Olympus C-2 manual

User manual for the Olympus C-2 in English. This PDF manual has 116 pages.

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DIGITAL CAMERA C-2 D-230 REFERENCE MANUAL «Click Here» QUICK START GUIDE CONNECTING THE CAMERA TO A PC CAMERA OPERATION
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DIGITAL CAMERA C-2 D-230 OPERATION MANUAL ● Thank you for purchasing an Olympus digital camera. ● Please read this manual carefully before using your camera. We recommend that you become familiar with your camera by taking a number of test shots before performing important shooting. CAMERA OPERATION
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2 INTRODUCTION This manual explains the correct operating procedures for your camera. Read it carefully and keep it in a safe place for future reference. ABOUT THIS MANUAL ● The information contained in this manual may be subject to change without notice. For the latest information on the product, please consult your local Olympus representative. ● The information contained in this manual has been compiled by taking all possible measures to ensure its accuracy. However, if you find any errors or incomplete information, please contact your local Olympus representative. ● It is prohibited by copyright laws to duplicate in part or in whole the information contained in this manual, except for personal use. Reproduction without permission of the copyright owner is prohibited. ● Olympus will not assume any liability for damages, loss of profit or claim from a third party due to improper use of this product. ● Olympus will not assume any liability for damages and loss of profit due to loss of image data resulting from servicing by a third party who is not designated by Olympus or from other causes. ● The quality of the images shot with this product differs from that of the images shot with ordinary film-based cameras. © 2001 OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO., LTD. TRADEMARKS All brand names and product names mentioned in this manual are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners. ABOUT THE CAMERA FILE SYSTEM The DCF (Design rule for Camera File system) is a standard established by JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association).
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4 CONTENTS ★ This symbol indicates pages recommended for reading by first-time users. ★ These pages show how to take pictures and how to play them back. Introduction .......................................................................................... 2 Index .................................................................................................... 3 CONTENTS 4 PREPARATION 7 Names of parts .................................................................................... 7 Monitor indications ............................................................................... 8 Attaching the strap ............................................................................... 9 Loading the batteries ★ .................................................................... 10 Selecting commercially available batteries or the AC adapter ........... 11 Inserting the SmartMedia card ★ ..................................................... 12 Turning the camera ON/OFF ............................................................. 14 When taking pictures........................................................... 14 When playing back pictures ................................................ 14 Menu screen flow ............................................................................... 15 Setting the date and time ★ ............................................................. 16 TAKING PICTURES 18 Holding the camera ............................................................................ 18 Taking pictures ................................................................................... 19 Taking pictures using the viewfinder ★ .............................. 19 Taking pictures using the monitor........................................ 20 When to use the viewfinder and the monitor ....................... 21 The function of the memory gauge ..................................... 21 The function of the green lamp and the orange lamp ......... 22 Focus lock .......................................................................................... 23 PLAYING BACK PICTURES 25 Checking recorded images (playback) ★ ......................................... 25 Quick view (double-click playback in the Record mode) ..... 26 Erasing an image ★.......................................................................... 27
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5 CONTENTS Protecting important images ★......................................................... 28 RECORDING FUNCTIONS 29 Using the arrow pad........................................................................... 29 Flash ................................................................................... 30 Macro mode ........................................................................ 33 Digital tele mode ................................................................. 35 Exposure compensation .................................................................... 36 Self-timer ........................................................................................... 38 Sequence mode ................................................................................ 40 Fixed focus......................................................................................... 42 Spot metering mode .......................................................................... 43 White balance .................................................................................... 44 Image quality ..................................................................................... 46 Sharpness ......................................................................................... 48 Contrast ............................................................................................. 50 PLAYBACK FUNCTIONS 52 Index playback ................................................................................... 52 Close-up playback ............................................................................. 54 Auto playback .................................................................................... 55 Erasing all images ............................................................................. 56 OTHER FUNCTIONS 57 Recording and playing back movies .................................................. 57 Panorama mode ................................................................................ 63 Composite images ............................................................................. 65 Editing images ................................................................................... 67 Monochrome (black and white) images .............................. 67 Sepia images ...................................................................... 68 Resizing .............................................................................. 69 Rotating ............................................................................... 70 Muting the beep tones ....................................................................... 71 Formatting a new card ....................................................................... 72 Rec view ............................................................................................ 74
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6 ●About symbols used in this manual Caution Indicates important precautions that may lead to failure or trouble and operations that should be absolutely avoided. Note Indicates items that are useful to know for effective use of the camera. Indicates the reference pages in this manual. CONTENTS Clear settings ..................................................................................... 75 Displaying image information ............................................................. 77 Monitor brightness ............................................................................. 78 Print reserve ...................................................................................... 79 TROUBLESHOOTING 83 Error messages ................................................................................. 83 Problems ............................................................................................ 84 Specifications .................................................................................... 88 Index .................................................................................................. 90
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7 PREPARATION ● Shutter button ● Flash ● Self-timer lamp ● Lens barrier Turns the camera ON/OFF ● Arrow pad/Menu navigation ● OK/Menu button ● Monitor button Turns the monitor ON/OFF ● Battery compartment cover ● Tripod socket ● USB connector ● DC-IN jack ● Connector cover ● Lens ● Card cover ● Strap eyelet ● Viewfinder ● Orange lamp ● Green lamp ● AF target mark ● Monitor PREPARATION NAMES OF PARTS
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8 PREPARATION Note For details on how to display image information, see “Displaying image information” ( p.77). Item Indication Ref. Page 1 Battery status p. 10 2 Exposure compensation +1.5, +2.0, –1.5, –2.0 p. 36 3 Flash p. 30 4 Drive p. 38, 40, 57 5 SPOT p. 43 6 White balance p. 44 7 Focus p. 42, 33 8 Memory gauge p. 21 9 No. of recordable images/ 16 (frames), 16"(seconds) – Recordable time 0 Digital tele 1.6×, 2.0×, 2.5×, 3.2×, 4.0×, 5.0× p. 35 A Image quality SHQ, HQ, SQ1, SQ2 p. 46, 59 B Protect p. 28 C Movie/Print reserve p. 57, 79 D File size (Pixel) 640 × 480, 1024 × 768, 1600 × 1208 p. 46 E File name 100-0016 – F Date/Time ’01. 11. 01 12:45 p. 16 G Frame no. 16 (frames) – A MONITOR INDICATIONS ● RECORD MODE 9 ● PLAY MODE A D 2 6 E F G 0 1 B C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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9 PREPARATION ATTACHING THE STRAP 1 Pass the short end of the strap through the eyelet. 2 Pass the long end of the strap through the loop. 3 Pull tight and check that the strap is securely attached. Caution Attach the strap correctly as instructed above. Olympus can not provide warranty or assume any liability for damage resulting from the camera being accidentally dropped because the strap has not been attached correctly. Strap eyelet
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10 PREPARATION LOADING THE BATTERIES 1 Check the following. 2 Slide the battery compartment cover toward A and lift it up in the direction of B. 3 Insert the batteries as shown, making sure that they are correctly oriented. 4 Push down the battery compartment cover in the direction of C and close firmly by pressing the mark in the direction of D until it clicks. Note • If the camera is left for about 1 hour with the batteries removed, all the settings will revert to the default settings. • When powering the camera by batteries, if the batteries start to run low, the battery indication will be displayed in red. When the batteries are close to exhaustion, the LCD monitor turns off and the green lamp and the orange lamp blink simultaneously. A B D C Battery status Lights (green) Blinks (red) Adequate power remaining. Batteries are running low. Replace with new batteries. Batteries are completely exhausted. Replace with new batteries. Green and orange lamps blink No display The lens barrier is closed. The monitor is off. The orange lamp is off.
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11 PREPARATION SELECTINGCOMMERCIALLYAVAILABLEBATTERIESORTHEACADAPTER The following batteries or AC adapter can be used in addition to the included battery. Choose the battery that fits your purpose. LITHIUM BATTERY PACK (NON-RECHARGEABLE) The CR-V3 lithium battery pack features a long service life which is convenient when traveling. NiMH BATTERIES (RECHARGEABLE) The NiMH batteries from Olympus are rechargeable and economical.You can recharge them overnight, and their high low-temperature resistance makes them effective in cold areas. AA ALKALINE BATTERIES If the battery power runs out, you can replace it with AA alkaline batteries which are easily available anywhere. The number of recordable images varies depending on the brand of battery and the conditions of use. Turn the monitor off whenever possible to save the batteries. AC ADAPTER The optional Olympus CAMEDIA AC adapter enables you to power the camera from a household electrical outlet. Caution • If the batteries run out while the camera is connected to another device (such as a computer), the data may be damaged. Olympus recommends that you use an AC adapter when the camera will be turned on for long periods of time. However, do not disconnect or plug in the AC adapter while the camera is connected to a PC. • Do not connect or disconnect the batteries or the AC adapter when the camera is turned on as this may affect the camera settings. • Do not use manganese or commercially available lithium batteries. AC adapter Power source Camera
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12 PREPARATION INSERTING THE SMARTMEDIA CARD Pictures taken by the camera are stored on a SmartMedia card. 1 Check the following. 2 Open the card cover. 3 Insert the SmartMedia card in the direction shown in the figure. There is a mark inside the card cover indicating the direction in which the card should be inserted. 4 Close the cover securely until it clicks. Card insertion direction marking The lens barrier is closed. The monitor is off. The orange lamp is off.
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13 PREPARATION INSERTING THE SMARTMEDIA CARD Write protect seal REMOVING THE SMARTMEDIA CARD To remove the card, hold the card with your fingertips, and pull it out in the direction of the arrow. NUMBER OF RECORDABLE IMAGES The approximate number of recordable images is shown in the table below. See “Image quality” ( p.46). SHQ HQ SQ1 SQ2 8MB 5 16 29 47 16MB 11 32 58 90 32MB 23 64 117 180 64MB 46 128 234 362 128MB 92 257 469 725 Note This camera may not be able to recognize a SmartMedia card that is not manufactured by Olympus or a card which has been formatted on another device such as a PC. To avoid problems, you should format each card before using it on this camera. See “Formatting a new card” ( p.72). Caution • Never attempt to open the card cover or remove the SmartMedia card or batteries while the camera power is on. Otherwise, the image data on the card may be destroyed. Remember that it is impossible to restore image data once it has been destroyed. • A SmartMedia card is a precision device. Do not apply excessive force or shock to it. Hold the card by the edges. Do not touch the gold-colored metallic parts. • Some of the camera functions are disabled if a write protect seal is attached to the SmartMedia card. When you use these functions, remove the seal from the card. • Refer to the instructions accompanying the provided SmartMedia card for details on how to handle it. Card memory capacity Image quality
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14 PREPARATION TURNING THE CAMERA ON/OFF WHEN TAKING PICTURES Turning the camera on: Open the lens barrier. The camera turns on in the Record mode. Turning the camera off: Close the lens barrier. The camera turns off. WHEN PLAYING BACK PICTURES Turning the monitor on: Press the button with the lens barrier closed. The camera turns on in the Play mode and the monitor turns on. Turning the monitor off: Press the button. The camera and the monitor turn off. Note When the camera is powered by batteries, it turns off automatically when no operation has been performed for 1 minute.You need to turn the camera on again.
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15 PREPARATION MENU SCREEN FLOW Displaying menus Note • The menus displayed in the Record mode and the Play mode are different. • The current setting of each menu is displayed in the bracket at the right side of its respective menu bar. • Some items can not be selected depending on the settings. This is not a malfunction. • When the shutter button is pressed while the Camera menu is displayed, the picture can be taken with the currently selected (highlighted) menu settings. The monitor shows the Camera menu or the Play menu. Select the menu using the (arrow pad). Press the button when the camera is turned on. • The selected menu will be highlighted and the v/u mark will be displayed on the menu bar. Press the or buttons in the corresponding direction of the v/u mark. • The buttons operable on the camera are displayed below the menu. ● ● ● ●
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16 PREPARATION SETTING THE DATE AND TIME 1 Press the button. The monitor turns on. 2 Press the button. The monitor shows the Play menu. 3 Select [SETUP] using the / buttons and press the button. 4 Select [ ] using the / buttons and press the button.
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17 PREPARATION SETTING THE DATE AND TIME 5 Select the date format “Y-M-D (Year-Month-Day)”,“M-D-Y (Month-Day-Year)” or “D-M-Y (Day-Month-Year)” using the / buttons, and press the button. The monitor shows date setting screen. 6 Set the first figure using the / buttons and press the button. The cursor moves to the next figure. 7 Repeat until the date and time settings are set. 8 Press the button when the clock shows 00 seconds. The date and time setting is completed. 9 Press the button. The monitor turns off. Caution If the camera is left for about 1 hour with the batteries removed, the date and time settings may be canceled and revert to the default settings. Make sure that the date and time settings are correct before taking an important picture. Note The date and time can be set both in the Record mode and the Play mode using the same procedure.
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18 TAKING PICTURES Note Clear images can not be obtained if the camera shakes when the shutter button is pressed. Hold the camera correctly, and press the shutter button gently. Incorrect way to hold the camera Make sure not to block the lens or the flash with your fingers or the camera strap. Horizontal position Vertical position TAKING PICTURES HOLDING THE CAMERA Hold the camera with both hands and tuck your elbows tightly into your body. ✕ ✓ ✓
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19 TAKING PICTURES Green lamp AF target mark TAKING PICTURES You can use either the viewfinder or the monitor. Whichever you choose, you can take pictures simply by pressing the shutter button. When you take pictures, the images are recorded on the SmartMedia card in the camera. TAKING PICTURES USING THE VIEWFINDER 1 Open the lens barrier. Slide the lens barrier open until it clicks. 2 Determine the image composition by positioning the AF target mark over the subject in the viewfinder. 3 Press the shutter button halfway. (This condition is called half-pressed.) The green lamp on the right of the viewfinder lights up. The exposure and focus are locked while the shutter button is pressed halfway.You will hear an operation sound, but no picture is being taken. If the green lamp blinks, focus may be incorrect. Release your finger from the shutter button, hold the camera securely and half-press the button again. See “Focus lock” ( p.23). 4 Press the shutter button fully. (This condition is called full-pressed.) The picture is taken.
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20 TAKING PICTURES TAKING PICTURES TAKING PICTURES USING THE MONITOR 1 Open the lens barrier. 2 Press the button. The monitor turns on. Press the button again to turn the monitor off. 3 Determine the image composition by observing your subject in the monitor. 4 Press the shutter button to take a picture in the same way as you would when using the viewfinder. See “Taking pictures using the viewfinder” ( p.19). Note • The green lamp or the orange lamp on the right of the viewfinder may light or blink before or after taking picures or when the shutter button is pressed halfway. See “ The function of the green lamp and the orange lamp” ( p.22). • When the memory gauge is full, no more images can be taken. Wait a few seconds until the memory gauge goes off before taking any more pictures. See “ The function of memory gauge” ( p.21). • Pleae use the close-up playback to check for details such as hand shake or focusing. See “Close-up playback” ( p.54). • It takes longer to record a picture when the monitor is used. Caution • Always press the shutter button gently. If you press too hard, the camera may move and the image will be blurred.
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21 TAKING PICTURES TAKING PICTURES Note • It is recommended that you look through the monitor when shooting a subject at distances of 50 cm-1.5 m/1.6 ft-4.9 ft. • With the viewfinder, the area of the image actually shot is larger than the area observed in the viewfinder. • As shown in hatched area, the area of the image actually shot may differ slightly from the area observed in the viewfinder when the working distance is short. THE FUNCTION OF THE MEMORY GAUGE Memory gauge changes automatically to indicate whether the camera is ready for taking pictures or the camera is recording pictures taken. Caution • Never attempt to open the card cover or remove the AC adapter or batteries while the orange lamp is blinking. Otherwise, the image you have just shot will not be saved. Existing data on the SmartMedia card may also be destroyed. • When alkaline batteries are used, the number of recordable images varies widely depending on the brand and operation environment. Turn the monitor off whenever you are not taking pictures, or when you are using the viewfinder to compose your shot. WHEN TO USE THE VIEWFINDER AND THE MONITOR Choose the shooting method according to the subject or the shooting situation. Viewfinder Monitor Applications Advantages Disadvantages Easy shooting of multiple snapshots or landscape images, etc. (approx. 1.5 m-∞/ 4.9 ft-∞) • Less risk of camera movement • Subject can be seen clearly even in bright surroundings • Less battery consumption The image area in the viewfinder may be different than that of the actual picture when the distance from the subject is short. When taking close-ups of people, flowers, etc. (approx. 10 cm-50 cm/ 4 in-1.6 ft) The actual area of the image (as it will be shot) can be confirmed • Risk of camera movement • Difficult to see in bright or dark surroundings • Batteries exhaust quickly Memory Gauge Before shooting (goes off) 1 picture Can not shoot (lights completely) More than 1 picture Shoot Wait Shoot Wait Shoot Wait
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22 TAKING PICTURES THE FUNCTION OFTHE GREEN LAMP ANDTHE ORANGE LAMP If the green lamp or the orange lamp on the right of the viewfinder lights, goes off or blinks, it indicates the following. Lamp status Camera operation What you can/can not do Green lamp lights. Green lamp blinks. Orange lamp goes off. Orange lamp lights. Orange lamp blinks slowly. Orange lamp blinks quickly. Green and orange lamps blink simultaneously. TAKING PICTURES The autofocus has brought the subject into focus. (half-pressed) • Subject is not in focus. (half-pressed) • Problem with card. Card not inserted / No space on card / Card cover is open / Write protect seal on card • Image is being processed. Flash is charged. Flash is ready to fire. (half-pressed) • Flash is charging. • Warning of camera movement. • The flash is set to OFF [ ] in the low-light situation. (half-pressed) Reading or writing to card in progress. Batteries are exhausted. You can take a picture. You can take a picture, but it may not be in focus. You can not take a picture. Check the SmartMedia card. You can not take a picture. Resume shooting after the green lamp goes off. You can take a picture. If you press a shutter button, the flash will fire. You can take a picture, but the flash will not fire. If you want the flash to fire, wait for the orange lamp to illuminate steady. You can take a picture, but it may be blurred or too dark. Hold the camera firmly or set the flash to [AUTO]. Do not open the card cover or remove the batteries. Change the batteries. .............................................................................................. .............................................................................................. ..............................................................................................
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23 TAKING PICTURES FOCUS LOCK If your subject is not within the AF target mark, you can bring it into focus by following the focus lock procedure below. 1 Open the lens barrier. The camera turns on in the Record mode. 2 Look into the viewfinder and position the AF target mark over the subject. 3 Press the shutter button halfway. The focus is adjusted and locked together with the exposure and the green lamp on the right of the viewfinder lights. 4 Recompose your shot, keeping the shutter button pressed halfway. 5 Press the shutter button down fully. Note If the green lamp blinks when the shutter button is pressed halfway, focus may be incorrect. Release your finger from the shutter button, hold the camera securely again and half-press the button again. Green lamp Green lamp AF target mark
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24 TAKING PICTURES SUBJECTSTHAT ARE DIFFICULTTO FOCUS ON USINGTHE AUTOFOCUS The autofocus may not work properly for the following subjects. If this happens, lock the focus on an object with high contrast that is at the same distance from the camera as the subject, then aim at the subject to take the picture. If the subject has no vertical lines, hold the camera vertically to lock the focus, then return it to the horizontal position to take the picture. FOCUS LOCK The green lamp on the right of the viewfinder blinks and the subject can not be brought into focus. The green lamp on the right of the viewfinder lights but the subject can not be brought into focus. Subjects with low contrast at the center of the image. Subjects without vertical lines. Subjects including an extremely bright area at the center of the image. Subjects at different distance. Fast-moving subjects. The subject to be focused is not located at the center of the image.
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25 PLAYING BACK PICTURES PLAYING BACK PICTURES CHECKING RECORDED IMAGES (PLAYBACK) You can play back images one by one on the monitor. 1 Press the button with the lens barrier closed. The monitor turns on in the Play mode and shows the last picture you took. (Single-image playback) 2 Press the / buttons. Press the button to play back the previous image and the button to play back the next image. 3 Press the button to stop playing back the image. The monitor and the camera turn off. Note When the camera turns on, the monitor may light for an instant and show an image for a short time. This is not a malfunction.
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26 PLAYING BACK PICTURES QUICKVIEW (DOUBLE-CLICK PLAYBACK INTHE RECORD MODE) You can play back the image you have just taken, with the lens barrier open. After you check the image, you can return immediately to the Record mode. 1 Press the button twice (double clicking). This switches the camera to the Play mode; the monitor shows the last picture taken. 2 Press the shutter button or the button. This returns the camera to the Record mode; you can resume shooting. 3 Close the lens barrier. The monitor and the camera turn off. Note You can play forward/back, erase or protect the image, and use other functions as in the Play mode. CHECKING RECORDED IMAGES (PLAYBACK) Twice
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27 PLAYING BACK PICTURES ERASING AN IMAGE 1 Close the lens barrier and press the button. The camera turns on in the Play mode. 2 Press the / buttons and play back the image you want to erase. See “Checking recorded images” ( p. 25). 3 Press the button for more than 1 second. The monitor shows the single-image erase menu. 4 Select [ ERASE] using the / button and press the button. The selected image is erased. Note Erasure is also possible by pressing the button while the image you want to erase is displayed and selecting [ ] on the Play menu. Caution • Erasure is not possible if the image to be erased is protected or a write protect seal is attached to the SmartMedia card. Unprotect the image or remove the write protect seal on the SmartMedia card before attempting to erase the image. • Once erased, images can not be restored. Check each image before erasing to avoid accidentally erasing images you want to keep.
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28 PLAYING BACK PICTURES PROTECTING IMPORTANT IMAGES Important images can be protected against accidental erasure. 1 Close the lens barrier and press the button. The camera turns on in the Play mode. 2 Press the / buttons to display the image you want to protect. See “Checking recorded images” ( p. 25). 3 Press the button for more than 1 second. The selected image is protected and the symbol is displayed at the top right of the image. To cancel protection, display the image with the symbol and press the button for more than 1 second. Note • Protection is also possible by pressing the button while the image you want to protect is displayed and selecting [ ] on the Play menu. • The protect setting is saved even after the camera is turned off. Caution • Protected images can not be erased by “Erasing an image” or “Erasing all images”, but they can be erased by formatting the card. • Images on a SmartMedia card with a write protect seal attached can not be protected.
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29 RECORDING FUNCTIONS During recording: For magnifying the subject. See “Digital tele mode” ( p.35) During playback: For magnifying the displayed image. See “Close-up playback” ( p.54) During playback: For protecting the image. See “Protecting important images” ( p.28) During recording: For setting the flash mode. See “Flash” ( p.30) During playback: For displaying the next frame. See “Checking recorded images” ( p.25) During playback: For index display. See “Index playback” ( p.52) During playback: For returning to normal view of the image after magnifying. See “Close-up playback”( p.54) During playback: For erasing the displayed image. See “Erasing an image” ( p.27) During recording: For taking close-up pictures. See “Macro mode” ( p.33) During playback: For displaying the previous frame. See “Checking recorded images” ( p.25) RECORDING FUNCTIONS USING THE ARROW PAD As well for selecting a menu and checking images during playback, the arrow pad allows you to perform various other functions. The same button can have different functions depending on whether it is pressed during recording or during playback. Certain buttons have different functions depending on whether they are pressed normally or pressed and held for more than 1 second. (The mark is used to indicate that the button is to be pressed for more than 1 second.) Operation is easy using the arrow pad.
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30 RECORDING FUNCTIONS FLASH The flash is designed to fire automatically when the flash setting is AUTO (default setting) and you take pictures under low light conditions or against strong backlight.You can change the flash mode to suite different shooting situations. 1 Open the lens barrier. The camera turns on in the Record mode. 2 Press the button. The monitor shows the current flash mode. 3 To change the setting, press the button until the appropriate flash mode is displayed. The mode changes in the following sequence each time the button is pressed: [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ]. 4 Take a picture. USING THE ARROW PAD
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31 RECORDING FUNCTIONS Eyes may appear red Note • You can set the flash mode by selecting [ ] on the Camera menu. • The flash working distance is approximately 0.2 m ~ 3.5 m/ 0.7 ft ~11.5 ft. • All the flash settings returns to AUTO mode (default setting) when the clear settings value is [RESET] and the lens barrier is closed. See “Clear settings” ( p.75). Caution • The orange lamp blinks while the flash is charging.You can take a picture at this time, but the flash will not fire.To use the flash, wait until the orange lamp goes off before pressing the shutter button. • When taking pictures at close range using the flash, the appropriate brightness may not be achieved and there may be pronounced shadows as a result. • The flash can not be used in the Sequence mode, the Panorama mode and the Movie mode. AUTO (AUTO) The flash fires automatically in low light or backlight conditions. To shoot a backlight subject, position the AF target mark over the subject in the viewfinder. RED-EYE ( ) The light from the flash may make the subject’s eyes appear red in images. The red-eye mode reduces this phenomenon. In this mode, the flash emits pre-flashes few times before actually firing and minimizes the red-eye phenomenon. USING THE ARROW PAD
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32 RECORDING FUNCTIONS Caution • Because of the pre-flashes, it takes about 2 seconds before the shutter is actually released. Hold the camera securely during this period to prevent camera shake. • The effectiveness of the red-eye reduction mode may be reduced depending on the distance to the subject or if the subject is not looking directly at the flash or the pre-flash. It may also vary from person to person. FILL IN ( ) Use this mode to fire the flash with every image. This mode is suitable when you need to minimize shadows around the subject (such as the shade of tree leaves on the subject’s face), in backlight conditions, or under artificial lighting such as a fluorescence lamp. Caution The fill in flash effect may not be noticeable under very bright light. FLASH OFF ( ) Use this mode in situations where flash photography is prohibited. The flash will not fire even in low-light situations. NIGHT SCENE ( ) Use this mode when taking photographs at night. The flash fires first, then the shutter remains open to capture the background details. USING THE ARROW PAD
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33 RECORDING FUNCTIONS NIGHT SCENE/RED-EYE ( ) Use this mode when photographing people against a night background. The flash fires first while the shutter speed is reduced to capture the surrounding lighting conditions. The red-eye phenomenon is minimized by the pre-flash. Caution The shutter speed is reduced in low-light situations when the flash mode is set to Flash Off , Night View or Night Scene + Red-eye . It is recommended using a tripod to avoid camera shake. The orange lamp blinks to warn the camera shake in low-light situations, but you can still take a picture. However a moving object will be blurred when shot. MACRO MODE The Macro mode is recommended when shooting a subject at distances of 10 cm ~ 50 cm/4 in ~ 1.6 ft. 1 Open the lens barrier. The camera turns on in the Record mode. 2 Press the button. The monitor shows the current Macro mode [OFF]. USING THE ARROW PAD
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34 RECORDING FUNCTIONS 3 When the current Macro mode display indicates [OFF], press the button once again. The Macro mode is set and the monitor turns on. 4 Take a picture by composing the subject using the monitor. Note The Macro mode is canceled when the clear settings value is [RESET] and the lens barrier is closed. See “Clear settings” ( p.75). Caution • When using the Macro mode, keep the distance between the camera and the subject at a distance of more than 10 cm (4 in). • If you try to take a picture at a distance of less than 10 cm (4 in), the autofocus will not work properly even though the shutter button is pressed. • In macro shooting, shadows may be conspicuous or correct exposure may not be achieved. Always check the images on the monitor after macro shooting. USING THE ARROW PAD
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35 RECORDING FUNCTIONS DIGITAL TELE MODE This mode enables you to enlarge the image to magnifications 1.6×, 2×, 2.5×, 3.2×, 4× and 5×. The image quality needs to be set to SQ2 to magnify 3.2×, 4× or 5×. See “Image quality” ( p. 46). 1 Open the lens barrier. The camera turns on in the Record mode. 2 Press the button. The monitor automatically turns on, and the image is displayed in size of 1.6×. 3 Press the / buttons looking at the monitor. The image can be magnified in the sequence [1.6×] → [2.0×] → [2.5×] → [3.2×] → [4.0×] → [5.0×] each time the button is pressed, and the image is zoomed out in the sequence [4.0×] → [3.2×] → [2.5×] → [2.0×] → [1.6×] → No display(1.0) each time the button is pressed. 4 Take a picture by looking at the monitor. Note • Press the button to turn the monitor off and cancel the Digital tele mode. • The image may be of a lower resolution and appear grainy when the Digital tele mode is used. • The Digital tele mode can not be used in the Movie mode. USING THE ARROW PAD
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36 RECORDING FUNCTIONS EXPOSURE COMPENSATION Although the camera’s exposure is set automatically, you can vary it to change the image brightness in the range of ±2 stops in 0.5-stop steps. Note • Use this function to obtain correct brightness (exposure) when there is significant contrast (difference in brightness) in the image. • Set a [+] value to make the image brighter and a [–] value to make it darker. 1 Open the lens barrier. The camera turns on in the Record mode. 2 Press the button. The monitor shows the Camera menu. 3 Select [CAMERA] using the / buttons and press the button. 4 Select [ ] using the / buttons and press the button.
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37 RECORDING FUNCTIONS 5 Adjust the exposure compensation setting using the / buttons and press the button. Press [–] to darken image or [+] to brighten image. The exposure compensation setting is now completed. Press the button again to exit the menu. 6 Take a picture. Note • The setting of exposure compensation returns to ±0.0 (default setting) when the clear settings value is [RESET] and the lens barrier is closed. See “Clear settings” ( p.75). • When the exposure is corrected, the brightness of the image displayed on the monitor also changes. However, the variation may be less noticeable when the subject is dark. In this case, check the recorded image to confirm that exposure is satisfactory. Caution • If the flash is used, the image brightness (exposure) may differ from the intended brightness (exposure). • The exposure compensation can not correct the image brightness if the surroundings of the subject are extremely bright or dark. EXPOSURE COMPENSATION
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38 RECORDING FUNCTIONS SELF-TIMER You can shoot images using the self-timer function. Fix the camera securely on a tripod, etc., before shooting. The self-timer is useful for taking commemorative pictures including the photographer. 1 Open the lens barrier. The camera turns on in the Record mode. 2 Press the button. The monitor shows the Camera menu. 3 Select [CAMERA] using the / buttons and press the button. 4 Select [DRIVE] using the / buttons and press the button. 5 Select [ SELF-TIMER] using the / buttons and press the button. The self-timer setting is now completed. Press the button again to exit the menu.
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39 RECORDING FUNCTIONS SELF-TIMER 6 Press the shutter button. The self-timer lamp on the front of the camera lights up for 10 seconds and then blinks for 2 seconds, before the picture is taken. Note • The self-timer is canceled automatically after the picture is taken. • To cancel the self-timer after the shutter button has been pressed, press the button. Self-timer lamp
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40 RECORDING FUNCTIONS SEQUENCE MODE The Sequence mode allows you to take a rapid succession of still images by pressing and holding the shutter button (up to 8 images at approx. 1.2 frames per second).You can choose the best image from a series of sequential shots. When you have found your best shot, you can also erase the rest of the images. See “Erasing an image” ( p. 27). 1 Open the lens barrier The camera turns on in the Record mode. 2 Press the button. The monitor shows the Camera menu. 3 Select [CAMERA] using the / buttons, and press the button. 4 Select [DRIVE] using the / buttons, and press the button. 5 Select [ SEQUENCE] using the / buttons and press the button. The sequence mode setting is now completed. Press the button again to exit the menu.
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41 RECORDING FUNCTIONS 6 Take pictures. (Press the shutter button and keep it pressed. Recording will stop when the shutter button is released.) Note • The sequence mode is canceled when the clear settings value is [RESET] and the lens barrier is closed. See “Clear settings” ( p.75). • The flash can not be used in this mode. • To prevent camera shake, the maximum shutter speed is limited to 1/30 second. As a result, dark subjects may appear darker than in other shooting modes. • After sequence shooting, a longer time than usual may be required to save images to the SmartMedia card. • The maximum number of images that can be shot in succession varies, depending on the image quality and the number of recordable images on the SmartMedia card, etc. Caution Do not open the card cover or remove the AC adapter, batteries or SmartMedia card while the orange lamp on the right of the viewfinder is blinking. Doing so could destroy image data stored on the card. SEQUENCE MODE
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42 RECORDING FUNCTIONS FIXED FOCUS This function is useful for shooting distant scenes that are difficult to bring into focus, such as taking pictures of large fire work displays. To achieve more effective image at night, set the flash to the Night Scene mode in addition. See “Flash” ( p.30). 1 Open the lens barrier. The camera turns on in the Record mode. 2 Press the button. The monitor shows the Camera menu. 3 Select [CAMERA] using the / buttons and press the button. 4 Select [FOCUS] using the / buttons and press the button. 5 Select [ ] using the / buttons and press the button. The fixed focus setting is now completed. Press the button again to exit the menu. 6 Take a picture. Note The fixed focus is canceled after 1 picture is taken and the Focus mode returns to AUTO (default setting).
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43 RECORDING FUNCTIONS SPOT METERING MODE Your subject may appear dark when it is against a bright background. In this case, change the metering setting to SPOT. The camera calculates the exposure using only the lighting information at the center of the viewfinder without it being affected by the background light. Note Metering settings ESP ( ): The light in the center of the viewfinder and in the surrounding area are measured separately to obtain the optimum exposure. (No mark is displayed on the LCD monitor) SPOT ( ): Only the light in the center of the viewfinder is measured to obtain the correct exposure for the subject. 1 Open the lens barrier. The camera turns on in the Record mode. 2 Press the button. The monitor shows the Camera menu. 3 Select [CAMERA] using the / buttons and press the button. 4 Select [ ] using the / buttons and press the button. 5 Select [ SPOT] using the / buttons and press the button. The spot metering setting is now completed. Press the button again to exit the menu. 6 Position the AF target mark over the subject in the viewfinder, and take a picture. Note The metering mode returns to ESP (default setting) when the clear settings value is [RESET] and the lens barrier is closed. See “Clear settings” ( p.75).
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44 RECORDING FUNCTIONS WHITE BALANCE This camera incorporates electronic circuitry to automatically adjust color hues so that they appear more natural (auto white balance control circuit). If the auto white balance does not produce accurate results due to weather or lighting conditions, you can control the white balance manually. Note White balance settings Auto (AUTO) :The white balance is controlled automatically. (No mark is displayed on the LCD monitor) Clear Sky ( ) :Outdoors under a clear sky. Cloudy Sky ( ) :Outdoors under a cloudy sky. Incandescent Lamp ( ):Under incandescent lighting. Fluorescent Lamp ( ):Under fluorescent lighting. 1 Open the lens barrier. The camera turns on in the Record mode. 2 Press the button. The monitor shows the Camera menu. 3 Select [PICTURE] using the / buttons and press the button. 4 Select [ ] using the / buttons and press the button.
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45 RECORDING FUNCTIONS 5 Select [AUTO], [ ], [ ], [ ] or [ ] using the / buttons and press the button. The white balance setting is now completed. Press the button again to exit the menu. 6 Take a picture. Note • The white balance setting returns to AUTO (default setting) when the clear settings value is [RESET] and the lens barrier is closed. See “Clear settings” ( p.75). • Under a combination of artificial and natural lighting or under fluorescent lighting, natural hues may be difficult to achieve on the AUTO mode. • To obtain an image coloring that resembles what you see under incandescent lighting, set the white balance mode to [ ]. Caution • Under special light source conditions, the white balance control circuitry may not work completely as intended. • When the flash is fired with a white balance setting other than AUTO, be sure to check the color tone on the monitor to check if the white balance value set is optimal. • When the flash is fired with a white balance setting other than AUTO, colors may appear different in the resulting images from the colors you see on the monitor. WHITE BALANCE
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46 RECORDING FUNCTIONS IMAGE QUALITY Set the image quality before shooting. Note Image quality settings * The term “pixel” stands for “picture element”. The image is comprised of up to 2 million pixels. • Select this mode if you wish to print a high-quality or large-size print of the image or if you want to retouch it on a PC. • Excellent image quality, but the number of recordable images is reduced. It takes a longer time to record the image. (1600 × 1208 pixels*) • This mode is ideal when you need to print out images after viewing them on your PC screen. • Standard image quality. This is the default image quality setting. (1600 × 1200 pixels*) • Select this mode when you want to attach the image to e-mail; simply view it on your PC screen. • Lesser image quality, but the number of recordable images is increased. SQ1 (1024 × 768 pixels*) SQ2 (640 × 480 pixels*) 1 Open the lens barrier. The camera turns on in the Record mode. 2 Press the button. The monitor shows the Camera menu. 3 Select [PICTURE] using the / buttons and press the button. 4 Select [ ] using the / buttons and press the button. SHQ (Super High Quality) HQ (High Quality) SQ (Standard Quality)
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47 RECORDING FUNCTIONS 5 Select [SHQ], [HQ], [SQ1] or [SQ2] using the / buttons and press the button. The image quality setting is now completed. Press the button again to exit the menu. 6 Take a picture. Note • The image quality setting returns to HQ (default setting) when the clear settings value is [RESET] and the lens barrier is closed. See “Clear settings” ( p.75). • The number of recordable images varies depending on the image quality setting. • The number of pixels is almost the same for HQ and SHQ, but the compression rate is lower for SHQ, resulting in clearer images when enlarged. SHQ also takes longer to record and play back images than HQ. • When you select a image quality with higher image quality than the current mode and the number of recordable images remaining is low, the monitor may display a warning mark (see below). This means that there is not enough memory on the SmartMedia card for the selected image quality. Select another image quality. IMAGE QUALITY Warning mark
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48 RECORDING FUNCTIONS SHARPNESS Use this function when you want to soften the contours of the subject or alternatively when you want to emphasize the contours to achieve a sharper image. Note Sharpness settings HARD: The outline of the subject is emphasized. This setting is ideal for taking shots of buildings or text. NORMAL: This is the standard setting for taking pictures. SOFT: The outline of the subject is not strongly emphasized. This setting is ideal for processing images on a PC. 1 Open the lens barrier. The camera turns on in the Record mode. 2 Press the button. The monitor shows the Camera menu. 3 Select [PICTURE] using the / buttons and press the button. 4 Select [ ] using the / buttons and press the button.
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49 RECORDING FUNCTIONS 5 Select [HARD], [NORMAL] or [SOFT] using the / buttons and press the button. The sharpness setting is now completed. Press the button again to exit the menu. 6 Take a picture. Note The sharpness setting returns to NORMAL (default setting) when the clear settings value is [RESET] and the lens barrier is closed. See “Clear settings” ( p.75). SHARPNESS
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50 RECORDING FUNCTIONS CONTRAST Use this function when you want to emphasize, or alternatively reduce, the contrast between the bright areas and the dark areas of the subject. Note Contrast settings HIGH: The difference between the bright and dark areas is enhanced to give the image a higher contrast effect. NORMAL: This is the standard setting for taking pictures. LOW: The difference between the bright and dark areas is reduced to give the image a flatter effect. This setting is ideal for processing images on a PC. 1 Open the lens barrier. The camera turns on in the Record mode. 2 Press the button. The monitor shows the Camera menu. 3 Select [PICTURE] using the / buttons and press the button. 4 Select [ ] using the / buttons and press the button.

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