (Last Photo or Video)

You can delete the last photo or video taken while in Camera or Video mode.

1.Press the Right/Delete button.

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2.From the “This Image” or “This Video” message that appears, press Left/Right button to select “Yes”.

3.Press the Menu/OK button to confirm and for the selected image to be deleted.

At step 2, if you do not wish to delete the photo select “No” by pressing the Up/Down button, then press the Menu/OK button.

Note: “No File” will appear on the LCD when you press the right button in the camera/video mode to delete the last photo/video if you have not taken any images!

Scene

To ensure that the images you capture are captured in the correct light and environmental conditions you can manually select the scene.

1.In Camera mode press the Left/Scene button.

2.The scene options icons will appear on the upper left corner of the LCD next to the camera icon.

3.Press the Scene button to toggle between the options:

Auto, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Portrait, Scenery, Sport, Party, Beach or High Sensitivity.

4.As you toggle through the scenes the lighting effect appears on the LCD.

5.Once the appropriate scene is selected, press the Shutter button to take you photo.

Note: The Scene options can also be selected by pressing the MENU/OK button in the Photo menu. Here you will be able to recognize the different Scene icons and related scene detail.

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Camera mode – Menu setting options

To access the Menu setting options for the Camera mode press the Menu button in the center of the Menu dial.

4 menu options each with their own submenus will appear:

Scene, Image Size, Anti-Shakeand Setup

1.Press the Power button to turn on your camera,

2.Set the mode to Camera Mode - the icon will appear on the LCD screen.

3.Press the Menu/OK button.

4.Press the Left/Right buttons to move between the menu options that appear.

5.Press the Up/Down buttons to select the submenu option within the selected menu.

6.Press the Menu/OK button to confirm and save the setting.

Scene

Your camera comes with built-inscenes for you to take photos in almost any environment. You can choose your best scenery according to your light and environmental conditions.

1.Press the Menu/OK button.

2.Press the Left/Right buttons to move between the menu options that appear.

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3.Press the Up/Down button to select the best scenery per your light condition and environment.

Auto, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Portrait, Scenery, Sport, Party, Beach or High Sensitivity.

4.Press the Menu/OK button to confirm your selection and exit to standby mode.

Note:

1.After you have selected your scenery, the corresponding scenery icon will appear on the LCD. Some scenery will automatically activate the flash function after setting. The default scene is Auto.

2.You can press the Left button for setting different scenes quickly.

Image Size

The image size and quality settings determine the number of photos that can be saved and the amount of memory required for each photo. The higher the photo quality the more memory it will take. The image size and quality will also affect the maximum size you can print your photo effectively. To set the Image size:

1.Press the Menu/OK button.

2.Press the Right/Left button until you select the Image Size option.

3.Press the Up/Down button to select the desired image size.

3264x2448(8MP), 2560X1920(5MP), 2048x1536 (3M), 1600x1200 (2M), 1280x960 (1MP), 640x480 (VGA) pixels

4.Press the Menu/OK button to confirm your choice and exit to standby mode.

Note: The image size icon will appear on the right side of the LCD screen.

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Anti-Shake

Your Digital Camera has a function that prevents photos coming out blurry as a result of trembling or shaking when taking the photo. Because of this function, you are not required to use a tripod to shoot steady photos. To set as below:

1.Press the Menu/OK button.

2.Press the Right/Left button until you select the Anti-Shakemenu option.

3.Press the Up/Down button to select „On‟ or „Off‟.

4.Press the Menu/OK button to confirm and exit to standby mode.

Note: Theicon will appear on the left side of the LCD screen if you selected Yes.

Setup Menu

You can manually set your camera for the setting that best suits your present situation:

Exposure, ISO, White Balance, Sharpness, Quality, Date, Auto Power Off, Language, Frequency, Format, Default Setting or Cancel.

To enter and change the different Setup options:

1.Press the Menu/OK button.

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